Happy Easter! Hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating. We had a fun filled Easter themed weekend that included several easter egg hunts (3) and of course, decorating easter eggs. This year both kids could participate, so that was extra fun and messy!
I loved putting together their Easter baskets filled with bubbles, chalk, books, dinosaurs, colouring books, stickers and lots of other treats. My mom also picked up some bunny footprints and they were a huge hit! Charlotte cried when she realized we had cleaned them up.
The kids woke up this morning and were super excited, Noah set off and immediately discovered 4 eggs that the Easter bunny had hidden, while Charlotte devoured (and snuck) every last piece of chocolate she could get her hands on. I thought it would be fun to make bunny pancakes, the Mister made apple vanilla pancakes and I decorated. The kids were excited and ate them up! The weather was picture perfect (finally) so we picnicked at the park for lunch, played with our new bubbles and chalk and soaked up the sun!
I wanted to try out some new recipes for Easter dinner and Ina is my go-to for the holidays. She came through, yet again with her spring green risotto and green artichokes. I also made a coconut cream tart (thanks, Martha) that the kids loved! I am not a huge baker, but I was pretty proud of making it all from scratch. So much so that as I was marveling at my perfect tart, I touched the center and it cracked! I saved it though!
Overall, it was a really great weekend creating new memories. The kids conked out an hour earlier than usual tonight, so that’s a good indication.
Laughs via thedaddyfashionstylist
Paris Letters popped up on my radar recently and being a lover of all things Francophile, I was excited to check it out. The book, a true story, by Canadian/Californian/Parisian, Janice MacLeod opens with her on the verge of a burnout. As a means of coping, she vows to write daily in a journal, a practice which offers her many insights and answers, namely the idea to save as much as possible, quit her job and be free to travel. She then embarks on the ambitious goal of saving a tonne, relinquishing her things and working hard to achieve her goal. Who couldn’t relate? I’m sure we’ve all dreamt at some point of escaping our jobs, lives and travelling. To actually do it takes a lot of guts, determination and well, money!
Anyway, on to the good stuff. Janice sets off for Paris and meets a Daniel Craig look alike butcher. Without divulging too much, the book details her exploring the city, the quirks, trials and triumphs of life as an expat, all the while vanquishing in her new found freedom and discovering her true loves.
I really enjoyed this book- Janice is very down to earth, relatable and you find yourself rooting for her throughout. i especially enjoyed her vivid descriptions of Paris, the neighbourhoods, the ways of the French, which transported me back to my adventures in many of these same parts. I was thrilled to discover her blog and of course, i wanted to look up Daniel Craig and subscribe to her beautiful letters immediately. You will too, trust me!
Have your read this book? Thoughts?
I was tagged by nomadsoul to answer the following 11 questions:
- What did you have for breakfast? I’m not really much of a breakfast person, but I must start the day out with a strong coffee.
- What was the last item you purchased? Ugh, does my ridiculous tax bill count? If not, diapers. Glamour galore!
- Dream trip you hope to one day take? Santorini/Oia
- Most meaningful gift you’ve ever been given? Heirlooms from both maternal grandmas- a necklace & earrings they both wore.
- When was the last time you told someone you loved them? Minutes ago, my kiddos
- Guiltiest guilty pleasure tv show you watch? Um, everything on Bravo!
- What is your bedtime routine? Brush my teeth, wash my face (if i’m not exhausted), Kiehl’s face + eye creams, multi-vitamin and attempt to read until my phone falls in my face.
- Do your family and friends know you have a Tumblr? Some
- What is one piece of advice you’d give your 20 year old self? Soak up every experience you can, explore your city, say yes more than no, travel near and far, listen and learn.
- The yummiest dish you know how to make (and bonus points if you link to the recipe). Well lately spaghetti and meatballs c/o The Meatball Shop have been well received around these parts.
- What is one beauty product you can’t be without? Givenchy Mister Light- it’s all about hiding the bags folks.
I am tagging, rockabyebucktown, almosthalfway, reneenicolesays, amyinannapolis, themissq,hershyscorner, inthelifeof, ladyness, panserta, yayanniebee, happinessiseva
1. What is one thing we would be surprised to learn about you?
2. Last great book you read?
3. What is your go to hostess gift?
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
5. Where is the best place you’ve ever been?
6. What are you currently coveting?
7. What song makes you rock out every time you hear it?
8. What is your greatest fear?
9. What is the funniest name you’ve ever had written on your Starbucks cup?
10. Signature scent?
11. Pet Peeves?
On Tuesday, Bravo announced that it was adding 15 new shows to its roster as well as bringing back 16 current hit programs for another season (or two). Among the new programs are scripted series about
And just like that, my day is made.
Awesome-what are you most interested in watching? The nannies of the UES might be more interesting ;)