Author Archives: Ruth Margolis

How to ‘Suck It Up’ Like a Brit

Dame Maggie Smith at her stoic Dame Maggie Smith-iest. (Photo: ITV/PBS Masterpiece)

If Britain was America’s therapist, we’d have been “let go” after the introductory session. While our two nations see eye-to-eye on many matters of substance, like imperialism and Downton Abbey, we simply can’t agree on how ...

7 Ways to Scrimp and Save in the U.S.

Instead of using trains, hitch a ride on the Dirty Dog. (Photo: Creative Commons)

America makes you want to spend money. Stuff somehow seems shinier, tastier and more appealing here, yet most expats arrive on a budget, fearful of dipping into their emergency slush fund. Fear not, Brits.

8 Stupid Mistakes Brits Make in America

The age-old issue of tipping. (Photo: Bryan Costin via flickr Creative Commons)

Let’s be honest, Brits on holiday can be a little bit dreadful. Alas, we’re often not much better when we’re living in another country, stubbornly refusing to bow down to the local customs and quirks.

Why the U.S. Should Adopt British-Style Supermarkets

American chains could learn a thing or two from the organized, inviting spaces of British supermarkets like Marks & Spencer. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Are you craving nineteen varieties of Oreo, or a slab of meat so hormone-pumped it could complete in the Tour de France in record time? Then head to your nearest American supermarket.

What the U.S. Can Learn From British-Style Parenting

Brits have uncovered the secret of great parenting! (Photo from the series 'Outnumbered' via BBC)

Listen up, Americans! British parents have unwittingly honed a fail-safe formula for moderately/sometimes/probably successful child-rearing…

6 British Customs That Will Puzzle Americans

No, Americans will never understand Morris dancing. (Photo: Rex Features via AP Images)

We’re a wonderfully eclectic people who will defend our regional weirdness and national idiosyncrasies to the death. But don’t expect your American friends to appreciate Britain’s funny little “ways.”

8 Reasons to Raise British Children in America

Kids in America find an appreciation for food. (Photo via WeHeartIt)

Possibly, it was around the time you had babies — or were contemplating it — that you last considered moving back to the U.K. And that’s totally understandable.

Crazy Baby Names and Five Other U.S. Parenting Trends That’ll Drive You Nuts

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Not only are American moms and dads landing their offspring with bizarre monikers, they’re pushing kids in strollers until they’re school age and letting them decide what’s for dinner.

10 Places Brits Love to Live in America

Brits flock to the warmth, white sands and nightlife in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A staggering 700,000 Brits currently call the U.S. home, and these dreamy locales are where many of us end up.

What Americans Can Learn From British-Style Weddings

British-style nuptials, like Kat Slater and Alfie Moon's on 'EastEnders,' are boisterous, unpretentious affairs. (Photo: BBC)

Nuptials. Whichever side of the Atlantic you perform them on, they’re an excuse to dress up and throw a big, boozy party.