Cozy Season
I’m truly loving this cozy weather. We finally had a cold front in South Texas. Hello, hot tea and Pumpkin Spice Latte. I missed you! When the weather is cold, I always feel like cooking and baking.
Can you believe that Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner? We went to Barnes and Noble for our Sunday reading and hot cocoa ritual last weekend.
As we were reading, I could hear Halloween songs playing. Before we know it, they are going to be playing Christmas songs. How many of you have already started Christmas shopping? My husband and I have already bought a few gifts.
On a new note, just last week, I was asked to be an ambassador for the Great North, a clothing brand. I guess Instagram modelling is a trend these  days. I will share my first Great North photo shoot with you all.
Sharing goodies
Okay, before you get too excited, let’s talk about my new facial primer. This new product came in my Ipsy bag last month, and I was immediately in love with it. This is a must-have for your makeup bag.
The POREfessional Primer helps reduce wrinkles and puffy eyes. It also helps prolong the wear of your favorite foundation. I feel like it does the job by providing a bit of everything by smoothing and hydrating the skin well.
Before I apply the foundation, I only put on a tiny amount, to smooth, prep, and hydrate my skin. It feels like I am wearing a veil.
I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars.
I hope you have a fantastic week. I can’t wait for you to read my new article, In the Moment.
Until then, be happy and zen. Also, don’t forget to get your flu shot. My husband and I got ours today.
Lots of love from Claudio! ❤️
Until next time.
Best,
Nunzia

A new pumpkin
Today, I chose to run errands wearing a casual outfit. It worked out perfectly, because I have been dying to wear these awesome and super-comfy boots. They are beautiful gifts from my beautiful Jen! So, if you are reading my blog, Jen, yes, I love these boots!
As we are sliding into the season of fall, these gorgeous and breezy days are more cozy and beautiful than ever. Today, I bought the cutest pumpkin for Claudio. When I brought it in the house, my fur baby looked very happy, and started to jump all over it.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next month? It is amazing how fast the time goes by. That’s why it is very important to be in “the moment,” so you can capture all the beautiful moments that life offers!
You may remember that last year, right around this time, I had a knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear. Just a few months following my surgery, I went back to running. It felt great being able to get on that treadmill and do what I love to do.
Lately, however, I have started to feel pain in my knee again. After another MRI, my doctor said that I am currently dealing with bursitis. I have already received a cortisone shot, and I will be back to see the doctor next month. For now, instead of running, I depend on the stationary bike and elliptical machine to give me a great cardiovascular workout. No excuse, ladies.
We must not stop working out, or we will go insane in this super-stressed society. Set up some “me” time. Try to de-stress, and be kind with yourself and others.
I will see you on my next update.
Best,
Nunzia

Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I have been busy enjoying the summer, and finalizing my latest article: “How Can We Live Life at a Slower Pace?” In the article, I share how we can stay Zen in a stressed-out society. Also, Corpus Christi psychologist Dennis Ramos, discusses the importance of daily meditation. Mr. Ramos has been kind enough to provide his expertise for several of my articles. The feeling of happiness and accomplishment I feel when I read the email saying my piece was published will never get old, never!

Hi Nunzia!

“Congratulations — your story, What is SAD?, is live on Thrive Journal!

Looking forward to your next piece!”
The Thrive Team

Something New is Happening on the Blog!
 
I would like to announce some upcoming changes with this blog. Coming soon, I will choose an item that has caught my attention, and write a full review on it. The item can be anything: makeup, clothing, etc. In the past, I would review all the items from my monthly Ipsy bag in one blog post. This time, I would like to focus my attention on one item at a time.
I have already purchased some new things, and let you know my thoughts on it. I’m so excited!
Cooking with Nunzia!
Cooking is my passion! Every week, I like to post my favorite meals and desserts that I prepare for my family on my blog. All these recipes will be available in the cookbook I am writing.
Working on projects and challenging myself each day makes me happy. When I was an educator, I would always tell students to learn something new every day.
Yes, in case you are wondering, I miss the classroom.
Claudio
Our 1-year anniversary of adopting Claudio from the Humane Society will be on August 12th.
So many dogs need homes. If you are considering a new puppy, or even an older dog, be sure to visit the shelter.
This little guy has brought so much joy into our lives. He has learned how to jump on our couch and bed. When he is tired, he makes the cutest little sounds. Almost a year later, nothing brings me more joy than chasing Claudio around the house. He is still in the puppy stage, so he tries to eat everything on the floor and in the yard.
I know how fast time goes by in this life, so I pick every opportunity during my free time to play and cuddle with him. Puppies are just like children in that they need lots of love and attention.
Until Next Time
 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I will be back next week with my “Pick of the Week.” Stay tuned!

We are all unique and beautiful human beings.
XoXo!
“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully, your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.”
-Fred Rogers

Ciao a tutti! Claudio refuses to cooperate with the camera!

Hello, ladies! This little peanut continues to amaze me each day. He is becoming more adorable and mischievous. I can’t believe that he is already 12 months old. As you can see on these pictures, my fur baby is annoyed with the camera. He normally loves to take pictures, but not this time.

Father’s Day!
I hope this new week is bringing you relaxation and joy. In our house, this past weekend, we celebrated Father’s Day with a great brunch at my hubby’s favorite spot in town. My husband is a huge soccer fan, so, with the World Cup currently on, he is in heaven. He is trying his best not to miss any games.

How many of you are following this event? As you know, I’m a huge soccer fan. I have been diligently, but without any enthusiasm, following the games. Both my native and adopted countries, Italy and USA, did not qualify for the World Cup. The feelings of sadness and frustration are there every time I see a game on TV.
Does your style change as you get older?
This past weekend, I did some shopping and purchased a few  adorable pair of jeans for a great price. I did not feel like this years ago. I was not a huge fan of ripped jeans. It is interesting how much our styles change over time.
As I get older, my style is becoming more simple. I refuse to stand out and look ridiculous. I like to dress more conservatively. Although I noticed, in fashion, that the geographic location makes a difference.
During my visit to Italy last year, I noticed ladies over forty wearing tiny shorts and high heels. As for me, I like to consider the length of the dress, skirts, and how much makeup I’m
going to apply. Also, my objective is to still enjoy the process of dressing up in style, but with more maturity.

Trust me, I do not have any intentions of looking like a granny, but my goal is to look sensational and in-style. Seriously, ladies, we are gorgeous just the way we are.

Question: How has your style evolved over the years?

Cooking with Nunzia!

Every week, I will be sharing my favorite dishes on the blog.

This is our favorite Lemon Meringue Pie!
This is Laura Vitale’s Italian Meatloaf. 
Read the labels all the way!
For those of you like me who suffer from food allergies, be sure to read the labels all the way. Last week, as I was shopping at my local grocery store, I purchased some fat-free crackers. Thank goodness I always read the labels. On the package, the manufacturer only put the part about milk and soy in bold print. The rest of the writing stated the following: “manufactured in a facility that processes nuts and peanuts.”
This is crazy. Can they put the whole paragraph in bold? This is serious. Once again, are manufacturers only concerned about wheat and soy?
To all those who have a child or a family member with food allergies, please be sure to read all the labels in bold and fine print.

I will see you on my next update. xoxo N

 

 

 

 

 

Somebody, tell me where the time goes? My fur baby is already one year old. It feels like he was just a small puppy yesterday.

We celebrated Claudio’s birthday this past weekend. In between his naps, getting to know our guests, and playing with his little stuffed animal babies, I must say that he had a great birthday.

It was wonderful to have the house full of people, with Spanish guitar music blasting throughout the house. It was a beautiful, joyful, and relaxing atmosphere for our company to enjoy. I realized how nice it is to take the time to celebrate little and big things in our lives. So many of us get so wrapped up in our daily routines that we become antisocial. So, I’m planning on hosting many more parties throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was going to keep this blog post a happy one, solely dedicated to Claudio, but there is a problem that America needs to acknowledge. We have been bombarded with so many bad things happening in our world. For reasons not fully understood, the suicide rate in America is raising. Sadly, just last week, we lost Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

 

 

 

 

 

Today, I have decided to use my blog as a platform to help people who are suffering alone in this world from depression. So many people are struggling with sadness, hopelessness,  and are suffering in silence. Many of them don’t know how to relieve that awful pain.

Sadly, we have learned that most people who ended up committing suicide had seen a doctor. There is an urgent need to train general practitioners and pediatricians on how to recognize early signs of depression. They need to be well equipped to understand and diagnose this condition.

Many doctors nowadays are super busy, with only a very short amount of time to dedicate to their patients. Typically, a doctor only has about five minutes to address all the concerns. Sadly, that short amount of time is not adequate for digging deep and discussing emotional pain.

If you know someone who has been suffering from depression, reach out to them and be available to provide help  if you can. I will see you on my next update. Until then, stay zen and help a friend!

Nunzia