Looking for a Charity for this Holiday Season

A few moms have recommended these Charities to donate too for this Holiday Season:

  1. Correnti Voluntary Association is a small ONLUS, based here in Florence, which collects funds for development projects. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CORRENTIVOLUNTARYASSOCIATION/

Jessica Huntingford has been supporting Malealea Development Trust in Lesotho (http://www.malealeadevtrust.org/) for many years. This year, in addition to collecting funds for yearly donation and following a specific request from the President of the NGO, they are also collecting clothes for the many orphans that they look after.

If you have any clothes that your children don’t fit into any more, please get in touch. They are looking looking mostly for clothes for teenagers – the smaller sizes have been easier and they have quite a lot of clothes for them right now. Pleases send an email to Jessica Huntingford at jessicahuntingford@gmail.com and she will arrange to pick them up.

  1. Kirsten Hills recently did a film with the Marta Cappelli Foundation. For a year she followed the organisation, as they raise money and support families with children in intensive care. The film highlights the crucial work they, and the staff at Meyer Hospital do, 24-7. You are invited tomorrow for an aperitivo and a screening, at the rather lovely Grand Hotel Villa Medici (via il Prato.) The film is just 20 minutes, and in italian (but easy to understand.) (parking is closeby.) 21.00, Grand Hotel Villa Medici, via il Prato. email Kirsten for more information and RSVP info@kirstenhills.com

AngelsToyDrive15_ENG_WEB3. Elizabeth Connolly organizes a toy drive with Angels for a DayAngels for a Day is a volunteer program dedicated to children who live in situations of difficulty, poverty, in foster care or are patients in health care facilities. By pairing a “guardian angel” (a youth volunteer) with a child the Angels for a Day program strives to give hope of a better world to those who otherwise may be forgotten. This Christmas you can be an angel for a day by giving a cash donation, in exchange for making a candy cane Christmas message for a child, with the proceeds being used to purchase Christmas presents for the children of the Angels for a Day program. You can drop off your generous cash donation at the Paperback Exchange Bookstore – Via Delle Oche, 4R – by December 15h, 2015. Together we can make a difference by putting a smile on the face of a needy child this holiday season.


Children Books Needed

There was an article not long ago in the Nazione that was an appeal for children’s books in donation to replace the books that were distroyed in the tornado that struck Bagno a Ripoli area a few weeks ago.

The libraries of schools in Rimaggio and Padule were damaged badly so they are looking for books adapted to children from 3 to10 years old, especially dictionaries. In Italian Language, but also just normal picture books for children.

There is a number for info 055 645879.  They should be in good condition and be brought to the public library in Via Belmonte (Ponte a Niccheri). Tina


Mom Bloggers you might be interested in this

Mom Bloggers you might be interested in this

Join us next weekend for the first annual digital marketing and blogger conference in the city

#FirenzeDigital   June 20-21, 2015

Tuscany’s most interesting tastemakers and influencers come together to discuss success factors and their  insight into creating engaging content online.

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Sessions include Social Media Power, Video Storytelling, Blogging for Brands, Facebook Groups, Turning your Blog into a Dream Job, Stunning Video and Visuals and much more.

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Festival dei Bambini. Nuovi Mondi – UN’IDEA LUMINOSA

Firenze 17 | 19 Aprile 2015  

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Festival dei Bambini. Nuovi Mondi – UN’IDEA LUMINOSA: Seconda edizione

<span title=”Dal 17 al 19 aprile, Firenze ospiterà eventi gratuiti a misura di bambino con un occhio di riguardo al loro mondo, alle loro aspettative ed espressioni.

“>From April 17 to 19, Florence will host free events suitable for children with special attention to their world, their expectations and expressions.

A big party to which you are all invited and this year, for the second edition, took inspiration from the themes of the International Year of Light decreed by the United Nations, to turn on – it is appropriate to say! <span title=”– la fantasia, la curiosità, il divertimento, il gioco, la voglia di imparare e di stare insieme…

“>- Imagination, curiosity, fun, the game, the desire to learn and to be together …

Check out the program in the appropriate section!


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. 

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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.