It's finally here — Kate Middleton's in labor! As we await word about the arrival of a royal baby, we've got all things British on our minds. We're sure the duke and duchess will receive a wide array of gifts once the baby's born, but there's something about iconic British baby brands that leave us enamored. Here, 14 of our favorite truly British baby brands and stores.
I recently wrote about a New York Times reporter who decided to make copies of designer clothes in China for cheap after getting the OK from law experts. Well, turns out reader prblms4loki had already done that and she kindly decided to share her experience with us. Read on for the highlights of the interview:
- Traveling to China: My parents decided to take a trip back to China this summer and I went along. I'm from China so I was just visiting home. I decided to take all of my fabric back to China with me and find a seamstress to make them for me.
- Finding a seamstress: My relatives asked around for me and recommended asking around at some of the booths in a nearby mall (for lack of a better word, it was more like a flea market in a building, quite common in China). Most seamstresses in the mall had pre-made stock and the customers simply picked a fabric and it was tailor-made for them. Oftentimes, this was comparable to buying something off the rack (approximately $20/30USD including fabric cost).
Here's an idea: retiring overseas to live large on your small nest egg, to change things up, and to enjoy better weather. These are the three top reasons people choose to spend their golden years abroad. It sounds perfect — who wouldn't want to spend their days lazing on the beach, sipping on sangria, and enjoying a $5 massage?
International Living recently released their picks for the best countries to retire in with the top five countries being Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, France, and Italy. Some of the allures of these places include the affordability of living in Ecuador, Panama's great retirement program, and France's globally renown health care system.
However, don't let the dreamy images of paradise distract you from the realities. If a country's retirement or health program is your main incentive, always do your research beforehand to see if you qualify for the program you're interested in and what its restrictions are.
Other countries give us baby product envy! The US has some amazing items, but we always want what we can't have and there are quite a few goodies that local companies have in other areas that we can't get here. After a visit from friends living overseas, I eyed some must haves that I'd love to add to my nursery! Here are six products on my wish list.