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My 8 self-care secrets – learning to be kind to myself

I am very cautious in setting my yearly goals, I have always been. I like to set targets I know I can achieve. For such reason, I don't recall ever making resolutions about losing weight. I knew they were not realistic for me. I generally don't care about beauty, weight, or my physical shape, so… Continue reading My 8 self-care secrets – learning to be kind to myself

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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

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

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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!

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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

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Starting a healthier lifestyle | a guest post by Kimberly from Raising Rome and Rio

Sometime I love to give my small stage to my fellow mom bloggers and hear other stories than mine. This is the case today and I am glad to host Kimberly from the family blog Raising Rome and Rio. Kimberly is committed to allow her family to have a healthy lifestyle and she constantly researches… Continue reading Starting a healthier lifestyle | a guest post by Kimberly from Raising Rome and Rio

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October’s favorites

Here I go back to my monthly favourites, after pretending September didn't exist and skipping it completely. Truth is, our trip to Italy and my return to full-time working kept me really busy last month and I completely forgot to keep notes of my favourite things. Luckily, I'm confident this October's list will be able… Continue reading October’s favorites

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When exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t work

Breastfeeding can be stressful, draining, time-consuming, nevertheless it's proved as beneficial for mother and baby. Great for skin-to-skin contact and developing the relationship with your baby; essential for your child to build a functioning immune system; good to protect the baby from allergies, sicknesses, and help her development. The theory sounds great, practice is much… Continue reading When exclusive breastfeeding doesn’t work

finland · life · self-care · working mom

How it feels to go back to work after my parental leave

Last Monday I went back to working full-time after seven months of parental leave. When R. was born, I stayed at home for about ten months, and it took a long time for me to get back on track after I returned to my job. At the time I was an academic researcher writing my… Continue reading How it feels to go back to work after my parental leave