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 add value to your home, whether you want to love it or leave it!

How to add value to your home, whether you want to love it or leave it!

How to add value to your home, whether you want to love it or leave it!

Creating a home just how you like it takes time. It can be a daunting process! There’s so much advice out there and because we all move more regularly than previous generations we never know if we are investing in a change for us or a change for its saleability.

Our home was a mix of very bright decor and bodged repairs when we bought it. What we’ve learnt in the last few years of updating it is that there are 5 main things that make a difference whether you’re planning to stay or sell.

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Three ways to revamp your garden for Spring

Three ways to revamp your garden for Spring

Three ways to revamp your garden for Spring

At the moment I am looking at a very miserable, brown Winter garden. Nothing is growing and I can’t imagine how it could be transformed!

However I do this every year and it always amazes me how such little touches can create magic even in my small London garden.

These are the things I’m going to get on with in the next month and I advise you to start here!

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Found the perfect home, what now?

Found the perfect home, what now?

Found the perfect home, what now?

Moving house is definitely one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. It is thought to be one of the toughest after divorce or loss!

Living in London with renting, buying, changes in family size, we have unfortunately moved a lot of times. Maybe 6 now in 10 years! Each time we move I remember a part of the process that I never want to do by myself again.

Thankfully there are various ways you can make your life easier and these are my top tips for an easier transition.

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5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children in 2019

5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children in 2019

5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children in 2019

Although I’m full of book suggestions; which I’m hoping you all enjoy! I often get asked which educational apps or websites I could recommend for children.

I agree there are some great ones out there, but finding them can be quite overwhelming.

So today I’ve created for you a list of ‘5 educational Apps for Primary School aged children’.

These fall into the main subjects you may be concerned with; English, math, science, languages and art.

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From London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label; the woman behind Lois Avery

From London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label; the woman behind Lois Avery

How to go from London lawyer to Italian cashmere luxury label?

If you follow Mammaprada on Instagram you’ll know I’m a huge fan of the beautiful Italian cashmere scarves of Lois Avery. I’ve met some of the most inspiring people in the last 3 years that I’ve been using Instagram and one of them is the lovely Jennie, Founder of Lois Avery.

She has the most dreamy, Italian feed, plenty of travel inspiration, shots of her super soft scarves and she shares her very personal journey of creating this amazing brand around her 3 children.

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#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #12 January 2019

#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #12 January 2019

January 2019 - New Year, New Rules!

We used to have set themes each month, but we understand there isn’t always time to write yet another post!

There are some topic suggestions below you are free to use, however from now on we ask for any Italy related blog posts or vlogs each month.

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Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts

Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts

Why Bormio is one of the greatest Italian Ski Resorts 

I wrote about why we love Bormio a year ago now and nothing has changed. We will be off there again in February to take both our children, one who can now ski. Partly from learning in Bormio and partly in the UK at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

My youngest is too little being only 3, although the Swiss start at 2 years old! However a good ski instructor friend of ours told us the perfect age is 4 years old.

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WIN! 3 month membership to Gru Languages English resources for children [closed]

WIN! 3 month membership to Gru Languages English resources for children [closed]

English Language resources for children!

So the New Year has arrived and already we are all about giving you plenty of help with raising those bambini!

This week we’ve teamed up with lovely Sarah, the Founder of Gru Languages.

If you haven’t discovered Gru yet, they offer over 800 resources which suit children learning English as a second/third language or for English speaking children in reception and Year 1.

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Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro?

Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro?

Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro

Given that my family have already eaten a Panettone a week since September! I thought it was time to write about the two main cakes you can expect in Italy at Christmas!

Italian Christmas meals are long and full of many courses but what is less well known is what is eaten for dessert. 

Panettone and Pandoro are offered in most houses along with nuts, fruit and Torrone which is a delicious Italian nougat. 

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Simple everyday activities to boost your bilingual child’s language skills

Simple everyday activities to boost your bilingual child’s language skills

Simple everyday activities to boost your bilingual child’s language skills

Raising bilingual children is not an easy task, but it is something absolutely worth investing the time and effort in. With 2 bilingual and multicultural kids, there are certainly a few things I learned along the way to do and started incorporating early on with my kids to support them in their language learning processes.

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