Vivian Danis

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Originally from the Netherlands, Vivian moved to Memphis in 2011. She received a full athletic scholarship to combine her studies with athletics, throwing shot put, discus, and hammer for the University of Memphis. Vivian graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sport & Leisure Management in 2014 and a Master’s in Communication in 2016. After graduating, she started working in education and became a Physical Education Teacher in 2017. She taught at a private school for 3 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom to a sweet little girl, Nora (September 2019). Vivian met her husband Travis at the University of Memphis, hit it off in Europe, and married on a leap year (February 29, 2016). Together they own a quadplex in the Binghampton community. Vivian loves traveling and exploring new places with her husband and child. She enjoys hanging out with her fellow international friends, trying new exercise classes, and being creative by coloring, painting, or writing.
Discus throwing

Making Memphis My Second Home

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I have lived in the United States for 10 years. If you've been following my posts, you already know that my hometown is across the ocean, in the Netherlands. Because of the pandemic, I...
fireworks

NYE : Why We Go Out with a Bang!

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Fireworks. You love them or you hate them. Whether you like them or not, it is and always has been, a tradition to light them on New Year's Eve. In the Netherlands, where I'm...
Discus throwing

Getting in Shape after Having a Baby

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Having a baby is hard. It is hard on your body. You might think that pregnancy was hard. But in my experience, postpartum is even tougher, and is not always talked about enough. Getting...
Friday Faves

Friday Favorites by Vivian

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It's Friday! Yay! The end of the week is the perfect day for a favorites list. I have been thinking about this favorites list for a while and have been deciding which things will...
worked, but couldn't

I Wanted to Work, but I Couldn’t

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When I conceived, I was a full-time Physical Education Teacher. I never thought I would be a stay-at-home mom. I never wanted to be. I wanted to work. I wanted to be fully immersed...
not just a mom

Not “Just” a Mom

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The other day I was asked if I worked outside of the home. My answer was, “No I am just a stay at home mom.” The lady responded wisely: “Don’t say “just.” It is...
Book Club

Why I Joined a Book Club

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I have a love/hate relationship with books. I enjoyed books growing up, but once they required me to read more and more books in school, I started hating it, because I did not have...
I am an immigrant

Things You Should Know about Immigration

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You like the movie "The Proposal"? Then you will like this story. When people hear my story, they think that immigration process looks like the one in the movie. But this is not the...
swim basics

Swim Basics

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With the summer coming up, and all the pools you can possibly go to (see also our splash pad guide for more summer fun!) you may wonder, how can I help my child learn...
Raising Multilingual Kids

Raising Multilingual Kids

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We live in a global world, where raising kids is hard. Raising kids to learn and understand multiple languages and cultures is a challenge, but is now more desirable than ever. About 13.5% of...