Florence, Love, Joy, and Pain

By Ela Vasilescu - Writer/Journalist A.B. is a twenty two years old mom currently living in Prato with her one year old daughter. She is originally from Russia, of Irish heritage on her father side. A.B. wanted to share her story, where she talks about why she chose this city as her home, how she fell … Continue reading Florence, Love, Joy, and Pain

A Group of House Plants Hard at Work

Houseplants can clean your air, eliminating chemicals, mould and bacteria; they produce oxygen and moisture. One example is succulent houseplants. Those types are great at providing oxygen at night so are good for bedrooms.

Free violin lessons for kids in Florence

Free Violin lessons for kids (elementary school age) at the Nidiaci garden in Oltrarno (via d'Ardiglione 30) will be starting this Thursday at 6 p.m. The teacher is Mariana Pinto, whose extensive curriculum you can read here (in Italian) http://www.nidiaci.com/2016/04/03/mariana-rodrigues-pinto-la-nostra-maestra-di-violino/ The course is entirely free of charge, but for insurance purposes, an accompanying adult must … Continue reading Free violin lessons for kids in Florence

What’s in a Name

Well everything! Especially if you are planning to get married and move to Italy.  Even more so, if you want to take your husband's name and then get Italian Citizenship.  In Italy, it is the legal practice to keep your maiden name when you get married. You will have the hardest of times if you … Continue reading What’s in a Name

We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story

To the many Expat Moms that follow our Website/blog; As some of you may know in the past, we have interviewed many moms about their experience as expats. Together with journalist Ela Vasilescu we would like to continue this project. Living an expat life, being pregnant and giving birth are unique experiences we could all … Continue reading We Would Like to Read Your Expat Story

Ask Dr. Paolo is back

You may have noticed a few blog post and workshops about Dr. Paolo Molino a psychotherapist.  Dr. Paolo Molino has been helping the Expat community for years. He is a psychotherapist of Gestalt psychology. He is also a family man with his wife and two children. He expertise covers many areas such as: Affection disorders … Continue reading Ask Dr. Paolo is back

You can book CUP appointments online

I just went through figuring out how to book my CUP appointments online. It is easy with the card reader and an email to get your username and password. I am also able to pick up my laboratory results online as well. Finally, the health system is getting somewhere on eliminating those long waits on … Continue reading You can book CUP appointments online

OMG I cracked a tooth a day before vacation

This is not what you want to have happen, especially one day before going on vacation. You are all packed and ready to leave the next morning. You got up out of bed, hit your chin and wham, you knocked your front tooth in half. Of course this was a tooth that you already cracked … Continue reading OMG I cracked a tooth a day before vacation

Your Child in English Class

Bilingual children are amazing and children are like sponges that can absorb another language easily.  By having a parent, that speaks another language other than Italian is a wonderful opportunity for your child.  However, what happens when they go to a public school and learn their home language with teachers that really do not have … Continue reading Your Child in English Class

Obstetrician Doctors Here and Weight Gain

So why is it that the Obstetrician doctors here have big issues with weight gain during pregnancy for expat moms?  I am not talking weight gain above the standards of other countries. Here you can find an example of what doctors follow in the US for standards of weight gain during pregnancy. click here  In … Continue reading Obstetrician Doctors Here and Weight Gain