My Italian Homework

There’s nothing like a week’s vacation to help you hit the refresh button.  La Dolce Vita, or The Sweet Life, is a phrase that, to me, describes the Italian mindset.  Italians treasure all of the simple things that make life beautiful – food, family, friends, music, nature, etc.  This approach is in perfect harmony with my mission to create a simple, beautiful life.

On the plane ride back from Italy, I spent some time reflecting and jotted down some take-away thoughts.  Here are a few “homework” items to get me back on track, treating every day with the respect it deserves:

1)   Fresh ingredients.  I have veered into some dangerous culinary territory during this pregnancy (shortcuts – I’m tired!), and it is time to tighten up and get back to the good stuff.  Cooking with fresh herbs, using oil & vinegar instead of packaged salad dressing, enjoying anything in moderation, you get the picture.  Planting a huge herb garden in a beautiful container is on my list!

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Mixed Herb Container Garden. Photo via BH&G.

2)   Acqua Frizzante.  I am a big fan of water “with gas” and drank the stuff morning, noon, and night on our trip.  I don’t think I had flat water the entire time I was in Rome.  I love the idea of keeping a carafe in the fridge at all times.  I also love the idea of not having to buy cases of La Croix every time I go to the grocery store.  So I think that a Soda Stream might be in my future.  When is Mother’s Day, again?

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Photo via Soda Stream Source.

3)   Getting dressed – for me.  I know this sounds ridiculous…but since I have become a mom, and most of my work is done from the comfort of my home, it is WAY too easy to wear what I like to refer to as my “weekend clothes”.  Which really means pajamas/workout clothes.  Our trip reminded me how nice it is to dress every morning and put on a little lipstick, some tinted moisturizer.  Brush the hair.  Just the basics – but super important.  And to help me pull off the look I will count on my old pal Laura (Mercier) to create a “flawless face”.

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – a Mom’s Best Friend! Photo via Sephora.com.

Wish me luck!

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