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August Books – Quick Lit

August is heavy on the parenting books. I did read another Louise Penny book but didn’t want to spend the entire year catching up on her novels and so I got sucked down the vortex of parenting books. There are, surprisingly, worse things to read. Simple Happy Parenting – Denaye Barahona I don’t think we …

Independent Play

People (often older people) like mentioning that my kids are good at entertaining themselves. That may or may not be the case. Imp 2 can certainly spend a long time staring at a branch or chewing on sand and imp 1 will happily sit in a corner and drop cat food into the cat fountain. …

Six months of Du and Mimi

Two months of travelling and BOOM, suddenly imp 2 is turning six months already. I’ll try to write a recap of our travels, but the short version is: one month in a VW bus, one on a German island. And imp 2 slept through pretty much all of it. It seems fitting that we’re ending …

July Books – Quick Lit

I missed a month of writing about the books I’m reading. Turns out that travelling with two small kids in a VW Bus for a month is not as conducive to reading as one may think. I had packed a bunch of books that I had envisioned reading in the evenings, sitting in front of …

Bedtime routine

You don’t need to know a lot about babies and kids to know that sleep is a hot topic. In fact, you don’t need to know anything about them, you’ll still know this. So I thought I’d write something about our bedtime routine. Maybe it will help someone. Ha ha. So here’s a sample evening: …

May Books – Quick Lit

Maisie Dobbs – Jacquelin Winspear I fancy myself an amateur detective (even though my ungrateful family claims that my detection rate isn’t great), so I enjoy detective stories. I don’t remember how I came across Maisie Dobbs, but I enjoyed the book. It’s about a young female sleuth in 1920s England. She’s a costermonger’s daughter …

Cooking with littles

Toddler hand pouring orange juice

I’ve been trying to involve Imp 1 more when I do housework. Much to my dismay, most of the housework still gets done by me and while I find it very regrettable and unnecessary that we are modelling these kinds of gender roles to our kids, the alternative is living in utter chaos (as opposed …

Spiekeroog

A toddler in a woollen hat and a fisherman's shirt, holding a plastic bottle, looking at the sea, the beach and a dog.

Two weeks on Spiekeroog and they just flew by. Quite literally, for Spiekeroog is an island in the North Sea and tends to be pretty windy. Apart from the occasional wind gust we had phenomenal weather though, so much so that I even had a touch of sunburn once or twice (and yes, I used …

Fourth Trimester as Four

A baby wearing a woollen hat

Imp 2 is three months! It feels like yesterday that he was born and yet suddenly the fourth trimester has passed and he is basically a grown up. When imp 1 was born, husband and I found the newborn phase to be surprisingly easy. We didn’t have any sleepless nights. Yes, she woke up to …

Packing List – Spiekeroog

Yesterday was the first time I had to pack a suitcase for two kids and myself. My goal was to fit all our clothes into one carry on suitcase, as I am practising for a month long trip this summer. Spoiler: I managed! Here are the stats:Who: A 35-year-old, a 2-year-old imp and a 10-week-old …