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A Tree Full of Stories: The Evolution of Our Favorite Christmas Ornaments

What is more festive than twinkling lights on a beautiful tree as the backdrop to delicate, unique ornaments that each have their own story? The first Christmas tree Husband and I had together, in our first apartment, was pretty void of any such ornament. I had a couple of personal ornaments that I brought to the table and he had none so most of our ornaments were store bought. You know the kind; classic ornament balls – some with glitter, some shiny,...

7 Good Gifts for Bad Moms (and if you don’t like them you could f*ck off)

The reason the movie Bad Moms was such a stinking success – so much so that they made a sequel for the holidays – is because it’s so true. Every mom strives to make the holidays perfect for their kids. Waking up in the wee morning and elbowing other moms for the toy of the year is the least of it. We think of fun places to put our elf, we wrap until our fingers hurt, we egg nog with...

4 Uncommon and Clever Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Sometimes I feel like I missed my calling as a North Pole elf. I love giving gifts but I love wrapping them even more! There is pride in every present I wrap. Each wrapped with precision, each ribbon twirled perfectly. But not every present comes in a box. Some of the gifts I remember most weren’t the ones that were tied with a ribbon or stuffed in a bag. Here are some uncommon and clever Christmas gift wrapping ideas that don’t...

3 Awesome Small Businesses to Check Out this Black Friday Weekend

Looking for books this holiday season? I know a girl. Need nail wraps? I know someone. Looking for delicious scents to fill your home? I got you covered. Want some new makeup? I can help you with that too. What if for this Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday you didn’t just shop from anywhere but you shopped from me? Well, not me (exactly) but real people; a face instead of a logo. What if you put...

6 Awesome Dia De Los Muertos Traditions That I’m Silly Crazy About

To start, any holiday that extends their celebrations for 2-days is top notch in my book. Add to that bright colors, serious festivities, the infinite diversity of calacas (skull or skeleton), and the overall otherworldly, magical feel and Dia de los Muertos is easily one of the coolest holidays. It’s actually so cool and such a defining attribute of Mexican culture that UNESCO recognized it as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. I still have so much to...

Insider Results To Help You Decide Where to Live (and Not Live) Abroad

It seems like a super scary decision to leave what you know behind and move to a place you know nothing about. But Internations, an expat connecting website, has taken some of the fear off. They ran a survey to find results for the worst and best countries for expats* and asked this main question: HOW SATISFIED ARE YOU WItH LIFE ABROAD IN GENERAL? From here, they gathered information from more than 14,000 respondents representing 174 nationalities and 191 countries or territories about moving, living,...

Lessons from a Holocaust Survivor on International Women’s Day

I know so many brave people. Both of my parents are Cuban immigrants and made terrible sacrifices and took serious risks to escape dictatorship and build a better life. Most of my relatives have similar stories. Today, on International Women’s Day, as we celebrate the brave, bold, and beautiful women in our lives and around the world, I can say that I know one more. Yesterday, I had the privilege to hear and meet Mrs. Bronia Kraus, Mrs. B, as she is affectionately called,...

Being a Good Host to Long-Term Guests: A Not Always Obvious Guide

With our holiday break a few short days away, we are preparing for the mad dash that is out holiday break. While super exciting to be home for the holidays and to share good tidings with family and friends, it’s good to keep in mind if you are dealing with expat friends – or being a good host to one – that going home isn’t all it’s (nut)cracked up to be. We sleep in different beds and lug around two toddlers...