Monthly Archives: December 2013

Best of This Blog This Year

Gallivance set a trend by listing the top 10 post based on stats and comments. I love their style and their travel blog, but as I am pretty new to the blogging world their top 10 included interesting posts I had missed. So I thought it was cool to see other blogging friends to do […]

Antin askeleet – Power Pylons Lit Up

The power pylons by Hietasaari, the “main” beach in Helsinki, were designed by Antti Nurmesniemi and are lit up until Jan 6th by Helsingin Energia. If you want to see the lights, you may want to time your visit better than to go there during the few hours of daylight as we did. Apparently it […]

Pre-Christmas Stockholm

A while ago we booked a cruise to Stockholm to have a mini family holiday. The ships between Helsinki and Stockholm have a fair amount of entertainment to offer: In addition to the ones I’ve already blogged about, some favourites this time were running up on the 12th floor with a good view to islands […]

Italian Basilicata and Christmas Crib in Turku

An impressive piece of art, the Natività by Francesco Artese, is to be seen for free in the Turku main church 9am-6pm until the 6th of Jan 2014. It is a big (houses almost as high as I am) miniature replication of the Italian village Basilicata. The village is said to be timeless, a mixture […]

Merry Christmas!

Making Christmas cards may be my favourite Christmas preparation, it just such wonderful way to get into the right mood! But doing crafts with toddlers means having a simple idea (or loosing your nerves), or several simple ideas. As our cards should already have arrived, here a few of the ideas we did this year, […]

Travel Theme: Winter

Winter can be a hassle but it also offers many free but fun opportunities – or at the very least variation. The pictures are from the previous years, still just hoping for a white Christmas in Helsinki. Check Where’s my backpack for more winter themes.  

Santa, Jesus and Christmas Markets

Santa’s cabin in Helsinki is in front of Virgin Oil by Mannerheimintie. If you want to see him, don’t do the same mistake as I did, don’t expect him to be an early riser; He’ll be seen there today 11-14, 15-17.30 and tomorrow 12-15, 16-17.30. My guess is you can spot him still on Monday […]


I stopped riding the bike to work when the break on the bike started to freeze during the nights. The buses work well, but taking a crowded bus is not exactly relaxing. Instead I started to walk kids to daycare, and on the days my husband picks our kids up, I walk the first bit […]

Expat Christmases

Want to know about Christmas celebrations in various countries? Thrifty Travel Mama has been doing a series with guest posts, and even though am not an expat, I go to join too! Take look here for more combinations and/or clashes of traditions!


In the world of ipads and apps etc I still think some board games have been worth the initial investment and have a place even in the digital world. One of them is Mosaic, which my mum has bought me and my brother when we were kids. It has a great box, almost like a […]


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