Kids and hot days just aren’t the easiest of combinations are they? I’m either slathering mine with factor 50 and watching for any hint of pink. Or I’m trying to calm tired and tetchy moods in the hope of getting something – anything – done that day. Needless to say that since arriving in the tropics our dietary intake of frozen goods has increased considerably. Did you know it is possible to exist entirely off frozen things? Just kidding. It’s probably not advisable. But having a supply of healthy and yummy frozen snacks ready to go in the freezer…

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  Hurrah! School is officially OUT. Or very nearly out anyway. Which means one thing and one thing only…holiday time. Or just more pool time if you happen to live in the tropics. Ahem (sorry!). And whenever the holiday feeling is a-coming I always get the shopping feeling. But there’s always a quandary I can’t get my head around when it comes to summer purchases (specifically holiday related buys, aka swimwear and sunglasses). To spend, or to save? What is an investment and what is money being thrown away?  After nearly a year of permanent summer (really not trying to…

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Rest In Peace: Bonnie the cat. The sassiest four pawed creature I’ve ever known and loved.   How many time’s have we said goodbye now? Since joining the expat ranks that is. There was the first goodbye, just over a year ago, when Karl got on a train headed to Heathrow airport ready to start setting up life for us all. Then, a month or so later, there was the second goodbye. The one in the very, very early hours of the morning out in the street outside my parents house in France. I was crying. My Mum was crying.…

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A non-exhaustive list of some of the things I am currently missing after a glorious month at home. This is the precursor to homesickness. I know. Just let me wallow in it in my jet lagged, emotional state. Disclaimer: please don’t judge me Love Island More specifically, watching Love Island with my bro whilst eating a family size tiramisu Cups of tea in the back garden Hayfever Grazia Being woken up by the dog The cheese shop Make up not sliding straight off Being able to ask someone else what’s for dinner Someone else cooking dinner Someone else clearing the table…

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In case you haven’t seen the most recent news from London, there has been a huge tower block fire with almost the entire building destroyed. The fire ripped from bottom to top within a very short amount of time. The emergency services were there in minutes, but it was an uncontrollable furnace within moments. There are hundreds of people who have been left homeless and with only the clothes they were wearing when they escaped. And most tragically of all, there are many who were either killed or are still missing. It is the stuff of nightmares.  You can find…

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From 20th May – 8th October 2017 the Children’s Biennale is taking over the National Gallery of Singapore. It’s a brilliant celebration of the world of art and creativity all with the young and young at heart in mind. So of course we had to go and see what it’s all about! Typically the words “art gallery” fill me with dread when it comes to the kids. Who finds pleasure in an afternoon spent non-stop shushing and hissing threats at kids with zero appreciation or patience for art? Not me. Someone somewhere knows this feeling oh too well, clearly, because…

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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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