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










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.





































Dear friends,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I’m back with another beauty review!

We usually roll our eyes about this, but just think: throughout our lives, how many of us have spent hundreds of dollars on a hair
strengthener with the unwavering hope that we would be living happily ever after with it? How many of us have felt that, the more money you spend on a
styling tool, the higher your expectations are about its performance during your morning hair and beauty routine?

I know. I hear you clearly!

I was that person until right before Christmas. I have been using a flat iron since the beginning of the millennium. This time, I wanted to purchase a strengthener that I could use
for styling my hair either straight or wavy. Can you believe this flat iron was less than forty dollars?

Hair straighteners can range in price from $30 at the drugstore to $200 dollars in a beauty salon. A good flat iron can last for years, as long as you look after it and make sure you buy the right one.

Conair Infiniti PRO!









So, there I was, dreaming of creating those beautiful beach waves you often see on Jessica Alba (who follows me on  Twitter, by the way), or having those amazing waves like you see on Laura Vitale, the gorgeous host of Laura in the Kitchen on YouTube. I was desperate to make my hair look like those ladies.

So, it was time for me to get to work: I asked Meghan, my beautiful hairdresser, to give me some suggestions, and she did!

I’m in love with my new styling tool. I’m pleased on how this iron does everything from straight to curls. My hair stayed straight as a needle all day, without curling up. Don’t worry, fine-haired friends, you can set it on number 15, like I do, and the result? My hair looks incredibly shiny. It feels silky, with zero frizz. I mean it!

This inexpensive styling tool gives me the “salon-like results.” I’m planning on keeping this flat iron for a long time.

This is my “first favorite product of the year.” Feel free to share yours.

All my best,


P.S. My new article will be out soon on Thrive Global. I will be sharing some important
information on how to communicate effectively with your doctor. I will share the link.

Also, I’m sharing a picture of our favorite homemade bread/buttermilk pie! XoXo







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





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! 🎉