Friday January 20th, 2017

Espace Jean Tinguely – Niki de Saint Phalle in Fribourg and Museum Tinguely in Basel

Within the last few months, we visited 2 museums that display the works and arts of Jean Tinguely and Nikki de Saint-Phalle. The first one we visited in Fribourg (in October 2016) was the smaller one and the second, larger one was in Basel (in late December 2016).

Espace Jean Tinguely – Niki de Saint Phalle in Fribourg

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Espace Jean-Tinguely–Niki-de-Saint-Phalle was dedicated to the works of Jean Tinguely, a Fribourg-born, and his wife French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Although small, the museum hosted a good number of sculptural machines Tinguely is most famous for.

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Friday January 13th, 2017

Musée de Zoologie Lausanne : Parasites! L’exposition qui démange

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Another museum we visited during Christmas holiday was the Museum of Zoology (Musée de zoologie) in Riponne-Lausanne. This museum must be the museum we visited the most as they regularly have temporary exhibitions (previous blog posts here). This time the theme was parasite.

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Thursday January 12th, 2017

Musée de la main UNIL-CHUV : ” Pas de panique ” – until 23 April 2017

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As our annual museum pass will expire this end of Feb, we squeezed in eight museum visits during Christmas holidays. The first museum I will blog about is the Musée de la main in Lausanne. The museum is under the management of Fondation Claude Verdan, UNIL and CHUV, and located just there in the UNIL-CHUV complex (opposite to the PMU).

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Tuesday January 10th, 2017

Relâches School Holiday Activities and Camps in Lausanne and Around (2017)

This is not a sponsored post

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Yes I know we just re-started school, but February is coming fast and camps are easily sold! So let’s think about the next holiday!

For those not yet familiar with the school here, school kids in Switzerland have holidays often, approximately every 6 weeks (find the list here). This may bring headaches to many parents, especially ones who are employed. Chatting around, I found that most employed couple rely on help from grandparents or families (who sometimes fly from another side of the planet). Or hire a temporary nanny when they can afford one. Or they take turns taking off days from their office. But considering the active life of kids, even the stay-at-home parents need programs to keep those little ones and teens happily occupied.

Below I complied different kinds of activities and camps that are offered during the school holidays in Lausanne and surrounding areas. Please click the links for more info.

As a general rule, the winter holiday after Christmas and the Relâches (February) are considered ski holiday thus most of the sport camps offered concentrated into this. For other holidays, activities are more varied.

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Saturday December 24th, 2016

Happy Holidays!

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Hi everyone!

I planned to write this earlier this week but got so busy with a neighborhood party. And yesterday I was on recovery mode thanks to that party!

So I’ll keep this quick, as I’m sure you are all busy!

Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating, and Happy Holidays to all other who celebrate different holidays! Hope you all are enjoying a festive celebration, being surrounded by the ones who matter the most!

Thank you for following the blog, the facebook page, the Instagram… for all comments, thumbs-up, and emojis shared… for all PMs and info your sent. Thank you for always being so kind, tolerant, yet strong. I cannot wish for a better readership, really.

Take care and see you again next year.

Love,

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Monday December 19th, 2016

My Favorite Online Toy Shops in Switzerland

These below are toy shops that I like and have personally shopped or would like to shop on. They are all based in Switzerland. Except the second-hand options, many offers gift wrapping service, so that you may want to tell the family abroad that they can shop for presents in these shops and ship them to you. This way you don’t have to worry about high shipping cost and Swiss import duties and VAT.

Disclaimer: Some of the below mentioned shops are or had been Lausanne Mom sponsors. All opinions are my own.


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I chanced upon MyLittleRoom while googling for stockists of Kidsonroof’s Casa Cabana. As the name implies, MyLittleRoom specialized in furniture for little ones. But they have a good range of toys too, and this was their promise:

“We take playing seriously… Plush toys, creative games, ecological cardboard toys or wooden cars. We have selected only the best for you: design toys that are fun but also good for the planet.”

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Petit Toi is a personal favourite as the physical shop is based in Lausanne! I adore their collection. Most brands come from local and European producers, and they emphasise on ethical production. (Read my blog post about the physical shop here.)


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I couldn’t be happier when Little Moosho added toys to their business (they started with clothes as you can read on my blog post here). Their toys, most geared towards younger children, are beyond adorable. Many are vintage-inspired and heirloom-worthy.

Little Mooshoo recently opened a physical boutique in Morges, on Rue Louis-de-Savoie 15.


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Dilookids has a bit of everything – clothing, decor and party items, stationery, and toys. They are ALL adorable, and the toys include some of my favorite brands (Kidsonroof, Djeco, and now Nobodinoz).


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I learned about Jubilane since I was a new mom and ordered a few things from them. Since then the shop has been increasing in size, including the toy range. They have really great selection, also toys from US brands that I believe are not easily found in CH such as Melissa & Doug and Green Toys. FYI, Jubilane also has a physical shop, located in Châtel-St-Denis.


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Allforkids was suggested to me by a follower of this blog. I haven’t bought anything there but I like what I found in the shop so that it made to this list. They are especially good for the English-speaking families, as many of their toys and books are in English.


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While Manor has physical stores, I have several times ordered their toys online, especially if they were meant to be a surprise for the kids. I usually had the orders delivered to their store in Lausanne and hubby picked them up on his way home from work. It has also been one of my favorite stores to check for sales after Christmas.


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Yes, the Swiss Postshop also sells toys. In fact, they have many kinds of toys – from wooden, plush to electronic ones. They also have craft items and science kits. Shipping is fast and free – just as it should be 🙂


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Slightly different to the others, BEA is an online shop you should also know. You can buy items there, often cheaper than normal price, in addition to your BEA or Mondo points. These points can be collected through your shopping elsewhere (For example, I’ve been collecting lots of points from my regular grocery shopping at LeShop.ch). But don’t worry if you haven’t had any points, as the first time you register, you’ll immediately get 500 points to start shopping with.

I have bought several items from here, and have been happy with them. Last year I also got my son a wooden Swiss Panorama Train from this shop (see this post, number 10). He was ecstatic! They have a large array of items, from dolls to craft items to wooden toys to trampolines.


In additon, I had shopped on Toys’R’Us, Walzzkidz and Kidoh. I believe they are among the largest online toy shops in Switzerland.  They only have German as the language on their website though. They have international brands as well as many German ones.


“ONLINE” SECOND-HAND TOYS

As a default, when I have a specific toy in mind, I go to these sources first to buy as second-hands.

Anibis and Ricardo are always my first go-to sites. Anibis has more sellers from French-speaking areas and Ricardo from German-speaking areas. The offers could either be posted or you may have to pick up, it depends on the seller (or the description of the bid on Ricardo). In some cases, you can even ask the seller to deliver the larger items with extra fee, if you can’t pick up personally. I did that many times – I paid between CHF0-15 extra for the delivery.

The Yahoo! and facebook Groups have lots of parents selling and looking for items. It’s very important to act fast – you need to PM the seller quickly if you are interested with anything. It’s also possible to ask the groups to see if anyone would like to sell or giveaway things you are looking for. For example, last year I asked for Peppa Pig DVDs and I had very good response. So good in fact that one of them was kindly gifted and sent to us 😉

 

P.S.: Don’t forget to see my selection of toy shops in Lausanne!

*Images were screenshot and thus copyright of the mentioned sites.

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Thursday December 15th, 2016

Help Hotline: 143 – La Main Tendue

I brought back this post today, as with the holiday festivities on their peaks, depression is known to rise in some people. Please seek help if you were feeling lonely, depressed and vulnerable. There are ways to feel better, but you will most likely need help. I know, as I’ve been there too. Consider talking about it. This hotline is a good place to start, although there are many others support groups available in the region. Email me at info (AT) lausannemom.com


Today, 10th September, is World Suicide Prevention Day.

As someone who had had depression before, today is an important awareness day for me. During those dark days when I was depressed, I began to understand what could trigger someone to choose to die. Depression definitely can be one of the reasons.

According to The Local:

“In Switzerland, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, an average of 15 people die each month by jumping in front of a locomotive.

Suicide remains one of the principal causes of mortality among young people aged 15 to 44 in Switzerland.

For those aged 10 to 19, it is the second biggest cause of death.

Between 1,300 and 1,400 suicides are recorded annually in the country”

As a regular user of the Swiss Trains, I know this. I’ve been in a few trains that had to stopped due to a “personal accident” on its line. It’s heartbreaking – and even more because now I can somehow relate to the “darkness” that the victim was under. Thus I determined to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Mental health issue is an illness. With the right treatments, it can be cured. Suicide can be prevented. It is very important to recognise the symptoms and warning signs, on yourself or those around you. Act quickly. My depression was mild, I recognise it quickly and even then it took me more than a year to start feeling OK and 2 years to be happy again. The longer you wait, the worse it may become. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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Thankfully there is now a hotline for exactly this: 143 – La Main Tendue

You can call them anonymously, or send an email, to talk about what you feel or to ask them what you can do for someone else. You can make the call anytime (24h/7d), while for email they will respond within 48h. I think this hotline can be very helpful for many of us foreigners. Being so far away from our family, in a foreign country you don’t speak the language, feeling isolated because you have to care for the children all day – those things can make life very difficult. And it’s really more common than you think. You just don’t know it as people don’t talk about their mental health openly.

Please reach out and save a life.

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Friday December 9th, 2016

Christmas 2016 Giveaway: Gift Card from little pearls

It has been a while since I did a giveaway post. But since we are in the Christmas spirit, of course I squeezed in one.

Enter little pearls.

When Jaqueline first contacted me a few months ago about her new shop, where I found the most adorable hand-made baby shoes, I was almost convinced I wanted another baby. Just so that I could put them on my baby.

Just look at them…

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Wednesday December 7th, 2016

“2x Christmas” Campaign

2x Christmas is a campaign asking people who has an excess of material goods to share their good fortune with people in need, in Switzerland and abroad. Last year’s campaign inspired donors to send in around 73,000 gift parcels by post.

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In general idea is that if you received something that you already had or didn’t like, you should pass it to other people who may need it more than you do. In particular, the organizer of this campaign welcomes:

  • Non-perishable foodstuffs such as pasta, rice, oil and tinned goods with a shelf life of at least six months
  • Toiletries such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste
  • School equipment such as stationery, crayons and exercise books for children
  • New children’s shoes

Please DO NOT donate clothes nor plush toys.

If you are interested to donate, you can:

  • drop your own parcel at any Post Office near you
  • buy a parcel online
  • have the post man come collect your parcel at home with pick@home
  • celebrate 2xChristams for the first time with coop@home*
  • send an SMS donation of chf25 (send text CHRISTMAS 25 to the number 464)

All parcels will be transported for free to SRC logistics centre in Wabern (Berne), where they are sorted and forwarded to those in need. Half of these donations will be distributed inside Switzerland as well as abroad (this year’s destination is Eastern Europe, mainly Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia Herzogovina and Modova.).

As for the ones distributed inside Switzerland, I read that these donations to safe houses in Switzerland help the staff to reduce grocery spending and allow them to use the money to treat the children in their care a rare visit to a circus or such. Bless them!

The «2 x Christmas» campaign starts on Saturday 24 December 2016 and will run until Saturday 7 January 2017.

*I couldn’t find more information regarding donation through coop@home, though it is stated on the official website. Perhaps it’s just too early and the information will be there when the donation time starts on 24th.

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Monday November 28th, 2016

St-Nicolas and Santa Claus/Father Christmas are Coming to Town – 2016 (Updated)

Here is the schedule that I could find so far. The second one has been a real favourite – especially for steam train lovers – so reserve the tickets early!

Santa Claus at “Bô Noël” Christmas Market in Lausanne

Under the arcs of the Grand Pont in the afternoon (13-18:00) of Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 24 November – 24 December 2016. There will be a kind of treasure hunting! (info). Update: I passed by the chalet on Saturday 26th and saw the Santa. I found he was just too young to play the part! But he was really friendly and spoke English too 🙂

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