This & That: No. 188

Dec 11, 2015

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~How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Gregor and Gene Stone

The new year offers an ideal time to jumpstart a new healthy lifestyle, and with the help of How Not to Die, the key principles to improving the not only the length, but the quality of life will be at your fingertips.

~Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante: A Maggie Hope Mystery by Susan Elia MacNeal

Cozy mystery fans, I have found a series for you to devour on the upcoming holiday vacation: Maggie Hope. Beginning with Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, the series has now four books on its list, the most recent having been released in October. Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante involves Maggie Hope jumping the pond to in her most recent espionage escape to thwart a scandal that could be disastrous for the White House during the early 1940s. As a New York Times Best-Seller, I have a feeling this mystery will be hard to put down.


~Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by Emily Henderson and Angelin Borsics

Released in October and already a New York Times Best-seller, Emily Henderson and Angelin Borsics pull back the curtains on a simple secret that will make a big difference in every room in your house: how to style a room. Plain and simple, with more than 1000 images to teach you how to style your own home from top to bottom, buy this book for yourself or as a gift for someone you know will devour its easy to follow ideas.


~Subtle French for Fitting In  by Comme Une Francaise
Are you wanting to brush up on your French? Géraldine Lepere has returned with a limited time only class just for you! Titled Subtle French for Fitting In. Have a look at her description and all the details below:
From neigbors to shopkeepers, conversational touches that will win their hearts.
It’s a wonderful course about relationships in France.
This is for those who feel like a polite stranger in Paris.
Yes, your French is good enough to get you around.
But you want more.
More depth, more interactions, more appreciation, more joking around.
In this brand new, highly-requested course, you’ll discover all the behind-the-scenes key words,

dynamics and phrases French people use almost unconsciously when they make friends.

We’ll make the journey together.

The course offers 30 multimedia lessons spread over 7 weeks.
As with all the Comme une Française courses, it comes with:
– a lifetime access to the content
– 100% downloadable content
– my 60-day money-back guarantee
It will be open from Tuesday 8th December to the following Monday. One week only.


~Eduardo Umaña’s Classic Nato Watch

Watches can often be overlooked as a powerful accessory, but as someone who prefers function paired with style, when I discovered Eduardo Umaña’s time pieces, I wanted to know more. Having had the opportunity wear the Silver Nato & Natural Strap watch, I can attest the quality is superb (see image below).

With the simple clock face, many people, including my students, have inquired about the watch as it is simple, yet bold, sophisticated and a signature as many different metals and leather finishes are available. Made in the United States with ultra scratch resistant ceramic coating and sapphire glass complete with a Swiss movement with 5 year battery life, this a wonderful gift for a loved one who prefers quality, stylish pieces – man or woman.


~Tibi Striped Cashmere Oversized Airy Pullover

Winter means sweaters, and the cold weather beckons for oversized, soft, cashmere sweaters. And since I am more than a fan of stripes, Tibi’s striped oversized sweater caught my eye.


~A Barefoot Contessa Holiday

Set your DVRs! The Barefoot Contessa returns this Sunday on Food Network with her one hour A Barefoot Contessa Holiday. Simple recipes for delicious entertaining. Always offering great inspiration, I will be tuning in and perhaps garnering a new idea or two.

applemaplepie ~recipe for Maple Apple Pie~

The snow flurries have been coming fast and furious, and my giddiness has been spontaneous and plentiful. Each time I look out my windows while teaching, my discipline is challenged to not smile and grin much as a small child would. Perhaps this sounds absurd, but I truthfully don’t care and have been luxuriating in the simple new experiences being a newcomer to Bend. Supposedly the snow is supposed to stick this weekend, but either way, I will enjoy it. My first winter here, and already it has exceeded expectations. Much like so much that has preceded in the past five months.

Perhaps allowing ourselves to experience the everyday more like a child would is the key. So much of life as adults can be serious, demanding and grinding to meet expectations, but what if we opened our eyes to those little things that when we experienced for the first time made us pause and look around with wonder? At least for me, it has given the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the present more than I have for quite some time.

I do hope your holidays are going well and the weekend has plans for you to enjoy a bit of festive activities and celebration. Below are a few articles you might enjoy, but I especially encourage you to watch the video below. I have a no doubt it will entice you all the more to embrace the holiday season. Until Monday, bon weekend!

~10 Simple habits That Will Save You Lots of Time and Energy

~How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

~Relinquishing Control of Others: 5 Ways It Serves You

~10 Stunning Dishes That Will Change the Way You Look at Breakfast care of Vogue. The boiled egg and soldiers is taking me back to my time in France.


7 thoughts on “This & That: No. 188

  1. Love! Love! Love The Maggie Hope series! Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidant is the 5th book in the series. I am on book 4 right now and can’t wait to get to Mrs. Roosevelt’s by Christmas – Each one is more exciting than the last. Susan Elia MacNeal just announced on Facebook that the series will continue and an upcoming plotline will be set in Paris featuring Miss Coco Chanel!!!

    1. Odalys, Thank you for letting me know! More to read! I am so tickled. 🙂 It looks like a fantastic series. And with a new plot line set in Paris, the series officially, hands-down, has my attention. 😉 Thank you so much for your comment.

  2. Thank you, Shannon, for sharing the USAF Band flash mob. I went to their website and the music is wonderful. Enjoy your winter wonderland of Bend.

  3. Somewhat in line with your suggestion of “How Not to Die,” I’m currently reading “Anticancer: A New Way of Life,” by David Servan-Schreiber,

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