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I want to teach my kids resilience

key life skills to teach kids: resilience

  I’ve had mental health on my mind a lot this season. My previous post highlighted some personal stuff from the last year and a half, and I also went through a period of burn-out in the late noughties that was only resolved when I had to take a break with maternity leave. Commuting to […]

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A Year of Sour Lemons

citrus lemon and lime

It’s kind of interesting how different people cope (or not) with the same thing in different ways. Everybody has a different trigger point, a different level of resilience. What one person will sail through, another will struggle with as if through sinking sands. Some people have incredible levels of energy that allow them to always […]

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Being a French national in the UK in 201...

Brexit

I’m a French citizen, an EU citizen, and soon to be a really shitty bargaining chip and statistic in the Brexit negotiations, my entire life, relationships and work activity reduced to a label, supposedly so that UK citizens can get a better deal in what must be the most staggeringly fast descent into drunken decision-making […]

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The 2nd language problem that doesn’t ge

language problem

You would think that after 18+ years in England, I would have pretty much faced all the language issues I ever would and I’d be able to draw a line under ‘English language skills’. I dare say my skills are pretty advanced at this stage (apart from ‘mysterious accent that comes up from time to time’) […]

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Internet Dating Tips for Sceptics

Internet Dating Tips

I’m never quite sure how people will react when I tell them that Badgerman and I met through ‘a mutual friend’ a.k.a. the Internet but there’s often an element of surprise and a look that says ‘Really? Internet dating?’ as if it were a really strange thing to do. If I were to take a […]

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Classic French Recipe: Tartiflette {with...

French Tartiflette recipe

The traditional French Tartiflette is one of those dishes that are pure comfort food. Made with potatoes, lardons, onions, white wine and Reblochon cheese, it just oozes warmth and cold weather comfort. It’s absolute heaven as far as I’m concerned, but then I could live on cheese and potatoes. It is a recipe that originates from […]

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Classic French Recipe: Daube Provençale

French recipe daube provencale

  daube: meat that is braised then stewed in wine (culinary) Not to be mistaken for ‘C’est de la daube’: is slang for ‘it’s sh*t’, as in ‘it isn’t worth anything’  I was going through my French cookery books looking for inspiration for a classic French stew recipe and found this one called ‘Daube Provençale’, which sounds […]

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The answer to ‘baby brain’: BeetsBLU Pag

BeetsBLU PagerTag Review

I used to think that ‘baby brain’ not only was a terrible misogynistic stereotypical word that would never cross my lips but also a complete myth. It’s still a term I dislike, but unfortunately I’m one of its victims. I got pregnant and started to leave my phone on trains and lose my keys in […]

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Brexit Post-Mortem

after Brexit post-mortem

I don’t even know what to say anymore! I’m laughing right now at how ludicrous the political shenanigans are becoming, but I suspect I will wake up with the doom and gloom again tomorrow, and I despair of ever feeling confident in the British government again. Never mind the Leave voters, who were the cause […]

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112 Gripes about the French: a book revi...

gripes about the French book review

I recently read this little treasure of a book, and I loved it so much I took photos to remember its fabulousness. You just know it is is going to be full of gold with a title like ‘112 Gripes About the French‘. It is a book that was, according to the introduction, given to every American […]

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