Happy International Day of Happiness! Even though it’s a Monday (which for some might actually be a very happy event, who knows?). After all, happiness is a very personal experience. What you define as happiness might be anything but for someone else. When you stop trying to force it, happiness is pretty achievable especially in fleeting moments, and that’s what I hang on to in my least happy moments, and all I suggest anyone else do. Happiness for me might be going to the loo and finding there hasn’t been a pre-schooler in there before me. Or it might be…

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In amongst the booze, the food, the green and the general Irish-ness of this weekend in our adopted home, I’ve been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award from Olivia of The Wilsons of Oz! How sweet is that? It’s one thing for someone to say they enjoy your blog, but quite another but for that someone to be a fellow expat blogger who is also figuring out life overseas with little kiddies in tow, it’s basically the greatest pat on the back I could hope for. And we all need a pat on the back now and again, right?! In…

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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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Fourth in our line up in The Expat Mama meets… mini series, we meet British Doctor, Harriet Stevenson, turned Hong Kong dweller and a fairly recent newcomer to the expat wife life. Another export originally from Merseyside, UK (we’re old school friends) the 28 year old has spent the last ten years living, studying and working in London. As she puts it “Samuel Pepys said when you are tired of London you are tired of life, we weren’t tired of it yet we wanted to see what else was out there“. And so they – her and husband, Jambo –…

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