The Elephant Mum

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The Elephant Mum
I'm Paola, an Italian mother of two living in Finland. Our clan includes my Italian husband and me, our daughter R. and our son E., adopted from India.
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  • Finding Autumn Wonders on the Pääkslahti Nature Trail 3 days ago The Finnish word ruska refers to the change of colours the autumn brings, the forest turning from green to yellow, red, and brown. Autumn is my favourite time of the year. The ruska, the leaves falling in the wind, hot teas, scented candles. In the fall I like to get cosy and see the nature...
  • Being a Support Family in Finland (as Foreigners) 3 weeks ago This might be my post with the biggest time lag between intention and actual execution. It’s not that I lacked motivation to write it, but this topic is so intimate that every time I sat down I struggled to find the right words. Now I feel ready to share something and I hope our experience...
  • 10 Cheap and Smart Goodie Bag Ideas 4 weeks ago Goodie bags handed out at parties are not popular in Italy, but they are in Finland. When you plan a child’s birthday party (read my best tips here) you need to come up with small gift ideas without affecting the budget too much. A quick option is candies, of course. However, I personally prefer...
  • Moniku, a New Service for Multicultural Families in Espoo 1 month ago Moniku is a novel service for multicultural families and parents of small children living in Espoo, Finland. I interviewed Alba, one of the project workers, to learn more about this wonderful new initiative. What is Moniku?  MONIKU is a service offered by the City of Espoo for multilingual...
  • Urban Farming in Helsinki: Syötava Puisto 3 months ago A growing number of families try to live more sustainably. There is nothing more sustainable than growing your own food. Thanks to Syötävä Puisto, Helsinki residents don’t need a garden to grow vegetables. Syötävä Puisto (Edible Park) is a public project that promotes urban farming. To no...

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