Paid family leave

I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day (even the UK mums who celebrated on an entirely different day in March!)

I loved and had to share this scathing piece that John Oliver did on “Last Week Tonight” about Mother’s Day and paid family leave in the U.S. America’s got to step it up.

Red Nose Day is coming to the US

I just spotted this commercial on NBC — Red Nose Day is coming stateside! May 21! I’m curious to see how something like this will work in the US. Red Nose Day will benefit 12 charities (like Save the Children, Boys & Girls Clubs and the United Way) to help kids out of poverty.

When you’re right about a princess …

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Presenting Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Well, I just have to gloat for a moment … I really can’t believe that I nailed two of the three names for the new princess!

Check out my prediction here – and voila! It’s official!

Exciting news and a lovely name for a gorgeous little girl!

(And you can get your own royal baby name generator – mine is Queen Tynnifer Mansfield! Very regal!)

15 pie charts that explain how awkward British people are

I’m kind of loving Buzzfeed.com’s genius compilation of pie charts. For example, this:

Why you won't open the window

And this:

Appropriate response when seeing coworker when commuting

And this:

You want Yorkshire pudding?

I really am British at heart. Sigh.

See the whole hot mess of pie charts here.

Can you pass for a proper Brit?

Can you pass for a proper Brit?

I just took the USA Today test measuring one’s proper Britishness and scored 9 out of 10. I am feeling exceedingly proud of myself, despite also wanting to kick myself for missing one.

Take the test for yourself and let me know your score!

Boden’s royal bodysuits

Boden bodysuits

In honor of the birth of Britain’s royal princess, Boden has unveiled its new bodysuits for babies, complete with celebratory bunting, crowns and the union jack. It’s $40 for two. Simply smashing for the new arrival in your life!

A new princess

Congratulations to Prince William and Princess Kate on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter! And welcome to the world to the still-to-be-named new royal princess!

A quick 60-second recap of this monumental day!

Bookies are already betting that her name will be Alice or Charlotte… I’m guessing it will be more traditional like Elizabeth, perhaps with Diana as one of her middle names. Only time will tell! What do you think?

Rachel’s English trifle in real life

Okay, who remembers Rachel’s English trifle from “Friends”?

Well, someone in the U.K. has made it Рwith beef saut̩ed with peas and onions. And the sight of this might be one of the highlights of my day.

Rachel's English trifle

If you missed seeing that winning episode the first go round, here is a snippet!

You sound like you’re from London …

I quite like this. My Brit-speak is getting rusty so always good to get a little refresher!

You Sound Like You're From London

The snackers guide to British cakes

Americans have funfetti. German chocolate cake (which is not actually German, go figure!). We can even count New York cheesecake under the banner of “Proud Cakes from the USA.” But we’ve got nothing compared to the Brits.

I love this infographic, designed by Flokkcreative, and the sheer variety of British cakes with amazingly quirky names like eccles (pronounced eckles) cake, Battenburg cake or Victoria sponge. What’s your favorite British cake?

Snackers Guide to British Cakes

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