Monday, December 14, 2015

House Unseen. Life Unscripted.: Earrings (and other jewelry) giveaway. Perfect sto...

House Unseen. Life Unscripted.: Earrings (and other jewelry) giveaway. Perfect sto...: A long, long, long, looooong time ago, a reader named Elizabeth sent me a beautiful pair of Our Lady of Mount Carmel earrings that she made...




Dwija' s honesty is refreshing. Who hasn't in their life forgotten  to follow through some small promise?

What a nice way to do reparation by  organizing a special giveaway . Hurry , it will end Wednesday.







A bientot,




S.F

Un petit coucou

Just dropping in for a quick fun photo of cupcakes the girls and I made:)




A Bientot!


S.F
                 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Things I learnt in November

The weather was rather mild and we loved it! Thanksgiving in short sleeves ...yes please:)


What I have learned this month?


1- I discovered that  Julie http://blog.bravewriter.com/  started a new channel at Periscope .  She has some useful info about writing and she is doing a free workshop tomorrow for children if you want to check it out.






2- For fun fashion and to bring a smile  I follow Mode personnelle http://blogs.lexpress.fr/styles/mode-personnel/.  Check it out . It is a great way to practice French at the same time!




3-It is the time to have Christian Hope and to be Thankful even when it seems that darkness is everywhere. 




4- If you want to join in Advent devotion it isn't too late. I am doing Advent Reflections with St Francis :Daily Reflection By : Diane M. Houdek Franciscan Media / 2013 / Paperback
 A great little book, inexpensive to get you started and it takes 5 minutes max. We are enjoying it immensely.   Advent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections
We also read a Christmas related book. This morning it was this one. A great story of generosity.  Through this, I learn to be patient and  to start my day with a sense of hope and peace.The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale


Link with Emily Freeman:)




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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Happy Thanksgiving

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Today was preparation of the cranberry sauce, cut vegetables and the indispensable apple pie ! It always annoys me to throw out the left over pastry. Sometimes, I make a small tart with it,  but today I decided to do it differently. What do you think?

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and if you have to work I hope you will still have time to be with your love ones.

A bientot






Sunday, November 22, 2015

Book Review :Wayward( Pines 2 ) by Blake Crouch

Hi,
Do you remember Wayward part 1?  So I read part 2....It is was so much better. More actions, details a bout the society and the conundrum is explain. The author creates a 3 dimensional society. The characters are not those card board evil or good people but complex and at some part  chilling individuals.


A summary from Goodread:


"Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden...except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture.
None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff, and one of the few who knows the truth—Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining.
"


If you like dystopia book , it is the right story for you. Part 2 is stronger and a better attention grabber than Book 1. This is why I give Book 2 a solid 4 out of 5 stars.


Bonne lecture!





Thursday, November 19, 2015

Un peu d'humour

"Francesco e l'elefante", de Stephano Bombardieri.


A Istanbul, l’art a un air de défi

Le Monde | • Mis à jour le | Par

En savoir plus sur http://www.lemonde.fr/arts/article/2015/11/16/a-istanbul-l-art-a-un-air-de-defi_4811130_1655012.html#zJChr43GK8Yrg1xH.99


This is pretty much a good summary of my week and a little "clin d'oeil "to Art.








Bonne fin de semaine.
S.F
 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Prieres pour la France et Paris

Toutes nos prieres pour les victims et leur famille. Ceci est malheureusement le 11 septembre de la France.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

What I learned in October







We were free computer for most of October. It was liberating, frustrating and annoying. A good reminder that technology is a tool to be use to simplify our life not to be dependent on.


A smile and to be a good listener might be what people need. Sometimes, people come to talk not to have answers but just to be listen to:)


A prayer  will go a long way.


Don't be afraid to stand for what you believe:)


Small steps are better than to stay stuck .


Finally, to be embarrassed( courtesy of little ones)  never killed anyone only pride.








Happy Saint Day!
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Things I learnt in September

September was a  time to reflect:

1- I need to slow down when I feeling sick( Duhh). I am not the first mom and won't be the last to overstretch herself. However, I am now making a conscientious choice to slow down and be present in the moment. 

2- Read, read and write....  Yes, I need something else than just Homeschooling and the family will be better for it:)

3-Pray and exercises are precious moment not to be ignore. Busy schedule, school to teach, kid activities can take over . I noticed a difference when I take the time to pray and walk, my children might even join me.

4- Finally, it is not easy to reach out to people  but like the old song says" It is a beautiful world "


Smile!

A bientot !
S.F



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A book review: Pines book 1 by Blake Crouch

I just finish Book 1 of the trilogy Pine by Blake Crouch. It is not usual type of book, but I was intrigued with the set up.

Summary from amazon

"Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive."

My review: The second part of the book  was the most interesting  as it deals with the realization of the situation( Watch out spoiler alert). Do people have a right to play God? Can humanity really end? What do you do after? Does our norm apply to the new world?  Do you decide to be part of that world if you have your loved ones with you? Do you start believing in God or not?
Also, the book is a thriller, horror genre with some holes in the plot. I find it enjoyable enough that I am looking forward to read book 2 and 3.
I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Quick meal : Pates au Jambon de Bayonne

Today, I am sharing a quick pasta dish , which is very popular with my family. It is fast and simple. It serves about 6 persons.

You will need :

  •  pasta,
  • 1 green pepper,
  • 1 portebello mushroom( I use the large size) 
  •  6 slices of Prociotto ham , 
  • olive oil ,
  •  cheese .

Let's start!


  1. Cook pasta according to box.
  2.  Slices in small pieces green pepper and mushroom. 
  3.  Slice ham .
  4.  Cook vegetables and pan.
  5.  When pasta and vegetables ready, mixed them together.
  6.  Add a little olive oil, ham and a sprinkle of cheese:)



                                     Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

French names

 Today I read this article  about French names.  Growing up in France,  the popular names were Nathalie, Vanessa, Pascale, Aurore, Sophie, Magalie, Madeleine,Monique, Michelle, Denise, Sebastian, Stephane, Pascale, Etienne, Francois, Bernard. It is always so nice to met a Sophie or Francois in the USA ... this article made me smiled. What is your favorite French name?

Oh, I couldn't leave without sharing this . Bon appetit!


Have a great Tuesday!
S.F

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Livre( books) and blog

I really enjoy this book.
I am reading this one still. 
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is a light book but it is very long about 1000 pages. I am enjoying it and I am finding the time to read it.

In french, I am thinking of re-reading a Guillaume Musso : Girl on paper.


I am  spending time on the internet:

http://modernmrsdarcy.com/     Modern Mrs Darcy , an inspiration for reading..... for adults

http://amongstlovelythings.com/  Among lovely things pods are fantastic . Great advice for integrating  good books and the life of children( homeschool or not).

http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/   Always inspiring for catholic families...



A bientot!








Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday creation by les enfants!

Quiri Creation


I believe in creativity at all age. My twelve years old has been expressing herself with some cool design!

Happy creativity!
S.F

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fall bag

My new fall bag from Modcloth
http://www.modcloth.com/shop/handbags/have-style-will-travel-bag-in-latte
I am pretty excited about this cute new bag from Modcloth, very practical to run around with the children :)Let me know what you think about it!


A bientot

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Saturday thought

Look for Grace in the most unexpected place



Bon weekend,




Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wrought iron chandeliers

 Mes amis,  I am on the look out for a new wrought iron chandelier for my kitchen. Those little jewels caught my eyes. I love the fact that they are made in America and still affordable:)
Best of New England
http://www.bestofnewengland.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/thumbnail/65x65/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/t/it-9179_1.jpg



Country Living Primitiveshttp://www.countrylivingprimitives.com/franklin-wrought-iron-chandelier.html
A Bientot!
Sandy