Expat Survival

How I Beat Anxiety Naturally – Part 2

Two weeks ago I posted about my journey to anxiety (How I Beat Anxiety Naturally  – Part 1) and today I am excited to share with you my journey away from it (for the most part, anyway)! Disclaimer #1: I am in no way putting down anyone who chooses to take prescription medication for either short term or…

How I Beat Anxiety Naturally – Part 1

After much deliberation, I decided that I wanted to share my story and journey with anxiety – more specifically, how I beat anxiety naturally – which started last spring. It has almost been a year since I was at my worst, and what a long way I have come! When I initially shared my experiences on my…

My New Year Goal Planning Worksheet

Since we got married 7 years ago, we have endured, accomplished, experienced and celebrated so many things that we never thought would have been possible (and not all of them good things). When I reflect on all that we have been through, at least 50% of those things were not even on our radar screen far enough ahead…

6 Tips for Staying Healthy at Holiday Parties

The winter holiday season is full of opportunities to party like you mean it with friends and loved ones, no matter what country you may live in or what religion or culture you are a part of. Unfortunately, celebrations this time of year often involve overindulging on food (especially sugar!) and alcohol, which can really…

5 Tips for Visiting Santorini, Greece

  Our family of three recently took a trip to Greece for the Easter holiday, and one of our stops was the island of Santorini, where we stayed for a week. I wanted to balance my church-going with sight-seeing, nature, fresh air and fresh food, and the island was the perfect combination of all those…

Expat Nose Job In Thailand – Part 2

*This is a long post, so if you are not interested in plastic surgery in Thailand, come back in a few days and I’ll have a fun, *green* St. Patrick’s Day-themed raw+vegan+gluten-free healthy recipe to share. Please note: This post contains a few photos of my nose post-surgery. Consider yourself warned! I would have liked…

Expat Nose Job in Thailand – Part I

*This is a long post, so if you are not interested in plastic surgery in Thailand, come back in a few days and I’ll have a sweet Valentine’s Day raw+vegan+gluten-free healthy recipe to share (teaser: it includes raw chocolate!). Otherwise, grab yourself a glass of almond milk or a green smoothie, settle in, and read…

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

For Fergus’ second birthday party, I decided to go with the theme of Eric Carle’s children’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Fergus loves the book, and as an easily recognizable theme, I thought our guests would love it as well. It was nice to hear how the story and the humble caterpillar had touched the…

Keeping a Clean House With a Toddler

A question I am frequently asked is, “How do you have time to eat healthy, keep up the household, and take care of a little one without a maid?” I sometimes think that Westerners living an expat lifestyle overseas have forgotten that their counterparts in their home countries do manage to take care of children,…