With spring underway (even if the weather Gods don’t appear to have gotten the memo) and the summer holidays just months away, we’re being bombarded with glossy magazine covers advertising bikini-body bootcamps and other various, get-yourself-beach-ready how to’s. Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to trim down that extra layer of warmth that [...]
In the U.S. we like our holidays like we like our fountain sodas…BIG! Even those holidays which may or may not even directly apply to us are celebrated as though they the are. Take Saint Patrick’s Day. Irish ancestors or not, I bet you are careful to don green when March 17th rolls [...]
An Easter celebration just doesn’t seem complete without an evening spent dyeing Easter eggs in preparation for the Easter Bunny’s arrival. As a little girl I used to love competing with my brother and sister to see who could create the brightest, most beautiful egg. Of course, the dyeing process was easy with [...]
January through March is often the hardest time of year, expatriate or not. The hubbub that surrounded the end-of-the-year holidays has long since died down, and while the days are starting to get longer, this doesn’t help much when all it does is allow you to better see the trash and debris that the [...]
One of my fondest memories of grade school in the U.S. is the classroom holiday parties. And Valentine’s day was a definite favorite! Remember making valentine mailboxes from shoe boxes and having them filled up with Brach’s conversation hearts and cartoon- character valentines from your classmates? Barring that ultra-romantic valentine you got every [...]
Ahhhhh, Paris… city of culinary delight… gastronomic getaways galore… As both visitors to and residents of the “city of light” can attest, there is no shortage of restaurants in Paris, rather the problem is finding the “gems.” These are, unfortunately, often buried under [...]
Requests for French nationality mainly are now being met with stricter requirements from French government.
I have been addressing the question of the issuance of the carte de séjour, which grants the right to a foreigner to stay and often to work in France. My experience is that all current requests are reviewed with more [...]
Given the number of sports channels available via Canal Sat and other cable channels, watching your favorite football team on TV in France is now in the realm of possible. But what about actually playing what the French call football américain? Whether you have children you would like to introduce to this great [...]
Fluctuations in currency rates can make a huge difference in the amount of money you end up with when buying/selling property overseas, moving abroad (or coming back home), paying pensions or tuition fees, etc.
Because an exchange rate can move by as much as 10% over the course of [...]
Tired of baking the same holiday goodies year after year? Freshen things up a little with holiday recipes, where peppermint candy canes take center stage!
Cookies with Candy Cane Sprinkles
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Isn’t it funny how in the States anything fabriqué en France just seems somehow classier, while in France it’s the “American touch” that is so sought after? Just try to find a t-shirt with something written in French for a friend back home. Actually, don’t. I’ve already tried, and it’s nearly impossible. Given the [...]
Nothing says Christmas like a warm fire burning, Christmas lights twinkling, the smell of fresh-baked sugar cookies, and you and yours snuggled up under a warm quilt… All is in place for CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT! That’s right, let the annual Christmas movie marathon begin. This year though, why not substitute a little M. Preskovic for a [...]
Child sexual abuse is a crime whose worst enemy is open communication. To remove it from the list of taboo topics is to actively fight against its occurrence. However, for many parents, the question of how remains. With her recently published children’s book My Body Belongs to Me, Assistant District Attorney [...]
While some expatriates come to France dead set on complete integration, determined to make nothing but French friends, to speak solely in French, to eat/cook only French cuisine; many of us quickly find a sense of community and camaraderie to be lacking in our otherwise happy lives abroad. Sometimes this sense of [...]
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