Daily ScoopS

I like reading "A Day With Me" posts so I thought I'd do one myself. But how hard can it actually be to remember to take photos during the day? Apparently quite hard, since I attempted to do this on four days and on each one I forgot it all together at some point. So I opted to do a DayS with me type of thing. A peak into our everyday moments - at least those which I remembered to record. 

Mom Life: What's In My Toilet

There is no sick leave for stay-at-home Moms, that's for sure. I've been down with the flu since the end of last week. Doesn't the flu just somehow always hit you when vacation ends and you should be well rested and ready to tackle everyday life? Well, my biggest prayer is my son stays healthy. Because we all know what the nights are like when a child is sick!

I've decided to switch things up a bit here on the blog. I'm going to change my Mommy Monday posts to Mom Life posts because I've found it hard to post on two consecutive days (Sunday and Monday), and changing Mommy Mondays to Mom Life posts also gives me the opportunity to write more often than once a week if I wish. I've gotten a lot of encouraging and positive feedback about the Soul Sunday posts so I want to keep doing those on Sundays. 

Anyways on to today's topic: What's in my toilet. But you have to hang in there a bit to find out. 

Figuring Out How To Be Parisian and Other News!

I've already drank two cups of coffee, but I have the feeling this is going to be a tired day no matter what I try. We had such a bad night last night. Our little guy woke up at 3 am screaming and kept on for two hours. He finally fell asleep in my arms whilst I was sitting up in bed propped up against a pillow. Some time after 5 am when I was sure he was in a deep sleep I quietly put him down between us and was able to go to sleep myself. These nights though... Last night I prayed so many times, oh so many. But I know that all around the world there are Mums and Dads staying up in the middle of the night going through exactly the same thing. 

Anyways, on to what I was planning to post about. I thought I'd share some photos from my phone archive again today! Since I've been spending less time on social media I've also been sharing less photos, but I think these posts are a fun way to share so here we go!

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! 

Going to the zoo was one of the things on my Summer Bucketlist so about a week ago we went with my parents and my sister and my nephew. I was surprised at how interested Junior was about the animals! It was adorable. The zoo grounds are beautiful and we had a lovely day (although every time I visit the zoo I want to free all the animals!). We stayed with my sister and it was lovely to sit on her porch late into the evening, sip tea and chat about life. 

Catching Pokemon and the Art Museum

We had a fun day in the city walking around and catching Pokemon, visiting the Art Museum and going for coffee. Love laid back family days like these.

Cafés

My two favorite cafés in Turku are Café Fazer and Café Art. But the best coffee and cake are definitely at Café Fazer nowadays! We tried their cold brew ice latté, it was probably the best ice latté I've ever drank! And our go to is the chili chocolate cake. It melts in your mouth and is my favorite chocolate cake. 

Third most lovely café

We found another café gem a couple of weeks ago with our friends. We've planned on going there for years with my husband but just haven't gotten around to it. It's the Qwensel House Café next to the Pharmacy Museum right in the center of Turku by the riverside. They have lovely seating outdoors in the garden and I loved the old time feel of the place. Plus that apple pie was delicious!

Pampered at the hair salon and spur of the moment shopping

The last time I did anything about my hair was in April, so it was definitely time to visit my hairdresser. And afterwards I happened to stumble upon a great sale! I walked into a store because I was going to use their restroom quickly. But I happened to walk straight into the area where they had clothes 80 % off. 80 %! I found a few cute pieces, one of which was this fur vest.

How to be Parisian...

Last week I read the book How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits. I borrowed it from the library with the thought that I'd get some feminine inspiration. I liked the book but let me tell you: there isn't anything Parisian about me, and I'm pretty much the exact opposite of a Parisian woman. There may have been one or two takeaways from the book but other than that I don't think I'll be attempting to be a Parisian. I'm just gonna be me.

Hooked on mozzarella

My husband and I seem to go through food phases. Now we're in a mozzarella phase and that seems to be our go to when we want to treat ourselves. Mozzarella-tomato sandwiches are so good! First drizzle the bread in good quality olive oil, add the mozzarella and tomato slices, ground some salt and pepper on top and drizzle it with balsamic syrup and top off with fresh basil. 

Strawberry smoothies and more

Another statement food of this summer has been strawberry smoothies. We're hooked. In other news we attended the Christening party of our friends' little boy, and Autumn vibes are coming to our home: I find myself lighting candles again. 

5th Engagement Anniversary

Five years ago on a beach on the island of Crete my husband proposed to me. We were 23 years old and now that I look back at the photos I feel like we were such kids and had no idea what we were getting into! We thought we knew though, of course, as does each engaged couple. Marriage has come with such rewards, but with many sleepless nights, hard conversations and growing pains. But, neither of us would have it any other way. I love that man so much. In fact, it is only through the painful times that I think you really find out what love actually means. To celebrate my husband set out a wine and cheese evening on the balcony after our son was asleep. And we toasted to us, to our marriage and to all the adventures and years to come!

Hiking

The Autumnal feel in the air and the beautiful, sunny weather has gotten us nature bound. The other day we went for an 11 km hike through gorgeous woods in a National Park. So lovely, right up our alley! Planning to do more of this kind of thing this Fall.

Alright, I'm gonna hit the shower and get this day going! Time to head to make lunch and then head to the park. 


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Soul Sunday: Thoughts About Living Offline


As we were leaving for our cycling trip a few weeks ago I decided a social media detox was in place as it had been a few months since the last time I purged my life of scrolling for a few days. Once again I got hooked to being offline, so what was intended to be a few days stretched to two weeks. Not signing on to social media pretty much resulted in me not really even needing my phone except to send my parents the obligatory message to let them know all is well. So you could almost say those two weeks were somewhat of a digital detox. (By the way, I do believe this offline time was the longest I've been without social media since social media happened. Cringe.)

And I loved it. 

What always surprises me is how easy and freeing it is. I thought that being so accustomed to checking into social media daily - even multiple times a day thanks to smart phones - that I'd "miss" it...but I didn't. 

I thought I'd share some things I noticed during those two weeks...

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