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Friday Morning

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Bonjour readers, I've been in Paris for six days already, although it feels like we just got here yesterday. We love it so much we extended our stay through the weekend and are heading to Brugge next week! I may not be fluent but my almost completed three levels with Rosetta Stone's French edition, I can read and understand much better than I thought. If it weren't for certain people, I wouldn't be coming home, I love this city and culture so much. Since we've changed travel plans if you have recommendations or tips for Belgium, we would love your thoughts!

Telephone etiquette 

Moving?!

Ditching Your GPS

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this week's favorites...

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Today I'm heading to Barcelona. With a few side trips to Andorra and San Sebastian, I'm excited to finally tour such a gorgeous city. Officially checking off a new city and country on my very long lists of places to visit. Have any suggestions of places to eat or visit, please comment below! 
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Top 5

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I only have one pair of oxford shoes but they are classy, simple and extremely sophisticated. They're patent leather, a beige nude color and they are everything even if they rub my heels a little too much. Everlane, which is a staple in my wardrobe, makes the best modern oxford and I absolutely need a pair. I'm also keeping my eye on these gold studded oxfords. 

(madewell, jcrew, everlane, giuseppe)

A Cozy Apartment

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The soft colors, the coziness and greenery of this apartment is everything I'm trying to go for since my sister and I are still in the process of buying furniture for our place. We only just got a kitchen table that needs a lot of love with a new paint job and a little refurbishing. We're also hunting for chairs. Have any home projects going on? 
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Word of the Day

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Word of the Week: Magnanimous
Definition: (adjective) Big-hearted, very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
Used in a sentence: (1) A truly magnanimous person can lose without complaining and win without gloating. (2) Even though the defendant had broken the law, the magnanimous judge have him the lightest sentence possible.
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Friday Morning

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Due to my heightened anxiety and stress levels, I'm most likely passed out on the plane thanks to a little sleeping aid and alcohol. From L.A. to Chicago to London, I really can't wait to see where our dear old friend lives in London, get rid of our bags and start going out on the town. How are you? Can you believe it's practically summer, I seriously cannot and I'm still pretty pasty. You will most likely find me in Hyde Park trying to look for the statue of Peter Pan. I haven't read the classic since I was in elementary school. So when I picked it up this year and decided to read it with my book club kids, it was such a different experience reading it as an adult. I'm also really looking forward to dessert with my posse tomorrow night!!! Cheerio :)   
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this week's favorites...

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I first came across this series from a fellow blogger and book lover, I ended up buying the first one, it was Coco Chanel and I couldn't help but use my expanding personal library of the Little People, Big Dreams for a display I worked on at the library. For your little girl, it's the perfect gift!!!
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Life Lately

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My mom just got me this adorable Maine tee from J. Crew and I was instantly transported to my cabin in Maine via 1999/2000 when I was living there during my childhood summers. I was super lucky to have the coolest parents, they let me travel three thousand miles away just to experience summer camp. It's literally been seventeen years since I've been back but I'm hoping for an Indian Summer in my favorite state!!!
The ultimate traveler pack (and one of my favorite bag companies).
A must for long plane rides! 
Paranormal stories and true crime with a side of boxed wine and milkshakes, count me in. My coworker got me into the latest podcast, And That's Why We Drink. And now I wish I could be best friends with the hosts. 
One of my absolute favorite spots in the valley, French Corner Cafe, no doubt has the best macaroons (and other pastries). But my favorite entre is the chicken and mushroom crepes. 
I only started watching Grace and Frankie when my guy suggested we watc…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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packing for paris...  happy easter.  the second episode of the librarians suggest goes live later this week, make sure to follow along.  missing my summers in maine... wine and a bubble bath.
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Quote of the Day

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"There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications and just go for it!
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Friday Evening...

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This time next week, I'll be in London wit the fab four. Our plans for the weekend are going to dinner and checking out where our friend resides while she's going to school in London, and then we'll be heading to Paris on Sunday. When we started planning this trip last fall, April seemed like an eternity away and now it's finally here and I couldn't be more excited. I'll be out of the country for just over two weeks and will be back stateside in early May. Until then keep reading, and see you in a few weeks. Nevermind that Sunday is Easter but I have so much packing and list making/checking off to do on top of squeezing in a book discussion recording (oh did I mention, my two coworkers and I just started a podcast of sorts, we're still fine tuning but more to come on that) this weekend.

 Unhealthy Obsessions and Book Trends
Jante
A California Fog
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this week's favorites...

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Before Sunset  An American in Paris  Midnight in Paris  Funny Face and last but not least, Moulin Rouge. 
Watching everything French that I own, plus French Kiss with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. What are you favorite flicks that take place in the City of Lights? What are you watching this weekend?

A Slow and Healthy Approach to Life

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In preparation for my trip across the pond, I've been enjoying my nightly reading routine. And for the last five months I've read everything from understanding the Danish way of life (Jante and Hygge) to mastering the art of French eating, I haven't quite mastered anything but I'm working on it. I'm no expert by any means but there are few lifestyle changes Americans need to adopt, these are just a few I'm trying to incorporate into my daily routine.
1. More life and less work. I'm not saying Americans work themselves to death but the stress of being the best and almost being expected to become workaholics, no wonder our mental health is in the state it is in. We're known for being fiercely competitive and overly ambitious, I once read, "anxiety is the handmaiden of contemporary ambition" and I wholeheartedly agree. When I'm out with friends, we talk more about work than anything less. Take advice from the Europeans and focus on life more…

Leading Ladies

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Five Things To Know About Melissa Arnot
1. She attended the University of Iowa and earned a double major in Business and Health Promotion.
2. After college, she began living out of her car to save money and climb mountains.
3. She entered high at the age twelve, as a freshman at Whitefish High School in Montana. She went to college at sixteen. She first climbed Rainer at eighteen. She started working as a guide at 21. Her survival tactic was lying about her age.
4.  Arnot made her first Rainer summit in 2001 at 18 and has now made 103 summits of the 14,410 foot pea in Washington State.
5. She became the first American women too successfully hike Mount Everest and survive the descent without supplemental oxygen. She has climbed it six times since!
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The Librarian Suggests

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What I'm Reading: Two years ago I came across a woman who decided to read the world in a year's time. You're probably thinking what? After talking with colleagues, fellow book lovers and friends, she realized her mission of trying to read everything in the Bodleian was filled with information written predominately by white people. A friend suggested to get out of comfort zone and did she. I'm finally getting around to reading, The World Between Two Covers and I am loving every word of it. It's a lot of information to take but I'm learning so much about the writing process in other countries outside of Western Europe. Do yourself a favor and if you want to be a well read individual, this book will be your saving grace. Also, if you love strong badass women and dancing, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerinathis is for you. I also just picked this up and I can't wait to start in on this one
What I Watching: An American in Paris, Midnight in Paris,…

Weekend Wrap Up...

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spring decorations a plenty...  wedding gifts - homemade pomegranate jam.  bathroom details...  weekend reads. in the kitchen...
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Quote of the Day

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"One day you will wake up and there won't be any more times to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now."
-Paulo Coelho 
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Friday Showing

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Six years ago, a children's librarian recommended a book to me, 13 Reasons WhyShe told me the premise and I was immediately hooked to the story. Before I explain my critique, I do think it's a good book and the idea behind it is unique but the plot is just not good enough; the reasons leading to Hannah killing herself were not believable enough for me. Yes, her classmates did terrible things to her in high school but "best ass,?" Yes it is objectifying her but it's not like she she was called the ugliest girl in school. Once I started reading it, I just couldn't get into it. There were so many things that turned me off, there's hardly any character depth and for a book about teenagers, that's problem number one for me. When your in high school, you want to fit in, you want to be able to relate to other kids so you don't feel alone. The second major flaw, there's no connection between the characters and reader, especially because…

Friday Happy

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If I had to pick a day this past week that was exceptional, it would be Wednesday. So there's this   local committee if you will that takes special interest in our public schools, and I'm now apart of it. So what do we do? We call ourselves TREC, Trustees Reaching Every Community; it's more like a field trip for community leaders to see what's going on in our schools and a way to introduce all the incredible work being accomplished by teachers and students. The goal is to check out an elementary school, middle school and high school, the focus of the trip this past week centered around the arts and how they play important role as the foundation these school were built on. And as someone who supports the arts, I was blown away by what these schools offer and how much interest the students have in sculpture, theater, dance, jazz bands and a whole array of subjects under the art umbrella. So how was your week? I'm heading to a wedding this weekend and pulling out my …

this week's favorites...

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Earlier this week, one of my favorite book series came out with their latest picture book, The Adventures of Bella and Harry and this time they are heading to Malta. With my trip right around the corner, I kind want to head off to Popeye's Village for a day trip and check out the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. Where is your wanderlust taking you?
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7 Items or Less

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You'll need a fanny pack to keep all the important stuff in one place. 
Make sure to pack a travel journal to write down all your adventures.
Hair clips - for when you can't deal with your hair or just want to throw it up.
Adequate snacks :)
The cutest traveling luggage tags
A stylish but cozy sweater to act as a makeshift blanket for the plane ride. 
Instead of lugging around books to read, download the greatest app/catalog ever.