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Monday 15 October 2012 at 3:35 pm
By Lynn Morrison
Temps are dropping, leaves are falling and soon the time will change. And all of that means one thing: pumpkin season! I hardly ever write about food, but I got inspired by Jess (writer of the beautiful blog "Aesthetic Fauna"
) to write up some of my pumpkin cooking adventures. If anyone has other recipes or cooking tips to share, feel free to send them my way!
Tuesday 04 September 2012 at 2:26 pm
By Lynn Morrison
This month we'll be covering a number of topics under the theme of Back to Work. Some of you may be wondering what "Back to Work" really means. Are we just talking about moms who go into an office? Or are we talking about looking for a job? And what about all of those moms who work at home?
Monday 27 August 2012 at 09:38 am
The NomadParents community has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few months. Thanks to all of your support and interest, I have finally gotten up the courage to take the great leap and scale down on my consulting work so that I can put more time into Nomad Parents. I have a long To Do list, but two items sit at the top: getting to know all of you better and redesigning and reshaping the site to fit your needs.
Thursday 19 July 2012 at 04:09 am
Once again we are participating the Tales from Windmill Field "Expat Blog Hop". The topic for this week was "Summer in Expat Lands"
and everyone was invited to share a post about "your summer so far in your expat country".
This topic put into a surprising conundrum. How do you talk about summer in your expat land when summer hasn't come yet?
Wednesday 13 June 2012 at 3:00 pm
Our friend Rosalind
over at the Windmill Tales blog hosts a regular Expat Blog Hop
. Participants are invited to write a blog entry about a topic and then link it up to her site for others to see. The topic for this week was Shopping. As a passionate shopaholic my mind immediately started whirling through ideas for a post, but then I realized that I have hardly shopped at all since moving to the Netherlands in 2009. That got me to thinking - which impacted my shopping habits more: having a baby or moving to the Netherlands?
PRE-2009: MY LIFE AS A SHOPAHOLIC
Once upon a time I had a good job that paid well, a home with plenty of closet space and no family members burning up my money. Which was good as I was an expert at spending it. This was back in the days of Sex in the City, and as an avid fan, I took notes of everything they wore, carried, purchased and discarded so that I could update my own wardrobe accordingly. I spent most of my free time either bargain hunting at the designer department stores (Saks, Barneys, Neiman Marcus, etc) or reading about fashion in magazines or online. I also made regular shopping trips to Italy to leverage the very favorable Lira to Dollar conversion rate. My closet was (and still is) overflowing with designer shoes. Shopping was pure bliss - the amazing clothes, the perfect cuts and lines, the way the brand names made me feel like I had made it in the world. Nothing beat out shopping in my world.
Elegant environment + open space + designer fashion = shopaholics paradise
Friday 11 May 2012 at 10:36 am
When I was a kid I used to absolutely LOVE holidays. I would count the days until they arrived and I treasured every one that got me out of a day of school or daycare. Now I am a mommy and I absolutely HATE holidays. What could have brought on such a transition, you might ask. If you have to ask this then you probably don't have kids. Holidays for parents mean an extra day that you have to entertain your child. Here in the Netherlands they conveniently put all of their holidays in the Spring. This way you get to enjoy all of this extra "quality time" in one fell swoop. If April/May/June aren't enough to drive you to visit your local coffee shop (admit it...sometimes you have dreams of smoking your cares away for an hour or two), then nothing is!
In honor of the multitude of Dutch holidays this month, I decided to create a dual blog post. This one will be a snapshot of a typical holiday in my house. The second post has been generously written by Grandpa Ken and talks about how to share your home holidays with your kids while living abroad. I hope you enjoy them!
Wednesday 09 May 2012 at 5:09 pm
One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to re-experience moments from your own childhood by sharing them with your children. From the time my eldest daughter took her first bite of solid food (lemon gelato while on vacation in Italy), I began to plan how and when I was going to introduce her to my favorite childhood foods.
Monday 07 May 2012 at 5:36 pm
A recent dinner table topic at our house was Pinterest. If you are not familiar with it, it is a social media site that lets you create virtual bulletin boards of items you find on the web. You can select different themes (like fashion, food, home decor, etc) and then share your boards with your friends. I have no idea how popular Pinterest is here in the Netherlands, but people in the US are CRAZY for it. Personally, I think I should use it to suggest birthday gift items to my husband. Perhaps that way I could get something other than a pat on the back this year.