SHOPPING

You don’t have to get lost in the size charts and unfamiliar name brands when shopping for your family. Use our helpful guides when navigating the Dutch shopping system.

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Dressing a Newborn Baby

October 10, 2013 | By Lynn Morrison

Many expecting moms can be quite conscious about their looks, what with the excessive weight gain and other physical attributes that pregnancy can bring. For many expectant mothers, looking great is as important as being healthy. According to the United States’ National Network for Child […]

Lentil Soup is a favorite in my house

Simple Family Dinner: Lentil Soup

February 25, 2013 | By Lynn Morrison

Getting children to eat healthy food can sometimes feel like the ultimate challenge. When you find something that your child loves to eat AND is good for them, it quickly becomes a staple in your family meal plan. When I was asked to participate in […]

Our family adopted british foods.

How my family adopted British food

February 21, 2013 | By Annabelle Humanes

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. It’s not all about jellied eels and mushy peas – my family has adopted British food. You see I […]

Necklace by Bazinga Designs

Mompreneur: Bazinga Design

October 5, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

(If you saw our post about starting a business as an expat, then you will know how much value we place on helping out other expats. This series is a way for expat businesses to share information about their products and services with the Nomad […]

Floor & Daan sells high quality second hand clothes in the Netherlands

Online stores for second-hand kid and maternity clothing

September 20, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

There are a few times in your life when you want to buy good quality, sturdy clothing, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Buying for growing, active kids and to cover a growing belly are two of them. I scouted around the […]

Tess Wouda Kuipers runs The Organizing Firm

Mompreneur: The Organizing Firm

September 20, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

(If you saw our post about starting a business as an expat, then you will know how much value we place on helping out other expats. This series is a way for expat businesses to share information about their products and services with the Nomad […]

MIss Coco Cupcakes makes fantastic desserts

Mompreneur: Miss Coco Cupcakes

September 20, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

(If you saw our post about starting a business as an expat, then you will know how much value we place on helping out other expats. This series is a way for expat businesses to share information about their products and services with the Nomad […]

Spoon and Spool makes homemade products with love

Mompreneurs: Spool & Spoon

September 12, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

(If you saw our post about starting a business as an expat, then you will know how much value we place on helping out other expats. This series is a way for expat businesses to share information about their products and services with the Nomad […]

A sling, wrap or babybjorn style carrier can be very useful for parents in the Netherlands.

Buying for Baby: Baby Carriers

July 30, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

I have a shortlist of items that I recommend to parents-to-be and the number one item is a hands free baby carrier. I have used mine to easily navigate through airport security lines, to cook dinner and clean the house while entertaining baby, to go […]

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Buying for Baby: Go International

July 25, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

You can always tell when one of the families in my playgroup has been back home for a visit because the kids come back with the cutest clothes. All of the moms exclaim over the bargain finds and lament the lack of good quality, inexpensive […]

Peek-a-boo prints are cute for decorating baby's room

Buying for Baby: Not Artistic, No Problem!

July 25, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Some of you may have seen our post yesterday on Project Nursery. Our very own design goddess Emilie shared her journey to decorating the perfect room for her new baby. If you have a decent eye for design and are willing and able to do […]

EGG Helmets are cool and effective

Sponsor Spotlight: Egg Helmets

July 24, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

We have all had that moment when you are out biking with your child and you have a fall or a near miss and immediately think, “I need to get this kid a helmet”. And if you were concerned about safety when you were piloting […]

Dutch homes often have very tiny "baby rooms". Emilie turned her tiny space into a baby oasis.

Buying for Baby: Project Nursery

July 24, 2012 | By Emilie Yane Lopes

When we bought our Dutch house 1 year ago we were aware that what qualified as the second bedroom was little more than a standard sized walk-in-closet back in the States. For my collection of clothing and shoes it was perfect. For the eventual baby… […]

Simply Skin's body butter is a fabulous moisturizer

Sponsor Spotlight: Simply Skin

July 23, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

On July 26th from 8pm until bedtime we’ll be out enjoying the first ever National Mom’s Night Out. We have worked together with some great sponsors to prepare goody bags for the attendees. In this Sponsor Spotlight series we’ll tell you more about the companies […]

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Sponsor Spotlight: Slipperwereld

July 23, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

On July 26, 2012 from 8pm until bedtime we’ll be out enjoying the first ever National Mom’s Night Out. We have worked together with some great sponsors to prepare goody bags for the attendees. In this Sponsor Spotlight series we’ll tell you more about the […]

Buying second-hand is easy in the Netherlands

Buying for Baby: Buy second-hand

July 18, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Babies need a lot of stuff. As they grow into toddlers and kids they want even more. One of the best ways to save your pocketbook is to buy as much as you reasonably can second-hand. The good news is that buying gently used items […]

Pregnancy free gift boxes are common at stores in the Netherlands

Buying for Baby: Start with the freebies

July 18, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Buying for baby can be really stressful for both first time and “first time in this country” mothers. Brands are unfamiliar and you don’t know where to start. My recommendation: start with the freebies. Many stores in the Netherlands give out free giftboxes called “zwangercadeaus”. […]

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Blog Hop – Shopping

June 13, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

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. […]

My favorite childhood foods are traditionally American

Childhood memories & food

May 9, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

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 […]

It is easy to suffer from toy clutter if you live in a Dutch home.

Dealing with clutter

May 2, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Let’s face it – homes in the Netherlands are small. With one of the highest population densities in the world, architecture here is all about tall spaces with tiny footprints. With limited closet, attic and storage spaces, you cannot afford to buy every item that […]