Bringing Up Brits

Yo-gurt or Yog-urt?

Yo-gurt or Yog-urt?

Had a very enjoyable and, at times, hilarious dinner last night with a wonderful American mummy blogger and expat from California. I was on my way back down south after a day in London for work and thought it would be a great opportunity to meet Elfa of Californian Mum In London in person. We’d […]

What I’ve learned about living in Britain from Downton Abbey

What I’ve learned about living in Britain from Downton Abbey

As we say farewell to Downton Abbey for forever (one small indirect spoiler for USA readership – Do not read further!), I reflect on all that it has taught me as a non British person living in Britain. I’ve laughed, cried, guffawed and cheered with the Crawley family and their jolly servants and fell in […]

Christmas 2015 in pictures

Christmas 2015 in pictures

As we bring in the new year, I’m so thankful for my husband, my children and my family. Globally, 2015 has been a year of tragedy and terror for so many. Let’s hope 2016 brings rest and hope to those who need it most. Here’s our Christmas in pictures. Happy New Year everyone!   ****************** […]

Cross-cultural kids

Cross-cultural kids

We spent Thanksgiving with about 40 American expats who are living in East Sussex, only one of them I had actually met before. I was near to tears at how welcoming and friendly they all were. People were saying similar things about their experience living in England and suddenly I felt like all my fears […]

Thanksgiving in the UK with Americans

Thanksgiving in the UK with Americans

What a special day, hope everyone is having a wonderful time and has lots to be thankful for. We are breaking tradition and having an American Thanksgiving dinner with American expats in Brighton and Hove. So, a VERY special celebration this year! Plus, it’s my birthday today And… Happy Birthday to my Dad and to […]

A Spanish surprise

A Spanish surprise

We’ve arrived back in England after a few days away in Spain visiting British grandparents and catching some well needed R&R. We love going to Spain during October, out of season, as it’s much more chilled out, fewer tourists and lots of car parking spots open! Plus, the weather is generally still warm and summery. […]

When friends move away

When friends move away

One of the hardest things about living outside your home country as an expat is making friends. What’s even harder is watching those friends go back to their home countries or move on somewhere else. Additionally, what’s even harder than that is watching friends who are native to your adopted country move to your original […]

Afternoon Tea – is it only for tourists now?

Afternoon Tea – is it only for tourists now?

Since moving to England, I’ve experienced some pretty amazing cream teas and afternoon teas. Traditional afternoon tea is an English tradition that I really like but wonder whether it is dying out? Especially with young people? I was talking with my 14 year old who thinks afternoon tea is an old tradition that only old […]

What we learned in France

What we learned in France

School is back! Anyone see that funny video that American family made about back to school? Sums it up pretty well Baby got class – give it a watch. Our summer went by soooo quickly, not too hard to imagine especially since the kids are only off school for six weeks. We were away for […]

English Summers

English Summers

As I write this post, the view from my window is very grim indeed. Drizzly rain, dark skies, cool winds. Welcome to summer in England! We have had a good stretch of nice sunny weather which has been great. But the thing about July and August in England is that the weather is incredibly unpredictable. […]

The Fenn/Walker reunion

The Fenn/Walker reunion

So great to see my co-author Heidi Walker and her family who were visiting the UK on holiday. I’ve known Heidi since college, we graduated together from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph-College) in 1994 but it wasn’t until we wrote our book together in 2013 that I realized just how much we have in common. […]

One of my favorite places

One of my favorite places

One of the great joys of living in England is the setting. Just down the road from us, there is this beautiful little town complete with medieval castle, winding river, historical ruins, museum, riverside walks, ducks and swans. It has something for everyone – playground, walks, shops, cafes, ice cream, restaurants, art galleries, antiques, churches, […]

Top Tips on Getting Stuff Done

Top Tips on Getting Stuff Done

People sometimes ask me “how do you do it?” Meaning, how do I manage to run a design business full-time with three children, blog regularly, keep on top of emails, keep up with social media, manage a household as the main child carer, sell books, and organize fundraising events? Well I thought I’d post a […]

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