Bringing Up Brits

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Year 9 options in UK schools

Year 9 options in UK schools

For those who, like me, had no idea what options meant or what GCSEs were then talk to your child’s teachers – visit the school, find out all the information relevant to your child’s year 10 and 11 options. Last week I attended the parents’ options evening at my son’s school for year 9 students. […]

It’s getting cold in Britain!

It’s getting cold in Britain!

Cold weather in November is perfectly normal, but because we’ve had such a long Indian summer (even the start of November was mild!) we’re feeling the cold front moving in and it is an affront to our bodies! Last year in January I wrote a blog post about keeping warm. I feel the need to […]

Those British winter blues

Over the past few weeks I’ve been feeling a little down in the dumps. No particular reason, nothing has happened, it’s probably a slump brought on by many various elements – it’s winter and cold, dark days, not much fun, money-is-tight time of year, not seeing many people, living far away from family, kids are […]

Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

Being so far away from family in the States (and even Nick’s parents in Spain – although that’s not SO far, it’s still far enough!), it’s great to be able to keep in touch via email and Skype. So much easier and quicker to keep in touch than snail mail or even the telephone. With […]

Cross-cultural lunch box ideas

Cross-cultural lunch box ideas

Do you get stuck for new ideas of what to put in your children’s lunchboxes? I tend to do the same things every day – it gets boring. Trying to balance healthy and nutritious with appeal and treats is no small feat. My daughter is vegetarian so her lunch box is very different to my […]

Tips for a great weekend with the kids

  20 outdoor activities to do with your kids British summer is unpredictable, we all know that. We all want to make the most of those precious few sunny days we do get and as the weather is set to be good for the foreseeable future it is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors. House […]

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