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Hair & Heat

Frizzy is usually the best word to use to describe my hair. The humidity in the South is ridiculous. I have all manner of products upstairs in the bathroom that are supposed to calm/tame/deal with frizzy hair. Sometimes they work but more often than not they don't. In the UK I only had to deal with frizzy hair if I had been out without an umbrella and it rained. That was a lot of the time I will admit though.

In Northampton the salon I went to to get my hair cut and colored would cost me about £100 and where I go in South Carolina it costs me, including a $20 tip, $156. If you were to ask Ben he would say that both of those prices amount to daylight robbery. Of course this would be coming from a man with no hair at all on his head. Even when we take Z to get his haircut, like we did a few days ago, it was about $15. K wants her hair cut but she seems to forget the fact that she won't be able to wear her hair in a ponytail and all her bobbles will be redundant. She may want sh…

Halloween and Curry

We went to a fantastic Halloween Party last year when we were living in Indiana. Ben recently started going on about the fact he wanted to go to a party this year and he was contemplating hosting one in our tiny house.

Today however, one of his co-workers gave him an invitation to a party they are hosting.

If this is the invitation then I can't imagine what the party will be like!

Only me and Ben are invited so we need to get 2 Halloween costumes and a babysitter sorted out in the next couple of weeks. I asked our neighbor if there were many trick or treaters last year as we had no one come round to our house in Carmel. I suppose it is a good thing that my neighbor said they got LOADS of trick or treaters come round and that she actually ran out of candy and he husband went out for more. (She had said she would have been happy to just switch off the porch light!) So, I guess I am going to be making a trip to the store to get some bags of Halloween candy.

 Ben has also decided to h…

An Update with Pictures

So, K is back with the Girl Scouts and is now a Brownie.

They both got their interim reports from school today and Z seems to be teaching his teacher as well as her teaching him. He has been moved to a new class today and is not totally happy about it. The sheer volume of 3rd graders in the school has meant it was necessary for them to get a new teacher at the school and he is one of the kids who has been moved. His 'girlfriend' Hailee has not been moved but there are some of his friends in the new class. He said several kids in the old class gave him a hug before he moved to the new class.

I have started sending Postcards to random strangers. I signed up to Postcrossing and am planning on creating an art project with the postcards I receive. Today I got my first postcard in the mail which was sent from Australia.

I am planning to do the Go Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston next April. I am trying to get a group of girls from the area to do it with me. So far I have 2 people but…

3rd Grade Homework

Z is doing his homework and 3rd Grade definitely has more homework than 2nd Grade! Learn 10 vocabulary words for a test tomorrow, he will get 5 more vocab words tomorrow for a test on Friday. He will also have a map reading test he needs to study for and he is starting to learn South Carolina history. He also has to read a book and discuss with me connections he makes with the book and his real life. He has a math home link worksheet to complete as well. He also has to type, yes type, his 20 spelling words in alphabetical order and 'type more words using different consonant blends'! He also has to read for 20 minutes every day. This is not difficult as he reads for about an hour and a half every evening. This is week 3 of 3rd Grade!

"Wave at the Bus"

I have often told my kids if they annoy me/misbehave/fail classes when they are at high school, I will drive them to school in my robe and get out the car and hug them in front of their friends or I'd stand in my pj's and wave at their school bus. However, I have just found out about the blog "Wave at the Bus" and I think it is awesome! Not sure what my kids would make of it or if I would remember to do it everyday but I love it!

Expat Guide from The Telegraph

I recently did an interview with a journalist from the Telegraph newspaper for an Expat Guide they were creating. I have just found out it is now online and I have downloaded my free copy. (My profile is on p60-64 and I get a couple other mentions throughout it.)

I also have an interview on the British Expats website which can be found here. All opinions stated are mine and mine alone. If you don't like them, well tough!


Any friends or family willing to send me care packages will be greatly appreciated!

If I am friends with you on Facebook or you follow me on Twitter then you will already know about this annoyance. If you are thinking, "enough already with the moaning about it. It's just a chocolate bar", you can just bugger off.

I wrote on World Market's Facebook wall asking about why there was no British Cadbury's Dairy Milk bars for sale online or in their stores and they replied asking me to email them. I emailed them the exact same question and they replied to me. This is what they said.

I blame Kraft foods. They bought Cadbury's for an obscene amount of money in 2010 and they probably want people to buy the Hershey's version of Cadbury's rather than the British version. However, due to the disparity between the number of places in the US you can buy Hershey's Cadbury's to the number of places you can buy the British Cadbury's would mean that they can…

Lose the Coke Lose the pounds.

I gave up Diet Coke 2 weeks ago. In the time since I have lost 6lbs. I have been drinking more water than I usually do and will admit my skin is looking better. I have not wanted to injure anyone as I was expecting to as I know I was addicted to it. I may not smoke or do drugs but I was, and suppose still am, addicted to Diet Coke. I would drink loads of it. Not good for you I know but I think I was blinded by the amount of calories printed on the can/bottle and subsequently forgot about the shed load of artificial sweeteners that was in it. I will persevere with it and hopefully continue to see the lbs fall off. After all if I am going to Comic Con next year, please, then I want to look half decent as you never know who you could meet.

I'm So Sweet

Continuing on from the Crunchie bars in my last post. Yesterday I made something that is very similar to Twix bars. One bonus with making your own candy bars is that you can make them as big or as small as you want them to be. US food portions are traditionally huge and the same can be said for a lot of candy bars and candy portions in general. I like Milk Duds, one of the few Hershey chocolates I can actually stomach, and discovered that I can get a 'movie box' for about $2. (This is a lot cheaper than what you actually pay at the movies and yes I do buy them and then sneak them in in my bag along with 2 bottles of Diet Coke. Of course that will need to change as I have recently given up Diet Coke. 2 weeks now and I have not injured anyone yet.)

Anyway, I got a Christmas cookbook the other day and whilst flicking through it I saw a recipe for Caramel Cookie Candy bars and decided they looked really like Twix bars. So, I bought the ingredients, a candy thermometer and set abou…