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Updated: 2018-03-06T08:45:20.361-05:00


somebody is now writing in french!


My new little blog about (my attempt at) living French.

Have a lovely summer.
Claudia xox

frugal monday - Project 333


While reading on simplicity / minimalism / vegetarian / eco-friendly design / blah blah blah, I discovered Project 333.  Project 333 is pretty simple, in theory, but challenging at the beginning. However, when things are in place, it turns out to be a wonderful initiative.Basically,  this minimalist fashion challenge invites participants to dress with 33 items (or less) for 3 months. Don't get me wrong, I love clothes (and shoes!) as much as, well, most people who enjoy reading mom/style/design/fashion blogs but sometimes it is good to refocus your (my) priorities.You should is fun!  * * * * *There are a few rules:When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes. What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout) How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight. What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.* * * * *  Claudia's list denim boyfriend shirtblue dot chambray shirt  stripe shirt with peter pan collar print shirt (flowers)print shirt (feathers)black gingham shirt green cardiganbeige cardigangray cardigangray sleeveless vest bunny sweaternavy v-neck sweaterstripe sweatergray hoodie red stripe long-sleeved tnavy stipe long-sleeved t purple shawlgray capeletskinny jeans *  need new boyfriend jeans *burgundy skinny pantsnavy boyfriend cords beige boyfriend cordsbrown boot cordsblack cords mini skirtbrown beltbaggu duck bag5 pieces of jewelry (yes, I cheated) gray bootiesblack ballerina shoes rain bootswinter boots 2 winter coats + accessories (cheated again, but I live in "crazy weather Canada"!)[...]



a little experiment I want to try: 
10 Vegetables and Herbs You Can Eat Once and Regrow Forever 

a fascinating online (and free) documentary about mothers:
the Motherload

"The motherload takes an in-depth and new look at the subject of working mothers - the current issues, challenges and triumphs that come from trying or having to do it all."

a book I can't wait to get (March 1st):
The Oh She Glows Cookbook

Oh, anybody tried Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook It's All Good?

(Dan and I circa 1997)

musing of a (ovo-lacto) vegetarian mom


A bubble probably went to my brain as I "suddenly" decided to become a (ovo-lacto) vegetarian.

It is actually Dan's fault ;)  As requested (by me after I went to a vegan conference at our local library), he got me for Christmas the book Eating Animal by Jonathan Safran Foer. There is enough well documented information in that book to make you gag in the meat (eggs and dairy) alley at the grocery store.

Plus, to be honest, I needed a culinary challenge as my interest in the kitchen became pretty absent after I got pregnant.

So I researched, and I researched and I researched some more. And one week ago (January 5th), I took a note book and I started to write every portion that I ate during the day to make sure that I was doing this important transition properly.

I'm very (very) skinny...and I eat like a pig. As a joke, my coworkers think that I have tapeworms. In reality, I have a very (very) fast metabolism. If done correctly, a vegetarian diet can bring so much health benefits and since I don't particularly appreciate meat it is really not a big deal for me. The only problem is that I can't lose weight. So I have to be extra careful as I don't want to end up at the hospital.

After a week, so far so good. Actually, so far so I love it!
1) My cooking mojo is back (even if it is a bit overwhelming)
2) Cutting meat is not difficult - cutting cow dairy last year was a bitch
3) Vegetarian food tastes super good (well, if you are into beans/nut/seeds/etc.)
4) I still eat like a pig but it is now part of a balanced diet
5) No headache, no tiredness, no dizziness (so probably no weight lost)   
6) Dan and Alice are totally on board (Alice still eat meat at daycare)
7) Alice has a nasty cold and I didn't get it (yet)...immune system booster!?!
8) And I almost don't fart anymore - this was actually very upsetting! 

So, maybe I will write about my new journey on my blog...or maybe not. However, if any of you have blogs - cookbooks - tips - recipes suggestions, you are more than welcome to leave a little comment. 

Go tofu go ;)

January - 5 goals


Ah, 2014! Lets start fresh by taking baby (monthly) steps:


Going to bed at 10pm

Relaxing at yoga class - Wednesday morning at 9am

Saying goodbye to coffee

Washing my face e-v-e-r-y freakin night (yes, I'm one of those!)

Baking a pie

Books Alice reads in repeat!


La Mer (The Sea) by Marianne Dubuc
Éditions La pastèque

A toddler in the city


The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a MUST if you are looking for free activity to do with your toddlers (or young kids). Every weekend, kiddos, parents and grand-parents make crafts, have fun in the family lounge and stroll around the museum.We had a lovely time with my father...I think the last time he did a craft was probably 30 years ago. His bunny eyes had so much glue that it looked like it had pink eye ;)[...]



Alice got a pixie...and a stylish cardigan made by mamie Rachel.
She also thinks that I'm a paparazzi because whenever I take my camera she tells me: "maman, pas de photo" (mom, no picture) and runs away!!!

Gift for a doula


You know you are a doula when your coworkers give you a "pregnant lady" wooden puzzle as a gift. 
Alice and I love it!

A toddler in the city


A few weeks ago, we visited the Ecomuseum in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue with my mom. It was a beautiful fall, we are covered in snow. I hope the silly raccoons are still warm and cozy ;) 

Halloween - part 2


Alice - Pierrot circa 1982

My mom made my very first Halloween costume 30 years ago.
Today, Alice is strolling around our hood in the very same costume.
Yeah, my mom rocks.
Je t'aime maman xox

+ an interesting article Halloween: when did it become so gory?

to the pumpkin patch (boy, do I love our car)


Now, what should I make with our pumpkins (soup, cake, stew, etc.)?  [...]

9am at the Mosaicultures


Better late than never!We woke up early, had breakfast, didn't take our shower, realized that Alice had no fall coat (we are ok for -35C but not for 6C!), went to our Value Village stash to get a 4T coat I found last summer and headed to the Botanical Garden to see the 2013 Mosaicultures...on its last day.  The Chinese Lanterns were pretty cool since we were the only family there. Most people were taking endless pictures of the ginormous plant displays (something that I could not have done with a toddler).    We had a lovely morning and, as I write this post, Alice and I are cuddled in bed for a well deserved nap (well, I'm planning to read)!        [...]

A bit of self promotion


I can't believe that my little doula business has a website!

Dan and I worked on it as an "after Alice is sleeping" project. It's a work in progress but so far so good (must include my portrait, a Q&A section, etc.).

And, believe me, I was doing an happy dance when my first two clients told me that I could used the postnatal pictures that I took with their testimonials on my web site.

I will also apply for a community-based program that offers free doula services to women in Montreal. That should be a pretty awesome experience! 



         Dear Alice,Your parents are strange birds!We didn't know that having a kid would change so much the way that we see life. We never knew that I would still breastfeed you after 2.5 year and that we would still co-sleep (part time!) in our queen-size bed. You should know that those things can be considered pretty intense in our part of the world but it works well for us. However, I think that we hit the weirdo jackpot when we made the decision that I would be staying at home with you and not going back to "normal work" when my current contract will end in December.Strangely enough, I always liked the idea but it sounded so absurd...especially knowing my previous career as an event planner (hello insane overtime!). But things changed thanks to a book called Living Simply with Children: A Voluntary Simplicity Guide for Moms, Dads, and Kids Who Want to Reclaim the Bliss of Childhood and the Joy of Parenting.So after a bit of insomnia, many discussions with your dad (who was quickly on board!) and a few lifestyle adjustments, we made a realistic plan:I won't go back to "office work" in 2014Twice a week you will go to daycare (lovely family daycare at 7$ a day)I will officially start my doula practice and take max. 2 clients each month And we will see how it goes! Can't wait :) Je t'aime fort fort fortmaman xox[...]

Mont-Royal...we love you!


Pour toi maman :)
Je t'aime xox
p.s. Alice voulait absolument te dire: " Chien mange pas caca du chat"!



a weekend at Maison Jean Longpré


Last week, we rented a dream house not too far from Montreal (Eastern Townships). We only stayed two nights but we had an amazing time...BBQ, naps in the hammocks, toddler fun (in good company), a few magazines, interesting conversations until late at night (well, for me anyway!), little nature walks...and a chance to try our new car! To be honest, Dan and I were pretty sad when we left. Going back to the city is always sssooo depressing but now that we have an economical little car, it will be a charm to have access to the country side. So many apple picking.                   [...]



Dear Alice,

We have a little situation: You are afraid of the dark.

It all started last month at the summer house. To be honest, it was EXTREMELY dark and even I was not too happy about it! I could not even see you and you were basically sleeping on my head ;)

First step: getting a night light.
Second step:...I have no idea?!?

Bon dodo mon amour!

So Dan got a vasectomy!


Yes, Alice will be our only child...and I'm super zen about it. It was a very easy decision as we discussed it for the first time when we were still in high school. I must admit that I said many stupid things back in the days but the idea of having only one kid always reminded a logical choice for us.

Of course, as I wrote the "v-date" in my agenda, I had a little panic attack. Not because I changed my mind but mostly because I won't ever have THAT option...and I like to have options.

Anyway, we went to the clinic on Friday and 5 minutes after, it was done. I can also say that I'm a vasectomy doula as I saw everything. It was interesting to see the laser procedure but, as you can imagine, is not as wonderful as helping a woman in labor (but it was funny to see Dan using laughing gas)!

We took it easy the next few days and I even found the time (and energy) to take my dusty sewing machine out of the closet (fabric buckets are addictive to make) and repaint two old IKEA stools to give them a fresh look.

Oh, and we are also thinking about getting our very first car...exciting!

note: Maybe I should learn how to drive?!?

another note: I should read that book.

* * * * * 

Thank you SSSOOO much for all your comments and advices concerning our eczema situation. Things are not perfect but they are getting better. I should soon write about our new (horrible to my opinion!) anti-eczema diet.