2007

AMSTERDAM
Oliebollen and Fireworks
In the Netherlands, old year's eve is usually celebrated at home with friends. Board games are played, a comic show is watched and loads of oliebollen are consumed. (Free translation of oliebollen = oil balls; sounds good, don't you think? They're basically like donuts and taste darn good)! Of course a decent amount of alcohol ...
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FOOD
Money and lentils
Tonight Italians will sit down with friends and family to enjoy a multi-course dinner and welcome the new year. Depending on the region, on the menu there will be fish or meat, some will have dinner at home, some at restaurants. What all these dinners will have in common is the Italian good luck dish ...
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BABY
Breastfeeding in public
I deeply believe in the benefit of breastfeeding, and actually enjoy it. Unfortunately I live in a city that doesn't make life easy for breastfeeding mums. There are very few public places that have a mum&baby room worthy of that name and where it's possible to breastfeed while out and about. There aren't any Starbucks, ...
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BABY
SleepThroughTheNight
Some babies sleep through the night from 6 weeks onwards. Some babies (really, I've heard about these babies!) even sleep through the night from birth!! Most babies eventually sleep through the night from the moment solids are introduced. My babies are not like that. My first baby didn't sleep through the night until she was nearing ...
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MUSIC, FILMS & APPS
Cartoons for Toddlers
Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that cartoons and TV do not substitute a mother’s love and attention, but Cartoons have helped me out of a tight scrape more than once! Because of working in animation, my husband and I might be overly concerned about what our 2-year-old is watching. Movies like “A ...
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BABY
Stuffy noses
Believe it or not, my 2.5-year-old son cannot blow his nose! Whenever he has a stuffy nose he inhales instead of blowing out, making things even worse. And often, when he is down with a cold,  I'm woken up at night by a very loud "I cannot breathe!" It's for this reason that I'm very grateful to the inventor of a very ...
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FOOD
Sgroppino - Cheers!
Yesterday we ended a very successful Christmas dinner with a 'Sgroppino'. I'd never heard of it before, but it is basically a grown-up smoothie - extremely yummy and easy to make! For 2 people: 3 scoops lemon sorbet 1 shot vodka 150 ml champagne Just mix it up, serve, and enjoy... Cheers! xxx Esther
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Sugar Cookies
It's funny how I can really hate the cold, dark winters in London but not be so bothered by them when I am home for the holidays, all cozied up next to a fire! I love sitting around in my pajamas, listening to Christmas music and watching the rain splash against the windows (I'm in rainy ...
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PARIS
If Paris does not come to the mountain…
……the mountain will come to Paris. This is exactly what has happened in front of the Hotel de Ville in the 4th. An ice skating rink and sledge lane have been erected in front of the town hall, and taking into account the sub-zero temperatures here in Paris, you might as well be in Chamonix. ...
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AMSTERDAM
Miffy’s House
Who doesn't love Miffy? My daughter surely adores her! Dick Bruna created this little rabbit in 1955 and by now her stories have been translated to more than 40 languages! Did you know Miffy has her own website? It's great to explore with children: there is an audio book, animation, music, games, and more! There ...
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BABY
Babycook
So... we have crossed the big pond and survived the 9-hour flight to Seattle (where we will be spending the first half of our holiday). We are all settled in and cozy, (despite our 4 a.m. wake-ups), and are adjusting to things here in the States... ...like huge grocery stores with hundreds of options, big ...
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FOR MUMS
V.I.P. (very intelligent pocket)
While my husband thinks I have too many handbags, I own way fewer than I would actually like to. (Husbands don't really get the whole handbag-per-season idea)! Still I do not switch bags very often because of the hassle of moving all my paraphernalia from one to the other. Now I might have found the ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Only in France
The French "joie de vivre" is well documented, and French women are also known for taking good care of their bodies. But I have to say that when I first heard about state subsidized "re-education" of a certain part of the female anatomy after giving birth, I could not believe it. But believe me girls, ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
30+ skin
I have tried to deny it for a while, but I recently celebrated another birthday and here is the truth: I am definitely (way) over thirty now. So. Since my late teenage years I have always, without thinking and without a complaint, used the Clinique 3-step skincare range. Only in the mornings of course – ...
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BABY
Learning French without French Class
Ever since that blasted day at French Class when my wallet was stolen, we have stopped going to class. (I hate that mall). Sadly, my son really misses it. And the few French words he knows are not doing much for him these days (unless, of course, he wants to ask for a raisin...) Thankfully, ...
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BABY
H&M, again!
We all know that dressing a newborn can be tricky! That's why side-snap bodysuits are so useful. Unfortunately not all the brands have them in their range, they can be quite expensive, and your baby may only wear them for a few weeks (newborn size especially). On the other hand, if you buy cheaper ones ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
A destination very far away
I married my husband out of love, not because of the country he comes from, as it is possibly the most unpractical country to travel to from Europe: New Zealand. New Zealand certainly has a lot of advantages, namely it is 30 degrees there at the moment (not 2 degrees as in Paris), and the ...
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BABY
More beanbags!
Well, this proves that there is a lot to write about beanbags. (The third post already)! Though these ones aren't for sitting on... I bought these 12 tiny beanbags in NY about two years ago and they are a favourite in my family. The baby loves the different colors, texture and feel of them (they are filled ...
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LONDON
London’s Transport Museum has reopened!
Living in London BC (before children), I was able to visit the many museums this city has to offer. (Aaaahhh... free time! I have almost forgotten the meaning of the term). Back in those (more cultural) days, I visited the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, which gives a very detailed history of London's public ...
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BABY
Respect!
Mums deserve respect, wherever, whenever and whatever! BUT... I must admit that being a new mother of two, (who benefits from her own mother's help at different moments during the day), I now have the utmost respect for expat moms who have neither family around nor hired help. This job is tough! My mum, who lives in the ...
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AMSTERDAM
Pancakes!
What exactly are pancakes? In America they are thick and small and eaten for breakfast in stacks - the higher the stack the cooler the cowboy! In France they are called crêpes and are very large, thin and delicate and eaten for lunch or a snack from one of the little street stands. (This makes ...
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BABY
Haptonomy
As I am pregnant in France, I am learning very quickly about a new system. There seems to be a lot more birth options in France than in the UK covered by social security. We have gone down the route of a private midwife. This was mostly because we wanted to get to know the ...
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LONDON
Plan City
In this tiny flat I share with my three boys (one husband and two sons), space is a scarce commodity. That's why it's a huge wonder that we have an entire room (and a good-sized one, in London terms) devoted to toys! What used to be a semi-respectable reception room, has been converted to a ...
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