As I compare my homes, my native USA and my adopted UK, against each of the four Frugal Fam values this week; I am struck for the first time with a touch of homesickness. I suppose a big part of it is the result of my ever shrinking family. My oldest three children are gone… Continue reading Saving Money: American Style
I have just completed the first weekend of my visit back to the USA. It has been a very busy weekend. On Saturday, my son had his Little League baseball game. We left the house around eleven and did not get back until almost four that afternoon. Then on Sunday we were back to the… Continue reading Family First: American Style
Like a growing number of international families, we call two places home: the UK, where we live now, and the USA, where we lived for most of our lives. Since before I even came to the UK, I have been part of an on-line community of ex-patriots called UK-Yankee. One of themes of the many… Continue reading Home vs Home
Today I am travelling to visit my youngest son in California. We do this trip a couple of times each year to pick him up, take him home or simply to visit. Something strikes me though: is there such a thing as a good flight? I have travelled on most major airlines. But nothing ever… Continue reading The Not-so-happy Skies
While I do not currently work outside of the home, I remember well the days not so long ago when I juggled the responsibilities of job and family. The worst of course was the years that I managed as a single mum; having to do it all...alone. There were some tricks I learned then. And… Continue reading Lasagne: A working mum’s blessing
After a huge and busy Mother's Day on Sunday, my first television appearance on BBC1's The Big Questions with Nicky Campbell, yesterday fate reminded me why the Frugal Fam's core values are so important to me and my family. I had an interview for a job up in Essex, about an hour and a half… Continue reading Why I am a Frugal Fam?
With the lovely spring-like weather that London has been having, I commented to my husband that it was like an ant hill that had been stomped on...everyone was swarming out. But the sun lifts our moods as we spend more time in it, making more Vitamin D and melatonin. One great way of taking advantage… Continue reading Biking to school/work…