Guadalest, Spain

Guadalest, Spain

Last week, we visited Alicante, Spain together. Today we move to Guadalest, a small village about 30 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. It is nestled high up in the mountains. And relatively unspoiled since it was settled by the Moors. We frequented an outdoor cafe where we discovered ginger beer shandies. A ginger shandy is similar to a Moscow Mule, but far more refreshing on a summer day. It’s made with equal parts ginger ale and pilsner beer, but can also be made with equal parts fizzy lemonade and beer. Or if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, try using fizzy lemonade and a ginger beer (while called beer, they’re non-alcoholic)..

Alicante, Spain

Alicante, Spain

Travel heals the mind and soul. A few years ago I traveled to Alicante, Spain with friends and it was a truly wonderful experience. We headed straight from the airport right to the neighborhood outdoor bar “where everybody knows your name.” The locals were lovely, although perhaps a bit quirky–this woman was walking her rabbit on a leash!   Oh the palm trees and the blue skies. Even when the skies turned dark before a storm, the vistas were stunning. And even thought it looks ominous, we waited out the storm and back out we went only 20 minutes later! And the food at the local restaurants was to die.

Paris

Paris

It’s been a few years now, but my trip to Paris was one of my favorites and still provides so much inspiration for me as I develop new products and Design Themes. I am still awed by the beauty. Sometimes there are no words but no need to search for them. No matter how hard you try, it’s overwhelming–so be silent and breathe it in. Just take in the moment and be grateful. Montmartre was awe inspiring. The light in Paris took on a pink hue and French music played in some of the most unexpected places. I purchased some charcoal sketches and photos. As I walk by and see them.

Washington DC and Cherry Trees

Washington DC and Cherry Trees

Two weeks ago I visited my beautiful daughter in Washington, D.C. I was lucky enough to see another beautiful sight: the cherry trees blossoming! Everything was pink and spring was finally here. My daughter and I walked through the cherry trees and then had a fantastic spa day at the Ritz Carlton. A glass of champagne never goes amis! They also served cherry tea and dark chocolate covered cherries. We’ve all heard that good quality dark chocolate has health benefits and of course fruit does, but I didn’t know quite how good cherries were for you until I did some research when I got home. They are a good source.

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Positive thinking isn’t just a state of mind, it’s a lifestyle. Don’t just be positive when it suits you, but try to approach life from a positive mindset and you will reap rewards. Or as the Mayo Clinic puts it, replacing negative self-talk with positive thoughts helps our ability to handle everyday stress in more constructive ways which improves our health & well-being. Positive thinking: Improves our overall health Gives us coping skills Improves our mood Strengthens our immune system Improves sleep Decreases anxiety & pain Speeds up the healing process. As Norman Vincent, the author of the best selling book The Power of Positive Thinking, says: “Change your thoughts and you change your.

Mindful Mornings

What do you do when you first wake up? Turn off your alarm clock and hop (or drag yourself) out of bed, probably. Well before you put your feet on the floor, take a moment for yourself. Give a nice big stretch, reaching your arms up in a “v” and spreading your fingers. Really reach up all the way to your finger tips. Feel your body waking up ready to start the day. According to a Harvard trained psychologist, doing this simple act every morning can improve your mood and your whole outlook during the day. In fact, good posture and stretching both can relieve stress and increase mindfulness. More.

Beat the Winter Blues

Beat the Winter Blues

The winter blues are real. Whether you have Seasonal Affective Disorder or just feel a little blah this time of year, there are some easy ways to make yourself feel better.* Staying warm is a simple way to kick the winter doldrums. So wear warm socks out or slippers at home. And why not pop on a pair of fun socks. I know it sounds silly but a pair of fuzzy socks or bunny slippers around the house or a pair of colorful, thick, cotton socks for going out will keep your toes toasty and put a smile on your face! It might seem like fun to hunker down in.

My Trip to Phoenix, AZ

I made a quick trip to Phoenix last week. It was not for pleasure, but there was some time to enjoy the beauty of the area! I felt at one with nature in the dessert, looking at the mountains, breathing in the dry air (good thing I had my essential cleanser and travel mist, or the dry air would have wreaked havoc on my complexion!) It’s fitting that Phoenix, Arizona is named for the mythical bird of regeneration. As I said, this wasn’t a vacation, but I still left feeling rejuvenated. I hope I get to return to this lovely city soon–for a real vacation this time!

Six Simple Ways to a More Relaxed Life

Life is stressful and busy. But there are simple ways to cope with everyday life. If we make time in our daily—or even weekly—routine to implement just one or two of these six simple practices, we can live a more mindful, healthy, and calm life. That is why we have rounded up our best healthy living practices. Read all of them or just one, whatever appeals to you! 1. Reading (it sounds so simple, but picking up a good book really can enrich your life). 2. Nature walks (and if you are feeling brave, perhaps some nature photography.) 3. Yoga (relax your mind and tone your body at the same.

Healthy Living ~ Hobbies

Healthy Living ~ Hobbies

What do golf, watching TV, and knitting have in common? They can all help you live a more relaxed life. The point of a hobby is to do something you love. If you love it, it will relax you and take you out of the grind of day-to-day life. Focusing on a craft or walking to the tee or even immersing yourself in your favorite TV program can help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety because they give you something you are passionate about to put your mind to. Don’t know how to knit? Check out YouTube or your local craft store for how to guides and lessons. Not keen.