Awards

Bellissimamma Nominated For The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

I am so thrilled to announce that I got nominated for the Liebster Award! I am very grateful for the nomination, Angelica Arias of The Peachee Pear Blog!

The Liebster Award
The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers who like your blog’s content and have found it inspirational. It is a fantastic way to encourage a blogger by saying, “You deserve this award for your hard work and dedication”. This also gives the readers an opportunity to get to know the blog author.

Nominated by The Peachee Pear

I was nominated by Angelica of The Peachee Pear. Angelica absolutely loves to cook and develop new healthy recipes for her family. Visit her blog to read her amazing recipes! She hopes to inspire other parents to make homemade baby food and healthy meals for their families. Her mission is to make your path to a healthy lifestyle a little easier and fun!

To accept this nomination there are a few rules you have to follow:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave you the award.
  2. Answer the 11 Questions that the blogger gave you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of the exciting news!
  5. Give them 11 new Questions for them to answer as well.

This is really fun! Below are my answers, random facts, my nominees and the 11 questions I came up with for them.

11 Questions…

  1. What is one thing you have learned from blogging? I learned about SEO and connecting with other bloggers through Facebook groups and linky parties!
  2. Are you intimidated by anything? Yes, I am intimidated by old women with loud voices! I can be easily affected when someone talks too loud.
  3. If you could interview a famous person in history (dead or alive) and ask any questions, who would it be? I would love to talk to Jesus Christ in the flesh!
  4. If you had unlimited funds, what would you do in life? I would definitely travel all over the world with my family, one country per month.
  5. What is one place in the world you would like to travel to? I would love to go to Greece.
  6. What is your favorite millennial/hipster trendy food? Anything off of a food truck (and it has to be fried)!
  7. What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy Sunday? Watch Netflix and chill with my hubby
  8. Four Seasons or permanent warm weather? Four Seasons, definitely.
  9. Backstreet Boys or Nsync? Backstreet Boys!
  10. What book should I read right now and why? You should read Less Is More by Domonique Bertolucci to read tips on how to live a simple and happy life.
  11. Where do you see yourself in the future as a blogger? I see myself blogging about more places we have traveled to as a family!

11 Random Facts About Bellissimamma

  1. I lived in Virginia for five years as a cultural exchange teacher.
  2. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines.
  3. My husband was my college sweetheart.
  4. My favorite scent is Nectarine Blossom by Jo Malone.
  5. I have two little boys named Leon and Lucas.
  6. My family lived in a restored farmhouse in Siena, Tuscany for six months.
  7. I am still trying to learn how to speak Italian.
  8. In 2008, I won a reality TV show contest called “You Have A Job” (May Trabaho Ka).
  9. In This Is Us, I can relate to Rebecca’s character even though I sometimes find her so annoying.
  10. My husband and I like to cook together.
  11. I love sashimi with soy sauce and mayonnaise.

My Nominees are…

  1. Ki’s Chronicles
  2. Messy Cutting Board
  3. Marjie’s Simple Word
  4. The Mindful MD Mom
  5. Team Pancakes
  6. Modular Gold
  7. Hooray For Coffee
  8. All The While In Style
  9. In Search of Sukoon
  10. Nurturing Family and Self
  11. Wish Me

My 11 Questions For The Nominees…

  1. What do you like about blogging?
  2. What do you hate about blogging?
  3. Why did you start a blog?
  4. What tips can you give to new bloggers?
  5. Where do you usually go to have fun?
  6. Which is your favorite part of your house?
  7. What is your comfort food?
  8. What is your favorite Netflix show?
  9. Who is your style inspiration?
  10. How do you see yourself in the future?
  11. What is your greatest dream?

I really enjoyed doing this! Finally, please check out the blogs I nominated…they have amazing content!

Baci,

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Lifestyle, Little Kids, travel, Traveling With Kids

Traveling to Pisa With Little Ones

Ciao! I am Bellissimamma, and thanks for dropping by! I am a mamma to two little ones, Leon and Lucas. We are an expat family living in Italy. Read my blog post on visiting The Leaning Tower of Pisa with a baby and a toddler.

Have you ever been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa? If you are planning to visit Italy’s most famous landmark with little kids, well…it’s no Pisa cake!

Traveling with kids is always extra hard, but with a bit of practice and hopefully, by reading my blog, you will be able to make the most out of your trip!

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Traveling to Pisa
Travel to Pisa with Kids

Before I tell you about my family’s trip to Pisa, let me give you a little backstory. My family used to live in the United States before we moved back to the Philippines. In the Philippines, I gave birth to my second son, Lucas. Five months later, we moved to Italy. During the time when we were not sure if our plan to move to Italy is going to push through, we took a picture with a fake Leaning Tower. This one was taken inside one of Manila’s malls. Please try not to laugh!

Anyway, once we arrived in Italy, I could not wait to finally go to the real one!

Traveling to Pisa

Whenever my family travels, we try to keep things as simple as possible. That means that we don’t try to do so many things in one day. For our trip to Pisa, we just wanted to go to three main attractions: 1) Keith Haring’s Mural (1989), 2) The Leaning Tower and the 3) Pisa Cathedral. We took the train from Siena to Pisa. I recommend taking the train because 1) the seats are comfortable, 2) there is a restroom inside that you can use for free (public toilets are usually not free in Italy), 3) there is free Wi-fi, and 4) there are coffee machines and vending machines on board. All the main attractions are within walking distance from the train station. Also, remember to have your tickets validated before boarding the train. If you choose to fly to Pisa, it has its own international airport (Galileo Galilei).

We brought with us a light-weight umbrella stroller (try the Brevi stroller) because you will be doing a lot of walking once you get there. I recommend using a detachable stroller organizer such as The Merry Milestones Stroller Organizer to keep your diapers and wipes. We also used the Ergobaby carrier to carry my little Lucas. I like this brand because of its ergonomic design.

 

Our Photos

Pisa is a major tourist trap so be aware of your surroundings! There are plenty of signboards that will tell you the directions to reach the tower (Torre di Pisa). Our first stop was Keith Haring’s Mural:

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After taking some photos of the mural, we then proceeded to the Torre di Pisa. There you will find lots of people trying to get the “perfect shot”. It is really funny seeing all those tourists making wacky poses (myself included) in front of the tower. If you have little kids with you, try not to spend so much time taking the perfect shot. It will never happen! Just enjoy the moment. I am telling you this because I did the opposite. I was stressing out over the fact that my kids won’t stop moving. Leon also does not like to smile for pictures! Lucas was overwhelmed with everything that was going on. So, in the end, we were not able to get the “perfect shot”! But, I was pretty happy with the way our pictures turned out. Sometimes you just have to keep it real!

There is a large garden area by the Leaning Tower so we let Leon run around before heading back to the train. The Piazza dei Miracoli, the green space that’s home to the Leaning Tower and the Pisa Cathedral, is the perfect place for your kids to run around. We did not climb the tower anymore because the line was too long. Plus, it would be very difficult for us to carry the kids to the top. We will have to do that some other time. The Pisa Cathedral is also very close to the tower and is also very nice.

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After taking our photos at the main attractions, we hurried back to catch the late afternoon train to Siena. We were still pretty tired after that trip but it was worth it!

Have you been to The Leaning Tower of Pisa or do you often travel with little kids? Share your story in the comments section!

Abbraci e baci,

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Giveaways

Giveaway: A Dozen Cupcakes by Cupcake Matters

A Sweet Treat Just For You!

First, are you ready for some exciting news? If you are a dessert lover, then I have a sweet surprise just for you. I teamed up with Cupcake Matters for an exciting giveaway! Do you know that you could win a dozen lip-smacking chocolate cupcakes with funfetti sprinkles? Wouldn’t it be nice to share this sweet treat with your friends? Or better yet, bring this yummy pasalubong home to your loved ones!

Now is your chance to win this amazing prize! Enter Bellissimamma’s Giveaway for a chance to win a box of these delectable cupcakes by Cupcake Matters!

Next, read the terms and conditions:

  1. The recipient of the cupcakes must be a resident of Metro Manila, Philippines.
  2. The winner should be willing to meet up in Ayala/ BGC/ Makati to pick up your prize.
  3. You must have an active Instagram account.
  4. The giveaway ends on April 24, 2018.
  5. The winner will be announced on Bellissimamma’s Facebook Page. Please like and follow facebook.com/thebellissimamma for updates!

Next, click this link to join the Cupcake Matters giveaway :

 

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