Cross-Country Skiing at la Givrine

Cross-Country Skiing at La Givrine

Winter in Switzerland is a lot of things, but mainly its all about skiing and fondue! While Geneva is practically empty on the weekends to begin with, its really empty on the weekends in the winter. This is because the locals and tourists alike have gone skiing at one of the many, many ski areas nearby. So this past weekend, we decided to act like the locals and get out on the ski slopes. Now, Continue Reading →

The Truth about Coconut Oil

The Truth About Coconut Oil

I’ve been looking back at my blog in 2013 and thinking about what I want to change or do differently and it occurred to me that I haven’t really been writing about life. My blog’s motto is, after all, “food, travel, life.” So I’ve decided to change that and write about things affecting my life or my friends’ lives and life in Switzerland. My first post is about coconut oil. It seems like everybody everywhere Continue Reading →

10 Mother’s Day Ideas

10 mothers day ideas

Mother’s day is just around the corner! I’ve been thinking about ways to make mother’s day great and here is my idea list of things to do for your mom. Go see her (or call if you don’t live nearby). Let her sleep in. Don’t let her do any chores. Cook her something. Maybe breakfast in bed or a nice family dinner. There are tons of options here. Check out FoodNetwork.com‘s Mother’s Day page for Continue Reading →

Learning to Use a Washing Machine and Dryer in Switzerland

Dryer Controls

I learned how to do my own laundry when I was 13 and I’ve been doing it ever since, so I didn’t think doing laundry in another country would be a big deal. However, the washing machines and dryers in Europe are just a bit different from in the US. Not only is there a bit of a language barrier, but they also work differently, so I’ve had a few hiccups in the process of Continue Reading →

How to Translate Documents and Webpages

As much as I’m enjoying Switzerland, one of my biggest challenges right now is the language barrier. Switzerland has four, yes four, official languages. They are German, French, Italian, and Romansh. The part of Switzerland we are living in speaks French. If you look at a map, you can see Switzerland is bordered by France, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Austria. Thus, the German, Italian, and French influences. Romansh is an old dialect spoken primarily in the valleys Continue Reading →

4 of My Favorite Things in Switzerland

Four of My Favorite Things in Switzerland

We’ve been in Switzerland for a few weeks now and the more time I spend here, the more I figure things out. There are a lot of things that are different, but a lot of things are the same. Its not like we’ve moved to a third world country or anything- for the most part Switzerland is a lot like the US. People still follow mostly the same fashion trends, albeit with a European/Swiss twist Continue Reading →

Pinterest Review: Soft Silky Legs

Pinterest Review: Soft Silky Legs

Overall Pin Rating: ★★★★★ I find that DIY beauty solutions on Pinterest are hit and miss. This one for soft silky legs from One Good Thing by Jillee ended up being a hit. Its super simple to make and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen. The pin is below and here’s a link to the blog post http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/07/diy-skin-smoother-for-silky-soft-legs.html. [half] Source: onegoodthingbyjillee.com via Caroline on Pinterest [/half] I gathered up the sugar, olive oil, Continue Reading →

Pinterest Review: Aromatherapy Rice Heating Pad

Pinterest Review: Aromatherapy Rice Heating Pad

Overall Pin Rating: ★★★★★ I remember using rice heating pads all the time when I was little and we lived in Pittsburgh. However, after living in the south for 10 years, I hadn’t really used them much any more. Now that I’m up in New England, I decided to make one again. Not only are they great for heating up and sticking at the bottom of your bed under the covers to warm it up in Continue Reading →

How to Make a 2×2 Ribbed Scarf

2x2 Ribbed Scarf

I have been learning how to knit lately. A few weeks ago, several of my friends and I got together to teach each other how to knit. I learned the basic knit stitch and perl stitch and quickly picked those up. I think I caught on so quickly because my aunt taught me how to crochet when I was about 8. Unfortunately, I’ve long since forgotten everything she taught me. Nevertheless, I think some of Continue Reading →