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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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Swiss Mumpreneurs at Hiboutique

As you might have guessed, we love to surf the net here at Geneva Family Diaries. A few weeks ago we came across a fab Swiss online shop called Hiboutique, which sells beautifully designed, ethically-sourced and ecological products for babies and young children.   With an array of colourful, eco-friendly products and a very attractive website how could we resist ? We just had to find out more about the Swiss […]

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Learning French Can Be Easy

Is learning or improving your French still at the top of your to-do list? If so, here’s some very useful information from one of our sponsors: who would have thought that learning French could be as easy as this? The Swiss French School (SFS) method is based on a three-step process which allows students to learn French quickly and use it straight away. With the SFS method you will be able to:  […]

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A Swiss Mum Who Blogs

Pauline is a Swiss mum-of-three and the freelance illustrator behind the enourmously funny Lavipo, a Swiss blog about motherhood and other adventures that always leaves me in stitches! You might recognize yourself (I do!) in one of those IKEA-rages, monumentally bad-hair mornings or kids’ meltdowns she portrays so vividly – so if you’d like to find out more about Pauline scroll down a little to read the interview she’s kindly agreed to […]

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Minimalisma Giveaway

We are delighted to announce our first ever giveaway with Zürich-based Minimalisma, an online store of adorable baby clothes designed by expat mumpreneur Maja. Minimalisma’s clothes are especially designed for babies and toddlers aged zero to 2 years-old. They combine clean Scandinavian simplicity with the best natural fabrics such as silk, cashmere, linen and the finest cottons, which are very gentle on a baby’s delicate skin. Read the story behind the launch of […]

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Eco Design at Chougarou.com

Our Expat Mumpreneur interviews are so inspiring and motivating that we can’t get enough of them. The latest expat mumpreneur to join our group is called Feng-I and lives in Lausanne. Feng-I is an expat mum-of-two from Taiwan and the founder of Chougarou.com, an environmentally-friendly and design-conscious online store of kids products (ages 0-4) designed to make our parenting lives easier. We’re very happy to announce that Chougarou.com is offering a special 20% discount on online purchases for all Geneva Family […]

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Help at Moneypenny & Co.

A warm welcome to Corinne Buck, the latest expat mumpreneur to share her story and great tips on our blog. Corinne is a Dutch mother-of-one and the founder of Moneypenny & Co., a company offering personal and professional organizing services in Geneva. Who doesn’t need a bit of help to get our home and busy lives sorted ? Actually, think of it…I should make that a resolution for 2013 !   […]

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Genevacakes Giveaway !

Read the story behind the launch of Genevacakes, which has been kindly contributed by expat mum and founder Ana Moraleda, and take part in our fabulous Genevacakes giveaway ! ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** One lucky winner will gain a place on a “Fondant cake decoration workshop” (value 360CHF, course duration 6 hours – the prize cannot be exchanged for the cash equivalent or for an alternative […]

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An Expat Family in Aigle

When you’re planning a move abroad or you’ve just put down your expat roots in a new place, there’s nothing more helpful or inspiring than finding out more about the experience of other expat families living in the same country. For this reason, we’re very pleased to be able to share this personal account of a British family in Aigle (VD) contributed by Rebecca Lawson, an expat mum-of-one and wife to realist painter AJ Lawson. Find […]

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She’s Toute Sweet !

Here at Geneva Family Diaries our eyes are definitely bigger than our tums, so we might be forgiven if – with so many exceptional Master Bakers in our expat community – we find it really hard to resist the temptation to mention them all…   US expat Nikki is as sweet as her culinary masterpieces and the name of her baking business: Toute Sweet, couldn’t be more appropriate ! So if you’d like to […]

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Jobseeking in Switzerland

The first images of Switzerland that come to mind are often those of majestic mountain views, endless ski-runs, fancy watches, cheese and chocolate, a Heidi-and-Peter-filled Alpine paradise or of some tight-lipped bankers hiding the secrets of the rich and famous. Although Switzerland is very rarely thought of as an economic powerhouse, the cold numbers of GDP and other macroeconomic statistics will tell you that the Swiss enjoy one of the […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Michelle

Our “Expat Mumpreneurs” section is very close to our hearts. We have the greatest admiration for all the talented, creative and resourceful expat mums who take the plunge and turn their amazing skills into a business, which is often run alongside a hectic family life. From cake-making to photography, design or life-coaching, our expat community is full of extremely talented mums and we can’t wait to find out more about them !     Michelle […]

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The CAF: Cheque annuel de formation

The first time I heard about the CAF (Chèque annuel de formation) I had already been living in Switzerland for 3 years. I thought it was such a shame I hadn’t learned about it before as it can come really handy for those expats and trailing spouses thinking about developing new professional skills or improving their French. In brief, the Chèque Annuel de Formation, is a financial subsidy of 750CHF per year (for […]

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