Feria San Marcos, Aguascalientes

Last weekend was an exciting one, calling for a major celebration for the 24th birthday of this very special human! (Also taking the opportunity to show off Bowie, our insanely cute puppy, maybe even the cutest puppy in the whole world.)

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But, back to the very special human. We planned to visit the state of Aguascalientes to visit a friend of his, and to invite another friend from Mexico City. It just so happened that the weekend also coincided with a “puente” (a bank holiday Monday), and the Feria Nacional de San Marcos, a huge (I mean huge) festival of culture, music, tradition…but mostly alcohol. Continue reading

Self Care Ideas

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First it was #mindfulness, then it was #hygge, now the buzzword of the moment seems to be #selfcare. In no way am I criticising this – I actually think these “trends” that should be common sense are beneficial – it’s kind of sad that enjoying pleasant things and taking proper care of ourselves is fashionable rather than something everyone just does. But if we need hashtags, magazine headlines and blog posts to remind us to take a step back, switch off and do something we enjoy and makes us feel good, then so be it – as long as we actually do it.

Self Care is different for everyone, but there are some basic things that everyone should be doing to take care of their bodies and minds, for overall health and wellbeing. However, I suspect many people (myself included) neglect the most basic things:

  1. Eating regular, healthy meals.
  2. Getting enough sleep.
  3. Doing, and enjoying, exercise.

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Easter Baking

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Happy Easter everyone! 🐰🐣🥚

I mentioned in an earlier post that I would make a whole post about Easter themed baking ideas. Before I do, I’d just like to point out that I’m having serious difficulty doing Easter baking here in Mexico because Mini Eggs do not exist here. I suppose it’s a good thing that the true significance of the holiday is being maintained and it hasn’t become commercial like it has in other countries, but that doesn’t change the fact that I want some Easter chocolate! No eggs or bunnies anywhere to be seen. Yesterday I made chocolate Easter nests (you know the ones) with peanut M&Ms for eggs but it’s just not the same. 😔

But, I’m sure elsewhere in the world everyone is eagerly cooking up some yummy, prettily decorated Easter treats. Here are some ideas! Continue reading

Let’s Go To The Beach

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The Easter Holidays are finally here – well, they’ve been here for a whole week now,  but I’ve been trying to just enjoy the time off work and not think about how fast they’re going!

I was really, really looking forward to these holidays because I finally had the chance to go to my favourite place on Earth – Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico! I went for the first time in February 2015 and just fell completely in love with the tiny, hippie surf village. Yes, it’s very touristy, especially now that everyone has holidays (or “vacations”) but it’s easy to see why everyone wants to go there to relax.  Continue reading

Favourite Spring Outfits

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Even in sunny Mexico, during the spring it can be unexpectedly cold and surprisingly, April showers exist here, too. For that reason, I think Spring outfits are transferable and wearable just about anywhere (although back in England, more layers might be necessary.) I haven’t written much about fashion yet but window shopping and looking online at pretty clothes is my recompense for 1) not having a lot of money and 2) trying not to be too materialistic. So, even though I don’t own most of these clothes, this is my dream springtime wardrobe. Continue reading

Things No One Tells You About Being a Teacher

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I’ve just finished my second month of being a 3rd and 4th grade teacher (about 5 weeks of teaching totally by myself, unsupervised.) Naturally it has been a huge learning curve and I know I’ve still got a long way to go before I feel totally organised and confident (and like I’m actually good at it) but I’ve made some observations along the way. A lot of what I’ve learnt about teaching, and about kids, has come as quite unexpected. Even teacher friends and relatives couldn’t have prepared me for a lot of them.  Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day!

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First of all: Where does the apostrophe actually go in Mothers/Mother’s/Mothers’ Day? Has anyone ever definitively answered this questions? I think it’s technically supposed to go before the S but in my opinion, it makes more sense to put it after – the day is for all mothers, not just my mother (although she definitely deserves a day all of her own.)

On that note, I want to dedicate this post to my mum, who I love and miss a lot. I think mums almost always end up being our best friends once we emerge from the awkward, awful teenage years of disagreeing about everything. That’s certainly the case for my mum. Nobody will ever come close to knowing me as well as she does, helping and supporting me as much as she does, and sharing so many moments with me, the big, important moments and the little everyday things.  Continue reading

Springtime Crafting

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When I was a child I used to make things. All. The. Time. I never really lost my love for making art and crafts (and a huge mess) but as I’m sure many people find, adult life kind of takes over and we have other responsibilities that we have to take care of before we put time into our hobbies. Usually when I finish working I don’t want to do anything except sit at home in my pyjamas, eating and watching Netflix, but guess what? Now I’m a primary school teacher. I have two classrooms full of 7-9 year olds who I’m sure love making things as much as I did when I was their age. And, it’s spring, coming up to Easter, so I’m scouring the internet for ideas of fun, crafty things we can do. I found a few that I think are great for both kids and grown-ups (and people in the weird in-between stage like me.) I hope I’ll get to try some of them in the classroom, and some of the others during the Easter holidays!

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Spring Reflections

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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland

Finally, winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner. Although, I’ve been in Mexico for a month so it feels to me like winter ended a while ago! But, hopefully back home the weather is about to (miraculously) improve and everyone’s spirits will be lifted a little bit.

It’s not my favourite season, but whilst winter is (in my opinion) time to rest, recuperate, be comforted and cosy, the start of spring is the perfect opportunity to start over, clean up everything and, like everything in nature, start to grow again. Continue reading