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AT THE LIBRARY

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

ONE

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 [...]

THE KINGDOM OF FINN

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 [...]

MARTHA STEWART & MARLEY SPOON

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 [...]

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY

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 [...]

LUCKY FINN’S

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 [...]

THE SCHWINN + SAFETY 1ST TRAVEL SYSTEM

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 [...]

INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEE DEAN WELLS

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 [...]

BIOGRAPHIE HAS LAUNCHED!!

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 [...]

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SPA AT HOME WITH 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 [...]

GETTING BACK TO THE WHY

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, [...]

IRA GLASS ON STORY TELLING

   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. [...]

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SCHWINN!

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% [...]

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FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

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 [...]

GROWTH CHART RULER DIY

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 [...]

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PARTNERSHIP | 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 [...]

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FOUR HOUR SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Happy Valentines Day! I hope it was what you wanted it to be.  I'm sure at least some of you had a romantic dinner with your ampersand. And good for you. I remember those. It kinda felt like any other day here. It wouldn't be the first year [...]

THE WEEKEND

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. [...]

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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 [...]

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SUGAR FREE ME

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 [...]

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CAMP FINN

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 [...]

CAMPING THEMED PARTY

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. [...]

THE BOYFRIEND WATCH

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 [...]

THIS POST HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INAUGURATION

I've been so MIA, I know. I'm sure you don't want my reasons but one of them is that I'm drowning in a sea of emails and advertising and Russian hackers (no, seriously, I get a dozen spam comments a day from Russia - that's why I moderate my comments). [...]

SO, HAPPY NEW YEAR

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 [...]

2017, LET’S DANCE

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. [...]

OUT SICK

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 [...]

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THE MOST CHILDISH FOOD ON EARTH

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 [...]

HAVE YOURSELF A SCANDI LITTLE CHRISTMAS

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 [...]

I AM ELF

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 [...]

A SWEET + SPICY GIVEAWAY FROM PRANA CHAI

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 [...]

CATCH UP

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. [...]

OH HELLO

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. [...]

MY FAVORITE FOOD BLOGS

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 [...]

SHOP SMALL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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 [...]

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THE HAIR AROUND HERE

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 [...]

BUGABOO DONKEY REVIEW

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 [...]

CHANGES

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 [...]

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | BABY EDITION

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 [...]

INDIAN SUMMER

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 [...]

BEST GIFTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM

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 [...]

ALL 80’S, ALL WEEK

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 [...]

PUT IT IN A BASKET

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 [...]

THE ARGUMENT FOR APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS

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 [...]

SAFE BATH TOYS

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 [...]

BACKUP BUNNY

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 [...]

DESIGNER DIAPER BAGS 2017

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 [...]

FIVE GUYS (FOUR GUYS AND A GIRL)

I've been back for a week and I'm still unpacking from my trip. When Virgin finally found my bag, it was in New Jersey. I've never been to New Jersey but at least my toothbrush has. They delivered my bag on Sunday night and I was totally expecting a note [...]

JETLAGGGGG

I'm running on about two hours sleep as I write this so if you want a meaningful, reasoned, intelligible blog post you're out of luck. What I can give you is tired and emotional. Will that do? The Australia trip isn't out of my system. I'm still on Sydney time [...]

POSTCARDS FROM DOWN UNDER

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 [...]

ALL THE PRETTY GADGETS

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 [...]

LITTLE WORKS

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" [...]

THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING GIVEAWAY

➕ 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!! [...]

BUSH-WALKING WITH SOLLY

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 [...]

BUY THE BISSELL

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 [...]

FEVER + THUNDER + NURSING = NO SLEEP

On Saturday night we had a storm here. The regular 9 to 5 folks of the south shore mightn't have noticed it come through around 2am but we did. Bennett has had one of his fevers since Friday and he was burning through the night, which meant I was making [...]

MATERNITY GIFTS

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 [...]

FINDING THE WORDS

Finn told me that last night he had a dream about a sad train conductor. Said he couldn't get his sad face out of his head. I didn't know what to say because sometimes the things he says catch me off guard. We ended up with an Inside Out analogy [...]

JESSICA JOELLE ALEXANDER INTERVIEW

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 [...]

THE HAPPIEST CHILDREN IN THE WORLD

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 [...]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNETT

Bennett George Thompson is 2 today. This boy is a big ray of happy sunshine. He always has been. I'll do anything to make him smile. Like letting him "paint" with our 11 year old mother's helper. Today I'm tired and I have to clean the house before a friend [...]

OUR BABY BJORN BOUNCER

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 [...]

PADDLE FEET + A FRESHLY PICKED GIVEAWAY

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 [...]

WE’RE JUST HERE FOR THE SEX

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 [...]

AT HOME SWIM LESSONS

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 [...]

POTTY TRAINING 101: WHAT NOT TO DO

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 [...]

A TRIP TO HORNSTRA FARMS

Today we went to Hornstra farms for ice cream and to see the spring calves. Luna and Sol are twins that were born a couple of weeks ago and those two cuties alone are worth a trip to the farm. Three teenagers were standing on the fence in the barn [...]

CAPE COD PART II – THE FLATS

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, [...]

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

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 [...]

A FAIR BIT OF PINK AND A LITTLE BIT OF BLUE

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 [...]

HUBBUB IS COMING TO BOSTON!

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 [...]

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A RECIPE FOR BANANA BREAD

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 [...]

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WELCOME BABY JULES

Hey, we had a baby! He's super cute! His name is Jules Milan. Jules as in Jules Verne. Or if you'd prefer (as Robbie does), Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield. We didn't name him after anyone, but it helps people with the concept that Jules is a boys name and not [...]

STRAIGHT TALKIN’

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 [...]

A WINTER STUDY

'WINTER STUDY' - Natural Elements on Construction Paper This is a selection of the winter offerings brought in from the yard by Finn and Bennett. Care of the Thompson Gallery. WE ARE PRETTY BORED UP IN HERE. This is actually a post about pregnancy symptoms. So, you know, read it [...]

WAITING…

Earlier today I thought maybe I was in early labor. Yesterday I thought I might have been in labor too. Over the weekend there were several times that I thought I was, you know, maybe in labor. Because this baby boy is doing flips in there lately that don't feel [...]

THE SWEATPANTS OF CARS

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 [...]

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TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

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 [...]

MY AESOP COLLECTION | A REVIEW

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 + [...]

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SOME FOR YOU, SOME FOR ME

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. [...]

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A WEAVE A WEEK

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 [...]

WINTER IS OVER + SPRING IS HERE

The robins and bluejays are back in our yard and my mother in law tells me it means spring is officially here. Winter was short and sweet this year in New England. I'm so happy for the return of warm days because there's fun to be had that can't [...]

BIRTH PLAN

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 [...]

BABY BONNETS

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 [...]

BIRCHER MUESLI

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. [...]

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ON NOT HAVING ANY MORE

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 [...]

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AESOP BIBLIOTEKSTAN

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, [...]

HOME OFFICE UPDATE | BEFORE + AFTER

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 [...]

THIS IS MY HOSPITAL BAG

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 [...]

WEEKEND WINTER WONDERLAND

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 [...]

WHEN YOU CAN’T DRINK COUGH SYRUP, DRINK LEMONS, HONEY

When you are pregnant and you get sick, there's not a lot you can take to get you through. And when you already have kids, there's no such thing as a sick day. Staying in bed with friend-bought chicken noodle soup and back-to-back Bravo network shows is not an option [...]

TREES, SLEDS & TOUCHING TONGUES WITH GIRLS

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 [...]

THREE THINGS

1. Dear New England: it's the middle of January, you can pack away your window candles and fairy-light lawn deer now. 2. Like Finn at his age, Bennett has become obsessed with The Wiggles (circa 1992). It hurts my head. But when he does the actions to "Rock-a-bye Your Bear" [...]

THE NORDIC EXPERIMENT

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 [...]

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LESSONS IN HOLIDAY PLANNING

Maybe I'm being precious, but being pregnant at Christmastime with an almost 4 year old and a sick 18 month old was kind of a challenge. Finn is at an age where he's still all about himself and the presents under the tree that have his name on them. I'm [...]

PLANTING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

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 [...]

EARTH MEN

On Sunday we decided to go get burgers and shakes at Five Guys. The boys were dressed and ready, so was Robbie. I was lagging, so Robbie decided to get out the hedge-trimmer and cut back some brambles down the back of the yard. Because that's what you do ten [...]

WINTER CONCERT

The end of year winter concert at Finn's school was today. Robbie took the morning off to come, which was awesome. Finn's class was last to arrive in the hall and when he sat down he silently mouthed a big excited "HELLO!" to everyone in the audience (because obviously everyone [...]

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EAT YOUR FRAGRANCES

To Bennett, the spice drawer is a crazy adventure. He carefully takes the lid off each spice jar, smells it and says, "Ooooooh-woowwww!" like every one of them is the most amazing smell in the world. And he’s a toddler, so maybe it is. Finn and I used to play this [...]

ULTRASOUNDS + DIM SUM

My OB said that if Robbie wanted to come to any of the ultrasounds this pregnancy, yesterday would be the day. It was the 18 to 20 week fetal morphology or "anomaly" scan. That doesn't sound scary AT ALL does it? It's the most in-depth (routine) ultrasound of the whole [...]

FOUND + FORAGED

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, [...]

WORDS TO LIVE BY

My very first Political Theory lecture stands out as a life changing moment for me. I remember I got to the lecture hall early. I had no idea whether or not politics was the right choice for me, I just knew I didn't like the way the world was [...]

THE LITTLE LEAGUES

Autumn little league soccer. Cold Saturday mornings with these two. Finn in his over-sized soccer shirt and Bennett bundled up ready to cheer on his big brother from the sidelines. Or eat acorn shells and dig some dirt - whatevs. Today was magic. Every day that Robbie is home is [...]

WE’RE ALL ABOUT THAT BASS

When Finn broke into song one day after watching the movie 'Despicable Me', we thought it was adorable until we heard the lyrics he was singing. "You got women, you got women on your mind... have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find... if [...]

HALLOWEEN PARADE

Meet Spidey. You might recognize him from such blog posts as Spidey Greetings. After buying him a fireman hat, jacket and boots, Finn decided to stay true to his roots and go with last year's costume. Today was the Halloween parade at Finn's school. He was sick last night so [...]

I HEART ABC HOME | NYC

I just got back from a weekend in Manhattan. My friend was in from London for work and Robbie and I have an understanding about seeing friends when they're in town. He looks after the boys while I go away and I look after them when he has boys trips [...]

FOURTEEN WEEKS, THREE DAYS

You're probably not desperate to know why I've been a little MIA over the past three months, but I'm going to tell you anyway. I've had... MORNING SICKNESS!! We're pregnant again! Because stopping at two kids is so 2014 don't you think? And before you ask - yes, we are [...]

THE KARAOKE MACHINE

When Robbie brought this karaoke machine home from the toy store he was pretty proud of it. I like wooden, organic toys that make me appear earth-motherish. The ones that look good in the background of Instagram pictures but that toddlers find completely boring. So the bright orange plastic karaoke [...]

THE WEEKEND

Here's the Apple Picking Blog Post. You knew it was coming. On Sunday we drove half an hour south to a local orchard to pick fresh, crunchy, scrum-diddly-umptious McIntosh and Cortland apples. Finn ate two massive apples in an hour and didn't have a lot of room for apple cider [...]

CHERRY TREES

This last couple of weeks has been busy with Labor Day weekend, our 5th wedding anniversary (yay for love) and Robbie's birthday. My resolve to post every three days wanes somewhat when there are opportunities to party every second night. And by party I mean get a babysitter and stay [...]

APPY BIRZDAY

Every year on my birthday, at about 6am, my dad calls to wish me a happy birthday. Except that he says "Appy Birzday" because he has a thick Croatian accent.  I never noticed his accent growing up, because I was born listening to it, but my school friends couldn't understand [...]

ADORABLE IPAD APPS FOR TODDLERS

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 [...]

IL DUCE

Yesterday Finn introduced Bennett to the electrician as "my brother, Benito Mussolini." I'm blaming Robbie. We both have nicknames for Bennett, but Benito Mussolini is one of his. I hope all of you parents of babies realize that pretty soon they will repeat everything, especially the inappropriate stuff. These [...]

DON’T INCLUDE ME IN YOUR THROWBACK THURSDAY

After a couple of years at a very strict private Catholic girls’ school where uniform inspections were homeroom ritual, I transferred to a far more relaxed public school and spent the next few years of my life trying desperately to look as grungy as possible - a mission my mother [...]

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

I should have known it would happen. I should have recalled the half dozen times I cut Finn's hair in his first two years and he went from being my little baby to practically ready to leave for college in three and a half minutes. Bennett's hair was getting in [...]

AMBULANCE RIDES

Bennett, Finn and I had another ambulance ride on Tuesday, our third since we moved to the south shore. Bennett had a febrile seizure, which trumped any experience so far as the scariest moment in my life as a mother. He was diagnosed with strep on Wednesday so it looks [...]

REVIEW: NATURAL HAND SANITIZER

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 [...]

HIPSTER CHILDREN ROCK. SO DOES THIS.

#FBF - Tiffany Beveridge's pinterest board titled "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter" is the best. It totally makes fun of parents of hipster children. The ones who dress their kids in plaid and pearls, ripped jeans and military jackets. All the stuff I think is adorable on toddlers. Tiffany's imaginary [...]

BLUEBERRY PICKING: PART TWO (A TALE OF TWO MORNINGS)

After blueberry picking on Sunday, Finn and I were excited to make blueberry pie. We had visitors on Monday so we didn't get time to make it, which worked out pretty well because on Tuesday this was happening at our place... And storm weather is perfect for baking. So [...]

BLUEBERRY PICKING: PART ONE

The year Robbie and I met, he took me to his mom's place in Massachusetts and showed me around the neighborhood, pointing out landmarks and places where major life events happened. You know, the broken collar bone, falling out a window, first kiss... the important stuff. As kids, he and [...]

DO NOT EAT

This is Bennett. Today he pulled aaaaalll the wipes out of the wipes warmer placing them in a neat pile behind him. His other tricks include unraveling toilet paper, squeezing toothpaste out of the tube, and re-programming the printer. He works quickly and efficiently I have found, a trait that [...]

MY HUSBAND, THE PUPPETEER

Robbie interviewed for a job on Thursday. It went well. He has almost recovered from back surgery so I knew he'd be going back to work soon, but it's been so nice having him home with us. Robbie is a really fun dad - it's one of the things that [...]

GLOSSYBOX REVIEW

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 [...]

THE OYSTER ROOM

Of all the rooms in our new house, the dining room has been the trickiest to design. It's a small room and it had a huge, shiny, gold chandelier in the middle of it which, despite being a huge, shiny, gold chandelier, fit the space pretty well. It's just that [...]

#toughsummer

Days like today make all my complaining about how tough life has been lately seem pretty silly. A little ungrateful even. We've had a lot going on. Moving and dealing with Rob's back injury, our four day hospital stay with Bennett - and just being parents to a toddler and [...]

ALLURE SAMPLE SOCIETY REVIEW

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 [...]

WHEN YOUR BABY IS SICK

In case you haven't heard me say it a thousand times, this year has been tough for us Thompsons. Robbie's back surgery was the big black X on the calendar that marked the end of tough times. A few weeks after the surgery Robbie could walk without having to use [...]

LAKE DREAMS

My mother's idea of heaven is an apartment overlooking Central Park. She loves the city. She loves the movement, the hustle and bustle. Not me. When I'm all grown up and the boys are out there making the world a better place, I want to live in a cozy house on [...]

BOOK SHELVES FOR FINN’S ROOM

So that trip to IKEA a couple of weeks ago produced something positive. Yeah! I'm happy with the RIBBA picture ledges I bought to use as bookshelves. The books add color to the room displayed like this and the shelves seem quite sturdy (nobody has tried to pull them [...]

HAPPY FOURTH

Finn woke up at 1am this morning. As I tucked him back in I promised we would get a croissant and a hot chocolate for breakfast. So it stands to reason that this morning Finn needs a croissant and hot chocolate. It's July 4th, and that means a whole lot [...]

THE LAST OF THE PEONIES

When we lived on the Cape these gorgeous light pink peonies were growing along the side of the house. I was obsessed with them. We moved into our new house just as spring arrived on the South Shore. Robbie had been joking that this house was designed for me from [...]

LE GAZETTIN 6•28•15

Happy weekend! We are having a rainy Sunday here, taking care of kids and house tidying and unpacking. My mama goes back to Australia tomorrow. The end of her stay just kind of snuck up on us. We're going to miss her. A LOT. I seriously love the Danes and [...]

MAMA’S SKIN

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 [...]

IKEA STILL SUCKS

Project New House is in full swing. Speaking from experience, this nesting bug will last about another two to three weeks. After the buzz wears off, the house will stay looking pretty much the same from that day until we move again.  I'm pretty sure most of my family will [...]

PAINTER’S HANDS

When my dad immigrated to Australia from Croatia in the late fifties, he made a living as a painter. He didn't speak English very well and he had no money to go to school, so he met some people and started working with them painting houses all over Sydney. People [...]

THIS ISN’T RIGHT

I painted the office yesterday. It took all day. I used Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (exhibit A) and what I got was this blue room (exhibit B) So what happens now is I experience low level stress every time I am near the part of the house closest to the [...]

LES COULEURS

At last count I have 12 gallons of paint on the floor of my (not even nearly finished) living room. Mostly they are finish variations. I have flat, eggshell, semi gloss and pearl. These are the colors we have:   The master bedroom, the dining room and the sitting room [...]

SHOWING UP

When we enrolled Finn in a Montessori school, we loved that community participation was important and that parents were encouraged to be involved. The school sends out a weekly newsletter that I usually skim over, but lately I haven't had the energy to read a label let alone a 15 [...]

SMOKED BLUEFISH PÂTÉ RECIPE

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 [...]

A YEAR ON THE FARM

We've lived in this house for almost a year. We're moving into our new house in a little over a week (massive smile while I write that) and I'm starting to take stock again. Moving brings up a lot of emotions, especially now that we have little ones. We'll have done [...]

LET THEM TAKE PHOTOS

When these photos were taken I was not feeling terribly attractive. Not unusual for someone who is 8.5 months pregnant, but I'm going to say I don't think I ever went through that gorgeous, 'glowy' pregnancy stage that we are supposed to go through as mothers-to-be. If I did, I [...]

LE GAZETTIN 5•13•15

NPR is talking about it, my friends are talking about it, we should all be talking about it. This. A few years back we went to a Jewish lesbian wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, New York. It was breathtakingly beautiful in every way. So [...]

WAITING FOR SPRING

I'm a little concerned that it's May and we're still having cold days. I know I'm from Sydney via San Diego, but this year doesn't seem to be accepting spring as a legitimate season. And autumn and spring are by far my favorite (let's hear it for the moderate seasons!) But [...]

HIPSTER CHILDREN

Sometimes I like to dress Finn in a pair of high-tops, an early eighties rock band t-shirt and/or a pair of ray-bans. I know this will label him a hipster child, and for some people it will label him 'bratty'. Finn's wardrobe was pretty much rad like this 24-7 until [...]

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DIY BluePrint CLEANSE

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 [...]

BOYS’ COLORS

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 [...]

DECORATE LIKE A GROWNUP

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 [...]

MY GRUFFALO CHILD

Finn's favorite books at the moment are Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child. We watch the movies at night and then he insists on reading the books too.  When I saw a new Donaldson and Scheffler collaboration, The Gruffalo's Wean on Amazon and it was [...]

TOCOTÓ VINTAGE LOVE

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. [...]

WHAT LITTLE BOYS ARE MADE OF

Robbie seemed to know how to be a daddy before this boy was even born. He knew things about how to raise boys that took me a little longer to figure out. My favorite lesson learned this year is to let things be messy. Because I am the happiest when [...]

ETSY LOVE – BIG STUFFED

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 [...]

ETSIES THAT I LOVE – ANNAPAVLOVNA

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 [...]

BLUE APRON, HELLO FRESH, PLATED… IN THAT ORDER

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 [...]

CRAZY EXCITED ABOUT FORMULA

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 [...]

HEY SISTER

I'm tired. My wing-man has been down for almost three months with a back injury and my three year old has cabin fever in this endless indoor winter. My six month old is the easiest, most soulful person in our family but he still needs 100% of my attention and [...]

SANTA BABY

  HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE THOMPSONS  XOXO (and extra candy canes for this guy for being the only one who would cooperate for a photo) Save Save

FIRST SNOW

So here it is. Cold, fluffy, magical, slightly too early, snow. Finn is in heaven. Robbie is ready to move back to California. But I didn't move to New England to listen to boys talk in that gorgeous Boston accent. I moved here for the Maine lobster, the east [...]

SPIDEY GREETINGS

Last year in San Diego, Halloween was kinda awesome for us. Finn was almost 2 years old and it was his first time trick or treating. He learned how to do it faster than pretty much anything else he has ever tried. He would run up the driveway and knock [...]

WEAVING WITH MARYANNE MOODIE

My blog post San Francisco Guide for Guilty Mamas tried to justify my decision to abandon my husband and children for 48 hours of debauchery with a bunch of girls from Cali. That post kind of highlighted the negatives. It’s true, I did develop a plugged milk duct (as well [...]

SAN FRANCISCO GUIDE FOR GUILTY MAMAS

When one of my Cali girlfriends sent out an invite to a girls weekend in San Fransisco, I was pumped. My life for the last three months had been diapers, spit up and sore nipples. For nine months before that I was pregnant. So it had been a year between [...]

I TRIED CITRUS LANE

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 [...]

APPLE PICKING SEASON

Reason 27501 to love New England: Apple Picking Season. This morning this little family of four(!!) went apple picking at our local u-pick farm. Finn ran into the first apple row we came to and picked the biggest apple he could see. Then he sat down and started to eat [...]

ALL THE LITTLE FIRSTS

Finn started preschool today.  I was running late (not unusual), but I just had to take a few first day photos before I dropped him off.  And here's where I'm going to be completely predictable - because these feelings I'm having are completely predictable... He's growing up too fast and [...]

WHEN YOU’VE GOT STUFF TO DO

These are the adorable faces Bennett makes when he's working something out. That something is almost always poop. At this age, poop is the most challenging part of Bennett's day and really, the only responsibility he has. Because, eating? Easy. Sleeping? Born to do it. Getting dressed? Not his problem. [...]

THAT TIME A TREE FELL ON OUR HOUSE

A few days ago it was raining outside and we were snuggling in bed with our beautiful week old babe. Finn was downstairs with Nonna who is in town for a few weeks. Everything was peaceful and right in the world. A loud cracking sound shattered our peaceful bliss and [...]

CURTAINS

DINNER AT THE NEW HOUSE

After moving our entire lives from California to Cape Cod in December last year, moving again was easy. We're getting pretty good at this.  We've lived in 5 different houses in the past 5 years and each time we do it we get better at the logistics. We are renting [...]

PREGNANT IN NEW YORK

I'm back from a long weekend in New York. I went with my favorite travel pal, my mum. I'm heavily pregnant so we didn't do what we would usually do (which is to stay up all night drinking Japanese slippers and dancing on the bar) but we still had fun. [...]

AT BATH TIME

By about 7 o'clock every night, Robbie and I start getting our second wind. We've made it through the day and we know that in a couple of hours, when this little boy has been tucked in and he's too tired to make another call back for just a little [...]

THIS PLACE

Lately every photo I take looks like something out of Yankee magazine. It's not us. It's this place. The days are warmer now and every afternoon we've been walking down to the jetty to look for horseshoe crabs and driftwood and other treasures from the sea. Last week we found [...]

WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T DO IT…

Finn said he didn't want to go to school today. He just couldn't do it. I felt the same way. So we played hooky for a half day and went for frozen yogurt and hot chocolate. It was the best half day ever.

HELLO SUN, WE’VE MISSED YOU

Today was so gorgeous. Finn was looking particularly Instagrammable. So here's me showing off a bit.    

EATEN IN SAVANNAH

We are back from our trip to Savannah. This post is about what we ate. For my original post on what I did in Savannah (apart from eating), go here. B. Matthew’s Eatery for Breakfast 325 E Bay St | Savannah, GA B. Matthew’s Eatery is in a great historic [...]

CEMETERIES, ANTIQUING + FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

We are back from our trip to South Carolina and Savannah. This post is about what to do in Savannah. Spanish moss and southern charm - I’m into it in a way I’d never thought I’d be. We visited Bonaventure and Wormsloe, shopped boutiques and antiques and made a point [...]

MORNINGS WITH FINLAY

Every morning lately, Finn wakes up with a lot of stuff to tell us. Today he woke up and announced that the "windy wind blew all the strawberries away!" (a Dora the Explorer reference). It's crazy, but just in the last few weeks he's gone from being a toddler to [...]

WINTER ON CAPE COD

We are on Cape Cod in the middle of an actual, real-life winter. No 70 degree winters here, because San Diego is long gone. We are living in Robbie's dad's holiday house in Orleans, Mass. We had our wedding reception here in 2010 and it's just as beautiful covered in [...]

A FAREWELL TO SAN DIEGO

It’s November and it’s still t-shirt weather in San Diego. We went to the beach today and soaked in the last rays of warm weather. It felt like a kind of farewell to San Diego. We're really starting to feel like we're leaving now. San Diego has been home to [...]