5 Ingredients for a 'Dolce Vita' (#Dolcevitabloggers)

5 Ingredients for a 'Dolce Vita' (#Dolcevitabloggers)

5 Ingredients for a 'Dolce Vita' (#Dolcevitabloggers)

This month our #Dolcevitablogger topic is to describe our 'Dolce vita'. What does it mean for each of us?

While the famous film, Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' shows us a frivolous, carefree life with a dark undercurrent. My version of 'a sweet life' is something much simpler and more transparent. 

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#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #8 July 2018 - Your 'Dolce Vita'

#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #8 July 2018 - Your 'Dolce Vita'

June: Hidden Gems

For the June #DolceVitaBloggers link up topic, we’re asking you to spill the beans on your favorite Italian hidden gem! Your hidden gem could be anything that you think is too good to be kept secret any longer, such as a town, a beach, a restaurant, a shop, an Italian wine, a made in Italy product, a recipe or dish….the options are endless! Give your Italian hidden gem the love and attention it deserves. Shout it from the rooftops!

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Top 5 tips for expats - Guest Post by Emma of Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

Top 5 tips for expats - Guest Post by Emma of Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

Top 5 tips for expats - Guest Post by Emma of Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

This week I'm delighted to welcome Emma from the superb travel blog Wanderlust and Wet Wipes! Emma has traveled more and further than most of us and is now an expat in Doha. We're delighted to have her on Mammaprada this week and I hope you enjoy her tips... there isn't much she doesn't know on this subject! 

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How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

Today I wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful project which is helping comfort premature babies whilst they are still in hospital. As the mum of a preemie I wish my son had one of these as I hated leaving him each night. 

Marta, a friend of mine set this up herself to help a friend who had a premature baby. The initiative is growing and needs a bit of assistance to keep offering this vital service to bambini! Have a read about why an Octopus is such a little life saver! 

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How can I help Immigrant Children?

How can I help Immigrant Children?

How can i help Immigrant Children?

Have you been watching on in horror at the events unfolding across the pond this week? Children separated from their parents. Children likely never to be reunited with their parents. Babies as young as 9 months old sent off to 'Tender age centres' of which there are apparently 4 already. 

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Reasons To Visit Lake Charles, Louisiana

Reasons To Visit Lake Charles, Louisiana

Reasons To Visit Lake Charles, Louisiana

If you are currently in the process of planning your next holiday or you are simply fantasizing about where you should visit next, one place that is certainly worth considering is Louisiana. Lake Charles in Louisiana, in particular, is a stunning spot. Read on to discover some of the different reasons why you should take a trip to this part of the world

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Which is the most beautiful Italian lake of them all?

Which is the most beautiful Italian lake of them all?

Which is the most beautiful Italian lake of them all?

I wish it was that simple to look in a magic mirror and be told which Italian lake is the most stunning and should be your next holiday destination! 

I've been to many of the Northern Italian lakes. Como, Garda, Trasimeno, Lugano. They all have a certain beauty to them. Their own personality.

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An Italian Hidden Gem (#Dolcevitabloggers)

An Italian Hidden Gem (#Dolcevitabloggers)

An Italian Hidden Gem (#Dolcevitabloggers)

There are some places you want to keep for yourself. But then you can't believe somewhere so wonderful exists and really want to share!

So I'm going to be sharing a restaurant and hotel. Except it's not just any hotel, to us anyway. As this hotel is where we ended up having our wedding reception. 

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Where to stay on Lake Maggiore: Golfo Gabella

Where to stay on Lake Maggiore: Golfo Gabella

Where to stay on Lake Maggiore: Golfo Gabella

As most of you know by now, we are huge fans of the Italian lake region. We've been holidaying and visiting family around Lake Como for 12 years. We were married there, our babies were baptised there and we really feel like it's a home from home. 

However recently we were persuaded by Jo of Bookings For You to consider a different lake for our next holiday. Lake Maggiore. 

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#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #7 June 2018 - Hidden Gems

#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #7 June 2018 - Hidden Gems

June: Hidden Gems

For the June #DolceVitaBloggers link up topic, we’re asking you to spill the beans on your favorite Italian hidden gem! Your hidden gem could be anything that you think is too good to be kept secret any longer, such as a town, a beach, a restaurant, a shop, an Italian wine, a made in Italy product, a recipe or dish….the options are endless! Give your Italian hidden gem the love and attention it deserves. Shout it from the rooftops!

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Italian Bilingual Children's Books

Italian Bilingual Children's Books

Italian Bilingual Children's Books

Bilingual Children - Week #15

This week on our Bilingual Children series I've decided to focus on a language close to our family's heart! Italian!

I suspect this will mainly be useful for those of you who are either Italian yourselves or raising Italian children in the UK. But if you are planning on going on holiday to Italy these can also be useful to get by, for adults and children alike! 

I've put together a list of resources for different age groups, which will help you introduce Italian at home, should you wish to! 

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5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

It’s more difficult to plan a holiday when you’re pregnant. There are more restrictions than normal now you’re carrying a growing baby, plus your hormones will be all over the place.

However, there’s no need to worry if you want to take a holiday before your little one arrives. We’ve put together a list of five of the best places to visit as a pregnant traveller, so you can get some inspiration and start planning your trip today.

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What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

Some of you will be looking forward to the May Half Term holidays. Others will be dreading them! What to do with little ones for a whole week. How to keep them occupied and not bored or bickering.

How to stop it costing a fortune?! It can be tempting to book holiday clubs, but they can be expensive and some children will not want to be out all day, every day of their holidays. Mine are tired already! And you might actually want to see them too!

So how do you find a balance?

I asked lots of experts! Yes that means mothers! What they are planning this May Half Term and what they can recommend.

Have a read, we have got you covered!

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Summer events in Italy - Turin Epicurean Capital

Summer events in Italy - Turin Epicurean Capital

What is Turin Epicurean Capital?

Turin Epicurean Capital is a 3 day event in Turin, Italy. The year 2018 marks the 5th edition of the festival and it will take place from 20-22nd June. I organize the event to help promote Turin and shed some light on our beautiful royal city that is still pretty much under the radar despite most famous Italian brands and products being born right here.

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4 Italian cheeses to try this Summer

4 Italian cheeses to try this Summer

4 Italian cheeses to try this Summer

Who loves great meals with friends? Cheese, wine and conversation? I feel like the older I get the more I crave this than chocolate and dancing!

Before my children arrived I would head out into London with my girl friends for dinner and the highlight of our meal was always the cheese board and wine! 

Now I'm married to an Italian, cheese indulgence has taken on a new meaning! There are so many incredible varieties to try but where do you start and what can you pair them with? 

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How to hold a Royal Wedding Watching Party

How to hold a Royal Wedding Watching Party

How to hold a Royal Wedding Watching Party

You may have heard the rumour that there's a Royal Wedding this weekend!

Yes lovely Prince Harry is marrying actress Meghan Markle in a supposedly low key ceremony! Of course this is low key for Royal standards but really it's still a bit of a do!

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12 Perfect Italian Villa Holidays

12 Perfect Italian Villa Holidays

12 Perfect Italian Villa Holidays

Today we have a fantastic Guest Post from Jo Mackay, founder of Italian Villa rental company Bookings For You. Jo has kindly gathered together 12 beautiful villas which all suit different types of holidays. Have a read and find the perfect break for your family and friends. 

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How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta!

How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta!

How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta! 

I recently asked my Instagram followers if they would like to know more about how to cook pasta the Italian way. How to marry together a sauce and a pasta shape. Yes those pasta shapes are really made for different sauces not just because someone got creative in the kitchen one day! 

However before I get started I think if we're going to talk about how to cook pasta, first we should discuss quality. 

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Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Travel with kids can be brilliant too! There’s nothing better than seeing your little one’s eyes widen with wonder as they take off on a plane for the first time, or the joy that brightens their faces as they splash about in pools, build sandcastles and search for pretty shells on beaches.

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French Bilingual Children's Books - Week #14

French Bilingual Children's Books - Week #14

French Bilingual Children's Books

Bilingual Children - Week #14

This week on our Bilingual Children series I've decided to focus on the French language. 

Hopefully this will be useful as many families will have French as one of their home languages. However even if your family is monolingual this is one of the first languages English speaking children learn at school.

I've put together a list of resources for different age groups, which will help you introduce French at home, should you wish to! 

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