• My Expat Advice for Choosing an International School

      When you are preparing to move abroad, the list of decisions and things to consider seems endless!  And when children are involved, understanding what the best option is for their education is top on the list.   In this featured podcast with The Expat Cast, I loved sharing my advice for choosing an international school for our two older children and a local trilingual school for our youngest. Check out more of the podcast on Choosing an International School here and my high-level tips below for making this big decision as an expat family. *Listen on the website, on an iPhone with the Apple Podcast…

  • 5 Things Not to Bother Packing For Kids

    Whether you’re preparing for a long road trip, a quick weekend getaway or an overseas flight, parents have a tendency to over-stress about what to pack for kids. After lots of travels with our family of five, here are a few things NOT to bother packing. If you do a quick search online for “packing tips when traveling with children” literally hundreds of articles will pop up. Each one promising the best tips, fail-proof methods and must-have products. We tend to think if we over prepare for any and every situation, we’ll be better off. But as someone who has a “less is more” mindset,…

  • 5 Reasons Why Moving Abroad with Kids is Awesome!

    Before we became expats and made the decision to move abroad, my husband and I would sit in front of the TV and watch HGTV’s House Hunters International. Each week a new family was featured relocating across the world to a life unknown. We marveled at how they did it. Left their familiar hometowns, packed up and shipped out – either because they had to or because they chose to. And of course every episode ended with happy smiling faces of parents and kids all settled in and thriving in their new foreign country. “Yea, right!” we would laugh. It can’t be that EASY! I…

  • 4 Lessons Learned When Traveling with Toddlers

    Someone once said to me, “Traveling is like getting a tattoo. You do it once and it’s almost impossible to stop there. It becomes a part of you forever.” As someone who never mustered up the courage to get inked, I can only imagine the similarity between the two. Because when it comes to travel – I simply can’t get enough! It didn’t take long after relocating to Barcelona for the “wanderlust bug” to whisper in our ears! And in Europe, with flights under two hours and less than 100 euros to virtually any country, it’s hard to resist! If you follow our journey on…

  • 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…

  • 5 Secrets to Enjoying an Art Museum…With Kids!

    Truth be told, we didn’t mean to visit the Kunthisories Art History Museum with our kids during a recent trip to Vienna.  It just sort of happened!  In an effort to include something child-friendly into our trip (since the city isn’t as toddler focused as Barcelona!), we meant to purchase tickets for the Museum of Natural History.  An honest mistake, I swear! Both identical buildings, grandiose and awe-inspiring from the exterior, sit right across from one another in an area of Vienna called Museum Quarter Wien.  In our haste to achieve smiling faces we quickly jumped online and purchased tickets – to the wrong museum!…

  • 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……

  • 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…