Le Muguet du 1er mai / May 1st Lily of the Valley


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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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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Yves Rocher 50% Sale!


I love Yves Rocher products originally from France and now available online all over the United States and Canada.  Yves Rocher is an environmentally conscious company and the creator of botanical beauty since 1959. The products are natural and beautifully and consciously made, from skincare for all types, make-up, body care, hair care to fragrances.

Some of my favorite products*** include the bestsellers Tahitian Monoi & Tiare Oil , the face cleanser-scrub and rich creams, eye kohl pencil, and matte lipsticks, as well as all the delicious fragrances, especially  Comme une Evidence.

Take advantage of their promotion for Mother’s Day Up to 50% OFF the entire website at Yvesrocherusa.com! 

You will find lots of inspiration and even gift ideas for mother’s day starting at $3, at Yvesrocherusa.com  and Enjoy 50% off face care products at Yvesrocherusa.com!  

Did I mention you also receive a wonderful gift valued at $46 with your order?  So go click away and discover the world of Yves Rocher USA. I know you’re gonna love it!   I’m going to go stock up on all my favorites at 50% OFF!

 

*** will review more of my favorite products in upcoming posts but I wanted to share this spectacular offer with you!

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Best French Learning Programs


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.

Learn French: Rosetta Stone Bonus Pack Bundle (Lifetime Online Access + Grammar Guide and Dictionary Book Set) Software

 

 
  • Everything you need to learn French in one box!
  • Rosetta Stone lifetime subscription- access award-winning program from the cloud. It syncs across desktop, mobile, and tablet for convenient learning
  • Barron’s grammar Guide- learn essential grammar tips, such as verb agreements and sentence structure
  • Barron’s Dictionary important definitions from this trusted source
  •  This “Lifetime” product will be supported for its life, meaning as long as Rosetta Stone makes the product available.

 

  • With Transparent Complete Edition, you get a comprehensive language-learning solution – five learning products – in one affordable package. 
  • Start by rapidly building your vocabulary base with our acclaimed Byki Deluxe 4.0. Byki’s memory algorithm technology will tailor your learning based on your own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Record your voice and compare it alongside native speaker audio. 
  • Take your learning on the road with Everywhere audio lessons on CD. 
  • Develop your written and verbal skills with the Transparent Premium Edition, a full course with lesson plans to develop your conversational skills.
  • Native language texts, videos, and stories immerse you in the language and condition you to communicate without having to think about it – just like you do in English.
  • Explore 30 virtual reality scenarios in LinguaMatch. Learn the words of common every-day objects, and click on the characters you meet to learn more conversational phrases.

Pimsleur French Learning Programs – Audio CD Format

 

 

  • 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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More Free Virtual Cultural Tours


As the world continues to be confined with #stayathome orders, culture, arts, and music graciously come to us. There are more and more FREE Virtual Cultural Tours offered all over the world from the comfort of our couch and computer. Some virtual visits have particularly caught our eyes such as taking a stroll down Monet’s Garden in Giverny, an up-close insider tour of the Chateau de Versailles, listening to an opera at the Philharmonie de Paris, applauding the Comédie Francaise actors or delighting in a fantastic Cirque du Soleil adventure.

Monet Giverny

Monet Waterlilies

Versailles

And to take it a step further have you tried Virtual Reality?  VR is a technology now available to consumers with a range of devices providing a 360-degree simulation experience using VR Headsets. 

 

 

Enjoy your virtual travels, exploring, and learning and most of all stay safe!

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10 Stress Relief 3D Puzzles for Kids and Adults of All Ages


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.

10 Bestselling 3D / 4D Puzzles:

#1 – Ravensburger Eiffel Tower 216 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

for Kids and Adults – Ravensburger has been making products for the hand, head, and heart for over 130 years.

 
  • High-quality components – Ravensburger’s 3D jigsaw puzzles will bowl you over with premium quality, in terms of both content and material.
  • Precision-Fit – No matter how large or small our puzzles, each is precision made so that every piece fits perfectly.
  • Easy Click Technology- Individual pieces are so precisely made that you can actually hear a ‘click’ when you fit a piece into the correct place.
  • 3D Jigsaw puzzle – This puzzle is meant to be displayed after it’s built. It’s 3D and highly durable.

#2 – Eiffel Tower Wooden 3D Puzzles

 
Model Creative Puzzle World Great Architecture DIY Toys 121-Piece Wood Craft Kit Best Educational Gift for Kids
 
  • DIY: The wooden 3d puzzle is a non-finished product, and needs you to assemble it by yourself
  • Safe: High-quality natural wood, safe and non-toxic, no glue or tools required
  • Educational toy: culture kids’ abilities such as creativity, concentration, confidence, and hand-eye coordination
  • Assembled size: 160*151*367mm(6.3*5.95*14.4 inches)
 

#3- CubicFun Eiffel Tower 3D Puzzle with LED Shining Lights

 
  • Build your own romantic Eiffel Tower display at home. 
  • Shining Lights Effects: Lighting Eiffel Tower at night will be more attractive. In-box LED accessories, 2 AA batteries  required (not included)
  •  The building kit will take about 4 hours to finish. Easy assembly without glue. Be patient.
  • Built-up Model Size: 15.4″ L x 14.2″ W x 29.9″ H. 
  • Made of paper and EPS foam board.
  • 10+ years old recommended.
 

#4 –  LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection Paris Skyline 

  • 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
  • for adults and children ages 12+

#5 – 4D Cityscape Paris Time Puzzle (1100 pieces)

 

 

  • 4D Cityscape Paris Time Puzzle, 1100 + pieces
  • Learn how a city develops and evolves
  • Explore historic buildings and architectural styles
  • Get to know the geography of an area
  • Discover the defining moments in the history of  Paris 
  • Perfect for group play 8+ & up
 
  • Eiffel Tower in Paris, France Photography  Jigsaw 1000 Piece Puzzle, Made in the USA!
  • Product measures 20 x 30 inches
  • Premium archival paper and ink – 1/16 inch thick grade-A Chipboard

 
  • Skyline of Paris with Eiffel Tower on original French Postage Stamp 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, Made in the USA!
  • Product measures 20 x 30 inches
  • Premium archival paper and ink – 1/16 inch thick grade-A Chipboard

#8 – CubicFun National Geographic 3D Puzzles Notre Dame de Paris

  • Cool Decoration for Home and Office: Building this 3D puzzle of Notre Dame De Paris, experience an amazing display of France again.
  • Made of Paper and EPS foam board and comes with instruction and National Geographic booklet, 128 pieces.
  • Takes 60-120 mins to finish without any glue or tools. Being patient will help you work great.
  • Realistic Appearance with History Exploration Journey: Delicate details in design makes it looks real and explores the history of Notre Dame de Paris during the assembly process.

#9 –CubicFun 3D Lighting Notre Dame de Paris Puzzles

 
  • Shining Lights Effects: Lighting Notre Dame de Paris at night will be more attractive. In-box LED accessories, 2 AA batteries required  (not included)
  • Enjoy assembly fun with your family and friends.
  • This kit will take you about 4 hours to finish. Easy assembly without glue. Be patient.
  • Built-up Model Size: 15.6″ L x 8.7″ W x 11″ H. 
  • Made of paper and EPS foam board.
  • Recommended for teens 10+ years old.

#10 – CubicFun 3D Lighting Musée du Louvre Puzzle

 
 
  • A good way to kill a day and build your Louvre display at home and office.
  • Easy assembly will take you about 4 hours to finish, without glue. Be patient.
  • Built-up Model Size: 20.5″ L x 13.4″ W x 5.1″ H. 
  • Made of paper and EPS foam board and comes with instruction.
  • Recommended for teens 10+ years old.

 

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French Take-Out, Curbside, Delivery Orders in DFW Metroplex


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)

Some of our favorites in the neighborhood:

Main Street Bistro and Bakery 

316 S Main St
Grapevine, Texas 76051
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Grapevine: 817-424-4333 | Plano: 972-309-0404 | Rowlett: 469-969-0883

Bisous Bisous Bakery 

3700 McKinney Ave Ste 150
Dallas, Texas 75204
Highlights info row image To Order
(214) 613-3570
From “Freezer to Oven” assortment, including the favorite pain au chocolat!

 

Whisk Crêpes Café

888 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, Texas 75208
Highlights info row image To Order
(469) 407-1899
Ultimate Crêpe Package
French Wine Package

 

Village Baking Company

Dallas
Highlights info row image  Call for Info (214) 951-9077

Also,  Metroplex Social has compiled an extensive list of  Restaurants Offering Curbside and Delivery for when you’re stuck at home in Lewisville, Frisco, Lewisville, PlanoProsper, Denton, GarlandMcKinney, and Flower Mound!

More restaurants will be added or please suggest your favorite.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

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