Our sixth installment of The Expat Mama meets… brings us slightly closer to home, and to the tropical island of Borneo. Lucy Bartlett is the epitome of the modern mama- she’s not only raising super cute baby Arthur (if you like baby spam then you need to follow her on Instagram @bundlemum) and enjoying expat life with husband Ben (@bundledad, I like what they did there), but she’s also managing to find time to start up her own business, Bundle Beds. As Lucy puts it herself, life is all about the B’s at the moment with a baby, Ben, Bundle…

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Please note this blog post is sponsored by Bayard Something that it turns out my children miss from home is magazines. We used to let them each choose one magazine every couple of weeks or so to chuck in the trolley with the supermarket shop. Since moving to Singapore we’ve let them have a magazine each once. Just once. And they cost me the best part of $30. I thought they were expensive in England, not so much anymore. And the thing is, I actually quite enjoy kiddie magazines because – and perhaps this says a lot about my ability…

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I’d like to think I have always been fairly honest when talking about my struggle to adjust to expat life. I haven’t ever tried to sugar coat it, nor have I deliberately been negative about it. I’ve tried to share – some would say overshare – the up’s and down’s of life once the dust settles. Some have embraced the conversation, others have set out to completely invalidate my feelings. I’ve been on the receiving end of an onslaught of comments, messages, and tweets from people who have actively taken time out of their day to let me know that I…

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Six years ago today two major events happened. Will and Kate got hitched. And I discovered I was pregnant. It was a memorable day for at least those two reasons. Despite taking Biology A-Level the two blue lines came as something of a surprise, not least because Karl and I were definitely NOT trying to procreate. We’d been together six months, I’d just turned 23, and we were in that lovely phase of a new relationship where it’s all hand holding and wuv woo’s. I was diligently popping my Cilest pills under the impression that for all the early nights…

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Last week we were very lucky to be invited along to Motherswork to be introduced to Oribel– an innovative brand of baby accessories and toys that originates in Singapore. It’s not often that the suggestion of MORE toys and stuff to squeeze into our 1200 sq.ft apartment gets me genuinely quite excited – granted not as excited as my kids though, because you know, that’s a big ask – but honestly Oribel might just be a brand I can get on board with…   For a start there’s minimal plastic involved which I love. When I had Finn I was…

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