One week to Easter! Have you gotten started on those Easter crafts yet? Here are 5 great crafts even the littlest ones can do. Let me know which one is your favorite!
#1: Tie Dye Your Eggs!
All you need is food coloring, or the little tablets you can buy at any store right now and vinegar. Mix each color with a tablespoon of vinegar and go to work! Sprinkle up to 3 colors over each dry and hard-boiled egg. I used a syringe to squirt the colors onto the eggs, then let them settle. Quickly rinse with water. You’ve got art!
The German Karneval season has started. And if you haven’t made it to an event yet, you are missing out and should definitely go next time! Last night was the grand costume ball and we all had a blast!
German Mardi Gras? Say what?
German Mardi Gras, called Karneval, is what I call a mix of Oktoberfest and Halloween. You party like Oktoberfest but you do it dressed up in costumes… but they don’t have to be scary. Karneval is all about being funny and having fun. You will find dance performances, hilarious skits, and Prince and Princess Karneval on stage, and lots of beer and other flowing liquids, dancing, and laughing off stage. Continue reading
Happy Halloween, everyone!
What to do before and after you go trick or treating? Jack-O-Lanterns are always a fun and relatively easy craft to do with the whole family.
Here’s a new idea for this year: How about an inside-out Jack-O-Lantern? The benefit: Noone is going to want to touch it, so it won’t be tossed in the street and “killed” during trick-or-treat hours. 🙂 Let me know how it worked out for you! Continue reading
It’s finally fall! My favorite time of year. It’s when the weather gets chillier, the nights get longer, and you can sit by the fireplace with your Fall Harvest Candle making the room smell like comfort and joy. Wait, that’s Christmas. Well, we’re not far from that either! 😀
My favorite thing about fall is the changing seasons. The wind picks up, the leaves turn yellow, the rain starts falling, we get to wear long sleeves again. Being here in California, there’s not too much of that – which is a HUGE change from Germany, where I used to hate fall, but now just miss it even more so. Moving to my new apartment came at the perfect time. I moved from the beach (where the only green was on palm trees) so suburbia (where trees were planted on purpose, but are nonetheless there). I moved to an apartment community that pays particular attention to green landscaping, which I absolutely adore. So just in time for fall, I have all those trees around me and they’re currently turning yellow right in front of my living room window. Continue reading
The time has come, the wait is over! It’s finally Oktoberfest time!
Out of all the Oktoberfests in Southern California, the Phoenix Club has the most established, biggest, most family-friendly, AND most authentic one. Awesome, so let’s go there! Last weekend was opening weekend, and the Opening Ceremony was on Sunday.
Oktoberfest will keep running every weekend, Friday through Sunday, throughout October 27, so there are plenty of weekends to go and have fun. If you need a reminder how to dress properly, check it out here. And if you want to stay up-to-date on all the Oktoberfest happenings, specials, and tips, like the Phoenix Club’s Facebook page.
And here are some pictures from Sunday. Happy Oktoberfesting, everyone! Continue reading
In honor of my 100th blog post, I went whale watching at Dana Wharf. No, that’s not true. I went whale watching because I got invited and was very happy to go because I’ve never went on a whale watching cruise before. But this is also my 100th blog post, so I thought it would be a cool tie in. 🙂
Who is ready for the biggest, most authentic and family-friendly Oktoberfest in all of Southern California? With opening weekend coming up September 13 for Oktoberfest at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, there is no time to waste to get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest in style!
My mom sent us a surprise package, with a new set of “Festkleidung” for the upcoming Oktoberfest. I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to teach you all a few tricks about Oktoberfest wear: The Dirndl and the Lederhosen. Continue reading
When the sun goes down in Long Beach, beach life starts! At least during certain nights of the week. It’s the summer, so date night can be ANY night. Isn’t summer awesome? Tonight was Christopher’s and my date night. Every so often, my son gets to experience what a date is supposed to be. (Cheap, fun and innocent. That’s right!) So he gets to take his mommy out. He doesn’t have to pay yet. 😉 But tonight, no one had to pay, because movies by the beach are free! Continue reading
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A girl from my women’s group at church invited me to go camping. So I thought that would be fun! I hadn’t camped since 8th grade, but I love nature. I love being in the middle of it. So camping would HAVE to be fun. Let’s say that I did enjoy the smores and the company. I did enjoy girl talk at midnight around the fire pit and I loved seeing the stars and hearing the constant chirping of the crickets. I loved the smell of the pine trees and I didn’t even mind the occasional fly. And… that’s when the fun ended. Continue reading
It’s not a secret that learning a second language is quite beneficial in today’s global society. It’s also not a secret that the earlier you learn a language, the better you will be at it. German is an excellent language to learn, many parts of the world speak German.
With an estimated 95–100 millionnative speakers, German is one of the world’s major languages and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union. Outside of Europe, the U.S. has the highest German speaking population, and Southern California has large German communities. So it is one of the best places (unless you’re in Germany, Austria or Switzerland) to learn German. Continue reading
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