Happy Favourites of the Week – Family and Home

Seeing our Godson – We did a trip to Finland again just a week ago. We have this adorable little baby godson who we wanted to see, as the last time I saw him was in April. He has grown so much and nearly walks already. It was such happiness seeing him again and playing with him. Food time seemed to be the favourite messing around time. The funniest was his surprise when his mother was able to eat in peace as we took turns feeding the little cutiepie!

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Seeing family – It was lovely seeing the family as well, and this time we actually managed to see people who we haven’t seen in nearly 2 years. It was so relaxing! Although, carrying suitcases home filled with presents from home was not fun… Especially after being rescheduled on flights several times.

Getting home – So when we finally got home, after being rescheduled on to 3 different flight and missing one due to a very delayed flight, I was happy to have two whole days at home to spend it with the cats and winding down from all the ‘excitement’ of travelling. When you are on the road there is nothing more than your dream of but your own home and your own bed!

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Sauna – We went to the sauna way too many times for one week! But they don’t have proper sauna’s in the UK, and you can’t even imagine how relaxing it is to take a proper sauna, sweat out all your toxins and take a cooling shower after which you feel relaxed the rest of the day! I really would’ve needed one after all the problems getting back home!

Euston Station Opening Doors For Homeless – I just read an article about how Euston station, in London, is opening their doors on Christmas for the homeless to provide them with a shelter and Christmas dinner. I think it is an absolutely amazing thing to do and more places should do this. Christmas is not only for giving to your loved ones, it is taking care of those less fortunate as well! Although, I think this shouldn’t be happening only on Christmas but whole year round!

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How was your week?

With love,

Lii

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What Have I Been Up To In May

The end of May was a beautiful time in the UK with the amazing sunshine and the heatwave, and I enjoyed it to my fullest, but more of it in the upcoming Happy Favourites of the Week post. During May I’ve been trying to plan and look for the summer, but somehow the summer bucket list seems to be hard to compile and half of what I managed to add to it was accomplished during the beautiful days in May; drink Pimms cocktail, sunbathe in the botanical gardens, spend time on a terrace. The rest are concentrated on travelling and working, as well as reading few more books and having a picnic. I hope I will be bitten by the summer inspiration bug in June! What summer did inspire me to do though was write about Finland as a tourist destination and some tips to be touristy in a sustainable way.

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This month I was excited about several sustainable brands like Mirabelle Jewellery and Boodle boutique. What especially caught my eye was the Kickstarter campaign by OneSqin, which you should definitely check out as well!

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I got on a story mood in one of my happy favourites of the week and in another, I told about my Finland trip and my beautiful new dishes! I shared my favourite April pictures from Instagram, and there were quite a few of them. I shared some videos for feminists and about feminism, which I was inspired by.

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By the end of the month, we were shocked by the brutality in Manchester which made me think and then inspired me to share some articles that inspired hope. Sometimes even the terrible things can inspire you to do something, and I guess it is exactly the horrible things that inspire the change in our world. What do you think? Finally, I ended the month with hopes of inspiring people to really embrace their power to choose how they behave and how the purchase things.

Now I wish June will be full of adventures for me and in addition to hard work I wish to relax a lot! How was your May?

With love,

Lii

Why You Should Visit Finland

There is a good reason why I moved out of Finland, but there is also a good reason why I travel there annually (not counting my family and friends who obviously are the main reason). People often ask me if it is a good place for a holiday and I definitely do recommend it for a holiday, as most people who visit it seem to love it.

Finland is a country that has proper 4 seasons. So unlike the myth that it is always freezingly cold in there, it actually has a beautiful spring and a warm summer of up to 35 degrees celsius.

Winters are cold but full of snow. There are lots of places where they offer snow sports from snowboarding to skiing, whilst stopping at cottages to drink warm hot chocolate (which was my favourite thing to do). In the north, you can visit the Santa Claus and his reindeer or even stay in a glass igloo, which I would really like to do at some point! You can take a very warming sauna and dip into the refreshing cold water afterwards. It does sound like extreme sports, but apparently, it is very healthy for you.

Spring is a beautiful time if you want to see nature coming back to life again. It does invigorate you feeling slight cold on your face while the sun is shining and you can see a flower growing through the snow.

Summers are my favourite time of the year as they are warm and full of light. Actually, Finland is one of the places where you can experience almost never ending lightness. During the summer it can be light nearly the full 24 hours. Finland is full of lakes and forests, so it is easy to feel close to nature and don’t forget about the Aurora borealis. Some of the favourite past times in the summer is going swimming, of course. There are a lot of summer cafe’s with creamy ice cream to be enjoyed at the docks. Summers are also full of various music festivals and you can probably find a festival with the kind of music you like, although Finns are massive fans of heavy metal. There is opera, jazz, rock, r&b… Some of the popular ones are Savonlinna opera festival and Flow.

Autumns are great if you want to see the place full of colour. Trees turn to different colours from green to yellow and orange and people cosy up inside with warm drinks and delicious food. This is a good time if you want to gather some mushrooms or berries, which there is an abundance of in the endless forests.

Finland is not necessarily known as a culinary paradise and I can’t say that I love all the foods there, but there are some gems that I crave for on a yearly basis and make sure to eat when I visit.

  • Karelia pasties/pies are rice pudding wrapped in thin layer of rye and wheat.
  • Leipäjuusto with cloudberry jam. Leipäjuusto is this particular cheese that is a bit squeky. You can eat it cold or warm it in the oven and the cloudberry jam just works with it. Actually, anything cloudberry is yummy!
  • Cheeses, in general, are good. Aura cheese is this blue cheese with a flavour much milder than most blue cheese, but it is delicious!
  • Berries. Just any berries are good and there is lots of them.
  • Ice cream, like I said earlier you can buy it nearly everywhere during the summer.
  • Rye bread can be bought in any supermarket, but many cafe’s offer rye bread sandwiches as well.
  • Liquorice and salt liquorice = salmiakki are one of Finland’s favourite sweet treats. There is also an alcohol drink based on this treat, which is their favourite and available in any club or bar you visit.
  • Chocolate. Fazer is a finnish brand of chocolate and bakery products which you can find in supermarkets, as well as in a Fazer cafe.

Finland has an interesting history being occupied by Sweden and Russia after which they gained their independence in 1917. They have very much of their own cultural identity, although I feel they have a more of a Scandinavian lifestyle than a Russian. There are few castles build during the occupations and there is Suomenlinna, a famous fortress and a Unesco World Heritage site, where you can still see the history of the wars standing in front of you.

Finland, as a country, is quite sustainable. I learned there, from an early age, to recycle everything, to not use too much water and to savour the environment. In addition, you can easily get around in Finland with English and they use Euro as their currency. Transportation has been made quite easy compared to many other countries. So if you are still wondering about whether to go for a holiday toFinlandd I hope this post helped you to decide.

All pictures are from this Pinterest board.

Have you ever been to Finland?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Finland Trip

Adventure walk – It probably sounds more exciting than it is, but it was exciting to me. Spending Sunday walking through the city with friends, stopping at places where we’ve always wanted to go and learning more about the city was lovely!

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Trivial Pursuit – I love playing board games with friends and this week it was the trivial pursuit. Funnily enough, I am usually a very competitive person, but with this game, it is definitely more about the fun!

Meeting my Godson ❤ – I finally got to meet my godson, who was the most adorable little baby ever! Calm for a child of 1 month and heart warming. The feeling of responsibility and pride is amazing. I will definitely spoil him to bits! Can’t wait until the next time I will see him!

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A trip to Finland – Seeing my family and friends and spending some quality time with them. Not even talking about all the goodies I took home with me. Now we have rye bread for at least a month 😀

Sea Buckthorn Berry Juice – I’ve been a fan of sea buckthorn berries for a while now. Before going to Finland I got a cold and so my mother made me drink a sea buckthorn berry juice and I fell in love instantly! I love the sour taste of it that almost makes you cry. It makes me feel really awake and the c-vitamin content made me feel better so quickly!

Surprise friendship – This surprise friendship wasn’t mine, but something that I noticed. When flying to Finland I noticed close to me these two women talking together lively with enthusiasm. I thought to myself how fun that they were travelling together. When we were getting out of the plane they hugged like close friends, said how wonderful it was that they met each other on the plane making it obvious to me that they hadn’t known each other previously, and they went their own ways. It made me smile the rest of the day!

My furballs – Getting back home to my furballs was amazing! We were cuddling the whole day long! I missed them so much!

Bloom – The trees have been blooming almost everywhere except outside my bedroom window. The first morning I woke up back home, they were finally in full bloom and it made my day! How beautiful are they?!

 

How was your week?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Holidays and coming home

Holiday in Finland

Seeing my lovely family, traveling to see friends and relatives, playing with dogs and chickens, fighting with siblings, eating way too much, eating good homemade food, taking dogs for a walk on a pitch black road with headlamps on, freezing my fingers, many laughs, hugs, sleepless nights

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Who gives a crap

This post about the brand ‘Who gives a crap’ an eco-friendly toilet paper was top notch. Go check it out!

Coming back home to my cats

I always make sure that my cats are looked after when I am on a holiday, however, it doesn’t mean that I am not obsessing about them quietly during the trip. It’s good we have understanding friends who text us how it is going with them 😀 And it is the loveliest feeling coming home to them when you see that they have missed you! They purr, want so much attention and literally they climb into your suitcase or on you when you are sleeping, just to make sure you won’t leave again soon. #cutenessoverload

UK Independent Shopping Guide

This post is like the most comprehensive independent shop list for all your Christmas needs! I will be definitely going through it when buying my presents!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Good Girls Revolt

Good Girls Revolt

This new tv-show on Amazon Originals is the tv-show for me this autumn. Set in the 70s, this show is influenced by real events, and follows female news researchers and how they figure out they are capable of doing more with their lives. A feminist show where you are intrigued by the events of the time and grossed-up by the behaviour of some of the men. (it did make me angry at times). If you haven’t seen this yet, you definitely should! And here is a great article about the show, although there might be some spoilers there. I put the book on my Christmas wishlist!

 

Pics are my own and from twitter.

What have been your favourites and happy incidents last week?

With love,

Lii