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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

Last weekend we visited the Finnish region of Kotka-Hamina. You can find two other posts where I detailed the previous days of family trip here and here. We used most of our third day to visit Hamina, a town North-East of Kotka. Hamina is smaller than Kotka and very easy to walk around. The centre is… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: Hamina’s fortress and the beautiful parks of Kotka

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

The tale of our weekend visiting Kotka and Hamina continues. If you missed the first post, you can find it here. On day 2, we went on to visit the huge Maritime Centre Vellamo. The building hosts several exhibitions, some permanent and some regularly changing. We were offered a tour in English (supported languages are… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

If you ask me, Finland is the perfect travel destination for families. I joke that you can find a changing table and an highchair also in a snow desert there. Every place is stroller friendly, any restaurant is prepared to welcome children, and there's plenty of nature for the whole family to enjoy. My husband… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

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Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

My summer holidays are around the corner and for the first time in over 10 years I'll take four weeks off work. Wow. I feel excited and terrified at the same time. The kids' daycare closed last week and they couldn't wait to kick off their holidays. They woke up on the first day asking… Continue reading Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

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Enjoy your family meals more with Ruokaboksi

We got to kick off the start of our family holidays with an exciting collaboration. If you know me one bit by now, you have learned how deeply I love food (there's likely more food porn than kids' pics in my Instagram feed) and how cooking and eating are  important in my family's and birth… Continue reading Enjoy your family meals more with Ruokaboksi

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Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance

There is a common idea that becoming a parent automatically provides you with the ability to unconditionally love another human being. My personal experience and the world as I grew to see it collide with it. I believe we human beings are programmed to need love, yet quite suck at loving people how they deserve… Continue reading Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance

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The easiest recipe for a birthday cake: win at every party with beautiful and tasty cakes

I love baking but being a working mom I simply don't have time to spend in baking fabulous cakes. Over the years, I have tried several recipes and never found the perfect one. I was fighting especially with icing: I tried using whipped cream, but it doesn't hold well. I tried the classic buttercream icing,… Continue reading The easiest recipe for a birthday cake: win at every party with beautiful and tasty cakes

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We didn’t invite cows to our summer picnic

I bet you are wondering if I have lost it or what with such title, but bear with me and I'll explain the whole story. Few weeks ago I got in touch with the Finnish division of Oatly, a Swedish company that pioneered oat-based drinks back in the 90s. The core of their mission is… Continue reading We didn’t invite cows to our summer picnic

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June’s favorites: mindfulness, acceptance & lifestyle

I have found some great resources this month and I am over-the-moon excited to share them with y'all. June has been intense for me. At my workplace many international colleagues travelled here to Finland and I drowned in trainings, meetings, and afterwork appointments for a week. It was nice to meet some colleagues I hardly… Continue reading June’s favorites: mindfulness, acceptance & lifestyle

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They did not live happily ever after

(The following article authored by myself originally appeared on the magazine Yliopisto-Lehti) "The purpose of marriage is not being happy". My colleague stares at me with eyes wide open, not knowing what to say, when I state that while having lunch with her. "Then what is?", she asks, opening a life theme I have pondered… Continue reading They did not live happily ever after