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nº 2 The Secret Garden of…

Mariangela from Moms About Town

Tocoto Vintage meets Mariangela
(Owner of Moms About Town blog with her children Olivia 7 and Antonio 6)

Tell us a little bit about yourself
I live in Milano with my husband and 2 kids, Olivia (aged 7) and Antonio (aged 6). I left the South of Italy many years ago to attend University in Milano, fell in love with this town and decided to stay.
This city basically gave me some of the most precious things I have: my family, my best friends and the life I love.
We live the city to the fullest: go to art exhibitions and to concerts and shows dedicated to children (Milan has a lot to offer). In winter we usually leave town every weekend to go to ski on the mountains close by: skiing is something all the family loves and we love to do it together.

My third child is my blog www.momsabouttown.it that was born a few months after Antonio. That’s the place where I share my thoughts about motherhood (in an ironic way) and tips on family friendly destinations and activities.

What do you do work wise?
When I am not running after my kids, riding them to football or ballet classes on our cargo bike I am a PR consultant and copywriter for luxury and lifestyle brands. But I am also a digital content creator and blogger. I used to work in fashion but when my second child turned 1 I decided to quit my full time job to be more flexible and dedicate more time to the kids.

Has your job changed since having children? How? Why did you make those changes?
I loved my job as a PR travelling the world and organizing fashion shows but when I had my kids my priorities changed: I started to feel the urge to be with them, not delegating their education to nannies.
Though I couldn’t imagine my life as a full time housewife and mom so I decided to go freelance, to find a balance between my life as a mother and worker. This new set up definitely makes me happy and complete.

How do you start your day?
The family wakes up at 7. My husband makes breakfast for the kids while I prepare their clothes to wear for the day and check their school stuff. I then bring the kids to school.

How do you end your day?
After putting my kids to bed I have dinner with my husband and end my day sipping a tea watching an episode from one of my favourite series curled up on the couch with my hubby.

What is the most precious part of the day to you?
I really love to pick up my children from school and listen to their stories about their day. I also love to bring them to their afternoon activities and seeing them glow with passion for what they do: Olli loves ballet and Antonio dreams about being the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

How do you balance work with family life? I usually dedicate the whole morning and early afternoon to my work. Then my attention is only for the kids. I make sure they never see me with my smartphone on my hand though if I have to take a phone call or reply to an urgent email I hide from them for a couple of minutes.

What values do you hope to in still in your children? I would like to teach them to be self-confident, humble and kind with others. I believe those values make great people.

What do you look for in children’s clothes? If you have more than one child does it differ from child to child?
They have to be comfortable (especially the boys clothes!) and made with natural fabrics. Olli is a ‘young lady’: she likes dresses and feminine stuff so I hardly have her wearing pants while Antonio is a sporty and energetic little boy, so I get him comfy and strong stuff.

Are there any items that you buy for your children every season? What are they and why?
Shoes and underwear along with a few pieces for the weekend: girly clothes for Olli and chinos and sweatshirts for Antonio. They wear a school uniform during the week.

Do you remember having a favourite outfit as a child? What was it?
I remember this pair of red corduroy pants my parents bought me at Galeries Lafayette during a trip to Paris. I just loved them and would wear them all the time.

Tell us about your favourite little garden or hideaway
My favourite little garden in Milano is a precious spot not many people know as it hides behind this noble house called Casa degli Atellani, right across the street from Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper painting is kept. This garden contains a little vineyard that belonged to Leonardo da Vinci himself. It is lush and very evocative. Sometimes you see this big Persian cat that belongs to the people that actually live at Casa degli Atellani, walking through the hydrangeas plants and the rooms.

What are your children’s favourite toys? Antonio loves playing with cars and could spend hours kicking a ball (…even in the living room!); Olivia likes to draw, doing puzzles and play with her doll’s house.

What was your favourite toy or pastime as a child? Do you still have it? I loved playing with Barbie dolls and did it until I was 12! I still have my ‘vintage’ barbies with their clothes and accessories and Olivia still plays with them.

What has surprised you most about motherhood?
You basically forget the tough times very easily but hardly forget the tinest sweetest things related to your kids.

What have you found to be the most challenging part of motherhood?
And what has been the most rewarding?
The most challenging part was when my kids were very small: since they are also very close in age (1 year) it was like having twins…with almost the same needs at the same time. It was exhausting…
While the most rewarding part is seeing them growing as individuals, learning the lessons and messages you teach them. And now that my kids are not toddlers anymore it’s nice they are so close in age as they play together a lot and have similar interests.

Please choose your 3 favourite pieces from Tocotó’s new collection and gives us a few words about why you like each one.
The tricot cardigan is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen….it fully represents Olli’s essence: feminine, sweet, dreamy. I also love the corduroy pants for boys as they are super soft and comfy. The ivory flowery dress, as it is pretty and romantic.

Folllow: @momsabouttown
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