The Siblings Project {May 2018}

Whilst totally loving the brighter evenings, it's really giving me a headache at the moment because the boys just won't settle down in the evening until the sun starts to go down. They are driving us crazy and it's exhausting trying to get them to go to sleep before nine o'clock. Going to bed later means that they're tired in the morning, grumpy, have difficulty concentrating and listening when asked to do something, like get ready for school, eat breakfast etc!  It also means that Matteo and I hardly get any time to wind down after all the jobs are done in the house before it's time for bed for us.

Five Italian Words {Dolce Vita Bloggers}

When you've been learning and speaking a language for a long time there are certain words and phrases that stick out and embed themselves in your everyday life. Italian is such a beautiful language, it just sounds so lovely and flows off the tongue so well, two of the reasons I wanted to learn it.  For this blog post I've picked five Italian words/phrases that stand out for me.

Snapshots & Scenes from April 18

April was a bit of a strange month as it felt like it was split into two halves. We had the Easter holiday and lots of rest for the first two weeks and then back to the crazy school routine for the other two.  It has been great this month to have more light and I have felt like I have had more energy. With the boys being away I got to rest a lot but I also got lots done like painting our bedroom and the doors and door frames upstairs. I also got the house properly clean for the first time in a long time.

Kidlo Coding App – A Review

My boys love playing games and watching videos on the iPad although we limit their time on there and they probably only use it once or twice a week. When they were little we had a few educational games on there but they grew out of those so we deleted them. Now they just have a Lego game and a skiing game so when Kidlo asked us to try their coding app I was so pleased to get the boys to try something new and educational and to get them using the iPad for more than watching toy unboxing videos!

Me & Mine Project {April 18}

So just like that we're into May already!  The boys were in Italy for their Easter Holiday the first two weeks of April and the last two weeks have flown by because we have been back to school runs and normal routine.  If you read my Siblings Project post for April you'll know that it was tough for us being apart for so long even though we knew the boys were having a great time and were well looked after. It was amazing to be reunited though and to have them back home.

Extra Greens Pesto

We love pasta with pesto in this house. It's our staple, our go-to meal when we want something quick and easy to prepare, my super quick work lunch. The boys love it with tortellini or gnocchi, Matteo loves it with spaghetti.  When I started cutting out gluten and dairy about two years ago I worried that I would't be able to eat pesto anymore and if the dairy free alternatives would be tasteless.  Thankfully there are a few that are really nice, of which Sacla is my favourite and on my shopping list every week.  

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding

WordPress tells me that this is my 100th blog post so I wanted to make it a special one. One of the topics I haven't written about yet is breastfeeding. This is because it's a highly emotive subject, certainly for me and many others, and it's one of those topics that everyone has an opinion about.  I'm saving my breastfeeding journey for later but today I'm writing a post that I hope will be useful to both expectant and new parents and that will also be an interesting read for others.

How To Keep Your Car In The Best Condition Possible

Owning a car is a costly business. Insurance, road tax, MOT, servicing, repairs, petrol, it all adds up. We only have one car at our house and because I use it for work and the school runs, I am the one that drives it almost every day. When it comes to keeping the car clean and tidy, I'm not the best but in terms of routine maintenance I try my (with help from my partner) hardest to make sure that I keep on top of keeping the car at its best.

The Siblings Project {April 18}

What an amazing month these two have had. My two little travellers!  This month they've spent sixteen days away from home visiting Matteo's parents in Italy and his Sister in Germany. They've had a wonderful time and their Italian has come on loads. It's been tough on us being away from them for so long but knowing that they were happy and safe meant we were less worried about them.  Also knowing that they have always each other makes it easier.