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Laura Voisine
Our 'hood
A small family with big dreams living a normal, unconventional life
Interests: Reading, thinking, walking, being with family, cooking, planning, singing, writing, making things look nice, curating, living (relatively) healthily, dreaming up trips, learning from others, just taking it all in...
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Although it is only the page listening right now, I still feel compelled to explain why I haven't written in over a year. The shorthand is that I was preoccupied in the present with two small children, a big belly (for much of the time) and then (for the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Mrs. Maverick
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It was wonderful, this summer was. Present days, hours, minutes that I never needed to develop excuses for fully enjoying. Nothing spectacular happened and, for once, I was more than alright with that. I wanted more of the regular days of wake, walk, park, splash in the water, read two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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They are each so different. What an obvious remark, right? I mean...girl and boy: there's an elemental difference for you. But aside from that, I cannot even see where their personalities and isms cross. Charles and Eleanor are completely separate entities and why should I expect it to be any... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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I refer to surfing far too often for someone who has absolutely zero knowledge of the sport. Putting a baby down to nap is like "riding the wave", I tell my husband. Hop on just a bit early and the wave will sweep gently under you, slipping away and insisting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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Apr 14, 2014
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Has it really been eleven days since I last wrote? So many ideas churning that it hardly seems so. I write in my head throughout the day. Thoughts on baking, talking to toddlers, reinventing my wardrobe or skin routine and the prospect of living once again with one's parents flit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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Eleanor has this little box containing one book for each letter of the alphabet. They are poorly designed, cheap, cardboard impersonations of literature, but she loves them. Next to her budah (blanket), her bock (box) is it. Shawn and I try our darndest to keep each tiny volume in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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The necessity of imagination: it is one of those understandings that makes me feel that the older I get, the younger I become. If circumstances overwhelm or underwhelm a quick escape in the mind is so refreshing. The purpose of such an escape needn't be to avoid the past, present... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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(As in, "what can I do?") This post is part of a series of reflections called Project Less is More. This project chronicles (very irregularly) a financially stretching time in our family's life. Click here to start at the beginning. The current circumstances are as follows: One mostly exhausted/sporadically energized... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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These lighter posts are buying me some time. My kids need to be clothed and, being stuck at home without a car, music is essential, but these little things are happening in the midst of some bigger things. I'll get to those later, of course. Right now? Let us look... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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circa March 2014 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong sing "Summertime" while we sit on the cold floor, surrounded by piles of clean unfolded laundry, listening to blustery March howl at our door. The irony is so welcome. While I watch Charles's eyes half-moon with infant glee, Sinatra croons, "You make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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I've been doing some virtual window shopping lately. For little girls under two, I adore rompers and dresses because they are easy and light. No mixing and matching necessary; one piece does it all. Any of these outfits would be sweet paired with some Salt Water sandals or Freshly Picked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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Early motherhood has this pleasantly isolating effect. I can watch the world from my window and not feel like I am missing anything because it is supposed to be this way for a while. I am supposed to steer my brood clear of germy places for several weeks; keep them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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Starting with the recipe and moving to the right and down. This is the recipe for a smoothie made with sweet potato. It is wonderful even though it really shouldn't be. (It's from It's All Good). The spoon is from an August trip to Froyo World in New Haven. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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This post is part of a series of reflections called Project Less is More. This project chronicles (very irregularly) a financially stretching time in our family's life. Click here to start at the beginning. So, in the last five minutes I debated taking a nap because there are two sleeping... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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The changing afternoon light is the first signal to me that spring is near. About this time of year it gets brighter, seems to weigh a little less, drawing me out of a literal and figurative dim, cozy place. There are several weeks during which this light works on me,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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...she'll be keen to snatch it. After snatching it, she will put it directly into her mouth. Naturally. After tasting it, she will squeal with delight because chlorophyll tastes gooood. Following the official taste test she will continue to nibble on the stem... ...and she'll demostrate her multitasking skills by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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When I was a teacher, cold, dark 5am seemed like such a noble time. Leaving my warm bed, putting on semi casual business attire, driving the bleak streets of the inner city in the navy blue dawn--all of these things were justified by my work, my cause. It was good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
Jessica- I hope that you can create your own "house" recipe based on this simple one. Much love!
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As I was working on a post about working I became very tired and decided that a picture of canned tomatoes and brief recipe would be just the thing for a Thursday night. I discovered the revelation that is homemade tomato sauce about five years ago. Every jar on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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...no one wants to read about finances. Money. Blah. Who talks about it, let alone devotes time to writing about it? But if we are going to be honest--let me rephrase that--if I am going to be honest here--I need to share a little bit about where I am right... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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Because I am certain that some of you must be tired (or scared) of all of this pregnancy talk and words like "postnatal" and "contractions" and because I love a good list...introducing Friday Favorites! My Utmost For His Highest- My mom would read this book aloud whenever we were traveling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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It's not pretty. At least not as pretty as the loaf that my friend, Jen, made for me a little over a year ago. It was part of a meal that Jen brought over in the wake of Eleanor's birth and one of the few things I had an appetite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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I'm smack dab in the middle of what I think of as the 6-week postnatal cocooning period. We're living off of frozen meals that I made back in December and other yummy, warmer meals from generous friends. Our other sustaining staples are chocolate chips and almonds because grocery trips are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick
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My good friend, Bibi, is one of the most interesting people I know. She is a dynamic combination of detail oriented and creative visionary--someone who would never be in danger of missing the trees for the forest or vice versa. An artist by nature and training, Bibi has taught me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Mrs. Maverick