FRENCH BABY ESSENTIALS




It's hard to believe I have hit the 4 month mark of my pregnancy, already! As my pregnancy quickly passes by, James and I are getting very excited when we look at all the little things we want to buy for bébé. Everything is so cute, but it's a tad overwhelming when we search and compare products, because there is a never ending selection of things. Something very important to us when it comes to shopping for our bébé, is that we choose products that are either hand made, made in Europe and North America, and/or from family run companies. This is important to us because we want the best quality products, that are long lasting and made consciously. It definitely helps narrow down our search, since I have found many baby products nowadays are made for the masses. So with a little research we have found some amazing brands that tick all of our boxes.

I have put together a selection of things I love and want for my bébé, which would also make great gifts to give to your expectant friends or family members. Each brand has such a variety of products, so if you don't love what I have selected for myself, then check out their websites for more goodies. I think when it comes to buying for your little one, it should be about quality not quantity, especially if you are planning on having more than one baby. You want the things you spent good money on to last from baby number 1 to as far as baby number 3, maybe even 4. These items will definitely help you get there!



I hope you love my selection of baby essentials, and it helps you discover some new brands you didn't know before, and gives you new ideas for our own baby. 

If you know of any brands that you love and I need to discover please send them my way. Merci!

BRINGING UP BILINGUAL KIDS




This topic has been coming up a lot lately between James and I. Knowing we want to raise our kids to be bilingual, but not knowing exactly how to do it, is a tricky one. With James being French and me being Canadian, we automatically have an advantage in raising bilingual kids. We just have to figure out how it will work for us. Will James only speak French and I will just speak English? To me it all sounds a little easier said than done. But then I read this great post about Bringing Up Children Bilingually by Babyccino Kids and found it really insightful.

Some tips I found useful and seem easy enough to do are:

Stick to the one language you have decided to speak to your child – Of course there will be moments when you will have to switch (homework for example), but it is important to stick to one language and build up a relationship with your child in that language. I read somewhere that a child needs to be exposed at least 30% of their waking time to an environment where the foreign language is spoken to be able to learn the language properly.

Build a network – one of the things that has been really helpful for us here in Paris is to have an English speaking network of friends. Joining the local Anglo parenting Network helped a lot. The children have grown up together and still speak in English to each other, though, when they are with French friends, they will swap back to French. It means that it feels normal for them to speak to other children, not only adults, in English even when in their home city.

Books and Films – I mostly read books in English to the girls to counteract a whole day of French in the classroom. Again it is also interesting to expose them to a different culture via books. When we watch films, we watch them in the original language they were filmed in. We also have the international BBC Iplayer to watch nature documentaries etc. in English and Netflix if we want to have a movie night and watch a film.

Don’t listen to and don’t worry about myths – I have been told that bringing up my children with two languages may delay their development or might even give them a speech impediment. Total nonsense if you ask me. As long as your children are thriving and happy, I don’t see a single reason why speaking two languages should harm them. And in all cases, the benefits outweigh any potential downside.

Such great tips! It is so nice to read that it is actually a lot easier to do than we thought. 
And if we ever end up moving back to Toronto, then we will just switch and spend more time speaking French at home because they will be more immersed in English in everyday life. 

You can read the full post here.

So helpful don't you think? Did you raise your kids to be bilingual? If so, how did you do it?

(photo via Life)

DEENA & OZZY SANDALS




I noticed while doing a bit of a clean out of my closet, that I am lacking in Summer sandals. I have a ton of plimsolls, slip on sneakers, and flip flops, but don't really have a great pair of comfortable everyday sandals. So I quickly began scouring the internet for a pair that is my style and of course affordable. I landed on Urban Outfitters, and the brand Deena & Ozzy really stood out for me. All of their shoes are simple styles but really cute and versatile. I can see myself wearing all of them! They have a very Mediterranean look to them as well, which I love. All their style are under 80€ and come in many different colours. 



I have selected my favourite ones above, but if you want to see the full collection take a look here.

Thoughts? Would you wear any of these Deena & Ozzy Sandals for Summer?

MIDWEEK MUSIC MIX 6




And just like that another Wednesday is upon us! For this week's Midweek Music Mix I put together an everyday sort of playlist. This is the playlist I would play at all times of the day and whatever mood I was in, unless I needed to get really pumped up, then on goes Beyoncé. I love every song on the mix so much, and never really get tired of playing it, so I hope you feel the same. Enjoy and have a great day!

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