• Why We Moved Abroad

    I was so excited when @LittleMissExpat (awesome teen blogger, current expat kid!! Love these millennials!) reached out about writing a piece for her blog about just WHY we moved abroad. Her project titled “The Expat Features” tells real stories of people who have taken the road less traveled and moved abroad for a life unknown. Hey, that’s us! Here’s our family story about why left a perfect little life and moved across the world along with a nugget of wisdom for others also hit with the wanderlust bug. Hope you enjoy and be sure to check out Little Miss Expat’s other content for stories and…

  • 4 Qualities Being An Expat Won’t Change

    (3 minute read) It’s inevitable that choosing to uproot your life and move abroad to another country will forever change you. In some ways, such as language development and cultural appreciation, for the better. In other ways, such as gaining some extra pounds indulging in the local cuisine, for the less. But after almost two years living abroad, I can confidently say there are a few things about myself personally that are planted in my American Central New Jersey identity and will probably never change. Whether I plant myself in Barcelona or Brisbane, it’s who I am. And you know what? I’m totally okay with…

  • 5 Discoveries that Made Moving Abroad a Breeze

    It’s been fun writing for the blog week after week and documenting our experiences as an expat family. I hope to look back someday on this exciting chapter and remember the journey all over again. If living abroad has taught me one thing, it’s that living abroad isn’t so…uncommon! I used to think it was – picking up your whole life and venturing to a world unknown. But actually, it seems like every day I meet a new face here from a different part of the globe…..other than Spain. People from all different cultures and backgrounds with rich stories to match. It amazes and inspires…

  • Barcelona: 7 Rumors & 1 Truth

    It’s one thing to do your research online when moving to a new place, like I did when our family relocated to Barcelona. But you only really find out what’s rumor or truth until you see and experience for it for yourself! Turns out, lots of rumors about Barcelona aren’t actually true. If you’re lucky enough to visit or live in this incredible city, learn the facts from someone who figured things out the hard way. 7 Rumors and 1 Truth About Barcelona LANGUAGE – It’s a modern world, everyone in Barcelona speaks English: FICTION It makes me chuckle when I look back on the…

  • How We Celebrated an American Christmas in Spain

    Inhale. Annnnnnd exhale. Did anyone else breathe an enormous sigh of relief now that the holidays are OVER? Don’t get me wrong, I love the preparations and hate how fast it all ends! It’s a mix of emotions that the most anticipated time of year with the parties, the presents, the traditions and the cheer has come and gone. But here’s the thing… With anticipation often comes expectation and if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, it can be super stressful!! The turkey must be perfectly cooked, the tree lights twinkling just right, the presents meticulously wrapped and the magic of the season…

  • 5 Fail-Proof Cures for Expat Homesickness

    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 pits, crunchy leaves between your feet and a warm scarf wrapped around your once tanned shoulders.  Fall signifies routine, with kids back to school, and an anticipation in the air of holiday festivities to come. Every expat goes through it at one time or another, usually around their second or…

  • Why Halloween in Barcelona is Amazing

    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 time with my face in my knees than actually watching.  In general, I hate being scared and since my husband is aware of this, he makes it his mission to jump out and scare the skeleton out of me on a regular basis!  My kids are now starting to catch on too……

  • 6 Surprises About Raising Expat Kids

    Life abroad really does give you an entirely new perspective into the world – and raising expat kids in Spain has had its fair share of surprises along the way. When we made the decision to move to Barcelona with our young children, we dreamed about the new adventures they would have and broader perspective they would gain into the world around them! However….(and I say that with a giggle) there have also been some rather….surprising and unexpected experiences for the kids that Tony and I were NOT prepared for.  Things that locals here don’t blink an eye to, just another day in the life…

  • Why Our Third Baby Made Moving Abroad Even Better!

    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 for me, a bit more hair for him. As we read our vows to one another, our promises for what life together would look like, there were tears through smiles. I read aloud my dreams of starting a family together….. putting an extra emphasis on having “many children”…..and received a rather…