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
This year on August 4th one of our favourite local events will take place in Hesperian Puisto, Helsinki. Last year I had the privilege of interviewing the main coordinator Doris Tuohimaa and share with my readers what motivation drives the organisers year after year. Lasten Festarit ("The Children's Festival") is a fantastic event for families… Continue reading Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?
Being a newcomer in Finland can be tough. Finnish language is hard to study and learn, and it can be difficult to find your place in Finnish society and to feel at home. The Finnish NGO Nicehearts ry, founded in 2001, aims to empower women and girls. Their project Neighbourhood Mothers was started in 2015… Continue reading Neighbourhood Mothers: empowering immigrant women in Finland
Last weekend we participated to a fantastic event for families in Helsinki: the Minimarathon. If this is the first time you hear about it, you can hop back to this post or visit the event's official website. We were blessed by an early summer day and enjoyed sunshine all day long. Even though it was… Continue reading Hooray for my Minimarathon champion!
We moms celebrate motherhood all year long and Mother's Day has become widely known as the relax and freedom day for mothers. Can I get an amen here, mamas? In our house, we have a well tested process: I get to sleep in, I receive a small gift and an emotional card, and I choose… Continue reading My great Mother’s Day at Superpark Espoo
Birthday parties: what a nightmare! Five years into parenting and yet I don't feel I've got the hang of them (read about the catastrophe we dodged for my oldest's 5th birthday). Luckily mom and blogger Katelynn comes to our rescue with her tips. My youngest's birthday is right behind the corner and I will use… Continue reading Top 8 Tips for Planning a Birthday Party | guest post by Katelynn from Hampers and Hiccups
Lapsimessut (Children's Fair) is one of our favourite happenings to attend as a family. I have written already how it was one of the first special events we took part in as a family of four last year. I was very excited to go back this year as well and I can say it lived… Continue reading Our day at Lapsimessut 2018
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!
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!
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?