Au Pairing

Au Pair Lessons: Say Yes. But Also No.


Moderation is key. As is being honest, at least with yourself. Families tend to do things on the weekend, when everyone’s more or less home, which is great! However, as great as that can be, sometimes you just don’t want to be a part of it, and that’s fine.

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Au Pairing, France, Plateau D'Assy etc.

Au Pair Lessons: Not Everyone Is As Neat As You

IMG_7061Maybe you dealt with this same issue when you went to university and had to share a room or a flat with a roommate. The two of you got along fairly well and things were going great, but then you realized something: they left their stuff everywhere. Continue reading

France, Nice, Travel

Good-bye, Nice


Can we talk about the beach? Just for a few seconds and then we can move on to another topic, if you really want. When you think beach, or rather, when I think beach, it’s sand next to a body of water. The sand doesn’t have to be gorgeous and white and fine and the things that ads are made of. But Nice completely ignored that memo or they were out for coffee or thought the world was going to be inhabited by giants and that the rocks they put on the beach would look like sand.  Continue reading

France, Plateau D'Assy etc.

Let it Shine

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It’s amazing how time flies. Six weeks have come and gone and we’re once again in the midst of our two week school holidays. As with last time, we have grandparents visiting and the weather has been summer-like. Shorts and t-shirts, sunglasses and sandals and sunscreen. Days spent almost entirely outside, running in the backyard and playing in the park, eating meals at the big picnic table under the beach umbrella stuck through a hole in the middle.

Yesterday we headed up to Chamonix and meandered around, bought ice cream (lemon and of course: caramel beurre sallé) and I found a birthday present for my little brother who turns four at the beginning of May. Four! Time really does fly!

Also trying to finish planning my trip next week. I’ve got six days without children and close to the ocean and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it!


Things I’m Loving:

+ Talking about success – (what it looks like and people who failed before they succeeded)

+ Four pretty images – (just because)

+ Tis the season – (since I can’t have my Tim’s, I’ll have to do this)

+ 3 steps – (because putting yourself out there is hard, as is being a good employee to yourself)

+ the secret of travel blogging – (or lack thereof)

Plateau D'Assy etc.

A Plea for Sun

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I know there’s been a lot of talk about the weather, everyone’s just waiting for spring to hurry up and get here already, but I’d still like to join in that call for more sun and less clouds and more warmth and less rain. I know you can’t tell from these pictures but it’s been nothing but heavy clouds hanging down below the mountain tops and cold winds, rain that starts and stops at will. The new season started last month. If someone could forward that memo to the weather, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Giving yourself an assignment – (Something I’ve been trying (and trying and trying) to do.)

+ This has been making the rounds – (And making us PhotoJs laugh.)

+ Rules for dinner – (Of the cooking variety.)

+ Kitchen of my dreams – (Because: maps. Also because: purple table.)