July 20, 2015

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Snapshots #30

Apologies that it has been so quiet on the blog recently. First we suffered through a heatwave (40 C degrees!!) that made it impossible to think, let alone  blog, and right now we are in the middle of moving house, from one side of Berlin to another. It may be another couple of weeks until things get back to normal – whatever ‘normal’ is – including setting up the internet at our new place, so please don’t give up on me. I promise I have […]

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June 30, 2015

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Thoughts on…raising bilingual children

People are often confused by my German sounding surname and my native command of English. My equally native command of German, yet my frequent interjections of “in English we say…”. Truth is, I was born in Germany, to German parents, but moved to Scotland when I was 4.5 years old. It was the first of several moves back and forth between the two countries, but overall I’ve spent more than half my life in Scotland. I went to school there and studied there, worked there, […]

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June 29, 2015

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Home Tour: Big Boy’s Room

After sharing Mr Fox’s nursery space a while back, a couple of you asked whether I would give a wee tour of The Boy’s room too. We gave it a ‘mini makeover’ when Mr Fox was born, so that the baby wasn’t the only one getting a new room, so I have a few before & after photos to share. BEFORE: AFTER: I exchanged the frames on the wall (some robot wrapping paper and an old Ernie poster my friends gave me for my 18th birthday), […]

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June 26, 2015

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{Apps We Love} LOOPIMAL

So, screen time for kids. A much debated topic. As a very tech savvy family, our house is overrun with gadgets, and The Boy knows how to use most of them. While we try to limit screen time, as too much of a good thing can result in mood swings and bleary eyes, there’s no denying that Apps and Videos can achieve great results too, whether it’s helping us stay connected as an expat family, supporting us in our quest to raise our children bilingually, […]

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June 24, 2015

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{False Friends} Gift

One of the many pitfalls of learning a foreign language, are those tricky little ‘false friends’. Words that look and sound exactly like words in your own language, but mean something completely different. While I don’t really struggle with German/English false friends myself, being a native speaker of both languages, they do trip up other members of our family sometimes. Since I’m looking for any excuse or inspiration right now to practice my drawing skills some more, I thought it would be a cute idea to […]

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June 16, 2015

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{DIY} Apple Book Cube

Today I have a really cute DIY to share with you, that we’ve been making over a couple of weekends. Since Mr Fox shares a room with us, and there’s little space beyond his crib and a couple of drawers for his clothes, the rest of his things are in the living room. We keep his toys in a colourful rubber tub, but he’s also been accumulating a number of books which were just piling up in a corner. What I wanted was just a […]

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