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  • Applying to American Universities – part 2

    Part 2 of a 4 part series on how to apply for a place at an American University, by Sandra Cress, a Barcelona-based independent university admissions advisor. (Photo: Connecticut College, New London, CT)

  • Knitting Knockers on the Costa del Sol

    "We are very proud to be a small part of the worldwide service to bring comfort to ladies affected by breast cancer." Maria, Co-founder of Knitted Knockers Costa del Sol

  • Where to eat out in Milan

    Where can you find the best food in Milan? Read on to discover suggestions from 'Wanted in Milan' for where to eat out, with a guide for all tastes and budgets.

  • 10 things your teen wants you to know (kinda)

    "Stop trying to fix their stuff for them, count to ten, breathe & let them find their own solutions. When you focus on what’s 'wrong', even if your intentions are well meaning, it can make them feel that something is wrong with them. If it’s not dangerous, life threatening or a legal or safety issue, step back and offer a comment of support rather than a fix." Read on for more about how parents can negotiate the teen years.

  • The Virtual Midwife

    "I grew up hearing birth stories. My mom would get this kind of glow when she talked about birth and she always talked about it in a way that made me in awe of the woman she was talking about." Midwife Karen Wilmot

  • Applying to American Universities – Part 1

    Part 1 of a 4 part series on how to apply for a place at an American University, by Sandra Cress, a Barcelona-based independent university admissions advisor. (Photo: Connecticut College, New London, CT)

  • 5 Questions to ask an International Removals Provider

    "Be sure to check that packing services are included in your quoted price. For big international moves, ordinary people are generally advised against packing goods by themselves. This is because customs requirements and international rules and regulations apply and tend to be rather complex."

  • 3 Inspirational Women Who’ve Changed the History of Travel

    On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day, in honor of the inspiring women throughout history, and in our personal lives, who have paved the way for future female generations. Historically, March 8th commemorates the day that women gained suffrage, or the right to vote in political elections, in Soviet Russia in 1917. Today, March 8th continues to be recognized across the globe as a celebration of the achievements that women have made.

  • Calm after chaos: the surprise twins who turned my midlife on its head

    "While my three beautiful girls may not have the unified family I’d so desperately wanted for them, they have something I believe is far more valuable: a happier, healthier mother whose spirit is strong again"

  • From the north east of England, through Africa and Asia, and on to Barcelona

    "In April 2017 my project; Shine Sparkle Radiate was born as a vision during a meditation, of all my life experiences, training and beliefs and skills. I knew it was my true calling and coming into my crone years, I felt called to use my healing, listening and empathy to help other women, girls and mothers."

  • Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona

    "It is important to BFIS that new families feel a part of our community as soon as possible, providing a quick and easy transition for students and parents. To meet this goal, BFIS provides a Welcome Program designed to help new students and their families make early connections within our friendly and inclusive community." Charo Rodriguez Director of Communications, BFIS

  • The secret to beautiful skin all year round – by Peony de Sy

    Peony de Sy, founder of The Pink Peony chain of beauty salons in Barcelona shares the secrets of having radiant skin - all year round.

Note from the Founders

MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant & Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives in Barcelona and is Mum to Poppy (7) and Bertie (5) and Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children, Ollie (7), Sophie (5) and Theo (1). “In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child. With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, Barcelona Mum was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months MumAbroad Spain was launched, incorporating the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof. We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview section, you can read about other mums’ experiences of living abroad as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational ladies, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our forum allows parents to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community.” Carrie & Rebecca carrie@mumabroad.com rebecca@mumabroad.com

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