Fall is in the Air

Fall is in the Air

Bonjour! Fall is my favorite time of year. How I love the color orange! Ciao Continue reading

The French Secret to Parenting

The French Secret to Parenting

Like any parent with two small children, I struggle with how to be a better parent and, more importantly, how I can raise two wonderful children without losing my sanity. So, I often read parenting books or articles to what's new and improved in the parenting world. By now, you may have seen the Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth II and Her Diamond Jubilee

  (Photo source) This weekend, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with 60 years as Queen and Head of State of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealths. At 86 years old, the Queen has celebrated numerous accomplishments and reached significant milestones, Continue reading

Decorating with French Toile

Decorating with French Toile

(Photo source) I've written about French decorating and French country style in the past. However, one element I've neglected to mention was how much I adore toile - a trés classic French country design. About French Toile Most often scene on cloth or fabric, toile actually means cloth in Continue reading

The Boat Race: Oxford and Cambridge Rivalry

The Boat Race: Oxford and Cambridge Rivalry

(photo source) A few years ago, my husband and I traveled to London, but did a quick stop in Oxford. I had always wanted to see the university and had heard about the famous "Oxford/Cambridge" Boat Race. While in Oxford, we heard mumblings about the race. We knew race day was getting close and Continue reading

Kissing the Blarney Stone

(photo source) When I travel abroad, I try to limit the number of predictable tourist sites I visit. However, sometimes, tourist sites can give us some of the best experiences - and possibly a few tall tales to tell. A few years ago when I was in Ireland, I opted for a "touristy" side trip to Continue reading

French Government Says “Qui Madame”

French Government Says “Qui Madame”

(photo source) The French government has taken a small, but very significant step, in recognizing women's equality to men. A new decree bans the use of the term "mademoiselle" (similar to "Miss" in the US) from all official documents as a way to identify a woman's title as well as marital status. Continue reading

Mardis Gras Around the World

Mardis Gras Around the World

(photo source) Whether it's colorful beads, King Cake, or overindulgence - there are signs of Mardi Gras everywhere. Although in the US, Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans, countries all over the world celebrate this pre-Lenten festival, only by a different name. Other notable Mardi Gras Continue reading

3 Reasons to Visit London in 2012

3 Reasons to Visit London in 2012

(photo source) My husband and I have been looking forward to a trip to Europe, particularly Great Britain, in 2012. Unfortunately, when we started looking at airfare, we had a rude awakening. Everywhere we looked, from London, to Paris, to Barcelona, tickets were much more than what we had Continue reading

French Mothers Are Different

French Mothers Are Different

(photo source) I'm sure most of you are familiar with the books French Women Don't Get Fat and French Women Don't Sleep Alone. If those two books (and the premises behind them) are not enough to make you envious of French women, maybe the next one will. In the new book, French Children Don't Continue reading

Happy Birthday Duchess Kate

Happy Birthday Duchess Kate

(photo source) Happy Birthday Kate! Today, the Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton) turns 30. Although she is technically not a princess, being a Duchess has its benefits, including snagging a handsome man who is in line for the throne of England. Although we can't all be a part Continue reading

Recharge Your New Year With 10 Minutes a Day

Recharge Your New Year With 10 Minutes a Day

(photo source) There is no doubt that the holidays are a hectic time of year; yet for many of us, this hectic lifestyle doesn't stop when  the holidays are over. We rush, rush, rush through November and December - buying and wrapping gifts, attending parties, entertaining out-of-town guests, and Continue reading