Review: French Women Don’t Get Fat

Recently I read the book French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I had heard about it from my sister-in-law, who, in turn, had heard about it from her sister. This was back in September.

I eventually got around to buying the book and reading it. I loved it.

First of all, it approaches food in the same way that I have always thought was most practical: food isn’t bad for you. It’s how much of it and your attitude toward it that’s an issue. I have never agreed with diets that completely cut out certain types of food (unless directed by medical professionals). It just doesn’t seem right to me.

This book helped to outline why it is French women can eat all sorts of “forbidden” foods like pastries, three-course meals, wine, and chocolate, and still remain thinner than the average American woman.

I’m not going to say I’m a fat woman. Really, I’m quite thin myself. However, in the last year or so, I did manage to put on about five pounds that I don’t like. This book helped me to look at what had changed in my diet (more hard liquor and nighttime snacking) and how to avoid that in the future.

I didn’t follow the outline precisely. I skipped the three-week assessment of my eating habits, since I’m pretty well aware of what I do. Rather, I jumped right into the sample menus and recipes. I’ve had a lot of fun making poppy seed rolls, chicken au champagne, lentil soup, and more. The only recipe that absolutely refused to work for me is the homemade yogurt without a machine.

My husband and I have also begun taking a walk after dinner together. It’s been fabulous to spend that time focused on talking, and I do feel it really helps.

I don’t own a scale, so I can’t tell you if I’ve lost any weight. Maybe I haven’t, and maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but I feel better about it anyways. In any case, the recipes are delicious, and I can’t wait to check out her other books for even more tasty French-style recipes.

Check the book out for yourself!

Disclosure: I have no relationship with the publisher or author. These opinions are 100% my own, and I was not compensated in any way for this post. I simply enjoyed the book and wanted to pass it on. This post does, however, contain affiliate links, from which I may be compensated.

Review: Cait. Create.

For Black Friday, Craftaholics Anonymous did a post highlighting some huge sales at a number of fantastic shops. (Including our sponsor and my mom, Reedmor Jewelry.)

At the same time, she did a little giveaway for a $50 shopping spree to any of the shops. And guess what? I won! I was so excited. After checking out all of the shops I settled on Cait. Create., a little shop with handpainted signs.

I placed my order through Linda at CA, and she passed it on to Caitlin. She, in turn, got in contact with me and verified what I was looking for. She was prompt and super friendly. Plus, she created for me exactly what I was looking for. Here’s what I got:

Cupcake Sign

This one I got for my kitchen. I have a little display of old kitchen gadgets, and I put this down at the bottom in place of an old picture I had there.

Audrey Sign

This one was for my bathroom – a nice reminder that pretty doesn’t necessarily come from getting all made up. Since my bathroom is orange, I requested that. Caitlin was glad to make the change for me, and even made sure of exactly what shade I wanted. (Pumpkin, by the way.)

Both signs are sturdy and obviously well-made. They’re adorable and affordable. I’m so glad I won them!

To check out Cait. Create., visit her blog here, her shop here, and Facebook here.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. As stated, I won these signs through a third party. Because I liked them so well, I decided to review them, without any request from the creator.

I Made It! Monday Linky Week 50

So we discovered that our car problems are not quite as terrible as we thought they were. Yay! We took it to our mechanic who told us the transmission issues were being caused by a leak that would be relatively simple to fix. On the other hand, he discovered that our car was unsafe to drive, something to do with the ball joints blah blah blah. I don’t know anything about cars. All I know is that it’s getting fixed, and for a lot cheaper than we thought. Yippee!

From last week I picked out this cute personalized stationery from Binge Crafter:

Monogrammed Stationery

Now what have you been up to? Let me see your latest projects, although I know it’s a slow time for everybody.

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Workday Survival Kit in a Jar Gift

Recently I wanted to make some little gifts for some friends I volunteer with.  Since there were 12 of them, I couldn’t make it too fancy or complicated, but I wanted it to be thoughtful and useful. I came up with these little survival kits in jars.

Survival Kit in a Jar

Many of the ingredients (like tissue packs) can be found at a dollar store. Others I found relatively inexpensively at my local Wal-Mart. I didn’t have any extra jars on hand, so I got those there as well. Here’s what I put in:

Survival Kit Materials

Tissue packs, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, breath mints, cough drops, bandages, post-its, a pen, and a little candy bar. I also included a nail file for the ladies.

I created the labels in Photoshop Elements. I kept it as a really simple design since I wanted to print onto scrapbook paper. I used pink polka dot paper for the ladies and orange for the guys, just so I could keep them straight. I attached these little tags using hemp cord.

Survival Kit Label

Well, what do you think? These are easy, inexpensive, and quick. Perfect for last-minute gifts, especially for those you’re not sure what they’d really like. I mean, everyone can use these survival kit supplies during their day. :)

I Made It! Monday Linky Week 49

Well, I’m having car trouble. I hate that. Last weekend we replaced the battery. This weekend, though, the transmission has decided to start slipping. Blech. We’ll be taking it in tomorrow to see if the rest of the car is worth replacing the transmission. If not, well, I guess it’s car shopping time. Double blech.

Hopefully your weekend went a lot better. Last week’s projects were great. I really liked these cute little signs by The Brown Eyes Have It:

painted sign

Now on to this week. Link up all your great crafty projects and recipes. A few guidelines:

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2. Keep it family-friendly. I reserve the right to delete links.

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4. Post my button somewhere on your blog, and let’s grow this!


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