A photo update of my life over the last couple of months :)
said: Thank you for replying! That's a shame :( I loved reading your experiences (literally went through all your posts haha) and they seemed wonderful. Do you by any chance know of any good sites or good ways to find families? Or did you just search for families with your agency? I feel like my agency is so slow. I don't know.
Thank you very much.
Well I went through the Au Pair in America agency and was matched with families through that. Unfortunately I have no other experience with any other agencies, I’m sorry.
Anonymous said: Hey jade... I recently got matched with a family and I want to buy gifts for the family... Anyway I wanted to know if you bought gifts for the family.. I really want to get great gifts from Australia that you can't buy in America... Any ideas would be great, the kids will be easy but I wanted to know more for the parents.. Thanks 😊
Oh lovely :)
Well I bought the generic, corny touristy gifts like Australia tea towels, drink coasters, etc for the parents. I don’t have any cool ideas for the parents. But for the kids I made them a book with photoshopped photos of me and the kids into it in Australian settings.
Sorry that isn’t much help!
said: I will be leaving on the 24th march to au pair in San Francisco, I've just started writing a blog since yours helped me so much. It would be great if you could share it for me its demi-aupair.weebly
Sure thing. Good luck!
See her website demi-aupair.weebly
Anonymous said: Where in Florida were you?
I was about 2 hours from Miami, and 2 hours from Orlando. So I was inbetween :)
Anonymous said: Do you work out a lot?
Yes, four to five times a week.
Anonymous said: Well done on your weightloss
Just some weightloss progress. Obviously I’m definitely not my heaviest in the Nov 2013 photo.
16kg down in total now!
said: Jade!! This family I'm talking to is deciding between me and another girl!! What should I do???
There isn’t much you can do. Just know that what it is meant to be, is meant to be. If they do happen to choose another girl it will be for the best. Continue to be yourself when Skyping/contacting them. And of course respect their decision :)
Anonymous said: Did you enjoy looking after a baby or do you wish you had had older children so you had more free time during the day? Was it hard to think of stuff to do with her? X
Well I obviously had the two month old, but I also had an eight year old. There were advantages and disadvantages to caring for an infant. Obviously caring for an infant limits your choices in terms of leaving the house and there is a lot of organisation that goes into leaving the house when taking the infant. It also meant that my days were quite lonely, as it was just the baby and I when the eight year old was at school. But then there were wonderful advantages to caring for an infant - like being able to get other tasks done while the infant is sleeping, not needing to ‘prepare’ food as such, being able to have quiet time and of course the amazing feeling that you get when you’re with a baby.
said: Hey 😊 I wanted to tell you that your the reason I started this blog because reading your experiences from the beginning has really helped me and in return I would like to help others. You have answered a few questions of mine that helped me make the decision to become amen au pair and I would love to do the same for others. So I would love for you to put this on your blog so that others can find me... I would love to help anyone who needs it 😊
Oh that is so very lovely to hear!
Again, followers take note of her blog :)
said: Hi Jade, I am currently in the matching process to become an au pair in america!!! I just created my blog and was wondering if you could please tell your followers about it incase they had any questions for me, as I am with a different company and have had a very different experience then you!! best wishes, Issy!! xx
Congratulations :) best of luck!
Followers take note: issyaupair.tumblr.com
said: Reading your experience on being an au pair and watching your videos has really helped me! I have a good idea now on what to expect. I paid my deposit a few days ago to get my journey started to become an au pair in america in the summer! x
Oh I am so, so glad to hear it!
That’s so great. I hope it is everything you wish for :) I’ll follow you to keep updated.