Trieste - Castello Miramare

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have had a wonderful and sunshine filled April. We started the month off in Trieste, which was such a great little weekend getaway for us. Being by the sea makes my heart happy. And the food!! We hit the grocery store before we left Italy and stocked up on quality Italian pasta, fresh prosciutto, and San Marzano tomato sauce. Unfortunately, we went through our stockpile in the first few weeks of being home. There is nothing I love more than good Italian food. So I guess it is time to go back! :)

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Moving Abroad Survival Tip #3: Learn The Language

Moving Abroad Survival Tip #3: Learn The Language.

No matter who you are, no matter what country you are going to, your life is going to be infinitely easier if you learn at least a little bit of the language.

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April 2016 Must Read List

My 2015 New Year’s Resolution was to read more fiction books. Prior to that, I had been reading nothing but non-fiction parenting and other such books, and really wanted to start reading for pleasure again. And unlike 99% of my other resolutions that I make each year, I actually kept this one. Since January, 2015, I have read at least 4 books each month. And I don’t have any plans to stop. But I do want to expand from here, and challenge myself to read a wider variety of books. Fiction, non-fiction, personal development, and more.

So I am interested in your reading habits!

Are you intentional in the way you choose books to read, or do you pick up whatever looks good at the moment? If you start a book that you don’t love, do you push through to the end, or do you give yourself permission to not finish? Do you try to mix up the genres of books that you read? Do you match the type or style of book to the time you will be reading it?

This is what is On My Bookshelf for April:

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A Weekend in Trieste - Trieste hotels, restaurants, things to do, travel tips - excellent travel guide to Trieste, Italy!

More Vienna than Venice was how Trieste was appropriately described in a book I read a while back. Which is fitting since Trieste was a part of Austria until nearly a hundred years ago. For a long time it served as the most important port, and the 4th largest city, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The storied past of this Italian city, plus its close proximity to Austria, prompted us to visit for a quick weekend at the end of spring break this year.

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DIY Play Silks - A simple tutorial to dye your own silks for hours of open ended play. These also make the best travel toys!

I am a huge fan of open ended toys for kids, and these Waldorf inspired DIY play silks are my absolute favorite. They are so simple, yet they are the first things my kids reach for when they play. They are used as capes, skirts, dresses, scarves, necklaces, wings, crowns, baby carriers, hammocks, slings, leashes, flags, sails, ropes, trains, boats, tents and more. I am constantly surprised by their creativity, which is exactly why I love toys like these.

We started out with only 6 DIY play silks, and after nonstop arguing over them, I gave up and made 6 more. 12 seems to be the magic number for us, enough that there aren’t (as many) fights, but not too many that they don’t all get used.

Dyed play silks can be pricey to buy, but plain silk scarves are relatively inexpensive. Unfortunately my kids don’t share my love of all things white, so they wouldn’t have been fans of the silks the way I bought them. But with a little food coloring and some white vinegar, they are now bright and fun and colorful.
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