Most recently since our family’s relocation from America to Spain, the Fall season also represents a slight tinge of…homesickness. When I long for apple cider, candy corns, roasting marshmallows and the crackle of that first firepit of the season I think of our old life in New Jersey. Crisp Autumn winds, smells of outdoor fire Read More
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 Read More
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 Read More
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 Read More
“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 Read More
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 Read More
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 Read More
Truth be told, I agreed to move to Barcelona having never even been here before. No pressure at all, right!? Call it an enormous leap of faith, but also one of the most exciting parts of our move. The unknown waiting to be discovered. And anyone that’s visited a major European city before knows, they do NOT disappoint… Our Read More
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. Read More
Nine months ago my husband Tony and I started wondering. Asking questions. Dreaming. Believing. Our third daughter, London Olivia (no, she was not conceived in London and yes, we have been asked that more times than you can imagine!) was five months old, barely crawling, when we fell in love with the idea of moving Read More
I’m Lauren. Welcome and thanks for following our journey. I’m a wife of ten years, a mother to three, lover of interior design and restyling furniture – and most recently, an American expat living abroad.
From the hectic to the hilarious, I share our experiences as an American family from Jersey adjusting to our new European life and just trying to fit in like locals! Read Our Story.