Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love #2

This is my second weekly roundup and I loved collecting all the content for it. While I was having this post in mind all week, I probably even read more attentively. And I clipped like a maniac. Do you know what clipping is?

Websites & Apps

Well, I’ve started using Evernote in May and it is fabulous! You can clip anything on the web that you like or that you don’t have time to read right away, but might want to read later. I started drafting my posts on Evernote and since I also installed the Evernote app, I can type any idea that comes to my mind in my phone and later have access to my notes on the computer. It is also fantastic for list making 🙂

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© Evernote

Today I’ll drive up to El Dorado National Forest with my friend. We will pick up our girls from their camp tomorrow and we decided to do a hike in the mountains, to camp the night and to pick them up in the morning. We will hopefully get a campsite right next to their camp, so we even might hear them at night, fun! While I was looking for good hikes in this area, I found this fabulous website that offers loads of information about exploring California. Based on the information that CalEXPLORnia offers, I decides that we’ll hike in the area of Wrights Lake.

Friday Link Love: CalEXPLORnis

© CalEXPLORnia

On Wednesday I started working my new job and it’s been great. Part of my work is online research and I got to read through some really interesting articles I’d like to share with this Friday Link Love.

Articles

This article about 6 ways living abroad made me a worse person describes one of my biggest fears. I always wonder how much I changed. In some regard I know that I’ve become a better person, but the Silicon Valley spoils you a lot and I wonder how much I changed to my disadvantage.

Even though my kids are at sleep away camp this week, I read a couple articles about parenting. I think that’s what all parents are trying to do: raising good, self-confident children that are not entitled little brats?

Parents Who Raise “Good” Kids Do These 5 Things

How to raise kinder, less entitled kids (according to science)

While I was looking about more information about ‘entitlement’, I came across the article 3 Reasons Why People Who Feel Entitled End Up Miserable from Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. . I really liked the last sentence of his article, that’s why I used it for my “Words of the Day” on the upper right side.

And if my kids ever go back to sleep away camp for more than a week, I will send them something from this cool list: 10 crazy things to mail your child at camp.

Podcasts

Even though I like audiobooks from audible much better, I also listen to podcasts and TedTalks pretty regularly. My friend told me about this interview with Peggy Orenstein and I highly recommend it to all parents of girls‘Girls & Sex’ And The Importance Of Talking About Pleasure from Fresh Air.

Gedanken tanken It provides useful knowledge and practical ideas for job and life. Anyone who wants to develop personally and achieve more success in life can get some new inspiration and motivation.

Friday Link Love: Podcasts

To learn more about blogging in general, I like to listen to ProBlogger, a British podcast.

Music & Movies

While working this week, I listened to the “Classical Relaxation Music” station on Pandora. You can customize each channel by clicking either 👍🏼 or 👎🏼. I love the film score of “Pride and Prejudice”.

We went to the movies with our girls to watch “Wonder Woman”. The movie didn’t impress me that much.  Too much fighting for me, but a beautiful and strong leading actress Gal Gadot from Israel.

Even though its reviews are much worse than “Wonder Woman” the movie “Table 19” entertained me much more. Éloise got dumped by her boyfriend and as his sister’s maid of honor, her long-time friend. She shows up to the wedding anyway and has to sit at the “last table” with some other unwanted guests.

Friday Link Love: Table 19

What were some of your highlights of last week?

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

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Painted Squares for our Bedroom

Painted Squares for our Bedroom

Painted Squares – an easy way to light up any room

I’m planning to share more DIY posts on this blog, because I love making stuff. I don’t always have the time, but now my kids are in sleep away camp,  so I finally have some more time to be creative.
I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. Funnily, it was a picture of a bedroom from a German furniture company. I couldn’t find it on the Hülsta website anymore though.

Painted Squares: Hülsta bedroom

@ Hülsta

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Camp drop-off Day

Camp drop-off Day

Sleep away camp drop-off

Yesterday was a big day for us, but it was not Father’s Day. We actually celebrated the special Daddy day on Saturday, because yesterday was camp drop-off day for us! Both our girls went to a sleep away camp. Each one to a different camp. My younger one went to a camp in the mountains and the older one to a surfing camp.

The anticipation was huge and super exciting and even the packing and pre-camp shopping went really well. Last Tuesday we did a trip to Costco, Target and Sports Basement and were done. I even name-tagged almost all clothing of my lil’ girl, but didn’t bother for my teenager, since the surf camp only has about 20 participants while the Mountain Camp has about 200-250 kids each week. Both girls used the packing list provided by the Mountain Camp and it was really helpful.

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Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love

What is Friday Link Love?

I saw the post format Friday Link Love on several other blogs and now I’d like to give it a try today.

Friday Link Love is a list of things, events, podcasts, articles etc. that I ❤️during last week and like to share with you, my dear readers. And it would be fantastic, if you’d leave one or two of your favorite links in the comment section.

This is my Friday Link Love #1
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55 summer activities

55 summer activities
Summer is here! No school for nine and a half weeks. Wahoo! This summer we are not going to Germany. Our family vacation is a trip to Colorado in July and our girls go to a sleep away camp for one week.  They have their usual gym & swim practices, but other than that, we haven’t planned any summer activities. If you know me, you’d be surprised, because I love making plans.

Summer activities: 55 fun things to do

That being said, this summer of 2017 is supposed to be wild, free and spontaneous. Lots of time for fun summer activities. We made a list of things we want to do. (Yay, I can’t really function without a list.) Maybe there’s something for you on this list, too. Have a great summer! ☀️

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Goodbyes Are Bitter(semi)sweet

Goodbyes Are Bitter(semi)sweet

On Wednesday my parents left and after three wonderful weeks we had to say goodbye. As you may have read in my post Best of May, we had a relaxed, harmonious time and my husband and I got to sneak away from our routine for a few days. It was a lovely time and I’m so glad they came out. 

Saying goodbye is always hard 

If you’re an expat or immigrant living away from your home country, you know what I’m talking about. It was probably about the 16th or 17th time I had to say goodbye to my parents within the last nine years. Saying goodbye is tough. It keeps being heartbreaking because you know that you won’t see each other for a long time. You are aware that you will only be able to have a few, irregular FaceTime or phone conversations. Finally you realize once more that you will miss some special moments of each other’s life. That is what living abroad involves. You might be leading a happy, fulfilled life in a wonderful place, but you just don’t get to experience all the small or big events in your family’s life like a birthday, the first day of school, a wedding, sports events, a Sunday morning brunch etc. Maybe you manage to be there for some of them, but it is just not the same like being there all the time. Continue reading

Best of May

Best of May

I had so many wonderful moments last month.

Here are my May favorites:

Instagram Challenge

One of my first May favorites was the participation in Anna Häusler’s Instagram challenge #meetthebloggerde. I had to post a picture daily for two weeks with different topics like: Who am I? Why do you blog? My biggest dreams. 3 fun facts and so on. It was fun to find new bloggers in Germany and to connect with people during this challenge. Check out my Instagram feed on the bottom of this page to find out more about it.

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30 hours in Maui

30 hours in Maui

Aloha to the Valley Island

Our second visit in Maui last week was kind of a coincidence. I booked flights to Kaua’i for my husband and me in February (It was his birthday surprise and I’m a pretty awesome wife!?) and with a layover in Maui the flights were just much cheaper!  Just back in March I had a 24 hours stopover in Iceland and it was awesome. Besides, we have friends that have a place in Maui, just north of Pa’ia, which is not far from the airport, perfect! Continue reading

Sailing charter in Santa Cruz: Chardonnay

Sailing charter in Santa Cruz: Chardonnay

A fun activity in Santa Cruz

If you’re going to Santa Cruz this summer, you should consider booking a sailing charter with Chardonnay Sailing charter, Santa Cruz. It’s a great experience that will make your time in Santa Cruz even better. This sailing charter is one of our favorite things to do with our visitors. We’ve done it three times now and every time was special. Continue reading

Monotasking

Monotasking

Have you ever heard of “monotasking”? I really never have before last Tuesday at a meditation class I’ve started in April. The class is called “Meditation for Daily Living” and is held at the Campbell Community Center.  Meditation coach Greg told us that monotasking can help us to lead a more mindful life. All of a sudden it came clear to me that I need to improve this skill in my life.

 

What does mono tasking mean?

On dictionary.com it says the carrying out of one task at a time; single-tasking” and the Urban Dictionary describes mono tasking as “The performance by an individual of one task, and only one task, at a point in time. Monotasking can be more productive than multitasking because it allows an individual to put all their attention and focus on the task at hand. This allows fewer mistakes than would be made if the individual were multitasking.” 

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