About Helen

I'm Helen, a mama, writer, weaver and jewelry designer. I am an Australian living in Massachusetts with my older man + three much younger men.

THE KINGDOM OF FINN

By | April 23rd, 2017|BLOG|

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. [...]

MARTHA STEWART & MARLEY SPOON

By | April 19th, 2017|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

HAPPY WEDNESDAY

By | April 12th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Kayla

By | April 12th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

HOME What exactly is home? Is it that space... the box we return to day after day. We build, buy, rent, borrow... holding all our valuables, our hopes, our dreams. That space where we fight,  love,  rest, worry... The space where we exist alone, and so often together... or maybe Is it [...]

LUCKY FINN’S

By | April 10th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE SCHWINN + SAFETY 1ST TRAVEL SYSTEM

By | April 9th, 2017|GAZETTE|

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, [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Anna Whitworth

By | April 7th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

PERSPECTIVES. RENEWED. This is a story about a girl who thought she is made of steel and those scary mortal oddities are beside her, it turned out that she may as well be, but for a moment there she thought like she is not. Obviously, like everyone else she is very mortal [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Hailey Andresen

By | April 4th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

DEAR ME   Dear me,As I’m writing this it is nearly midnight on a Saturday. Owen has been sleeping for at least a few hours, Zack is playing video games, and you’ve been plugging away on blog posts, e-mails, and so on for household since he went down. This might not have been [...]

INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEE DEAN WELLS

By | April 2nd, 2017|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

BIOGRAPHIE HAS LAUNCHED!!

By | April 1st, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Jasmine Punzalan

By | April 1st, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

LOOKING INWARD: MY BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER This is the year I get better. I’m a little over halfway through treatment for breast cancer. It’s a year-long process, though diagnosis actually took much more time. I’m a healthy eater. I was young. I didn’t have any family history, and I’ve never smoked. [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Georgina Gardner

By | March 31st, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

HOW BREAKING OUR MARRIAGE WAS THE THING THAT SAVED IT This story is about my marriage. It is filled with incredible highs and hurtful lows, but it is a journey I am happy to have chosen. My husband, Mark, and I met in high school 23 years ago. I’m 36 now, nearly [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Lauren Gordon

By | March 26th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH The night we met was one I'll never forget, I remember knowing at the time that it would change my life forever. He was tall, broad and handsome, and immediately I felt safe in his arms. Something happened that night; it was as if every previous heartbreak [...]

SPA AT HOME WITH FOLLAIN

By | March 23rd, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

MASTER BATHROOM UPDATE | BEFORE + AFTER

By | March 17th, 2017|HOUSE|

BENJAMIN MOORE DOVE WHITE BATHROOM When we moved into this house two years ago, Robbie was recovering from his back injury and we had a 3 year old and a 1 year old. It was nice to find a place that really didn't need a lot of work. That was the rationale anyway - [...]

GETTING BACK TO THE WHY

By | March 15th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

IRA GLASS ON STORY TELLING

By | March 10th, 2017|BLOG|

   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 [...]

SCHWINN!

By | March 6th, 2017|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

By | March 3rd, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

GROWTH CHART RULER DIY

By | February 25th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

FOLLAIN

By | February 17th, 2017|BLOG|

I'm forty this year. And as soon as I stop having to breathe into a paper bag whenever I say or write that sentence, 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 [...]

FOUR HOUR SPAGHETTI SAUCE

By | February 14th, 2017|BLOG|

Happy Valentines Day! I hope it was what you wanted it to be.  Maybe a romantic dinner (I remember those) or flowers delivered at work or just Netflix and chill (so glad I'm not in my 20s). It kinda felt like any other day here. It wouldn't be the first year that I [...]

THE WEEKEND

By | February 12th, 2017|BLOG|

Everyone has been sick this week except for me. But I have been tired and slightly grouchy most of the week. probably because I've been up every night with three sick boys. Today we spent two hours getting the boys in their snow suits ready to go sledding outside. When you have three sick [...]

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

By | February 9th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

SUGAR FREE ME

By | February 5th, 2017|BLOG|

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. [...]

CAMP FINN

By | January 28th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

CAMPING THEMED PARTY

By | January 28th, 2017|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

THE BOYFRIEND WATCH

By | January 23rd, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

SO, HAPPY NEW YEAR

By | January 7th, 2017|BLOG|

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, [...]

2017, LET’S DANCE

By | December 29th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

OUT SICK

By | December 22nd, 2016|BLOG|

I've been so sick you guys. Fevers and chills since Monday night. You don't want to know the details. I'm feeling about 70% right now and compared to how I've been feeling the last few days 70% feels amaaaaazing. Finn and Bennett are so sweet when I'm sick. Finn made me gifts and wrapped them [...]

THE MOST CHILDISH FOOD ON EARTH

By | December 18th, 2016|BLOG|

For the past 72 hours I've been making myself sick on marshmallow sandwich cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have a low grade headache from repeated blood sugar spikes and now I'm sharing the joy with you. The cookie recipe is this one from epicurious. The marshmallow recipe I usually use is Ina Garten's. [...]

HAVE YOURSELF A SCANDI LITTLE CHRISTMAS

By | December 16th, 2016|GAZETTE|

My good intentions for an amazingly organized holiday season have been thwarted the last five years by pregnancy hormones and lack of energy. This year is no different. If you're doing last minute decking of the halls like me this year, here's a little collection of the cutest Christmassy things on the internet. Surprise, [...]

I AM ELF

By | December 15th, 2016|BLOG|

Oh heyyyyyy. There's a babysitter up in this house. Which means I'm not in my pajamas. I'm going work-casual. Which is good because I totally feel like I'm at the office. Our bedroom is the size of a small upper east side apartment so a few months ago we converted the office into a guest [...]

A SWEET + SPICY GIVEAWAY FROM PRANA CHAI

By | December 11th, 2016|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

CATCH UP

By | December 9th, 2016|BLOG|

When it's Robbie's turn to read to the boys I take Jules. Sometimes he naps for ten minutes and I have just enough time to do absolutely nothing. Or I could write half a blog post. Really I'm just waiting for Robbie to get downstairs so we can watch Westworld. Have you seen it? We [...]

OH HELLO

By | December 6th, 2016|BLOG|

So this is my hair. The other half is in a vacuum cleaner bag at the Green Room in Boston. My single chair salon experience went just as perfectly as expected. The haircut was fun, but just being out on my own -­­­­­ I was like a giddy school girl. It was bananas. I don’t [...]

MY FAVORITE FOOD BLOGS

By | November 29th, 2016|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

SHOP SMALL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

By | November 24th, 2016|GAZETTE|

Small business Saturday is November 26th and if there's ever been a more important time in our history to shop small it's now. One way we can make the world a better place for our children is to try to buy local, small and sustainable. If you can't get out this weekend, shop small from [...]

THE HAIR AROUND HERE

By | November 17th, 2016|BLOG|

We were just saying that Bennett's new haircut makes him look a bit feral. And then he came into the kitchen wearing a crotchet ring on his head. What you can't see here is the straight fringe and back to match. The hairdresser had a creative vision of what he should look like. That [...]

BUGABOO DONKEY REVIEW

By | November 14th, 2016|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

CHANGES

By | November 6th, 2016|BLOG|

So I'm trying this thing. Over there. The Gazette. I'm drawing lines. Differentiating my mama blog from the 'business end'. I named this blog Les Petits Gazette ("The Littles" Gazette), with the intention of making it a kind of magazine for mamas. What manifested was a personal blog because to be honest, that's all I [...]

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | BABY EDITION

By | November 1st, 2016|GAZETTE|

It's easier to fly with an infant than a toddler so if you have the choice, try to do as much long haul travel before your baby starts crawling and after she has started walking. That's not to say that flying with an infant on your lap is a piece of cake. There's still [...]

INDIAN SUMMER

By | October 23rd, 2016|BLOG|

We've had perfect weather all week - Wednesday may as well have been the middle of August. It was warm all day and by the afternoon the weather was cool enough for a hike. Robbie got home at 4:30 and Finn announced that he wanted to go on an imaginary hike which took place in [...]

BEST GIFTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM

By | October 22nd, 2016|GAZETTE|

Board games for family time and swings that hang from the rafters - the best gifts for kids with autism double as awesome gifts for the whole family. 1. CLOUD B TRANQUIL FROG 2. HONEY BEE TREE 3. THE EAGLE TREE 4. EMOTION-OES BOARD GAME [...]

ALL 80’S, ALL WEEK

By | October 20th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

PUT IT IN A BASKET

By | October 20th, 2016|GAZETTE|

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 [...]

THE ARGUMENT FOR APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS

By | October 14th, 2016|BLOG|

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. [...]

SAFE BATH TOYS

By | October 10th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]