Maranda Lee Bags Giveaway

by Chieko on October 14, 2013

If you have never seen Maranda Lee’s bags you need to go check them out at her Etsy store. They are adorable and functional. And she has something for everyone including really cute diaper bags!

She also happens to be running a giveaway right now. You can enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter widget below any time from now until October 30th. Good luck and if you feel like being generous spread the word to your friends!


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le 14 juillet roundup

by Chieko on July 13, 2013


bastille day In celebration of le quatorze juillet this year I want to share some of my favorite French (or French inspired) things. I also have a board on Pinterest with the same theme that you can follow for continued French inspiration!

french things we love


1. Petit Bateau has the cutest baby clothes ever.

2. I love just about anything Le Creuset. Add to that something tiny and red and I just can’t help myself.

3. Would love to have some of these tea towels.

4. I think that these pencils with French phrases would be perfect for back to school.

5. French soap – need I say more?

6. No celebration is complete without a bottle of Lucien Albrecht bubbly!

7. Cute little Parisian poster found at Modcloth to stare at when you can’t be there in person.

8. Don’t tell my daughter but I am definitely getting this shirt for her!

9. For a classic French literary experience pick up a book by Camus this summer – if you’re feeling truly existential then you could even try some Sartre.

10. “French” toast!

11. Luxurious body lotion

12. A basic striped shirt is an essential part of any wardrobe.

13. Treat yourself to some yummy French cheese. This box comes from but try your local cheese shop too.

14. My absolute favorite thing that transports me back to my mémère’s house every time I smell it – Lavender Linen Water

And one last one that got left off the list but I wanted to mention is a CD of French songs for kids that we used to listen to all the time when my daughter was younger. It is called Songs in French for Children and you can get it from Amazon for $3.99!

To add some homemade French goodness to your celebration, don’t forget our past tutorials for crème fraîche, crèpes, and last year’s bleu, blanc et rouge dessert recipe!

Enjoy and happy quatorze!


Button Hair Clips

July 3, 2013

Here’s another super cute and easy tutorial from my daughter. She originally made these to “sell” for a Streets of New York history simulation in school and they were a big hit. Her teacher even bought one and wore it frequently after that! They would make a great last minute gift. Supplies: • Buttons (it […]

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simple things

June 27, 2013

One of the qualities that my daughter possesses that I most adore and often try to emulate  is her wonder and amazement at all of the little, simple things in life. Even as she becomes a tween (acting like she’s going on 30) she still has not lost this. I love traveling with her because […]

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So, so easy homemade Crème Fraîche

May 3, 2013

I know I have been absent from posting for a long time once again! But this post is going to change your life so completely that you will see it was worth the wait!! One of the many, many things that I miss not living in France is the crème fraîche. It can be hard […]

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Easy to make wheat-free crackers

February 22, 2013

I love snacking and any parent with kids knows that having healthy snacks around is essential. When we go on picnics my step-mother often makes great crackers that I have been wanting to share with you. They are delicious and a perfect substitute to wheat crackers.  Here are two recipes, one with Almond Meal and […]

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Red and Gold Party Drink

February 3, 2013

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and for the first time since I graduated from high school I will be cheering on MY team! In honor of the big game my daughter came up with a delicious and fancy Red & Gold Drink that 49er fans of all ages can enjoy. To make the drink like she […]

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BYOR birthday party

January 30, 2013

First off I have to apologize for dropping the ball on this blog! With Christmas and the school break I got completely out of my normal rhythm and am just now forcing myself to get back into it. As for the rest of the crew; Jessie is busy planning her wedding (YAY!!) Liz has been […]

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Book Page & Aluminum Can Decorations

December 11, 2012

Another book page project. Here’s how to make magnolia flowers out of book pages and cow bells from small aluminum cans and bolts (two of the bells in the tree are real cow bells – the inspiration for the project). Materials for Magnolia Flowers, Branches and Leaves: Book pages Tacky Glue Stapler Scissors Hole punch […]

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la fête de Saint Nicolas

December 6, 2012

Today is the fête de Saint Nicolas (Saint Nicholas Day). I absolutely love this holiday. Almost as much as Epiphany! My love for it probably stems from my family’s ties to the Lorraine region of France and the time I spent there growing up. Saint Nicolas happens to be the patron saint of that region […]

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