• Life and blog

    Last day of Blogtober

    Today is the last day of Blogtober. I did not exactly wrote a post every day but I wrote 27 posts (if you include today’s post). I am very happy about this result. Until now, I had never written so many posts in such a short time. A few things I learned this month Setting constraints and forcing yourself to write works better than waiting for inspiration. Writing more posts is not enough to really increase blog views. I should post more often on Pinterest. Posting more often enables more dialogue with readers. On the other hand, posting every day is a bit much. It is difficult to write long,…

  • Life and blog

    Plans for November

    November begins in 2 days. For me, this means that Blogtober is nearly finished. It was a fun experience but it starts being pretty difficult to find a new post idea every day. If you are doing Blogtober this year too, how difficult did you find that? At first, I had planned to take an online course in November but then I got an opportunity to go to a speech therapy cure for my sons. So, we will have a break from daily life and go to a clinic for a few weeks speech therapy. I hope the coronavirus crisis won’t prevent us from traveling there. Maybe, I will still…

  • Life and blog

    My favorite apps for children

    As we were last confined at home, we bought tablets to keep the children entertained. We have Amazon Freetime on the tablets, which gives us access to several books and apps. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Favorite apps for children Monument valley This game is graphically very beautiful. It is a kind of 3D Labyrinth in which you have to play with perspective effects to help the little character to find his way to the next door. My 5 year old son loves this game but he often needs help because it is somewhat difficult for little children. Potty time with Elmo…

  • Books

    Favorite female characters in children books series

    Although I am an adult,I still love reading children and young adult fiction. I like the engaging plots and the likable characters. Especially female characters are often well written and inspiring. It makes me happy to see such strong female characters because they are good role models for little girls today. Here are some of my favorite female characters in children and young adult books series. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) Hermione is smart, courageous and a great friend. I like the fact that she has such an important role in the Harry Potter series. And I like the fact that she is a bookworm. Bookworms are great. Hermione’s evolution in…

  • Creativity

    Things I love about Nanowrimo

    I will not be able to do Nanowrimo this year. Actually, I have not been able to do it for several years now. To do Nanowrimo, you really need to invest much time and with little children at home, this is not easy. However, I have fantastic memories of the times I won Nanowrimo. What is Nanowrimo? Nanowrimo, the National Novel Writing Month, is a challenge for which you are supposed to write a novel of at least 50.000 words in November. What I like about Nanowrimo The Nanowrimo website: a great design and a lot of fun. Statistics: on the Nanowrimo website, you can enter everyday your word count…

  • Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Coloring with water

    Lately, my youngest son has been coloring a lot with water. There are several products that enable little children to paint with just some water. This is of course great for parents because there is nothing to clean afterwards. Here are some of our favorite products. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Scales and Tails – Dinosaurs (Paint with water) This is a real little book. If you paint with water on the pictures, their colors appear. When the picture dries, it becomes white again and you can paint again and again. My son loves the dinosaurs in the book. Shells and Spells…

  • Uncategorized

    10 quotes about learning

    I wrote yesterday about reskilling und upskilling and it made me think about how important learning is. I made a list of 10 quotes about learning that I particularly like. 10 quotes about learning “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi “He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius “It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession…

  • Learning

    Career advice: Upskilling and Reskilling

    Upskilling Upskilling can be defined as the process of improving workers’ skills. Reskilling Respelling can be defined as the process of learning new skills so you can do a different job or of training people to do a different job. Why are upskilling and reskilling today relevant in the corporate world? In 2020, 74% of CEOs are worried about the availability of key skills, after a study led by PricewaterhouseCoopers . Helping employees to upskill or reskill is a good way for company to close the skills gap in a company. This is also a good way to make employees happier, more motivated and more confident. This is also important…

  • Books,  STEM

    Data science reading list

    As I have completed some courses about data science in the last year, I would like to read some books on the subject. I checked on websites such as LinkedIn, Medium or towardsdatascience and I did a list of books I am interested in. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Data science reading list Python for Data Analysis (Wes McKinney): as I took a course about data analysis with python, this would be a good way to extend my knowledge on the topic. Ethics of Big Data (Kord Davis and Doug Patterson): this is a topic that is becoming more important everyday. Too…

  • Life and blog

    Music review: Grand Prix (Benjamin Biolay)

    Benjamin Biolay released his first album, Rose Kennedy, in 2001. He soon became one of the most known figure of the nouvelle chanson fran├žaise, a musical genre that is inspired from singers such as Brel, Brassens or Edith Piaf but with a more soft pop music style. Benjamin Biolay has since written 11 further albums, the latest being Grand Prix that was released this year. He worked with famous singers like Vanessa Paradis or Keren Ann. He also worked as an actor. His ex wife Chiara Mastroianni, is an actress and the daughter of the very famous Catherine Deneuve. Although he was rapidly seen as one of the most gifted…