Current Read- The Art of Southern Charm


I’m a Bravo-aholic and I love the reality shows on this channel. There…I said it. I admit it.  And one of my favorites is Southern Charm with Patricia Altschul being the wealthy, refined mother giving advice and some great one liners to the other, younger cast mates.

If you’re a fan of Southern Charm, Patricia Altschul, or the refined southern lifestyle, then this book is for you.

I’m in a Healthy Lifestyle Backslide



I read a definition of backsliding as, “The conscience is awakened, but the mind is not changed.” Today this is where I am officially at. My healthy vegetarian eating has become non existent this passed month. I’m not beating myself up, it’s simply time to start again.

Time for a self reminder:

The best way to start healthy eating is to start adding, not subtracting. Add the fruits, vegetables, and grains on a daily basis, and the processed, unhealthy foods fade away on their own. Time to get to the grocery store.


Beach Condo Decor Progress

Nesting, Playa Living

I”m on visit number two to Sandy Toes. The condo upgrades/decor are very much in progress and I’m so pleased with the results. This is the kitchen so far. Light and bright.


My next visit will be painting the cabinets white and hopefully finding some wall decor for below, but no ideas are coming yet. If you have any, let me know!

I’ve also been struggling with a color scheme for the sala (living room) sticking basically with white/cream/gray/black for the furniture.


And then I saw her.


Accent colors have been solved. Now the search for pillows is on.





Find Your Character Strengths Quiz

Culture, Sunday Sol

The VIA Institute of Character states your character strengths are the qualities that come most naturally to you. Using these qualities on a daily basis will significantly improve your life.

The quiz is free at, but they do use your information to further their study.

My top 5 character strengths:

  • Appreciation of Beauty & Exellence
  • Fairness
  • Love
  • Love of Learning
  • Gratitude

And if you want to take this a step further, Yale University has a free course of their most popular class, “The Science of Happiness”. This quiz being one of the first things you do.

I just started the course this week and if you’re interested, you can find it at

Freezing Lemons-YES


Here in Mexico it’s hit or miss when it comes to purchasing lemons. The small green limes are EVERYWHERE. I’m talking about the bigger yellow lemons. So when I read about how to freeze them, I was on it. And I’m happy to report that it works.

Simply slice your lemons and place in freezer friendly tupperware putting parchment paper in between the layers. This is a good way to keep them for drinks.

Or cut them into quarters and freeze them. Then you can put them into ziplock bags for easier storage.

Freezing the whole lemon is possible too, but the texture is too “crushy mushy”. The juice tasted fine, but I was not a fan.

My preferred option was to juice them and put them into ice cube trays. I let them freeze and then put them in zip lock bags. Each of my ice cubes are about 2 Tbsp.

*Per the internet, lemons will last approximately 3 months in the freezer for the best taste.


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Current Read-The Perfect Nanny


One of my goals this year was to read 20 books. I’m behind, so I’m trying to play catch up. This was a perfect book to slam out. A couple in France decide to get a nanny, but choose the wrong one. They are amazed with her organization and “Mary Poppins” ways with the children. But the nanny has mental issues and kills the two children. This is not a plot giveaway since the book tells you this in the first chapter and then works its way backwards. Even without plot twists or whodunnits, I was intrigued throughout.  I definitely recommend this book.

Side note: This book is fiction, but there was a similar true story of a nanny in New York, 2012 who gruesomely killed two children as the mother and third child were swimming at a local pool a few blocks away.