Books I’ll be buying for my little girl

While I think it is very important for girls (and boys) to hear and read stories of make-believe, princesses in tall towers, knights battling dragons, books about families with mums who stay home and dads who work and little girls who want to grow up and become ballerinas, florists, actresses and nannies ... come on! It’s 2017 and little girls ALSO need to hear about women who didn’t do anything that was “expected” of them, women who created, invented, broke molds and glass ceilings, girls who slayed dragons and played in the mud with frogs!!

I’m really excited to read these books (and more) to Emily as she grows up...
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Rosie Revere, Engineer

Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Girls Think of Everything

The “little people; big dreams” series with books like...

Rosa Parks

Coco Chanel And Marie Curie Ada Twist, Scientist Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Baby food in Japan

Emily started eating solid foods soon after her 6 month birthday, and things have been going very smoothly since then.

She typically eats 2-3 meals and one snack each day (now that she is 8 1/2 months old).

The move to baby food (from only breastmilk or formula) in Japan is similar to that in other countries (perhaps a little later as most mums wait until the baby is 6mo), but some of the food is a bit different. 

Let me share my experiences with you...

Most babies in Japan start solid food with okayu (soft, watery rice porridge) which is easy to swallow and digest. 

You can buy okayu ready-made, or in powdered form, but most mums/dads add water to their family rice and prepare it that way. Most rice cookers have an okayu (おかゆ) function if you will be making a larger batch.

This type of product (around 1,000yen) allows you to change regular cooked white rice to okayu in your microwave.

Prepackaged (powdered) okayu looks like this...
Or you can buy it in a jar like this...

If you prefer to star…

2017 Christmas Book Wishlist

Since the addition of a wee girl to our family, our house is now overflowing with toys... I have adopted the popular `want, need, wear, read` system this year to see if it helps! 

Do you know it? Instead of just buying `stuff` for the kids, each person chooses something that the kids want/need/can wear/can read to make the gifts more meaningful!

Since we have grandparents and other relatives all over the world who love gift-giving, I hope this will be useful for them too!

These are some of the books I have put on our Christmas book wishlist for 2017...

The giant jumperee - by Julia Donalson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

I am Jim Henson - by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

I am Jane Goodall - by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Samson - the Piranha who went to dinner - by Tadgh Bentley
Not quite narwhal - by Jessie Sima

A perfect day - by Lane Smith

We`re all wonders - by R.J. Palacio

... and Jedi Academy - by Jeffrey Brown

For halloween this year, Aiden Emi…

Look Fantastic Beauty Box (October 2017)

I got my first Look FantasticBeauty Box (ルックファンタスティックビューティボックス) in the Mail today!

Check out what I got...

Every beauty box comes with an Elle magazine! Just buying one of these in Japan would set you back 1,000yen so its already a great deal! Riri on the cover ❤️!

This is a small magazine/pamphlet with information about the products as well as the monthly theme and other stuff too (this month’s booklet has some info on ways to indulge!)

This month’s quote is nourish to flourish! This is super meaningful in my life right now as I have been neglecting myself (emotionally and physically) as the mama of a new baby. Sleep deprivation is used as torture in some countries and I can see why... zzzzz!

Monu Firming Fiji Facial OilThis is a small trial bottle of facial oil. A blend of rosewood oil and patchouli provide essential protection to soothe dry skin and stimulate your complexion. Bean Body Coffee Bean ScrubI love body scrubs so I can’t wait to use this one on a …

October iHerb haul

Here’s what came from iHerb this month...

The rosewater, glycolic acid cream and the rescue pastilles are repeat orders (some of my absolute favorites) and the food products are first time orders. I want to make bliss balls but shredded coconut is hard to find in Japan.
Bob's Red Mill, Fine Macaroon Coconut, Unsweetened, 12 oz (340 g)
Heritage Store, Rosewater, Rose Petals, 8 fl oz (240 ml)
Reviva Labs, 10% Glycolic Acid Cream, 1.5 oz (42 g)
Bach, Original Flower Remedies, Rescue Pastilles, Natural Stress Relief, Black Currant Flavor, 1.7 oz (50 g) Pastilles
Nurture Inc. (Happy Baby), Happytot, Fruit and Veggie Blend, Plus, Kale, Apple & Mango, 4.22 oz (120 g)
Ella's Kitchen, The Purple One, Squished Smoothie Fruits, 3.0 oz (85 g)
Ella's Kitchen, The Red One, Squished Smoothie Fruits, 3 oz (85 g)
Ella's Kitchen, The Green One, Squished Smoothie Fruits, 3 oz (85 g)
iHerb currently has a promotion on shipping to Japan; free shipping on all orders of $40US.
If you use my discoun…

September iHerb haul


My favorite English speaking hairdresser in Osaka

Finally after a VERY long break (being heavily pregnant, giving birth and 7 months of full-on 24/7 mothering) it was time... for 3 hours of much needed hair revival!
I visited Yuhei at his super stylish salon in Uehonmachi for highlights and a cut...
Check out his website here :
... and came out feeling like a new woman (despite having only a few hours sleep the night ... I mean months ... before).

Thanks so much Salone Di Luca!!
Open hours :
火曜 (Tuesday) 10am - 8pm 水曜 (Wednesday) 10am - 8pm 木曜 (Thursday) 10am - 9pm 金曜 (Friday) 10am - 8pm 土曜 (Saturday) 10am - 8pm 日曜 (Sunday) 9am - 6pm
*closed on Mondays and the first Sunday of the month.
**if you’re a new English-speaking customer and mention me/my blog, you may get a wee discount !!!
Happy hairdos
Fran xx