French Alps out-of-season

So sorry! There’s no English translation this time because I’m so in a hurry 馃槈 Too much work! … If you need special advice about family holidays in French Alps, please contact me directly by mail : contact@sweetcabane.com. *** Alors que l’automne est bien l脿 mais que les journ茅es sont encore chaudes et souvent ensoleill茅es, voici un reportage d’une maman bordelaise de 3 enfants qui part r茅guli猫rement 脿 la montagne hors saison pour profiter des sports, loisirs et randonn茅es qu’offrent…

The Kind-hearted Monster of the Lake

Inventing stories, creating wonderful imaginary friends has always been my kids’ favorite activity… Some accessories (a stone or a stick sometimes), a piece of cloth, and let’s play! So, when the French kids’ fashion brand Sergent Major聽asked us to illustrate its Autumn collection called “The Kind-heated聽Monster of the Lake”, we could only happily participate in the game ! We received, some time ago, a mysterious suitcase full of pretty clothes of this new collection , accessories and toys … Our…

Looking for Summer vibes…

Kids have been back to school for more than two weeks now… We’re already missing holidays slow pace and our ‘non- organisation’ way of life… So last聽weekend, we just wanted to feel a bit more on holidays, even though we’re living in busy Paris … We decided to have a walk just near the Seine river, on the left bank. We’ve been in love with this area since we were聽 just lovers, without kids, especially the place聽between Concorde and the…

Federica & Lorenzo, Northern Italy

Today, I’m so happy to聽start again our family interviews on Sweet Cabane! and to 聽go聽to Northern Italy and聽meet Federica and Lorenzo. Federica, 41, is a聽graphic designer and a photographer. Lorenzo, 39, works as a chemist for a multinational corporation. They have two聽children : Giacomo, 9, and Martino, almost 3. They live in the countryside,聽close to聽a small town called Reggio Emilia (famous for its educational approach), in a classic large Italian country house, where Federica聽was born and raised and where her…

Blackberry bars

When I was a child, I used to go and pick wild blackberries with my mother and my little brother at the end of Summer. So many joyful memories! And now, nothing makes me happier than picking blackberries with my own kids to make some jam or some desserts鈥 It鈥檚 a very special moment as we enjoy last days of long summer holidays and already see the first signs of Autumn鈥 Here are some photos of our last picking into…

Going fishing

  Just two weeks before going back to school, last August summer days have got a particular taste, full of both excitement and nostalgia鈥 To start again Sweet Cabane鈥檚 diary, I’d precisely like to talk about a children book dealing with Summer holidays, childhood and nostalgia : Going Fishing, written and illustrated by French mum of 3, Charlotte Virfolet. It鈥檚 part of a book series called 鈥楽iblings鈥. Charlotte鈥檚 stories are small pieces of art mixing simplicity and poetry and all…

Thinking like a toddler

I 聽just turned 40 a few months ago … This turn was not easy, I admit, and I often wonder about what it means to “grow old”: is it a 聽total process, or is it only physical? Are we losing creativity as we get older or is it possible to create throughout our lives? When I heard the words of Paul Lindley during the lecture series organized by the hotel Martinhal Cascais, I loved聽the idea that aging is first a…

SUMMER SNACK

We are back in our beautiful countryside聽for long and beautiful summer days with family and (many) friends ! Even if we have more time than usual in this period of the year, it is not always easy to make聽healthy and tasty snacks for children … This summer, our favorite recipes play the card of simplicity with snacks mainly made up of聽bread聽and jam. Thanks to Kitchen Aid’s Cook Processor, I can make good abricot and lavender jam (our favourite) a sweet…

Family story-telling

In our Family Connexion section, we ‘re used to talking about people whose purpose is to 聽help families and support them through their professional activities or passions. Caroline Albou is at the crossroads : when she launched聽Porte-Plume in 2008, she decided to combine聽her passion for writing and publishing to her love for聽family stories 聽to transmit precious memories. Initially, Caroline聽deeply wanted聽to democratize the edition fiels and gave the opportunity to anybody to聽make bespoke books. It must be said that since childhood…

Natural beauty

As you may have noticed, I am very much attached to natural products, especially when it comes to children’s聽care and health. 聽So what a pleasure to discover Saar Soleares, a very young Dutch brand that works聽with 100% organic and natural products! Essential oils, flowers and beeswax are the major components of all its products for our little ones, but also for moms. The textures are soft and fragranted, easy to apply. The founder, Saar, developed them as a family recipe…