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5 TIPS FOR SETTLING IN TO A NEW COUNTRY

5 TIPS FOR SETTLING IN TO A NEW COUNTRY Your feet have landed in your new country. Maybe your company has provided housing or you have found a new apartment/house to live in. You're slowly getting over jetlag. Now how do you adjust well to this new culture? Here are 5 tips to help you settle in to a new country: 1) MAKE YOUR NEW HOUSE A...

5 TIPS FOR PREPARING TO MOVE TO A NEW COUNTRY

5 TIPS FOR PREPARING TO MOVE TO A NEW COUNTRY You've landed that new job overseas, so now what? Now begins the process of moving overseas. Here are 10 tips to prepare for that initial move: 1) Research - Learn all you can about the new culture you're moving to. My favorite source for this is finding blogs of other expats living in the ...

TIPS FOR GETTING A JOB TEACHING OVERSEAS

TIPS FOR GETTING A JOB TEACHING OVERSEAS With the economies around the world affected by covid19, and many people being laid off, you might be looking for a new job. It was the Great Recession back in 2008 that led me to start teaching overseas. Perhaps there aren't many jobs in your area, so you're considering a move to a new state. Well, why ...

DIY INDOOR GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

DIY INDOOR GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Many of us are stuck inside these days due to Covid19 and social distancing. If you're a parent, you're probably looking for cheap/free activities to keep your kids entertained (or keep them busy while you have to work from home). Previously, I shared an idea for a daily planning chart. Today, I ha...

DAILY PLANNING CHART FOR KIDS

DAILY PLANNING CHART FOR KIDS Young children thrive on routine, but the current global health threat has thrown us ALL out of routine. That doesn't mean we need to start making strict schedules or routines that fill every minute of every day - that's not realistic. With many of us working from home and trying to juggle parenting, homeschooli...

30-DAY WELLNESS CHALLENGE

30-DAY WELLNESS CHALLENGE! Or maybe I should call it a quarantine challenge or social distancing challenge? I know we have all been affected in some way by Covid19 and social distancing. During these crazy times, it is important to keep up our physical, mental and emotional health. No, I don't mean starting a new diet or anything...let's ...

CHOOSING A NETWORK MARKETING COMPANY

CHOOSING A NETWORK MARKETING COMPANY As many of you are now working from home, or perhaps losing hours and pay at your job, I thought it would be a good time to share some tips on how I chose the network marketing company I did. When we were first planning our move to Vietnam, I was burnt out from teaching and wanted to be able to stay...

Preparing for Covid19 in a Foreign Country

PREPARING FOR COVID19 IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY Do I stay or do I go? That is the question that has been on so many expats' minds these days. Do we leave what has become our home (and with it many friends and surrogate family) to be closer to family and our passport home? There is no right answer that is best for everyone, but here is why ...

MY JOURNEY TOWARDS NATURAL SOLUTIONS

MY JOURNEY TOWARDS NATURAL SOLUTIONS I wasn't always such a proponent for natural solutions. It was more of a gradual journey. I first started using essential oils just to make my house smell nice. I started off with an oil burner with a tealight candle, and eventually switched to a water diffuser when I was pregnant. I wanted the house...

PHU QUOC WITH KIDS

PHU QUOC WITH KIDS BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GO: January or February - busy season, but not overly crowded. Best weather at that time, everything is open, and the water is calm. If you go in September or October, it is their off season, so many things are closed and the weather can be quite rainy. WHERE TO STAY: Depends on what type of vacati...

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR KIDS

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR KIDS This is the oil routine I generally use for my son, though it might vary slightly depending on the day or if he is dealing with any specific health issue. Note, these times are approximate. 6:30 - doTERRA children's vitamins, omega oil and probiotics 6:45 - roll on daily oils: Stronger (immu...

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR MAMAS

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR MAMAS With so much illness going around, I thought it would be helpful to share how I protect myself daily using essential oils and natural solutions. Note, these times are approximate. 6:00 - doTERRA Balance deodorant, and ClaryCalm roller on my lower abdomen 6:15 - take LifeLong Vitality vitamins and su...

CULTIVATE WHAT MATTERS

CULTIVATE WHAT MATTERS I love lunar new year because it gives me another opportunity to set goals for the year. For the past couple of weeks, I have been going through my new PowerSheets planner. For years, I have been reticent to use a handwritten planner because I thought it would just take up more of my time and require too much ...

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

Mom/wife tip: even when you can do something yourself, it's still good to ask for help for bonding moments like these I could have put this together while my son was napping, but instead I decided to save it as a project for my husband and son to work on together. My husband is way more patient than me when it comes to teaching our son new skills ...

DIY Seasoning Salts

DIY SEASONING SALTS Did you know you can flavor salt using essential oils? This comes in really handy as expats when certain fresh or dried herbs and spices are difficult to source Add a few drops of your desired certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil to a couple of tablespoons of salt. Stir and add to an empty spice shaker bottle for con...

Mama Tip Monday

MAMA TIP MONDAY First tip, get your kids involved in the cooking prep - especially if it involves vegetables. They are more likely to taste the veggies if they helped prepare it! Including them in dinner preparation also helps them have a sense of belonging and significance. Those moments of quality time help lessen bored or attention seeking mis...

Caption this

CAPTION THIS I don't even know where to start, but every time I see this picture I smile I can see his independence through the outfit he picked out, even if it doesn't exactly match. His favorite shirt because of the material and the football (soccer) on it, even though he has no idea how to play football (soccer). His favorite jacket because it...

Got hives? No problem!

GOT HIVES? NO PROBLEM My son is highly sensitive to bug bites, and they often cause hives to appear all over his body. When it first happened, I was shocked and worried about how it would affect him. Would it hinder his breathing? Did I need to take him to the emergency room? Now, I've got a special blend of oils that we roll on the welts, as we...

Lifestyle Event!

LIFESTYLE EVENT HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! Are you curious about essential oils, but maybe have been afraid to ask questions? Or maybe you felt like natural solutions would be too difficult or time consuming? Or maybe you're like I was, and you are skeptical that they would even do anything more than smell nice! That is where I started too......

Adjusting to life as a third culture kid

CAN YOU SPOT HIM? Okay, that was too easy This picture always reminds of expat life, and the struggle he had settling in at his school his first year - and how much progress he has made. The adjustment from staying at home to going to school full time was difficult in itself. Add to that the commute on a motorbike in rain or shine, in heavy traff...