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Back to School for Global Kids

Back to School for Global Kids

Has summer flown by for you? It sure has for me! Between traveling, spending time with family and taking part in lots of events time has run it’s course. In a little over a week we’ll be back on an airplane home to Morocco. Because we’ve been so busy I haven’t had much time to go shopping and stock up on the things we’d like to take back. One big priority was to get the boys some new clothes for school, especially long sleeve and warmer clothing. The selection of these types of things in Morocco is limited, and while…

Secret Son: Moroccan Literature in Review

Do you remember what the first book you read in translation was? I’ve always been drawn to books that were originally published in other languages, or that have loose use of multiple languages in the text. As a part of Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Reading Series bloggers from around the world are sharing their book reviews of multicultural (and sometimes multilingual too) books for kids of all ages. Mondays are for ages 5 and under, Wednesdays for children 6-10, and Fridays for tweens and older. You can also see all of the recommendations on our Summer…

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French for Kids: The Zazoo Books

  In Morocco there is a bilingual education system, and in some schools it is tri- or quad- lingual (amazing isn’t it?) I’ve previously written about my children’s school and as they’ve progressed through this year I’ve learned a lot about multilingual education. My kids speak Arabic with my in-laws, on the street, and in regular communication at school. They spend half of each day learning in Arabic and the other half in French. What I’ve found is that while they are learning to spell and form sentences in French, they are not as conversationally fluent as they are in…

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TV and the Expat Experience

One day, last fall when I was in the US I was driving down a back country road listening to NPR (my favorite radio station). A story came on about immigrants and TV. I don’t remember the exact details but remember nodding in agreement when they discussed how TV is what gives immigrants a connection to home. When MarocBaba moved to the US I balked at purchasing an Arabic language TV package, way too much money and for what? He needed to learn English! My expat self sees just how ridiculous I was being. I remember the day we had…

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Holiday Photo Gifts for Grandma

Today I hit a milestone on my iPhone, 1000 images. That’s a lot of pictures! I’ve been relying on my phone to snap day to day images, instead of carrying around my large DSLR. I’m able to take pictures more often and much more naturally than with the large camera. I can easily import pictures to Facebook, Instagram, email them to family members, or add them to blog posts – basically anything.  The one issue I do have is that there are limited editing options on my phone.  I have to pull the pictures onto my laptop and then adjust…

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New Cookbook: Mediterranean Paleo Cooking

  I feel like a broken record saying this, but you really meet the most amazing people when you’re in the blogging world. In the last few months I met Caitlin of Grassfed Girl online through, of all things, our connection as wives of North African men. Caitlin’s husband, Nabil is from Algeria. So, when she told me they were writing a cookbook based on Mediterranean/North African food I was immediately interested. Then I found out the cookbook is all paleo recipes, which is super helpful to us as this means they’re also gluten-free!  But Caitlin and Nabil aren’t just…

My 5 Favorite Cookbooks of 2012

It’s that time of year when round-up posts are aplenty.  Not being one to want to be left out, I’m offering you my favorite cookbooks from 2012.  I have a bit of a cookbook problem, just ask my husband.  Whenever a box turns up that looks like it might contain a book I hear, “another book?!?!” I don’t just look at cookbooks for the recipes, of course I do cook from them.  But. I also read them.  I see what other people are making, how they’re combining ingredients, what their techniques are.  I love the stories that are told along…

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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World {Review}

I was lucky enough to gain an advance viewing of Unity Productions Foundation latest feature Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. I am a bit of a documentary geek and was interested to see how this story would be told. I was captivated.  This video is one of the most beautiful and interesting films I have seen in a long time. I love travel and every minute of this video was a small vacation.  The narration and insight from scholars of history, art and Islam all added so much to the film.  I kept thinking over and over how important…