Guest Post – Best Italian Destinations To Visit This Summer

Summer is on its way and there are so many destinations that everyone should visit in their lifetime. With so many options it might be difficult to narrow the search for the best location down. However, Italy is bound to be a favourite amongst the general population. Everyone knows the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum in Rome, but here are some little known Italian treasures.


Cefalù may not be the most well-known tourist destinations but this does not mean that it is not worthy of being seen as one of the best Italian escapes. Even though it is widely regarded on the smaller side of things, Cefalù has a lot of different landscapes to offer and there are a lot of things to see to satisfy every member of the family.

Best Italian Destinations To Visit This Summer - Cefalu

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Wellbeing and DNA Testing IamYiam

Wellbeing and DNA Testing

Are you interested in wellbeing and improving your health? Me too… But what can we do about it? This blog post is meant to give you a slightly different perspective on the concept of healthy living.

It’s not just healthy eating that matters. It’s about learning more about your own body. Do I know my body, do I know what it actually needs? Maybe not. I try to eat and do what feels best, but is it enough? How to understand my body and mind better and get an expert advice on my nutrition and activity needs? Here is the answer you may have been searching for – DNA testing by I am Y i am, the easy way to evaluate your wellbeing and set particular goals based on your uniqueness.

Wellbeing and DNA Testing IamYiam

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Hello Again from Simply Marina

Hello Again

Hello again, my dear readers!

This is not exactly a blog post – parenting, family, expat or whatsoever. Neither is it a recipe or book review. I just wanted to say ‘Hi again’ to all of you who happen to stop by and read my stuff. Thank you for that, I deeply appreciate it.

If you’ve been wondering where I have been for the last few weeks (and my tiny little ego hopes that some of you have been wondering lol), the answer is quite prosaic – I was at home, our new home. Yeap, we moved home last month. Huge heaps of belongings waiting for me to pack and unpack, organising things, etc., etc. You know how it is, pretty stressful. Even if your new home is not so far away from the previous one. At least, my boy didn’t have to change school. He loves being at that school with his friends, so we thought it would be better for him to keep going there for now.

Family, home, love

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How To Set Up Your Site with Bluehost

OK, this is another blog post you would not normally see on my blog. How to set up your site – an easy step-by-step guide explaining what more you could do with your site by choosing the best web hosting, Bluehost. I am definitely not a tech-savvy person, but don’t worry, this guide has been created with the help of Bluehost professionals.

Recently, I have come across a number of posts by bloggers who have decided to go self-hosted and also use Bluehost. I’ve been considering this step of my blogging journey for some time but honestly, I haven’t mustered up enough courage yet. If you’re not like me and you’re ready to go pro, you may wish to read further.

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Guest Post – Ultimate Guide to Baby Carriers

Mummies and Daddies, a baby post on the blog! As my boy is no longer a baby, this is not a blog post you would normally see on Simply Marina. But I hope it could help other parents or parents-to-be who stop by here. I’d like to thank Mark Anderson from for this useful piece. 

What do you think a Baby Carrier is?

Many people think it’s just a bag to carry babies. But there is a lot more to it.

There are various significant factors that pertain to it, which makes it special!

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Ginger, Lemon & Honey Jar

Ginger, Lemon & Honey Jar

We all know about the benefits of lemon water. A glass of warm water and fresh lemon juice in the morning is said to be extremely good for our health. It boosts your energy levels, helps to improve digestion and most importantly, it is used to detox the body and aid liver function.

If you don’t mind squeezing a fresh lemon early in the morning and prepare this healthy drink, that’s amazing. I have tried and tried, but I must admit, I can’t be that consistent (a Gemini, you know). Besides, I don’t want to give up my morning cup of coffee. Still, I want to kick start the day as healthy as possible. This is the reason I chose an alternative – ginger, lemon and honey.

Ginger, Lemon & Honey Jar

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My Plan for 2017 is… No Plans

My Plan for 2017 is No Plans_Simply Marina

I can’t believe this is coming out of my mouth (in this case, my hand) but yes, 2017 will be the year of NO plans. I am a person who always makes plans, plans for pretty much everything – from the family’s dinners to moving house. Not this time, not this year. While many bloggers seem to be setting goals and writing them down on their blogs (I actually admire them), I am thinking of changing my own mindset.

Living in an everyday chaos and jumble has been a terrifying thing for me even since I can remember. Not having a plan, not organising my time, not getting things done the way they should be – oh, how daunting it all sounds! But I think the insane pedant in me must be silenced. The pursuit of perfection must be ceased. Because perfection doesn’t exist. It’s time for a new approach.

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Avocado and Beetroot Salad_Simply Marina

Beetroot and Avocado Salad

The Christmas holiday is over, so are the huge amounts of food. Life is getting back to normal. That means my diet needs to go back to normal, too. It’s time for more salads and low-calorie meals. My partner and I love having a salad for dinner. They are tasty, fresh and can really make you feel full without the guilt of overeating.

Avocado and Beetroot Salad_Simply Marina

If you embrace healthy food and veggies, then I have a suggestion you may like: Beetroot and avocado salad. You might have come across two similar salad recipes on the blog. Well, I can’t help it as I totally love both avocado and beetroot. Besides, this salad is so easy to prepare and makes the perfect dinner for anyone trying to keep their weight off.

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Merry Christmas from Simply Marina

Merry Christmas from Simply Marina

It’s Christmastime already. I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, cosy and joyful.

Our little family of three is celebrating on our own. This is one of the frustrations of being an expat – there are people you miss badly at Christmas, people who are still there, in the homeland, and you desperately want to give them a hug, to talk to them in the snugness of your own home, the home you have spent so many Christmases. Well, nostalgia will never cease.

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