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Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend! My in-laws are in town, they’ll be here on and off for the next six weeks visiting friends in Europe so we’re feeling super lucky that we get to go out every night sans kids. Yesterday I took a long walk by myself all over Paris, just shopping and stopping in chocolate shops wherever I pleased. It was paradise! I swear the nicest thing you can do for someone with young kids is babysit their children. I hope you have a happy weekend! The picture below is from our visit to Mont Saint Michel on Monday. Can you believe that actually exists? It’s crazy.

Ps: You have until Monday to enter the Oh Happy Day goes to Paris Contest.


ps: I also write for Here are my posts this week.

A rainbow pie dish! I want it.

This is my favorite Coffee Table Book as of late. A must-have if you like design.

Ha! Target has an entire section of polka dot swimsuits!

I saw these at the Conran Shop and I’m a little obsessed. I kind of want to make my own.

These wooden toys are adorable and I wouldn’t mind if someone left these around the house.

I want to collect these finger puppets. They’re adorable.

Congrats to the ladies at Babyccino for the awesome new shopping site!


  1. Amanda Jane

    June 17, 2011

    what a beautiful shot!

  2. jillian

    June 17, 2011

    mount saint michele is just gorgeous! i visited there in college and it was so beautiful! xo jillian

  3. Nicole (aka Alice)

    June 17, 2011

    Gorgeous! I remember seeing photos of this place in French class and thinking it looked like a very magical place 🙂

  4. Geneva M. Wilgus

    June 17, 2011

    I remember when I was 12 years old my mom had me babysit for her friend at like $2/hour… which I loved! But now I understand why she had me watch her friend’s kids on the cheap.. so she and her friend could walk around town together without their kids! I’m so happy to hear that you get that same kind of time. Loving your posts, pics and writing style as usual (I read everything on Google reader so I have to remind myself to click through to your site so I can actually comment all the positive things I’m thinking when I read your blog).

  5. Melissa

    June 17, 2011

    I totally have one of those dotty Target bathing suits. Love it!

  6. rebecca s.

    June 17, 2011

    beautiful photo!

    enjoy your weekend!

  7. monica

    June 17, 2011

    “I swear the nicest thing you can do for someone with young kids is babysit their children.”
    Hilarious. I don’t have kids yet, but I do and have babysat for many a couple… So true.

  8. Sara Z

    June 17, 2011

    Mont St Michel was one of my favorite stops in France–this pictures is fantastic!

  9. Erin Lian

    June 17, 2011

    Walking around Paris sounds just magic 🙂

  10. Callista

    June 17, 2011

    Oh my goodness. That photo is AWESOME.

  11. sarah-mai

    June 17, 2011

    I absolutely loved Mont St Michel. It was so enchanting and there are so many places to explore inside. We were there for dinner, when the tide came in, and had to walk through some very cold water to get back to our car. It was so much fun!!!

  12. Charlotte

    June 17, 2011

    That photo is just stunning. A long walk, alone, all over Paris sounds amazing! Guess I will settle for Savannah, Georgia, tonight. 😉

  13. Lexy

    June 17, 2011

    omg, i LOVE that place. I went in college and cried when i left. it’s beautiful!

  14. Kacie

    June 17, 2011

    I love Mont St Michel. I haven’t been there for a few years but it was soooo cool the way it rises up out of nowhere. I DID enter your trip and am crossing my fingers!


  15. Adriana

    June 17, 2011

    just lovely.

  16. Barb N.

    June 17, 2011

    Someday I want to be able to say this:
    Yesterday I took a long walk by myself all over Paris, just shopping and stopping in chocolate shops wherever I pleased.

    Meanwhile, I will keep reading your blog. 🙂

  17. Marty

    June 17, 2011

    I know JUST how you feel. My kids are aged 3, 2, and 1…the first two aren’t even a year apart (I KNOW!). When someone offers to babysit it truly is paradise, lol! Enjoy that special time just for you!

  18. SmithRatliff

    June 17, 2011

    Mont St. Michel is still one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited! Truly gorgeous.

  19. Sara Schloss

    June 17, 2011

    i love Mont St. Michel. I learned about it in class this year and would die to see it in person.

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    June 18, 2011

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  21. Amy C

    June 18, 2011

    Just wanted to say that I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and today when I was watching House Hunters International I realized I was watching your sister and her family hunt for their house in Normandy. (When they showed a clip of the couple with their sister “who lives in Paris” I yelled to my husband “Hey, I know who that is!!!”). What a fun example of how blogging can make us all interconnected. Now I need to check out your sister’s blog too!

  22. Liz

    June 18, 2011

    I love your phrase, “can you believe that actually exists?” The best experiences are when something is so amazing you can’t take it for granted and it feels literally un-worldly.

  23. Meagan Briggs

    June 19, 2011

    When I was in France, that was my favorite place. I still dream of that castle. It is breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking!!!!!

  24. Kelleyn

    June 19, 2011

    What a blessing! How fun!

  25. Elise

    June 19, 2011

    I have just come over from eighteen 25 where I saw your fabulous birthday postcard poster idea. I love this idea and have a little boy turning three in a month. He gets such a kick out of checking the mail box every single day and i am so excited about organising him the postcard poster for his birthday. What a delight it will be for him to receive so many postcards during his birthday week. I will organise a farm scene for his poster. I am going to use your idea as a new birthday tradition for each of my three children.

    A walk child free around Paris and dropping into chocolate shops sounds like bliss. It’s so true that an offer to babysit children is such a kind thing to do (coming from a mum of a 4,2 and 1 year old).

  26. Meg

    June 20, 2011

    Mont St Michel is so lovely, as is the drive there! Hope you ate a delicious gallette while there!

  27. Tanya

    June 20, 2011

    When my little family visited Mont St. Michel two years ago we took the opportunity to stay overnight in one of the tiny hotels. It was absolutely perfect! With the thousands of tourists gone for the day, the tide having completely come in, and nothing but the glimmering of distant lights from the nearby farmhouses I felt as though I had stepped back in time. The few full-time residents were so welcoming–it was as if I could come home for the first time. I was certain that time had stood still, mais helas, the sound of vendors opening metal gates early the next morning reminded me that I had simply been granted a peek into another mode of living life to its fullest. Thanks for the memories.

  28. Liz

    June 21, 2011

    Crazy, I’d never heard of this before. It’s like something out of a picture book.

    Hope you enjoy your newfound freedom and a few glasses of champagne!

  29. Michelle

    June 21, 2011

    I just wanted to let you know I did a version of your Father’s Day Hero Kit and put it up on my blog. Thanks for the great idea! My husband loved it!

  30. isabelle

    June 21, 2011

    Oh, I love Mont St Michel! I went there on a school trip in middle school and would love to go back again. Did they tell you about how all the sheep from the area are much saltier because of the vegetation around it? I also love how in the little cafes the food was sent up from below by a pulley. It blew my mind!

  31. Nicole S.

    June 23, 2011

    I was at MSM 2 years ago during my honeymoon, and while beautiful, we also found it incredibly touristy and cheesy. We also ate the worst seafood we’ve ever had there – in the middle of the ocean. Friends who had been about 10 years before us highly recommended it, but when we told them our experience, they said it is completely different now than it used to be.

  32. Trina

    June 23, 2011

    Wow.. this picture truly takes you to another place. I know it’s France but looking at an image like that makes me want to read Bronte on a rainy day!

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