Lovely and easy Christmas wrapping

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in an Advent Calendar workshop organised by Lisa Lou, aka @Mamieboude on Instagram, for Nature et Découvertes The idea was to create an original Advent calendar consisting of 24 small bags in which we could slip small gifts of our choice. The making of these small wraps is fast and the result very pretty. If you have already done your Advent calendar (given the date of publication of my article, it is…

Easy Paris with Teepee

As Autumn break is just starting and we are all wondering how to keep kids occupiez during these two weeks, I would like to talk about Teepee, a new website full of good ideas for Parisian families. City guide, shop (decoration, kids fashion, toys, …) and online ticketing, Teepee aims at simplifying parents and children’ lives. Inspired by positive pedagogy, it provides good advice, selects activities and outings throughout Paris. Online ticketing is also a very good point to make…

Spring elegance

Today, I’m very proud and happy to introduce you to my friend Olga Prinku, a creative and talented English woman making the most beautiful wreaths I have ever seen. I met her a few months ago on Instagram and I deeply appreciate her creative work with wool or flowers, depending on the season. Here, she’s sharing with us how to make a beautiful Spring wreath in 5 easy steps. This wreath could be amazing either on your wall, or as a table…

Pink Christmas mood

A few weeks ago, I fell in  lov ewith pink pepper and its pretty stylish little balls … To such an extent that I decided to make it a central element of our Christmas décorations … This pink pepper is so lovely directly placed  on a table, or in a pretty plate. It can also make pretty bouquets in metal tumblers … And if you have more time and you’re ready for a DIY activity, here are some simple decorative ideas which immediately bring a festive…

Moulding activity for happy kids

When I was a child, I loved making some MAKO Moulages plaster figurines during long winter afternoon … This brand, created in the 60s and whose mascot is a lemur, remained in my mind with a kind of nostalgia and I’ve been regretting for a long time to not find it in stores. Fortunately, a French mum, also nostalgic of this period, had the idea of buying Mako Moulages firm in 2013 and restarting this company. This was not that easy and Agnes Beuchet took…

A story of wood and family

Wooden toys are now a serious competitor to plastic toys and are very imaginative to be more and more attractive to children … and their parents. Yet all of them are not necessarily respectful of the environment and do not follow a sustainable production process. This is probably why, at home, we completely fell in love with Wooden Story! This small Polish brand creates handmade toys, while respecting the environment. Borowy’s family, at the origin of this beautiful adventure, has been working…

Redcurrants and so on

Last week, we went to my parents’ house in the French countryside, near Lyon. We were lucky to wander through the fields and to play in the garden … It is a pleasure to see how kids simply play with branches, herbs, insects or lizards they find on their way. They also spent time helping their grandmother to pick redcurrants that were ripe to the point … They enjoyed them in the moment while picking them and also helped their grandma to make jelly or…

Tech for kids

A few weeks ago, I went to the Educatec exhibition in Paris. I found there many interesting kids’ activities and initiatives, which can help them to understand computers, electricity, digital world …while playing. Here is a short selection of my favorites: secure search engine, children’s workshops, DIY tech kits to play at home. *** QWANT JUNIOR   Qwant Junior French search engine allows children to safely use the Internet and protect their personal data. This engine is already used by many French schools….

Flex in the city… Tous au parc!

While time is about ‘flexing in the city’, using urban equipment (such as walls, bars, stairs,…) here is some exercise to practice when you’re watching your kids at the park… because parklife is not very exciting, isn’t it? Every family member can do the following exercices :  Equipment : any multi-activities structure  If you don’t have all the elements mentionned below, prefer the option ‘without equipment’ at the bottom of each exercise. Practise at least for 20 minutes. Be careful : you can do the exercises…

Family feel good movies

Family feel good movies: photo from It’s a Wonderful Life, by Franck Capra. On Sunday afternoon, and above all during Winter, we love organising a family home cinema session. We give up all our everyday rules and eat whatever we want (sweets and popcorn  above all). During these ‘free style’ sessions, it’s important to choose a film that the whole family will enjoy, not too childish, nor teenage, …nor adult (of course!). This is our own selection of family movies we particularly enjoy at home…