My Italian Connection {Dolce Vita Bloggers}

So when did my connection to Italy begin? Most people think it began when I met Matteo in 2003 but actually it was quite a bit before that.  My first taste of Italy was as a teenager.  We stayed in Sorrento and visited Pompei and Capri.  Something about the people, the food and the language must have drawn me in as while I was doing my A levels I started teaching myself some language basics using an audio course.

How Do You Feel in Your Postpartum Body? – Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

Are you constantly tired? Excited and exhausted at the same time? Avoiding the mirror like the plague? Craving both cupcakes and your old jeans back? Every mum goes through a different emotional rollercoaster, but for the most part of the journey, the focus is on the little bundle of joy that you bring to this world. That, however, doesn’t mean that mums don’t need to go through a period of adaptation, in order to bond with the baby, embrace their changed physical appearance and find their inner femme fatale again.

Memories of words & events fade but the feelings stay with you forever

I go to the desk and am told that no one can help me tonight as they have staff off sick, so I go back to my room.  I start to panic as I struggle to get my head around feeding both babies by myself.  I feel so alone with such a huge responsibility, overwhelmed and struggling to come to terms with what has happened over the last few days.

Snapshots & Scenes from November 2017

I've loved putting this month's video together and I have to say it's my favourite video so far with some wonderful memories to look back on like going to Clip 'n Climb for the first time and singing Happy Birthday, plus I got some everyday moments documented like bedtime stories and getting ready for football.  We finished off the month with some Christmas magic, twinkly lights and meeting Santa. Click below to watch:

Me & Mine Project {November 17}

For the boy's birthday we decided to go to Clip 'n Climb Nottingham.  They really enjoyed it although it took Oliver a while to get his confidence up to let go and drop down.  Matteo wants to have a go if we go again.  We then went for a pub meal with my Mum & Dad and my brother and his girlfriend and then back home for tea and chocolate birthday cake.  The day of their birthday was a Monday so the boys were at school but they enjoyed being sung to and took raisins in for all their classmates.

Pass The Pigs Game **Giveaway**

You’ll be snorting with laughter if you play with these piggy games for Christmas. The original party animals, Pass the Pigs, use hilarious pigs for dice. Will you roll a sider or start makin' bacon? Having fun with friends, on the road entertainment, or just chilling out - the game is on for every pig in the parlour! Fantastic fun for the whole family, Pass the Pigs is so easy to play. Simply throw the 2 piggies up in the air and see how they land. Compare the pigs landing positions with your scorecard and earn points, the first to 100 wins.

My Five Favourite Products For Keeping Dry Skin At Bay In Winter

I have to admit I'm lazy with putting cream on my body as it's always cold coming out the shower and i just want to get straight in my pyjamas instead of putting some cold product on my skin but I have to keep it up if I want it to feel better.  I also avoid any products with SLS or parabens which can irritate and dry out the skin, concentrating on more natural toiletries.

My Christmas Wish List 2017

1. Sara Miller Travel Mug - I saw this quite a while ago but as my current mug is still working well and not leaking I haven't got round to buying it.  My Cath Kidston now is starting to look quite worn and has lost nearly all its design from being held every day.  I love the Flamingo design on this mug. She also has a cosmetic purse and pencil case in the same design that are lovely.

The Siblings Project {November 17}

The last four weeks have included Half Term.  The boys went to Nana and Grandad's for three days and enjoyed going swimming twice, jumping in and going down the big slide. I had the end of the week off so we had three days together and enjoyed a breakfast out in town, going to the cinema to see The Jungle Bunch and a trip to the garden centre for cake.  At the end of the week we carved pumpkins for halloween.  The boys drew a picture and asked me to transfer it on to their pumpkin.  You can see us picking the pumpkin in last month's Siblings project post here.