Monthly Archives: April 2014

Three Places

theplacesIt is the last Tuesday of another month which means it is time for our Themed Travel Tuesday post.  Do not worry, you can still link up with any travel posts if you do not have one that fits the theme.  It is also our last week with our amazing Travel Tuesday cohosts, Tina and Melanie.  They have gone above and beyond over the last three months and this link up would not be what it is today without them.  The next Travel Tuesday co-hosts will be announced further along in this post.  But first lets talk about themes! This month’s prompt stated:

“Share three places… the place you have been that you have loved the most, the place you cannot wait to visit and something about the place you live in.”

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Street Art in Brighton, England


One of my most favourite things about being in Brighton, England was being able to finally say I had seen a Banksy street art piece in person. There are a few in Brighton and the city boasts many interesting pieces that will continue to change through out the year.  Here are some of my favourites from Brighton as captured by my iPhone with the Hipstamatic app.    Continue reading

On the Road Again


Welcome to Travel Tuesday! If this is your first time hopping and linking up with us, check out all the details at the bottom of the post.  Today I have Vanessa (aka Van) from On the Road Again blog.  Vanessa has been linking up with us for quite a while on Travel Tuesday and is my sponsor this month for April.  As a hairstylist I love her style and love for hair colours and her taste in frames.  I also love that we share in common the love for the Balticas and Scandanvia. Without further adeiu I will let her introduce herself to you all. Continue reading

Global Citizens


There are so many terms and labels floating around out there define different categories of people who are living abroad.  As an expat, a former military kid and wife, and a third culture kid, I understand the need to be defined in today’s world.  So when citizenM hotels contacted me about a project on defining ‘what it means to be a ‘mobile citizen’ in today’s society, I was eager to weigh in on the subject.  More and more people are leaving home, branching out of their social networks, and becoming what could clearly be defined as mobile citizens.  What does that mean for you and could you be a mobile citizen?  Continue reading

Glimpses of Hawaii


Hawaii is never far from my mind but has been in my thoughts since the weekend.  I decided that for Travel Tuesday today I wanted to share some of the last photographs I took before leaving the island of Oahu.  I wanted to capture some of the details of things I often took for granted of seeing every day during our years living the island life.  While I did not capture everything I wish I had on photograph, I am so glad I took the ones that I did.  How often do we live or travel somewhere and not take photographs of something simply because we see it all the time?  It can be so much fun to just go outside and force yourself to see through brand new eyes and notice all the little things that make a place so beautiful and special.

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In Memory of Michael Bonner


Having lost my dad too soon in 2008, the concept of death seems never to be too far from my mind.  I wonder what would happened to my family if something were to happen to me. Or what we would do if one of my family members dies.  I never used to think like this.  Life is really so short and precious. It is why I cherish now every day with my family. Why I hope to bestow my appreciation and love on those in my life.  Why when someone does leave us too soon, it keeps bringing that focus back to what is really important in life.  Still when someone else I knew died unexpectedly I still felt like I didn’t know how to process it.  Why do good, caring, and amazing people have to leave us so soon? I do not know if that question will ever be answered for me.  Continue reading

Expat Life for a Third Culture Kid


“A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.  Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.” 

– David C. Pollock

My So-called Ex-pat Life

In just two months we will be celebrating our three year anniversary as an expat family in England.  It seems not so long ago that we were in the US of A, wishing we could be living overseas.  Continue reading