I think we can all agree that 2020 has been quite the year. For so many reasons, we have a lot to reflect upon, a great deal to ponder and so very much to be grateful for. We have spent our days, like everyone else, doing our best to navigate this precarious year. We have missed flights and felt further away from family and friends than ever before. We’ve moved offices into our home, home schooled without much grace, resumed normal work schedules, submitted projects that felt herculean and spent more time than ever before together. We contemplated “what-if” scenarios and fell even closer together as a family residing in a relatively small flat.

We do our best to remind ourselves of the gifts that have wrapped themselves in so many forms of crazy in 2020. Our greatest take-away from this year has been gratitude. We are grateful for some many tiny elements that create most of our days and that often go unnoticed. Now, we take the time to appreciate the work we have, the warmth of our tiny home, the groceries that fill our fridge, the education our children receive from very committed teachers, our health, our friends and our family. We are better for having endured this year, together. And as we always say in our home, “learn the lesson or repeat the lesson.” This this year, we are learning so many of life’s valuable lessons. Mostly, we are learning to look at the little things, which have always turned themselves into the greatest joys of our everyday lives.

*On a side note, we have been away for a very long time from this space. Filling pages and curating content felt overwhelming. But perhaps, we will return in some capacity. In the meantime, we created another site, though not terribly attended to either, to promote our books: https://www.freshairkids.com/.



I cannot take any credit for this idea, but what a fabulous idea it is. If you need a bit of holiday inspiration…here you go!

4 Gifts – 4 Gifts

Something they want

Something they need

Something to wear

Something to read

And something fantastic to read this year is…droll roll please, Fresh Air Kids Switzerland! Not only is it a fun read, but also great for your health with everything you need to know about hiking as a family in Switzerland. Available through https://www.helvetiq.com/fresh-air-kids-switzerland.


Bam…genius in the mix!  Thank you to whomever devised this plan and thanks for making holiday shopping focused, easy and hopefully excess free because heaven knows the planet doesn’t need more waste.  Also, if you are not interested in tangible gifts, consider gifting experiences.  More on experience gifts to come soon.

Please do not forget to be generous to those that are less fortunate.

2 X Christmas –  Did you know that each year the Swiss Post in conjunction with the Swiss Red Cross and SRG SSR, ships (free of charge) the items you donate (food and useful items) to those families with limited means in Switzerland and abroad?

This year to help celebrate their 22st year of giving, the Swiss Post, the SRG SSR and the Swiss Red Cost will be donating items to those less fortunate.

If you are looking for a way to contribute to the holiday cheer by helping those in need, all donations can be dropped off in a box at your local post office from the 24th of December through the 11th of January. This is a great way to teach children empathy and the power of giving.

Thoughts – Tip Four

As we move into the holiday season (gulp) I will post a few health tips, and gentle reminders to help keep us present and focused on those things that really matter. Life is crazy enough, so if you need to move inward, give yourself permission to do so.


This tip is simple but in the end, it ultimately saves on time and money. When it comes to shopping and gift giving, go easy. Consider exchanging experiences instead of gifts or consumables. This way, you can create beautiful memories with those that mean the most to you. An experience beats a gift any day and some experiences have the power to knock the socks right off of the recipient.

Ideas include:

Tour books – ever want to hike in a gorgeous location, there are books for that!

Dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant

A show – local, or a full on production, it doesn’t matter

An invitation to a TED Talk – learning is always fun

A concert or musical experience

Coffee at your favorite coffee shop

Museum tickets to a special exhibit

Wine tasting




Thoughts – Tip Three


As we move into the holiday season (gulp) I will post a few health tips, and gentle reminders to help keep us present and focused on those things that really matter. Life is crazy enough, so if you need to move inward, give yourself permission to do so.

Thought number three – Keep it simple in every way.

The holidays can feel overwhelming with events, expectations that seem to never be met, work deadlines, and the multitude of activities leading up to the big day, but they don’t have to be.

Saying “no” when it gets overwhelming is perfectly acceptable.

Keep meals simple placing an emphasis on focus on health by eating fresh food with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Carve out time that is not scheduled on the calendar and focus on what really matters and sometimes what matters the most is curling up with a good book or a holiday family movie under mounds of blankets on the sofa.