Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

What are you up to this weekend, readers? This week I've fought a cold. But my dad and step-mom arrived yesterday and that made my week brighter. They'll be staying for 9 short days and I'm so excited to host them! Have a fun weekend. Here are a few links I liked.

This new government budget will fix America. For sure.

The Syria war started 6 years ago. Not a lot of people care it seems.

This celebrity home is gorgeous and so well decorated. I want the bench as my reading nook!

Letter from a working mom to her husband. I could have written some of these paragraphs myself.

Hospitality when you're an introvert.

I'm starting this book soon.

This may be good for Leo's window.

This made me laugh!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

I've watched a lot of Peppa Pig this week as Jude was sick... again! This weekend, we're going to take it easy and enjoy being healthy. On Sunday Léo has an ice skating lesson and then we'll see a real ice hockey game. He's super excited! Have a great weekend everyone. Here are a few things I've enjoyed this week.

Dire consequences of the government's new immigration policies.

Human trafficking affects men and children, too.

A good way to try to change some of my knee-jerk parenting patterns.

I've just finished this book and loved it!

Have you watched this yet? I did -about 10 times. It's hilarious and cringe-worthy all at once.

I need this tool -my walls are pretty bare and I need art / pictures hung stat.

Speaking of -how darling is this print? Might buy it for the boys' room.

The art of 30-minute meals.

(Pictured above: the boys wearing red on Wednesday to celebrate International Women's Day)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Favorites

This weekend we're going to take advantage of the sun and spend plenty of time outdoors. Léo is starting ice skating lessons (leading to ice hockey lessons) and he couldn't be more excited.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. Here are a few links I've enjoyed this week:

Not caring about politics is only an option if you're privileged.

State of the State Department these days. Pretty bleak!

I'm doing this lovely project for Lent -though I have zero art skills.

I'd love to put these or these in the boys' bedroom.

Always looking for ways to beautify our rental.

My favorite part of the Oscars (Moonlight is an excellent movie. Run to it!)

Pictured above: my current list of books from the library (and this one waiting for pick up). Which one should I start first?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Favorites

I have been at a work conference this week -it ends tomorrow night. It's great to spend time with my teammates. I do have the best team in the world -no kidding. I hope your weekend is joyful and productive!

Ways to help refugees in the US.

Speaking of, maybe I should ask my son's school to print these.

Good tips to talk to your children about money.

I've just started reading this and am so encouraged when listening to this.

I want to do the same in my house!

I might try to make some of these recipes soon.

Always missing my Paris!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Confession... I love the suburbs!

Joe and I have lived together in Bordeaux, Los Angeles, Orange County, Seattle, San Diego, and now we’re back in Orange County. I never thought this would be where we’d settle. I had imagined London, Paris, or Bangkok -somewhere urban, filled with culture, diversity, and museums, all within walking distance of the metro. I still daydream a bit about these places but it seems that we’re here to stay. We live 20 minutes away from every core member of Joe’s family and spending time with them is our great joy -the kids and ours! I never thought I would say it but I love where we live- LOVE IT.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

There is a storm coming this weekend, so like good people living in Southern California, we're probably going to stay indoors a lot. We're also going to a birthday party, I am leading a book club discussion at my local library, and we're spending time with family. I hope you have a relaxing and re-energizing weekend. Here are my weekly favorites:

This blog's title made me laugh (NSFW). But it's also super informative.

Portraits of strength at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu (I volunteered there for a bit in 2008)

5 things to do to raise good kids.

I want these pants!

I finished this book -I recommend it.

My new favorite podcast. I feel smarter in 15 minutes per day.

If I had time, I'd fill this planner up.

6 free personal finance courses -because who doesn't need that?

(Photo of Lake Kivu I took while in Bukavu)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Things They Do...

This month we’re talking about love! I started last week with the things that save my life daily -little things I love that make life so much more enjoyable. Today, on Valentine’s Day, of course I must talk about my family. I met Joe in October 2001. We married in April 2005 right after I moved to the US -in February, happy US anniversary to me! Leo and Jude were born in 2011 and 2014. We are a really lovely family I have to say. Some days I think I am not meant to be a mom: I am too selfish, not patient, not smiling enough. I am not the best wife either: I nag a lot and I am not very attentive. Most days I just want to be in a cave and read. But I am a good enough mom, a good enough wife. And these two boys and one man are my strength. I love spending time with them, growing with them, and witness their lives. Also, they’re fun as heck. Here are some things they do or say that I love: