Summer is coming to an end. The leaves are changing, the morning’s air is crisp, and the light is different. We are making sure to soak up the last late summer moments, hours and – if we’re lucky – days. I have a post prepared about our month away in Provence. Kind of like our summer diary. But first, let me share this with you.
I am a minimalist at heart, not needing much. Give me a pair of jeans cut-offs to live in all summer long, a swimsuit and an old pair of Birkenstocks, plus my daily dose of ice cream to survive in this heatwave – and I’m a happy camper. Ice cream equals happiness for me, simply magic of summer. The only thing better than your daily scoop at one of the fancy ice cream places (in Zurich they have popped up everwhere lately) is to actually make your own, while in the comfort of your home. Highly recommended in this heat wave, let me tell you. Because really; home is where your ventilator is. Yay for ice cream from breakfast to dinner, withouth having to leave the house, ever. Continue reading
E isn’t a baby anymore. A truth I occasionally have a hard time facing… But then again, life with her is good, everyday, and every second of the day. Being a toddler mama is even better than being a baby mama, actually (and that’s coming from me, who loooved baby bliss and never figured I could enjoy being a mama more). It really is just like they say: having a kid only gets better and better with time. Continue reading
Who doesn’t like to cool off in this heat? It kind of seems like the only solution to keep sane. Summer in the city is often too hot to function properly – but not always entirely avoidable. But with our new favorite activity – fountain hopping – it is quite bearable, after all. City dwellers, listen up! Continue reading
Swiss traditions or traditions in general… They inevitably come up once you’ve got a kid. It’s important to me to pass on an understanding of our culture and customs to E. And clearly, she is so interested. Soaking up all the new experiences coming with celebrating, like a sponge. Yes, we live in a fast, global world, where everything is connected and the world is basically a village and all that. Yes, I want her to be open-minded, to have a cosmopolitan mindset – but with deep Swiss roots. We live in Switzerland, and some things are typical Swiss, unique. It’s so exciting to teach our little Swiss girl swissness. And really, what better occasion than celebrating the 1st of August – Swiss National Day, Switzerland’s birthday – outside? This summer is so freaking awesome. So we went for a BBQ.
Not that we need a euphemism for “breastfeeding”. But E calling her beloved mama milk “Mimi”, in her raspy-but-soft voice, is the cutest thing ever, really. And right upfront – because I can literally hear you all think “but… how oooold is E again…?” when I write about “breastfeeding: E ist currently 18 months plus a couple of days old. And yes, we are still breastfeeding, and loving it (ever so unfashionably). Against all odds. Some might find “long term nursing” revolting. Other mamas might be inspired. So here’s our story. Captured and supported with some beautiful pictures, curtesy of the wonderful Alex of Glowing Tribe.
As a lover of all things Anglo-Saxon, a slow cooker is high up on my (rather long…) wish list. Although we have never met – something tells me its truly missing in my life. True and sad story though: slow cookers just don’t seem to exist in Switzerland. Or at least they’re not really a thing here. Shame for all the good Pinterest recipes I have archived in my life (it must have been a couple of thousands, only). I had almost given up on the thought of ever owning one, of ever being able to recreate the mouthwatering – and easy! – meals a slow cooker promises. Until one fine day, Betty Bossi knocked at my door and offered me to test their Multikocher All in One (read: slow cooker!). Yay, right?
Nutbutters have been on my list of favorite ingredients for years and years… And the domain is endless. Nutbutters are real multitalents, adding “oomph” to just about anything, from smoothies to porridge and müesli to desserts. To dip a slice of apple in almond butter…? Hmm, delicious. And they’re good spread on top of rice waffles, crackers and bread. Or, come to think of it, on their own! Eating them by the spoonful sounds as decadent as it is, alright.
As a mama, it’s not always easy to look fresh and put together. Even if you’re going for a casual, effortless or, as I call it, “basic” look – it just doesn’t work the way it used to when you were “young” anymore. Basic now often comes across as “undone” (and I don’t mean that in a good, bed head styling kinda way). No time paired with only having two hands (duh) – it’s kind of the mama formula. For those of you who don’t know what I mean, I’ll spell it out: holding your baby (now: toddler) while getting showered, dressed and made up… near impossible. I always joke that the priority as a mama is to be “clean” – and that actually “looking put together” is lottery. Some days, you manage to look effortlessly cute. Other days not so much. Caring is a luxury, though.
Who knew I was going to be the outdoorsy mama… The mama who always chases the sun, always prefers going for a spin in fresh air to being stuck inside. Well, go figure. No one ever told me playtime in the sand and dirt with little one would be that much fun! Here we are, though, muddy, sandy, sticky, soaking wet, stains from impromptu picnics all over the place… but happy. Continue reading