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    The month of living healthier – week 1

    The first week of my month of living healthier challenge is now over and it is time to analyze the first results. I will first give the details of the points earned and then analyze what worked well or not so well during this first week. Points earned during the week 01/02: 5 points no sugar +1            no sweet drinks +1            10 fruits and vegetables : +2            fermented food: +1 (Sauerkraut) 02/02: 9 points new healthy recipe with the children: +2            have a walk with the children: +2     …

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    Motivational quotes for a healthier life

    February is my month of living healthier. This can sometimes be difficult to have a healthy lifestyle. Cakes and sweets are available everywhere and you do not always feel like exercising. Motivational quotes can help you to focus and live a healthier life. My favorite motivational quotes for a healthier life “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Benjamin Franklin “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha “I’ll tell you what I’m grateful for, and that’s the clarity of understanding that the most important things in…

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    The month of living healthier: day one

    Today was the first day of my new monthly project, the month of living healthier. It went well. I was lucky though, because no one did bring any cake or sweets. Just for reminder, I explained the rules of the challenge in the article I wrote yesterday. This is not a strict diet but rather a positive health challenge. I receive points for doing some actions like for instance cooking a healthy meal, have a walk or avoid sugar an entire day. My first day results No sugar during the entire day: +1 Eat 10 fruits or vegetables in a day: +2 No soft drinks or juice during the entire…

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    The month of living healthier

    One of my goals for 2019 is to try new monthly projects. I did not try any project in January but I decided that February would be my month of living healthier. This is not a diet though. Honestly, I would not know which diet to follow. There are so many of them and you cannot be sure whether they are really that healthy. I also find that many diets are difficult to follow if you have a normal social life. It is difficult to refuse a piece of the cake baked by your mother in law because you are on a diet. For this month of living healthier, I…

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    Starting a new job: useful advice

    This year, I finally got the opportunity to start a new job. I am still in the same company but I have a new role now. In this case, things are naturally easy because I already know much about the new colleagues and generally about the way the company works. However, as I have been first training the colleagues who are replacing me and now learning the new job, I have been thinking about the best way to start a new job. Starting a new job is an exciting new experience but it can be scary too. I listed below a few ideas to make your new start easier. 1)…

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    Baking a Twelfth Night Cake

    One of our family traditions is to bake a “galette des rois” or Twelfth Night Cake every year in January. This is a lovely French tradition. To celebrate the Epiphany, you share a cake with friends or relatives. There is a charm hidden in the cake. The person who finds the charm in his or her piece of cake becomes king or queen for a day and has to wear a paper crone.  All French bakeries are selling this cake the all month, as French people love this tradition so much that they do not only celebrate it on January the 6th but whenever they can in January. However, for French people living abroad, this can…

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    Inspiring quotes to start the new year

    2018 is nearly over and the year 2019 is approaching. This is time to think about what you want to achieve in 2019. What did work in 2018 and what do you. want to change? Are you going to simplify some aspects of your life? Are you going to try a new project? If you need some inspiration, I listed some great quotes to start the new year. Inspiring quotes to start the new year Quotes that will make you want to try new things this year “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things,…

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    Monthly projects ideas for 2019

    This year, I tried a monthly project which I called my month of learning Spanish. As 2019 is coming soon, I am thinking about trying some new monthly projects this year. If you are thinking of trying that too, you can check my list of monthly projects ideas for 2019 below. Monthly projects ideas for 2019 Healthy cooking month This is a good project if you have the feeling that you have not been eating well lately. With this monthly challenge, you are supposed to cook one heathy meal every day for a month. I am thinking of trying this project as this is a field where my family and…

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    10 sweet family activities for Christmas time

    December has now begun and Christmas is approaching. As my daughter is getting impatient, I am trying to propose to her and her little brothers different family activities for Christmas time. I am looking for activities that are both fun and somewhat educational too. Here is a list of some of our favorite Christmas activities. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. Sweet family activities for Christmas time Baking Christmas cookies Children love baking. My daughter and my older son can both help in the kitchen. We prepare the cookie dough together. Later, the children can also help to cut the cookies. We…

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    15 inspiring quotes that could change your life

    When you are busy with work and family, you often feel like you are running to stay on the same spot. This is sometimes difficult to see the big picture and to focus on long terms decisions and tasks. Yet, you sometimes just need to think outside the box to be able to change your life. Here are some inspiring quotes that could change your life. Inspiring quotes about happiness Happiness is a virtue, not its reward. Baruch SpinozaIt is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of…