french is beautiful

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“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of  a child. There are seven million.

Walt Streightiff

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Were we really in Paris with our children, only a month ago?! It feels like it was a all a dream. I’m so thankful to have moments like these documented, thanks to my friend Ashley Ludaescher (still so many more incredible photos to share). Navigating a foreign country with children, especially toddlers, is challenging for sure. Speaking the language (even at a basic level) really makes things easier, and more enjoyable. Carrie Anne James was kind enough to include me in the development of her French for Paris course, and I’m honored to have inspired the “traveling with kids” bonus lesson. I think it goes without saying that I personally relied heavily on that portion of the program during our trip!

Since this was my first time traveling with my children to France, I wanted to be prepared with the proper terminology. Full disclosure – I didn’t know the word for stroller. There were many times when I found myself using phrases that were new to me, such as “excusez moi, est-ce que les pousettes sont permises?” (excuse me, are strollers allowed?). I located diapers, requested mild cheese, even spoke with other parents, in French – and it felt great. Do you have to speak French in order to travel there with your children? No – but I highly recommend it. You will get more respect, better treatment, and yes, even the elusive smile, from the Parisians. Henry et Marie even garnered a tickle or two (or three).

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national stationery show recap

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After many years of drooling from afar, I finally made it to the National Stationery Show! It takes place once a year in NYC, at the incredible Javits Center. I went solo, armed with a list of must-sees, and it was so awesome to meet some of my favorite paper people in person (say that 5 times fast)! I was also lucky enough to attend the fabulous Paper Party, hosted by Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper, and wow – the stationery industry knows how to party. I mean, take a look at the invite! I’m so glad I finally made it to the show, and I hope to return next year, if only to say hello again to my favorites:

(in alphabetical order – not all pictured)

a heirloom | banquet workshop | belle + union | black heart letterpress | crow + canary | draw me a lion | ferme à papier | gingiber | gold teeth | hammerpress | hello lucky | ink meets paper | iron curtain press | moglea | one canoe two | redcap cards | rifle paper co. | sapling press | sugar paper la | sycamore street press | thimblepress | yellow owl workshop

FIVE + a giveaway!

FIVE

 

This week I’m celebrating my FIVE year blog anniversary!! I had no idea what would become of this space five years ago, but I’m amazed (and oh so grateful) for it’s growth and success. I still enjoy it immensely, and it (almost) never feels like work. Five is a big milestone, and I’m commemorating the occasion with a look back at my favorite posts, the addition of a newsletter, and a huge giveaway! As a thank you for your readership and support over the years, I’m giving away….drumroll…FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS! Five lucky winners will each receive $100 cash via PayPal! To enter, sign up for my newsletter (in the sidebar) and see my post on Instagram (for complete details). The contest ends May 28th at 9 AM EST. Thank you, as always, for joining me here  – it just wouldn’t be the same without you. Merci et bonne chance!

MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE POSTS

it began with a beret | my personal paris | a very special christmas | things I’m afraid to tell you | henry et marie

bon weekend

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Oh hello there, Memorial Day Weekend – you snuck up on me! It’s been super crazy busy around here, so this weekend is dedicated to catching my breath, spending time with family, and welcoming summer (even though it doesn’t officially begin until June 21st). Wishing you all a lazy and lovely weekend – I’ll be back on Tuesday with an exciting announcement! Here are a few links that inspired me lately for your weekend enjoyment, be it in a bed or on a beach…

BON WEEKEND!

iris: a film

the art of getting lost

parenting advice simplified

freedom isn’t free – memorial day by the numbers

an anniversary in paris

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While in Paris, my husband got down on one knee and asked me to marry him…again. As luck would have it, our anniversary (exactly one month and six years ago today) coincided with our trip. I had made reservations at my favorite restaurant, arranged care for the kids with a friend, and imagined us on a romantic midnight stroll along the Seine after enjoying an amazing and memorable dinner. However, between jet lagged toddlers, exhaustion, and not wanting to beg for help, we made the decision to cancel our plans. Our reality was not to be ignored, even in the most romantic city in the world. We chuckled at the stark contrast of it all, compared to the romance and freedom we have known in earlier years. On our anniversary eve, we found ourselves with oven pizza and wine after the kids went to bed. And you know what I realized? Our reality, and our love, is so much richer, deeper, and beautiful, six years later. I live life (and created life) with my best friend. So, in the shadow of Notre Dame, surrounded by our children, I said yes. Again.

many thanks to ashley ludaescher for capturing this unscripted moment!