Tag: france

FOOD
A yummy salad from green (Puy) lentils
We're currently staying in our family house in France, which is located in one of the most beautiful parts of France (if you ask me): the Cantal. Part of the Auvergne, it has a stunning nature, amazing architecture, and wonderful local food. I've been coming here for over 25 years, my husband for over 14 years, and now ...
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BABY
Marie Puce, for bigger and smaller children
Marie Puce is a sweet and stylish French label, designed and ran by two sisters based in the heart of Paris. They have a lovely brick and mortar shop in the 6th arrondissement, and there's an extensive (and newly revamped!) online store as well -- for those of us not lucky enough to live around the corner ...
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BABY
Le Carrousel de Paris
Last weekend, we spent entirely in our garden -- there is just so much work to be done! We've been sewing seeds, weeding weeds, trimming trees... and the children were ever so helpful, collecting worms and snails and whatever else needed to be done. ; ) I took the opportunity to take a few quick snapshots of ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Just say No?
In a recent parent-teacher meeting at my girls' school, the teachers brought up some interesting points. They were not worried about the lack of support coming from parents, but interestingly were more concerned that, in the last few years, it appears parents want to be friends with their children rather than an authority figure. In ...
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PARENTING TIPS
Family life in Paris
I often am asked what it is like to bring children up in Paris and what I like and don't like about it, so I thought it could be fun to write down some of my experiences! These are just random things that I have personally observed.. Playgrounds and Parks: There are not many and ...
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FOOD
Bread dough, fresh from Paris bakeries
I have been in France six years now and I feel that I'm now getting to grips with the country. I have figured out the school system, the tax system and the obsession with dossiers. So now, I am always thrilled when I discover something new! This weekend, it was the fact that you can ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Happy Vintage
Esther is the sort of person who can walk down the road in any given country and see pieces that other people considered trash and realise that it is actually a lovely vintage piece. (She still talks about the Eames armchairs she found on the streets of Manhattan). Me, not so much. I walk past ...
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BABY
Minabulle -- sweet, stylish and original
I think the summer collection of French brand Minabulle is, in one word, adorable. Simple and old-fashioned in a very fresh way, and with beautiful details like copper buttons and sweet ribbons. There are some darling choices for girls, like this dress (which beautifully combines with this stylish top) -- it is just perfect for everyday use as well ...
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KIDS
A new rule: no scarves at school
I live in, what is called in French, a bobo neighbourhood. Bobo stands for 'Bourjeois Bohemian', an ironic name for people living in certain parts of Paris -- namely young, middle class, hip, left-wing with a certain income. I have been recently elected parent representative on the school council and attended my very first school ...
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BOOKS
Marie visits France
I got this book for 6-year-old Coco in anticipation of the long car ride we are going to have, driving through France this summer. My mother always gave my brother and me a new book to read for our summer holiday car ride (they often where 2 days long) and I loved getting a crisp, ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Rien à Cirer
I have just had my entire flat repainted. My favourite part of having builders in is certainly not living on a building site, but spending countless hours daydreaming about how to decorate the rooms. So much fun, even if only 10% of my ideas actually ever see the light of the day! I am a big ...
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UNCATEGORIZED
School photos
There is nothing that appeals more to my cheesy side than annual school photos. They are always so funny, from the cheesy backgrounds (check out the pastel rainbow concoction Violette and Coco where photographed against) to the startled look that all kids sport. I love the totally un-natural smile, it has become such a classic ...
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FOOD
Sweet summer bowls
We're vacationing in France at the moment, and I came across these adorable bowls in a store yesterday. Of course I just couldn't resist -- thinking they would just be perfect for breakfast in the garden, or for serving summery dishes like blackberry cobbler! They are available online through the online store of Comptoir de ...
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FOOD
Picard
The French are known for their elaborate cuisine, but there is a secret hidden in many French freezers and its name is Picard. When I first moved to France I could not figure out what went on in the Picard shops -- they are huge expanses, kept all white, with freezer upon freezer standing beside ...
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KIDS
Oona L'ourse
I was recently in a shop and saw a little girl wearing a fabulous dress. It was one of these little dresses that looked comfy and yet chic, could be worn at any occasion and was special without being showy... I had to ask her mom where she got it. She told me about this ...
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BABY
The threat on National Security by my Toddler
I have come to the point that I cannot wait for a computer chip to be inserted into the brain of my children and we can get rid of passports and the like. This is not because I particularly like the idea of Big Brother watching them all the time -- I am a big ...
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BABY
My little French girl
My 13-month-old is making me into one very proud Mommy, as she is starting to say her first few words!  She has 'Mama' and 'Papa' down, she is good at saying 'yep' and thankfully not so good at saying 'no' (though she does shake her head very vehemently to get her point across). But she ...
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BABY
We will teach you to make love again
I read this article in the Guardian by Janine di Giovanni called "We will teach you to make love again" and I could not resist mentioning it on Babyccino. For me it reflects a lot my experiences of being a mother in France. The article is definitely written with a big pinch of irony and ...
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FOOD
Goûter
After recently spending a week in the UK my kids were very confused. In France one of the highlights of a child's day is the "goûter", a sweet snack at 4 pm. Usually it is a Nutella or jam sandwich with a glass of milk, or a sweet bread called a 'pain au lait' with ...
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BABY
Milk Mag
I love reading magazines and I love being a parent, but I find that most parenting magazine are just, well, a little bit boring..... That was until I discovered Milk Magazine -- a hip, French parenting magazine. It's like a kids version of Vogue! The articles are contemporary and cool and full of great ideas, ...
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BEAUTY & CARE
French Pharmacies
I LOVE my local pharmacy. Whatever problem I have, they always seem to have the right cream, lotion or potion for it. I think that part of my love affair for pharmacies is because roughly 80% of my French family are pharmacists. Then again when you look at the amount of pharmacies in France, 80% ...
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FOOD
Vive le café
Every country has its own coffee etiquette. The US has given us the coffee chains with the ubiquitous paper cups in different sizes. The Italians have given us the no frills espresso and the cappuccino. But what about the French? What is the difference between a noisette, a crème and a café au lait? What ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
Traveling in France
No wonder France is one of the prime destinations in the world for holidays. Beach, mountains, culture, food, wine... you name it, we have it! And kids are (mostly) welcomed anywhere. Most restaurants have some kind of kids' menu, often serving the universally appreciated steak hache et pommes de terre roti, otherwise known as burgers ...
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