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50 shades of ambition

When I was growing up both my parents worked. My mom didn't have a fancy well-paid career. She was an accountant and we needed the money. She had been working very hard all her life. Not in jobs where she can enjoy martinis with her colleagues…

First ever Aniridia Day

I have written before about my daughter Sofia and the rare genetic condition she was born with - Aniridia. Today is a good day for me and everyone who is involved with the condition either as a sufferer, their parents, friends or siblings. Today is…

How to lose weight, for real!

No, this is not a click-bait title, not at all. I can't stand those and I wonder how people still fall for them. This is an empirical account of a really busy person, ex-University-lifestyle student, ex-overweight woman, stay-at-home working mom, world traveler, expat, food lover, MS sufferer,…

Women’s Day revisited

  I grew up in a country where 'women's day' was marked by presents, chocolate, flowers and dining out. Women would get together and make restaurant reservations or attend female-only house parties. I couldn't wait to become a woman, too so I could take part…

Ik ben…

There is nothing wrong with princesses  - they are beautiful, are with Prince Charming and most importantly... they are filthy rich. However, I feel so relieved that for this year's carnival dress-up my daughters decided to NOT get yet another princess costume. It was enjoyable…

There is no Zen in parenting

This morning I was a silent observer of a debate in a parenting group. There is a great deal of misunderstanding among moms, on different parenting styles. I noticed that it is often assumed that following an attachment parenting way of raising children, means that your…

Crying moms; are children assholes?

There is a new mom-trend around most groups, forums, and videos, lately. I am not sure when it started but it seems to be everywhere now: exhausted, fed-up, pissed-off, unappreciated moms going viral for posting drama overloaded videos where they mostly rant about their miserable mom…

Frozen 5

A year has gone by so fast when  Emilia had her Baymax party :) Since then there have been 365 days of: around 5 billion kisses, 10 billion cuddles, more than 3 billion hugs, 10 billion laughing moments to go with the other 10 billion of…

Don’t be just another bystander

I recently read the story of Kitty Genovese, an American woman who was stabbed to death outside her apartment building in Kew Gardens, New York, on March 13, 1964. The story became quite big after it was reported that at least 38 people heard/saw/knew of the…

When everything is blue…

We all go through times in our lives when we feel really frustrated, let down, and sad. It happens to us at work, personal life, sports, friendships and many times, we feel disappointed with ourselves. Some disappointments disrupt our daily routine while others could change our…

When there is a will… mommy finds a way!

Are you a busy, tired mom who is looking forward to some alone time to work-out/run/be with your thoughts and relax but you don't have anyone to look after your children? Well, I have the solution! And no.. it's not staying at home drawing some more or…

Mom wants to work, children want to play…

People who have a relaxing/care-free and easy-lifestyle view of stay-at-home moms (specially when the children are very small) are either childless, or never had to spend a lot of time with children or are plain ignorant. Saying that, before I was a mom myself I understood the…

The perversion of Facebook groups

Don't talk about women, men, abuse, black, white, left, right, gay, lesbian, fat, skinny, violence and religion - you will offend people. Do not swear - you offend people. Don't share your personal story - you will offend other people. Don't talk about politics -…

Domestic Abuse – Why she stayed

For people who were lucky enough to not have been the victims of physical, emotional or mental abuse, the concept of ‘why I stayed’ seems impossible. They find it very hard to sympathize with those women; they wonder how can someone stay in a relationship where…

Being a nice person IS a choice

I was thinking today...-  why is it so difficult for some people to stay good? Society and childhood factors are always influential but at the end of the day no-one can ever force anyone else to behave badly!  No-one can make you bitter or nasty…

Teaching children real values

My daughters' school organised a charity event a few days ago. They had to run as many laps as they could and raise money, this way, for the charity of their choice. It wasn't compulsory for all the school children to attend, although, they all did. Days before the event, I felt like explaining to them what that would be all about. Although we often, in our family, talk about giving and helping others, the idea of raising money for a charity wasn't quite understood. I showed them photos online of charities, other fundraising events, children in need around the world and explained how this kind of helping works. They had questions, of course, which is always good. Then they were sad and then... excited!

Women should be celebrated every day

I was reading some posts this morning in various abuse/domestic violence groups. Desperation, sadness and so much anger filled my heart. Young, beautiful women wasting the best years of their lives putting up with 'men', (or excuses of men), who abuse then in any manner. Women…
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