Why I like camping
May 24, 2016
When I mention camping to a lot of my friends, they look aghast. The idea of sleeping on the ground, in a tiny tent on top of each other without privacy and at the mercy of the elements, does not sound like a relaxing holiday. To a certain extent they are right; waking up ...
Milk & Biscuits
May 16, 2016
I discovered Milk and Biscuits a couple of years ago at Playtime in Paris. The collection looks so different from a lot of the other brands – bright bold prints, original fun designs and beautiful fabrics made the clothes stand out. So I got chatting to Kate, the designer, who was just launching her line -- ...
New YouTube video: A DIY gym bag tutorial
May 9, 2016
Here is without any further ado our latest YouTube video! Esther had been sent some beautiful fabrics by Little Cube so we got together to make some sweet little gym bags for our kids. We really had a lot of fun making them and wanted to share this tutorial with you. We experimented and tried ...
Thursday Thoughts: I think I quite like my wrinkles
May 5, 2016
Being around 40 is an interesting thing because, there is no denying it at this point - I am now officially a grown up, a fact that I have been trying to ignore! It is also quite confronting as my features are changing, and no matter how much cream I splash on, age is changing my ...
Age to Come
April 18, 2016
My daughter Coco has two distinct requirements when it comes to her clothes: comfy and cool! This luckily enough seems to be the same philosophy as the new label Age to Come Apparel. This capsule collection of cotton, easy-to-wear items fits the bill perfectly. One of our favourite items is the cute, reversible cape, that can be ...
Thursday Thoughts: The almost teenager
March 24, 2016
I have always had a healthy fear of my children turning into teenagers -- probably based on my personal experience of being one! But I have found it fascinating, not at all scary, to watch Coco, who is now 10, swing wildly between being a child and a teenager. Esther and I were talking about it ...
Apple Streusel Kuchen
March 11, 2016
A lot of things surprised my parents when they first moved to Germany as a young couple (no music playing between 12-3pm everyday, no greeting random strangers on the streets), but there was one custom they adopted immediately: the Sunday afternoon cake. The Sunday afternoon cake was, and hopefully still is, one of the best ...
HOME AND DéCOR
My girls' shared bedroom
March 7, 2016
I wanted to share with you some pictures of my daughters' room, as it is sadly very likely going to have to change. The girls are starting to get too tall to fit into their space. You see, the girls have always shared a room, as do a lot of children in Paris. Our flats ...
French baby products
March 1, 2016
It's funny, my friends and family seem to have babies in bursts, and at the moment I have new babies turning up around me -- all over the place. So sweet! One of my favourite presents for newborns are French baby products, as there are some things you only seem to get over here and I, ...
Tuesday Tips: A simple birthday party
February 23, 2016
Esther has organised some epic kids birthday parties, some of my favourite being the disco party and the stick horse party . I on the other hand am terrible at this! I seriously cannot compete. BUT I do think it is important for my kids to have their friends over, host them in our home and basically say ...
TOYS & GAMES
February 12, 2016
We have a new favourite toy and it is called a Rola Bola! Do you know it? Vivi discovered it at her circus class and now we are all having turns at it. It is actually surprisingly difficult to keep your balance, so we all try to stay up for at least a minute. Apparently ...
Le Jardin des Plantes - Paris
February 9, 2016
Paris can get pretty wet and cold in the winter and sometimes it is nice to be able to seek refuge inside. One of our favourite city adventures in the winter time is a visit to the Jardin des Plantes. It is one of Paris' largest parks (which does not mean a lot ;)) and also ...
Kiehl's Overnight Hydrating Masque
January 29, 2016
So here is light and fluffy post for your Friday. Esther and I hung out last weekend as she was in town for the trade shows. We spent a lot of time giggling and being a bit ridiculous, and this year we decided that, instead of spending our night in the bars of my neighbourhood, we would ...
Maths with Lego
January 22, 2016
I am always looking for more ways of teaching maths in a tangible way to my kids. This is partly because one of the slight disadvantages of the French school system is that teaching is very academic. It is also because I want the children to understand at an early age how genuinely useful, fun ...
Play&Go play mat
January 8, 2016
My friends seem to have baby in cycles - and, at the moment, I am back in the baby cycle with babies popping up everywhere around me - I love it! I do have a lot of fun finding the latest new baby presents and there is one clear winner. It is the Play&Go play ...
A simple knitted beanie!
January 4, 2016
One of my many New Years resolutions (which I started over the Christmas period) is to continue making things - just because it makes me happy. ; ) I love watching movies in the evenings, but I also like keeping busy so I have started to try to find simple projects that I can do while ...
A weekend in... Marseille
December 18, 2015
Living in continental Europe has the distinct advantage that our next adventure is probably only a few hours away by train. I love picking up a magazine and a coffee, waiting for our train to arrive, settling into my seat with a good book and seeing the French countryside flash by. Marseille, France's second largest ...
Walking in the face of danger
November 17, 2015
I am shocked that, for the second time this year, I am sitting in front of my computer to write a post about a violent tragedy that has hit my beloved city right in the heart. Our home is, for the second time in 10 months, right next to the site of inhumane violence. We were very ...
Marie Puce, timeless Parisian chic for all ages
November 11, 2015
As I mentioned before, finding the right style for a nine-year-old can be tricky. It is a funny age, when children are still children but also teenagers at the same time. Luckily boutiques like Marie Puce have a great selection of clothes for older kids. I love their style - it is at the same time ...
A weekend in London with a nine-year-old
November 2, 2015
To celebrate Coco’s ninth birthday I had promised her a trip to London, just her and me, for a little weekend. Considering her birthday was last December and we are now in October, it was high time I made good on my promise and so we jumped on the train and away we went ...
Paris, Up, Up and Away
October 29, 2015
Vivi has mastered reading in French now and she is experimenting with this new found skill and figuring out how to apply it to English, which is sometimes quite easy and sometimes not so much. It is actually very cute, she pronounces the English words with a strange French accent and the translates the ...
COOK BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Little Dish Cookbook
October 23, 2015
I have to say Bethie's post a few weeks ago did inspire me! I am not at all the kind of person that plans ahead, it just does not even occur to me, but the thing that struck a cord with me was sitting down with the kids and choosing the menu for the week together. ...
Tuesday Tips: shopping for tweens on Pinterest
October 13, 2015
I wanted to share with you this little tip, as my kids are getting bigger and are starting to have an opinion on what they would like to wear. We don't always have the same opinions and this results in a verbal wrangle in the mornings that we would all really like to avoid, ...
ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
New video: What is in our Carry-on Bags
October 12, 2015
Last month, when we all got together in New York for the ShopUp event, we filmed a little YouTube video. We all turned up from long-haul flights and were talking about what we like to take with us into the cabin to be as cozy as can be in a little seat for seven hours. ...