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These few things …

… made me very very merry today:
1. this is my cat nip as of late.
peppermint tea.
i could sip this all day.
2. my husbands rolled up right leg – just for bike riding.
3. Sunflowers. everywhere i turn.
I’ve never been the biggest fan… but I’m turning into one.
they remind me of 3rd grade and my entire wardrobe that was somehow adorned with sunflowers.
which then reminds me of lisa frank and trapper keepers. (:
4. boycotting make up lately.
and goodness can i not get away with it as well anymore.
but that’s OK over here.
I feel like there’s far less make up in general across the pond.
being perfectly coiffed with full make up is a real american thing.
and i do it sometimes, don’t get me wrong.
even over here i like to get dolled up.
pretend i’m barbie.
but it’s rare in swissa.
so i’m trying to blend in … or i’m just being lazy? (:
5. heirloom tomatoes 
#tomatoeaddictsanonymous
6. these berries. are so good.  particularly with a little ice cream.
7. the stairs leading up to our flat.  i hadn’t realized how cool they are until today.
must remind self to look up sometimes too.
pretty things aren’t always right in front of your face.
8. strategically parking my bike next to lavender.
i like matisse to smell nice, too.
9. a greek lunch.
which included:
pine nuts in grape leaves.
pine nuts in pepper.
lentil cakes with carrot topping
& of course hummus and some hot sandwich topped with yogurt.
oh my yum.
What’s making you happy today sweets?
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54 Comments

  • Reply Ashlae

    1. My boyfriend ALWAYS rolls up his right pant leg while bike riding.. then forgets to put it down.
    2. Are those Warby Parkers? If so, I have the same ones and l-o-v-e them.
    3. You look absolutely beautiful without makeup – I feel like I can't even go to the grocery (in America) without seeing people all dolled up. I don't know how they do it. Seems exhausting to me.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply miss twinkletoes

    Just found your blog and really love it! And I think you look great without makeup!!!!

    http://www.twinkletoes-golddangles.blogspot.com

    July 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Mariel Torres

    You look absolutely beautiful without makeup darling. By the way, my favorite dress growing up had sunflowers all over it hehe

    July 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Raven

    why not both pant legs rolled up? Why does only the right get all the love? πŸ˜‰

    thank you THANK YOU for bringing the nostalgia back for a few minutes this morning with reminding me about lisa frank and trapper keepers….ahh……

    I also have been boycotting makeup lately, mainly because I don't want to have to wash my face at night.

    but you are wrong. you CAN get away with it. I bet I am right when I say your hubs probably tells you that he prefers you without makeup?? I mean you are beautiful both ways, but yes you CAN still get away with the no makeup look πŸ™‚

    July 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    sadly, i was way more excited about the tea when i thought it was a mojito upon first glance. BUT i was quickly distracted by how much i love that massive ring of yours to mind too much. and no, you don't need makeup…though i wouldn't mind another vlog about your makeup findings (you know, just for me and meg to watch, that is)….

    July 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply The Michelle Show

    Man, I love being dolled up! Even when I have very very little makeup on I feel like a doll. I think I would hate it if I was strange for doing so!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Gentri

    You so do not need makeup! You look stunning, just like that!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    You are so pretty without the makeup! Love that second picture of you! And sunflowers haven't made there way here yet, but I can't wait to get some. They are my second favorite flower and create an instant smile πŸ™‚

    July 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Daina @ New York State of Mind

    I love that picture of your stairs, I wish mine were that charming and picture-worthy! And until now, I had not thought of my Lisa Frank trapper keeper (purple with two unicorns I believe). What a fun memory to remember!

    My happy list today: pancake breakfast with family, homemade rice krispie bars, and going with my little sister to pick up her wedding dress!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Yellow Ribbon

    Oh, trapper keepers! I forgot about those lovely things. I've been rocking the (almost always) no make-up look for awhile now. And I'm loving it. And, I'm pretty jealous of your windy stairs.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    mmm i want that tea. and those berries with some ice cream. and a bike ride with you and matisse.

    why just the right leg, jb? why not the left?

    July 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Suzzie V

    I had clothes with sunflowers on them too, and the first perfume I ever had was sunflower scented. My parent's got it for me for Christmas. I love them!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply β™₯ Nadine β™₯

    Ah, peppertmint tea. So simple, yet so tasty! I love it, too.
    And I really don't get what you're talking about!!! You're rocking the non-make-up-look totally, pretty! You look gorgeous. Such pretty skin… I have serious skin envy.

    Here's to a happy weekend. It's nearly here. XOXO.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Anait

    Oh my gosh…Lisa Frank and trapper keepers…I completely forgot about those until I read your post….they were my favorite thing when I moved to America. And now my favorites include peppermint tea and greek food, too. And you can TOTALLY get away with no makeup…seriously. If you could only see ME with no makeup πŸ˜‰

    July 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply April

    Peppermint tea is the best! πŸ™‚

    XO

    July 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny

    You are TOO cute!! Love your blog, I found it through Story of My Life and I love reading your fabulous posts! πŸ™‚ xoxo

    July 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply Kaitlin Godfrey

    knowing there are roughly 12 hours of work until the weekend makes me happy…

    And the lisa frank trapper keeper brought back some memories for this girl πŸ™‚

    July 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply grace

    things i love about this post:

    1. you called that tea your "cat nip".

    2. you referenced lisa frank.

    3. you put your bike into a lavender bush to enhance it's smell.

    … you're a gem mrs. tucker! xo

    July 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

    my massage/facial 2 hour combo i'm getting today. makes me oh so happy.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Ash

    i love this post for a variety of reasons, including: peppermint tea- must try this, you with no makeup is perfectly GORGEOUS- since i usually NEVER wear make up, i'm adding this to the list of reasons why I ought to live in Europe rather than the US, you're hubby and his pant leg reminds me of my dorky, lovable goofball of a hubby- men are great, Matisse is your bike's name?? -gah! I DIE over it, and, finally, that food. oh the food. i mean, this post could have been nothing BUT food and I would be happy, but this particular pine nut extravaganza makes me a wee-bit jealous…
    what's making me happy: my morning yoga, decaf green tea, and my handy man hubby who is fixing our guest bathroom (we've never had a functional guest bathroom since we moved in, 4 years ago..) eel! yay for happiness!

    July 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    I love your passion for life!! And, I agree, peppermint tea is ahhmazing!! Your glasses are cute! xo.

    July 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Lisa Frank!! What a blast from the past. I was overly obsessed. It was a problem.
    And you look just gorgeous with no makeup!

    July 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply rach.

    GREAT blog! you are so inspirational! if you get the chance to check out my blog i would love for you to tell me your two cents on it! your opinions would mean a lot to me. πŸ™‚

    follow me?
    http://www.so–hi.blogspot.com

    July 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Lauren and Tom

    sunflowers and trapper keepers…hahahahaha that just made my day…thank you!

    July 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply Courtney B

    Gosh you look freakin' amazing without make up!!

    July 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply CafΓ© NaΓ―vetΓ©

    atleast in summer one should let her skin breath!! It's so great to be just acqua & sapone (water and soap, as italians say)! and you look much radiant:) great photos and really nice blog.

    Greets from Rome,
    Merilin.

    July 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Lara {simply irresistible blog}

    Those tomatoes look great! I made little crostinis with heirloom tomatoes and parmesan cheese this week that were delicious!

    July 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Ahn

    speaking of sunflower attire…i definitely had a jean hat with a huge sunflower on the front. tell me you had the same.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures! And now I'm hungry!

    July 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply homeseed

    i like that au natural beauty thing. especially when it includes YOU. umm, i don't think i've ever seen peppermint tea made with fresh peppermint leaves?! SO fun! and…lentil cakes with carrot topping? oh my my. i would like some of THAT.

    July 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply minnja

    Love the photos!!!

    Please visit my English Fashion Blog:

    http://minnja.blogspot.com/

    LOVE
    minnja

    July 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply Michaela

    I try doing the no make up thing sometimes, too hehe. It's good for the skin (: LOVE the idea of mint tea. Trying it asap. Bam.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Ashley

    that rolled up pant leg is fantastic!

    so much yummy food!

    i'm loving that work was so productive today and tomorrow is friday!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:19 am
  • Reply Kristen

    watching ugly betty on netflix with my sisters!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Mamanona

    Today-a crab trap bouy painting project. Love all the paint colors from Michael's. Easy enough for me and fun. You are sooo cute. JB too!!

    July 15, 2011 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    loving the pant legs. πŸ™‚ how very euro of him. πŸ™‚
    did you make that greek feast yourself? impressed.
    today- i was made merry with a lunch date with a friend that turned into a lunch-play-dinner-drinks date. πŸ™‚ tyler is already in india (for a month!) and i'm hating it the long hours alone. blah.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:45 am
  • Reply Jessi @ Life: The Epic Journey

    It may be that I am just blind in Europe (they say love is blind), but I think it is much easier to just be yourself. I feel like they value you for YOU, not for how big your house, bank account, car is…and they don't expect you to be Barbie…just Barbie-thin.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:47 am
  • Reply Alisha

    My mom's fav flowers are sunflowers. Your pictures make me think of her πŸ™‚ Guess it's time to call her.

    You look darling without make up! And your greek feast, hmm, hmm!!

    xoxo

    July 15, 2011 at 12:55 am
  • Reply Claire M.

    Peppermint tea is delicious πŸ˜‰

    July 15, 2011 at 1:24 am
  • Reply Becky [This Road Called Vida]

    My mother-in-law loves sunflowers and I don't get why… maybe someday I'll develop a newfound appreciation for them. =) You look great without makeup! Natural beauty, all the way! Very pretty ring, too! Peppermint tea is one of my favorites…but I haven't been able to drink it much lately because it causes acid reflux….and the last thing I need during this pregnancy is yet another case of acid reflux. Yours looks delicious though! Great pictures!

    July 15, 2011 at 1:27 am
  • Reply Katie Freel Smith

    Oh my goodness!!! I'm addicted to peppermint tea! I always buy it dried and in tea bags though – and was actually wondering earlier this week if I could do it with FRESH! So glad you shared! πŸ˜€

    AND – you look lovely without makeup πŸ˜‰

    Blessings – Katie

    July 15, 2011 at 2:06 am
  • Reply Shera "The Expatriate"

    Oh I am totally in love with Mint tea too! I can't believe I hadn't heard about it until I got to this side of the pond.
    http://www.afunnythinghappenedtravels.com/2011/06/half-way-homemade-mint-tea.html

    Also – what are those berries? I see them at the store all the time but am too afraid to try them (I'm going to have to now) I thought maybe they were cranberries?

    July 15, 2011 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Craving A Peace

    Put sunflowers on my blog today, too! They're probably one of the greatest flowers out there. So universal!

    Some things currently making me happy:
    http://www.cravingapeace.com/2011/07/five-things_15.html

    Kelsey πŸ™‚

    July 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Jacqlyn

    Love your cat nip tea idea! I just discovered catnip this year actually. My boyfriend always feeds it to his cat, so can you imagine how surprised I was to see humans can use it?! How embarrassing.

    July 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Kelley @ Kelley Maria

    Fun photos!

    PS – You pull off the "no makeup look" beautifully my friend πŸ™‚ Embrace what God gave ya & wear it proudly!

    July 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply dana @ wonder forest

    i agree you look wonderful without makeup!
    xo dana
    thewonderforest.com

    July 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Sienna

    i am totally with you on the boycot of makeup, but you don't need it, you are naturally gorg! and i agree with that being more of an american thing, one of the many reasons im excited to move across the pond

    July 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth {e tells tales}

    I'm over here, boycotting make up right along with you.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply The Pierson Family

    THIS blog entry made me happy today, EVERY bit of it! I want to be sipping tea sans makeup, right along with you … and the sunflowers! Love your blog. love it. love it. love it!

    July 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Jess

    I love this post so much! I recently gave up wearing make-up this summer, so I love that you did too! And that peppermint tea! That looks so fresh and delicious. I'll have to switch up my coffee routine and try this one morning!

    July 17, 2011 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Sophie

    SARAH I LOVE YOU! and i have missed you so much. and i missed reaadingg your blog everyday while i was in sydney!!!
    you are gorgeous and i lovee your photos! xx

    July 17, 2011 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Megan

    your man has such a base ballers build. love it. (i know this because i used to be a "sports medicine trainer" in HS..aka i checked out of the sports guys.

    not that i was checking out your hubby.

    im gonna just go ahead and this comment now.

    July 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Collins

    hello! i'm a new follower and i just can't stop looking through all of your posts. what a lovely blog!

    July 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply chestnutmocha

    totally agreed! the blog is wonderful! The photos are adorable, and you guys are super cute!
    also, i try not to wear any make-up in summer, too, it's just so hot that i would feel bad for my skin to be all covered in something unnatural..

    July 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm
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