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Wisdom from Experience

I’ve been living in Puerto Vallarta for about twenty-four years now, which means I’ve acquired a great deal of Vallartan life experience. I am happy to share some of the wisdom I’ve gathered because it’s been so helpful to me when others have done the same.  Some of that...

Kindness and Kids

It’s the month of love and friendship, which always gets me in the mood to talk about kindness and kids. It’s one of the hardest things to do; to raise kind, compassionate children who set healthy boundaries in their relationships. And yet, it’s possible. I promise. I think it’s...

Shared Family Experiences

One of my Facebook friends recently shared some pictures of his trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, and it brought back memories. My husband and I took our two children on that same journey back in 2015, and I wanted to dig through my pictures and compare notes with my...

Choosing a New School for Your Child

I’m a kindergarten teacher and early childhood coordinator at the American School in Puerto Vallarta, and I love this time of year. As a kindergarten teacher, I’m watching my five-year-old students turn six, which means they are starting to do all kinds of amazing things.  For example, some...

It Never Gets Old

I admit I am not always the most optimistic person you’ve ever met. Sometimes, I see the half-empty glass and become convinced it’s closer to a third. I’m not always shocked if things don’t turn out how I want them to. On the flip side, I can then enjoy...

Cleaning for Visitors

My parents are flying in today, and I couldn't be more excited. I love having my parents come to stay. When my kids were little, my parents coming meant that Nana and Papa were also coming, and they were bringing gifts, clothes and distraction. They were babysitters, advisors, and...

Managing Money 101

They say leading by example is one of the most important ways to teach your child about money management. So I've already put my kids behind the curve, I guess. Managing money is not my strong suit, probably because a) I don't like math, b) I'm a teacher, and...

Vallarta’s Visitors

To all of the people braving the airport in Puerto Vallarta this holiday season, I salute you. We can salute each other, actually, because I’m spending a bit of time there myself during December and January with family coming and going. It’s not easy navigating inside or outside this...

Simple Moments

I'm typing this on Christmas Eve as my husband watches The Grinch Steal Christmas on TV, my daughter sleeping beside him on the couch. The Christmas tree is softly lit before me, guarding the wrapped gifts underneath. Best of all, my son is upstairs in his room after five...

It Never Fails – Teacher Version

It never fails when you are a parent, am I right? You get past MILE ONE in your car, and a sweet little voice pipes up, "I have to go to the bathroom! It's a 'mergency!" Or you spend all evening and patience and tears doing the math homework...

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