french is beautiful



“God invented the Parisian so that foreigners wouldn’t know what to make of the French.”

Alexandre Dumas


As you may have noticed, we’re headed to Paris as a family! I couldn’t be more giddy about it. The anticipation of introducing my children to the city (and country) I love so much has me completely blissed out. Of course, I also went into panic mode – I had hoped to be further long with my French studies before returning. While my journey to fluency is well underway (thanks to French is Beautiful Level One), my everyday, operational French needs some polishing. Which brings me to an exciting announcement – Carrie Anne James has designed a course specifically for traveling, called French for Paris! She so sweetly included my input in the planning of the course, and I’m eager to help spread the word.

Launching in April (the 4th to be exact), the efficient course covers the most crucial topics for a traveler, and teaches you how to improvise, not imitate. There have been quite a few instances where I either didn’t get a response I was expecting, or I froze in fear…I’m hoping to avoid that this time around. From mastering the Métro to bargain shopping, the focus is on feeling confident in everyday situations. Right now you can pre-order the class, and the first ten signups will receive a one hour private Skype session! I might have had something to do with the  “traveling with kids” bonus session (wink).


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the return of proust




After a two-year hiatus, I’m eager to announce the return of my Proust Q + A series! I really enjoy delving into the psyches of my favorite bloggers, and it seems you do too. In the past, I was mostly focused on fellow Francophiles, and considering the questionnaire is that of the famous French author Marcel Proust, it seems only fitting. However, I can’t promise it will always be a Francophile…I’ll mix it up to keep things interesting. Feel free to suggest your favorites, if you haven’t already seen them here, (and you can nominate yourself). I’m looking forward to featuring new bloggers very soon…stay tuned!

illustration by fernando vicente

we’re going to paris!!!


Our children’s French + Francophile book collection came in handy for the exciting news we shared with Henry and Marie this week (and are now sharing with you)!! While these shelves usually have an interesting mix of subjects, I gathered and arranged these especially for our announcement. We invited them in (mommy poised with camera in hand), let them peruse the familiar books, and then posed the magic question after they had a chance to study them.



“We’re going to be taking a very special trip soon – can you guess where we’re going?!” To which they simultaneously replied “France!” + “Paris!”!!! I just had to animate these photos for full effect. I think it’s safe to say they’re excited.




pottery barn kids + handmade charlotte event



Just in case you missed my previous post…I’m hosting a FREE crafting event this Saturday at my local Pottery Barn Kids store to celebrate the launch of the Handmade Charlotte DIY kits! Bring your littles (Henry + Marie will be there with me), and let’s make this a party! This is a free event, but you do need to reserve a spot, so be sure to call the store and let us know to expect you. There are two sessions to choose from…and don’t worry – if you’re not in the Philadelphia area, this event is happening nationwide! Be sure to check the store listings to find one near you. Happy crafting everyone!

handmade charlotte + pottery barn kids event

pottery barn kids – king of prussia

march 7, 11-11:30 AM + 11:30-12 

space is limited – RSVP by calling the store