Winter tale in Versailles

For all Parisian people, Versailles means sunny picnics and long walks or rides along the Grand Canal or in Marie-Antoinette estate. Versailles is such a huge estate, it never feels crowded and it is such a easy, bucolic and close escape (30 minutes drive or RER) from the center of Paris. On sunny and warm days, Versailles is always a good idea. But what about Winter? These Winter week-ends which we all imagine lying in bed or reading in a…

Travelling through China at the FLV

Ten days ago, we went to the new exhibition about Chinese artists at the Fondation Louis Vuitton : Bentu. Both parents and kids enjoyed very much! In this masterly, wide-open and luminous place, every one could have appreciated these wonderful masterpieces from contemporary artists. ***   Most of the art pieces evoke the tension between the artists’ original culture and the globalised world in which they’re now living. Paintings, videos, sculptures… show the great mutations of this century for China and the rest of the world. …

Wintertime under the quilt

Whereas Paris doesn’t really know anymore what winter is and that it’s difficult to see some snow at the window, we love reading and rereading at home books that plunge us into a wadded and cold winter, where nature seems asleep … a way to relax by living at th slow pace naturally imposed by this season. Here is a selection of pretty albums we value both for their story and for their illustrations. All depict an animal world in close contact with Nature (link we often…

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…

Pretty books to wait for Christmas

How to bring Christmas spirit to your children? Through books of course, notably with the classics, to read again and again all along December. Poetic, tender and snowy, here are six books to read at bed under a thick blanket, snuggled against your children. Christmas animals by Richard Scarry Richard Scarry is probably one of the the most famous author and illustrator for children in the United States and maybe in the world. This collection of stories  subjects are delightful animals,…

Vintage treasures

When I usually think about Christmas, I have a lot of vintage images  coming to my mind : warm candles, barley sugars, lovely adorned tables with splendid turkey hens, vintage toys,… So, when I met Natalia Isachenko, who makes teddy bears just like they used to be 100 years ago, I totally fell in love with her vintage creations! This young Russian woman seeks inspiration in old German savoir-faire, the reference for teddy bears… All the bears she creates are articulated. The padding essentially comes from…

24 surprises to keep the kids waiting for Santa Klaus

Christmas is approaching, and there’s nothing better to help your children to  keep waiting  than a cute advent calendar to decorate oneself. With small presents under the form of home activities, these advent surprises will also be a good excuse to spend time with family, play games or make recipes together! Tested and adored by my boys last year, the personalized calendar is definitely a good habit ! Here are 24 fun ideas (not too expensive !) to mix with…

These applications to relax our children

How to relax  our children in this complicated period for all the family. If psychologists remind to us the importance of dialogue , they also explain that to reassure children and  have their attention come us , they need to be quiet . Many of us have noticed an unusual excited behavior on our kids, at home and at school. To help them to cool down, a lots of applications are very interesting , especially as of today Petit Bambou…

My love

Mon amour - Sweet Cabane

My Love. Yesterday, we didn’t publish our article about our London journey that was scheduled. I was so afflicted and hurt during the weekend that it was impossible to publish. We also had to cherish our kids and to explain them what happened.  A hard task… For today, I’ve chosen a French children book called ‘Mon amour’ (My love) relating the unconditional love between mother and son. A pure and strong love that should concern not only the parental sphere…