Bringing Up Brits

The chosen child

My parents adopted me when I was 8 months old. I came on a plane from Korea with 100 other Korean babies – all to be adopted by American parents. I rarely think about this or talk about this out loud. Probably because my parents are my parents and I don’t necessarily think of them [...]

Memories of spring time in Tokyo

Memories of spring time in Tokyo

I’m a Google+ user and with all the recent photos of cherry blossoms in Japan, my thoughts turn to the two and a half years I spent in Tokyo, living and working as an English teacher. Oh how they loved their cherry blossoms, they were so proud of them. We went on many ‘Hanami’ picnics [...]

Does ‘Britishness’ affect you?

Does ‘Britishness’ affect you?

I follow a coaching/business/life blog by Claire Bradford of Straightforward coaching (she always writes interesting and thought provoking stuff!!) and the other day she wrote a post that made me sit up straight and say YES YES!! Claire wrote about how British culture influences our attitudes towards self-promotion and how that can affect the way [...]

Hope Academy for Girls in Sierra Leone

Hope Academy for Girls in Sierra Leone

Just got these fabulous photos from the Hope Academy for Girls in Sierra Leone London charity dinner that I attended a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful evening and although I had to leave before the dancing started to catch my train home, I had a fun time and met some incredible people. Hope [...]

Easter Holidays in the UK

Easter Holidays in the UK

My kids think Easter in America is amazing. They experienced it two years ago in Florida with their American grandparents, one of their American Aunts and one of their American Uncles. The weather was hot, the food was amazing and the Easter eggs and candy were never ending. It was an amazing time and the [...]

Sharing the love for new authors

Sharing the love for new authors

Well, it’s Friday and the Easter school holidays are upon us! It’s been a very busy term and the kids are ready for the break and looking forward to Easter. The chocolate eggs here are huge and seem to be everywhere from the beginning of March. Let’s just hope for some warm weather. If it [...]

Giving back

Giving back

As I am now in my early forties approaching middle age (cringing-am I really middle aged?!!) I feel it’s my turn to give back. I have always supported charities and made donations to charitable organisations, sponsored children and given regularly financially and we also sponsor endangered animals as well and we go to charity events [...]

5 Lessons I Have Learnt from the British

5 Lessons I Have Learnt from the British

This is the fourth and final blog link up post about celebrating expat life, started by Amanda van Mulligen of Expat Life With a Double Buggy. See previous three posts here: 5 Things I Love About My Expat Life , 5 Reasons I’m Glad my Children are British and American and 5 Reasons I’m Glad [...]

5 Reasons I’m Glad my Children Speak British English and American English

5 Reasons I’m Glad my Children Speak British English and American English

This is the third blog link up post started by Amanda van Mulligen of Expat Life With a Double Buggy. See previous two posts here: 5 Things I Love About My Expat Life and 5 Reasons I’m Glad my Children are British and American I didn’t think I could join in with this one as [...]

It’s a Minion cake!

It’s a Minion cake!

Although Jonah’s actual birthday is this coming Saturday, he had his birthday party (a joint party with his best friend) this past Saturday. They were born within two weeks of each other, they’re in the same class at school, have many of the same friends and live two doors down from each other. Seemed to [...]

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