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

British Flirt Their Way Up the Corporate Ladder

British Flirt Their Way Up the Corporate Ladder

Leave it to Bridget Jones to do something drastic to get the boss' attention...and I don't mean keeping a diary. Like the fictitious character, many British women sleep with their bosses, but several new studies reveal that British workers will do this to actually get ahead at the office. In tough Continue reading

It's Mardi Gras…Bring on the Pancake Races!

It's Mardi Gras…Bring on the Pancake Races!

Ahh, Mardi Gras...a time of extravagance, gluttony, and pancakes? Yes, pancakes. You may think that pancakes seem a little bland for Mardi Gras, compared with the Polish Paczki or New Orleans King Cake, but for our British neighbors across the pond, pancakes and even pancake races are major elements Continue reading

An Incredibly French Valentine's Day

An Incredibly French Valentine's Day

Mon dieu! Valentine's Day is nearly here and you haven't planned a thing? Well, fear not. There is still time to plan a truly fabulous Valentine's Day for you and your special someone. If you're looking for something extraordinary for your significant other this Valentine's Day, why not surprise him Continue reading