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March, 2012  // Posts published in March, 2012

30 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 4 comments

Fighting for Stay-At-Home Dad’s in Germany – Questioning Parental Leave Options

Fighting for Stay-At-Home Dad’s in Germany – Questioning Parental Leave Options

I read an article today in The Local (A German online news source translated to English) about a group of women questioning a politician, Social Democrat leader, Sigmar Gabriel regarding whether or not he was taking paternity leave and/or how he planned to work after having a newborn baby. A quick background on German laws, there ...

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29 Mar Posted by in Food & Drinks, Shopping | 3 comments

A Taste of America

A Taste of America

A few weekends ago, I was out with a friend who is also a fellow expat from the US (I haven’t found too many US expats in Krefeld so don’t think this is common). Because she has lived in Germany for 30 years and completely integrated into the culture, she hadn’t yet tried a Cosmopolitan ...

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28 Mar Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Following Simple Advice

Following Simple Advice

Tonight I am going to follow advice from a Yogi tea bag… “Always be pure, simple and honest.” (As if I weren’t always. And no tea bagging jokes out there please. I’m almost out of my stash from the US, btw.) Honest? Yes. Pure and Simple? Uhm, no. Tonight Mommy is sick with a slight ...

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27 Mar Posted by in Culture | Comments

Daylight Saving Time – Are you for or against observing?

Daylight Saving Time – Are you for or against observing?

On Monday, a friend on Facebook posted that she had only just realized Daylight Saving Time had occurred over the weekend. Surrrrre, great excuse to be late to work. I will say that following German media isn’t always the easiest; I don’t regularly watch the news nor understand everything that is being said, so yes, ...

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26 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 3 comments

Ghosts in Germany? – Germans don’t believe… do you?

Ghosts in Germany? – Germans don’t believe… do you?

Now might be a good time to tell you that Germans don’t believe in ghosts. Or at least I haven’t met anyone yet who will admit that they do. We have an electricity problem in our house (among many other problems). The TVs will randomly go on and off. Kay’s laptop was going on and ...

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25 Mar Posted by in Products | 3 comments

Diapers in Deutschland – Is there a difference between the US and Germany?

Diapers in Deutschland – Is there a difference between the US and Germany?

Originally this article was going to be about my experience with diapers between Germany and America praising the quality of diapers in Germany. And that story would have gone something like this… Typically, we use babylove brand diapers from the dm in Germany (yes, both babylove and dm seem to not be capitalized), a brand ...

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22 Mar Posted by in Language | Comments

Paying it Backwards

Paying it Backwards

I can’t stress enough how much I love the neighborhood in which I live. Maybe the relationships aren’t always perfect between everyone, but the people I’ve encountered consist of individuals always willing to lend a helping hand. When I was pregnant and we had officially “moved” into our house (we were renting from the owner ...

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21 Mar Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Would the real Spring Shady, please stand up?

Would the real Spring Shady, please stand up?

Yesterday was the first day of spring… and with spring comes new beginnings. This is the first spring in quite some time that I can actually say the symbolism of new beginnings has bloomed within my personal life. When moving to a foreign country, changes, hardships, and a rollercoaster of emotions are only inevitable. I ...

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20 Mar Posted by in Language | 3 comments

Bilingual Baby and Deutsch Dienstags

Bilingual Baby and Deutsch Dienstags

Today my suspicions were confirmed. My son prefers German over English; at least he seems to understand more German than English. Our son, Fynn already knows the word “ball” and that’s pretty much where the English starts and stops. And that isn’t saying too much considering it is the same word in German just pronounced ...

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19 Mar Posted by in Music, Technology | Comments

Dr. Pants Concert in TheBloggess’ Bathroom

Dr. Pants Concert in TheBloggess’ Bathroom

Me: I have to hurry and get back upstairs. (As I am frantically trying to find a Belgian beer.) Kay: Why? Me: It’s my first blogger webcast meeting. Kay: Huh? Me: TheBloggess is webcasting. Kay: Ok. She is going live? Me: Well, a band is playing in her bathroom anyway. Kay: Uhm, I don’t really ...

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