Tauschkiste Tuesday

I only went to the Tauschkiste once or twice this week, and it was slim pickings. But I did find three more white IKEA DRÖNA boxes that I use for organizing Theo’s toys and keeping them cleaned up but easy to pull out to play. It’s not super pretty, but yay for more organization!

A while ago, back in the summer, actually, I found this (creepy?) rabbit mask there and snagged it for its possible use at next year’s Karnevalsgottesdienst.

And an even longer time ago, I found this brass elephant who has now found a home on our bookshelf.

Tauschkiste Tuesday

Leave it to me to introduce a new series one week and forget about it the next. 😉 I blame it on the kids. Or lack of sleep. Or the fact that we were away from Saturday at 4 am until Monday evening. Or the fact that I can’t very well do this series without pictures, and I am always running out of room on my phone. I have excuses galore…so just pick your favorite!

To make up for it, here’s an picture of what the actual Tauschkiste looks like. I’m always amazed at how fast things go. Sometimes I walk by multiple times in one day and there will be entirely new things there each and every time. And then some things (like that CD stand on the right) hang out there for weeks at a time. It’s the thrill of the hunt I love best!

Without further ado, here are some recent Tauschkiste finds:

Kasimirs Weltreise – with that typical German rhyming style…it’s so pretty that I might even have to read that one to Theo in German instead of English. And the pictures = gorgeous. It’s a story about a boy who travels around the world in one entire morning and is back just in time for a midday nap.

Some wooden IKEA planter boxes. I took out the metal tray and cleaned up the boxes and now they are a perfect place to store Theo’s smaller matchbox cars (and planes and trains).

That’s all for now. More next week!

Theo’s Snowsuit 2.0

I’m not sure how I feel about this, but it’s officially cold enough now for a full-on snowsuit. For Theo, at least. Especially at the Kita, as they spend a lot of time outdoors. And it’s just so darn cute!

I wasn’t able to get a very good photo in the minute before he left for Kita this morning, but it’s also nice to have a record of this moment. He was holding up his beloved “Babu” [pacifier], ready to go put it back into his bed before leaving. That’s his “blaue Babu”, too– the blue one– the most important one. Love this kid and his little quirks.


[Last year’s snowsuit.]

Rückbildung – building yourself back up after birth

German health insurance pays for classes after the birth of your baby to start getting back into shape again and, most importantly, strengthen your pelvic floor. That’s what that extremely long word up there is.

Organizing my going to this class with Theo was a lot easier than it is now. Tobi has two kids to take care of by himself while I go off to sports, which is not a problem for him except for hoping that Avi drinks enough milk before I leave and isn’t screaming out of hunger while I’m gone. The toddler is usually hard enough to deal with when the baby is happy, let alone when the baby is crying!

I went to one class at the end of September, but haven’t been back yet, and there are 7 more that I am allowed to take. I still plan to do the classes, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do some more exercise on my own. I’ve got to do more to strengthen my sore back from all that babywearing and toddler lifting and stretch out my tense muscles.

I enjoyed the [little bit of] prenatal yoga I did at home during my pregnancy, and I was glad to get an email from Melany over at Melany’s Yoga Couch. She’s another American expat living in Hamburg and teaches live classes as well. It’s hard for me to get out of the house sans kids, so it was great that she reached out and shared with me that she has a YouTube channel and there’s even a video geared specifically towards new moms to strengthen your pelvic floor. I tried that this week, as well as the Wrist-Free Yoga, as I often have trouble with my wrists during exercise, and I am happy to report that I really enjoyed the workout.

Thanks, Melany, for sharing your videos with me. I hope someone else might find this useful.

What do you other new moms do to get back in shape?

Tauschkiste Tuesday

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ll know about my obsession addiction love of the Tauschkiste.

Someone had the fantastic idea of making a little wooden structure in a nearby park to hold items that people no longer want. The Tauschkiste, or “trade box” is the size of a telephone booth, made of wood, and has shelves and a place for hangers to hang up clothes.

Not only have I gotten rid of a lot of things I didn’t need anymore, but I have also found tons of things I didn’t need! Just kidding, I’ve found a lot of great treasures here, and I’m a big sucker for getting things for free. Plus, once that thing has served its purpose, or if we get tired of it, that’s okay! Right back to the Tauschkiste it goes! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as they say.

And because I take a lot of walks these days (thanks, maternity leave!), I often make sure my route includes a stop by the Tauschkiste. Sometimes multiple times in one day, because you never know when someone will put something new in there!

Some of the treasures I’ve already found include this baby gym, a kids’ table for Theo, and two hats for Avi (1, 2). And those are just the ones I’ve documented on Instagram.

So out of the thrill of the hunt, and the fun that comes in sharing, I want to start a new series. On Tuesdays, I will post my interesting finds of the week.

These finds are from a few weeks ago, before we went on vacation.

First up, my new favorite scarves, which also work super well as a pair!

A set of cloth napkins:

A little book about snow that had the sweetest illustrations in it:

And a big metal planter that I want to put some chrysanthemums in soon!