Random act of kindness…

… to brighten someone’s day!

Having lived in our village for 4 years, there is a beautiful little house which offers the most gorgeous display at Christmas time.

It provides so much enjoyment to the children every year as we have so many in our community. I therefore talked to the children about thanking the people who make this mammoth Christmas effort for us! Both Clara and Axel wrote these lovely cards and off we toodled to drop them off through the letterbox.

Funny how life works, as having never met them before, they so happened to arrive in their car as we approached their house. The children therefore got to hand them in person. Also having never met Christmas babies like Axel before, they so happened to have 47 year old Christmas twin daughters!

All so beautifully coincidental and they were most definitely very touched!

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Birthday eco Great outdoors for Axel

A sensational little find! For a real farm experience with fantastic staff, close encounters with animals and a huge variety of activities, the Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre is a perfect gateway for the whole day. Details can be found here.

Our son Axel had his birthday party there with all his besties and it was so refreshing to celebrate in nature!

Axel with no fear, holding the biggest of beetles.🙊

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Discovery of FLOW…

… what a truly wonderful find!

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On our way to Paris at the airport, we had lots of time on our hands. I was keen to find something to read but the only options available to me were the mind numbing magazines mainly packed with advertisements… until I stumbled upon THIS!

If you are looking for a fantastic read packed with ideas of “to do’s”, great interviews, lots to take away & keep and generally a real source of inspiration beautifully packaged then this magazine is so worth the investment.

If you want to slow down a little and take some time out with a really good read, I cannot recommend FLOW magazine enough.

More details can be found here: FLOW Magazine

Japanese food!

From a nutritional perspective, Japanese food is one of the healthiest you can eat. It can be so colourful, varied and beautifully flavoured. 🍱

I always encourage my children to sample  foods from around the world and thankfully this is one they love.

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On a week end in Bournemouth with my favourite girls, my Mum and my daughter, we went to my favourite eating places: a traditional little Japanese restaurant called Miso.

Clara got the hang of chopsticks first time round!

Paris, coup de coeur!

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Our lovely pad for the long week end in Montmartre

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The best soupe de poisson et soupe a l’oignon!

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Les quais de la Seine

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View from Montmartre

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Le Sacré Coeur

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My favourite champagne to date, Laurent-Perrier

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Off to see The Stranglers at La Cigale

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Pigalle by day…

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… by night

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Souffle of the metro!

Exceptionalities

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Einstein

“I completely agree that just because you are different does not mean you can’t do well and achieve things in life; in fact looking at the world in a different way to everyone else is a strength and should be praised and encouraged. I have never looked at my dyslexia as a disability; like Mary said, it is an exceptionality and we should celebrate these exceptionalities in ourselves and others.” Richard Branson

Wonderful full article can be found here

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Failure

 “What did you fail at this week?”

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This is about the importance of celebrating failures, particularly as a child.

In an interview for Fortune, Blakely said, “I didn’t realize at the time how much this advice would define not only my future, but my definition of failure. I have realized as an entrepreneur that so many people don’t pursue their idea because they were scared or afraid of what could happen. My dad taught me that failing simply just leads you to the next great thing.”

Speaking of that, Blakely herself failed the LSATs twice before founding Spanx. On that particular chapter of her life, she says, “It was one of many tests that showed me how some of the biggest failures in our lives just nudge us into another path.”

Those who’ve made it big repeat that one of the main reasons they got to where they are is by taking risks. Over and over, they talk about the importance of taking leaps, which sometimes means falling down:

  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy
  • “Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” —Oprah
  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison

Well, what have YOU failed this week? 🙂