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My Coffee Table Books – part 1

My Coffee Table Books – Part 1 Away from the screen With this post I start the series of my Coffee Table Books. Meanwhile, some beautiful books have accumulated, which received too little attention during the last 4 years. Why? Because the little time we have left over besides work and family is increasingly spent in front of the computer or mobile phone screen. I can’t free myself from that. Especially if I want to maintain my blog and Instagram feed and at least my online social contacts. In the past, I leafed through the illustrated books several times to immerse myself and just switch off. Maybe I can start doing that again, if I choose a book regularly and introduce it here. What are Coffee Table Books for? The English term Coffee Table Book is mainly used in the United Kingdom and the United States. The ‘Coffee Table’ is a side table. These books of which I speak here are picture books for adults whose diverse contents often deal with art, fashion design, interior …

Hair Wellness – my Aveda

Hair Wellness- my Aveda My hair This blog post is no official advertising, nevertheless I would like to present and recommend you my favorite Aveda hair products, because they accompany me now already over 7 years and are still inspiring. I wear my hair from early age onwards relatively long. Over the shoulder or even longer to the chest. Until a year before my wedding – that was 2011 – I did not do anything with my hair except cut the tops off now and then. No sounding, dyeing or waves. For the care I have used traditional shampoos, rinses, cures and masks from the drugstore. From year to year I always had to cut a bit more because the hair ends got split and I suffered more often under severe hair loss. I actually have medium-blond hair, but over the years it gets darker and darker. With friends and colleagues, I have always envied it a bit when they suddenly came from the hairdresser with this fresh light blond hair. Especially in spring/summer, it …

Dreams come true

In my post about early dance education, I mentioned that I used to like to go to ballet class myself. My childhood dream has always been to become a prima ballerina. For about 10 years I had classical ballet lessons. My mother drove me once a week to the next village, where an American ballet master from a neighboring town held lessons for the village children (in a gym). There were no mirrors, but bars – we had to build ourselves at the beginning of the class. Maybe that’s why I still have inhibitions to properly use the mirror to correct myself. At some point, everything was too much for me at school. The older girls, who’s turn was after my class was finished, were allowed to train with pointe shoes. I envied them. My parents did not want me to ruin my feet. Today I am grateful that my feet are still looking good. But as a young adult, I always started dancing again. No matter in which city I lived – Koblenz, Cologne, …

a new family magazine

Sometimes I take the time to look over the magazine shelf while shopping. Maybe something will catch my eye that is interesting. So I came across the new family magazine of the german Süddeutsche Zeitung – the big smiley and the ‘2 in 1!’ on the cover have pulled with me immediately. Also, the subtitle ‘How to teach children to look after the world’ I found catching. I put the magazine in the shopping cart. I have to say that we do not regularly buy magazines. Most of the time you do not get to read them anyways, and then the paper and your bad conscience pile up. In fact, I read both parts of the magazine completely (even before I had the intention to write about it on a blog!). So if you take off the envelope on the back, you have two separate folders – one for the parents, one for the children (very laudable: it is ad-free). Just pulling apart the two magazines my daughter had fun with, and that she owns …

ballet for both

Last summer we registered our daughter for early dance education. It’s supposed to be the best training to prepare children for sportiness, body consciousness and feeling for rhythm. When she was 3 years old, we have tried classes already, but the interest was not really there yet (although she loved dancing at home in the living room). So we gave it another year to wait. We are in the luxury situation that we could choose between 3 schools in our village: a classic ballet school that teaches by the Russian method (all children must wear the same jersey, hair to the bun, classical music, etc.), a normal one , nice dance school, which offers in addition to the standard dances for adults also children dance (a bit of us kids disco in Robinson Club) as well as a school for creative dance and movement (the kids can wear what they want, varied music, two young teachers playfully contribute to the movements ). Everywhere we have sniffed and actually we liked everything in his own way. …

Tulip fever open air

My husband and I watched the drama Tulip Fever last summer at the Open Air Cinema in Düsseldorf (“Alltours Cinema” since 2017, and before that also “Commerz Real Cinema” or “Frankenheim Open Air Cinema”) It was our first evening out without children since the little one was born (so October 2016!). A great moment, the evening should be something special. I had booked the tickets for the premiere of tulip fever about two weeks before in the hope of good weather. Since I love history films, my husband and I love tulips and Amsterdam, i like to see lead actress Alicia Vikander, the movie seemed perfect to me. Of course the weather forecast for this evening was really bad with rain on that day. However we drove to the bank of the river and wanted to get away from the bad weather forecast. We are not made of sugar. And as if by magic the sun came through, pushing away the gray clouds and leaving us to enjoy a spectacular sun sunset. It stayed dry …

Limango before I fall asleep?

It’s 9:45 pm – the kids are sleeping, nothing left on my to do list for today. Great! That means I can go to bed early and perhaps finish the book I’m currently reading. Then I could finally start reading a new book. My husband has put down his silent piano ear phones and is on his way to bed, too. So 15 minutes later we enjoy our cozy, fresh bed covers – holding our mobile phones in our hands. “Didn’t you want to read your book?” he says. “Actually yes, but I quickly want to check kids shoes for spring. A new offer at Limango has just started and sizes are still available. Tomorrow they will be gone.” Furthermore I believe that this vespertine shopping in bed helps me to relax and distracts from any obsessive thoughts. So I fill my online outlet shopping basket with 3 pairs of kids shoes. I’m so lucky that my favorite styles are still available in the needed sizes (wondering – is it really true that I always …