The Artwork in My Doctor’s Office is Better Than Yours

The three of us ended up with a long lasting virus, so we made a trek to a doctor’s office. Everyone is fine, thanks. I wanted to call to your attention a lovely trend I’ve noticed here. The artwork in my pediatrician’s office is incredible. Who else is going to tell you that?

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Wanting the Unschool Life in a Go to School World

I’ve been struggling with a very difficult parenting decision. And I thought I’d made peace with it, until we came out of a weekend where we were beautiful, model unschoolers. Or homeschoolers. Or whatever term makes you happy. I really want to continue to live the unschool life in a go to school world.

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We Are Still Reading Zoey & Sassafras (and Why You Should, Too!)

When Asia Citro first advertised her series Zoey & Sassafras, I jumped at the opportunity to read them. The books are about a young girl with a cat that includes science and magic? Count me in!

The series is growing and there are two forthcoming books. The fourth book in the series is cameĀ  out on November 21, 2017 and I’ve already pre-ordered devoured it because I love this series. Here’s why I love the Zoey and Sassafras books so much!

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These Are Some of the Cutest Hairstyles Ever

Most days, if everyone is dressed, fed, and teeth brushed, I’m feeling ahead of the game. Getting everyone’s hair brushed is like a bonus in the game of life. Not required, but boy, it looks nice! My daughter prefers to wear her hair down and loose and I don’t try to tame that preference, because it isn’t my hair. The only thing I insist upon is that it gets brushed somewhat regularly. Up until now, that’s about as much as she’d let me play with it, so I haven’t even tried any special hairstyles.

In Mexico, I’ve made an observation (it’s a generality, not an absolute). So many kids have amazing hairstyles. Boys and girls alike, even in casual settings like the mall, are styled and gelled. The girls’ styles are often intricate. I wonder, “how do they do it?”

Because this seems beyond my capabilities.

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Cockroaches In My Coffee and Other Delightful Anecdotes

I wandered downstairs one recent Saturday morning. The house smelled deliciously of coffee, which was normal for a weekend. My husband (almost) always brews coffee for both of us. He feels it’s in his best interest, but I’m not usually a cranky-ass mess before coffee anymore. I’m more of a zombie.

The day before, he’d told me, “There were some tiny cockroaches in the coffeemaker.” My face want from normal to full on eww in 0.001 seconds.

“There are cockroaches in the coffeepot???” I said incredulously. I’ve been drinking coffee! Everyday. Like always! Had I been unknowingly consuming cockroach poop or corpses?

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My 100 Year Old Grandmother Died, And This is How I Feel

My grandmother died yesterday morning at age 100. Obviously, given her advanced years and also her declining health, it wasn’t entirely unexpected. Though, you do always think you have just a little bit longer.

Our relationship wasn’t a close one. She had a tough life. Born in 1917, she was the oldest of 6 children (outliving all but one sister). My great-grandmother died when my grandma was only 13 years old and she raised her siblings. What that entailed was quitting school and taking on house cleaning work to make their lives a little better. She lived through both World Wars and countless others, and also the Great Depression. This cemented her frugal nature and has definitely had some bearing on me, as my dad is also frugal.

Grandma was practical to a fault and often tactless. She always told me how fat I was while I was growing up. While I have many memories of her, there are two strong memories that stand out in my brain at the moment.

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10 More Halloween Costume Ideas for Travelers & Expats

I love dressing up for Halloween. Last week, I posted 15 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas for Travelers & Expats, because even though I’m an expat and parent, I still want to dress up in a Halloween costume! Guess what? I found more amazing ideas that will (mostly) travel really easily, while still being neat costumes.

After all, it’s more fun to dress up if the Halloween costume is pretty cool. These costumes are pretty cool, punny, or both. If I could be all the things, I would. A mermaid version of Carmen Sandiego? Count me in.

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15 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas for Travelers & Expats

Halloween is a holiday that really appeals to my theatrical side. I still dress up, even if I don’t necessarily go all out nowadays. Here are some fun costume ideas, because even expats and travelers need ideas! You may already own most of the costume. Most are practical and can be worn again after Halloween.

As always, please be aware that there are things that could be very offensive in other cultures. I strongly recommend researching customs in the area you are living or visiting before dressing up. When in doubt, don’t. For expats living in and travelers going to the USA for Halloween, almost anything goes. The costumes below travel well!

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For the Mom Traveler Who is About to Give Up

I was there, fellow mom traveler or mom traveler want-to-be. It felt like I’d never get out of the mom rut. Would I ever get to see a beach again? Would I ever get to visit Europe or Japan? Could my husband and I travel with our kids and live to tell the tale?

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How I Learned to Embrace Writer’s Block

There are days when I am prolific. The words flow from my brain to my fingertips and onto the paper (or screen). Those are the days when the ideas are rolling out almost fully formed and the descriptive words come easily. Though I write every day, I also have frustrating days, even weeks, of writer’s block.

I have some huge advantages; I don’t depend on my writing for my income. I can allow myself some grace and if I don’t have a post for a week or two, it isn’t the end of my blog. It’s still frustrating to feel like the writing ideas well is dry (and sprinkled with too many cliches). What do I do to combat writer’s block?

I now embrace it.

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