Travel Chic Essentials for Your Carry On Luggage

Travel Chic Essentials for Your Carry On Luggage

Hello all. I am writing this post from a business trip! Yes, I am currently in San Antonio and it is hot, hot, hot! I left for the airport this morning at 5:45 AM and when I arrived at the airport, guess what I had for breakfast? That's right! Starbucks! Hmm...nothing says a business-expensed Continue reading

Staycation Destination…Starbucks!

Staycation Destination…Starbucks!

I am thrilled to report that I was able to enjoy my first Starbucks in nearly 3 weeks, and without going off of my restaurant diet! I owe this great delight to my sister Carrie who came into town for a visit. She and I went out to lunch yesterday and I treated using what was left over from my Continue reading

American Nights and French Mornings

American Nights and French Mornings

Happy Birthday America! Well, it was another late night and another early morning for me. I was up at 6 AM after getting to sleep at 1 AM. That is why I’m posting in the afternoon rather than the morning– I needed to wake up! I was also preoccupied with baking this morning. I wanted to make this Continue reading

A Restaurant Diet Reprieve

A Restaurant Diet Reprieve

What a jam-packed morning! I've already run 4 miles, went to yoga, and the grocery store - all before 10:30 AM! I love being on vacation! Now, onto my post for the day. As many of you know, it has now been two weeks since my husband and I put ourselves on a restaurant diet - opting to not spend any Continue reading

10 Ideas for a Great Staycation

10 Ideas for a Great Staycation

Good morning friends! It is a gorgeous morning today - so much cooler than it has been for the last week which makes for great running. I am on vacation this week - woo hoo! But, contrary to what many of you might guess, I'm not headed to Paris or even sunny Florida, I'm staying put. Yes, this Continue reading

A Not So English Garden

A Not So English Garden

A Garden is the Best Alternative Therapy — Germaine Greer My husband and I have several very large gardens on our property - inherited from the previous owner who just happened to have a very green thumb. So, at some point every summer, I get the urge to garden - and that time is now. Although I am Continue reading

European Dining in Your Own Home

European Dining in Your Own Home

It's been 10 days and my husband and I have not given in to the temptations of dining out. But let me tell you - this restaurant diet is tough! Not only have we sacrificed our day-to-day treats but we've even turned down or cancelled lunch/dinner dates with friends - or at least post-poned them Continue reading

Breaking Up With Starbucks is Hard to Do

Breaking Up With Starbucks is Hard to Do

Happy National Pink Day Everyone! As you all know from my previous post, my husband and I are on a one-month restaurant diet, giving up spending money at all dining establishments, including Starbucks (Gasp! Can this be true!).  Well, yes it is and let me tell you, giving up Starbucks for a month Continue reading

A Midsummer's Night and An Early Morning

A Midsummer's Night and An Early Morning

Summer Solstice - It is a time when pagan, druids, Christians, and many other religions celebrate the longest day of the year. In Latin, Soltice is derived from sol - meaning sun - and sistere - which means to stand still, hence the longest day of the year. For modern pagans, the Summer Solstice is Continue reading

Hats and Horses: My Own Royal Ascot

Hats and Horses: My Own Royal Ascot

Bonjour everyone! Hope your morning is as sunny and warm as mine is! I started my day off with something rich and sweet -  coffee cake. Not my typical healthy fare, but it was so good that I didn't care! In preparation of this tasty treat, I ran a few extra minutes - it's all about balance Continue reading

The One-Month Restaurant Diet: 5 Reasons to Stop Dining Out

The One-Month Restaurant Diet: 5 Reasons to Stop Dining Out

My hubby and I are starting a month-long experiment - to not spend any of our own money on dining out. So, from June 15 through July 14, we have agreed to not spend our own money on Starbucks (ouch!) or any dining establishment for any meal for any reason, not even take-out.  Why are we putting Continue reading

My Kefi – Lost and Found

My Kefi – Lost and Found

GREEK LESSONS Today, I heard a very short but poignant interview with Nia Vardalos, aka the lead actress in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She is starring in a brand new movie, My Life in Ruins. The movie is about a woman - a tour guide in Greece - who has lost her "kefi" or her mojo - the essence that Continue reading