Saturday, September 28, 2013

Italia...Ricordando

   When we first moved to Italy 4 years ago so many people said that it would be such a culture shock and probably take some time to get used to. Adapting to this new way of life was no issue for me. Once I stepped off the plane in Venice for the first time, I fit right in & actually felt very at home. However, moving from Italy back to the states has me a little off balance.

   Maybe it's because so much has happened in the past 2 months. Maybe it's because my house isn't completely unpacked, so it still doesn't feel like home 100%. Maybe it's because I don't know anyone here really...but I've luckily managed to make 2 friends so far (woo hoo). Maybe it's because I just miss everything about Italy. Whatever it is, I'm determined to make this feel like home asap...starting with hanging frames & art this weekend.

   I do feel like I'm going to enjoy living in the sunshine state for the next several years, but I will always miss Italy and its beauty.


1. Venetian gondolas




2. Birds eye view of my town and surrounding towns




3. Surprisingly enough, I miss the trains!

 
 
 
4. The most amazing site you can see in person...the Sistene Chapel 
 



5. San Marco's Basillica




6. Polcenigo




7. It's not Italy but it's that time of year...Oktoberfest! I went twice and it was AWESOME



Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn is Official

   As of Sunday, September 22nd, Autumn has officially arrived and I have to say that I'm quite ready. Although in Florida the fall weather hasn't really hit, I'm looking for ways to incorporate warm & cold weather pieces to get the most out of my wardrobe. Simple layering is the best way to ease into the cooler weather without having to dig out those chunky cable knit sweaters just yet.

   Here are a couple of ways to style overalls and midi skirts to transition them into the fall.

   What's your favorite look?



1st Day of Fall
Weekend casual overalls & 9-5 Midi Skirt




1st Day of Fall #2
Comfy Midi Skirt & Glitzy Overalls

 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Kitchen Comfort & Menu

   How long does it take to get settled into a new house? We've been here a month, painted 3 rooms, and there are still boxes everywhere that need to be unpacked. Half of my shoes are STILL in boxes! I understand that it's going to take a while, especially with having a newborn, but can someone just come and do it for me? One thing that is very homey to me though, is my kitchen. With it being completely unpacked, I'm able to get back in my comfort zone of cooking our meals instead of having to eat out.

   I'm a meal planner, if I wasn't it would be a hectic mess around here. This helps me to be organized and makes my life more simple. Not only that, but it ensures that my family is fed proper nutritious meals. I typically plan out 1-2 weeks worth of dinner meals at a time. I get most of the ingredients needed at my first grocery trip, but I don't like risking my fresh fruits & veggies going bad before I make a recipe.

   Below is our dinner menu for the next week and a half, not in order.

Thai Honey Peanut Chicken, Lo Mein
Crockpot Chicken Tacos
My Complete Pot Roast
Pork Mango Picadillo, White Rice & Homemade Tortillas
Pesce in Acqua Pezza, Broiled Cabbage & Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
Tripolini Amatricina & Bruschetta
Crab Cakes, Parmesan Zucchini & Salad
**Shrimp Enchiladas with Jalapeno Cream Sauce, Mexican Rice**- Recipe coming!
Spaghetti Bolognese
(Hubby's Grilling) Steak, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potatoes
Hubby is also cooking something with his new smoker...perhaps ribs?


   I also took a day to make some breakfast items to store in the freezer for quick & easy access. It has made our weekday mornings much easier! Next I'm going to try out some freezer friendly lunch ideas for myself since I'm now back to being a stay at home mom.

Waffles
Pumpkin Muffins
Breakfast Burritos
Smoothie Packs
Banana Bread

The freezer cooking has proved to be well worth. I'm already making my list of freezer items to make next as well as new ideas for packing my daughter's school lunch. She's hooked to pizza lunchables but I'm so over them.   

If you've never tried freezer cooking & would like to, check out www.onceamonthmom.com. She has a ton of recipes and ideas. You can seriously freeze just about anything...lol!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Next Chapter

Those of you who follow my blog know that a lot has been going on in the past couple of months. We made a very long move across the pond from Italy to Florida, so we are officially living in the United States again. It was a looooonnnngggggg process that involved our family being separated for a few weeks, living in a hotel while being 36 weeks pregnant, finding a house, living out of a suitcase, and trying to get settled. And then we had a newborn baby in the mix of all this, which may seem hectic, but I think it actually calmed me down and gave me some peace. There's no better feeling in the world than meeting your little one for the first time and holding he or she securely in your arms. So let me present to you, Baby N...


Baby N @ 10 Days Old
Staying at home with baby and not working has been an adjustment, but I'm finally starting to get on somewhat of a schedule. I will be back to blogging more frequently which I'm very excited about as I hope you are as well. The blog will feature a variety of topics including fashion, books, DIY, recipes, couponing, mom stuff, fitness and whatever else I'm feelin' froggy about.

I'm looking forward to writing more and becoming more involved with my readers! Stay tuned....