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My Thoughts on Brexit in Spain: Finally Looking Forwards after Three Years of Living in Limbo

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Before I start, I need to be brutally honest with you.

I am not in the slightest bit interested in whether you voted to leave or to remain. I don’t care about the figures in the millions and billions being thrown around by opposing sides. Who knows what we should believe. Who we should believe. When the Brexit in Spain bombshell actually landed, I was on the point of saying that I didn’t care whether the UK was in the EU or not. But that would be taking it too far.

Of course, I care.

I care a lot.

But I’m a realist.

I grew up with the EU. 

snake in the tunnel theoryWho else remembers the “snake in the tunnel” explanation of the euro currency being explained in A level economics classes?

As an Erasmus student, I was fortunate to spend two years at university in France. What an experience! Without the Erasmus grant, this probably wouldn’t have been possible. (Please note that despite not earning over the required wage, post-graduation, I paid back every penny of my UK student loan!).

Since graduation, I have travelled and worked my way around most parts of Spain and the islands and many in France. My ability to work wherever I went meant my trips were self-funded. Europe has been my home and I never envisaged the day that it may not be for my children…

June 23rd 2016 I went to bed with a sinking feeling in my stomach.

The following morning I awoke into the land of the unknown. To face the aftermath of Brexit in Spain.  In Limbo Land. Little could we have imagined that Limbo Land would be our home for the next three years …

And so to current day, January 31st 2020.

Whether you love him or loathe him, Boris did get Brexit done (actually, he’s so far only done a half job but we’ll look at that later). Finally, it was time to look forward. For the main part, the part that makes our family life in Spain and the lives of others looking to relocate to Spain, at least until the end of 2020, things are finally much clearer.

Call me selfish if you like, but my priorities lie with my family, friends and many acquaintances. I am speaking about those of us who have endeavoured to follow procedures and play by the rules for living in Spain. The many couples and families who we have helped make the move to Spain have also followed our lead and played by the rules. And thankfully we can all now breathe a huge sigh of relief.

I am not saying obstacles may not lie ahead. But life would be boring without a few challenges along the way, wouldn’t it 😉

 

How has Brexit in Spain affected our lives so far?

 

We have literally spent three years living in limbo. Carrying on with life as best we can (and I must admit we do that pretty well!) swimming amongst the tide of never-ending misinformation flying around all media channels both on and offline. Always with hope and belief that everything would work out in the end. Just not knowing when that end would come.

One of the worst experiences was the ever-growing divide of “Them and Us”.

But, who is Them and who is Us?

Are we talking Leavers vs Remainers?

Or maybe EU Residents vs Non-EU Residents?

Or Brits living in the UK vs Brits living abroad?

No matter where you looked, there were constant battles. Nastiness. Bitterness. Accusations. Personal battles amongst people who had considered themselves friends. Not to mention the scenes witnessed against non-British people in parts of the UK.

For a long time, I was embarrassed to think that I was British. Having lived in the EU for more than half my adult life, why was my passport now going to make me only British?

So, after long deliberation, I decided to take steps to help my children obtain a Spanish passport. After all, they were born in Spain. But as many of you will know, it isn’t that easy. But is it worth it? I don’t know! How can I know?  I know the procedures, I know the rules but what I don’t know is if we should move forward or sit and wait.

 

So what will we do next?

 

We will do what we have always done. We’ll keep calm and carry on. We’ll keep updated and informed, to the best of our ability. We will be ready to take whatever action is required as soon as it is needed.

And, of course, we will keep you updated and informed about everything we learn, via our Facebook page.

Remember, all official updates can be found:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain

Our informative articles about moving to Spain & property purchase: https://movetomalagaspain.com/articles/

A fabulous Facebook Group for Brexit Updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/brexpatsinspain

 

Oh, and before I go, no matter what you voted, nor what you believe, I hope everything works out for you, your family and friends, wherever in the world you may be. Challenging times may lie ahead but we can all get through this together!

 

And then my friends, came the CORONAVIRUS … (to be continued!)

Easy Healthy Banana Bread Recipe: No Sugar & No Butter

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In this post, due to popular demand, I am sharing a really easy, healthy banana bread recipe with you.

This was today’s Day 6 lockdown in Spain achievement: Not only is it delicious, but it is also butter-free and sugar-free.

With the amount of cooking I am doing to fill in time, I need to look for healthier alternatives.

Otherwise, when we are allowed to go out of the front door, we won’t be able to fit through 

 

 

Ingredients for the healthy banana bread recipe:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil (or a mix)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas about 2-3 medium bananas
  • 1 3/4 cups wholewheat flour or plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • big pinch of  salt
  • dark chocolate chips or chopped walnuts, raisins, pecan nuts (optional extras!)

 

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 170C / 325F.
  • Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sieve the flour, cinnamon/mixed spice, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, oil, honey, greek yoghurt and vanilla for a couple of minutes. Stir in the mashed bananas, flour mixture and chocolate chips (plus any other add-ins of choice.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, slice and enjoy!

 

healthy banana bread recipe

 

Full credit to the original recipe that I adapted slightly to suit our tastes: https://gimmedelicious.com/healthy-moist-banana-bread/

Casa Global Gift: Help Us Make a Difference for Children in Spain!

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As I write this article, introducing you to Casa Global Gift, the world is in an unusual situation. Coronavirus pandemic is affecting people worldwide. How long it will last, nobody knows. Our lives are being lived from day to day, awaiting further instructions and guidance from the powers that be.

Here in Spain, we have been in self-isolation, housebound for five days so far. We were initially told it would be for 2 weeks, we now expect it to be for longer, a minimum of 4 weeks. We cannot focus on that though, we need to focus on how to better a difficult situation.

This may not be the ideal time to share this post about Casa Global Gift with you but I hope it makes you stop and think for a while.

We have so much to be grateful for. Let us look at what we can for others. Not only now, when we may have more time to do so, but also once life returns to as it was before…

The children and families that this charity is providing for, have a lifetime of worries and concerns. Sadly, for most of them, their lives will never be “normal”. They don’t have a 2 or 4-week window to survive. They have a lifetime. And every little effort to make this easier for them is very welcomed.

 

 

What is the Global Gift Foundation?

The Global Gift Foundation is an international non-profit organization, based in Marbella, Spain, created in June 2013 by Spanish entrepreneur and philanthropist Maria Bravo.

Declared of public interest, it was duly registered in the National Register of Foundations of the Ministry of Health, Equality and Social Policy, with the number 29-0090.

Their Mission:

  • To create a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families in need.
  • Empowering women and changing social mindsets and roles.
  • Promote and educate about the educational and social inclusion of children with special needs.

 

What is Casa Global Gift?

Casa Global Gift, located in Marbella, is one of the main projects of the Global Gift Foundation. Its objective is to provide state-of-the-art therapies and treatments to children with special needs and/ or rare diseases in a warm space where children feel at home.

It is a space of social innovation, collaborative work and training where other charities and social entities will be based, benefiting from the synergistic effect that allows us to share more experiences, resources, activities, and be part of a great team that contributes towards progress in equal opportunities, creating a major impact on society.

Their mission is to improve the quality of life of the children and their families, through therapeutic, pedagogical and leisure programs, to promote their development, independence and social inclusion. 

Casa Global Gift will offer the most innovative therapies and rehabilitation machinery, as well as workshops and leisure programs designed to promote social inclusion.  

It will also be the only centre in Spain with a copper-coated unit specially designed to treat children with Cystic Fibrosis. 

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Thanks to the enormous effort of generous donors, sponsors, collaborators and the entire Global Gift Foundation team, they are now close to the opening of this wonderful house where hundreds of children and their families can receive workshops and therapies.

How can YOU be part of the Casa Global Gift project?

You can make a difference and contribute to this fabulous project by donating your time and skills through volunteer programs. Now that many of us have more time on our hands, why not think of ideas of events you can organise when we return to normality? Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below and we will pass them on for you.

If you cannot donate your time then you can help by contributing through financial support offering the amount that best suits your monthly possibilities.

ES94 2100 1755 2402 0060 5772 – DONATE NOW https://www.casaglobalgift.org/en/

Help us spread the word by following them on social media and sharing!

facebook.com/casaglobalgift/ 

instagram.com/globalgiftfoundation/ 

twitter.com/GlobalGiftFound 

youtube.com/globalgiftfoundationong

What are WE doing to support this project?

All proceeds from the sale of our book, Moving to Spain with Children, are being donated to this beautiful project. We are also offering consultations for monetary donations to Casa Global Gift.

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We are also offering a 50% discount on our downloadable ENGLISH & SPANISH language learning materials on Cooking with Languages. All monies raised using the DISCOUNT code “CASAGLOBALGIFT” at checkout will be donated to them 

VISIT THE SHOP & DONATE NOW!

 

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Please watch out for details of future fundraising events to raise money for this charity, on our Family life In Spain Facebook page: HERE

Keep safe everybody!

#YOMEQUEDOENCASA

#QUEDATEENCASA

Best-Selling Nu Skin Products in Spain

In a culture that greatly values youth and beauty, skincare is a huge priority for Spaniards. Of all the countries in the world, Spain ranks 13th among the top 15 spenders in the skincare market. The country’s consumers are constantly on the lookout for the most effective and scientifically-backed products, which explains why products from Nu Skin Spain are rising in popularity. 

 

Spain ranks 13th among the top 15 spenders in the skincare market. #nuskinspain Click To Tweet

 

Everything Nu Skin does is driven by science and the desires of its target audience. As a global distributor, Nu Skin has many cultures to appease, but by combining aspects of science and nature, the company is able to appeal to a broad audience. Its product range has something for everyone. This article will overview some of the most popular products in Spain’s market and how they’ve been proven in clinical trials. 

 

Spain’s Beauty Ideals and Practices

 

When walking the streets of Spain, you’re bound to see bright, dewy, and seemingly age-resistant complexions that appear to defy environmental factors and the passage of time. While Spaniards are minimalist when it comes to makeup, skincare is something they take very seriously — especially in their constantly sunny country. Natives are careful to avoid sunbathing, knowing that the sun is a huge factor in ageing and skin cancer. They’re diligent with using sunscreen and moisturizer; they eat a well-balanced diet, and they follow a strict skincare routine to keep their skin as youthful as possible.

 

Spaniards also make an effort to stay informed about potentially harmful ingredients in skincare products. There’s a new demand within the country for botanical ingredients and formulations that have been proven to work. Nu Skin’s product lines support this growing demand, and here’s how.

 

Carefully Selected Ingredients

 

Spaniards value high-quality raw materials and potent ingredients, and Nu Skin delivers exactly that in all its products. Its scientific teams actively search out “all of the good,” meaning they work around the clock to identify the best high-quality ingredients for its skincare lines. By utilizing naturally derived materials and synthetic boosters for over three decades, the company has seen marked results in clinical trials

 

Spain’s Best-Selling Skin Care Products

 

Nu Skin ProductsEpoch Baobab Body Butter

 

Two aspects of life in Spain make this all-over moisturizer so popular; the first is that most people bathe in hard water, which can have a harsh drying effect on the skin. The second is that oil is a huge commodity there, especially in beauty products, and Epoch Baobab Body Butter is abundant in natural oils that support smooth, supple skin.  

 

Scientifically speaking, the baobab fruit pulp extract is a humectant and emollient that prevents dryness and conditions the skin to help it retain more moisture for longer. Together with the macadamia nut oil, which mimics the effect of the skin’s natural sebum, this monounsaturated fatty acid can easily be absorbed and maintain the skin’s natural water barrier. 

 

Nu Skin Products180 Face Wash

 

Skincare isn’t just for the women of Spain. Men, too, are conscious of their skin health. The 180 Face Wash was designed with both genders in mind to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture while minimizing the impact of spots caused by Spain’s ever-blazing sun. When combined, vitamin C, sesame oil, soybean oil, grape seed extract, and ginseng extract work together to even out skin tone, prevent moisture loss, reduce free radicals, and tighten the skin.

 

Nu Skin Products

ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22

 

Spain is sunny for 295 days of the year on average, which doesn’t make it easy to maintain the light complexion favoured by those who live there. As such, the ageLOC Radiant Day SPF 22 has become a must-have product for a Spaniard’s skincare arsenal. This SPF contains a powerful anti-ageing blend of ingredients (including jojoba, shea butter, bamboo extract, and ageLOC) that scientifically stimulate youth cell turnover, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and ensure easy absorption by the skin. 

 

Scientific Research Leading to ageLOC Product Line

 

Anti-ageing science is a hot topic in the beauty industry right now. People all over the world are desperately seeking the secret to eternal youth, and Nu Skin is making strides toward revealing those secrets and making solutions available. 

 

Wrinkles are a direct result of extracellular matrix depletion, which causes the skin to lose its elasticity. This depletion can be attributed to environmental factors including the sun’s UV rays or smoking, which can destroy the elastic tissue that keeps the skin looking young. Science has discovered that select antioxidants and vitamins can reduce the appearance of ageing and protect the skin from sun damage.

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In 2017, Aging Cell published a study conducted by scientists from LifeGen Technologies and Nu Skin. The purpose of the study was to determine healthy patterns of gene expression in various tissues and use them to discover ingredients for their formulas with the same healthy-ageing patterns.

 

The experiment was successful; Nu Skin identified some of the genes that impact how we look while we age. This led researchers to conclude that healthy ageing can be supported by combining ingredients that mimic healthy ageing in a variety of tissues and applying them to skincare products. 

 

These ingredients were named super markers, and today, Nu Skin’s ageLOC science targets those super markers to influence the way people age. ageLOC technology creates a balance of super markers with their youthful genetic patterns and applies this science in Nu Skin product development.

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Browse Nu Skin Spain’s Anti-Aging Product Range

Whether you live in Spain or elsewhere in the world, you can browse Nu Skin’s product range to find a solution that suits your needs. With more than 200 personal care products, you’re sure to find exactly what you need to look and feel great — inside and out.

Save Money on Electricity in Spain: Introducing Bulb

BULB say they can help us save money on electricity in Spain: We’ve already signed up, have you?

 

What would you say if we told you that there was finally a way to  Save Money on Electricity in Spain? Yes, you heard us right, we said … Save Money on Electricity in Spain!

A few years ago we shared our disgust and dissatisfaction about the service or lack of service provided by Spanish electricity companies and the extortionate charges (read here). Finally, four years later, there may be some light  (no pun intended 😉 ) at the end of this tunnel.

When Bulb contacted us an offered to explain their services we were all eyes and ears and ad impatiently waiting to learn more. By signing up to their website you will be on their waiting list …

Join BULB waiting list

 

Over to you guys …

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Bulb is coming to Spain. Who are we and what do we believe in?

We’re Bulb, a new electricity company that is about to launch in Spain. Our mission is to help people reduce their bills and carbon emissions. We’re currently the fastest growing supplier in the UK, with over 1.5 million members. We have recently switched our first member in Spain and are excited to have more family, friends and beta testers join us before the end of the year, followed by a full launch next year. If you want to be one of the first to have access to the service in Spain, you can join the priority list at www.bulb.es. If you register with this special link, you’ll receive €20 credit when your switch completes. 

 

Why Spain?

We’re expanding internationally to help even more people lower their bills and cut carbon emissions. When we started Bulb in the UK, we saw the same problems at lots of the big providers – poor service, high tariffs, inefficiency and little support for renewables. We wanted to give people a better choice about where to get their energy from. We looked closely at countries across the world when deciding where to take Bulb next. The most important thing was to work out where we could be most useful. Spain (as well as France and Texas) were the best bets for saving members a significant amount of money on their bills, whilst providing carbon neutral energy and an excellent member experience.

 

100% green electricity sourced in Spain

We provide our members with 100% renewable electricity from Spanish generators. For every unit you use, we make sure a unit is produced and put on the grid by a renewable source – solar, wind and hydro. 

This helps people cut down on their carbon emissions. By being with Bulb and using green electricity, all our members are helping to protect the planet. Every year, the average Spanish Bulb home lowers their carbon impact by 906 kilos of CO2 per year. That’s the hard work of around 314 trees.

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Illustrations by Aurelia Lange

 

One smart tariff for all

By keeping things simple, we help members to reduce their energy bills. We have been working on delivering a competitive tariff that will help people save money. We’ve done the maths and our smart tariff is 125€ cheaper than the Big 3 stable plans for an average home in Spain. It’s one of the lowest on the market, renewable or not. Our tariff also reflects the real cost of energy. This way everyone is always on the best possible price.  

 

How can we be cheaper? We’ve developed in-house technology to help us keep our costs low. We have also automated many of our back-office activities to increase team efficiency. This helped us keep our costs low and we decided to pass these savings on to you. We believe that’s what’s fair. 

 

A simple electricity bill

Energy does not have to be complicated. And, if you have any questions, you should receive the best service. You shouldn’t have to wait thirty minutes, or speak with five different people, to reach a solution. For us, it is important to provide outstanding service and take care of our members. All of our support is available in both Spanish and English. In the UK, we are proud to have more than 24,000 reviews on Trustpilot with a score of 4.8 / 5.

 

Join Bulb before anyone else

If you want to be part of Bulb in Spain from the beginning, join our priority access list here.

Sign Up For Updates and Save Money on Electricity in Spain!

 

Hope to hear from you soon,

Team Bulb

 

 

Our Family In Spain Traditions: Three Gifts at Christmas

Have you heard about the Three Gifts at Christmas tradition? Do you know where the idea originates from?

If you are looking for a way to enhance yet declutter your festive season, the Three Gifts at Christmas idea may be for you.

I think it is a great way to ensure money is wisely spent on gifts that are both required and desired rather than simply buying for the sake of it, as can sometimes be the case.

Our children are growing up fast and as much as we loved our old festive traditions of Christmas Eve Boxes and fun Family Stockings, I have become increasingly aware of the frivolity of it all and the waste we create. Maybe I am becoming even more Bah Humbug and grumpy in my years … I’ll leave that one for you to decide.

So, what is the origin of the Three Gifts at Christmas idea?

As we have mentioned before, despite the fact that Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Papa Noel (and whatever else you may call him) has been growing in popularity in Spain over the past years, The Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos) are still the most respected and celebrated in this country.

After all, it wasn’t a well sized, jolly, white bearded man in a red outfit that bore gifts to the newborn Jesus was it? Or was that just in the Simpsons or whatever else they told our children… (joke ;-))

 

However, I don’t want to dwell on that too much as I appreciate we all have our own beliefs and interpretations of events. I am here to share our ideas and interpretations with you. 

The three gifts at Christmas idea appears to have originated from the gifts brought by the three kings, that of: 

  • Gold
  • Frankincense 
  • Myrrh

What is the Meaning of the Three Gifts?

 

During research for this idea, I googled the three gifts at christmas idea and found many interpretations. I thought that this post on Keeper Of The Home offered a clear explanation of the meanings of the three gifts  

Gold

The gift of gold symbolizes something of great value. It’s to be something the child wants – something precious to them. 

You can let your child choose this gift or you can simply buy something you know they really want. This is the one you can really have fun with…but don’t go overboard. I’ve always found great deals on my “gold” items – and most of the time I buy used things. Buy used and save the difference.

Frankincense

The gift of frankincense symbolizes something spiritual. Frankincense was burned in the temple as part of worship. For this gift, we give something that helps with the child’s spiritual walk.

Our interpretation: As we are not religious, something for the mind / educational / learning

Myrrh

Myrrh was a medicinal item back in the day. This gift symbolizes something for the body. I’ve heard it told that the Wise Men brought this gift to Jesus in preparation for when he would die for us. This item can be any number of things: clothing, shoes, cologne, underwear. 

Our Family In Spain Version of Three Gifts at Christmas

So, this year, we are limiting our gifts to three per person. There will be no Christmas Eve box nor family stocking. There will however be lots of homemade decorations and naughty foods. After all, both Nana and Granny are coming to visit so we cannot kill the festive spirit totally … I’m waiting for next year to do that (but  Shhhh for now, that’s a new blog post for in the new year 😉 ) 

 

Our three gifts will be:

  • Something for the HEART
  • Something for the BODY
  • Something for the MIND

As our children are now older and thankfully, incredibly thoughtful, we will all participate in selecting gifts for each other. We like to keep it interesting!

 

What will we end up with? Who knows.  And, to be honest, that does not really matter at all. It is the general build up and anticipation that is still exciting. Amusing threats and insinuations have already begun. Imagine what 15 year old Joshua thinks would be good for his dad’s body and his mum’s mind!  Ha ha ha! 

 

Have you tried the Three Gifts at Christmas idea? What do you think?

Nu Skin Spain Distributor: Work Opportunities in Spain

Are you moving to Spain or maybe you are already living here and are looking for work opportunities? Have you considered working as a Nu Skin Spain distributor?

Many women in Spain choose to seek employment outside their new home, however, there are also many women who choose to stay home and solely handle household responsibilities. While this is a fulfilling and noble calling, you might be looking for a little something extra to enhance your day. After all, enjoying some self-earned extra income never hurt anybody, did it now?

Nu Skin Spain may be the answer…

Why Work With Nu Skin Spain?

Since 1984, Nu Skin has been an innovator in the beauty and skincare industry and, in recent years, a leader in direct marketing. In fact, in late 2019, Nu Skin was a fourth-time winner of the Direct Selling News “Best Places to Work in Direct Selling” award.

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Something for Everyone

There are currently over 200 personal care products available through Nu Skin, making it easy to find products that work for anyone — regardless of age, gender, or social status. Vault, a professional ranking and review company, listed Nu Skin as the eighth-best personal care company in the world because of their range of products and their global reach.

Global Humanitarian Efforts

Another thing that helps Nu Skin stand out in the market is their humanitarian efforts across the world. The “Force for Good” campaign provides service projects and relief efforts throughout the global markets, including creating school kits for children in orphanages in Singapore, teaching children safety skills in Greater China, and more. When you join as a distributor with Nu Skin, you become part of their efforts to help the world.

 

Benefits of Direct Marketing

As an affiliate distributor with Nu Skin Spain, you will experience a variety of benefits that you won’t get in a traditional office setting. However, the best of these benefits is this: freedom. When you become a direct marketer, the only person in charge of you is you.

Flexible Scheduling

Working as your own boss allows you to pick your own schedule, including how many hours you work. Choose to work part-time at 20 hours, full time at 40 hours, or as much or as little as you want to fit the lifestyle you have.

 

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Work Anywhere

Since the majority of direct marketing is done online, you can work anywhere you can take your phone. Relaxing on the beach in Marbella? Yep, you can work there. Visiting friends in Madrid? Don’t forget your phone. Having a quiet night at home? Make some extra money while you watch TV. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can work for the Nu Skin business.

 

Extra Income

Perhaps you are looking for some extra ”fun” money or you want to bring in a little more to help with the bills. Being a direct marketer with Nu Skin can help you with that. Nu Skin is a popular global brand that has been extremely successful in recent years. Invest time and energy into your own little branch of this business and you could potentially make a couple hundred extra every month.

 

Reviews From Other Distributors

Still on the fence about becoming a direct marketer with a company like Nu Skin? Here are some reviews from other distributors so you can get a feel for it.

“I love it because I worked when I wanted. When you decide to stop, you can, and you can pick it back up where you left off when it’s convenient for you. You’ll definitely receive what you put into it. I would recommend it to anyone who would want to do it.”

“A typical day at work is a typical day at home or on the road because it’s work from anywhere, which I strongly enjoy and love. I have learned so much.”

Join and Find Freedom

If you’re living in Spain and want the complete and total freedom to work and earn money from home, or want to get away from restrictive work schedules, consider joining Nu Skin Spain as a direct-marketing distributor.

When In Spain Podcast Interview: Moving to Spain with Children

We were recently interviewed for the When In Spain podcast, talking about moving to Spain with children. For those readers who follow our blog and social media posts, you will know that we share the truth about living in Spain. The good, the bag and the sometimes downright ugly.

For any newcomers, don’t be afaraid. There is always a solution to every situation. However, research and homework, in adundance, are essential for a successful relocation with or without children!

Pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and remember to send us your questions once you have listened to the interview.

 

Over to Paul, from th When In Spain podcast …

I talk to Lisa Sadleir who runs the Family Life in Spain blog about the practicalities of moving to Spain with children. Lisa has spent more than 20 years in Spain and has raised her own two children here and she’s also helped many other families make the move.

We examine all of the factors to consider when relocating as a family including which type of school to choose, state, private or bilingual. We run through the Spanish State education system and look at the pros and cons for the different schools available.

Lisa also shares her advice for helping your children integrate into Spanish culture and community and gives some tips for making the transition as stress-free as possible.

Lisa has also written a book called Moving to Spain which you can find on Amazon here. She also runs her own house finder service and relocation consultancy for anyone thinking about moving to the Málaga area of Spain. movetomalaga.com

 

Listen to the When In Spain podcast episode via the links below…

Apple Podcasts/ iTunes: https://apple.co/2D3wS5P
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Ci2wuA
TuneIn Radio: http://tun.in/tjb2Hn
Android: https://bit.ly/2H4Qdaz
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2M9zCl5

When in Spain website: http://wheninspain.blubrry.net/

Join the conversation at the When in Spain Facebook group https://bit.ly/2H6YHLr

Follow When in Spain on Instagram to see photography from across Spain. https://bit.ly/2D5p6IJ

Listen to the interview here ...

Designing A Simple Garden For Your Home In The Sun

There are many advantages to moving abroad, and being able to enjoy plenty of sunshine year-round is one of them. Once you’re settled in your new home and have your house sorted, you can turn your attention to your outdoor living area and creating a simple garden.

 

Make the most of the Spanish sunshine with these tips for creating a simple garden… 

 

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1. Make it easy to maintain

Taking pride in your garden is a wonderful thing, but it can soon turn into a lot of work. Who wants to spend more time maintaining it than enjoying it? Keep things simple with some evergreen plants and consider installing a decking area to give you a seating area which is easy to look after.

Of course, there’s always the option of bringing in landscapers to help you maintain your garden, particularly if you have a lawn that needs regular cutting. This can also give you some peace of mind if you plan on travelling often.

2. Make it a place to relax

The Spanish lifestyle can be very chilled and laid-back, and your garden area can be the perfect place for you to embrace that. Having some comfy sun loungers and a seating area can help you enjoy your space day and night as you enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere. Don’t forget to take a look at different lighting options too so that you can enjoy your garden at night and make the most of those balmy evenings.

Why not check out some outdoor living trends to help you find some inspiration for decorating your space?

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3. Invest in a pool

There aren’t many places in the UK that you’ll get much use out of an outdoor pool, but you’ll have plenty of opportunity in Spain. An outdoor pool is something you could get a lot of use out of, and is perfect for families – the kids will never be bored with their own pool! If your Spanish home doesn’t have one already, you should look at some quotations to help you start planning. You could always invest in a hot tub instead if space doesn’t allow for a pool.

4. Embrace Spanish living

When you move to Spain, you’re not just moving for the weather, you’re moving for the culture and lifestyle. The Spanish really know how to love and with a strong emphasis on family and socialising, you should make sure you make plenty of time to get together in your new home. Make friends with your neighbours, learn how to cook Spanish cuisine and bring elements of traditional Spanish living to your life.

Moving to Spain brings many benefits, and getting to enjoy the sunshine with your family is one of them. With a beautiful garden space, you’ll be able to embrace the incredible Spanish culture and make it feel like home. Think you’re ready to move overseas? Check out the A to Z of what you need to know about Spain and start making your living abroad dream come true.

Vegan Ferrero Rocher Style Energy Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How times change. Trends come and go.

Do you go with the flow or stand your ground and resist change?

I’ve never been a trend addict (except for a short “Townie” clothes phase back in the early 80’s), I’ve always done pretty much what I have wanted, worn what I feel comfortable in and bought things that make me smile or make my life easier in some way. But food, well that is a slightly different matter…

If you’d have told me, a few months ago, I’d be posting recipes for making scrummy Vegan Ferrero Rocher, vegan no cheese and dairy-free ice cream, I’d have laughed at you!

But, here I am. July 2019, amid what seems like a vegan revolution that has been growing for a few years and is gaining momentum at a great pace, about to tell you about these simple and scrummy Vegan Ferrero Rocher.

Before I share this simple and delicious treat with you, I must state that I am not vegan and have no intention of becoming vegan. However, I do believe it is a great compliment to our current Mediterranean style diet. Having been on a day course with www.vegetarianos.org, my eyes were opened to a whole new way of cooking. I have many new recipes that are improving our day to day eating habits. All easy to make and all super tasty.

NOTE: (Not all the recipes I have tested were tasty …. so they won’t be shared or repeated in our kitchen 😉 ) No matter how “healthy” something is, if it isn’t tasty, we don’t make it again. Simples!

 

How To Make Vegan Ferrero Rocher Style Energy Treats

 

Ingredients

  • 100 g pitted dates
  • 70 g toasted hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1 dessertspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 bar vegan chocolate
  • 12- 15 whole toasted hazelnuts for centre
  • 20 g crushed nuts (of your choice) for decoration

 

Instructions

  • Blend the nuts until they form a fine powder, with no chunks.
  • Chop the dates and add to blender
  • Add cocoa powder
  • Blend all ingredients together until evenly mixed.
  • Using a dessertspoon to measure, make small balls of the mixture and insert a whole hazelnut into the centre. Set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl, over a saucepan of boiling water.
  • Cover the balls in chocolate and put on a plate to cool and set.
  • Sprinkle with crushed nuts or add crushed nuts to the melted chocolate (whichever you prefer!)
  • Leave to cool in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened.
  • Eat and enjoy!

 

Vegan Ferrero Rocher Style Energy Treats

Vegan Ferrero Rocher Style Energy Treats

 

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