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

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

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

Picking an elementary school in and around Florence

Written by Sarah McLean (January 2016) It’s that time of year again, and as a mother with one child in elementary school, one about to enter elementary school, and a younger child, I have had several people ask me for advice as to where to send their children to elementary school. I am by no … Continue reading Picking an elementary school in and around Florence

Straight Facts About Braces

Why is orthodontics important? Without treatment, orthodontic problem may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and trouble with chewing and digestion. A “bad bite” can be a factor in tooth loss and chipped teeth. Orthodontics can have psychological benefits too – boosting a person’s self-image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly … Continue reading Straight Facts About Braces

The Right Time For An Orthodontic Check-Up

The Right Time For An Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later Than Age 7 Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they speak about orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. Why Your … Continue reading The Right Time For An Orthodontic Check-Up

Plan B: Love Stories Gone Wrong Amy Sarno

Hi Everyone: I'm spending my sabbatical in Florence to write a play about the experience of expat American women living in Italy who find themselves facing intimate partner violence. The project, “Plan B: Love Stories Gone Wrong” examines the lived experience of American expat women who have survived domestic violence. While many of the women … Continue reading Plan B: Love Stories Gone Wrong Amy Sarno

Women Supporting Women

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Every three days a woman is killed in Italy as a result of domestic violence.  Last year Artemesia - the women and children's crisis center - helped approximately 1000 women rebuild their lives.  By the end of August Artemisia had already helped approximately 800 women this year.  As public awareness has risen with respect to … Continue reading Women Supporting Women

Moving back home after living in Italy for years?

I know some of you are thinking about moving back to your home country or have already decided.  I found this great blog that talks all about it.  It is not an easy transition to move back, especially if you have lived for many years abroad.  So before you take that actual move read through … Continue reading Moving back home after living in Italy for years?

Mom’s you should know for Traveling outside Italy

Mom's you should know for Traveling outside Italy  If you did not know read this before you travel: The EU changed rules about a year ago and you are not allowed to travel with your children on the passports anymore. Make sure that any children travelling with you either have their own passport or ID … Continue reading Mom’s you should know for Traveling outside Italy

Looking for a way to have fun and improve your English this summer??

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Looking for a way to have fun and improve your English this summer?? Come to Summer Experience - the original English summer camp in Bagno a Ripoli. Spend the day in the hills outside Florence playing, creating, socializing, being IN ENGLISH. Staffed entirely by native English speakers who have many years working with kids and … Continue reading Looking for a way to have fun and improve your English this summer??