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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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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