Vivere come un italiano…

…to live like an Italian. And this, befittingly, is exactly what you will do when you travel to Italy with Virginia Jeeves, editor of La Vita, on one of her bespoke tours of Italy. Growing up in an Italian household, Virginia was always spoken to in 'la bella lingua',...

Spicy Plum Sauce

Spicy Plum Sauce I hope you are enjoying your summer and taking advantage to the fact we live in an amazing place full of fruit and the  plums are going crazy!  Everywhere I look there seems to be ripe plums!  Our trees did well this year so I decided to make a bit...

Fun for kids – Lemonade Stand

Fun for kids - Lemonade Stand A lemonade stand is a great opportunity for your kids to work on their money skills, but it’s also a good opportunity for them to make a difference this summer.  Work with your children to choose a charity that they really care about, and...

Jar pumps up Radio Sound

Jar pumps up Radio Sound “Transistor radios produce a deeper, more melodious tone when placed speaker-down on top of an open fruit jar.” This worked in February 1961. And it works today for an...

Cleaning Windows Mistakes

Cleaning Windows Mistakes Washing your windows is the sort of annoying chore that you want to get right the first time. To make sure you only have to tackle this project once, note these common mistakes before you start spraying and wiping. 1. You choose a sunny day....

Kitchen Odor No More

Kitchen Odor No More 1. Combat cooking fumes. Try this to erase the scent of yesterday’s broiled fish: In a saucepan, mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 cup of water, and boil for several minutes. Vinegar is acidic and odors are alkaline, so the former will...

Set your Table like a Stylist

Set your Table like a Stylist 1. A tablecloth is the foundation for a beautiful table setting. So having a good arsenal is important. New ones, vintage ones, ones that have been passed down, they all immediately elevate a meal. Even if it’s just the family sitting...

Christmas Chimney

Christmas Chimney If you find yourself lacking in the fireplace department come this Christmas, fill the spot with this lovely chalkboard hearth instead. It’s a DIY mantle to hang stockings on (and a chimney for Santa to shimmy down) — and it couldn’t be simpler to...

Just Who is in Control of my Garden?

Just Who is in Control of my Garden? Yup…it is all about growing organic food, eating organic food yet finding economical ways to do so while still keeping some money in the bank! My small plot in Waihi has interesting corners of garden that face different ways to the...

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