Fun weekend recap

What a great weekend ! My mom is here for 2,5 weeks and we never stop ! So much to do and so little time. We had several house projects, got in some exercise and I even had a date night with my husband. Here are the highlights :


We decorated our bedroom

We moved in two years ago and had never done anything in it except prime the walls. When we moved in the previous owner had many, many, many photos and when she took them off the walls they left frame marks. So we primed over them but never got around to painting. Well, we finally finished my bedroom !

I LOVE the hardware store, so much choice !

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Finally, I didn’t go with any of these colors.
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Before and after : yucky primed walls replaced by the color “string”, with an accent wall in the color “bark” which is light tan.

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Date night

I also went out with my husband to see Lucy. There were some interesting ideas, and I was entertained, but I can not say that I loved it. Afterwards we went out to eat and it was a very warm evening, so we got to eat outside.

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Overall fun, very productive and busy.

How was your weekend ? Did you get to take advantage of the summer weather ?

25 random facts about me

Happy Sunday ! Hope your weekend is going great. My weekend has been busy with house projects. We bought our place two years ago, and redid almost every room except our bedroom and the two bathrooms. So while my mom is here, this second weekend we decided to paint my room.

Most of the colors in my house are neutrals and I add splashes of color here and there. It took me three trips to the hardware store to decide upon a color. Lavender, blueberry…. loved them but I felt it would limit how I could decorate the room. Will show the final color when it is done !

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I have never done a post with random facts, so I thought it would be fun. Here goes :


1. I am an early riser. Even on weekends and vacation I am up before 7 (that is early in France). 
2. I no longer notice the difference if I am speaking French or English. I think permanently switching from one language to the other has fried my brain. Is this possible ? 
3. I love everything about my life – hubby, kids, job, appartment, Paris, France, Europe, traveling, though I do miss my family. 
4. I wish I lived closer to my brothers as well as friends from college and HS. 
5. I am deeply proud of the girls that my kids are growing up to be, and knowing that I had the patience to make that happen. 
6. I spend a lot of money on my facial products & rarely go out of the house without makeup. 
7. I have absolutely no taste in interior decorating, and rely on my mother’s ideas. (which is why we paint when she comes to France !)
8. I am rarely sick and do not like taking medication. I prefer prevention. 
9. I was a workaholic for a long time but once I had kids I found much more balance to life. 
10. I love movies with music, I have seen Pitch Perfect and  Mamma Mia at least 20 times each.
11. I like living in a city because I feel safe with all the people around. I don’t think I could live in a house in the middle of nowhere. 
12. There is no place I would have rather grown up than in Maine. I have wonderful memories of it. 
13. As a child my mother, her 2 sisters and my grandmother got together every single Saturday, along with me and my cousins. They would rotate Saturdays from one home to the other. This is my most cherished childhood memory. I only stopped going when I moved away to college. 
14. I am a chronic list maker. It is my saving grace in the world of a working mom. 
15. I used to weigh myself everyday. Now I might do it once a month. I am no longer a scale slave !
16. I HATE running in the rain. 
17. My favorite drink is Champagne and wine, and I do not like beer. Definitely French influence. 
18. My dream as a kid was to work for an international company in Europe. I am living that dream (this is actually written as my goal in my high school yearbook). 
19. I love painting my toenails in the summer. 
20. When my kids were young I really DID NOT LIKE planning, preparing for or giving birthday parties, but did it every year because I know how much it meant to my children. 
21. I once planned a birthday party for my daughter who was in a new school. No one came and no one informed me. I think that was one of the worst days of my life. (but I hated parties before this !) 
22. I love public speaking. 
23. I have no artistic talent. 
24. I need a little something sweet every day. 
25. I am always on time.


Tell me three random facts about you !


Friday Five : five things to love about changing jobs

Its time for Friday Five again ! Thanks to Mar, Cynthia and Courtney for the link up.


Here you can find their blogs :

Mar on the Run

Eat Pray Run DC

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Today, I have chosen to write about things to love about changing jobs, even if you love your current job :


1. You never know who you will meet or what kind of opportunity will come your way

2. You will learn new skills

3. You will be pushed out of your comfort zone

4. You will experience new energy

5. You will be scared, but scary can be good


Yes, I am changing jobs as of mid September. I am very excited, but also sad to be leaving my current job. So I wrote it a letter :


Dear current job….

I have decided to leave you after 4,5 years of loyal service. We have had some great moments but for me it is time to move on.


Over these past few years, you have :

  • Taught me the importance of teamwork and what can be accomplished with a great team.
  • Showed me how having complimentary profiles and skill sets on my team presents a competitive advantage
  • Showed me the advantages of treating everyone with the same respect
  • Let me be very successful
  • Challenged me
  • Let me develop my leadership skills
  • Allowed me to meet many different, inspiring people
  • Tried my patience in more ways than one
  • Taught me we can make mistakes and still rise above them
  • Showed me that trial and error are necessary


Even though I love you, it is important that I continue to grow personally and professionally and thus I decided I wanted a new challenge. So I am staying with the company, but taking on a global role working with one specific client. I am looking forward to being challenged in new ways, so please don’t take it personally.

To my team : I admire you for your never ending dedication to your teams and clients. I  thank you for supporting each other, defending your teams, standing behind me, your loyalty and most of all building the business that we have built together over these past few years.

To my clients : thank you for challenging me with your problems, your emotional state, your difficulties… which helped me learn and push my limits, but also for your thank yous, your satisfaction and your loyalty.

To my boss who has fully supported my over the past few years, in good times and in bad.

I am lucky to work in an industry that I love, and I thank my company for giving me this opportunity, and look forward to the next few years.

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Have you left a job that you loved ? What did you get out of it ?

Time flies

Hello everyone ! Almost Friday already, can not believe how fast time flies. I was not very regular in posting this week because my schedule was off. My mom is here from the US and we have been busy ! So here is a retrospective of our past week, a bit of a photo dump.

This is how I remember where I parked when I went to the airport :

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We took the kids to McDonald’s. I hadn’t been in ages. In France they are putting kiosks into place so you order through that, then pick up your food.

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We worked outside at our country home. The yard needed ALOT of work. My mother loves to work outside and it was not too hot so we got a lot done.

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We went for several walks and for some reason there were a ton of cows out.

Cow pictures can be so much fun.

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I love how the countryside changes from season to season. Usually this time of year things are dry, but Normandy has had so much rain, there is still green grass and bright flowers.

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I have to work this week, but our evenings are filled with the card game Wizard. We love it.

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My mother is very active so we got in several power walks in Normandy and back in the city. Not sure what the weekend will be like. We’ll play it by ear !

How do you remember where you parked your car ? How was your week ?

Friday Five : Five French habits

Happy Friday everyone ! Thanks to Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the link up to this week’s Friday Five, where the theme is Free Friday.


Here you can find their blogs :

Mar on the Run

Eat Pray Run DC

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Today, I have chosen to write about Five French eating habits that have influenced my healthy living.





1. Small portion size. Whether it be in restaurants, at home, in a work cafeteria, portion sizes are small. This cuts out a huge amount of calories. Half a piece of salmon is more than enough !


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2. Taking time to eat with no distractions. I usually spend 30 minutes (minimum) at the table, with no tv or computer. As I am not rushing, I enjoy the food and am tuned in to satiety signals my body is sending. It is the perfect way to connect with family.

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3. Meals are varied and balanced. Protein, veggies, fruit and milk product (yogurt or cheese) are usually present at lunch and dinner.

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4. Wine. I do not drink at every meal but a couple glasses a week to accompany a great meal make the meal that much better.

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5. Learning to cook. Not only does it save money but I choose what goes into my body. Quiche is one of the easiest meals to cook and you can put anything in it.

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These are very small changes but have had a huge impact on keeping my weight at a happy place for me.


What eating habit have you changed over the years that has had a big, positive impact ?