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“La Vendemmia” – The Italian Vintage

A few days ago I wrote about how I'm becoming an Italian homebody, preferring to stay close to home as opposed to going very far.  We've actually been up to so much in October and November that I haven't had time to share it all, even though it means a lot to me.   I realize that they are so many difficulties to moving abroad (especially if you already have a family) that often the positives get overshadowed.  I wanted to dedicate this week to all of the simple yet incredible things I've done together with my son over the last few weeks to inspire newcomers to fully embrace living in Italy.... specifically in Emilia Romagna.   I think Modena is a stay at home mom's paradise (wrote about that here)!  So before you get too focused on the fact that the buses are always late, the trains are always filthy, it takes at least 5 visits to 5 different government offices to get any documents or even find out which documents you need....don't forget:   YOU'RE IN ITALY ... ENJOY LIFE!     La Vendemmia   This is the second year in a row that I have gone grape picking with my son in the countryside, to read about our first experience I wrote about it here.    If someone had told me 10 years ago that one day I would be walking through a vineyard in Italy holding my toddler's hand picking grapes, I would have told them...."wow you know
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Becoming an Italian Homebody

I think I'm becoming an Italian "homebody".  By Italian standards, that doesn't mean that I stay home all the time, but rather I don't leave the confines of my city. ...
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Online shopping for Prescription Glasses – Real Mom Street Style

A while back, I was contacted by the people at, an online eyewear store, to receive a free pair of prescription glasses and review the brand.   My glasses ...
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Pushing the Boundaries – An oversized scarf….sort of

I mentioned yesterday that I met this super stylish mom in the town of Vignola, which is in the Modena region and only 25 minutes away from where I live. ...
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Soft as Silk

The Reason I Dressed   I mentioned yesterday that I went to a little local street fair on Sunday evening.  The street vendors were basically the same shops that line ...

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