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!







Hi, my friends!

Christmas is approaching fast! This time of the year brings the best out of everyone. It is very nice to see people looking super happy everywhere.

  Speaking of Christmas, I have been doing some shopping. As many of you already know, I’m on a search for the perfect foundation. Will I ever try one that meets my standards? Recently, I have been using the Body Shop one; I truly love it. It is easy to apply, and my skin looks flawless. Plus, it does not feel over dry. Along with that, I purchased the Sigma brush. If you don’t have one, go get one ASAP.

I also bought a new primer. Don’t forget to use a base before applying any foundation. It makes your skin soft and smooth before makeup. Don’t worry, I will link all the goodies that I purchased, along with my new concealer from Este Lauder and Bobby Brown blush.

Have fun shopping this holiday season! My new article is complete, and will be sent to the editors at the end of this week. I will keep you posted.

Let me know if you would like to see more beauty reviews!


Hello, friends!

It has been awhile since my last blog post. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My husband, Patrick, and I decided not to cook the traditional turkey this year, and instead opted for a ham with fresh green beans, bacon, mashed potatoes, and a salad. Of course, the pumpkin pie was amazing.  I just can’t believe that another holiday season is here.

How many of you did Black Friday shopping?  I had a terrific time shopping online. From comforters to makeup, I had a great time. I’m not ready to shop in a crowd. I’m still trying to regain my balance after the surgery.

I would like to extend a big “thank you” to my beautiful Jennifer for adding me to a private group on Facebook for writers. This group is called “The Binders”.  I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of a great community of writers.

Since my surgery, I have been super busy with PT. During my free time, I’m trying to finish my new article, which I will share more details about later.  Rehabilitation is going well. I am now able to bend my knee without being reminded by my family members and physical therapist to do so.  The leg is still stiff, and it will take some time to be limber again.

We did a photo shoot the other day for the blog. As you can see, I’m wearing a casual Juventus shirt and sweat pants. I’m hoping to wear all my pretty boots by the holidays. My entire outfit is available on the Juventus store online. Also, yesterday I made my favorite seafood pasta!

Today, I made this delicious peach pie! Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend! XoXo



Ciao friends,

I’m back! On October 13th, I had my knee arthroscopy surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It went well. Doctor R. William, a sports orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery. He did a great job.

Doctors and nurses are angels. Everyone at the hospital did a super job ensuring I was comfortable, happy, and relaxed. The Anesthesiologists, Dr. Harvey and Dr. Griffin, were fantastic.  About two hours after surgery, a physical therapist at the hospital had me walking with his help and a walker down a short hall. I used the walker for the first 5 days.  Now, I only use it in the morning. When I first get up, my leg is super stiff, hence the need for my little friend, the walker. Either that, or I just grab my son or hubby’s arms for balance, and off I go.




I’m getting the stiches taken out this Thursday. Yay for that!  Afterward, I will start physical therapy again. This time, it is going to be a long rehabilitation, but that’s okay. I’m looking forward to it.

I’m going to share more about my surgery in my next article. Stay tuned. I will keep you posted. My latest article was published on Thrive Global right before I went to the hospital.

I hope everyone had a great October weekend! This is my favorite month! Our days are starting to cool down, and I can’t help but feel that holiday excitement. In some places, the air is already crisp.


Yesterday was my first post-surgery outing. My family and I went out to our favorite place by the beach, sat by the water, and relaxed. When we got home, I made our favorite Jalapeno/cheese sandwiches and homemade soup. Then, I finally busted out the cozy socks the nurses gave me at the hospital, and watched my Juve. We won!



“Alla prossima” means “until next time.” Until then, stay happy and don’t forget to smile.











Hello, my friends!

The news of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas has been overwhelming. It has left many of us in shock, extremely sad, with a lot of questions.


I remember, as I was getting ready to start my day, I tuned in to watch Good Morning America. I saw Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos looking very sad.  I knew something bad had happened.  Shortly after I processed the news, I felt just like I did when I received the horrible news on September 11th, and when the shooting at Columbine High School happened.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.



As for me, many of you who read my blog are aware that I sustained an injury while running during the summer. After many tests and physical therapy, it is time to do the surgery.  Next Friday, October the 13, I will have an arthroscopic meniscus repair.  Dr. Robert Williams, Orthopedic Surgeon and sport doctor, will be performing the surgery.










I’m feeling apprehensive about my surgery,  but it is normal to feel that way.  I do miss running, and I can’t wait to go back to working out with intensity. In the meantime, I’m enjoying Pilates. Of course, it is Pilates with a lot of modifications right now, but I’m happy that I’m still working out.






I’m also happy to announce that I have completed my third article for Thrive Global. It is under review by the editors.  It should be published in a few weeks. I will post the article on the blog.  It is such a joy to be a contributor for Arianna Huffington’s magazine.   I still can’t believe that, and I still pinch myself.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  I will keep you posted on my surgery.  Hopefully all goes well. XoXo

All my best,