Our Favourite Italian Recipe – Ragu or Carbonara? {Dolce Vita Bloggers}

We get through so much pasta on a weekly basis in our house. Pesto is our favourite for a quick family meal on a school night but when we have people round for dinner we always do one of the same two recipes.  One is a Classic Ragu Bolognese from The Chiappa Sister's book "Simply Italian" and the other is a Courgette Carbonara from Jamie Oliver's book "Jamie at Home".  I've made these over and over again over the past few years and we never get tired of them so why not have a go and let me know which one you prefer?

Five Tips to Get Your Little One A Perfect Night of Sleep – Guest Post by Trysh Sutton

Unless you were blessed with a child who just magically drifts off to sleep each night, you have likely asked the question, “How do I get my child to sleep at night?” Most parents do. In fact, sleep is one of the most common concerns parents have for their children, and it can be a tricky issue to sort out. If you’re one of the many parents struggling to get more sleep – for you and your child – this quick guide will help your family tremendously.

Snapshots & Scenes from August 18

 Oh August, the boys have loved you so much! What a wonderful time they had in Italy. 25 days in total and I got to share seven there with them.  I was not ready to come back home at all!  I'm always a bit sad at the beginning of September because it means that summer is coming to an end but there are lots of lovely things to remember. We spent a lot of time apart this month but I'm happy the boys have had such a great experience and their Italian has definitely improved. 

Snapshots & Scenes from July 18

I'm so late publishing this post this month. The first half of August seems to have disappeared in minutes and with the boys being away I've been a bit distracted and this post has gotten delayed which is a shame as I love putting together these rounds ups of our photos and creating a little video each month.  Our main highlight of July was our weekend away in Bridlington where we had amazing weather and so much fun by the sea.  We also celebrated the milestone of the boys finishing Year 1.

Snapshots & Scenes from June 18

 June was a really lovely month for us. I felt like we spent a lot of time outside and it has been good for the boys to be out in the garden instead of being on the tablet or watching tv. We've eaten outside, read books outside, played tennis, badminton and frisbee.  I think the highlight of the month for me was Ethan losing his first tooth. It felt like such a milestone and he already has the big one growing behind.

Me & Mine Project {June 18}

June has gone by in a blur of school runs, swimming lessons, karate, football practice, work. We've had some fantastic weather and are in the middle of a heat wave at the moment.  I love the warm weather but on the other hand, if you've followed my Instagram or Facebook page, you'll know that we've been having a tough time getting the boys to settle down to sleep at night.

Me & Mine Project {May 18}

 May has been so busy.  I must say it every month but this month really has flown by. We were all so ready for a bit of a break.  We have had trouble getting the boys to bed in the evening which has lead to them being grumpy and tired in the mornings. It all came to a head last week with me feeling tired, emotional, hormonal and stressed and I started with a migraine which then lasted six days.  I'm glad to say that over the last few days I have felt much better, more relaxed and less anxious.  Thank goodness for half-term and a week off work.  We have enjoyed some fantastic weather this month so we have tried to make the most of it as this might be our summer and June, July and August could be terrible!