What It’s Really Like Being An Au Pair

Hello hello and apologies for my 3 month hiatus! A lot has happened and I am very behind, but I am excited to get back into things! I get lots of messages from girls who found my blog and want to talk to me about the au pair experience, which is what inspired today’s blog post. Most of the girls who reach out have similar questions: how do you live on the small wage? Do you find you have time to travel? What are the hard parts no one talks about? Do you think I should do it? I love […]

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Non-Cliché Foods You Must Eat In Paris

The number one question I get asked by people visiting Paris is also the question I used to have the hardest time answering: Can you recommend some great restaurants? This question always stumped me, in part because I haven’t even made a dent in the vast restaurant culture of Paris, but also because I am not what anyone would consider a “foodie.” I’m more like a “it tastes good and it’s here -ie.” Between living on the tight budget of an au pair and being admittedly very easily impressed by everything I eat in France (because let’s be real, the food […]

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13 French Phrases You Need to Know When Visiting Paris

Coucou everyone! Today I want to talk about the 13 key French phrases you should know if you plan on visiting Paris, and how to pronounce them. I love France and I want every single American who visits this beautiful country to have a positive experience. While I strongly disagree with the stereotype that the French dislike Americans, I will admit that a guaranteed way to make a bad impression when visiting France (or any country) is by not making an effort to learn the language. No one is expecting you to say everything perfectly, but showing you’re willing to try […]

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Since Moving to France as an Au Pair I have…

Had to sweet talk my way out of paying a €50 fine for putting my feet on the seat while on the train, due to Paris’s strict transport rules. Tasted over 15 different types of cheese, my favorite being comté. And grown accustom to eating cheese after a meal, never before. Eaten rabbit, duck, and fowl. And once learned halfway through a meal that the beef I was eating was actually horse meat! Had to vehemently insist on speaking French on dates, to the dismay of several men who were hoping I’d be their English tutor. Tasted the best dessert I […]

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Bodybuilding’s Dirty Little Secret

Hey guys! Amanda here. You probably know me through American Fille as the traveling au pair cat lady. But what you may not know about me is that I used to be a Bikini Competitor. I successfully competed in 2 bikini competitions in 2014, and I unsuccessfully attempted to prep for 4 subsequent shows before I retired. Oh, and I developed Binge Eating Disorder as a result of being a bikini competitor. BINGE EATING DISORDER I was diagnosed with BED in 2015. This is not something I like to share because frankly, it’s embarrassing. I went from having the best […]

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How to Become an Au Pair, Part 2: Getting Your Visa

Part 2: Hello again and welcome to the second installment of How to Become an Au Pair! In case you missed it, make sure to check out Part 1 to get started. In Part 2 we will cover the visa application process. PLEASE NOTE: You must have a valid passport in order to apply for a visa. If you don’t already have one you should do this immediately as it can take several weeks to arrive and will delay the au pair process indefinitely.  Before we get started, the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to create a […]

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How to Make Flying Suck Less

I love traveling. Venturing to a new part of the world, getting lost in a different culture, being able to explore places foreign to me? Heck yes. But the actual traveling part of travel can be brutal. As someone who flies a lot (and someone who researches even more) I have come up with my own ritual that makes flying significantly more enjoyable. Here are my fail-proof steps: Only travel with a carry-on As long as your trip is under 6-7 days, you can almost always get away with fitting everything into a carry-on. Not only will this save you the hassle […]

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How to become an Au Pair, Part 1: Find A Family

Part 1: Find a family Have you ever dreamt of living in a foreign country? Are you itching to do something exciting before you head off to university? Are you sick of your corporate job and want to take on a new adventure? Do you love kids? If you answered yes to any of the above, you might consider becoming an au pair. au pair  /əʊ ˈpɛː/noun  A young adult aged 18-30 who travels to a foreign country to live with host family and help with childcare in exchange for room, board, and pocket money.  Moving to France was a […]

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5 Tourist Scams to Avoid in Paris

Being a stranger in a foreign country is one of the most vulnerable positions you can put yourself in. And because of this, the top travel destinations in the world are always accompanied by people looking to take advantage of tourists. Paris is a traveler’s dream, which also makes it the perfect hunting grounds for scammers. But don’t let this deter you! I will explain what they are and how to avoid them. These are the most common tourist traps in Paris and how to avoid them. Flowers for the pretty lady? HOW IT WORKS Most commonly this scam takes […]

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What It’s Like Going to Disney For The First Time As An Adult

People always find it surprising that I’ve never been on a family vacation. We didn’t grow up very well-off financially and that meant I missed out on a lot of things that are just a given for most children, like going out to eat at restaurants occasionally or having cable TV. It’s something I try not to dwell on and is just a part of what makes me me! But when I got to college I realized there’s something else I missed out on: Everyone in the world has been to Disney at least once. This solidified my belief that going to […]

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