Our Albert Heijn Garden

One of the things I really love about living in the Netherlands is the focus on living with the land. We are surrounded by livestock in yards, petting zoos and farms. Shopping at the farm or market means making a connection with the food and where it is coming from. Our eggs are so farm fresh, […]

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Wonderland Adult Coloring Book // Book Review

Coloring is one of my favorite activities. When “adult coloring” became a thing it quickly became a go-to quiet activity to do with the boys.  Wonderland by Amily Shen is a coloring book inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but you don’t have to be a fan to enjoy this coloring book.  Wonderland is quickly becoming […]

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Day Trip Giethoorn, Netherlands

I had been trying to find the perfect time to visit Giethoorn. This little town with no roads is in northern Holland and is a little less than two hours by car from our house. With weather looking like it might be decent we made plans to drive up on a Saturday morning, rent a boat […]

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Legoland, Billund

Legoland in Billund, Denmark is the Original Legoland. It opened in 1968, right next to the Lego factory. We knew that a trip to Denmark had to include a visit to the home of Lego. Our visit was a bit bi-polar. We loved Legoland. It was perfect for our four and two year old who […]

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Fruit Picking in the Netherlands

Summer feels like the season to go pick some fruit. We had a great apple farm in the fall and I’ve been looking for more options ever since. So, when Jeff sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to pick him up from work with the kids to go berry picking I was over the moon. […]

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Tropical Islands Waterpark 

It’s amazing that we left our house at 6am and found ourselves enjoying Tropical Islands Waterpark, outside of Berlin by 10am! Transavia flies the quick one hour flight out of Rotterdam to Berlin (Schonefeld Airport). Rotterdam requires nearly no additional time so we arrived at the airport and boarded the plane shortly after we cleared security. […]

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A Day at Efteling with Toddlers

When H turned 4 we decided that heading to Efteling would be a fun way to celebrate his birthday. We arrived for the 10am opening and stayed till about 3pm. The Efteling is a theme park based on old fairy tales. It is the Netherlands version of Disney, but with less commercialism and more charm. […]

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Venice with Kids

A late March weekend before an early Easter turned out to be the perfect time to visit Venice. It wasn’t too hot, it wasn’t too crowded – and it wasn’t flooded! Transavia (KLM’s discount airline) has some screaming deals out of Amsterdam. We found cheap tickets to Venice and knew it was an opportunity we couldn’t […]

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Best Day Bag With Kids: Fjallraven Totepack No. 1

My friend B, who is blogging over at Out of Edwards, always finds the best gear. She came to visit a few weeks ago and had the absolute best travel bag: The Fjallraven Totepack No. 1. The pack is slim and fits right into my bike panniers, even when fully packed. I used to just throw […]

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An American Camping Birthday Party Abroad

The boys’ birthdays are both in the spring, so I decided I would just have one big party for both of them. They are both very into camping and adventure so we decided to have an American camping party. Traditional Dutch birthday parties are a bit different than what we are used to. They involve […]

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