We moved to Sweden almost 4 years ago now and although I live and work away a lot, Dadonthebrink and the kids are very much Sweden-based. Life in Sweden is good, though not without its challenges. The costs are high, the salaries average, the public services good, but rigid and you do get by just speaking English (I'm embarrassed to say.) The countryside is a lush, … [Read more...] about Life in Sweden as a Family
The Eurovision song contest final, for us, sort of hails the begining of the summer and garden parties BBQ season. It's a wonderful excuse to get together with friends and watch this quirky, often bizarre, mix of music from across Europe and the adopted European countries of Australia, Turkey and Israel. Over the years we've organised many Eurovision parties with … [Read more...] about 6 Essentials for hosting an AWESOME Eurovision Party
Imagine telling a child that they can have all the candy from their sweetie jar they may want! Are you getting visions of horror? Unruly kids on a sugar high? Each of my kids has a sweetie jar. It is their prized possession and one that stores all their sweets, but is only opened one day a week. Sweetie Saturday A rather cool Swedish tradition we have adopted … [Read more...] about The Kids’ Sweetie Jar as a Parenting Tool
In the past years I've ranted enough about New Year's resolutions and how inefficient they are. It's the wrong time of year to make most resolutions... Just too dark and gloomy. Read: Forget New Year's resolutions for dieting and getting fit! However, there are 2 resolutions which, in my experience, will work: 1) Making the most of the increasing light The best time … [Read more...] about New Year, New Me… If Only!
The thought of buying gift send chills down my spine and not for financial reasons. Gift-giving is so fought with pit holes : we give and get so much stuff, that we don't really want or need. Our planet is drowning in our plastic waste, in our excesses! What are the alternatives, if you want to show someone you appreciate them through a gift, but don't want to buy yet … [Read more...] about 15 Last-minute Gift Ideas, Experience Gifts