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,


Hello, ladies! I am back for another beauty review!

Since last summer, I have been using several different facial masks that I am going to share with you throughout this month.

A great mask, can help you reduce the effects of aging.  Like many of you, I love makeup, but sometimes I feel like even my favorite cleanser might not be enough to thoroughly clean my skin before bedtime.

So, there are days when I just set my favorite cleanser aside and let my mask do the job. I believe there is something magical about a mask. It is winter and, for various reasons, whether we are fighting a cold or simply having a long day, our skin can be left looking blah and dull.  Also, be sure to drink up! I mean water.  There are many great reasons to drink water. It is refreshing, it helps my complexion, it keeps me hydrated, and it helps me maintain my energy level on those heavy cardiovascular days.
A water bottle is always with me!
I always find it very flattering when people ask questions about my skincare routine. When I was younger, in the summer, I would spend endless hours lying on the beach at Santo Janni Formia. Those days are gone forever, because now, when I go to the beach, sunscreen is the first thing I pack in my beach bag. Nowadays, I tend to pay more attention to my daily skin routine.
 This is Santo Janni Formia. I was just there last summer!
Great memories of my childhood!

Let’s face it. Who has the time to go to the spa?! For me, one of the many benefits I enjoy from a face mask is the great opportunity for some major mental downtime, which is so important for staying “zen.”

As we already know, there are many different products out there on the market. So, if you are not sure which one you would benefit from the most, I hear ya!

I have been using a few different facial masks. Today, I am going to do a review on Wake Up Beautiful from Pacifica. This is an overnight mask that I am in love with. This product is wonderful! It works through the night to deeply hydrate and nourish my skin, leaving it revived and beautiful in the morning. It also evens out my skin tone, and keeps my super dry skin looking healthy and hydrated. I will give this product a 5 out of 5 stars.

This product is also available at Target. It comes in the mail monthly for me. It is one less thing to do if you do not feel like going shopping on weekends.

Please take very good care of yourselves! We moms have a tendency to put ourselves at the bottom of the list. Be sure to always schedule some “me” time.

Enjoy the rest of the week!  I will see you on my next update &  for another beauty review!


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










I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was a very cozy one for us, with lots of rain on Saturday. Well, here I am with another beauty review of my Ipsy bag.

1. Let’s start with the Charcoal Wash Off Mask from Global Beauty. You have my blessing with this one.
Finding the right type of mask can do wonders for our skin, especially during the winter months when our skin seems to look dull and dry.
Just yesterday, I applied a light layer on my face and neck. The results were amazing. My skin looked plump, incredibly soft, with less wrinkles.
I will give this mask 4 out of 5 stars.

2. Now, let’s talk about this nail polish made in Heaven. Why am I so excited about this product? I’ve been doing my own manicures for a very long time.
That means I’ve tested just about every nail polish formula on the market. For this one, I ended up applying three layers to get the dark shade that I wanted.
However, the results were impressive. It lasted about a week without chipping. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

3. As we get older, exfoliating daily is a must. Finding the right product on the market can be difficult because many of them seem to be very harsh for your skin.
This one from Befine leaves my skin looking beautiful and soft, like I had a great night of sleep. I highly recommend this product. I will give it 4 out of 5 stars

4. Sorry, ladies, but I’m not a huge fan of this liquid lipstick. So, I will not be dwelling on this as much. I dislike when lipstick leaves your lips super dry, making you
look like you spent the whole day in a dry desert. I will give this product 1 out of 5 stars.

5. This beautiful highlighter goes on wonderfully and easily on your cheekbones, brow bones, and all the places you’d apply highlighter. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

I will see you on my next update! Have a great Monday!!!





Hello, hello! How is your week going? This is a short blog post!

I am running again! It took long enough, and here I am,  dancing with endorphins  once again. That sense of well-being, freedom and extra energy makes me feel on top of the world.

Now that I am back to working out and burning calories, I figure I can treat myself with a dessert. Here is what I made for my family this week.

Oops, I almost forgot. I am submitting my next article to Ladies Home Journal. I will keep you posted.

Also, my January glam bag review is coming up!  Have a great rest of the week! XoXo


Here are my favorite muffin!

These muffins are super easy to make! If I’m short on time, I use this box.

This is a super easy dinner. This dish takes me back to Italy!

This is my son Patrick favorite pasta salad!