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La Tela is brand-new! Design by Alex Bendiken

Mar 21, 2016

Six months ago La Tela became trilingual. Since then it’s grown so much that my lovely and talented husband decided it was time to switch me away from Squarespace—that was making blogging a pain in the behind more than a pleasurable hobby.

What I didn’t know is that he was going to make it all better and absolutely gorgeous—with Oliver’s help as you can clearly see from the photos!

Fresh, beautiful and surprising

He freshened and cleaned up the design, improved the functionality by 10000% and made it way cuter, with lots of his signature minimal twists that you’ll discover little by little and they’ll give you a smile (signing up to my newsletter will definitely make your day!).

Very shareable

He made it easy and very accessible to share it on social networks, so please please please do and help me grow! By the way, you can find me also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Everything just works

I won’t have any more complaints about comments not working because now they just do: go ahead and try! I’m guessing my cousin will be especially happy about that ;-)

And finally I’ll stop losing entire blog posts just right before clicking “publish”. By the way, thank you, Squarespace, for all these amazing experiences, I won’t miss you at all!

Really trilingual

But above all, he created a beautiful and functional integration between the three languages. Now you can choose what language to read the whole blog in by picking the language in the upper right corner.

You can switch between languages while reading a post thanks to a practical and stylish tab system.

Not all the articles written before September 2015 are translated yet (I’d need 12-day weeks for that!), but they will be little by little.

Personalised newsletter in your language

I almost forgot… Alex also redesigned the newsletter, which is now gorgeous AND in three languages. I think I assigned the right language to all my readers, but if I made a mistake or you want to receive it in another language, write me and I’ll make the change right away.

More motivated than ever!

I can’t thank my hubby enough for making La Tela so stunning for my readers and so functional for myself to work on. Blogging will be so much more enjoyable from now on and I’m more motivated than ever to make this little cob-web bunch of thoughts into something huge! That is, with your help, of course!

Can’t wait to hear what you all think. (PS. Have I already mentioned comments really and always work now? ;-)

Comments

Holly • Mar 23, 2016

Love it! Super pretty and great functionality! Well done Alex (and Oliver of course!) xxx

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I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

Montessori
One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
10k on Instagram!
Terrible twos
The organs of the body: workshop for kids
Kids understand if you give them honesty
Bean and seed mosaic
I'm not perfect. I'm aware
DIY yoga cards for kids
Children at the restaurant: let's recalibrate expectations
Don't ask your children to share their toys
Those "good job" that erode our children's confidence
Living sustainably
Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
Face yoga is an act of self love
Why you should wear the same outfit twice on Instagram
The power of creating habits (and why you should do it, even if you then break them!)
Responsible eating is the diet of the future (Would you like to teach it to your kids?)
The power of NOT complaining: can you do it for a whole month?
Clean up your planet, please!
Infographic: 8 steps to switch to cloth nappies (a guide for reluctant parents)
A personal note on happiness
A personal note on social media
A change of life always widens your horizons
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Travel

We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.

Books

In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.

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On my podcast, “Educare con calma”, I talk about various topics, from Montessori to sustainability. Only in Italian!

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Why La Tela di Carlotta?
I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
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