39 and mighty fine!
Telephone Conversation -- I also spoke to my very good friend via telephone in Las Vegas for almost an hour. We always have great conversations and hysterical laughing fits.
Dinner -- My sweet husband made dinner for us consisting to salmon and french fries and sesame French bread -- very typical French meal -- and it was beyond delicious.
We then watched a comedy special by Louis C.K. followed by George Carlin.
Somewhere in there, he sang to me Happy Birthday in both English and French.
Birthday Wish -- I am also starting a daily art journal starting May 31st. I am challenging myself to be creative in some form everyday, I feel it will help me somehow.
I will be posting photos of my work, so be tuned for that. Perhaps you will ignite creativity too?!
Before long, I climbed into bed and relaxed myself to sleep. All in all, it was a good day. I'm 39 and mighty fine.
Let's get right to the nitty-gritty, shall we?
LAST WEEK: 155
THIS WEEK: 155
I have been this weight for the past two weeks, I am needing to shock my system into another form of exercise to break the plateau! Tennis, anyone?!
Make your own facial toner!
Save your money and follow this simple beauty recipe for facial toner!
I have spent tons of funds
on name-brand beauty products, now
the buck stops here!
After doing the math, this sweet little beauty potion will cost you, ready for this, less than 18 cents per month!
Today I will share with you a SIMPLE, organic recipe that will make you glow!!
The good news? You more than likely have these ingredients chez toi!
All you need: 1. water 2. alcohol 3. lemon juice 4. a pretty container
1. Lemon juice (or lime juice or orange juice OR ALL THREE!)
As you can see, I set aside a glass jar full of lemons, oranges and limes and topped it off with tap water to use for cleaning (they were used for cooking and eating, and instead of throwing them away, I saved them!)
However, after doing some research on their skin and hair benefits, I decided to add them to my beauty regime!
Lemon, lime and orange juice benefits: tones and refines the surface of your face, helps lighten age spots due to overexposure to the sun, reduces the appearance of acne scars, they are natural antiseptics with antifungal properties, they remove oil and dirt, they tighten pores, and they remove dead facial skin, which in turn helps reduce breakouts and zits!
Ever hear of or pay a small fortune for a citrus acid peel? Well, lemons, limes and oranges SHOULD BE the main ingredients, however who knows if they are, unless you make it yourself!
Use your preference! The one I picked up, has camphor in it. I didn't have a choice, I chose the cheapest one on the shelf at 1,71€ or $2.21 for 250ml or 8 oz.
Camphor Oil benefits: Helps rejuvenate and revitilize skin, one of the main ingredients used in expensive treatments for acne.
3. Water - tap or bottled, use your preference! I used tap water, but for that extra French flair, why not try Evian?!
4. Container or jar -- I found my little jar at the flea market for 50 centimes!
If you are in the States, find something around your home that could suffice, or go to Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, Michael's, even Target or Walmart!
Due to technical difficulties yesterday, I am checking in today to share my progress.
Last week after a lot of French food and wine and spirits, I weighed in at 160.
UPDATE: I originally posted 156, however, I did not verify against last week's post.
This week, I am coming in at 155.
A LOSS OF FIVE POUNDS
However, it seems I am stuck here. I keep flucuating between 155-160 depending on the day.
Lately, the weather has been cloudy and cold, so wanting to do anything outside,
exercise wise, has been difficult. I also realized that if there is food in front of me, I want to eat it and will eat it, even if I just had lunch! What is THAT about?!
Last Week: 160
This Week: 155
The silver lining is that I have started doing a squat challenge and stretching exercises at home, plus I still ride my bike to and from work at least once a week! I believe I eat well
Thank you for reading and Wish me luck!
Bisous de Bordeaux!
Seven Different Expressions that will help you blend in with the natives!
Dealing with the French on a day to day basis, can be overwhelming. Sometimes I just want to walk around kicking and punching people in the throat. Since I can not, I have devised other ways to kick and punch these stupid Frenchies in the throat. I call it mirroring!
The expression: When in Rome (France) do as the Romans (French), applies 100% here!
The video below describes seven expressions in total:
1. Frustration or general annoyance 2. Ah bon!? 3. Je ne sais pas or je pas 4. Picoler meaning drunk 5. Mon œil 6. Crazy 7. Oh Ça Va!
So, without further ado, check out the video I prepared that will show you exactly what I mean!
The Wino Witches!
I had a really great day today because one - I met up with my craft group and two - I had lunch with a very special person, Marisssssss!
Marisss just recently returned from her hometown of New York City, so we had lots of catching up to do!
Cachou and I met Marisa at this restaurant called FUXIA located in Place de la Quinconces (can-konz). Yes, restaurants and shopping centers are dog friendly, I think it is because in France, people walk everywhere, it is only natural that their dogs tag along!
We chatted and ate and drank well, then headed over to our Tuesday afternoon creativity group.
At our Creativity Group today, we discussed astrology charts, lead by our friend Nicola, who has written for several magazines and newspapers worldwide!
She explained to us the signification of the 12 different houses and gave us an inside look at how to read and interpret the symbols of the zodiac and planets!
It was not only informative but opened our eyes and minds to the art and science of the chart!
Good Sunday to you!
Today, I volunteered at a vide-grenier in the suburbs of Bordeaux in support of a local association -- Cancer Support France!
It is a wonderful organization that provides support by via a help line to anglophones in our region.
I was very happy to help out today and in return volunteering helped me practice my French!
That is what you call a win-win! At the end of the day, we were all beat, however we also managed to raise more than 300€ for the organization! woot-woot!
It seems the weather gods smiled down upon us, as it was not too hot nor too cold
and only drizzled rain for less than five minutes.
I also made out like a bandit, bringing home new girlie goodies to add to my collection, AND
spending less than 1€ on my finds (my lunch cost more!) but I'll save that for another blog post!
After our long day, we packed up and I headed back into town to go home.
Traffic was a nightmare due to these rugby hooligans that crowded the trams and streets!
God Bless these crazy Frenchies!
(Re)Use It or Lose It!If there was a fire, this would be one of the first things I'd grab!
Like most women, I own a lot of stuff.
I didn't realize how much I accumulated until I had to downsize from an American-sized apartment to a French one!
When I made the decision to move overseas, I also made the decision pack only 14 boxes to take with me. At the time, it was a very difficult decision to make, and in hindsight, I packed too much.
However, truly think about that for a moment.
Imagine having to pack, say 10-20-30-40 years worth of your most personal belongings, from gifts, appliances, clothes to other household stuff.
What would you take? What would you leave?
In the end, I mostly packed clothes, shoes, my accessories, a stack of books I thought I couldn't live without, and crafting supplies -- from my sewing machine to my calligraphy pens.
Most of my stuff I gave away, others my family is storing it, some I sold, the rest I dumped.
Do I miss it? Only the four original pieces of artwork I left behind.
That was nearly three years ago and I cannot believe how much I have changed, (yet stayed the same) in that short of time. Most of my clothes and shoes I packed are gone, recycled at the Bizarre Bazaar (check under Creative Projects) and donated to charity, my books I thought I couldn't live without were read, then donated.
That brings me to my crafts... like a good little witch, I am crafty and when crafting, I abide by this simple rule: use it or lose it! Well, come to think of it, that little motto can be utilized for a number of things, non?
On Tuesday afternoons, I meet with my other witches for a crafting session. During that time, we chat, drink, nosh, and work on our little projects. I normally work on fixing some of my favorite pieces of broken jewerly or take odds and ends and recycle them or give them away.
I guess my motto should really be: use it, fix it, reuse it or give it away!
Check out some of my creations and recreations!
Pearls and Cherries of Witchy Wisdom
This is one of my favorite pieces. I created it during a time of turbulence. I was having issues adjusting to my new French life, then on this particually bad day, while walking down my apartment's alleyway to the side gate,
I noticed something that I NEVER noticed before -- a cherry tree in full bloom.
First, cherry trees only blossom in June and it seemed to appear out of nowhere. It was the most fantastical, beautiful sight, it was surreal. The cherries were so bright and red, I was in complete awe!
It was that same day that I was meeting the witches for a crafting workshop. The theme was something along the lines of creating something that grounds you.
An 'everything is going to be alright' piece, if you will. I created this sweet little charm bracelet.
The three charms with the pearls attached to them represent my witches, the pearls represent their pearls of wisdom. The red beads represents the cherry tree to remind me that life is not only full of surprises, but to remain in awe of everything!
By the way, this is a growing piece, I need to add another charm to represent another witch!
I hope my recycled pieces of jewerly and crafts have given you some ideas.
According to my motto, I SHOULDN'T need to purchase MORE ACCESSORIES! But, I will!
(Come to think of it, I haven't purchased any new girlie goods since Christmas.)
Take care of yourselves and until next time.... Bisous!
Ma Vie en Rose
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...