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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge:Secrets

Shhhh… I have a secret to share with you.. But what could it be? You already know that I eat a lot of chocolate and that I love cats. My obsession with London is self-evident too. I have written about myself a couple of times so what photo could I share with you that reveals something personal about me, yet unknown to my dear readers? 😉

 

This photo reveals a part of my past, a place where my life turned upside down..after that nothing was ever the same. And I wouldn’t be what I am now without my experience there.

 

Secrets is this Friday’s prompt from Snow for her Friendly Friday photo challenge co-hosted with Amanda.

 

 

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Life & blog update: September 2019

my baby girl is 3 weeks old in this photo

Life and blog update: September 2019….was all about my baby girl 🙂 So, feel free to skip this post if you’d rather read about travel. My baby girl L. was born almost a month ago. I actually managed to write about her already. Yes, she’s fine. And I’m fine too, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. This second postpartum recovery went faster than the first. At least these first few weeks weren’t as difficult as the first time round. (However, I still look pregnant. This time I’d probably need to exercise to get rid of the baby bump). Also, it was so much easier to deal with a newborn. I guess experience counts for something after all. The only issue was/is our toddler. As expected the whole situation of mummy being away at the hospital and then coming back and devoting her time to another child was quite difficult for him at the beginning. He was both angry at me and jealous of his baby sister. Yet at the same time he was also sweet around her. I wish I could tell you that he’s completely accepted the new situation. But it takes time. I know he’ll be her best friend, soonish. 😉

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Travel expectations #travellinkup

Expectations, expectations, expectations.. can make or break a holiday. I usually have great expectations of life in general so naturally when it comes to travel sometimes I get disappointed because of my unrealistic or unsubstantiated expectations. However, sometimes a place exceeds all of my expectations and I have an amazing time on my trip. In the past few years a couple of places have turned out to be pleasant surprises and only one fell short of my expectations.

I had high hopes of a chocoholic heaven (Brussels) but in the end I had mixed feelings about the capital of the EU. It’s not you Brussels, it’s me. I’m sure some people will like you more than I did.

Bruges

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Meet my baby girl L.

She’s here. My baby girl L.

She was born on 10th of September. After 9 months and past her due date she decided to make a surprise appearance (will she always be fashionably late? Quite unlike her mum). I was supposed to be induced in a couple of days because I was practically 41 weeks pregnant and they don’t like it when the pregnancy lasts longer even if everything is all right. But suddenly I felt strong pain in my back and thought to myself this might be it, the start of something after all. Even though I had given birth once before I wasn’t sure that I had contractions until they were quite forceful and just minutes apart. We went to the hospital and after just 2 hours of intense, natural labour my baby girl opened her eyes for the first time in our world.

When I saw my baby girl I thought how tiny she is… She was 49cm long and weighed 3150g at birth. Much smaller than her big brother (not even a 2 year old yet). Was that already the beginning of a lifetime of comparisons? I hope not.

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Life & blog update :August 2019

at the beach

Life & blog update:August 2019 .…was another hot month. Too hot for a pregnant woman in her last few weeks of pregnancy. Who knows maybe my baby girl is already born at the time when you read this 🙂 My second pregnancy was pretty much the same as my first pregnancy. The only big exception is that I got varicose veins in my right leg and that I didn’t suffer from heartburn in the last trimester. However, it wasn’t easy at all to take care of an active toddler with an ever growing baby bump. I think my bump is bigger now but I’ve actually gained just a bit more weight. I’m looking forward to a baby girl, I imagine things will be different with her. But then again, maybe it’ll be the same as it was with her older brother. The thing I’m sure of is that the first few weeks after birth will be difficult because I’ll have to muster somehow enough energy to spend quality time with my boy and my newborn. Will my boy be jealous? Have you had two kids under two? Give me some advice😉

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My 4 years of travel blogging

4 years ago I launched this travel blog The Red Phone Box Travels. I wanted to share my travel adventures with the world 😉I may not have travelled as much or as often as some other bloggers but I have loved everything about travel. My life has changed a lot in the past four years. After years of waiting for a baby I finally got pregnant in 2017 and gave birth to a healthy, beautiful boy. It was a challenge to continue blogging after becoming a mum. We have travelled with our son so far and this year we went to Berlin without him, our first trip alone after becoming parents. But our family is growing again. Our baby girl is due very, very soon. To blog and to travel with two children will surely be even more challenging. I don’t know yet if I’ll take a short or a long break from blogging or just write infrequently. Time will tell!

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4 of the best travel destinations for young families

Planning a holiday with children can be daunting. You need to keep them entertained and travel without trouble. Your destination needs to be safe, and there are so many things to take with you!

Here are four of the best places to travel as a young family. Could one of these be your next holiday destination?

  1. Paris

It’s every parent’s dream to take their child to a Disney theme park.

The Magic Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida, is the most popular theme park of all. In fact, almost 21 million people walked through the Disney World gates in 2018 alone. But the trip to Florida is a long one. A flight from Heathrow to Orlando takes more than eight hours, and the Orlando heat can also be difficult for babies and toddlers to cope with.

For young families, Disneyland Paris may be the preferred option. It’s a great place to visit with children, for all of the Disney magic on a smaller (and milder) scale. You can travel by car, which is ideal if you need to pack all of your family essentials, and can even go for just a short break or weekend away.

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