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What are the ideal Christmas gifts for 18 month old toddlers? I’ve been thinking really hard about what to get our daughter for her second Christmas. There are some traditions that we want to follow every year with her but apart from that it I had no clue. It’s not like you can just ask them for their wishlist. And they seem to be interested in anything else rather than the pile of toys that’s sat in the corner of the room. I’m pretty sure your toddler already has a whole load of toys which she/he doesn’t even play with. The house is getting more and more cramped with all the plastic stuff that hardly ever gets used. So, even though I know my little one will be getting a couple of new age-appropriate toys anyway, I want to get her some practical, more useful things as well. After a…

Toddlers. An unpredictable bunch of little humans. Flying with a toddler is a totally different league than flying with a baby. Many of the tips and tricks that apply to flying with babies won’t apply to toddlers. I remember how nervous I was before our first ever plane journey with the little one. She was only three months old then. It was by far the easiest trip with her abroad. And as the time goes, flights are becoming more and more challenging. The worst so far was the most recent one. I was THAT mum with a toddler, who would scream on top of her lungs. Throughout most of the landing stage. Oops, sorry fellow passengers, especially to you, young and carefree travellers sitting right next to us. I know you were hoping for a quiet and enjoyable flight at your last row seats. Know that I was hoping for the…

Planning a move to the UK or just want to find out more about the country? There are certain things about Britain you won’t necessarily know about until you move here. So, after living here for over a decade, I’ve learned a thing or two about British culture and way of life, Here are some fun facts about Britain you should know about, so you can fully embrace the new culture and all its little quirks. Tea is a way of life, no kidding British people love to drink tea. All the time. And it’s not just any tea you will know from your home country. Tea in Britain comes with milk. Yes, milk. To the rest of the world that might be an unusual combination, but after a while of living here, you too will start to enjoy drinking your tea with milk. Trying new things when you live…

I can’t believe another year is coming to an end already. It’s that time of the year when many people start thinking about Christmas presents. Before I had my daughter, I always left my Christmas shopping to the very last minute. Last week, even the last day or two was nothing unusual for me. But last year, it was our baby’s first Christmas. And I remember I was a bit clueless about what would be the best gifts for her. Apart from thinking about gifts, there are also traditions. Christmas goes hand in hand with traditions. Keeping some from your own childhood is a great way to introduce your baby to your family’s heritage. But as a new family, it’s also time to create new traditions and memories that will live through many Christmases you as a family will have. The little one was only six months old last Christmas, so…

Isn’t this parenting gig a funny thing? When you have a newborn, and you don’t remember when was the last time you had more than two hours of uninterrupted sleep, you wish your baby would be at least a toddler. Then, once you have a toddler, that constantly on the move toddler, who would rather (no kidding) bang her head against the floor than sit still for more than 30 seconds, you finally understand why these mums with older kids were telling you to enjoy the newborn stage of baby’s life. And then you hear people talking about the terrible twos and how having a threenager is even worse than the terrible twos. And you start to wonder how on earth you are going to get through all of these stages. So here it goes, baby vs toddler. Which years are actually the worst? Ok, I can’t really talk about the terrible twos or the…

My recent almost a month-long holiday to Slovakia went rather quickly. So, it’s back to the UK now. I could say that after twelve years of living here, it’s like my second home now, but there are still and always will be many things I miss about my home country. And I’m not talking about family and friends. That’s obvious. As is the food or the stunning nature you can experience in Slovakia. I have previously written a post about the things I love about my home, which you can read here. But today I’m talking about some less common, less obvious, somewhat unexpected and weird stuff that I really miss from home sometimes. What are they? Stay tuned to find out. My parents’ home village They both come from the same village, called Osturňa, where people still live in the original village development. Consisting of wooden houses (farmyards), with the…

I love personalised presents. I like to look for something unique and different when buying Christmas presents for my family. Or any presents for that matter. So with my best friend welcoming their new bundle of joy this year, I knew all along that I would give them something personalised. Choosing the perfect gift for new parents is not an easy task. There are some traditional gifts such as baby clothing, toys, booties, blankets and towels. Nothing wrong with that, in fact, they can come in handy. Although I definitely wouldn’t go overboard with buying newborn size clothing. Firstly, you just don’t know how big or small the baby is going to be. Secondly, the new parents are likely going to buy enough newborn clothing themselves. And last, they are probably going to get some from others anyway. Definitely not a WOW factor. So, if you want to get some clothes, get…

I could not be more excited to announce that I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. I would like to thank Kristenne of Misis Blog for the nomination. It means a lot to me to be recognised and honoured in this way. Misis Blog chronicles Kristenne’s journey through motherhood, married life and being a work-at-home mum. Make sure you check out her mummy and wife adventures. About the Blogger Recognition Award So what exactly is the Blogger Recognition Award? It’s an award given by bloggers to fellow bloggers to reward their hard work. Let me tell you, it feels amazing to earn the recognition of the blogging community. Once nominated, you can either accept or ignore the award. Upon accepting this award, there are few rules you need to follow: Write a blog post to show your award. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to…

Halloween or All Saints Day? With the end of October fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what exactly the upcoming festivities mean to me. 31st of October is traditionally tied to Halloween in the UK, but in my country it’s the following All Saints Day that is still of major importance. Growing up in Slovakia, Halloween used to be a bit foreign to me. All Saints Day or All Soul’s Day was all I knew. The first time I learned a bit more about Halloween was probably when I was getting ready for my A levels from English language. British and American holidays and traditions was one of the topics we had to learn about. There was no trick or treating during my childhood, no pumpkin carving, no scary decorations or dressing up during this time of the year. It was all about…

It’s my daughter’s fourth visit to my home country Slovakia in her short sixteen months of life. And each time we visit, everything is new to her. The people, the surroundings. Of course, at her young age, she doesn’t remember she’s been here only a few months earlier. Everytime we come, it takes her a little while to adapt completely to her new environment and all the ‘new’ people around. But luckily, she adapts quiet well and loves to be around others. Before long she is only too happy to be the centre of the attention. Having a family in a different country is not easy. But I have to say that before I had my baby, things were a lot simpler. Easier to handle in a way. This changed with the arrival of our baby. Now there is one set of grandparents in Slovakia, another grandma in Albania. Her…