MARRAKECH TRIP

By | 2018-11-13T17:04:51+00:00 November 13th, 2018|BLOG|

I went to Marrakech! If you're following me on Instagram you probably saw stories from while I was there and I'm posting photos at @helenmilanhome. It was amazing, busy, dusty and emotional. And I'm back. We are working hard getting Helen Milan ready to launch and I have so much to share but [...]

Honey Extension Review

By | 2018-07-27T11:13:18+00:00 July 27th, 2018|BLOG|

This post includes affiliate links for Honey. You should click on them. :-) I’m guessing a lot of you are already using Honey, but for those who aren't on it, I'm here to say - YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Honey is like the Wikipedia or Craigslist of the coupon world. Nobody [...]

BYE BYE BABY

By | 2018-05-20T16:59:18+00:00 May 20th, 2018|BLOG|

I’m teaming up with Eco by Naty to give away a box of ethical baby care products and diapers in the winner’s choice of size. A perfect gift for an expecting mama or for your own babes, the gift box is worth over $100. Just head over to my Instagram Giveaway post and follow [...]

DIY BOOK BIN

By | 2018-08-08T12:50:04+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|BLOG, HOUSE|

I've had so many DMs about the book bin I made back in November, from people asking for DIY instructions. I can't believe it's taken me this long to write a follow up post, but here it is. I just fumbled my way through this project, fueled by Pinterest pics and memories of woodworking [...]

TIME TO CELEBRATE

By | 2018-07-27T11:02:00+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|BLOG|

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, makers of completely customizable paper invites. As many of you know, I'm launching my business in the Fall (Autumn for my Aussies and Brits). My friend Sue suggested that we have a launch party, which suddenly made the whole thing feel totally legit. I’m so into [...]

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

By | 2018-07-10T16:40:00+00:00 April 16th, 2018|BLOG, COMCAST|

This post is sponsored by Xfinity Last week, my friends at Xfinity hosted a series of Autism Awareness Month events and I was honored to be a part of one held in Boston. I'm so excited to be partnering with a brand that is not only socially responsible, but that goes to great lengths [...]

ON FAILING

By | 2018-04-11T22:40:18+00:00 March 17th, 2018|BLOG|

So. A few months ago I had an epiphany. Being a stay at home mother is not for me. I'm just not cut out for it. {This is not the epiphany - stay with me} I guess I'd probably be slightly better at being a stay at home mother if I wasn't also [...]

GET READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

By | 2018-07-10T16:39:26+00:00 December 17th, 2017|BLOG, COMCAST|

This post is sponsored by Xfinity You might remember a while back I posted about the NEST Learning Thermostat that I got from the Xfinity Moms event in September last year. Last week Xfinity put on another event for Boston influencers to learn about some new features on their X1 platform, Xfinity Mobile and Xfinity [...]

I MADE A BOOK BIN

By | 2018-05-03T23:28:54+00:00 November 27th, 2017|BLOG, HOUSE|

This post is sponsored by Livettes Kids, makers of beautiful quality removable wallpapers. UPDATE: For directions on how to make the book bin, see my DIY BOOK BIN post! Will Pinterest boards ever get sick of children's bookshelves? I sure hope not. I'd happily build an entire library filled with books for the boys. In [...]

MY MAY LINDSTROM PROBLEM

By | 2017-12-11T10:53:31+00:00 September 5th, 2017|BLOG|

* In partnership with Follain because no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. Anyone who knows me well will tell you I wear black most of the time. I've been wearing black since I started dressing myself. My friends go bananas with compliments when I wear color. It's their [...]

WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING?

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:37+00:00 August 14th, 2017|BLOG|

Mud pie ice-cream cones are what you'd get if you put a water table 10 feet from a sand box. Just so you know. This post is about dirty water. And clean water. And how to tell the difference. Growing up in Australia, I never knew how lucky I was [...]

#POWEROFSHE WITH ATHLETA

By | 2018-01-10T11:28:44+00:00 August 8th, 2017|BLOG|

When Athleta reached out to me to be a part of their Power of She campaign, I was tired. If you've been following my Instagram you might know that I've been feeling overwhelmed lately. Suddenly this parenting challenge got kicked up a couple of levels from intermediate to advanced and then to expert [...]

WHY I USE FOLLAIN

By | 2018-07-10T16:42:17+00:00 July 26th, 2017|FOLLAIN, REFERENCE|

My partnership with Follain goes so much deeper than my love of beauty products. I believe in this brand wholeheartedly and I believe that no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. When I first started writing posts for Follain I did my own research into our highly unregulated beauty industry. In [...]

WHITE HOUSE | BLACK DOOR

By | 2017-08-20T06:32:08+00:00 July 5th, 2017|BLOG, HOUSE|

SHERWIN WILLIAMS IRON ORE FRONT DOOR UPDATE Our white house has a black door! If I'm honest, I don't think it will be long before all the white in this house starts to morph into darker tones, by design or by virtue of having three sons. But for [...]

DIY SHOE RACK FOR SMALL ENTRYWAY

By | 2017-08-20T06:32:24+00:00 July 5th, 2017|BLOG, HOUSE|

I've been working on updating our entryway with a freshly painted farmer's porch door and a custom DIY shoe rack. This post shows you how I made the shoe rack. If you have a screwdriver and you're not afraid to use it, you can make this shoe rack. For the post on our new [...]

MY FAVORITE SUMMER SKINCARE

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:38+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|BLOG, FOLLAIN|

* In partnership with Follain – because no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. Since the sun came to New England, people have been out and about in droves. Summer is the time when everyone around here crams all of their events into a three month window. I love [...]

DIY KIDS YARN ART WITH ANN WILLIAMS

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:39+00:00 June 4th, 2017|BLOG|

In partnership with Ann Williams Group Arts and Crafts kits for kids & adults of all ages. At literally any given time, Finn will be "working" on an art or craft project of some kind. Last week we made a "tree-house" out of a massive printer box, complete with windows and a [...]

MR GOLDEN SUN

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:39+00:00 May 27th, 2017|BLOG, FOLLAIN|

* In partnership with Follain – because no one should have to compromise their health for beauty. Last weekend on Cape Cod, it felt like Summer had finally arrived. The boys love the surf and we encourage them to spend as much time on the sand and in the water as possible, [...]

OUR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:40+00:00 May 7th, 2017|BLOG, GAZETTE|

We have an ever changing inventory of books at our house. Some are hand-me-downs, some we buy used and some we buy new. When the boys grow out of them we give them away. But some we keep to hand down to their children. These are the ones we'll keep. [...]

OUR FAVORITE BOOKS FOR FINN + BENNETT

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:40+00:00 May 5th, 2017|BLOG|

Before we had Jules, Robbie and I both read to the boys at night. He would read to Finn while I read to Bennett and the next night we'd swap. Now that we have Jules, one of us stays downstairs with him and the other reads to both Finn and Bennett together. When it's [...]

OUR FAVORITE BOOKS FOR JULES

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:40+00:00 May 5th, 2017|BLOG|

The question I probably get asked most often, after "should I start a blog?", is about the boys' books. I've posted plenty of photos of Finn's bookshelf on Instagram and here and people often email me asking about one of the book covers or for a list of what's on the shelves. I [...]

I LIKE MY PRODUCTS LIKE I LIKE MY PEOPLE. NON-TOXIC.

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:41+00:00 April 30th, 2017|BLOG, FOLLAIN|

FOLLAIN HAS REBRANDED AND RELAUNCHED. Check out the new Follain website and use code GOCLEAN to get 10% off all purchases through May 18th. The beauty industry is like the wild west when it comes to cosmetics labeling. I have tried to avoid chemicals like BHA, Coal Tar dyes, Formaldehyde and Parabens [...]

THE KINGDOM OF FINN

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:41+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|BLOG|

TODAY IS UNESCO'S WORLD BOOK DAY! Let's hear it for books! Children's Book Week is celebrated across the US from May 1 to 7. I'll be posting about all of our favorite children's book (the ones on Finn's bookshelves) and I have a couple of book related surprises for you too. [...]

MARTHA STEWART & MARLEY SPOON

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:41+00:00 April 19th, 2017|BLOG, GAZETTE|

You might remember a while back I went through a meal delivery phase. I wrote about my experience here. In theory I love the meal kit concept. Stop wasting food, spend less time shopping and spend more time with your family. But the one thing I couldn't get past with every meal kit service [...]

THE SCHWINN + SAFETY 1ST TRAVEL SYSTEM

By | 2018-01-20T13:11:22+00:00 April 9th, 2017|BLOG, GAZETTE|

I told you a couple of weeks ago about the Schwinn Interval jogging stroller that we've been using. Today I want to tell you about the Safety 1st car seat that fits the Schwinn jogger to make them a travel system. Schwinn, the bicycle experts, teamed up with Safety 1st, the safety experts, [...]

INTERVIEW WITH ASHLEE DEAN WELLS

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:42+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Ashlee Dean Wells is the photographer and founder of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Her gorgeous black and white images of mothers after having children are a celebration of body diversity that plays a key role in the project's mission to educate, embrace and empower humans through photographs and story telling. I interviewed [...]

BIOGRAPHIE HAS LAUNCHED!!

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:42+00:00 April 1st, 2017|BLOG|

Oh hi, hi, I'm back! I haven't been around this week because... Biographie has launched!! A while back I told you about the story telling series I've been working on. I said we were launching in March so I had to hustle to get it done in time. It's been a lot of work [...]

SPA AT HOME WITH FOLLAIN

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:43+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|BLOG, FOLLAIN|

This post is in partnership with Follain - the clean beauty store. Les Petits Gazette readers can take 10% off any purchase through March 31 using the code FOLLAINFRIENDS We're half way through Spring break. Having all three boys at home is keeping me busier than ever and some days I feel like I'm [...]

SCHWINN!

By | 2018-01-20T13:13:37+00:00 March 6th, 2017|BLOG, GAZETTE|

I usually invest in high end baby gear, not because I care what the ladies at the park think of me, but because good quality gear lasts, and because when I'm done, I can pass it down or sell it. High end baby brands have a 60% to 80%  resale value on sites [...]

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:44+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|BLOG|

I told you back in January that we bought Finn a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant film camera for his birthday. A couple of people have asked about it and I thought I'd write a review of the camera. Finn LOVES it. That might as well be where the review ends, but for [...]

GROWTH CHART RULER DIY

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:44+00:00 February 25th, 2017|BLOG|

This adorable growth chart ruler is from Little Acorns on Etsy. It's a little tradition we're starting. There was a door jam at Robbie's grandma's house on Cape Cod that had pen marks all the way up it, showing how tall her grand kids were at different ages. She'd kept that part [...]

PARTNERSHIP | FOLLAIN

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:44+00:00 February 17th, 2017|BLOG, FOLLAIN|

I'm forty this year. And as soon as I stop having to breathe into a paper bag whenever I say that out loud, I'll tell you about how I'm feeling about it. I have had to come to terms with the fact that my skin is no longer as bouncy and elastic as it [...]

CAMP FINN

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:44+00:00 January 28th, 2017|BLOG|

My little camper is five years old. If it's even possible, I think I get more emotional every year around the boys' birthdays. To Finn, it took an eternity to get here. And on Wednesday at 7:14am, when he officially turned 5 years old I told him he'd never-ever-ever be four years old again and [...]

CAMPING THEMED PARTY

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:44+00:00 January 28th, 2017|BLOG, GAZETTE|

We had a camping themed party for Finn's fifth birthday this week. It's winter in New England, so we thought it would be fun to bring the great outdoors, indoors. We started with the Modern Camp theme from Harlow & Grey and expanded from there. DECORATIONS The Modern Camp party [...]

THE BOYFRIEND WATCH

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:45+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|BLOG|

I love winter. I know I say it every year and I know it's probably starting to sound like I'm trying to convince myself, but it's the truth. I love the snow when it's big and clumpy and blanket-y, I love having a fireplace and actually using it and I love over-dressing. Robbie does [...]

A SWEET + SPICY GIVEAWAY FROM PRANA CHAI

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:45+00:00 December 11th, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Prana Chai has been at the top of my "bring home from Australia" list for years. A while back I wrote to Prana in Melbourne and asked them if they would please, please, please come to the USA. Turns out they had found a distributor and they were already on their way. In celebration of [...]

MY FAVORITE FOOD BLOGS

By | 2018-05-18T12:26:59+00:00 November 29th, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

When I think of my favorite food blogs, I'm not thinking about cooking. I have Ina for that. My favorite food blogs tell stories from beyond the kitchen. I want to be there in the Tuscan Autumn, along side the hunting dogs when white truffles are unearthed from between the roots of oak trees in [...]

BUGABOO DONKEY REVIEW

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:46+00:00 November 14th, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

I've been wanting to post a Bugaboo Donkey review since April. When we bought ours, I was pregnant with Jules. We got it because with three boys under four, we liked the idea of the Comfort Wheeled Board (we call it the skateboard), so Finn can walk some and ride some. We've used it all [...]

PUT IT IN A BASKET

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:46+00:00 October 20th, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

If you have children you know that a tidy house is really only minutes away from being a messy house as long as the kids are awake. The smart mama's secret weapon against clutter? Baskets, bins, buckets and hampers. Keep them in every room that the kids use. At the end of the day just [...]

SAFE BATH TOYS

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:46+00:00 October 10th, 2016|BLOG|

Every time Bennett has one of his fevers I panic and overhaul a different part of our routine. A few months ago I put all of his stuffed toys in a hot dryer to kill any dust mites that might be contributing to his allergies. Last month I threw out all of our bath toys [...]

ALL THE PRETTY GADGETS

By | 2018-01-05T11:44:41+00:00 September 9th, 2016|BLOG, COMCAST|

A couple of weeks ago, Comcast put on an Xfinity event for Boston influencers to learn about their X1 platform and Xfinity Home. I left Jules with Robbie for the first time and it felt so good to be out meeting adults. The Comcast staff were so nice. They ushered me from my car. [...]

THE DANISH WAY OF PARENTING GIVEAWAY

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:47+00:00 September 1st, 2016|BLOG|

➕ WINNERS HAVE BEEN CROWNED ➕ The winners of two signed copies of The Danish Way of Parenting were drawn this morning, all the way away in Rome, Italy. Congratulations to @yesteacher (Instagram) and Lauren Gordon (Facebook entry). I will be in touch shortly! Thank you to everyone who entered!! As promised, I've teamed up [...]

BUSH-WALKING WITH SOLLY

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:47+00:00 August 25th, 2016|BLOG|

Bush-walking is Australian for hiking in the woods. I was never much of a bush-walker in Australia until my friend Sam got me into it in the summer of 2006. Sam is a bush-walking kind of girl. She's also a baby-wearing kind of girl. I've been living as an ex-pat in the USA for nearly [...]

BUY THE BISSELL

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:47+00:00 August 18th, 2016|BLOG|

Yesterday I left Finn painting in the kitchen and Bennett watching Max and Ruby in the lounge room while I nursed Jules. Five minutes, max. I felt secure knowing that law and order was in the hands of my very capable four year old. I Instagrammed the aftermath of that decision and I'm re-posting the [...]

JESSICA JOELLE ALEXANDER INTERVIEW

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:47+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|BLOG, GAZETTE|

Residents of Denmark continue to rank as the happiest people in the world - why? What makes Danes so well adjusted compared to the rest of us? I interviewed Jessica Joelle Alexander, the author of The Danish Way of Parenting, which looks at the Danes' use of respect, empathy, reframing and authenticity to foster trust [...]

THE HAPPIEST CHILDREN IN THE WORLD

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:47+00:00 July 31st, 2016|BLOG|

I love the Danes. Back in 2007 to 2009, I was reviewing foreign films for the World Movies Channel in Sydney and my favorite films were from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. I saw in these films, cultures that were both gentle and intentional and I dreamed of living my life that way. (Mads Mikkelsen played [...]

OUR BABY BJORN BOUNCER

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:47+00:00 July 19th, 2016|BABY BJORN, BLOG|

This cute little thing that Jules is bouncing in is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini. It arrived at our place a few weeks ago and it's making me wish I had one when Finn and Bennett were babies. This is my Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini review. Robbie told me, while I was assembling this beauty, [...]

PADDLE FEET + A FRESHLY PICKED GIVEAWAY

By | 2017-08-25T14:48:47+00:00 July 11th, 2016|BLOG|

When we brought Jules home from the hospital, things at home looked strange. My mother was staying with us and she had tidied areas of the house I hadn't touched for a year. Also, Finn's vocabulary had increased and he was somehow more well behaved. But the most profound change was in Bennett. It [...]

HOME OFFICE UPDATE | BEFORE + AFTER

By | 2017-08-20T06:32:57+00:00 February 16th, 2016|BLOG, HOUSE|

UPDATE: For those who have asked, the rug is from Arhaus but I can't remember the name of it! We've been doing some re-arranging of furniture at our house. Mum is coming from Sydney to stay for a couple of months in March, so we've made the office into a guest bedroom. [...]