Expert beauty tips for looking fab in five

We’ve all been there. You’ve been up since 5.30am, changing, feeding, changing, feeding… then somehow it’s 2pm. Finally you rush out of the door quicker than Indiana Jones with fed and clean(ish) kids. Hoorah! Then you catch yourself in the mirror… You look like sh*t. And now you feel it too. Of course children’s bellies should take priority over mascara,…
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Ten ways to tell you’ve been an expat for a long, …

Been an expat for a long time? I’ve been living abroad one and off since I was 18 and it’s made me a little odd I guess. How about you, Expaters? You know when you’ve been away from ‘home’ for a long, long time when… Someone asks you where you got an item of clothing and you reply with a…
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What’s your expat type?

Why did you move abroad? For love, for work, or just for the hell of it? Internations, a network and guide for expats in 420 cities worldwide has published results from a massive survey, summarizing why we choose to move abroad. I reckon I fall (or have fallen) into just about every category. What’s your expat type? The Go-Getter You…
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How to learn a foreign language – it’s simpler than you thought

Languages are like diets. Just like that pill which promises to give you a Victoria’s Secret model’s body in a week, anyone telling you they can make you fluent in Russian overnight is lying. I studied French and German at university, I dabbled in Arabic while living in Damascus and I’m now trying my hand at Spanish here in Chile.…
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Getting out of the funk: An expert’s guide

It’s been a tough week. My son suffered a severe anaphylactic attack and we suspect he’ll now have lifelong allergies, my newborn has bronchitis and I’m getting over pneumonia. Oof. But I’m positive that we’ll get a grip on my son’s allergies. I’m thrilled my blog seems to be taking off. I’ve met many wonderful people here in Chile that…
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Politics could kill my kid, not a pumpkin seed

Last week my son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction. He nearly died. While we suspect it was caused by a single pumpkin seed, we can’t be sure until we start allergy testing in around five weeks time. The second most disturbing thing, after almost losing my son, is the crazy, dirty world of pharma politics. There’s a global shortage…
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Thank you

Update: We have the Epipens… hoorah… thank you all!      My son nearly died from a severe allergic reaction. I don’t know how else to write it, so there you go. One morning he started rubbing his eye, which seemed a little swollen. In a few minutes half of his face was red, his eyelids were bulging so much…
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Moving to a new country? Read these tips from the experts first

I’ve moved countries about nine times in my life. I say ‘about’ because to be honest I can’t really remember. You think I’d get better at it, but each time moving countries throws up new challenges. For anyone else going through the move, I thought to share a few tips from some of my favourite travel bloggers, expat community founders…
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The second most beautiful scent in the world?

Firstly a little disclosure: As as personal customer of Kai products for some time, I was gifted the new Kai Rose oil duo to try out. There was, however, no agreement or obligation for me to post about the brand or product. And now, ladies, exciting news! I’ve discovered the second most beautiful, natural perfume in the world! But first…
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The dangers of buying second hand car seats

I never used to buy second hand. To me second hand meant dirty and just wasn’t worth the hassle. But then I became an expat. If you’ve ever lived abroad you’ll know the challenges of finding your favourite brands, and the elation when you do get hold of them. This feeling is multiplied times ten when it comes to stuff…
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