How to make a well-fitting face mask for you and your children easily

As governments make restrictions during this Covid-19 pandemic, you might find yourself in a situation where even a homemade face mask is better than nothing. Things change rapidly and you can be required to wear a face mask when going out. I've tried to simplify the process as much as possible because I wasn't satisfied … Continue reading How to make a well-fitting face mask for you and your children easily

The art of relaxation at PiKin Spa

DSC_9085 There are not many massage places where you can completely relax and unwind just by walking through the door. Quite often, you find a cold massage table, sterile environment and way too much white colour. At least here in Finland. From time to time you find an exception and this new Thai spa in Helsinki is exactly what I look for. It was founded by Pik who has an eye for detail, beauty and great service. Her experienced hands have made me feel better many times. She uses traditional Thai techniques combined with other treatments to find the best options for her clients. Continue reading

What’s inside the Finnish baby box for 2018

IMG_8686You might have come across an article about Finnish babies sleeping in boxes, or that the Finnish government sent one baby box to Kate Middleton and Prince William. There have been similar boxes popping up on the internet and some other countries are adopting the idea as well. This year I got to be the lucky recipient of the famous Finnish baby box, so I thought I'd share its contents in hope that it might help some other mums to get ideas what to get for their newborn. This is a starter kit, but a really good one. You can definitely build on it. Continue reading

Clean & natural pregnancy supplements

_DSC0092It might take your body quite a long time to replenish your depleted nutrient reserves after you deliver a baby, so prenatal supplements can be of great help. They can be your insurance. Especially with nausea and selective eating, you want to have enough of the vital nutrients reaching your developing baby. Continue reading

Pregnancy survival kit

_DSC0125While you experience the miracle of life and building a human, you'll probably be bugged by a few unpleasant issues during pregnancy. To name a few, you may experience nausea, tired legs, itchy skin, heartburn, weird dreams, nasal congestion. I've collected my personal tips into this blog post for quick reference. I truly hope they're useful to others as much as they've been helping me. There's also a concise version of my Pregnancy survival kit for download. Continue reading

How to survive cold months

_DSC0124It's already March and winter is still here, snow and all. At least here in Finland. I don't know about you, but somehow I always expect at least some hints of spring at this time of year. Wishful thinking, I know:-) I've put together my personal survival guide for cold months. So, whether the cold you're facing is outside, or the common cold has been bothering you, I hope you find this useful. Continue reading

Amazing benefits of hemp

DSC08302Are you craving better sleep? Do you want perfect protein from plant sources? Do you want to balance your hormones? If you haven't included hemp in your diet, you're missing out. Hemp, or Cannabis sativa contains many valuable nutrients and useful cannabinoids. It's a true superfood because of its unique nutritional profile. It's perfect for vegetarians and vegans because it's a source of complete protein. Continue reading

Favourite natural beauty swaps for conventional personal-care products

DSC07957My friends keep asking me about clean beauty products, so I've decided to occasionally feature products that I’ve tried and liked. My approach to clean beauty is quite simple. I don’t swap everything in my beauty bag. That being said, I have most of my personal-care and beauty products natural, especially the daily essentials because the frequency of use and the amount are key. If you use it every day or multiple times a day, then it should be clean in my opinion. Our skin is the largest organ after all, so for me it makes sense to opt for natural when possible. Continue reading

Clean beauty

340px-Gwyneth_Paltrow_avp_Iron_Man_3_ParisWhether you've been gooped a long time ago, or the idea of cleaning up your beauty bag has come to you recently, this is for you. I believe that making changes in our beauty/wellness routines, eating and cooking style as well as voting with our purchases matter. When I started my website in 2007, I wanted it to be a resource for more natural alternatives and information otherwise scattered all over the internet. When Gwyneth Paltrow started her website Goop in 2008, I became a subscriber because many of the ideas were close to my philosophy. It has since become a popular resource for all things clean living. Continue reading