Today has been a long day. One of those days you know will be hard from the very start. A day starting with a toddler's finger stinging my eye, followed by finding some home decor tore to pieces, and topped by hysterical crying. Not only I've survived it, but I also managed all conflicts very… Continue reading Our unforgivable weaknesses
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?
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)
Looking for suggestions for a movie night with your toddler? Here's a list of some great movies!
We never had easy sleepers and our adopted son was challenging. Here's our story, including how we faced his sleep issues.
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
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
Our mission to explore all Espoo's nature trails (luontopolut) continues! We headed to the South-West of Espoo last Sunday and explored a new trekking path in the forest Hannusmetsä. The path extends for about 2,4 km and is divided in a easier part - the one we walked - and a harder one. It's round… Continue reading Walking the Hannusmetsä nature trail
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
Last summer was awful for Finnish standards and I was completely bummed out when I found out we were late for strawberry season. Yes, last year we barely ate strawberries and only from supermarket. We drove to several farms on that day and everyone told us they had only jam or juice left, but no… Continue reading Strawberry season has started