I’m Still Here + Brazilian Fruit

Hey all!  It has been SO long!  I am so sorry to leave you all hanging.  We finally got internet here in our apartment.  It is this whole long process of needing to apply and get a residency number before you can even sign up for internet services.  But now that we finally have it I am so excited to start blogging again and to catch up on all of the blogs I have been missing out on reading!

We are slowly and surely getting settled in Sao Paulo.  I’ve met many Americans and some Australians and Canadians as well.  Being part of an expat community is great because everyone sort of sticks together.  I’m sure we will meet some Brazilians too but it will probably take longer.

One thing that has been really frustrating recently is the fact that my good DSLR camera was stolen!!!  I can’t believe it!  We flew here with 14 pieces of luggage and since we went via Sydney, we had to transfer in Santiago, Chile.  Our luggage was checked all the way through but when we arrived in Sao Paulo, we were unhappy to find that five of our pieces of luggage were missing.  No problem because the bags were delivered to us the next day!  Unfortunately my camera was in a bag that was originally missing and it looks like someone decided to steal it.  Luckily my father came to the rescue and got me a brand new camera so I can capture my life here for you all.  He’s the best! :)

We are also STILL waiting for our boxes from UPS.  Brazil has a crazy customs system and they basically try to extort money from you when you bring stuff in to the country (no joke, Cuisinart and Kitchenaid are so ridiculously expensive here!) because you can buy stuff way cheaper outside of the country and they want you to spend the money here in Brazil.  So you often get taxed based on the value of the item and they won’t release your stuff until you pay them.  It really seems like extortion to me but that is just how things are here.  Hopefully we will not have any problems and our stuff will get here soon because I am so missing all of my things!

But complaints aside, we are having a great time here in Brazil!  We’ve spent a ton of time relaxing by the pool and I take Cooper for a walk everyday.  There are some great parks close by that are fun to walk around but they get super crowded on the weekends!

Oh and I’ve been exploring the local produce!  I have some extremely cool fruit to show you today.  I made a huge, delicious fruit salad with some of the exotic fruits I found at the market.

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Life Lately

Hi friends!! How is your week going? If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably worked out by now that the family and I have landed here in Brazil. We are still getting settled into our apartment. Luckily we found a furnished place so we have a bed and living and dining room furniture. We also took 14(!) pieces of luggage with us on the plane so we have a ton of clothes and we managed to pack in some utensils, sheets and pots and pans as well so we have all the basics. It’s a good thing because we shipped most of our stuff via UPS and our tracking numbers are saying the stuff hasn’t left NYC ????!

I’m super excited about our apartment. We lived in a one bedroom for six years in NYC and while we obviously liked it enough to stay for six years, towards the end space was really becoming an issue. We now have three bedrooms, four bathrooms (2 full and 2 half), a large kitchen, a massive pantry, our own washer and dryer and a big living room. We also have a ton of storage, which is a truly welcome change. I’ll be sure to post some pics once we have the place cleaned and ready to go.

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Tips for Training with a Baby

Hiiii! How are you? I miss you all so much. We don’t have internet set up in our new apartment yet and I am going out of my mind. I have a huge dependency on internet and tv and am going through very bad withdrawal. Plus my international data usage on my iPhone is through the roof!

In other news…today marks the big 3-2. I honestly kind of forgot how old I was until I realized that I moved to Australia when I graduated college 10 years ago! Holy old. Not to mention I felt really old the other day when I saw this huge Carnival street parade of drunk people go marching by the window of the restaurant we were eating at and my only thought was how are we going to get out of here with a baby?

So, I figured a good topic for today’s post from an oldie like me is Tips for Training with a Baby! Exercise post-baby has been so much more sporadic than before baby. Even when I was pregnant, I could regularly commit to an hour workout 5-6 days a week. Now, I’m lucky to get in a workout! But since we’ve hit the three month mark, I’ve found my stride a bit. Here are my tips for not losing your workout time or your mind when you have a little one to look after!


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The Next Fitness Star: Body Burn Series {Giveaway}

Hey there! How is your week going? Hope it is a good one as always! I just got back from Australia and am terribly jet lagged. It is so much harder to travel east than to travel west in my opinion. I had practically no jet lag when we arrived in Australia but have been suffering for days since we got back! I am exhausted all day but can only sleep 3-4 hours at night and then want to sleep all morning long (like until noon!). It’s rough.

Anywho, on to a lighter note… I am super excited to tell you all about The Next Fitness Star: Body Burn Series DVD!  I’m sure a lot of you, like me, read Women’s Health Magazine because it is full of awesome health and fitness information.  If you do, you’ve probably heard of a competition they host called The Next Fitness Star.  Essentially, they search for a real-life person to become the next big thing in fitness.  The 2014 winner, Emily Schromm is a former reality TV star (The Real World DC), full-time personal trainer and CrossFit coach.  She has a killer physique and an empowering attitude that makes you want to workout!

NFS DVD Emily Schromm Poster

The nice people at Women’s Health sent me a copy of Emily’s DVD to try and out and tell you all about.  And they’re also offering FOUR lucky readers a chance to win a copy of the DVD!  Awesome, I know.

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The City and the Beach

Hello friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  The family and I decided to really take advantage of Sydney and spent Friday night in the city.  We couldn’t wait to take our stroller out for a walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens and show Coops the famous Harbour (he is half Aussie you know!).

botanical gardens

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He was obviously very excited! 

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