Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. We had such a great day! Yes, he was born the day before Halloween. Can you believe it is already here?

Children love Halloween. They are going to be busy celebrating this holiday with many different activities, such as going door-to-door Trick or Treating, carving a pumpkin, visiting haunted houses, or attending costume parties. Tonight, Claudio is going to help us give out candy.

 

 

 

 

 

Growing up in Italy, Halloween was not a thing at that time. We only saw it on TV, when Dad and Grandpa watched American movies.

I can’t believe how fast time goes by. It seems like, just yesterday, we were busy celebrating the 4th of July, and here we are at the end of October already. Please, Time, don’t go so fast!

I know that Christmas is still a couple months away, but I’m happy to share that I have already started Christmas shopping. I have always disliked shopping in a crowded store. I always remind myself that planning accordingly during the holidays will keep the stress level low.

If you are taking your little ones out tonight, have fun. The time with your family is priceless. Stay Zen!

Best,

Nunzia

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

 

Be Present in Life
Many of you already know how much I love to stay Zen and practice mindfulness. In this post, I really just want to reflect on how to slow things down.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are more than halfway through 2018. Acknowledging that time seems to be moving quickly is also a reminder that there are things we can do to slow it down. As we slow ourselves down, our minds become more relaxed and calm.
Practicing mindfulness will help us focus on what matters most in our lives. It will help us be present and aware of where we are in the “moment.” It will also teach us not to stress about small, unnecessary things.
 
Meditate. Meditate. Meditate.
This age of technology is stressing us out. We are still in August, but, everywhere I go, I notice stores are already setting up for fall. Can we just learn how to live and stay present in the moment?! Life already goes fast, so let us make an effort to slow things down a bit, shall we?! By doing so, we will feel happier.
The first step to slowing down is noticing that you are rushing. I discuss the importance of breathing in my upcoming article. Throughout your day, make time to give yourself more space to simply breathe.
Practicing meditation brings us a sense of calm, and creates a positive effect on our nervous system. It helps us stay Zen throughout the day. When we slow down, we struggle less. When we struggle less, we feel more relaxed and happier in the present time.
My dear friend, psychotherapist Dennis Ramos, will share more on meditation soon.
My fur baby Claudio!
My fur baby, Claudio, had a surgery last Tuesday to remove his two remaining baby teeth. Dr. Pierson did a super job. Claudio is doing great.
On August 12, we celebrated our one-year “welcome to the family” anniversary with Claudio. I cannot believe it has been a year already.
If you are thinking about adopting a fur baby, be sure to visit your local shelter. So many dogs are in need of a home. Claudio was only eight weeks old when we adopted him. I often ask myself: what was life like without Claudio?!
Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Foundation from Estée Lauder
 
For now, ladies, I will only share a few pictures of me applying this new product. Stay tuned for a full review of this foundation on my next blog post. Until then, stay Zen, give someone a nice compliment, have lunch with an old friend, don’t be afraid to say “no,” make time for what is important to you, and be kind with
yourself.
My favorite, Mr. Rogers, always said: “You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There’s never been anyone exactly
like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are.”

We look good, we feel good!
We ladies feel more attractive after leaving our beauty salon with freshly colored hair. Change it up! Don’t be afraid to try something new at your hair salon. Give yourself a luxurious treat, and you will feel like a new person.
 
Sporting a new hair style can raise our confidence levels. Just a few days ago, I made an appointment with my hairstylist, Meghan, to let her work her magic on my hair. Honestly, I was getting tired of my dark color. It was time to change. I was looking a bit blah with my old color.
I get it. Not everyone, including myself, looks like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner in the morning, especially for those like me who are over forty. But hey, let’s not get discouraged. Let’s prove to everyone that age is just a number. Isn’t 50 the new 40, and 40 the new 30?!
Implementing a few changes in my daily routine, such as eating a well-balanced diet, hydrating, exercising, and keeping the stress level low, can make a huge difference in how I look and feel.
As we are getting ready to approach the hottest part of the summer, with lots of humidity, our skin is not depending on extra moisturizer like it normally does during the cold winter months.
I normally apply a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen, that way I am fully protecting my skin against harmful UV rays. Also, to prevent that dull look on your skin, be sure to change products frequently. I have been using Suzanne Somers’ product for two years. It is time for me to make a change. I will go into more detail about that soon.
These gorgeous ladies are getting ready to hit the big 50. Some of them already have. I’m inspired by these amazing beauties, by how gracefully they are aging.
As for Claudio, he keeps getting bigger and more lovable each day! On the 11th of August, he is going to have his last two baby teeth surgically removed, because they are a potential threat to his health if we leave them in. If you have a fur baby at home, you know how I feel. I’m not looking forward to Claudio’s surgery at all, but in our lives we always need to be strong.
I’m going to leave with one of my favorite quotes, from the Queen, the one and only, Oprah Winfrey:
“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
Xo,
Nunzia

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