Italy: Bitter Sweet

June 30, 2014 § 4 Comments

Italy, Rimini

Hello everyone,

 

As you can see, based on my photo, I am in Italy!

I’m gonna get right to it.

It’s bitter-sweet because although I love Italy, this is my 4th trip, my work camera, 2 lenses and lapstop was stolen in Milan yesterday. Not only were my things taken my husband had very sentimental and expensive things stolen from him too. Not even my baby’s diaper bag was spared.

We reported the theft but was pretty much laughed at by the “police”.  I guess having thousands of dollars worth of things stolen from visitors in Milan is not a serious matter and is cause for a chuckle.

What made me feel even worse was after talking to a restaurant employee and a woman at the church (where we were going to see the Last Supper painting), near where we got robbed, we learned that theft/pick pockets/purse snatching in Milan is extremely common.  The woman at the restaurant told me that she warns her female patrons to not set their purses down at their table! I wish I had known about the common thefts in Milan because I would have skipped visiting enitirely.  I plan to write a review on Trip Advisor warning people so hopefully I can keep someone else from having to experience the pain, shock and sadness of being robbed. And from needing help from the uncaring, insensitive “police” in Milan.

I am trying to not let this ruin the rest of my trip since we still have so much time left, but it is incredibly hard.

 

-Gotta keep smiling and get creative with my iphone.

Finger Combing

June 24, 2014 § 2 Comments

I have had a number of people ask me what I mean when I tell them I finger comb (or finger detangle) my hair, so I decided to shoot video and shared it here:

I stopped combing my hair years ago after realizing that I was literally pulling it out. I tried many different types of combs and styling tools and found that my hands do a much better job than anything I had ever tried.  For me, I now know that simplicity is key.  I also don’t tie my hair up, wear a bonnet or scarf for bed <peeks out window to watch for the Bonnet Police>.  I found that tying my hair up caused my edges to break off badly, so at night I moisturize, re-twist or do large braids.    This routine works for me and I now see a significant difference in the stat of my hair.  I hope my video is helpful!

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Sneakers…

May 31, 2014 § 2 Comments

white converse all stars

 

 

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some white Converse All Stars for the last few months.  I had a pair in emerald green and foolishly decided to toss them a few days ago!!!  I didn’t realize I would regret that decision until I got home and took my white ones for a spin, Converse never get old! FAIL.  Oh well.  Since we’re moving back to the east coast in a few weeks I have been cleaning and purging like a crazy woman! EVERYTHING MUST GOOOOOOOOOOO!  I guess I got a little too crazy!

Looking ahead, I plan to wear these white ones with everything from cut-off denim to maxi dresses, I love them!

 

*Peep the pretty flowers?  My sweet husband and baby just happened to buy me flowers on their trip to Whole Foods, worked out perfectly for my impromptu sneaker snaps, smiles.

I am starting my workout on Monday, for real, this time…

April 30, 2014 § 2 Comments

I have been trying to motivate myself to workout consistently for so long that I am too ashamed to specify. Well, as of Sunday I seriously got tired of putting it off and hearing the tape recorder in my mind being stuck on “repeat”.  I finally took the first step toward consistenly working out. For the first day I kept it simple, 3 mile walk (1hr), modified push-ups and sit-ups. The following day was pretty much the same. Today, I plan to go downstairs to my gym (baby is knocked out in his swing as I write this in my iPhone, YAY!) to workout. I have had baby in tow these few days so walking has been easier because if he hasn’t napped well then he is not interested in sitting and chillin’ while mommy works out. By the way, I am so happy that he’s now able to situp unassisted, he seems to be able to better entertain himself. For today’s workout I plan to let him sit on his blanket and play with his toys. 

My gym goals today: 1/2 hour of weight lifting (arms/legs), with limited rest periods using light weight and more reps.

Gratefully, I don’t need to loose any weight (a big thanks goes to breastfeeding!!), so I want to tone-up and see more definition in my arms, legs, and my buns need work too. 

I will keep y’all posted. 

**Side-note** Pray for me cause baby still hasn’t started sleeping thru the night which often makes me extremely tired and sluggish throughout the day. I figure I’m gonna be tired whether I workout or not so I may as well try to get fit. Though, I must say, I definetly feel more exhausted at the end of the day with these added workouts. 
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Grateful

March 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

Grateful

 

I am thankful for everyone of you.  Yesterday I celebrated my 3 year blogaversary and today I received my best day for follows.  I haven’t been able to personally thank each of you, sorry,  but I do want you to know that I appreciate your support and appreciation! I am looking forward to sharing more and growing with you all.

Thank you.

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey

I Heart Italy

March 25, 2014 § 2 Comments

Tuscany, Toscana

I am looking forward to our first international family trip to Italy in June!  This will be baby’s first international flight and I’m sure he’s going to do much better than me.  You see, I have a dreaded fear of flying.  Howerver! I refuse to let it stop me from seeing the world.

 

What do you guys like to do to relax on long flights?

On my trip to Argentina I must have played 5 million games of solitaire…which reminds me, I need some new games for my phone!  I will be sure to share photos.

 

 

Spring Into Color

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Lipstick Gloss

I’m springing into color and leaving winter grays behind with these pretty pretties!  I am so excited to have new colors to add to my very humble lippy collection.  What better time to dive into pretty pinks and reds than right now?  It really feels like spring down here in Dallas, plus colorful anything is a real pick-me-up whenever I need a boost of happiness or energy.

If you want to take a peek at what I chose I shot a fun video review on colors from Revlon, NYX and Kate.  You can watch it here:

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