Open Letter to my Dear Husband

Dear wonder of my life,

I am taking the time to write you this short letter to remind you how much I appreciate you (not that I don’t say it on a regular basis).

I want you to know that my heart melts every time I think of how much you love and care for our daughter. Parenting is a learning process, but give yourself a pat in the back because you have been doing a great job since the very first time you held her in your arms!

Moreover, thanks for being an amazing husband. After I had given birth to our sweet little girl, I almost always felt like my body was not mine anymore. Fortunately, you were there to remind me every day that I was am beautiful. You made me feel like a woman again. And for that, I am forever grateful!

Whenever you are back from work, you always tell me that I should just relax because “daddy’s home.” Thanks for letting me decompress even when you, too, are exhausted.

Thanks for all the times you brought me my favorite doughnut or Chinese food because you could tell that I had a bad day. Or for the times that you called me during the day just to tell me that I am a great mother.

Thanks for the countless foot rubs.

Thanks for leaving me sweet notes in the bathroom or on the refrigerator.

Thanks for being so patient and understanding. Continue reading “Open Letter to my Dear Husband”

Breakfast in Bed

Do you know what beats birds singing at the start of a new day? Breakfast–of course. Banana pancakes, scrambled eggs, Italian sausage, Greek yogurt… Or some stew to feed your soul if you are sick like me. In fact, that’s exactly what I did this morning: I got out of bed and made some stew.

Then, I cut some flowers, grabbed my sketchbook, and went back to bed with a small bowl of stew that was simple and hearty. Just what the doctor ordered!

Breakfast in bed. From me. To me. I mean, why not?

Breakfast in bed


You Are with the Right Person…

As most of you already know, there are tough times in a marriage–even the healthy ones. And knowing that, you have probably asked yourself whether you are with the right person a million times before.
If you are still wondering, let me ask you this: are you happy despite job loss and unemployment stress, uneven success, miscarriages, times of despair, to name a few? If your answer is yes, then, maybe you are with your person. Why? Because it is not about who your parents expect you to be with, for instance. It is more about who makes you happy no matter what life throws at you both. Moreover, marriage is an institution that is wonderful and complicated at the same time. Rest assured, when one says that he/she is happily married, he/she is not referring to the old fairy-tale ending.
Based on my humble opinion, I think that you may be with a good match if in moments of marital discord, you can step back and think of how grateful you are to have this person in your life. I, myself, can tell you that I knew that Sugar was the one because I felt a sense of rightness when I was about to walk down the aisle. My only hope is that you, too, can be able to identify this feeling and know that you have landed where you are supposed to be.
Sugar and I asked other couples how they knew that their partner was their soulmate and here are their answers:
Nat & Jordan
Natalie & Jordan
 I have been married to Jordan now for over 2 years (3 years on April 27) and I knew he was the one because he was the first person I had dated who I felt completely comfortable with. I didn’t need to have a guard up and could really be myself around him. I think that’s something that a lot of people overlook in a relationship but to me it is very important. –Natalie & Jordan
I wasn’t the one who chose my husband. He chose me. We got married 5 years after we started dating, but he proposed only two years into the relationship. Since the day we met, I knew he was the one I wanted. –C. B. & P. B., married since 1988
He stood out to me when I realized that he had all the qualities that I wanted in a man. He is respectful, affectionate, and a serious man who masters the art of communication, forgiveness, and understanding. We have been married for 17 years and together for nearly 30. --Edma & Robinson
Mama & Roro
He stood out to me when I realized that he had all the qualities that I wanted in a man. He is respectful, affectionate, and a serious man who masters the art of communication, forgiveness, and understanding. We have been married for 27 years and together for nearly 30. –Mama & Roro
Oh wow. What a question. I have been married to Steve for 33 years. I knew he was the one because he was open, honest and kind hearted. He did have a hard time making a commitment, after we had dated for 3 years, so we did not see each other for 6 months prior to him deciding I was the one. After that we have been together ever since! –Sheila & Steve
To all of you who shared your stories with us, thank you!
Featured photograph by Dave Clement.

What Are Your Relationship Deal Breakers?

Based on what I have heard in the past, relationship deal breakers can go from weird toenails to no sense of humor. Really. So what are yours?

Once the poll is closed, I will share what the most common relationship deal breakers are.

Feel free to leave me a comment below. Thanks! 🙂


14 Fun Questions to Ask Your Date on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Have a date? Don’t worry. Here are 14 questions that can help you break the ice. You’re welcome!
1.  What are your favorite midnight snacks?
2. Who is your favorite author?
3. What is on your bedside table?
4. What does your perfect day look like?
5. Toppings on pizza?
6. What type of person are you: beer, wine, or coffee?
7. What was your most embarrassing moment?
8. One language you would like to learn?
9. Are you a romantic person?
10. What is your best way to relax?
11. Four (4) places you would love to visit?
12. What is your favorite drink?
13. What is the weirdest thing about you?
14. Dog or cat?
What other questions would you add to the list? Please, share.

Oasis by Hely–Update

Oasis by Hely is one of our gardens.

As you can see in the video above, the space was a complete mess a few months ago.

Well, guess what? We have been busy, so the place no longer looks the same. Now, it is inviting even if we still have a lot of work to do.

Sara Helena & Olivier, Sénat - WeddingSara Helena & Olivier, Sénat - Wedding





We will share more photographs of Oasis by Hely when the plants are taller! In the meantime, we are excited to share two of our fun projects with you all: Brunch at Hely’s and Table for Three.

Brunch at Hely's

Brunch at Hely’s is self-explanatory, but we would like to add that it is a private social event that takes place once a month in our garden, Oasis by Hely. For a small fee, our guests get to enjoy a lovely brunch around a never-ending conversation.




Screenshot_2016-01-16-08-36-15-1There is something particularly interesting about Table for Three because it happens on a Friday night, and our guest cooks with us. We get to relax, share recipes, enjoy some delicacies and fine wine… La vie est belle!




P.S.: Special thanks to our design consultant Denis Design Inc.