What is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?



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It was fun to learn that a sweet potato is what you’d commonly find at your local grocery market. And chances are you will find it in the colors orange, purple and white.  However, yams usually have to be found at a specialty store and are white.  I discovered the answer to said question some years ago when I decided to bake my very first sweet potato pie.  It’s funny, until my first sweet potato pie experience, I never questioned the difference.  I stumbled across this cool video that breaks down the difference in fun and succinct way…check it out here.

Now I’m on the hunt to try my first, real yam.

Happy Holidays!


Italy Re-visited

Aaaaaah Italy…

I’ve missed you guys and I’ve missed “journaling”!

I was going to post some photos from a recent trip but thought I should first touch on Italy and update you guys. Though we had things stolen from us in Milan, we were able to turn things around and make the best of a not so good situation. We have since replaced everything and moved on. To be honest, I feel like we could have skipped Milan all together, there wasn’t much there there I was interested in exploring.

Rome was CRAZY busy!! I am so happy we purchased tickets for the Cistine Chapel and museum online. The line to purchase tickets was OUTRAGEOUS! There is no way I would’ve waited on that line, it was blocks long and blazing HOT outside (no shade). If you’d like to take a peek at the lines I’m referring to I’ve shared a little footage in my vlogs on here. And it was just as bad for the Vatican. Venice was beautiful but busy too. However, we found that if you walk a few blocks away from the beaten path then you’ll be pretty much all alone. It wasn’t smelly, which people ask me about often when I mention my travels to Venice. But then again, I have lived and travel to NYC often, so I can be desensitized to funky smells, haha.

Here are some of my favorite pics from our trip.










Italy: Bitter Sweet

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.




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


Hello my loves,

I snapped this photo on a trip to Italy and asked about it’s translation, but don’t think it was quite answered.  I asked my friend, but I  think he had a hard time trying to translate in his limited english, so I did some research and here’s what I came up with:

L’amore cava Dalla carne le bestie e le lascia libere sotto un temporale = Beasts meet from love pursued, and is set free in a storm?

Anyone?  Anyone?  I’d love to know a correct/better translation.

What do you think. Parli Italiano?

Vintage Necklace



I was shopping for vintage wedding rings with a friend and ran across this outrageously, sickening, gorgeous vintage necklace.  The jeweler told me that it is from the 1940’s and that an Amathyst and Onyx combination was unusual for that time, which made me love it even more of course. Someone had really good taste that was clearly ahead of their time;-D  Sigh…