May 1st is “La Fête du Travail” or Labor Day in France but it is also “La Fête du Muguet” a celebration that dates back to the Renaissance during Charles IX. It is a day we celebrate the blossoming of Lilly of the Valley and the arrival of Spring. The tradition is to give your loved ones, friends and/or acquaintances a little bouquet or sprig of Muguet to bring good fortune and happiness! Today on May 1st in France it is given away or sold on every street corner. According to the language of flowers Lilly of the Valley signifies “The return of happiness!”
Lilly of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is a herbaceous plant that grows in temperate regions and blooms in Spring. It has small bell-shaped flowers arranged in clusters with a very strong and pleasant fragrance. Lilly of the Valley usually flowers in the woods, where it is cool and wet.
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*** will review more of my favorite products in upcoming posts but I wanted to share this spectacular offer with you!
Now is a good time to learn something new, whether you want to communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning French will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life. Take advantage of “lost” time in your car, at the gym, or just around the house to speed the learning process.
We selected the Best French Learning Programs for all ages available for independent learning with the use of online software all ready to go in a box, audio CDs, or audio-books! These programs are also available in other languages.
Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics.
After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.”
This method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
OUINO French is the all-in-one complete solution to learn French fast. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.
The program now includes over 400 lessons, 60 short stories, several pronunciation exercises
Over 1000 engaging games and challenges.
The most customizable French learning program. Each lesson has useful and easy to use options that allow you to take control of your learning.
Options include setting the amount of time between examples and controlling the pronunciation playback speed.
LIFETIME ACCESS. The program comes to about $3.99 per month when used for 2 years (but you own it forever).
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10 Stress Relief 3D Puzzles for Kids and Adults of All Ages
Do you love making puzzles? 1000 pieces jigsaw puzzles are challenging enough but have you tried the 3D or 4D architectural detailed puzzles? They are an excellent way to spend an afternoon or a lazy at home day. It’s a fun and relaxing solitary or group, family assembly experience. Nothing like a good puzzle to sweep away some anxiety plus it’s a great mind teaser, stress-reliever, and time passer away from the computer screen.
As a bonus, with our selection of puzzles, you can revisit French culture and learn about the country’s history as you build the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame de Paris for instance or learn about the city of Paris and all its monuments and then keep your beautiful creations to showcase in your home or office decor as centerpieces and collectibles.
We’ve selected 10 of our favorite classic 1000 piece jigsaw as well as 3D and 4 D puzzles to challenge you and the whole family. Adults, children, and teens alike will enjoy these challenging projects alone or together.
This LEGO Paris toy model captures the Paris skyline and incorporates a number of Iconic French architecture attractions making it the perfect architecture building kit for children and adults alike
This collectible toy city model includes a number of historic Paris skyline monuments including an Eiffel Tower model, an Arc de Triomphe model, the Louvre, Grand Palais, Champs-Elysées, and much more for a fun kid and adult building.
Architecture building kit lovers will adore this Paris skyline model, With over 600 pieces, this collectible toy transforms into a picturesque toy city that looks perfect on display as a centerpiece
The LEGO Paris Skyline Building Kit captures the essence of French architecture and is a wonderful collectible toy
Local restaurants have taken a huge economic loss due to the coronavirus shutdown. Let’s support our local businesses during this difficult time for everyone in Texas. On the French side, we have found a couple places that offer Take-Out, Curbside or Delivery in the DFW Metroplex when you have that special craving for French goodies like bistro foods, French bread & baguettes, croissants, crêpes, or macarons! (more to be added)