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Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset We headed to the south of Brazil a few days after arriving. Curitiba is famous for its botanical garden ( above ) and lower temperatures compared to the rest of the country. Still nice though, because it´s Brazil. We took the opportunity to visit my Dad and my sister, Elliott and I went out on a city tour to explore.

  Brazil 02-2 Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset It was the perfect opportunity to sit at an outdoor bar by the lake and sip on some ice-cold draft. Brazilians don´t mess around with their ( ops, our ) beer. It´s always as cold as it can get and I love it.

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Brazil : Part 01

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Last time you heard from me back in 2013 I was about to get on a plane to Brazil. Now it’s 2014 ( Happy New Year ). I’ve been here for a few weeks now, enjoying family, friends and beautiful landscapes. In these photos you see one of the many small waterfalls that surrounds the region of my hometown, Ipatinga.  Even though we didn’t get in  the water that day ( the current was a bit too strong ) it was very re-energizing to be around a large moving body of water like that on a super hot last day of the year.

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GOING TO BRAZIL

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Elliott and I are going to Brazil. Tomorrow ! Our flight is just a few hours away. Reason why I should be snoozing right now instead of up on the internet but the excitement over going away for almost two months traveling around the country to see family and friends is too grand. As much as I  love the snow, we are so ready for change of scenery and hot climates ( it’s summer down south you guys ! ) It’ll be the perfect way to ring in the new year.

As usual, access to the internet will be limited while I’m there. Which is kind of nice ( if it doesn’t drive me crazy ) to experience life without being plugged-in 24/7. I’ve packed a ton of books for the plane and of course, lots of sunscreen in my suitcase. Happy New Year e até logo.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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It’s Christmas eve and I’ve been so blessed with family and friends to surround myself with. This year should be extra especial, as I get to have the perfect little Christmas with my US family and later head to Brazil to ring in the new year with my Brazilian family. But what truly made this holiday extra special was a little challenge I’ve decided to participate in this year. I was invited to do an act of kindness.

Elliott and I brainstormed together and came up with an idea to help that would be within our means and at the same time could make a real difference in someone’s life, even if just for a day. I feel a little embarrassed for taking so long to come to the conclusion that such a small gesture could transform my perspective in life as a whole. But I’m glad I eventually got here. It’s so important to sometimes stop what keeps us so busy in everyday life to look around. You’ll find that you’re not alone in any struggle. But you’ll also find that it’s within your power to change your point of view while helping others. That’s what happened to me. Happy Holidays, everyone.

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GATHERING pine tree branches at my in-laws backyard for our Christmas eve table decor.

DREAMING OF a white Christmas. Just like in Home Alone. Probably not gonna happen considering the amount of snow we already got before Christmas but it doesn’t hurt to hope for one.

SENDING OUT holiday cards has become a serious tradition at the Robinson household. The 2013 version involves lots of snow and a little year review.  

TRYING new cookie recipes including melt-in-your-mouth Scottish shortbread and chocolate + doce de leite filling.

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BACKSTAGE : THE GODDESS

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Awhile back, I invited those of you who live near by to come see The Goddess, a play I had been working on. We closed in November and I’ve since been experiencing dressing room withdrawal. We were a very large cast of 17, extremely focused and easy-going group of actors. Goddess was a glamorous period piece, Hollywood in the 50′s fashion. You can probably imagine a lot of our time backstage was consumed by hot-rollers, bold lips, and cat-eyes.

Not the easiest but indeed the most fun. Putting on a show brought us here, but the energy exchanged during the daily get-ready ritual brought us close together, which I’m sure reflected positively in the work as a whole. Of all expectations involved in being in a play, I couldn’t quite picture that the wait to get back on-stage would be filled with so much warmth.

 

SLOWING DOWN

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These past few weeks have been a little busy for me. Aside from all the holiday prepping, I’m also getting things organized and ready to leave for Brazil for New Years. My goal starting today is to slow down ( or so I wish ) and fully enjoy the Holiday season before Christmas slips by. Aside from packing summer dresses and swim suits ( it’s the peak of summer down south ) I’m really looking forward to some family time both in the US and South America.

One of my favorite new traditions is our holiday card. Last year, we did a 50′s homemaker inspired theme and received some great compliments from family and friends. I honestly think we set the bar high and it’ll be tough to top it this year, but we’ll try. Perhaps I’ll share the new photo here or instagram and you can tell me which is your favorite. It’s so fun to look back at these holiday cards. We love doing them. I’m also looking forward to our big secret santa extravaganza party with friends in Indianapolis next weekend. But for now, I better get back to my checklist. Any cool holiday traditions to share? I’m so curious.