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, 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,


Welcome February!

In this country, and around the world, we have been celebrating Black History Month since 1976. 

There are so many historical figures who have inspired me. Let’s start with our former Commander-in-chief Barrack Obama, our 44th president of the United States. He was the first African American to be elected to that office. Thank you for your service, Mr. President. We miss you and your family in the White House.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist. Dr. King led a nonviolent movement to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. “At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.“

Rosa Parks, the Civil rights activist, made history when she refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger. “ This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.”

When Octavia E Butlter was growing up, she was told she couldn’t be a science fiction writer because she was black. “ Butler persevered with her writing and by her early 20s,

began getting her stories published. Today she is one of the best known and few African-American female science fictions writers in the field. “



“In New York City, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights.”

By the way, this just blows my mind. How was this kept a secret for all these years? Please read on. “On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn blasted off into space and became the first American to orbit Earth. Behind the scenes, thousands of engineers and mathematicians worked tirelessly to make NASA’s Friendship 7 mission a success. Historical photos show them as white men in crisp white shirts and ties — but we now know there’s more to that picture.

In her book Hidden Figures, author Margot Lee Shetterly gives name and voice to the African-American women who worked as human “computers” in the space program.

Last, but not least, Miss Oprah Winfrey. This American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur is one of my favorite icons, idols, you name it. Everyone knows and loves her, and she does not require an introduction. I began watching her show when I first moved to the USA. She became one of my favorite talk show hosts. For me, Oprah is the female version of God here on earth.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Miss O!

Enjoy the rest of the day! I will see you on my next update! XoXo










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