7 reasons why snowshoeing is a great alternative for skiing and why you should really give it a try

“When life gives you snow, go snowshoeing.”

– anonymous

Hello and Happy New Year to you!

Last blog was all about hiding your Xmas extras, but that is of course a temporary solution. (Re)starting a healthy diet and exercising are ways to ensure lasting results. That’s why this week I’d like to promote a healthy activity that will bring you much while not costing you or the environment a lot: Snowshoeing!

In case you are a fan of winter wonderland, when you like relaxing your brain while exercising, when you love enjoying nature and respecting it at the same time plus when you are looking for having the time of your live for just a tiny bit of money, you should definitely go snowshoeing.

Read on to find out the many more advantages snowshoeing offers.

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7 top tricks to hide your Xmas extras with the right clothes

“Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat.”

– Cicero

I hope you have enjoyed lots of Xmas festivities and gatherings in the last few weeks. When you have done so (good for you!), you may have ended up with a bit more belly than before…..Time to do something about that!

The best things to do are:

1: (re)start a healthy diet

2: exercise on a regular basis.

Though these are the way to do it long-term, you may want to have short-term results. Well, that doesn’t work I’m afraid. What does work is hiding these Xmas extras by wearing the right type of clothes.

Below you find  some tricks how to do so.

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10 tips to avoid Xmas stress, so it really is the most wonderful time of the year

“Sometimes we strive so hard for perfection that we forget that imperfection is happiness.”

– Karen Nave

🎼 It’s the most wonderful time of the year🎄

Well, to be honest, for many the weeks leading up to Xmas and Xmas itself are rather stressful. So much to do, so many events to attend, so much money involved, so many cards to write and cookies to bake, such a complicated family to get around one table…The list of stress factors can be rather long.

When you are suffering from (pre)Xmas stress, you may want to go through a list of 10 tips to avoid exactly this, so you can enjoy a relaxed and wonderful Xmas this year!

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A book for when you have to miss (a) loved one(s) this Xmas: The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” 

– Francis of Assisi

On the second Sunday of December it is Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. People around the world come together to light candles for children who have lived tragically short lives for any number of reasons; sickness, accidents, war… The candles show that they will always be loved and never forgotten. The candles are lit at 7 pm local time, meaning that a consistent warm glow passes around the planet for a full 24-hour day.

I am not just writing this, because last Sunday was the second Sunday of December, but also because the loss of a child and how to live on after that tragedy is the central theme of the novel “The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes” by Ruth Hogan, a novel I can highly recommend.

When you think you are in for a very depressive read with this novel, well…..think again! The novel has an uplifting tone and message, shows the power of friendships, makes you feel the warmth of gathering together and addresses the heavy subject in a very respectful manner. Quite an accomplishment. There is lots of humour in the novel as well and it is written in an easy yet beautiful English style, including lots of Britishness.

For all of you who love feel-good novels, adore the English language & landscape and especially for those of you who have to miss someone dear this Xmas, treat yourself on this fabulous read! For a full review, please continue reading.

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6 things to consider so you can find the best sweater dress for you!

“It’s not about the dress you wear, but it’s about the life you lead in the dress.”

– Diana Vreeland

In autumn we tend to lead a life that is all about cosiness. That’s why a sweater dress is fabulous for fall: simple, stylish, soft and….cosy!!!

Read on to find out which 6 things to consider when hunting for the best one for you this autumn/winter season.

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3 novels to put on your Xmas list, novels that all take place in NYC

“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”

– Charlaine Harris

Do you know that feeling too? You have been somewhere and although it is always great coming back home, you also kind of want to prolong the holiday or at least that holiday feeling. Books are a super solution to get the best of two worlds. You can curl up on your own sofa with a novel and the book brings you back to where you have just been (or takes you where you’d like to go one day). Books are therefor the cheapest vacation you can buy and thus a  perfect Xmas gift!

Have a look at my selection of novels to put on your Xmas list (or to give someone else of course). The novels have one big thing in common: the story takes place in NYC. Trust me, a trip to NYC is far from cheap, so this may just be a perfect alternative. The novels can also serve as a prelude to a planned city break or as a trip down memory lane. NYC is simply fascinating, and so are these novels!

For teachers and story-lovers among you I have selected Teacher Man by Frank McCourt. For shopaholics and those of you are fan of a feel-good story, I have selected Still Me by JoJo Moyes and for those of you who just love a good thriller, you will be thrilled by Run Away, Harlan Coben’s latest novel. And for everyone who loves reading novels about relationships, any of these will work for you!

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5 reasons why autumn is an awesome season

“It’s autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and,

best of all, leaping into leaves!”

– Winnie the Pooh, “Pooh’s Grand Adventure”

With the days getting darker, rain and wind becoming more frequent visitors and temperatures dropping, your mood may just suffer a little…

Time to list 5 things to remind you why autumn is an awesome season too. How about windy walks, pumpkins, traditional festivities, soft fabrics, warm colours, leaping into leaves and more…?

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10 tips to make most of your visit to Milan, city of fabulous fashion & fantastic food

“Without stones there is no arch”

– Marco Polo

Milan is a shopping paradise for fashion lovers and offers cultural minded visitors the Duomo, the Last Supper and many museums. Going to Milan also means lots of delicious Italian ice-cream, Risotto alla Milanese for lunch and a legendary Aperitivo Milano at the end of your day.

Reasons enough to visit Milan and to enjoy all the good stuff this city has to offer you. Below you find 10 tips to make most of your city trip.

Enjoy your virtual visit to magnificent Milan and your real one even more!

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A neutral comfortable and cosy weekend outfit

“October is a symphony of permanence and change.”

– Bonaro W. Overstreet

I know that we are already in November, but these photos were shot in October and just fit the above quote perfectly. My comfortable and cosy weekend outfit displays both permanence and change. Do you have outfits like that too? They are so good that you wear them again and again (the permanence factor) and they are so versatile that your look changes depending on the way you style them?

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