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!

Review: Are TOMS shoes worth it?

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

TOMS womens shoes review

Hello there! When I come across a brand or product I really like, you can count on me to share it here with you on the blog. Today I’m doing exactly that with my TOMS shoes review. Yes, my husband is also named Tom so I may be a tad biased, but honestly, I bought a pair of TOMS on a whim and they have exceeded my expectations. Considering a pair of TOMS Classics?

Read on for my TOMS shoes review!

Healthy brands in France: Natsu Foods

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

Healthy brands in France- Natsu Foods

I’ve been on a sushi kick lately. It came out of nowhere, and anyone who knows me knows I go through phases of loving a certain food, eating it nonstop for about two weeks and then getting sick of it and not eating it again for a year or more. But it looks like my sushi obsession is here to stay.

Problem?

Grocery store sushi isn’t super common in France, and if I can find it, it’s not always good. Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I was strolling past the fish section of my local Super U, and to my surprise, I came across a new-to-me brand of sushi from Natsu Foods. I bought two packs of it and LOVED IT. When I finished my last piece, I was curious and went to Natsu Foods’ website. I found out they make more than just sushi including all kinds of healthy salads, lunch pots and more. So over the past couple of weeks, I’ve happily sampled a variety of Natsu products and am sharing my thoughts here.

Here’s more on Natsu Foods and why I think it’s a brand you should check out.

Read on!

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