Bringing Up Brits

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 […]

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 […]

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!   ****************** […]

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. […]

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 […]

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing all Americans near and far a very Happy 4th of July! We are celebrating in Arundel, a beautiful castle town in West Sussex, at The Loft in Sparks Yard where they are putting on an all American weekend. It’s burgers and beer (A&W for the kids), fries and milkshakes. This time last year, my […]

Glorious Britain in Spring time

Glorious Britain in Spring time

Spring in Britain is definitely my favorite season. Summer is always disappointing no matter what because we expect it to be hot and it rarely ever is. Winter is just cold and damp, and Autumn marks the end of summer – most times before it even begins. So Spring is perfect because if the weather […]

Guest lecture to University students in London

Guest lecture to University students in London

WHAT: Guest lecture on raising cross cultural children in Britain to a group of American students studying child development WHO: Students of the University of Lipscomb, Nashville, TN USA WHERE: Russell Square, London UK Dr John Conger of Lipscomb University contacted me in January explaining that he was bringing a group of American students to […]

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