How To Stay In Contact With Your Overseas Family and Friends

In this day and age, we often have friends spread all the way across the world. Whether your old best friend from high school moved to the other side of the country or your internet friend’s always lived five thousand miles away, it can be hard to stay in contact when you all have your own families and busy lives to get on with.

It’s not only friends that are spread around the world, but family as well.

My older sister lives in Canada and with the 8 hour time difference it can be hard to keep in touch. But we love to Facetime and text as often as we can.

Here are some tips to help you stay in contact with the people you care about the most…

Use Social Media

How to stay on contact with friends overseas

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Help A Loved One Who’s Ill

It is an inevitable aspect of life, but it is also an unpleasant one. All of us succumb to illness during our lives, with some obviously more perilous than others. Illnesses such as flu, a cold and migraines are not necessarily dangerous, but they make us feel terrible all the less. There are illnesses which are much more hazardous to our health, and ones which can affect us for the rest of our lives. There is no need to mention these as we all know which types are the most dangerous and which can affect us the most.

Help A Loved One Who's suffering from illnesses

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Creating a Comfy Conservatory

If you’re lucky enough to have your own conservatory, you should do what you can to make the most of it. The best way to think of a conservatory is as an extension of both the living room and the garden, bringing the outdoors in and vice versa. By working on this premise, you can create a stylish, comfy conservatory to keep the whole family happy.

We are planning to have a new conservatory built when we move into our new home. It’s one thing I have always wanted and can’t think of anywhere else I would love to cosy up with a book and a slice of cake!

Creating a comfy conservatory

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What Does Family Mean To You?

Each one of us has a different meaning of what family means to us. A family can be defined in many ways. Is a ‘normal family” a married mother and father and their biological children living together under one roof?

Today a family is more likely to be defined as a specific group of people that may be made up of partners, children, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. There are many types of families and some include: Nuclear family, Adopted family, Step family, Foster family, Traditional family and Complex family.

Here is what family means to me

Family means a lot to me. Growing up in a family of 6 was so much fun. My siblings and I used to have so much fun as kids. We grew up on a small holding so it was the outdoors life for us. The good ole days they were. We never had a lot of money but we had each other. We used to make up our own games and keep ourselves occupied for hours. We sometimes fought like cat and dog but always made up.

Now we are older we have gone our own separate ways. My older sister lives in Vancouver, but we are still just as close. Technology nowadays makes it so much easier to keep in contact. My siblings are a huge part of my family and I couldn’t do without them.

A family can be anyone you choose it to be.

Wise words indeed. The nuclear family is not like the TV show 2.4 Children from the 90’s anymore!

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The 5 Happiest Regions to Live in UK When You Have a Family

Are you looking for an ideal place for your family? What are your criteria for choosing these places? For a lot of people, raising a family involves staying in a place where it is suitable for children, where the environment is tranquil, where there are jobs, and most of all, where the ambience is a happy one. In the UK, certain regions are deemed excellent to grow a family.

According to data gathered by the Office of National Statistics by interviewing 300, 000 people in the past three years, the Highlands of Scotland has the largest number of happy people in the entire UK. 43% of those who were interviewed have rated their well-being as a 9 or a 10 with 10 the highest possible score. It has been noticed that those living in the rural areas tend to have a happier life than those living in urban areas. The countryside is beautiful with a strong local economy and solid local communities.

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The Christmas Tag

I have been trying to write this post for a few days now. But as usual there has been so much Christmas stuff to do that time has been short. Anyway I was tagged by the wonderful Claire from The Pramshed to answer these questions about my Christmas.

Christmas is a very special time of the year for my family as my older sister comes home from Canada where she has lived for 10 years now. My mum has always said that we need to always get together at Christmas. That one special time of the year when we make family memories. Catch up. Eat lots of great food. Not forgetting the family tradition of always watching Top of the Pops and the Queen’s speech while stuffing down Christmas pudding.

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