About Moi


Valence, France in Summer 2014

Hey guys! I’m Maggie: Florida State University grad, married to a Frenchman, and mom to baby French Fry and an Australian Shepherd (the fluffiest thing you’ve ever seen). I enjoy reading, being outdoors, drinking tea & writing letters, all things Disney, fall and springtime, the Olympics, and nerdy things. I also like going on adventures!

Macarons & Paperbacks used to be An American In France. Since I moved back to the States in 2014, I changed my blog name to better fit my situation. The macarons represent my love for France and for baking; the paperbacks is for my hobby as a reader and book blogger. My blog’s banner was made by yours truly :) I love dabbling in Photoshop.

Currently my little family is residing in Wilmington, NC, a beautiful and eclectic town that we have absolutely fallen in love with. If you’ve never heard of it, I guarantee that you’ve seen it in a film or tv show (Iron Man 3, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, most Nicholas Sparks movies, just to name a few).

For the moment I’m working as secretary. I enjoy being able to split my time between working, blogging/reading, and being with my sweet boys. One of my biggest dreams is to be a published author.

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22 thoughts on “About Moi

  1. For a second there, i thought I was reading about me!
    “I enjoy reading, arts & crafts, all things Disney, fall and winter time, the Olympics, and nerdy things” is basically a summary of my life! Can I stress the Disney part please?
    Hope you’re enjoying Grenoble! My mom got her PhD from there and she said it was amazing!

    Looking forward to be part of the Wuthering Heights discussion!

  2. Hi Maggie!

    I’m so thankful I found your blog when I Googled “working for Les Petits Bilingues”. I an looking into potentially working part-time for Les Petits Bilingues when I move to Ile-de-France (on a student visa) in September with my French fiance. I am American and have been living in Israel for the past year where I am a private English teacher for 4-8 year olds. Hope you don’t mind if I pick your brain a bit:

    How do you like working for Les Petits Bilingues? Are you part-time or full time? If I may ask, what do you earn per hour? or per month? Did you find that simply being a native speaker of English was what got you hired? Or what other factors did they consider?

    Thanks in advance and looking forward to hearing back from you!


    P.S. Grenoble is where hub-to-be and I eventually want to settle down ;D

    • Hello Monica!

      So sorry for the late reply! I am a part-time employee at Les Petits Bilingues (all of the teachers are), but the schedule is very flexible. The salary depends on the type of lessons you teach. For group lessons it’s around 13€/hr and for private lessons it’s around 16€/hr. The center I work at only hires native English speakers, and I also had previous experience working with young children. If you are already an English teacher you should have no problem getting hired.

      If you do end up moving to Grenoble, I’m sure you will love it! It’s a beautiful city and I love the people and the culture here :)

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  6. Hello, is there a spot on your blog where you describe how you met your husband? Hope it’s as romantic as Ever After, haha. If not, I’m still nosey enough to ask! I found you by looking up Chateau de Hautefort (wanted to go there last trip but Amboise was as south as we got.) Thanks

    • Thank you for your comment, Keri! I have not shared on my blog about how my husband and I met. I haven’t updated my blog in a while, actually. But I don’t mind telling you the condensed story :)

      As you probably know from reading my blog, my husband is French. He came to the States back in 2005 to get his Master’s degree. He actually arrived in Louisiana days before Hurricane Katrina hit. After he finished school he decided to move to Florida, which is where I’m from, and he began interning at the church I was attending in Tallahassee. When I first saw him I was instantly attracted, but I had literally decided a month beforehand that I wanted to spend my junior year of college focusing on everything but dating. Unfortunately, I tend to fall hard, so all I really did was secretly harbor a crush on him while simultaneously avoiding him and becoming jealous of anyone he showed interest in 🤪 Of course he never noticed me until a full semester later when our pastor mentioned that he thought we’d make a good match. One night he started texting me and never really stopped. Our first date involved fondue, a bookstore, a piano recital, a bonfire, and The Mummy (it was the most epic date I’ve ever been on). We dated for a year before he sent me on a scavenger hunt through Paris and asked me to “grow old and watch space and Disney documentaries” with him (it was movie-worthy romantic). We got married nine months later, literally the day after I graduated from college. A month after that we moved to France and voilà, that’s our story 💖

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