Purchasing tickets for the Paris Metro System

Growing up in the Midwest, my exposure to the underground subway system was somewhat limited. Although St. Louis has a metro, it's really more of an above ground rail line, and I remember feeling incredibly apprehensive my first time in Paris, having to navigate the Metro. Today, I'm sharing a few tips I've learned along…

So what’s the big deal about the French pharmacie?

Do a Google search on "French skin care", and chances are, almost any article will make mention of the infamous French pharmacie. But what exactly is it? And why is this institution known world-wide? Today, I'll be breaking down what the pharmacie is, and why you'll want to visit at least one on your next…

Get to know Paris: The 4th Arrondissement

This time last year I was in Paris, and to say that I'm feeling nostalgic would be an understatement. It's my favorite city, the place where I feel most "me", and it's here that has been the backdrop for so many of my life events. It's hard to not feel attached to a place like…

Going to court in France : Part 1

Hi friends. For those that have walked with me these last few years, you may have heard parts of this story. I've also shared it at various speaking engagements around St. Louis. However, it has taken a long time to write this post, but only because of how raw it can still feel sometimes. I…

Celebrating Bastille Day in America

Despite the circumstances that brought us back to the United States, it was important to me that our life in America honor Ben’s French heritage. One of the ways we have done this is by celebrating the 14th of July- France’s Independence Day. Like all great celebrations, ours involved good food and decorations. I couldn’t…

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How to immerse kids in a foreign language- even if you don’t speak one yourself

In a recent blog post, I mentioned the "One Parent, One Language" method for teaching a second language in the home. While a great option for many, it may be difficult to implement if, like me, you're a single parent, or alternatively, don't speak a second language, yourself. This was the situation I found myself…

Foreign language finds : Children’s books translated into French

When Ben was a baby, I knew that I wanted to speak to him in French as much as possible. The way this translated into our daily life was through our bedtime stories. However, back in 2012, access to foreign language books was much more complicated than it is today. Thankfully, today in 2019, companies…