Category Archives: Advice

Cyndi Explains [How to get cheap tickets on Broadway]

I’ve had a lot of emails, comments and Facebook messages about the Broadways shows I have attended during my time in New York on this trip and previous trips, and, in particular, how I manage to get cheap tickets to … Continue reading

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Go Sugar Crazy [Top 5 places to go for CANDY in NYC!]

I’ve put together a list of my favourite 5 places to buy candy in New York City! Just don’t tell my dentist! Enjoy! 5. The Sweet Life: 63 Hester St, New York (Lower East Side) A cute, old-style candy store with … Continue reading

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Au Pair Taxes – who, what, when, how, why?

April is “tax time”. The American tax year runs from January 01 until December 31 (unlike the Australian tax year that runs 1 July through to 30 June). Disclaimer: This is just a math calculation and does not actually qualify … Continue reading

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Au Pair FAQ’s (from the view of an Au Pair) – 16 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As a foreword to this post, I get a LOT of questions about au pairing, the Cultural Care Au Pair program, and everything to do with it. A lot of the same questions are asked over and over, and so … Continue reading

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Ideas – how to survive a New England winter, v 2.Australia

It’s 4pm and I just took the kids around the block for a walk. It’s 3 degrees out there, and in relation to yesterday morning, when it was -6 when I dropped the kids at school, that’s warm. Haha – … Continue reading

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My advice on rematching…

Every day I am here I hear of another au pair going into rematch (where either the au pair or the family, or both in some cases, decide not to continue on with the match, and the au pair is … Continue reading

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BOUNCE BACK from Homesickness…

After only 4 weeks here my host mom has discovered the procrastinator in me when it comes to uni work – tonight I “clocked off” (as us Aussie’s say) at 6pm, but managed to spend 2 hours longer playing with the … Continue reading

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What to expect in your first month! [Advice for new Au Pair’s]

So for anyone about to become an au pair, or considering being an au pair, what should you expect in your first month as an au pair? I’ve been here 3 weeks now (wow!) and so here are some of … Continue reading

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