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An easy way to make frozen Margaritas in bulk WITHOUT needing an ice blender or margarita machine... perfect for summer entertaining!

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/05/frozen-margaritas-without-blender.html
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Part 2 in the series helping expats understand the US Medical System ... this time a guide to the different types of insurance!

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/05/an-expats-guide-to-understanding-us_12.html
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Fancy decorations, cakes and favours are easy to buy or make and Pinterest is a brilliant source of inspiration... but it's often coming up with unique activities that is a bit tricky! Take a look at these fun Lego themed party games and activities...

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/03/lego-party-games-activities.html
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is very excited that the paperback edition of her new book is available now!

'The British Expat's Guide to Grocery Shopping in America' is available to buy in paperback or e-book format on Amazon!

Thanks to all those lovely folks who have supported yet another of my hare-brained schemes! :-)

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/02/the-british-expats-guide-to-grocery.html
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We're on the countdown to the LOOOOONNNNG summer holidays... only 2 weeks to go, eeek! What are your top tips for surviving the school holidays?

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/05/top-10-tips-for-surviving-school-summer.html
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Left on my tod for the evening whilst Him Indoors went to the pub got me pondering one of the world's greatest mysteries ... no, not how the Egyptians built the pyramids... but rather, what the dickens is the US medical system all about!?

In a follow-up to my Guide to Grocery Shopping in America for bemused British Expats I have rather foolishly begun a series of blogs aiming to demystify the US medical system.

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/05/an-expats-guide-to-understanding-us.html
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A chocolate Angry Bird Easter Egg... just what you always needed!!! :-)

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/03/angry-birds-easter-eggs.html
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A free printable for turning plain paper bags into Lego bricks... perfect for a Lego themed party!

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/02/lego-party-bags-free-printable.html#
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Sick of picking up the hand towel after the kids have washed their hands?! Me too! Try this quick 5 minute solution!

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/02/keeping-d-hand-towel-off-floor.html
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I have a 'reluctant writer' in the form of the 4-year old Chubby Cheeks One! Every time his teacher asks him to try writing, he tries to fob her off with "I can't wite wetters [sic]"!!! :-) So we've been trying some other strategies with him at home. Here's some suggestions of the ones we've found useful, but I'd be delighted to hear some more! 

Do you have a reluctant writer? If so, how do you encourage them?

http://www.mamawithideas.com/2013/02/helping-reluctant-writer.html
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So.  I'm a Mama.  And I have ideas.  Hmmm.  No surprises so far.

The problem is that I have so many of them that my head is full of stuff & fluff constantly.  This blog is an attempt to record the best of them and share the love (so to speak!).

I'm a stay at home Mummy.  Or whatever the PC job title is these days... I never know what to put on those silly forms you have to fill in.  In a previous life (or so it feels) I was a Teacher.  It was (is) my vocation in life and I intend to return to it when my kids are older, but for the moment I'm enjoying life to the full just being a Mama.  

My 3 wonderful kids keep me crazy hectic infuriated loved up busy but also inspire a lot of my ideas.

There's the Big One... he's 6 and a Lego Ninja. In fact, he's the one who should be documenting his ideas. I love his creativity!  Then there are the 3 year-old terrible twin-some! The Shouty One is the eldest (by a whopping 45 seconds) and is a sweetie with an irresistible smile.  And then the Chubby Cheeks One, who's the comedian of the family with a wicked sense of fun!  

"The Twins" (with a capital T as I hate to refer to them as such under normal circumstances) were so dubbed by the Big One, who apparently couldn't tell them apart well enough to remember their names for the first 9 months of their lives!  The fact that he consistently referred to twin 1 as the Shouty One and twin 2 as the Chubby Cheeks One was completely lost on him!  Bless.

I'm often being asked, "where do you get your ideas from?"... the answer is a mystery, but I love anything creative, imaginative and artistic! I enjoy cooking (and eating) delicious food; reading; sewing; baking; painting; model making; Lego (with the Big One, a.k.a. Lego Boy!); home decor projects & etc... However, you will probably find me commenting on parenting topics and practical solutions to everyday bits & bobs as well! I like to think of myself as an all-rounder!

I hope you like my ideas and feel free to comment/ask me questions!

I thought I'd finish with 10 things you might not know about me:

  1. I'm a British expat currently living in Houston, Texas... y'all should stop by for a visit!
  2. I'm a Leo, not that I believe in all that astrological crap.
  3. I studied Geology as an undergraduate and have a bit of a thing about rocks.
  4. I was born 10 days before Elvis died.  Or did he?
  5. My favorite drink is Earl Grey tea with a splash of milk.  Who am I trying to kid?  It's really a vat of red wine preferably poured and waiting for me the moment the kids are in bed!
  6. I love music, but am not musical.  However, it's one of my life ambitions to learn to play piano beyond my current repertoire of 'Chopsticks'.
  7. The English Lake District is my favourite place in the world.  So far anyway.
  8. I like cats.
  9. My best friend is my long-suffering husband, Him Indoors, who is patiently sat on the sofa while I write all this.  Just a sec, hun!
  10. I have freckles.  Lots of them.