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.

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 [...]

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|BLOG, 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 [...]

A SWEET + SPICY GIVEAWAY FROM PRANA CHAI

By | December 11th, 2016|BLOG, 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 [...]

MY FAVORITE FOOD BLOGS

By | November 29th, 2016|BLOG, 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 [...]

BUGABOO DONKEY REVIEW

By | November 14th, 2016|BLOG, 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 [...]

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|BLOG, 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 [...]

BACKUP BUNNY

By | October 8th, 2016|BLOG|

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, [...]

POSTCARDS FROM DOWN UNDER

By | September 18th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

ALL THE PRETTY GADGETS

By | September 9th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

LITTLE WORKS

By | September 4th, 2016|BLOG|

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

By | September 1st, 2016|BLOG|

➕ 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 [...]

BUSH-WALKING WITH SOLLY

By | August 25th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

BUY THE BISSELL

By | August 18th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

JESSICA JOELLE ALEXANDER INTERVIEW

By | August 3rd, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

THE HAPPIEST CHILDREN IN THE WORLD

By | July 31st, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

OUR BABY BJORN BOUNCER

By | July 19th, 2016|BABY BJORN, BLOG|

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, [...]

PADDLE FEET + A FRESHLY PICKED GIVEAWAY

By | July 11th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

WE’RE JUST HERE FOR THE SEX

By | July 11th, 2016|BLOG|

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 - [...]

AT HOME SWIM LESSONS

By | June 28th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

POTTY TRAINING 101: WHAT NOT TO DO

By | June 20th, 2016|BABY BJORN, BLOG|

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 [...]

CAPE COD PART II – THE FLATS

By | June 8th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

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

By | June 5th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

A FAIR BIT OF PINK AND A LITTLE BIT OF BLUE

By | May 25th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

HUBBUB IS COMING TO BOSTON!

By | May 15th, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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. [...]

A RECIPE FOR BANANA BREAD

By | May 12th, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

STRAIGHT TALKIN’

By | April 27th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE SWEATPANTS OF CARS

By | April 6th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

By | March 31st, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

MY AESOP COLLECTION | A REVIEW

By | March 30th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

SOME FOR YOU, SOME FOR ME

By | March 26th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

A WEAVE A WEEK

By | March 23rd, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

BIRTH PLAN

By | March 15th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

BABY BONNETS

By | March 8th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

BIRCHER MUESLI

By | March 5th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

ON NOT HAVING ANY MORE

By | February 29th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

AESOP BIBLIOTEKSTAN

By | February 20th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

HOME OFFICE UPDATE | BEFORE + AFTER

By | February 16th, 2016|BLOG, HOUSE|

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. [...]

THIS IS MY HOSPITAL BAG

By | February 15th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

WEEKEND WINTER WONDERLAND

By | February 8th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

TREES, SLEDS & TOUCHING TONGUES WITH GIRLS

By | January 18th, 2016|BLOG|

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 [...]

THE NORDIC EXPERIMENT

By | January 10th, 2016|BLOG|

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, [...]

PLANTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

By | December 30th, 2015|BLOG|

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. [...]