adoption · health · self-care

Benefits of horseback riding for special needs children | a guest post by Nicky of Horses and Foals

It is well-known how animals can have a special healing power, especially on traumatised people. I had a chance to personally observe some benefits of horse riding on special needs children. So when I got contacted by Nicky from Horses and Foals about a guest post opportunity, I knew what topic I wanted her to… Continue reading Benefits of horseback riding for special needs children | a guest post by Nicky of Horses and Foals

health · parenting · self-care

The Secret to a Healthy Lifestyle – Make it a Family Affair | guest post by Johanna Cider

Keeping your family healthy is sometimes easier said than done, especially in a world full of easily obtainable sugary snacks and the tendency to spend hours behind a screen every day. However, you’ll find it worth trying to stay healthy as a family! When everyone is in the challenge together, you’ll help your kids to… Continue reading The Secret to a Healthy Lifestyle – Make it a Family Affair | guest post by Johanna Cider

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

books · child development · favorites · multilingualism · reading challenge · reviews

The Reading Challenge 2018, part III

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, part III

finland · food · life · travel · travel in finland

Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

The tale of our weekend visiting Kotka and Hamina continues. If you missed the first post, you can find it here. On day 2, we went on to visit the huge Maritime Centre Vellamo. The building hosts several exhibitions, some permanent and some regularly changing. We were offered a tour in English (supported languages are… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: visiting the Maritime Centre Vellamo

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Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

If you ask me, Finland is the perfect travel destination for families. I joke that you can find a changing table and an highchair also in a snow desert there. Every place is stroller friendly, any restaurant is prepared to welcome children, and there's plenty of nature for the whole family to enjoy. My husband… Continue reading Our family trip to Kotka-Hamina: hiking in Valkmusa, watching Baltic fishes close, and enjoying Finnish cuisine.

finland · life · reviews · travel in finland

Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

My summer holidays are around the corner and for the first time in over 10 years I'll take four weeks off work. Wow. I feel excited and terrified at the same time. The kids' daycare closed last week and they couldn't wait to kick off their holidays. They woke up on the first day asking… Continue reading Fun family day at the waterpark of Serena Resort

finland · food · reviews

Enjoy your family meals more with Ruokaboksi

We got to kick off the start of our family holidays with an exciting collaboration. If you know me one bit by now, you have learned how deeply I love food (there's likely more food porn than kids' pics in my Instagram feed) and how cooking and eating are  important in my family's and birth… Continue reading Enjoy your family meals more with Ruokaboksi

adoption · life · mindfulness · parenting · self-care

Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance

There is a common idea that becoming a parent automatically provides you with the ability to unconditionally love another human being. My personal experience and the world as I grew to see it collide with it. I believe we human beings are programmed to need love, yet quite suck at loving people how they deserve… Continue reading Thoughts on unconditional parental love, compassion, and acceptance

finland · food · life · reviews · sustainability

We didn’t invite cows to our summer picnic

I bet you are wondering if I have lost it or what with such title, but bear with me and I'll explain the whole story. Few weeks ago I got in touch with the Finnish division of Oatly, a Swedish company that pioneered oat-based drinks back in the 90s. The core of their mission is… Continue reading We didn’t invite cows to our summer picnic