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This or That: London or Paris?

You must pick one, and you must explain why.

I’m asking this one for myself, actually, having never been to either (other than driving to CDG in Paris – oy!). We’ve been considering a trip to one this year, but not sure which would be better/easier with a baby. From what I hear, Paris is smaller, everything is closer together, whereas London is very spread out. But in London, there’s less of a language barrier. Eating in Paris with a baby who’s bedtime is 7:30 will be difficult, since many restaurants don’t open until later.

So, what say you, readers, which city do you like more? Which would be easier with a baby? Let me know in the comments below, and you’ll be entered to win a 5×7 print of one of my favorite photos:

A view of Mont St Michel through the poppies

Mont St Michel, Normandy France


Last week’s This or That generated a lot of comments, and Coke is the clear winner! Kudos to Jay Dee for pegging the problem with Pepsi – it tastes like flat coke! The winner of the Northern Lights photo is Christie – Christie, I’ll get with you on FB to get your mailing address.  🙂

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This or That: Coke or Pepsi?

You must pick one – bonus points for telling me more about your choice.

Me? I’m a Coke girl all the way. Most people I know are Coke people, and I wonder if it’s a regional thing. Where I come from, “Coke” includes all flavors and colors of the fizzy drink category, as in:

  • “Get me a Coke.”
  • “What kind?”
  • “Sprite.”  *actual conversation

Sadly, at some point in the last ten years, after moving out of Texas, I switched to “soda” as the all-encompassing category. Doesn’t make me less of a Coke person though. It’s my go-to medication for migraines and hangovers, and NO, Pepsi does NOT cut it. Not even close.

Is Monopoly money ok?

So what’s your choice: Coke or Pepsi? Leave a comment below by next Thursday and you’ll be entered to win a 5×7 print of this photo, taken on our recent trip to Lapland (where I had a hard time finding a Coke, those darn Pepsi people…):

Northern Lights

Winner of last week’s This or That is Tracie!  Tracie, email me your address and I’ll get that photo sent out to you (I also have a little something else for you!).  sara_sligar at hotmail dot com

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This or That: Lie or Tell the Truth?

I’ve never been a big fan of April Fool’s Day, so I tend to ignore it as much as possible. I love the idea of a good gag, but it seems people get mean more often than not, so instead of a fun gag it’s a men-spirited practical joke. I just don’t see the fun in that.

As if April Fools Day wasn’t bad enough, apparently Tell a Lie Day is coming up in a couple of days. Because people dont lie enough as it is, we need to have a day dedicated to celebrating and encouraging lies. I just…I can’t even.

So here’s today’s This or That. Two scenarios.

  • One classic Hollywood: You see your best friend’s spouse kissing another person – do you tell your friend, or not?
  • And another classic: Your wife/best friend asks if this dress makes her look fat – do you lie or tell the truth?

Personally…Oy. That’s a rough one. Do I tell my friend her spouse was kissing someone else? Yes. Do I tell her that dress makes her look fat? “I don’t think that fabric would do anyone any favors. Here, try this dress instead.” Which is a yes.  I really dislike lying.

What about you? Lie or Tell the Truth? Let me know in the comments – everyone who comments by next Thursday will be entered into a drawing to win a 5×7 print of this photo:

Rauma, Finland, covered in frost.

Rauma, Finland, covered in frost.

Also, I need to announce winners of the last two giveaways!

  • For This or That: Chris or Liam – Jen, as the only blog commenter, wins! (I did have some other people comment on facebook, and Chris is apparently the winner all the way around. That’s okay – more Liam for me!) Jen will be receiving a lovely postcard I picked up in Rovaniemi!
  • For This or That: Chocolate or Vanilla – Megan wins a lovely postcard from Rauma!
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This or That: Chris or Liam Hemsworth?


You must choose one, and you must explain why. But you can put whatever spin on it you want (Which is cuter? Which is a better actor? Which would you rather see thrown off a cliff?). Personally, I think Liam is hotter than Chris. Like, list-worthy, if I actually had a list. Stephen and I were discussing this the other night, and he asked why – they look the same to him. I pulled up a picture, and he’s right. When you compare their eyes, or their nose, or their mouth, they look the same. I don’t know what it is, but I think Liam is WAY hotter. I think it might be the slope of the shoulders – Liam’s are a bit more square (Chris is beefier, which I think causes some shoulder sloping). Or maybe I just like darker as compared to blond. I don’t know. But I prefer Liam. So what’s your choice, Chris or Liam? Let me know in the comments – everyone who comments will get entered into a drawing to get a lovely postcard from Beautiful Finland! 🙂
*Winner of last week’s postcard will be announced next week, since we’re traveling this week.*
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This or That: Chocolate or Vanilla?

You must choose one, and you must explain why. But you can put whatever spin on it you want. (Ice cream, pudding, cake, dessert, ideas, relationships, or whatever else you think breaks down into those two categories.)

Personally, I choose vanilla. A lot of people think vanilla is boring, and people who choose vanilla are uninteresting and unadventurous. I argue the opposite. Vanilla is a base. If you have vanilla ice cream on hand, but want something chocolaty, you can add Hersheys syrup. Want strawberries? Add them. In the mood for cinnamon ice cream (my personal favorite, but usually not commercially available), just add cinnamon. Add blueberries, raspberries, lingonberries. Mix in fudge or chocolate chips or crushed up cookies. A world of flavors in one tub of ice cream. And if you’re in the mood for vanilla ice cream? Well, there’s not much you can do to make chocolate ice cream vanilla.

So what’s your choice, Chocolate or Vanilla? (And remember, it doesn’t have to be nice cream!) Let me know in the comments – everyone who comments within the next week will get entered into a drawing to get a lovely postcard from Beautiful Finland! 🙂


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And the contest winner is…

Last week, I introduced my first contest:  Where should we go for our first vacation?  There were a lot of great suggestions, on the blog, on Facebook, and via email.

Italy was quite popular, as was Paris.  Beth suggested Venice and going to see Murano glass making – I love Murano glass!  Angela suggested we go to Ireland, her home country; Kathleen suggested Ireland, as well, a walking tour that both Stephen and I thought sounded wonderful!  Sara suggested a Volga River tour in Russia, on which you can see many of Russia’s bigger cities and sites.

Pam suggested Stockholm, and Denise suggested St Petersburg, both of which are close enough to be long weekend trips (which we’re already planning on).  Catie suggested Prague, which is one of my top three destinations.  I’m a little worried about being disappointed on my first trip, though (that whole “reality can’t live up to such high expectations” thing), so I wanted to keep Prague for another time.

We pretty much ruled out everything in southern Europe – Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal – because we’d like to go to the warmer climates in the winter.

I narrowed our choices down to three areas – the South of France (as Melody Jane suggested), Southern UK (including Bath, which Mary suggested), and the Normandy region of France, which Jen mentioned (although didn’t suggest).

In the end, I decided on…..


Normandy, France!  I’m declaring Jen the winner of the contest, with an honorable mention to Denise, who said she wanted to go there…along with twenty other places!

I’m in planning stages, pricing flights, looking at websites, trying to decide where all we’re going to go.  We’re going to fly into Paris, but we’re going to save actually touring Paris for another time – we’re just going to get a car and drive out of town.

So excited!!

Any suggestions on where we should go, what we should do, where we should stay?  Bring it on!

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Contest: Where should we go for our first vacation?

My husband is probably going to kill me for this.  He’s left it up to me to choose where we take our first vacation, and I am at a loss.  The problem?  I’ve never been to Europe, and I want to go EVERYWHERE. How the hell am I supposed to narrow it down to one place?  Where should we go first?  Hence…

THE CONTEST.  Tell me where we should go and why, and what we should see and do while we’re there.  Is it a vacation that you’ve been on and enjoyed?  Is it a dream vacation you’ve always wanted to take?  Is there a festival that we absolutely must attend?

DETAILS: We’re going for about 7 days, around the end of May, early June.  We like art and architecture, food, wine, history, and the outdoors.  I’ve never been to Europe before moving to Finland.  Hubster lived in Germany for a spell, and has traveled some, including Paris and Rome.

THE PRIZE:  A nice little gift from wherever we go.  Do you collect anything – snow globes, shot glasses, ornaments?  Is there something in particular you want from the area – soap, textiles?  A pretty piece of handmade jewelry?  Let me know if you want something in particular!  (Don’t tell me in the comments – I’ll contact the winner to find out what you want.)

Leave your suggestions in the comments below by 4pm GMT, Wednesday February 29th.  (That’s 11am EST.)

(FYI – currently on the Want To Travel To List, in no particular order:  UK, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Poland, Budapest, Prague, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and more.  You can see my issue about trying to determine where to go first!)

Ready.  Set.  GO!

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