About Maria Tumolo

Maria Tumolo is a Trinidad-born Surrey based stay at home mum, blogger and aspiring published children’s book writer. She moved to England in 2001. She lived in Cambridgeshire for a few months before moving London, where she’s lived ever since. Prior to marriage and children, she earned a BA in English from The University of The West Indies, Trinidad 1998. Her career history has spanned from Libraries to Further Education. Her blog The Tiger Tales explore topics such: expat parenting, education, mixed heritage family life, food and beauty. The way to her heart is a Trini Dalpuri Chicken Roti. 

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Expat Round-up: The experiences of being an expat parent

Parenting is challenging because there really is no one way to do it. We all have our ideas of what it takes to be a good parent. Question is; how do expat parents fare against different cultural beliefs, government policies and so on?  My beliefs have altered over the years. The ideals I had as […]

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Review: Snuggly Rascals headphones for children

With the Easter holidays upon us, this means… ROADTRIP! Perhaps, you may be taking to the air or sea, but wherever you may roam, if you have the kids in tow, you’ll know the challenges of keeping them entertained with music or film during travel. These headphones may be the answer! We reviewed two pairs […]

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Expat Round-up: Of trials & triumphs

Well how do you like that?! Who could have expected snow in March and so much of it as well?  In all the years that I have liked in the UK this has been the most snow fall I’ve ever experienced, in The Burbs.  The school run has been tricky as a pedestrian but fun […]

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Expat Round-up: Resolutions

   February is the shortest month of the year but it can be quite bleak. The reminance of the Christmas jollies has died away and our resolve for change may be waning. Expats probably feel the pressure to succeed more; after all didn’t we leave our home countries for a better life? Socio-economic change is […]

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Expat Round-up: Goodbye 2017 & hello 2018

Hello, Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas break. I know Christmas can be rough for expats, especially new expats, without the support of family.  Being away from loved ones may make us blue. In December, I wrote a post on how to survive Christmas as an expat but really it can […]

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Santa’s grotto at the Museum of London

It’s the time of the year when parents across the world are taking their children to visit Santa. This year, we were invited by the Museum of London to send one of our team to visit Santa in his Victorian Grotto – based in the museum’s Victorian Walk, a unique recreation of Victorian era London. […]

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Expat Round-up: Christmas traditions old & new

There is no escaping Christmas whether or not you actually celebrate the holidays. As an expat, the season can be filled with pleasant nostalgia or blue melancholy. Over the years I’ve experienced both. Becky says her family always lights a special candle on Christmas Eve and say out loud the names of the people and […]

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Expat Round-up: On nostalgia identity comfort & food

There are now 7 Sundays before Christmas, as the festive season draws nearer is natural for expats to think of ‘home’. My Trini food makes me feel closer; memories of my childhood come flooding back with every spoonful. I’ve tried to share my favourite dishes with my own children but they prefer European food and […]

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Expat Round-up: Expat breaks

If I’ve never said so before, I have a restless spirit. I like to be on the move wish is a good trait for an expat I think? Sometimes I feel that being an expat is like living an ongoing holiday. I don’t mean that I don’t take life seriously; obviously I have to because […]

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Expat Round-up: Commuter life as an expat

Although I left my home country Trinidad in my late twenties, I never learnt how to drive. By the time baby number two arrived Hubby wanted me to learn how, for the convenience of the kids and I. Well, I’ve been taking lessons for longer than I’m willing to admit and failed my practical three […]

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Expat Round-up: Crossing continents

Hi I’m Maria Tumolo. I’m taking over the BritMums Expat Round-up from Greta Solomon. I’ve been a member of Britmums from the start of my blogging journey, back in 2011. Over the years I’ve made firm blogger friends and gained wonderful opportunities as a member of the network. For those of you who don’t know me, […]

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