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    Goals review Q1 2021

    The first quarter of 2021 is coming to an end and it is time to review the goals I set at the beginning of the year. Reviewing my goals for Q1 2021 Bake a Twelfth Night Cake with the children: yes! It was fun and it tasted good too. We also decorated paper crowns with stickers (the person who finds a little figure in his or her piece of cake is indeed king or queen for a day) Complete my course on Coursera and start a new one: yes, I completed this course and three other ones Read at least five books: yes Write at least 10 posts on the blog: no……

  • Books

    What I have been reading in January

    I have read several interesting books in January: two fantasy books and one non-fiction book about late-talking children. All three books were very good. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. The Ickabog (J. K. Rowling) I have been a big fan of J. K. Rowling since I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. So I felt I had to read this book. And I am happy I did. The book is her first children book since the Harry Potter series. It is very different from Harry Potter as this is more like a fairy tale than the Harry Potter books. The story…

  • Books,  Languages

    Reading books in a foreign language

    When you are learning a new language, the moment when you start actually reading books in this language is both exciting and a little scary. It is important to prepare yourself well and choose carefully which book you want to read The benefits of reading books in a foreign language When you are learning a new language, reading a book is one of the best way to both increase your vocabulary and give you a better feeling of how the language works grammatically. If you are fond of a foreign writer, reading his or her books in their native language is a great way to understand the author’s work better:…

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    Disney Book Tag!

    I have been looking lately for a light, book related idea for a blog post. When I found the Disney Book Tag on the blog Reading Reading Reading, I thought this was exactly what I was looking for. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. #1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”. I would say Mowgli in The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling). There is a moment in the book when Bagheera explains to him that she grew up by human people before she escaped and came to the jungle. Then she was the…

  • Life and blog

    Goals for Q1 2021

    Happy new year! 2021 has now begun and it is a good time for a fresh new start and new goals. 2020 was a difficult year for most of us. I would not say it was a useless year because we learned a lot about ourselves and the world we live in but still, it was not the best year ever. Reviewing my goals for Q4 2020 Blogtober challenge in October -> Done. It worked better than expected. Teach my daughter to ride a bike -> Still in progress. As I was 4 weeks away with the boys, I had not had so much time to work with her on…

  • Life and blog

    4 weeks speech therapy

    My sons and I came back home a few days ago after a 4-week stay at a clinic in Bayern. We were sent there by the doctor because the boys are not speaking enough for their age and needed intensive speech therapy. I went with them as accompanying person. I must say, it was a nice change. Because of the coronavirus epidemic, we had not been able to take any vacation this year so this was nice to travel a bit. We had of course to be very careful and get tested before we could go. Fortunately, we tested negative and could start the therapy. Health cures in Germany Health…

  • 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…