About

Welcome! Here you will find information on having a baby and parenting as an expat in Belgium, multilingualism, multiculturalism and a whole lot more. If you’re new here, grab yourself something to drink, make yourself comfortable and let’s get to know each other. I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

My name is Sandra and I’m the mama of 2 beautiful, active boys born in 2009 and 2012. I’m a Portuguese-American expat living in Brussels, Belgium since August 2006 when my husband and I, living in different cities in Portugal, decided to give this famously gray city a chance. We are part of what sometimes feels like a handful of people who plan to stay here long term. Brussels is our home and where we plan to raise our boys.

This blog is the tale of an expat going into parenthood in Brussels. When I found out I was pregnant with Sprout 1, I immediately went online looking for information, preferably in French, and was surprised not to find much. I then decided to start this blog and share what I find along my journey through parenthood.

My aim is to help others navigate Brussels (and beyond) with kids, and to share my experience with others going through pregnancy and parenthood in Belgium or elsewhere. I hope to make your life easier sharing information I couldn’t find anywhere else, along with snippets of the story of our days.

Before becoming a full-time mama I worked in the legal field as a lawyer and as a consumer rights activist and in my last job I did project management and advocacy work for a Fair Trade NGO in Brussels. Social justice and environmental issues continue to be one of my biggest passions.

I’m also very passionate about childhood, child psychology and early childhood education. I believe in the importance of respecting the child as a complete human being. I love to learn right alongside my boys and with the many mamas and papas I come across and am inspired by. I want to make clear, despite my strong ideals, I truly believe we are all doing the best we can and know to show our children love and guidance. I do not intend to alienate anyone nor is it my habit to pass judgment.

I also love sewing and working with my hands, and you’ll find that slip into here every now and again.

If you’d like to know a bit more about me, you can see an interview with me here.

You can also find me writing for Fans of Flanders.

You are most welcome to link to my blog, but please refrain from using my words or pictures without my permission.

Feel free to drop me a line at bxlsprout (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you for visiting!

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Disclosure Statement
In sharing the adventures of our family life, I will occasionally discuss products that have benefited us. Every now and then, I’ll even do this in the context of a review and giveaway post. Everything I share is something I have personal experience with and can recommend with a clear conscience. I tend toward small independent businesses who share my interest in minimizing our impact on the environment. I will always disclose specifics at the end of a post if I’m receiving or have received compensation for sharing a product. All or most amazon links are to my affiliate shop where I will receive a small commission if you purchase directly. This is pocket change, but it is a simple, small way to help support this blog. Ethics in blogging are important to me and I strive to present only my own, honest opinions.

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Ola Sandra!

    Sou a Ines e tambem vivo em bruxelas. Tive uma filha ha quase 3 meses, mas a maior parte dos meus amigos aqui nao tem filhos! Gostava de conhecer outras maes ( English speakers) e perguntava se tens algumas dicas para o fazer!

    Obrigada!

  2. Olá Sandra! Tenho visto o teu blog, mas só a parte da gravidez porque também vivo em Bruxelas e descobri (ontem!) que estava grávida. Mas só agora é que vi que também és portuguesa!! Gostava de partilhar contigo algumas experiências até porque estou em Bruxelas à menos de 1 mês e agora estou grávida… :S Não conheco nada aqui, nem sequer sei onde é o hospital… Não sei falar francês, só inglês. Por isso, esta noticia tem sido aterrorizante!
    Parabéns pelo teu filhote, é lindo. 🙂
    Beijinhos

  3. Hi there,

    I just came across your blog after being informed about it through Ding Dong Music Center.

    I recently registered for the MTC Spring Course. We had a free trial and enjoyed it 🙂 Perhaps we’ll bump into each other one of these classes.

  4. Olá Sandra gostei do teu blog mas ainda estou a descobri-lo.
    Esta aventura de sermos pais nunca acaba, mas é muito boa e feliz. apesar de haver uns dias melhores que outros para nós e para eles ;).
    Beijos

  5. Hi Sandra! I’m hoping you’re the same Sandra that entered my tangram giveaway! I tried to get ahold of you on your facebook site, but couldn’t email you. You won! I can send the tangrams to you, just let me know where you’d like them sent. Thanks! ~Andrea
    Email: nodoubtlearning(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Sandra,
    I have a very odd question for you. I have accepted a job with a company based out of Brussels. I will be traveling there in about a week. I am bringing the whole family with me for my 2 week training. I have an 8 year old (girl), a 6 year old (boy) and an 8 month old (girl).
    I know this may sound weird, but what sort of activities are there to do for the kiddies? WIll I be able to find diapers/baby food and all the things I have here in the US? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Hi Sandra,
    Your post on Storytelling for Children disappeared just after I read it in my reader. Was it purposely archived? I had reopened to email the link to my Belgian fiancé for our future-BXL Sprouts! I moved here from Ireland to start my life here with him and am always keeping an eye out for possible entertainments for our future gang!
    Thanks for the great read!
    a

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