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Dragon Skulls, Fairies, and Trolls at Wira Bruk’s Christmas Market
Wira Bruk is an old iron works village that was active back in the heyday of Sweden’s superpower era when they were cranking out weaponry as fast as they could. It’s the site where the King’s weapons (read: swords) and Read more.
My Review of Steninge Slott’s Christmas Market
Steninge Slott’s Julmarknad is always a fun trip out to Sigtuna, Sweden. The Christmas market is housed in the stone barn behind the 17th Century palace and the interior is stunning. The vaulted ceilings of the barn give it an Read more.
Soul Sighs
  Home is… Home is more than a building. More than a house in which we hold breakfasts and dinners every day. More than a place where the kids visit after school. More than a place where we all sleep at night, Read more.
Visiting the Christmas Markets in Sweden
It is Christmas Market (Julmarknad) season in Europe and Sweden has some of the most darling Christmas markets. Glögg (mulled wine), reindeer meat, and candles on evergreen trees are all part and parcel of a good Swedish Christmas market. Kickstarting Read more.
Celebrating Holidays When Living Abroad
Holidays have a special place in our hearts. We grow up with certain traditions—some wacky, some practical, and some that sound crazy when we try to explain them to outsiders. Regardless of how we choose to celebrate our special holidays, Read more.
Creating Kiddo Story Time | Knocked Up Abroad
Creating Kiddo Story Time—Improvisation at Its Best
I sat down with my son, Calvin, to ask him a few questions about his new school and find out what he likes most and least about living in Sweden. His answers surprised me a bit! After we finished the Read more.
Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful chaos. That’s what this is. Motherhood. Fatherhood. Parenting. Messy and exhausting it’s not Supposed to be orderly. It’s not supposed to make sense. We establish routines for normalcy So the children know what to expect But in the end Read more.
Virtual Midwife—Who is she and can she help you?
I sat down with Karen Wilmot, the Virtual Midwife, and asked her some questions about the 6-week course she is offering to mothers around the world. Karen is a midwife who has been helping mothers give birth in foreign countries Read more.
You’re My Favorite
You crawled into bed with me this morning after the sun rose. My arms wrapped around you and I breathed in your hair. You smell of the shampoo you didn’t wash out of your hair last night when you giggled Read more.
The Return of the Lost Wedding Dress
Five years ago, I discovered that my wedding dress, photo albums, and a few fragile items with sentimental value ended up in a dumpster somewhere in Atlanta, Georgia. It wasn’t my choice to throw away my beloved sentimental items but Read more.
5 Tips to Increase Your Emergency Preparedness
After watching the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria the news is full of stories about families rushing to stores to stock up on supplies only to discover that all of the stores are sold out. It’s apparent Read more.
Celebrating the Tired, the Hopeful, and the Dedicated Midwives
  “Midwives? What is this, the 1400s? Do I have a feudal master to whom I pay monthly tithes in grain?” To say the least, my husband was unenlightened when it came to childbirth practices. He has since come a Read more.
You might be a mom if…
Leave a comment on Facebook with the crazy things you’ve started doing now that you’re definitely a mom. Transcript of the video You might be a mom if you’ve redefined what crazy means after you’ve since checked off all of Read more.
Unmedicated and Unplanned Birth Story on Motherbirth’s Podcast
I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Mellisa and Laura on Motherbirth’s podcast and describing my somewhat unusual birth story that other women have also experienced with Hypnobabies (aff). It is incredible to think that more and more mothers Read more.
What Americans Living Abroad Should Do After the Equifax Data Breach
What to do after the Equifax data breach? If you’re an American living abroad you have already gone through trials and tribulations trying to manage bank accounts, taxes, passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and the other ridiculous logistical bureaucratic steps Read more.
Sugar Water Painting Technique for Kids
Easily create beautiful watercolor designs with this simple and fast sugar water technique. My kids absolutely loved painting with this sugar water technique. They each raved about how beautiful their creations were and couldn’t wait to try it again. This Read more.
Why You Should Give Some Cities a Second Chance
Have you ever met someone who raved about visiting a particular city and you wrinkled your nose and shook your head, “Gah, no. That was not our experience at all!” How can people have such different impressions of the same Read more.
Growing Up the Saban Way
By Kelsi Folsom “The practice of gratitude and fortitude will never be an unfruitful one, and is, I think, one of the greatest gifts of living abroad.”         Ask anyone if they have ever heard of Saba, Read more.



Lisa Ferland, MPH, has given birth in the US and in Sweden and experienced two ends of the spectrum in pain-free birth—one with drugs and one without. Is it possible to experience a pain-free drug-free childbirth? You’ll have to read her chapter in Knocked Up Abroad to find out.

She loves connecting with mothers around the world and discovering the fascinating ways women give birth and parent around the globe. Knocked Up Abroad and Knocked Up Abroad Again are her book babies because she’s done having baby babies.

Get in touch with Lisa if you want to collaborate.

If you want more information on self-publishing, editing, crowdfunding, or other services, check out Lisa’s professional website All of her books are available on Amazon.

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  • I am honored to be part of such a talented group of writers and mothers with BIG vision. Lisa Ferland is one inspiring editor, ready to give the world another marvelous read. Sometimes one of the bravest things we can do as women is to lay down roots and plant seeds in a garden so very far from home. All of these 26 authors in 25 countries have much to share in stories that are superbly written. Support this and enjoy!

  • Jennifer Malia

    After reading the first book in the series, Knocked Up Abroad, I knew I wanted to write my story about traveling with my six-month-old daughter in Petra. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute as a writer to Knocked Up Abroad Again. I couldn’t ask for a better editor than Lisa Ferland or more supportive group of writers than the Knocked Up Abroad Again family. By sharing our stories, we hope to inspire others to follow in our footsteps.

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