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A Multicultural Summer Bucket List for Kids

I’ve dubbed this summer, the “summer of yes.”  Instead of fighting with my kids about silly things like having an extra s’more or sleeping in a fort they’ve built I’m embracing (most) everything and just saying yes.  We’re also making an effort to expose them to as many cultural events and activities as possible. With that in mind, I asked some fellow multicultural kid bloggers for what they would put on a multicultural bucket list for kids.   I’ve recently seen a ton of different summer bucket lists online.  But, I haven’t been able to find any that really embraced our multicultural outlook, were not things we regularly do anyway, or were really age appropriate for my guys (most are aimed at younger kids).  With that in mind I hoped to create a list that would encompass everything I’ve been looking for and failed to find!  There’s no reason that you couldn’t do these activities any time of year, or …

Amanda MouttakiA Multicultural Summer Bucket List for Kids
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{Expat Guest Post} Dylan of The Travel Manor

When we decided to become expats, I knew there were others like us out there – I just had to find them.  Once I started looking, I was amazed at just how many people have chosen an expatriate lifestyle. So many people tell me that they wish they could move to another country; I want to share the stories of those who have made the choice.  I hope that these stories might encourage others to take the plunge. Today’s guest post is from Dylan of The Travel Manor, a site geared at luxury travel in the Middle East. Dylan has made Dubai his home base for the last five years.   Life In The Gulf ‘Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Dubai International airport. Local time is 5am and the temperature outside is 34 degrees celsius’. Seriously? At this time of the morning? I had never been to Dubai before, but having quit my …

Amanda Mouttaki{Expat Guest Post} Dylan of The Travel Manor
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Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Pudding + Simple Summer Snacks

We’re on week two of summer vacation and so far things are going great.  My kids have activities almost daily, we live within a short walking distance from a big swimming pool, and if they get really bored there are always boxes to pack! During the school year I send a lunch a few times a week, but in the summer I’ve got to make lunch every day, usually it’s a meal on the go. I put together a few of their favorites to share with other mom’s looking for ideas. Snack Ideas air-popped popcorn.  You can add all kinds of toppings like cinnamon and sugar or my tandoori spice mix. fruit – if I know my kids will be outside with their lunches I pop fruit like bananas, grapes, or blueberries in the freezer, they’re ready to eat my lunch and not mush. cheese and crackers peanut butter (or nut butter) and crackers pudding! small yogurts or yogurt drinks …

Amanda MouttakiEasy Chocolate Cheesecake Pudding + Simple Summer Snacks
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The #Fit14 Challenge

Wednesday was my last day working with Sarah my most awesome personal trainer.  It was so bittersweet.  She’s taking 6 weeks off and when she gets back we’ll be in the final weeks before our move.  Surgery and diet have helped me get part of the way on my fitness journey but, Sarah has been the person who inspired me to go the rest of the way. I can remember one of my first workouts when I was frustrated and almost in tears because it was so hard. I. HATED. IT.  Even though I was paying to work with her, every morning I would think of things that I could say or do to get out of my workout.  That’s been my way of dealing with things my entire life – especially when it comes to exercise.  After the almost tear session she told me “I know this is not fun right now, but it will be eventually – I …

Amanda MouttakiThe #Fit14 Challenge

Korean Stirfry Chicken Wings

MarocBaba LOVES chicken wings. Whenever we go out somewhere, he often orders them and I cringe at the price. In most places, the price breaks down to about $1 a piece. Chicken wings are some of the cheapest cuts of meat out there! So, instead of paying through the nose, I decided to make them at home. It’s completely possible find organic chicken wings for around $3 a pound (about 8 wings).  It’s intimidating for a lot of people to think about making chicken wings, how do you do it anyway?  Guess what, it’s so easy! Some people prefer to bake their chicken wings which is totally fine and it’s healthier, but let’s face it, the best part of chicken wings is the crunchy skin and really, there’s no way to “healthi-fy” that! So why not just embrace chicken wings for what they are, an ocassional indulgence. I made my chicken wings even easier to make.  Everyone has a favorite …

Amanda MouttakiKorean Stirfry Chicken Wings
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5 Tips to Organize for an International Move

There are few things in life more stressful than moving internationally.  In fact, right now I am chest deep in the process and I can’t think of anything that has been more stressful.  Just the logistics of this kind of move are enough to make even the most placid individual begin to shred their hair. I’ve done a lot of research to find out how others have done this, and I haven’t found anyone who is in a similar situation. So here are my 5 tips to organize for an international move. I’m not sure if I’ve shared this but my background is in Project Management, I even have an MBA in this exact subject area.  For me, tackling such a monstrous “project” as moving four people, 5000 miles requires management. When we first started, I thought we would sell everything, pack our suitcases, and go.  You see it’s just not that simple.  We have a decade of accumulated belongings, …

Amanda Mouttaki5 Tips to Organize for an International Move