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Mijn project: Little Free Library (TM) at School

Mijn project: LFL@School

Post in Dutch! For English, see here.

Dit bericht heb ik eerder vandaag ook op mijn bedrijfswebsite gepost. Ik post het hier nog eens in het Nederlands, omdat het project alle steun kan gebruiken 😉

LFL@School by Mirella Marini


Jaren geleden al had ik het idee om een Little Free Library (TM) op te zetten. Toen ik voor het eerst over dit initiatief hoorde, wist ik dat dit iets voor mij was. Ik heb altijd erg graag lezen. Als tiener las ik zowat 5 boeken per week, tegen de verveling 😉 Dat was dus voor de geboorte van het internet …

Het duurde een paar jaar, maar ik kwam eindelijk op het idee om een gemeenschap van boekenliefhebbers rond scholen te creëren. Het “LFL @ School” -project was geboren. Continue reading

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5 images, 5 things I’ve done in the past few weeks


we've moved!

I hate moving, I really, really, really hate moving. This was actually my 5th or 6th move, so by now I can probably write a book about what to do – and especially about what not to do – when you prepare to move. Anyway, we survived. Barely, but we did. Our new house has a bigger office space and it’s closer to the offpring’s school. Everybody happy. More or less.

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This is what a lunar eclipse feels like

Lunar eclipse of 28 September 2015

The lunar eclipse and blood moon as seen in Belgium on 28 September 2015

By now your Facebook and/or Instagram feeds have probably been flooded with photographs of last night’s lunar eclipse and blood moon.

I just couldn’t resist adding my own impressions to the multitude of beautiful images already out there.

Lunar eclipse around 3.55 a.m. on 28 September 2015

Lunar eclipse as seen in Belgium around 3.55 a.m. on 28 September 2015

Last night over dinner we debated if we were going to get up at night to see it or not. The offspring was particularly adamant in stressing the importance of the event, given the fact that she would have to wait another 18 years to see it, if we wouldn’t grant her this. Considering waiting 5 minutes is already a challenge for most 7 year-olds, we decided that she was actually right. Then again this is also just the thing we do.

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10 tips for visiting museums with children: part 2

I’m going to dive right into this, and continue with the next 5 tips!


  1. Take some toys with you


I’m probably stating the obvious when I say: never leave the house without a toy, a book or whatever else that makes your child happy. I could personally live in a museum, but every now and then everyone just needs to play.

If your child has a favourite doll or teddy bear, why not play a new game: “toy museum guide” 😉 Ask your son or daughter what Teddy, Barbie (or whatever) would like to see and suggest it explains things for it. It’s basically role playing, and I don’t know a lot of kids that don’t like role playing!

When you’ve finished visiting the museum, you can ask your child how Teddy felt about the visit. It’s an indirect, and probably easier, way for your offspring to communicate if it actually appreciated the visit. I’m not saying you will necessarily appreciate the answer 😉

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10 tips for visiting museums with children: part 1

A lot of people comment on the fact that we take our daughter everywhere we go. She quickly turned into a mini-me-globetrotter, since we always felt there is just no truth in the idea that children don’t enjoy travelling.

The thing is, we never took it for granted that she was with us. We knew (and are still frequently reminded) that a child is not going to spend 4 hours in a museum unless it has something to do there as well. And then again, sometimes, despite all your preparations, things can still go terribly wrong. Right in front of Michelangelo’s David, your child might decide it’s had enough.

And that’s OK. “Never expect too much” has more or less become my motto over the years. Because every time I really did cherish unrealistic expectations, a museum visit quickly turned into a hellish nonsensical discussion with hysterical offspring.

Still, there are a few things I believe you can do to make the experience easier, more fun, and especially more relaxing.

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