Thursday, July 31, 2014

My New Car

I was a car owner before I had a driver's licence. After that, I just drove it all the time, everywhere and enjoyed it very much. I had another car later and yet another even later. This time it was an automatic. And I loved all of them dearly. Parting ways with them was a hard choice each time.

Now, I am - voluntarily - carless for the first time in almost 15 years. And I don't mind. I have found something else to take me from place A to place B. A bike. This is actually Maia's, mine is being repaired... Just like cars, they are like that! And I enjoy the same freedom to come and go as I like. Even parking is easier now, and I don't get those hhmm regular $$$ parking tickets no more.

I've biked to work every day for over 2 weeks and counting.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Favourite Day

Total serenity in my home office. Thanks to the natural flowers I picked last night when walking with Bambi. Just about as much nature I need. I am one of those not-so-summer-cottagy... Love the CITY!

Got some work to do, so bye for now!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thanks, Martha

Well, thanks to my friend Martha Steward, I now find myself around my own kitchen cupboards. I must have bought these labels when I was a housewife... Now that they surprisingly appeared from nowhere, I thought I might as well use them. I AM a lover of organizing and cleanliness, after all.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lunch Box

You must have thought that my kids' great Goodbyn Lunch Boxes are not in use no more, or worse, that we left them behind. No-no, no. I am using them now. For work lunches as the kids get a free, warm meal at school every day #crownjeweloftheFinnishschoolsystem

And rememberrrr: It is Friday! Friday! Friday! YAY!
Salad, artichoke hearts, nut mix, cherry tomatos, mozzarella and dressing in the bottle :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hi, It's Me Again

It's been some time I posted outfit of the day. But here comes one. It is one of the hottest days of the summer and I decided to toss my insecurities out of the window. So what if the dress is a bit short? So what if I my abs are not at their peak condition right now...

Soon, I'll be even older, possibly fatter, and soon it'll be winter hrrrrrrr.... I love this dress and I feel it loves me back (tight) :)))

Favourite Day

Finally, finally, finally it is warm beyond belief in Helsinki. What a loooovvveeeeelyyy city this is now! I'm utterly, totally, completely, fully in love!

And, to make things ever easier: it is my work-from-home-day aka FAVOURITE DAY!

From the kitchen window you can see the flowers on the East Wing balcony.
Have a fun day, folks!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flea Lunch

Someone is suffering the same fate with me. Working all summer. My friend Anu. When she suggested we go for a flea lunch in Hietalahti today, I was game. Here's what I found: two Marimekko tin boxes (1,50€), a light gray parka (10€), pink espadrilles (3€). Wohoo, so happy!

Same plan on Thursday!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Loving Pinterest

I wonder if there's anything more relaxing than scrolling Pinterest on your iPad. It's become a daily habit for me. See below direct links to my own boards i.e. collections of pins <3

...These are a few of my favourite things:

Mine - my own photos, taken by me, mainly from this blog.
Beautiful - everything from shoes to bags, from beautiful people to beautiful clothes.
Home - one of my obsessions: home decoration...
Kiddies - cutie cutesies, such as cats, dogs or kiddie friendly ideas.
Food - need I explain?
Moods - well, just moods.
Travel - my favourite or future favourite destinations.
DIY - things I'd love to do, yet rarely do.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Laaaaazy Sunday with thunder storms <3

My plans? To watch Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe on tv at 6 PM.

Before that? Nothing much really.

Image from HERE.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Early Bird

One of the joys of being an early bird (like me), is to get to enjoy the early morning sights, people, vehicles, smells and colors.

This morning was sunny actually, but a thick fog surrounded my office, which is located a few feet only from the shore. The fog was so intense, you could not see the two massive cathedrals in the very proximity and you could almost not see the sea.

It will be a sunny day, though. Later on.

H a v e  a  w o n d e r f u l  F r i d a y !

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sugar Less is More

Fourth day on South Beach... Feeling already a little lighter BUT craving for SUGAR. Kicking one's sugar addiction is tricky, it takes about a week, or two. Sugar is just so... sweet and I know my family's been answering its sirenic call for too long. Time to stop our ears with wax and/or tie ourselves to the mast!

Actually, the funny thing is, I don't use actual sugar (as am not much of a baker) much. We don't add it to anything really. One bag of sugar lasts for ages. Still, we get LOADS of it - and not only from the sweets, lattes and chocolate milks (Nutella doesn't count, of course...) but also from products where it's hidden, and sometimes in masses.

Warning: GRAPHIC content!

Like thousands, I also saw this image on Facebook by Mari Suomalainen.
The following picture is from the blog Get fit, Stay healthy. The message is pretty clear. I mean, Activia yoghurt, pear cider and salad dressing, why are you doing this to me?!

Energy drink 16 pieces, kids juice 7 pieces... G'sus!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

South Preaching...

After the kids left for their summer break with daddy, I went on south-beaching mode. Again. Being on a diet is so much easier without having to buy kid appropriate food and having to cook two warm meals a day. It's not so easy to offer carrots and hummus for breakfast to your young, when pancakes and Nutella exist... 

So, THIS is how my plate will look for the next month (at least).  I have had good results with low carb diets before and expect the same now. Am also going to work out. A little. Bike, walk, swim...

For those interested..., yesterday, I ate:

Bfast: Three big carrots with hummus, a few slices of ham
Lunch: Tomato+mozzarella salad with nut mix, two fried eggs
Snack: Handful of cashew nuts
Dinner: Tomato+mozzarella salad with nut mix, 4 slices of crispy bacon
To drink: 4-5 litres of water

There's nothing better than tomato-mozzarella salad with nuts.
Except tomato-mozzarella salad with nuts WITH BACON.
Sorry about the blurry picture, was in a hurry to attack this yummy portion...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Happy Jenni

Kids arrived safely. It is warm in Spain. Germany won. My house is quiet. I am on diet. Today is Monday. The week ahead looks promising. I feel relaxed. Summer isn't over. No hurry nowhere.

The best part: I feel that I "must" nothing. All's up to me. Just me.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Favourite Day

My favourite day this week is today! Working from home kinda enables this smooooth slide towards the inevitable weekend :)

A great start of the day for the kids: after Nutella pancakes, back to bed. HOLIDAY <3

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oh, Robin!!!

Yesterday, I took my kids to see the Finnish teen POP icon of the moment. Robin. He was absolutely fantastic! Great show at the Olympic Stadium, great special effects and lots of guest appearances. And this kid hosted it all with grace and fresh, energetic vibe. And he sang! And ALL us moms sang, too :D

"There's a piece mi-mi-missing in my heart. And I uu uu think it is like you." SEE VIDEO!
Photo credits.
Maia's last minute DIY Robin shirt.
PS. We first got to know Robin in 2012, when we visited Helsinki from the States.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Am Going To

After this very busy week, my kids will travel and stay with their dad for an entire month. I am "going to", ah, so much! For instance, I am going to:
- sleep
- listen to silence
- go back to sleep
- live on salads and smoothies
- bike around
- go for morning swim
- go to movies
- meet friends
- weekend travel
- paint house
- read 15 books
- do yoga
- do nothing
- learn Russian
- wash windows
- fix the lights in house
- wash rugs
- wash all bedding, dry it outside
- IRON sheets and clothes (last time possibly in 2002...)
- go berry-picking
- freeze berries
- be happy 
- start missing them...
- make pancakes for homecoming.

EDIT: I am going to "check" on these later. How many do you think I'll actually do?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hesa Cup

It's Helsinki Cup time of the year. Luis's team is IN. the boys had one game yesterday, will have two today and two tomorrow. On the results of those, depends their further 'selection'. It's a lot of running for the little legs and a lot of stress for the little nerves. But all a good learning experience. And, for once, the weather couldn't be better...

Photos: Kirill Reznik

Late Fourth

Hi there! We did have a semi-traditional celebration for the Birthday of the United States, aka the 4th of July, just like we truly, madly, deeply did last year. We had a picnic in the Kaivopuisto park in Helsinki with some fellow members of the Suomi-Amerikka -yhdistys. Here's some pics.

My sister Veera was visiting, Bambi got to do what she most enjoys (eating poop and rolling in poop...) and Maia and Veera had baked us some red velvet cupcakes. That with bubbles.