August 26, 2016

Have a Great Weekend


Hello out there. It's been  a very busy couple of weeks, but I do take time to enjoy some wonderful moments along the way.
Like this...

August 19, 2016

Paris, 1914


{The first World Air Show at the Grand Palais in Paris, as photographed by Leon Gimpel in Autochrome Lumiere (an early color photography process)}

Hello! For as long as I can remember I've always been fascinated by old photos. Old Paris is something I always secretly wish I could fly back in time to see...
Here are some of my fave early color photographs of life in Paris in 1914 captured by French photographers.

It's been really sad to hear about Louisiana and California. The news is definitely tough right now. My thoughts are with those affected by the floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California.

Also. Lately, I've been spending hours upon hours looking through family old photos and soaking them all in. Does this mean I'm getting old? ;)

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

{Photo by Stephan Passet}
{Flower Market at Les Halles, in 1914}

{Sainte Foy and Rue d' Alexandrie St. in 1914}

Inspiration: Albert Khan the Visionary.

(Photos via Back to 1912. Tumblr)

August 05, 2016

What to Write About Today?

Writer's block. I think this is something most bloggers go through from time to time. At least, I do. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about what to post. Luckily, I have...

July 29, 2016

5 Things I am Planning to Do this Weekend

beautiful wildflowers

We  all have times in our lives when we just have too much stuff going on.
Last week was one of the most stressful weeks I've had to deal with in awhile. My schedule was insanely busy - not to mention the lack of sleep. So I am really grateful for the weekend to refuel and rejuvenate my spirit.
Here's my list of 5 things I'm planning to do this weekend. Hope you find some inspiration in these fun ideas.
Hope you have a great one! xx

1.  Go on a nature walk.
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2.  Cook your fave meal. 
For me, cooking for pleasure is relaxing and quite satisfying. I guess you can tell what I'm cooking up this weekend!;)
3. Go to the beach.

4. Watch the sunset.

5.  Get Ice cream. While we love hitting up our local shop for our usual fave desserts, sometimes it's good to venture out - especially for ice cream!

July 15, 2016

Six Habits that Changed My Life for the Better

beautiful lake and clouds

There are many tiny habits you can do to change your life in big ways. Today I'm sharing my simple list of six habits that changed my life for the better.
Everybody is different, and everybody has different ways of dealing with life's challenges and difficulties, but if you're looking for suggestions you may find these helpful.
You might be surprised by how much of a difference a few small habits can make in your life.

1. Have a purpose. Having a dream (aka the reason you wake up in the morning) is one of the most important things in remaining optimistic when things get tough.

2. Life-long learning. Read books, try new things, explore new cultures. Life-long learning is the key to happiness as it keeps your mind open. (I can't help it - I'm passionate about it!)

3. Cultivate Gratitude. Be grateful for something every day. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis has become a major source of positiveness and optimism in my life.

4. Enjoy yourself more! Take joy in the daily things you do. Spend some time each day doing something you're passionate about, just for fun.

5. Declutter your home, declutter your schedule, declutter your mind. Let go of the past. Let go of the things that no longer serve you. It's liberating!

6. Physical health. Make it a goal to add more fresh foods (raw fruit or vegetables) into your meals. Kickstart your system by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.

July 01, 2016

Summer Sunset + Have a Beautiful Weekend

A little bit of orange this morning...

It was a great sunset that deserved a better location to capture it from. But without that location nearby, I was not about to let a great sky get away. Have I ever mentioned how much I like summer sunsets? By now I'm sure I don't have to mention it. ;)
Sunset is easily my favourite time of the day. Even if I don't have a camera in my hands...

June 24, 2016

Easy Chicken - Egg - Potato Salad



Chicken-Egg-Potato Salad.

Last week we had some friends coming over and I wanted to make something light, summery and refreshing. So I made this Chicken - Egg - Potato salad and it was so tasty!
This salad is a dish that reminds me so much of my childhood and is something my mom often made. I love this salad! I would be happy to hover over a bowl of it any day!;)

Chicken - Egg - Potato Salad. Delicious flavours, very simple and tasty...and  it is a meal all by itself.

Serves: 6 - 8

Ingredients

1 small chicken (baked or boiled and shredded) or use story-bought rotisserie chicken

6 Potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

1 cup cornichons, chopped

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup frozen baby peas

Salt and pepper, to taste

Chopped chives for garnish


Directions

Peel and cube the potatoes. Cook potatoes in gently boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes, then cool quickly in cold water and drain.
In a large bowl, mix the chicken, cornichorns, eggs, and potatoes. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and mayo. Then, add the peas, gently incorporating so you don't mash them.
Garnish with chives.
Salt and pepper, to taste.
Cover with plastic wrap and keep salad chilled until ready to serve.

Note 1: If using rotisserie chicken, remove skin and bones and dice the chicken meat.

Note 2: Chicken-Egg-Potato salad can be kept in the fridge for 3 days.