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The Forever Future of the Summer!

  (click on the image to print it as a coloring page) Isn’t it curious how there are certain times of year that are designated as periods of enjoyment? We pile all our expectations into the basket of “summer,” “Easter,” and “Christmas” holiday seasons and declare that these are the times when we will enjoy…

Outdoors and on the Move - Good Medicine for Everyone

Outdoors and on the Move – Good Medicine for Everyone

In recent years we’ve been going home to the U.S. for summer holidays. This year we are staying in Switzerland and I couldn’t be more excited. As a nature buff and movement enthusiast, I can’t wait to get outside with the whole family and enjoy the wealth of activities and beautiful landscapes on offer here…

Inline Skating: Fun for the Entire Family!

Inline Skating: Fun for the Entire Family!

Inline skating, or “rollerblading,” as the Swiss also call it, became hugely popular in Switzerland about 15 years ago. I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but at least in the U.K. and Australia this sport seems to be far less popular than over here. I remember my Aussie mates giggling about the…

Family Fun in Positano

Family Fun in Positano

Our family holiday in Positano was absolutely amazing. My girlfriend is an expert on where to stay, play, and eat in Positano, so we followed her advice and had an amazing vacation with memories to last a lifetime. I highly recommend the Residence Alcione Positano (Room Serena 1) as the best place to stay with…

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Popsicles to Beat the Summer Heat

Picky eating is an all-too common stumbling block in the parenting journey. After he turned two, my toddler went from eating everything that was laid on out on a plate before him to refusing to eat anything green. I resorted to disguising his greens by creatively combining them with his favorite potatoes, lentils and meat.…

Crafty Kids: Summer Activities Notebook

Summer Activities Notebook

We’re making an activities notebook, just in time for the summer. It could be used as a holiday diary, a herbarium, for sketches or as a photo album, to name just a few of the possibilities. Materials: For an A4 format you will need: A4 paper (with different colors and patterns – see photo) A4…

Ready, Steady, Go! Three Fun Summer Cocktails To Quench Thirst and Delight

Ready, Steady, Go! Three Fun Summer Cocktails

Three Fun Summer Cocktails To Quench Thirst and Delight It’s that fabulously hot time of year again – time to put up those hard-working feet, settle in with a long, refreshing drink, and bask in the art of doing very little. Go on, you know you’ve earned it! But while cocktails are always fun, sometimes…

A Long Weekend in Burgundy

A Long Weekend in Burgundy

When you think of the Burgundy region of France, you probably think of wine, fine dining, maybe escargots, and biking through vineyards – none of which are especially kid friendly. However, last summer we found a great last-minute travel special for a gorgeous chateau in the region, so we set off with our two little…

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Double the Fun

I love the latest phase of the girls’ development. They’ve become a lot more talkative and I can now enjoy entertaining conversations with them. In fact, we had an interesting conversation the other day over dinner: Giggles: Mommy, I love you really big because you are big. Me: And how big is that? Giggles: Like…

Summertime Fun - Secret Ingredients?

Summertime Fun – Secret Ingredients?

Isn’t it fun when you can have summer in winter?  I remember the joys, as a student, of getting extended Christmas holidays so that it’d be worth visiting my parents who lived in Lima, Peru at the time, and I’d spend three weeks lying on beaches, diving into pools, sipping Pisco Sours, speaking Spanish, and…