As a child, I used to live for the summers: unstructured time, bedtimes were pushed back, pool, and lots of ice cream. But these, I have to admit, I have more of a love/hate relationship with summer than anything.

First of all, kids are out of school. Yay for them! Oh no for me. And as much as we all crave freedom from our schedules, sometimes the structure is what keeps us sane. This time is really a test in how “chill” can we really be. How can we resist the temptation to equate happiness with how much we control. This has been such a lesson for me this summer.

And since I work from home and have the kids home with me, I can’t help but think about the house. We moved into our new home earlier this year, and before decorating — in my mom’s words — “ a la loco” I decided to bring in my good friend, Gaby Guzman, of The Jupiter Circle to help me with intentionally designing my space through the use of Feng Shui. The work she did in our home was just remarkable.

I’ve also been pulling inspiration through my collaboration with Macy’s. This month, the in-store events are all about home and kitchen. In preparation for the events, I’ve been browsing their site and picking up some items that Gaby and I discussed that I needed in our new home. I can’t wait to show you the final project! Follow my Instagram stories to watch the behind the scenes.

And in the meantime, add one of these events to your calendar. I’ll be at the Dadeland Mall event stuffing my face with lasagna. See you there!

Saturday, July 29 @2pm
Macy’s Celebrates National Lasagna Day
Macy’s Dadeland Mall – 2nd Floor – Home Kitchen
Naples is a lot closer than you think. Not that Naples – we’re talking about Italy’s Napoli! Join us to indulge in one of that City’s most popular contributions to everyday American cuisine: lasagna! Chef   will add layers of intrigue by showing you different ways to make this timeless dish. Enjoy National Lasagna Day @ Macy’s! Buon appetito!

Saturday, July 29 @2pm
Signature Style Home Event
Macy’s Miami International – 2nd Floor – Home Department
Whatever your style, we believe the home is a space to reflect your individuality & lifestyle. Join Macy’s at our Signature Style @ Home Event for inspiration for infusing your unique personality throughout your home.
Plus, you will have the opportunity to personalize your purchase! Receive complimentary monogramming with any $75 textiles purchase!

Saturday, July 29 @2pm
Macy’s Celebrates National Chicken Wing Day
Macy’s Aventura – 3rd Floor – Home Kitchen
Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day! If you’re feeling cooped up in a world of standard chicken – wing recipes, it’s time to go free range! Chef Cesar Zapata of Phuc Yea will lead the way! He’ll show you how to spice up the dish big time with his Viet – Cajun flavor. Plus, learn more about how you can get involved with one of Cesar’s favorite organizations, “No Hungry Kid”! This will be a delicious day you will not want to miss!