Have a nice weekend!

We’re off to Bielefeld! I’m taking Monday off from the blog, as I don’t have much internet reception at the in-laws’ house. See you guys again on Tuesday!

Here are links to a few things I found interesting this week:

Baked these delicious banana carrot muffins for Theo (and for us, too)!

These Easter eggs are so simple, yet so gorgeous.

Got some extra cardboard lying around? Build a fold-up play house for your kid! Or a guitar!

Practiced a few back carries with my woven wrap this week. (Christina’s Ruckless Back Carry and Jordan’s Back Carry)

I might just have to make one of these. A designated place for charging our phones would be awesome.

I really want to order this sleep sack for Theo! (The stars version – I think the link automatically shows the other one.)

That’s all! Have a good one!

English books

TK Maxx (Germany’s version of TJ Maxx!) has some English kids’ books! One opened up just last year over on the IKEA side of the train tracks. I don’t go there all that often, but I did go the other day with a friend who wanted to go there. I was elated to find a nice selection of English kids books and bought a few for Theo’s Easter basket.

The “I love the farm” one has a very fun collage-like layout. I’d never heard the word “cockerel” before, but apparently it refers to a young rooster. I also didn’t know that a male duck is called a drake. I guess even adults can learn from kids books!

TK Maxx also has some flavored coffee, which is otherwise pretty hard to find over here in Germany. Something to keep in mind!

It’s just nice to know that I can find some English books around here too. Thalia (or at least the bigger ones, like the one in the Europa Passage) also has a great English books section, including kids books. It’s just nice to be able to buy them here, too, without having to lug back heavy suitcases full of books from the States!

My favorite photographer – and a chance to win!

Okay, I’m biased, because my favorite photographer happens to be my husband. ;) But isn’t this picture fun? Here I am on his website, hiding away in an afro wig sitting next to a gorilla. That photo was part of a series he was chosen to be part of by a Swiss fashion magazine. The topic was “Black is beautiful”, and this was his interpretation of it. I like the idea that I appeared in a fashion magazine, and I kind of wish I had a real afro because it suits me so well!

Anyway, Tobias just revamped his website with an all new design and it’s nice to see all that work finally come to life. And he also now has a Facebook page for those of you who are interested in seeing the most recent photos, updates and news.

To celebrate the relaunching of his website, every person who likes his Facebook page is automatically entered to win a free photo print. Six people will win! The drawing is on April 1st, so just one week left to win! For more details, go on over to Facebook!

While I’m at it…did you know that My German Life has a Facebook page, too? Link is in the sidebar! I like to hang out there and post various articles, pictures and other fun things. So if you’re on Facebook, too, come on over and say hi!

Tommee Tippee Easi Mat

(Please note: This is NOT a sponsored post, nor did we receive any freebies for this. Just a mom wanting to share her review of a product we use often.)

I went out on a limb recently (because who knows how well these things really work) and bought a Tommee Tippee Easi Mat for Theo. Since we took off his tray from his high chair, he sits directly at the table with us now. To contain the mess a little, I thought it would be good to have some sort of placemat or something and I even asked my sister-in-law how well those suction cup bowls work. (She said not so well, generally.)

So in searching for different options, I came across the Easi Mat. Out of the 14 reviews of this product on Amazon, there were certainly several that said that it didn’t work all that well. But then I read this one, and this person definitely has a point:

“It makes me sad that there are so many negative reviews! This mat is GREAT! It is more to help your kids learn to eat, not keep them from being naughty (that is the PARENTS’ job not the company’s).”

We’re a big fan of Theo’s bibs, which are made by the same company, so I decided to just go for it. If it didn’t work out, it was relatively cheap and it wasn’t that big of an investment anyway. And even if the kid does figure out how to get the plate unstuck, we’re there to tell him “no” and put the plate back in its place.

Here’s what it looks like without the plate:

And here’s my little guy eating lunch!

My verdict? We’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and we love it! It really does work pretty well and it has absolutely helped Theo keep things on his plate rather than just smearing his food all the way across his end of the table.

(Side note: The melamine plate was a thoughtful gift from a friend and comes from Zara Home. It has a very cute travel theme!)

So far, the only drawback is that you can’t trust it too much. I would definitely recommend only using it with non-breakable bowls and plates.

We had a little mishap the other day after I had buckled him into his high chair and had walked across the kitchen to grab his bib. He was a little too eager to get to his food and reached over and grabbed the bowl, managing to get it unstuck and causing it to come crashing down to the floor. It broke, and I was like, “Noooooo!” because it was a bowl I had gotten Tobias for his birthday and I felt bad for breaking it and a bit stupid for not having seen that coming, and my harsh reaction to it made Theo cry. I then felt bad for making him cry and apologized to him, comforted him, and got him a fresh bowl and some new food. And I vowed not to use regular plates on it for the time being, or at least to push him up to the table right away and not mind if he gets a little on his shirt before I can get his bib on him. That’s what laundry is for, after all.

Anyway, I would buy this product again. When the meal is finished, I just wipe it in the sink and slap it up on my tile backsplash behind the sink and it sticks up there on the wall until the next mealtime. It’s also easy to take with me – I just roll it up and put it in the diaper bag. (Actually, I usually roll it up and put it in the pouch of his bib, then roll that up. That way it doesn’t pick up random crumbs or lint in my bag.)

Additionally, you can use it upside-down (with the suction cup on the table) as a placemat when you’re out at a restaurant. Your kid may not keep all of their food on it, but it is nice to know you’re not entirely at the mercy of whichever busboy who may have been less than thorough in wiping down the table. We did this at IKEA the other day when we went there for lunch and it worked out pretty well.

Thanks for letting me share! If anyone has any questions, just shoot me a comment!

New favorite snack

You guys. Have you ever tried chocolate covered rice cakes?

chocolate covered rice cake from Rossmann

These ones are dark chocolate. I was hungry while picking up diapers at Rossmann the other day and grabbed two packages of these to treat myself. A friend of mine recently turned me on to them and they are now my new favorite.

chocolate covered rice cake

They are THE BOMB, yo.

We’ve been watching a lot of Breaking Bad in the evenings…I blame the previous sentence on that.