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French Girl Picks

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French Girl Picks: My Summer List

It is no secret that I am not a huge fan of summer. There are reasons why I am not a fan, the biggest being the heat. I am not happy when I am hot, I turn into a giant baby! I don't like to sweat, and I really don't like tanning. This is hilarious because I tan like a golden goddess. Thanks to my mother who is naturally brown, I have a yellow hue to my skin tone. When I sit in the sun, for just a few minutes my skin turns a soft warm brown. Another thing that is going to make you roll your eyes, is my hair. Somehow I get these natural blonde highlights tha[...]

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French Girl Picks: Let it Go

The way to heal is to learn how to let go Over the years I have learned one thing, we as humans are incredibly stubborn. We also hold on to so much, it is very hard to just let go. If we could easily let go and forgive we would all be set free. But of course something always happens. When something, anything happens good or bad it touches a place inside of you that has been there as long as you can remember, and instead of trying to deal with it, you push it back down, burying it further inside of you until the next something happens. My first angr[...]

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How I Reset When Life Becomes TOO Much

Last month, I was given a gut punch by my boss. He didn't want me around anymore. I felt a deep unbearable ache that I couldn't push aside, as I normally would. I was desperate to curl into a ball and cry. But I am here in France with two kids, and my husband is in the States. At that moment I felt as though I was going to fall over like a house of cards. I reached out to a colleague and a lawyer. During this moment of severe heartache, I wondered how in the world I could let a few agonizing minutes ruin the hard self-work I had put into myself go to waste.[...]

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Farmlife

The farmer's life for me Once upon a time if you would have asked me where I wanted to live I would have said something like Boston, NYC, or San Francisco. Sometime during the eight grade I said aloud that I was gonna get a husky and move to Washington state. Needless to say I ended up in Portland, Oregon and it was the most magical place ever. I loved everything about the state and the town. Slowly I began to grow weary of cities, buildings, lack of grass, lack of trees, just lack of everything. Then one day like a seeded flower something grew inside of[...]

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French Girl Picks: Tips for Winding down after a Long Day

I am a girl on the go, with a commute time of 53 minutes each way! My day normally begins at 4:50am in the morning and then ends around 10pm. If I can get everything I need done done! I do use a lot of my commute time on the train to complete some paperwork, or plan for the upcoming week. It is time well spent! However, like anyone I also need to relax. If I don't find ways to unwind then the stress kicks in and my anxiety is triggered. Trust me no one wants to be around when that happens. If you are anything like me then your anxiety turns you into a caged a[...]

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French Girl Picks: Protect your Hair against Hard Water

I was incredibly spoiled in Oregon. Not only did I have the perfect weather, seriously the weather of my dreams, but I also had soft water. My skin had never been better! Fast forwards seven years later I now live in France. Did you know that France has incredibly hard water? Well, I didn't know this until I went to get my first post-confinement haircut/dye. The woman doing my hair gave me the lecture of my life. She told me my hair was horrible and I should be ashamed for allowing it to get so bad. I felt chastised and embarrassed I had allowed my hair to g[...]

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French Girl Picks: Self-Care, Reflection and Growth

I am currently sitting in front of my television watching Pope Francis discussing how much our lives have changed since the pandemic began. If you are in the same boat as me then you too have changed a bit as well. During these on and off confinements and continuous bad news, we have learned a great deal about ourselves. What we can achieve, and how helpless we really are. Looking back at our empty cities, towns, and villages we are still faced with choices. I certainly have learned to choose more of what really matters. I have had to learn to take the time[...]

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French Girl Picks: Do you wash your face before bed? You should, and here is why!

We have all been there, after a long and hard day you don't want to think about things like taking a shower or washing your face. All you want to do is get into your sweats, order your favorite take out and binge-watch something on Netflix. For many of us, this happens often, because let's face it, life happens. We allow our daily struggles and mental exhaustion to dictate our day and moods. However, forgoing something simple as washing your face, on a regular basis can lead to issues with your skin. So what does happen to your face if you forget to wash bef[...]

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French Girl Picks: Healthy Options that Work for Me

Knock on wood, I have been feeling excellent as of lately. Despite getting a cold at the beginning of winter but that seemed to have vanished almost overnight. Back in the States, the cold would have lasted several months, ending with a two-month-long dry cough and a hoarse voice before finally calling it quits. Back then I would have taken whatever my doctor gave me until I gave up putting a plethora of useless chemicals into my body and trying something new. What did I try? Well, more of a natural and homeopathic approach. Now, not everything I do or have[...]

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My Blog-French Girl Picks

When I started this little blog I had no idea what direction I would head. I knew I wanted to make a lifestyle brand. Creating Thoughts of a French Girl has been a labor of love that I hope you have enjoyed. This is a journey that has taken me down many paths and has pushed me beyond my own boundaries. I do this blog because I like writing, I love having this blog. As I grow so does my blog. With that, I have created French Girl Picks which is the main house for my new wellness and health posts. Under French Girl Picks, you will find advice or recommendations[...]