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 · 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 · 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

adoption · finland · health · life · mindfulness · self-care

What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

It's been over a year of blogging and during such I've sticked to my publishing schedule of two posts a week. Until these past weeks. What happened?! A lot happened. Most were good things, don't worry. I was just crazy busy and emotionally drained. I felt guilt about not updating my blog and I have… Continue reading What’s going on: Helsinki Velotour & exciting news

finland · life · travel in finland

Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

During our last summer trip this year, we visited the area close to Kouvola, situated about 140 km away from Helsinki. Our first day in the area was dedicated to walking in the beautiful National Park of Repovesi and you can read more about it here. On the second day, we focused on the town… Continue reading Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

finland · life · mindfulness · travel in finland

A full immersion into nature: Repovesi National Park | #visitkouvola

We had an amazing summer here in Finland, one that even locals mark as "the best as long as they can remember". Sun started shining in mid-May and kept doing so for months. Good weather can be addictive and by start of August I wasn't ready to let go of the warm season yet. Luckily… Continue reading A full immersion into nature: Repovesi National Park | #visitkouvola

finland · health · life · marriage

What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

Let's get real, here: how many of you regularly fight with their partner about house chores or children's care? After our first child was born, my husband and I struggled to find a balance. He threw himself body and soul into parenting, but didn't replicate the same enthusiasm for house chores, which grew exponentially with… Continue reading What saved my marriage: towards a more equal shared life

events · finland · reviews

Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?

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?

finland · food · life · travel · travel in finland

Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: the island of Varissaari and the best waffles of your life

Here we are, for the fourth and last 😦 account of our family trip to the region of Kotka-Hamina. If you missed them, you can find the other articles in this series here: one, two, three. After packing our bags and leaving our apartment, we headed to the port close to Maretarium and waited for… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: the island of Varissaari and the best waffles of your life

finland · food · life · travel · travel in finland

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