Links I Love Week 4

The surprise of Henri is finally out, and I am adjusting to life with a puppy! It has been a lot of fun having him around. It has been a long time since I had a dog and I forgot how much I love having one. I really appreciate all of your encouragement, support, and love for this little guy. ❤️

I am not sure if I mentioned that I was doing Dry January. For those of you who are curious about what Dry January is and the health benefits, this is a great post. I am in the home stretch and I feel great. I also gave up my morning coffee and switched it for green tea.

The sculpture garden at Rodin museum reopens in Paris

9 French Design and Home Decor Ideas

My Positano print made it into a Refinery 29 article. Thank you to the reader who sent me this link!

Still undecided on a new paint color for 2021? Let this guide help you. I need to bookmark this for later when I am ready to paint again.

I was influenced by my friend Meghan of Wit and Whimsy to purchase these pimple patches. I am lucky that zits don’t happen often, but when they do I haven’t had a spot treatment that works. I am happy to have these on hand just in case hormones strike my chin.

There is a new hotel opening up in Versailles and it looks incredible. This is on my wish list for when travel resumes again.

I bought Henri a new and much bigger dog bed for him to grow into. I am well aware that his first bed is a bit too small for him. This one is monogrammed with his name and I can’t wait for it to arrive. It shipped fast!

France has passed a law protecting the sounds and smells of the countryside

I made this lemon rice soup for lunch this week with my chicken stock and leftover orzo.

I recently listened to this podcast on The Points Guy and how he got his start. It is a really amazing story. The whole podcast is 45 minutes so great to listen to on a walk or workout to get inspired.

Hôtel Magique for Anthropologie is adorable. These are all fun French-inspired designs to add that touch to your home. From a super cute mug, bath mat, or love plate. This line has you covered for Valentine’s Day and beyond. The juice glasses are so fun too!

Kristen Hannah is one of my favorite authors for writing “The Nightingale” I am on her mailing list and she announced, “The Four Winds” coming out in February along with the debut of Firefly Lane and adaptation of her book on Netflix. It is something exciting to look forward to. If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend them.

The best Japanese restaurants to order in Paris. Bookmark for your next trip.

Bake virtually with Dorie Greenspan and William Sonoma on February 15th. Sign me up!

I was completely moved by the speech on inauguration day by Amanda Gorman “The Hill We Climb” NYT

Michelin announces 2021 stars for France and introduces a green star for sustainability

Makers Paris is a great book highlighting 35 different shops and studios in Paris. It makes a great coffee table book or gift idea for a Francophile

This was an interesting read. Did you ever have unrealistic expectations of adulthood?

A heart-shaped waffle maker? Yes, please. It should be a year-round thing.

I made these sesame noodles and a simple salmon this week for dinner. This will be a repeat dish for sure.

If you are spending a lot of time in the kitchen, you might enjoy this cooking playlist by Nancy Meyers on Spotify. Over 300 songs!

Sleep again is a big focus for me for 2021. To build immunity, I have been doing my best to get good quality sleep. My apple watch helps track it (more on that later) and I have been taking melatonin and magnesium before bed. Read this article for 8 foods that help promote better sleep

A scripted Julia Child’s series is coming to HBO Max

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  1. I live in Normandy, in the Pays d’Auge, for 6 months each year. Because of Covid we couldn’t get back and it’s been hard. I miss the food, the life the beautiful countryside, Trouville, and the 90 min. train trip to Paris.
    Our cocker spaniel travels with us and he is a good little traveller. I just hope we can back this year because I miss my house, too.

    • Hi Judy,

      I am so sorry you can’t get back to Trouville. I too miss Paris. It has been over a year since I have been able to travel. You are very lucky to have a sweet cocker spaniel that travels with you.

      I hope you can get back soon.

      Stay safe xo

  2. Love Kristin Hannah! Countdown to her new book and Netflix movie! I need about 8 weeks in France! Have a great week!