Monday, 19 February 2018

Make it Monday - 1SE Video

One of my daily new year's resolutions was to refresh my attempt at using this app (search for 1 second every day video), to keep a record of our family.

I don't want to share the video here as I don't publish pictures and videos of the kids publicly but I'm backing up fairly regularly and so far I love it! I'm only sorry I didn't stick with it last year.

I'm making sure we all get on there (although there's a clear bias towards the kids), and capturing big events as well as day to day occurences.

Putting it on my to do list has definitely helped me to remember to use it more.

Really, I can't recommend it enough. Here's where I first heard about the 1SE app if you want to see an example.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Weekly Wisdom

The way you speak to yourself matters the most.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Saturday Update

What a long week! The weekend was nice and quiet.

On Monday I had a lovely Skype catch up with by best friend and her gorgeous baby.

I did all my afternoon shifts and I'm really enjoying teaching kids that want to learn again. I also started some online training for my tutoring, which was interesting.

I only made it to one zumba class but it was fun and I did some practice at home with the kids for fun.

On Wednesday I had a meeting at the Kindergarten and was elected on to the committee - I've been busy with WhatsApp and meetings ever since but it feels good to be making myself useful again.

Next week is going to get really crazy since I am starting my new morning job on Monday, doing all my afternoon shifts and I'm away starting a new training course next weekend! Fingers crossed we get through the week in one piece!

Thursday, 15 February 2018


Here in Germany it is carneval week.  It has a religious background related to lent and to be honest, I don't know why it is more of a European thing and not really celebrated in the UK.

Carneval is very big in Cologne but it is celebrated all over the country.  For us it has become more of a thing since we have become parents.  Every nursery, Kindergarten and primary school celebrates somehow.

It's a bit more reserved and open in the nursery - they are celebrating all week and the kids can dress up if they want.  The room is decorated and they had a special mid-week buffet.

In the Kindergarten tomorrow is the big day.  The kids are all dressing up in costumes (Isabella has chosen to go as Princess Elsa from Frozen - probably one of many) and having a big breakfast buffet.  There will no doubt be games and songs and who knows what. 

One thing I love about living in another country is celebrating these traditions.  I do miss our UK festivities like Bonfire Night but there is a lot to celebrate here too.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Recipe: Beetroot fritters


  • 500g beetroot
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
1. Grate the beetroot into  bowl. Chop the onion and crush the garlic in. Add the eggs and seasoning.
2. Form 'patties' and fry in a hot pan. Flip after a few minutes.