Colin Firth: Golden Boy

Colin Firth: Golden Boy

(Photo source) Congratulations to British Actor Colin Firth for winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama! Firth won the award for his stellar performance in The King's Speech, a period piece depicting the relationship between King George VI of Britain and his speech therapist. Per Continue reading

Espresso: A Cup of Paris in the Morning

Espresso: A Cup of Paris in the Morning

(Photo source) Like tea is to England, so is coffee, or café, to the rest of Europe. I have noted several times my love for all things tea - tea pots, tea cups, tea spoons, and, of course, tea itself. But what many of you may not know is that I have an equal passion for coffee. Well, not Continue reading

Nostalgic for Irish Oatmeal

Nostalgic for Irish Oatmeal

(photo source) While touring the United Kingdom a few years ago, I was treated to a traditional British breakfast each morning. No matter where I stayed in Britain, each hotel and bed and breakfast served generous helpings of sausage, eggs, chunky potatoes, and tomatoes. Not being a big breakfast Continue reading

Bring England Home for the Holidays

Bring England Home for the Holidays

(photo source) As many of you know, I admire English traditions. and I particularly love them at Christmastime. Whether it's the beauty of a Victorian Christmas or the decorations at Harrod's, Christmastime in England is a site I can only dream about these days. Although I won't be spending Continue reading

‘Tis the Season for Traditional English Toffee

‘Tis the Season for Traditional English Toffee

From cookies to pies and cake to fudge, Christmastime is the season for all things sweet. Although many people associate this time of year with gingerbread and sugary cutouts, my thoughts turn to one luscious treat - English Toffee. If anything symbolizes the start of the holiday season in Continue reading

Charlie and Lola: An Extremely Lovely 10th Anniversary

Charlie and Lola: An Extremely Lovely 10th Anniversary

"I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny." -- Charlie and Lola This Fall marks the 10th anniversary since the release of Lauren Child's book, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato. The book is just one in the best-selling series of Charlie and Lola books, chronicling the daily Continue reading

Sisters in Denim

Sisters in Denim

(Photo source) After I had my two children, I was very worried about losing the baby weight that I had gained during pregnancy. Luckily, by eating healthy and exercising, I was able to drop the weight in just a few weeks. In fact, after my second child, I was able to fit into my "skinny jeans" Continue reading

Sunday With Robin Hood

Sunday With Robin Hood

It was the time of kings and queens, knights and naives, and Robin Hood and his merry men. I'm not exactly speaking about Medieval England or the Elizabethan era, but rather the Renaissance Faire. Although Ren Faires can be a bit kitschy and downright strange (ie. grown men walking around in Continue reading

Laver's Law of Fashion

Laver's Law of Fashion

(Photo source) When Scott and I went to London a few years ago, we were fortunate enough to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. I remember it was our last day in Europe and we had walked around London all day long wanting to soak in every last bit of history. We happened upon the V&A by Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park

(Photo Source) All the world's a stage. And all the men and women, merely players - William Shakespeare, As You Like It In high school, I was one of the very few people who actually wanted to take Shakespeare as an English elective. Although reading the Bard's works was often confusing and hard to Continue reading

French Vs. US School Lunches

French Vs. US School Lunches

(Photo source) Growing up, I never really paid attention to the nutritional content in my school’s  lunch program. But now, after having two children of my own, I’m concerned about what food they are eating at daycare, and eventually, what they will be eating in their elementary school. The US Continue reading

How To Perfect Your British Accent

How To Perfect Your British Accent

(Photo Source) As the proud owner of a new iPhone 4,  I'm quickly learning about the thousands of applications that are out in cloudland to download. There are apps for everything nowadays, including an app to help improve your English - the Queen's English! That's right, if you've ever dreamed of Continue reading