One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 28 (What makes me happy)

What makes me happy:

  • When Rui gets home. I love when he gets home from work and we sit together on the sofa, watching some crappy TV while I blog and he checks is Facebook or something. Sometimes we snack too. I just love when I hear him parking his car and opening our gate. Is that love?
  • When he brings me little unexpected gift. Sometimes flowers or plants, a chocolate, something cute. The other day was cherries. He knows how much I love them. I feel really happy when he thinks about bringing me a little present;
  • When my dogs wants to cuddle with me and giving me wet kisses;
  • When my house is clean and organized;
  • When I finish my to-do list;
  • When I see my family, we always have fun;
  • When I show I like has a new season;
  • When I get comments on my blog;
  • When I watch a good movie;
  • When I get a really good mark, anything above a 16 (0-20).
  • When I get a really good mark without going to one single class, just studying by myself;
  • When I get a new student;
  • When I see my friends;
  • When I go shopping;
  • When it’s raining and I’m in bed;
  • When I go grocery shopping and get good deals;
  • When I go out to eat;
  • When I lose weight;
  • When I find a book I want online for free;
  • A hot shower;
  • When the weather is good and I can dry laundry outside;
  • When my plants thrive and look happy;
  • When Rui and Rosa are cuddling and playing;
  • When I buy clothes for Rui;
  • When I get presents;
  • When I get letters or postcards in the mail;
  • When it’s cold and I can wear fluffy pajamas and be by the fireplace;
  • When I cook something really good;
  • When I bake something really good;
  • When I exercise and feel good about myself after;
  • When I put my makeup on and it looks really good;
  • Swimming;
  • Cuddling;
  • When I get a massage;
  • When I get a pedicure;
  • When I find a book I really love;

One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 27 (A challenge that I overcame)

This is the first time in this challenge where I actually have no idea what to talk about. My life has been so full of challenges so far. It has never been easy or without challenge. I decided I would pick 3 topics to discuss and not get into them too much, otherwise this post would get to heavy and maybe a little negative.

  • Challenge 1: Separation from my mother

I suffer from anxiety. Big time. When I was younger, a lot of that anxiety would come up as being emotionally dependent on my mother. I kept texting her all day, I needed to know where she was at all times, I would cry if she didn’t answer the phone, would not fall asleep if she wasn’t home, would constantly think about the fact the she could get sick or in an accident and die. That was all I though about all the time. It was too much and I was constantly nervous. I don’t know what happened but, with time, it just went away. We are no longer living in the same house, obviously, which would have been impossible before. I still need to talk to her every day, but nothing like it used to be.

  • Challenge 2: Accepting my grandmother’s dementia.

She is almost 70 years old. She’s been like this for about 4 years? Maybe more? She’s too young to be as bad as she is and I think that didn’t help with my accepting the situation. For a long time, I would come to excuses and tried to find answers that would make it a reversible situation. I would think she might have depression, as it can cause dementia in older people. Then I would think it would be malnutrition or a lack of vitamins. Turns out, most of her brain cells are dead. It’s irreversible. It has always been. For a long time, I couldn’t be around her. I would avoid her. Every time she said something that showed she was not herself I would get extreme anxiety and become severely depressed for several days. When we took her to my psychiatrist and she asked her what year it was, she said 1968. I burst into tears and cried like a baby. I have never cried in one of my own appointments. Ever. With time, I found a way to accept it. I thought about it a lot and had to convince myself I needed to live with it. Now I can be around her and I can correct her when she says something that’s not right. Or when she’s not sure who I am.

  • Challenge 3: Learning to live with Rosa

Rosa was an extremely difficult puppy. We adopted her because the doctor said a pet would help with my depression. But she actually made it worse at the time. I had a very hard time bonding with her. She would not be still one second, she would bite our hands non-stop and try to bite when we were correcting her behavior (I tried every single trick. Spray her with water when she would bite us, wet my hands in lemon juice, vinegar, yell when she bit to show her she had hurt me, pretend that I was crying, ignoring her, nothing would help. She would just bite our hands and fingers non-stop, as if she were playing with another puppy. She would destroy EVERYTHING. Even furniture. We paid good money to repair our old kitchen when we moved from our old apartment to this house. Rui had to be the one to take her out every time because I was scared to do it. She would pull and try to run and other dogs would come and bark at us and I was just super scared. I had no idea it would be like that when we adopted her. I didn’t know a puppy was so difficult to raise and had no idea I was so afraid of walking her because of other dogs. Rui and I fought a lot because of this issue. Then we started bonding and I felt so bad she spent her day in our kitchen, while we worked. It was all I thought about. Then we moved here and she has the chance to be outside all day. She became much calmer with age and freedom. She has the occasional tantrum but she is a well-behaved, spoiled, sweet, cuddly dog. To be honest, we were this close to giving her back. Now, we cannot imagine our life without her. When she got sick I called my mother crying desperately and had a massive panic attack. When they brought her from the hospital I sat on the kitchen floor for almost two hours, in the dark, watching her sleep, until Rui got home. She’s my baby and I love her so much. Right now, Rui is away and she doesn’t live my side. I would be alone now if it wasn’t for her. Because I have her, I don’t feel scared or lonely at all.



One Month Blogging challenge – Day 25 (Things I would still like to learn)

Things I would still like to learn:

  • To play the piano;
  • To sing. I can sing but I would like to have actual lessons;
  • German, Italian and French fluently. I’m studying German and Italian and I’ve had 5 years of French but can’t remember much;
  • To drive;
  • To dance;
  • To draw and paint;
  • To sew and make clothes;
  • First-aid and CPR;
  • To save someone who is drowning;
  • To cut men’s hair;
  • To play tennis, volleyball and basketball;
  • Math, physics and chemistry;
  • To do crafts;
  • To frost cupcakes;
  • To make more things from scratch;
  • To do a proper massage;
  • To contour;
  • To make jewelry;

I cannot think of anything else right now. Would you like to learn any of these things? What would you still like to learn?

Remember to check Maggie and Angela‘s posts. We’re doing this together and they are rocking it, always posting on time, while little me is a mess and always behind.

Thank you for reading.


One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 23 (My inspirations)

I’m inspired by:

  • Moms. Every type of mom. Moms can be warriors and do it all and be strong and brave and do so much. I follow 2 Youtubers who are moms and they are such an inspiration to me. One of them is a mom of 8, ages between 14 and 8 months, she homeschools, does everything from scratch, takes care of her house, does some farming tasks, does Youtube, has a blog and has several side businesses. The other is currently pregnant with her 8th child, she homeschools and works from home, taking care of many businesses while her husband finishes school. She also cooks everything from scratch, blogs and does Youtube, takes care of her chidren and husband and pets, all while being the breadwinner. I want to be just like these women someday.

Check them out if you’re curious!

  • People who are really good at sports. Do you know the kind? They play tennis and ride horses and run and do yoga and swim and are really amazing at anything sporty. It’s the opposite of who I am but I really admire such people. Do you know those ladies who are in their eighties and still do gymnastics? Yap. Goals.


  • People who go back to school after a certain age to follow their dreams. They really inspire me. It takes stregth to study and work and it’s not easy to go back to school after a certain age. But some people go and finish and just do so well. It’s inspiring for sure.


  • Those who have always been straight A students. They have been consistent all through school and college, they have a Master’s and a PhD and have always been the best in class, studying hard and working their butts off.


  • People who come from nothing or from a difficult childhood or family situation and just work their way up. Self-made people. Those who can work while having everything against them.


In general, I think that I am inspired by strong people, that can overcome things. I look up to smart, intellectual people and those who can be super productive and organized. I also like those who are able to be involved in many different things at the same time and still be successful.



One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 22 (What I’m most proud of)

Things that make me really proud:


  • My mother – She raised me and my sister by herself with very little help. She is funny and positive and optimistic and she’s always there for us to support us no matter what.


  • My sister – She is such a responsible girl and works hard while she is a university student. She’s strong and sweet and I’m proud of the woman she’s become.


  • Rui – He’s just amazing. He’s a hard worker, he’s strong and curious and knows so much. He’s good at everything he does. He has a big heart and is always there for me, no matter what.


  • My friends – It makes me so proud that I have such an amazing group of friends and we’re still together after so many years and after going through so much. I’m really proud of the ladies they are now.


  • This blog – I never thought I would be able to maintain a blog and I think that I have been fairly successful which makes me happy.


  • My business – Despite that fact that I’m taking a break now, I’m really proud that I was able to build it from nothing and be successful for years.


One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 16 (On my to-do list)


So, I will only feel organized when I’m done with the following:


  • Nominate more people for my Tag. I would love if more people would do it and some haven’t had a chance yet. I’m sure most of you know great bloggers you would like to share with us;
  • Post about Rosa, because she’s just had a birthday and I had no time to post anything to celebrate my poor fury thing;
  • Keep organizing “Guest Post Sunday”. I have next week’s post and maybe the one for the following week already in the making;
  • Go through all of my posts and correct a few things, a few mistakes I have made and noticed a few days ago;
  • Start with my “Meal planning and recipe share”, every Wednesday. It will include a meal plan for the week (Wednesday to Wednesday), a diet journal (you will know what I’ve been eating for every meal and snack for the whole week), recipes that I have cooked in that period of time and grocery lists and deal finds.
  • Read every blog post on my reader, as I’m really behind.
  • Go through all of my new followers’ blogs and check them out. Not saying I’m going to follow everyone, obviously, but I will, at least, take a peek of their blogs.
  • Do all of the Award posts I’m nominated for!! There a few new ones I’m excited to do and a few oldies.
  • Try and pay more attention to my posts, and review things carefully.
  • Maybe try to take better pictures? I’m never going to be the “perfect snap” blogger but I could make them a little better. I’m always willing to improve.
  • Finish my monthly challenge, maybe write some posts in advance? I never do this, but since I have prompts for this, it’s easier to do them all at once and schedule.
  • Be a little more active on social media.




  • Print photos for every empty frame, as they drive me nuts. Hang the ones that already have a picture. Take care of our bedroom’s gallery wall;
  • Deep clean bedroom as part of my Spring cleaning routine.
  • Deep clean kitchen. Inside the cabinets, behind and under appliances, window and door, oven, defrost and clean fridge and freezer.
  • Change our garden fence. We need something stronger to make sure Rosa doesn’t escape and elope and something that will give a bit more privacy (nosy neighbors);
  • Take care of the garden for Spring and Summer. Plant some new flowers;
  • Declutter our outside storage unit (Not my job, actually but it goes on the list lol);
  • Declutter and clean our garage (Not my job, but it goes on the list so I can bully Rui about it);
  • There are a few more things like washing rugs and painting some walls but that will be done in the Summer;
  • Talk to our landlady about painting;
  • Try to spend less electricity. Our bill was super high this month;
  • Buy a few baking tools I need, now that I’m dedicated to baking more;
  • Create a recipe book, handwritten;
  • Make a kitchen binder, where I have a freezer/fridge/pantry inventory, shopping lists and grocery budget);




  • Start taking my hair supplement because it’s falling like crazy;
  • Cut back on milk and coffee;
  • Go back to exercising. Yoga and Popsugar workouts and swimming. My mother kindly offered to pay for my swimming (you need to pay to use public pools). Maybe I’ll join the closest gym which is also really cheap. Win-win;
  • Make sure I’m drinking enough water. Hot weather is coming and so is my crazy liquid retention;
  • Never forget to moisturize both body and face. Special attention to face. Alternate between exfoliation, green clay purifying mask and intense hydration mask. Don’t forget eye cream and night cream;
  • Get a pedicure. I mean, give myself a pedicure. I have all the utensils and am very good at taking care of that.
  • Give my nails a little love and attention;
  • Schedule a dermatologist’s appointment;
  • Schedule a therapy session;
  • Schedule a gynaecology appointment;
  • Schedule a dental appointment;
  • Be more consistent with my habits and control my cheating urges;
  • Go in for my blood work;




  • Invite a few people for coffee;
  • Find time to meet my sister’s friend’s from college;
  • Schedule a date to take my parents to visit Rui’s parents in his hometown. They’ve been invited for ages;
  • Spend more time with my family and friends. I’m terrible at forgetting my own tasks and life a little and focusing on spending time with the people I love;
  • Call my grandmother, mother-in-law, aunts and friends more often;
  • Remember to reach out to former students who always text me or to old friends to make sure they’re okay; Be the one reaching out to people;
  • Visit my grandmother more often;
  • Say hello to my besties every single day on our whatsapp group. Have them talk about their days (are you reading this? I want to know what’s going on in your life)
  • Write postcards and letters to all of my pen pals. I already have some people I need to answer to and I’m excited about this.
  • Call my best friend Ricardo. I miss him all the time but we never seem to have time to actually talk.




  • Start preparing for my 8 exams.
  • Gather all of the materials for my studying, divided into different folders;
  • Print the reading materials;
  • Go to the school library for the books I need to read;
  • Watch all of the movies I’m supposed to watch for my North-American Cinema course;
  • Once I’m done with the exams, maybe do some courses on Coursera. There are a few I’d love to take;
  • Start studying to get my driver’s license;
  • Review my studying schedule because it needs to be intensive in June;
  • Check the exam dates, sign up for the exams;
  • Remember NOT to stop my German and Italian studies after the exams, it’s a waste of time if I don’t continue onto the next levels;




  • Talk to all of my former students who are interested in online lessons. I want to slowly go back to work, starting by working at home;
  • Check my social security situation, see if I need to pay anything;
  • Organize my English, Portuguese and Portuguese Second Language materials;
  • Ask my students for all the books I have lent them and that they haven’t returned;




  • Work on the crochet blanket I’m making;
  • Do some painting. I’ve bought the supplies and I’m dying to try them;
  • Color on my adult coloring book to relax;
  • Read more. Please Cheila, actually do this!!
  • Watch movies. I miss movies. I think I watched more movies while I was working which is super weird;
  • Organize my TV shows. Premiere dates, return dates, episodes, etc;
  • Watch Breaking Bad and Big Little Lies;
  • Just get my sewing machine working;
  • Continue to collect plants and do more gardening;
  • Take pictures and learn more about photography.
  • Get into some crafts I’ve been dying to try;



This is my general to-do list! I’ll be adding to it and crossing things off as they come or as I finished them; It’s great to actually write this list and have it online as it makes me more organized and motivated.



P.S. Don’t forget that I’m doing this challenge with my friends Maggie and Angela. Please remember to check their posts as well.

P.S.S Do you know Coursera? It is, in my opinion, one of the best online learning resources and it has been a favorite for many years. If you don’t know it, I highly recommend that you take a look at it. Maybe you’ll be interested in taking some courses.


One Month Blogging Challenge – Day 6 (5 things I can’t live without)

Hello everyone,

I’m super late for this, I know!! It’s almost May 7th here.

I was out all day.

So, today’s topic is:

5 things I can’t live without

Don’t forget that I’m doing this challenge with my dear friends Maggie and Angela. What can’t they live without? Go over to their blogs and check it out!

What about me? What can’t I live without?

To make this more interesting, let us forget the obvious answers: Family, friends, oxygen, water, food, hot water, a roof over my head, electricity, my phone, etc

Not thinking about the ones I love and basic necessities (I know my phone is not a basic necessity but I need it to be able to communicate with people, and for work. Am I cheating? Totally.), I can’t live without:

  • Hair bands
  • A notebook
  • A pen
  • Books
  • Cute and comfortable pajamas

What do you think about it?

Do we share any essentials?