Moonlight and Mozart

Moonlight and Mozart

Last night, my husband and I took a quick trip to Europe for a little classical music concert under the stars. Ok, we really didn't leave the state, but we were magically transported to France and Austria through the sites and sounds of Ravel and Mozart.   These days, I've been trying to add a Continue reading

Do-It-Yourself Mediterranean Facial

Do-It-Yourself Mediterranean Facial

Would you love to get an exotic facial but just can't afford the luxury? Why not try a beauty secret that French and Greek women have been doing for centuries? In Mediterranean countries, including Greece and France, women have been using homemade beauty products since ancient times. Even today, Continue reading

Heels or Flippers? You decide….

Heels or Flippers? You decide….

Want a great laugh for a Monday morning? I have just seen the funniest and most outrageous thing that I've seen in a long time. So, imagine you are packing for a week at the beach. You want to make sure you have just the right vacation clothes and shoes for your ultra chic look. Sandals can be very Continue reading

Hot and Steamy in a Finnish Sauna

Hot and Steamy in a Finnish Sauna

If you've ever been to Finland, you know that trips to the sauna are as ritualistic as trips to nail or hair salons are in the US - only its popular among both men and women. Saunas, steam rooms, Arizona rooms. I've never really understood the purpose of these special rooms but the Finnish swear by Continue reading

Dining Al Fresco in San Antonio

Dining Al Fresco in San Antonio

I love dining al fresco, both in the sunshine and under the stars. Dining in an outdoor cafe or bistro somehow enhances the whole dining experience. And, from the food to the wine, it makes me feel a little more European. Last night, while in San Antonio in the sweltering 100 degree weather, I opted 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

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 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

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