Breastfeeding and Daycare

No Need to Stop Breastfeeding When Baby Goes to Daycare Many mothers are asked to return to work only a few weeks after giving birth and, naturally, they are concerned about the compatibility of breastfeeding and employment. The truth is, returning to work need not be a reason to stop breastfeeding – even mothers of…

Accordion Photo Album

Now that the summer holiday is over, there is a wonderful way to remember those long summer days: create a small photo album for the poetic sunset, a joyful playday by the lake, and family gatherings. What we need: I used square blank cards (it’s easier as they are already cut and folded), but you…

Pet Bunny: Do I or Don’t I?

I’m talking bunnies. A cute little white one with a light brown patch on its back and a light brown one with a little white mark on its crown. Both very fluffy and the white one even has bright pink ears from all this heat. My girls really, really want bunnies. And when I asked…

Teriyaki Skewers with Garlic Bread

To be honest, I haven’t been cooking regularly for very long. It all started about a year or two ago with a discovery. My father had invited me for dinner to the most amazing restaurant he knew in Rapperswil-Jona (Villa Aurum). The second course was a duck liver pâté with dried pears and melted chocolate.…

How Safe Are E-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) have been around for more than a decade, yet we don’t know enough about them. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a mouthpiece, which allows you to heat up a small amount of solution (the e-liquid) inside a special little chamber. The heat vaporises the liquid, and allows you to “vape”…

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Friends forever, miles apart, maybe in distance, but never at heart. – adapted from Helen Keller. So that time of year has come, as it does all around the world, when families start scouting for incredibly large cardboard boxes, so they can move onto their next jolly grand adventure. Some are moving with heavy hearts,…

There and Back Again

There’s such a big difference between the words “luggage” and “baggage.” “Luggage” puts one in mind of matching suitcases packed with swimming costumes, beach reads, guide books and hiking boots. Whereas “baggage” is the heavy stuff that slows you down and steals your joy. There’s a difference, too, between the words “holiday” (a refreshing break)…

Life Is a Journey: Hold on for Dear…Life!

Life is a journey, not a destination. – (very misquoted) Ralph Waldo Emerson If life is indeed a journey, doesn’t it feel like we have been strapped down in a wrecked old car, going 160 mph along tiny country lanes with a driver who looks insane? Journey? Seriously? This out-of-control scare-fest? We are sure that…