5 Tips for a Successful Repatriation

It’s been seven weeks since I said goodbye to my island life and moved back to Canada. I lived in paradise for five and half years and by the time I left, I had built an amazing life for myself. It wasn’t easy, starting over in a foreign land, but I was proud to say that I was an expat. It was like a badge of honor!

Bre and I have already shared our Top 10 Reasons to be an Expat. It’s a rewarding and life changing experience! However, being an expat means that the time will come when you have to pack up your things and go back home, aka repatriating.

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Change is in the Air

To me, spring has always represented a time of renewal. The snow is gone, the sun is shining, and there’s a strong desire to start fresh. There’s a reason it’s called spring cleaning after all! This year, my spring renewal will be slightly more epic than years past. Why? Because next month, my expat days are coming to an end and I’ll be leaving Barbados after 5 1/2 years. I’m moving back to Canada! More specifically, I’m moving to Toronto!

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Scrapbook: Niagara-on-the-Lake

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed a recent increase in pics about wine. That’s because just over a week ago I was visiting one of my favorite places in Canada. When the Mr. mentioned he had meetings in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I jumped at the chance to join him. It’s a long flight from Barbados (six hours!) for only a few days, but it was so worth it!

Niagara on the Lake

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How to Fly with Little Kids

how to fly with little kids

My family and I recently went to the passport agency in DC to get my son his very first passport. We had to go through security that looked kind of similar to the machines you’d see at the airport. So when our turn came up to go through, Gwyneth promptly took off her coat, placed it in the bin, and asked the security agent if she had to take off her shoes. She’s five. The agent laughed and said, “not today” and I told her only at the airport. Read More…


An Expat Christmas

The holiday season is officially upon us! I absolutely love this time of year. I’m one of those gals that breaks out the Christmas music on November 1st, and I have the tree up and decorated by December 1st! I have wonderful memories of Christmas, and it’s an incredibly special time for me.

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It’s in the Bag: Travel Edition

It's in the bag - travel editionI think it’s safe to say that I travel a fair bit. I’m not jetting off on business trips three days a week, but living on an island means I have to take a plane to go anywhere. I’ve taken flights as short as 1 hour, and I’ve been on a plane for over 14 hours straight. I’ve definitely figured out what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to my carry-on bag!

If I’m going to be on a super long flight, I usually pack a large purse and a carry-on suitcase. The carry-on has a change of clothes to sleep in and my DSLR camera, while everything else fits into my large purse. For shorter flights, say less than five hours, I skip the carry-on and just bring the large purse. 

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Travel Chic: Holiday Edition

Fashion FridaysWith summer officially over, the holidays are approaching quickly. Christmas is only two months away people!! With the holidays, comes a lot of travel. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year always bring families closer together, even if it means hopping on a plane to make it happen.

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we are no strangers to travel. In order to leave the island, we need to get on a plane for at least a few hours. And with Ree just coming back from visiting Holland and England and Bre currently planning her December Colorado trip, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite travel fashion ensembles for the holidays.

Travel Chic - Holiday Edition Collage

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