little moments, big kids

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I’m trying to wrap my mind around the fact that my babies will be five years old soon. What feels like all of a sudden, they’re sleeping in “big kid beds”, telling me that they want to do it “by myself”, and wanting more independence. I know this is a good thing in the long term, but it’s so hard to swallow in the short. I’m somehow now the mother of two children. Not babies, not toddlers…CHILDREN. I’m holding onto four with all my might, with five approaching at warp speed.

The passing of time is never more evident than when you’re a parent, and yet simultaneously, so much more of a blur. The little moments (that are actually quite big) can easily get lost in the background of every day chaos. I’m doing my best to be more conscious of the bath time giggles, lazy mornings, and Sunday cuddles. We still have these moments, but they’ve evolved into “big kid” versions of them. No less special than before, but possibly…more treasured.

pajamas c/o burt’s bees baby, many thanks for being part of our journey all these years!

artifact uprising holiday cards

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We’re spending the Thanksgiving weekend assembling our holiday cards by Artifact Uprising – I’m thankful the kids are old enough to help this year! If only one of us had some calligraphy skills, we’d be unstoppable, ha. I chose a multi-image card, since we have a lot of little moments to share from 2016. With so many design-minded, eco-friendly, customizable options to choose from, you’re certain to find a card that feels right for you. I’m excited to send ours on their way to loved ones…please forgive the crooked stamps, incoherent scribbles, and fingerprints. It’s a family effort this year!

cards c/o artifact uprising

le papier studio silhouettes

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I just received my first gift of the season – custom silhouettes of Henry and Marie, courtesy of Le Papier Studio! Silhouettes of the kids have been on my wish list since they were born, and so you can imagine my delight when founder Vana Chupp reached out about a holiday collaboration. Creating heirloom silhouettes is a craft, and she has perfected it, specializing in a modern approach. From personalized print + paper artwork to jewelry, each item is crafted with love, to be treasured for years to come. Children grow too quickly, so preserving this moment in time is so important to me. I’m excited to be partnering with Vana to offer one lucky winner a $100 credit to her shop – enter to win on Instagram!

silhouettes c/o le papier studio, all words + opinions are my own

claire heitzler for ladurée

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During my last trip to Paris, I was invited to experience the first creations of Claire Heitzler, the new creative director of Ladurée. It was an incredible honor – those that know me best understand how exciting it was for me (I’m still pinching myself). But enough about me – let’s talk about these stunningly beautiful and delicious pastries. The first (shown above) is the religieuse fraise verveine, a choux pastry filled with light verbena mousse, garnished with fresh strawberries and strawberry jam. It was delicate, refreshing, and unfortunately…seasonal. However, that is one of many reasons their creations are so special, as they are only available for a limited time, and are occasionally re-released. Wherever you are in the world, if you have a Ladurée in your city (lucky you), you can experience Claire’s current creations for yourself.

 

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This gorgeous treat is known as la tarte nuance, and yes..that is edible gold leaf. It was a dreamy pâte sucrée with praline and fleur de sel, vanilla biscuit soaked in dark rum, topped with a sheet of white chocolate. It just might have been my favorite, but then again, the religieuse is a classic of the maison, and you can’t go wrong with any adaptation of it (the pistache is shown below). A little bit of history about Claire: she hails from a small village in Alsace (a fact that I’m particularly fascinated by, given my family history), and was influenced from a young age living close to a pastry shop with a celebrated chef. She went on to be pastry chef at Alain Ducasse’s Beige in Tokyo, where she was inspired by the serenity of the environment and emphasis on fresh fruit. She was most recently the pastry chef at Lasserre restaurant in Paris. Claire is aiming to gradually reinterpret the classics, making them fruitier, lighter, and a bit less sweet.

 

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All of these treats pair beautifully with their selection of teas of course, and I highly recommend taking a long pause at one of their many beautiful tearooms. The Rue Royale location is truly special, as it is the site of the original maison, founded in 1862. I’ll have to write a separate post showcasing the beauty of the restaurant, as well as the adjacent boutique. I’m so grateful to have had this experience courtesy of Ladurée, it truly was a magical morning, pour moi.

 

Ladurée | 16 rue Royale 75008 Paris

our everyday – with burt’s bees baby

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This is what our Sundays look like…cuddles, crafts, the occasional aggressive hug, and pajamas all day. Henry and Marie have been wearing Burt’s Bees Baby since they were nine months old (see the cuteness overload here). Our favorites are their basics, especially the pajamas – they’re 100% organic cotton and oh so cozy. I’ve already got my eye on their new holiday designs – we might even venture into family pj’s this year. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure the internet is ready!

 

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