Be Present in Life
Many of you already know how much I love to stay Zen and practice mindfulness. In this post, I really just want to reflect on how to slow things down.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are more than halfway through 2018. Acknowledging that time seems to be moving quickly is also a reminder that there are things we can do to slow it down. As we slow ourselves down, our minds become more relaxed and calm.
Practicing mindfulness will help us focus on what matters most in our lives. It will help us be present and aware of where we are in the “moment.” It will also teach us not to stress about small, unnecessary things.
 
Meditate. Meditate. Meditate.
This age of technology is stressing us out. We are still in August, but, everywhere I go, I notice stores are already setting up for fall. Can we just learn how to live and stay present in the moment?! Life already goes fast, so let us make an effort to slow things down a bit, shall we?! By doing so, we will feel happier.
The first step to slowing down is noticing that you are rushing. I discuss the importance of breathing in my upcoming article. Throughout your day, make time to give yourself more space to simply breathe.
Practicing meditation brings us a sense of calm, and creates a positive effect on our nervous system. It helps us stay Zen throughout the day. When we slow down, we struggle less. When we struggle less, we feel more relaxed and happier in the present time.
My dear friend, psychotherapist Dennis Ramos, will share more on meditation soon.
My fur baby Claudio!
My fur baby, Claudio, had a surgery last Tuesday to remove his two remaining baby teeth. Dr. Pierson did a super job. Claudio is doing great.
On August 12, we celebrated our one-year “welcome to the family” anniversary with Claudio. I cannot believe it has been a year already.
If you are thinking about adopting a fur baby, be sure to visit your local shelter. So many dogs are in need of a home. Claudio was only eight weeks old when we adopted him. I often ask myself: what was life like without Claudio?!
Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Foundation from Estée Lauder
 
For now, ladies, I will only share a few pictures of me applying this new product. Stay tuned for a full review of this foundation on my next blog post. Until then, stay Zen, give someone a nice compliment, have lunch with an old friend, don’t be afraid to say “no,” make time for what is important to you, and be kind with
yourself.
My favorite, Mr. Rogers, always said: “You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There’s never been anyone exactly
like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are.”

We look good, we feel good!
We ladies feel more attractive after leaving our beauty salon with freshly colored hair. Change it up! Don’t be afraid to try something new at your hair salon. Give yourself a luxurious treat, and you will feel like a new person.
 
Sporting a new hair style can raise our confidence levels. Just a few days ago, I made an appointment with my hairstylist, Meghan, to let her work her magic on my hair. Honestly, I was getting tired of my dark color. It was time to change. I was looking a bit blah with my old color.
I get it. Not everyone, including myself, looks like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner in the morning, especially for those like me who are over forty. But hey, let’s not get discouraged. Let’s prove to everyone that age is just a number. Isn’t 50 the new 40, and 40 the new 30?!
Implementing a few changes in my daily routine, such as eating a well-balanced diet, hydrating, exercising, and keeping the stress level low, can make a huge difference in how I look and feel.
As we are getting ready to approach the hottest part of the summer, with lots of humidity, our skin is not depending on extra moisturizer like it normally does during the cold winter months.
I normally apply a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen, that way I am fully protecting my skin against harmful UV rays. Also, to prevent that dull look on your skin, be sure to change products frequently. I have been using Suzanne Somers’ product for two years. It is time for me to make a change. I will go into more detail about that soon.
These gorgeous ladies are getting ready to hit the big 50. Some of them already have. I’m inspired by these amazing beauties, by how gracefully they are aging.
As for Claudio, he keeps getting bigger and more lovable each day! On the 11th of August, he is going to have his last two baby teeth surgically removed, because they are a potential threat to his health if we leave them in. If you have a fur baby at home, you know how I feel. I’m not looking forward to Claudio’s surgery at all, but in our lives we always need to be strong.
I’m going to leave with one of my favorite quotes, from the Queen, the one and only, Oprah Winfrey:
“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
Xo,
Nunzia

Hello and ciao, everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying these beautiful, sunny days of summer.
As I mentioned on my previous post, throughout this month, I will be sharing and reviewing my favorite “item of the week” with my followers.
For this week, I have chosen the All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray from Urban Decay. Let’s give this product’s makers a high five!
Until recently, I had never even owned a setting spray. I’d seen them around, but I had never purchased one. As I was flipping through a fashion and beauty magazine at Barnes & Noble, I learned a few things on how to get makeup to last longer, and still look beautiful, all day long during these hot summers months.
This happens to all of us all the time: it’s the middle of the day, and you notice that your makeup already needs a touch-up. I found myself in that situation, and I figured I would give this product a try. The first time I applied it, I felt like I was at a spa! Immediately, my skin looked hydrated and smooth. I was glowing!
This product is suitable for all skin types. It is paraben free, and it is enriched with great ingredients that are beneficial for our skin. It helps prevent my makeup from fading away in the heat and humidity of our lovely summer season. My skin gets super dry in the T-Zone area, and this makeup setting spray helps reduce the flaky skin and those tiny dry lines.
Shortly after you spray,  you feel that beautiful mist touch your skin perfectly, without having the sensation that you are splashing water on your face.
To apply this makeup setting spray, hold the spray six to eight inches from your face. Spray by using an X and T-shaped motion. Let it sit for a minute, then use your hands to gently pat your cheeks, the area under your eyes, and your forehead.
I give this product 4.5 out of 5 stars. I will definitely buy this product again. The bottom line is this product works. Try it out!
Until my next review, stay fit, and don’t forget to smile. Don’t take life too seriously. xoxo

“The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.”
― Oprah Winfrey

Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  I have been busy enjoying the summer, and finalizing my latest article: “How Can We Live Life at a Slower Pace?” In the article, I share how we can stay Zen in a stressed-out society. Also, Corpus Christi psychologist Dennis Ramos, discusses the importance of daily meditation. Mr. Ramos has been kind enough to provide his expertise for several of my articles. The feeling of happiness and accomplishment I feel when I read the email saying my piece was published will never get old, never!

Hi Nunzia!

“Congratulations — your story, What is SAD?, is live on Thrive Journal!

Looking forward to your next piece!”
The Thrive Team

Something New is Happening on the Blog!
 
I would like to announce some upcoming changes with this blog. Coming soon, I will choose an item that has caught my attention, and write a full review on it. The item can be anything: makeup, clothing, etc. In the past, I would review all the items from my monthly Ipsy bag in one blog post. This time, I would like to focus my attention on one item at a time.
I have already purchased some new things, and let you know my thoughts on it. I’m so excited!
Cooking with Nunzia!
Cooking is my passion! Every week, I like to post my favorite meals and desserts that I prepare for my family on my blog. All these recipes will be available in the cookbook I am writing.
Working on projects and challenging myself each day makes me happy. When I was an educator, I would always tell students to learn something new every day.
Yes, in case you are wondering, I miss the classroom.
Claudio
Our 1-year anniversary of adopting Claudio from the Humane Society will be on August 12th.
So many dogs need homes. If you are considering a new puppy, or even an older dog, be sure to visit the shelter.
This little guy has brought so much joy into our lives. He has learned how to jump on our couch and bed. When he is tired, he makes the cutest little sounds. Almost a year later, nothing brings me more joy than chasing Claudio around the house. He is still in the puppy stage, so he tries to eat everything on the floor and in the yard.
I know how fast time goes by in this life, so I pick every opportunity during my free time to play and cuddle with him. Puppies are just like children in that they need lots of love and attention.
Until Next Time
 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I will be back next week with my “Pick of the Week.” Stay tuned!

We are all unique and beautiful human beings.
XoXo!
“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully, your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.”
-Fred Rogers

Rambling on and on!

 

Hello, my friends! Things have been super busy in my neck of the woods. I’m currently finishing up an article, and I’m also working on a project that I had set aside. Juggling too many things is difficult. As soon as I can, I will share more details with you all.
Are you guys getting ready for the 4th of July? I love having friends over for BBQ. I have already ordered a cute shirt that is appropriate for the holiday, with the words “This girl loves the USA and Foo Fighters” on the front. I will post a few pictures on my blog as soon as I receive that shirt. Come on, UPS!
           
Visit with Friends!
 
We spent this Saturday in the country with our friends Terry and Kaye. We just love to go out there. Ahhh, country living: fresh air, wide-open spaces, and a slower, calmer life, can lower anyone’s blood pressure. What’s not to love? The view from the swing where I was sitting was utterly breathtaking.
It was a perfect day! Everyone brought delicious food.  Cooking has always been one of my hobbies.
Cooking with Nunzia! Here are some of our favorite dishes and desserts I made this past week.
Potatoes and sausage! 
Pumpkin pie!
My Pick of the Week
We all know that a good mascara can make a huge difference in your appearance. It brings a lot of attention to your eyes. I am so picky when it comes to mascara. I often find myself using multiple products to achieve the look that I have in mind.
I have been using this for about a week now, and it is the bomb. I swiped two coats onto my lashes and boom, I was in love with it. I knew immediately that I had found what I was looking for for a very long time. Yes, I’m sticking to this one, ladies!
I love that the brush is big enough to separate every eyelash, giving me that beautiful, voluminous look. It really holds the curls all day. Last week, I went for a run at my health club, and I noticed it did not smudge. The eyelashes looked fresh without flaking. I also noticed that it rinsed off easily without a fuss.
This product really makes the lashes look longer and fuller without looking clumpy. I’m totally in love with it. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Memories from last year in Italy! This is my sister’s house!
Claudio
This past week, Claudio learned how to jump on the couch and all the high beds we have in the house.
Also, when he is hungry or frustrated, Claudio gets very vocal, and will not stop until we understand what he is asking for.
Okay, we will chat soon on my next update.
XO,
Nunzia