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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, everyone!
I hope you spent some time outdoors and did some shopping this past weekend. The weather has been hot and beautiful in South Texas. I’m loving how bright and long the days are.
Every Sunday morning, my family and I do a “fitness walk.” Working out five days a week makes me feel happy. Moving our bodies around daily is vital for our physical and mental health.
I have been doing some shopping to upgrade my wardrobe for summer. Shopping is the best method of putting ourselves first, ladies! Also, it is the best way to cheer ourselves up if we have a stressful and difficult week. I read in a fitness magazine that people who really enjoy shopping, like I do, enjoy it because they could be experiencing a “shopper high,” just like a runner’s high.
Now, on a different shopping note, I’m happy to inform you that my new coveralls just came in the other day. Nothing tops that unwavering feeling of being excited to wear what you bought on your next outing. I wore my coveralls over the weekend for a lunch date with my hubby. Then, after lunch, we took a walk by the water. It is getting super hot here in Texas, and these coveralls kept comfortable and cool. I felt like I was wearing PJ pants. I have two more pairs coming this week. I highly recommend them. I will share the colors with you.
Thanks for reading my blog. I will see you soon! Please share a picture of your favorite coveralls!  Happy Monday to all!

XO

Nunzia

Hello, my friends!
I hope all of you are having a fantastic week. How may of you are enjoying this incredible weather?
Have you read my latest article? I have not yet started a new one, but I will soon. I’m just taking a short break to relax before I start writing.
Okay, here we go! Some major changes are in store for me. I’m getting a new look this week. It’s going to be a big change. I was actually inspired to go super dark by Meghan Markle’s hair color. I thought she looked stunning at the wedding.

No, I’m not cutting off my hair, but I will go from blonde highlights to just black. Yes, you heard me, black!

It is time for a change. I have had highlights in my hair for a long time. My husband, Patrick, is super happy, because he always loved my dark Mediterranean look.
Ladies, changes are great. So if you have been struggling with the idea of changing and getting a new look for summer, go for it! You have my blessing. Be sure to share some pictures!
Before you undergo any changes, here are a few tips for your stylist. They will guarantee that you never leave the salon with a not-so-glamorous haircut again.
Communication is a must. Be sure to discuss and specify what length you desire, when the hair is dry. Ask questions to be sure that your stylist understands what you are looking for. Remember that a picture is worth a thousand words. Never tell your stylist that they can do whatever they want with your hair, unless you mean it. I always bring a few pictures on my phone to show Meghan, my awesome stylist.
If you are planning on cutting it short, or changing your style, be sure you know what products you will need to maintain your new look.
Now we are going to shift gears and talk about the royal wedding!
I will share some of my favorite pictures of the wedding, and also a few of my favorite guests, such as George, Amal, and Oprah, of course.

How may of you watched it live? I feel like I’m the only person on Earth that was unable to do that on Saturday morning. No words can describe this beautiful, former Hollywood actress and media most-loved, Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex. She looked stunning!

Prince Charles walked his future daughter-in-law down the aisle in her father’s absence. According to the media, her father, for various and not very glamorous reasons, did not attend the wedding. Sadly, some very negative things about Meghan’s family have been reported in the media in the past few days since the ceremony.
To learn more about Meghan’s style, be sure to follow this blog: http://meghansmirror.com/
I will post pictures of my new purchase soon!

XoXo