Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Swiss Onion Trick, or Thoughts on Integration and Repatriation


Last week when Coco was sick, I did the old onion trick. I sliced an onion in half and placed the two halves, cut side up, in the corners of Coco and Theo's room on the floor. The onions absorb all of the toxins out of the air and pull the sickness away from your children. This is what everyone does when their kids are sick, right? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe with Margaret Kelley


My friend Margaret is the quintessential All-American girl. She has an enviable, fresh, preppy look and over the holidays, I kept finding myself asking her about different outfits and clothing she was wearing. She seemed effortlessly polished and relaxed all the time, which is strange for someone with three kids. I was dying to know her wardrobe secret, and luckily for us, she was willing to share. 

All about Margaret's life-changing switch to having a capsule wardrobe, after the jump!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Quick Weeknight Meal: Bacony Tomato Pasta


These days, it's rainy and dark and by late afternoon, things are feeling really gloomy. Sometimes the whole evening routine of dinner, bath and bed can seem really daunting. All hands on deck! So it's nice to have a simple meal that comes together quickly to hasten things closer to bedtime. Step-by-step instructions for one of my favorite quick weeknight meals, after the jump.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.


Are you traveling this weekend? Hanging around home? We are staying in town and Coco and J are doing some skiing. She is completely better after her nasty virus. It really helped to let her fever run its course all day Thursday, and I also did the Swiss onion trick, which I'll tell you all about next week. (If you're already familiar - no spoilers - but shoot me an email, because yes to the onion trick!)   I can't believe it's already the second half of February. Honestly, where is 2017 going? I'm doing my best to savor every moment with my little cuties. Check out the cuteness in my Instagram stories! ;) I just don't want them to grow up, but Coco lost her second tooth last night. It's happening.

Here's a bit of what caught my eye around the web this week:

A chill song for you.

So excited to have found this podcast.

I've almost filled my current journal and it's exciting to be shopping for a new one. (A new chapter to be written:)

Is this Hygge? Haha!

Design lovers' reading list.

These photos are stunning.

So bad it's good.

This made me think.

Obsessed with this brow pomade and powder set and brush.

I got 100%. ;)

Enjoy your weekend and see you back here Tuesday! xo

(Gorgeous photo via Ffion McKeown on Instagram)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

What are your favorite movies?


Remember when sick days were all about lying on the couch, surrounded by tissues and cold medicine and tea and juice and watching movie after movie and falling asleep and getting better? That's totally what Coco did today. Back-to-back, she watched Trolls and Frozen. Pretty much her version of heaven, minus the headache, chills and fever. 

Anymore, if I get sick, it's nothing like the above scenario. It's more like Sudafed, coffee and powering through anyway. Sometimes I'll let the kids watch a movie so I can sleep, but they usually wake me up in the most unpleasant way, like poking my eyes and then smiling the biggest, sweetest smile when they open. This is the toddler I'm talking about. If Coco did that at 5 1/2, it would be pretty weird, and I would not call it sweet. But when Theo does it, it's pretty cute, and it was when she was a toddler, too.

So, in the spirit of sick days, what are your favorite movies? Three of mine, straight ahead!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Best Rule of Thumb When Caring for a Sick Child


As a parent, one of the scariest things you'll do is take care of a sick baby or child. It's hard to know when to go to the doctor and when to wait it out and when to give them medicine and when to hold off. Our darling Coco is so sick tonight. I snuck into her room and took this photo just now. Such flushed cheeks and dark under eye circles. Poor little bunny!

Luckily for us, we feel pretty confident when it comes to taking care of sick kiddos. My mom gave us the most amazing rule of thumb to follow. That pearl of wisdom, plus all of our favorite remedies, after the jump.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Little Joys


What are the little things that make you happy? I was thinking today about how it really is the little things in life that tip the scales from day to day. The little things can get under our skin and make us really unhappy, grumpy, stressed, or angry. And it's the little things that can really make our hearts sing. In honor of Valentine's Day, I'm feeling the love. Here are a few little things I'm happy and grateful for today.

The hollow sound of ice cracking when you step on it. Preferably a big thick piece.

Theo kissing me on the leg when I get home and saying he missed me.

Coco showing me how she turns out her legs while she points her toes for ballet "like I'm showing you a sticker on my heel, mama." How true!

Watching TV with J and talking and not worrying about what we miss.

Having a lovely, laughter-filled coffee break with the girls at work.

The nice feeling of washing my face and applying all my serums, lotions and creams before bed. (Seriously, this is my new me-time;)

Red wine by the fire.

Bringing Theo and Coco into the big bed and snuggling my little cuties in the morning before we get up for the day.

Slyly watching Theo and Coco in the rearview mirror as they sing along with the radio in the car.

Sunsets.

Dry shampoo. There is still no greater miracle.

Watching people eat (and rave about!) the jam I made last summer.

Sleeping.

Telling J about my day and hearing about his.

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I hope you're remembering the little things today. Happy Valentine's Day! Sleep well tonight. xo

Monday, February 13, 2017

Montessori: The Magic of Three


In Montessori, there is a great tool called the Three Period Lesson. It's really quite magical in how effective and simple it is, but it also relates to life's intricacies and mysteries in myriad ways. Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about the three-period lesson and how it might explain why we were foolish enough to leave our lovely life in Zurich when we did.

Let's explore that more, but first you need to understand the basic mechanics of the lesson.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Have a love-filled weekend!


Today is sunny and warm (44F/7c) and everything is starting to melt! Hurrah. As much as I love snow and snow days and cozy fires, I'm ready for spring. Coco and J are going up night skiing tonight and Theo and I are hanging out at home. I'm going to get him to bed early and read my book in a nice hot bath.

And here are some links for your weekend.

Kind of in love with this song.

Makes me feel better about Coco's getting older.

Have you ever tried EC? So fascinated by this.

On Frog and Toad.

How Children Lost the Right to Roam in Four Generations.

Couldn't resist buying this linen dress for summer.

Drooling over this apartment - in my favorite street in Seefeld!

Look up!

On writers and money.

How to break the cycle of outrage.

And, from the archives, another marriage saver and going to IKEA.

I hope your weekend is absolutely wonderful. As always, thank you so much for reading and see you back here Monday. xo

(Photo, Ch√Ęteau de Chenonceau via Pinterest. Eclipse/Comet/Full Moon via Design Mom.)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Babies in Flight


Have you seen these incredible photos of babies aboard airplanes from the 1950's? They are just ridiculous. I cannot even imagine having my little baby up in a cot above my head on a plane, can you? The best part by far is the expressions on these babies' faces! They are completely unfazed. They rather seem to enjoy looking down on their parents in their seats below. I especially love the little guy in the middle photo. It's as if he's saying with his eyes, "You may go now" to the smiling flight attendant down in the aisle. What a crack up! And the curtains on the circular plane windows, and the huge glass baby bottle. So many fun details. I think I could stare at these photos all night. But those cots! Let's hope none of these flights encountered any turbulence. ;) 

I don't know about you, but I've been in need of some reprieve from the politics and news this week. Sigh. Have you seen anything whacky or interesting or funny lately? Please share!

(Photos via Thinkarete Lifestyle)

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