Raising an Adventurous Eater: Three Tips

Of the interests that brought my husband and I together on our first date, travel and food were two of the top three. (The third was a closely related one—wine.) With this in mind, it was important to us that Luca be an adventurous eater. That doesn’t mean he had to be willing to eat insects in preschool, but it did mean that he not be TOO picky as a toddler.

 

 

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Norway: A Toddler-Friendly Bucket List

One of my biggest regrets about leaving Prague so soon is that we didn’t see nearly as much of the Czech Republic as I would have liked. Determined not to let that happen this time, I immediately started a list of places I want to visit in Norway. Unfortunately, with a toddler in tow, we aren’t headed to some of the most Instagrammed places any time soon. (Trolltunga, anyone?)

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Three Toddler-Friendly Day Trips from Prague

Last year at this time we were getting settled into Prague and starting to explore the surrounding area. Having been to Prague on vacation a few years before, Fernando and I felt that we’d been able to check most of the big sights in the city off our list, and at any rate, we figured we had a long time ahead of us to explore. (Turns out we were wrong about that last point!) We hadn’t ventured out of the city yet, though, so that was what we had planned for the fall.

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Norwegian Lessons: Barnehage

If you move to Norway with a small child, chances are that the first word you learn in Norwegian will be “barnehage.” Generally translated as “kindergarten” (“barn”=child and “hage”=garden), it is more like day care in the U.S. Indeed, one of the most confusing things that I started doing when we decided to move here was tell people back home that I needed to enroll my one-and-a-half year old in kindergarten.

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24 min du Mans?

If ever we’ve had a travel/parenting fail, it might be this one.  But for my more-than-a-little car-obsessed husband, a trip to the 24 heures du Mans was a necessary edition to our year’s itinerary.  

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Building a Minimalist Wardrobe for a Toddler (Autumn 2017)

Closely related to my fascination with minimalism is my obsession for the past several years with capsule wardrobes. Unfortunately, as much as I love the idea, building one for myself has never worked. There are a variety of reasons for this, including the fact that I get anxious at the idea of throwing out my current clothes that don’t bring me joy—mostly because I’m pretty sure that all that will be left is a handful of evening gowns.

But while I haven’t been able to build one for myself, maybe it would be a good option for my son’s new wardrobe?

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Reflections After Three Months in Norway

I was actually typing up a different blog post when I realized that this weekend marks our three-month anniversary in Oslo. So while I do look forward to posting about some toddler-friendly day trips from Prague soon, I thought now would be a good time to share some of my thoughts on Norway three months in.

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The (Not-So-) Big Purge

In my imagination, I am a minimalist.  In reality, I am a hoarder. Or at least a collector, with mild anxiety over throwing things away. After all, you never know when you are going to need that one piece of paper again.  Never mind that I’m not sure what it’s about.

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Czechia’s Must See: Český Krumlov

When we decided to move to Oslo one thing was certain: we needed to up our sightseeing game. With our time in Prague cut short, there were so many places in the Czech Republic—not to mention the rest of Central and Eastern Europe—that we hadn’t been to. Under the circumstances, some of those places were going to have to wait until after the move (and perhaps even our eventual return to the U.S.). But there was one place we couldn’t leave Prague without visiting.

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