French birthday gateau

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It’s not everyday one has a significant birthday. To celebrate, a French birthday gateau was ordered from extraordinary Belgium chef Didier Lannoote. 

However, when we came to collect our Chocolate Raspberry and Fresh Creme Mousse it wasn’t ready. What ensued was an amazing birthday surprise as we watched a master turn plain into wonderful in less than five minutes. Here’s how …

 

Despite it already looking heavenly, Belgium pastry chef Didier Lannoote has not quite finished the birthday gateau when we arrive.

French birthday caught unprepared

 

With only five minutes to spare his artistic hands begin to move skillfully over the smooth glaze.

French birthday cake chef hard at work 

 

Under pressure, a little drama breaks out in the kitchen. Boxes go flying and staff are barked at …

French birthday cake French chef stress

 

So we decide to look at the chandelier.

French birthday cake chandelier

 

But only for  a moment … as we peek back into the kitchen the gateau is taking on a life of its own.

French birthday cake preparation

 

And within five tiny minutes it’s voila! Bon anniversaire.

French birthday cake voila

 

See our products picks for a French Birthday cake.

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Why toy wooden boats make great gift for kids

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Toy wooden boats are great gifts for children. Here are our top five …

Wooden boats are the perfect decor piece for a child’s room

Toy wooden boats are sturdy, playful, grounded and add a sense of familiarity to a room – everybody loves a boat. For these reasons toy wooden boats look fantastic in a child’s room. Place a toy boat on a book shelf or bedside table and they remind us of adventure and stories of far off lands … the Wind in the Willows or the Owl and the Pussy Cat. Toy boats will hold their own beautifully as a feature piece and they will also neatly complement many other special pieces we love to add in our children’s spaces to make them feel safe and inspired such as classic books, vintage teddies or beautiful images. A good toy boats’ ocean theme can also be played up with other sea  items such as our amazing Whale grand or turtle mobiles, building a sense of respect and love of nature.

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Toy wooden boats help children make sense of the world 

The power of the toy can never be under estimated. For children, a toy is a mechanism for learning – it’s how they work out for themselves how to function in the world. Toys such as wooden boats that float in the water can be used to experiment with space, time, velocity and role playing. They can be raced, carry treasures across a stream, in the bath or pool or simply amble along pushed by a current or the wind. Toy wooden boats help children use their imagination ~ they can become skippers or navigators and learn to lead or they become traders or explorers travelling in search of exotic lands, adventure and shells, like these little beauties pictured.

Spirited Mama toy boats - childs play

Toy wooden boats are eco-friendly

Our toy boats are made from sustainable beech wood grown 50km from the atelier (workshop) in a small area in Brittany, France. Each boat is handmade with love ~ from the shaping of the hull to the sewing of the sail ~ using the same methods for the past 70 years when the boatmaker Nicolas’s grandfather began Bateaux Tirot in 1946 when traditional clogs were replaced by rubber shoes after the war. 

The evolution of tradition

Our toy wooden boats are value for money

Toy wooden boats won’t end up in landfill next year. Our toy wooden boats not only look beautiful with their shiny award-winning finish, they are built to last. We say they’re  tougher than a tantrum. So when a toy wooden boat is given as a gift, you can be assured it can be used as a stimulating toy, and be placed on a shelf to add a hardy character to a room for years to come. 

Spirited Mama - happy French wooden toy sailing boats image

Toy wooden boats bring the family together

From grandfather to father to son, the Tirot family have passed down their boatmaking skills to each new generation for 70 years. Similarly, when grandparent gives his granddaughter or grandson a toy boat as a gift it becomes part of the family’s narrative, their history, a sweet reminder of the loved one who gave the gift. Our boats have been purchased as gifts for new arrivals, Christenings and other special occasions, and in some cases adults have bought them as gifts for their husbands or for themselves to remind them of a time and a place when the family were together.

Bateaux Tirot St Germain and the 200s

Special hearts French mobile giveaway

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Do you know of a special heart … a children’s centre, hospital or elderly nursing home that could do with some French mobile magic? 

We are donating four sets of L’Oiseau Bateau French mobiles to four organisations to create an enchanting wonderland for the special hearts who use the services … children, patients and carers, too. Each centre will receive a combination of six grand and petit mobiles valued at more than $800 for each set.

To let us know about a centre close to your heart, leave a comment on our Facebook ‘Special hearts French mobile giveaway‘ post (it’s pinned to the top of the page) with the name of centre and why you think it could do with some enchanting French mobile magic.

Please do not include private information about any individual, just 30 words max will do on the type of centre it is and how the mobiles ca brighten the experience those who attend it.

It could be a:

  • special children’s centre 
  • child care centre in a disadvantaged community
  • children’s ward in a hospital or
  • even a nursing home where seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s can benefit from the happy ambiance and sense of comfort the mobiles create (often called reminscence therapy).

If you don’t belong to Facebook then please leave a comment below and please share it with your friends or community.

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T&C

  • Judges decision is final.
  • Six mobile sets comprising grand and petit mobiles will be sent to four centres in Australia.
  • Freight will be covered by Spirited Mama.
  • Prize cannot be transferred for cash or other products of any description.
  •  Mobile ranges sent are at the discretion of Spirited Mama.
  • Feature ends 30 May 2016.
  • Any entry revealing information on an individual that breaches Australian privacy laws will need to be deleted.

Five reasons to visit France in Winter

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Five reasons to visit France in Winter? There are many reasons to visit France in Winter. Albeit the temperature can be chilly, France takes on a special magic in Winter … from the fairy lights of Paris to the stark vineyards of Burgundy and the majestic snow adorne Alps of the Haute Savoie. Bistros beckon with warm bourguignon, stores lure with incredible sales, and the most elegant hotels offer amazing deals. 

 

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau French Winter

 

1. France in winter is beautiful

France in Winter is beautiful, discreet and quiet. She becomes the elegant old dame and the haunting beauty. In this season of crisp mornings and dark evenings there is a sense of peace, and permission to regenerate and to reflect while being immersed in a deep rich history. It doesn’t mean the country sleeps; it’s lit by thousands of sparkling lights that make everything pretty and glowing. France in Winter – with its space and solitude – allows you to feel the country is yours, and for a moment, you become part of its tapestry  you feel like you belong.

St Germain French Winter

 

2. Amazing French hotels offers 

In a French winter, the crowds are less and the French hotels offer great deals. Three nights for the price of two … original room prices reduced and upgrades are given to chambres you would normally only dream about – like this gorgeous room upgrade I was given at Symphonie des Sens in the old part of Rennes, Brittany, while on business. I felt like a queen, especially after a complimentary glass of champagne. C’est perfect!

 

Symphonie des sens

 

3. The French sales that keep on giving

Imagine yourself meandering through a little medieval town after taking in the wonders of a master impressionist exhibition when you see the sign ‘soldes -30%’ in a gorgeous window display. It’s written in French but the word ‘sale’ is a universal language. And the French sales mandated by the French Government to take place across the country once in winter and once in summer – are unforgettable. You walk inside the store and the most strikingly fashionable outfits from French or international designers draw you in – not just one off pieces, but whole ensembles – the shoes, trousers, shirt, jacket, scarf … and lingerie. Silks and woollens and leathers, fine stitching, classic cuts, original styles … and being winter chances are your size is still available …  all at reduced prices. To me, it’s heaven. You take it home less the duty further reducing the price, and each time you walk out the door in your new French outfit oh la la  you are reminded of that little ancient town on that cold sunny day. This is why the French sales keep on giving. But if you can’t make them then visit our French Heart Store or join our newsletter for exclusive specials and sales.

 Sales in Annecy French Winter

 

4. Beautiful French ski villages

France has some of the most beautiful ski villages in the world. Snow covered churches in 12th Century villages mingle with traditional chalets, Fresh scents of wood-smoke beckon you into little farm-like bistros on piste, exhilarating runs off towering mountains or through serene pine-fringed bunny trails, traditional mountain cuisine using locally produced ingredients and hot wine served with a dash of Grand Marnier. Skiing in France is not a sport, it’s a cultural experience that will satisfy the most die-hard skier or those who are simply going along for the ride. 

Three Vallees French Winter

 

5. French winter food is … everything

There is nothing more satisfying during a French winter than to wade through the thick curtains at the door of a French restaurant, take off a heavy jacket and sit feeling light and warm at the dining table. The anticipation is just as exciting as the meal itself. Rich bouguignon, steak a la planche, or the divine truffle experience like Chez Bruno’s in the south of France pictured.

Chez Brunos Truffles French Winter

 

Quick tips for visiting France in Winter

  • Wear warm socks ~ queues will be shorter for major attractions in Paris but there is often still a wait, standing on very cold stone.
  • Pack layers – singlet or slip, long sleeve shirt, jumper, jacket, tights or pants / jeans, scarf, gloves, hat if you wish.
  • If you don’t have the right gear visit Monoprix – France’s answer to Target.
  • Search your hotels online for three night for price of two deals or ask the hotel manager for an upgrade or discount.
  • Some attractions will be closed ~ possibly around Christmas, or February so do your research first before visiting.

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Handmade eco-wood sailing boats ~ meet the artisans

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It’s not often you meet the makers of the toys we buy for our children. It’s even rarer to meet a crack team who are the keepers of a dying tradition of crafting slow toys. Meet Nicolas and Carine Tirot ~ the last of the artisans of handmade eco-wood French sailing boats or pond boats which are crafted using entirely French materials.

     pirited Mama Bateaux Tirot the makers image

 

Originally a shoemaker, Nicolas’s grandfather, Francis Tirot, began making toy boats to replace his wooden clog business just after World War II in 1946. Francis’s already tight skills were perfected and handed down to his son Eurl, who bestowed them to Nicolas.

Spirited Mama Bateaux Tirot clogg to boat image

 

Each boat is handmade using beech wood grown in a sustainable forest in Brittany France about 50kms from the atelier. Nicolas works each piece carefully using a combination of modern tools and a couple that still survive from his grandfather and father’s days.

Spirited Mama Bateaux Tirot atelier 5 image

 

Carine, Nicolas wife, sews each sail and handprints the motif to create an individual work of art.

Spirited Mama Bateaux Tirot making the sails 2 image

 

Artisan craftsmanship like that of the Tirot’s is highly esteemed in France. Bateaux Tirot was awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant for its quality leveraging it into the class of Hermes, Chanel and Christian Dior. The value is astounding given the long-lasting quality of each boat at a price that is affordable to all families. When sailed the boats are bouyant, beautiful and from a distance you would almost think they are real yachts and dinghies. (The real yachts are on the right yet who could tell the difference?)

Spirited Mama Bateaux Tirot saililng boat image  Spirited Mama Bateaux Tirot saililng boat image

 

But does the cat (or foreman) in the sawdust care? He tried to bite me when I patted him, which we took as a sign to depart the atelier to eat, drink and swap stories about our kids – another lovely French tradition.

Spirited Mama Bateaux Tirot atelier 2 image

You can see our beautiful range of handmade wooden sailing boats made by Bateaux Tirot here.

Thanks for visiting, please feel free to leave a comment on what you love about the concept of artisans and slow toys.

 Linking with gorgeous Grace.

Meet L’Oiseau Bateau ~ artisans of childhood

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Twenty years ago, with a young family in tow, husband and wife team Catherine Nicol and Philippe Lemoine were selling the dreams they designed in the guise of elves and backpacks at local markets. Today as the owners of L’Oiseau Bateau (bird boat), they are sharing their dreams with the world.

 Spirited Mama Loiseau bateau creators image   

L’Oiseau Bateau is a tight team of 10 dedicated staff based in Valence close to Lyon on the south east department of Drome, France. Melody (below left) is one of the latest editions to the team while Agnes, the export manager (right)  is the reason why L’Oiseau Bateau has arrived in Australia. Nicolas  (far right) designs the promotions that make their way to the stores and websites including Spirited Mama.

Spirited Mama Loiseau Bateau team         Spirited Mama Loiseau Bateau designer 

In January 2015, Spirited Mama took her second visit to L’Oiseau Bateau to understand better the beautiful stories behind the L’Oiseau Bateau  creations and to give the team a better understanding of our French Heart Community. What started as a meeting over a traditional French lunch lasted into the evening as tours were taken of the local stores that featured the brand, meeting the staff, admiring the latest designs and well, lots of joking and laughter about ourselves and our countries. 

  Spirited Mama Loiseau Bateau lunch

And while L’Oiseau Bateau has become an international business, the artisans of childhood remain true to their vision – to inspire the imaginations of little hearts and big hearts … to make the world just that little more magical.

Spirited Mama Loisea Bateau imagination

The most beautiful toy stores in Paris

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The most beautiful toy stores in Paris reside in secret arcades and on famous streets which makes seeking them out as much a pleasure as it is to enter into their magical worlds. Each toy store is inspired by  timeless classic tradition and exists to delight not only young children, but the child in all of us.

Au Nain Bleu

252 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris. Metro: Solferino

Established in 1836 Au Nain Bleu is the oldest and most regal toystore in Paris. Residing on the famous Boulevard St Germain it rests among the stars of big brand designer names so you can indulge in some intense window shopping for yourself along the way or even stop off at Les Deux Magot – the old cafe Picasso, Hemingway, Satre and de Beauvoir  used to frequent. Inside Au Nain Bleu you will find traditional toys such as our beautiful French Bateaux Tirot boats, over-sized teddy bears, retro cars, beautiful books such as the Little Prince pop up book, dress up clothes for princes and princesses and doll houses. 

 

Spirited Mama Au Nain Bleu image

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Les FanFan

42 Rue François Miron, 75004 Paris. Metro Saint Paul

Les FanFans holds a special place in my heart because it’s here that my life was changed. Le Fanfans was the first toy store in Paris I visited a number of years ago when I was travelling with my young daughter who was about to turn six. I was seeking birthday gifts along with something special for my ever-growing number of nieces and nephews. The owner was so charming and funny that it began my journey to create Spirited Mama and the French Heart Store. Le FanFans is indeed full of tresors for infants yet it is a typical toy store stuffed with magic tricks, laughing cows, metal carousels and games. It resides in the back streets of the Le Marais – on the Seine side of Rue des Rivoli among fashionable restaurants, small art galleries, fromageries and the latest gift and craft phenomenon Petit Pan, so after some retail therapy for the little one you can treat yourself to something beautiful, too. 

 

Spirited Mama Le fanfans toy store Paris image

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Pain D’epices

29 Passage Jouffroy, 75009 Paris. Metro: Richelieu – Drouot or Grands Boulevards

Of all the toyshops Pain D’pices is the most enchanting. It resides in 19th century passage way built of decorative metal, glass and wood. While Pain D’pices offers many European toys to customers, it specialises in the miniature doll houses from the classic Georgian home to the modern mansion. But more impressive are the fitouts – everything you could imagine has been included – hundreds of tiny copper saucepans, brooms, fruit, wine decanters, miniature cheese boards (with French cheeses of course), French pasteries, rolling pins, vintage scales and all the furniture you could ever wish for. There are also miniature boulangerie, toy shop and petrol station storefront models that children (or adults) can build. If the children in your life believe in fairies then Pain d’Epice has the evidence.

 

Spirited Mama Pain de Epice toy store Paris image

 

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Si Tu Veux

68 galerie Vivienne 75002 Paris. Ph: 33 01 42 60 59 97. Metro: Bourse

The most beautiful of all toyshops in the world, Si Tu Veux is found in a charming neo-classical 19th Century arcade in Paris’ 2nd arrondissonment nestled among the most illustrious antique and designer stores and a divine bar LeGrand Filles et Fils (so that you can have a well deserved champagne after finding the arcade). Sparkling in soft fairy lights, Si Tu Veux beckons the passerby to enter into a magical world which boasts classic European toys. The owner Madeline Deny publishes a regular blog that suggests all manner of creative and inexpensive children’s activities to do with the imagination and play – great to practice your French, or be inspired by one of the denizens of toy shopping.

 Spirited Mama Si Tu Veux Toy Store Paris image

 

And if you don’t have the chance to visit one of these beautiful Parisian toy stores in Paris itself then visit our French Heart Store, an online store as beautiful as the boutiques of Paris, which features provincial and artisan crafted toys and children’s decor sourced from the heart of France.

Spirited Mama French Heart Store image 

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I want an AGA – Bimblegumbie Lodge, Thredbo

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Sometimes things just take you by surprise. Like our recent holiday to the snow in Thredbo. Just two weeks before the holiday there was no snow. My daughter was competing in the Interschools Snow Competition for the first time and all I thought was if there is enough snow for her to compete we can then go bushwalking the rest of the time … instead, we skied till we dropped. And I fell in love with an AGA.

Thredbo - beautiful day

 

I’d purposely booked Bimblegumble Mountain Lodge because of its flexible dates. I thought it looked quaint but when we arrived, WOW! It was divine – an art studio in nature, a museum in the mountains, a snug from the cold – even the kids’ TV room was surrounded by artistic glorious splendour.

Bimblebumbie tv room

Our host Pru had bought the property in the 1970’s. And like many young business women it was on a wing and a prayer … a bit like how Spirited Mama started.

Bimblebumbie Pru

Pru, an artist, decorator, collector began making the property, situated on the breathtaking Alpine Way, into an ode to self expression – in the nicest, most welcoming and interesting kind of way.

 

Bimblegumbie installation

There were art deco vases installed with the backdrop of the ghostgums, hessian wall art, 100s of wine glasses of every vintage (very important), sculptures, installations and a mega compost system out the back.

Ski bunnies at Bimblegumbie

The kitchen, which we could all use, was to die for. And it’s there that I cooked on an AGA. I – want – an – AGA!

Bimblegumbie amazing Aga

I also want Pru’s happy car …

Bimblegumbie Car

Many of the guests had been coming for years. There was a big family reunion, a few couples, my daughter and I, and others who came and went. We played pool, swapped phone numbers, enjoyed mulled wine made by Pru’s gorgeous daughter Simi, and we glowed in the bon vivant. We walked, discovered an old piano that could hold a tune, and felt free as only a holiday allows.

Bimblegumbie piano

Our daily drive to Thredbo was sheer pleasure as the fresh mountains almost fell into our car windscreen they loomed so close. The trip home after full days whizzing around snow covered domes was rich with contentment, and anticipation of the next beautiful part of the day – toasting beside the fire, playing Scrabble with my daughter, under the grand chandelier, and cooking on the AGA.

Relaxing at Bimblegumbie

Going home I was a new person. That’s what holidays are for. And this was indeed a beauty.

Bimblegumbie - feeling refreshed

 

Tell me, am i crazy to love cooking on holidays?

Hi Jess!!! Linking in with IBOT x

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Our beautiful French Romantique dolls of course!

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Slow toys – traditional toys that add meaning to children’s lives

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In the fast-paced society we live in, slow toys are an antidote to the instant. They inspire our children
to slow down, to appreciate the moment, to make sense of their world and to connect with stories that tell of human ingenuity.

Handmade Romantique French doll

Beautiful handmade Romantique French doll by L’Oiseau Bateau

Slow toys have been around for a long time. The first slow toy was probably two carved sticks and a round stone crafted carefully by a doting cave granddad. It was most likely treasured by the cave kids, and possibly handed down – considered a family heirloom because it reminded them of happy memories of the kids playing … of their granddad’s ingenuity … and of their heritage. But in the age of fast consumerism and digital entertainment are we forgetting the value of traditional and slow toys?

Why slow toys?

I came up with the concept of slow toys (without realising it had already done by Frenchman Thierry Bourret … I was too slow) because I absolutely love the values that handmade and traditional toys promote. The idea for me was seeded when I received my first batch of traditional wooden toy sailing boats from a small family of artisan boatmakers in Brittany, France. The company began in 1946 when late grandfather Francis Tirot began making the boats in his spare time when paid holidays were first introduced to the country. Now it’s run by grandson Nicolas Tirot and it’s one of the last manufacturers of seaworthy sailing boats made by hand using only French products. Sadly, this pedigree is becoming rare across the globe as traditional craftspeople are pushed out of the market by mass producers. 

 

Bateaux Tirot Mousse blue

Crafted by toy boat makers Bateaux Tirot, the skills used to make this lovely boat have been handed down for three generations.

 Slow toys bring balance

Slow toys in their simplest form help children to slow down a little, to use their imagination and to play. Countless research articles document the value of physical or active play. It helps with physical, emotional, cognitive and intellectual development. When children play with slow toys, they naturally draw on the external world around them as part of the story. Their imagination is stimulated, they practice, mimic and play out what they have observed or learnt from family and friends. This role playing helps children to make sense and connect with the world around them, creating stories and memories as they go, and constructing knowledge to build upon.

Digital games – for all their wonderful attributes – are internalised. They rely on artificial worlds for their entertainment. The work of conjuring the imagination is done for the child so at times, all that is left is the thrill of the game. While digital games help with creative problem solving skills, kinesthetic senses such as touch become spare parts, communication with the outside world is vapid, a void is created between what is real and what is simply pixels. As for fast toys, paid for one minute, chucked the next, again they have their place. They entertain, they can be knocked around, they stimulate play and role playing as do slow toys but their value has an early use-by date. 

 

Le Tambour French mobile at Spirited Mama

Handmade Le Tambour French mobile by L’Oiseau Bateau.

Slow toys have a face

Slow toys go one step further in their connective qualities. Like slow food, where there is knowledge of a meal’s origin, its purity and a respect for the creative process of making it, slow toys can help children and adults to appreciate toys that are crafted by someone – a person, not a machine. Slow toys have a face. They support artisans who draw on traditional values and mastery skills and, if the toy’s origin or story is shared with them, children have an opportunity to appreciate and learn about traditions that are quickly disappearing as the demand for mass production increases. Slow toys support local economies and celebrate mastery of skill and passion.

Princess Kimiko French music box

Hand-painted French music box … Princess Kimiko connects children to the beauty of different world cultures.

Slow toys breed contentment 

Slow toys draw on nostalgia and on a sense that there are constants in the world. As our society continues to  move at a faster pace with a greater focus on homogeneity (sameness) and the quick and disposable, slow toys give children a moment to stop and breathe, to contemplate, and to consider that individuality and creativity are important traits to develop in themselves. Slow toys are loved for their quality and enchantment, their art and imagination. They inspire children to dream, they bring a sense of familiarity and contentment to their lives and they gently nudge all of us to value the time and skill dedicated to producing beautiful things.   

 

 Rosebud French mobile ... hand painted to inspire children to dream.

Rosebud French mobile … hand painted to inspire children to dream.

 

Finally, slow toys last. They can be handed down for generations. Like rituals in our lives such as Christmas or other family traditions, slow toys can be shared among family members to remind them of what’s important to them. To stimulate fond memories, conversation, family histories and a warm sense of connection. Slow toys form part of children’s narratives, their memories, and remind them of the magic of childhood they can pass down to their own children.

Do you see the value of slow toys? What slow toys do your kids play with?

 

Palm Beach Markets, Sydney

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Have you ever been inspired on your lovely lazy Sunday to visit the beautiful Palm Beach Markets on the Northern Beaches of Sydney?

The fresh sea gently blows while the crystal waves crash behind … surfers surf and children build sandcastles. This is the pristine backdrop to a local market featuring more than 50 novel and upmarket stalls.

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The Dunes Cafe with its extensive menu, creative salads and divine coffee is a stone’s throw away so that after a relaxing morning of market retail therapy you can completely chill … or have a picnic nearby on the grass.

palm beach 3

Palm Beach Markets is like a detox from the humdrum of everyday city living … beautiful unique wares en plain air including Spirited Mama’s gorgeous gifts from our French Heart Store, the wonderful natural seascape, and the stylish laid-back dining establishments make it a fabulous playground for the young and young at heart.

See you there!

OMG! I’m a SAHM!

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spirited mama madame-monet-and-child.jpg!BlogOMG I’m a SAHM.

It’s my fourth Friday off in a row and I’m absolutely loving it. I can awake at 7.55, crawl into my trackies, throw down a coffee, get the poppet some muesli, do school drop off and be back in bed within 15 minutes. Hehe

Hmm what will I do today?

Well I could feel guilty about the growing pile of washing or I could go for a run – no brainer … neither. I’ll amble to a cafe for another coffee, read some blogs, amble home along the waterfront and take a relaxing bath.

At 11.00 I’ll go to the beautician and luxuriate, visit a friend, lunch with another, do some shoe shopping, then … OMG home time already?

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