How to find quality childcare on holiday, in Italy

How to find quality childcare on holiday, in Italy

How to find quality childcare on holiday, in Italy

I’m sure people think that because I have an Italian Husband, back in Italy there is an army of ‘nonni’ or grandparents waiting to look after our children!

I wish this was the case! Sadly we have just one Nonno (Grandad) and he’s in his 70s and still outraged that he has to cook his own meals! So leaving him to look after a 6 and 3 year old is not really ideal.

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Brexit News! Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

Brexit News! Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

Brexit News! Why should I learn a language - Post Brexit?

With the parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal meant to be taking place TODAY. Then chaos has taken over once again and it’s now delayed! I thought this would be a good time to reassess this question!

Why should I learn a language post Brexit? This was a very popular article last time it was published so I thought I would share again today and see how we feel about it now, almost a year later!

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The Future Plans You Can Put In Place Today

The Future Plans You Can Put In Place Today

The Future Plans You Can Put In Place Today

Who knows what the future holds? There’s no way we can tell what is in-store for us in our lives, no matter how much we may want to know. As a result, there’s no way to know exactly what we need to be prepared for in our lives. That’s why it pays to try to be prepared for every possible eventuality. Hopefully, we then aren’t too thrown off by any emergencies or unexpected situations, and we are able to respond in a very healthy and proactive way.

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5 great Lego sets for your children, and Husband this Christmas!

5 great Lego sets for your children, and Husband this Christmas!

5 great Lego sets for your children, and Husband this Christmas!

My family are definitely Lego enthusiasts! I would go so far as to say that I’m a bit of a Lego widow!

I don’t really mind as I think Lego is such an incredible toy for children. It builds fine motor skills, develops their imaginations.

It teaches perseverance and sets from the Lego City range create awareness and respect of role models such as the Fire Service, Police Force and other rescue servicemen.

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Why the beautiful Cutty Sark is the perfect play Time for your Toddler

Why the beautiful Cutty Sark is the perfect play Time for your Toddler

Why the beautiful Cutty Sark is the perfect play Time for your Toddler

Last week we were invited to the stunning Cutty Sark Ship in Greewich.

We’ve been many times with our 6 year old Son. It’s truly one of the best attractions in London.

However last week we went to try and new activity for the little ones. Toddler Time!

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9 Christmas Gifts for Pre-School Girls

9 Christmas Gifts for Pre-School Girls

9 Christmas Gifts for Pre-School Girls

As a mamma of a little girl I have to really resist the swathes of pink and dolls every time I visit a toy shop.

I’m not against her playing with ‘Girls toys’ but sometimes the pink aisle is very overwhelming!

Luckily my daughter wants to be a fire woman and her favourite colour is blue so I think she knows her own mind anyway!

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4 Great Activities For A Family Trip To California

4 Great Activities For A Family Trip To California

4 Great Activities For A Family Trip To California

California is considered by some to be the most beautiful state in the whole of America. You’ll find plenty of amazing places to visit, great food and drink and all sorts of different activities to get involved with. That’s why it’s such a great destination for a family vacation. It’s ideal for all age groups and you’ll always be able to find something to please everybody. If you’re planning a family trip to California, these are some of the best things to do while you’re out there.

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7 Christmas Presents for Primary School Boys

7 Christmas Presents for Primary School Boys

7 Christmas Presents for Primary School Boys

Buying for children is always a balance between what they want; usually something noisy and plastic! What their friends are allowed, Xboxes, and the gifts you would like to give them!

Then throw in the over generous, well meaning relatives and no wonder we all get stressed about this time of year!

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WIN! 4 Personalised T-Shirts from Mammaprada SHOP!

WIN! 4 Personalised T-Shirts from Mammaprada SHOP!

Personalised T-Shirts for all the family

Here at Mammaprada we’ve recently launched our own SHOP!

Filled with T-Shirts for men women and children, we looked long and hard for super soft tees in gorgeous colours, printed in the UK and with quick shipping times!

Although we’ve created Italian slogans for many of our designs everything is customisable.

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Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Buying for a ‘Foodie’ is pure joy this time of year!

Although it comes with the added issue that you might be tempted to eat your gifts before Christmas Day arrives!

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Italian Christmas gifts for the Woman who loves a surprise!

Italian Christmas gifts for the Woman who loves a surprise!

Italian Christmas gifts for the Woman who loves a surprise!

I know I am one of those women who loves a great surprise gift at Christmas. Something unusual, well made, an item you are desperate to wear or use!

I also know I don’t like to leave the purchaser so completely to their own devices that the gift is, well disappointing! So this probably makes me and other women like me a bit of a disaster to buy for!

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7 Italian inspired Christmas gifts for Men

7 Italian inspired Christmas gifts for Men

7 Italian inspired Christmas gifts for Men

I have a Husband who is a bit of a scrooge! He’s not THAT into Christmas although he enjoys the eating part!

He comes from a family not big on gifts, and Italians I find are much less commercial than the UK when it comes to this celebration.

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World Diabetes Day 2018 - One year after diagnosis

World Diabetes Day 2018 - One year after diagnosis

World Diabetes Day 2018 - One year after diagnosis

As most of you will know in September 2017 our then 2 year old daughter was taken ill and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

I don’t really write about her condition as it wasn’t why I started Mammaprada and it’s still very raw. However given the significance of today and maybe in the hopes of raising awareness of Diabetes and especially about Type 1. I thought I’d share how we are getting on.

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Christmas vs La Befana: Festive Traditions

Christmas vs La Befana: Festive Traditions

Christmas VS La Befana: Festive Traditions

With the most joyous time of year approaching for family occasions, festivities and fun. Some of the cultural differences for the merriest time of the year vary between England and Italy. If you have an interest in visiting either country, here are some of the cultural traditions you can expect or may even wish to use on your stay. Alternatively, you may also decide to use the below as inspiration for your own Christmas traditions.

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Bilingualism: The Best Gift of All

Bilingualism: The Best Gift of All

Guest post by by Martha Miller

This week the wonderful author Martha Miller has shared her Italian story with us. Martha and her Husband, John sold everything and moved to Italy! How many of us would be that brave?

They were searching for adventure, but also the desire to feel settled in their community. To have a truly authentic experience not touristic one. So off they went!

I love this story and am slightly jealous we haven’t done this yet!

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9 Best Practices For Cleaning Laminate Flooring

9 Best Practices For Cleaning Laminate Flooring

9 Best Practices For Cleaning Laminate Flooring

Italian style at home

Italians love their wooden and tiled floors. They can’t understand the desire to fill your home with carpets! Luckily in the UK solid wood and laminate flooring is a growing trend. It gives your home a simpler, more modern feel. However if you want to keep this type of floor clean you need a few tips.

The part of the house that gets the most wear and tear is your flooring. Spills, mud, footprints and pet accidents are all arch enemies of your flooring. How to clean the floor to make it look as good as new? Let’s read what the experts have to say about it.

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Family friendly days from Florence to Yorkshire!

Family friendly days from Florence to Yorkshire!

Guest post by Gemma, Yorkshire Mum of 4.

This week I'm delighted to welcome Gemma who blogs about parenting and lifestyle over at Yorkshire Mum of 4!

Gemma and her gorgeous family have ventured round Italy and loved it, but their hearts are well and truly rooted in beautiful Yorkshire. Read all about it here

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Strong, Bright and Pink! How loving yourself can be so simple

Strong, Bright and Pink! How loving yourself can be so simple

Strong, bright and Pink! How loving yourself can be so simple

I remember growing up some well meaning relatives telling me that the only important thing in life was your health. Obviously I nodded and promptly ignored this! It’s something you just can’t comprehend when you’re young.

Now having just turned 40! Being a mother and having one child with a long term illness it has become glaringly obvious that this is something we all take for granted.

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