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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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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Life as an expatriate: Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. …

Last month was quite tough for me. I’m optimistic that things are improving though. I’ve laid down some ground rules. I’ve reset my priorities. I’ve been overwhelmed with support from all corners of the globe. My family and friends are awesome. It’s been interesting to see the way my Expater friends replied. Nine times out of ten, those living abroad…
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Worst week of my expat life. Bet you’ve been there too.

I’m pregnant. I had written a lovely, cheerful post about how the doctor tricked me into thinking I was having triplets and how relieved I was to be having ‘just’ one. I’m overjoyed to be having another child. This is not the story, though. Back to the crap. After all, that’s the interesting bit. And more importantly, Expaters, this is…
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Travel with preschool age children

When asked an expat mum said to Santa that she’d like a purple unicorn for Christmas. ‘Don’t be silly’, Santa replied, ‘there’s no such thing’. ‘OK’, said the mum, ‘I’ll have a relaxing flight back home with the kids then’. ‘Umm… let me see about that unicorn’, said Santa. I recently survived the flight from hell with our two preschoolers.…
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Expat stress can make your speech go funny

Did you know that stress can affect your speech? Neither did I, until today. I’ve been rather poorly recently and the doctors can’t figure it out. My tongue is swollen, my mouth is full of ulcers and I get the shakes now and again. At night time it gets so bad that I wake up to little pools of blood…
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Sod it, the packing can wait

These last few weeks have been chaotic. The kids have been off nursery for three weeks due to a sickness bug. Three weeks. These last few days they’ve been healthy enough to run around, shout from the top of their lungs and need entertainment (Muuuuuuummy! We need play dough… Quickly!), but were possibly contagious, so we’ve had to keep them…
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Leaning in to my new expat role

I’m currently in London visiting a friend from my university days. It was a last minute trip to catch up with her and other friends before I jet off on my next expat adventure. It only just dawned on me that it’s my first childfree trip in three and a half years. Three and a half years. I’ve handed over…
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How to get away from it all in luxury

Over the last few months I’ve been abroad for weddings, to see family and just to get away from it all. As a blogger I embrace technology, but I also need a respite and I especially love holidays where I can disconnect. As expats, it’s not always easy to get away from it all is it? Perhaps it’s a visa…
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Is this the coolest Hotel in the world?

Newsflash: unlike other lifestyle bloggers I’m not cool. A friend’s teenage daughter once said she loved how I wore hats in an ironic way. I don’t dress ironically. I dress to stay warm. She thought I was dressing to be cool and when she found I wasn’t, she reckoned that was also cool. Teenage fashion is very confusing. No matter…
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