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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 [...]

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|7 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 [...]

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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|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. 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 [...]

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WANTED: ELDERBERRY PLANT

June 10th, 2017|8 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

THE SCHWINN + SAFETY 1ST TRAVEL SYSTEM

April 9th, 2017|1 Comment

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. [...]

GETTING BACK TO THE WHY

March 15th, 2017|6 Comments

I'm working on my story for the Biographie project. There's a fair bit of procrastination going on. Like this post, for example. My story is about my depression after Finn was born. That's circa 2012, folks. But it lasted a reaaaallly long time. It lasted so long in fact, that the question of whether it really was PND or whether it was stress brought on by a string of [...]

IRA GLASS ON STORY TELLING

March 10th, 2017|2 Comments

   BUCKET    SLED    CAR    LIP    APPLE I found these five words on a piece of paper in Finn's back pack a couple of weeks ago. I was kind of stunned. He'd been practicing tracing letters and then suddenly this. And so his writing career begins. Or maybe he'll be a gardener. The point is, he started, and he practiced [...]

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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 kiddie 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 [...]

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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, [...]

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

February 9th, 2017|7 Comments

Today was a snow day. Bennett is sick so he'd have been home anyway, but Finn was off school too and Robbie worked from home. It's fun to imagine what life would be like if we shared a home office. I'd like to think that we will work for ourselves some time in the not too distant future and when we do, our home office will be a dimly lit [...]

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SUGAR FREE ME

February 5th, 2017|1 Comment

Rob is in Bahston with  friend to watch the Super Bowl so it's just me and the boys. We're doing the ushe for a 24 hour period without daddy. PJs all day, popcorn and smoothies, pizza for dinner. And this morning we tried on mum's boots while Bennett did headstands. Like I said, the ushe. I somehow convinced Finn to take a nap with Bennett and Jules, even though [...]

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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. [...]

THIS POST HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INAUGURATION

January 20th, 2017|8 Comments

I've been so MIA, I know. I'm sure you don't want my reasons but one of them is that I'm drowning in a sea of emails and advertising and Russian hackers (no, seriously, I get a dozen spam comments a day from Russia - that's why I moderate my comments). About a year ago, I joined a bunch of Facebook groups and signed up for a bunch of courses that [...]

SO, HAPPY NEW YEAR

January 7th, 2017|6 Comments

So, Happy New Year. In my twenties, New Years Eve was the source of a great deal of anxiety for me. My friends and I used to take weeks to decide which was going to be the best Sydney party to go to. It was a big decision. There were DJs to consider, venue location, proximity to the dayclub location (another big decision) and of course who else was going. But [...]

2017, LET’S DANCE

December 29th, 2016|2 Comments

So, 2016 huh? I hope you all feel accomplished in some way. This year has been high stress and high emotion for a lot of reasons. We had another baby, obviously. And the election. That whole thing. And we lost a lot of talent this year, didn't we? Bowie. Prince. Cohen. George Michael and now Carrie Fisher. I heard some guy started a GoFundMe campaign to save Betty White from [...]

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 go to 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 [...]

ALL 80’S, ALL WEEK

October 20th, 2016|0 Comments

You might have noticed some changes around here. More on that later. For now I'm channeling my inner Debi Newberry and sharing a song for your Thursday. Whether it's your last day before a long weekend or it's the day your boss is out of town or it's trash day and your barrels really needed to be emptied, this song is going to get you ready for the weekend. In [...]

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 [...]

THE ARGUMENT FOR APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS

October 14th, 2016|4 Comments

All three boys have been partying during the night the last couple of weeks and I'd like to say I have had zero sleep for four days in a row but I did close my eyes between 6 and 8 this morning while Robbie took Jules into the lounge room for a couple of hours. I'm getting used to living on no sleep but that doesn't mean I like it. [...]

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 [...]

BACKUP BUNNY

October 8th, 2016|1 Comment

Bennett loves his stuffed animals, one in particular. His name is Big Bunny and Bennett takes him everywhere. If Big Bunny isn't in bed with him there's going to be a problem. A few nights ago Big Bunny was in the three seasons room. I couldn't find him anywhere. And for a horrifying five minutes, I imagined life if Big Bunny was actually lost for good. So I bought another [...]

POSTCARDS FROM DOWN UNDER

September 18th, 2016|0 Comments

I'm in Australia! Sorry I just up and left, I hate good-byes. I arrived in Sydney on Thursday last week after 20 hours in the air with Jules. Turns out, four month old babies make the best travel companions. I left Robbie to look after Finn and Bennett with the help of his amazing mom and dad. Like most of my major life decisions, this trip was planned on a [...]

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. Actually going into a Comcast store [...]

LITTLE WORKS

September 4th, 2016|4 Comments

After discovering that I could be making thousands of dollars just by taking a photo of a friend wearing flippers on a horse, I have decided I should start selling Finn's art work. Student loan debt be damned. "Traveling Polar Bear" "Crown" "Crown II2" "Kandinsky + Warhol Love Child" "Untitled" #592

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|1 Comment

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 [...]

WE’RE JUST HERE FOR THE SEX

July 11th, 2016|5 Comments

When they hear that we have three boys, more people than you would think ask me if we had a third child because we were "going for a girl". We weren't going for anything. Jules is our sweet, smiley, roly-poly bonus-baby. But can I just say that if we were going for three children - we have done so with stunning efficiency. We made three in five years. One more [...]

AT HOME SWIM LESSONS

June 28th, 2016|2 Comments

I'm in love with my pool. It has an old-school diving board and a pool house and all summer long I feel like I'm living in a Slim Aarons photograph. I saved a mole from drowning in the pool this morning. A mole!! America has the cutest animals. I've never seen a mole in real life until 6 hours ago. This is some Wind In The Willows kind of fairy-tail [...]

POTTY TRAINING 101: WHAT NOT TO DO

June 20th, 2016|8 Comments

June is Potty Training Awareness Month! And before you say, "hey! that's not even a thing", Let me assure you that it is in fact, a thing. In this house, every month from March to September 2015 was Potty Training Awareness Month. Because from March to June we were talking about potty training Finn and from July to September we were failing at potty training him. Recently I learned [...]

CAPE COD PART II – THE FLATS

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Twice a day, once at around sunrise and once around sunset, the tide goes out on the Brewster flats and this happens. People walk out to explore the sandy banks, collecting razor clams and shells and the smoothest tumbled stones and other treasures from the sea. For a few hours, oyster farms are exposed. You can see buoys and lobster pots and mermaid's purses and stray horseshoe crabs that missed the [...]

CAPE COD PART I – HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE UNDER 5’s

June 5th, 2016|2 Comments

While I wouldn't necessarily suggest living on Cape Cod in winter with kids... visiting in summer? Definitely. Brewster is probably my favorite town on the Cape. We got married in Brewster, in a cute little church that Rob's grandmother built. (Well, she didn't build it. She had it built. She was rather well to do you see.) Finn was baptized in that church and Robbie and I had our rehearsal [...]

A FAIR BIT OF PINK AND A LITTLE BIT OF BLUE

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Hello again! I know it's been a while. It's the whole newborn baby thing. Some stuff that's been going on lately: Baby Jules is packing on the grams. His month long feeding frenzy broke last night when he went FOUR HOURS without nursing! That's a win in my book. And his name is still just Jules. Not Julian or Julius. And Jules is a boys name. People are struggling with [...]

HUBBUB IS COMING TO BOSTON!

May 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Makenna from The Boston Book Festival contacted me last week to tell me about a kids festival that is coming to Boston on June 4th. She asked me to share the love with you on Les Petits Gazette. If you live in or around Boston and you have kids, this is definitely worth checking out. "Hubbub is a new festival celebrating creativity, inventiveness, and exploration for children ages zero to [...]

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A RECIPE FOR BANANA BREAD

May 12th, 2016|2 Comments

This recipe is for anyone who has over ripe bananas on the counter, but especially anyone who has just had a baby or is breastfeeding. Because it's ridiculously quick to make and hard to mess up. Which is important when you're not getting any sleep. Note: Using Cup4Cup gluten free four will deliver an equally scrumptious banana bread for the gluten intolerant. INGREDIENTS: 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 [...]

STRAIGHT TALKIN’

April 27th, 2016|4 Comments

Me: Please ask me before you break anything or tear anything, okay? You won't know if I need it for something if you don't ask. Finn: The reason I didn't ask you is because I thought you would say no. Me: I would have said no. That's the point. I needed this and now it's ripped and I can't use it anymore. Finn: Mommy, can you please stop talking - [...]

THE SWEATPANTS OF CARS

April 6th, 2016|2 Comments

On Saturday Robbie and I left Mum with the boys while we went shopping for a minivan. Yep we sure did. The sweatpants of cars is in our garage as I write this. We're doin' it for the kids. And say what you like. That we gave up - that we don't care anymore. I'd probably say the same about you if the tables were turned. Up until a few [...]

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TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

March 31st, 2016|6 Comments

Before I fell pregnant with Finn, I had no concept of the world of unparalleled opinion and judgement I was about to enter. As a mother you will be judged. And it begins pretty much the minute you announce that you are pregnant. Because when you become pregnant, you suddenly learn that 70% of the people you know are actually experts in parenting. It's true! And if parenting was [...]

MY AESOP COLLECTION | A REVIEW

March 30th, 2016|1 Comment

My Aesop collection is growing every day thanks to the gorgeous Newbury Street signature store being so close and the gifts from the people who know me best.  Aesop's botanicals smell divine and are effective. Which is an increasingly hard to find combination. EYES + FACE I use Aesop's Parsley Seed under my eyes and the Fabulous Face Oil on my forehead, [...]

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SOME FOR YOU, SOME FOR ME

March 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Bennett has been helping with my belly balm routine since about week 30. "Beh" (Bennett for belly) is one of his favorite words. He'll see me getting out of the shower and say it over and over until I go and get the belly balm. Then he knows I've understood. He sticks his hand into the tub and pulls out the majority of the balm. I take as much of [...]

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A WEAVE A WEEK

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Meet Baby Alpaca. She is the first wall hanging to be made especially for the Les Petits Gazette Shop. I wrote about my weaving class in San Fransisco on the blog a while back. Since San Fransisco I've made a few weaves and sent them to close friends. I started getting emails and texts from people asking if they could buy one so I decided, why not sell them on [...]

BIRTH PLAN

March 15th, 2016|0 Comments

This is the birth plan I wrote up four years ago. If you don't know what a birth plan is, it's a document that mothers-to-be write up to give their OB, midwife or medical team when they go into labor. It's basically a guide that lays out in detail, how she wants her labor and delivery to go down. Sounds hilarious right? Because nobody knows how their labor and delivery [...]

BABY BONNETS

March 8th, 2016|2 Comments

I'm not embarrassed to admit that I have a little thing for slow living mommy bloggers' pretty Instagram feeds. I love a farmhouse lifestyle where milkmaid apron wearing mamas potter around in their rustic kitchens with their vintage French wooden chopping board collections and horse hair scrubbing brushes and milk-pails full of dried flowers. I don't care that they don't depict 'real life' with babies and toddlers. Because I love [...]

BIRCHER MUESLI

March 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Let's hear it for Bircher Muesli. In my twenties I dated a guy who worked in the travel industry. It was one of those relationships that you chalk up to a really important and valuable life lesson because the alternative is admitting you wasted six of your best years. One of the perks of working in the travel industry is the discounted travel and hotel stays. Sometimes we'd stay [...]

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ON NOT HAVING ANY MORE

February 29th, 2016|0 Comments

The thing about having babies is that once they start sleeping through the night and you start to feel  like yourself again, your body tricks you into wanting more. Desperately. Wanting. More. We never wanted more than two. When I was 20 I didn't even think I wanted children, so the fact that we made it to two is an achievement in itself. Robbie and I decided to stop at [...]

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AESOP BIBLIOTEKSTAN

February 20th, 2016|0 Comments

My obsession with Aesop is paralleled perhaps only by my obsession with all things Scandi. I guess then, the synthesis of these two things should be enough to make my head explode. I love every Aesop store I've ever seen, so when Aesop posted a video about their Stockholm store, Bibliotekstan - my head actually did explode. Bibliotekstan is a "meditation on the principal tenets of the Scandinavian aesthetic – [...]

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 [...]

WEEKEND WINTER WONDERLAND

February 8th, 2016|2 Comments

Watching my husband being an awesome dad is about the best part of every weekend for me, but snow weekends take the cake. On those weekends, Robbie is up early carving up sledding trails and building snowmen and carrying my munchkins up the hill like a human ski-lift. And loving every second of it. This weekend we went sledding, made snow angels and built this awesome snowman. We especially love [...]

TREES, SLEDS & TOUCHING TONGUES WITH GIRLS

January 18th, 2016|2 Comments

These trees had me at hello. The day we walked into this house, having just decided in the car on the way over that it was over our budget, I walked into the kitchen, looked out the window and saw these trees. I saw the swing and the little bench and that was that. I was a goner. We made an offer for the asking price right there in front [...]

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 sounding names [...]

PLANTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

December 30th, 2015|1 Comment

Robbie's grandmother had a tradition of buying Christmas trees in pots and then planting in the ground after the holidays. In winter her property on Cape Cod was a wonderland of Douglas Firs and Blue Spruces covered in snow. You can see some of them in this post about our winter on Cape Cod. Since my first trip to Robbie's grandmother's place in 2008 I have been saying I [...]

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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 [...]

FOUND + FORAGED

November 25th, 2015|0 Comments

We are hosting Thanksgiving for Robbie's parents this year. Which is manageable because Robbie can somehow get a turkey plus sides on the table in under three hours and largely unassisted. He does well with sweet potato, green beans, corn, chestnuts and cranberries. I'm Australian and we don't do Thanksgiving, so I leave it to the experts. Robbie and I cooking together is chaos. Bennett puts all his energy into [...]

WORDS TO LIVE BY

November 16th, 2015|4 Comments

My very first Political Theory lecture stands out as a life changing moment for me. I remember I got to the lecture hall early. I had no idea whether or not politics was the right choice for me, I just knew I didn't like the way the world was being run. But sitting in that lecture hall as all of these smart and confident looking kids started to fill [...]

WE’RE ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

November 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

When Finn broke into song one day after watching the movie 'Despicable Me', we thought it was adorable until we heard the lyrics he was singing. "You got women, you got women on your mind... have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find... if her daddy's rich take her out for a meal, if her daddy's poor just do what you feel..." (Thanks Mungo [...]

THE KARAOKE MACHINE

October 12th, 2015|0 Comments

When Robbie brought this karaoke machine home from the toy store he was pretty proud of it. I like wooden, organic toys that make me appear earth-motherish. The ones that look good in the background of Instagram pictures but that toddlers find completely boring. So the bright orange plastic karaoke machine stressed me out. Because like most kids toys that make noise, it's really loud and annoying. Of course Finn [...]

CHERRY TREES

September 17th, 2015|3 Comments

This last couple of weeks has been busy with Labor Day weekend, our 5th wedding anniversary (yay for love) and Robbie's birthday. My resolve to post every three days wanes somewhat when there are opportunities to party every second night. And by party I mean get a babysitter and stay out past 9pm. Since having kids we really know how to go crazy. Traditionally a fifth wedding anniversary gift is [...]

APPY BIRZDAY

September 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Every year on my birthday, at about 6am, my dad calls to wish me a happy birthday. Except that he says "Appy Birzday" because he has a thick Croatian accent.  I never noticed his accent growing up, because I was born listening to it, but my school friends couldn't understand a word he was saying. My dad is 78 today. And because he doesn't read my blog (he doesn't do [...]

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 [...]

IL DUCE

August 29th, 2015|3 Comments

Yesterday Finn introduced Bennett to the electrician as "my brother, Benito Mussolini." I'm blaming Robbie. We both have nicknames for Bennett, but Benito Mussolini is one of his. I hope all of you parents of babies realize that pretty soon they will repeat everything, especially the inappropriate stuff. These boys are the cutest together. They're finally at an age where they're interested in each other beyond one of them [...]

DON’T INCLUDE ME IN YOUR THROWBACK THURSDAY

August 20th, 2015|2 Comments

After a couple of years at a very strict private Catholic girls’ school where uniform inspections were homeroom ritual, I transferred to a far more relaxed public school and spent the next few years of my life trying desperately to look as grungy as possible - a mission my mother worked tirelessly to sabotage. I let my friends dye my hair horrible colors and distressed my school uniform, ripping [...]

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 [...]

THE OYSTER ROOM

July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Of all the rooms in our new house, the dining room has been the trickiest to design. It's a small room and it had a huge, shiny, gold chandelier in the middle of it which, despite being a huge, shiny, gold chandelier, fit the space pretty well. It's just that I didn't want a huge, shiny, gold chandelier so I bought a drum style light fixture, which is about the [...]

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 [...]

SHOWING UP

June 8th, 2015|0 Comments

When we enrolled Finn in a Montessori school, we loved that community participation was important and that parents were encouraged to be involved. The school sends out a weekly newsletter that I usually skim over, but lately I haven't had the energy to read a label let alone a 15 page newsletter. However, sometimes they put really important stuff in that newsletter and the week I don't read it you [...]

SMOKED BLUEFISH PÂTÉ RECIPE

May 25th, 2015|0 Comments

New England residents are spoiled by an abundance of fresh seafood, so it's no surprise that some of the best seafood restaurants are located here. The Straight Wharf Restaurant on Nantucket is one such restaurant. Their Smoked Bluefish Pâté served with Melba toast and pickled vegetables is a Straight Wharf signature dish worth traveling to Nantuket for. Luckily for the rest of us, the bluefish in their recipe is [...]

A YEAR ON THE FARM

May 22nd, 2015|2 Comments

We've lived in this house for almost a year. We're moving into our new house in a little over a week (massive smile while I write that) and I'm starting to take stock again. Moving brings up a lot of emotions, especially now that we have little ones. We'll have done this three times since I was pregnant with Bennett, and he's not even a year old. We'll be leaving behind [...]

HIPSTER CHILDREN

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Sometimes I like to dress Finn in a pair of high-tops, an early eighties rock band t-shirt and/or a pair of ray-bans. I know this will label him a hipster child, and for some people it will label him 'bratty'. Finn's wardrobe was pretty much rad like this 24-7 until some ladies at his daycare on the Cape made some comments about his 'hipster jeans' that sounded slightly more judgmental [...]

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DIY BluePrint CLEANSE

May 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

So I did a DIY BluePrint Cleanse. 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 lard). I've had the BluePrint Cleanse in my bookmarks for a while. But $195 seems pricey for 3 days worth of juice [...]

BOYS’ COLORS

April 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Last night I had a middle of the night, Oprah Aha! moment about decorating the boys' bedrooms. Once I thought of it, I couldn't believe I hadn't thought it all along. The revelation? They need color. I've been thinking monotone for the rest of the house and the boys rooms just kind of came along for the ride. I'd like to assign some blame to the abundance of gorgeous monotone [...]

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 [...]

CEMETERIES, ANTIQUING + FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

April 29th, 2014|0 Comments

We are back from our trip to South Carolina and Savannah. This post is about what to do in Savannah. Spanish moss and southern charm - I’m into it in a way I’d never thought I’d be. We visited Bonaventure and Wormsloe, shopped boutiques and antiques and made a point of eating as much southern fare as was polite. Fried chicken, BBQ ribs, collard greens, mac'n'cheese, fried green tomatoes, grits, [...]

WINTER ON CAPE COD

January 16th, 2014|0 Comments

We are on Cape Cod in the middle of an actual, real-life winter. No 70 degree winters here, because San Diego is long gone. We are living in Robbie's dad's holiday house in Orleans, Mass. We had our wedding reception here in 2010 and it's just as beautiful covered in snow as I remember it in the early days of autumn. The property looks like something out of a Scandinavian [...]

A FAREWELL TO SAN DIEGO

November 2nd, 2013|1 Comment

It’s November and it’s still t-shirt weather in San Diego. We went to the beach today and soaked in the last rays of warm weather. It felt like a kind of farewell to San Diego. We're really starting to feel like we're leaving now. San Diego has been home to Robbie for a dozen years and almost half that for me. As exciting as it is for us to be [...]