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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mother’s day

Happy mother’s day to all you wonderful moms out there 🙂


This day has been  bittersweet for me for the last 7 years … a special message to my mom …
I miss you and I wish I could hear your voice and chat with you especially today… even though I talk to you all the time … I wish I could hear you answer me.


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mommy day

I want to wish all you mommies a very happy mommy day!

I hope your little ones drew and wrote you sweet notes… whispered I love yous in your ears and gave you great big hugs and kisses!

and a very special happy mothers day to my mom … I miss you like crazy and I think of you every day

my mom and me

my mom and me as a baby



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Jade’s TED talk

I have mentioned Jade Beall in  this  previous post

And she did a Ted Talk about body diversity… and it really resonates with me… on so many levels. Having survived anorexia as a teenager … and having become a mom. Her words and her pictures really speak to my soul.

here is her talk

we need more people like this changing views in the world… views about people, animals and the earth 🙂

thanks Jade!




flashback friday… Pietracatella

My mom was from a very small town in the mountains of Campobasso (Molise, Italy)


I spent endless hours sitting on the stoop in front of my grandparents home, collecting all the snails that crawled by and playing hide and seek and tag with the kids.

mom's house

these pictures were taken in 2006… but I swear it looks exactly as it did when I visited every summer of my childhood … it has the gift of staying frozen in time …

village of pietracatella

town of pietracatella

house top view

this is a beautiful view of the surrounding area

view of hills Pietracatella