Fresh Start in the New Year!

Fresh Start in the New Year!
Beginnings are so exciting.  At the start anything is possible, new love, new babies, and of course, a new year could be the best year of your life.  I’m definitely planning on 2014 as the best year of mine.  I’m a lucky enough person to have had several best years ever… which means I suppose that things ...

Fat Burning Hot Cocoa 1

Fat Burning Hot Cocoa
Cold weather just makes you want to curl up with something warm.  I’m a sucker for comfort food, especially anything chocolate.   Great news on that front, cocoa is full of antioxidants, which fortunately reduce levels of the hormone  cortisol which helps you pack on the pounds!  It also has tons of fiber, which makes ...

Where are the elves?

Where are the elves?
It has been 10 years since I met my husband and started traveling regularly to his home country of Romania. On the (long) plane ride home, I couldn’t help but think about all the changes that have happened in that decade. Changes for us sure, we started out as college students just starting to figure ...

Travel Light Travel Well

Travel Light Travel Well
Apparently this is the weekend to hit the road, or the skies, or whatever.  The last blast of the summer before we all get down to business in the fall.  So I thought what a great opportunity to share a few of my favorite tricks to travelling without packing on the pounds or coming down ...

First Bite 7

First Bite
I (Rachel Ciordas) have loved all things food from birth. (Seriously who’s first word is cookie?) I have always loved being in the kitchen, creating new flavors, and gathering around the table with friends and family. Food has however at times been my frenemy (ha! gotta love that word!) I, like many people I know ...