events · life

My girl’s 5th birthday: disaster averted!

R turned five last month and she was very excited to celebrate with her friends. We have a family policy of inviting all her daycare class to parties. We can afford to do so since we rent a public venue very close to where we live for a fair price. It's a safe and kids-friendly… Continue reading My girl’s 5th birthday: disaster averted!

adoption · health · life · parenting · self-care

I do not want to live in fantasy motherland

E and I were driving back home the other day, when I had a moment of self-realisation. In the past years, in the last especially, I have been working hard on defining the mother I am and how it relates to the mother I want to be and to the mother I would like to… Continue reading I do not want to live in fantasy motherland

events · finland · health · life · reviews · self-care

Meet us at the Helsinki Minimarathon!

My husband and I share a flaw. Yes, we are not perfect! Shocking, right? Jokes aside, we are lazy. Not lazy lazy, we are actually quite active people, only... we are not sporty. Unless lifting a sandwich to your mouth has now become an olympic discipline...? Not yet? Too bad. Anyway, we do want our… Continue reading Meet us at the Helsinki Minimarathon!

expats · finland · health · life · parenting · self-care

On being a working parent in Italy & why I’m grateful to live in Finland

While visiting Italy, I had the chance to talk with several parents living there... and hear their horror stories. For starter, one mother shared how her workplace started mobbing her until they forced her to leave, right after she got pregnant. After years working there, they wanted to get rid of her just because she… Continue reading On being a working parent in Italy & why I’m grateful to live in Finland

expats · life · parenting · travel · travel in italy

Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

I had to go on work trip near Venice, Italy, and my husband and the kids decided to come along, and take the chance to spend Easter with our families. We have spent around ten days in Mestre, really close to Venice, and during one weekend, we took off and decided to go and visit… Continue reading Venice is beautiful, but you should stay away from it

events · finland · giveaway · life · reviews

Are you ready for the Helsinki Children’s Fair Lapsimessut 2018?

Since when I became a mother, my calendar year has few highlights that I wait for year after year, and Lapsimessut, the Helsinki Children's Fair, is one of them. If have never visited it, let me walk you through it. Picture the Helsinki Fair Centre filled with soft play stations, free-to-play huge toy areas, boardgame… Continue reading Are you ready for the Helsinki Children’s Fair Lapsimessut 2018?

expats · food · multicultural families

Tiramisu, you won’t believe how easy it is

Tiramisu is my emergency dessert. Even thought it's marketed as a special treat in Italian restaurants, it's one of the easiest to prepare. The main ingredient, mascarpone cheese, is internationally popular nowadays and you find it in many shops. I want to share with you my family recipe and I guarantee you can produce this… Continue reading Tiramisu, you won’t believe how easy it is

books · finland · life · multicultural families · reading challenge · reviews

The Reading Challenge 2018 continues…

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 continues…