Keep it Simple

Do you want to stitch it for yourself or someone you love? You can find the pattern and embroidery guide at the link below so let’s simplify together! (regardless of how corny it sounds…) 

On filling my own cup…

Hey, what's up, yo! Ok, that sounds weird. My kids would probably cringe in a corner, should they witness this moment... Weird and empty, that's how I have been feeling in the last few weeks. This is the first time, ever, that I can't even stand my own self. I don't...

One week into the Summer Stitch Along…

And what a week it has been! The wonderful and talented Jessica Turner of The Mom Creative gave me a huge shout out, sending over no less than 300 new followers my way and wow, how exciting that was to see so many new faces and generate so many sweet and encouraging...

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mummies, mommies, mamans out there. You do, WE do a bloody amazing job! I was scrolling mindlessly through my Instagram feed, in my tiny American bath. You know, the ones which almost sole’s purpose is to act as a shower tray....

Can you dare to dream at 45?

In just under 2 weeks, I will be 45. That seems huge.... You know, when I was 25 I really thought that, by now, I would have it all figured out. Well, first of all I would have a career. I most certainly would have not jumped off the wheel to have children and raise...

‘Tis the season to be homesick…

Falalala lala lala... Yup this is it... Every year at exactly this same time, passed the Halloween extravaganza, I find myself mopping around and wishing I was back in the UK. I dream of biting into a mince pie, M&S or waitrose’s best. I imagine walking into shops...

Have I told you how much I love Autumn…?

We have been living in the Midwest for just over 5 years now and I can honestly say that I have fallen in love with Autumn here. There is something absolutely magical about this time of the year that I have never experienced in the same way in the UK or even France....

Hallway remodel, the reveal!

Ha! I always loved how dramatic it sounds when bloggers announce that your mind is going to be blown off by a before and after photo of their interior! Well to be fair, I am one to love a good before and after photo. On this occasion however you will probably be not...

Is this the sweet spot?

Since having kids there hasn't been a moment as enjoyable as this one. Not that I haven't loved the ride with these 2 boys of mine but it has certainly been this, a ride. And in an attempt for transparency, "love" is certainly not the word I would choose for all of...

Home improvements and intense frustration!

I can't tell you how frustrating this week has been... the boys have been at a skates board camp all week right in the middle of the day and with all the other activities I have been Uber riding like a pro, except that the riders didn't tip well and at times they were...

Welcome to French Mango at Home!

Although I am an Embroidery artist, I am also a French Expat in the USA, raising two Franco British boys. I love homemade food, I am addicted to a world of colors, home interiors that exhult personality and I am forever on a quest for a simpler, kinder way of living.

Writing, and writing online, is the way I have found to connect with like minded souls as well as being a way to clear my head and make sense of life. At times, I write in a deep meaningful way and at times not. It is just part of who I am and this is why I have opened this dedicated space here. 

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Is this the sweet spot?

Is this the sweet spot?

Since having kids there hasn't been a moment as enjoyable as this one. Not that I haven't loved the ride with these 2 boys of mine but it has certainly been this, a ride. And in an attempt for transparency, "love" is certainly not the word I would choose for all of...

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Home sweet home

Home sweet home

This month we will be celebrating 3 years in our home. The process of buying here in the USA had been quite an emotional ride. Originally I didn't want to buy. It felt like we were giving up on the idea of ever going back to Europe and I was not having it. Of course...

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A new Summer…

A new Summer…

It's like we have gone full circle and here we are June 2019. First of all let me take this in... June 2019... in two month it will be 11 years since I wrote my first blog post. 11 years that I sat down with a newborn on my lap and tapped away on my old Toshiba....

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