Spice It Up – About The Girl

So here’s what you need to know about me and the likes of this page. I ramble, I rant, I annoy, and above all else, I write. I try to write as much as possible. I don’t follow any patterns, I just do it as I please

I was born in Maryland and raised in the US living in New York (upstate), a brief stay in South Beach, Miami and many years in Portland, ME.  My dad had moved to England for a business opportunity so I stayed many a days there as well. This being my first jab into European soil…and thus beginning my idea that I was meant to be a European with American benefits! I modeled a little, worked the 8-5 job, didn’t work at all, and have seriously been living life as best as I can. I take every opportunity I can to get out and see the world. After all, we only have one life – that we know of!

I live with my sweet husband, Toblerone – who is 100% German, Born and bred! We met at work in upstate NY (he was there on a work contract), and eventually, he convinced me to move to Germany with him! We lived in a beautiful house in Southern Germany for 4 years. Had our ups and downs and I struggled with immense amounts of homesickness. Again, his job has transferred him back to the US! After 5 years in Michigan we are now back to where it all started in upstate NY!!  Our story just keeps getting better. We have been beyond lucky to welcome twin boys and one a baby girl into our family and we couldn’t be more in love!

I’m kinda crazy, known for being optimistic to the point that it borders annoying, and drinking dirty martinis – extra dirty, extra olives. I hope you stay for a while and enjoy my blog! Nothing makes me happier than seeing an email that I have another subscriber – so get to it and follow me!

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34 thoughts on “Spice It Up – About The Girl

  1. Haha 🙂 I like your blog. Germany must be one big adventure. And you do rant. I have lived all over the South (Stuttgart included) and see Germany totally different. I like the way you do though! Keep it up 🙂 Following!

  2. Hello there 🙂 I have been reading your blog with interest. My wife is German and we currently both live in London along with our young daughter. My wife is keen to get back to Germany but my job is not really transferable. You mentioned that you teach Business English, I was just wondering what training you did for this and whether you had to do more training in Germany? Thanks a lot! Love the blog!

    • Hi John!! Thanks for popping in!

      I actually didn’t have any training when it came to teaching English. It was simply that English was my first language and I’ve been in the Business world for quite some time so I was able to explain things like Logistics, Travel, and so on. Start with the VHs (volkhochschule). They are always looking for teachers!

  3. I adore Germany and would give my right arm to live there. You are living one of MY bucket list dreams. I have been fortunate enough to visit the country for the past 3 years. I wish you all the best this holiday season.

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  5. Dear thediaryofsugarandspice,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Germany, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  6. Hello!

    I am an Assistant Producer on a television series in the UK about people relocating to different parts of Europe. We are currently planning an episode around Lake Konstanz and are looking for British expats who live in the same area already and who can therefore offer advice to our house hunters.

    Your blog is great! Having had a quick read it seems you live near Lake Konstanz, apologies if this isn’t correct! If it is correct though, I thought you might be able to help me in my search for British expats living in the area – if you or your new husband are not British expats yourselves that is!? Again, apologies if I am incorrect here.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this message and no problem if this isn’t something you can help with, but I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer. If you are happy to chat, please email me here: Katie.harris@boundlessproductions.tv

    Best wishes,

  7. Jealous! I’m an American who loves southern Germany. I’ve been 6 times and just told my boss here in New Orleans that I’m quitting in May, strapping in my old hitchhiker’s backpack, and buying a one-way ticket to Germany. You’ll have to advise me on how to find work (tech writing, teaching, dishwashing, picking apples…). I’ve also been to upstate NY — esp. Mid Hudson Valley/Dutchess County — many times, including last week! Check my blog when you can. Gary, drggautier@gmail.com

    • Hi Gary! Thanks for stopping by! What a big life decision you’ve made!! Best bet is to look into Expat groups in and around the area you are going to. There is a Stuttgart Expat Meet Up group and these people are great resources for finding jobs and getting settled in. May even have roommate availability and so on. Good to have “someone” when you’re traveling alone! Wishing you the best of luck in your new endeavors! 🙂

      • Good tip, thx! I’ve been near Stuttgart much — Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Rothenburg, Heidelberg, hitchhiking to Munchen via Friedrichshafen and Donaueschingen — but never in Stuttgart. I’m tech writing indirectly for some engineers at Alcatel-Lucent in Stuttgart though, and I’ll reach out to them … and that ex-pat group. Thx.

  8. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

  9. It is good to meet you. I live in MI too and have a daughter living in Cologne, Germany. I hope to visit her there this summer. Where do you live in MI? I’m in Troy (Oakland County) just north of Detroit.

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