Bringing Up Brits

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 […]

Mother’s Day competition from Kaya Jewellery

Mother’s Day competition from Kaya Jewellery

Would you like to win a £20 off voucher for beautiful handmade in the UK silver jewellery? A great idea for Mother’s Day or simply to treat yourself. We’ve teamed up with Kaya Jewellery and are thrilled to offer you this opportunity, especially in the run up to Mother’s Day in the UK. And if […]

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 […]

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