What I would do if I were about to graduate from college
C'est Christine
by Christine
1M ago
If I were graduating from college this year (or potentially even high school, I have some thoughts on the real value of a college degree in this day and age): I wouldn’t try to immediately get a “real job” in my field. And I don’t think I’d try to be an influencer. But I would try to travel the world. When I look back on my life (as a married mid-30s mom of a toddler with a steady job and a mortgage, and frankly, all of the trappings of a very “normal” suburban life), I mostly feel overwhelming gratitude for the big choices I made and risks I took in my 20s. I feel content with this boring-in ..read more
Visit website
Jojo’s nursery tour
C'est Christine
by Christine
1M ago
As soon as we found out we were having a girl, I was immediately stoked for a) the clothes and b) her room. And two years in, I have not been disappointed! I take great joy in playing baby/toddler stylist, and I also absolutely love spending time in her room. It was a real oasis of calm for me in the early days: even when I had a crying baby, the environment felt very soothing. And as Jojo has gotten bigger, it’s become a very pleasant, sun-soaked place for us to read and play. When I was pregnant, I thought about the big three things I wanted to prioritize in Jojo’s life (in the hopes that s ..read more
Visit website
It’s possible, but is it pleasant?
C'est Christine
by Christine
2M ago
When I worked full-time while still regularly travel blogging, I always felt caught in the middle of two worlds. I didn’t feel like I traveled enough to hold par with the travel bloggers and always felt a bit of envy at the airline miles and new destinations they were constantly adding up. But compared to my co-workers and friends, I traveled constantly—often more in a month than many would do in a year or more. Now that I’ve become a parent who still loves to travel (see: notes on traveling with a baby), I feel trapped in the same envy-inducing-on-both-sides middle ground. Compared to family ..read more
Visit website
A guide to our kitchen DIY
C'est Christine
by Christine
3M ago
When we bought our house, it had great bones and a wonderful open floor plan and so many things that we loved about it–but there were a few aesthetic issues that we were eager to update. The biggest one, by far, was the kitchen: the layout was spacious and functional, but there was a glut of oak cabinets. Just so many cabinets! So oaky! It felt very dated, and while they all did their job, I just didn’t love them. On top of that, the countertops were very nice but very dark: they hid *all* of the crumbs, which was not a feature I loved. We didn’t rush into any big changes, but after livi ..read more
Visit website
My most recommended podcasts
C'est Christine
by Christine
4M ago
I first discovered podcasts, like most of the world, with Serial in 2014. I remember listening to each new episode on the subway the morning it was released, and then eagerly discussing the implications with my coworkers as soon as I got into the office. After the hullabaloo over Serial subsided, a coworker recommended Reply All and Startup, and I devoured both. A couple of years later, another coworker went to work at fledging podcast startup Gimlet Media—none other than the company whose founding was detailed in the first season of Startup. Long story short: I ended up getting hired as a sa ..read more
Visit website
2024: my year of no
C'est Christine
by Christine
5M ago
It’s been a while since I’ve done new year’s resolutions! I used to be very committed to them, but over the last several years, I tried to focus more on just making the right decision in the moment. Instead of making a resolution to floss more, I just make a decision whether or not to floss every night–and I try to remind myself every night that I will be happier at the dentist office in however many month’s if I just take a minute to floss. (Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t!) That said, I have a few things that I’ve been wanting to change, and I need a little push to commit–so a pu ..read more
Visit website
Looking back on 2023
C'est Christine
by Christine
6M ago
Holy moly 2023 what a year! Although it’s been an emotional roller coaster the last few months–our nanny resigning, our nanny coming back, getting laid off–it’s been a really good year. It’s wild to think that this was our first full year of Jojo! Even though there was obviously a lot less travel than in years past, I’m very pleased with what we did do–whether it was solo, Jojo and me, or the whole family! And although I didn’t blog as much as I would have liked to, I did manage to get a few posts up and. I’m optimistic for more in 2024. The highlights: we committed to *not traveling* all sum ..read more
Visit website
Of the moment // 12.15.23
C'est Christine
by Christine
6M ago
You guys! It has been a while. Since I have some spare free time these days, I figured I might as well do a little blogging. Despite not having *to work* the past couple of weeks, the days have been flying by and I’ve been keeping busy: a lot of Christmas-related errands (wrapping, post office, etc.), more volunteer visits with Gertie, barre or Pilates or a bike ride around the neighborhood. I still have my same quadrant to-do list every day! My mantra right now is very much that I will absolutely get another job and will make more money one day, but that I won’t be able to get this time back ..read more
Visit website
Notes on traveling with a baby
C'est Christine
by Christine
1y ago
I’ve lived in this in-between space ever since I started blogging: I’ve never wanted to be a full-time traveler. I love to travel, but I also very much love being home in my own bed and my own kitchen and my own perfectly calibrated routine. For better or worse, I live a bit in this envy of people who are off gallivanting to all of the places I want to be while also very much knowing that I would be miserable if I was always on the road. This has never been more true now that I have a baby. We took Jojo on five (plane) trips before her first birthday: St. Louis to visit family (three months o ..read more
Visit website
My favorite things, aka a casual gift guide
C'est Christine
by Christine
1y ago
Ok! This is a pretty casual gift guide: mostly just a bunch of things I genuinely use and love, and gifts that I have given that have been well-received. I will say that I almost always prefer to gift (and receive) experiences rather than things. I am a big fan of things that do not create any clutter! A few ideas: massages, facials, a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, credits at a favorite workout studio, tickets to a show, or a lesson for a new skill (like pickleball or Spanish). If they love to read, a Book of the Month subscription is the gift that keeps on giving, and is wonderf ..read more
Visit website

Follow C'est Christine on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR