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10 Handy IKEA Purchases That Fit in a Suitcase

Strangely enough, my first trip to an IKEA didn’t happen until we moved overseas. My mom claims she took me with her to get some stuff for my younger sister back in the day, but I don’t recall it. I don’t know what took me so long to walk through the doors of that magical […]

Generous to a Fault

Last week my neighbor came over for a visit. She stayed and helped me do dishes and cook, then we chatted. It was such an enjoyable time. I finally had made a friend. We have lived in our new city for 6 months and this was the first time anyone has come over and spent […]

Who’s Afraid of a Special Diet?

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

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

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

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

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!?!

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 […]