My loves on my finger

Every now and then, I travel alone. For work, but now that Stella has passed the first year and we’ve settled down to quite an easy daily life.. I actually feel like I have the freedom again to also go away for a couple of days of kids-free time.  Read More

Ibiza with kids

Our very first beach holidays with two kids – and where better to spend them than Ibiza? Many people know the island to be famous for its party life and might not think of it as the ideal destination for a family vacation. However, I had heard so many good stories about it having that whole other, relaxed side for people and families seeking a laid back vacation.. And when husband fell in love with the island on a business trip and was sure I would too, it was clear I would want to see it with my own eyes soon. Finally, in October last year, the vacation we had looked forward to so long, we were headed to Ibiza.. Read More

Life with two kids lately… Halfway through our first year

Based on the silence on this blog lately, you can probably guess that busy work and mom life have taken over my agenda since my maternity leave ended. We’ve been settling into a new routine of combining two kids and our jobs, and after almost two months of doing so, I’d say we’re doing quite alright! And before we knew it, we had a six months old baby, next to our toddler. Time to look back a bit and how parenthood is treating us now..
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Starting an expat life

This month marks my 7th anniversary as an expat in the Netherlands. Ten years ago, I’d never have thought I’d move abroad for such a long time. And if I imagined it, it would certainly not have been Holland, a country I never even visited before I met a certain Dutch guy..
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Flying alone with two kids

It’s been quiet on the blog the last month, as we were off to Switzerland for two weeks and enjoyed the hot summer days in Amsterdam. We spent our time outside as much as possible and exhausted at the end of the day. Now the last week of my maternity leave has started. Trying not to plan too much, getting a few last things off my to do list and enjoying all the precious moments around the kids before working life starts again. And of course catching up with the blogging a bit! Starting with this blog post about flying with both kids on my own for the first time…
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Family vacation in Otterlo (NL)

A couple of weeks ago, we did something we’ve rarely done so far: we spent a (mini) vacation in our home country. After doing some research and looking for options that weren’t too far away from Amsterdam, we chose Otterlo as the destination for our very first family of four vacation. It was the perfect try-out for future holidays in our new family set up. There`s definitely room for improvement regarding our packing strategies, but as for everything else, I think it went really smoothly. For anyone looking for a nice and simple but active holiday with kids in Holland`s nature, here`s more about what we did during our trip to Otterlo..
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Breastfeeding struggles

When I was pregnant for the first time, I was actually surprised when someone asked if I was planning to breastfeed. Somehow, it  had never crossed my mind that this was a decision you could make. I just assumed that breastfeeding is what every mother does and so it would be what I’d be doing, too. Maybe that has something to do with my mother always telling me how I used to run to her boobs when I was already three years old ;-). Only when I started to read more about the subject I discovered what a heatedly discussed topic the choice for breastfeeding versus the alternative of using formula was…

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Three months as the mom of two children

I am not even going to start with the cliché that time flies and babies get big too fast. It just does, and all parents know the feeling I guess. You look foward to the next step of your little one and you get sad at how quickly they grow at the same time. Stella is three months old now, meaning I`ve been the mom of two for the quarter of a year. Time to gather some toughts on motherhood with two children…
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Hypnobirthing – the aftermath

In an earlier post that I published at the end of my pregnancy, I told about my experiences with hypnobirthing class and what I hoped to achieve with it. Of course, it was not just for fun that I practiced it.. The goal was a smooth labour. Did it help? Was there a difference between labour with hypnobirthing techniques and without them? Today I’ll share my personal conclusions…

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Water fun in Amsterdam

We’ve had so many hot days in May so far, often felt like we’re in the middle of summer. Summer for me means spending time at a lake, river, the sea.. Living in Amsterdam, the lake and the river were the things I missed the most about Zurich during summers. The canals are beautiful to look at, but what’s the use if you can’t go for a swim on hot summer days?

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