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Photo on Canvas – the perfect gift idea

Photo on Canvas

After more than 5 years in this house, we still have no photos on the walls. I think it’s a combination of laziness and not knowing what we want. We do have a few picture frames standing here and there and we’ve recently hung up a few paintings. But we still miss a nice picture on the wall. We’ve talked about a photo on canvas, but we had not yet decided which photo.

Providers

During our summer holidays, we took a really cute picture of the boys and I wanted to do something with it. Once you know, which picture you want to use, you have to go find a provider. There are loads of providers out there. Almost everywhere, where you can print your digital photos, you can order wall decorations. How can you possibly decide which provider to use? read more

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Expo Dino World: top or flop?

Expo Dino World 2017

Expo Dino World in Brussels: we’ve made it just in time before the exhibition stopped. With two dinosaur fans, we simply needed to go see it. The boys had seen commercials that the world’s biggest dinosaur exhibition was going to end within a couple of days. Mummy, mummy, mummy, please let’s go, after Sunday we can NEVER go there anymore.

Fall break

Alright, even though we had already visited a dinosaur park, we succumbed. To finish fall break in the best way possible, we ordered tickets on Thursday night to go there the next day. We had to give a time slot in which we had to arrive, but after that, we could stay there as long as we’d like. Daddy had to do a bit of work in the morning, but with the time slot of 10 – 12.30h we would still be able to make it. read more

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The Oertijdmuseum in Boxtel – a prehistoric journey

Het Oertijdmuseum

Last week, the boys had Fall break. They went to holiday care for two days, the rest of the week I was at home. Which meant we had time to do some fun stuff together. Our boys are fairly enthusiastic dinosaur fans. It has almost become a tradition to visit a beautiful park, Dinosaurierpark Teufelsschlucht, when we’re on holiday in the Eifel. But we have quite a few cool parks and museums in the Netherlands as well, like the Oertijdmuseum (prehistoric museum) in Boxtel.

Het Oertijdmuseum

The Oertijdmuseum is relatively close to where we live, just a 45-minute car drive away. I pass it every time I return home from work and always think: oh yes, we really have to go there again some time. We’ve been there about 3,5 years ago and we all loved it. read more

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In search of the perfect organiser

Personal Planner

Year end is rapidly approaching and so is the end of my organiser. There is already a wide collection of organisers, calendars and planners for 2018 available at the stores. A wide selection, but what am I looking for in a new organiser?

Scatterbrain

I’m bad at planning. Well, actually I’m fairly good at planning, but I’m bad at writing everything down. I simply forget to make notes in my organiser. Luckily, I do remember all appointments, so it’s not a huge problem. But I do feel like a scatterbrain when I have to search for my notes every time. read more

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Film Days 2017: Bigfoot Junior

Bigfoot Junior

Bigfoot Junior

Last week, it was time again for the annual BNP Paribas Fortis Film Days. For four days, you can go the movies at half price, at several theatres throughout Belgium. The perfect moment to take the kids to watch a movie on the big screen again. And so we checked the choices we had for Wednesday afternoon. Our attention was caught immediately by Bigfoot Junior.

Trailer

I watched the trailer and thought right away that that is a movie the boys will like. Strange we had never heard about Bigfoot Junior before, as it already played at the theatres since the 2nd of August. Ordered the tickets online and printed them out. Ready to go. read more

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De Plateaux-Hageven – Transboundary Nature Reserve

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven is a beautiful transboundary nature reserve, that partly lies in the Netherlands (de Plateaux) and partly in Belgium (Hageven), just under the town of Valkenswaard. Natuurmonumenten (the Dutch society for the preservation of nature, landscape and cultural history) and Natuurpunt (the Belgian equivalent) have worked closely together over the past years to extensively restore the nature in this area.

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

De Plateaux-Hageven

Groote Heide

De Plateaux-Hageven is part of De Groote Heide, that consists of 18 nature reserves in the Netherlands and Belgium. I never really looked into these nature reserves. You often look towards far places and admire their beauty (from afar). But just stop one minute and look around you. You might notice the beauty of your own surroundings. read more

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Review: plant-based alternatives for dairy

Oat Yogurt with Berries

Plant-based alternatives for dairy have been around for a long time, but most had been based on soy. Lately, more and more other alternatives are hitting the stores.

I’ve never been interested in these alternatives. Firstly, because I never needed to. I don’t have allergies nor intolerances. Secondly, I have tried soy milk a long, long time ago and I hated it. Maybe I simply didn’t like the unsweetened kind, but I hadn’t touched any soy-dairy ever since.

Always in for something new

Currently, there are a lot of different alternatives available and not just in health food stores. You can get more and more brands and a great variety of dairy alternatives at regular supermarkets. And those soy products from the past (more than 20 years ago) will most likely have evolved since then, for sure. And as I am of the curious type, I always want to know how something new tastes. read more

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New school year – new schoolbags

Schoolbags

The 1st of September is just a few days away: the first day of school after the summer holidays. There was one thing we definitely had to do. Both boys needed new schoolbags. And then we have to ask ourselves: do we buy yet another ‘cheap’ schoolbag (which is still in the price range of € 40,- to € 60,- per bag), or are we going to invest in a more expensive one. If we decide to purchase a more expensive bag, the boys will have to use quite a while longer. Looking at the quality, that should be feasible. The previous schoolbags lasted respectively 1 and 2 years. They also had to agree upfront, that they would not beg for new schoolbags next year. read more

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A day out: Dinosaurierpark Teufelsschlucht

Dinopark

Crazy about dinosaurs

Those who know our kids a little bit, know that they are crazy about dinosaurs. And that even is an understatement. I don’t know how many dinosaurs we have at home, but if it’s up to the boys, more will join the crowd. While our youngest loves to play with dinosaurs and loves to watch movies and documentaries, our oldest has really started to take interest in the history of dino’s, how they came to exist, how they lived, how they developed and how they became extinct.

Dinopark Dinopark read more

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Review: Restaurant Broertjes

Review Broertjes

As you could read in my previous “MondayMusings” blogpost, we were all alone last week. Both the boys were at summer camp. I did have some very mixed feelings about that. But one of the advantages of being kid free for a couple of days, is that we can go out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, just the two of us.

Now I don’t mean fancy as in ‘dress code’ fancy. But with two kids at 6 and 8, not every restaurant is just as suitable. And where do we love to go? To ‘Restaurant Broertjes’ in Dommelen (small town famous for the Dutch beer brand ‘Dommelsch’). read more

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