expats · finland · health · interviews · mindfulness · self-care · working mom

From design to yoga and well-being: my friend Stefania’s story

I have always felt fascinated by stories of people who have the courage to question and take a huge turn in how they live. I am currently going through a similar phase, wondering how exactly I want to spend the rest of my life and what changes I ought to make. I have changed several… Continue reading From design to yoga and well-being: my friend Stefania’s story

books · child development · favorites · finland · multilingualism · reading challenge

The Reading Challenge 2018, part IV

We are avid users of library services. We visit the local library weekly, have materials delivered (for free!), enjoy the children-friendly events. I’ve taken a habit of loaning dvds for our movie nights and we regularly borrow boardgames as well. So when I heard about the Little Helmet Reading Challenge, I thought, this is definitely for… Continue reading The Reading Challenge 2018, part IV

christmas · events · finland

Share the Christmas joy with Joulupuu

In the past couple of years my family took part in a brilliant initiative called Joulupuu (“the Christmas tree”) organised by JCI Central Park and made possible by their volunteers’ hard work. In a nutshell, the Joulupuu team collects gifts and distribute them to children currently in child protection. In 2017, about 17 000 children… Continue reading Share the Christmas joy with Joulupuu

finland · food · sustainability

New grocery store WeFood aims to cut food waste in Finland

Everyone hates wasting food. In our family, we routinely plan the weekly meals and make sure not to shop for anything extra. We have a strict policy of finishing everything off your plate and try our best to minimise waste. Unfortunately the global stats on waste in the food supply chain are discouraging. Only in… Continue reading New grocery store WeFood aims to cut food waste in Finland

adoption · favorites · podcast · reviews

10 Podcasts on Adoption You Need to Subscribe To

I remember how during the wait for my son to come home I would spend hours watching "Gotcha Day"-videos on Youtube, until I turned to some more informative and useful content. During the past few years several content creators produced podcasts on adoption and there's a rich selection to choose from. Regardless how adoption touched… Continue reading 10 Podcasts on Adoption You Need to Subscribe To

adoption · expats · finland · health · multicultural families · multilingualism

Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

Few weeks ago I was asked to speak at the brunch for waiting adoptive parents organised by Adoptioperheet ry, the association of adoptive families in Finland. It was the first event organised in English language, I was honoured to get a platform for share my personal experience as well as meeting several attendants belonging to… Continue reading Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

adoption · health · self-care

Benefits of horseback riding for special needs children | a guest post by Nicky of Horses and Foals

It is well-known how animals can have a special healing power, especially on traumatised people. I had a chance to personally observe some benefits of horse riding on special needs children. So when I got contacted by Nicky from Horses and Foals about a guest post opportunity, I knew what topic I wanted her to… Continue reading Benefits of horseback riding for special needs children | a guest post by Nicky of Horses and Foals

adoption · child development · finland · life · multicultural families

Getting ready for the special needs list

During the counselling phase, we were asked to fill a special needs list ("Adoptiolapsen tausta – ja terveystietolomake" in Finnish), to assess which special needs we were ready to take on and which not. I recall how my first instinct was repulsion (is this a shopping list?) but rationally I got to understand that no… Continue reading Getting ready for the special needs list

health · life · self-care

Battling with chronic pain

Another period of unannounced silence on this blog. I've been facing some rough time lately and it's hard to come to terms with the thoughts and feelings that permeate my days. I've been experiencing chronic pain in my heels for several months. Some discomfort started one year ago and I, sticking to my regular script,… Continue reading Battling with chronic pain

blog series · daddy's got this · parenting

Daddy’s Got This #7 | Life is a journey

My husband's active role in raising our kids is crucial in our family. During both parental leaves, I urged to go back to work and he took the lead in caring for our kids at home. Finland is quite avant-garde when it comes to parental roles, but in other countries there's plenty of work to… Continue reading Daddy’s Got This #7 | Life is a journey