Thinking about starting to homeschool? A few easy tricks to go from beginner to pro.

Thinking about starting to homeschool? A few easy tricks to go from beginner to pro.

A few tips and tricks for parents trying to begin homeschooling.

Thriving when you think all you need to do is survive

Thriving when you think all you need to do is survive

It’s mid summer already. Like many things in life sometimes we wait for them to come and before we know it those moments come and go. I have been trying to enjoy each day of summer and take the time to look at the sunsets, enjoy the scenery, and spend time outdoors with David and [...]

A few fave pieces from Janie and Jack Sale and Staying Positive During Times of Uncertainty

A few fave pieces from Janie and Jack Sale and Staying Positive During Times of Uncertainty

Ring the bells because "It's the most wonderful time of the year", and it's not even June. Yes, with everything going on lately I have often caught myself playing Christmas tunes in my head.

Get the homeschool game down with young kids at home

Get the homeschool game down with young kids at home

Tips for teaching your children. How to stay motivated as a parent, and programs for children especially when managing different children at different ages. Activities such as the Osmo pad and the Osmo Little Genius, Play Doh recipe, and Magnetic Sand to keep the little ones entertained.

5 Ways to Simplify and enrich your life during quarantine

5 Ways to Simplify and enrich your life during quarantine

Life is a journey where we are given the chance to find out how we can have joy through any circumstance. So what are some ways that we can find joy through these times? How can we find peace and grow? Bad things don’t just bring bad things. My son asked me the other day [...]

Home Made Low Sugar Cornbread

Home Made Low Sugar Cornbread

Low-sugar Homemade Cornbread Super soft homemade corn bread 3 cups allpurpose flour (half white and half whole wheat flour is a great option too)1 cup cornmeal (yellow)1/3 cup sugar (raw sugar preferred)2 tbsp baking powder1 tsp salt2/3 cup vegetable oil (scant )1/3 cup melted butter2 1/2 cups milk (Rice milk preferred or we do 2 [...]

Never stay in pajamas

Never stay in pajamas

I know we all want to be real and a perfect life doesn’t exist. Yet there is something about putting yourself together for the day. You feel beautiful. You feel refined. You feel more curated. I often tell my kids that just because we are not in a palace with servants and have visitors all [...]

Create your own minimalist love it all closet

Create your own minimalist love it all closet

I remember about two years ago that I realized that I wasn't in love with my clothes. Yet, I had bought the clothes that were now sitting in my own closet. I would see big fashion people purchase items from super cheap stores and look well put together. So I knew that I had the [...]

Lifetime learning will improve your confidence

Lifetime learning will improve your confidence

We all know the struggles of finding any personal time after being done with our formal school education. Whether it's because we start working or because we start a family. I have read many statistics on how many people never even open another book after being done with college. After studying for so many years [...]

Depression is the devil stopping you from doing the great that’s inside of you

Depression is the devil stopping you from doing the great that’s inside of you

Depression is dark. And only people who have witnessed it can truly comprehend it. I often didn’t understand it until I was out of it. But when I rise past those bad moments, I am able to see what happened to me. Often times when I have been depressed I was believing the lies that [...]

The top 5 Lipsticks worth owning to never buy lipstick again

The top 5 Lipsticks worth owning to never buy lipstick again

Alright ladies, I am so excited to share this with you. I used to own so many different lipsticks and use none of them. I loved a lot of brown hues for the longest time, and nudes. I have bought so many lipsticks over the years. I eventually had to purge them all because they [...]

Monkfruit sweetener Orange Bundt Cake

Monkfruit sweetener Orange Bundt Cake

Ever had left over oranges lingering around the house? What to do with them? We usually are pretty good at cutting and eating fruit, but sometimes we hide certain foods in the pantry and forget they are there. So when I find that I have not so fresh oranges that won't taste good to eat, [...]

How to enjoy more the present to Start Living Life with Pure Joy

How to enjoy more the present to Start Living Life with Pure Joy

Today I was sitting in the nursery's rocking chair with my two year old Zara while trying to put her to sleep, when my four year old (Dorian) walked in the room and started talking to me. I quietly listened to him while smiling and pondering about my life over the last decade. I remembered [...]

My story on depression

My story on depression

I recently found the right words to share some of my personal stories on depression. I published it on another blog. I am linking it here. I hope it will help you in someway to anyone who may need this. https://byrslf.co/i-beat-depression-by-believing-in-myself-and-overcoming-my-fears-88911e468ae Love, Serena

Where ‘em manners? And what are they exactly.

Where ‘em manners? And what are they exactly.

Growing up in Italy manners where so important. I remember when I first arrived in the states that I was so shocked about a few things. I remember one time paying with a card and the girl tossed the card back at me over the counter. Whaaat??? Oh my goodness. It’s like I had never [...]

Cafe Rio Tomatillo Dressing with Mexican Salad

Cafe Rio Tomatillo Dressing with Mexican Salad

https://youtu.be/AcqhgGmbz-k Making the dressing. I used frozen buttermilk and frozen pre-chopped onions. I do that to save time. And sorry, I cheated and I used store bought lime instead of the fresh kind. I gradually added more mayo as needed. And what I do to freeze some of the dressing. https://youtu.be/H8fL9h2dBIU I adore this salad. [...]

How to teach your kids a foreign language

How to teach your kids a foreign language

Have you ever wanted to teach your kids a new language or learn one yourself?Let me share a little bit about how I did it and how you could do it too.I was born in Italy so Italian will forever be my first language. I always dreamt of learning English as a child, but I [...]

Traveling on lonelier roads

#lighttheworld https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_title&v=yXWoKi5x3lw We watched this wonderful video of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Eve with our family and friends. As I watched this video I couldn’t stop from tearing up as I watched the tender moments between Joseph and Mary. As they went through the hardships of life and as [...]

5 things to keep depression at bay

5 things to keep depression at bay

I have suffered from depression on and off throughout my life. To help me learn to cope with it, I have often sought help from licensed therapists and done research by reading books and articles. This is something I would highly recommend to anyone. I have also loved learning about depression and how the brain [...]

A Merry Minimalist Christmas

A Merry Minimalist Christmas

With this wonderful Christmas season fast approaching, it is easy to get lost on spending and feeling overwhelmed with all the decor, and the things that we could get our hands on. I wrote a few tips from our family on how to avoid overbuying, and on what we can focus on to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Perfectionism, why you need it and when you don’t

Perfectionism, why you need it and when you don’t

Perfectionism. We all have heard of it. It's something that can drive many people to despair and inadequacy. Yet, it's something that we need. I was often called a perfectionist, but for many years I didn't recognize it in myself. At one point in my life I saw how it started to affect me in [...]

The things you didn’t know you could freeze to save you loads of time on meal prep

The things you didn’t know you could freeze to save you loads of time on meal prep

I think most people have something that they dread doing. When I talk to other moms it often seems to be dishes or folding laundry. For me it's chopping vegetables. It's not quite my least favorite, but it's one of the first things that can come to my mind and deter me from wanting to [...]

Easiest hacks to stay slim without any sacrifice

Easiest hacks to stay slim without any sacrifice

The easiest way to stay slim without having to deprive yourself and suffer any pain? Impossible. Yet, I have realized that there are some things that I have learned over the years that I have been able to do and require little to no effort at all. So let's go straight to them. Here they [...]

Getting where you want intentionally

Getting where you want intentionally

Growing up I had a happy childhood. There were also lots of hard things, but ultimately we lived a good life. As children, life happens because our parents are involved in our lives, and make things happen. When we are little, they often decide what we do, and how we spend our time. For example, [...]

The Boring Truth Behind Fitting Into Life’s Molds

The Boring Truth Behind Fitting Into Life’s Molds

Doing what everyone wants you to do and realizing you are not happy. About six months ago I hit a point in my life where I finally realized that I had spent many years doing the things that seemed to be what everyone does, and what everyone expects us to do, and what everyone may [...]