Hey, you guys! Am I dreaming?! Is Spring Break here? I have been waiting for Spring to be here for a very long time. Is it just me, or does it seem like this winter has lasted forever? After so many cloudy days, I’m ready to see the sun shine again. I’m ready to resume body surfing at the beach. I’m ready to play with my fur baby, Claudio, by the water. Only God knows how much I have been missing the sunshine and the warm weather.

Okay, now let’s switch gears! As many of you already know, last summer, while I was running, I injured my right knee. As a result, I ended up having a surgery. Before and while I was in the hospital, I had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful doctors and nurses. In my opinion, doctors and nurses are some of the most hardworking professionals out there. They truly dedicate their lives to helping us, and heal those who are sick and injured.

Sadly, not everyone appreciates doctors and surgeons. We often take for granted what they do for us. When I was in the hospital, I felt compelled to write an article about my surgery
experience to stress once again that they truly are angels. I’m happy to report that my article has been published. I hope you enjoy it!



Running around Austin, Texas!

Shopping at Domain!

La mia Juve ha vinto le ultime 12 partite di campionato!  Un altro due a zero, dopo quello di pochi giorni fa contro l’Udinese. La Juve continua  la marcia in campionato. Ecco i ragazzi felicissimi a  correre in campo per festeggiare un’altra vittoria in Serie A! Spero che possiamo  vincere di nuovo un altro scudetto; poi si vedra’. Fino alla fine! Forza Juve! <3










Hello, hello! How is your week going?

I’m going to cover several different topics in today’s post. Here we go!

This new year has been super busy so far.  My week has been unbelievable busy. In our house, we are remodeling – not by choice, of course. Due to improper floor prepping when our house was built, our tiles are currently popping up one by one, especially during these winter months.  This has left our beautiful house looking like this:

Don’t worry, the work is in progress. It will be gorgeous again by March. I will share all the updates on my blog.

I believe this will teach me that things are not always under our control, and that sometimes you just have to go with the flow of things. Nothing can be perfect all the time, but that is okay. The most important thing is to keep the stress level low. Lately, I have discovered that accepting changes  with a positive attitude helps me stay Zen.

Moving on, my appointment on Monday with Dr. Williams, the orthopedic surgeon, went well.  Now I can start running again, and I’m super excited! I miss those long runs with loud music blasting in my ears.  I will see the surgeon again in April.

On a happy note, this  has been such a cold winter for South Texas. Just last week, I ordered this beautiful coat from Ralph Lauren. This baby is scheduled to be here TODAY!!!


Lately, I have been following this beautiful future princess Meghan Markle’s style. I love  to  say that 2017 has been quite a year for Meghan Markle would be an understatement! Since her engagement to Prince Harry, I have been fascinated by her fashion selections. I noticed that she does not wear anything with a floral design. Instead, she loves to wear solid colors. She looks like a royal already. Just recently, she deleted all her social media accounts. She had over three million followers on Instagram!

Here are some of my favorite looks:

She is going to be a beautiful bride. The royal wedding will take place in May.







Before I go, I would like to share this five ingredient  recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. It is super yummy, easy to make, and comforting on a cold day.



I will post a picture a picture of my new coat as soon as I can!  Have a great Thursday, everyone! Stay Zen!  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! 🎉


















Hi, friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!



The holiday season is a perfect time for us to step back from our crazy-busy, day-to-day lives and reflect on our blessings. This is also a time of year to celebrate long-lived traditions, and introduce new ones, like I’m planning to do.



This year, I will implement a few changes in our Christmas Eve dinner. I will share more details on that on my next blog post.

During this beautiful and magical season, enjoy your time with your family and friends. Whether your idea of relaxation is maybe reading a good book, playing Nintendo DS games like I do, or simply getting out and enjoying a brisk walk, remember: whatever you do, make it relaxing and fun. Be present.

Create new memories and traditions this holiday season. I will be sharing mine on the blog! Until then, here are some  of our favorite dishes I have been preparing for my family this month.



Buttermilk pie!

Peach pie!

Pasta-Paccheri with seadfood!

Tortellini in brodo di pollo!

Clams in tomatoes sauce!







Hello, my friends!

This warm weather and beautiful sunshine makes me happy.  I hope all of you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Have you noticed my blog’s new look? Do you like it? I personally love how everything has its own place/category. It looks very professional and organized. My webmaster, Patrick, did a super job, I guess I will keep him. 😉   It was time to change. I was getting unhappy with the way it was looking. To me, it was just a big mess. Let me know if you like this new format.

So, today I’m sharing a few of my favorite items that I received last week.  It is great shopping online. I’m in love with those gladiator sandals. You can wear them with a dress, or with your favorite jeans or jeans skirt. They are totally versatile. It takes some planning to look glam, but it is worth it.  For my upcoming trip to Italy this summer, I’m already pre-staging what to bring and what to wear. That will save me some time later.


I have also been using this Jessica Alba’s Hydration Replenishing Mist, and it has become a major part of my morning routine. I use it after cleansing, before applying the moisturizer and serum.  I also like to spray throughout the day, to get that instant hydration. I’m already in love with this product!  Stay happy and zen!