International adoption in Finland, how does it work?

Congratulations, you decided to become an adoptive parent! Be ready to get buried into tons of information, paperwork, and bureaucracy. It's part of the game and it will be worth it, I promise. I am writing this post in the hope of helping you - especially if you are not a Finnish-speaker - to start… Continue reading International adoption in Finland, how does it work?

Crafts for toddlers (and their untalented mothers)

I may have many qualities, but being good with my hands is not one of them. The little I learned, I did for my kids, as how to repair toys or clothes, or how to do small crafts with them. Pinterest is always a great source of ideas and Flying Tiger the best supplier of… Continue reading Crafts for toddlers (and their untalented mothers)

The family event in Helsinki you don’t want to miss

I've been literally counting the days to next Sunday for at least a month. Lasten Festarit will be taking place and it's the highlight of the summer for families living in Helsinki. Why? Well, picture Hesperian Puisto covered in stands and stages rich with free activities for children. Top with delicious food carts, nature all… Continue reading The family event in Helsinki you don’t want to miss

July favorites: new bag, nature places & more

I cannot believe July is over already! The past month really flew. Weather was definitely nicer than in June, but still a bit disappointing. In any case, we did all in our power to enjoy it fully. I'm ready to share my favorite things, places, and more which I discovered in July. New bag for… Continue reading July favorites: new bag, nature places & more

Things you need to know as an expat parent in Finland

After seven years in Finland, I feel I learned a things or two about facilities and opportunities for families in the Helsinki area, and I am more than happy to share what I know with all newcomers. Setting up a new life in a new country is stressful per se, so I'm hoping to make… Continue reading Things you need to know as an expat parent in Finland

Oittaa: nature trail, beach, and great playground

One of our favourite places in Espoo to run to when the sun shines is Oittaa. Last weekend for the first time we tried walking the nature trail (luontopolku) and it was one of the best we ever explored. We found out about nature trails last winter and since then we regularly visit them. Most… Continue reading Oittaa: nature trail, beach, and great playground