This & That: No. 204

Apr 08, 2016

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—The Everygirl’s Guide to Cooking by Maria Menounos

E! talk show host and best-selling author of the Everygirl series returns again with her latest edition: The Everygirl’s Guide to Cooking. Sharing 150 easy-to-prepare and delicious recipes, Maria takes readers into her kitchen and shares her body evolution after following her own advice.

The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz

It was much to my surprise that I found Cameron Diaz’s first book The Body Book to be a wealthy resource when it came to taking care of my body, revealing the science, explanations and actions to take to tend to my temple. In her new book, which was just released on Tuesday, Cameron dives into the science of women and aging, and through interviews with scientists, nutritionists and doctors shares with readers how to fully understand and respectfully care for our bodies beginning when we are thirty and transitioning into mid-life. I for one is enjoying it immensely already.


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Private Paris by James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most modern-day prolific thriller/mystery writers, and with his latest set in Paris, I thought some of TSLL readers may be interested. With the deaths of several Parisian societal elite being murdered, it is up to Jack Morgan to put his detective hat on unexpectedly and solve the mystery. A weekend read perhaps?

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Ariana Huffington

If you’ve ever needed reasons to get more sleep, Ariana’s new book, which was just released this past Tuesday, will provide all of the necessary studies, science and inspiration to catch enough regular Zzzzs. With improvements to our overall health, happiness and even our sex lives, the quality of our sleep is a priority that is too often dismissed.


In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France by Susan Herrmann Loomis

Well, it took some time, but I finally learned of yet another French cooking school I am eager to attend. Spearheaded by French trained cook Susan Herrmann Loomis, it was her profile piece in The Wall Street Journal last month that brought her school, book and blog to my attention. With 85 recipes from French women who know the secrets and tricks to using what you have and picking up seasonally what you will need, this book is on its way to my kitchen, and I cannot wait to begin discovering what’s inside.

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The Valet

One of the added bonuses about my French class is the conversation and recommendations that are shared about films, television shows, websites and more that continue to reveal the French culture in creative ways. Such was the case when The Valet was recommended by one of my fellow classmates. Released in 2007, it is a playful comedy about love, secrets and tangled misunderstandings. Watch it here on Amazon.


Alexis Short-Sleeve Vivien cotton-blend shirtdress (black/white)

Spring and stripes just seem to go together, no? Last fall I purchased Alexis’ short-sleeve striped wrap dress, and it just arrived last month with the spring season. I am loving everything about it: the length, the fit, the light fabric (not transparent, but light and airy), as well as the stripes. I think you will love it too if stripes are your signature style.




~recipe for Buttered Mushroom, Fig & Bacon Galette with Roasted Squash~

Well, the spring (or perhaps more like summer) weather has arrived. With brilliantly warm days (Thursday was nearing 80 degrees F), and crisp evenings to remind us we are still indeed in spring, I have been spending as much time outside as possible. From typing away on my back porch for upcoming blog posts to digging in the dirt in the flower beds, these simple luxuries that are far more appreciated after months of being tucked inside, are a pleasure to indulge in.

So what will you be up to this weekend? I am pondering the idea of tinkering in the kitchen, but nurseries are also calling my name as I have a few shrubs I want to pick up and landscaping plans I want to hammer out. With a wide open schedule, I am excited to just let the days unfold as they will. Thank you for stopping by the blog. I do hope your week has treated you well, and as you head into the weekend, a few articles you might enjoy reading. Bonne journée!

~It is spring and a perfect time to revamp and refresh our eating habits . . . The Elements of a Healthy Diet & How to Change

~Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity . . . 7 Little Ways to Make Life Simpler

~This book has caught my attention and is something I wish I would have known as a teenager.

~Sharon Santoni’s latest post about Taking Your Time . . . The French Way is a treat.

~Traveling to Paris soon? Here is a list of 10 of the Best Small Hotels in Paris!

~9 Things to Throw Away When it Comes to Decor if You’re Now in Your 30s

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6 thoughts on “This & That: No. 204

  1. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone here and plenty for anyone who is in love with France which I have to admit is looking pretty lovely in the spring sunshine today! thanks and have a lovely weekend, Susan x

  2. If you liked “The Valet” (which I did!) here’s another movie with the beautiful Alice Taglioni (who just had a baby!) as well as Jean Dujardin and Jean Reno: “Ca$h” a kind of French “Ocean’s 11” set on the Riviera. Very fun.
    Also, if you are up to reading French (but I assure you, it isn’t difficult), check out “Le Coeur n’a pas de rides,” by Marina Rozenman. It’s a collection of true stories about couples who found love late in life. Some are very funny, some sad, all supremely touching.

  3. Yes! Thank you! I was just thinking that I needed some good books. I’ve been so swamped with work for my classes that I haven’t wanted to read anything, let alone non-fiction, but I think both Cameron Diaz books, as well as the one by Ariana Huffington will be perfect to give my brain a break from academics, but not allow my brain to “escape” so much that I can’t get back into my assignments when the break is done. Thank you for the recommendations! I’m going to pick them up today.

    Nicole @ Her Big Life

  4. Hi Shannon! So delighted by your post! I should definitely buy a copy of the “Sleep revolution” 🙂 I loved what you wrote about Spring. It is indeed a treat right now to be outside and enjoy a sunny day. These moments are the sugar of life 🙂
    I wish you a very nice week too!

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