The Best Show To Binge On This Weekend! Bon Appétit!

Don’t think you’d care about what goes into Viennese Whirls, or how they’re made?  Well, this show not just about baking, it’s an opportunity to spend time with people overflowing with passion, optimism, kindness and skill. This show is like a hot pepper…pop that little inconspicuous chile into your mouth and be swept up into the burst of flavor and surprising heat that hits you when least expect it. Seriously, the baking is secondary to everything else. Weekend In The Country Searching for the U.K.’s best amateur bakers, the competition, held in the lush garden of a stately country manor, brings together 12 competitors from all walks of life. They will gather each week and bake their way through ten weekend “bake-fests.” As each episode…

Expat Moms Tell All! Guest Post Series- Moms With “Flip Flops On The Ground.”

The ONLY way to find out what raising children in Costa Rica is really like, is to go to the source. This the first in a series of upcoming guest posts by moms who are living the dream! Pura Vida, Penny Tina has lived in Atenas, Costa Rica for 18 years. She had both of her children in Costa Rica, and is raising them in this idyllic town. She owned and operated a community center and now runs her own real estate company. Today, she has kindly agreed to share her experiences with us! These guest posts will help you find out the pros and the cons, from people who are doing it and aren’t afraid to tell you the truth.  After living 18 years…

Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery With Stem Cell Treatment

Updated July 7, 2017 “17, 18 19…” I happily counted off each step as I bounded up the suspended steel and concrete stairs. At the top of the first flight there was a breathtaking view of the ocean I considered a reward for my efforts, so I paused briefly to gaze out at the Pacific, then turned around and flew up the final 40 steps up to our vacation condo. We’d stayed at this same condo a year ago, while on vacation in Costa Rica. At that time, the expedition up and down the 60+ steps, multiple times a day, was daunting and incredibly painful. The reward of relaxing on the beach, or meals out motivated me, as I struggled up the jungle gym of a staircase.…

How To Install A Painted Plexiglass/Acrylic Backsplash In 6 Easy Steps

My husband and I recently remodeled our mid-century home’s kitchen. We easily made the decision about which type of cabinet and countertop materials to use, but we went round and round trying to select the perfect backsplash. I knew I did not want a tile backsplash. They require exhaustive maintenance and trends like “subway” or “Moroccan” tile pass quickly, so you’re left with a dated look in just a few years. Scrolling through Pinterest, I discovered some beautiful painted glass backsplashes, but the prohibitive cost and challenging installation drove me to look for other options. We both loved the look of the glass though, so we decided to find a way to make it work! As we researched our options, we came across some examples of…

Learn How To Grow Loofahs In Your Garden!

Peering out the window of our tiny house in Costa Rica, I saw our neighbor Josué slowly climbing up a ladder holding a basket full of what looked like overgrown zucchinis. He pulled each one out and placed them side-by-side on his roof, where the unobstructed sun would beat down on them for more than eight hours each day! Why was he doing this to his zucchinis? Josué climbed back up every morning to rotate the large veggies, and after a week of baking in the Costa Rica jungle heat, they’d transformed into a row of dark brown logs. I was dying to know what he was tending to up on his roof, so I asked, “¿Que son esos?” It turned out they were loofahs!…

Create Instant Curb Appeal With These Modern House Number Ideas

The pizza delivery driver slowed to a stop, trying to make out the address of our home. Unable to read our house numbers, he drove off with our pizza. Tired of receiving cold pizza, I decided to update our seemingly invisible house numbers, and headed off to the home improvement store for supplies! Here are some unique house number ideas I’ve found. They are not only eye-catching, but will immediately improve your curb appeal without breaking the bank. On the house: In the front yard: On the mailbox: Make sure your pizza’s delivered hot. Pura vida, Penny    

Give your kids every advantage you can, by raising them abroad.

Raise Happy, Confident Global Citizens. Move Abroad With Your Kids.

We both considered the white button-down shirt as I held it up for inspection. It (like almost everything else in the trendy clothing store) is made out of an inexpensive grade of cotton, required daily ironing, and would undoubtedly shrink the first time it we washed it. All this for only $29.99. “I know it’s kind of expensive, but can we get it Mom?” my sweet 17 year-old daughter pleaded. We raised our now bilingual daughter abroad, which helped her land a great job at a nearby hospital. This was the type of shirt she needed for her position, so even though she and I usually hunt for bargains, I bought the shirt. Our children spent their formative years in Costa Rica and have both grown into…

Moving Mom – Be Ready, When The Time Comes To Move Your Elderly Parents

I had my last child at age 42, which I’m told increases my odds of becoming a centenarian (100+ years old.) The thought of being around to enjoy more time with my children is appealing, but I’m not sure my kids would be that excited about spending time with their 100-year-old mom! Both of my (long-ago divorced) parents are robustly enjoying their 80’s, but as my mom nears her 90th birthday we, like thousands of other 40/50-somethings, are making plans for Mom to come live with us. We are fortunate that my Mom is healthy enough not to require professional care on a daily basis, so she will be moving into our son’s bedroom and we’ll create a living space for him in our basement.…

7 Great Family Games To Bring Along When You Travel

Everyone’s fingers pointed toward me, Mom’s the werewolf!” They were correct as usual, I was the werewolf. The game we were playing, One Night · Werewolf, required skills I did not possess namely; lying, strategizing on the fly, and then more lying. I was terrible at it, but it wasn’t about how well I could play the game, it was about the laughter it induced and the lifelong memories we were creating with our kids. Like many families, we try to sit down together for meals as often as we can. It gives us a chance to catch up and connect, but that brief time can sometimes feel forced and that type of environment doesn’t always inspire openness. When we want to really connect with our kids,…

What Should I Pass On to My Children?

I have inherited the possessions of two relatives in my life, and it was an overwhelming experience I am determined NOT to pass on to my children! From bulky wooden pieces of furniture to trinkets from world travels, I had to try to unravel the history and value of the multiple mementoes my grandmother had left behind. Like an archeologist, I unearthed studiously wrapped up and ferreted away treasures I discovered in the far end of bureau drawers and closets. Nana had surprised me by labeling a few of her more precious pieces, but knowing where they’d come from, or their age, wasn’t enough to take me back to that place and time she’d found so important. This is why most of us hold onto mementoes,…