• 6 Hopes for My Expat Children

    When we decided to take the leap and move from the U.S. to Spain, my head started spinning.  So many questions, even more worries – and tons of hopes!  I prayed my expat children would meet others from all over the world, try new and interesting foods, pick up a foreign language and grow more independent as a result of their new “expat” status.   Looking back after two years abroad, what we got was so much more!  This journey is a part of the canvas of our family forever.  As my children grow up and this incredible chapter becomes a distant memory, I want them to…

  • Prepare Your Kids for Moving Abroad with These 4 Tips

    No amount of research can truly prepare you or your kids to move abroad. To leave everything behind that is familiar and comfortable to start anew. No matter what, the experience will bring about tons of different emotions for each member of your family. So how do parents prepare their children as best as possible for the road ahead? 1. Focus on Kids’ Interests Give some thought to what your kids are truly interested in and use that info to your advantage. My son enjoys futbol (soccer!) and building Legos. My daughter enjoys cheerleading (not the easiest to find in Europe) and gymnastics. So I…

  • A Teen Expat’s Inspirational Story

    COLLABORATION : @LittleMissExpat This is one of those times when social media amazes me! When a world like Instagram has connected me to amazing people I’ve never met with inspiring stories – like Little Miss Expat. At only 17 years young and with the wisdom of a seasoned expat, you can imagine how excited I was to hear her story. I pray my own children grow to be as appreciative of their expat experiences as she is. She overcame the scary uncertainty that being an expat child can bring and is thankful for it. I know you’ll enjoy her story below… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12-years-old. That’s how…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 5 American Conveniences Expats Will 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 sweltering temps, a mass exodus in the month of August also occurs.  The city practically shuts down with most stores and restaurants locking their doors until early September and many streets eerily quiet. This is Spain’s summer “holiday” month.  Which, for the record, I still have a hard time saying.  The…