WIAW – Staycation edition

Happy Hump Day everyone ! How has your week been so far ? I am on vacation, and having a fabulous time relaxing, exercising and taking advantage of my family.


I thought it was thus a good opportunity for a WIAW post.


I was in the mood for pancakes this morning, so made a big batch when I got up. Two coconut flour pancakes, with almond butter and half a banana, hold me over for hours.

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I spent some time reading on my balcony, taking advantage of the fantastic weather, with a big cup of coffee.

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For lunch, left over mustard chicken and Brussel Sprouts from last night, and I had a ripe avocado, so I made some guacamole. I also had a yogurt, but forgot to take a picture.

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We left immediately after lunch to run some errands and I hadn’t had time to have coffee, so I picked up a cappuccino at McDonald’s. It was 2.40 Euros. They offered a cookie for an additional 10 cents, so I got it and my girls and their friend split it. It was indeed big enough for several people.

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We are going away tomorrow for a few days. I hate wasting food, so I wanted to clean out the fridge and freezer. So I ate a bunch of very random things.

Lebanese appetizers (beef, cheese and chick pea) before dinner :

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Dinner was a plate full of everything that was leftover in the fridge and freezer (guac, roasted peppers, chili, zucchini noodles), with a nice glass of Chardonnay. The picture of the food is not very appetizing, but it was still yummy :

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I did have some ice cream for dessert but forgot to take a picture.

We are going to visit some family in the Loire region tomorrow. We are planning to go to the  Beauval Zoo, very well known for their pandas, and I have a race Sunday with my brother in law at Azay Le Rideau. There is a marathon but we are running an 11K. It is very small, only 100 people signed up for the 11K and 200 for the marathon, but sometimes races like that are nice. Less pressure and I can take advantage of the sceneray.



Its been a great week so far and I am looking forward to continued family time for the next few days. Hope the rest of your week is great !

Do you like zoos ? What animal do you like ? Any that you dislike ?


Things I have been happy about these past few days…

  • My girls, who are growing up to be wonderful people – seeing them get excited about a book or movie, having opinions, or wanting to spend time with their parents
  • A husband who cooks… sometimes I just do not feel like it
  • Our cat, too cute



  • The warm weather – it has been in the 60s
  • Long days – I can run in the evenings
  • The pool – I can stay active with less pressure on my foot


  • My living room decoration – slowly but surely its coming together
  • Mango & stawberries –  sooo good


And this week is my staycation. I am looking forward to resting up, reading a book, spending time with family and generally just relaxing. No pressure !


What does your week look like ? What are you looking forward to ? Good luck to all the Boston Marathoners today !


First day of staycation

Happy Easter weekend everyone ! In France we have the Monday after Easter off, and it is school vacation.  I took the week off to be with my girls and have some much needed downtime.


I have 6 weeks vacation in France and I usually take 3 weeks in the summer, one week at Christmas, one week in April and a few days here and there. I hadn’t taken much time off since December, so I am really looking forward to this week.


I was up early and started off with my meal planning. As I will have more time to cook this week, I wanted to try a couple new recipes. I found some new recipes on the Cooking Light website and in the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook that I want to try. Will keep you posted.

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I then went to the market. Fresh produce, fresh fish and veal roast for Easter Sunday.

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I went to the pool with my daughter. One hour swimming laps felt great. I actually went for a long walk Thursday and a run Friday evening, but I just wasn’t into it. My foot hurt, my knee hurt and I was feeling the start of shin splints. Being in heels all week probably didn’t help.

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I spent a good part of my afternoon cooking, and some of that was spent making cookies with my daughter. We had a small bag of Nestlé chocolate chips that we had brought back from the US on our last visit, so no better moment to use them. Before and after photos.

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My husband and I then went for a walk. There is a restaurant five minutes from where we live that we love, and the owner has just opened a bar / cafe. We hadn’t tried it yet. It was a nice break.

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So all in all, a good start to my staycation. I have lots on my to do list for the next few days : house projects and paperwork, exercise, movies, family time, my girls and I would like to go into Paris, and hoping to go away a couple days. We’ll see !

How was the start to your weekend ?

Another weekend gone by

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Mine was busy and productive. I ate well, slept well, got to exercise, had a date with my husband and did a lot of things around the house. Here’s a quick recap :


Fitness : We had nice weather and I wanted to be outside.

  • Saturday : boy, was I motivated ! I ran 8K then went to the gym and lifted some weights. Running behind Parisian firemen is motivating.
  • Sunday : 30 minute Jillian Michaels DVD + one hour power walk

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Food : my husband did most of the cooking

We had lamb with potatoes and broccoli, monkfish with broccoli and veggies, cheese.

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Date night : my husband is part of a scuba diving club and Saturday was their annual get together. We first went bowling. We like to bowl, but do not do it often and are not that good.  A guy we were playing with broke 200 ! Impressive.

We then went out to dinner at a Guingette, an “Open air Dance Hall”, along the Marne River in the Paris suburb. It was a really fun experience and I will write a full post on it.

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Van Gogh painted a picture back in 1886 titled  “Guingette”.



I got a lot done. Got my quilt up !


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And also went to Ikea because I wanted to replace the cushion on our chair. I found exactly what I wanted. I don’t go often because I go for one thing and come out with 10 additional items ! To go with my new white plates, I also bought bowls and mugs. I love the color. I also got some baskets and miscellaneous kitchen things.

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We also watched Pitch Perfect (again !) and Frozen. How was your weekend ? anything planned for the upcoming week ? I am on vacation as of next Friday, can’t wait ! Have a great week everyone !


Finding the time

I am usually not a procrastinator, but it all depends on how important the task is to me. I work long hours and my free time during the week is spent either exercising, cooking, at the PTA or with my family.  My free time on the weekend is spent doing the same, in addition to groceries, laundry, cleaning, and blogging.


But there are some things that I just don’t get around to doing… My mother recently made me a wonderful wall quilt and sent it to me from the US. It has been over the back of a chair, waiting to be put up, for probably almost two months, I am ashamed to say. She asked me recently, kindly, when I was going to put it up. So, mom, I promise to hang it before the end of the month!

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At the same time, I told her not to feel bad. Here is the list of things that have been on my to do list for several days, weeks, months…


Days :

  • I ordered a book from Amazon for my daughter. Only to realize that I had already bought it, for her sister. I have yet to sent it back.
  • ironing… my basket has been sitting in my living room for a while.

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A month or two

  • I bought some spring pyjamas back at the Gap in February. Top, pants, tshirt. As it was winter, I didn’t get them out until about beginning of March. That is when I realized that two of the three pieces had the theft device attached. UGH. Of course I do NOT have the receipt. The bag has been in my car for at least 6 weeks. Not sure they will take off the devices, but I will try to get to the store to see.
  • I re did my kitchen back in February.   I bought all new plugs and light switches., only for the electrician to tell me they were not the right ones. The bag of plugs and switches is still in my car. Waiting to be returned.

A little longer

  • My daughter needs to have her wisdom teeth out. She had X-rays back in June. I spoke to my dentist about it back in November. I have yet done nothing about it. Mental note to make an appointment for April vacation.


A lot longer

  • We got a new couch almost a year ago. I have not gotten rid of the old one.
  • I want to get 2 chairs upholstered, so the fabric goes with my new couch. I’ve been looking for fabric since August. Still no real luck. And I haven’t looked that much. I should say I looked at fabric in August, but not since. So here is the laundry on my chair that needs to be upholstered.

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However, there are other things that were on my list, that I got done over the past 6 months.

  • New curtains for my living room
  • Pruned my geraniums and cleaned my balcony
  • Bought new plates
  • Bought steak knives
  • Replaced the carpet in my kid’s bedrooms by hardwood floors

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So as I told my mom, please do not feel badly and take it personally. I do what I can as a busy, working mom… but I promise, I will do it this month as I have a staycation coming up. Overall, I did accomplish quite a bit so let’s look at the glass half full. And the rest, well I will get  around to it one day. These guys come first :

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What have you been wanting to do that you have not gotten around to ? Any weekend projects ? Are you a procrastinator ?