How To Choose A Husband

There is no such thing as ‘The Perfect Husband’ because perfection doesn’t hang around with humans. There is no such thing as a universal good husband, just like there is no universal key for every lock in the world (sexual innuendo not intentional). Although every woman needs a husband suited to her, there are still…

Beauty Fades, Kindness Stays

My grandmother had been a very beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, by the time I was born (and she was only 46) the battering of a lifetime’s worth of sunshine and seas salt had etched deep wrinkles in her face. But the Sicilian proverbs she had inherited from her own grandmother were also etched in her…

You Can Only Fit In A Weekend What You Can Do In 2 Days

The easiest way to feel down at the end of a weekend is to plan too many things and not be able to do them all. According to new research, we’re far happier spending 30£ on a cleaner than on a new pair of shoes (assuming we’ve already got all the shoes we actually need)….

How To Argue With People Less Wise Than You (i.e. teens)

Conflicts are important because they can lead to solutions, treaties and hugs (always welcome here). But arguing well is a skill that needs regular practice. The following guide is for arguments between you and somebody less wise than you, i.e. a teenager. It’s not meant for controversies with small children, though. Disputes with jumping-up-and-down-toddlers with…

The Bikini Test

We Italians spend lots of time and energy getting our bodies ready for the infamous ‘bikini test’. With 3400 km of coastline, most Italian end up on the beach at some point or other during the summer. I remember looking at shop windows and saying to myself: “I’ll buy that swim suit and get rid…

Are You A ‘Claire’?

I can’t count the times I’ve set off for the high street in search of sensible, flattering clothes and returned home empty-handed, with the suspicion that there was something wrong with me. How else could it be that, with all that bountiful array on parade in all the shop windows, I couldn’t find anything suitable?…

Love is…

Maybe you haven’t got a giant nose and don’t need sunscreen to protect it: a hat will suffice. Maybe your nose is so dainty that you don’t even need a hat: your quiff is enough. Or maybe you’ve already applied sunscreen yourself. Whatever your nose’s status, what are the little gestures that, perhaps in an…

Do you know how to use public footpaths?(Totally free!)

I’m really passionate about this topic because I think that many people are missing out on a great opportunity to have fun and stay healthy without spending a penny. Walking in the countryside or among greenery has been proven to improve physical and mental health, fighting anxiety and depression. Still,  when I walk in the…

Pesto with bacon and broad beans (and a little disaster)

Serendipity sometimes brings scientists to discover potent medicines, musicians to conjure heart-wrenching tunes, and mamas to concoct new recipes. It’s when you’re desperate to use up the stuff in your fridge before going on a holiday that you feel adventurous enough to try something silly, steeped in the knowledge that you can justify the inevitable…

7 things you should do before becoming a mama

Hello, This is a guest post I wrote two weeks ago for Cheila, of Pink for Days:   “I bet she’s going to say “save up”, “party hard” and “travel a lot”,’ I can hear you thinking. But I’m not going to say these things because they’re obvious. We all know that you can’t go…