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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Luxury children’s clothing and accessories for bargain prices. A new store …

Last week I wrote about my love of recycling and my hatred of waste when it comes to kids stuff. You can imagine my joy when I discovered a new sustainable luxury baby and kids store in Vitacura, Santiago. The Loop is a new cut price store selling top quality baby and kids clothing, toys and accessories for a fraction…
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Cornershop: Stress free online grocery shopping in Santiago de Chile

I just did my first shop with Cornershop. All my friends rave about it, but I’ve only just got round to using it. You see I have a love-hate relationship with shopping. Love designer boutiques, hate supermarkets… Malls devoid of fresh air and natural light make me itch. And shopping with the kids? Don’t even get me started. What is…
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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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Best books for children to learn English

We’ve had a huge clear out, our stuff is packed for Chile and we’re surviving with the basics. We’ve packed away our books too, including our children’s top reads, but have been making up for our loss with extra visits to our local library. One book didn’t make it to the packing boxes however – a Spanish / English children’s dictionary…
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Top ten tips for German (and other European) Christmas markets

Contrary to what most British tabloid newspapers would lead to you believe, it is possible to be British and a Europhile. I love Germany almost as much as I love Christmas and I even chose my university degree based on Christmas market options. (I opted to spend a winter semester in Bavaria and my dissertation was fuelled by mulled wine).…
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Gift ideas: Best luxury beauty travel kits

I travel regularly and Expaters, I’m sure you do to. I like to keep a suitcase under the bed ready to go, just in case. After all, Paris is always a good idea. After travelling a fair amount for my last job and even more as an expat, I now keep a couple of travel beauty sets for last minute…
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