It seems this time of year creeps up on us all, but this year really caught me by surprise…for a few reasons. Stores have started displaying holiday decor + product before halloween….halloween! I’ve even noticed a few small businesses mentioning Black Friday sales as soon as the last witch hat is sold. Will this retail timeline continue to shorten, and at what point do we, as consumers, say ENOUGH?! Don’t get me wrong – I love this time of year immensely, but part of what makes it so special is the momentary magic of it all, don’t you think? In addition, the return of the polar vortex hasn’t done us any favors, abruptly bringing early snowfall and frozen temps. All of a sudden I’ve found myself scrambling for a new winter coat and arctic temp accessories for the kids. Add my current workload to this mix, and I’ve found myself staring blankly at my to-do list/calendar. A “holiday haze”, if you will. I’m feeling very overwhelmed friends, and I’m assuming I’m not alone. What are your thoughts, and how do you handle the stress of the holidays?
If you find yourself in Paris, and for some reason can only make time for one boulangerie (gasp)…go here. That is all.
Du Pain et Des Idées | 34 Rue Yves Toudic 75010 Paris
Most of the time, the best toys + activities don’t cost a thing…big boxes make for an awesome rainy day activity! Our training potties (four in all – two bathrooms, two toddlers, whew) arrived in these huge boxes (ahem, a bit wasteful Amazon), but we put them to good use. I didn’t plan to photograph this, but in the moment I realized I should capture the fun and grabbed my camera. We drew welcome mats, window boxes, even decor inside…(that’s Marie working on curtains). Now, on rainy days, we picnic + paint in our box houses. What is your favorite rainy day activity?
I recently escaped to NYC (solo) for a few meetings, and spent an inspiring 48 hours in Brooklyn. I was lucky enough to stay at a good friend’s place while she was in Paris (le sigh), and got to know a new (and lovely) neighborhood. Believe it or not, of all the times I’ve been to New York in my life, I’d never walked the Brooklyn Bridge – I can check that off my list! I’m quite proud of myself, considering I could see through the planks and fought my fear of heights big time. (I was the crazy person talking and humming to myself along the way to stay calm). I wandered around Prospect Heights, Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, + Dumbo…stopping at almost every coffee shop and consuming copious amounts of espresso. Brooklyn is rich with inspiration–I would live there in a heartbeat. I’m excited to return with the family sometime soon! If you’re planning a visit, you can see my adventures + day trip suggestions over on steller!
a day in brooklyn
Happy Friday friends! I’m a bit behind this week due to a few exciting projects in the works…I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to. Also, we just started potty training (double gulp)…more on that soon. If I happen to disappear from the face of the (social media) earth, you’ll know why. Based on my instagram feed lately, I’ve been very coffee obsessed. A pretty latte or an invigorating cortado is just what an autumn weekend calls for though, don’t you think? I hope your weekend is filled with the best treats of the season! Here are some links to enjoy while sipping on a hot cup of something…