favorites · health · mindfulness · parenting · self-care

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

adoption · life · parenting

Learning to manage my expectations over my children

Expectations are powerful beliefs which can heavily influence our experience of reality. During the wait to become a parent, being it through birth or adoption, it's human to develop expectations about your future child. It's all part of the common daydreaming. It can be really tough to let go of the imaginary child and truly… Continue reading Learning to manage my expectations over my children

child development · health · parenting

How to Teach Your Child to Nurture Social Skills | guest post by Isabel William

Social skills are an essential teaching we can give to our children. Blogger Isabel William takes over and shares her tips to foster an healthy social attitude in our kids, yet respecting their inclinations. *** There are many types of intelligence – contrary to popular belief, being smart doesn’t just mean being good at math.… Continue reading How to Teach Your Child to Nurture Social Skills | guest post by Isabel William

events · parenting

Top 8 Tips for Planning a Birthday Party | guest post by Katelynn from Hampers and Hiccups

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

blog series · daddy's got this · parenting

Daddy’s got this #4 | Being brave: five years as a stay-at-home dad

Last fall I went back to working full-time while my husband resolved to about a year off work to be home with our second child. Here in Finland, fathers are encouraged to be at home with their kids and any parent can take up to three years of leave from work to care for their… Continue reading Daddy’s got this #4 | Being brave: five years as a stay-at-home dad

books · child development · favorites · life · movies · reviews · self-care

April’s favorites: empowering kids & time to relax

This month is also coming to an end. We have come back from a work&leisure trip to Italy, celebrated Easter with our families, and I have been having a crazy phase at work. A long awaited spring has started here in Finland and we are ready to get the most from the good weather as… Continue reading April’s favorites: empowering kids & time to relax

crafts · life · parenting

6 Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy – a guest post by Brittnay from The Nut Butter Hub

I love to host fellow bloggers on my website! Here I am glad to introduce Brittnay from The Nut Butter Hub, who will share great suggestions to have some family quality time. *** Coming up with meaningful activities to keep kids engaged can be quite the task. You don’t want your kids to  watch TV… Continue reading 6 Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy – a guest post by Brittnay from The Nut Butter Hub

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

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