Eating, Reading & Watching Lately

I hope your weekend is going well! My weekend has been exactly what I needed – a perfect mix of friends and relaxation. While Geneva’s weather was less than stellar, gray and gloomy, it worked out quite well. I had no desire to leave the house today other than a short walk to Le Pain Quotidien and to take out the recycling. Luckily, our hike yesterday provided us with a break from the gloomy weather, as we discovered blue sky and sunshine above the clouds! I’ll save the rest of the details and pictures for tomorrow’s post, but safe to say it was another gorgeous Geneva adventure!

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I spent five hours hiking yesterday with friends and then hosted a girlfriend for dinner, which means that I was able to enjoy some time in the kitchen cooking and baking! I went to bed exhausted last night at midnight, after falling asleep while watching The Holiday with a girlfriend. Waking up naturally, after 9.5 hours of sleep, was the perfect way to start this relaxing Sunday.

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Most of today, this has been my view, save for an hour I’ve spent folding clothes and the other hour spent writing letters to friends and family. I’ve kept up with my note writing habit and am now mailing an average of 3 notes per week.

Today I wanted to take a break from reading and relaxing to share a few of the things I’ve loved this week ranging from recipes, YouTube videos, and articles.

Eating

This 10-minute pumpkin pie oatmeal was delicious and made six days worth of breakfasts! I just whipped up another batch today! As an FYI, I altered the recipe to include two scoops of protein powder along with only using a quarter of the brown sugar.

These pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies came out perfectly even when baked after a bottle of wine and cutting the recipe in half!

This pumpkin chili, flavorful and filling, was the perfect dinner last night to warm our souls on a cold Geneva evening. I added some extra veggies such as chopped peppers and a bit of spice to the recipe, but it’s a keeper. I loved that it was satiating even with the omission of meat.

We are hosting 21 people for Thanksgiving on Thursday night, and I think this pumpkin bean dip could be the perfect, easy appetizer to make!

As if she read my mind, Anne posted this healthy, homemade cranberry sauce recipe just as I was writing my Thanksgiving shopping list!

Reading & Watching

Even though I’m not as familiar with Amy Poehler as many people are, I’m enjoying her book Yes Please and really identified  with and appreciated her chapter on apologies.

In keeping with Amy Poehler and reading the book, I’ve spent some time on YouTube watching SNL clips referenced in the book. If you need a laugh, check out this hilarious clip from the 2008 Sarah Palin era.

This article is a good reminder that spending too much time on our devices is not only bad for the mind sometimes but also our neck. Just another reminder to keep going to yoga and put down the device.

I saw this inspiring video posted on no less than 20 of my Facebook friend’s pages this weekend and finally clicked through yesterday. Twelve minutes later I was a puddle of tears.

Have you watched Madame Secretary yet? If you like West Wing, Scandal, The Good Wife or other political dramas, you’ll love this new series. Bo and I both LOVE it!

Inspired by Meghann’s Instagram pictures yesterday, I had to click through to this article  about one persons experience visiting each Disney Park when I saw it on New York Times this morning!

Your turn: What are you eating, reading or watching lately?

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July Favorite Things

July Favorite Things We’re enjoying the last few hours of vacation in Savannah but I wanted to stop in and share a few of my favorite things.

1. For the past 15 years the Weber’s Real Grilling Cookbook has been a staple in my parents’ home. As you flip through our copy of the cookbook there are notes written on over half the pages, critiquing each recipe. A few of our favorite recipes include the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin,  mango and black bean pork chops, grilled scallops, and fire rubbed pork chops.

2. There is nothing more refreshing than ice cold water midway through a long bicycle ride. This Camelbak Podium Chill 21 ounce water bottle is small enough to conveniently pull out during a ride, but large enough to keep you hydrated. We ordered 4 to use for both bike rides and gym workouts.

3. I have been wearing these Adidas Summer Powerluxe Chevron Shorts non-stop since arriving home last week. As soon as I pulled them out of the box I knew they’d be my favorite marathon training shorts. The thick waist band and wider than normal leg openings means that they are comfortable for even the sweatiest of Summer runs. The cute pattern doesn’t hurt either though I have realized that these days brands are putting chevron pattern on EVERYTHING!

4. It seems that 2014 is the year of the baby for many of our friends. We have six good friends who have either recently welcomed a new addition into their family or have recently announced that there is one on the way. Luckily, one of my high school friends has launched an adorable Etsy shop, Barefoot Decor Baby & Home Gifts, specializing in home and baby accessories. While I love cute baby clothing as much as the next person, I’d far prefer to support a friend while also giving friends practical and cute baby gifts. I ordered $200 worth baby bibs and car seat covers this morning. Everything on her shop is homemade, adorable and vibrant – perfect for anyone on your list!

5. It has been ages since a book grabbed me drew to me the sofa or chair, totally unaware of the clock ticking next to me. For two days I did everything in my power to spend as much time reading Me Before You as possible. The book is about two people whose lives couldn’t be more different and how they bring the best out in one another. It’s a great book for all ages as my mom loved it just as much as I did. I can’t wait for the movie to come out next year!

Your turn: What are you loving this month?

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May Favorite Things – Summer Fashion

Spring has arrived and Summer is quickly on its way which means here in Switzerland people plan long, exotic holidays for two weeks at a time. While we’re not heading anywhere exotic, we are going to enjoy 10 days of rest and relaxation in Savannah, Georgia for Bo’s 30th birthday with some of our closest friends and of course our family.

This month’s favorites revolve around the items I’m loving for the upcoming warmer months including my favorite sunglasses, a perfect sweater for cool evenings, a relaxed t-shirt dress, a long dress perfect for date nights, and a cover-up which will be perfect for Summer evenings along the lake or out on the boat in Savannah.

Summer Fashion Favorites

Folding RaybansJCrew Canvas Espadrille WedgesHive & Honey Lizzie Stripe T-Shirt DressJCrew Factory Printed Crinkle Tunic  JCrew Factory Pleated Key Hole TopJCrew Floral Charm NecklaceSam Edelman Lynn espadrilleJCrew Merino Tippi sweaterLilly Pulitzer Deanna dress

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Favorite Things – March Edition

Favorite Things March

Another month is coming to a close which means it’s time to share my favorite things. I’m not sure what caused it but I feel as if I’ve discovered more new products this month than normal.  This month’s roundup is an array of items ranging from a favorite new green to a drugstore skin and beauty item that costs less than $3 at your local drugstore!

During my pedicure in London the owner recommended I try her favorite skin product for the breakouts on my chin. She insisted that I would see a difference the next day.

This Skinetica Toner has all but made my blemishes disappear in just four days and without any drying side effects! 

  While shopping in the Geneva farmer’s market a few weeks ago our Supper Club group discovered Lamb’s lettuce or Mâche and my salad’s haven’t been the same since! This bright green, nutty flavored, crisp lettuce has added a new flavor dimension to my salads while also packing in tons of folate, vitamin C and iron!  –

Always a sucker for a great beauty item, especially one with more than 2,400 positive reviews on Sephora, I used a gift card to buy the Dior Addict Lip Glow last month and have already gone through my first tube. The sheer, natural pink hue is perfect for every occasion and the balm kept my lips moist and happy during our ski trip thanks to the SPF 10 and mango butter.

For those people who don’t want to shell out more than a few dollars for a lip balm, the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stick is perfect as it can multi-task as a powerful lip balm for chapped lips or perfect size moisturizer for cuticles or dry skin patches and scars. I purchased this at CVS when I was in New York for just $2.99 and wish I’d stocked up!

I don’t know about fellow iPhone users but as soon as I updated my IOS software a few weeks ago my phone refuses to hold a charge for more than a few hours. I finally gave in and bought the Mophie Juice Pack Air last week as I know I’ll be using my phone while we travel through four different countries beginning next week. When we’re on the road I use my phone to help navigate through foreign cities, find restaurants, access the items on my travel Pinterest board, and check out recommendations. The last thing I want to deal with is a dead phone battery! This new ultra light and thin Mophie is able to provide 100% charge to a dead iPhone 5!

Last but not least, I tested out the Sweaty Betty Hair Toggles during this week’s long run and still can’t believe how well they held my braid. The toggles don’t leave a kink in my hair after a workout and are perfect for holding my super thick hair in any style whether messy bun, long run braid or high ponytail.

Your turn: What are you loving this month?

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