• Life and blog

    The month of living healthier

    One of my goals for 2019 is to try new monthly projects. I did not try any project in January but I decided that February would be my month of living healthier. This is not a diet though. Honestly, I would not know which diet to follow. There are so many of them and you cannot be sure whether they are really that healthy. I also find that many diets are difficult to follow if you have a normal social life. It is difficult to refuse a piece of the cake baked by your mother in law because you are on a diet. For this month of living healthier, I…

  • Books

    Book review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

    Fantasy is one of my favorite genre. I discovered Tolkien when I was 11 and I was enthusiastic. When I was 15, I discovered the Harry Potter series and I read the books again and again. I even began to read the books in English because I could not wait for them to be translated. Still today, I love reading Fantasy. Reading a good Fantasy book in the train before going to work is a great way to start the day. Currently, one of my favorite Fantasy series is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. My…

  • 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…