Archive for September, 2013

It’s Pick-Your-Own Season

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Although many crops have been damaged by this summer’s storms, it is still possible to pick-your-own autumn fruits this season in various farms around Geneva & Vaud. My little monsters had a blast apple-picking in Collex-Bossy last year and we didn’t want to miss it this time round (be it rainy or not!) so we headed to “Le Panier Gourmand” (domaine d’Avenex, 1274 Signy), a lovely farm run by the Heuberger family, where […]

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Win Tickets to the Salon Babyplanet in Lausanne

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Are you an expecting mum or a parent of young children, looking for expert advice and information about breastfeeding, baby massage, nutrition or baby signing ? If so, Salon Babyplanet is the ideal destination  for you but also a fun day-out for the whole family, offering a number of exciting activities such as baby-swimming demonstrations, bouncy castles and mini-cars as well as cupcake decorating classes, baby story-time and buggy fitness workshops. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED […]

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Meet Zirkuss


We’re so excited to welcome one of Switzerland’s coolest online kids stores amongst our advertisers, but even more so because the driving & creative forces behind Zirkuss are two busy mums, just like us.       Here’s their story, as co-founder Lucia told Geneva Family Diaries: “At the beginning we started off as a team of three mothers (Patrizia, Petra and Lucia) who wanted to make kids clothes and brands we […]

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It’s a Geneva Mystery

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If, like me, you love it when friends come over to visit but you’re running out of ideas (what to do? where to take them?), you’ll be happy to learn that Genève Tourisme have launched an exciting, new Geneva mystery tour that unfolds around the Old Town’s most iconic buildings.       Starting from the Geneva Tourism office (Rue du Mont-Blanc 18), you will be armed with a mystery tour book and […]

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Puro Gelato


I’ve already posted about my ice-cream addiction (I was raised in Italy after all!) so please bear with me if I bend your ears about it again. I am afraid I can’t help it as I’ve recently tried and tested one of the most heavenly foodie destinations right in the heart of Thônex. The family and I made our way to Puro Gelato last Sunday afternoon and I was immediately won over by its eco […]

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For The Love of Books

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Without a doubt, one of the nicest  and better-stocked kids bookshops in the Geneva area is La Librerit in Carouge. I stop by whenever I can and always manage to find a new book, board game or activity I know my little ones will love. Conveniently located on Place du Marché – and very easily identifiable by its colourful yellow sign! – La Librerit stocks an amazing selection of children’s books for all ages […]

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Outdoor Fun in Nyon


Calling all exhausted mums: if you live in the Nyon area and are looking for a lovely playground where your little monkeys can clamber to their hearts’ content while you have a sneaky little sit-down, head for the place de jeu “Lignes d’aventure” at the Plage des Trois-Jetées. This fab outdoor climbing area – suitable from 3 to 12 years of age – is located next to Nyon plage (walk from Route de […]

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Geneva’s Firefighters Museum

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Just when you think you have the whole city sussed and could navigate all its best child-friendly hideouts with your eyes closed, along comes an impressive new discovery in the shape of the Musée du Service d’incendie et de secours – Ville de Genève. To say that this is every little boy’s dream museum would be an understatement: my two little men could hardly contain their excitement as they climbed the […]

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It’s Désalpe Time

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I love to measure our time in Switzerland by its yearly seasonal festivals and now, as summer draws to an end and autumn is about to begin, it’s finally time for the Alpabzug or Désalpe: the Alpine procession of beautifully adorned cows making their way home for the winter, marking the end of grazing season.   The most famous Alpabzug or désalpe events take place in the inner regions of German-speaking Switzerland, Valais and Canton Fribourg, but you can still […]

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Paper & Party Love


A huge welcome to our new expat mumpreneur Carla Rippstein, founder of stationery website Paper & Party Love. Just take a look at her gorgeous birthday decorations, party supplies & printables and start dreaming about your next fabulous bash. Whether it’s a special occasion for mum & dad or a child’s birthday, Carla’s designs will inspire you: believe you me, her children’s ranges are truly fun and adorable!     We […]

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Café maman-bébé

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If you’re expecting a baby or have just moved to Geneva with a tiny little one, you might – as I did – feel a bit lost and in need of support and advice. If this is the case, you can join the monthly Café maman-bébé meetings, organized by the Centre Périnatal in Geneva, a modern centre entirely dedicated to supporting new mums and parents through pregnancy and parenthood. The Centre Périnatal was created 4 years ago […]

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