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    Searching through a long abandoned cupboard shelf the other day, I discovered a plethora of forgotten things. A Union Jack paper lantern that we had bought to take on a picnic (it was an optimistic purchase even when we first saw it), a New Zealand passport holder still in the embossed box and a box full of art supplies that I had enthusiastically purchased intending to brighten the world one randomly sent homemade card at a time (properly nice, non-froufrou ones FYI).

    Home as an Expat Travel Linkup

    And it got me thinking about home.

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    Anzac Biscuits | A Rather Delicious Recipe

    I’m often asked for examples of classic New Zealand food, and to be honest, I struggle to answer as it’s such a multicultural country. Except for Hangi, Bacon & Egg Pie and maybe Pavlova (let’s not open that Australasian kettle of arguments), ANZAC Biscuits are perhaps one of the most iconic Kiwi/Australian recipes. They’re excellent for curing homesickness.

    ANZAC Biscuit Recipe Kiwi Cooking

    Oh, and if you’re looking for a no egg, low flour cookie recipe, you’ve come to the right place. (They’re also super easy to make as gluten-free biscuits.)

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    10 of the best ways to beat winter blues

    It’s cold, there isn’t much sunshine and I’m already getting sick of arriving places looking like I was dragged through a wet hedge backwards – repeatedly. So, I decided to pop together this blog post of 10 ways to beat winter blues – tried and true methods that help me to survive those Northern Hemisphere winters that never seem to end. {Disclaimer: post contains one clearly marked affiliate link.} 

    Gibraltar Short Break Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I love a good list. Especially one filled with ways to cheer myself up when I’ve got a case of the blues.

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    Grenada, the Caribbean Island of Spice [Pronounced Grin-AY-da]

    Words can’t really describe how much I was looking forward to escaping the dreary English winter for the tropical Caribbean island shores of Grenada. I was already fed up of getting caught in the icy rain and shrugging on layers of heavy clothing – and it was only the very start of the coldest season of the year. Disclaimer: We were guests of Pure Grenada, the national tourism board, but all enthusing and rum cocktail enjoyment is very much my own.

    Grenada-Caribbean-The-Island-of-Spice

    I’d always dreamt of exploring the Caribbean – rowing to a teeny island with sparkling sands and palm trees waving over turquoise seas, but before I’d started blogging all those years ago I’d honestly never heard of Grenada.

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    10 reasons why I still love blogging [and content creation]

    Anyone will tell you that I am the blog world’s biggest cheerleader. Honestly, I could find 1,000, but I decided to limit myself to 10 reasons why I still love blogging [and content creation]. As an expat living on the other side of the world to her established friends (and long-suffering family), blogging gave me the impetus to get out of a work>home>work rut and continues to inspire mischief long after the honeymoon period of a new hobby wore off.

    Where to stay in Coventry

    Sitting behind a computer kinda changed me. Far from retreating into myself and the unique loneliness that a big city like London can bring, blogging became the last piece to complete my expat puzzle. It took a long time to come about, but it turned me from the quiet mouse who admired outgoing characters into a ballsy adventurer who discovers intriguing things to do that keeps us fascinated with our home city, and discovered a new side to New Zealand.

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