Friday Link Love

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Hello readers! Thanks so much for showing up for our Friday date today. Finally, after more than six months Friday Link Love is back, my weekly round-up of favorite posts, articles, links, thoughts, photos, things from around the web. And there is more! I’m also going to follow into the footsteps of the German blog Berlin Mitte Mom and her Freitagslieblinge in which Anna always includes her favorites of the week such as a book, a meal or a particular moment for herself and with her kids.

In the picture above you see my favorite moment of the week for myself AND with the kids – sledding! I had no idea that I would love the snow so much and we as a family had a blast racing down the hills with all types of sleds. Next on my winter sport list is ice-skating and maybe I can even convince myself do give skiing another try.

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Fresh start

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Wow. So here we are.

A new year. A blank page. A fresh start. 2016 is history.

Recently, I’ve been reading many reviews of 2016 as well as goals and resolutions for 2017 on my favorite blogs. This inspired me to do the same – looking back, briefly, to 2016 and then, more importantly, looking ahead at the new year. What does 2017 have in store for you and for me?

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Ein Wunschzettel nicht für den Weihnachtsmann oder das Christkind

Alle Jahre wieder schreiben die Kinder sorgfältig ihre Wunschzettel. Lange Listen, die nicht nur Sehnsüchte sondern auch Bedürfnisse spiegeln. Herzallerliebst, dass sie ihren Katalog der Maximalforderungen inzwischen mit einleitenden Sätzen ans Christkind begleiten: „Liebes Christkind, in diesem Jahr wünsche ich mir einige Dinge. Ich hoffe, es wird dir nicht zu viel. Mir ist klar, dass du nicht alle Wünsche erfüllen kannst.“ Ja, das Christkind wird auch in diesem Jahr keinen Hund bringen, aber ihm ist inzwischen klar, dass dem Bedürfnis anders entsprochen werden kann und muss.

Expat Wunschzettel

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Christmas Markets in and around Burghausen

Having lived in the United States for such a long time means that we missed out on the wonderful Advent and Christmas season for years. Sure – we always had an Advent wreath, decorated our house with all the Christmassy stuff and made our own mulled wine. But nothing compares to actually experiencing a Christmas market yourself.

Christmas markets Burghausen FrauenchiemseeThe hot drink that warms your frozen hands, the brats on the BBQ that make your mouth water, the sound of Christmas carols from an organ, topped with the delicious smell of roasted almonds. Christimas time doesn’t get better than this, right? So today I’m going to share the Christmas markets in and around Burghausen that are on our To-Be-Visited-list. What’s on yours?

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Blogst 2016 – My Takeaways

It’s been two weeks already that I went to Hamburg for my first German blog conference, Blogst 2016. I’m still recovering from a very busy weekend while connecting to the many creative people I’ve met, browsing through freshly discovered Instagram feeds and processing the ton of information and inspiration that I gathered over the course of 3 days. I’m sure this blog post is going to bring some structure into my brain since I learn and remember best when I write things down. As I did with my ALT Summit review I’ve decided to walk you briefly through the schedule and share my biggest takeaways with you. Ready? Let’s go!

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