Bringing Up Brits

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 […]

Winner of Expat Star Awards 2014

Winner of Expat Star Awards 2014

It’s been a reasonably uneventful summer so far (apart from our trip to Spain which was wonderful and friends visiting the UK from America!) until yesterday when I was notified that Bringing Up Brits had won an Expat Star Award. So excited!! I’m right up there with the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners – two […]

A little tea break

A little tea break

As we approach our annual family holiday, now seems like a good time to break for tea (so say the English) and to regroup (so say the Americans). I will be sure to post if anything significant happens with my bid to become a British citizen or if I come across a guest post that […]

My Expat Bucket List – Blog Link Up

My Expat Bucket List – Blog Link Up

I’m joining in this Expat Bloggers Link Up: My Expat Bucket List by Amanda van Mulligen. Thanks again Amanda for a brilliant idea for a blog link up! Here is my expat bucket list: What things do I still want to see, do or experience in the country that I currently call home? In no […]

America is coming… are we ready?

America is coming… are we ready?

We are so excited about my parents coming from America to visit us in England! The children can’t wait to show them what we get up to in our daily lives and although it’s pretty hectic here all the time, we are really looking forward to showing them our ‘British’ lives and our town. Although […]

Community on our doorstep

Community on our doorstep

Playing Out Days on our road are proving to be hugely successful. I’m thrilled about this because it’s the start of creating a community in our neighborhood, a place we’ve called home for the past seven years but is now only just becoming a home within a friendly community – something I want for my […]

The Mulligan sisters

The Mulligan sisters

Twenty years ago I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Fine Art from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (RMWC), now called Randolph College after going co-ed a few years ago. I lived, worked and studied there for four years in Lynchburg, VA USA – a place I still have a fondness for […]

Chasing Athens

Chasing Athens

Well it’s half term here in the UK and of course it’s raining! Such a shame after the wonderfully warm weather we’ve recently had. This week is all about juggling. I have a full work schedule, am out two nights this week, holiday club for Jonah, friend meet ups for the older two and a […]

Influencing the expectations of my British children

Influencing the expectations of my  British children

I can’t help but feel a little smug at what my daughter Anna Grace told me today. And at the same time, I feel a bit guilty and wonder if this is going to cause more problems for my children in the future. This morning she was excited about the day and was taking some […]

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