expats · finland · health · interviews · mindfulness · self-care · working mom

From design to yoga and well-being: my friend Stefania’s story

I have always felt fascinated by stories of people who have the courage to question and take a huge turn in how they live. I am currently going through a similar phase, wondering how exactly I want to spend the rest of my life and what changes I ought to make. I have changed several… Continue reading From design to yoga and well-being: my friend Stefania’s story

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

The Reading Challenge 2018, part IV

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 IV

christmas · events · finland

Share the Christmas joy with Joulupuu

In the past couple of years my family took part in a brilliant initiative called Joulupuu (“the Christmas tree”) organised by JCI Central Park and made possible by their volunteers’ hard work. In a nutshell, the Joulupuu team collects gifts and distribute them to children currently in child protection. In 2017, about 17 000 children… Continue reading Share the Christmas joy with Joulupuu

adoption · expats · finland · health · multicultural families · multilingualism

Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

Few weeks ago I was asked to speak at the brunch for waiting adoptive parents organised by Adoptioperheet ry, the association of adoptive families in Finland. It was the first event organised in English language, I was honoured to get a platform for share my personal experience as well as meeting several attendants belonging to… Continue reading Kickstarting support in English language for adoptive families in Finland

adoption · child development · finland · life · multicultural families

Getting ready for the special needs list

During the counselling phase, we were asked to fill a special needs list ("Adoptiolapsen tausta – ja terveystietolomake" in Finnish), to assess which special needs we were ready to take on and which not. I recall how my first instinct was repulsion (is this a shopping list?) but rationally I got to understand that no… Continue reading Getting ready for the special needs list

finland · life · travel in finland

Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

During our last summer trip this year, we visited the area close to Kouvola, situated about 140 km away from Helsinki. Our first day in the area was dedicated to walking in the beautiful National Park of Repovesi and you can read more about it here. On the second day, we focused on the town… Continue reading Our family trip to the town of Kouvola | #visitkouvola

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

adoption · child development · expats · interviews · life · multicultural families · multilingualism

Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 1

I am aware many of my readers are part, like myself, of multilingual families. Or, they are parents who know how a valuable asset a language can be and wonder if they should introduce one in their family. Again, adoptive parents who are considering cultivating their child's birth language. I am excited to share this… Continue reading Bilingualism in children | Interview to Soile Pietikainen | part 1

events · finland · reviews

Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?

This year on August 4th one of our favourite local events will take place in Hesperian Puisto, Helsinki. Last year I had the privilege of interviewing the main coordinator Doris Tuohimaa and share with my readers what motivation drives the organisers year after year. Lasten Festarit ("The Children's Festival") is a fantastic event for families… Continue reading Are you ready for Lasten Festarit 2018?