Monday, April 16, 2018


I bought this book called "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" at a thrift store for one Euro, and the Kiddo LOVES it. It's not a book I grew up with, but I've been enjoying it too. The caterpillar eats it way through various items of food and the book has holes in it for little fingers to poke through. Although, the Finnish version is for some reason translated from German (it's an American book I believe) and it's a bit weird at points (that's clearly a muffin, not cake).
But anyway! I thought the Kiddo might get a kick out of a very hungry caterpillar ornament. Ornament since these needle felting projects are really too fragile to play with.
 You take close ups and realize how fuzzy everything is. Yikes. 
Those tiny feet were a pain to make.
And if you have never read the book, this is what it's supposed to look. I think it's a pretty good likeness?

Monday, April 9, 2018


Long time no thrift haul! 

Firstly, I haven't gone thrifting as much now that the Kiddo is mobile and will want destroy touch everything and secondly, I buy much less. But yesterday I went to a huge second hand kids clothes event (by myself, such a treat!) and found several pieces, so I thought i'd share them!

I was looking for summer clothes and knits for the kiddo. Luckily many sellers had marked their tables with signs such as "girl 68-74", so I could beeline straight to the right size, which currently is 92-98! How did my baby get so big?

There were tons of people and about hundred tables and I admittedly went a little crazy as I did not intend to spend quite so much. I ended spending 51€ and was a bit horrified when I counted it afterward. But between 14 pieces of clothing it comes to about 3,6€ per item which I think is OK. And obviously a lot cheaper than buying things new. I only bought things in good condition and with used clothing if it's still good after being used and washed it will probably hold. Also I still need to get her some pieces, kids go through so many clothes in a week! 

 Here's everything laid on the floor, as you do.
These two are probably my favorites, I love rompers on babies. And toddlers. The pink one on the left was 6€, and the blue striped one was 4€.
Two pairs of shorts, which I don't know how practical they will be? I've never had a baby toddler this age, so I just don't know if they are good for playing, going down the slides etc. Should I just go for leggings? Anyway, white ones were 3€, brownish ones 5€. The patterned pants were 2€.
 Three tops, the sleeveless ones were 3€ each and the green one in the middle 5€.
 A sweet patterned button up (buttons on the back) 2,50€ and a bear dress 2€ (I love anything with bears on it).
Three cute cardigans: 5€, 3€ and 5€. A sweater with hearts on it 2,50€. You can't have too many knits I think, in fact before this we had too few.

And here's everything again, just because they look so sweet together! Aww.
I can't wait for the summer, our backyard still looks like this:

Sunday, April 1, 2018


This post is part of my New Year's resolution to read 52 new to me books in 2018. I did slip back into re-reading, the point of this project is to avoid that, but whatever. The books I've read before haven't been added to the numbering.

24. How To Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Lisa Nyberg and Rosalyn Anstine Templeton - loved this book like I love all the parenting books by Faber and Mazlish.

25. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish - ditto, I really recommend these even if you don't have kids.

26. Luovuus lähtee käsistä by Krista Launonen - this was OK, but I had to make myself finish it, and I prefer books I can't wait to pick up.

27. Older and Happier!: Inspiring, Amusing, And Useful Advice for Men of Certain Age by Dag Sebastian Ahlander - I'm not a man "of certain age" so maybe that's why i only found two of the 109 bits of advice he offers useful.

28. Maman Finlandaise. Poskisuukkoja ja perhe-elämää Etelä-Ranskassa by helena Liikanen-Renger - a Finnish lady writing about her life in southern France. I loved this book, the writer has a really nice way of writing about her observations. I seem to like these expat books. 

- Tyylikkään köyhäilyn taito by Alexander von Schönburg - The title translates to something like "how to be poor with style". I've read this years ago and saw it in the library and decided to pick it up. I wish it had a bit more concrete tips, but an interesting read non the less.

- Kaikki mitä olet aina halunnut tietää kuninkaallisista mutta et ole uskaltanut kysyä by Alexander von Schönburg - I picked this up because it was from the same writer and was several pages in before I realized I'd read this one before, too. I finished it anyway.

29. Äiti, älä tottele! (kaiken maailman kasvatusoppaita) by Janna Rantala - I haven't read many parenting books, but this I liked.

- Why We get fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes - a re-read, so good.

30. Japanese memoirs by Ethel Howard - this book was written a hundred years ago, so it's available for free in the internet. A very interesting read. I'm fascinated by this time period ( the same as in the Anne of Green Gables books).

 The other books I've read so far can be found under the label 52 books in 2018.
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