Remember the days of suffering in ill-fitting shoes just because they looked cute with your outfit? I sure do. I had a friend in college who would say in a cheery yet resigned tone, “pain for beauty!” each time I hobbled around with her, complaining of the blisters on my sore feet. Back then, I would tolerate the pain but now that I am older and wiser, I know the importance of comfortable, supportive, pain-free…

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Happy weekend! I hope you’ve had a great week. I am pleased to report I’ve been feeling a little more like myself the last several days –  so much so I thought I would put up a new Seven for Saturday post. Here’s what’s been happening around here lately. 1 ~ I am 50! This is my first real blog post since turning the big 5-o. While I didn’t spend it in Paris as planned, I…

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Hello, friends and happy weekend! Today I’d like to catch up and tell you what’s been happening around here lately… New Blog Layout and Features You may have noticed the blog looks a little different. I have added drop-down menus to my “Travel & Wine Country” page, organized by city or region. After nearly 7 years of blogging, I have a lot of content, some of it is useful to people traveling to Wine Country, California in general, Paris and…

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As I approach 50, I’m focused on taking care of myself now more than ever. From lowering stress levels and making sleeping a priority to leading a healthier, more active lifestyle, I aim to feel my best in every way. Incorporating good nutrition and regular exercise into my daily life are essential to a healthy lifestyle so I am embracing both these days and quite enjoying it, surprisingly! Today I want to share a few healthy eating ideas…

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I hope you had a lovely last weekend of May. Can you believe it’s June already? Summer will officially arrive in a matter of weeks. For the first time in a long time, neither my husband, Bill, nor I had any weekend plans. Surprisingly Bill asked if I wanted to take a hike…as in exercise. We are both terrible about exercising regularly and admit that we simply don’t make it a priority. To make things worse, we both…

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It’s the start of a new year and almost everyone I know has resolved to eat better and exercise more in 2015, myself included. What usually happens is that I go gangbusters for the first few weeks, then fall back into my familiar bad habits of not exercising regularly and sitting too much, which always results in low energy, tight fitting clothes and a sore back. I decided this year would be different. I know,…

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