Bringing Up Brits

Word of the week #3

Word of the week #3

My #WotW word of the week this week is: Man it’s been busy! Busy with work, busy with kids and busy with house. Washing machine to be fixed – Tick! Athena networking prep and event – Tick! Lots of design work for Britain’s Next Bestseller – Tick! Newsletter for Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs – Tick! Got […]

Jenny Rutterford Photography photographs my children

Jenny Rutterford Photography photographs my children

I am pleased and excited to share with you a small selection of the photos recently taken of my children by Jenny Rutterford. I’m sure you will all agree with me that these photos are absolutely stunning! Not only is Jenny an extremely talented professional photographer, she is also a lovely person who is great […]

What I learned the day I visited ACS Egham International School

What I learned the day I visited ACS Egham International School

This week was rather exciting. I had been invited to come and give a talk on my experience of raising children in Britain as a non British parent – to talk about my book ‘Bringing Up Brits’ and to chat with a group of international parents about their view points and their experiences. I spent […]

How I went from business idea to reality in 3 months – guest post

How I went from business idea to reality in 3 months – guest post

In July this year I took my children camping in the Yorkshire Dales. As I sat gazing at the campfire with a gorgeous sunset adding touches of pink to the sky, I mulled over my work situation. I was at a crossroads. Like many expats, I had been forced down the self-employment route due to […]

30 things I love about my cross-cultural kids

30 things I love about my cross-cultural kids

They call cookies cookies and not biscuits. They love peanut butter even more than I love peanut butter, and I love peanut butter. I recently watched a movie about an American family who moved to France. They asked where the peanut butter was in the store and were met with scorn. So the British are […]

On your marks, get set, bbaaaaaike! Why I love The Great British Bake-Off

On your marks, get set, bbaaaaaike! Why I love The Great British Bake-Off

Most of the TV I like to watch is crime based drama or thrillers and the majority of shows I gravitate towards are American. Some of the shows can be addictive like Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Damages and CSI (all of them!), The Wire, Scandal to name a few. They are just too good. […]

Word of the Week #2

Word of the Week #2

My word of the week this week is: Scotland won’t have their independence after all. What a week! I’ve watched more news this week than I have all year. My husband says he’s sad for Scotland. I say we’d be much more sad for Great Britain if it had been Yes. I’m glad because now […]

Oh so very British

Oh so very British

One thing that I have learned while living in Britain is that British people love big but show it in a very British way meaning a very reserved way, which I have grown to appreciate and understand. I grew up in a culture where outward effusiveness was the norm. Clapping loudly and at length, yee-hawing […]

American snacks and drinks

American snacks and drinks

I have discovered that my oldest son shares my passion and craving for American snacks. The salty, savory kind that is pretty repulsive but Oh so tasty and very unhealthy! Sam has always been more of a savory over sweet type of boy in his preference for junk food and over the years I have […]

Word of the week #1

Word of the week #1

Just discovered a fun blog linky that I saw on Twitter called Word of the week on The Reading Residence blog and am inspired to take part. So my word of this week is: And perhaps ‘don’t forget’ as well. “Remember, you have to get up early this week. So start going to bed earlier.” […]

Experiencing Britain again through the eyes of American tourists

Experiencing Britain again through the eyes of American tourists

This summer we had visitors from the States who experienced London and the UK for the first time. How fun for them! I got the feeling they absolutely loved it as they were up early each day seeing the sights and talking to (nearly) everyone they saw. They stayed with us for part of the […]

Settling In – A research project

Settling In – A research project

I find this research project very interesting and wish I could be interviewed, but I’ve been here in the UK for too long! I’m sure there are lots of women who do qualify so please spread the word. Here are the details: (and there are links to PDF docs below) Run by Eaves charity, Settling […]

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