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WHITE HOUSE | BLACK DOOR

July 5th, 2017|8 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|2 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. It was super easy - anyone with a screwdriver and a paintbrush can make one. I searched for months for something compact that would keep our coats and shoes tidy in the small entryway off our farmer's [...]

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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 [...]

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WANTED: ELDERBERRY PLANT

June 10th, 2017|7 Comments

I'm looking for an elderberry plant. The edible kind. Preferably Adams or Johns but I'd settle for anything edible at this point. My local nurseries have so far been lacking so I'm taking my search further afar. According to The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (currently reading), the elderberry is used a lot in Denmark. In summer the flowers are harvested for tea and, if enough [...]

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 [...]

FORTY

May 26th, 2017|10 Comments

I'm feeling like I'm forty lately. Mostly because I don't sleep anymore and partly because I just turned forty. My birthday was low key. Rob took me on a date in three parts, just like our very first date in San Diego a decade ago. First he took me to lunch in Boston, then we had a little party at home, then he took me on an adventure that [...]

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 [...]

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AT THE LIBRARY

May 2nd, 2017|2 Comments

My mother was a children's literature major and we had a two-sided library wall full of children's books. We didn't watch much TV growing up, but we did read a lot. (Actually, my brothers and I used to watch Magnum PI through a heating column while my parents thought we were in bed sleeping, but that's a story for another time). Some of my favorite childhood memories are [...]

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 [...]

ONE

April 30th, 2017|2 Comments

I should tell you that I'm emotional. Yes, in general but particularly today. It might be that my mum is here from Australia and I'm feeling my roots and history more than usual. It could be that I haven't been sleeping since we moved Bennett into a bed and Jules into the big crib a week ago. Or it could be that our baby boy turned one year [...]

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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HAPPY WEDNESDAY

April 12th, 2017|7 Comments

Let's hear it for the sun. Yesterday was 75°. Today is cloudy but warm. A couple of weeks ago it was snowing. That old saying "if you don't like the weather in New England, just wait five minutes" is 100% truth. Today on Biographie we hear from Kayla of This Little Wandering about her idea of "home". Kayla and her family live on a converted school bus. Her [...]

LUCKY FINN’S

April 10th, 2017|4 Comments

Finn has his own phone. Which is to say, he has a piece of cardboard with a picture of an iphone glued to it, to which he has added some handwritten "texts". He asks Siri what her favorite color is and then responds in a different voice, "it's green with more dimensions". Yesterday he came into my room while I was on my computer and said "I have [...]

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