The Bikini Test

Originally posted on The Sicilian Mama:
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…

How To Be More Attractive

Originally posted on The Sicilian Mama:
In movies, the ugly heroes/-ines turn into stunning beauties just by changing outfit and ditching their bottle-thick glasses. The actors haven’t changed, they’ve just switched to ‘acting attractive’ (and wearing better make-up). If they can make themselves more attractive, can we too? Attractive is as attractive does. Act attractive…

How to survive family gatherings

Originally posted on The Sicilian Mama:
Family gatherings aren’t always the pleasant, heart-warming occasions they’re pictured to be. These are some of the reasons: The nosy parker. When you were little, Uncle Jack always asked about your school grades. Later, he often spared you the trouble of introducing your new boyfriend to the family (“Who…

There’s a Solution to Everything

Originally posted on The Sicilian Mama:
‘There’s a solution to everything, except death,’ goes an Italian proverb (A tutto c’è rimedio, tranne alla morte). My Grandma used to repeat it to me every time I despaired about something. Below you’ll find some remedies to common problems. Problem Solution Constipation Sicilian remedy: stewed apple Diarrhoea Sicilian…

How To Argue With Your Partner

Originally posted on The Sicilian Mama:
Move away from fragile items. Stick to the original topic. If your started off about dirty laundry and, after a while, you find yourselves arguing over money, unless you’ve mentioned a launderette along the way, you’ve gone off topic. Mentioning in-laws, each other’s friends or pets grants an instant…

Why Would I Want To Write A Book?

Carissimi Friends, I’m taking my foot off the pedal of blogging for a couple of months because I’m busy writing a novel. Why would I (or anyone) want to write a novel? To be rich? – No. It’d be more likely by playing the lottery To be famous – No. YouTube would work better To…

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…

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)….

Awards time!

Hi! I didn’t think you would be interested in what I do, like and… mess up, but two very sweet bloggers, Cheila from Pink For Days  and Mrs S LDN nominated me for these awards, so I owe it to them to write this post (thank you girls! I’m chaffed that you’ve chosen little me!)…

“Are you a good driver?” Test

Why do I keep going on about driving? Because, unless we live in a large city with good public transports, we spend ages behind the steering wheel. Also, as soon as we become parents, we turn into the kids’ default taxi service. So let’s see if we are up to… speed with our driving. Have…