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We Are In This Together

April 10, 2020

We made it into another quarantine week, Yay! I’m so exhausted, but I always find energy to make some art with my girls.

My girls are very into arts, and that’s how we start most of our days. I have set up their art space in my office, which we now call it our ‘atelier’ – a great way I found to keep them entertained while I work on my own projects.

I have been reading the Easter story for V since Palm Sunday this week, and yesterday I read the part when Jesus dies. She got sad, but after said: “but Jesus is alive, mommy… ”, and I replied back: “He is, and always with us”. She smiled, and said “everything is going to be ok”, I kissed her and She went to sleep. Today, we decided to make rainbows as a symbol of Hope and remembering Jesus for Good Friday.

We pray for all those affected by this terrible crisis, and please remember… You are never alone 🌈🙏🏼

PS: We used peeps (yes, the candy) as stamps to make bunnies to give it a final touch.

Paint: Crayola

Portuguese Version

Tamo Junto!

Mais uma semana na quarentena… Conseguimos, viva! Estou acabada, mas eu sempre encontro energia para criar algum tipo de arte com minhas meninas. Se você assiste minhas stories, já deve ter visto nossas criações.

Minhas filhas adoram arte, e é fazendo muita que começamos a maioria dos nossos dias. Eu criei até um espaço para elas no meu escritório, que agora chamamos de “nosso atelier” – um jeito que achei delas ficarem entretidas, enquanto trabalho nos meus próprios projetos. No domingo de Palmas comecei a ler a história da Páscoa para a Vivi. Ontem chegamos na parte em que Jesus morre. Vivi ficou triste de primeiro momento, mas depois disse “mamãe, Jesus está vivo!”. Eu respondi, “está! E está sempre conosco”. Ela então sorriu e terminou: “tudo vai acabar bem”. Eu dei um beijo nela, e ela dormiu .


Hoje nós fizemos um arco-íris simbolizando esperança. A esperança que temos em Cristo, e lembrando Dele nesta sexta-feira santa. Nós oramos para todos os afetados nesta crise terrível… por favor se lembre: você nunca está sozinho 🌈🙏🏼.

Obs. usamos o “peeps” (sim, o doce) como carimbo para fazer os coelhinhos, para dar o toque final. 

Tinta: Crayola

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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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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 and Colors

February 12, 2020

“I like this color on you mama. Let me take a picture”. Thankful for colors and Vivi’s incredible talent at 4 years old!

Colors are welcome during winter too!

Hat: HM. Sweater and oversized faux leather jacket Coat: Zara. Denim: Hudson. Boots: DSW.

“ Gostei dessa cor em você mamãe. Deixa eu tirar uma foto”. Gratidão pelas cores e o talento incrível da Vivi em tirar foto aos 4 anos!

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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…

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The Power of Key Pieces

January 22, 2020

Investing in key pieces is the success of any closet. How much don’t we love when we dig in our closet, and look at preloved pieces with new eyes then create fabulous new looks. I was surprised with what I found in mine, and with the many compliments I got when I put this outfit together!

The dress is ASOS and the white knit is Zara.

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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?

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Visit to 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?