The little things in life lately

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, things we love

The little things in life lately

Do you ever get so busy with work or school or everyday life that you forget to slow down and notice the positives all around you? Or maybe you get so caught up in the what-ifs and the negativity that seems to be everywhere? For as long as I can remember, taking a moment to appreciate the little things in life has always helped me to calm down, de-stress and refocus my energy. Sometimes we are so consumed with our to-do lists and the hubbub of life that we don’t take the time to see what’s right in front of us.

So I’m taking a moment to do that right here.

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Comfortable yet stylish walking shoes for your next trip (that aren’t your grandma’s!)

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, things we love, travel

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Over the years I’ve been guilty of killing my feet in the name of fashion. I’ve also gone the other direction and bought ugly shoes in the name of comfort. Isn’t there a happy medium? Yup! I’m sharing some shoe brands with you that make stylish shoes that won’t kill your feet after a few miles. I own shoes from each brand I’ve mentioned below, so consider them my personal recommendations that are perfect for trips with lots of walking. 😉

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Our hot air balloon experience in the Loire Valley (VIDEO)

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France, things we love, travel

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When I was a kid growing up in New Jersey, there was a big balloon festival every year not far from where I lived. When we were out and about the weekend of the festival, we’d look up and see a rainbow of beautiful balloons just floating on the horizon. Flash forward a bit and here I am in France where the sight of hot air balloons in the sky caught me by surprise. Various tour companies operate along the Loire and throughout the region and I told Tom a few years ago I’d love to do that one day and see the view from above. Last Tuesday was that day. We took our very first hot air balloon ride above the town of Chinon and I’d recommend it to anyone. Be sure to scroll to the end of the post for a fun video I made of our ride.

Let me tell you all about our hot air balloon experience in the Loire Valley!

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