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BABY ESSENTIALS
Liniment Oleo Calcaire
June 7, 2011
I am a total French pharmacy groupie. And I really thought that I knew every product available and then, recently, I stumbled upon yet another French wonder product! Linement Oleo Calcaire (I guess this translates to oil and calcium ointment) consists of only two ingredients: olive oil and calcium. The most common use for it is cleaning ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Home safety (and the Ouch! Box)
March 29, 2011
I was recently chatting with a friend and she told me that they had just spent the weekend making their house safer. Of course my interest was roused -- what did they do that I should be doing?? Well, first, they installed smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. I must admit that I was kind of ...
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BABY
Vicks Behind-the-ear thermometer
February 28, 2011
It's funny how medical care can be so different from country to country.  When I lived in London and asked the pharmacist for some suppositories to give to my sick baby, he literally looked at me as if I was asking him to stand on his head and sing the ABCs. Whereas here in Amsterdam, ...
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Spoil yourself
November 22, 2010
I have had one of those months, and the truth be told, I am feeling a little bit run down. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling off the trees, my girls and I have all had colds and it has been one of those periods where nothing really goes to plan. I ...
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HEALTH & CARE
10 things to have as a nursing mother
October 27, 2010
I just read this post on A Cup Of Jo and loved it -- it's a great, stylish and sensible list of must-have items for mothers with a newborn baby. I totally agree that easy, slip-on shoes and a wristwatch are essential. I also like the tip about the backpack -- it has inspired me ...
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BEAUTY
Sidewalk Shoe Survival Balm
July 13, 2010
Rejoice!  Summer is here in full force and with the clunky boots now tossed to the back of the closet it's time to break out the cute sandals and flats. But oh my… ouch... so uncool... breaking in the new shoes for the new season also means blisters and sore feet! A very good friend ...
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BABY ESSENTIALS
Nyp Balm, food for your boobs (and baby's bottom)
July 9, 2010
The third time around, breastfeeding was easy. I knew exactly what to do, and the baby also got it immediately -- she was breastfeeding within minutes after she was born, as if we both had been doing nothing else for years. Life is beautiful. I also knew exactly what to expect a few days after ...
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BEAUTY
Original Sprout Hair Care for Kids
June 30, 2010
One of my twin daughters has stick-straight blond hair while the other is a brunette with a thick mane of curly ringlets.  During the morning routine the blond is pretty easy -- a quick comb through and she is good to go.  The curly brunette however, takes a little more work to get camera ready ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Wherefore art thou toothbrush?
May 11, 2010
For some reason, we do not have good luck when it comes to toothbrushes.   The toothbrush, in our house, is like the dental equivalent of a pair of socks. I buy two, I loose one immediately. I put five in a cup on Monday – and have only one left on Friday. I don’t ...
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FOOD
Pick your own
May 7, 2010
May is here -- we can officially start the count-down to Summer (which I have been doing since 1st Jan but now the goal is in sight!). With May comes the start of some of my favourite Summer activities (eating outside, picnics, French cricket, boules, paddling in pools to name but a few).  The best ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Toothbeary
April 17, 2010
Here in the UK we get free dental care when we are pregnant and for a year after the baby is born.  I knew when I was pregnant with my second child that there was something wrong with one of my teeth and I was right -- I needed a root-canal.  Scary!  It had to ...
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BEAUTY
Coola Sun Care
March 30, 2010
Is there anything more mentally taxing then applying sunscreen to small kids? I love the summer and all, but the one thing that really causes anxiety during the morning routine is when we have to apply sunscreen to the family. I hate it.  The chase....The begging them to stand still...The sudden jerky movements while you ...
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BEAUTY
Resolution 2 of 999,999. Soul Cycle.
March 10, 2010
Soul Cycle just opened an amazing new space in Tribeca and while I totally TOTALLY dread working out I decided to just suck it up and force myself to go.  After all, as mentioned before, the only cardio routine I have these days is courtesy of the Dancey Dance segments from Yo Gabba Gabba. So ...
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BEAUTY
Papaw ointment -- an Australian treasure
March 9, 2010
I'm probably not winning any points for originality with our Australian  readers, but before coming to  Australia I had never heard of Lucas' Papaw Ointment and it has since become our favourite Australian discovery. This natural remedy, made from an enzyme in papaya fruit, can be used on burns, boils, cuts, insect bites, open wounds, ...
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BABY
First-aid elephant from Goodies of Desire
March 3, 2010
Before we moved to a new house a few weeks ago, we used to live in an apartment building.  Parking in the basement, large elevator, and the rooms conveniently laid-out on one single level. Disadvantage: no garden.  Advantage: no stairs. Last week I came home from work and found my 4-year-old daughter sitting on the ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Infertile Thoughts: Part 1
January 20, 2010
I have wanted to write a post on this for a while now as it is a topic that I unfortunately hear about way too often.  Infertility is an issue that I have dealt with personally and continue to think about every single day of my life.  To be honest, I don’t even know where ...
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BABY
Invisible Zinc
January 12, 2010
All those scorching Australian summers that I spent oiling myself with 'Hawaiian Tropic' –- how it makes me cringe! If only this product was around when I was in my late teens... okay, who am I kidding, I still would have ignored the facts, all for a deep bronze tan that didn’t ever last. The ...
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BABY
11-13 weeks scan at the Fetal Medicine Centre
December 18, 2009
My first two babies were born in London.  Even though I had both of them through the National Health Service system, I went to the Fetal Medicine Centre (FMC), a private clinic on Harley Street in London, for the 11-13 week scans.  Reason is, the founder of the FMC is Professor Kypros Nicolaides, the world's ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Tantrum-free hair products
November 13, 2009
It's funny the things your kids notice. I recently tried out the new Tantrum range of hair products, and instantly my boys pointed out the 'yummy' smell of the bubbles! (I was more attracted to the 'paraben and allergen-free' qualities, but of course kids know nothing about that!) Tantrum is a children's hair salon here ...
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HEALTH & CARE
Swine Flu
September 14, 2009
The Swine Flu, in France known as la grippe A, has landed in France and the media frenzy is on! School started last week and, as in other countries, measures are being taken on how to prevent the spread of the virus. Children are being asked to sneeze into a tissue, wash their hands and ...
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BABY
Zoobug
August 8, 2009
My daughter is very much loving her new Zoobug sunglasses. It’s funny how kiddie sunglasses nowadays are so nice – I don’t remember having such cool sunglasses as a kid. (I actually don’t recall having sunglasses to start with!) The fact is, it's a good idea to find your kid sunglasses with good lenses, as the ...
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FOOD
The wonders of tea
July 24, 2009
I have just returned from Ireland where I was visiting my family and I can promise you I don't think I have ever had so many cups of tea. The Irish LOVE their tea, and long may it continue as there is nothing better in life than sitting in a warm kitchen, taking a bit ...
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HEALTH & CARE
The science of shopping
July 14, 2009
I'm usually a fashion magazine reader, but lately I've been tempted (while stuck in line at the checkout) to grab the mags that promise easy weeknight dinners or dresses that make you look thinner, like plenty of hurried moms out there.  My latest purchase was the July issue of O Magazine, in which I've discovered ...
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FOOD
Smoothie maker
June 24, 2009
A while ago I was sitting in my neighbour's kitchen and spotted some brown bananas.  Thinking of Courtney's delicious banana bread recipe, I asked her if I could have the bananas if she was planning to throw them out (I knew she wouldn't make banana bread herself -- it's not common at all here in the Netherlands)!  She ...
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