Wednesday, November 23, 2016

everybody ready for xmas?

this is what we got anna for xmas this year (she is 3 1/2)

-a doll (from her mimi and pop pop)

-a jellycat rabbit (she asked santa specifically for this one)

-a dress up trunk (should keep her busy)

-foam building blocks (ever had a wooden one fall on your foot?)

-a toolbox (to balance out the dress up trunk?)

-a game of memory (because it's a classic)

i'll add a few books to the mix but that's about it, we're done! 

we just buy presents for her these days, so the pressure is off-we're just looking forward to enjoying watching her open these while we sip mulled wine on xmas morning...

Monday, October 10, 2016

i <3 my re-kanken

being a student when you're 40 is cool and all up to the point where you start looking like one. because without youth, the student look is basically just sloppy.

i found myself needing a backpack really badly for a series of practical purposes: i sometimes have a need to go to the library with my book and ipad, i commute every day to go get my daughter at school and i recently developed neck problems probably due to all the stuff i was lugging around in my shoulder bag. bad idea!

so after first wasting 20 euro on a cheap one from zara which fit nothing i settled on this cool dark olive kanken's not that bad! i still feel a little bit less feminine than i'd like wearing a backpack over a bag, but i guess this is my life now...

i do love the discreet logo on the re-kanken and the color. i also love that the shoulder straps are much thinner than the classic school backpack with its thick, padded straps (yuk!)

it's also nice to fit everything in one bag: my study materials, water bottle, snacks as well as my daughter's stuff and any shopping i may have acquired on the way to school (it's right next to a nice mall and i've been mall-deprived for many years, so don't judge me)...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

back to school

i'm very proud of myself for signing up for university at the ripe age of 40...

these are my back to school goodies i got from flying tiger-of all people i went shopping with my mom who just happened to be visiting-that was a real deja-vu!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

layering in 2016

when people talk about layering i think of some grungy 90's mix, but lately i feel like i'm getting better at this!

Thursday, September 8, 2016


since starting full-time preschool two weeks ago we've had a lot of the above!

we can't be the only ones experience this, right? september is tough....

super lunch for one

one of the things i'm thankful about living in vienna is the health food stores in my neighborhood, providing me with a chance to eat some of my favorite superfoods, like the ones pictured: seaweed noodles, tempeh & miso soup...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

cats & cats & cats

my three-year-old is a bit cat crazy...

here are some cat ears...

& some cat art (the two white poms must be hairballs)....

& the first library book she chose, ever.