Why I’m not buying gifts for my kids’ teachers

Expaters, did you buy your kid’s teacher a present this year? What did you give? I scanned the web for teacher gifts and look what I found in The Independent, a major British newspaper: ‘A candle might be a bit of a teacher present cliché, but make it a luxury number with Jo Malone and you can’t go far wrong’. …
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Parents: How to keep your sh*t together this Christmas

Christmas is a time for family, fun and festive cheer. If you’re like me, it’s also a time for screaming at your kids to pleeeeease stop hitting each other, gritting your teeth as you get covered in residue from lunch and counting the minutes to wine o’clock. I’m not the patient type. I wish I were. I love my kids…
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My new trick for dry, damaged hair

Want to know my go to hair detox? The product I use to get rid of product? The cheat I use to scrape away the residue of pollution, overenthusiastic use of hair spray and city dirt? Washing up liquid. It strips the hair of all the crap that comes with living in the city. But as you might guess, it…
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Expaters this will make you laugh (and me scream)

I’m really getting into Chilean life. My Spanish is improving, my kids are settled in their nursery and I feel at home. In fact, my kid has his nursery graduation show tonight – a Ghostbusters themed extravaganza. We’ve been making his costume for a couple of weeks now. Yesterday I even headed to the busiest market in town to get…
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Anxious or depressed? Speak to Audrey

Expat life is fabulous. Life here in Chile revolves around skiing, swimming and Shiraz. Well, yes and no… At times, expat life can be very tough. Sometimes it’s more than that. Sometimes we can’t find the tunnel, let alone the light. Been there, done that…  I’ve experienced horrible anxiety after the sickness of my middle child. Even after the trauma…
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Why we should all pray (including atheists like me)

I’m atheist and I pray. No, I’m not agnostic. I’m not harboring a subconscious desire to convert. I don’t believe in any god in any form. I don’t believe in the soul. Telling me that there’s a god is like telling me blue is red. It’s not a case of wanting or not wanting to believe, I just don’t. Blue is…
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The International Women’s Club needs you (and you may need it)

Expaters, we live in a globalized, but lonely world. Let’s connect! A few years ago while living in Belgium I met a girl at an expat group. She confided in me that she’d actually been having a really rough time before finding the group and just wished she’d met us earlier. Not speaking the local language, finding the lifestyle very…
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Fear Of Missing Out On Your Goals?

A few nights ago I escaped for drinks with girlfriends. We got talking about the ‘Fear Of Missing Out on My Goals’. It’s a big thing and even has its own acronym (FOMOMG). In fact it keeps cropping up in conversations among my friends. Is it a millennial angst thing or an expat thing? Or does it apply to all,…
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The dangers of private healthcare

Private healthcare is awesome. I feel blessed to have it. Without it, I refused to feel move to Chile, a new continent for me. On the whole we’ve had awesome medical care here in Chile. But private healthcare is not always great. I’m just a little concerned about the over prescription of drugs, the dash to surgery, the antibiotic cure all…
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Beauty hacks for the expat woman

After my last post on getting makeup ready in a rush, I’ve had a few Expaters get in touch for more beauty tips. I’m not a makeup pro, I’m no #instabeauty, but I do know a thing or two about getting ready with three screaming kids clinging to my ankles. Here are a few of my fave quick fixes, hacks and…
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