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LaPetitePeach_5 Things I learned about raising a baby in Europe

When I lived in Italy with my then 19 month old, I spent time observing and learning from the way the Italians lived, ate and played. It was the most influential time in my life as a parent. Something in me changed, and I can attribute it to these five short life lessons.

1. Family Comes First (no matter what): We all put family first, right? I think when it comes down to it, most of us at least want to put our family before anything. But do we cherish our family every day? Are we present with our kids and not trying to juggle 700 things at once? I am not sure we do. But, we most certainly could. Being a present and mindful parent but also person, in whatever we do, can bring happiness that I think the Italians have down pat. One thing that helped me get there is Dr. Shefali’s book Conscious Parenting. It’s a favorite of mine and I know you will love it and find it life changing.

2. Food: While I was living in Italy, I consumed some of the most pure and delicious food. I ate SO much, as in I didn’t hold back from eating, at all, ever. The Italians took such pride in their food, as they should, but what stuck out more to me was how mindful they were about eating. What I mean is that they carefully and mindfully went to buy each ingredient. They went to the market to get fruits and veggies, to the butcher to get the meat, and to another specialty shop for fresh cheese. They weren’t in a rush, the best ingredients mattered to them! They cook all day and slow. I used to whip up a red sauce in 30 minutes, but why?! If you buy fresh plum tomatoes and slow cook it all day, it is SO divine. Love was shown with food. Everyone comes together, it’s scrumptious family time. I learned to appreciate good ingredients and to teach my kids how wonderful that can truly be!

3. Siesta: YES the famous siesta! Take a breather! The whole city just stopped in the middle of the day, shut down, and everyone went home to rest. It sounds unrealistic right? At first I thought this was annoying! I love a spontaneous wine and cheese platter in the afternoon, but nothing was open. So guess what? I got up earlier and enjoyed a cappuccino, then hit the markets. Eventually, even I stopped, slowed down, and napped with Luke in the afternoons. There was NO reason to hustle bustle all day. I could get plenty of work done at night. If your a working mom, this can be hard to do but it is possible. If you live close to work, go home for your lunch break. If you don’t, find a quiet spot nearby and eat your lunch then rest quietly (no phone!) for 30 minutes. Maybe even promise yourself once a week you will leave work early and do something relaxing. I promise, taking a siesta is, and will be for you, life changing.

4. Travel: Europeans are well traveled. They live just a train or short plane ride away from the next amazing European country. Their children are well traveled as well. These are not extravagant vacations, keep in mind. They may be a few daysor even the whole month of August (everyone disappears!), but they travel and their kids travel too. There is nothing like going to a new place to open your eyes and humble you. It even makes me more grateful for home which leads me to…

5. HOME is Where the Heart is: Above all I learned that, because travel is so easily accessible to the Italians, they really appreciated their home, where ever that was. They didn’t complain about being stuffed in a tiny city apartment or living in the middle of nowhere in the countryside. They are humbled by everything they have and are grateful for where they live. Whenever I travel, I begin to appreciate my little town as well. After all, there is no place like home!

Photo by Jocelyn Filley

If you are traveling to France with Children, and feeling a little overwhelmed at what to do with them, let Localers help! We LOVE this amazing concept, and hope you do too!

There is nothing better than experiencing Paris as an insider, and avoiding all the touristy routes! But how do you do that? Localers offers this, and more online! Through their guided tours you “Not only will you explore Paris through the eyes of an insider, you’ll also gain a profound insight into the Parisian lifestyle. Cook, shop, and live like a Parisian.”  Tre chic!

What makes Localers stand out is their desire to provide you the best quality, their tours are 6-10 people max. so you are able to truly able to get the Parisian experience. There is literally nothing better than documenting your romantic trip to Paris by a local photographer who also knows the ins and outs of their city with the Localers photo tour. Who loves shopping?? Call on Localers to be your personal shoppers; you will be shown the best shops that par-ree has to offer!

If you are looking for something more family friendly, Locallers offers family trips from experts in family travel. The Space Invaders tour, led by Isabelle, will bring you all around the city! Adults will be able to enjoy learning the history and taking in all the sites around, while the children will be captivated by the “space invader hunt.” Best of all if there aren’t any tours that offer exactly what you are looking for you can contact them directly and design your own excursion!

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Finding Inspiration

Animal Coats from Little Goodall

Marie Chantal Fall 2016

We have had some spring-like weather around here (well anything above 40 degrees is spring to me!) and it always reminds me of how gorgeous Europe is this time of year. My mind wandered to Provence this week, and I thought what fun it would be to full some “Provence-like” items for a little Frenchy post. All the fun lavender things I could find are below!

 1. Atsuyo et Akiko: Eiffel Tower Tee 2. Baby Gap: Embroidered Chambray Top 3. Kit + Lili: Molly leggings, lavender 4. Noodle & Boo: Room Spray 5. Giggle: Moses basket, grey 6. Dior: Blue ‘graphic’ branded glass baby bottle & holder set 7. Atsuyo Et Akiko x Disney: Je T’aime Winnie the Poo8. Dwell Studio: Meadow Powder Blue Night Sack 9. Baby Gap: Printed Knit Leggings 10. Petit Bateau: Grey stripe velour babygrow 11. Petit Beteau: White cotton bunny