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.

FORTY

By | May 26th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Kristina Cole

By | May 25th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS I always admire those people that seem to know what they want to pursue in life, their purpose, if you will, before high school. For example, my 5 year old tells me she is going to be a horse doctor, not a princess, or a teacher or even [...]

BLOGGING 101: MONETIZE YOUR BLOG

By | May 21st, 2017|BLOGGING 101|

1. PUT ADS ON YOUR SIDEBAR Adsense ads are the ads you see on blogs with the little blue “A” in the corner. Every time one somebody clicks on one of your Adsense advertisements, you make money. (You cannot click on your own ads.) They are customized for the user so when your mother [...]

BLOGGING 101: GET PINTEREST RICH PINS FOR YOUR BLOG

By | May 21st, 2017|BLOGGING 101|

Pinterest rich pins improve the look of pins from your website, and make them stand out on people’s boards. There are four types of Rich Pins: product, article, app install and recipe. You've probably seen recipes on Pinterest that have a list of ingredients in bold font right there on the pin and [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Jen Walker

By | May 19th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

HOPE THROUGH THE STORM To be a mother is more than I ever imagined it could be. As the days go by I try not to take for granted that I’m a mother of a beautiful little girl, a blessing on this earth. The way that life begins, the way that a [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Brittney Hellaina Esteves

By | May 8th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

NEW MAMA Honestly, at twenty-five years old I never expected my life to be what it is. I have always been the independent, free-spirited, feminist type of girl. However, after meeting the man whom I now so gratefully get to call my husband and the father to our daughter, I am never more [...]

OUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

By | May 7th, 2017|GAZETTE|

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. [...]

OUR FAVORITE BOOKS FOR FINN + BENNETT

By | May 5th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

OUR FAVORITE BOOKS FOR JULES

By | May 5th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Rachael Meyers

By | May 3rd, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

IT TAKES A VILLAGE Back in November we became a family of four and what a transition it has been! Our babies are two years apart almost to the exact date. They had the same due date actually and nope, it wasn’t planned that way. Becoming a Mom has been the most [...]

AT THE LIBRARY

By | May 2nd, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Danielle Elliott

By | April 30th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

THE AGES OF PARENTING Like through periods of history, I can clearly define several Ages in our parenting story. There was the Idea Age, the Medical Age, the Pregnancy Age, and the longest and most complicated one so far, the Parenting Age. Let me take you on an historical journey through these Ages. [...]

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

By | April 30th, 2017|BLOG, FOLLAIN|

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 [...]

ONE

By | April 30th, 2017|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Tiffany Thompson Madvig

By | April 24th, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

SURVIVING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION + LEARNING TO EMBRACE MOTHERHOOD Becoming a mother changed my life, but not just in the ways you might expect. I experienced the overwhelming sense of love and attachment (typical after giving birth), but more importantly I faced postpartum depression that left me feeling completely isolated and alone. Before having [...]

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, FOLLAIN|

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 [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Tash Woolley

By | March 22nd, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

DEAR OB No matter if it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned professional, the only things certain about having a baby are – you will have little or no control over how it happens, and it will hurt, probably a lot. So it’s no surprise really that many women feel anxious, [...]

THE BIOGRAPHIE SERIES | Sophia Johnson

By | March 22nd, 2017|BIOGRAPHIE|

JOURNEY WISELY The sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.  - Alexandra Elle We all know the feeling of sleep deprivation, midnight feedings, “just one more book”, sticky fingers and unforeseen frustration that can entangle us [...]

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 [...]

PARTNERSHIP | FOLLAIN

By | February 17th, 2017|BLOG, FOLLAIN|

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 [...]

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 [...]