Siblings

This Pandemic Sucks

If there is any group I feel extra sorry for during this pandemic it is teenagers. I think the pandemic especially sucks for those aged from 15 to 18 who only get a few short years to be spreading their wings and finding their way in the world without their parents looking over their shoulders…

Beech tree

Lockdown confusion

Marie suffered a spinal CSF leak during the covid-19 pandemic forcing her to lying flat in bed for many, many months. This is the story of her confusion around lockdown as she started to gain her health and mental clarity back. Lockdown. This word is going through my mind more and more often. I’m trying…

Thanksgiving

Finding gratitude during a pandemic Thanksgiving

We are a mixed family. My kids like to say they are mongrels. Not a very flattering way of describing themselves but true perhaps. We are a NZ/US family so we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. Ours is a hybrid version of the American holiday. We never celebrate it on a Thursday, this year it…

Minimal wardrobe.

How to build the perfect minimalist wardrobe

As I laid my pink and yellow summer dress into my donate pile, I wondered to myself why it was all of a sudden so easy a choice. This dress I had kept with me for years as I moved from house to house within Colorado, and the bigger move to Chicago. I didn’t necessarily…

Opaline Hue

The expat entrepreneur – Opaline Hue

Madeline is an expat entrepreneur. She is an American living in Ireland. Last year she moved with her husband to the West of Ireland so he could pursue a graduate degree. For the past few years, she had been developing and running her business, Opaline Hue. She launched Opaline Hue last year from Ireland as…

lockdown zoom

35 Questions to ask when you are nearly zoomed out

I was listening to a podcast this past weekend that prompted me to write this list. They were talking about a list called ‘45 Questions to ask while waiting’. After talking to a few friends the week prior who had told me they were nearly zoomed out from talking to their global friends all the…

Freelance Graphic design

The complete guide to hiring freelancers

Freelancers go by many names, including contingent workers, independent contractors, and consultants. They generally follow a task or project-based work model and comprise a wide range of industries, skill levels, and pricing tiers. This type of work is becoming more common. As of 2019, 57 million Americans, or 36% of the U.S. workforce, were working…

Expat life

Living the Covid-19 expat life is exhausting

Living the Covid – 19 expat life is a weird and conflicting experience and it is exhausting. I am a New Zealander, my husband is American and the kids are obviously both. Both my husband and I have been expats since we left university. We have been living in Germany for the past 18 months…

The expat entrepreneur – Elisabietta Shoes

Elsbeth Blekkenhorst-Tammes is an expat entrepreneur. Elsbeth is a Dutch national living in Qatar where she’s been for nearly 10 years. She has also worked in the UK and Germany. She has lived outside of the Netherlands for over 20 years now. Germany and the UK were closer to her Dutch roots so she didn’t…