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13 Feb Posted by in Family Life, Products, Shopping | Comments

What does IKEA REALLY stand for?

What does IKEA REALLY stand for?

When I first moved to Germany it seemed like the trips to IKEA were never-ending. I think Kay drug me to every IKEA store within Nordrhein Westfalen. I was d-o-n-e DONE with going there. So when my bonus daughter stated what IKEA really stands for (although a Swedish company, apparently a German ingeniously coined this ...

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09 Feb Posted by in Language | Comments

Madonna, Please forgive me. It was only a typo.

Madonna, Please forgive me. It was only a typo.

So either, everyone didn’t notice, didn’t read, or didn’t mention the big, whoppin’ error I made in my last post. Well, one new reader did notice and didn’t mention directly to me; I saw it posted on their personal FB page. Just like the German government, I too am watching. Mwuahahahahaha! It’s ok though. It ...

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06 Feb Posted by in Culture, Family Life | Comments

Putzfrau Power to the Rescue… A well-kept German Secret

Putzfrau Power to the Rescue… A well-kept German Secret

We finally broke down and got a cleaning lady (Putzfrau in German… almost as good as “Ausfahrt.”). I wouldn’t say that I broke down; I have wanted one for about a year and had been casually throwing hints at Kay. Although, “I think we should get a Putzfrau,” isn’t really just a hint, but whatev. ...

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11 Jan Posted by in Driving | Comments

Secret Agent? Paparazzi? Or just plain trouble?

Secret Agent? Paparazzi? Or just plain trouble?

Camera one? Or Camera two? I personally prefer the Hollywood sunglasses look over the paranoid, “Crap! You got me!” look. I wish I could say these were stealthily-taken photos obtained by the enemy during my American spy operations in Deutschland. I’d even rather say these were candid pics taken during heartwarming-Kodak moments abroad. Unfortunately, these ...

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09 Jan Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Hospital Stay – Baby Two and Take Two

Hospital Stay – Baby Two and Take Two

Twas the morning before New Year’s Eve and all through the house, all my pacing and moaning must have scared more than a mouse… I woke up on the 31st of December in labor and I have to admit that the thought of staying in a hospital again was more than daunting considering my experience ...

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06 Aug Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Who needs an at-home pregnancy test…

Who needs an at-home pregnancy test…

When my husband has a built-in bitch-om-eter? It’s true. Yes, we are expecting baby number two! Hoo-ray! But we didn’t really need the at-home pregnancy test. You see, before I even peed on a stick, Kay asked, “Are you sure you aren’t pregnant?… Cause you’re really bitchy.” Now most women might take offense to such ...

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10 Jun Posted by in Family Life, Language | Comments

I’ve Got Issues

I’ve Got Issues

I thought living in Germany heightened my anxiety level. Well, of course it did. Attempting to assimilate in a foreign culture while hearing a foreign language and having absolutely no idea what anyone was saying greatly affected my psyche; especially considering I am the type of person who always wants to be in the know ...

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08 Jun Posted by in Culture | Comments

Separation Anxiety and Potty Training

Separation Anxiety and Potty Training

With all of this traveling to new places and new people for Fynn, there are times that his separation anxiety from me is heightened; if he sees me leave the room, he starts to cry. But if I can sneak out, it’s all okay. So each time when I attempt to go to the bathroom, ...

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06 Jun Posted by in Family Life, Travels | Comments

International Travel… with Baby

International Travel… with Baby

Upon arriving to Dusseldorf airport last week, we parked the car (a bit further than normal), went inside and got in line to check our bags… and to check ourselves in. With almost every trip, traveling with an in-lap child means no online check in; it doesn’t work. We waited our turn as Fynn started ...

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29 May Posted by in Travels | 2 comments

The North Sea and Lugworm Poo

The North Sea and Lugworm Poo

I was so excited to take my first trip to the North Sea… and then the subject of Lugworms came up. I was informed that Lugworms eat sand removing the nutrients and then poop it right back out again. (Yes, the Science Dummy is here again so please be sure to read the truth about ...

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