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Online Shopping Ain’t What It Used To Be

Online Shopping Ain’t What It Used To Be

Kay jokes that I have ruined outlet shopping for him in Europe because US prices are so much cheaper. I can now safely say that he has ruined online shopping for me in Germany. I used to be the queen of online shopping since I hate going to the mall. Especially around Christmas time. I ...

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An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

Everyone deals with being an Expat differently and yet we still have fundamentally the same human emotions. There are lonely days, days of yearning for something or someone from home, days you don’t want to hear a foreign language let alone try and speak it. And then there are days when the unexpected happens. Sometimes ...

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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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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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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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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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23 May Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Guess who has an American Flag Obsession?

Guess who has an American Flag Obsession?

Like any relationship, being in a cross-cultural one (or at least the fact that Kay is German and I am American) has its ups and downs; its positives and negatives. Communication seems to be the number one ingredient for a successful relationship, and while I am happy that my husband is quite the talker and ...

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20 May Posted by in Family Life | 3 comments

11 Days – But I know the grass really isn’t greener on the other side

11 Days – But I know the grass really isn’t greener on the other side

11 is the number of days until I fly back to US soil. No offense Germany, but let’s just say that elated is an understatement. I haven’t been back to the US since July of last year and it seems like the closer the time comes, the more difficult the waiting is to the point ...

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