Quiet time in Miami consisted of books, toys and Lily in her crib for almost 2 hours.

Quiet time here consists of Lily on her bed with my laptop watching a movie.

There has been The Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan however, the favorite for the past week as been Pinocchio or excuse me “PinoQ!”.

If anyone has any great kids movie suggestions, I would love to hear them. We try to stay away from princesses and such. 😉

Lily and her friends watching PinoQ!

Bunny FooFoo

We are back in Beja and have picked up the morning park routine we left off.

Beja’s public park not only has the “tiny house”, playgrounds, ducks, fountains, a carriage ride but it also has a small section with animals such as chickens, roosters, birds, peacocks and…. a rabbit!

Lily loves the song Bunny FooFoo so I guess it was only fitting for her to name the rabbit “Bunny FooFoo”.

I think going to the park to visit Bunny FooFoo is now one of her favorite things to do.

I have posted pictures of Lily during 2 different visits.

The first outfit is from October 13th and the second from October 25th.

As you can see, one is a very summery outfit and the other already fall.

Portugal has been having crazy weather. Never has summer lasted as long as it has this year. It only started getting cool this week.

AND… might I add that it practically went straight into winter (yes I’m complaining, can I not get fall this year!?) since yesterday was cold and raining all day long.

Linking up to Morgan for Small Style.

Summer version:

Lily and Bunny FooFoo

she often likes to share the bread she won’t feed the ducks with him


21 days in

Lily and I arrived here in Portugal exactly 21 days ago.

This is the longest either one of us has been away from Will.

We spent the last week and a half at the beach in the south of Portugal and even though it was wonderful, it was hard not having internet access because that way we weren’t able to chat with Will like we do here in Beja.

Traveling for me is wonderful and extremely hard all at once.

Wonderful because I’m getting to know different places or visiting family but hard because I start missing home.

This time around is even harder because Will is not here with us.

I miss my best friend, my lover, my husband.

Lily misses her pai.

I miss my friends, my home, my plants, my life back in Miami (minus the heat) and I know that Lily does too.

Soon enough we will be back home and then I will be missing my family here in Portugal and wishing we could be with them.

That’s the way it goes. And such is life isn’t it?

Here are the rest of the pictures from our good times spent in Monte Gordo. It was nice being at the beach, I felt closer to home.

playing with tio Ricky

Winnie the Pooh wings and new swimming bottoms


The market

Growing up as a young girl in this small Portuguese city called Beja, there were no big super markets.

The city market is where my mom would go to buy everything from meat, fish, cheese to produce.

Times have changed and even though my mom only goes to the super market for some things because she mostly shops in small mom and pop markets in her neighborhood, she no longer shops in the city market.

Lily and I paid them a visit the other day and I was happy to see that they still have my favorite section, their wonderful traditional pottery section.

I bought some souvenirs. 😉

I wish you all a wonderful weekend. We are off to the south of Portugal (Algarve) for 1 week. I will have no internet so see you when we return with lots (and lots) of pictures.

Oh! And I have decided to have a Portuguese inspired GIVEAWAY when we return so make sure you come back to visit us. 🙂


Uma casa do monte

When I was a young girl living here in Beja, I grew up going to this park and playing in this miniature version of a traditional Portuguese country house.

Last year when we visited, the park was closed for renovations. I was sad I wasn’t able to share it with Lily then.

The park has since re-opened, it looks beautiful and Lily is at such a much better age to appreciate it all.

The house looks just like how I remember it.

Filled with traditional hand painted furniture, pottery, tapestries and with a carriage that is pulled by a pony that has still to appear so Lily can go for a ride.

I’m happy to finally be able to share it with Lily and that she loves playing in this “tiny house” as much as I did.

Linking up to Morgan for Small Style.

Lily wears: dress- Ralph Lauren gifted by avo Hayes. sandals- Salt Water


In my mother’s kitchen

I’m not really a breakfast person, not as soon as I wake up anyway.

But, in my mother’s kitchen, I’m a breakfast person.

Fresh goat cheese and melons from local farmers, fresh sweet bread from the local bakery… yes please!

The only thing I don’t really care for is all the chickens. But, whatever, that’s my mom’s thing.

Are you guys breakfast people? What do you like to have?

Oh! I know it’s wednesday and it’s supposed to be mamas&their babies day but, I have decided that since I am on vacation, the segment is too. I will restart it in November when we return to Miami.

In the meanwhile, please visit Happy Chaos for some mamas&their babies. 🙂

paozinhos de leite (sweet milk bread) and queijinhos frescos (fresh goat cheese)

fresh meats, cheeses and melon


around here

We have been in Beja Portugal for 1 week today.

It was a week filled with adjustments and family.

Lily has been sleeping all through the night and wakes even later than usual (like 9-10am!).

She has still to really warm up to her avo Carmo and avo Ricardo but she is getting there.

She is ALL about mommy lately but, hey… her pai is far away so, patience.

Aside from spending a lot of family time together, we have been going to different parks and walks around town.

I wish the weather was cooler but, it feels wonderful to walk on these cobble stoned streets under different trees while looking at really old architecture.

Here are some delightful moments and happy full moon!

P.S.- I’m not sure how much traveling I will do this time around so, if you would like to see Portugal, visit some of last year’s posts. Go here, here, here, here and here.

visiting the ducks at the park i grew up going to

feeding the ducks


A weekend in Beja

Beja is where I grew up from the time I was 3 years old until I was 8.

It’s a small city in the Baixo Alentejo region and it’s where my family still lives.

This weekend there was a Kids Festival going on so we took all the kids and just let them go crazy.

It was a great family weekend filled with lots of cousin time.

Happy monday and I hope you all had a great weekend as well!

these guys cracked me up

Lily and prima Sofia

getting her face painted


A walk in the park

Lily is totally walking.

Just a few days ago, if she fell, she had a hard time getting back up on her own without our help or the help of an object.

She accomplished getting up on her own yesterday. 🙂

She’s all good to go now!

Here she is walking in the park in Beja, Portugal two days before we left.