Come On, Get Happy

Come On, Get Happy

Happy Thursday everyone! What do Disney World and Denmark have in common? At one point in time, each has been considered the happiest place on Earth. NORTHERN HAPPINESS According to a new report released by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Denmark and Finland Continue reading

Beauty Products Are Travel Treasures

Beauty Products Are Travel Treasures

Bonjour mon amis! Well, so much for complaining about running in the heat last week. This morning it was 60 degrees when I went out for my daily run. It was a bit chilly and rainy, but quite a nice change from sweating bullets the last few mornings. After my energizing run, I decided to splurge 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

New Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet

New Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet

Bonjour everyone!  Sorry I'm so late posting today. It's been a VERY busy morning. I first want to say farewell to the King of Pop Michael Jackson - you were an icon to generations and will be missed by millions. And, just as ABBA said, Thank you for the music! My morning run was not the greatest 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

All You Need Are 3 Perfect Lipsticks

All You Need Are 3 Perfect Lipsticks

Good morning everyone! Wow - what a hot one today! Even at 5:30 AM it was nearly 80 degrees outside. After my 4-mile run, I really needed to refuel with plenty of H2O and reload with some protein (thank you Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt!) One thing great about getting up so early to run (other than 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

Cross-training French Style

Cross-training French Style

Bonjour everyone! Hope you started your day with a great breakfast. I sure did - just look: I served this up in a martini glass - gotta use those glasses for something! I also started my day with something other than a morning run.....can you guess what it was? Elliptical? Nope. Continue reading