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After 5 years of living in France, we've said 'au revoir' to the country our daughters call home. We've traded cobble stone for sand, and baguettes for rice as we begin our next adventure in Indonesia! Although our postal code has changed, one thing has not: we can still be found exploring the globe with far too much luggage.

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Take Me Anywhere

French school. They’ve really got things figured out over there! Aside from NEVER having to pack your kid a lunch; my favourite thing had to be the configuration of the school calendar. Every six weeks they have two weeks off.… The post Take Me Anywhere appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Lisa’s Tin of Sin

Back when we lived in France there was a lot of people that I wanted to let know I appreciated them at Christmas time. My friends there were like family and of course they needed to be acknowledged but I… The post Lisa’s Tin of Sin appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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The Gift of Experience, It’s Like a Vacation

Until this past summer, our family’s home base has always been France. Spending all those years travelling in Europe has left its mark on our kids. Their favourite food of all time is gnocchi. It’s not French, but it was… The post The Gift of Experience, It’s Like a Vacation appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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(Embarrassing) Gender Roles

I consider myself a feminist if I were to put a label on things. But it’s seems a bit ridiculous that there even has to be a word for it. Of course women are equal. Obviously we can do whatever… The post (Embarrassing) Gender Roles appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Book 6- Why it’s Important

The Kids Who Travel the World: Indonesia is out for the world to read today! I’ve got my hands on a copy, and you can get yours on Amazon! This book is extra special to me for a few reasons.… The post Book 6- Why it’s Important appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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The Pen-Name…A New Book by WHO???

Why would someone ever write under a pen name? It’s a bit weird, no? Well, upon further reflection, if a person did it in a lassez faire kinda way, with a humorous inside connection to the pen name, there could… The post The Pen-Name…A New Book by WHO??? appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Call for Submissions: Life on the Move

A Call for Submissions!!! No one has stories like expats have stories. Over the years I’ve found myself with cocktail in hand, listening to international friends recount moments of being in a high speed dash to the border of the… The post Call for Submissions: Life on the Move appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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The French Connection

Ever have a place that feels like home even thought you aren’t from there? By now we all know that for me, that place is France. It was home for awhile, where my babies were born, and our home-base while… The post The French Connection appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Halloween Around the World

My kids have spent Halloween in France, when Halloween didn’t exist there yet. By the end of our time in the land of wine and cheese, the holiday was slowly finding its way into the culture, but in a very… The post Halloween Around the World appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Reality: Pass the Water

Imagine not doing a single piece of laundry for three years, or never having to put gas in your car because it magically gets washed and detailed daily without you even noticing. Picture coming back from vacation and your suitcase… The post Reality: Pass the Water appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Moving, again.

In Congo we talked about buying a new house once we got settled in Canada. The house we bought before we were married was waiting for us in Calgary, and was a great little starter home, but the configuration of… The post Moving, again. appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, It’s Back to Work I go!

If you’ve been following my stories for awhile, you likely may know that when we left Canada to move abroad, I was an Assistant Principal of an Elementary School in Calgary. I dabbled in the idea of teaching when we… The post Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, It’s Back to Work I go! appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Reverse Culture Shock and Multiple Personalities

Preface It was the first night in our mostly empty house in Canada. ‘Mr. Lisa’ was still in Congo and I had that weird feeling of heavy responsibility of being in a new house, with new sounds and smells, in… The post Reverse Culture Shock and Multiple Personalities appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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The Return to Canada

It’s a random Wednesday night and I’m sitting with a glass of wine beside me, typing away on my laptop while my husband showers, getting ready for an impromptu date night. The house is silent. There isn’t a child’s voice… The post The Return to Canada appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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13 Suitcases, 2 Kids, and a Trip to Paris: How I Managed, Logistically.

“Just so you know, I think you’re totally insane for wanting to do this.” That was my husband’s reaction as I lay out my plan for my journey back to Canada with our daughters.But let me back up a bit.… The post 13 Suitcases, 2 Kids, and a Trip to Paris: How I Managed, Logistically. appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Repatriating: Where I’m at.

It was nearly sunset and we were all sitting around lounge chairs at a rustic, beach-front surfer bar late Friday afternoon. Our driver had dropped us off, then he’d leave the car for my husband who would join us for… The post Repatriating: Where I’m at. appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Peter Pan Syndrome

I woke up with all the Friday feels and once again, looking forward to the weekend. You’d think the weekend would be anti-climactic when you live in Congo. Generally speaking, we’re isolated and there’s not much going on where we… The post Peter Pan Syndrome appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Hotel vs AirBnB

I often get asked about travelling with kids and one thing that seems to come up regularly is questions about where we stay. I have a hard time giving a direct answer to that question because depending where you are… The post Hotel vs AirBnB appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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African Safari: Book Release- The Kids Who Travel the World

Can I get a drum roll please!!!!!!!! I started writing this book about a year and a half ago, in the passenger seat of our camping car, with a laptop on my knees, as we drove through the Skeleton Coast… The post African Safari: Book Release- The Kids Who Travel the World appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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An Interview on Repatriating with Nicole Webb

When we found out it was ‘official’ that we were moving home, I wasn’t quite ready to share our news with the internet world, simply because I wasn’t sure myself how I felt just yet. I didn’t know what to… The post An Interview on Repatriating with Nicole Webb appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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We’re Moving…And it’s a BIG One!

It was only two years ago that we bought our house in France so that we’d have a home-base to go to from Africa that was a bit closer to Congo than Canada was. I’ll never forget my Dad’s reaction,… The post We’re Moving…And it’s a BIG One! appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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That Time I Got Malaria in Africa

Palu. That’s what they call it here. In French, malaria is referred to as le paludisme, or palu for short. Where I originally come from, it’s not a word that’s even in your vocabulary unless you’re on your way to… The post That Time I Got Malaria in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Namibia: Things to Know Before You Go

A few years ago my husband suggested we go to Namibia on holiday. Having Africa nowhere on my radar at the time, my first question was, “Is it safe?” I really knew nothing about Namibia at all. We started to… The post Namibia: Things to Know Before You Go appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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South Africa: The Must-See Highlights

Our recent trip to Cape Town was a once in a life time adventure. Access to flights made it a bit tricky for us to get there, but we knew it was somewhere we needed to visit while living in… The post South Africa: The Must-See Highlights appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Third Culture Kid. What’s That?

You may have heard me talk about third culture kids, or maybe you’ve wondered why I sometimes add #tck to my Instagram posts. Before I was in the expat circle, and became a parent abroad, I’d never even heard the… The post Third Culture Kid. What’s That? appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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