Hello, world! I hope everyone is having a great week!

I did some shopping this morning, mostly for hair care products, because winter is tough on both our skin and our hair! During the winter, I noticed that the heat indoors can strip all the moisture from my hair.

I can’t wait to do a review on this hair mask I found!




On Sunday, in South Texas, we all had a taste of summer. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and the temperature reached above 60 degrees. On days like that, we like to take Claudio for long walks, and he
loves it. As his mommy, I love to observe how he is learning about his surroundings.

I can’t believe how fast the time goes by. My little guy is already 8 months old. His naps are getting shorter, he does not like his puppy food anymore, and he is learning how to steal things around the house and hide them in his bed to chew on.


Claudio has also lost most of his puppy teeth, except for two in the front of his mouth. The doctor said those will need to be surgically removed in the summer.

This was a short update. Enjoy the rest of the week!

Until next time,


Hi, friends!

Lately, I have been asking myself this question: why does summer go by so quickly, but winter seems to drag
on forever? There are two types of people in the world: those who love winter and those who hate it.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who will always love winter months, but many of us are ready to see the summer
and sunshine again.

Lake Garda! Summer vacation 2017!


The holidays are over, and these gray, cold days do not seem so pretty anymore. As I’m getting older, I notice that winters
seems to be endless. I love how the warm weather tends to bring out the marathon taskmaster in all of us, while winter months
can make us feel the opposite: tired and sluggish. I wish I could hit the gym and run, but I have not been cleared to do so by my orthopedic surgeon.

Not doing enough cardiovascular activities is having a major impact on my energy level. I think I have all the symptoms of “winter tiredness”.
However, lately, with a few lifestyle changes, I have been sweeping this tiredness away.

Here is what is working tremendously for me:

1. Hydration is essential for maintaining my energy level. I love to drink lots of water throughout the day. Also,  I drink a cup of warm water
with lemon and honey in the morning. It is perfect for detoxification. I also love a cup of tea with honey, several times a day.

2. Yoga is an ancient practice that helps me improve both my energy and mood. I was thrilled when my therapist gave me the green light to start doing yoga again.
Have you noticed that, nowadays, various styles and combinations of yoga poses keep emerging? Seriously, you can see thousands of different ones on YouTube.
As always, my friends, I prefer to stick with Yoga with Adriene. I know, we all love her.


3. Get a good night’s sleep and stick to a sleep schedule. Since my surgery, I have been getting plenty of rest to let my body continue to heal my knee,
and I feel great and ready to get up in the morning.



4. Reduce the stress! For those of you who have been following my blog, I always preach about staying Zen. Stress can easily contribute to low energy.



5. Eat healthy foods – stock-up on fruits and vegetables. We all love sugar, and I especially love to bake. However, try to avoid sugary foods and sodas, as they can
give you an energy crash. Instead of soda, I have a glass of water.

When it comes to cooking or baking, do your research. Try finding healthy recipes. Just recently, I discovered this food blogger:
“Skinny Taste.” My family is currently obsessed with her Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. They are out of this world.

Our new obsession!



I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Be sure to schedule some time for yourselves.

Alla prossima, meaning “until next time!”http://Low Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.





































Ciao a tutti! Oggi si festeggia la festa della Befana. La festa dell’Epifania,  si celebra il 6 gennaio con una festa nazionale in Italia.  La Befana è un personaggio immaginario legato alle festività natalizie.  Per me, come tutti i bambini,  la Befana era vera. Secondo la tradizione, si tratta di una vecchina che vola sulla scopa nella notte fra il 5 di gennaio e il 6. Essa, porta dolci e caramelle ai bambini che si sono comportati bene durante l’anno, o carbone e cenere a coloro che si sono comportati male. Intanto io da piccola, ho ricevuto il (carbone dolce) solo una volta.

Today, in Italy and many parts of Europe, people are celebrating the Epiphany holiday. Growing up in Italy, getting ready for bed was the last thing on Earth we as children wanted to do. However, on Epiphany Eve, there was something magical about going to bed. I remember feeling very happy and excited. The day before, however, was never-ending. How can a 24-hour day feel like an eternity?




There was something magical in our house. Mom and Dad knew it. They watched us closely. When bedtime finally arrived, it was tradition for parents to hang stockings by the fireplace. That way, the Befana would fill them up with candy. If the children were naughty, they would get coal instead.


Did I ever receive coal? Yes, but it was the type made out of candy. So, it actually tasted very sweet.
I will never forget waking up in the morning with dolls and trains waiting for me. I wonder why I liked trains so much?



It was a fun time. Now, many, many years later, this day is still very special to me. I will always cherish these beautiful memories.


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I will see you on here next week!

Per quelli che seguono il mio blog dall’ Italia, auguro a tutti voi una felicissima festa della Befana. Spero che possiate condividere alcune foto e ricordi.  Un abbracccio a tutti! Sempre e solo Forza Juve!


Before I go, I’m sharing with you one of our favorite dish I made for dinner!

Bucatini alla Amatriciana!


I also made these yummy cookies for dessert.  Happy weekend to all! Xoxo





The year 2017 was certainly an interesting one! The end of the year is always one of my favorite times.
For many, including myself, this is the perfect time to count blessings and express gratitude. I am very thankful for the blessing of being able to spend two weeks with my family in Italy during the summer. I am thankful for our daughter’s engagement. I am thankful for the blessing of my fur baby, Claudio, who we adopted from an animal shelter in August. Finally, I am thankful for getting published and becoming a contributor for Arianna Huffington’s magazine, Thrive Global.

This year was a busy one filled with lots of blessings, solace, and strength.
Happy New Year! Buon anno a tutti! 🎉



















Ciao friends,

I’m back! On October 13th, I had my knee arthroscopy surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It went well. Doctor R. William, a sports orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery. He did a great job.

Doctors and nurses are angels. Everyone at the hospital did a super job ensuring I was comfortable, happy, and relaxed. The Anesthesiologists, Dr. Harvey and Dr. Griffin, were fantastic.  About two hours after surgery, a physical therapist at the hospital had me walking with his help and a walker down a short hall. I used the walker for the first 5 days.  Now, I only use it in the morning. When I first get up, my leg is super stiff, hence the need for my little friend, the walker. Either that, or I just grab my son or hubby’s arms for balance, and off I go.




I’m getting the stiches taken out this Thursday. Yay for that!  Afterward, I will start physical therapy again. This time, it is going to be a long rehabilitation, but that’s okay. I’m looking forward to it.

I’m going to share more about my surgery in my next article. Stay tuned. I will keep you posted. My latest article was published on Thrive Global right before I went to the hospital.

I hope everyone had a great October weekend! This is my favorite month! Our days are starting to cool down, and I can’t help but feel that holiday excitement. In some places, the air is already crisp.


Yesterday was my first post-surgery outing. My family and I went out to our favorite place by the beach, sat by the water, and relaxed. When we got home, I made our favorite Jalapeno/cheese sandwiches and homemade soup. Then, I finally busted out the cozy socks the nurses gave me at the hospital, and watched my Juve. We won!



“Alla prossima” means “until next time.” Until then, stay happy and don’t forget to smile.