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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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 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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An American in Paris: 28 Surprising Observations

My trip to Paris was the first time I’ve ever really emerged myself into a different culture and oddly enough, it was the subtle differences between our cultures that I found most interesting. I expected all the big cliche ones that are known worldwide, like the French have amazing bread and wine, but there were a ton of little things that I didn’t expect! So here I will summarize my observations as an American traveling solo through Paris. Some of them may surprise you! 🙂 1. Parisians dress to impress. It’s just like they say, Europeans don’t wear sweatpants or athletic gear in […]

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My 1st Trip to Paris

Paris, the most visited city in the world. The City of Light is usually one of the first places a new traveler will visit, so you might not be surprised to learn that it was my first international trip. But what most people don’t know is Paris has always meant so much more to me. Paris was my unicorn A person’s first time traveling is always going to be meaningful, but I felt extra affectionate towards mine. You see, I’ve studied French since 6th grade and being able to speak French has always been the one thing I can do […]

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