Bonjour my loves! We've only just arrived in Nice, France where we will be for the next 6 months of our journey, and all my moving stress has finally been lifted!
The last few months have been a whirlwind, so thank you for allowing me the time to take a short break from blogging while I prepared for our big move. Life has been absolutely crazy lately. I swear you're never as popular as when you're about to leave, and it showed in our packed schedule of playdates, dinner parties and meetings to catch up and say goodbye. We boxed up the majority of our house, packed our essentials in suitcases bound for France, and said goodbye to Minnesota as our home. It's been quite the journey getting here, but we both feel rejuvenated and thrilled to see what the future holds!
I've only been in Nice for a couple of days, but I already have so much to share! However, before we get to Nice, I wanted to share a short travel diary of our week proceeding Nice in New York City. We stayed for the first time in the Flatiron district and I absolutely loved it.
Our travel day from MSP to JFK was TOTAL CHAOS. No matter how often we travel you can never be fully prepared for the unexpected! Leaving the house in great shape for the family who has rented our home while we're gone was very hectic. We scrambled to get to the airport on time and found out 20 minutes before boarding our flight that our Airbnb booked for the 6 of us to stay in for 6 days in Manhattan had cancelled with no notice or reason. It was a total nightmare, but Matthew saved the day by quickly securing us a place to stay upon our arrival. Maddie screamed 80% of of the flight, and OMG was I ready for bedtime, for them and myself.
After all that stress on Friday, I woke up (at 5 am, ugh kids) on Saturday ready to put it all behind me and enjoy our time in NYC. I mean, look at Maddie's face? That's a girl who's excited for vacation!
I made a hair appointment a couple months ago at Butterfly Salon with the amazing hairstylist Jill Engelsen to freshen up my hair for spring. In France most women wear their hair and makeup very natural, and I was looking for a hairstyle which would allow my hair to curl on it's own without the time and effort of using tools and brushes. I am THRILLED with the results. Below is the amazing blowout I had for the next few days after my appointment, and following that is my hair after a fresh wash and air dry with no product.
I've never enjoyed the look of wearing my hair natural, so it feels so incredible to wake up everyday and put zero effort into my look and still feel confident. I am so happy to be free from the stress of how humidity and rain will effect my curls which took 25+ minutes to create. I would highly recommend Jill and Butterfly salon if you're in the NYC area or traveling there!
I'm also updating the Shop My Faves section with my new favorite summer makeup, hair and skincare must haves! I've linked all of the products I used for this makeup look above in the tab.
A visit to New York wouldn't be complete without checking out some new eats! I had a delicious lunch with a friend at The Butchers Daughter in Soho, and overindulged in gelato at Eataly! Balancing out healthy eating with some sweets is my key to happiness :)
And I couldn't talk about this trip without spending awhile on these amazing little kiddos of mine! In all our trips to New York together, Matthew and I have never been with both kids, and it was SUCH a blast! They wake up at 5am everyday, so their little voices seemed very loud in our small airbnb rental to everyone else sleeping. Because of this we fell into a fun routine of Starbucks - breakfast - park each morning, it was awesome! I found a Starbucks a couple blocks away which opened at 5:30 (Thank you GOD), so by 5:15 every morning we were dressed and headed out the door to get some Mommy survival juice (aka a Venti hot black coffee!) and some oatmeals on the go. We ate them at the chess boards in Madison Square park and they thought it was the coolest, silliest thing ever. The park was completely empty each morning until around 8, so we had a blast on the tire swing with no wait while we let everyone else sleep in.
The older these little girls get, the more absolutely amazed I am that they're mine! Motherhood is so challenging, and often exhausting, but wow is it rewarding. They're incredible little girls, and I couldn't be more proud to be their mother! Josie is nearly three now and Madeline is getting to be such a big girl at 1 1/2, I just can't believe it.
After spending most of her days with Madeline, Josie was thrilled when Matthew and I took her out for a special morning with just the three of us! We walked around Chelsea looking at the art outside, and grabbed brunch at a cafe. These early years just fly by, so we love to soak in the special memories.
And then, just like that it was time to leave! Goodbye New York and on to our real adventure - France! 6 months worth of luggage for 6 people, and we were off!
I can't wait to update you later this week on our first week in Nice, and my early experiecnes with living in a foreign country! Thank you for following along, even as I have been absent. I am so looking forward to sharing our journey in France with all of you. Please always comment with questions, I love reading them!