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KC Mustards with EditsTen days in France changed our lives.

In 1998 Kyle and I spent ten days wandering through the neighborhoods of Paris and Nice. What we observed was life changing as we noticed that the French truly LIVE life; they don’t just work to survive. There was beauty everywhere, from the mosaic surrounding a fountain to the food on our plates at the simplest bistro. We noticed that people shopped at markets not grocery stores and we especially noticed that there was an emphasis on spending time with people not working to get more stuff. Wanting to get into that spirit even more, we decided to take our two-year-old a few years later to just experience life as a family. We stayed in an apartment in Paris and with friends in other areas, with no agenda except to shop the markets, play in playgrounds and eat ice cream as much as possible.


Shopping the Rue Montorgeuil near our apartment in the 1st Arrondissement

Harry in Paris

Doing the happy dance because he knows there is pasta in that store (his favorite “French” food was Nouilles or noodles)


Upon our return to the states we, almost without even thinking about it, made a choice. We determined to truly LIVE life, not just survive.

Eating well and enjoying everything suspended dieting forever in favor of moderation. Spending time with friends and family took precedence over working long hours. Seeking out local farmers from whom we could buy seasonal produce became our goal since we noticed there was a real tie to living from the land in France – whether gardening or buying from farmers at outdoor markets. And living life around the table became our mantra, and ultimately the name of this blog.

Eating within the seasons started us on a journey of learning that our bodies are made to heal when we work with what God gave us through nature.  To that end, essential oils, specifically Young Living brand oils, were just another piece to that process. We first learned about these oils a year and a half ago and we learn almost daily how we can use these gifts to bring life to our bodies, souls and spirits. While I won’t talk about these oils at length on this website, if you are curious, go here to find out more.

We invite you to experience all that we have learned about truly living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Eat well and less expensively by knowing what is in season and how to use it
  • How to plan your meals so that dinner is a pleasure not a pain.
  • Thrive in life and have freedom to enjoy your friends and family without working so hard


Christi and Kyle

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