Why La Tela di Carlotta?

I asked my husband if he knew why it’s La Tela di Carlotta and he asked back, “Because it’s the Italian translation of Charlotte’s Web?”, killing any romanticism. Not quite.

It’s more because I always liked that a character of a novel has my name—or I its.

And also because I love “cobweb thinking”, when you know where it starts but not where it’ll end. Sometimes I feel like all my thoughts are like that, which is why I’m a writing maniac and a little bit scatterbrain, as my husband often reminds me.


My name is Carlotta Cerri Gambarelli.

I was born in Italy in 1985 and it seems to me like my age group—for some reason—is never taken seriously. Too young to be wise and too old to be naive. Or too little experience, as my mother would put it.

It’s time to change that! Experience is experience, at 30, at 50 or at 80 and it has to be taken seriously.


I’ve lived in Marbella since 2007 and my whole daily life is in English with family and friends, and in Spanish everywhere else. If I concentrate I’m also semi-fluent in French, which J’adore! And finally, since Oliver came around my Finnish is also starting to take shape (my level at the moment is the same as a 2-year-old kid 😉

This blog is partly an excuse to recover my Italian-ness—which I might have rejected for a while—without letting go of my multilingualism, which my kids live and breathe.

Montessori mum x2

In 2007 I met my husband, Alex, a Finnish guy I want to grow old with.

In 2009 we got Colbie, our hairy Golden Retriever who taught me endless things, which I’ll have to write down at some point.

In 2010, Alex and I got married—twice—and we spent our honeymoon road tripping California.

In 2014 we finally decided it was time to expand our family.

Oliver arrived the 15th of March with express birth, like in movies. Emily arrived the last day of the following year, with an even more express birth.

As we rarely go the traditional way, we decided to raise them Montessori and trilingual.

Diet: we believe in compromises

For five long years since 2010, Alex and I followed the paleo diet (which is why you’ll find quite a few articles about it here), which taught us so much about nutrition and healthy eating, and gave us not only a new way of eating, but also a new lifestyle.

But the main lesson I took out of those five years is this: extremes are never healthy. Which is why when our first son arrived and we decided to do Baby Led Weaning, we wanted to compromise: nowadays, we eat as much natural and organic as possible, but we include gluten and sugar in moderation in out diet.


Happy, happy, happy.

Every morning I wake up (usually less tired than this) next to three amazing people (usually more smiley than this), and I know they’re everything I could ever ask for. They remind me every day that happiness is not yesterday nor tomorrow; it’s right now, in this very moment, sitting on this dock near the harbour.

I’m obsessed with…


…babies, good quality products, functional design, care for details, chocolate, exercising, dancing, (that I do semi professionally in two dance groups, a salsa one and a cabaret one), the English language, Jolly Phonics, raising my children multi-lingual, spending time with people who really matter, any TV show ever aired (but only if in the original language, whatever that is), Apple products, romantic tear-dropping comedies, the Montessori method in school and at home, wooden toys and of course writing, writing, writing and writing. Not in that order 😉

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