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

The Reading Challenge 2018, part V (final)

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 V (final)

christmas · expats · finland · food · life

Christmas time in Finland: snow, warm glögi, and family time

We are enjoying a wonderful white Christmas this year in Finland! Despite expectations, usually the first snow - well, the one that sticks around - comes in early January. This year, it started snowing about a week ago and now everything looks like this: Our Christmas traditions are a blend of Finnish and Italian nowadays.… Continue reading Christmas time in Finland: snow, warm glögi, and family time

adoption · expats · finland · india adoption · life · multicultural families · our adoption story

From Italy to India, via Finland

The following post is authored by myself and appeared in the latest issue of Adoptioperheet's magazine. Adoptioperheet is the association of adoptive families in Finland. Recently, they expanded their services and they offer some support and information also in English. You can join the English-speaking Facebook support group here. *** When my husband and I… Continue reading From Italy to India, via Finland

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

finland · food · sustainability

New grocery store WeFood aims to cut food waste in Finland

Everyone hates wasting food. In our family, we routinely plan the weekly meals and make sure not to shop for anything extra. We have a strict policy of finishing everything off your plate and try our best to minimise waste. Unfortunately the global stats on waste in the food supply chain are discouraging. Only in… Continue reading New grocery store WeFood aims to cut food waste in Finland

adoption · favorites · podcast · reviews

10 Podcasts on Adoption You Need to Subscribe To

I remember how during the wait for my son to come home I would spend hours watching "Gotcha Day"-videos on Youtube, until I turned to some more informative and useful content. During the past few years several content creators produced podcasts on adoption and there's a rich selection to choose from. Regardless how adoption touched… Continue reading 10 Podcasts on Adoption You Need to Subscribe To

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