Category Archives: Cultural Exchange

Why raising bilingual children is “a must”…

A spare hour between two meetings today called for catching up on e-mails with a delicious latte made with locally roasted coffee at Carolina Roasters… nothing like the comforting smell and delicious taste of freshly roasted coffee to boost my productivity level! More … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false]July 4, 1776… the signing of the declaration of independence by the Founding Fathers. What an important day for America! QUALIFYING TO BE “AMERICAN” Notice I wrote “OUR country”. It has been 10 years since I have been living in … Continue reading

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2010 FIFA Football (Soccer) World Cup…

Although soccer is not a strong national sport in the USA, it is very followed in most of the world, including Latin America, Europe, Africa, Australia and even Asia is coming along. So get in the spirit of the World … Continue reading

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A Reunion With Former Au Pair Nicole From Germany…

On my return home from a business trip to Turkey, I had the opportunity to take a week-long layover in Munich, Germany. I was able to pay a visit to my cousin and his family (3 beautiful little girls!) in Ingolstadt (45 … Continue reading

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Eating Healthy As A Family

More than a trend or personal preference, eating healthy is a very important undertaking for most families. Ensuring your children receive all the nutrition they need while limiting the amount of sugar (good and bad) they eat between school, friends … Continue reading

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♥ Celebrating Valentine’s Day…

Although an international holiday, Valentine’s Day is celebrated quite differently in the USA than in other parts of the world. In France for example (my home country), that day is dedicated to love & romance, couples exchange gifts or go … Continue reading

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Happy Epiphany Day!

Epiphany means “appearance”  or “manifestation” and is a holiday celebrated in many countries on January 6th or the first Sunday of January after New Year’s in honor of the Three Kings visiting baby Jesus. In France, over the years, it has … Continue reading

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Sharing the holidays with your au pair… part 2

As I finally finished decorating my Christmas tree and making my first batch of “schowebredele” dough (Alsatian Christmas cookies similar to the German “Zimtsterne”), I was recalling what it felt like to spend my first holiday season in the USA … Continue reading

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Sharing the holidays with your au pair…part 1

Thanksgiving, Saint Nicolas day, Diwali, Hannukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, Shinnenkai… there are so many holiday traditions across different religions and cultures! Coming from a large French family, I enjoy everything about sharing a holiday: time off, … Continue reading

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