Run The Year – 2,017 Miles in 2017

You may have noticed that I’m slightly obsessed with my Fitbit Flex.  Now more than ever because I signed up for Run The Year, a just for fun fitness challenge with the aim of walking/running/hiking 2,017 miles in 2017!  To put this into perspective, to complete this alone, it would mean doing 5.5miles (13,000 steps) EVERYDAY for the whole year!  Don’t worry, you can also sign up with a buddy and complete the challenge as part of a team!

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The Expat Tag

Now I’m living in America, I read a lot of expat blogs!  I find it really interesting reading other people’s experiences and it’s great connecting with other people that are going through a similar thing to what I am (it really is a very weird feeling being an expat!).  I was recently tagged in a post by Sandra at Going American, a fellow European now living in Boston, USA and thought it’d be fun to answer her questions about my expat life experience!

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Life in the States as an Immigrant

I hold my hands up, I’m an immigrant.  I’m living in America on an immigrant visa.  I know especially in the blogging community, the word ‘Expat’ is thrown around a lot and I admit this is what I tend to refer to myself as, but in fact, I am an immigrant.  But can you really blame me for not really using this term at the moment?  Just look at the news, it has so much bad press and I debated as to whether or not I should pipe up and say my view.  But as an immigrant, and especially one that blogs about the visa process, I thought surely I should show what it’s like through my eyes?

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Review: The Little Care Package British Subscription Box

Being a Brit in the USA, there’s nothing I enjoy more than receiving a little box of English treats from home!  The Little Care Package is a brand new subscription box company aimed at British expats living in America and Canada.  It was created by a Brit living in Canada that was, to be honest, disgusted at the price of buying British items overseas…$8 for an English magazine?!  She wanted to be able to give us a little slice of home for a more affordable price! Continue reading “Review: The Little Care Package British Subscription Box”

Expat Life: USA Cell Phone Plans Are SO Expensive!

In the UK I had been with the same phone company ever since I was 11 years old…roughly 15 years!  It may have changed hands several times (One-to-One, T-Mobile, EE) but I was always happy with the service I received.  I’ve been in America for 5 months and I’m already onto my 2nd phone company.  Before I emigrated, I had bought an iPhone, just thinking that it’d be simple, I’d get to America and just put in an American Sim Card and away I go!  If only it was that simple!

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How to Survive a Midwest Winter

My goodness.  I’d never been so cold in my life until I moved to Iowa.  It’s not unusual for the temperature to be -20c/-4f on a daily basis, it can even get lower than this!  I honestly thought temperatures that low only existed in the poles…not in a country where the summers are 30c/86f!  Here are my (not so serious) Midwest winter survival tips!

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The Reality of Visiting Home For The First Time

What’s it like to visit home for the first time after you’ve emigrated? The key word is VISIT. There are so many posts about what is it like when you return from travelling but what is it like when you know you are only stopping by for a visit rather than just returning to normal life? I’ll tell you.

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How To Care For a Pet Hedgehog

What on earth does looking after a hedgehog have to do with a travel and lifestyle blog?!  Well, when it comes to wild animals, the UK doesn’t really have many when you compare it to places like the USA, BUT the UK do have hedgehogs!  Here in the USA, I have a hedgehog as a pet!  OK so it’s not a British hedgehog but because they aren’t native to the USA, it’s classed as an exotic animal!

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