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New Year’s Eve Tradition

December 30, 2020

New Year’s tradition to ring in the New Year.

We all need a little more luck in the 2021. One New Year tradition I enjoy, that just so happens to have healthy benefits I remember celebrating while growing up, is eating 7 pomegranate arils to ring on the New Year in order to bring fortune and prosperity. 

The Young me, didn’t understand the symbolism behind pomegranates bringing fortune and prosperity. Older me, now understands why:

Pomegranate is rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Fiber. It has wide-ranging benefits and may help reduce your risk of various serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, just to name a few.

I want Pomegranate every day in my life! 

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I want to bring more of my healthy(ish) living in here in 2021, as life is not always about outfits as you also need to look good within. 

What’s your favorite New Year’s Eve tradition that you celebrate where you are from ? Share below

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Pantone 2021 Color of the Year

December 29, 2020

Pantone 2021 Color of the Year

The neutral – Ultimate Gray & the vibrant light Illuminating yellow – is the color paring that brings the message of strength and hopefulness that are at the same time, both enduring and uplifting for 2021.

Have you combined yellow with gray colors when picking out an outfit? Or using this combination alone or together with other colors in your home decor, in graphic design or projects alike? If so, you are ahead of the game and ready for 2021 according to the Pantone book! 

Every year since 1999, Pantone forecasts and announces in the beginning of December the color that will best reflect the year ahead – “The Color of the Year”.

This year Pantone has chosen a combo of colors, because Illuminating is associated with optimism and vivacity; while Ultimate Gray encourages resilience. Colors symbolisms that will definitely be of good use in 2021.

A lot of people use the psychology and the symbolism of colors to ring on the New Year.  Like in Brazil it is tradition to wear white to ring on the New Year, while here in the US we see more sequins.

What do you think of the gray and yellow combo? Comment below👇🏼 

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Kids Gifts Guide – Pre School

December 10, 2020

Gifts Guide for the Pre School Kids – The kind of list that will make any kid happy.

We pretty much owned the majority of items in this list, and my girls play with them all the time!

Headband is from Violeta Giovanna. All other items are linked below.

Love, Luci.

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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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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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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.





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Detroit Christmas Lights

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
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Transitioning into Fall Look

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?