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Below you will find a selection of the most recent entries from bloggers in our Family section. To view the entries from individual bloggers, click on the links below:

  • Birgit Suess is a Swiss-American who grew up between the US and Switzerland and speaks English, German and Swiss-German. Because of a worldwide shortage of Speech Therapists, she uses technology to connect special needs students around the world with English speaking Speech Therapists. With almost 20 years of experience as a Speech Therapist and 10 years experience with Teletherapy, she is a pioneer in the Teletherapy world. Her personal specialty is working on social language with high functioning children on the Autism Spectrum. Her passion is finding new and innovative ways to help children with special needs.

  • Dr. Irina Schurov is a Nutritional Neuroscientist with a PhD from Cambridge University (UK) and over 20 years’ experience in science and health-providing services. She created and founded LiveRight, an initiative to help others through nutrition and wellbeing strategies. By building an educational platform around healthy eating habits, by restoring the relationships between people and food, by supporting your individual circumstances and through personalized coaching in nutrition, she wants to help you and your family achieve the optimal balance between help and life.

  • Micaela Crespo started her expat adventures at the age of 17. During her expat journey she obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering, she became a project manager, started blogging, got married and had two children. She believes all expat mums have the potential of carrying out their dreams! She created Expat Lifehacks to help expat mothers who feel overwhelmed and lost develop the confidence and strategies they need to feel fully supported and thrive.

  • Hiba Samawi (formerly Giacoletto)
    Hiba is a Psychologist and Coach working in Geneva, Lausanne and online. She previously ran Healthwise.ch, a health coaching business where she also created healthy recipes. She now specializes mostly in difficulties around relationships, emotions, making healthy change and eating, and also offers group sessions, both in-person in Geneva/Lausanne and online.

  • Dr. Penny Fraser
    Dr Penny is a British-trained Emergency Medicine doctor, who lives in Geneva.  She is also the mother of two busy little skiers aged 7 and 8. Along with Dr Michelle Wright and her other colleagues at HealthFirst, she has a passion for delivering health education and First Aid training to the English-speaking community in Switzerland. 

  • Milena McRae

    Milena McRae works with individuals and groups from all walks of life, helping them build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives.  As a certified life coach, she specialises in helping you discover your purpose and create an environment that is supportive of it.  In working with Milena, you will be guided to analyse your existing beliefs, patterns of thinking and behaviors that are at the core of your current results and then transform and align them with your desired results.

  • Johdi Woodford
    Born in Zimbabwe in 1979, Johdi discovered Pilates in 1999 when a leg injury ended her marathon running career and an osteopath suggested she try Pilates. Arriving in Switzerland in 2004, she decided to make her passion her career and trained to become a Pilates Instructor after the birth of her first child. Johdi opened Little Bird Pilates in 2014 with the aim of sharing her passion for intelligent exercise to a wider audience. Her main aim is to help people, of any age and any sporting background, to find freedom of movement, and gain strength and suppleness without pain and discomfort.

  • Tanya Jeannet
    With children of her own, Tanya understands only too well the challenges of working and having children, and is determined to provide a service, through her franchise business, Rockmybaby, that will help make life a little easier for families when it comes to childcare. She strives to help parents feel confident in the care of their children so that they can have some well-deserved time-out’s for themselves.
  • Duncan Delreeve (formerly Reeve) - Peak of Wellbeing
    Duncan has been in the health, fitness and wellbeing industry for over 19 years and works with clients in Europe and the UK on a one to one basis, in small groups and via workshops. His specialist areas include Golf Performance Conditioning, Back Pain and Core Strengthening, Rehabilitation and Corrective Exercise.

  • Jennie Delreeve (formerly Delbridge) - Peak of Wellbeing
    Jennie has worked professionally in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years and is passionate about helping others to achieve peak health and wellbeing.  She works on a one to one basis and runs workshops, talks and seminars throughout Europe, including the UK.


By Dr Penny Fraser, HealthFirst

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire alongside Nat King Cole.  We all want some figgy pudding, don’t we? (and bring some right here!)  Not to mention the obligatory Bridget Jones style festivities: “It all began on New Years Day….once again I found myself…..going to my mother’s annual turkey curry buffet."

It’s the season of stretching wallets but also stretching our stomachs with unusually rich foods, plenty of them and usually dissolved in more-than-usual champagne, brandy and other delights.

Often our bodies do complain to us in various ways over the holiday period, including the unpleasantness of dyspepsia.  This is the medical name for the group of symptoms that come from the upper part of your digestive tract – the oesophagus (food pipe or gullet), stomach and duodenum (the first part of your small intestine).

Chia Pudding 448

By Hiba Giacoletto, Healthwise

This is a basic chia seed pudding recipe that combines the magic of spices and with orange and lemon zest to create a very winter-y taste.

Chia seeds contain 20% protein, 25% dietary fiber and about 35% healthy fats, mostly Omega 3. They are also a good sources of iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals.

Chia seeds are great for thickening foods due to their jelly like consistency in liquid. This makes them an ideal ingredient in puddings so healthy you can also have them for breakfast, like this one!


By Tanya Jeannet, Rockmybaby

A question we often get asked is “What is the difference between a Live-in Nanny and an Aupair?” They are indeed very different and suitability for your family really depends on your needs and situation. For a stay at home mom who needs an extra pair of hands or for a family that needs a few hours a week whilst parents work, an Aupair is perfect, For a family that needs more hours and sole independent care of their children, a nanny will be more suitable. Some differences between a nanny and an aupair are listed below.

Gingerbread-Latte knowitall 448

By Hiba Giacoletto, Healthwise

Do you love the taste of Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte? Here is a healthier version, made with a simplified almond milk and maple syrup as a sweetener. The taste really comes from the combination of spices - if you don’t have one or two of them, that's OK - just leave them out.

Gingerbread Latte

2 tbsp almond butter (made only of ground almonds)
1.5 dl water
1 tbsp maple syrup (or to taste)
1.5 cup hot coffee
1/2 tsp ground ginger + 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon +1/8 tsp ground cloves +1/8 tsp allspice +1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

hiba gnocchi

By Hiba Giacoletto, Healthwise

This is a healthier version of gnocchi than the traditional white potatoes, white flour and eggs that are make up this Italian alternative to pasta. Instead of normal potatoes, I used sweet potatoes - a completely different vegetable despite the name which is significantly higher in vitamin C and vitamin A. Vitamin A is key for eye health and the immune system and just 1 medium-sized sweet potato covers more than 200% of your daily needs in vitamin A and 50% of your daily needs of vitamin C. (source). I have also used a gluten-free, whole grain flour which is a much better option than nutrient-void white flour.

Start by cooking 2 medium sweet potatoes.