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Mindful swimming: how I got there

I have written recently about me tagging 2018 as the year of self-care. One of the positive habits I want to adopt is enjoyable physical activity. Few weeks ago, I started swimming at the local pool. The idea of going to a swimming hall made me nervous. I normally feel goofy and not in shape.… Continue reading Mindful swimming: how I got there

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

health · reviews · self-care

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

adoption · adoption conversations · interviews · multicultural families · podcast

Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance

Adoption Conversations is back, after an unexpected break. Due to personal circumstances, I have to give up my regular schedule, but I intend to continue the podcast and hear more voices talking about adoption. Here for the first time I host the testimony of a father: Jesse, living in Finland like myself. Jesse's story is… Continue reading Adoption Conversations – episode 7. Jesse, adoptive parenting by chance

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

events · life

My girl’s 5th birthday: disaster averted!

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!

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