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It’s been a while. I know. I’m sorry. I’ve just been trying to stay afloat. That’s all. There are no exciting updates, no news, no trips anywhere, nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s just been that overwhelming feeling recently of not keeping on top of life. You know how it is? The fridge gets refilled, but the laundry gets forgotten about. You know? One step forwards, two steps back. And I know what you’re also thinking, “girl doesn’t have a (proper) job”. I KNOW. Honestly, and this will make no sense to anyone but myself possibly, but I swear I was more…

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Because there’s rain, and then there’s Singapore rain… Please note this post is not sponsored by ANY of the products or brands listed below.   1. Softplay Why: Kids + softplay (adults + coffee) = easiest few hours entertainment. Just. Remember. Socks. Where: Various locations across the island. We can personally recommend the following: GoGo Bambini Explorer Kid (cheapest we’ve found) The Polliwogs Amazonia (they sell wine) Cost: Varies depending on location / age of child / day of the week. Check each website for more information, but in general expect to pay somewhere around $20 per child (plus extra if…

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  The Power Of A Photo If you’re a follower of my Instagram, you’ll know how much I love a pretty photo. But, scroll down my feed, and you’ll notice two little faces appearing ninety nine percent of the time. The other one percent being instaquotes. I’m a sucker for ’em, what can I say? But it’s SUPER rare for me to actually appear in any photo’s with my kids, and ever rarer for those pictures to have all three of us in them. And – I think – all but one are arm stretch selfies anyway. At some point…

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I can’t quite believe it myself, but my firstborn will turn six years old in a couple of days time. He’s so excited. Six is a big deal, you know. Six is the minimum age requirement for all the toys I’m reluctant to let him have right now. A skateboard mainly (which he’s still not getting). And being six puts him firmly into the kid zone and out of the last grasps of toddlerdom. We are, officially, a third of the way to adulthood. And we couldn’t feel any more differently about this. Finn, for his part, is obviously pretty…

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In the excitement and build up of our first tropical Christmas I COMPLETELY forgot to post this interview with Amy Bell – all round wonder woman – and Singapore based Aussie expat. In fact, in the time since we first met in November (last year now!), I’ve since become a Brand Ambassador for her brilliant business The Meat Club and she’s become a Mum of two! What a difference a couple of months makes. So without further ado, I’m delighted to welcome Amy to The Expat Mama…   Amy! Where are you from, where are you now and what’s the…

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The Expat Mama by The Expat Mama - 2M ago

Presents have been sent. Presents have arrived. The air miles of this Christmas – factoring in food, drinks, pressies etc – is almost not worth thinking about. But it’s our first one in Singapore, and I’m determined that it will still feel like Christmas. Even if our snow is fake as we bask in tropical temperatures, and “Christmas drinkies” are frozen and poolside.    Airports. Because…expat life. You’re always coming, or going, or saying hello, or saying goodbye. Plus everything costs loads. You need small change for just about everything from parking per minute at the drop off area to…

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As it’s almost December, we can talk gifts, right? And if you’re anything like me, Christmas is ALL about the kids…so we’ve scrolled through the ENTIRE* world wide web and found some ACE buys for the youngest of intrepid travellers.  There’s so much mass produced rubbish out there, so I’ve tried REALLY hard to find gift ideas that support the indie’s and thoughtful giving whilst also being easy on the finances. Happy Christmas shopping! *not factually accurate but the number of tabs I have open right now, it feels like I’ve read all of the internet. Simply For Flying My…

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I don’t know if it’s because we’re in Singapore for Christmas. Or if it’s because we’re avoiding the deluge of nursery and school festive crafts. But I’m REALLY up for getting a little more creative, and thoughtful, this year with the kiddies in the countdown to Christmas. And I know November is EARLY to start cracking out the red, green and sparkles but accounting for international shipping dates, the entire Christmas process has had to be brought forward. But I absolutely love this time of year, so no complaints here! If you have young(ish) kids and want to send something…

The post (Probably) The Cutest Handmade Christmas Card Ideas In The World appeared first on TheExpatMama.com.

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The Expat Mama by The Expat Mama - 3M ago

We’re not going home for Christmas this year. We’re staying at home instead. You see what I did there? We’re grounded this year. That is, we’re unable / unwilling to fly the seven thousand or so miles to reunite us with extended family for the festivities. Instead we’ll be here in Singapore, enjoying our first tropical Christmas with good friends. Poolside cocktails and all. So, in a big way, we ARE at home for Christmas. It hasn’t been the easiest decision to come to, but ultimately it’s the right one. And the more I think about it, the more it…

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Just another list of all* the things I miss about home right now because Singapore is still hot and sweaty (it always is), and the world of Facebook has turned to Autumn without me… *some The nights drawing in The smell of bonfires and fireworks lingering in the air Woolly jumpers Woolly hats Woolly scarves The moment the central heating gets turned back on Changing of the clocks Ready Brek Welly boots Spiders (KIDDING, obviously) Feeding the ducks Crumpets Antiques Roadshow Stew and dumplings Dressing in layers Opaque tights Dark manicures The first evening the fire is lit Crunchy leaves…

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