LIVING SIMPLY: SIMPLE MONDAY #6

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Good morning friends and happy Monday!💐 Continuing our series on simplicity and how to lead a simpler and more meaningful life based on the book L’ART DE LE SIMPLICITE, Dominique Loreau advises us to enrich our lives with rituals because “rituals bring comfort when we stumble under the pressures and demands of everyday existence”. (p. 63) One of the rituals that she suggests is to treat ourselves every week to fresh flowers. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just a pink rose for our bedside table is more than enough…

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LIVING SIMPLY: SIMPLE MONDAY #5

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    Good morning and happy Monday! How are you this morning? Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day? Perhaps by baking cupcakes? Well, I sure do! Red velvet cupcakes with pink cream cheese frosting as a breakfast surprise for tomorrow! ‍ BUT, as I promised, today I have to share some affirmations that you can use for… weight loss based on the book THE ART OF SIMPLICITY by Dominique Loreau. So if you are thinking about preparing yourself for summer, perhaps you can use some of these? In page…

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LIVING SIMPLY: SIMPLE MONDAY #4

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    Goodmorning and happy Monday! ❤ Continuing our tradition of #simplemondays based on the book L’ART DE LA SIMPLICITE by Dominique Loreau, here are her ideas on how to treat our daily eating habits! I am warning you! She is particularly…strict! Some tips on how to eat based on quality and not quantity. (p. 153 of the hardcover). 🍋 Food is only a problem when it is not chosen and eaten correctly. Rice, pasta or bread once a day is enough. 🍋 An empty stomach clears the head, cleanses…

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LIVING SIMPLY | SIMPLE MONDAY #3: 3 tips on taking care of our selves

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As I promised last week, here are some tips on taking care of ourselves by living simply based on the book L’ART DE LA SIMPLICITE by Dominique Loreau. ⭐ •No one can take better care of your body than you can yourself – not your doctor, your beautician, or your make-up adviser. We are responsible for our own bodies and at fault if we neglect them. • A person with presence will always make a strong impression. They don’t need a perfect figure to feel beautiful. The quality of that…

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LIVING SIMPLY | SIMPLE MONDAY #2: TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY

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  Good morning my friends and happy Monday! Continuing our series on simplicity and living simply based on the book L’art de la Simplicite (The Art of Simplicity) by Dominique Loreau, here’s what she has to say on how to care for our bodies: ” Taking care of your body means setting it free. Many women spend time, energy and money creating a beautiful home, cooking for their family and friends, taking care of others, or going out, while ignoring their own body and making excuses – they “don’t have…

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LIVING SIMPLY | SIMPLE MONDAY #1: PRACTISE PERFECTION

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        As I was searching my bookstore for new books, I was lucky enough to come across this gem of a book: L’ART DE LA SIMPLICITE (The art of simplicity) by Dominique Loreau, a book full of advice on living simply and full of joy. It was published in 2011 in French and now it is translated into English for the first time. This is an excellent book. It covers the simplicity movement in all of its dimensions: possessions, wardrobe, time, money, beauty, body, nutrition, fitness, spirit,…

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project

    Are you happy? Do you feel that although you have everything, you have this vague feeling of discontentment that doesn’t allow you to have the joy of life that you want? One April morning, Gretchen Rubin, happily married mother of two little girls, realizes that she suffers from “midlife malaise”, a sense that she is not as happy as she would like to be. She has everything she could possibly want, a beautiful house, a healthy family, financial stability and security but she does’t  feel the joy that…

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