Kiwi Kids

Connecting kids to their homeland

Belonging is about feeling comfortable and relaxed in a situation. Children raised outside of their home country can struggle to find this sense of belonging. Never truly comfortable in their host country and a little bit of a stranger in their home country. Connecting kids to their homeland is not easy. Not knowing your origins…

Expat finances: Where to start

In online expat forums, questions around expat finances come up all the time. Questions range from the very general – what should we be doing with our money, through to more specific ones around offshore banking and expat tax issues. There is no one right answer for anyone. So many variables are involved even when…

Caballo Blanco Ranch

Keeping a horse rescue ranch going in a pandemic

There once was a little girl growing up in the idyllic English countryside, surrounded by wild ponies, and friends with horses. Her skill with these animals was known to all the equestrian lovers in the area, regardless of her young age. Whenever there was a horse with behavioral problems, whatever the cause, it was her…

Lanjaron

Starting a business during a pandemic!

Before moving to Spain, my husband and I were running a property business in the UK. He started it in 2014 and I joined a few weeks later. Our tiny team consisted of us, a business partner and an admin apprentice. The company went all the way from start-up to being assessed the number one…

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…