Bringing Up Brits

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 […]

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 […]

The Mothership Sleep Support for expat parents

The Mothership Sleep Support for expat parents

My husband and I moved to Kuwait last year when my little boy was 1 year old, he had an amazing routine when we were in Canada but after moving that all went out the window! I struggled in a new country making friends and also meeting people who understood what I was going through. […]

Happy Mother’s Day to American Moms

Happy Mother’s Day to American Moms

I’m not a Mom, I’m a Mum. But I am from America and my own mother is a Mom. So happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and to all Moms today whether you are in the States or elsewhere! Have a wonderful day! I’ve already celebrated Mother’s Day here in England back in March, although […]

Shameless Christmas gift plug

Shameless Christmas gift plug

Ok so here’s my Christmas “Buy my book” blog post, I promise it will be the ONLY one until next year at the end of November. But as it’s coming up to Christmas time I thought I’d better make an effort because I seem to be better at promoting and selling other people’s things instead […]

Pumpkin pie – pie in the sky

Pumpkin pie – pie in the sky

This question is for Americans who are living in the UK. Do you sometimes get this? So many British people have asked me if I made Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and when I replied no I did not, they gasp and ask me why I didn’t and express their surprise at why I did not. […]

Shepherds, fayres and Christmas cakes – Oh my!

Shepherds, fayres and Christmas cakes – Oh my!

Good luck to those who have young children in UK schools! Christmas madness all starts this week and if you’re like me with three children in three different schools, then your calendar will be jam packed. My top tip for keeping track of where and when you’re supposed to be for each child at each […]

Different ways of celebrating the holidays

Different ways of celebrating the holidays

Today I had a really lovely discussion with a group of business women, over lunch, about different ways of celebrating the holidays. I discovered that my husband’s family traditions, while being very British, are not necessarily what all British people do and that the way people celebrate Christmas in Britain is actually quite similar to […]

Popchips UK Get popped!

Popchips UK Get popped!

I sometimes get sent stuff to try out and then blog about, most of the time it is centered around American holidays which is fine by me! This year for Thanksgiving we got a huge box of Popchips, a relatively new type of potato chip that is hitting the UK by storm. They are now […]

How to tame the tiger parent

How to tame the tiger parent

When I was 12 and 13 I babysat regularly every weekend for two families with babies the same age. One of the moms spent her days showing flash cards to her baby and using educational tools and toys to interact with her baby. The other mom did not. Over the few years I spent with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Online cooking course in England from Italy by Americans

Online cooking course in England from Italy by Americans

My daughter, aged eleven, and I did something brand new yesterday. We did an online live cooking course put on by an American couple living and running their own Italian farm house inn and cooking holiday business in Le Marche, Italy. Ashley and Jason Bartner are expats in business who are featured in my book […]

Does ‘Britishness’ affect you?

Does ‘Britishness’ affect you?

I follow a coaching/business/life blog by Claire Bradford of Straightforward coaching (she always writes interesting and thought provoking stuff!!) and the other day she wrote a post that made me sit up straight and say YES YES!! Claire wrote about how British culture influences our attitudes towards self-promotion and how that can affect the way […]

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