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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7.12.2016 – An Hercule Poirot’s Christmas Day…

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Good morning my friends and welcome to our Blogmas 2016! The month of December is such an exciting month, don’t you agree? Everything is a little brighter, cozier, just more sparkly… December 7th was my son’s 11th birthday!!!!!! I baked him a cake, a Maltesers Chocolate Cake from Nigella Lawson’s Feast: Food to Celebrate Life  which i then decorated with Maltesers and Smarties. It was too sweet for my taste but it looked very impressive!   Do you see the book on the stand? It’s called Christmas for Greta and Gracie. If…

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4.12.2016 – A Murder She Wrote Day

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  Good morning my friends and welcome to day 3 & 4 of our Christmas adventures! Saturday and Sunday were lazy days. Basically i spent the weekend  setting up my blog which, as you can see, is in a pretty basic state right now. But I am working on it! To be honest, this whole process really makes me giddy with excitement! Our Christmas activity for the weekend was, of course, this     Our letters to S-A-N-T-A!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness, the decisions that had to be made! The letters…

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1.12.2016 – A Hundred Summers Day

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  Hello my beautiful friends and welcome to my first two days of Blogmas 2016! These are our family Christmas adventures through the month of December! Hope you enjoy! December 1 Good morning! It’s 07.30′ in the morning. It is the first of December and as we are climbing down the stairs, the first thing the kids notice is the lit-up tree!   Of course, the second thing that we do is open our Christmas advent calendars which they have been begging to open since the middle of November when we bought…

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A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

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    A Miss Marple Mystery “An exquisitely smooth technique that is uniquely Christie’s”  -New York Times     So, my lovely friends… “Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?”    “As Jane Marple sat basking in the tropical sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Then a question was put to her by a stranger: ‘Would you like to see a picture of a murderer?’ Before she has a chance to answer, the…

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

          “The Nightingale” was a magnificent but a very difficult emotionally book. It is a book about the Second World War. It is a book about the women’s war as fought by the wives, mothers and women left behind when their men left. But it is mostly a book about the choices that we make when we have to face extraordinary circumstances. What is the story? So, let’s start from the beginning. The Nightingale starts in 1995 where we are introduced to an old woman who, because…

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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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