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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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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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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I promise I’m not writing this post with anyone in particular in mind. Oh how she lies. If any of these goodies end up my way on 14th May, then I definitely won’t be disappointed (HINT, Karl, this is a hint). This is the first year that we almost entirely ignored Mothering Sunday in the UK and have decided to go with the local Mothers Day celebration instead. For a brief moment I thought I’d managed to wangle two celebrations of me, but no. And so, with three weeks to go until the big day I’m sharing some lovely ideas…

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In our fifth installment of The Expat Mama meets… we head down under for a chat with Olivia of The Wilsons of Oz (if you’re considering upping sticks with your family for the sunnier shores of Australia, this blog needs to be you go-to). The blogger, instagrammer (@the_wilsons_of_oz) and expat mama is now mid-way through a four year stint in Australia with her husband and two young kiddies (and is on city number two), so knows a thing or two about settling and resettling in a new country. And, with a limit on their time in ‘straya, the family is already…

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Last week Huff Post published Independent Dependant. I knew that this would be opening myself up for public ridicule online, I knew that there would be some people who would go out of their way to deliberately be offended by it, and I knew there would be a small number of people who would contact me directly to tell me so. For the most part I’m not arsed. The handful of comments, tweets and messages is a drop in the ocean compared to the thousands of likes, loves, thanks and understanding. But there was one theme that kept cropping up…

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In a turning of the tables, I have been asked by the lovely Claire of My Theory on Blooming to answer a few questions about being an expat (you may recall that Claire featured as our very funny and insightful January expatter on The Expat Mama meets…). So this is a conversation that originates on Instagram, and I’ll be tagging more expats on there to (hopefully) keep the conversation going, remember to tag me back though so I can link up to your answers! You can find me on Insta at @theexpatmama (of course!)   So, here goes….   Where…

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