La Bella Figura

My current class is about English Language Learners. This weeks assignment I had to pick a culture, say why I picked it, and make a PowerPoint about the language, education, socialization, food, religion, dress, parenting, and a few other things. So I of course picked Italian. I had so much fun finding information online and comparing it to my own family. I came across La Bella Figura and wanted to know what it meant. The Italian philosophy of La Bella Figura essentially boils down to always putting your best foot forward, not only physically but in every way you present yourself to the world. From talking to my Polish friend they have that same philosophy also. I look around and see so many have stopped doing that in the United States. It seems we are lowering our standards on how well we keep ourselves and our surroundings. I find myself fighting all the time with my son about hygiene, having matching clothes, taking care of his belongings. I try to tell him the way he takes care of himself is his business card on how others are going to treat him. And yet its a catch 22 because I also want to make sure my children don’t listen to negative judgements. I remember growing up my friend’s parents telling them they couldn’t do anything until their chores were done, they had to shower, and they had to take care of the house as well as the belongings in it. It set the path to taking care of oneself and having pride in it. So I was explaining to my daughters what La Bella Figura is…..an attempt to create a life by looking and acting their best in every situation while savoring the simple pleasures in life. So then I wondered what do I consider the simple pleasures in life? Family, my cats, food, friendships, good conversations, books, music, chic flicks, being in nature, etc. Seems quite lovely to me. My youngest daughter asked me what if she doesn’t feel like putting her best foot forward for a day? I thought about it for a minute and told her taking a shower and putting her hair in a bun works well for that! There is nothing wrong with taking a day off from everything but don’t let it become a habit to where her home gets cluttered and dirty.

To add to my journey to create La Bella Figura in my life, I went to a new Dr. yesterday to get established as a patient and to explore my stomach issues. I got on the scale dreading it and when the numbers came up they were in kilograms….Uh what is that in my terms? So the nurse tells me and I was like ugh ok and then it hit me Oh hell yes!!! I lost 5 pounds!!! I haven’t been trying but I am so happy.

It is time for me to get some errands done before it gets too late. I still have to make sure my lesson plans for the week are finished so I better get off of here. Have a wonderful day people!

Addio per ora

Michael Todd Organics

Over the past six months I have been trying out Michael Todd’s facial cleansers and other products. I have to say I love it! I have tried the set for mature skin and the one for dry skin. The avocado and mango facial mask is awesome; it smells great and the way it brightened and moisturized my face was beautiful. Then when I applied the citrus cream moisturizer it has a lemon smell and is very hydrating as well. Michael Todd came out with a Knu anti aging face lift cream, I have to say I really like that too. Overall I am very impressed with the way my skin is looking these days.

It seems like after awhile my skin does have the vibrant glow so I change up products and it seems to kick it back in gear. The price for the set is $85 which is not bad with all the product you get with it. check it out for yourselves!!!

I also bought Extra Virgin cookbook. I love watching the cooking show and have tried some of the recipes available on the cooking channel website but this cookbook is beautiful and has some delicious recipes. I love how simple some of them are and gets me back to my Italian roots. It brings back many wonderful memories I have of my nana’s cooking.

My home is a comedy club!

Holy humidity! Going outside is not fun. My air conditioning in my car is not working, so driving my son to Jiu Jitsu is going to be hot. Dinner last night was totally yum! I made picadillo. I have frozen sofrito so I pulled out enough to equal 1/4 cup. I chopped up a quarter of a yellow bell pepper, and a small carrot. They were added to the turkey meat as I was browning it. I am trying to add more vegetables to my meals so I decided to get some frozen chopped spinach and throw in about 3 tablespoons. I love the tanginess green olives give the meat, but my husband and son complain when I chop them up. To be kind I left the olives whole. Do you know they still complained??? Hello not having them in there makes a difference in the flavor, pick the darn things out and hush! Seriously, why do they have to mess with my cooking? I have been Pepsi free since the very beginning of May so now I am going to try to stop drinking coffee. My youngest daughter doesn’t think I will do it. She says I love the taste too much. Yes that is true and I only have 1 cup a day, however, I want to keep the acid in my body as low as possible and for other health reasons.

I have a week off from school, I have to get the financial stuff fixed before I can start the next two classes. I have to say I am not too sad about this. I think having a week off will give me a bit of a breather. My grand niece is three weeks old today, she is beautiful!! She reminds me so much of her mama. It seems like yesterday I was helping my sister take care of her. I told my oldest she needs to step it up my grandma clock is ticking!!! She thinks I’m crazy, she’s right but that’s not the point. In fact I had to tell her it’s time to take control of her life and live it, not go through the motions. She should be having all kinds of fun discovering herself and spreading her wings. At least she has a boyfriend, they have been together for 4 1/2 months. It won’t surprise me if they end up married. Do you ever get a feeling about a couple? I get that about them. You see, my daughter has been her own worst enemy. She has kept herself bottled up in a shell and because of it she has missed out on a lot of fun things in life. Oh and it has messed with her self esteem. My daughter is a HUGE over thinker!! I tell you what, I love her so very much, but there are times I bust out laughing when she is on her spazz mode. My youngest daughter now understands what I have gone through, she told me the other day, “Mom, I’m about to smack D, did you drop her on her head?” LOL no I did not drop her on her head, she was a preemie and there was a possibility she had a seizure when she was 2 weeks old so they put her on Phenobarbital for like 5 months. I think it stunted her emotional growth!!! I promise you, I have my own comedy club right here in my home. Anyway, so yes I think my daughter and her bf are good for each other. It’s kinda funny that her bf has dyslexia just like my son and she understands her brother much better now. I am also seeing the shell slowly peeling away, when her boyfriend is being a brat, my daughter’s feistiness is coming out. Poor dude doesn’t know what he’s getting into because she at times sounds just like me LOL.

I think I need to read Kristen Ashley’s new book, heck I don’t even remember the name of it. I try to take time to read something other than psychology or continuing education for my preschool certification, but that doesn’t always work. Or I am catching up on my continuing education for preschool.

I have been using just plain ol coconut oil on my skin after a shower. My skin is feeling softer!! Added bonus is coconut oil protects the skin from the sun. I have been out in the sun a lot so this is a good thing.

Time to go do something productive. Be Blessed 🙂

Morning at the lake

We had a great morning at the lake. I took my son and daycare kids. A friend met us down their so the kids could play and get rid of some energy. When the sun was hiding behind the clouds it was beautiful and perfect. We fed the ducks and sat by the lake for a bit too. I decided to test out some make up and see how it would hold up in the sun and me getting sweaty. I used Sephora’s CC creme, put on mascara, eye liner and then I sprayed my face with Urban Decay’s finishing spray. I have to say it has held up well. I bought Nyx’s butter gloss in strawberry parfait a few weeks ago, I LOVE the way it goes on. It truly is smooth and creamy.

When I told my son he was coming with us to the lake he wasn’t all that happy. Mean mom (yea right, hardly!). He needs to get some sun and take in the sand, water, trees, and whatever nature stuff he can. I love being in nature I feel so refreshed when I am around it.  If I am in the sun too long it drains me, so I make sure I don’t over do it. The daycare kids are down for their naps and my son is calm. See I told him it would do him some good.

Josie Maran’s Illuminizer and Cleansing Oil.

I have been up since 5:30 am and it looks so beautiful outside. The sky is blue, grass and trees very green (thanks to all the rain we’ve had), and I hear the birds singing away. I love that!

About 2 weeks ago I went to Sephora to purchase Josie Maran’s Illuminizer. I watched a makeup tutorial on youtube. The pretty young lady was saying how she loved the product. I looked up Josie Maran and she doesn’t have mineral oil or parabens in her products.  I was excited to get this product and try it out. The sales clerk was really helpful and also gave me a sample of Josie Maran’s Argan’s cleansing oil.  OMG, I love this cleansing oil. I was told to just put the oil on my dry face all over then wet my fingers and go over the oil. It will then lather up a tiny bit. After I washed it off, my skin was so soft and smooth. The smell of the oil is also really nice, it is a soft scent. I plan on making another trip to Sephora to purchase it. From that little sample bottle it gave me 5 uses, so go out and get one!!!!! Now on to the Illuminizer. I love the glow it gives my skin. I have used it after I applied my moisturizer and I have mixed it in with my moisturizer, either way works just fine. I also will mix the Illuminizer in with the lotion I put on my arms and chest. My skin looks so pretty with the glow and slight dewiness. A small amount of the Illuminizer goes a long way.

I have been a long time Aubrey Organics user. I almost feel like I am cheating on Aubrey for using Josie’s cleansing oil lol. I won’t ever totally quit Aubrey but Josie is now added to my cleansing regimen.

Products I love and some I don’t

I have to tell you I love candles!!! A friend did a fundraiser for cancer by selling Yankee Candles. I got the Tropical Mango, I can’t wait to burn it!! I will have to wait being it’s 95 today and quite humid. I do have the air conditioning on but don’t want to make anymore heat in here than I need to. I received my energy bill last week and almost fainted. So it looks like it might be October before I can burn my awesome smelling candle :/

I made an awesome pasta dish the other day, the whole family loved it. I was the only one who didn’t have seconds. Here’s the recipe:

16 ozs spaghetti uncooked

2 tsp olive oil

8 Italian sausages

2 garlic cloves minced

1 29 oz hunts diced tomatoes garlic, oregano, bail

handful of sliced black olives

salt and pepper to taste

parmesan cheese

 

boil up the Italians, after they are cooled down slice them up

cook spaghetti according to package, after cooked set aside till ready for sauce

in a large skillet add olive oil and brown up sausage turning them, add in minced garlic cook one minute longer.

Stir in tomatoes and olives, salt and pepper. Cook and stir about 5 minutes, then add in spaghetti until heated through

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

I used Roland black olives and did not like the taste of them, so next time I’ll try a different brand.

 

I used my Aveda Brilliant hairspray and got many compliments on how good I smelled 🙂 Been using that since 2/08. i also use Herbal Essences volumizing hair spray I like the smell of that and how it works in my hair.

 

 

 

 

 

mascara

I bought L’Oreal’s voluminous mascara a few days ago

 

I’m really not liking the way it goes on my lashes, it seems to go on thick and then it clumps. There were many times I would take the pull the wand out and it was caked with mascara at the top of the brush and would have to wipe it off.

I’ve been using Maybelline’s Full and Soft

 

I like this much better, it goes on smooth and doesn’t clump my lashes. There have been a few times the mascara will have extra on the top of the brush when pulling the wand out but not so much that I have to clean it off before I can use it.