Last Minute Breaks in Europe: GO!

by farrah on June 25, 2015 · 2 comments

“Well, if you were to find something, say between now and when school gets out- you should take it.”

That’s all he needed to say. We were sitting on the couch talking about who knows what and this sentence popped out of my husband’s mouth. I latched onto it like remoras to a shark and shoved it into my ‘must research’ bank for evening-post-kids.

paris clockThe ‘Oldest Clock in Paris‘ I saw on my last solo excursion. [click to continue…]


Happy Father’s Day & More

by farrah on June 21, 2015 · 4 comments

Unfortunately the weather here isn’t quite as awesome as it was for Mother’s Day. In fact, I’m in dire need of taking a nap after placing that grocery order (whew!). So while we spoil dad today- I have just a few minutes to jot down some cool stuff around the inter webs that you might find of interest.

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Looking Through the Expat Window, Again

by farrah on June 20, 2015 · 2 comments

This week I saw a meme on Facebook that had to do with how racism is learned by our children. It was simple enough, and old- I had seen it before but for some reason it didn’t really strike me as so painfully obvious as it did this time around. Maybe that’s because my kids are at an age where they’re asking questions. All the questions.

Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list. – Dennis Leary

In the back of my mind I have always known this to be true- but until parenthood came along it didn’t register. And maybe the fact that we live away from where we’re from and the people we know and the safety and security of all that is predictable and familiar- that I’ve been given to take a step back and look at my little expat kids and feel this is true. [click to continue…]


I am getting so antsy to pull up our stakes and get on vacation. It’s not the numerous envy-inducing FB posts (no really, it’s not) of friends’ going on holiday- but instead it’s the weather. The glorious, glorious weather that has finally come to town and has me thinking of nothing but running around all day in no make-up and wild ragamuffin hair.

oisterwijk poolMy boys in the pool at Strand- en Recreatiebad Staalbergven [click to continue…]


Goodbye Shark Helmet, and Thanks

by farrah on June 7, 2015 · 0 comments

I have to give a quick ode of thanks to this bicycle helmet, which we threw in the trash yesterday. I guess I didn’t realize how much sentimentality I had attached to it until my husband clipped it onto the garbage can downtown and we walked away.

bike helmet for kidsNot sure why I had to buy this.  [click to continue…]


Apparently April snuck by me so quickly I didn’t even notice it ended. That, or perhaps my list of ‘books read’ for the month was pretty pitiful. Well, it was, BUT the redeeming quality April offered me was discovering a series I fell in love with and devoured in the past few weeks.

the hangman's daughterThe latest winner in ‘What I can’t shut up about…’

This time I have a series set in medieval Germany (with tips for travelers to the area) and a fabulous expat guide for those of us trotting the globe. As always, I love hearing your recommendations and you never know, I might just splurge on something besides my Kindle Unlimited selections. Since yes, I still haven’t cancelled it yet! I guess for me it really was worth it. [click to continue…]


Not Loving the Locks

by farrah on May 31, 2015 · 11 comments

I never got into the love locks thing. Maybe it’s because I’m old and crabby and not very romantic. Either way, we’ve all heard by now that the famous Love Lock Bridge is falling apart in Paris and its’ days are over.

Love LocksMy boys checking it out in 2013. [click to continue…]


The the King and Queen of the Netherlands will be in Michigan soon, so I threw together a few suggestions of things to do. By no means is this a comprehensive list! You have to cut me some slack as my husband and I left Michigan in 2006. However, I do still remember some pretty fantastic places that they should really see and hopefully my readers will add their two cents as well.

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I find that I want my cake and to eat it too. I straddle this weird line being an American parent in Europe- where if you listen to some mom/parenting blogs these days- being an American mom is filled with crazy. I don’t want to be crazy. But I also can’t be this inherently laid back parent either. I *want* to be that person, but I just… can’t. And I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t sit back here on my throne away from the American-ness and say that many of y’all sound like you’re a bit too into helicoptering, free-ranging or whatever the new buzz word of the moment might be. I do. I judge and think I’m not like that. But….

twThis feels like a lifetime ago. [click to continue…]


My husband and I never got to the point where we made an exact itinerary for Scotland. Half of me felt it just wouldn’t be as fun if we did, and to be honest we never got around to it. The night before we left we decided it would be a good idea to have SOME sort of plan, so we threw out our main goals of what to see and do it that way. Considering the trip was a success, this was the best way (for us) to go!

Scotland tripOur high-tech planning tool: map from a Scotland guide (path in green). [click to continue…]