This & That Week #12 – March 2015

Morning parents!

I’m sorry that I couldn’t blog more often these last few weeks. I’ve been having too much on my plate and feel almost constantly tired. I think it’s a result of stopping my son’s one full day per week attendance at the creche at the end of January. I used to have 2 mornings and one full day child-free, but now I only have two mornings to do things that I can only do without my kids around, like doing taxes, exercise or blogging.

On the good side, I have started a blog draft on (our) first 2 years of public school. It’s going to be a “big” blog – I hope it won’t take too long to write and finish, but original post on such topics always takes a lot of time and energy… and caffeine 😉

In the meanwhile, a lot of interesting things happened lately or will happen shortly:

  • Aperti comes this weekend 21-22 March 2015. Over the course of this weekend, many many artists open their studio doors to bring together the public and the artists.
  • FĂȘte de la forĂȘt on Saturday 21 March at Sauvabelin. Free. Read my blog about Sauvabelin here. (Thanks Kat)
  • Jazz in Motion, an association to promote jazz in Lausanne, is having their first concert on Wednesday 25th March.
  • Open house of the Conservatoire Lausanne Saturday 28 March 2015 (pdf info). (Thanks Kat)
  • Junior Days on 28-29 March 2015 at Beaulieu Lausanne (tip for cheaper tickets: get 20% off with Coop Hello Family card)
  • Amazing, amazing Whitepods – via Hayley Hay

And there are local parent businesses in the area worth mentioning:

  • Little Bird Pilates is Lausanne Mom’s newest sponsor. Based in Gland, LBP offers many classes that are small in size, tailored to participant’s needs, and bilingual. You can read more about the classes, Johdi the instructor, the reviews, etc directly on the facebook page
  • Eleni just rebranded her eyebrows service. Meet Eleni Eyebrows!
  • Melissa just started another new venture: Once Upon a Time Parties. They specialise in real life Princess parties but also cater other interests to such as magic parties, football and zumba! (Psst, Melissa is also the same superlady behind Cake&Bake and Mia Tui Suisse)

Finally, a couple of blogs I need to share about:

  • Munchkin et moi is a new blog by the talented Lausanne mom Nicola Pravato. Sadly they will be leaving Lausanne for California in summer, but do check the blog as it’s full of the loveliest things for little kids.
  • The Kids Project – I’ve been following this blog for a couple of years and I found it full of ideas for kids activities. The blog is not so often updated (perhaps once a month, sometimes less often) but definitely worth an email subscription. It’s only in French, unfortunately.

Now enjoy the sunny days before the predicted rain comes on the weekend!


*Little Bird Pilates and Mia Tui Suisse are current sponsors of Lausanne Mom

This & That Week #45 – Nov 2013

For the sport lovers:

For the food lovers:

For safety:

  • First Aid for Child Injuries Course in Lausanne, 19 Nov 2013. More info and registration here.

For fun:

  • Starbucks Mums & Mums-to-be meetup in November: in Starbucks St Laurent on Tuesdays the 12th, and 26th November from 10:30am to 1pm. The group usually sat round at the back to the left.
    (Not a Lausanne Mom event, but I used to attend and loved it too!)
  • A Charity Craft Sale will take place on Thursday 14th November 6.30pm to 9.15pm at All Saints Church Hall, Ave de la Prairie 40, Vevey.  Proceeds raised will be given to MEDAIR Emergency Relief & Rehabilitation Organisation.
  • Did you give birth at the CHUV? I found these lists of first names of babies born there and it was fun to know that another girl born in CHUV within the same year share my daughter’s name and 4 other boys shared my son’s.

And finally, an independent mommy business worth mentioning:

  • Sheila Chacko Marsiglia offers “Sacred circle yoga – Vinyasa yoga and meditation for women”. On Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00 in Pully. CHF30/class. Sheila’s yoga teacher trainings include Bikram Yoga in 2002 and Dharma Yoga in 2006. More info : sheilachacko (AT) or 078 881 4071

This & That Week #39 – Sept 2013

I’m too busy enjoying the sun, so let’s just go straight to the list, ok? 😉


  • Kamishibai storytelling (in French) : “Le pinceau magique”, written by Sabine Girardet and illustrated by Denis Kormann. Saturday, 28 Sept 2013. Opening at 11:30am. Readings at 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm and 3:30pm. At the Children’s Library Lausanne (BMJ) Avenue d’Echallens 2A. More info here.
  • SHEzone is launching their Little Leg Walk in Lausanne. The first event – “Hug a Tree” – will be on Wednesday, 2 Oct 3:00-4:30pm. As an extra, there will be Michelle Petersen, a professional photographer, to give tips on how to take great children pics. More info and register here.
  • FREE yoga class by Rania. Every Thursday from 5pm until 6:15 pm at: “Espace yoga pour tous” Place de la Gare 10. More info and registration to fakih.rania (AT) , 076 203 32 31
  • 24 hours of swimming (24 Heures de natation) on Saturday-Sunday, 5-6 Oct 2013 at Mon-Repos indoor pool. Open to anyone who can swim unaided for a minimal of 50m course, no limit on age and speed.
  • Stageworks Academy, a new English-speaking musical theatre academy for young adults from 12 years of age, will start their classes on 1 November 2013. The classes will be on Fridays 4:30-6:30pm building towards a production in the Spring. For more info: ThĂ©Ăątre du ChĂąteau, Rue du ChĂąteau 7, La Tour De Peilz, stageworks-academy (AT), 079 814 0979 or 079 908 9414
  • Key English School offers English camps during the October school holiday. More info here.

Have a lovely start of autumn/fall, parents!

This & That Week #24 – June 2013

Oh boy, how I was so busy (and had a lot of fun) the last couple of weeks! Did you enjoyed the brief return of the sun? Yesterday in particular was strange for us. We started the day with rain, then sun, then rain again, and returning home from a birthday party we had to do a detour as there were floods and landslides around my municipality. And while detouring, I saw hail stones in the hilly area around! Four-season in one day!

But, worry not. Despite the strange weather, the rest of spring and the coming summer will still be fun. We’ll have plenty of festivals and other fun events coming up, many are free!

And some things worth mentioning, especially for the Lausannois:

  • First Aid for Child Injury Course by Health First, Lausanne 11 June 2013 (info and registration here)
  • Some of you have raved about the Lausanne Night Market. Hope to be there on the next one.
  • Has anyone tried the new PayPass credit card payment on 125 parking meters in Lausanne? (Link to article in French)
  • The game for the truly Lausannois : Helvetiq Lausanne
  • One of a kind train: Steam-Sausages-Express, seriously.

Finally, due to the landslides that happened yesterday in Moudon/Jorat/La Broye area, in case you commute with train S21 that serves between Lausanne-Payerne, please make sure to check if it runs at all or if there are replacement buses.

Enjoy the rest of spring (in whatever weather it will bring)… xx

Prenatal Yoga – Fall Session (in Vich)

I’m not doing yoga, but I’m always happy to see that there are more and more classes for moms and moms-to-be running. This one below is not in Lausanne, but in Vich, could be useful for those of you living in the west of Lausanne. This particular class is almost full, but if there is enough demand, they will do a second class. Contact Natalie Halt at 076 328 8065 or email nataliehalt (AT)

Prenatal Yoga – Fall Session

Thursdays from 11h-12h15
September 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
December 1

Cost: 350 chf for 10 classes
Who: 10 mamas to be!
Where: Entre Ciel et Terre, Vich 1296

Yoga and Ayurveda Weekend – Martigny June 2011

I received this info from Anita recently.

In assocation with Nalanda Cures in Leysin, Patrizia Larotonda and I are thrilled to offer again a weekend of Yoga and Ayurveda Massage in the beautiful Hotel Balance, Les Granges. The weekend consists of 5 yoga practices (varying levels), Ayurveda theory, self massage and the option for individual ayurveda massage, all in the glorious setting of the Hotel Balance. The hotel is a purpose built eco-hotel, boasting locally sourced bio-food and the most up to date sustainability technology.

The weekend is a perfect chance to relax and rejuvenate. The group will be very small and we have just a few places left in our June weekend. Please contact me (mccannanita(AT) or Nalanda directly ( ) for full details.

Anita McCann

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