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Two Things I'm Obsessed with Right Now

I'm sorry none of my posts have been about Paris recently. I miss it so much that it's a little hard to dig into the past and write about. While France has opened up to vaccinated travelers, I'm afraid it will be a while before I'll be able to travel there again due to some health issues...so, instead, I hope you'll be somewhat satisfied with the little joys I've been finding recently.


    Photo by Alexander Kagan on Unsplash

Just last night, I was looking for a French ABC's poster that my sister-in-law bought my husband and me for our first baby. I haven't found it anywhere, but I did find some flashcards HERE that were the exact same pictures (I can't buy right now, but you totally should!). From that listing, I discovered the producer of the poster is called Cavallini Papers & Co.


Aaaaand meet your new obsession. If vintage is your thing, you will LOVE their selection of posters, pencil cases, puzzles and all of the frivolous things that you actually need in your life. Here are a few of my favorites:

Fromage Tea Towel $14


Papillons (Butterflies) Poster/ Decorative Paper $5.99


Paris Map Poster/ Decorative Paper $5.99


Mineralogy Pencil Bag $12

See the World Poster/ Decorative Paper $5.99

Also available as a card HERE.

Herbarium 1000 Piece Puzzle $22


Happy Birthday Vintage Cake Card $3.99


Wouldn't you be delighted to open up that card for your birthday?? On another note, I also found some undies, yes undies, that I kind of swooned over. Is that too strong for under garments? Well, I did. Organic, high waisted, and from what I hear, very comfy.

Yellow Calico High Rise Undies $30


Pierrot High Rise Undies $30


Happy new week, friends! 

Bisous, 

Katrina




Summertime Vibes

Aside from the 106° weather, we are feeling all the summertime vibes: swim lessons, outdoor camp, ballet class, sunscreen, farmer's markets, watermelon, staying up late, library visits, craft time, etc, etc. I just love this time of the year. Especially since we now live in a country where it's nearly a crime not to have air conditioning.

        Photo by Etienne Girardet on Unsplash

A Long Break

Hello, Dear Friend. Long time no see. This is a little catch up post. The last few months (since the beginning of February) has been a physically trying time for me, so this little blog had to take a back seat. My husband and I recently took our first ever trip without our children, and I'm feeling energized to the point that I'm actually looking through beloved cookbooks and dog-tagging pages to try some new recipes. This is what renewed energy looks like for me.



One of my main health issues the last few months has to do with my Thyroid, so I've been switching out a lot of hormone-disrupting beauty products for "clean" beauty products. My favorites so far have been Little Seed Farm's Facial Serums, Native deodorant, Beauty Counter Cocoboost Moisturizer (I combine the little seed serums with a dab of this), and Axiology Balmies. A runner up is glossier's boy brow and brow flick, but I'm not sure how high they rate on the clean beauty spectrum.

I've been in need of laughter and lightness and I came across a comedian named Nate Bargatze on Netflix. He has two full stand-up features on Netflix, but I recommend watching his short 30-minute bit on the show called The Standups. He's the very first episode, and frankly the only one worth watching IMO. If you like to laugh, this is a must see.



I've also just finished reading Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. This is my second Agatha Christie novel, and I love that they're short, thrilling (but not stress you out thrilling), and not a gruesome kind of murder mystery. For a busy mama, they're perfect because I can actually get through them at a decent pace.



Other than that, I've been in full-throttle, plan-out-this-summer-to-keep-the-kids-occupied mode. I'm planning to implement "mom bucks" for the first time ever and I really hope my kids get into it. I've also started pinning a million things on my Summer Pinterest Board and hope to do at least a few of all the fun and ambitious things that are currently inspiring me. 



French learning will also be on the menu for my kids this summer. Here's a children's French playlist if you'd like to accustom your kids' ears to the sound of the French language too.




Happy summer planning, friends! I hope it's a bajillion times better than last summer. 

Bisous,

Katrina

11 French Desserts You Can Make at Home This Weekend

One of the things I miss the most about Paris are their delectable desserts. Luckily, these typical French desserts can easily be made at home from scratch. While many of them look, and are indeed, decadent, they're easy enough to throw together in an afternoon.



1. Madeleines


2. Creme Brûlée



3. Chocolate Mousse (Mousse au Chocolat)


4. Strawberry Tart (Tarte aux Fraises)


5. Tarte Tatin


6. Chocolate Moten Cake (Molleux au Chocolat)


7. Palmiers



8. Parisian Flan


9. Crepes



Here, I linked you to my basic crepe recipe. Instead of making the crepe savory, you can fill it with nutella, strawberries and bananas, chocolat sauce, and top with whipped cream. Maybe even top with a scoop of ice cream if you're feeling extra gourmandise.

10. Cherry Clafoutis


11. French Yogurt Cake (Gateau au Yaourt)


Special Equipment


Happy baking, friends! If you end up trying anything out I would love to see and hear about it!

Bon-weekend!

Katrina