Sweet Bella Vita

a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )

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I have 2 kids that love to create art, and I mostly just supply material and let them do whatever they want. I do sometimes initiate a project; but I like it more when they come up with their own creative stuff.

My 8 year old loves to make his own comic books … and he makes pop up art, kind of like 3D.

This was a really easy and neat paper bag creation …


I also love taking them to art workshops where they work on a project. 

This was our most recent one …

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Also check out my fellow Canadian homeschool bloggers and their posts on Art here!


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Florence…il duomo

Please see my post on Florence here 🙂 and my 1st and 2nd top places to visit


Lastly, you can’t go to Florence and not visit the famous “Il Duomo di Firenze” (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) … my kids were blown away with the size of it and the ceiling inside is incredible. The ceiling was painted between 1572 and 1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari. I could have stared at it for hours, the detail is magnificent!


I tried to capture different angles of it … but it is so big … difficult to do !


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Florence…Piazza della Signoria

Please see my first post about Florence here 🙂  and my 1st favourite place to see here 🙂

My 2nd favourite is…


Piazza della Signoria and Piazzale degli Uffizi and the area around it


It is amazing… full of incredible sculptures / statues that my kids thought were incredible.


my oldest was so excited as he recognized so many of the names on the sculptures.

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I really want to say that I loved florence and I want to say it is gorgeous and stunning and stop there … but Florence is a tourist destination and I really dislike touristy spots.


I took the kids there as I had never been and honestly was curious to see what all the hype was about.


I went in October thinking there would be not many tourists. I was wrong … there were a lot of tourists. Also there were too many street vendors selling stuff like selfie sticks and constantly asking people to buy one :/


I also found the local store owners in the historical area of florence rather rude; regardless if I spoke english to them, and they thought I was from another country; or, spoke Italian, and they thought I lived somewhere in Italy; I got the same impression.


Having said that… the availability of organic food in Florence was nice. We rented a nice airbnb which was literally a 90 second walk from an awesome organic food store (where they were really nice). And it took us about 15 minutes to get to the center of florence by tram; so that was really nice as cars are not allowed to enter the historical center. The kids and I really liked the tram, it was really simple to take, fast and I felt really safe.


Those are love locks in the picture above. People put them there as an eternal symbol of their love. They are never supposed to be taken down. I didn’t see too many around Florence but just a few here and there 🙂 

Putting aside the tourists and the rude store owners; Florence is really nice to visit. And if you like art; even the slightest bit; then it is the city to see!


Stay tuned for my top 3 places in florence that my kids and myself really enjoyed in my next posts 🙂


The covered bridge (pictured above)  is called “Ponte Vecchio”. It looks lovely from far. We walked through it thinking there was going to be some cafes (bars) somewhere nice to sit or something else, but we were stunned to see it was full of jewelry stores along it on both sides. There must have been 40 or 50 of them it seemed like.  I question how they can possibly stay in business when all the competition is right there  :/





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5 days of Canadian field trips… day 4

We have been having a crappy summer … lots of rain and very cool with a few exceptions

A creative and indoor outing is to a ceramic art studio


They are all over the place now … I think it is a new trend


If you have kids that like painting or being creative this is a great afternoon outing especially on a rainy day 🙂



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educating the heart through nature art

My friend Marghanita Hughes had a contest giveaway a while back and I won some of her beautiful art work.

For those of you that know me and know  how passionate I am about elephants you could imagine my excitement when I opened up my mail and found these…


This one in particular is my favourite


She is a very talented wonderful artist. She offers workshops and even has a shop with the cutest dolls and stories  to encourage children to interact with nature 🙂 and I absolutely love reading about her amazing nature art creations.

Go check her out here at http://www.marghanita.com/ “Educating the heart through nature art”

and here is her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marghanita.hughes




clay is fun and messy ;)

We went to art studio last week

and the kids got their hands on clay …


there was a paint splatter room …apparently they have had about 500 + paint parties for the walls to look like this:

I want a room like this in my house!!!