Bringing Up Brits

The most British of them all

The most British of them all

My middle child, my one girl, born on March 7th 2003 is without a doubt the most ‘British’ of all my children. She’s quietly beautiful, reserved, wary of foreign places she knows nothing about, doesn’t like to socialize unless it’s with people she already knows, finds going out too much effort so prefers to stay […]

Mince pies – our tradition, always a reminder

Mince pies – our tradition, always a reminder

I have now been living my life and raising my family in England for 18 years; that’s nearly half my life. There are far too many mixed feelings that I could talk about, why I have them and why they will probably never fade. This is one reason I started this blog. A place where […]

An American in Helsinki

An American in Helsinki

For my 45th birthday, my husband whisked me off to Gatwick, sans enfants, walked me blindfolded (not literally) through to the gate where, to my delight, I saw we were about to board a plane set for Helsinki, Finland. Amazing! What a fabulous birthday surprise. I never would have thought I’d visit Helsinki but now […]

An odd feeling this Thanksgiving

An odd feeling this Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone from over here in the UK! I can’t help but feel that this year there is an odd feeling surrounding Thanksgiving with a lot of people struggling to find something to give thanks for. It’s been one hell of a year, that’s for sure. I’m thankful for the following: My British husband […]

Halloween in the UK

Halloween in the UK

Well, my work is done. You are welcome. Tee hee. Halloween is an established holiday (not an actual holiday) now in the UK and I’m thrilled to report that more people than ever are taking part in Halloween celebrations across the country! Over 10 years ago, I introduced Halloween and Trick-or-Treating to a humble street […]

Mum Hacks

Mum Hacks

Book review: Mum Hacks – Time-saving tips to calm the chaos of family life by Tanith Carey Best bits Covers all age ranges from babies to young teens Covers cooking to parenting to taking care of yourself, jam packed with time saving tips! Excellent swapping ideas for toys for younger children (chapter 2 Playtime Planning) […]

Grandir avec trois nationalités

Grandir avec trois nationalités

Je ne suis pas Anglais, mais Français. Je n’ai pas célébré la bataille d’Azincourt, mais la victoire d’Orléans. J’étais bien meilleur en Allemand qu’en Anglais à l’école. Je suis derrière l’Irlande, l’Ecosse, les Gallois et même l’Italie dans le tournoi des six nations, pourvu que l’Angleterre ne gagne pas. Et pourtant, je suis lié à […]

Racism for us happened long before Brexit

Racism for us happened long before Brexit

So this happened during transfer day. In my girl’s form group at high school the new kids did a bingo game that consisted of answering questions/inputting info and to answer those questions/find the info they had to find stuff or ask the current high schoolers questions. One of the tasks was to find someone who […]

Festival season and 4th of July in the UK

Festival season and 4th of July in the UK

Happy 4th of July! Wishing everyone in the USA a fun and safe celebration and all expats who are living elsewhere, hope you’re able to celebrate too! In the UK, it’s music festival season and we’ve just spent the weekend funking it up at the Love Supreme music festival at Glynde, Sussex. Amazing live music […]

How to learn about the history of an English Castle? Horrible Histories!

How to learn about the history of an English Castle? Horrible Histories!

What’s the best way to learn about the history of an English castle when you have children? Why, Horrible Histories of course! Some of the best family days out are those spur of the moment, grab that opportunity and run with it type of days out and that’s exactly what we had last weekend while […]

The Best European Cities to Visit with Kids

The Best European Cities to Visit with Kids

Visiting Europe is a never-ending journey. There are many things to see, to taste, to learn, to experience. So, for your trip to the continent with your kids, wouldn’t it be much more convenient to usher everyone around by driving? Luxury car hire companies in Europe like PrimeRent for example provide the perfect vehicles to […]

How to get over the Expat slump

How to get over the Expat slump

Homesickness can be debilitating. Culture shock and homesickness combined can be completely crushing and plunges you deep into depression which impacts on your expat experience and life. I know. I’ve been there before. And, weirdly enough, I’m going through it again 18 years after my first expat slump. Expat slump is a mild way of […]

A burger a day in the USA

A burger a day in the USA

We are back in England now after an incredibly emotional trip full of fun, discovery, nostalgia, reunions, and a lot of sadness and grief too. My wonderful mother-in-law very sadly passed away and my husband left us to be with her and his father and siblings during her last hours in Spain. We are so […]

US election 2016, Americans in Britain

US election 2016, Americans in Britain

US election. Republicans. Democrats. Trump. Clinton. Sanders. Trying to explain what is happening in the US to my British born half American children who are on the verge of visiting the States to see their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents pretty much ends in hysterical, nervous laughter. I can’t really fathom what is going on […]

Mum’s Day UK

Mum’s Day UK

Wishing all mums here in the UK and overseas a very Happy Mothering Sunday! I feel bad this year actually because before I realized it was Mother’s Day I had organized my daughter’s 13th birthday celebration to be on the same day. So I’m the reason her friend’s mother will be without her only child […]

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