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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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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Cultural tradition or cultural appropriation?

Last week my children celebrated ‘Mapuche week’ at their nursery. If like me, you’re clueless as to what Mapuche means, well I checked and according to Wikipedia they’re ‘a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia’. I went to a market seller and asked for a Mapuche costume and was handed a couple…
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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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Think your belongings are insured? Think again

Expaters, think you’ve got your personal items insured? Think again. One of my first priorities when we move to a new country is to get insurance set up. But here in Chile it’s proving a little tricky. Travel insurance, health insurance, home insurance; they all exist. But insurance of personal items taken outside of your home, but within Chile, does…
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Expatriate relocation: what to pack in your hand and hold luggage

Last week I listed items that I wished I’d packed in my container before I moved. This got me thinking about things which I should have kept in my suitcase with me for the journey. After a flight from hell and a super chaotic move into our apartment, I’ve learnt the hard way about what to keep in my hand…
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What to pack when relocating to another country? A checklist

What should you pack when moving to a new country? Of course it depends where you’re moving to. And how much you crave your home goodies. But an international move is a great reason to declutter. Scrap, Sell, Store, Ship Follow the rule: first priority is to scrap it. If you really can’t throw it away, then sell it. If…
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Move abroad or long distance relationship? Should you move country for love?

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re with someone from another country. Perhaps you fell in love with a local while abroad, or you moved overseas especially for them. Or you’re doing the long distance thing right now, but are considering a switch to be together. What’s the best route? Is a long distance relationship really worth it? Is it…
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One simple trick to combat stress, loneliness and feel great as an …

During a particularly tough week in Angola a friend said to me: ‘surround yourself with your favourite things’. Life as an expatriate is generally wonderful, but sometimes it gets lonely, stressful and tiring. While it’s not usually possible for us expats to magically transport our loved ones from abroad in times of need, a few little touches can make all the difference.…
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An introduction to mindful eating by mother and former model Stefania Abovic

Picture this, it’s 9.30pm and after a seemingly endless day of nappy changes and generally just keeping your kids alive (‘Pass mummy the meat cleaver, darling!) the little monsters are finally asleep. You head to the fridge, break off a chunk of cheese, tip the remaining contents of the Merlot into the nearest glass and put your feet up to enjoy Netflix.…
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