Mama and Finn Monaco

A B O U T   M E

My name is Helen. I’m a writer living in the Boston area of Massachusetts with my husband Robbie and our three boys Finn, Bennett and Jules.

I grew up in Sydney, Australia. My parents and two gorgeous brothers still live in Australia and I miss them every day.

In my 20s I spent a year and a half in Europe. Robbie and I have a dream to live in Italy or France for a year (or forever). I’ll document the process here on this blog for anyone interested in making the move.

In 2005 I walked across Spain (because for a little while I was one of those people who do that kind of thing).

I prefer the mountains in winter to the beach in summer. True story.

I have a hard time watching the news sometimes, I’m big on empathy, I don’t believe in good and evil and I’m pretty sure that there is still hope for the world.

I weave.

I make jewelry.

I can find a Grosse Pointe Blank quote for any situation.

And because every blogger has to publish a book, I am writing my own, which you can buy pre-release. It will be available in 2076. If I manage to get it finished before then, I’ll letcha know.

A B O U T   T H E   B L O G

I should be working at the UN by now. I studied communications and international studies for five years in Sydney, Australia. In my fourth year, I took a scholarship to study third world and Latin American politics in San Diego, California. I met Robbie in the diveyest dive bar in San Diego, we exchanged scarves (weird) and telephone deets, and that’s where my important life plan derailed. We dated for six months, I went back home, he visited a couple of times and then I returned to the United States at the end of my degree. Not to New York to work at the UN, but to southern California to be with Robbie. Two years later we had our first baby boy, Finlay. We call him Finn.

When I was pregnant with Finn, I developed an obsession with mommy blogs – it’s all explained perfectly here by Emily Matchar. At the time, I was copywriting for a half billion dollar gifting company in San Diego and I started learning a little HTML. I was writing articles for the company blog – with riveting titles like Top Ten Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts and How To Win Over Your Boss at Christmas – and decided I could probably do this stuff for myself.

I didn’t post my blog publicly until May 2015. For 18 months before that I only shared my blog with family back home in Australia. My first post was a farewell to San Diego at the end of 2013. It had been a rough year for us and we decided to move to Massachusetts in hopes that it would be the Shakabuku that we (I) desperately needed. I was pregnant with our second son Bennett when we got to Cape Cod in the middle of a very cold and very quiet winter. Building a website from the scratch gave me focus and I discovered that HTML and CSS and FTP made me happy.

We now have three little boys. Jules Milan arrived in April 2016.

H O L L E R !

I would love to hear from you so go ahead and send me an email at helen@lespetitsgazette.com

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