Review: The Happiness Advantage. Are You An Orange Frog?

Recently for my job, I was sent on a course about how to have a happy, positive way of thinking in life.  No, it wasn’t an anger management course and no I was not sent on it because I’m a grump bag!  It started by reading a parable called The Orange Frog.  All the frogs in the pond were green, when one of them started to think positive, he became more orange.  At first, the other frogs thought being orange and different was a bad thing.  But the positivity started to rub off on all the frogs around him and soon they all became orange.  They realised that although bad things may happen in their life, their outlook could change the way they were affected by it.

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My Favourite Travel Inspired Books

My favourite type of book to read are ones that are travel inspired.  They have the power to make me feel like I’m somewhere else, even if I’m just at home sitting on the sofa!  In 2016 I read over 30 books!  When I moved to America, I even signed up for a library card!  There was a huge library in my hometown in England but for some reason I never really used it once I was an adult, I always just bought paperbacks or downloaded Kindle books!  Here are some of my favourite books, some have even inspired me to travel because of reading them!

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Christmas Tree Time Capsule

We’ve always used our Christmas tree as a way to display our memories.  Whenever I travel, I try to find my Mum a Christmas decoration as a gift (Travel Souvenirs: Christmas Edition).  Now I’m living in America, I’m starting my very own travel/memory tree!

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How to Have a British Christmas in America

This year will be my first Christmas day away from home.  I’ve spent every year doing the same traditions and to be honest, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them!  Now I’m living in America, I’m going to bring a few of my UK traditions to my US life!

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#adventblogshare

I admit, I’ve been a terrible blogger.  I’ve been so busy with emigrating and life over the past year that my social networks have been pushed to the side and I haven’t been reading or commenting on blogs.  It’s the biggest thing I want to change in the New Year when it comes to blogging.  I love reading about other people’s adventures and I can’t wait to discover some more blogs!  But why start in the New Year?  I’ve decided that during the month of December, I’m going to do an #adventblogshare!

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Gift Guide for a Brit Living Overseas

When I was living in England I found myself decorating my room with all my overseas travels.  Now I’m living in America, I can’t help but feel comfort in having little bits of ‘home’ surrounding me!  Here are some gift ideas that are inspired by the UK!

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Typing up Travel Journals Into One Book

Packing to emigrate permanently is a pain.  As well as needing clothes for 4 extreme seasons, I obviously want to surround myself with all of my personal possessions and it turns out that 3 suitcases are actually a lot smaller than expected!  Ever since I was young I’ve kept a travel journal for every trip, they are full of memories and mean the world to me.  For YEARS I have been looking for a company that would print my travel journals into one book and I’ve always struggled, but now I’m moving it was more important than ever to find somewhere, 2 books are a lot easier to pack that 30 odd!  I couldn’t find anywhere that would just print off one individual copy that was private.  Everywhere wanted ISBN numbers or bulk printing, but at last I’ve found somewhere and I’m so pleased with the result!

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Toad in the Hole – British Recipes to take Stateside!

My first recipe that isn’t a sweet!  It seems to be a big thing in America that home made recipes are cooked to a large scale and then taken to family gatherings where everyone shares them.  I’ve found the perfect British twist that is SO easy to make!  Funnily enough, it’s not made with toad…in fact it’s sausages cooked in a Yorkshire Pudding, a batter similar to pancake mix.  I love Yorkshires, despite being made with the same ingredients as pancakes, rather than serving them with syrups, they are served with gravy!  Just like a pie…only batter rather than pastry!

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