FromMaiWithLove update

Hello everyone!

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks making some important changes in the blog. Among other things, the blog address is now frommaiwithlove.com. Come check out the new and improved website and read about the changes going on!

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My Birthday Post

In case you didn’t know, on March 24th it was my birthday!

Birthdays are a tricky thing. Depending on the year (and the day!) I’m happy or a mess about that 24th coming up. Sometimes it does hit me hard, as I always thought that at this point in my life I would have already accomplished certain things.

In any case, in the last couple of years my life goals have changed dramatically, and what I wanted to do until then I didn’t want to do anymore. I am now working towards new goals and I’m so happy about it!

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

It was coming for my parents and my sister, and I couldn’t be happier with it! I was thinking on getting a camera when our budget allowed it, but now I won’t have to! I’m super thankful and now I only have to learn how to use it to take the best pictures. I am definitely a happy woman!

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

Later that night, but already the 24th, my husband gave the cutest birthday card.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

Also, he gave me a voucher for a 60 minute couples massage and we’ll go do some shopping too. I was always telling him that we should go get a massage together, and we’re finally doing it!😀

After working three hours in the morning, we went to get my driver’s license (I can finally drive! LOL), eat lunch and run a couple of errands.

We had tickets to go see the Cirque du Soleil show that night, so we met with my sister & mother in law and a friend. We went also last year, but I think this year’s show was even better. I’m still amazed by how those guys can bend that much! It’s wonderful the things that one can do with the body when you’re disciplined.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

There was also a guy doing a mini show with a couple of yo-yo’s. I remember that I tried to learn a couple of tricks with the yo-yo’s when I was a kid, but never really managed to.

We were going to go have dinner afterwards, but my father in law wasn’t feeling ok so we will just go celebrate sometime soon.

It was a great day. I got things done and I celebrated with close people. What else can I ask for?

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have the longer you live.

 

I wish… Let’s talk about regrets

How many times a day do we think “I wish I had/hadn’t done this or that”? And I’m not talking only about things in the present, but things in the past too.

For example, when I was in high school I was offered to go to France and spend a month during summer living with a hosting family. It was a program for high school students and it was a great opportunity to improve my French and have my very first experience living outside the country, but I was too shy and stayed home.

A few times I thought to myself that I should have gone. However, several years later I had a chance to go study to Toulouse, France, for a semester, and this time I didn’t let the opportunity go.

There’s a phrase out there that says that it is better to regret the things we did instead of the ones that we didn’t do. But how about understanding that regretting something doesn’t get you closer to your goals/life that you want/anything at all? They say (and I do believe it) that when a door closes, a window opens. Why don’t we invest our time on seeing how we can find that window instead of thinking about things in the past that we can’t change?

There’s a phrase out there that says that it is better to regret the things we did instead of the ones that we didn’t do.

But how about understanding that regretting something doesn’t get you closer to your goals/life that you want/anything at all? They say (and I do believe it) that when a door closes, a window opens. Why don’t we invest our time on seeing how we can find that window instead of thinking about things in the past that we can’t change?

That has been my philosophy for the longest time. I regret very little things in my life (if any). If I had gone to France when I was in high school I wouldn’t have met the people that were my friends for several years, and I wouldn’t have learned the lessons that I learned. Ultimately, it’s all those experiences what make me who I am today.

Life is a road with many side roads. Choices. I don’t think there are wrong choices (at least most of the time), as we learn from anything and everything to form the people that we are.

So make the choices thinking what’s best for you at that moment, and if later you realize that you made a mistake, learn from it and continue with your life. Who knows, maybe from that “mistake” you get to a better place!

Do you regret something in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

Easy NY Cheesecake

Last year I baked this cake for my husband’s birthday at the end of May, and it was so good that it has become one of our favorite cakes.

When I was little I was basically running away of anything that had cheese, even if it was just on the name. I didn’t like it. Even if I hadn’t tried it.

Today it’s not that I’m a fan of anything cheese, but I have come to peace with it. And I absolutely LOVE a good cheesecake.

This recipe is very easy to follow and put together. It doesn’t take much time either, although it is better if cooked for the next day so the cake rests in the fridge overnight. I wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t resist the temptation and eat some when it cools off, though! Haha

This recipe is very easy to follow and put together. It doesn’t take much time either, although it is better if cooked for the next day so the cake rests in the fridge overnight. I wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t resist the temptation and eat some when it cools off, though! Haha

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

This recipe is very easy to follow and put together. It doesn’t take much time either, although it is better if cooked for the next day so the cake rests in the fridge overnight. I wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t resist the temptation and eat some when it cools off, though! Haha

We are going to start with the base of the cake: the cookie dough. Crash the crackers using a food processor (easy and fast way) or with your hands. Melt the butter and mix it with the crackers. Put the mix in a round baking pan (20-24cm diameter) and press onto bottom. Leave in the freezer while we prepare the cake mix.

In a bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar, greek yoghourt, vanilla, lemon juice and flour until you have a cream. Incorporate the eggs, one by one, without mixing too much.

Pour this mix into the cookie dough and bake 10 minutes at 200ºC (420ºF), then drop to 90ºC (200ºF) for 30 more minutes. Let cool in the oven for a few hours and then leave in the fridge for a couple of hours (you can leave it overnight too).

Before eating it, put the marmalade on top of the cake.

This recipe is very easy to follow and put together. It doesn’t take much time either, although it is better if cooked for the next day so the cake rests in the fridge overnight. I wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t resist the temptation and eat some when it cools off, though! Haha

Enjoy!

San Francisco through my eyes

Since I came to the US two years ago (seriously, though!) I have visited several cities in the country. Traveling is one of my passions (as you didn’t know that already! LOL) and I made sure to travel as much as my budget and time allowed me to do so.

One of my favorite cities (besides Chicago, of course!) was San Francisco.

My parents, my sister and I went on a road trip during the summer in 2014 from Atlanta to San Francisco, and making a lot of stops on the way. It was an exhausting trip but I learned a lot of things, discovered tons of stuff and places and had a lot of fun. Check out this post to learn more about the trip

My parents, my sister and I went on a road trip during the summer in 2014 from Atlanta to San Francisco, and making a lot of stops on the way. It was an exhausting trip but I learned a lot of things, discovered tons of stuff and places and had a lot of fun.

We could only spend a couple of days in the city, as we had a pretty busy schedule. When you do a road trip with a limited amount of time and you want to stop and visit plenty of places, you definitely have to plan very good when and where you’re going to be so you can use the time you have as wise as possible. Even if our schedule was tight, though, we did allow ourselves a little flexibility sometimes. You want to enjoy the vacation too, am I right?

And, again, I planned the trip.

Not that I really care, because I LOVE planning trips!

I collected a list of must do’s and must see’s, which included seeing San Francisco from the other side of the Golden Gate, visit the Painted Ladies (where the “Full House” house is located) and go to Lombard Street. And we got to see and do so much more! It was an amazing trip and I hope I can come back to some of the places with a little more time in the future.

On the way to Muir Woods

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The first day we took a trip to the Muir Woods National Monument, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It’s pretty close to San Francisco (12 miles) and I think it’s totally worth it. Just take a jacket with you even in summer, because the trees don’t let the sunlight in that much and it is pretty humid.

We were inside the park and walking the trails for a good 5-6 hours. It might sound like a lot, but it was awesome. It’s a great place to go for some quietness and to run away from the stress of the city.

Lombard St

My father talked about Lombard St. and that he wanted to go see it. Of course, after seeing pictures on the internet, we all wanted to go haha. The pictures don’t even show how funny this street is. There was a ton of people in the sides of the street, at the top and at the end of it. I don’t know if I would live there, though, as I’m guessing is a little noisy from all the cars passing by for fun and the people watching on the sidewalks.

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Sausalito is very close to San Francisco, right in the other side of the Golden Gate bridge. It is a cute little town where we had lunch on the way back from the Muir Woods National Monument and I loved it. We walked around an area where they had floating houses and I found them really cute J

The Painted Ladies

Of course, we couldn’t skip a visit to the Painted Ladies Victorian houses. It was really nice to hang out for a little while there.

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Have you ever been to San Francisco? How did you like it? Can’t wait to go back and explore more!