Celebrating Saint Nikolaus Day – December 6

Featured, Holidays December 6, 2016

This morning, Goldilocks woke up to a Saint Nikolaus Day surprise. Chocolate in her boots! (She often puts toys and bows in our boots so it was fun to see her reaction to us turning the tables on her!) The modern tradition (at least in less-Catholic northern Germany) is that the children of the household leave out their freshly polished boots by their door or radiator and Saint Nikolaus comes in the night on December 6 and fills them with candy, toys and fruits. They wake up the next morning to a delicious treat. It reminds me of the typical American Easter basket.

Send Holiday Cards from Overseas the Easy Way!

Expat living, Featured, Holidays November 28, 2016

It’s officially the holiday season! That means so many things, warm, delicious beverages, Christmas lights, decorating and Christmas music. It also means you’ll probably start getting those holiday cards in the mail from family and friends. I have always loved sending Christmas cards. We have sent one out for each year of our marriage and it has normally accompanied an announcement of a big event like a birth or move, or both! However, living abroad has provided a new challenge for sending out holiday cards.

Third Culture Kid Series – Maia

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Guest Posts July 25, 2016

Today I will be beginning a new guest series on Third Culture Kids and raising children overseas. First up, is a great friend of mine, Maia, who grew up in South America. Read all about her story and her encouragement for parents considering moving overseas with their children. It’s a great perspective from someone who grew up in the expat environment herself!

My Birth Story: Crohn’s Disease and Husband Overseas

Expat parenthood, Featured April 21, 2016

I feel so privileged to have my birth story featured today on This West Coast Mommy! My pregnancy and birth experience with Goldilocks was a unique one, but I’m sure many expat moms here have experienced something similar. Papa Bear was overseas for nearly my entire pregnancy and for 5 months of Goldilocks’ life. I also had to deal with some restrictions due to my Crohn’s Disease. It was an interesting experience to say the least!

Travel October 5, 2017

Disneyland Paris Tips

We’d really love to take a trip to France one of these years while we’re living in Europe. Papa Bear and I love wine so we’ll for sure visit Bordeaux and probably Burgundy but we’ll also likely make our way to Paris. Paris seems like a great place to visit for couples but it is also the home of Disneyland Paris, so it’s a great place to visit with kids of all ages too! Goldilocks loved her trip to Disney World and I can’t wait to take Baby Bear too. So in dreaming about our trip to Disneyland Paris I thought I’d compile a list of helpful tips for making the best of your stay!

Travel, Uncategorized September 28, 2017

Paris with Kids: A Guide to Keep Your Kids Busy and Happy

Paris is a playground for adults. It’s the city of love and everyone posts sweet photos sipping wine and eating oozy cheeses in front of the Eiffel Tower. But what about your kids? How will you keep them busy while you’re enjoying the city of romance? Have no fear! Paris is filled with great activities for children, ranging from museums to parks to fun classes.

Crohn's Disease, Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Pregnancy Abroad, Uncategorized January 9, 2017

What to Bring and Expect when Hospitalized in Germany

Gleaning from my own numerous hospitalizations in the U.S. I have some suggestions about what to bring, as well as what to expect from your hospitalization in Germany. Be aware that I am comparing the U.S. system to the German system. Also that I only stayed in one hospital in Germany and your experience and the experience of others may vary.

Featured, Holidays December 6, 2016

Celebrating Saint Nikolaus Day – December 6

This morning, Goldilocks woke up to a Saint Nikolaus Day surprise. Chocolate in her boots! (She often puts toys and bows in our boots so it was fun to see her reaction to us turning the tables on her!) The modern tradition (at least in less-Catholic northern Germany) is that the children of the household leave out their freshly polished boots by their door or radiator and Saint Nikolaus comes in the night on December 6 and fills them with candy, toys and fruits. They wake up the next morning to a delicious treat. It reminds me of the typical American Easter basket.

Expat living, Featured, Holidays November 28, 2016

Send Holiday Cards from Overseas the Easy Way!

It’s officially the holiday season! That means so many things, warm, delicious beverages, Christmas lights, decorating and Christmas music. It also means you’ll probably start getting those holiday cards in the mail from family and friends. I have always loved sending Christmas cards. We have sent one out for each year of our marriage and it has normally accompanied an announcement of a big event like a birth or move, or both! However, living abroad has provided a new challenge for sending out holiday cards.

Destinations, Travel October 17, 2016

Weekend in Brussels with a Toddler

We are very blessed that Papa Bear receives German and American holidays off of work. So we took full advantage of two three-day-weekends in a row in the last two weeks! For Columbus Day weekend we made our first flight out of Germany and headed to Brussels, Belgium. I have wanted to go to Brussels since this last summer when I found out about the Harry Potter Exhibit taking place there! It ends in November, so the clock was really ticking to travel there. Luckily we were able to fit in the trip and found that we really love Brussels!

Expat living, Featured October 10, 2016

Fruit Picking at Hofladen Farms in Potsdam

To celebrate the start of the fall season we decided to go fruit picking in Potsdam! It was really meant to be a pumpkin picking trip, but it turned out that they didn’t have a pumpkin patch. Oh well, it was still a great little family getaway before the weather turned dreary. The you-pick-it farm we went to was called “Hofladen” and it was super fun!

Expat living, Uncategorized October 3, 2016

Grocery Shopping in Germany

I had my first grocery shopping in Germany experience very early on here when we moved to Berlin. I was blessed to have been driven around to appointments the first few days by the embassy chauffeur-extraordinaire. He offered to take Elaura and I for a quick trip to a nearby grocery store. And boy am I glad he offered because there is quite a bit to learn about grocery shopping in Germany. I’m going to let you in on all the little secrets so you don’t need your own chauffeur to show you the ropes!

Expat parenthood, Pregnancy Abroad September 29, 2016

Knocked Up Abroad Again on Kickstarter

Remember when I reviewed and did a giveaway for the awesome book “Knocked Up Abroad?” (If you don’t check it out here!) Well Lisa Ferland, the author, has some awesome news to share! She has written a new book, “Knocked Up Abroad Again!” This book will be another great resource for parents who will be pregnant, laboring or parenting abroad. And you can be a part of the book’s launch on Kickstarter!