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Top Ten For Toddlers

By June 7, 2017 Home, Mothering

A toddler has attention of a fly, maybe shorter, and that means books need to be creative. The books on this list are short and sweet. It does not have to cost an arm and a leg to show your toddlers books they will ask you to read over and over. All of the books mention below are under $13. This is a Top 10 List for reading to toddlers.

  1. Noisy Farm- By Tiger Tales

This is a family favorite, a book given to my daughter, with love from grandma. It makes animal noises. It explains what farm animals sound and feel like. It also talks about what they like to do. A very interactive book that is surely to keep any toddler’s attention all the way through. This book has eight pages of cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, and horses. A five star book.

  1. Little Mouse Finger Puppet Book- By Chronicle Books

This is a poem turned into a book, including, a finger puppet that can be played with throughout the book. There are other books, like this, that display other animals. Parenting magazine promoted this book by saying “Give your baby his (or her) first taste of story-time magic with this finger puppet board book”

 

  1. My First Bilingual Book Home Zuhause English-German

A book given to my daughter, by a cousin, at a baby shower with a book theme. I could not thank her enough for getting my daughter’s book collection started. The language immersion is great, a toddler can understand the charming illustrations of the word, in German and English. There are other books, like this, with different languages!

    1. Dr. Seuss’s Red Fish, Blue Fish, Old Fish, New Fish- By Dr. Seuss Nursery

Based on and inspired by the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. It was not until becoming a parent, I realized, they are recreating new series of Dr. Seuss books. These popular childhood stories give old school parents something new to read. Water and bite proof; making this book a great bath time toy. Toddlers understand this book more than the original book.

  1. Touch and Feel Farm- By DK Publishing

Toddlers get touchy with what each animal will feel like with ten pages of chickens, horses, dogs, sheep, and pigs. The book keeps toddlers waiting for the next page to turn, not for too long, with only twenty-eight words. Well made and will last many turns.

 

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- By Eric Carle

Alluring illustrations on every page. It is a story about a caterpillar eating through food and growing into a butterfly. Every page has holes, to signified, the caterpillar eating the food. This book was published in 1969. Eric Carle is a graphic designer that was born in the US and raised in Germany. For more on his books check out his blog http://ericcarleblog.blogspot.co.at

  1. Where The Wild Things Are- By Maurice Sendak

This would not be a top ten of a books if the The Caldecott Medal was not given to at least one book on this list. Where the Wild Things Are received the award for the Most Distinguished Picture book. Stunning pictures on every page. It is about a boy, that goes to bed without supper, for being bad. He has a big imagination whose room turns into a forest. He sails away from his home to be king of the “wild things”. When he returns home a warm supper is waiting for him.

  1. I’m Wild About You- By Sandra Magsamen

Comes from Scholastic collection. It is a book that teaches toddlers that they are loved with only twenty-eight words in the book they are sure to get the message. It uses monkeys, elephants and pinguins to describe different movements that explain why a child is loved.

 

  1. Pat-a-Cake- Illustrated by Annie Kubler


Takes an old child’s game and turns it into a book. It has the musical notes, at the end, to give parents that would like to turn this game into a more musical experience.

 

 

  1. My Teacher Can Teach Anyone!- By Nikola-Lisa and Illustrated by Felipe Galindo

A poem put to life with illustration. It teaches toddlers that they can learn anything from a teacher. It also teaches children to have appreciation, for the teachers in their life, preparing them for preschool, and what they could learn. An alphabet book, in disguised, that goes through occupations to show the letters. There is also a teacher guide found on this website.

https://www.leeandlow.com/books/my-teacher-can-teach-anyone/teachers_guide

Children should be read to from an early age. It expands their vocabulary and they will more likely become readers as an adults. Books open a wide world of adventure and spark curiosity. I hope this Top Ten List of Toddler books give your toddler a good start in life.

Resources

Teacher’s Guide – My Teacher Can Teach…Anyone! | Lee & Low Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2017.

Borteçin, Hakan Şan. Home = Zuhause: English-German. Rudgwick, Horsham, West Sussex, England: Milet Pub., 2011. Print.

Carle, Eric. “Eric Carle Blog.” Eric Carle Blog. N.p., 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 28 May 2017.

Dr. Seuss’s Red Fish, Blue Fish, Old Fish. New York: Random House Children’s , 2005. Print.

Kubler, Annie. Pat-a-cake. Swindon,: Childs Play (International), 2010. Print.

Lanning, Kery, Eric Carle, and Jean Casey. The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Lakewood, CO: LINK, 1992. Print.

Magsamen, Sandra. I’m Wild About You. New York: Scholastic, 1920. Print.

Nikola-Lisa, W., and Felipe Galindo. My teacher can teach – anyone! New York: Lee & Low, 2009. Print.

Noisy farm. N.p.: Tiger Tales, 2013. Print.

Put, Klaartje Van der. Little mouse: finger puppet book. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle , 2008. Print.

Touch and Feel Farm. New York: DK Publishing, 2012. Print.

Troy, Anne, Phyllis Green, and Maurice Sendak. Where the wild things are Maurice Sendak. Palatine, IL: A. Troy, P. Green, 1990. Print.

Admin. “Welcome to the Caldecott Medal Home Page!” Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). N.p., 07 Mar. 2017. Web. 28 May 2017.

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9 Ways To Save Money In 9 Months of Pregnancy

By May 31, 2017 Money, Mothering, Uncategorized

 

Most first-timer parents believes they cannot afford a child. One of the earliest stresses to having a baby is having the money. There is no perfect time to have a baby. Here are some simple tricks that can be implementing; nine

Month 1: Disability Insurance: This only will work when the child is planned. Many disability insurance plans include pregnancy. The policy must be in place for at least one year. Be sure to shop around for a disability insurance plan that could give you money for expenses.

Month 2: Home Cooked Meals: Being without child gives a couple more discretionary income than after a child is born. The sooner couples starts bringing lunch; the more money that is saved. It will also mean that mommy-to-be is eating a more healthy diet.

Month 3: Coupons: Any mommy on a budget knows that coupons and sales are the only way to go. Only use coupons that are 30% or more off for a truly good deal. 

Month 4: Try Out Items Before Purchasing: Big ticket item (anything over $100) need to be tried first. To check for yourself the piece is worth investing in and to receive an honest review from another person. Also, be aware of the return policy on any baby things that are purchased.

Month 5: Avoid Baby Clothes, Toys and Babies “R” US: This is a hard one for new parents. DO NOT GO INTO BABY “R” US! I REPEAT “DO NOT GO INTO BABY “R” US”! It can be very hard to resist, your wallet will thank you later. If it is hard to resist clothing than purchase at second hand stores. Chances are the baby that wore the outfit only wore it twice. The stuff in this picture was given to me.

Month 6: Shop Online: Online shopping is perfect for big ticket items, a person can wait until the items go on sale and watch for the price to fall with many retailers. On-line shopping also decrease the chance on impulse buying that happens in stores.

Month 7: Use Baby Shower Wisely: Keep all price ranges in mind. Anything that is not bought for the big day the mom can buy for a discounted price. Scan only things that will be of service later.

Month 8: Receive Items From Other Parents: Many parents will be happy to give away stuff that they are not using anymore. Just be sure baby gear is up-to-date with safety procedures. It is also nice to take second hand advice from friends that have already been there, done that.

Month 9: Resell Items: Buying items second hand off Craigslist or second hand stores is a great way to save money on things that may only be useful for six months. Also, reselling items you are done using them will put money back into your wallet.

 

It is more affordable to have babies than a couple realizes. Babies are rather inexpensive, it is as they become older they become more expensive. No one will want to buy clothes or a car for a teenager. Enjoy the help you get from friend and family 🙂

 

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9 Thing To Do In 9 Months of Pregnancy

By May 24, 2017 Mothering

9 Things To Do In 9 Months of Pregnancy

A woman becomes pregnant for the first time she thinks “Shit, what should I do?” This is an easy to-do list of things that should happen to start from conception until child birth. These are 9 things To Do In 9 Months.

Month 1: Spend More Time With Your Partner. The fetus is growing inside you, it becomes more important to work on the relationship of the person that help you create the baby. Energy levels are sure to drop; find activities that you both enjoy and do not take a lot of energy.

Month 2: Sleep! No one told me it is exhausting to create a human. New-mommies expect to have months until exhaustion hits or morning sickness similar to what is shown on TV. Do not feel guilty about the dishes piling up or other people that lack sympathy for your condition.

Month 3: Find Adequate Child Care. This is huge! Many great day care facilities have wait lists. If you do not plan on going back to work; find out who you can depend on for a baby-sitter.

Month 4: Brush Your Teeth. This one sounds crazy. Bleeding gums is common to experience in pregnancy. I thought instead of a stork, I would see a tooth fairy. The hormones that are filling your system make tooth loss possible. However much you already brush your teeth; double that!

Month 5: Buy Maternity Clothes. Life will feel so much better. These are clothes you can plan on wearing for awhile after giving birth. Still wearing my maternity jeans, two months after the fact. Invest in yourself.

Month 6: Go on a Baby-moon. It the perfect time to do something special with your partner. Morning sickness has become a thing of the past. Energy levels will not fully return until after giving birth. Give yourself plenty of breaks in the trip. For me, New York City was a great choice. You can find a post on this website called “Cheap Ways To Travel: Baby-Moon In New York City

Month 7: Do Kegals. Exercise is always good to do through out pregnancy. Doing kegals will strengthen the pelvis floor. Kegal exercises will prevent According to Heidi Murkoff from What To Expect: One year

“Urinary incontinence, promotes healing, prevent or treat urinary and fecal incontinence, and ease hemorrhoids.”

Great thing about doing kegals is that they can be done anywhere without anyone noticing. It also makes sexy time with your partner better 🙂

Month 8: Start A Blog. After having a baby that forth trimester can be a lonely one. No one (expect grandparents) will care about the color of your child’s poop. Blogging is a lovely way to document the experience and keep those who wanted to be in “the know” updated. See the posts “Top 5 Free Programs To Help You Make Money” Your purpose does not have to making money, this post just gives a place to start in creating a blog.

Month 9: Pregnancy Belly Caste: This was one of the highlights of being pregnant. This one was done two days before giving birth. I was big and beautiful. It is rather inexpensive to do and it is an activity to be done with your partner. Be sure to be in a place that creative messes are allowed 🙂

Keep everything simple with pregnancy, I did not add the common sense things to the list. Those are things that seem quite obvious. Be sure to enjoy this time of life; it goes by fast. This is a list to start your 9 things to do in 9 months of pregnancy.

References

Murkoff, Heidi, and Sharon Mazel. What to expect the first year. Sydney, N.S.W.: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015. Print.

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Write On: Four Steps To Scribble A Better Blog

By May 18, 2017 Home, Money

 

Blogging is like writing in short-hand. It is an abbreviated story. To be honest, my writing is not the best and I try to improve on it everyday. This is my best advice. Keep trying to improve, do it because you love the art and try to live with being mediocre. Everyone can improve their writing skills with enough effort. Here are four steps to scribble a better blog.

  1. READ, READ, READ…..there is no other way to improve longhand than to constantly be reading. Switch off the TV and listen to audio tapes. If you do not enjoy reading then your writing will not improve. Period! Here is a list of some writers shaping my style.
      1. On Writing- Steven King (Quite possibly the best book on writing)
      2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- Mark Manson (Fantastic Blogger)
      3. Postpartum Depression For Dummies- (A horrible book that is extremely repetitive, it will teach you what NOT to do)

Aside from books, constantly be reading bloggers. My attention span is short and bloggers do the job. Some of the bloggers that show up in my inbox.

      1. Probloggers.com- Darren (He also has a Facebook group to join and meet other newbie bloggers including myself 🙂
      2. Bloglovin’- This is a very large group of bloggers that will open a person to the wonderful world of blogging.
      3. Scarymommy.com- I love this blog because the style is similar to mine

This is just a small list of who is influencing my style, it will change from month-to-month depending on what is being read. One thing will lead to another and that is how I get in between the sheets with books. Finding material that is inspiring is very important. One could catch me reading off my iPhone while waiting in line and bed time stories to my daughter well above her comprehension level. She is two months old and anything sounds sweet in baby talk.

  1. Edit That This is the hardest part of writing process. Since I am a blogger, my posts are typically not any longer than one thousands words. It seems like I reread those words a thousands times before pushing the button “publish” on WordPress. People who should be avoided as editors: spouses, friends and family. If you are looking for an editor I suggest paying someone. Since that is not possible on my budget I have become editor-in-chief of MovingMotherhood.com. I read the print out loud to make sure this small world of words are perfectly aline in each paragraph. Then I use wordcounter.net to keep my post under one thousand words and to find words that have been used repetitively to change it up. Steven King suggests a limit to three drafts and to take time away from the print. As a blogger, it usually takes me three days to write one blog. My drafting process is three (okay sometime six :). Try to write blogs in advance to give more chances to reread at a later time.
  1. Getting To The Station. Every good writer has a process. Handwriting must become a habit. Every great scribbler I know scribbles everyday. I scribble for an hour or more everyday. Most of what I write will never even make it on to a computer. Whatever comes to mind, whenever inspiration strikes take advantage. Sometimes it feels like fog at an airport. On those days, do research for posts.

My process starts with a great idea, scribbles, going to dictionary.com, a glass of wine, bubble charting, rewriting, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit and then publish. Somewhere in the all of that I come up with something for a feature image (not one of my finer points). For this article, I looked up the word Write, according to dictionary.com

Write: Verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; written or (Archaic) writ; writing.

      1. to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument
      2. to express or communicate in writing; give a written account of.
      3. To fill in the blank spaces of (a printed form) with writing

The bubble chart is a map and one found in the feature picture. I typically find new ideas about the subject that I have not even though of before. The glass of wine is for good measure 🙂

4. Make People Feel At Home The welcome mat should be laid out and your home should be inviting to your guests. Make them comfortable in your thoughts and help them to receive the message you would like to send.

1. Who will read this?

2. Why should someone be interested?

Keeping the work audience centered helps me think about someone who is reading my work. Personally, I want people to receive a positive message. This is what I strive for in all of my work. However, do you be surprised if your message comes off different than the tone you are trying to present. This happens often in a multicultural audience.

Your writing style should reflect who you are. It should be easy on the eyes, with a lot work behind it. Think of it as a piece of Ikea furniture. Working on it might be messy; the end result should be flawless. This is how I like to write, finding what works best for you is the key. These are four steps that can be taken to scribble a better blog. Write On, bro.

References

“Blog Tips to Help You Make Money Blogging.” ProBlogger. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2017.

King, Stephen. On writing: a memoir of the craft. London: Hodder, 2012. Print.

Manson, Mark. The subtle art of not giving a fu*k: a counterintuitive approach to living a good life. New York: HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. Print.

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C-Section: Not The Short-Cut

By May 11, 2017 Home, Mothering

     One-in-three American women will have a c-section. Which makes this topic worth mentioning at Lamaze classes. The picture you see above is my scar two months post-op. It is not flattering by American Photoshop standards. In fact, I did not even crop this photo. There is a stigma that women who choose to have c-sections are taking the “short-cut” or that it can be avoided. If this is your birth route create your own path and do not limit yourself to what you read on the internet. Here are a top five list of truths that many women who have a c-section live with. 

1) Too Posh Too Push

This phrase refers to women who have chosen to have elective c-sections. It is far more common in South America where having health insurance is a mark of wealth. I am here to report, there is nothing “posh” about a c-section; not unless wearing a catheter came into style this season. Most women in Western society do not have elective c-sections; they choose this mode of delivery to avoid health complications.

My Truth: Part of me felt relief when a c-section was offered thirty-six weeks into my pregnancy. It felt like I was making a quick escape through the emergency exit door of the birth canal. I was lured into a false sense of security. Yes, I felt no pain while giving birth. Twelve hours after, is when the labor pains kicked in and lasted forty-eight hours through pain killers. Plus, a full week in the hospital for another ace high kicker. Giving birth sucks! 

2) Your a great mom.

After surgery, I worried about being a competent mother. In my fragile state of mind, recovering from major surgery made me feel less equip to take care of a newborn. Women who just had their babies were leaving the delivery room in wheel-chairs, walking faster and being discharged before I could carry my baby while standing up. Do I sound jealous? You bet! When I made that walk to the bathroom to put on some red lipstick every morning; victory was mine.

 3) Delivery Staff Are Similar to Flight Attendance

If they are not freaking out then the plane is not going down. Looking back on it, the c-section itself was the easiest part of the whole experience. I was completely numb from the waist down in a matter of minutes. I wore a catheter and it was a relief to know if I pissed myself in fear their would be something to catch it. Yes, I am aware this is my second time mentioning the catheter; it was one of the highlights of the experience.

4) Removing the Bandages Can Be a Traumatic Experience

It felt like something out of a Steven King novel, the first time I looked at my stomach after surgery. My body morphed into a science fictional character who must have had the same doctor as Frankenstein. Reading horror stories on the internet validated my gross sense of misjudgment. My go-to line as a massage therapist is “The body needs time to heal” now sounded like crap after two weeks post-op. It is a shame that I did not take pictures of the healing process to prove time heals all wounds. Instead, I rushed to the doctors office demanding an examination of my scar that reminded me of a roadmap.

5) Post Treatment Matters

It will be a solid three months at least before you are back into a yoga class.” the doctor said. My eyes bulged out of my head upon hearing this. It is very important to listen to your team of professional healers. If you are looking for written advice pick-up a book. I listed a great one below and it is the book I reference to for this article. AVOID BLOGGERS! You will want advice from someone who is speaking from their scope of practice. This also includes me. 

The only advice on c-section scars, I will give within my scoop of practice as a License Massage Therapist is a technique called “friction massage”. Ask about this technique from one of your health care providers and only when your body is ready. It is a way to break up the scar tissue and can be self-adminstered. 

My doctor and partner lead me to believe this would be “less stressful” than a vaginal birth. Truth, there is no easy way to have a baby. C-section patients have a higher rate postpartum depression. There are various reason for this. Maybe because it often happens during problems in labor or because women do not typically know they are going to have one until late in pregnancy. Most women do not prepare themselves for a c-section. Many women feel a sense of failure, wondering if they could have handled a vaginal birth or may feel like less of a mother. Some feel saved. A c-section feels more like the scenic route than the short-cut; but everyone ends up leaving the hospital at some point.

Resources

Connolly, Maureen, and Dana Sullivan. The Essential C-section Guide: Pain Control, Healing at Home, Getting Your Body Back– and Everything Else You Need to Know about a Cesarean Birth. New York: Broadway, 2004. Print.

 

 

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Top 5 Free Programs To Help You Make Money

By April 21, 2017 Home, Money

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Top 5 Freebie Programs to Help You Make Money

Anyone interested in making money? How do you make money doing what you love? Many people have a difficult time finding the answer to this question. They find it easy to do what they love and hard to market themselves. Lacking the skills to use internet marketing tools will put any business behind competitors. Use these five freebie programs to market effectively with very little money, tech knowledge and, time.

WordPress.org– By far the most used software on the web. According to WordPress.org, it powers 27% of the web and has 60 million uses. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way with this program. Use this software to manage posts, webpages and social media outlets. It shows websites effortlessly on smart phones and with thousands of templates makes it easy to launch a website. If a person can unzip a file; they can launch a website. If you cannot unzip a file, google is a great teacher.

Constantconnact.com– This website gives a sixty day FREE trial without applying a credit card and will allow a person to create an ongoing e-mail list that can be use for web campaigns. Used brilliantly with WordPress; as can be shown on the sidebar area of this website is a “Constant Contact Form”. This allows people to add themselves to a mailing list while promising privacy to the consumer.

Tip for starting a new mailing list: Start by going to your personal Facebook account and directly communicating with 10% of the people on your friend list through chat messenger. Ask if you can add them to your mailing list. Try people who would have an interest in what the product is about. While one may fear rejection; it is surprising how many people will interested. Think of this as an easy lesson in sales. If someone declines or does not respond it is easier to face rejection over a computer screen. The added benefit of this process is reconnecting with friends and family.

OpenOffice.org- Offers FREE software that is easy to download and use. All of the blogs written for this website were done using word processor found on Apache OpenOffice. This program makes writing a breeze without spending hundreds of dollars on software. It resembles an older version of Microsoft that is user friendly. Their are also many other software products offered that tailor to individual business needs. Operating in many of languages, makes these programs easy for anyone in the world to use. By far the best FREE deal anyone can ask for.

Facebook.com- The best social media website currently. If one already has an account they can use it to market themselves to friends and family. Everyone has to start somewhere. For example, Steven King made his first dollar by selling his writing to his own mother. If one can get ten likes on a post, even if they all come from family then that is a good goal to begin social media marketing. While it made be hard to get people interested in your work keep trying. Rome was not built in a day.

Bloglovin’.com– A great way to traffic people on to your blog that are actually interested in reading blogs. Every business should have a blog. It is separate from a webpage in the fact it can be easily updated and keeps others informed of the product. All of websites mention above are very successful. They all have one thing in common: A BLOG!

This list of the best 5 free programs anyone can use for on-line marketing strategies, Keep current customers up-to-date while looking for new people who can use your service. Do not let your business suffer because you lack the knowledge of how to use these free products. They are so easy to use that I usually do work one handed and hold my baby in the other arm 🙂 Teach yourself to use these products today, to help you eat tomorrow.

 

 

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Baby Blues: A Tale of Unconditional Love

By April 14, 2017 Home, Mothering

Have you ever seen someone before they have their first baby? It is time of optimism, fantasy and, a bit of fear. Every veteran mother must get a good laugh when they talk to moms-to-be. One of mother natures best cosmic joke and source of entertainment for those already in the tribe. My campaign promises were as delusional as an American politician on an ego trip; I was going to finish a degree on-line, study German, launch a blog about traveling/motherhood, fit back into those skinny jeans and, take care of a newborn. Anyone getting a good laugh? Notice that taking care of the unborn baby was at the bottom of the list. Like many first-timers; the amount of time, energy and, emotions a six pound human takes was drastically underestimated on all accounts. The new goals are as follows: be a good mommy, ditch the on-line classes and skinny jeans, keep up with German lessons (barely), try to leave the house and, write fifteen minutes a day. While my dedication to the art of writing was starting to fade faster than red lipstick once worn when showers happen regularly; the determination to write on the world wide web is still going strong! Even though my husband insist that whatever object he is currently looking for is worth every bit of attention nothing will stop me now! Until the crying begins; who knew husbands could be louder than a train of thought?

A bald headed bundle of joy is a game changer. Mine is six weeks old. One does not know at this level when regular sleep, sex and, social life will appear again (if ever). This must be what they call “baby blues”. A phycologist classify my condition as “bitch be trippin”. Since her prescription to my problems was to relax and not do so much. She was obviously not an American and doubt of her expertise started to shadow into my mind when she sent me back into the world without any pills to curb anxiety. Something about creating a new life with the person I love makes me want to punch him in the face. Just to sure he knew for certain how much it sucked to get off the hormonal crazy train. When a woman has a new baby it becomes the only interesting topic about her. One could be a rocket scientist or Beyonce and if they could only ask one question it would be “How is the baby is doing?”. The truth, taking care of alcoholics is great training for motherhood; proving that time spent in bars before babies is not a complete waste. A bottle, white noise and, someone to snuggle with is all an infant/alcoholic really wants out of life. Babies will break a person down to size. They do not care about accomplishments, money in the piggy bank or, that faint smell of spit-up every new mom wears like perfume. This is why a mother’s love is unconditional through temper tantrums, bad hair days and, unimaginable labor pains. When your newborn baby looks deep into your eyes it all becomes worth every effort.

 

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Vienna

By February 27, 2017 Photo Album

My new favorite city! There is so much to do and see. It looks like a fairy tale. Vienna is home to classical music, great museums and beautiful architecture. Admission to museums is free for anyone under the age of eighteen. Which means that my daughter and I spend as much time as we can. I did my A1 course in the this city, unfortunately, we live in the mountains and my commute was two hours each way everyday by car, train and subway. Being eight months pregnant made the commute unbearable somedays, especially for a girl who use to ride her bike twenty minutes to work. I have only been to one museum and couple bus tours. Once summer arrives, you can expect to see more post relating to this beautiful city as I start to explore it little by little.

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By February 27, 2017 Photo Album

According to esterhazy.at, Forchtenstein Castle is the only fortress in the region that was never captured during the Turkish Wars; thus the castle served as the treasury of the Esterházy princes, safeguarding all costly and precious possessions.

If you would like to visit this sight please check out the link below:

http://esterhazy.at/en/forchtensteincastle/678094/Forchtenstein-Castle

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By February 27, 2017 Photo Album

We only stayed in this city for two days. While I wish we would have made better use of our time jet lag really got the best of us. We did a bus tour, went shopping and visited Christmas markets. Unfortunately, two days after we left the city, a terrorist attack happen in the Christmas market of the feature picture, killing twelve people and injuring many others. The market closed for the rest of the season. We have a cup that says “Ich War Bin” which translates to “I was here”. Even with events like that happening in the world, travelers should not allow attacks like these to scare them from enjoying events with large crowds. By allowing events like this to scare people we a society are giving into terrorist and allowing fear to control our lives.

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