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The Easiest Sourdough Bread You’ll Ever Bake

For over a year now I’ve been baking bread at least once a week and, as a result, we barely ever buy bread in the store these days. The sourdough bread is amazing: it doesn’t require kneading so it’s incredibly easy to make, you know for certain what’s in it, and it tastes so much… Read More »

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The Big Downside of Having a Small Pregnant Belly

If you have at least one friend who has been pregnant or have been pregnant yourself, chances are that you have heard (or expressed) at least a few complaints about pregnancy. The bigger the belly grows the more likely you are to hear how it’s making daily life more difficult, how they cannot wait for… Read More »

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Picture Books: Boosting Your Toddler’s Vocabulary

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading with a toddler you’ve probably noticed that “reading” is a relative term. They rarely have the patience to listen to longer texts, love to flip through pages at their own speed, and you never know if they’ll want to read the same book three times in a… Read More »

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Screen Time, Batman Unlimited and €100 Amazon Giweaway

Have you ever heard the German saying: “give the devil a finger and he’ll take the whole hand”? It is a fairly fitting tagline for the story of how we introduced Birdy to YouTube. It all started quite innocently with me looking up some German nursery rhymes that the little one has been singing in the… Read More »

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Read Around the World Summer Series – a Book from Latvia

This summer I’m again participating in a fun event called Read Around the World. Already for the third year in a row, throughout the summer bloggers from all corners of the world are sharing their favorite children’s books. If you want to know more about the series check out our Pinterest board and follow the Multicultural Kids Blog… Read More »

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Enjoy Riga, Latvia like a Local

The beautiful Riga, capital of Latvia and the biggest city of the Baltic States, is still unexplored terrain for many international tourists. Founded in 1201 Riga has a rich history and, thanks to its location at the crossroads between Western Europe and Russia, it has always been a cosmopolitan city. I’m probably a little biased… Read More »

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Enjoy Hamburg, Germany like a Local

Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city and one of world’s biggest ports, is among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The people of Hamburg often call their city the most beautiful in the world. One may or may not agree with this bold claim but one thing is clear: this is a city where everyone is… Read More »

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My Favorite Weird German New Year’s Tradition

Since moving to Germany I have had to learn a few things about the New Year’s. First, it’s not called New Year’s Eve over here, it’s Silvester. Second, you don’t wish people happy New Year, instead you wish a guten rutsch, literally, a “good slide” (presumably, into the upcoming year). Third, for some unfathomable reason… Read More »

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The Best Thing about Postpartum Care in Germany

I’ve written a whole series about prenatal care in Germany on this blog but haven’t said a single thing about postpartum care. I’d say it is high time to correct that! Two years ago, when Birdy was still in my belly, in the post about the various tasks that midwives do here in Germany I… Read More »

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Birdy Talks: 25 Months

It’s high time for another update on Birdy’s language progress. In the three months since I last wrote about her language skills she has made a lot of language progress and is very clearly disproving any myths about multilingualism causing speech delay. Overall language progress After a period of trying to use the same word in both languages and… Read More »

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German Easter – Decorations, Food & Traditions

Last year we spent the Easter holidays in Germany and I tried to give them a little Latvian touch by coloring the eggs Latvian style. As this year we’re celebrating Easter in Latvia, I suppose it’s only fitting that I write about German Easter traditions instead. The long Easter weekend can feel a bit quiet… Read More »

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The Perks of Speaking a Small Language

There are more than 7 billion people on this planet and they speak around 7000 different languages. But did you know that half of the Earth’s population speaks one of just 23 languages? Yes, that’s right, 50% of the planet speaks in one of 0.3% languages. Many of the other languages are spoken only by small… Read More »

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Christmas Trees Around the World

The Christmas season has arrived and, just as last year, I’m joining the Christmas in Different Lands Series by Multicultural Kid Blogs. Last year I wrote about the fascinating winter solstice traditions still celebrated in Latvia. This year let me tell you a little about the tradition of decorating fir trees and show you some beautiful… Read More »

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Preparing for Birth the Second Time Around

Two years after the arrival of our firstborn I am again preparing for birth. At least, as much as you can prepare for something as unpredictable as labor and childbirth. Round 1: choosing the predictable The first time around things certainly didn’t go according to my initial expectations and we ended up “ordering a baby” (you can read… Read More »

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Language Learning by Playing

When Rita Rosenback from the blog Multilingual Parenting asked other bloggers to share their best tips for motivating children to speak the minority language for the upcoming round of the Raising Multilingual Children blogging carnival my first reply was quite straightforward: playing! Let me explain why. Since my youth NGO days I’m a firm believer in learning by doing. As… Read More »

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German Pediatricians and the Common Cold

In the small Latvian village where I grew up people were oftentimes making fun of the old village doctor’s favorite treatment for most common ailments: drinking lots of tea and staying in bed. Myself among those who would smile at his advice, it’s probably a little ironic that I now live in a country where the usual way of dealing… Read More »

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Exploring Augusta, Georgia

It’s been a tough fortnight in our house – first Birdy came down with obstructive bronchitis that left her cranky and immobile for several days, then hubby and I caught the virus as well. Long story short, two weeks, a pile of empty medicine bottles, and mountains of used tissues later, the other two family members have recovered while… Read More »

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Our Adventures Flying with a Toddler

Flying with a toddler is a combination of words that often causes unease among parents and co-passengers alike. I used to be one of those people who, upon seeing a mom with a small child boarding the plane, would start chanting in my head “please don’t sit near to me, please don’t sit near to me”. Fast forward a few… Read More »

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How we failed at Germany’s favorite fall tradition

When you tell a German that your kid is going to participate in her very first Laternenumzug their eyes are likely to light up. They might even hum a song (check below for a sample) and tell you about the unforgettable times they had walking with a lantern on St. Martin’s when they were little. Needless to say,… Read More »

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