Thoughts on…raising bilingual children

People are often confused by my German sounding surname and my native command of English. My equally native command of German, yet my frequent interjections of “in English we say…”. Truth is, I was born in Germany, to German parents, but moved to Scotland when I was 4.5 years old. It was the first of […] Read more…

Big Brother Kit

Today I wanted to share a little more with you about how we prepared for Mr Fox’s arrival. I think any parent who introduces younger siblings in to the family spends a lot of time worrying about how it’s going to affect the older sibling(s). We were so desperate to get it right. We consulted […] Read more…

Books for Big Brothers

We ended last year by becoming a family of four, so this year’s first Friday Five is, appropriately, a selection of our favourite books for little boys* who are about to become or have just become big brothers. The Boy has really taken to his new role with much enthusiasm, showering his little brother with hugs […] Read more…

{Home Tour} Baby’s Room

A couple of people have been asking if I’d do a post about Mr Fox’s new room, after sharing a couple of snapshots on Instagram of things we’d bought for it. Well, he actually just has a corner in our room rather than a room of his own (when he’s older he’ll move in with […] Read more…

Teddy Bear Wardrobe

Are you ready for this week’s DIY gift idea? We’re back to sewing this week. Earlier this year, we attended my sister-in-law’s wedding in Scotland and I wanted to bring along something quiet for the boy to play with to keep him occupied if necessary. He already had one of those cheap little teddies from IKEA […] Read more…

{DIY} Toy Garage

1 August 2013 Recently we have progressed from chunky toy cars of the kind that babies play with, to small matchbox cars of the kind that little boys play with, and that seem to multiply like rabbits when you’re not looking. We already had a car play mat, with roads and parking lots, but what […] Read more…

DIY Play Kitchen

10 January 2013 As you may know, we were having a home made Christmas (with a few exceptions such as books and stocking fillers). Our biggest project was our present for the boy – a home made play kitchen – and since we knew we couldn’t take it across the country to my family with […] Read more…

{DIY} Fairy Lights are not just for Christmas

I have to admit, I absolutely love fairy lights. In our flat in Edinburgh I had some up all year round. Inevitably, people would say “you forgot to take your Christmas lights down”. No, not Christmas lights, fairy lights! Humpf. Well, here’s an idea for how to give your fairy lights a second life during […] Read more…

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