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Hello and welcome to my blogette.  Absolutely Prabulous is a blog about marriage, motherhood, Malta and miscellany.  Often it’s funny, sometimes it’s serious and it’s nearly always sarcastic (it’s okay, I’m getting help with that).


The Background

 I used to be a girl about town, living and working in Paris and London and flitting off to New York (those were the days my friend…), before we left the UK in 2005 with a then 14 month-old.  Now we live one minute from the sea in sunny blue-skied Malta and seem to have acquired two more kids.  In January 2010 one of my sisters over on a visit said “Why don’t you start a blog?”. I was recovering from my third c-section, I had a newborn and no family network to help and couldn’t remember what sleep felt like. In my mind I thought I’ve got one kid at school, another occasionally at daycare and this one clamped to my breast and no idea how I’m gonna manage the kids, the house, the e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and she’s suggesting I start a blog! And what the hell’s a blog anyway and can it do my laundry?

Out loud I said “Okay then”.

Then four years went by….
(What can I say? I was managing the kids, the house, the e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and avoiding laundry.)

However, I found myself doing more Facebook posts, documenting in almost cringe-inducing detail the train wreck of my epic parenting fails and housewife blunders.

Many FB posts later, I realised I’d been a stay-at-home-mum for nine years. It was finally time to DO something again. I’d become bored of using my brain only to figure out where my keys were and frustrated only using my Language degree to shriek “What do you mean you can only find one shoe?!” 27 times a week day.  I thought more about my sister’s suggestion and how people kept saying my life sounded like a sitcom and that I ought to start a blog. Or as Hubster put it:

You’re extremely opinionated so you’d probably make a good blogger.

 

He’s a charmer.

So after enormous amounts of faffing (mainly trying to figure out if a blog could in fact do the laundry) and legendary levels of procrastination, I put brain and language to use and eventually did just that.

And by just that, I mean I started a blog for mothers to reassure them that they’re not the only ones experiencing the more ‘messy’ side of parenting marriage and womanhood – not the polished perfect version.

The biggest surprise has been the amount of dads and even singles who regularly follow my antics.

 

What I Write About

 

In between losing my keys and reheating tea to the point where it’s undrinkable, I also review  products, which I’ll be doing increasingly in vlog form.  I’ve even managed to chuck some recipes up.  But if you’re looking for serious advice on cake decorating, home storage and craft ideas, you’ll be waiting a long time…like ‘when my kids leave home’ kind of long.

 

Some Seriously Rubbish Pictures That I’ll Eventually Update When I Stop Folding Laundry

I’m married to this fella.  He doesn’t find my jokes funny. I gave him three wonderful kids.  (I’m still waiting for a thank you card.)   I guess I shouldn’t complain too much because in fairness it’s pretty easy to make him happy:

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Our kids are:

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from left to right: Musical M, Dreamy D and Cheeky K.  No I’m not a celebrity wannabe who’s given her kids daft names – they’re aliases.

We’re British Asians, we live in Malta and I speak French to the kids (I know, you’re as confused as them right now).

We can just walk to the end of our road and the kids can do this:

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while I do this:

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And frankly, I just can’t imagine going back to a life in the city.

I self-medicate with these:

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and I’m really good at doing this:

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but totally crap at doing this:

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I’m disappointed by bad grammar. My finest talent is sarcasm. (Seriously, it’s a grossly underrated communication tool.)

I worry about the unnecessary stuff they put in our food/beauty/pharma products.

My favourite place is the sofa on family movie night (Santorini is a close second).

I don’t understand bad manners.

I think laziness gets a bad press.

I think my ability to sleep is an underrated talent

I’d love to run a marathon.

My best friends are Nutella and MAC makeup.

I can’t imagine a life without toast.

Voila. Thanks for stopping by. Frankly I don’t know what you’re doing down here…you should be reading those posts I told you about…

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23 Comments on About

  1. Lou
    November 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like a good outlook on life!

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    • prabs
      November 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm (4 years ago)

      I knew SOMEONE would understand!

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  2. Babe Holty
    November 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm (4 years ago)

    love it….sounds like all my friends

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    • prabs
      November 20, 2013 at 11:42 am (4 years ago)

      Ha ha! Yes I think there are more of us scatty mothers out there than we realise!

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  3. Annie J
    November 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Prabs, can I run a marathon with you? It would be freakin’ hilarious… We would be last but probably laugh the whole way round, forget to stretch and re-hydrate with wine.

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    • prabs
      November 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm (4 years ago)

      Annie I’ve just read your comment again and am literally crying with laughter. Sounds like a GREAT way to run a marathon!

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  4. Sam
    June 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Prabs – I’m loving this! As soon as I saw that you were recommending The Best a Man Can Get (I bloody love that book!) and spotted the ‘cake and medication’ quip in your header I was totally hooked :-). Just found you through the Count your Lucky Stars linky but I’ve signed up now and will get reading just as soon as my crazy kids have finally dropped off… X

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    • prabs
      June 24, 2015 at 11:17 pm (2 years ago)

      What a lovely comment!! To think I keep thinking of changing that header and then someone mentions it lol. And yes that book…oh my good grief…so funny (and touching). Thanks for signing up!

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      • Sam
        June 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

        Oh nooo! Don’t get rid of your header – I love it! 🙂

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        • prabs
          June 25, 2015 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

          oh alright then.

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    • prabs
      June 27, 2015 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

      Ooh thank you! I’ve been nominated for another sisterhood one. I need to see if it’s the same lol.

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  5. DAF
    July 25, 2015 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    Hello Prabs,
    As a half English, half Sri Lankan who grew up in Malta in the 1970s I enjoyed reading your Malta posts. Still visit Malta most years and my half-Maltese business partner is on hols there right now. We can both relate! Great stuff, keep it up! Where in Malta do you live?

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  6. Sue Galea
    July 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Prabs enjoyed reading your rant 🙂 We need more ppl ranting, you never know, someone actually may be listening and do something about our complaints.

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    • prabs
      July 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sue. Here’s hoping huh?

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  7. Habiba
    November 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I really enjoyed reading this and feel RIDICULOUSLY jealous that u live a stone’s throw away from that gorgeous beach!! Great blog 🙂

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    • prabs
      November 9, 2015 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha thank you. On and off we agonise over whether to return to the UK because of the children’s education. SUCH a tough call though leaving this life behind.

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  8. Gary
    January 25, 2016 at 8:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Glad to have stumbled upon your site, love the name and everything I’ve seen so far!

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    • prabs
      January 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Why thank you kind sir!

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  9. The Aloha Mummy
    June 3, 2016 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your outlook on life!! Also totally get loving the beach! I couldn’t leave south Devon!

    Enjoying reading more about the Prabs goings on!

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    • prabs
      June 3, 2016 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Ah thank you. Devon is fab.

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  10. Georgie Moon
    December 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm (1 year ago)

    I just found your blog, it’s hilarious! I’ve been reading the Christmas disasters in hysterics.
    I was born in Malta! A long long time ago….. my father was stationed there in the RAF. Sadly, I’ve never been back.

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    • prabs
      December 11, 2016 at 12:53 am (1 year ago)

      Ah! Well I’m glad you found it!

      Reply

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