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…

blog series · daddy's got this

Daddy’s got this #3 – Let’s give fathers a real chance

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 #3 – Let’s give fathers a real chance

adoption · adoption conversations · interviews · podcast

Adoption Conversations – episode 6. My interview to Bridget, birth mother in reunion

Welcome to the latest episode of Adoption Conversations. This week's episode is longer than usual, yet I'm sure you will not regret it. I met Bridget on social media, where she is active and passionate for promoting adoptees' rights in United States. Bridget gave birth to her first daughter about forty years ago and she… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 6. My interview to Bridget, birth mother in reunion

adoption · finland · india adoption · life · multicultural families · parenting · tags

The joy in adoption #adoptionilo

Next Monday will mark the start of a national campaign in Finland called adoptionilo, the joy in adoption. If you've been following me, you know I don't like to sugarcoat that adoption and loss go hand in hand. That's why I have started the podcast Adoption Conversations in the first place, and I feel there's… Continue reading The joy in adoption #adoptionilo

favorites · finland · giveaway · reviews

No more juice stains: Mehujehu, from Finland for all parents

I bet we have all been in through the same situation at some point. You are out with your child and handle her a juicebox. No matter if it's the first or twentieth time this happens, the child grabs it like she wants to choke it and you watch - like in slow-motion - half… Continue reading No more juice stains: Mehujehu, from Finland for all parents

digital parenting · parenting · tags

Let’s get more girls into coding | My interview to R for #codinggirls

I was really excited when I was tagged into the #codinggirls campaign by Primo Toys just in time for Women's Day. Getting girls into STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) subjects is a topic very close to my heart. A little about myself I was a lucky one. My mother has graduated in mathematics and she… Continue reading Let’s get more girls into coding | My interview to R for #codinggirls

adoption · adoption conversations · interviews · podcast

Adoption Conversations – episode 5. Adoptee and podcast host Haley Radke

The podcast is taking better and better shape, and I am humbled by the response I've got from the online community. Especially, I'm impressed and moved that many people -strangers, actually - are embracing the idea and are willing to share their most private stories with me and with my audience. I, for sure, am… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 5. Adoptee and podcast host Haley Radke

health · parenting · self-care

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

expats · food · multicultural families

Why Italian people freak out about food

This is not a parenting post, but I feel it's something that will resonate with most of my readers, surely with those who know at least an Italian person. And by saying Italian I mean real Italian, every second-generation Italo-American is excluded - you allowed pizza with pineapple to spread in the world like a… Continue reading Why Italian people freak out about food