A DAY IN MY LIFE | 300818


Nothing very specific or extreme happened on Thursday the 30th of August. I just felt like it would be lovely to give some variation to my days. To help you to understand my day-to-day life a bit better. Although, this is not like any other day I'd have.

OUR 5-YEAR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST


We've been doing some plans, but as you know plans can change so don't feel like expecting all of these to happen. That's why it's called "bucket list". Either way, we've been thinking about our travels for the next five years and while there are big trips like the Maldives on the list, there are also some smaller ones we want to do. So let's roll to our 5-year travel bucket list.

10 THINGS THAT I’M GRATEFUL AT THE MOMENT


It's been ages since I listed out things I've been grateful for, so I thought it would be about the time for that already! Especially with this new hectic day-to-day routine of mine, it's very important to stop and think what is in my life that I am grateful for. As usual, I'm challenging you to think about things you're grateful for and if you want, you can list some of them on the comment box down below. When is the last time you stopped to think about what you're grateful for?

5 SERIES YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH | NETFLIX


It's been ages since my last post where I share some series I've been watching on Netflix, so it was about the time I shared my latest obsessions with you guys. I haven't had much time to watch anything lately (thanks to school & work combo), but here are some I've recently finished.

A DAY IN MY LIFE | 230818


You might remember me telling you how long my days are going to be when I start at uni? Well, today I am going to share with you how my usual day goes. Actually, how my usual uni+work combo day goes. About two or three days of my normal week does look like this one I'm about to show you, so next time you're asking why I'm not tweeting as much as I usually do, here's why.

HOW TO SPEND 4 HOURS IN A SHIP WITH A TODDLER? | TALLINK SILJA


On our way to Åland Islands, we were hit by the fact that we're actually in a ship with a toddler. Which meant that he's old enough to actually want to do something onboard. Last time we were on the ship with D, he was five months old and we were on our way to Sweden. So prepare yourselves, here's our guide to surviving a ship trip with a toddler.

3 WAYS TO GET RID OF SELF-DOUBT


I'm the worst at self-doubting myself. I mean, the worst. I tend to overthink multiple things, go through all the what if's in life and I used to doubt my own actions and sayings just because I was worried about what everyone else thought of me. I used to think that I'm not good enough and people wouldn't accept me the way I am unless I changed myself. Does this ring the bell for you? Good. As I'm here today sharing how you can get rid of the self-doubt. It's not going to be easy, it's going to take some time but trust me; it'll be worth it.

AUGUST VIA INSTAGRAM


It's that time of the month again! What do I mean? The Instagram round-up of course.
I cannot believe it's officially the knit season, also known as Autumn. Where did the summer go? Either way, let's look back to our August via my Instagram feed. August was one of the months I grew my account the most (at its highest it was in 1999) and it was at its lowest by the end of the month (1888). So yeah, follow unfollow game going on much?

10 THINGS TO DO IN ÅLAND, FINLAND WITH A TODDLER


Travelling with a toddler is challenging and ridiculously fun at the same time. Also, it's amazing to see how they seem to fall in love with everything they see. If you're travelling with your toddler, you might also be interested in my post about "10 things to do in Tromso, Norway with a toddler" as now I'm about to share with you 10 things you can do with your toddler in Åland Islands, Finland. As a side note, we didn't have time to visit in all these places but some of them are what different websites recommend and where we would have wanted to visit if we had enough time. Until next time right?

BLOGGING GOALS | SEPTEMBER 2018


PHEW, what a month last month was! I still haven't wrapped my head around the fact that I'll be having multiple different projects going on for the next four years. And yeah, I like to detach myself from the things by calling them projects. And while alongside the projects there will become a big responsibility, in the projects it's good to know that I am able to take a break if needed. Either way, it's the time of the month again, it's the Blogging Goals time!

1,5 YEARS | DINO


My baby is halfway on becoming a two-year-old and holy cow he's been growing up fast since the last update. I'm glad I'm still keeping up with these updates via my blog as I really love to go back and see what he was up to in the past. So much has changed, last year he was only a 6-month-old just learned to turn and now he's growing his vocabulary and running from place A to B. What's the rush little one?

WHY WE LOVE STAYING IN AIRBNB’S?


During our travels, we've stayed three times (so far) in Airbnb's. When we went to Tromso, we stayed for the few nights on the road in the halfway, at Oulu, Finland. It wasn't the most luxurious stay but you'll figure out why we chose it in this blog post. The Airbnb in Tromso, Norway we stayed in had such an amazing Nordic/Scandinavian touch in it. It was an absolute heaven. And we really enjoyed our Airbnb in Mariehamn, Åland as well. Why we've been more into Airbnb's instead of hotels? And especially with a child?

DO WE ENCOURAGE THE PEOPLE AROUND US ENOUGH?


I'm sat here on our balcony at the moment, thinking about a bunch of stuff. As I am writing this on the last days of my maternity leave (yeah, I don't usually have time to sunbathe on our balcony) and by the time this post goes live I'm already back at work. Either way, I thought a lot about one simple question; "do we encourage the people around us enough?" And mainly, "how long can you keep encouraging people without receiving anything back?". These are the main questions I am writing about to you today.

HOW D IS HOLDING UP IN THE DAYCARE


I can't believe D's been in the daycare for three full weeks now. The transition into his new routines went surprisingly well, especially after we changed his routine at home a few weeks before he went in. You can read all about how we changed the routine for him of my post called "Our top tips for preparing your toddler in the daycare". So how D's been doing out there?

UTSIKTSCAFÉ UFFE PÅ BERGET | ÅLAND, FINLAND


I absolutely love it when I've got my cup of coffee in the morning. And what makes the feeling extra special, is when I have my cup of coffee in the morning and in a place with an amazing view. Let's talk about that, shall we?

3 THINGS TO DO EACH MORNING TO ACHIEVE A POSITIVE DAY


Being positive is something I've been struggling with lately, especially now after returning to work. I've been pretty close to falling onto my old habits at work, like heading on the roof and smoking a lot (it's pretty exhausting, the job I am in, not physically, and not even emotionally but in some way it feels already that it's slowly draining me) until I remember that they turned the employees smoking area to a freaking restaurant while I was away. So yes, positive thoughts are something I've been trying to hold on to and here I am, sharing three things you can do each morning to (try) achieve a positive day!

HOW IT FEELS TO BE BACK AT WORK?


It's been so weird during these past weeks I've been back to work. So much has changed and still, nothing has changed. It's an odd feeling. So how does it feel to be back at work after being away for almost one year and eight months?

KASTELHOLM CASTLE | ÅLAND, FINLAND


I must admit, we missed around half of the things I wanted to see in Åland when we visited there last month but to be fair to ourselves, we had only two full days out there so obviously the island needs a second check-up! Though, we didn't miss the Kastelholm Castle, which was right under my top attractions in Åland as a second, after the Taffel chips factory of course.

10 DIFFERENT WAYS TO FEEL CLOSER TO NATURE*


During the days like these, we tend to rush off from a place to another. During the days like these, we tend to forget the bond we have with nature. And how can we feel closer to nature in today's society? Let me share my 10 favourite things to do when I feel lost of touch!

3 SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS ON SOCIAL MEDIA


Kindness is such a funny thing, isn't it? It's completely free of charge and yet it's something most of us (me, myself and I included) sometimes forget. Being kind to someone definitely isn't out of your pocket and being genuinely kind towards others will definitely make your journey to your destination feel so much better. So here I am, sharing 3 simple acts of kindness on Social Media. They don't take much time, but they're very effective. Are you up for a challenge?

ZUCCHINI PANCAKES | QUICK, HEALTHY & TODDLER APPROVED


Today, I'm going to share with you D's ultimate favourite lunch recipe with you guys so you can try and see if your toddler (or yourself) enjoy these too! If you're doing the grown-ups version of it, you might want to add some salt and chilli in the mix, as toddlers are on a strict no salt mode for the first years of their lives so obviously I've left the salt out. But yeah, if this recipe says there's no salt, it's because of that. I'm not saying you cannot use salt. Got it? Good, let's get to the recipe.

HOW TO MAKE GOALS & ACHIEVE THEM?


Goals, those funny little things. Everyone has them, but not all necessarily achieve them. There are also dreams, but turning dreams into actual goals takes a lot of gut and commitment. Are you ready to change your dreams into goals and when the time is right, achieve them? Here's how I'm setting goals and actually achieving them, and I really hope you'll find this helpful so you can turn your dreams into goals and achieve them.

THE RUINS OF BOMARSUND | ÅLAND, FINLAND


While we visited in Åland, we went to see the ruins of Bomarsund. The fortress of Bomarsund was built back in the 1832 and it was finished in 1854. It was one of the largest building projects of Åland, and it was calculated for 5000 men. It's a pretty effin' huge, considering that the population of the whole islands is 29,5 thousand people, of which almost 12 thousand are living in the capital of Åland, Mariehamn.

JULY VIA INSTAGRAM


Well hello there, August. It's ridiculous how fast the time seems to be flying when you've just spent your Summer travelling around and doing yoga at the same time. If something, I've learned to live in the moment this Summer. I guess that's a great thing to learn if something.
Once again, it's time for a little Instagram round-up! (Okay, who am I trying to fool? It's going to be a huge one as I posted a shitload of pictures last month. 

OUR TOP TIPS TO PREPARING YOUR TODDLER FOR THE DAYCARE


As you might know, D started in the daycare on the first of August and today actually, is my very first day at work after the maternity leave. Either way, we wanted to make the transition from a routine to another a bit smoother. As a small human being, going to the daycare is a HUGE change. Even if some kids don't show it outside, it's a big deal to them. So today, I am going to share our tips on preparing your toddler for the daycare, and how we tried our very best to make the transition go smoother.

BLOGGING GOALS | AUGUST 2018


Well hello there, August! Today is the day for many things. Today is the day when I kick off the end of my maternity leave by having two days off from work (which is pretty much my only "alone" vacation I'll have this year) and I'm back at work on Friday. Today is also the first day of the very month, that I'll turn a new page on my life. I'm going to be a student. So while I'm being a mum, a student and working for part-time - you can imagine blogging is something that might have to step aside for a while. Oh well, it won't be as high on my priorities for a while.

FEELINGS ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK THIS WEEK


Hey guys, I'm returning to work this week.
I'm returning to my very own little bunker in the middle of women's clothing, to the endless sea of boxes underground. In just a few days, D is going to go to the daycare for the very first time. A hell lot of changes going on in our household. And I'm absolutely shitting myself.

PINEAPPLE PUNCH | SUNDAY SMOOTHIE


The time has come - the time of the last summer Sunday smoothie recipe over here! Have you been enjoying this series? I really hope you have. I'm already brainstorming ideas for the next summer so please let me know in the comments which kind of summer recipes you would like to see during summer 2019!

SAILOR VIBES IN THE AIRBNB IN MARIEHAMN | ÅLAND, FINLAND


For our most recent trip, we decided that instead of a hotel we're staying in Airbnb. Just like we did on our way to Tromso in Oulu and during our visit to Tromso. I really want to show D some diversity in a way different people from different cultures are living and Airbnb is simply the perfect way to do so!

DAYCARE CALLING | A LETTER TO MY SON


My dear, sweet little potato.
Your time to begin in the daycare has arrived. Next week, you're going to meet with your new friends and I really do hope, with all my heart that everything goes well. I'm sure everything will go well, but you know - mum likes to worry about stuff.

POSTCARDS FROM LINNANMÄKI AMUSEMENT PARK | HELSINKI, FINLAND


My brother spent a week with us here in Helsinki in June so obviously, we did a little trip to the Linnanmäki amusement park. I'm not the kind of a person who is that into amusement parks. Don't get me wrong, I do love the adrenaline and the atmosphere and everything; but it takes me a while to get into the mood after the arrival. So while my brother and J got themselves day tickets, I got myself a ticket to one roller coaster ride.

SWEETNESS IN A MUG | SUNDAY SMOOTHIE


The hot weather is a tricky thing, isn't it? You're not feeling hungry, yet you are hungry but the thought of warm food makes you feel nauseous. Or that's how my body is dealing with the heat. That's when all those sweets are coming to the picture. But what if you could satisfy the need of sweets with actually something healthy? Oh, it's your lucky day as today I am sharing a smoothie recipe with you which is healthy and sweet!

POSTCARDS FROM ÅLAND, FINLAND


So, after doubting (for a bit too long) and thinking (for a bit too long, too) where we are off to as a family this summer we finally figured out the final destination. It was definitely too late to book a vacation in Greece (with a decent price at least) and it was too late to find a getaway in Europe such a short notice. They say, travelling in your homeland is the thing! They aren't? Oh well, that's what we did.

AM I ACTUALLY FALLING IN LOVE WITH SANDALS?


I've never been a wearing sandals kind of a girl, but when I was scrolling through H&M website trying to find shorts for D (how is it still summer, by the way?) my eyes caught these sandals. Yeah, I know right!? Women's sandals on the kid's section... Or wait a minute, did I scroll the women's section? That must've happened. Of course, by accident.

CLARION HOTEL SIGN | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN


Is there a possibility that we've stayed in multiple Clarion Hotels because we trust to get excellent service from there? Yes, there is. However, most of the rules come with an exception and Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm, Sweden was one of them.
So if you're looking for a stay in the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, choose Clarion Hotel Stockholm in Södermalm, which I mentioned in the 2017 summer's post about Stockholm.

BERRY BLAST SMOOTHIE | SUNDAY SMOOTHIE


It's time for another Sunday Smoothie recipe! How do you feel, have you been enjoying these so far? I'm already trying to figure out what kind of a theme I'd have for next summer. Though, when it comes to smoothies basically the sky is your limit. You can combine anything with anything and it's super easy and quick, yet healthy way to start your day.

ROSENDALS TRÄDGÅRD | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN


If you are looking for a perfect Instagram photo location and you happen to be in Stockholm, Sweden at the same time - Rosendals Trärdgård (Rosendals Garden in English), is your place to be!
Imagine a place full of greenery, cafés hidden in the bushes and greenhouses you can pop by for a visit, buy a plant or two or just enjoy a warm cup of coffee. Or you can go full-on Swedish and have a proper fika (= cup of coffee with a cinnamon bun).

MY TOP TIPS FOR PLANNING A HOUSEWARMING PARTY


Holy cow! It has been a long time since we have last held the housewarming party (even though we've moved more times I have fingers, perhaps that's the reason for the lack of housewarming parties on our address) and now we are finally going to hold one at the end of this month. So I decided to come and share some tips for planning a housewarming party.

EMINEM | 020718 @ FRIENDS ARENA, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN


These past weeks have been amazing for a handful of reasons. Not only that I went and got into that flipping school I've been trying to apply for the past 4 years I saw one of the artists that I've been highly looking up to since I've been on my early teens. I mean, the story behind Eminem is simply as amazing as the music he makes is.

REFRESHING KIWI SMOOTHIE | SUNDAY SMOOTHIE


Hey lovelies, it's time for another Sunday Smoothie recipe! And this week, it's time for a refreshing kiwi smoothie. If you've been following me for a while over here, you know how obsessed I was with kiwi's while I was being pregnant and well, I still am. So let's roll on to the recipe, shall we?

POSTCARDS FROM STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN


Hej Stockholm, ser vakkert ut.
We had a mini-trip to Stockholm with the hubby, just the two of us. It was actually pretty fun, though I missed D every minute of being separate from him. Which makes me wonder how mums are weird creatures. Some days, you're counting hours, days and minutes to have a moment without the little monster and when you're actually somewhere without them, you miss them like crazy. I blame hormones. And love.

JUNE VIA INSTAGRAM


I cannot believe we've said goodbyes to the June already and we're now turning into July. It's oddly ridiculous how fast the time seems to be flying by, and once again it's time for another monthly Instagram round up. It was something that started out as "oh, fuck it, I might as well give it a go" and it's now turned into a whole series as I've got some wonderful feedback about the posts. Thank you so much, for actually enjoying of these things I type out here.

5 SERIES YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH | NETFLIX


It's time for another bunch of Netflix suggestions! But first, tell me - what do you enjoy watching on the Netflix? I could do with some suggestions, as I'm basically running out of things to watch. It can be a movie, series (I prefer series, as they usually continue to somewhere, movies are just for a few hour fun and then it ends). Let me know!

BLOGGING GOALS | JULY 2018


Okay guys, as if it's a flipping July already? I keep repeating myself each time I'm writing a new blogging goals related blog post and I'm not even sorry about that. One of us needs to be that cliché rolling around the Blogosphere asking how on earth time goes on and months keep flashing by in front of us.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LIVE WITH A BLOGGER? | HUBBY WRITES


Today is quite a different Friday over here at the blog as I decided to give myself a day off and let my husband do the talking. So here you have it, J telling you what it is like to live with a blogger. Enjoy!

FAMILY PICNIC AT SUOMENLINNA, HELSINKI, FINLAND


This is so so late, the post of mine of Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. I mean, we went there at the last weekend of May, to be exact. But hey, better late than never? Don't they say so?

I thought I needed to wind off a bit from all the stress involving my preparing for the entrance exam I had in 29th of May, so Suomenlinna seemed like a perfect little getaway from the hectic "normal".

10 THINGS TO DO IN TROMSØ, NORWAY WITH A TODDLER


Heading up North with a toddler? Don't worry - I've got you covered.
Today I am sharing with you 10 things you can do in Tromso, Norway with a toddler. There's actually plenty to do and some of all of it is even free, so could it get even better?
There's nothing stopping you from visiting in the "Paris of North" now, is there?

MIDSUMMER CELEBRATIONS


I took my family to my favourite place, also known as a forest. I also forced them to wear white clothing. I had a camera stand with me, and a friend who was behind the camera and we managed to create some wonderful pictures of the three of us.

OH, THE MAGICAL MIDSUMMER


Happy Midsummer everyone! Today, I'm going to share with you some spells we Finns tend to cast during the Midsummer.
Midsummer is truly the most magical time of the year.

REINDEER POSTCARDS FROM THE FINNISH LAPLAND


I've visited in Lapland only once in my life. It's funny though, would think we had travelled there with the family during the Winter like the most of Finnish families do but not until I met J and visited his grandparents for the first time. I was promised snowy trees, Northern Lights and reindeers.
I didn't see Northern Lights, as it was too warm.
I didn't see reindeers anywhere, as they were locked up in their fencing.
Snowy trees, those there were plenty.