This & That: February 28, 2020

Feb 28, 2020

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A new Julia Child series begins today on PBS, a book to offer inspiration regarding how to welcome your travel discoveries into your home, a memoir that takes readers to Paris, a new exhibit opens in Paris, and much, much more.


Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World by Madeline Levine PhD

In her third book (released earlier this month), doctor and New York Times bestselling author Madeline Levine shows how many of the parenting strategies addressed in her first two books are the “same parenting practices, combined with a desperate need to shelter children from discomfort and anxiety that are setting future generations up to fail spectacularly”.

But worry not! “Using the latest developments in neuroscience and epigenetics (the intersection of genetics and environment), as well as extensive research gleaned from captains of industry, entrepreneurs, military leaders, scientists, academics, and futurists, Levine identifies the skills that children need to succeed in a tumultuous future: adaptability, mental agility, curiosity, collaboration, tolerance for failure, resilience, and optimism. Most important, Levine offers day-to-day solutions parents can use to raise kids who are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to face an unknown future with confidence and optimism”.

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by Ellen Carol Dubois

Released earlier this week in honor of the 100th year since women in the states were given the right to vote, esteemed historian Ellen Carol Dubois steps back to the pre-Civil War where the suffrage movement began and explains its origins and simultaneous pursuits. Continuing along the chronological journey through 1920 when the Constitution was ratified to include the 19th amendment, she introduces many women along the way who were part of the journey to enfranchisement and the struggles they faced.

You Are Enough: Revealing the Soul to Discover Your Power, Potential and Possibility by Panache Des

A featured guest on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday, Panache Des “helps [readers] learn to quiet fear and anxiety and discover the powerful wholeness that exists within us all”.


Edloe Finch Adalyn Mid-Century Modern Accent Chair

Lately I have been searching for accent chairs for my living room, searching for a streamlined natural textured chair with a touch of wood and leather. I came across many, and this Adalyn chair was a good bargain find if you fall for Room & Board’s Lars Leather Chair below.

Room & Board Lars Leather Lounge Chair

An investment, yes. Beautiful and timeless, yes. Depending upon your aesthetic and your budget, this is a chair to bookmark.

Serena & Lily Maritime Door Stopper

I am someone who tends to leave my door near my kitchen open during the warmer months as it allows the boys to go in and out, but sometimes the door just won’t stay open. As someone who loves the ocean, this simple, yet natural rope door stopper is exactly what I need, and maybe you do too.

Travel Home: Design with a Global Spirit by Caitlin Flemming

Caitlin Flemming is a blogger who began when I began blog, and as she is based in Sacramento, a fellow west-coaster, I have been following for nearly 10 years and continue to visit regularly. Her first book is for those of us who travel and wish to bring what speaks to us home and incorporate it into our decor. With homes decorated with inspiration from Marrakesh, Paris, Cuba, Tokyo, Portugal, and beyond, when I saw Paris, I knew I had to share Travel Home.

Francophile Find

The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artists by Michael Peppiatt

A memoir that will take you to Paris in the mid 20th century. The Existential Englishmen chronicles the author’s relationship with Paris in a series of vignettes structured around the half-dozen addresses he called home as a plucky young art critic. Having survived the tumultuous riots of 1968, Peppiatt traces his precarious progress from junior editor to magazine publisher, recalling encounters with a host of figures at the heart of Parisian artistic life – from Sartre, Beckett and Cartier-Bresson to Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve. Peppiatt also takes us into the secret places that fascinate him most in this ancient capital, where memories are etched into every magnificent palace and humble cobblestone”.

Seeing Paris through different eyes than our own is always to see Paris anew, and this memoir looks to create a fun new trip to the City of Light.

Christian Louboutin Exhibit, Paris

If you are planning on being in Paris at any time during the next five months – February 26 – July 26 – and you love fashion, be sure to stop by Palais de la Porte Dorée. The Christian Louboutin exhibit will spotlight the renowned footwear designer’s creativity and design. Have a look at a cheeky trailer/intro to the exhibit below.


Lauren Georgette Shirtdress

A simple, yet timeless shirtdress. Wrap with a statement belt, wear with knee high boots or heels and be comfortable and subtly chic.


Dishing with Julia Child

A handful of the top recipes shared on Julia Child’s The French Chef cooking show which aired on PBS more than 50 years ago will be screened and commented on by nine renowned chefs and cooks (José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, and Martha Stewart) as viewers watch the episode while listening to these individuals in real time talk about what they are watching. Dishing with Julia Child is a six-part tribute series beginning to air on PBS Living (purchase on Amazon for $3/month) and PBS Passport on February 28 and will run through April.

I must admit, I am tickled it is debuting on my birthday and look forward to watching this weekend. 🙂 Have a look at a short trailer below.

~recipe for Creamy Small Batch Cheesecake~

It is Leap Year Weekend! An extra day! What will you be doing with your extra day? I will be looking forward to extending my birthday (which is today :)) into Saturday. Hehe! Why not? Honestly, I am looking forward to a day at home, perhaps stepping out into the yard, as well as getting ready for a gathering at my home on Sunday. Last year at this point in the year we were buried in nearly three feet of snow, so I am going to savor not having to be outside shoveling and instead just being able to tinker in the yard.

I hope your weekend which bridges from February to March is looking bright, and if you’d like to sit down, relax, sip something warm and wonderful while perusing some articles of interest whether you love travel to France or England, enjoy gardening, are curious about how to elevate the everyday even more or a few other topics of interest, I have compiled a few you might enjoy below. Thank you very much for stopping by, and until Monday, bonne journée!

Helen Mirren loves to garden and her reasons make so much sense! [Country Living UK]

~40 Incredible Life Experiences You Will Never Forget [Marc & Angel]

~5 of Paris’ Prettiest Secret Streets [Hip Paris]

~This is very cool (and their clothes are great! – M.M. LaFleur to Provide Free Clothing to Any Woman Running for Public Office [Elle]

~If you want more motivation to cut back on eating sugar, read this [Medium]

~Love really is all you need [Maria Shriver]

~How to Build a Community as an Introvert [Introvert, Dear]

~The return to traditional decor is happening. Find out why here [Architectural Digest]

~A simple meditation strategy [NPR]

~Dorie Greenspan’s 10 Favorite Baking and Pastry Essentials to Buy in Paris [ChowHound]

~And while you are shopping for your baking habit, What to Do, See and Try in France [The Washington Post]

34 thoughts on “This & That: February 28, 2020

  1. Happy birthday, Shannon! It sounds like a perfect birthday weekend for you. I hope you will be enjoying that cheesecake and a good cup of tea in front of the new Julia Child show. I hope we will be able to access the show in Norway as well.

    Your book recommendation “Travel Home” is very timely as I pulled out my african masks yesterday wondering how to display them.

    Enjoy your birthday weekend!

    1. Thank you very much. Yes, Caitlin’s book looks to be full of inspiration. Displaying and welcoming into our homes our journeys that have shaped up and opened our minds is a wonderful way to truly make our homes our sanctuaries. Have a lovely weekend, and thank you for stopping by. ?

  2. Happy Birthday Shannon, have a wonderful weekend. Lovely idea to extend your birthday into tomorrow. I too am planning time in the garden, looking forward to trying my new hedge trimmer!
    Very best wishes from England, Sue.

  3. Bonne anniversaire, Shannon! I hope you have a delightful birthday weekend. As always, thank you for the fantastic content– I’m adding *Suffrage* to my reading list.

  4. Happy Birthday! Yesterday was my birthday, so I will be thinking of you as I celebrate this weekend as well. Lots of lovely books and a seaside road trip to look forward to. Enjoy your time at home with Julia, and your company! 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday, Shannon! I wish you a most festive and glorious b-day weekend.
    And aren’t we sooo happy to be able to putter about in our yards this weekend?!

  6. Happy Birthday! And thank you so much for writing about Agatha Raisin!! Getting to watch the second season. Love it. If you know of anymore series that are like this let us know. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. I also hope there are more series out there similar to Agatha Raisin! Isn’t the series fun! I am so glad you are enjoying it. I will be sure to keep a look out and share when I discover anything. Thank you for the birthday wishes Leigh. 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday Shannon!! I hope you have a day that makes you feel inner peace and contentment. And a good laugh too!

  8. Happy Birthday Shannon!
    I hope you will have a lovely day , and extending birthday celebrations is always a good idea ?
    Best wishes ( from Scotland this time, as I am here for my Aunts funeral , which was earlier today .)
    Anne ??

  9. Just watched the first episode of “Dishing With Julia”, what a hoot and a lovely tribute to the amazing Julia Child!
    Please consider joining PBS, and thus supporting your local PBS station, to gain access to this program. The venue is called PBS Passport. Simply pay for a yearly membership of $60, one-time payment or $5 monthly payments, and you have access to so many lovely public television shows, from here and abroad. And you are supporting access for everyone to truly wonderful programming.

    1. Thank you, Rona. I was just about to go to the Amazon route but I’d much rather support PBS directly. Such quality programs!

  10. Happy Birthday to you, Shannon! Enjoy a lovely weekend. As always, I enjoy your content and look forward to your This and That…it makes it feels as though the weekend has officially begun. Your thoughtfully curated posts and suggestions fill my soul. 🙂
    Can’t wait to enjoy the Julia Child program. She was one-of-a-kind! Just thinking of her makes me smile. ?
    As a reference…I am in Wisconsin where the sun is finally shining merrily…thought rather cold. Right now I’m fretting to myself as I watch two large trucks ice-fishing on the spring-fed lake by our house. ☃️

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