J’adore #79

Seriously it's hard to believe that I've done 79 of these! That's a lot of scoping on the interwebs for the latest books, gadgets, or culinary finds. But I take my work seriously, it's tough, but I'm going to keep at it! Kidding. Not kidding. I love finding new stuff to try out, to try on, or taste. Then I bring your attention to what I think is good, the things that I am adoring at the moment. So here we go!

J'adore #79

OOO (Out Of Office) Traveling Suitcase

Andi with her OOO Suitcase in Paris

What better place to try out a new suitcase than the cobblestoned streets of Paris? We've had our 4 REI duffel bag-styled suitcases for over 10 years but one of them finally died and I decided I wanted to try out one of the ones with 4 wheels that I see everywhere.

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At that very time, the lovely folks at OOO (Out Of Office) Traveling contacted me about trying out their new collection of gorgeous suitcases. I took the large size with me to Paris and really enjoyed being able to move it around at the speed of light and I'm about to take the carry-on size with me for a trip next week to the Ojai desert – wish me luck!

Keto Snacks

Keto Snacks by Lindsay Boyers

So from reading the blog, you know that I lost 40 pounds following a low-carb diet and then a lifestyle. I wasn't keto, as that was a little too strict for me, but I definitely joined a lot of keto discussion groups on Facebook and devoured keto blogs because they are a fantastic source of recipes.

Another source of great low-carb recipes? Lindsay Boyer's new book Keto Snacks which I devoured! Her recipe for Butter Hot Chocolate is worth buying the book for! If you think you'd be deprived of a low-carb diet, this book will convince you otherwise!

Wiivv Sandals

Wiiv Sandals

I’ve never been one to walk around barefoot, even at home. For years I wore socks, but sometime during our time in our home in the RV I switched to slippers, I think because the floors were really slippery so the slippers gave me a little traction on the bottom and warmth since we were in cold weather climate.

When we settled in Phoenix I kept wearing them for about 6 months but then switched to sandals. Working from home and staying inside most of the day, I wear them all day long and at the end of the day, my feet hurt because most sandals don’t have great arch support.

However now I’ve discovered Wiiv sandals and my feet are transformed! The insoles are customized to my feet. I used their app, uploaded photos of my feet, designed my shoes, and received these babies with my specific measurements (and my name on the insole!).

I also ordered insole inserts which I’m slipping into my new boots for Paris, I’m going to walk around those Parisian streets in comfort! In the meantime, my new Wiiv sandals will keep me in comfort at home! I feel good about them too as they are made from recycled materials and are recyclable.

7 Moons Wine

Andi Camping with 7 Moons Wine

During our trip to Toroweap Overlook, I had the opportunity to try out 7 Moons Wine. We may be roughing it (hardly, when you see what we brought as food) but that doesn't mean we aren't civilized! It's funny, I worked in Switzerland for 3 years but never bought a Swiss Army knife!

Mainly because Mr. Misadventures always had his for all our outdoor adventures and wine bottle openings, but it’s kind of fun having my own! The knife (and the wine) were a welcome addition to my camping kit! As for the wine, I'm a fan of this Geyserville gem, particularly the red blend with 7 different grape varietals.


Caddis Eye Wear
Photo credit: Cactus Fox Photography

After trying out progressive prescriptions for a few years, this year I bit the bullet and went back to single prescription lenses. I have glasses for being near-sighted which I wear for driving and watching movies and the rest of the time I am using Caddis to read books, vitamin bottles, and the ingredients on many, many food packages! I'm a little more than a year away from 50 and I ain't got no hang-ups about aging, these are not your mama's reading glasses and I love them!

Before We Died

Before We Died by Joan Schweighardt

If you've been around any length of time you'll know I love historical fiction! I often share them in my monthly Currently posts, but I wanted to especially highlight Joan Schweighardt's new book Before We Died. This one takes place in the South American rainforest, an area I knew little about (other than that it is super important to save!) and follows the adventures of 2 Irish American brothers who take off from New Jersey in 1908 find their fortunes. What I loved best is that it is the first book in a series of three, so I have 2 more books to enjoy Jack and Bax!

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J'adore #79

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  1. I never could get into historical fiction. But non-fiction, I read a LOT of those. That way I’m learning while being entertained!

  2. Lori Bosworth says:

    I love historical fiction so I might check out that book, Before We Died. I also do a modified Keto diet. That Butter Hot Chocolate sounds delicious!

  3. Neely Moldovan says:

    we need new luggage pretty soon! That suitcase looks amazing!

  4. Susanna Barbee says:

    What a fun idea for a blog post! These all look amazing. Firstly, I want to try the 7 Moons wine.

  5. Aileen Adalid says:

    Oh wow, these are some really good finds! I’m particularly interested in those Keto snacks. It’s all the rave these days and I’ve been looking into it for a while. Thanks for sharing these by the way!

  6. I would love to try those Wiiv sandals. I have been unhappy with the fit flops that I have been using and cant find the perfect one.
    Most of the time it hurts to use them while standing for long periods of time. Thank you for sharing about this.

  7. Aditi Wardhan Singh says:

    Keto snacks, your nail polish, your glasses, that suitcase… such great finds… All so good on you, for you .. Enjoy

  8. Shane Prather says:

    I’ve been in the market for a sturdy new suitcase! Looks like the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love that suitcase! My large one is about on its last leg and I will definitely need to try this one out!

  10. I’m not on the keto diet, but I’d be willing to try some of those recipes! Perfect for low carb days!

  11. These are some awesome options for traveling. I love the suitcase!!

  12. Gorgeous pictures of you, Andi. I really love the one of you reading!! Happy Thanksgiving, jen