Driving in India versus Driving in the US

Driving in India versus Driving in the US

  I likely am not exactly the person to write this post, but let’s be honest: there are plenty of differences between Driving in India versus Driving in the US! One of the major differences is the rules of the road. That is the major reason I do not drive in India. And that reason […]

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Posted in: Life in India
Marrying an Indian doesn’t make me Indian

Marrying an Indian doesn’t make me Indian

  Believe it or not, there are hundreds of non Indian women married to Indians living in Mumbai. In fact there are something like 300 Russians alone! Now there are some foreigners married to Indians all over India and even more living outside India. But, being married to someone doesn’t make you “them.” Taking their […]

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Posted in: Culture
Transitions when repatriating – Returning to the US Part 1

Transitions when repatriating – Returning to the US Part 1

  Repatriating. I’m not a “true” expat in that we weren’t moved abroad for a short term by a company. We had some family support, my husband grew up in India, and I’d been here before. But, it was still a lot of transition, and likely my husband went through a bit more culture shock […]

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Posted in: Life in India
After living abroad, having to clean your own home again!

After living abroad, having to clean your own home again!

  After living in India, and having someone to help with the cleaning, I know that we’re facing me doing it all when we get back to the US. While, yes, the cleaning load in India is increased, there are a few things I don’t enjoy doing. At all! When we lived in Phoenix I […]

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Posted in: Home
Afraid of bugs? Knowledge overcomes fear

Afraid of bugs? Knowledge overcomes fear

  Bugs can really bug you out Having children who have been stung by bark scorpions (you know, the small venemous ones) I get the fear of bugs, aka Entomophobia. We found out the hard way that both kids are allergic to the venom of the scorpions, resulting in needing IV medications. How to remain […]

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Posted in: Health
It is in the air: A More Pleasant Home

It is in the air: A More Pleasant Home

  With the announcement of our move, I’m excited to have a home again. Living in a rented apartment, especially when either party can break it on any 30 day notice, makes “living” very temporary. The fact is, we have base paint only, not real paint. This hasn’t helped with feeling “settled” in India. Upgrades and […]

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Posted in: Home
Announcing our move back to the US

Announcing our move back to the US

  2 years ago, my husband was in the midst of accepting an offer for us to make this big move to India. I wanted the kids to learn Marathi and get to know “this” side of their family. The kids were young, I thought, so making the move would be much easier before they […]

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Posted in: Life in India, Travel
A Crash Course on how to Become a Coupon Expert

A Crash Course on how to Become a Coupon Expert

  It s estimated that Americans save 46 billion dollars a year by using coupons. That sounds like a lot of money, right? But consider that, according to Extreme Couponing, it is estimated that Americans also throw away coupons worth 57 billion dollars and you’ll see that we haven’t yet mastered the profitable art of couponing. There is […]

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Posted in: Saving Money
Can AZ say no to GMO?  #HB2462 #LabelGMO

Can AZ say no to GMO? #HB2462 #LabelGMO

  Yes! More states are taking action against Monsanto and other companies who believe they should be able to create items but not tell us when we consume them! Yes, we’re talking GMOs! Arizona representatives have introduced HB2462 which would require GMOs to be labeled. What is AZ#HB2462 This bill, introduced by Mendez, Clark, Steele, Andrade, Espinoza […]

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Making gelato or frozen yogurt at home

Making gelato or frozen yogurt at home

  Here in Mumbai the weather is extremely delightful once the sun comes up. However, finding a nice treat that can also be made “healthy” can be difficult. Gelato is a delicious treat that is similar to ice cream. It has a creamier consistency, and you can often find the same flavors that you would […]

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Posted in: How-to