OUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

By | May 7th, 2017|BLOG, 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. [...]

MARTHA STEWART & MARLEY SPOON

By | April 19th, 2017|BLOG, 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 [...]

THE SCHWINN + SAFETY 1ST TRAVEL SYSTEM

By | April 9th, 2017|BLOG, 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, [...]

INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEE DEAN WELLS

By | April 2nd, 2017|BLOG, 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 [...]

SCHWINN!

By | March 6th, 2017|BLOG, 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 [...]

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 [...]

HAVE YOURSELF A SCANDI LITTLE CHRISTMAS

By | December 16th, 2016|BLOG, 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, [...]

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 [...]

SHOP SMALL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

By | November 24th, 2016|BLOG, 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 [...]

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 [...]

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | BABY EDITION

By | November 1st, 2016|BLOG, 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 [...]

BEST GIFTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM

By | October 22nd, 2016|BLOG, 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 [...]

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 [...]

DESIGNER DIAPER BAGS 2017

By | October 1st, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

We can thank mainstream designers who have dipped into the baby market for the best designer diaper bags 2017. Sophisticated classics and French Riviera stripes that don't scream "I'm packing diapers and wipes!" are utilitarian and gorgeous. Ditch the garish mummy handbag because leaving the house with a baby shouldn't have to be an [...]

MATERNITY GIFTS

By | August 16th, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Baby shower gifts are easy. Baby booties, teddy bear, done. Maternity gifts can be a little more tricky. The best products for the mama to be can be used while she's still pregnant. If you are close with the mama-to-be, go ahead and give her the perineum massage oil, but if you're not on 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 [...]

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 [...]

FOUND + FORAGED

By | November 25th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

ADORABLE IPAD APPS FOR TODDLERS

By | September 3rd, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

REVIEW: NATURAL HAND SANITIZER

By | August 10th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

GLOSSYBOX REVIEW

By | July 25th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

As fun as they are, the little red and white Sample Society boxes from Allure have been outdone by the marketing department at GLOSSYBOX.  PS: pink always wins. I tried the June and July editions of GLOSSYBOX and they converted me. Here's the lowdown... Cost: $21 a month for the standard box Value: Claims to [...]

ALLURE SAMPLE SOCIETY REVIEW

By | July 16th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Discovering recently that I am not 20 years old (believe me I was as shocked as you are) I have developed a sudden and urgent interest in make up and skin care. I'm using my Clarisonic every two to three days and I have to say I am noticing my skin is much brighter.  Last [...]

MAMA’S SKIN

By | June 24th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

SMOKED BLUEFISH PÂTÉ

By | May 25th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

DIY BluePrint CLEANSE

By | May 2nd, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

BOYS’ COLORS

By | April 29th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

DECORATE LIKE A GROWNUP

By | April 24th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Moving house five times in three years has had some dangerous side effects. One is that every time we move, I become obsessed with interior decorating. I collect paint swatches and create a million Pinterest boards and I actually read catalogs (before I report them to PaperKarma, who un-friends them on my behalf). We are [...]

TOCOTÓ VINTAGE LOVE

By | April 16th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Tucked away in a drawer at my house, is one gorgeous pink Origami tutu and one Janie and Jack pink swim cap, both in sizes 6 to 9 months. I have two boys and will probably never have a daughter. It's just that baby girls' clothing is so darn cute. The peeps over at Tocotó [...]

ETSY LOVE – BIG STUFFED

By | April 1st, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

The over-sized soft and fluffy sea animals from Etsy store Big Stuffed. Shop owner Dana Muskat lives in Paris, France and she custom makes octopuses (octopie?), albino humpback whales, starfish, sting rays, a huge crab, this gorgeous sardine... Big Stuffed has been in my Etsy favorites folder forever. Every now and then I take a [...]

ETSIES THAT I LOVE – ANNAPAVLOVNA

By | March 21st, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Meet Tisha. This little bear is from annapavlovna's Valentine's Day collection. He is my very own hand made bear and there is no other bear exactly like him. I have had my eye on him for months now and writing this post prompted me to sneak him into my Etsy shopping basket... He arrived [...]

BLUE APRON, HELLO FRESH, PLATED… IN THAT ORDER

By | March 9th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

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 [...]

CRAZY EXCITED ABOUT FORMULA

By | February 26th, 2015|BLOG, GAZETTE|

I’m no longer breastfeeding and I can’t wait to stop using formula. I hate the smell, I hate the taste (yes, I have) and even though Bennett drinks it I can tell he doesn’t really love it. We tried Earth’s Best and a couple of other brands but he just doesn’t seem to like the [...]

I TRIED CITRUS LANE

By | September 19th, 2014|BLOG, GAZETTE|

I signed up for Citrus Lane while they were having a promotion so I paid half price for my box. The way it works is that you pay a monthly subscription fee ($24 per month for 6 months or $29 for 1 month) and receive a box of age appropriate toys and products each month. [...]