LaVae Mathis FAQs

Who are you?

My name is LaVae Mathis & I am the creator of Bella Atto. I am so excited that you’re here. Welcome & thank you for visiting!

How did you come up with the name Bella Atto?

We all know Bella is Italian for Beautiful but Atto is unfamiliar to many as it was to me when I started thinking about what to name my original website a few years ago.  I love Italian design and Italian food & wine of course, right?! Who’s with me on that? And, my favorite movie of all time is Under the Tuscan Sun! So I opted for Atto attached to Bella for Bella Atto. Atto translated individually is Act or Gesture. Bella Atto together translates as Beautiful Place.

What are To SAVE Is Beautiful, To GIVE Is Beautiful, & To LIVE Is Beautiful?

As Bella Atto grew, it manifested these branches as individual sister sites & blogs. As these branches grew too large for me to manage very well individually, I came to realize that my cherished followers and I would be best served if we just melded them together into one Bella Atto, Beautiful Place, that you are now visiting. Doing so enables a much more engaging website for all to enjoy!

Within all of these branches, we aspire to share things that make life more beautiful and enjoyable in a myriad of ways.  To GIVE Is Beautiful is driven by a passion for gifting.  To SAVE Is Beautiful is driven by a passion for saving those hard earned dollars. And, To LIVE Is Beautiful is more of a lifestyle branch that includes things such as a love for home & family life, hobbies, well-being & so much more.

How do you find all of the great things you share here?

As an affiliate publisher, Bella Atto LLC, has access to a wide range of products via available partnerships with thousands of merchants and brands. And we are always working toward bringing you some of the best choices in deals, gifts, & so much more!

Although much of what we publish here is of no real money making value, we do have to earn something just like anyone else, so some of the things we blog here may earn small commission to support the blog along with some advertising. We certainly do appreciate your support here of our advertisers as well so that we can continue to publish this blog and help others via our efforts here at Bella Atto!

And what exactly inspired you to create Bella Atto?

I have been an accountant for many years and although I had a great day job as the Controller of an engineering firm & worked with some fantastic people, once my husband & I became empty-nesters, (Yep, it’s true, our kids are all leading sweet & successful lives as grown-ups now & btw, we’re very proud of them), I needed a new baby of sorts, & a creative outlet. I started asking the universe what I should do? Then, I was admiring a piece of artwork given to me by a friend that was lost unexpectedly and I thought about how much that gift meant to me, especially now that he’s in heaven. You can read about that here -> Art Gifting – The Bella Atto Gift Story

Then I thought about how much I love gifting in general. My mother practiced a religion when I was a child that disbarred Christmas and Birthday giving along with other holiday celebrations. As a child I always felt I was missing out. Not just on getting gifts but giving them as well! Although, I still have friends who practice the same, I did not adopt the same religious beliefs as an adult and in fact adore these celebrations in many ways.

So, here I am, in the midst of thinking about things I miss, making something I love come to life in what I hope inspires others; Gifting!  It’s like I’ve heard people say in that, sometimes.. what you don’t get in life gives you something else. Bella Atto is my something else and my love of gifting started me on the path of where I’ve eventually landed.

After a few years of growing branches that were separate websites, I finally just combined my love of gifting with my love of saving money & my desire for living beautifully all into one place here in this blog.  This blog brings it all together so I can help people Save Well, Give Well, & maybe even Live Well (or at least a little better & more beautifully)!

And who is Zuzu Sugars?

Then there is our precious Zuzu Sugars. She is our sweet mascot of sorts…a wonderful Canaan Dog that is a big part of our lives too. She had her own website as well, but in the interest of culminating all efforts into this one Bella Atto (Beautiful Place), you will find featured posts revolving around her, and our other interest in animals, here as well.

What other interests do you enjoy personally?

My husband and I are both pretty simple people. We enjoy finding ways to make life fun and beautiful (Bella that is), in our own ways, without breaking the bank as they say. We enjoy the same things as most of you: time with family, getting outdoors, good food, movies, light travel, enhancing our home life, etc. amid this and that of your typical middle class lifestyle. We’ve recently been bitten by the boating lifestyle bug, so be on the look out for more posts about our adventures on the water soon.

But the best thing about our life together are our children & grandchildren. We have 3 children between us and they have all grown up to be the kind of people you’re proud to know even if you weren’t related to them. We enjoy time with them when we can to include their young families and our oh so sweet grandchildren too! We’re so blessed by all of them!

We are also dog lovers. We had 2 dogs which we affectionately referred to as our four-pawed children & I’ll just call them Big & Little here because they were in fact, ‘BIG & wittle’.  Big was our Lion Hunter – the Rhodesian Ridgeback that was over-sized for his breed weighing as much or than me on most days & Little was a Maltese coming in at less than 10 pounds or so on most days.  They were quite the pair and kept us delightfully busy much of the time when we’re at home. They had both passed away come 2017, but we had added Zuzu Sugars to our pack. She is a delightful Canaan Dog that we adore. We spend a lot of our time enjoying her and you’ll find posts about her here as well. She is also enjoying the boating lifestyle & we hope she will be courageous enough to swim soon. For now, she stays on the boat.. but we’ll see what happens.

Thanks for checking in, for the support from my cherished family & friends as well as all of the new friends I’ve made in my blogging endeavors.

Have a Fabulous & Beautiful Day… & Happy Lady Bug Hunting! If you’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun, you know what that means! 😉


Creator of Bella Atto
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