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Who’s Afraid of a Special Diet?

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Cooking can be a very intimidating task whenever you move overseas. Whether it’s using a gas stove/oven, substituting something for every recipe, shopping in 3 different places for the ingredients of one meal, or cooking in a kitchen without AC, we all have our stressful cooking moments.  For Robin, things got pretty intimidating when a special […]

Southwest Beef Soup

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When I go to the market I always ask for haas dalam, which translates filet mignon.  Even though I usually purchase filet, the tenderness of our beef is really hit or miss.  This is a great recipe to whip up if you are unsure of the quality of the meat.  You can start it in the morning […]

A Water Birth Story

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We’re so thankful to have our first guest post submitted by the mother of a brand new baby girl. We all love to hear birth stories because each one is so different and so unique in its own special way. I particularly love how this story is full of expectations, yet ends up with surprises around every […]

Prepping for Tot School

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If homeschooling is the route you’ve chosen to take with your children, then trying to think of when to actually start is somewhat of a grey area. Technically, your child started learning as soon as he/she entered this world…but when do you start making that learning process a little more “official”? In the past, when I’ve […]

12 Tips for Your (Overseas) Kitchen

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We got to eat… so, we got to cook.  Gone are the days of a can of this and a jar of that. I feel at times I am cooking over an open flame just like my forefathers (or really, foremothers) did once off the Mayflower. Some days dinner preparation can be daunting.  But over […]

Culture Shock…Again!?!

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My husband and I found ourselves fighting a lot more. About nothing really. About everything actually. So we call a time out and phone (or Skype) a friend. Thankfully we have people who we trust who we can call when we need help. And so after I blabber on for about 15 minutes about not […]

A Case for Year-Round Schooling

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We have started a new Instagram project called The Traveling Academy. We have folks posting regularly who are schooling kids from toddlers to high school. Please come on a follow along and tag your friends who may be interested, too. Today starts our new “year” of school.  You may be thinking, “starting a new year […]

20 Healthy Road-Trip Snacks

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Recently, our family did some traveling across our island that did not include travel by airplane (surprisingly). Instead, it included a 9-hour car ride up and down mountain sides on curvy, pot hole roads, as well as several boat rides–including, but not limited to, small motor boats, fishing boats, and a makeshift pieced together boat […]