More Love Letters

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The other day I wrote a love letter to no one I knew.  Inspired by I wrote down words that I thought would be nice for someone to read.


Today I am going to find a place in Frankfurt to leave this note and I hope whoever picks it up understands english :)

The founder of this global organization speaks about her mission in this 5 minute TED talk.  What a gift to create and send little notes of love that lift people up all over this world.  Writing these few sentences certainly lifted me up.

Try it!  Grab a pen and piece of paper and write a little note that will make someone’s day.

Click here to find out how to get started.


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Salad Lovin’

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Croissants and chocolate have been getting the better of me these days, so I am trying to add more fruits and veggies into my life.


This simple salad did the trick : bed of greens + sliced apple + chopped hazelnuts + olive oil & balsamic vinegar… some parmesan cheese would have also been nice.

For more salad inspiration:

Superfy Your Salad: make your salads super awesome.

Golden Beet Salad: lovely & hearty standby.

And here is an awesomely robust salad guide compliments of Integrative Nutrition.

What is your favorite go to salad?

P.S. Had to pause from today being a doodle day because I have fallen way behind on my coloring!  Seems like there is always something ‘more important’ to do than filling these doodles with coloring.  How silly! So I am going to re-prioritize, and get coloring my #doodlesbyryann.  Stay tuned for more coloring sheets to come.

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Weekend Away : Berlin

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We are back in Frankfurt after a whirlwind – but sweet – four day trip to Berlin.  We certainly didn’t see it all, but hopefully we will be back to pick up where we left off.

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The Brandenburg Gate.

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With the amount of trains, planes, and automobiles this kid has been on before the age of 1… Luca is either going to LOVE or HATE traveling.

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Photo shoot at the East Side Gallery – a section of the Berlin Wall with beautiful murals covering what once divided East & West Berlin.

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We ate at Katz Orange on our last night where both the meal and the view were divine.  We munched on ‘hand cut french fries fried in organic goose fat’ and sipped really nice wine.  Luca slept the entire meal which is always an added bonus.

There was a lot of walking, leisurely breakfasts, glasses of prosecco, coffee with real Berliners, finds at the Maurpark Flea Market, and a lunch at Hasir’s plus little flecks that reminded me of Brooklyn, which made me excited for our return in less than one month (!?).

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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Doodle Day *3

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Enjoy the creative act of coloring with this third edition of the coloring revolution. Click on the picture below for a printable PDF version (hand drawn by the ever so talented Ryann), grab your markers and begin!


Share the beauty you create on Instagram with #doodlesbyryann.  Can’t wait to see!  And if you want more: Here is the doodle #1.  Here is the doodle #2.

“It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you are becoming while you are creating.”  -Charlie Peacock


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Cafes in Frankfurt

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Working on my own projects while being a mom (without child care) requires tremendous flexibility, creativity, and mobility.  I do my best to use Luca’s naps to get my things done – not the dishes and laundry – and I love being able to pop into my rotation of cafes for a change of scenery and a cup of coffee.

So if you are looking for a break in Frankfurt – here are some of my favorites – pretty much all of them are in the Nordend area and they all have outdoor seating.


In no particular order…

  • Cafe Caramel  (best soft boiled eggs in town!)
  • The Cafe in the Holzhausen Park (one of my favorite parts about living close to the park)
  • Kaffemacherei (the barrista makes the most beautiful cappuccino – see above photo)
  • Strandcafe (has a nice quiet outdoor seating area)
  • Tia Emma (close to the Zeil – sells washi tape and other amazingly cute things)
  • Glaburg Cafe (I just love this place – has an amazing brunch as well)
  • Espresso Bar (super cozy)
  • Matilda’s Kitchen (sweet tea cups and cookbook – in Westend)

There are still many I haven’t been to yet, and I’m trying to cope with the fact that I may not get to them all before it’s time to go.  Until then I will be practicing pretty much the only german phrase I know: “Ich mochte ein cappuccino” and then pray they don’t ask me anything else.

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