Madames Stay Inspired – Lena Can Stand the Heat

Lena Horne Demonstrating Fuel Conservation
Apparently, February is for lovers and I made my husband agree that we were not falling victim to it’s overpriced sentimentality. I like a handmade card. My husband likes to eat. I think baked goods are in our future for the holiday. It’s good to think about these things in advance, no?

Resolutions Revisited

resolutionSo far, pretty good!

  1. I have worn my contact lenses everyday including weekends for the entire month.
  2. I have plucked and shaved – probably not as much as I should according to my agreement with myself but more than I have in one month’s time for the past year.
  3. I can’t justify wasting lipgloss on my office mates anymore but I do wear it on the weekends – when I remember.
  4. I gave my husband a 3-pack of socks this month, just because.

How about you?

She Roars

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I recently discussed with my sister, who is an educator of hearing-impaired children (and as a result, knows lots of speech therapists), my concerns that Mlle isn’t really using any words yet. When she was probably 8 months or so, she was very good at using “uh-oh” but even that seems to have lessened. My husband is not concerned and believes that Jolie is currently just focusing on her other skills, like stacking blocks:


This is pretty impressive and I am quite proud to say that she can ambidextrously stack two block towers at once. She is also an expert climber and rappeller. I am not as pleased about this, admittedly.


Now, I am trying to be more verbal with her in order for her to pick up and hopefully start using words. Is she picking them up and just not interested in speaking yet? She mimics faces like a pro (my good friend the PhD in Clinical Child Psychiatry says so) so why isn’t she mimicing speech yet? Finally, I asked myself, “does roaring count?”. I think it does. She definitely roars. She roars at her toys. She roars at Daddy. She roars just before latching on to breast feed. I wonder where she gets it from.

cartoons roar

OK time to up my conversation game.

Thanks, Disney Jr., PBS Kids, Disney

La Fete des Rois


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feveWe celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings in our house. This is a fun and new thing for me since we didn’t commemorate the 12th Day of Christmas growing up in my family. This year, as the year before, I made a paper crown for Mlle and we gave her a feve. A feve is a token or small trinket that is traditionally baked in a cake known as the Galette des Rois (Kings’ Cake). Whoever finds the feve in their slice of cake is pronounced king for the day and wears a paper crown. We didn’t bother with a cake this year but we are collecting her little feves in a tin and I am saving her handmade crowns.

Now that the 6th of January has passed, we’ve pulled down and put away our holiday decorations. While this process is a bit sad, I really have grown to love how new and fresh everything feels when you clean up after Christmas. Now that I celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany (La Fete des Rois has many names)with my family, it is also my informal holiday for De-Decking the Halls!

I hope the end of the Christmas season finds you refreshed and ready for all your big (and little) plans for the coming year!