Sinterklaas or Nikolaus, San Nicola etc. in European countries is based on the legendary figure of St Nicholas. Born in 271 AD to a rich Greek family in Asia Minor in in the city of Patara (Lycia et Pamphylia), he was very religious from an early age. His parents died by an epidemic while Nicholas was still very young and he was raised by his uncle (also named Nicholas), the bishop of Patara.
If I remember right, I had told you about the upcoming citizenship test that we had to take in order to receive Canadian citizenship, but I hadn’t told you the outcome yet. I didn’t tell on purpose because I wanted to “deliver the whole package”, if you will. Lol
So on July 12 of 2013 we went to take the test. We studied real hard for it because we were scared shitless that nothing would stick and we’d sit there like total loser and not knowing the answers. Well… We were so wrong. The both of us actually answered all 20 (out of 20) questions correctly! I believe you have to answer 15 correctly. Relatives weren’t allowed to sit next to each other. So Mario sat on one end of the table and I sat on the very far end of the table. Every other person has the same question. The person next to me (as well as Mario) had very different questions. So smart.
We were told that we now only have to wait for the citizenship ceremony invitation which happened to arrive at the end of September. Our ceremony was on October 2nd, 2013. The invitation said to appear in business attire and so we had some shopping to do as I didn’t have one dress in my closet because I haven’t worn one in probably 13 years because of body image issues. Mario didn’t have a suit either. Some hundred dollar later we were set to be stunning looking for the very special day.
We didn’t dare to take any photos at the actual ceremony. Don’t even know if it was allowed or not. But the first two hours were discussion. What brought us here. Where we came from. What we expected. What really happened and so on and so on. And the third hour was the actually ceremony with left hand up in the air and then saying the oath and then everybody would be called out to come up front and shake hands while getting our citizenship certificate handed. After that we sang the Canadian anthem (which btw. We both studied as well and were able to sing without the help of the little anthem lyric paper that we got) and that basically was it. you can’t see but I’m holding my certificate in my hands. Proud as a Canadian can be!
The new Canadians….
It was a nice and exciting day.
And guess what came in the mail today!!!
Our Canadian passports. so cool! Still can’t really believe it! Somebody pinch me… Am I dreaming?
We’re happy and relieved that it is done and over with. Of course… Were also a wee little heavy hearted (but really not much) thinking about Germany. As Germany does not allow dual citizenship we are now only Canadians but we didn’t plan to move back to Germany anyways… So I guess it really doesn’t matter.
Now to find a new job for me. That’s the next big deal for me and my life (and something else that I will tell you about later )
Happy hump day and I wish you lots of strength to pull through the last two work days of this week.
Wow… time flies. I don’t seem to be getting back into a healthy, regular blogging routine. I just realized that my last blog post was on October 13 which was almost a month ago already. Say whaaaat? I want to make a commitment here. I will try to write one (1) blog post each week. I just WILL have to make time for that.
Anyways, I’m hoping you guys had a great Halloween this year. Ours was just okay. I was expecting a ton of kids. As every year. I bought tons and tons of candy. With little miss Mila being a routine lover I didn’t want to get in a hassle of having to do her night routine, being all by myself and having to run to the door a hundred times. So I made a little sign that said that I wouldn’t be able to open the door and that they please just should take some candy out of the bowls I had set outside. I asked them to be nice and not take it all because I was worried that some teens just grab the whole bowl BUT …that was a big mistake because I ended up having more than half of the candies left after Halloween. Now I just wish someone would have just taken the whole thing. lol.
But now I want to come to the actual blog topic of today of how I straighten my hair. I know… it sounds like something that doesn’t need a whole blog post and I totally agree because it is very very simple and easy and not much to it, but I’ve been asked a few times about it and I also find many youtube videos about it so I guess it’s something that some people are just interested in knowing how others do it the quickest and easiest.
Heat settings vary with the differences in hair textures. My hair is very fine and so I don’t need to use the highest heat setting and I only do one pass with each strand, which is the best you can do. Naturally my hair is a wavy, frizzy mess. I always let it air dry and it curls here and there and isn’t as frizzy but as soon as I brush it, it just turns into a frizzy wavy mess. There was a time where I didn’t brush my hair because I just liked the cleaner curls that occur after air drying but after a few days they get very tangled up and knotty. So (a) I can’t go without brushing and resulting (b) can’t go without straightening because brushing without straightening is just looking hideous!
So here we go….
I’m using the Paul Mitchell pro tools express ion 1.0 … That one you can only but in hair salons. This one did cost me $300
… But well worth it’s money because it has one specific, special feature that I couldn’t find in any other straightener yet. Mine has two rubber strips along one of the heat plates which controls fly aways BIG time and so your hair will look super shiny and healthy.
This is my heat setting…
You’ll also need a comb with a long handle and a brush and a clamp like this…
First I brush my hair, then comb it to completely untangle it.
Then I use the combs handle to part my hair.
I take a section as wide as my straightener can handle and comb once again. Then I’ll make one pass with the straightener, comb again and then take the next section beside which is right on the back of my head.
Then I let down another layer of hair and work on those sections. Usually I have two to three sections in a row and I have about 4 layer from bottom to top.
I only do one half of my head first…
And then I do the exact same on the other half of my head. Start on the bottom and work my way up
The finished hair will look like this…
Trust me… It sounds more complicated than it is. It takes only 10 – 15 minutes for me to do this.
If you are looking to buy a straightener, try not to cheap out. I had a cheap Walmart one before and it was nothing compared to this one. I’m using this one now since 4 years and about 2 to 3 times a week! And it still is going strong like it was new. I love it and recommend it to everyone.
With that being the end of my story…
Have a great week guys!
Here is true and tried German recipe for you my friends! We make it with the slow cooker but our families in Germany make it in a pot. So it’s your choice what you choose although it’s easier in the slow cooker as you won’t have to go stir and the cook time will be different too, which I don’t know by how much. But basically once everything is soft (veggies) it’s done!
Also … I’m using a big 6.5 liter slow cooker. If you have a smaller one you’ll need to down size the ingredients. I took a picture of everything so you’ll easily be able to downsize right.
So here we go…
For a big crock pot full You’ll need:
1 medium head of white cabbage
1 medium size sweet potato
1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 a small bag of baby carrots
3 lbs skinless and boneless chicken
1 bundle fresh parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
8 teaspoons veggie broth powder
2 liter (8 cups) hot water
Here’s how you do it:
! Wash all your veggies before cutting them as you go !
First cut off any fat on the chicken and place whole breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker. Just one layer until the bottom is covered with chicken. (Sorry for the cabbage in there, I remembered to take a photo after I already had put some cabbage in)
Then chop the cabbage head into smaller pieces. Like this…
And fill the slow cooker with it until about three quarter full.
Then cut the bell peppers into small pieces and add to the slow cooker and carefully mix them in.
Cut sweet potato and carrots in small pieces and add.
Then take the whole bundle of parsley and cut it small (as small as you can) …I use scissors and add and mix in. I don’t use the whole bundle though… Just as much as you like.
This is what I had left over after cutting what I needed.
Then get your hot water (I take it from our hot and cold water dispenser) and add the vegetable broth powder. And pour in slow cooker. It should cover about three quarter of what’s in the slow cooker.
Then add the caraway seeds…
Turn on on your lowest setting and cook for 5 to 6 hours.
When done (once all veggies are soft) dig out the chicken (as good as you can) pull apart (with forks?) And add it back in with the rest. Mix well and enjoy with or without some Maggi
If you try it, let me know how you liked it with a comment below and if you got any questions also add in a comment below.
As I’m a pretty laid back person I don’t really have many things that annoy me, but I believe there probably are more than 5. There just must be. Lol. That’s why I called it “part 1″ as I’m working on figuring out part two. Lol
My very first pet peeve is something my husband is doing to me A LOT. Drives me nuts.
1. Getting no answer to what I was saying.
It doesn’t have to be a question to get at least a short answer to show me that you heard what I said and that you care! I’m talking and talking and then I’m done talking and waiting for response. But he says not one word. Not even an “oh I see” not an “ah” not a “hm” …. Not one little peep. I feel very ignored and that just bugs me. He would HATE when I would do that to him, but I’m too respectful to do something like that.
2. Messy cupboards.
I’m not talking about anybody else’s cupboards but mine! Not sure if this happens to you guys too, but I can clean them out and rearrange and make it all nice and neat and organized… Two days later it is all back to being messy! Garrr… Drives me nuts. I should try and make it a habit to organize them every single night. But then again… I’m a. Too lazy and b. I have other priorities.
3. Drama people.
Since I’m so laid back…I can’t stand people that make a big drama out of everything and everyone they can find. I will always separate from those kind of people because they pull me down and I hate that feeling. If you think the world turns just around you and you are ignorant and overly self loving then please stay away from me.
4. Last sheets of disinfecting wipes getting all bunched up in the container.
This happens all the freakin time! As soon as I’m about to reach the end of the disinfecting wipes it bunches up and I have to open the thing and pull them apart and put it all back. I believe that they do that on purpose maybe, so you won’t be surprised that you just ran out of disinfecting wipes but it is very annoying to me.
… which brings me to my last point…
5. Having to rinse the disinfecting stuff off the surfaces.
Whyyyy? Why do people create disinfecting wipes where I have to additionally wash off the disinfecting stuff? I didn’t even know you have to rinse after wiping with disinfecting wipes or sprays until I saw a commercial about that. I was shocked and checked if the label on my wipes says anything about rinsing and there it was! Like wtf? You make a convenience inconvenient! Therefore I found something that is natural, disinfecting and safe for kids and pets that you don’t have to rinse!!! for things that my child comes in contact with and the rest I still use the regular wipes and still not rinsing anything. In case you are interested to know what natural, safe disinfecting I found… It’s called Dapple You can buy it at several online sites but I buy it at http://www.well.ca
… Let me know your biggest pet peeves in a comment below!
I wish you a great start in a new week.
The first year of baby’s life is a year of firsts, for the baby… and… for me as a first time mom. With the second baby… I bet it’ll be all different. Not so first anymore… “oh look… she’s shuffling backwards on the floor now… been there… I know it won’t be long now till he/she will be crawling.” Those will be my words with the second, but with my first now it’s all a first. I always wonder how long it’ll take for her to learn a new skill. I know that every baby is different, but it will be roughly the same.
Mila will be 9 Months old on October 2nd, 2013! Crazy isn’t it? I feel like three months ago I just told you that my little baby girl was born, but no… she is almost 9.freakin.months.already! Eek!!! It won’t be long anymore that she’ll go to daycare while I’ll have to be at work somewhere…and actually work, and try not to worry too much about her. Oh my… I have a feeling that it’ll be harder for me than for her. Sigh.
I think the first 8 1/2 months of her life we did pretty well. We managed to get through the colic times which was actually not TOO bad. I think the chamomile tea that we mix(ed) her formula with has helped lots with that. And here and there we had to use gripe water too. But we didn’t have too much fussy times with that. And yes! Baby is allowed to have chamomile or fennel tea! I hear that a lot from other moms… “tea is a no no for a baby” Really? Who told you that? Feel free to Google about that. You’ll be surprized to find out how good chamomile and fennel tea is for those little guys. And besides… I’m German and all German moms give their babies chamomile and fennel tea, since many generations. For a good reason.
She learned how to sit and roll over, we successfully started with feeding pureed solids, then went over to textured purees, she learned how to crawl, we started on finger foods, her first two teeth came through (she has 6 right now), she learned how to shake her head, how to clap, how to pull herself up on things, how to open doors and drawer, how to say a few words or half words etc. etc. … soo many first. And now, at 8 1/2 months of age… she got her FIRST ever cold. One of the “not so good” firsts. She doesn’t like it, I don’t like it (she got me sick too btw.) … so as we’re sittin here at home, both sick… I’m learning how to deal with her cold and help her be a wee little more comfortable and she learns how to cope with it too.
It isn’t easy… and it is hard to watch. My heart hurts knowing that she is in pain and uncomfortable and not knowing how to help herself. I cough, I blow my nose and I drink teas and take medicine and do this and that… little babies don’t know how to blow their noses and how to get rid of the mucus in the throat. There isn’t anything I can give her to help with that! The doctor prescribed some antibiotic liquid because her throat was/is full of yellow mucus/puss and I give her Tylenol and Motrin, I also rub her chest, neck, back and feet with baby Vicks Vaporub. I put saline drops in her nose and try to suck as much mucus out of her nose as possible by using a suction bulb and I wipe her nose when needed. After so much wiping and sucking though, she hates it.
Naps and nights are horrible… well..it could be worse but she keeps waking up here and there and crying because it freaks her out that she can’t breathe or the mucus in her throat when she swallows freaks her out too.
I can only hope that it’ll be over soon. Today was day 7 and a common cold usually lasts 10 to 14 days. But after I read that an average baby gets about 8 colds in their first year alone… I’m honestly happy that this doesn’t seem to be true for my girl. Unless she’ll get sick 7 more times in the next 3 months. NOOOOOO…
Anyways… that is an experience I really don’t want it to repeat all too often, actually never again.
I hope you are doing well and I wish you a great start for the new week.
It has been a while that I have talked about baby stuff. But I noticed that my girl was favoring some things over others. She’s 8 months old now and she’s going through phases, so favorites will change once in a while and that is why I called this post “recent” top 5. In no particular order:
The straw cup. We’ve also done the sippy cup and a regular cup and she mastered it fine, but she seems to like the straw cup the most and I’m okay with that… it doesn’t spill and she drinks lots with it.
The Puree Pouch. Not sure if it has to do with the straw cup, but since she uses the straw cup she loves to just suck the puree out of the pouch. It has a straw like thingy on the top of the pouch and it’s pretty convenient if you ask me. I used to make the purees myself, but I had some of these pouches at home as a back up in case I forgot to puree something or so. After I gave her one of these she wasn’t interested in eating with a spoon anymore so I just go with the flow and let her have the puree from the pouch with the straw. And then at least I know she’s getting all the good vitamins and minerals from fruits and veggies and I know it’s just a phase and she’ll grow out of it. She still eats my cooked dinner with a spoon, so it’s not like she refuses it all together.
Baby Gourmet is another brand I’ll buy. I just make sure that it has pure ingredients and not anything from concentrate. I just wish there would be pouches with veggies only or veggies with meat, but all they have is fruits with veggies and so it tastes all sweet.
Puff snacks. She really loves all of them. I also have baby cookies and toddler cookies that she eats here and there but she never says no to these puffs. She LOVES them. They really probably aren’t the most nutritious snacks but since she is getting lots of fruits and veggies at the main meal times I think it’s okay to give some low nutrition snacks. And yes, I know they say 12+ on the box, but I honestly don’t know why. They melt easy in your mouth and are easily crushed with just gums.
The popsicle maker. Great way to make healthy popsicles at home and not having to buy some with a ton of added sugar and other additives. Just puree desired fruits, water it down to make it runny and freeze. Done!
and last but not least…
Dapple – all natural cleaner for toys and surfaces. It makes me feel good to know that it isn’t harmful to her when I wipe a toy and she puts it in her mouth right after and it isn’t much more expensive than other regular cleaner. I order it online at well.ca but I’m sure you can buy it in other online stores as well.