Friday, September 25, 2015

Want to learn more about adopting from Poland?

Our agency (Lifeline Child) is hosting a webinar!

Join us on Monday, September 28th from 7-8 PM CST for this special webinar, where we will be share exciting information about the Eurasia program which includes the countries of Bulgaria, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. We want to inform families about the ins-and-outs of the adoption process for Eurasia and about the waiting children. Our hope is to advocate for these Eastern Europe and Asian countries and help these children find loving homes and a forever family. Our Eurasia Coordinator, Jana Lombardo, and Bulgaria Program Point, Rachel Frost, will be leading this webinar. Join us as we share our hearts for Eurasia and these precious children! 

 https://lifelinechild.org/event/eurasia-information-webinar/

8 of the Coolest Hotspots in Wroclaw

Thursday, September 17, 2015

October Meal Plan

 
Breakfast

1. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins
2. Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls
3. Cranberry Orange Scones
4. Sausage breakfast muffins
5. Bacon and Green Onion Quiche
6. Breakfast Casserole
7. Oatmeal or Cereal
8. Eggs, bacon and toast
9. Baked Oatmeal Muffins
10. Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes


Lunch

1. Leftovers
2. Sandwiches (pb&j, pb&honey, pb&nutella, grilled cheese, lunch meat & cheese)
3. Tabbouleh
4. Tuna Salad Sandwiches/Salad
5. PB and Banana Roll Up
6. Pita Pizza
7. La Madeleine's Tomato Basil Soup and Pasta Salad
8. Copy Cat Chick-fil-a nuggets with Chick-fil-a sauce  and store bought waffle fries



Dinner

1. Hawaiian Meatloaf with veggies and a roll
2. Slow Cooker Chicken Veggie Soup with homemade roll
3. Hamburgers with roasted veggies
4. Moroccan Chicken Salad
5. Cranberry Chicken with veggies and homemade biscuit
6. Shepherd's Pie with veggies
7. Chicken Stuffing Bake with Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake
8. Slow Cooker Pot Roast with veggies and roll
9. Fall Flavor Quinoa Salad with fruit
10. Bacon Lover's Hashbrown and Egg Casserole
11. Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken with veggies and roll
12. Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili
13. Spinach Quiche w/ crust
14. Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, scrambled eggs and fruit
15. Tailgate Night! Beef and Bean Nachos with BBQ cocktail weenies and homemade fruit tray
16. Polish Night! Sausage, Potato, and Pepper Skillet with Chalka
17. Lentil Stew with Pita chips
18. Taco Taters with corn on the cob
19. Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos with Guac de Gallo with rice
20. Black Bean Chili with baked potatoes
21-31. Eat leftovers, at church, and date night.


Treats
(once a week)

1. Pumpkin shaped chocolate cake with orange frosting
2. Wormy Jello
3. Caramel Apples
4. Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats
5. Halloween Blondies
6. For mom: Spiced Pumpkin Latte


Here's a grocery list printable that you could use to write down what you need to buy from the store!


photo credit: Clagett Farm Share Sept. 11, 2010 via photopin (license)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

You probably already have all of the spices on hand for this recipe, so why buy a special bottle labeled "pumpkin pie spice" for a marked up price? Just make your own and use up the spices you already have on hand!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20477/pumpkin-pie-spice-i/

Alternative Guide to Krakow

10 Mind Boggling Oddities of Communist Poland

The Explosive Child

If you've been following my blog for awhile, then you know parenting an adopted child is hard stuff! Adopted children are difficult to raise because of their past and lack of nurturing while they were in their birth mom's belly or in early life. Some of these children are not flexible at all. Can I get an amen?!? If you've been around a newly adopted (less than 5 years) child then you've probably seen some crazy outbursts over the smallest matters.

I found this book, The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene, PhD, on one of the facebook groups that I follow. This has been one of the best books, although it doesn't specifically discuss adopted children. This book is for all parents and care givers of children who are not flexible or easily frustrated. Dr. Greene gives great strategies on parenting these frustrated children. I am about half way finished reading this book, so I can't mention everything that I've learned from this book. So far this book has helped me to teach Smalls how to be flexible when its hard and to handle her frustration better (I feel like this is my life's goal for Smalls. We struggle with this a lot). If we could keep reducing Smalls' explosions to once a week or even (let's get crazy), once every two weeks, I will be in heaven! And I think this book is going to help us get there.

I am going to add this book to my top 5 books to read for adopting the older child. The Explosive Child goes along with Dr. Karyn's book, The Connected Child. It gives similar strategies that are specific to children who have trouble being flexible or who are easily frustrated in their daily life. This books helps the care giver to understand where the child is coming from and to give strategies to cope with daily frustrations.

Now back to the book....

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monthly Meal Plan

We have a lot of activities going on in our lives. We are apart of church, a homeschool group that offers lots of classes throughout the year, Girl Scouts, work, and other family functions. When we first got back from Poland we cocooned Smalls rigidly for 3 months and then we started going on simple and very few outings for the next 9 months. After we surpassed the 1 year mark of being home with her we started getting involved in a lot more activities. Smalls wants to be apart of a lot of activities and rightly so, she missed out on them for 8 years of her life!

Now that we are super busy, I have no time to coupon weekly like I used to. I'm way to tired to drag Smalls to the grocery store each week, search for sales, etc... Smalls would be in the worst attitude and it is so difficult trying to check prices and walking throughout the store with a sensory seeker and avoidder! Instead, I've tried once a month grocery shopping. I am in love with just shopping once a month for groceries. I feel so free throughout the weeks to focus on Smalls and the many activities that we are involved in. Wes is able to watch Smalls for the entire morning while I get to shop in absolute peace.

Although, I had one struggle with once a month shopping. I am a very organized person and a planner. Naturally, I would struggle with the meal planning part of once a month shopping. I started out planning a meal for each day during the month and whatever I planned for that night is what I would cook. I hated it. It was such a struggle to cook when I didn't feel like it or cook something that I really didn't have enough time to prepare for that night. I soon found a solution with a Meal Plan Diary. I started jotting down between 20-25 meals in a notebook and I would cross them out as I cooked them. It is perfect! I don't have to have a specific meal each night of the week and I know how many meals I have left. It is freeing to just have the groceries on hand and I can pick whatever meal that I want for the night!

My Meal Plan Diary

I want to create a collection of our favorite recipes and menus on this blog, so I don't have to keep searching the internet for them. And I thought you all would enjoy them as well. I am so excited to start documenting our monthly menus on the blog for October! October is my favorite month out of the whole year. I absolutely love all things Fall. I enjoy seeing pumpkins, the leaves changing colors, football and all the fun Fall decorating ideas that people post on social media. Get ready for October, because you know that month will be all things pumpkin! Be on the look out in the next week for my October meal plan.

I bet you are wondering that we do not eat fresh fruits and veggies because they surely wouldn't last a whole month. And you are totally right, fresh fruit and veggies will not last a whole month. I make a small trip in the middle of the month to pick up anything fresh that we are out of. I usually make this small trip while Smalls is at one of her events so I can still have peace in the grocery store.


Do you shop once a month? Please share any secrets you have because I am still learning!

Would You Survive Communist Poland? Take this Quiz!

Here's a fun quiz to take. I got "survivor". After taking this quiz, I couldn't have imagined living in Poland during this time. It really was a hard time for the Poles.

http://culture.pl/en/article/would-you-survive-communist-poland

18 Polish Dishes That Will Rock Your World

Thursday, September 10, 2015

6 Ways to Incorporate Polish culture into your American home:


1. Celebrate Polish Holidays
There are a lot of holidays in Poland that you can easily incorporate into your home. Poland has similar holidays to us, Americans. You could easily add a Polish twist on some of the common holidays that we share.

2. Cook Polish Food
Try having a Polish themed dinner once a month. You could follow lots of polish cooking blogs, websites and facebook groups to get plenty of recipes to try. You could even check out Polish cookbooks from your library. My library in South Louisiana has several books on Polish cooking and recipes.
Here are some of my favorite online sources for Polish recipes:
3. Follow Polish Online Groups
Here's a list of the facebook groups that I've joined:
 Not on Facebook? Try the Poland subreddit. Lots of people post questions and news that is happening in Poland. On the sidebar you can look at Polish foods, movies, etc....

4. Learn Polish History Together
Check out library books, look up articles about Polish history online, and watch youtube videos to learn more about Polish history. The Poles have a long and bloody history.
Try these sites:
5. Keep up with the current events in Poland
This is an easy one! Keeping up with the current events in Poland is a great way to engage your child(ren) about their homeland. Whether the news is serious or funny, read it to your children. It's easier to learn about a particular country's culture if you are engaged in that culture.
Here are some Polish news sites:
6. Learn the Language
I know this isn't the easiest suggestion, especially if you have no background in Polish. Learning some simple greetings, numbers, and names of animals could be fun and engaging for your child about their former language.
Here are some great sites to learn for free:
Try your local library. My library offers a free online language learning program. (I am currently learning Polish this way!)


Here's links to other ideas about incorporating your child's birth culture into your family:
http://blog.vaughanfirm.com/2010/11/celebrate-your-adopted-childs-culture/
http://kidworldcitizen.org/2012/04/26/14-ways-to-incorporate-culture-into-your-childrens-lives/

Polish Wedding Traditions

10 Tips for Teaching Kids about Good Touch, Bad Touch

10 Surprising Eating Habits of Communist Poland

10 Polish Dishes That Will Probably Weird You Out

I could go for the bison steaks, but definitely NOT the beaver tails!

http://culture.pl/en/article/10-polish-dishes-that-will-probably-weird-you-out

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Post Adoption Interview Questions

After you've adopted internationally, some countries (Poland) require post adoption reports to be sent back to them on how the child is doing. I've wrote down the majority of the questions that our social worker asked us during our most recent post adoption visit. If there are more that need to be added, please let me know in the comments!


Medical
Who's your pediatrician?
When's the last pediatrician's visit?
When do you go back to the pediatrician for a check up?
Up to date on shots?
Was the child diagnosed with anything?
Has the child been sick, went to the hospital, or seen a specialist?
Who's your dentist?
When's the last dental visit?
When will you go back to the dentist for a check up?
Did the child have cavities, or need any dental work?
If your child has seen a specialist, your social worker will probably ask questions that pertain to that specialist.


Developmental
How is the child's gross motor skills?
-Can he/she kick a ball, ride a bike, swim, throw a ball?
How's the child's fine motor skills?
-Can he/she hold a pencil, cut with scissors in a straight line, put beads on a string?
Can the child run or jog?
Can the child play on the monkey bars or climb trees?
How's the child's speech? Any delay?
How's the language?
Can the child speak English?
Can the child understand English?
How many words in a sentence can he/she speak?
Is the child in speech therapy?
Is the child in occupational therapy?
Is the child in physical therapy?


Emotional/Behavioral
Can your child verbalize his/her emotions appropriately for their age?
Are you teaching them how to verbalize their feelings appropriately?
Does the child cry?
When the child cries, does he or she come to you?
Does the child act out their frustration behaviorally?
Is the child violent if he or she doesn't get their way?
Does the child act age appropriately?
Does the child act differently (better or worse) in the company of others?


Educational
Is your child in school?
What grade?
What's their favorite subject?
Are they lagging in any areas?
Do they have an IEP or in some form of assistance?
How is the teacher?
Does your child like their teacher?
If you homeschool, here are some questions that the social worker might ask:
What curriculum are you using?
Is the child in any formal classes outside the home?
Is the child exposed to sitting in a classroom?
Is the child getting social interactions?
What subjects are you covering?
Is the child being taught by another adult?
Do you allow your child to have time to play with others?
What is your school schedule?
Are you planning on putting you child in a public/private school anytime soon or later in life?
Be prepared for more questioning regarding socialization of your child and if your child can sit in a classroom setting. If you are a veteran homeschooler, then you are probably prepared for this kind of questioning, but if you are a newbie, be prepared and have a tactful answer. Anyone who has not been around homeschooled children or to the idea of homeschooling will ask questions or make statements that are completely false about homeschoolers. Your social worker may ask more/less questions depending on their own personal exposure to the homeschool life. It's amazing to see how the media portrays homeschoolers and see that one or two worse case scenarios being applied to all homeschoolers.

Social
Does your child have friends?
Who is their best friend?
Does your child play with others?
Does your child play WELL with others?
Does your child parallel play?
Is your child involved in social activities outside of school?


Sleep
Does your child sleep through the night?
How many hours of sleep do they get each night?
Does your child fall asleep easily?
Is your child scared at night?


Nutrition
Is your child taking any vitamins?
Eating a well balanced meal?
Does your child hoard food?
Does your child have eating difficulties?
Is your child a picky eater?
Does your child eat food fast?
Does your child feel like he or she is getting enough food?


Personal
What is your child's height?
What is your child's weight?
What is the daily schedule for your child?
Is your child involved in sports, scouts, or other activities outside the home or school?
What is your child's favorite food?
What does your child like to play or do during free time?
Can your child use the bathroom by him or herself?
Can your child brush their teeth?
Does your child have good personal hygeine?


For the Parents
Does mom get breaks?
Does mom have hobbies outside the home?
What's mom's work schedule like?
What's mom's daily activities?
Does dad get breaks?
Does dad have hobbies outside the home?
What's dad's work schedule like?
What's dad's daily activities?
Do you have date nights?
How often?
Can you hire a babysitter?
Do you have babysitters that can come over if needed?
How's parenting your child?
Is it getting easier? Harder?
Are grandparents supportive? Do they help out?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Could Tesco be a thing in the past in Poland?

How We Saved Over $10,000 for our International Adoption

I meet a lot of people online (and in real life!) who want to know how we were able to afford our international adoption. Let's get one thing straight. We are not millionaires. We didn't have people giving us tens of thousands of dollars for our adoption, although I did pray for it. We are a hard working couple who budgets everything (even the smallest purchase at the grocery store). We both had full time jobs. We paid rent. We have expenses just like you. We even had emergency expenses come up during the time we were saving for the adoption.

When you approach the topic of affording adoption, what is the dollar amount that comes into your mind? $50,000? For me, it's $35,000, because that's about how much it was for our Poland adoption. That's a huge number. You could put a down payment on a house, purchase not one but two nice cars, or spend the entire year backpacking in Europe. We definitely didn't have this amount lying around in the bank or in other assets.

How could us, an average couple, afford a international adoption and still have money to live? I'm not going to lie and say that the big $35,000 number didn't scare us. It did. It was the first thought in my head when we decided to adopt internationally. How are we going to pay for this? With any big goal like saving up $35,000, you have to start small. When you chop down a big tree, you are not going to cut it down in one stroke. It's going to take a lot of little strokes to knock down a large tree. Being able to adopt debt free is just like that. It's going to take a lot of small money saving ideas to make a huge impact on your adoption savings. And one disclaimer: it's not going to be easy. It takes hard work and constant attention to your finances to be able to afford adoption debt free.

How do we take a BIG number with lots of zeros and make it small

I've been thinking about this question for a couple of weeks and how we were able to afford an international adoption. I want to share with you some ideas that we used to help save for our adoption. Some of them may seem impossible for your family and that's ok. You will not be able to apply every tip to your family. Each family is different and has different dynamics. Don't go too crazy and try to do all of these tips immediately. Work on implementing one or two a month. If you make a drastic change in your lifestyle in a short period, you will feel deprived or reluctant to keep going with making changes to your spending habits.


Practical Ways to Save Money for Your Adoption:
  • DIY Haircuts. I started cutting Wes' hair four years ago. I was a little apprehensive at first in my abilities to cut another person's hair, but I'm so glad that there is youtube! Youtube has a ton of DIY videos. We have saved a ton of money cutting his hair at home. About 3 years ago, I started cutting my own hair. We started to see savings rack up after my switch to DIY haircuts. Wes gets his haircut every 7-8 weeks or so (about 6 times a year). We would spend about $15 at Supercuts each time for him ($90/year). I would get my haircut twice a year and spend about $40 each time ($80/year). We spent a total of $170 a year on haircuts. Because we have learned this hair cutting skill, we now save that $170 each year.
  • Get Insurance Quotes. I'm not saying switch your car insurance, renter's/home owner's insurance, or health insurance, but ask other insurance companies for quotes. See if any of them are lower or will give you more discount opportunities. We did this with our car insurance and renter's insurance. We got a quote for the same exact car insurance coverage, but it's $200 a year less than what were currently paying. Same thing happened with our renter's insurance. We got a quote that's $65 a year less that what we were paying. At the time we had health insurance through Wes' employer so we couldn't change that plan. Years later, when Wes started the Ph. D program at Tulane, we had to get individual coverage. We opted for a high deductible plan with a lower premium each month. We have emergency savings to help pay for the deductible if there was a health emergency. High deductible plans might seem scary, but if you have emergency savings it's not so scary. We saved $260 a year by switching car and renter's insurance. By switching to a high deductible health plan, you could save at least $100 a month ($1200 a year). In this spending area, your savings could be $1460.
  • Entertainment. This is the tip that everyone dreads. I promise I'm not going to try and kill your fun. Paying for TV entertainment can be one of the biggest spending items that we, Americans, can spend our money on. For those of you who are trying to save money for your adoption or fill in the blank goals, I'm going to challenge you to pick two items on this list to cancel. You can have one entertainment item on this list. I don't want you to totally deprive yourself of any TV fun. If you cut everything from the entertainment list below, you could save $2111.76 a year!! That's a nice chunk of change!
  1. Ditch cable or satellite. It's expensive. There are cheaper alternatives. And do you really watch that much TV to get your money's worth? You could save $130 a month ($1560 a year). What if you paid yourself $1500 a year to not watch cable? That sounds amazing to me!
  2. The Movies. This is another expensive form of entertainment. Popcorn $6, coke $4.50, and 2 tickets $10 a piece/$20 total. Your total movie experience costs $30.50. Do that once a month for twelve months and that costs you $366 a year. Renting a movie from the library, making your own popcorn and buying soda from a grocery store will be the cheaper alternative. I know you won't get to see the newest flicks, but they will be coming to DVD/Bluray in the coming months. I promise!
  3. Netflix. This is everyone's cheaper alternative to cable/satellite. And rightfully so! It's only $7.99 a month ($95.88/year). This was the hardest entertainment to cut from our budget. I absolutely love having Netflix. I could watch a lot of shows for a really great price. I think I even cried when we cancelled our service, but we saved almost $100/year.
  4. Redbox. For $1.50/one night rental, you could watch a new movie. This is certainly a cheaper option than going to the movies. But what if you started renting movies (FOR FREE!!) at the library? Or what if you waited till Redbox released a special code for a free one night rental, which happens frequently? You could save that $1.50 that you spend three times a month ($4.50/month). At the end of the year, you could have saved $54. I know that may seem like a small amount towards a $35,000+ goal, but every little bit helps.
  5. Hulu. Just like Netflix, Hulu costs $7.99/month. Not bad if you've ditched cable and still want to watch TV shows. If you could have a little patience and wait till the next year to watch your favorite TV show, you will be able to rent the following season of from the library for FREE!! You could save $95.88/year.
  • Eating Out. This is another guilty pleasure of mine. I love eating out. I love not cooking and not having to clean up the dishes. But it does come at a cost. The majority of us, Americans, eat out at least once a week. I get it. You've been at work all week and on Friday night the last thing you want to do is to cook. We would spend about $45 each week eating out and we would only go out once a week. We could forgo eating out and make our favorite restaurant food at home using this website. If you don't want to cook on a Friday night after work, make things easier on the Saturday/Sunday before. Prepare your Friday night meal and freeze it. All you have to do is heat it up and you will have minimal mess to clean. For those of you who are still rolling your eyes at me and saying "but I love to eat out to much to give up". I agree with you. I love eating out too. Click here for 12 tips on how to eat out cheaply. By giving up your eating out habit or limiting it to once a month, you could save $2340/year.
  • Bring Your Own Coffee/Lunch To Work. Just like eating out, coffee is another guilty pleasure of mine. If you buy coffee twice a week at $4 a cup, you're spending $8 a week, when you could make it at home for a lot less. Yes, you do have to learn how to make your kind of latte, but that's what youtube is for! You could save $416/year by making your own coffee. Buying lunch three or more times a week can be super expensive. I'm going to say that you spend at least $10 each time you eat out and this is probably a conservative amount. If you eat out for lunch three times a week, that's $30/week ($1560/year). You could save $1976 each year by making your own coffee and lunch at home.
  • Go Through Your Bank Statement. Are you a part of clubs or memberships that you do not attend or use anymore? This can include gym memberships, yoga or other exercise clubs, and social clubs. If you are not regularly participating in the clubs you are paying your hard earned money for, then you need to show them the door. There's no reason to pay for a group if you are not actively participating. What about those of you who are a part of an exercise club and do regularly attend? Offer to work the desk a couple of hours to get a free membership or to take a class for free. Start your own class with your friends. Rent a fitness DVD from the library for free. Find a cheaper alternative if you can. The potential savings could be about $600 a year.
  • Swap Babysitting. If you and your spouse want to go out on a date, do it! But let's minimize the cost involved. Find another couple or friends who have children and offer to watch their kids while they go out on a date and vice versa.This could save you at $300 a year.
  • Car maintenance. I am so thankful that Wes has learned how to change oil in our car, check other fluids, rotate tires and other car things that I know nothing about. Wes has saved our family at least $400 a year by doing it himself.
  • Cell phones. This is a hot topic to touch when I talk about cheaper plans to others who are trying to save money. This is also a very easy way to save a lot of money each month. What do you need in a cell phone? Talk, text, data? Do you need all three? If so, is there a cheaper plan that you can get to accommodate all of your needs? And do you really need the top of the line cell phone, which you are just going to trade in a year or two later? Or worse, you will accidentally drop it and the screen will crack and you will have to spend more money on fixing it. The average monthly cell phone bill is $73. I'm not sure how many people that includes on a plan in this report, but it doesn't seem like it's a family plan because those are typically $100+. Let's go with the average, $73. Wes and I spend $25 a month for both of us. That's $48 less than the national average! We are saving $576 a year. I bet you are wondering what our cell phone plan includes to be that low. We use Republic Wireless and we have unlimited talk and text. We don't have data, but we have wifi capabilities if we are in an area with wifi. It works perfectly for us, because we are surrounded by free wifi practically everywhere we go. Here's a post I wrote last year about our cell phones. It changed a bit since then with a new lower plan!
  • Don't buy new stuff. Try to trade, swap or barter to get things you need. Click here for books. Freecycle is a great way to get free stuff in your area. Try a trade site like Tradeaway. If all else fails, try craigslist. Visit the thrift store in a prominent neighborhood-they always have good clothing items in great condition. Try yard sales for various items. Remember: only buy what you need! You could save at least $300 a year if you buy used and not new. Disclaimer: there are certain things you do need to buy new, so save up for those things that you need new.
  • Electricity. Do you leave a light on in a room that no one is in? Turn it off or unplug it if you are not using a device or in a room. You could save so much on your electricity bill. Do you need your house to be at a constant 65 degrees? I live in South Louisiana and it is hot. Not just a "oh it's hot outside", but a hot that makes you melt if you are outside more than 2 minutes. Electricity is one of our most expensive bills because it is VERY hot 9 months out of the year. We keep our house temperature around 77 degrees.  Our average electricity bill is about $100 each month. If we put our thermostat at 72 degrees like most people do, I couldn't imagine what we would be paying for electricity.  I estimated that we are saving at least $60 a month by bumping the thermostat up a couple of degrees and turning off lights we are not using/unplugging devices that aren't in use. We are saving about $720 a year by implementing electricity saving techniques. Don't worry, we aren't sweating to death and we aren't frozen, but our clothing choices for the seasons will help accommodate our thermostat setting. It's ok to wear a jacket inside when it's cold outside!

By implementing all of these money saving techniques, we were able to save $10,653.76 for our adoption from our own pay checks in one year. That's amazing. A couple of small changes to your budget could have a huge impact on your adoption.

Do you have an item in your budget that you could cut or decrease? How are you saving for your adoption? I need ideas. Please post them in the comments. Thanks!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 1st: Poland Was Invaded

American Restaurant Chains in Poland

The number one question people ask me when they are planning their trip to Poland is "do they have any American food or restaurant chains?". I am so glad to say yes, of course! Although, I couldn't find a list of them, so I had to create my own. If there are some that need to be added, please let me know.

Starbucks (this one is for my friend Cat)
Pizza Hut
McDonald's
Hard Rock Cafe
Subway
Burger King
KFC
Dairy Queen
TGI Fridays
Cinnabon
Benihana
Dunkin Donuts
Champion Sports Bar
Dominoe's

Click here for a list of American stores in Poland.

American Stores in Poland

One of the popular questions travelers visiting Poland ask me is, "Do they have any American stores?". Of course there are! Other countries love our brands and want them in their country. In my opinion from the 10+ years of working with internationals, the most popular store among internationals is Victoria Secret. Apparently, Victoria is not very good at keeping a secret.

I have searched and searched the internet to find a list of American stores in Poland and to my surprise I could not find one single article. So I created my own list. I've searched all of the major cities and their malls to come up with this list. There might be more American brands than what is on this list. If that's the case, please let me know and I'll add it.

TJ Maxx (named T K Maxx in Poland)
Claire's
Converse
Crocs
Ecco
Toys R Us
Apple (iSpot in Poland)
Lee
H&M
Samsonite
Swiss
Lego
Avon
Bath and Body Works
Clinique
Sephora
Victoria's Secret
Foot Locker
Nike
Clarks
Aldo
MAC
Vans
Lacoste
Levi's
Gap
Sony
Timberland
Pandora
American Eagle Outfitters
Guess
Quicksilver
Tommy Hilfiger
The North Face
Reebok
Hollister
Wrangler

What is an Intense Child?

Violent Children

What a great article! If you have a violent child or a child who struggles severely to be in a family after abuse and neglect, please read this!

http://www.adoptionrootsandwings.com/?p=92

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