Moving Abroad: Finalizing our visas at the OFII in France

Hi There, So are you ready for this rad guide to finalizing our long stay visitor visa?! Here we go… Once you arrive in Paris at the airport you must go through customs and you get your passport/visa stamped with a date. We arrived in Paris on March 2, 2018. Wow, feels like years ago. […]

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Le Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Bonsoir amis, There is a huge antique (Brocantes) flea market in Northern Paris. You have to walk through a few blocks of fake flea markets before you find the real one. I’m talking really tacky jeans, shady looking jewelry and cheap knock-off designer sunglasses. There are guys also selling “Chanel” perfume and unboxed cell phones […]

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Life in Paris: Month Deux

Bonjour mes amis, It has already been two months since our arrival in Paris! I cannot tell you how fast this time has flown by. We exchanged our house in LA with a sweet French couple in Nation (12th arrondissement) for the first two months so we could have time to apartment hunt. I am […]

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Moving Abroad: Paris the first month

Our time here has felt like light speed. The year before we moved Paris was the longest of my life. Now the days are flying by in an instant. So, what is life living in Paris like? It’s amazing, complicated, sometimes cold, strenuous, always exciting and the best thing that has ever happened to me […]

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Our Visa Appointment at the French Consulate

Salut. Today I will try my best to recall the story of our visa appointment. This is all a true story, no exaggerations. I have given birth and let me say, that was a piece of cake compared to getting our visas. It did not go anything like I expected. I imagined a lovely office […]

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Moving Abroad: Applying for a Long Stay Visa

This post is for you brave souls who are looking to move abroad for longer than 90 days, applying for a long stay tourist visa in the European Union. It’s a complicated, frustrating, expensive, stressful and exhausting endeavor but I believe it’s totally worth it.   I began researching how to apply for a visa […]

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Moving Abroad: A Financial Guide

Bonne Année! I don’t want to deter anyone, yet in all honesty, moving abroad can be terribly expensive. Unless your job is relocating you and fitting the bill, there’s no way around this one. However don’t bother buying lottery tickets or playing Blackjack in Vegas, I’m gonna tell you how we are doing it. I bought […]

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Lizzie’s Guide to Choosing an AirBnb rental in Paris

I’m going to give you the rundown on how I go about choosing an Airbnb rental in Paris. well, almost… My first experience using Airbnb was last summer. I like how easy their website is to navigate and there is a wide selection of rentals. They have accurate photographs and honest reviews. I was able […]

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Lizzie’s Guide to choosing Private schools in Los Angeles

I would love to share our journey finding Olivia’s incredible school. First, I would recommend watching Nursery University and Waiting for Superman on Netflix. Also subscribe to Beyond the Brochure. Please know, you do not have to be wealthy, have the best connections or even have the best luck. I do encourage patience, persistence and […]

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What’s in the bag?

Ready for more packing fun?! I finally got the backpacks I ordered from Amazon so I wanted to share my essentials for the trip. I’ll start with Liv since hers is the lightest. I have been wanting to get her a new backpack for her new school so when I found the Fjallraven Kånken *which […]

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