Blending Holidays Part 2: Thanksgiving

I think it’s safe to say that after two years of tackling our favorite holiday here in Spain, Halloween, we’ve really got it figured out.  It’s clearly a day that’s being embraced all over the globe! But what in the world does an American expat do for Thanksgiving while living outside the states?!  The food, the…

If Ever I Feel Homesick

Fall is undoubtedly, without hesitation, my favorite time of year!  Crisp Autumn winds, smells of outdoor fire pits, crunchy leaves between your feet and a warm scarf wrapped around your once tanned shoulders.  It signifies routine, with kids back to school, and an anticipation in the air of holiday festivities to come. Most recently since…

Blending Traditions Part 1: Halloween

If you’ve ever met me personally, if we’re friends on social media – HELL, if you’ve ever strolled past our home in New Jersey during the month of October, you know ONE thing. We friekin’ LOVE Halloween!!! Not because I’m some thrill-seeker or horror junkie.  Actually, I’m frightened stiff of scary movies and spend more…

The Art of Parenting: European Style

Life abroad really does give you an entirely new perspective into the world – especially European life being more liberal in nature than American life – which at times can seem overrun with rules, red tape and regulation! When we made the decision to move to Barcelona with our young children, we dreamed about the…

The Truth About Three

On an afternoon in early November, my husband and I stood face to face slightly shivering from both nerves and from the autumn chill in the air. Friends and family joined us, but for that moment it seemed Tony and I were the only ones there.  Bright-eyed and giddy, a few less wrinkles back then…

One Year Later: Lessons from an Expat

“What row are we again, hun?” I asked my husband as we stepped onto the airport tarmac leading us towards a massive United Airlines Boeing 757.  “Uhh, I think Row 19…..seats A through E,” my husband responded and chuckled as he checked all five of our boarding passes.  We were in for a long nine-hour…

Five American Conveniences We Dearly Miss…

We’re at the heart of summer here in Barcelona which means twelve straight days of literally NO rain, city-chic farmers tans and bottomless pitchers of fruity sangria.  It also equals sizzling Spanish streets, sleeping with fans blaring and endless hours swimming however possible (open sea, public pool, cool bathtub – whatever it takes!).  And due to the…

Five Spanish Conveniences We’ve Fallen in Love With!

The first time Tony and I visited Europe was to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary.  We took a twelve-night Princess Cruise from Rome and immediately fell in love with the jaw-dropping sites – Venice, Athens, Santorini, Dubrovnick.  Our days were spent slurping gelato, strolling cobblestone streets and sitting in quiet churches admiring the centuries-old…

The Kindness of Strangers

When it comes to blogging, I first thought I would write in chronological order starting with the decision to move abroad, then how we told our children and next, how we shared the news with our families. But after the last two posts I’m in need (and maybe you too!) of something a little bit…

Along for the Ride

Revealing a surprise to your children like a trip to Disney or a new swimming pool is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent.  And for anyone that has had to share less enjoyable news, maybe the death of a family pet, you soon realize this is one of the hardest parts….