a lifestyle blog


I married the above man of questionable heritage in the Fall of 2006 at a local art gallery here in Central Pennsylvania. We have three miniature versions of ourselves, our genes are quite dominant as you can see... Letteria (8), David (6) and Dominic (4). They are pretty much it in my world because well, I love my kids. Like a lot.
I'm a stay-at-home mom who spends most of her days watching the clock until the kids return from school and Matt, well he works from the home (yes I am a very lucky girl, he cooks, grocery shops and is a modern dad). On andiamo you will find an occasional recipe or diy, but mostly just tales of our times as a young family.

Here are some important (relatively) things of note:

- Letteria is pronounced la-ter-ee-ah, she was named after my paternal great-grandmother who hailed from Sicily. Andiamo is pronounced ahn-dee-ah-mo, and it means "let's go" in Italian.

- I drink like a fish and curse like a sailor. Sorry mom. I try not to do much of either in front of the kids. But sometimes mama needs a cocktail.

- My husband is half Norwegian. I'm up for discussion regarding the other half. I vote Samoan. 

- I've been photographing my family since I was 15. Not saying I'm any good at all. Just saying I've been annoying them since 1998. 

- Favorites (other than the above four): my family, running, leggings, wine (boxed or bottled), openly acknowledged sarcasm, large Diet Pepsi fountain sodas, Disney movies and parks, painted nails, gangster movies of the New York variety, feather down pillows, Rome, wonderful smelling soaps, the sun, coffee, oldies music and any of the Rat Pack (Sinatra forever and ever, amen), wrought iron anything, punctuality, Christmas, singing loudly for all to hear, the smell of basil, musicals, coffee (again) and my Chapstick. Oh my Chapstick. I watch a lot of movies and I attempt to read somewhere in there too.

- You can read our different stories here. Andiamo!


  1. Found you through the linkup. I live in Central PA too! Haha asking about the amish is always the first thing people ask me, after the whole Sandusky thing. I'm liking your blog!

    1. That and do I know Lebanon Levi. ;)

      Glad you like it! Thank you!

  2. I found you through a link up as well! And I must say, I kinda love your personality! :)
    New follower.

  3. After reading that your husband was half Norwegian I, of course, had to look again at the picture and laughed out loud. I think Samoan is a good bet.

  4. fellow sailor and drinker here! beautiful family! I have a feeling we could be great friends!! ;)

  5. I don't know when you updated this last, but I am only seeing it now! It's so YOU and I love it.

  6. Salve!
    I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Upon reading some of your entries, I find them simply heart-warming, in some ways. You have a lifestyle that is pretty much how I wish mine to be. I also love Italy, all about it. The food, the music, the language, the buildings or the houses, everything! However, I'm not Italian. But I got excited when I first found out that you're one. :D
    I also like black as leggings or blouses, wine, Disney, Sinatra, coffee--wait, all of your faves written above are mine too! I don't write as good as you, though. But one thing for sure is that I would love to keep reading your blog!


  7. here via "cheshire kat" and I THINK WE ARE GOING TO BE BEST FRIENDS because i cried a little bit at "andiamo" (i'm not italian but i spent the best 3 months of my life in roma in 2010) and i also live in PA and love running and cursing and wine and sarcasm and CHAPSTICK. EXCELLENT! ok bye!

    jacqui @ www.drinktheday.wordpress.com

  8. Happened upon you by pure accident while I was looking for a "Mainiac" ball cap for my father-in-law, who grew up in Limerick, ME. Love your site!


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