Franglaise Mummy has changed a lot since I started this blog in February 2012, because I have changed a lot in that time too. I initially started this blog when we were trying for our second baby as I wanted to share the differences between parenting in France and the UK, and I wanted to document our children’s lives too.… Read more
I’m a speaker and for the longest time I’ve been wanting to hold an event for you my readers. Both for those who are local to me and can join me at a live event, as well as for those who are spread right across the globe, and who can soak everything up afterwards thanks to the wonders of video.… Read more
You know the way you make decisions for your kids every day? And you don’t really think much about it? Bog standard decisions. What to have for dinner. What to do at the weekend. Where to go on holiday.
Did you know that sometimes those small decisions can have far-reaching consequences?… Read more
On 31st October last year my family and I moved from London to Mauritius, and I’m asked ALL the time how family life here compares to family life in London.
So rather than replying to everyone in individual messages I did a Facebook Live video sharing my experiences of the two.… Read more
How many hours have you spent dreaming about how much better your life would be if only you lived elsewhere? Your relationship would be incredible, your kids would be better behaved, you would be the advert-perfect wife and mum. Countless hours I’m guessing. Well I’m here to burst your bubble. I live in paradise and the grass isn’t greener here than in London.… Read more
Have you ever had that feeling – as a one-off or an ongoing niggling feeling – that you just don’t fit in? Whether with friends, family, colleagues or neighbours.
On this week’s Facebook Live I share my own experiences on this very sensitive, and often upsetting subject, and offer you tips and advice for how to deal with it.… Read more
Are you the Queen of Comparison?
How many times have you looked at someone – a friend, neighbour, colleague, school mum, family member – and said to yourself “she’s got it all, she’s got it made, she’s got such a good life”? And then turned round and compared it to your own life?… Read more
Your job provides you with a sense of identity, a sense of worth. So when you don’t have a job, or have a job you hate you can feel worthless, useless or even depressed.
I had my first job at 13 years old – I delivered newspapers and babysat. By the age of 20 I had worked in a bookshop, a newsagent, Argos (a big chain store in the UK), stuffed envelopes, stuffed sandwiches, done cold calling, worked as a barmaid, as a cleaner and in a call centre.… Read more
Go on. Admit it. You’re addicted to social media and it’s ruining your life.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Grab your phone and open Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest.
Even before kissing the person lying next to you, or saying good morning?
Welcome to my world.
Or should I say my old world?… Read more
On Thursday evening I took one look at my out of control to do list (work and personal) and decided to sack it all off on Friday and take Léna and her friend to the beach.
She is now at an age where she can be pretty much left to her own devices, so while the two of them climbed trees, did colouring in and just general beach stuff for 9 and 10 year olds, I sat and read.… Read more
I have written and re-written this blog post over and over again since the horrific events in Nice last week. Words literally fail me and my emotions changed so much over the first few days too, that something I wrote in the morning seemed so wrong by the afternoon.
For those who don’t know me, I moved to Nice as a student in 1996 for a 5 months stint at the university there as an Erasmus student.… Read more