kids


Preschool in the Bay Area: A Difficult Search

When I moved to the Bay Area one year ago, I had a picture in my head of how my life would look there. I would find the perfect house (or at least one which was suitable for us), send the children to an amazing preschool, have time for myself and my career. I was waiting for perfect weather and beaches in the afternoons. I knew that some of these things would be harder to get than others but I also knew that at the end of the day I would get there in the end. I thought I planned […]


Catch the Spirit: Halloween 2016

We arrived in the US in August, so the first major American holiday we experienced, and one of the most exciting for the kids, was Halloween. We’d all seen enough American TV shows to know that Halloween was a big deal here, not at all like at home in the UK, and when piles of pumpkins and giant inflatable decorations started appearing in the stores in September (not to mention pumpkin-flavored everything in Trader Joe’s) the kids were overjoyed. From low-key to all out In the UK, Halloween is pretty low-key. Not many people decorate their house and kids only […]


FaceTime is Family Time: Keeping in Touch the Expat Way

As is common here in the Bay Area, we reside far from our families. Like many, we say: ‘We keep in better contact now than if we lived in the same country!’ And indeed, it’s true, daily moments shared on Instagram, updated iPhoto albums between assorted family and friend groups, endless WhatsApp chats sharing photos, FaceTime chats, links, videos, emoji.