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August in 1:1 Snaps

August 31st  •  Posted in Lifestyle

August in 1:1 Snaps

We’re back, back to the usual, back to work, to homemade breakfasts, to the same desk and the same laptop, and August’s already come to an end. I can’t really believe how fast time runs when you’re having a well-deserved vacation, even more than the rest of the year, which is flying by so quickly anyway! We’ve had so much fun in August and are so glad we actually decided to treat ourselves to a holiday after so long: even though I kind of had a hard time to admit every human needs to stop and relax sometimes, it felt such a blessing at some point to be able to just stop thinking about big plans and goals, work and all that stressful stuff, for a few weeks and just enjoy the sea, sand, sun and the freedom we had at our fingertips.

So here is my monthly happy list…

1 :: Having a good amount of time by the beach felt such a blessing after not seeing the sea for years. I’ve mentioned it before, but living there even for only a few weeks made the world of good to my body and mind and now I feel so positive about everything!

2 :: Even gloomy days have been a pleasure there, the perfect occasion for exploring a new place and wandering around the local market picking up fresh local fruit and cute souvenirs. Those are the small things that will stay with me for a while when thinking back at the whole holiday!

3 :: Late night takeaway pizza. After a long day during which we took advantage of every last second of sun on the beach, we went on the hunt for a takeaway pizza place, which, as it turned out, wasn’t the easiest of the tasks. But, even if my pick wasn’t the best of the choices, it was a lovely night anyway!

4 :: Getting back into the routine isn’t always the happiest thing, but I’m quite glad I was finally able to please my need to get back to work as soon as possible. Having a routine always make me feel organized and like everything is in its right place. Am I the only one?!

5 :: Cinema night. I seem to mention this one quite often in these posts, but we had a lovely homemade pizza + cinema night just a couple of days ago and I always enjoy it so much. Plans called for popcorn too, but we were so full after all the pizza that we decided to skip those. We watched The Imitation Game, which was a nice one indeed!

What’s on your happy list this month? x

August in 1:1 Snaps

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Our day trip to the lake

August 5th  •  Posted in Travel

Our Day Trip to the lake

In July we decided to take a couple of weeks off from working non-stop and get back to enjoy those simple things that just didn’t fit into our routine anymore: like having a mexican dinner cooked from scratch, a cinema night at home, a walk outside, just those things that you forget about when you’re too busy working all day and night! Before those pair of weeks even started I felt like I needed to plan something, have somewhere to go and something to do at least 4 days/7 or those weeks could have been wasted… but instead, I’ve found myself wishing the house was the only place on earth we needed to be in.

But plans had been made, and on a sunny hot Friday we stepped out armed with backpacks filled with swimsuits, toiletries and food, and made our way to our very first day trip of the summer. We planned a day out exploring Sirmione, a very slim piece of ground surrounded by Lake Garda. Its medieval old town is just the prettiest, with those small old cobblestone streets filled with the cutest little boutiques, the arches, bridges and the castle right on the lake.

I’ve been there a few times but it was our first proper time visiting it together, and even though it costed me a bad sunburn, there’s something so enjoyable about having lunch on the lakeside that it totally justifies the couple of hours of driving.

Our Day Trip to the Lake

Our Day Trip to the Lake

Our Day Trip to the Lake

Our Day Trip to the Lake

After a few hours of exploring, making friends with small sparrows looking for bread crumbs and eating a very nice organic ice cream, it was time for us to shut the technology down and enjoy a full afternoon at the spa. I actually wish I had pictures of it! It was so beautiful, with the pools right on the lake and the view of the sunset, yet it felt such a blessing to stay away from phones, cameras and social media for a few hours and just enjoy our own company and the peaceful relaxing atmosphere in there.

I hope you like these very postcard-like pictures from our trip! x

Our Day Trip to the Lake

Our Day Trip to the Lake

June & July in 1:1 Snaps.

July 30th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

July in 1:1 snaps

Whoa! These last two months have flown by, literally! I feel like I need to try and explain where I have been these last few weeks and the reasons behind my absence, but all I can say is that work has been the main priority for most of June and July and I’ve decided to take a couple of weeks off too. I’m working at a couple of projects I am planning to launch this Autumn which make me very excited, so I somehow found myself neglecting this little space a little bit just to make sure I could make the most of the time I had to work and tick some to-do things off my list!

On other news, we weren’t sure until last week, but we finally decided to go on our first proper holiday after a very long time made of summers spent at home. I can’t really remember the last time I got this excited to see a beach and the sea in my whole life, which makes me realize, as much as I like to type words and codes at my laptop all year round, I definitely need a vacation too. Hopefully a few blog posts will be uploaded in the next couple of weeks, however, if you’d like to follow our adventures in real time, you should totally check us out on Instagram!

Here is a list of highlights from the past two months…

1 :: Remember when I said we got a little red canary a few months ago? Well, things evolved very quickly! We decided to get him a female friend, a bright yellow slim canary named Anna, only a month later, and passed another month, they started building a nest and just a few days later four small blue eggs appeared in there. Even more exciting, only 14 days later I’ve seen the smaller little canary coming to life on a dark dreary day of June. It was one of the best things I’ve seen, following him growing up day after day, from when he was a pink ball of flesh and big black closed eyes, to when he started putting on his first plumage, be fed from his young mum and, the most exciting day, to see him flying out of the nest for the very first time!

2 :: Mexican dinners. They make me very happy! And homemade dinners made of tortillas, guacamole, spicy peppers and beans have become quite a habit in the last couple of months!

3 :: Our day trip to the lake. More about it very soon (we have some pretty nice postcard-like photos), but I’m so glad we decided to take a day off and step outside toward a place we’ve never visited together, and simply enjoy a day of relax and wandering around, enjoying the view.

4 :: Impromptu Cinema nights. We’ve build a few nests made of pillows and soft blankets on the floor a few times this month, add a couple of bowls of homemade freshly popped butter popcorn, a good amount of movies and TV series to catch up on, and you pretty much have a picture of a standard week night at our place!

5 :: Bikini shopping. I can’t believe I’ve been adding this to a happy list as I’ve always thought at bikini shopping as something stressful and enervating, but I’m actually finding myself enjoy it quite a lot. Finding the perfect bikini for my body type is more a challenge than everything else, and it’s always been, but I’m so glad high waisted bikini has been invented… really!

What’s on your happy list this month? x

June in 1:1 snaps

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