”A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

This weekend was dedicated to the kids, and since spring was trying to show her face we headed to the park. They were both giddy to be there, and Henry has developed a slide obsession…it provided much entertainment for all who were there to witness it. Their joy is contagious–isn’t it the best feeling as a parent when your children are so happy?! My mommy guilt is still very present (I missed 10/52), but thanks to FaceTime I felt close to them while I was gone…they knew I was ok and was missing them greatly (and mr. fleurishing is a rockstar). It feels so good to be back home, where my heart is.

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Hello friends! I’m so happy to be back from France + cannot wait to share more of my adventures–my journey was truly transformative. Having never traveled alone internationally, I pushed my boundaries and found myself outside of my comfort zone often, which I highly recommend. It exposed me to wonderful new experiences, and reaffirmed my self confidence and strength. While it was tough to say goodbye to my French family and friends for now, returning home to my hubby + children was emotional and joyful. As I unpack, get organized, and spend time with my family, I’m very excited to share more with you and promise to do so promptly! In the meantime, you can check out my #fleurishinginfrance instagram feed for a preview…this shot was taken by the lovely Ashley Ludaescher during a fun photo shoot in Paris!

 Ashley Ludaescher Photography

fleurishing in france



The time has come…I may already be en route by the time you read this! It’s been far too long since my last trip to France, and I’m beyond excited to visit with my family + friends, some of whom I’ve yet to meet! My first few days will be spent in the lovely Loire Valley, followed by Paris, where I’m renting an apartment. I’ll be on haitus from the blog while I’m gone, (the longest break I’ve taken from it in almost four years). If you’re in need of a french fix, you can always browse my francophilia + paris archives, and of course, I’ll have much more to share upon my return. In the meantime, you can follow my beautiful adventure on instagram + twitter, via the hashtag #fleurishinginfrance.

À tout à l’heure!

book lovers




Amidst all of the technology in our lives, we’ve managed to foster book lovers. I am quite proud of that fact, especially as the daughter of a librarian. Marie + Henry’s collection continues to grow, with books slowly overtaking every room the kids frequent. This little reading nook is a nice escape throughout the day, and a cozy spot for bedtime stories. I thought I would share their current favorites with you…ranging from classics to current bestsellers. While board books are safest in the hands of toddlers, we’ve taught them to handle books delicately and treat them with respect…and to our delight, despite a few accidents (and one rage-induced mishap), the “grown-up” books remain intact! What are your kids favorites?