So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

 So you think you know who you are? Love your true DNA story

I’m sure many of you will feel you know exactly where your family origins lie. Maybe you’re aware of many interlocking layers of language, culture and nationality. Maybe you are convinced that you are 100% British/French/Chinese.

I love hearing stories passed down through families where one Grandma, like my own was convinced that there is a Spanish connection and no one. Not even her own Brother agrees! I always wonder how much of this is true?

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Beautiful handmade Halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

Beautiful handmade Halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

Beautiful handmade halloween costumes for sweet little ghosts

If you're looking for a safe, quality Halloween costumes this year, something made well, you can trust. Very soft and carefully crafted look no further!

Crafty Pear a beautiful children's handmade clothing company use quality fabrics, in amazing prints which can be worn again and again. They are made from cotton with sewn applique designs. If you can't find what you're looking for, tell them and they will make something for you!

You also have the satisfaction that you are supporting a small business created by two mums, working around their children. 

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The Reasons A Luxury Watch Needs To Be Your Next Big Fashion Spend

The Reasons A Luxury Watch Needs To Be Your Next Big Fashion Spend

The Reasons A Luxury Watch Needs To Be Your Next Big Fashion Spend

Your smart watch might be useful and fun, like the way it tracks your steps so you know how much exercise you are getting. And how it alerts you with incoming mail, so you’ll never miss your boss again.

But, what about lifestyle, luxury & joy?

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Achieve An Italian Styling With These 5 Beautiful Venetian Blinds

Achieve An Italian Styling With These 5 Beautiful Venetian Blinds

Achieve An Italian Styling With These 5 Beautiful Venetian Blinds

With the italians being well known for their wonderfully stylish interiors. The way that they accomplish this is by using soft furnishings and window dressings, with colours and styles that help to match their homes interior styling. Back in the 18th century Venetian traders discovered window blinds which were constructed using a number of horizontal slats which had the ability to be adjusted. Allowing or blocking out the light entering a room. They brought them back to Paris and Venice.

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7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

As you can imagine the kitchen is quite important in our house! It’s not always easy without a nonna to recreate all those freshly cooked pasta dishes and homemade gnocchi.

We definitely don’t have time for this amount of preparation! I’ve been searching for a while now for gadgets that give us the essence of being back in Italy without quite so much effort!

I recently stumbled upon LionsHome, a site which helps you find the most beautiful furnishings and accessories for living spaces. They offer inspiration on homes, gardens, DIY and have gathered together a myriad of practical products to discover.

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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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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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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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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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Protein Packed Pasta Alternative

Protein Packed Pasta Alternative

Protein Packed Pasta Alternative

Alternative pasta is a growing trend in the food industry at the moment. You may have seen some unusual colours making their way into the pasta aisle at the supermarket and wondered if you should give them a try.

As a family who consume a considerable amount of pasta we have also been dabbling in these new varieties!

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Ragu' or Bolognese?

Ragu' or Bolognese?

Ragu' or Bolognese?

In the UK we've all grown up with Spaghetti Bolognese thinking we were eating an authentic Italian dish! In general terms it's partially Italian but there are key differences! 

Ragu' alla bolognese which is the name of the meat sauce, is from Bologna. The Bolognese means something from Bologna. A local could say they are Bolognese, the same as my Husband is Milanese as he's from Milan.

It's served with tagliatelle not spaghetti. Spaghetti doesn't hold the thick sauce the way tagliatelle does. 

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