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You Are Probably a Better Mom Than You Realize

The other day I was a little shocked by a comment a friend made to me. We were talking about the never ending commentary and endless suggestions that we encounter while strolling the town with our children. “Your child will get sick. She’s not warm enough!” “A part of her leg is showing. Surely she’ll […]

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You know you are a foreign kid being raised in Istanbul when…

1) Your mother speaks two languages: one for indoors, one for outdoors. 2) Your mother dresses you according to which friends you will see. Turkish friends: undershirt required. Anyone else: no undershirt. 3) You’ve heard your mother answer the following questions 2,347 times: Where are you from? How long have you been here? What do […]

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Istanbulwoods Chicken Salad

As the weather has been warming up and the sun has been peeking through the clouds, I’ve been craving salad with a vengeance. All winter long I experimented with soup after soup and had fun with the ingredients I found here. However, this past week I wanted to try my hand at some new salad […]

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Pregnancy Collection Part 2- Our Favorite Kids books

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Ellie and I love reading together. It’s fun to flip the pages with her as she tickles the kitties, says “ruff, ruff” when we see pictures of dogs, or delightfully flips the pages with glee. I started reading to her when she was really little more because I didn’t know what else to do with […]

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Recommendations for a pregnant friend- part 1

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I was writing an email to my sweet friend, who is expecting in July, regarding some good books on pregnancy and child rearing that I’ve read. While I was pregnant I read anything I could get my hands on thinking that I probably wouldn’t have much time after our little sweetie was born. Since I […]

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