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Gifts for family & friends - made with love & care

gift ideas

What do we want to give and receive this holiday season? A few special items we will use and love forever, to enjoy together with our children, friends, and families for years to come.

In this spirit, I created these gift guides for you! The items featured in these guides are made with love and care, created to last and be handed down for generations. You will find the link to the products under the pictures and for the next 2 days only (until Dec 10) I offer you 15% off all TOY and HOME items in our shop with the code LoveGifts! 


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Crafting with Kids: Leaf Lantern

lantern making

Living in San Francisco since Milla is four years old, we try to honor German traditions – and one of my favorite celebrations as a child was the lantern procession on St. Martin’s Day. Last year Milla crafted a leaf lantern for our lantern walk. This lantern is also a beautiful decoration for your home and a fun fall project to do with your kids. You can see how we did it here – including all the traps we fell into!

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Little Activists

little activists

Are you also searching for hope these days? I find it in my daughter and her friends! This young generation in America and many other parts of the world grows up engaged in what is happening around them. 

In this photo shoot I wanted to show the children in all their beauty and strength and with the messages they want to share with this world. Our children have important things to say, they often know and behave so much better than this president and many other grown-ups and it feels good to see them, our future, engaged and full of love and hope. We need this right now! 

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Summer in OTO II

siblings in OTO II

It's been only a few months that I launched Over The Ocean II and I am so happy to see families all across Europe enjoying their summer in pieces from our collection! I received beautiful pictures (if you follow us on instagram you might...

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Over The Ocean II


I am Birgit, the founder of Over The Ocean and Over The Ocean II. Here I blog about family life in Europe, in the US, and the little differences in lifestyle. Together with my muses we share travel tips, family traditions and recipes, all kinds of inspirational finds and our personal photo albums.

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