March 8 is National Women’s Day

FMimosa flowersesta della Donna is the name of the Day.  This is where I thought that men would treat women with respect.  It used to be when they gave mimosa flowers.  Mimosa flowers come from a tree and they are a brilliant color of yellow. Usually they have the museums for free for women.  So I decided to check on this and when searching I got this site (Festa della Donna Firenze 2015) and thinking it would show me all the events for the Festa della Donna 2015 it instead it shows a bunch of events with strippers.  Okay now I like a nice looking guy and I am far from a feminist but I really feel this is far from what the day is supposed to be about.  For once I agree with our feminist mom in the group Michelle Tarnopolsky.

Do we really still need to celebrate Festa della Donna? – Maple Leaf Mamma by Michelle Tarnopolsky  “The most common way for women to celebrate in Italy is by going out for a night on the town just with their girlfriends. No men allowed – unless you count the ones, say, performing a strip tease.”

Websites like “Festa della Donna 2015″ should really be taken down.  Anyway, the museums are open for the women and there are other events you could go to.  Some for supporting battered women like the Women Supporting Women Event.

There are many other activities around town which you can find here on this site: „Musei, mercatini, mostre e teatri. Festa della Donna: tutti gli eventi“   from FIRENZETODAY

Ladies whatever you do tomorrow I hope you have an enjoyable day being a women and proud of it.

Happy Women’s Day

Child Safety Class Time to Sign up is Now

emergencyOur child safety class held in English will be on Saturday April 18 time 10-12 at Istituto Prosperius (Viale Fratelli Rossellli 62). Please bring a donation of 15 euros per person for ENGERA non profit organization, the charity we are supporting.

A few details–if you are driving, there is some limited parking available behind the building (access behind number 60) or paid parking nearby in the Porta al Prato parking lot.

There will be room for strollers, and stair free access through the back door (off the parking lot).  From both the front and the back door, just follow the signs marked “Child Safety Class.”

There will be a quiet space available to feed and change babies and washrooms on site. 

Any questions before signing up you can contact
Kim  infotiscali@firenzemoms4moms.net
Sarah McLean skmclean@gmail.com

Sign up now

March Mom’s Mingle

momsmingleMarch Mom’s Mingle  

This is a no children event

Sign up is only for Members of the Network:

If you are not a registered member you can do this by joining just click the link:  http://eepurl.com/rlyX9

March 19th 5:30pm 
organized by Kristin Sullivan

Aperitivo at JT Caffe in Piazza Pitti

Cost coming soon

Deadline for signing up and letting us know you are coming is
Tuesday March 17th.

Ladies be careful

Purse TheivesLadies be careful! I had my bag snatched from under my seat in a popular cafe near the station today. Luckily another girl realized what was going on and yelled at them so they dropped it and ran but it was a near miss. The staff told me it happens all the time in there. My daughter has also been pick-pocketed twice in the area around the station. I know this kind of thing happens in all big cities but I’m always really careful and it still happened to me!! Be on your guard and stay safe!

A description of the men is:  One older guy…short with glasses and one taller guy with a blue rucksack. Filipinos posing as tourists. One purposely dropped his glasses and when I didn’t pick them up (I was holding my friend’s baby at the time) he distracted me by asking directions to “Santa Maria”. In the meantime the other guy put his arm under the back of my chair and snatched my bag.

You need to be aware of your surroundings and where your purse is located.  They used the fact I had a baby in my arms to do this ruse.  There have been a few more incidents with an old couple and another friend.  All within the same area of Santa Maria Novella and shops in that area.  by Anonymous

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Normal middle class living overseas are turning in their Citizenship to the US

So there is a way out for my children. I wonder if we need to do it in those two years or wait until older. The thing that annoys me the most is that the US wants our information about our income abroad yet the US does not give it’s citizens living abroad any of the benefits of being a US citizen.  Where is my national healthcare? I am a US citizen and when I visit home to see family I have no insurance because I have a pre existing condition.  Really of course more and more normal middle class living overseas, for reasons such as their husband is here, are turning in their Citizenship to the US, that is because we get nothing from the US for being a citizen.  This is surely not the way to get those that are embezzling money overseas, but it is a way for those citizens living abroad to be more and more not happy with their home country and wondering why we hold onto our citizenship. Maybe instead of shoving us further and further away you should figure away to really include us as citizens that love our home country and should continue staying with our home country. You are keeping immigrants that cross over the boarders but yet you are driving your own nationally born citizens that have even lived there for years away because of a small percentage of people embezzling money overseas.  I am talking about the amounts of people not the amounts of money.  There has to be another way.

Americans Abroad Top Annual Record for Turning in Passports

The number of Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship increased 37 percent in the three months through December and the annual total reached a record level, data published Tuesday showed.

The trend likely is accelerating because of a 2010 law that gives the Internal Revenue Service unprecedented access to U.S. citizens’ foreign bank accounts, said Stephen Flott, an attorney at Flott & Co. P.C. in Arlington, Virginia, whose clients include expatriates. The U.S. is the only country within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that taxes citizens wherever they reside.

“If they have no real desire to work or live here, then the question for them is: What’s the point?” Flott said. “For those who feel no real affinity to the U.S., it’s a no- brainer.” read more……

What do you do with your children?

I am wondering what you do with your children when school is out and you have to work. 

work children

summerI know a few things moms do here.  Some send to Nonni (Grandparents).  Some send to Summer camps/schools.  Some take off work using vacation time and other times they can use.  But what do you do? Comment below and let us know what you do.  This is a tough situation for many with children and of course need to work.

Child Safety Class Date Confirmed

emergencyOur child safety class held in English will be on Saturday April 18 time 10-12 at Istituto Prosperius (Viale Fratelli Rossellli 62). Please bring a donation of 15 euros per person for ENGERA non profit organization, the charity we are supporting.

A few details–if you are driving, there is some limited parking available behind the building (access behind number 60) or paid parking nearby in the Porta al Prato parking lot.

There will be room for strollers, and stair free access through the back door (off the parking lot).  From both the front and the back door, just follow the signs marked “Child Safety Class.”

There will be a quiet space available to feed and change babies and washrooms on site. 

Any questions before signing up you can contact
Kim  infotiscali@firenzemoms4moms.net
Sarah McLean skmclean@gmail.com

Sign up now

Essential Oils Group

lemon oilBecause many mom in the Network had shown an interest in using essential oils, Clinton has set up a group.  This group is set up for those that are interested in learning and discussing about the use of natural oils in your daily life. These oils are used for many things throughout your life that help benefit the health of your family.  For example diffusing various different oils to help with good sleep, relaxing, concentrating while doing homework. Lavender can be used for scratches, skinned knees and burns. Tea Tree is very helpful in preventing LICE. You can also use lemon essential oil for cleaning. If you are at all interested in integrating Essential Oils into your family life or just want to learn more about them then sign up with this group.  Even if you already use them join this great group alternative ways to stay healthy.  Organizer: Clinton Gene Healey-Magherini

Meeting times will be sent to those that sign up with the group.

Sign up here