Learning to Relax

Hello friends!

I’m sitting here wrapped in a blanket in the middle of June, watching the sun rise over Sleeping Giant (can you make it out in the picture?  It’s the mountain ridge on the right that looks like a guy sleeping on his back…) and drinking in the sweetly fresh morning air that’s wafting through the open screen door of my living room in our new condo.  This is our 5th morning here in Steamboat Springs, and the 5th day in a row I’ve …

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Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

And just like that, it’s the end of another expat “season”…

School’s out!!!

Bootcamp is on summer holiday! (I think we’re both happy and sad about that… it’s been SOOO hot lately!)

And we are just a few days away from getting on a plane to spend the next 7 weeks in Colorado, USA!!!

I stood on the school track Thursday, the kids’ last day of school, and imagined what it might feel like to be standing there for the last time….

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What I Ate (and Did!) in Jakarta

Sara at AMIS

Hello, friends!  I’ve been out of pocket lately… in Jakarta, to be exact!  Sara and I spent 5 days there last week for her Honors Choir Festival with the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS).  It was a glorious festival of singing, with 172 kids qualifiying from 14 schools throughout Asia.  I have to say I’m a pretty proud Mama!…

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Meal Planning 101

Food prep 101

I’m always looking for ideas to help make meal planning easier… anyone relate??

If you say NO, I’m packing up my family and coming to your house for dinner every night next week!  I mean, really… We normal folk who’re responsible for putting meals on the table day in, day out need a little inspiration now and then… or a little relief.  We’ll take either one!

Now that my diet has become very…

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What I Didn’t Eat Wednesday… and Why

Bex in the weight room

I knew when my camera battery died & I couldn’t shoot the vegan banana bread for today’s post, that I was supposed to share something else instead.  Some things are just meant to be…

Have you ever had something on your bucket list for so long that it’s hard to explain why it’s there?  Or else dismissed it because of “some reason”?  When I was 7 and my mother was 29, she confessed to me that she dreamed of…

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5 Exercises that Will Get You Out of Your Chair

Chair Pushups

You’re probably sitting down as you’re reading this, and I hate to tell you this, but you should really stand up.  Too much sitting will kill you!!  Ok, so I’m being dramatic, but recent studies over the past 2 years have linked prolonged sitting (more than 8 hours per day,) with a number of health concerns, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  And what’s worse, being a “weekend warrior” (i.e., working out vigorously a few times a week) won’t offset these risks.

So what are we gonna do, friends? …

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My Mother was Right About Everything

Pesto Quinoa White Bean Burgers

This evening I channeled my mother by walking into my kitchen at 5:15pm without any idea what I was going to make for dinner. I opened the refrigerator door and stood perusing its Tupperwared contents, seeking inspiration.  A few chunks of leftover roasted pumpkin… no.  Newly made coconut kefir… good, but no.  Half a box of barely-good-the-first-time leftover Vietnamese from the weekend… definitely not.

Pesto Quinoa White Bean Burgers

But then I spotted a big zucchini, some (relatively) fresh homemade pesto and cooked quinoa,…

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What Happened When I Didn’t Work Out

O'Heynes Abbey

I always pack my workout gear when I travel.  Usually, a pile of it… workout tights & sports bras are allotted an embarrassingly high percentage of volume in my suitcase. Even knowing how much we were going to be traveling on our Irish vacation these past 11 days, I hopefully packed 2 outfits and figured I wouldn’t sweat that much in the cooler weather….

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What I Ate at The Farm

Flower arrangement at The Farm

You wouldn’t think a 95% vegan would come away from a 24-hour stay at The Farm feeling so refreshed, rejuvenated, and revitalised as I did… but I did!! The Farm at San Benito is a spa resort about an hour and a half south of Manila, and their mantra is “Nurture Yourself from Within.”  They specialise in world class spa treatments… and their restaurant serves vegan food, most of which is grown in their own organic gardens.  Mark and I spent the weekend there to celebrate our anniversary.

Veggie Spring Rolls with almond sauce

We were surrounded by beauty & tranquility our entire stay, and the beautiful food only enhanced our experience.  After check-in, we enjoyed a gorgeous lunch in their open-air restaurant.  We shared an appetiser of fresh spring rolls…

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