Why does France conjure up such a sense of class and sophistication?

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

why is france so romantic

Tell anyone you live in France and their minds immediately fill with romantic images of lazy days spent lounging around Paris with Champagne, a baguette and cheese not far behind. By pointing out you’re French, you’ve just taken on an air of sophistication, won bonus points with any romantic interests and become a person of envy for some, because you have a life where, to many, the sun seems to shine just a little more brightly. Would living in China conjure up the same type of response? I don’t think so.

Why does France evoke such a sense of class and sophistication?

6 Truths about Les Mills’ BODYCOMBAT

Written by Diane. Posted in fitness, on healthy living


Sometimes you need a good kick in the pants to jumpstart your workout routine and that’s exactly what I did back in April when I joined my neighborhood gym. Working out at home was getting stale and I needed a change. Already familiar with the Les Mills brand of fitness classes from my YMCA in New Jersey, I was happy to see that my French gym’s offerings included BODYCOMBAT, a high-energy, cardio-based kickboxing class that has enough choreographed punches and kicks to keep you engaged and having fun, not to mention drenched at the end. I’ve been taking it twice a week now for several months and love it (aside from that lack of air conditioning situation in the summer). The 55-minute workout goes by fast, has you rocking out to some cool tunes, torches calories and forces you to work hard.

If you’re thinking of trying a Les Mills BODYCOMBAT class or are already a seasoned participant, here are some truths about the kick-butt class.

Read on!

Top blogging pet peeves that make me want to scream

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else

blogging-pet-peeves We all have things that get on our nerves. If you’re a blogger, you probably have a running list of things that drive you mad. Finicky technology, anyone? I read about 30 blogs on a regular basis and browse a bunch more and over time I’ve taken mental note of what’s cool and what’s not.

Here’s my list of what’s definitely not cool.

Read on for my blogging pet peeves!


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