Put some fun in your pancake day!

I love the ‘chandaleur’. it’s another one of those French foodie traditions that I enjoy celebrating with my children, even if it isn’t really a part of my own American heritage.  And I’ve just discovered from one of my readers the coolest ingredient for this year’s ‘chandaleur’…natural flavoured and coloured sugars to sprinkle on your crepes. The perfect thing to add some zest to this celebration. ‘Instant Naturel’ is a range of creative naturally flavoured sugars in all sorts of lovely festive colours. The flavours include the old standbys like vanilla and chocolate, but also some more ‘foodie’ choices like Ginger and Hibiscus. And it’s all organic. Bon appetit!

For more information contact Aude at aude.layani@avosmarks.com or check out the website: http://www.instantnaturel.com.

“Le Papillon a Roulettes”

Baby Butterfly is one year old, but still doesn’t fly like the other young butterflies. So Mama and Papa Butterfly are taking her to see the great White Butterfly.

I loved the messages in this simple book with lovely illustrations, written by Marie Garnier. The author movingly expresses what it’s like to have a handicapped child ‘not like other children’. As a family with several handicapped friends, my children and I loved the way that handicaps are explained clearly and calmly. As a mother I have noticed that there is a limited amount of literature that talks about children who are outside of the norm. And since compassion and understanding are two of the most important characteristics I try and teach my children, I am delighted to find a book such as this one.

Le Papillon a Roulettes by marie Garnier, published by Editions Baudelaire.

http://www.editions-baudelaire.com/product.php?id_product=902

Creative Gift Idea for 3-6 Year Olds

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If you are looking for something creative, fun and educational to give a child this holiday season, then BeeBox is just the ticket! An innovative new service that delivers to your door a box full of everything you need to do hands on children’s crafts and creative projects. Designed by child development experts and based around themes that will open your child’s horizons, BeeBox is the perfect solution for busy parents who want to bring creativity into their child’s life.

This BeeBox is all about the wind and children will learn all about this interesting phenomena by observing weathervanes, making a Tibetan prayer flag and having a homemade Boomerang competition. The BeeBox is in French and in English. Order now on http://www.mabeebox.com

Performing Arts for Learning English in France

This just in from one of our readers:

My name is Claire Mallalieu & together with my husband Jonathan we run Beauville Arts.  Beauville Arts specialise in running performing arts holiday camps in musical theatre, rock and dance for kids aged 8-18.  Our week long courses (both residential & non residential) are taught in English and help develop English language skills as well as nurturing performing arts talent. We started the company (SARL) way back in 2002, based in Beauville, a small bastide village in (47), which is about an hour from Toulouse. In the past couple of years we have expanded and now run courses in the Cote d’Azur as well as Beauville.  We also work directly with a number of International schools based in Paris, Nice & Toulouse.  Here is a link to our website which I hope will give you more of a flavour of what we do.   http://www.beauvillearts.com <http://www.beauvillearts.com>

New ‘mum’ friendly cafe in Aix

This just in from one of our readers:

I have visited your blog before as a mum in Provence when we moved to Aix last year. I am writing now because my husband and I have just opened a small cafe in the centre of Aix with a playroom that could be interest to the many mothers that have nowhere to go for breakfast, lunch or cake (without getting an ugly look from the waiter, that is).

We combine the cafe with a store offering English groceries and a small range of Australian, Dutch, Asian products, as well as artisanal Provencal produce. The cafe serves international food, including full English breakfast, sandwiches and salads and good coffee.

The playroom at the back of the shop has lots of toys, books and blackboards. We also offer free wi-fi and heaps of magazines to read.

Mariana Mozdzer
The Provence Shop
22 rue Victor Leydet
13100 Aix en Provence
T 06 82 13 13 40

Great to have something like this in the centre of Aix, so let’s give Mariana our support!

BeeBox Needs Your Help!

I’m so excited to announce that with my business partner Catherine, I am working on a project that truly makes my heart sing. And that’s because it’s a project that instills creativity, curiosity and self confidence in children. We are launching a test of BeeBox next week and I’d like to invite all readers of Mums and Meres to become VIP members.

BeeBox is an innovative new service that delivers to your door a box full of everything you need to do hands on children’s crafts and creative projects. Designed by child development experts and based around themes that will open your child’s horizons, BeeBox is the perfect solution for busy parents who want to bring creativity into their child’s life.

This summer’s BeeBox is all about the wind and children will learn all about this interesting phenomena by observing weathervanes, making a Tibetan prayer flag and having a homemade Boomerang competition. The BeeBox is in French and in English and can be delivered to any country.

We are only accepting 100 families to be members of the VIP group which will give the family priority status as well as discounts, special offers and goodies. So sign up here for our children’s creativity kits.

http://www.mabeebox.com

Too funny and too true

Tina Fey’s  ‘A Mother’s Prayer For Her Child’

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,”she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Amen.”

-Tina Fey

Traveling with kids

This just in from one of our ‘mumpreneur’ readers who has just launched her new business. Let’s give her some support people!

Baby Included’s mission is to inspire new parents to travel with their babies and young children by giving them the confidence through honest information and access to appropriate and trustworthy accommodation, equipment and babysitters. Our goal is for it to be as easy to travel with your baby as it was before. Even doing business trips with young children is made a pleasure.

Good luck with the new venture Claire! You can check out the company at http://www.babyincl.com or contact Claire at:  email: claire@babyincl.com


A frog in the house

This is a great business idea that I have just received from some of our entrepreneurial readers! If you are interested in having a frog in the house then please contact Nadege or Anthony directly.

“We recently visited your very nice website and are writing to ask if you would consider forwarding an offer from us to your members.
We, Nadege and Anthony, at Host in France, are organising stays with British families for French guests who wish to improve their command of the English language.We have recently received wide media coverage ( http://www.host-in-france.com/reportages.html ) and are currently in need of more British host families in France. Our hosts charge 350 Euros per week per French guest. Teachers of English add 15 –20 Euros an hour for lessons. It can be a very rewarding experience for all concerned and also provide the host families with extra income.”

contact@host-in-france.com
http://www.host-in-france.com




The Poopsie Collective

One of my friends has begun a new blog and wonderfully it captures her lovely personality. Make sure to check it out – you’ll find yourself nodding knowingly and releasing great sighs of ‘oh, so it’s not just me!’ Here’s a few words from the author herself:

 We are a mommy-blog collaboration of the brilliant & funny Gwen Bueno de Mesquita, Erica Nahmad, Brooke O’Farrell and myself. We feature weekly wild cards and guest writers, such as Salt & Nectar’s The Other Sarah and my own hubby Alan Stuart. We write on the daily sh*t that makes parenthood worth it. Our motto is Grin & Share It. SO SHARE IT!

http://poopsiecollective.com/post/9868511386/the-pencil-test

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