C'est la rentrée! It's back-to-school time in France! The first day back for all public schools nationwide is Tuesday, September 1, and along with that comes school supplies shopping. Let's take a look at what school supplies French kids need before they head back to class in a week or so. P.S. If ... Read More about Souvenirs from France: A look at back-to-school supplies
Some of the most interesting and fun(ny) posts on my blog have come from just living life -- usually conversations with my French husband Tom (who has his own column called Ask Tom Tuesdays). Many of my learning experiences have come from going about my day, talking to people, and observing all ... Read More about Quick French Lesson: Is chèvre goat cheese or a goat?
Five years ago, if you told me that super fashionable, comfortable flats made of recycled water bottles existed, I wouldn't have believed you. Plastic jelly sandals of my youth would have popped into my head. But now, there are two brands that make gorgeous flats from recycled ocean plastic that you ... Read More about Rothy’s alternative: Giesswein flats made from recycled water bottles
Happy Friday, tout le monde! I can't believe it's already mid-August. Where the heck did 2020 go? I want a do-over. It's been quiet over here... Tom and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary earlier this week, we managed to make it through the heat wave, and are looking forward to a family trip ... Read More about 5 Fun things for Friday
Any fellow cookie dough lovers out there? Come on, don't be shy! If you're like me, you can't help but sample some of the dough every time you whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It's just too good to pass up! What about the cookie dough craze in France and does it exist here? Sure ... Read More about Cookie dough Paris: Edible cookie dough in France?
About a year ago, I was in the organic grocery store Biocoop when a frail woman passed by wearing a surgical mask. This was well before COVID-19, at a time when seeing someone with a mask at a supermarket was unusual. A young child with his mother spotted the masked woman, pointed, and loudly asked ... Read More about When wearing a mask was strange
You don't have to spend more than a couple of days in France to notice that bonjour is said all the time and for good reason. A simple hello is the magic word that starts every interaction off on the right foot. The absence of a bonjour in certain situations will let people know you're out of touch ... Read More about Bonjour meaning in French and English: Why it’s the most important word in France
Hey all, Q&A's are some of my favorite types of videos from YouTubers I watch, so I figured I'd try one myself. I recently asked my followers on Instagram and YouTube if they had any questions for me about my experience living abroad, French culture, language learning, or whatever really -- and ... Read More about Answering your questions in my very first YouTube Q&A
I'm a terrible runner and it has never been an activity I've enjoyed. Aside from a quick warm-up or a random run a couple of times a year when the weather inspired me, running was not something I'd regularly do. I was better at other things that I enjoyed way more and that's how it's been since ... Read More about I hate running and that’s exactly why I’m sticking with it
If you've lived abroad long enough, you've surely come up against periods of frustration and struggle when you don't feel at peace with your situation in life. That's a life experience we all go through and you certainly don't have to live abroad to struggle. But those of us who do live abroad ... Read More about Struggling with living abroad? Remember this