The Hunt for “Safe” Health and Beauty Products

26 Jul

So, after doing some extensive Internet research, I am finding that MANY products that I use on a daily basis are filled with chemicals and ingredients that are not good for humans. With that being said, I am now on the hunt to find products that are more safe for me and my family (especially having a little one on the way). It is not easy to do this and is exhausting at times trying to sift through all of the ingredients lists on the back of each bottle of goop that I use on a daily basis. I plan to include my search results here so stay tuned for more information.

Happiness Project Take 2

8 Jan

I attempted to read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and follow her advice last New Year.  I didn’t quite get there last year.  However, this year I am planning to follow her plan and post my progress here.  I am also trying out meditation for the first time.

Follow my group blog to see my own personal happiness goals by month.  I am known as “Talia” on our group blog.  We are also doing a monthly book club.

Sweet Life in Paris

25 Dec

I just finished this book by David Lebowitz and it was great! I love the recipes sprinkled throughout and I really enjoyed his perspective on Paris.  It reminded me of taking a group of students to France and speaking with the flight attendant on the return trip home.  We spoke in French about our trip and he asked me what the kids thought about Paris. I explained that Parisians are Parisians! He said that nobody likes Parisians…so tell your students not to feel bad 🙂

My Michigan Wines

9 May

Michigan Wine

9 May

I recently did a wine tour in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula (by Traverse City). I can’t praise the wines and the vintners enough! It is fantastic to see Michigan producing such excellent local wines. I purchased the following wines:
Auxxerois from Bel Lago

Gewurtzaminer from Chateau Fontaine
Be Dazzled (sparkling wine) from Black Star Farms
Jadore from L. Mawby (This was my favorite place by far- all sparkling wines!! The bottle that I purchased will be saved for my wedding night or honeymoon!)

I encourage you to visit the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner’s Association Web Site for more information:

Lalo’s Famous Cookies

23 Apr


This is one of the recipes that I cooked this week from GP’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.  My fiance’s verdict: good if you can forget that they are supposed to be cookies (translated to mean: they taste healthy).

Wedding Shoes

17 Apr

So, after much debate and hours spent searching the Web and stores, I have finally purchased the shoes that I am going to wear at my wedding…maybe.  I ordered them from Macy’s and they look pretty sweet and simple.  I just hope they are comfortable enough to dance the night away after the wedding!

These are the shoes but mine are ballet pink.

My Father’s Daughter- Gwyneth’s cookbook

17 Apr

I bought Gwyneth’s new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, last week.  So far I have made 5 of her recipes and they all have been delicious and easy to make!  I know that there are many people who aren’t fans of Paltrow but I found this book to be aesthetically pleasing (with pictures of all of the recipes) and easy to follow.  She does use some ingredients that aren’t common here in the Midwest.  However, the majority of the recipes use easy-to-find ingredients and generally seem pretty healthy.

I plan to post pictures and keep track of some of the dishes that I am cooking in the upcoming months.  This is part of my own personal happiness project!

Parisian Chic

17 Apr

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet

– This is a clever and reasonable guide about Parisian style.  I particularly like the fact that de la Fressange gives us style advice that doesn’t always break the bank.  For instance, she mentions shopping for staple bargains at places like H&M or Monoprix.  In light of the recent trends towards simplifying your life, this guide will help you achieve this goal by reminding you that quality is more important than quantity.

-So, my goal is to make a shopping list and gradually buy some quality pieces and donate the many, many clothes I have that I never wear!

Merci Ines!

The Happiness Project

17 Apr

Currently I’m reading this book by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve found her personal monthly goals inspiring and manageable.