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Guacamole Recipe the Entire Family Will Love

April 7, 2020

By Luci Fioritto

One of the greatest memories I have from my childhood is of me cooking with my mom. I remember myself helping making cakes for our family birthdays or simply watching her every day making nutritious meals after work. At our house is no different. I let Vivi participate in making our meals since the age of two. From washing the vegetables or the rice to choosing the pasta noddle. Something simple that makes them feel special in the household routine, and that actually helps them being more connected and not picky. .
Now that Vivi is four, Carolina and I are the sous chefs and she’s the chef anytime we make guacamole!

There are so many ways to enjoy this delish easy to make healthy dish. Our family loves guacamole on a toast with a boiled egg on top in the morning, as snack with tortillas in the afternoon, in our salads for lunch, or to literally “guac n’roll” our taco and quesadillas. Ready for the recipe?

Ingredients
2 ripe avocados
1 lemon or 2 limes squeezed
2 chopped snack size sweet yellow or orange bell peppers
3 chopped cherry tomatoes or 1 whole roman tomato
3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro or italian parsley
Salt to taste (I like pink Himalayan)

** 1/2 small onion chopped optional
*** 1 jalapeño without the seeds optional, if you like it hot. My kids don’t like hot foods, so we never add them.

Directions
Mash the avocados (we use a potato masher) to get the right balance of chunky and smooth. Add the lemon squeeze and all the other ingredients. Mix everything and enjoy!

Total time to make including prep: 8 minutes.

Receita de Guacamole que a Família Inteira Vai Amar

Uma das minhas maiores memórias de infância, é de quando eu cozinhava com a minha mãe. Eu me lembro ajudando a fazer os bolos de aniversários da família, ou de simplesmente observar minha mãe cozinhando pratos nutritivos ao chegar em casa, depois do trabalho. Aqui em casa não é diferente. A Vivi me ajuda a cozinhar desde os dois anos de idade. Desde lavar os vegetais ou o arroz, até escolher a forma da pasta que vamos comer. Coisinhas simples, que fazem eles se sentirem especiais, e mais conectados com a nutrição. .
Agora que a Vivi tem quatro anos, Carolina e eu somos as sous chefs, e Vivi a chef, toda vez que fazemos guacamole!

Existem muitas maneiras de aproveitar esse pratinho delicioso e saudável. Nossa família adora guacamole na torrada, com ovo cozido por cima pela manhã, em nossas saladas no almoço, no lanchinho da tarde com tortilhas ou literalmente “guac n’roll” nossos tacos ou quesadillas.

Ingredientes
2 avocados maduros – ou 1 abacate
Suco de 1 limão siciliano – ou 2 limões verdes
2 pimentões bem picadinhos (amarelo ou laranja) pequenos – Ou metade de um pimentão normal.
3 tomates cereja bem picadinhos – ou 1 tomato Romano sem sementes
3 colheres de sopa de cilantro ou de salsinha
Sal à gosto

** 1/2 cebela bem picadinha, opcional.
*** 1 jalapeño sem sementes bem picadinha, opcional, se você gosta picante. Minhas filhas não gostam de comidas picantes, então eu nunca adiciono.

Mode de Fazer
Amasse o avocado com um esmagador de batatas, para um obter uma textura de purê em pedaços. Se não tiver o esmagador de batatas, faça amasse com garfo mesmo. Adicione o suco de limão, e todos os outros ingredientes. Misture tudo e aproveite!

Tempo de preparo: 8 minutos.

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Work From Home Tricks and Tips

March 23, 2020

By Luci Fioritto


Scary times, I know! Lots of adjustments, and uncertainties, phew! How was your 1st week working from home? If you are straggling or if you feel your routine needs some adds-on to reach a balance, this post will help you.

I remember when I started working from home in 2012, it was not easy. At the time I had no children, and I enjoyed getting ready in the morning, seeing people every day and be in a routine I knew for a long long time, which was going to the office. Sometimes It takes a minute to get used to a WFH (Work From Home) routine, but once you get into the rhythm, trust me, it’s not bad. I ended up going back to the office when I changed jobs, but worked partially remote for a couple of years after, before taking the decision to working for myself and from home full time as a freelancer when I had my second child. So, I considere myself very adaptable and that’s the attitude you need right now: Adapt to stay sane! 

If you are new to the WFH thing. Here’s the trick: CREATE A ROUTINE.

  • Wake up at the same time you would if you were going to the office. 
  • Use the time you would commute to work and squeeze in a work out – even if 15 minutes it’s all you have, move your body – it will make a big difference on your day and mood.
  • Make your bed – it gives you a sense of accomplishing something 
  • Take a shower
  • Dress up, even to a casual look but take off your pijamas or what ever you slept in
  • Brush your hair, brush your teeth and put on deodorant – keep your hygiene, please!
  • For the ladies, if you like makeup, put some on. Even if just a BB cream, blush and mascara. Again, it makes a difference.
  • Have breakfast
  • Try to work in separate rooms if you have a significant other or flat mate also working from home, if possible. Getting some space apart is important.
  • Make a to do list and stick to it
  • Make coffee 
  • Get some fresh air
  • Stop for lunch at the same time you would at the office
  • Make more coffee
  • Stretch 
  • If it makes you productive and if it’s possible, work outside from your porch
  • Stop working at the time you would while at the office or when you are finished
  • Put your computer and work away for life work balance.

Cheers! 

Portuguese Version

Dicas para Trabalhar de Casa

Por Luci Fioritto

Tempos difíceis, eu sei! Muitos ajustes a se fazer e incertezas, aff! Como foi a sua primeira semana trabalhando de casa? Se você está tendo dificuldades, ou acha que precisa complementar a sua rotina para alcançar um equilíbrio, essa matéria vai te ajudar.

Quando eu comecei a trabalhar de casa em 2012, não foi fácil. Naquela época, eu não tinha filhos, e eu curtia ficar pronta de manhã, ver gente todos os dias e ficar em uma rotina que eu conhecia durante muito muito tempo, que era trabalhar no escritório.

Às vezes demora um pouco para se acostumar a rotina de TDC (trabalhar de casa), mas uma vez que você entra no ritmo, acredite, é muito bom. Eu acabei voltando a trabalhar novamente no escritório, quando eu mudei de emprego, mas eu trabalhei de casa parcialmente por alguns anos depois, antes de tomar a decisão de me tornar freelancer e trabalhar de casa, depois do nascimento da minha segunda filha. Eu me considero bem adaptável, e é essa atitude que você tem que tomar agora: Adapte-se para você manter a sanidade mental!

Para você que é novo em TDC, aqui um toque: CRIE UMA ROTINA.

  • Acorde na mesma hora que você levantaria para ir ao escritório.
  • Use o tempo que você gastaria se mobilizando para o trabalho, para adicionar um treinozinho – mesmo que for por 15 minutos. Mexa seu corpo! Você sentirá uma grande diferença no seu dia e no seu humor.
  • Arrume sua cama – lhe dará a sensação de algo cumprido.
  • Tome banho.
  • Se arrume, mesmo se for algo mais casual, tire o seu pijama!
  • Penteie os cabelos, escove os dentes e passe desodorante – mantenha sua higiene pessoal, por favor! 
  • Para as mulheres que gostam de maquiagem, aplique um pouco. Mesmo se for apenas um BB cream, blush, rímel e gloss. Faz diferença!
  • Tome café da manhã.
  • Se possível, tente trabalhar em um cômodo separado do seu parceiro (a), ou de pessoas você divide sua casa, que estão trabalhando de casa como você. Ter um espaço separado é importante.
  • Faça um checklist e cumpra seus objetivos diários.
  • Faça café.
  • Tome um ar.
  • Pare para almoçar, e tente fazê-lo na mesma hora que o faria, se estivesse no escritório.
  • Faça mais café.
  • Estique-se.
  • Se te faz produtivo, e se for possível, trabalhe da sua varanda.
  • Pare de trabalhar no mesmo horário que você pararia no escritório.
  • Coloque seu computador e trabalho de lado, para manter um equilíbrio em casa.





Home, Motherhood

Daily Calendar Activities with your Little One

March 12, 2020

By Luci Fioritto

With the global outbreak of the Coronavirus vírus and the spread among communities, the number of children at home is increasing with school closings. I see parents with the challenge of keeping children busy while at home, so here something I found in my local library worth sharing. 

I love to make crafts with my daughters – it’s a way I find to making memories while helping them with their development. While at the my local library a couple of months ago, I found this calendar posted in the youth area that you can print at home, with daily activities you can do with your little one at home to keep them busy. 

From Demco.com

I have been using this calendar since January and it is so helpful. I get so many ideas from it. For example, with my 4 years old preschooler, we are learning the alphabet and words that start with respective letters. Today is March 12 2020 – according with the calendar, it’s flower day! So we are learning words that start with the letter F and making flowers as part of our art project of the day as you see pictured, besides planting seeds together like the calendar suggested. Carolina who is 18 months also is part of it, of course with some adjustments for her age group.

My girls love it and it is now part of our routine to check the calendar every day to see what’s going on. 

Here’s the link for you to print the calendar of your choice accordingly with your age group. Let me know if you like it in comments! 

Cheers! 

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Winter White Look

February 10, 2020

By Luci Fioritto

Which book said no white after Labor Day again? Wait, there’s no such book and the rule is there are no rules. You should wear what makes you happy. I love to wear a good chunky/ oversize knit, white jeans and my winter boots during winter. With that being said what’s your favorite white in white? .

Here some outfit inspiration for you:

Portuguese Version

Qual livro mesmo que fala para não usar branco depois de Setembro (aqui nos países nórdicos)? Opa! Espera aí, não existe este livro e não existem tais regras! Você tem que usar o que te faz feliz. Amo combinar uma lã grossa e mais larga, calça jeans branca e uma boa bota de neve. E vc? Qual seu look branco no branco favorito? Feliz ano novo 😆

Aqui para vocês se inspirarem…

Home, Travel

Christmas Lights in Downtown Detroit – Take a Picture

December 5, 2019

By Luci

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Everywhere you go… – I love this song.

Christmas lights in downtown Detroit keep getting better year after year. We love watching Holidays lights with the girls, it is one of our traditions this time of the year. Last weekend we finally had a chance to check it out, closing our long Thanksgiving holiday weekend perfectly.

Campus Martius Christmas Tree

It was cloudy and it started raining unexpectedly on our way to the city, which it made us almost to change our plans, but since we’re halfway through and so in need of some fresh air, we decided to give it a try. We were also hungry, so we stopped at a place to get a bite, with the hopes the rain would stop. Best decision we made – the rain stopped, we had our bellies full and it wasn’t too cold. The streets were wet, but it wasn’t bad, it actually made it extra fun for the girls with all the puddles. 

Cadillac Square Christmas Market

Campus Maritus wasn’t crowded, so we stayed around that area. We had a chance to really look around and see the amazing job the city and sponsors did this year. 

Campus Martius

So many adorable spots and interactive installations with the cutest lights and backgrounds to take Holidays pictures in Detroit. Actually I think I’m starting a series of this to give you ideas to take yours. Here are my findings around Campus Martius. Check it out!

Woodward Ave – across the street from Quick Loans
Quick Loans Building
Michigan Humane Society Installation
Campus Martius

I can’t wait to go back and explore more! What’s your holiday tradition?

Looks

Wearing Calvin Klein coat (old collection) .
Tony is wearing Jcrew coat (old collection) and YSL scarf.

Carolina is wearing Kate Spade hat & scarf. Zara Jacket & boots and Pipa & Julie dress.

Vivian is wearing Zara Jacket. Neiman Marcus hat and Ugg snow boots.

Campus Martius Christmas Tree


Portuguese version

Luzes de Natal em Detroit – tire uma foto

By Luci

As luzes de Natal em Detroit ficam cada ano mais bonitas. Ver as luzes de Natal é tradição da nossa família nesta época do ano.
Fim de semana passado nós finalmente conseguimos ir conferir as luzes de Detroit, fechando com chave de ouro o nosso fim de semana prolongado do Thanksgiving.

O tempo estava fechado, e começou a chover no caminho, o que fez a gente quase desistir, mas resolvemos arriscar e ir assim mesmo, porque precisávamos tomar um ar. Estávamos com fome, então paramos em um lugar para comer, na esperança da chuva passar… Foi realmente o que aconteceu, a chuva deu uma trégua e conseguimos nos divertir. As ruas estavam bem molhadas, cheias de poças d’água, o que não foi problema, porque até adicionou uma diversão à mais para as meninas – elas adoram pular em poças! Como estavam com botas, deixei elas aproveitarem. Amaram!

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Conseguimos explorar a área da Campus Martius. A cidade e os patrocinadores arrasaram este ano. A decoração está linda!

Campus Martius

Tem tantos lugares fofos e instalações interativas com as luzes de Natal de fundo os para tirar fotos de Natal em Detroit. Na verdade, acho que vou começar uma série de uns lugares legais tirar foto nesta época do ano. Aqui estão as minhas descobertas ao redor da Campus Martius. Confiram!

Woodward Ave
Woodward Ave
Home, Travel

Transitioning into Fall Look in The Shinola Hotel

September 25, 2019

By Luci

Beginning of fall… i personally love this time of the year! Daylight doesn’t last as long anymore and temperatures start to drop, however the days are beautiful and staying out in the sun feels so incredibly comfortable. It’s time for transitioning outfits, where we basically have to wear 2 in 1 combinations, because of chilly mornings and warm afternoons. An opportunity to pair up a couple of spring/summer pieces with the new season’s fashion.

Photos by Junia Lapp/ Fashion Producer: Marina Anauate

A couple of months ago I finally visited the beautiful Shinola hotel boutique in Detroit. The hotel is located in the city’s shopping district right on Woodward Ave. When you walk in it feels like you are in an art gallery because of all the incredible paintings, furniture, photography and books displayed in its living space. I felt like I was submerged in this mid century modern vibe that made my eyes shine! Oh, and let’s not forget about the great hospitality! I have to say this because the customer experience is everything to me: Every single hotel worker, from the valet guys to the front desk staff said good morning to me. They all had beautiful smiles on their faces, and they seemed happy to be there, which for me completed the vibe of this place.

“The Shinola Hotel Parker’s Alley”, that you see here in my pictures is named after Thomas Parker, one of the first black landowners in the city of Detroit. The alley “is lined with specially-curated shopping options”, which “offers a mix of global brands and homegrown businesses that celebrate Detroit’s entrepreneurial spirit” – https://www.shinolahotel.com/parkers-alley

My outfit is Zara and my shoes are from one of my favorite Brazilian brands Schutz.

When I first visited Michigan from São Paulo more than a decade ago, Detroit looked like a ghost town to me, and I didn’t quite understand how such a remarkably iconic American city was left like that, destitute and empty. Nowadays, seeing all the construction, the various projects, and the evolution that has taken place over the years is an amazing experience to watch. There is still a lot to be done, but it makes me so proud and happy. Go Detroit go!

Have you been to Detroit? What’s your favorite spot?

Home, Motherhood, Travel

Matching Dresses and Sunflower fields

September 13, 2019

By Luci

Visiting a sunflower farm has been on my bucket list for years, and after having the girls I was determined to find one and share this experience with them. 

We found one only one hour away from our house, and the trip was actually very pleasant and pretty with roads full of beautiful farm houses and rural landscape.

I love to spend time outside in nature with my girls. We take every opportunity we have to teach them something through play and experiences. At the farm we taught the girls how the sunflower likes to face the sun and Vivi noticed that they don’t like shade (proud mom moment there). They also could observe the bees and how gentle they are (if not bothered) while collecting their nectar. It was a dream come true for me, and I was glad my husband was able to capture beautiful shots of us before they became hungry and ready for their naps!

Oh and let’s not forget to talk about the matching outfits! I think it’s so cute and my heart melts every time I see two girls twinning dresses. Vivi is tall for her age and sometimes it is hard to find matching dresses, so when I found these at Zara I didn’t think twice. I choose my outfit of the day to match theirs and free people never disappoints. 

Click here for my girls dresses.

What about you? What are your plans for these last weeks of summer?

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The Satin Midi Skirt Trend

August 7, 2019

By Luci

The satin midi skirt, also known as slip skirt, has been one of my favorites trends this season. Everything started in the 90s,  with the simple and elegant design of the slip dress, which was easy to bring out for any occasion. The skirt version is no different, and it’s easy to pair with everything from t-shirts and sneakers to blazers, sweaters and heels.  Love it! 

A Moda da Saia Midi de Cetim

Por Luci

A saia de cetim midi tem sido uma das minhas tendências favoritas nesta temporada.  Tudo começou nos anos 90 com a tendência do design simples e elegante do vestido de cetim, um queridinho para usar em qualquer ocasião.  A versão da saia não é diferente, e combina com tudo! Desde camisetas e tênis, até um tricô despojado ou blazer e sapato alto. Adoro! 

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Colors and Polka dots

July 10, 2019

By Luci

I love the mixing of patterns to create a statement. Polka dot is one of my favorites, because of its versatility and sophistication. It’s summer and it’s hot, so nothing better than an off the shoulder top to feel the breeze. Here I pared it with pink cigarette trousers and one of my favorite statement shoes for a cheerful and sophisticated look. My tip: play with your closet! I’m ready for cocktails on this hot summer day. You?

Photos by Fabiola Masserant

Wearing Zara polka dots top and pink pants. Shoes are Sophia Webster.

Portuguese version

Cores e bolinhas

Adoro misturar estampas e cores para sair do padrão. Bolinhas são umas das minhas estampas favoritas, porque são versáteis e dão aquele ar de sofisticação. É verão, e nada melhor do que um top de ombro a ombro para sentir aquela briza boa batendo no peito. Aqui eu joguei um top de bolinhas com uma calça cigarette rosa, e para finalizar um dos meus sapatos favoritos, que também sai do padrão, para dar mais uma animada e sofisticação ao look. Minha dica, brinque com seu armário! Estou pronta para um drink neste dia de calor, e você ?

Beijos.

Vestindo top e calças da Zara. O sapato é Sophia Webster.

Home, Motherhood

Celebrating Yourself

June 20, 2019

By Luci

What if you simply celebrate yourself today? Besides all the unconditional love involved in motherhood, as a mother of two, motherhood for me became also an art of multitasking… 98.9% of the time, I leave the house half ready because life has never been busier, and exhausting! Everything I do revolves around my girls and their schedules.

I am a mother, but before that I spent almost four decades growing as a person. In recent years I feel I have been trying hard to find myself, but motherhood has taught me that life is not about finding yourself, but more so about creating and cultivating yourself so that you can live true!

Motherhood does change our lives, and for the better in my opinion, but the process is long and I continue to learn. It takes time to find a balance. When the time is right you know though, and you will know how to honor that person you were before becoming a mother, and create space for your talents and dreams again.

You do so much… You are so worthy! Celebrate yourself! Go to the gym. Eat something you like or go out for dinner.  Read a magazine or listen to a podcast. Go for a walk…  You can do anything, but do it for you!

I have been celebrating myself by putting some make up on. What about you? How have you been celebrating yourself?

Xoxo, Lulu.

Photos by Fabiola Masserant

Portuguese Version

Celebrando Você Mesmo

Por Luci

E se você simplesmente celebrar VOCÊ hoje?  Além do amor incondicional envolvido na maternidade, como mãe de duas filhas, ser mãe para mim tornou-se também a arte de ser “mil e uma utilidades”. 98.9% do tempo saio de casa sem acabar de me arrumar, porque a vida nunca esteve tão ocupada e cansativa. Minha vida gira em torno das minhas filhas e sigo suas prioridades.

Sou mãe, mas antes disso passei quase 40 anos da minha vida crescendo como pessoa. Nos últimos anos, antes de virar mãe, vinha tentando me “reencontrar”, o que não dava em nada. A maternidade no entanto, vem me ensinando que a vida não é sobre se encontrar, mas sim sobre recriar e cultivar você mesmo. 

A maternidade muda as nossas vidas, e para o melhor, na minha opinião, mas o processo é longo e continuo aprendendo. Leva tempo para encontrar equilíbrio. Mas quando o equilíbrio chega, você sabe. Essa é a hora para celebrar a pessoa que você foi antes de se tornar mãe. De criar um espaço para os seus talentos e voltar a sonhar.

Você faz tanto como mãe… Você é tão incrível. Comemore você! Vai na academia. Faça uma comidinha que você gosta, ou saia para jantar. Leia uma revista ou escute um podcast. Vai andar… Pode ser qualquer coisa, mas faça por você! 

Eu venho celebrando a mim mesma me aplicando maquiagem para dar um frescor no rosto. E você?  Como você está comemorando hoje?

Xoxo, Lulu.