• Books

    Book review: Jean-Luc Bannalec’s Brittany mystery series

    The Brittany mystery series are now one of the most popular mystery series in Germany. The author, in spite of his very French sounding pseudonym, is actually a German writer named Jörg Bong. He is however a real lover of Brittany and you can feel it in each of his books. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. Unfortunately, only the first books are translated in English. If you want to discover the books, you can read: Death in Brittany Murder on Brittany Shores The Fleur de Sel Murders The Missing Corpse The Brittany mystery series let us follow the cases of Parisian…

  • Life and blog

    Starting a new job: useful advice

    This year, I finally got the opportunity to start a new job. I am still in the same company but I have a new role now. In this case, things are naturally easy because I already know much about the new colleagues and generally about the way the company works. However, as I have been first training the colleagues who are replacing me and now learning the new job, I have been thinking about the best way to start a new job. Starting a new job is an exciting new experience but it can be scary too. I listed below a few ideas to make your new start easier. 1)…

  • Languages

    20 films to see if you are learning German

    Discovering the culture of a country is an important aspect of learning a new language. When I was learning German at school, I had German teachers who would make sure we discover classic German films and books. As I later moved to Germany, I discovered several films which are not exactly classics but are very popular amongst German people. I listed in this post German films to see if you are learning German. This list includes classic German films, but also further German films that are popular in Germany or internationally. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. 1) Der Blaue Engel (The…

  • Life and blog

    Baking a Twelfth Night Cake

    One of our family traditions is to bake a “galette des rois” or Twelfth Night Cake every year in January. This is a lovely French tradition. To celebrate the Epiphany, you share a cake with friends or relatives. There is a charm hidden in the cake. The person who finds the charm in his or her piece of cake becomes king or queen for a day and has to wear a paper crone.  All French bakeries are selling this cake the all month, as French people love this tradition so much that they do not only celebrate it on January the 6th but whenever they can in January. However, for French people living abroad, this can…

  • Learning

    7 useful things every mom should learn

    2019 begins and many of us are setting goals for the new year. If you want to keep developing yourself this year, this is important to have some learning goals. However, learning goals are like self-care goals. You know they are important but you tend to neglect them because there seems to be always something more important to do. Especially when you have small children at home, it is easy to get distracted and to forget your goals. The best solution to avoid giving up your learning goal altogether is to include them as much as possible to your family life. Choose goals that can benefit to your all family…

  • Life and blog

    Inspiring quotes to start the new year

    2018 is nearly over and the year 2019 is approaching. This is time to think about what you want to achieve in 2019. What did work in 2018 and what do you. want to change? Are you going to simplify some aspects of your life? Are you going to try a new project? If you need some inspiration, I listed some great quotes to start the new year. Inspiring quotes to start the new year Quotes that will make you want to try new things this year “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things,…

  • Life and blog

    Monthly projects ideas for 2019

    This year, I tried a monthly project which I called my month of learning Spanish. As 2019 is coming soon, I am thinking about trying some new monthly projects this year. If you are thinking of trying that too, you can check my list of monthly projects ideas for 2019 below. Monthly projects ideas for 2019 Healthy cooking month This is a good project if you have the feeling that you have not been eating well lately. With this monthly challenge, you are supposed to cook one heathy meal every day for a month. I am thinking of trying this project as this is a field where my family and…

  • Books

    Book review: The Sacrifice (Indrajit Garai)

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. The Sacrifice is the first work of fiction of Indrajit Garai. However, he already published non-fiction books about ayurveda. I discovered this book through Estelle who is his most devoted reader. If you want to know more about the author, you can check her website. She made me curious about the book and I decided to buy and read it The Sacrifice  The book is composed of three short stories: The Move, The Listener and the Sacrifice. The Move is about Guillaume, a farmer facing financial difficulties. Guillaume lives alone with his son Hugo as the…

  • Life and blog

    10 sweet family activities for Christmas time

    December has now begun and Christmas is approaching. As my daughter is getting impatient, I am trying to propose to her and her little brothers different family activities for Christmas time. I am looking for activities that are both fun and somewhat educational too. Here is a list of some of our favorite Christmas activities. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. Sweet family activities for Christmas time Baking Christmas cookies Children love baking. My daughter and my older son can both help in the kitchen. We prepare the cookie dough together. Later, the children can also help to cut the cookies. We…

  • Languages

    The month of learning Spanish – conclusion

    The month of learning Spanish is now over. I learned some Spanish everyday for the all month. It is now time to write the conclusion of this experience. Some figures Duolingo Exercises: 71 Duolingo stories: 20 Total points Duolingo: 1364 goFluent  Grammar exercises: 12 Articles: 5 Videos: 3 How To: 2 Vocabulary exercises: 4 Total goFluent exercises: 26 Conclusion I am happy I tried this because it motivated me to work on my Spanish. Of course, I still am no fluent Spanish speaker, but I reviewed many points of the language I had totally forgotten and I improved much. The points where I improved most were vocabulary and conjugations. It…