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Christmas Tree Shopping

November 15, 2020

Can’t believe Christmas is five weeks away!! Have you started decorating for the holidays this year, yet?

We start decorating our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year however, I wanted to start early for Christmas excitement as my girls are older and are starting to really understand and enjoy the holidays.

I’ve just realized that we don’t have a Christmas tree anymore. We donated our old Christmas tree last year, after ten years… We need to go Christmas Tree shopping!

This year, I’m debating what kind of tree we should get. A very realistic new artificial Christmas tree or try for the first time in my life, to have a freshly cut natural one.

I am really debating, because I am all about creating moments with my girls and I think this is a milestone I would love to experience with them, and live that American tradition of driving to a field, pick a tree, thigh it up to the roof of our car and bring it back home.

Which one do you think I should get? An artificial Christmas tree or the real deal, to experience?

I have done a little research around, and the fresh-cut Christmas trees are not available yet, so I did a curation of a couple of styles in case we decide to buy an artificial one. They are in the most realistic Christmas trees category, and with great reviews. Which one would you pick?

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Sweet Potato Butternut Nutritious Soup Recipe for Fall

October 29, 2020

Colorful and delicious fall soup recipe to have during the cooler months. You don’t need to be a cook when you have an easy and nutritious recipe and the right kitchen essentials to help you to make amazing dishes.

In this post, I’m sharing a recipe my family loves and some of my favorite kitchen essentials, that can help you to make your lifestyle better in your busy life, and spend more time with what really matters.

Surprise yourself or your family with this homy, easy to make and filling dish. Here are the ingredients and what you need.

  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound of sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium-size of Yukon gold or russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 6 cups of water, chicken stock, or vegetable stock – I use water to avoid the sodium
  • Salt to taste

Start by heatting the oil in the crockpot for 2 minutes in the sauté option. Add the onion and garlic, stirring it for about 2-3 minutes or until it’s golden. Add the ginger and stir it together until fragrant, for about 1 minute. Add the sweet potato, butternut squash, regular potato and stir mixing all together. Add the garlic powder and stir all together again for about 3 minutes for the ingredients to blend together. Add the water or stock. Change the Crockpot option to soup and let it cook. The pan will peep when the soup is ready. Wait for about 10 minutes to open the pan. After everything is cooked use hand blender to mash all the ingredients together in the pan. Serve and enjoy.

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Receita de Sopa de Batata Doce com Abóbora Amarela para o Outono.

1 colher de sopa de avocado oil (faço com avocado oil e geralmente acrescento o suficiente para fritar o alho e a cebola)

 1 cebola pequena picada

2 dentes de alho espremidos 

1 colher de chá de alho em pó

 1 colher de sopa de gengibre fresco ralado ou em pó

1 colher de chá de cúrcuma

 1 lb de abóbora amarela descascada e cortada em cubos

 1 lb de batata doce, descascada e cortada em cubos

 1 batata Yukon dourada ou russet de tamanho médio, descascada e cortada em cubos

Mais ou menos 6 xícaras de água, caldo de galinha ou caldo de vegetais ( vai do seu gosto – faço com água para evitar o sodium e é minha preferência)

 Sal a gosto

Depois de cozida, finalize moendo a sopa com o moedor de mão na panela mesmo, e sirva.

Bom apetite!

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Bring Versatility to your Fall Wardrobe

October 29, 2020

The fall versatile piece you want to have in your wardrobe right now!

Plaid blazers are darlings during fall months. They are versatile and bring freshness to any wardrobe, specially because they can easily be transformed from workwear to play. Option 1 below is play. Option 2 is for work.

OPTION 1
OPTION 2

Which one is your favorite? Work or play? Comment below.

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Plaid Blazer Chic

October 22, 2020

A plaid blazer is chic, and a smart pattern to have in your the wardrobe. A piece that will go a long way year after year during the fall and winter months, as the main piece of the look or layering under a coat.

Loving this look for fall weather! Gain some extra styling points by adding some accessories to to look. Here I fastened the waist of my plaid blazer with a belt to give it more shape and the outfit a different look.

Do you like or have you use this styling trick? Let me know in comments bellow.

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O blazer xadrez é uma peça chic e super versátil para você ter no seu guarda-roupa. Uma peça que você pode usar muito, tanto agora no outono, como no inverno, fazendo dela a peça chave do seu look (como eu fiz no meu), ou usando por baixo de uma casaco mais grosso.

Ganhe alguns pontinhos no quesito estilo, adicionando acessórios no look.
No meu look, eu adicionei um cinto para marcar minha cintura, e dar formato ao meu torço. Já deu um ar diferente ao look, você não achou?
Você gosta ou já usou esse truque de estilo? Me conta nos comentários.

By Luci Fioritto

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Amazon Prime Day Deals

October 14, 2020

Home Favorites Edition

You asked, you shall received. From now on I will be using my experience as a buyer and help you to shop. To start I have curated a couple of home favorites that is on sale on Amazon Prime Day right now.
Prime Day is an exclusive sale for prime members on Amazon. It is seriously like Christmas in October! So many great deals!! Don’t waste more time! Run and shop on the links below. Sale ends tonight!

  1. Pressure Cooker Perfect for any time of the year to make rice, stews and soup. This one is a 7in1, and it is also an air fryer. Instant Pot Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7 in 1, 10 Qt – Size is important when cooking for the family!

2. Air Fryer – This is one appliance you need in your kitchen right now! I can’t see our house without one. Cook healthier and juicy. This is a must have on any kitchen even if you don’t know how to cook! GoWISE USA GW22956 7-Quart Electric Air Fryer with Dehydrator & 3 Stackable Racks, Led Digital Touchscreen with 8 Functions + Recipes, 7.0-Qt, Black/Silver

3. Robot Vacuum – who doesn’t need a hand to clean up the house? I do! I got you covered with 2 brands: Shark and Roomba. It goes by preference.

Shark IQ Robot Self-Empty XL RV1001AE, Robotic Vacuum, IQ Navigation, Home Mapping, Self-Cleaning Brushroll, Wi-Fi Connected

Robot Roomba i6+ (6550) Robot Vacuum

5. Kids Tablet – good opportunity to start your Christmas shopping! It comes in 3 colors: pink, blue and purple. All-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, 8″ HD display, 32 GB, Pink Kid-Proof Case

6. Portable Bluetooth Speaker – another perfect gift and waterproof for the music lover. Great for entertaining too! The Bose SoundLink Revolve, the Portable Bluetooth Speaker with 360 Wireless Surround Sound, Triple Black

7. Ring Light Hello fellow bloggers and makeup enthusiasts. This is the perfect ring for you! I personally have one and I love it. Neewer Ring Light Kit:18″/48cm Outer 55W 5500K Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand

8. Coffee & Expresso Maker – One of the best around, and makes a great gift. Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Expresso Machine by De’Longhi

9. Ring Video Doorbell Pro, with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy Installation (existing doorbell wiring required) 

10. Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired)

Disclaimer – This post contains affiliate links that I may earn a commission from it. Thanks for your support!

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Saving with Year Metropark Pass – A Day in the Farm

August 5, 2020

Took the action of really taking advantage of our year Michigan Metropark pass by enjoying the outdoors.

Mindset is everything – I chose action instead of procrastination, and the result you see the pictures here – Happiness in the Farm basically all for us!

At the gate of any Metropark, you can either choose to pay $10/car to spend the day or get the $40 year pass and enjoy the facilities of 13 Metroparks, which includes lots of nature, exploring and beaches throughout southeast Michigan. 

Wearing Mango Shirt & HM Shorts. Girls are wearing Zara Kids & Old Navy.

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“Be the energy you want to attract”

July 28, 2020

In other words, what you put into something is what you get out of it. Simple as that! 

I love a good quote of motivation, like the ones that makes me think deep and get a reaction out of me. This one sounds perfect to share and to make a little reflection on it, especially during these uncertain times when it is normal to not feel our best and be concerned if people are doing their part by masking up at stores, at small outings, if our kids are going back to school, if we are going to have jobs, our government… !! I’m here to say, I hear you. 

Life is a reflection of our choices. If you want a different result, make a different choice. Instead of doubt, practice confidence. Instead of indifference, practice empathy. Instead of fear, practice courage. Work hard, push boundaries, and don’t stop trying to pursue solutions to live better your why. 
Be genuine, connect with your roots, your values and with what it really matters. The power of positivity is real, you just have to be it to be able see it.

How are you setting your mind today? Let me know in comments to let things out! Feel free to tag a friend or save it for later as a reminder. Mine is set with confidence. We got this!

Portuguese Version

“Seja a energia que você deseja atrair”

Em outras palavras, o que você coloca para fora, é aquilo que você recebe de volta. Simples assim!

Adoro frases de motivação, como as que me fazem pensar e que tiram uma reação de mim. Essa aqui é um bom exemplo para compartilhar e refletir um pouco, especialmente durante esses períodos de incerteza, quando é normal não nos sentirmos bem e nos preocuparmos com coisas simples, que fazem parte do nosso novo normal, como se as pessoas estão fazendo a sua parte usando máscaras para ir ao mercado, em pequenos passeios, se os nossas crianças voltarão para a escola, se vamos ter emprego, nosso governo … !! Estou aqui para dizer que eu também sinto tudo isso é estou aqui para te ouvir.

A vida é um reflexo de nossas escolhas. Se você deseja um resultado diferente, faça uma escolha diferente. Ao invés da dúvida, pratique a confiança. Ao invés da indiferença, pratique empatia. Ao invés do medo, pratique a coragem. Trabalhe duro, supere limites e não pare de tentar buscar soluções para viver o seu melhor. 

Seja genuíno! Conecte-se com suas raízes, seus valores e com o que realmente importa. O poder da positividade é real, você só precisa viver para senti-lo.

Como você está programando a sua mente hoje? Põe aí para fora nos comentários, marca um amigo ou salva para ler mais para frente . A minha mente está programada com bastante confiança. Tamo junto!

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Another Way to Style a Puffy Sleeves Dress

June 11, 2020

Styling Tip – Details that make the difference.

By Luci Fioritto

I really enjoy to be creative and reinvent pieces to give my personal touch to a look. Another way to style a puffy sleeves dress is by going one size up. This is a easy way to get more out of your wardrobe, and have room to reinvent a piece. You have to be aware of your body type and proportions for it to work, but when you find your way, you can create magic.
For this specific dress for example, I went one size up because of my bust area – it gave me more freedom and the option to style the cleavage/ shoulder areas different ways.
Here (on before) is how I got this dress, and then (on after) is how I’m wearing it.

This is the fun about fashion. Reinvent!
My dress is ASOS, but it’s sold out. You can find similar one here.

Did you like this tip? Let me know in comments.

Lulu.

Um Outro Jeito de Dar Aquele Toque à Mais, a um Vestido com Mangas Bufantes

Dica de Estilo – Detalhes que fazem toda a diferença

Eu gosto de ser criativa e reinventar peças, para dar meu toque pessoal a um look. Um outro jeito de dar aquele toque à mais, a um vestido com mangas bufantes, é comprar/usar um número acima do seu. Esta é uma maneira fácil de aproveitar mais do seu guarda-roupa, e ter espaço para reinventar uma peça. Você precisa estar ciente do seu tipo de corpo e proporções para dar certo, mas quando você encontra o caminho, muita mágica acontece.

Para este vestido especificamente, por exemplo, eu fui com um número acima do meu, por causa da minha área do busto. Isso me deu mais liberdade, e ainda a opção de modelar as áreas do decote / ombro de maneiras diferentes.
Acima (no before) está como eu comprei este vestido, e no depois, como eu o reinventei o decote do ombro e o uso. Não parece um vestido totalmente diferente?

Isso que é o divertido na moda. Você sempre pode reinventar uma peça, e adequá-la ao seu estilo.
Meu vestido é ASOS, mas está fora de estoque. Para um parecido, clique aqui.

Gostou da dica? Me deixa saber nos comentários.

Lulu.

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Quarantine Mini Stylist – I let Vivi Dress Me

April 28, 2020
Quarantining in style with my favorite mini stylist.

By Luci Fioritto

Sweats are not on the styling list of my mini stylist. Every day Vivi comes to me, and say “I want you to wear something fabulous today, and put on a lipstick!” 😳 haha. We are constantly playing dress up during this quarantine, and one of Vivi’s favorite things to do right now (with extra support of her little sister) is going into my wardrobe and pick me an outfit.
She picked this head to toe pink monochromatic look, and said: “here mom… wear it, because I’m fabulous” – while moving a curl out of her face 🤣🤣.

Not being bias, but this little girl has style. What do you think?

Dress by CeCe I got at Nordstrom a couple years ago. Similar here and here.

Shoes by Aldo. Similar here.

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Fashion Finds During Quarantine Clean Up

April 14, 2020

Little treasures you find while you are cleaning your wardrobe during quarantine. Love this dress I wore for Easter!

I got this dress as an option for a pregnancy shoot when I was expecting my second child, and I never wore it! I bought a size up at the time because of the bump. Now it’s a bit loose, but after belting it up it fits perfect! I’m so glad I invested on something I could wear after.

I’m curious to hear what you have found during your cleanups.

Girls are wearing Little Me and HM. My dress is Forever 21, belt is from Mango.

Portuguese Version

Achados Fashion na Limpeza da Quarentena

Achados que você encontra no seu guarda-roupa, enquanto faz a limpa na quarentena. Adoro esse vestido que usei para a Páscoa! Eu comprei esse vestido como segunda opção, para o ensaio de quando eu estava grávida da minha segunda filha, e nunca usei!

Na época, comprei um número acima para servir por causa da barriga. Agora está um pouco largo na cintura, mas depois de colocar um cinto, o caimento ficou perfeito!

O que vocês acharam nas suas arrumações? Tenho certeza que muitos se identificam.

As meninas estão usando Little Me & HM. Meu vestido é Forever 21 e cinto é Mango.