Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Where is it ?

The apartment is a mess! The house purge is getting over the empty space (which is kinda ironic). My decluttering process is cluttering my house. After analyzing deeply the missteps, here are the words of wisdom to harness the chaos: 
  • Realistic plan 
Start with 30 minutes to sort and then increase time to trash/keep/donate + set also a time limit in order to ensure a pace to the progress. Don't bite off more than you can chew!
Striving for perfection is a mindset that can be changed. In the decluttering process, progress is what matters.
  • One at a time
Work entirely a room before moving to the other. It will give a sense of accomplishment when the room is done. Otherwise, work simultaneously different room, it only frustrates you because you will not see the work is getting done.
  • No purchase 
Resist the temptation to buy "stuff" as an encouragement or as a reward. Or convince yourself that buying containers will get everything sorted much faster. 
  • Repeat 
Once you've organized the room, work out a plan for keeping the declutter out. 

Also, I don't find my "crocs" anymore. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

L'impolitesse, quand tu nous tiens!!!

Je me suis laissée prendre par la surconsommation, acheter pour l'envie, le plaisir voire même la jalousie. Souffrirais-je d'oniomanie? ... (grand soupir). L'appart est sur le point d'exploser, tout est entassé dans des boites inventarisées et libellées, de choses reçues, des choses jolies mais inutiles (exemple: une règle en forme d'hamburger, des gommes en forme de fruits, etc.) La relation avec mes choses est telle que quand je pars en vacances, je me fais des scénarios catastrophes : et si l'appart était en feu, et si on se faisait cambrioler, et si, et si... A l'anxiété, s'accompagne une forme de dépression, je me sens triste loin de mes choses. C'est de la folie! La consommation de choses est entrain de me consommer. 

Le grand projet de cette année académique 2016-2017 est de purger la maison du surplus, de vivre plus heureuse avec moins de choses et d'avoir plus de temps pour bricoler/lire. 
J'ai mis la maison sens dessus dessous, trié/jeté/offert et mis sur Leboncoin. Mon expérience jusqu'à présent est du plus grand intérêt sociologique. Je vous explique les deux points les plus importants et pour lesquels je pousse un grand cri de rage !!!

  1. Le langage 

La grammaire et l'orthographe passent entre les mailles du correcteur du traitement de texte. Le langage "texto" se faufile parfois dans certains emails. Je pardonne les fautes de frappes et les anglicismes. 
Un point qui me titille l'oreille mais pour lequel mes poils ne se dressent pas pour autant car moi meme, j'en fais. 

     2.  La politesse 

Je suis fortement choquée par le langage direct de certaines personnes. Le "bonjour", "merci", "au revoir" ne font pas partie de leur dictionnaire.
Un choix de mots et de ton condescendants sont des plus grossiers. 
Exemple: "dite moi quand je peut venir ,je regarderai si je n'ai pas de rendez vous". 
Exemple: Très marrant ! Mais sérieusement vous vendez des habits à 15eu, arrêtez de croire que vous vendez un iPhone à 150euros ! J'ai jamais vu autant de cinéma pour des habits de nouveau né franchement ! 
Alors que je proposai à cette personne de se rencontrer sur Paris car elle ne pouvait pas venir à mon domicile. Ensuite, je lui ai proposé de lui réserver les objets proposés à la vente si elle pouvait venir sur Paris plus tard [un autre weekend, prochaines vacances scolaires]. Vanité ou mégalomanie, je n'arrive pas à me décider.
Exemple: le rendez-vous est fixé. La personne me retéléphone pour déplacer le rendez-vous. Ensuite, elle ne se présente pas, elle me retexte le lendemain (sans s'excuser) et me fixe un rendez-vous dans les heures qui suivent. Bien sur, je n'ai pas pu me rendre au rendez-vous (oublié le portable au boulot et je n'ai que vu les messages le lendemain).

Jusqu'ici, j'ai ressenti que frustration et tristesse face à l'agressivité verbale et la légèreté de l'engagement des gens.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Apples feast

After school (waiting for the daddy to come home and trying to keep the kiddies busy); we went to the bakery to buy a apple pie w/ a crusty paste and we baked our own apple cake. We surprised the daddy with a taste test. The winner is ....
The store-bought cake. My cake was beaten hard by the store-bought one, it was lacking the sugary glaze, the sugar powder and the sugary apples. Sigh... 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Catch me if you can

I try to convince my kiddies to live in a more tidy and in a minimalistic way. They didn't buy it: more you have toys, more fun it gets according to them. How I see it, the more they have, the more time I spent to clean up. I don't give up yet. 
I teach them to have fun without having too much possession such as make a sand castle, play football or jump rope, observe insects, build a rocket with blocks, ... 
They came back with this.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Spoiling myself

The kiddies are getting slowly into their school routine despite a heat wave. We're attacked by mosquitos at night and are slippy during the day (if you have any tips for repelling mosquitos, I'm all ears but no chemicals. I'm looking for an approved old natural mosquitoes repellant). Today after running for school supplies and other activities supplies, I treat myself with a flower bouquet. A moment of madness! Maybe the heat is getting on my reason but it was very beautiful and it just makes me happy. How was your 1st school day? 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sticky animals

Grandma bought a "sticky animals" kit : a papier maché shape, 2 different color papers, glue and a brush. You just cut or tear the paper and stick it onto the shape. Simple even a 4 years old, however I would suggest buying a large shape for little ones. I had to help to get the same result on the photo. 

Little Mowgli: -"Mummy, I'll call my sticky animal, sticky dino."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Abracadabra ...

Our teen neighbour came over today to hang around. She made us this notes holder from an old book. Smart girl hé!

 Abracadabra... Hocus Pocus past!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A l'attaque!!

Today we are literally smelting. The weather is a combination of bright light and radiant heat! (And no  air conditioning system). I didn't feel like walking, even moving an eyebrow. The kiddies play as monkey, jumping from the garden fort, to the sandbox and to the swimming pool.

We got this as a present, a frog which grows when you put in the water for more than 3 days. 

After 3 days, we got some slimy-glooey stuff around the frog. And it's sticky. 
I'm not fond of this type of toys. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hot hot hot

There's an vietnamese old belief to eat warm foods when it's hot out. I'm not quite convinced though, I'm sweating more my head plunged in my Pho Bo Vien (= a vietnamese noodle soup with meatballs). Another belief is people tends to eat less when hot weather. Again not sure. My belief is when Pho Bo Vien is for dinner, I can eat for a week, 3 times a day. No kidding!

Friday, July 22, 2016

With love

When you go on holidays and nobody is watering the flowers exposed in the sunny sky, the chance the flowers curled up and died is great. So we call the flowers doctor, Alfred, he talks, gives water and energizing food. Sometimes it's too late, I curse and promise not to buy flowers and plants until we have a decent watering system. And every year, I'm doomed to repeat the past. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Archeology expedition

While deep cleaning/sorting/discarding, I found those in their digital and tangible version. The most difficult decision is wether to discard them or to use them in a craft project. Need to sleep on it. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Just because...

Our Highness offered me a thank you gift for all the help and support during this fruitful year. She passed CE1 (=2nd grade of primary school), she's getting to the following year in ballet and music class. The cherry is she got accepted to a prestigious piano class-1st grade.
Good work to you, my sweetheart! 

Frogs in our asian culture is usually associated with fortune. I hope this coming year also will be as fruitful as this year.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A bit of nostalgia

The tiny apartment is about to burst from having too much stuff to swallow. So I'm in a middle of sorting/discarding/donating phase. The deadline is the end of September to get everything sorted and ready for a garage sale. A true challenge that I'm doing it with style, I wear one of my favorite t-shirt I bought 15 years ago. 

Here's the video!

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Life could be simple but we, people, tend to make it more difficult than it should be. My Dh always says it's typically women who always twist everything (what a macho remark!). 
Everyday, I try to live as the fullest. As self-appointed Queen of procrastination, a fullest day is consisting of doing everything at the same resulting in nothing is completed at the end of the day. Commitment, focus and efficiency only happen at work or when leading the work/house team. It doesn't quite apply to my own personal life: gazillions unfinished crafts projects, unplanned tour visits of now unhappy friends. 
Also, I pay too much attention to details and it can spoil my day if it doesn't turn out the way I planned. I focus more on the end results than on the process. Yes, I am a perfectionista! 
Everyday life is complicated to get through. To calm down, I take a stroll around the city, my passeggiata. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Enjoying life

Every year, we spend the summer holidays at my parent's. The kiddies don't need much to have fun, they just enjoy the diy sandbox and the inflatable swimming pool. The most important things are 2 playful dogs and the kids have their own flower pots to grow flowers and herbs. They really enjoy gardening and helping around. 

Today, we went "vegetables shopping" to our neighbour's. He's growing in his garden carrots, zucchinis, fennels, leeks, potatoes, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, ... and makes a living from his garden. It's fantastic! Tasteful and local, we also teach the kiddies what's growing on tree and what's underground, we also learn some techniques to avoid insects and other sickness destroying the crops using only natural products or grandma's remedy. A nice afternoon overall ! 

We spent the rest of the afternoon counting clouds and play around the house. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

L'école est finie. C'est les vacances!

Today was the last day of school. Our Highness and Little Mowgli are growing dark rings under their eyes, accumulated excitement to go on holidays is palpable, expectation of endless hours of playing/crafting/jumping/shouting are at the door. 
We're sitting in a middle of a cold summer (only 19°C, -8°C compared with same date previous year). It doesn't deter us from sipping a homemade strawberry/orange/grapefruit juice with a zest of lemon to drink to a fruitful year and to the well deserved summer holidays. 

Tomorrow, my nephew by marriage, who is turning 12, is coming over for a couple of days. I can't believe he's growing. To me, time is frozen with these pictures stuck in my head. 

This is a great way to begin the holidays for my kiddies. They just love to have people over. "The more, the merrier". Me, I don't like that very much, I see the other side of the curtains: dishes, cleaning scattered toys, calming overexcited kids, ... I'm getting old.

Sunday, July 3, 2016


As suffering from overweight and the teasing of others (specially my mother), I pay closely attention to my kids' diet and mine. I allow sweets, chocolate, biscuits, crisps but no soda. We drink water, milk and store-bought juice only when we have people over for dinner or it's someone's birthday. We (home)cook a well balanced meal and use olive oil instead of butter. 
Breakfast is still a matter. I eat bread with jam, the kiddies and the daddy, they like cereals. When you read the nutrition facts, sugar and salt are a major drawback if you want to follow a well balance diet on one hand. On the other hand, it's easy and quick (when we're running late, they eat in the car). I buy in bulk, never run out of stock or dispose them because they're rotten. They come in different tastes and shapes. 
I tried (maybe not hard and often enough) to bribe them to eat bread for breakfast with chocolate paste but they didn't buy it. I'll try with them to make our own granola. And you ? What do your kids eat for breakfast ?   

Friday, July 1, 2016

Help me!

My husband burst into rage because we're living in a small apartment but it holds much more it can handle, in one word= too much of toys, kids clothes, crafting supplies and stationary mostly. 

I labelled everything and have an accurate inventory stocks/memory of everything, I also know where everything stands. Do I use them? Yes! I just can't resist the urge to buy multiple  copies of the same items or all items of the range. My name is A., I'm a frantic hoarder and consumerist. 
The reasons I buy are multiple : replace broken/used items, on sales, a must have and too pretty. Even though I have to make rational decision everyday, my mind just goes gaga when approaching a toys/crafts store and sales period as if I am turning into a zombie without brain, I rather rely on primal feelings: if I buy it, I will be very happy, experience a fulfilment feeling. Sometimes, (shame), the next day when the rush goes down and my rationale is taking over, I just return the items. This is a battle between my intellect telling me "you're just slaving away to the consumerist trap" and my feeling "I must possess, it soothes me". The worst of the whole story, I'm spoiling my kiddies and above all I'm passing on the bad habit.

So, I decided after the sales period (let me slowly digest), my purchases are cutting down to twice a year and purchasing only on sale with a maximum budget of 1500€ + the entire house must be cleaned out of surplus. I'm already feeling the anxiety.  

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Out of my head

Three years ago, our Highness passed her beloved Duplo to Mowgli. Over the years, his collection of Duplo grew, now he has +/- 6 full boxes of Duplo's and he keeps asking for more.
He builds 'real things' like he said and sometimes 'something out of my head' thingies. I also enjoy playing with him. The other day, we were building a blocks tower and spaceships. He got carried away by excitement and the tower fell onto the house and it crashed down. Unfortunately, the Duplo plate and a door were damaged which is very weird because I have Duplos dated from 2004-2005 and still in good shape (with bit of scratches here and there but in one piece). I shared my findings to Lego company. One week after, what a lovely surprise they sent me replacement parts! That's why I stick to Legos: good quality and excellent service. 
I did buy Lite Brix, Mega Bloks, building blocks from Unico though. I must admit the quality of the bricks does not equal Lego's.

However, the innovation in themes and the creativity are rather second plan. I feel like what they sell it's a mild version of an old one: less spectacular and less creativity. 

In spite of the copy/paste period, they did an interesting partnership with Superheroes and Disney. My son loves it!! I do believe that Lego has still more happy years but innovation and creativity are quite challenging in this period of time. 
P.S.: This is not a sponsored post.