Easter in Finland

Happy Easter!

For me Easter means it’s officially spring. It means that the winter has passed and it’s time to the nature to wake up. For us Easter falls to a different date every year: some years it takes place in the end of March and like in this year it will be in the middle of April. Even though Easter isn’t too big of a thing in Finland it’s still celebrated and we have few days off from school and work. And because it is a fun, colourful and lively event I wanted to share it with you. Specially because this  year I will spend my Easter in Athens and I want to be able to be part of the spring fuss that will happen back home.

Easter is a Christian holiday but in Finland the old pagan traditions have heavily influenced how we celebrate it. My family isn’t religious so during Easter we really don’t go to church or do fasting before it. For us it’s spending time with each other and hopefully enjoying the sun and warmth (but because we live in Finland there is a good chance that it’s rainy and cold). Here are some traditions that are common in Finland and which my family has been doing for years. Continue Reading

5 Reasons to smile

Spring is nearing and it’s wonderful but sometimes it feels like the spring couldn’t be here fast enough. We have had a few absolutely gorgeous sun filled day and they always makes me smile. But even though we see sun more and more everyday there still will be few of those gloomy days when all you can see is grey and clouds. So here is 5 small things that can help you get that smile on your face.

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To Do in Mijas, Spain

After my trip to London and Austria last autumn I didn’t have any travel plans which made me feel a bit sad but because I did make one trip end of the January I wanted to share my tips on what you can do there with you.

In the end of January I took a five-day trip to La Cala De Mijas, Spain to visit my grandparents who have been living there for 6 months now. Even though we only stayed there for a few days I had a really great time. The best thing for me about this trip was the fact that there was sun and everything was green! It was so refreshing because for the past months it has been really dark and gloomy in Finland. So being able to sit in the sun and let the vitamin D soak in to my skin was a great feeling.

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To Do when you have time at the airport

Last trip I did was to Greece and because I was flying I February which isn’t a holiday season in Europe there weren’t any direct flights from Finland to Greece. On my way to Greece I only had hour and half between my flights but when I returned I had four hours to kill. Because I was traveling alone this felt kind of a long time to wait without doing anything so I wanted to share with you few things you can do if you have extra time between your flights. So if you want to know what you can do with the extra hours you have in the airport keep reading!Continue Reading

Easy and delicious Runeberg cakes

Hello everyone and happy Sunday. I can’t believe it’s already February. Lately I have been extremely busy and sometimes when life gets a bit too busy or overwhelming it’s good to slow down and make something delicious you can enjoy while watching TV or something you can serve for your guest if they decide to stop by unexpectedly. So today I will share with you an easy and quick recipe you can make during winter months. These easy sweets are called Runeberg cakes and they are really easy to make and take about 30 minutes to make. They are named after Finlands national poet J. L. Runeberg because it’s said that his wife created the recipe and made them to him when he was craving for something sweet but there wasn’t anything ready at the house. The cakes are traditionally eaten in the beginning of February and we also have a day dedicated to him: the 5th of February. And to make sure you can also enjoy these delicious sweets here is the recipe to make the cakes. Enjoy!

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Visit Finland – Ruka, Lapland

 

Some of you may already know that this year Finland has been independent for 100 years. So in the spirit of our 100th birthday during this year I will share some travel tips with you on what places you should see if you ever want to visit Finland. The first post in this Visit Finland section is about a place called Ruka.

I spent New Years Eve in Ruka, Lapland – one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Ruka is a ski resort which is located up in Northern Finland, it’s a part of a city called Kuusamo which is about a 30-minute drive away from the place itself. If you have time when visiting Finland, I really suggest going to Lapland.

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How to make good new years resolutions

Hello everyone and happy New Year!

 

 

 

Tradition that is known by everyone is to make New Year resolutions on 31st of December. Usually you promise to be a better version of yourself and it’s a promise I have made so many times but I have never managed to actually keep it. Does this sound familiar? If it does keep reading – I will share with you how I plan my resolutions so it’s easier to achieve your goals. I believe that I had this mind-set that somehow when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st I get a brand new start – and even though it’s a nice thought it doesn’t work like that. I realised in 2016 that to be able to make a change you have to actively try to make a difference, to be a different. So this time I decided to have a different approach to my resolutions. I sat down on one evening with a cup of tea and thought about which things are important to me. And then I looked all those important things I had listed and thought. Am I handling them like I want to? Am I spending enough time with my friends and family? Am I taking good enough care of myself? Then I chose those things that I find important but I haven’t been paying attention to and decided to focus on them in 2017.Continue Reading

How to celebrate Independence Day!

Hello loves! It’s 6th of December.

You may wonder what’s so special about that day. Well for most people it may not be anything special, just a day amongst others but for us Finns it’s the day we celebrate our Independence. It’s our national holiday so everything: schools, stores and jobs are out for the day. 6th of December is the day we celebrate our independence and freedom but also the day when we remember those who fought for our country and gave their lives so we can have a free Finland. We don’t celebrate the day like many other countries do with huge parties or big fireworks. It’s more of peaceful, quiet and respectful event that is often spend with family. During the day it’s also a common thing to take candles to graveyard and to the graves of our fallen soldiers. Since my family isn’t form the southern part of Finland, at least originally, my family’s veterans aren’t buried here but up in the north so our family doesn’t traditionally go to the cemetery.

Quickly about Finland’s history. We gained our independence from Soviet- Russian at 6 of December 1917, which was during the I World War. Even though we had autonomy we still wanted to be our very own country so our military wouldn’t have to take part in the Soviet-Russians wars and during that time our neighbour in East wanted to cut down our autonomy rights. So we wanted to a different country. Today we have our 99th independence day! Next year is the big 100! And since I do love my country I want to dedicate this post to Finland.

I have certain traditions that I just find myself doing during this day. They are something my parents used to do when I was little and now I have adapted them to be part of my traditions. And I want to share these traditions with you because they are big part of me as is my heritage. So here we go!

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December To-Do list

 

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Hello everyone!

It’s first of the December! Which means soon it’s Christmas! 23 nights till the big day and I couldn’t be more excited. Christmas and December altogether are my favourite time of the year. I love everything that Christmas brings with it; the atmosphere, lights, decorations, seasonal foods, well basically everything. It makes me all happy and giddy inside and during the darkest time of the year that really is a big deal. I also have one of my best memories from Christmas or that time of the year so that may affect why I hold it so dear.

 

Not everyone likes Christmas. Someone hates the hustle, the crowds in the stores, the materialism that is nowadays strongly part of Christmas. But because I am a Christmas person and It’s close to my heart I wanted to put together a list of things you can do during December that can either help you to get ready for the holidays or you can do them to get in to the holiday mood. Most of my tips cost no money at all and few of them will cost few euros, but not that much. So even if you are a student or have no extra money you can still get in to the festival mood without it bankrupting you. So here we go!

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My current favourites!

  Hello loves.

December is nearing faster than I can imagine and even though I am more than excited about Christmas I have been liking the autumn time too. During October and this month there has been a bunch of things I have been absolutely loving. My favourites include some beauty things, clothes, TV-shows and a few others. I want to share these things with you; maybe you’ll find something you can add to your life. So here we go.

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Adulting 101 – How to feel less alone

 

Moving out. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. At least it was for me. I was excited to be able to be on my own but I was also a bit nervous. I have always been someone who likes to spend time alone therefore living alone wasn’t something that seemed too scary; I was actually looking forward to it. I also wasn’t afraid about maintaining my own money and staying on budget, because I have always been very careful and strict with my money. Thus I wasn’t worried about it.

I grew up in house that was filled with life, there really wasn’t a quiet moment ever. In our house lived my family that includes my younger sister and brother as well as my parents and our dog. And top of that our house always has guests over; friends and family. There rarely was a quite moment in our house and that’s why for me the silence was the biggest difference. It was something I wasn’t used to and sometimes it made me feel alone.

 

In this short time I have gotten to known myself better and I have gained confidence and become more independent. And I love that feeling of being in total control of everything. I love that I can do things whenever I want, that I can arrange everything just as I like it, that I can watch what I want and if I like I can even walk around naked and no one cares. I do recommend closing the curtains if you do this, otherwise you will give your neighbours quite a show. But still even for someone who likes to be alone things can get quite overwhelming sometimes and you can feel lonely. This has happened to me; usually when I am having a bad day or I am sick and feeling lonely. And it’s not a nice feeling, but I have found things and tricks that prevent me from feeling lonely while I am alone.

So I want to share with you how I avoid feeling lonely. I hope these five tips helps you and give you an idea of what you can do to avoid feeling lonely.

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Grilled salmon with avokado sauce

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Hello everyone and welcome back. Today it’s time for another super easy recipe and this one is a healthy one. One of my favourite ingredients is fish and especially salmon. I love it so much! Salmon is also filled with healthy fats so it’s really good for you so I try to include it to my meals as often as I can but because it can be a bit expensive I don’t have it that often. So when I do eat salmon I like to treat myself with a good dessert or glass of wine or something. This recipe is one of my favourites and it has gotten lots of likes in my family too. If you feel like salmon and avocado aren’t enough to make you full you can make some side dish with this. My personal favourite is sweet potato chips with blue- or feta cheese dip but chips, potatoes or even rice work with this. Keep on reading to find out how I make this delicious dish. With this dish I added bit of cream cheese and ate it with the fish.Continue Reading

How to live with chronic disease

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In this post I am talking about something really personal that I want to share with you. This is a bit different from what I usually write about but I felt like this is something I should share, I also hope that this post brings light to congenital heart diseases and helps people who have them to deal with them. In Finland off all the children that are born in year around 1% have a heart condition. In UK 9 out 1000 babies have congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease is a general name to problems that appear in all heart and main vascular structures. I am one of those babies’ who was born with a heart disease, more specific Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). It means I was born with a congenital heart disease that has four components.

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A Delicious Blueberry Pie for Autumn Nights

This super easy to make blueberry pie is my absolutely favourite go to when I am having guests over. Because it’s simple to make and it tastes delicious. It’s a bit different than from pies that most people are used to because the dough isn’t a crumbled one, but instead it’s the same when you bake buns. You can also use this same recipe if you want to bake an apple pie. You just replace the strawberry jam and blueberries with apple jam and apple slices and top it off with cinnamon.
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6 ways to beat the autumn blues

how to beat the autumn bluesSome people hate it when the summer slides off and makes room for autumn. The cold weather, the darkness, leaves changing colours. It’s not everyone cup of tea but I love it. I love it that when you wake up you can watch the sunrise while nursing a cup of steaming hot coffee. I love it when everything turns to yellow and read instead of green. And there’s nothing better than snuggling in a comfy big sweater while it’s windy outside.

 

Most of ours summers, at least those who had a holiday, have been filled with irregular sleeping patterns, sunbathing sessions, festivals, meeting with friends and so many other things. But even though I love autumn it still can be depressing with all the darkness and bad weather. I am one of those people who feels the effect of the darkness and weather immediately on my mood. If you are one of those people too I want to share my tips on how I deal with the autumn blues.

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Because a year off is okay

 

Do you have any idea what to do with your future? – Don’t worry you’re not alone!

I am 20-year-old girl from Finland and I am here to share my journey trough my gap year. I graduated from high school at spring and like surprisingly many people, didn’t get in to my dream university. But instead of mourning over it I decided to share my year and everything that it includes with you.

I want to show you that it’s okay to take the year off and be by yourself.

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Leap to unknow

The threaded day; first of July. I waited and waited but no envelope. It was like a punch to the stomach. Next few hours I was a emotional wreck. I was sad, disappointed and angry but at the same time I was happy for my friends who had gotten in to their dream schools. I had prepared myself, there’s a chance that I wouldn’t get in. Not many people do. But still it felt like I was loser.Continue Reading

Easy Autumn Breakfast

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Autumn is coming and with it all these delicious ingredients that tastes best when it’s their season. With autumn come not just apples, plums and pumpkins but also the cold weather and the darkness. At least it does when you live somewhere north like in Finland. That’s why I have found it super important to start my day with something that puts me in a good mood.

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Crush on life

Crush on life

Flight attendants rushing around the crowded isles making sure the luggage’s stays put. Kids holding their parents hands, people chatting loudly and the atmosphere filled with excitement. And then the flight attendants take their places and soon we take off. Flying is one of the best things I know, there is nothing quite like it. The sound that engines make, the clouds you can see outside of your window. It feels like for a while I am unreachable, like nothing bad can touch me.

It makes me feel like I could take the World.

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