Category Archives: Cultural Differences

May Day and Maypole Celebration

May Day and Maypole Celebration

Yesterday was May Day. When I was living in Germany, especially within the Bavarian region, where my husband grew up, on May 1st, there would be a celebration “Aufstellen des Maibaums”(Erecting of Maypole). It is still unclear where this tradition originated from, but my husband was told that it dates back thousands of years toRead More

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What does St. Patrick’s Day Mean to You?

What does St. Patrick’s Day Mean to You?

What does St. Patrick’s Day Mean to You? I have a deep deep love for Ireland that will forever be a part of my past, present and future. My time living abroad in Ireland changed the path of my life forever, the person I am today, even the way I mother my children and liveRead More

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Who is that Christmas Devil called The Krampus?

Who is that Christmas Devil called The Krampus?

Krampus? Do you know what a Krampus is or rather WHO Krampus is? Last year, I wrote a post about Krampus making a comeback in Germany and Austria again. Little did I know then, that it would become known and popular in America. They even have a new movie release “Krampus” currently showing in theaters. IRead More

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The Magic of Christmas Markets

The Magic of Christmas Markets

Last year at this time, we enjoyed stepping back to a time and place where my German husband and I first met, a Christmas Market! My husband and I enjoyed strolling markets in Germany, sipping our Glühwein and enjoying the trinkets being sold in open-air stalls, and have since enjoyed experiencing the nuanced and different perspectives ofRead More

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How Elf on the Shelf is trying to Ruin My Halloween

How Elf on the Shelf is trying to Ruin My Halloween

As Halloween and all the fun family carnivals have started, my frustration with Elf on the Shelf begins. To those reading this post that live outside the United States, Elf on the Shelf is a children’s picture book, published in 2005, and it comes with a little scout elf which reports(tattles), nightly, back to SantaRead More

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15 Natural Remedies for Ovarian Cysts

15 Natural Remedies for Ovarian Cysts

Have you had, or currently have, issues with ovarian cysts? Problems from ovarian cysts can be very serious from infections to experiencing difficulties becoming pregnant to living life in a lot of pain regularly. I’ve posted about this before, but the responses and questions from women dealing with ovarian cysts keep coming up so IRead More

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Was I an Ugly American Abroad?

Was I an Ugly American Abroad?

Do you know all the words to your national anthem?  This is my ugly American moment: I remember taking this local tour through Ireland with 20 other young lads and lasses from Canada, Australia, and America. Actually I was the only American. I believe our Irish tour guide to have had it out for me orRead More

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Choosing a Baby/Toddler Stroller

Choosing a Baby/Toddler Stroller

However you call it: stroller, buggy, carriage, pushchair, baby buggy, pram, or perambulator, your choice of stroller purchase has a direct impact on your child’s language and brain development. Choosing a stroller that allows your child face you, referred to as toward-facing or face-to-face, is most beneficial. In the UK, there has been such aRead More

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Let’s Talk about Family Leave!

Let’s Talk about Family Leave!

Family leave also called parental or maternity leave is the time one takes off from work for the birth or adoption of a child. Have you taken Family leave? Did you find it fair? Or did you feel cheated? What would you like to see changed if possible? This post is specifically about family leaveRead More

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As We Role Past 500: Counting our Irish Blessings

As We Role Past 500: Counting our Irish Blessings

Did you attend a St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Are you feeling lucky this year? Well, we WiseMommies are feeling exceptionally ecstatic, green, and lucky this year. Last week, our pot of gold was delivered in the form of 500 likes on Facebook for our blog and we are already nearing 600. Yeah!! Thank you to allRead More

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