There’s something so gratifying about growth, and I totally geek out on it. I just love the feeling of tangible improvement. For example, last year I decided to take up Spanish lessons again. My Spanish up till that point was rudimentary at best, and I really wanted to become fluent. This year, I’m so delighted ...

Our love affair with moringa continues. It’s the super-est of superfoods, filled with protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A (beautiful skin) and C (immunity). This time we’ve made a delightfully green and brain-freeze-y superfood bowl, perfect for a delish dessert or a decadent, yet highly nutritious, breakfast. Smoothie bowls are easy to make ...

My mother sends me a weather report email every night before she goes to bed on the West Coast of the United States, which ends up being right before I get up to start the new day in Paris. She’s just as accurate as my iPhone, though much more charming. Mrs. Météo.  And the Ile-de-France forecast for ...

Welcome back to another Magnifique Yoga Break. These short yoga sequences are designed to give you a little break during your busy day to gently move your body and reconnect to the breath. And this month we have something special for you: partner yoga! Have you ever tried partner yoga? It was totally new to Ann and me – ...

Seldom is there silence in Paris. Except that magic time early in the morning. Before the noisy folk awake. Before the children scamper off to school, always feeling compelled to yell at their compadres. And, most importantly, before the jackhammers start pounding and clacking in the building across the street. I’m no stranger to noise ...

Yes, hooked! We all know we should be eating our greens, but somehow we never quite get around to it, probably because munching through a pile of greens daily can be boring and lengthy, and therefore unsustainable (especially during the colder months). Here’s where green smoothies save the day. These past few weeks, I’ve been reading Green for ...

It turns out mosquitos like Norwegian-Americans. I know this because I currently look like I have the chicken pox. None of my companions in French Guiana had more than two bites, whereas I had two nearly every square inch. Resulting in: me smelling constantly of lavender essential oil (lovely) and me having to exercise every ounce of ...

A very happy (nearly) new year from Ann and me! As 2017 rolls in, perhaps you’re thinking about setting some resolutions. Maybe you want to change your eating habits, start a new fitness regime or commit to a meditation practice. And that’s truly fantastic. We applaud you for wanting to progress with a healthier outlook ...

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