A Trip to Paris

Paris France

I was lucky enough to be able to spend four days in Paris last September, but I could have used at least another four days to explore what the City of Lights truly has to offer. If you have only a few days to explore Paris, here are some of my recommendations for places to go and things to see. 1. Visit the Eiffel Tower – It’s iconic and truly amazing in person. If you’re a history buff, take the tour. Make sure you check it out at night, it lights up with sparkles every hour on the hour.

2. Walk around the Luxembourg Gardens. Peaceful, beautiful and a great place when you need a few minutes to rest from running around the city.

Luxembourg Gardens

3. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral – The architecture, the history – it’s all breathtaking. Be prepared to wait in line and be surrounded by tourists. It’s worth all of the annoyances.

Notre Dame

4. Walk around Montmartre – With so much personality, this village is great to spend an afternoon in. We got lost walking around (which ended up being the best thing), but eventually made our way to the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. Another beautiful church, but it’s another view of the entire city that is truly amazing (and photo worthy).

Basilica of Sacre-Coeur

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Earth Day Favorites

Earth Day is here once again, but this year it’s different for me. Maybe because I’m a little bit older (which pains me to say) or maybe because I’m a little more educated thanks to numerous campaigns and initiatives around the world. Either way, I’m truly understanding how important taking care of our Earth is – and I want to do as much as I can to help make this a better place for me and my children, whenever I have them (no, Mom I’m not pregnant). In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share some of my favorite products, websites and people who have made it a priority to preserve the Earth whether it be the land, the air, or, my personal favorite, the ocean. I hope these inspire you or at least keep you entertained for fifteen minutes. I’d love to hear from you: what are some of your favorite initiatives, blogs, products, spokespeople who are dedicated to taking care of the environment?

Surfrider Foundation
Dedicated to protecting and enhancing our oceans and beaches.

Dr. Sylvia Earle If you don’t know about Sylvia, you’re missing out. Such an inspiration. Support her cause here. Watch her documentary Mission Blue:

Method Their founders ‘set out to change the world by creating beautiful cleaning products that are as kind to the planet as they are tough on dirt.’

New Belgium Brewing I feel confident saying this is Dan’s favorite since he’s a HUGE fan of their Fat Tire beer. Among its environmentally-friendly practices: they monitor and records all of their energy use, waste production and emissions and recycles, reuses or composts more than 75% of the waste produced in manufacturing.

Ok, your turn: share some of your favorites in the comments below!

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The Space Rap

My co-worker and his friends started a company called Little Scrubs whose goal is to inspire kids to be creative through music, art and healthy living! Such a great idea and I’ve been sharing their work with family, friends and teachers all around the DC Metro area.

Check out their newest video below called The Space Rap – “Out Here in Outer Space.”

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Happy Monday

Nobody says “Happy Monday,” let’s be real. 9 times out of 10, I hate Monday’s, so I try really hard to start my day with a good attitude and watching or reading something funny that will help start my day off on the right foot. Some of you all may have seen this video already, but if you haven’t it’s great. I generally love ESPN (except when they suspended Bill Simmons a couple of months ago), but what they did to Tosh was wrong. On the other hand, I learned growing up that copying is the sincerest form of flattery.

Regardless of the mess behind this bit, I hope you enjoy the video and start your Monday off with a laugh!

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Friday Favorites

This video is absolutely amazing.

A small surfer makes big waves from ABC Open on Vimeo.

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Friday Favorites

My Mom sent me the video below and it was such a sweet story that I wanted to share. It’s a little lengthy, but I promise it’s worth the watch!

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World of Coke

My boss and I traveled to Atlanta this past weekend for a meeting with a client, but we made sure to sneak in a little bit of fun as well. Thanks my co-worker we were able to tour the World of Coke with her friend who works at Coca-Cola. The tour itself was really cool, but walking the tour with him was even better. He had so many nuggets of interesting information that really added to the experience. If you’re ever in Atlanta I highly recommend taking out of few hours of your day for the tour.

World of Coke World of Coke World of Coke

Bottling

The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room

Coke Store

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