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From Trailing spouse to Expat mother 

6 May

Being an expat is an adventure! It is an amazing journey of highs and lows, laughter and tears, goals and fears and most of adventure! 

My love of the USA started back in 2005 when I came over to be a councilor for summer camp. California was like no where I had been. The food, people, sights was like nothing else. 

We then returned in 2008 and spent 8 years on and off in the States. We were expats. When we returned to the states in 2013, I knew we would have children abroad. My husband and I always wanted children and I knew it would happen in California. 

With that said we had two beautiful children Grace and William. This is when the transition of trailing spouse to expat mother occurred. Being a expat is one thing, being a expat mother is another. 

As a expat you are constantly navigating daily life- banking, working, insurance, housing. Having a baby in a foreign country takes on a whole new world. From navigating the medical system, to citizenship, to health insurance to then taking on parenthood. 

What I have realized is when you change from a trailing spouse to a expat mother something inside of you changes. Yes you have had a baby but something else. It is as if it makes you more independent, resourceful and resilient. 

Being a mother is no easy task no matter where you live but living away from family and friends adds a further challenge. Now for me, I have lived away from family a long time. I haven’t lived in the same country or place as my parents for over 10 years. But it is when you have children you wish you lived that little bit closer. 

As a expat you constantly have to put yourself out there, to make friends, try new things to take on new adventures. Being a expat Mom has a whole set of new challenge. A fellow reader asked me about my motherhood experiences recently And what are my top tips for surviving motherhood as a expat. This was the inspiration for this blog, so now to share my tips! 

Well here are my top tips! 

Support– reenforcements, family, friends, mother helper 

Mothers groups- find/ meet other mothers, find people you click with, have something in common with. 

Date night- find time to have some adult time and enjoy a date night with your partner.

Hobbies– continue or find a hobby just for you! Tennis, going to the gym, language class, choir. Something for just you! 

Intellectual outlet– find something that simulates your mind- work, study, writing a blog, keeping up with the news. 

Wine– if all else fails wine! Everything also seems clear upon a nice glass of wine. 

Motherhood is an amazing gift, journey and adventure. It is powered by love, fueled by coffee and sustained by wine! 

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Where food & wine meets = Mixoloseum

9 Oct

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After popular demand this post is re posted!

Are you a foodie?

Are you a wino?

If you said YES to any of above, you MUST read this blog post. Food and wine is a love of mine, from cooking, to enjoying amazing food in restaurants, wine tasting to hosting dinner parties.

What I find the hardest, is finding interesting tasty produce both with food and wine. The other factor is time. Finding time to cook and put on a dinner party, where you spend time enjoying the food and wine with guests rather than being in the kitchen.

Then my prayers were answered with one word Mixoloseum.

What is Mixoloseum you may say? It is a time saver, foodies dream and a wine heaven.

Mixoloseum is an organisation that is about the love of eating, drinking, sharing and sociable selling. Now you know to date that I haven’t promoted products unless I truly believe in them. I personally know the Aussie co-founders and know first hand that what they offer is truly unique.

Check out there website and order online or even better host a Mix Party at home where you can invite your friends and family to share a night in sampling and enjoying the Mixoloseum experience.

My favorite product to date is the chocolate marshmallow balsamic vinegar, yes you heard me right. It is to die for and great for the time poor. Sometime cooking desserts gets too hard or I know I find it hard to come up with new creative desserts to serve to my guests, put it over icecream and you are done. When dessert sneaks in and makes a move on your savoury canapés. Its time sweeten up your next dinner party.

Stuck for ideas for your next dinner party? Do you pull out the same dips, crackers, cheese? Keep it simple but simply add some jazz to your next spread. http://www.mixparty.com/bottle.php?ProductID=3018&cPath=18

And for the totally lazy, yet serious planner (yes that is me), they even have a Bakers Delight Gift Box.

http://www.mixparty.com/gourmet-c-1_24.html

(it comes with a Sweet Dukkah Crumb – Sprinkle this magic blend of nuts, seeds, sweet spices and coconut over yogurt, ice-cream, fresh fruit or to add some texture to your baked delights. Roll Salmon or Mahi Mahi in this delicious crunchy blend and bake or grill for seafood perfection.

So stop reading, YES stop right now and check it out. I know for the fellow foodies and wino you wont be sorry you did!

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