BLOG 2018-04-11T22:20:51+00:00

TIME TO CELEBRATE

May 26th, 2018|4 Comments

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, makers of completely customizable paper invites. As many of you know, I'm launching my business in the Fall (Autumn for my Aussies and Brits). My friend Sue suggested that we have a launch party, which suddenly made the whole thing feel totally legit. I’m so into the idea that sometimes, instead of working on my CRM and MOQs, I'm daydreaming about [...]

BYE BYE BABY

May 20th, 2018|4 Comments

I’m teaming up with Eco by Naty to give away a box of ethical baby care products and diapers in the winner’s choice of size. A perfect gift for an expecting mama or for your own babes, the gift box is worth over $100. Just head over to my Instagram Giveaway post and follow the directions there. Jules turned two on April 29, 2018. My last [...]

DIY BOOK BIN

May 3rd, 2018|7 Comments

I've had so many DMs about the book bin I made back in November, from people asking for DIY instructions. I can't believe it's taken me this long to write a follow up post, but here it is. I just fumbled my way through this project, fueled by Pinterest pics and memories of woodworking with my dad. It's taken me a bit to remember exactly how I put it [...]

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH WITH XFINITY

April 16th, 2018|0 Comments

This post is sponsored by Xfinity Last week, my friends at Xfinity hosted a series of Autism Awareness Month events and I was honored to be a part of one held in Boston. I'm so excited to be partnering with a brand that is not only socially responsible, but that goes to great lengths to find solutions for people with disabilities and their families. Xfinity has been pushing the [...]

ON FAILING

March 17th, 2018|5 Comments

So. A few months ago I had an epiphany. Being a stay at home mother is not for me. I'm just not cut out for it. {This is not the epiphany - stay with me} I guess I'd probably be slightly better at being a stay at home mother if I wasn't also freelancing and also trying to start a business. But I am doing those things, and [...]

GET READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH XFINITY

December 17th, 2017|0 Comments

This post is sponsored by Xfinity You might remember a while back I posted about the NEST Learning Thermostat that I got from the Xfinity Moms event in September last year. Last week Xfinity put on another event for Boston influencers to learn about some new features on their X1 platform, Xfinity Mobile and Xfinity Home. Actually going into an Xfinity store is an enlightening experience in itself. Xfinity staff [...]

I MADE A BOOK BIN

November 27th, 2017|8 Comments

This post is sponsored by Livettes Kids, makers of beautiful quality removable wallpapers. UPDATE: For directions on how to make the book bin, see my DIY BOOK BIN post! Will Pinterest boards ever get sick of children's bookshelves? I sure hope not. I'd happily build an entire library filled with books for the boys. In the meantime, we have bookshelves, two book towers, and our newest addition... an adorable book [...]

MY MAY LINDSTROM PROBLEM

September 5th, 2017|6 Comments

* In partnership with Follain because no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. Anyone who knows me well will tell you I wear black most of the time. I've been wearing black since I started dressing myself. My friends go bananas with compliments when I wear color. It's their subtle way of telling me that I need to stop wearing black. I've been saying [...]

WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING?

August 14th, 2017|1 Comment

Mud pie ice-cream cones are what you'd get if you put a water table 10 feet from a sand box. Just so you know. This post is about dirty water. And clean water. And how to tell the difference. Growing up in Australia, I never knew how lucky I was that the water from the tap was not only clean for drinking, but also tasted [...]

#POWEROFSHE WITH ATHLETA

August 8th, 2017|9 Comments

When Athleta reached out to me to be a part of their Power of She campaign, I was tired. If you've been following my Instagram you might know that I've been feeling overwhelmed lately. Suddenly this parenting challenge got kicked up a couple of levels from intermediate to advanced and then to expert over the course of the past three or four weeks. Finn is about to start [...]

SAFE, NATURAL + EFFECTIVE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS

August 2nd, 2017|4 Comments

Usually when I sit down to write a post for Follain I'm telling you about the newest beauty product I've been using on my skin. But today I'm talking about this lovely line-up  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  of safe, all natural, effective hair care products. My hair dryer is broken. It served me so well for nearly a decade. Can you [...]

WHY I USE FOLLAIN

July 26th, 2017|1 Comment

My partnership with Follain goes so much deeper than my love of beauty products. I believe in this brand wholeheartedly and I believe that no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. When I first started writing posts for Follain I did my own research into our highly unregulated beauty industry. In learning about the benefits of clean beauty products, I was shocked that mainstream products are [...]

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WHITE HOUSE | BLACK DOOR

July 5th, 2017|9 Comments

SHERWIN WILLIAMS IRON ORE FRONT DOOR UPDATE Our white house has a black door! If I'm honest, I don't think it will be long before all the white in this house starts to morph into darker tones, by design or by virtue of having three sons. But for now I'm focusing on introducing accents in darker colors to ease the transition. The last [...]

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DIY SHOE RACK FOR SMALL ENTRYWAY

July 5th, 2017|3 Comments

I've been working on updating our entryway with a freshly painted farmer's porch door and a custom DIY shoe rack. This post shows you how I made the shoe rack. If you have a screwdriver and you're not afraid to use it, you can make this shoe rack. For the post on our new entryway, read my post here. I searched for months for something compact that [...]

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MY FAVORITE SUMMER SKINCARE

July 2nd, 2017|4 Comments

* In partnership with Follain – because no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. Since the sun came to New England, people have been out and about in droves. Summer is the time when everyone around here crams all of their events into a three month window. I love the energy in Boston at this time of year. Being a part of it takes [...]

DIY KIDS YARN ART WITH ANN WILLIAMS

June 4th, 2017|2 Comments

In partnership with Ann Williams Group Arts and Crafts kits for kids & adults of all ages. At literally any given time, Finn will be "working" on an art or craft project of some kind. Last week we made a "tree-house" out of a massive printer box, complete with windows and a chimney and real door knobs from Lowes. He and Robbie finished making a robot out of [...]

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MR GOLDEN SUN

May 27th, 2017|7 Comments

* In partnership with Follain – because no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. Last weekend on Cape Cod, it felt like Summer had finally arrived. The boys love the surf and we encourage them to spend as much time on the sand and in the water as possible, but just like their daddy, our fair skinned babes need serious sun protection. Most sunscreens [...]

OUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

May 7th, 2017|6 Comments

We have an ever changing inventory of books at our house. Some are hand-me-downs, some we buy used and some we buy new. When the boys grow out of them we give them away. But some we keep to hand down to their children. These are the ones we'll keep. We love Oliver Jeffers and his funny, strange and magical stories. [...]

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OUR FAVORITE BOOKS FOR FINN + BENNETT

May 5th, 2017|4 Comments

Before we had Jules, Robbie and I both read to the boys at night. He would read to Finn while I read to Bennett and the next night we'd swap. Now that we have Jules, one of us stays downstairs with him and the other reads to both Finn and Bennett together. When it's Robbie's turn, I'll check in on the monitor sometimes and I'll see a Finn shaped [...]

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OUR FAVORITE BOOKS FOR JULES

May 5th, 2017|2 Comments

The question I probably get asked most often, after "should I start a blog?", is about the boys' books. I've posted plenty of photos of Finn's bookshelf on Instagram and here and people often email me asking about one of the book covers or for a list of what's on the shelves. I love children's books almost as much as the boys do. I love watching their eyes [...]

I LIKE MY PRODUCTS LIKE I LIKE MY PEOPLE. NON-TOXIC.

April 30th, 2017|2 Comments

FOLLAIN HAS REBRANDED AND RELAUNCHED. Check out the new Follain website and use code GOCLEAN to get 10% off all purchases through May 18th. The beauty industry is like the wild west when it comes to cosmetics labeling. I have tried to avoid chemicals like BHA, Coal Tar dyes, Formaldehyde and Parabens for years, but even the most clean conscious of us can be tricked by branding [...]

THE KINGDOM OF FINN

April 23rd, 2017|2 Comments

TODAY IS UNESCO'S WORLD BOOK DAY! Let's hear it for books! Children's Book Week is celebrated across the US from May 1 to 7. I'll be posting about all of our favorite children's book (the ones on Finn's bookshelves) and I have a couple of book related surprises for you too. We've been reading Finn's Kingdom of You from Lost My Name which is completely personalized [...]

MARTHA STEWART & MARLEY SPOON

April 19th, 2017|5 Comments

You might remember a while back I went through a meal delivery phase. I wrote about my experience here. In theory I love the meal kit concept. Stop wasting food, spend less time shopping and spend more time with your family. But the one thing I couldn't get past with every meal kit service I tried, was the quality of the produce and the condition it arrived in. Since [...]

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THE SCHWINN + SAFETY 1ST TRAVEL SYSTEM

April 9th, 2017|3 Comments

I told you a couple of weeks ago about the Schwinn Interval jogging stroller that we've been using. Today I want to tell you about the Safety 1st car seat that fits the Schwinn jogger to make them a travel system. Schwinn, the bicycle experts, teamed up with Safety 1st, the safety experts, to create a travel system that is both a smooth ride and a safe one. [...]

INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEE DEAN WELLS

April 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

Ashlee Dean Wells is the photographer and founder of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Her gorgeous black and white images of mothers after having children are a celebration of body diversity that plays a key role in the project's mission to educate, embrace and empower humans through photographs and story telling. I interviewed Ashlee in the lead-up to her open studio session at the Nest Family Expo in [...]

BIOGRAPHIE HAS LAUNCHED!!

April 1st, 2017|8 Comments

Oh hi, hi, I'm back! I haven't been around this week because... Biographie has launched!! A while back I told you about the story telling series I've been working on. I said we were launching in March so I had to hustle to get it done in time. It's been a lot of work for mama during spring break with three babes but I've genuinely loved every minute working [...]

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SPA AT HOME WITH FOLLAIN

March 23rd, 2017|10 Comments

This post is in partnership with Follain - the clean beauty store. Les Petits Gazette readers can take 10% off any purchase through March 31 using the code FOLLAINFRIENDS We're half way through Spring break. Having all three boys at home is keeping me busier than ever and some days I feel like I'm just putting out fires and falling in a heap as soon as Robbie gets home. [...]

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SCHWINN!

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

I usually invest in high end baby gear, not because I care what the ladies at the park think of me, but because good quality gear lasts, and because when I'm done, I can pass it down or sell it. High end baby brands have a 60% to 80%  resale value on sites like recrib. But every now and then you can find quality baby gear that's also [...]

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FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

March 3rd, 2017|6 Comments

I told you back in January that we bought Finn a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant film camera for his birthday. A couple of people have asked about it and I thought I'd write a review of the camera. Finn LOVES it. That might as well be where the review ends, but for the mamas and papas out there wanting a little more, here goes: [...]

GROWTH CHART RULER DIY

February 25th, 2017|6 Comments

This adorable growth chart ruler is from Little Acorns on Etsy. It's a little tradition we're starting. There was a door jam at Robbie's grandma's house on Cape Cod that had pen marks all the way up it, showing how tall her grand kids were at different ages. She'd kept that part of the door frame unpainted over the years to preserve a little bit of family [...]

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PARTNERSHIP | FOLLAIN

February 17th, 2017|4 Comments

I'm forty this year. And as soon as I stop having to breathe into a paper bag whenever I say that out loud, I'll tell you about how I'm feeling about it. I have had to come to terms with the fact that my skin is no longer as bouncy and elastic as it was even ten years ago. As a non product girl for most of my life, [...]

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CAMP FINN

January 28th, 2017|6 Comments

My little camper is five years old. If it's even possible, I think I get more emotional every year around the boys' birthdays. To Finn, it took an eternity to get here. And on Wednesday at 7:14am, when he officially turned 5 years old I told him he'd never-ever-ever be four years old again and that made him the happiest 5 year old boy in the world. Robbie told me [...]

CAMPING THEMED PARTY

January 28th, 2017|4 Comments

We had a camping themed party for Finn's fifth birthday this week. It's winter in New England, so we thought it would be fun to bring the great outdoors, indoors. We started with the Modern Camp theme from Harlow & Grey and expanded from there. DECORATIONS The Modern Camp party kit comes with garlands, cups, plates, napkins and a table cover. You can buy add-ons [...]

THE BOYFRIEND WATCH

January 23rd, 2017|4 Comments

I love winter. I know I say it every year and I know it's probably starting to sound like I'm trying to convince myself, but it's the truth. I love the snow when it's big and clumpy and blanket-y, I love having a fireplace and actually using it and I love over-dressing. Robbie does not. He should, given his lack of melanin but he prefers the weather in Cali. [...]

A SWEET + SPICY GIVEAWAY FROM PRANA CHAI

December 11th, 2016|2 Comments

Prana Chai has been at the top of my "bring home from Australia" list for years. A while back I wrote to Prana in Melbourne and asked them if they would please, please, please come to the USA. Turns out they had found a distributor and they were already on their way. In celebration of Prana now being available in North America, I'm teaming up with them to give you [...]

MY FAVORITE FOOD BLOGS

November 29th, 2016|7 Comments

When I think of my favorite food blogs, I'm not thinking about cooking. I have Ina for that. My favorite food blogs tell stories from beyond the kitchen. I want to be there in the Tuscan Autumn, along side the hunting dogs when white truffles are unearthed from between the roots of oak trees in a forest in Alba. I want to see the dirt covered treasures before they are [...]

BUGABOO DONKEY REVIEW

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

I've been wanting to post a Bugaboo Donkey review since April. When we bought ours, I was pregnant with Jules. We got it because with three boys under four, we liked the idea of the Comfort Wheeled Board (we call it the skateboard), so Finn can walk some and ride some. We've used it all spring and summer and we are using it as much as possible through the fall [...]

PUT IT IN A BASKET

October 20th, 2016|0 Comments

If you have children you know that a tidy house is really only minutes away from being a messy house as long as the kids are awake. The smart mama's secret weapon against clutter? Baskets, bins, buckets and hampers. Keep them in every room that the kids use. At the end of the day just scoop up the toys, along with anything else you can't deal with immediately, and toss [...]

SAFE BATH TOYS

October 10th, 2016|2 Comments

Every time Bennett has one of his fevers I panic and overhaul a different part of our routine. A few months ago I put all of his stuffed toys in a hot dryer to kill any dust mites that might be contributing to his allergies. Last month I threw out all of our bath toys that collect water in areas that you can't get to to clean. I pried open [...]

ALL THE PRETTY GADGETS

September 9th, 2016|1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, Comcast put on an Xfinity event for Boston influencers to learn about their X1 platform and Xfinity Home. I left Jules with Robbie for the first time and it felt so good to be out meeting adults. The Comcast staff were so nice. They ushered me from my car. They gave me a folder. They talked nice to me. There are so many things [...]

THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING GIVEAWAY

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

➕ WINNERS HAVE BEEN CROWNED ➕ The winners of two signed copies of The Danish Way of Parenting were drawn this morning, all the way away in Rome, Italy. Congratulations to @yesteacher (Instagram) and Lauren Gordon (Facebook entry). I will be in touch shortly! Thank you to everyone who entered!! As promised, I've teamed up with author Jessica Joelle Alexander, for a signed book giveaway. Enter for your chance to [...]

BUSH-WALKING WITH SOLLY

August 25th, 2016|2 Comments

Bush-walking is Australian for hiking in the woods. I was never much of a bush-walker in Australia until my friend Sam got me into it in the summer of 2006. Sam is a bush-walking kind of girl. She's also a baby-wearing kind of girl. I've been living as an ex-pat in the USA for nearly a decade but I know that if we lived in the same place, Sam and [...]

BUY THE BISSELL

August 18th, 2016|1 Comment

Yesterday I left Finn painting in the kitchen and Bennett watching Max and Ruby in the lounge room while I nursed Jules. Five minutes, max. I felt secure knowing that law and order was in the hands of my very capable four year old. I Instagrammed the aftermath of that decision and I'm re-posting the photos here for your delight. Finn was the whistle blower and when he came in [...]

JESSICA JOELLE ALEXANDER INTERVIEW

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Residents of Denmark continue to rank as the happiest people in the world - why? What makes Danes so well adjusted compared to the rest of us? I interviewed Jessica Joelle Alexander, the author of The Danish Way of Parenting, which looks at the Danes' use of respect, empathy, reframing and authenticity to foster trust and eliminate power struggles.The new edition of The Danish Way of Parenting is available pre-release [...]

THE HAPPIEST CHILDREN IN THE WORLD

July 31st, 2016|4 Comments

I love the Danes. Back in 2007 to 2009, I was reviewing foreign films for the World Movies Channel in Sydney and my favorite films were from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. I saw in these films, cultures that were both gentle and intentional and I dreamed of living my life that way. (Mads Mikkelsen played a small but important role in said dream). This won't be the first time I've [...]

OUR BABY BJORN BOUNCER

July 19th, 2016|6 Comments

This cute little thing that Jules is bouncing in is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini. It arrived at our place a few weeks ago and it's making me wish I had one when Finn and Bennett were babies. This is my Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini review. Robbie told me, while I was assembling this beauty, that the bouncer was Baby Bjorn's first ever invention. I was sure it was some [...]

PADDLE FEET + A FRESHLY PICKED GIVEAWAY

July 11th, 2016|6 Comments

When we brought Jules home from the hospital, things at home looked strange. My mother was staying with us and she had tidied areas of the house I hadn't touched for a year. Also, Finn's vocabulary had increased and he was somehow more well behaved. But the most profound change was in Bennett. It seemed like he'd aged three months in three days. We'd been staring at tiny newborn [...]

HOME OFFICE UPDATE | BEFORE + AFTER

February 16th, 2016|8 Comments

UPDATE: For those who have asked, the rug is from Arhaus but I can't remember the name of it! We've been doing some re-arranging of furniture at our house. Mum is coming from Sydney to stay for a couple of months in March, so we've made the office into a guest bedroom. Before we moved everything out, I put all the papers, books, toys and stale goldfish [...]

THIS IS MY HOSPITAL BAG

February 15th, 2016|3 Comments

Months before Finn was born, I had my labor plan written and my hospital bag packed. I was taking birthing classes and listening to hypnobirthing CDs. I bought anything that anyone suggested and ignored anyone who started a sentence with the words, “you really don’t need a…” With Bennett I was a little more relaxed and now, pregnant with baby #3, I sometimes I forget that I have to prepare [...]

THE NORDIC EXPERIMENT

January 10th, 2016|1 Comment

I have a not-so-secret desire to live in a Scandi country. When I reviewed foreign films, my favorites were from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. I dig the way those people live (and raise their kids). The boys' names list for every baby we've had or are about to have is heavy on the Scandi names, which are vetoed by Robbie, who thinks we should stick to English/ American [...]

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EAT YOUR FRAGRANCES

December 11th, 2015|4 Comments

To Bennett, the spice drawer is a crazy adventure. He carefully takes the lid off each spice jar, smells it and says, "Ooooooh-woowwww!" like every one of them is the most amazing smell in the world. And he’s a toddler, so maybe it is. Finn and I used to play this game when he was about a year old too. I remember being so tired all the time that year. Usually [...]

ADORABLE IPAD APPS FOR TODDLERS

September 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Like so many parents of toddlers, Robbie and I have a complicated relationship with the iPad. Finn would happily play it all day if given the choice. Even with advice from pediatric associations that limited use of learning apps can be beneficial, our gut feeling is that any more than very limited use is not healthy. So we use the iPad sparingly. It's awesome for travel, grocery shopping, going out [...]

REVIEW: NATURAL HAND SANITIZER

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Last week I discovered Aēsop's travel sized Resurrection Rinse-free Hand Wash. I love the Resurrection line (mandarin rind, rosemary leaf, cedar atlas) so I bought it, bringing my hand sanitizer collection to 7926 bottles. I don't even use hand sanitizer on my own hands. But I do use it on the boys hands after the library, doctor's office, park... and whenever one of them gets sick, I clean toys and [...]

BOOK SHELVES FOR FINN’S ROOM

July 5th, 2015|6 Comments

So that trip to IKEA a couple of weeks ago produced something positive. Yeah! I'm happy with the RIBBA picture ledges I bought to use as bookshelves. The books add color to the room displayed like this and the shelves seem quite sturdy (nobody has tried to pull them down yet). Here's how they look close up... If you're looking closely, the sides are a little rough. This is [...]

MAMA’S SKIN

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

I'm not much of a product girl. I have started using a Clarisonic two to three times a week, but apart from that I don't do a lot. But lately my skin looks tired. It needs something more than I am giving it. For me, the prospect of buying cosmetics is so overwhelming that I usually just buy a bunch of expensive products that the saleswoman suggests I use, and [...]

IKEA STILL SUCKS

June 19th, 2015|1 Comment

Project New House is in full swing. Speaking from experience, this nesting bug will last about another two to three weeks. After the buzz wears off, the house will stay looking pretty much the same from that day until we move again.  I'm pretty sure most of my family will be thrilled when I actually complete a room. Just one room finished would give me such a sense of [...]

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DIY BluePrint CLEANSE

May 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

When it comes to rapid weight loss programs, I’ll try anything once. I’ve done the cabbage soup diet, the South Beach Diet, the Master Cleanse; and the very controversial Atkins diet (back in the day when all you could eat was bacon - it was pretty awesome). I've had the BluePrint Cleanse in my bookmarks for a while. But $195 seems pricey for 3 days worth of juice and when [...]

BLUE APRON, HELLO FRESH, PLATED… IN THAT ORDER

March 9th, 2015|7 Comments

Blue Apron Tilapia Meunière with Moroccan-Spiced Lentils & Rainbow Chard Life with toddlers is pretty crazy at the best of times. My wing-man is down with a back injury, so things have been especially hectic around here. I decided to try a meal delivery service to take some of the pressure off. No shopping for groceries, no wasted ingredients and a different meal every night. In theory, I love it. [...]

WEAVING WITH MARYANNE MOODIE

October 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

My blog post San Francisco Guide for Guilty Mamas tried to justify my decision to abandon my husband and children for 48 hours of debauchery with a bunch of girls from Cali. That post kind of highlighted the negatives. It’s true, I did develop a plugged milk duct (as well as a hole in my heart the size of New England because I was away from my babies) but my [...]

SAN FRANCISCO GUIDE FOR GUILTY MAMAS

October 20th, 2014|0 Comments

When one of my Cali girlfriends sent out an invite to a girls weekend in San Fransisco, I was pumped. My life for the last three months had been diapers, spit up and sore nipples. For nine months before that I was pregnant. So it had been a year between martinis and I was ready to get my party on (read: take a weaving class, get a massage, a pedicure [...]