Bad Habits to Fix Before Having Children

Bad Habits to Fix Before Having Children

Becoming a parent is a very exciting time in a person's life. We all enter the world of parenting blissfully unaware, unrealistically optimistic, and wanting the best for our children.

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Is the English language infiltrating every day Italian?

Is the English language infiltrating every day Italian?

Last week I had a chat with my Italian Father-in-law about something that really distresses him. The use of English within Italian every-day life. The instances of this are growing and creating upset among older generations but also amongst those who wish to preserve the Italian language as it is.

This is something that’s easy to miss when you are English yourself. However the moment Nonno (Grandpa/dad) mentions it I realise that I don’t notice how much English is blaring out of the TV next to us as we speak!

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Cucina Tipica; an Inspiring Italian Expat Adventure with Andrew Cotto

Cucina Tipica; an Inspiring Italian Expat Adventure with Andrew Cotto

This week on Mammaprada I’m delighted to welcome award-winning author Andrew Cotto. Andrew has written three novels and is a regular contributor to The New York Times.

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What is 'Fetal Fraction' and What Does it Mean for Your Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Results?

What is 'Fetal Fraction' and What Does it Mean for Your Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Results?

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a screening test used to detect the risk that a fetus will be born with certain genetic conditions. It can be performed as early as 10 weeks in pregnancy and only requires a blood sample from the mother. NIPT analyzes small pieces of DNA, called cell-free DNA (cfDNA), found in the mother’s bloodstream.

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How to find meaningful gifts this Fathers Day

How to find meaningful gifts this Fathers Day

Father’s Day is almost upon us! Sunday 16th June for those of you who aren’t great at remembering these special occasions!

It’s always tough finding presents for dads. They often end up with something dull like another pair of socks and can feel a little forgotten! Or they tell you they don’t want anything but you would really like to show how much you appreciate them.

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A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

A Bilingual Love Story

When you hear the words love and story I bet you start thinking about two people poetically in love. Add Italy and you can already picture the two of them sharing dinner at a ristorante like Lady and The Tramp with candles slowly burning between their glasses of wine. And even if a love story about Italy often involves a man with dark eyelashes and a charming accent, we'll leave the men for now.

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How to Embrace the Art of New Languages and Diverse Cultures

How to Embrace the Art of New Languages and Diverse Cultures

In your household you always welcome the idea of new languages and diverse cultures, but how can you make the most of your passions? For you it is so important that your children are brought up in a world that is bursting with vibrancy and wide beliefs.

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Super Easy Spring Language Workbook for Children - Free Download

Super Easy Spring Language Workbook for Children - Free Download

Super Easy Spring Language workbook for children - Free download

We’ve reached the Summer term! I hope you’re all back to school and into a routine?

For all school subjects, Spring is great season to inspire little ones to learn. There are so many animals, colours, words to use and get their minds buzzing.

Due to this I’ve created another language workbook to support their learning.

If you downloaded the Easter workbook I did earlier in the month, you know what to expect. If not, here is what’s included:

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Top 3 ways to secure your child's future

Top 3 ways to secure your child's future

Top 3 ways to secure your child's future

Are you worried about your child’s future? This is perfectly normal considering the the uncertainty regarding Brexit and other factors. However, this should not stop you from making future plans, and if anything thinking ahead is probably the best thing you can do in this financial climate.

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Why you'll love listening to The Big Travel Podcast

Why you'll love listening to The Big Travel Podcast

Why you'll love listening to The Big Travel Podcast

This week I’ve been chatting to a very inspiring friend of mine, Lisa Francesca Nand. A travel journalist, writer, filmmaker and regular on radio and TV in the UK, Lisa has a long list of accomplishments!

She is also a brilliant, kind friend, mum of two gorgeous boys and the creator of what has become one of the top rated podcasts on iTunes around the world, ‘The Big Travel Podcast’.

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Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Beautiful Italian cakes to impress on Easter Sunday

Easter is big in Italy both as a religious festival and as a reason to gather together with family and friends. 

As with the UK, lamb features on the menu. It's cooked in various ways depending on which region of Italy you are in. 

One year we sent my Father-in-law to buy the lamb as I was in charge of the cooking and he came back with goat!

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Italian Inspired Gifts for Mother's Day

Italian Inspired Gifts for Mother's Day

Are you a mamma or do you have a mama who always plays down the importance of Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as we call it in the UK?

A mama who tells everyone not to worry and it’s just a ‘hallmark’ day but actually would just love breakfast in bed and some flowers?

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Best Travel Shoes for Kids

Best Travel Shoes for Kids

When you travel a lot with kids, you have to have good footwear. Your kids need to be protected but comfortable. You need something that’s a space saver in the suitcase but is easy to deal with when it comes to slipping them on and off.

Here are some of the best kids shoes for travel that I’ve found.

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World Book Day 2019 - Bilingual Book Ideas

World Book Day 2019 - Bilingual Book Ideas

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again when we all celebrate the brilliant initiative World Book Day! It seems to come around so quickly and this year I have two children old enough to take part!

They will be going to school as a shark and a penguin carrying their favourite books. There has been a bit of backlash this year from people claiming that children just dress up and don’t actually care about the books.

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How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

Do you love Italian food but wonder if there’s more to it than just pizza or pasta? The truth is you’re right! There are a wealth of dishes for every season, in every region.

So here you can try: Involtini al Formaggio!

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