Don’t let the Smug Expat Mums get to you

Dear fellow Expater mums Beware of the Smug Expat Mum (SEM). They’re the ones wearing makeup and clean clothes by 8am. Their leaders even go in for white jeans. They shun the mum bun for a full on blow dried balayage. Their babies wear cashmere in winter and (freshly ironed) linen in the summer. All courtesy of Ralph Lauren. I…
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Well that was weird! Annabelle’s ‘abnormal’ birth

Last Sunday I gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Annabelle. When originally asked what type of birth I wanted, I said ‘oh you know, normal’. For me, natural births are normal. But here in Chile perhaps less so. Annabelle is my third child, and contrary to expectations it was the most emotional, beautiful and quite frankly downright odd experience.…
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Home Sweet Home – Finding your expat click point

Lots of people have commented how happy and settled I seem in Chile. My Dad asked if the gloss of my expat blog was for real. Well, yes, Papa, I can assure you, Chile is home sweet home. At home in life, at home in a country This got me thinking about feeling settled in life, as well as in…
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Fork – grocery shopping for lazy gourmets in Santiago

Last week on a stroll through Vitacura I stumbled on a wonderful grocery store. Perhaps grocery store isn’t the right word. More like paradise for lazy, but fussy gluttons like me. ‘Fork‘ has three branches across the city (Lo Barnechea, Providencia and since April 2018 Vitacura) with a mission to provide the best local, natural produce. All the best local,…
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Family day trip to the Andes Mountains

I used to struggle to think of ideas of what to do with my kids in the UK. Here in Chile it’s so easy. The beach, the mountains, the desert… they’re all just a couple of hours from our Santiago apartment. On Saturday morning my kid asked to play in the snow. So we headed to Valle Nevado, just an hour…
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