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

Olive Oil Pedicure: An Ancient Greek Recipe

Olive Oil Pedicure: An Ancient Greek Recipe

Bonjour Everyone! A few months back, I came across the book, Passport to Beauty, at Barnes and Noble that detailed the many beauty secrets of women around the world. I was stunned to see that most of these beauty "secrets" could actually be found in my own kitchen and pantry. Standards like lemons, Continue reading

Vive le Beret! French Hat Gains Popularity During Recession

Vive le Beret! French Hat Gains Popularity During Recession

Bonjour everyone! What a glorious morning! After my energizing run I headed inside for a fiber-packed breakfast: Had a little Kashi Go Lean Crunch - packed with 8g of fiber per cup -whoa! - with a few slices of a very ripe pear on the side. Gotta love that fiber. YEAH FOR THE BERET! While Continue reading

Breakfast Around the World

Breakfast Around the World

Bonjour everyone! Hope you started your day off with a great breakfast. I sure did and I'm ready to take on the day! Just take a look at what I ate: In addition to my new fav - yummy Greek yogurt -  I had a few cups of hot English Breakfast tea (one of my favorites!). After enjoying my breakfast, 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 Big NonFat Greek Yogurt

My Big NonFat Greek Yogurt

WEEK 2: On the Path to Finding My Kefi Bonjour everyone! It is so nice to wake up to a very sunny day - even at 5:30 AM the sun was shining and I was off and running - literally. I was out the door by 5:25 AM to run my typical 4-5 miles before heading to work. It was an awesome run and I'm sure Continue reading

If the French can do it, so can I…

If the French can do it, so can I…

In an effort to eat better and ultimately live healthier, I've set myself on a course to eat healthier foods and adopt a healthier lifestyle. This goal may be difficult coming from a former snackaholic with a Starbucks Frappuccino addiction. In my quest to eat healthier, I am striving to eat more Continue reading

Citron Pressé: 5 steps to French Lemonade

Citron Pressé: 5 steps to French Lemonade

WEEK 1: On the Path to Finding My Kefi Bonjour everyone! This week, I brought a little of France right into my own home - and what a treat it was! I decided to make the most of the wonderfully yellow lemons I bought last week and make homemade Citron Pressé - the French version of lemonade. Yes, if 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