Family board games: the TOP 10!
Today I’m focusing on board games. Family board games to be precise. The list below details our favourite family board games and ones I hope you will all...
13 of the best timeless toys for kids of all ages
Timeless Toys – to stand the test of time! As a parent to three kids, I long ago accepted that my home would become a child’s playground. However what I...
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
In the UK we say Merry Christmas, however for all my US friends, Happy Holidays!!! It's Christmas Eve here in Thailand and as we're getting set for tomorrow,...
The best gifts for 5-7 year olds this Christmas
As time continues to tick away and Christmas gets closer, the opportunity for online shopping gets shorter. If you find yourself running out of time, fear not...
Top Christmas gifts for 2-4 year olds
The ultimate list of Christmas gifts for 2-4 year olds When it comes to Christmas shopping for our kids, there is often so much choice that it can be...
Best Christmas gifts for 8-10 year olds
Here's a run down of the best Christmas gifts for 8-10 year olds Christmas is just around the corner and with the world still in Covid turmoil, who knows...
How to shop sustainably this Christmas
Could this be the year you lead a more eco friendly life and start to shop sustainably? With online shopping quickly becoming the norm for so many, it's easy...
What is a Third Culture Kid? Are mine ok?
If you need to ask 'what is a third culture kid' then there’s every chance you neither have one nor are one. Third culture kids are essentially those who have...
When a pet dies – how to tell your children
Unfortunately over the last year, I’ve become experienced in supporting my child when a pet dies. Having rescued four cats within the same year of us moving...
Pug life. Chats with Boris
It’s not easy telling a pug he needs to lose weight…
Support other mums – Mama don’t preach
There’s a trend at the minute and unfortunately, it does not support other mums. Instead, it is getting increasingly common to share ‘informative’ articles...
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Island Paradise – Covid alternative summer
So here we are on the island paradise of Koh Chang. And what a beautiful place it is!
Bye bye lockdown, hello ‘new normal’
So here we are over halfway through 2020 and what a bloody disaster it’s been! Would be handy if we could just write it off and come back afresh in Jan 2021!! As we are well and truly saying goodbye to lockdown, it’s a chance for me to reflect on the past 6 months.
Boys will be boys (unless they’re girls)
I once lied about my children. Completely lied. All to save someone’s feelings.
Goodbye EleAid – our Asian elephant charity
Today’s a bit of a sad day. It’s the day Chas and I have decided we were going to close the Asian elephant charity we’ve been running since 2003, EleAid.
It’s been a super fun ride and along the way, we’ve helped hundreds of elephants from across Asia but it’s got to the point where we no longer have the ability to physically check out projects we would like to support and don’t have the time to ensure the charity is running the best it can be.
Homeschool – Locked in and locked down
So… here we are, Day 6873(!?!?!) of lockdown and all is as expected at Begley primary.
Covid-19: Stay the f*ck at home
My mum’s just texted my sister and I. One of her friends’ daughters has just died from Covid-19. The text ended:
…don’t get complacent. I love you both so much.
Don’t become a statistic and don’t put others at risk because you got complacent.
Esther the Easter cat
So here we are, week 4 in isolation having just enjoyed a quiet Easter with the family. I’m learning a lot about myself including what perhaps my days before lockdown really consisted of.
Self-isolation – a blessing or a curse?
So here we are, just started our third week of self-isolation and so far so good. There has been fun, laughter, tears, tantrums, school work, Chas’s work, my work, computer games, YouTube videos, arts, crafts, baking (badly), drinking, eating, movies, more eating, online shopping and some very unusual bedtime routines!
Let loose and enjoy the ride
Today I was taught a lesson by my kids. It’s a lesson I already know but one that I really need to remember.
Road trip hell. Adventure awaits.
I’m writing this blog in the dark with three kids snoring in the background having pushed me out of the bed they insisted we all shared – despite my road trip skills today!
Shopping, Coffee, Home, Repeat
I was feeling very smug earlier as I had finished the last few bits of birthday and party shopping with a whole couple of days to spare!! My car was in the garage after an earlier ‘prang’ so I ordered a taxi and got a coffee while I waited.
Bat out of hell – Oh what a night!
One night a few years ago, Chas was at a conference in Bangkok and I found myself alone with two young children. Ella was no older than about 2½ and Ariya about 6 months. It was fairly late, the girls were asleep and I was enjoying a bit of a chill. There I was sat on the sofa when I felt something fall on me. I jumped up in horror as I saw these two feet sticking out on the ledge at the back of the chair.
Nativity nightmare with a hangover
It was the last day of term and time for the long-awaited school nativity before the Christmas break and I was horribly hungover after enjoying a few too many wines at a friend’s leaving party the night before. I’d woken up late, so literally only had time to throw some clothes on, brush my teeth and wipe the mascara away from under my eyes. No time to shower away the smell of stale wine!
Language difficulties – What’s in a name?
It seems my grasp of the Thai language still leaves much to be desired despite living here for 14 years!
Pinterest fail…. and proud!
Sometimes in a world full of parenting blogs teaching us how to be simply delightful and how to perfect parenting we need to take a stand! We need to turn around and say ‘I’m a Pinterest fail!’ I’ve tried your way and it doesn’t work.
Losing a pet. RIP Cleo
Saying goodbye to a pet is never easy, but saying goodbye to one I had hand-reared and had given us so much joy and unconditional love for 13 years broke my heart.
Travel essentials – hand luggage tips
So many times while preparing for a horrendous long haul flight did I wish that I could just find a quick and simple checklist for travel essentials. As our family grew, so did the amount of ‘stuff’ needed for a long haul flight. This useful checklist contains everything you could possibly need for long haul flights with your little ones.
Flying high – A guide to flying with young children
We’re an expat family living overseas so our summer holidays (and many Christmas ones) involve long flights back home to the UK. On average, the journey door to door takes 24 hours. I have always hated the long flight back – however flying with young children (and at one point, three kids under 5) – things were taken to a whole new level.
Stray cat rescue fail… ME-OW!
There’s a stray cat that’s been dumped in our mooban (village), it has a collar but the collar’s stuck round its paw and neck. I’ve taken it upon myself to...
Newborn essentials – what you really need
Having a baby is expensive – and that’s before all the gizmos and gadgets that are advertised as being vital to your child’s well-being!
So here it is… a detailed list of newborn essentials – what you actually need and what is really optional.
Flying with a newborn baby – a tale of karma
There I was, once again flying with a newborn baby. This time it was Ariya. She was a month old and I needed to renew my visa so off we flew. I was taking...
Flying with a baby – Under attack
If I thought the first flight to the UK on my own with Ella was hard, the one back to Thailand was unbelievably worse!
Flying solo with a baby
My first long haul flight (on my own) with Ella should have been pretty straightforward. Despite being a little over a year old, this was already her third long haul flight. However it (unsurprisingly) got off to the worst start possible as I managed to leave my purse with all my money in it at the pharmacy in Chiang Mai Airport.
New mum expectations – be realistic!
Being a new mum is hard. No matter how maternal we are or aren’t, nothing can prepare us for the shock of having our own baby. A little person who is completely and utterly reliant on us.
My Life – Summed up in one school run
This is literally my life right now summed up in one little school run.
Having kids is not easy. Knowing what to do at times is not easy. First time mothers need more support than most – just a bit of reassurance that they’re doing it right will help more than you could ever know and never forget to just be kind!
Fabulous at 40 – enjoying every moment
With less than a week to go before the big 4-0 I find myself in somewhat of a dilemma. My grand plan aged 39 was to be this fitness Goddess and completely fabulous at 40, but unfortunately, I’m running slightly behind schedule – 11 months and three weeks behind to be precise. Oops!
Blogging – On a whim
A friend, who also happens to be a super successful blogger, told me not to let my job as an editor get in the way of my blogging. I nodded and smiled, clearly not fully understanding until now!
What was I thinking?
During the course of many (most) days, I can be heard telling someone Facebook a little story that usually starts… ‘So today I tried/forgot/lost/fell etc. I always seem to find myself in situations that I really didn’t need to be in. They undoubtedly include something I’ve done by accident and almost always make me look stupid.
Connor and the magic pea
Once upon a time there was a little boy called Connor. One night when Connor was eating his dinner he thought it would be a good idea to put a pea up his nose.
Who Am I?
If anyone happens to be reading this blog who doesn’t know me (which is doubtful) I guess the sensible place to start would be with an introduction. I’ll try to keep it brief, although I am known for speaking 30 words when 3 would suffice!
My name’s Rachel and I’m a wife to Chas and a mummy to Ella, Ariya and Connor. We’re an expat family in Thailand