you hold the keys

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I have a favor to ask of you. For the first time in four years, I’m conducting a reader survey and I need your help. It’s quick, anonymous + easy – only ten questions! I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to do this, as I certainly could have benefitted from it all these years. Your feedback will help me to give you more of what you want. To focus on what you enjoy most, and what I do best. This is your chance to tell me, in your opinion, what is or isn’t working. I’m so excited for what the new year holds – I’ve got big plans. This space wouldn’t be what it is today without you all…you hold the keys to my growth + success. So if you could, give me the gift of your thoughts this holiday season. Thank you in advance!

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centre commercial kids

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Every time I shop for the kids, my mind drifts away to my favorite children’s boutique in Paris. Steps away from Canal St. Martin (and a stone’s throw from here), Centre Commercial Kids is a modern space packed with handmade treasures, locally sourced goods, and eco-friendly designs. The child of concept store Centre Commercial in the 10th arrondisement, it opened in 2011 and unfortunately, it took me until this year to discover it! Catering to a wide range of ages, their goods are suitable for ages 0-14. The shoe selection alone is worth a trip-I brought back the most amazing boots for Marie + Henry. Between the vintage furniture, local goodies and brands like Oeuf, Blabla + Bobo Choses, you can’t go wrong.

 

Centre Commercial Kids | 22 rue Yves Toudic 75010 Paris

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retree joy

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Ever since we finished the playroom, I’ve been scheming + dreaming about a separate tree for the kids. I wanted them to have something different + interesting, that they could decorate themselves. After months of searching (and even begging mr. fleurishing to make something), I found the perfect tree! Enter Carrie Leeb, a San Francisco-based artist (and tree lover) who makes these gorgeous, reusable, decorative trees. I reached out to her and she (thankfully) obliged my last minute holiday request, and agreed to let me share this discovery with you all! I’m just so smitten with it.

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all they want for christmas

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This holiday season is already so much more exciting than the last, with Henry + Marie being old enough to acknowledge the magic. We are savoring the season and finding so much joy in rediscovering the wonder through their eyes. All of these items are luxuries, obviously…they are two lucky little ones. We have already donated many of the kids toys and clothing to those in need. They may not fully understand why we do it yet, but it feels good and is what the season is all about, after all. We’ve fully embraced the spirit over here, and I’m sharing this list in the hopes that Santa is a blog reader. Seriously, what does he do in his off time? It’s not that far-fetched. So, dear Santa…they’ve been good. Really, really, good.

 

1…THE LAND OF NOD cottage dollhouse…they’ve been obsessed ever since I showed them mine.

2…TWIG CREATIVE wooden toy cameras…been holding onto these for christmas, I can’t wait!

3…WHISTLE + FLUTE je t’aime beanies…mommy may have ordered a matching one too (shhh).

4…DJECO wooden macarons…for mes enfants + their wooden food collection! 

5…M. SASEK this is the way to the moon…for our little bookworms + explorers.

6…JOANNE DUGAN 123 NYC book…getting the kids excited for an NYC jaunt.

7…MELISSA + DOUG wooden railway set…both henry + marie are obsessed!

8…BRIO coffee set…well, because it’s just so cool.

9…SOOPSORI wooden fishing set…we love wooden toys and this would be an awesome addition.

10..MABO KIDS organic cotton tee + leggings…these soft + cozy clothes are beautifully handmade – we’re big fans.

11..LE TRAIN FANTOME limited edition cats…these spotted friends would look so great in their new toddler beds!

 

our everyday – with burts bees baby

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This is our everyday…lazy mornings, stuffed animals (aka “friends”), and comfortable clothing. There are many days when we don’t make it out of our pajamas, but when we do, these Burts Bees Baby thermal tee + pant sets are an easy choice. They’re comfortable, cozy + warm, which is key on chilly winter days. It’s easy to throw a coat over these outfits for errands, and ease is what it’s all about with twin toddlers! Our everyday is a beautiful chaos, and therefore simplicity, even in clothing, is so greatly appreciated. Check out all the great clothing Burts Bees Baby has to offer on their site!

*clothing c/o burts bees baby…as always, these opinions are my own*