Kids, London life and the world beyond

11 British gifts to give Americans

TweetA couple of years ago I wrote a post about the 8 British gifts to get Americans (that I would never give to a Brit). Whoa! People went crazy for this post. It was the Strictly Come Dancing, the hit record of posts. Styles and tastes move on, so this year I’ve updated my (modestly) blockbuster post. These days so many gifts are the same no matter where you are. Living in London, that means I’m...

The pre-holiday beauty routine

TweetPreparing for summer holiday makes me feel like nothing if not a trophy wife. Not because of the exotic destinations we visit (usually just a tour of the family in Texas) but because of the extreme summer holiday primping beforehand. I wax, pluck, spray-tan, file, shave, clip, lacquer and highlight. I’ve done a thousand situps and contorted leg lifts so I can hold my head up on the chaise longue, looking...

The best holiday ice skating in London

TweetOver the past several years my family and I have criss-crossed the city trying out different ice skating rinks. I’ve loved it since childhood, when I would force my mother to drive from 2 1/2 hours to the nearest ice rink so I could pretend I was an ice princess. (I have a great picture of me trying to do an arabesque on ice — the minute my mother hit the shutter, I hit a chink in the ice and she...

Yesterday v Today

TweetYesterday in Texas: Baking cookies on the dashboard of the car. (Yes it works, but they tasted a little funny. Turns out “new car smell” isn’t the best secret ingredient.) Today in London: Rainstorms til the end of the week....

When it's time to leave the beach

TweetGiven the old choice of mountains or beach, I'll choose beach every time. The sun, proper surf for wave-jumping, bodyboarding or surfing, and sand in places my doctor's never seen. Bliss. Every year we visit the same resort in Texas, Port Royal in Port Aransas. I hestitate to even mention it by name. As unlikely as it might seem that a bunch of Brits would turn up on this lightly developed section of...

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