#MicroblogMonday – 39

Tomorrow is my birthday. I’ll be 39.

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I’ve been hating my wardrobe lately. It’s really plain, boring and most clothes have been bought some years ago (many are from 6 years ago, plus or minus). I don’t feel most of them are me anymore.

One day, not long after Tadbit was born, I happened to see these beautifully bright and vibrant clothes in the store I bought a nursing bra at. But when I looked at their price, OMG! I was not going to pay 70+ euros for one item. A few days later, I happened to mention these clothes, whose brand name I had forgotten, to my good friend R and she asked me if the brand was Desigual. Why, yes! That was them! She has a few pieces and just loves them, even if they do cost a pretty penny. A week or two later and she informs me that Desigual’s website is having a 50-70% off sale and would I want to create an order with her. After quickly painstakingly going through their sale items, I had 15 items that I more or less liked. I narrowed it down to 6 items and then 4, but I was trying to get it down only 2 items. I mentioned this to Mr Siili and asked if he’d come give me his opinion when he asked if I would like to have this as my birthday gift? Would I ever?!

One order later and an agonizing 5 day’s wait and I am now the proud owner of 2 beautiful and feel-good dresses and 2 comfy and cute shirts.

love hanaleis
saray
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#MicroblogMonday – 16 years

Tomorrow is 16 years ago that I hopped on a plane to come live in Finland.

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True love is…

…collecting and giving all the berries you pick to your child instead of eating them yourself.

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To be fair, he picked some of those also and I did eat a couple while picking.

#MicroblogMondays – Soda Crackers

I have been looking for soda crackers (aka saltines) ever since I came to Finland, 16 years ago. I have found water crackers, soup crackers (almost the same), Ritz crackers and every other type of crackers imaginable, but not soda crackers. Until a couple of weeks ago! I found them! I found them in olive mixed with some other flavor and sesame flavor. Not exactly the plain soda crackers I truly want, but the the texture is what I want and the sesame flavor isn’t too strong for the purpose I have in mind: Soda cracker bars aka Faux Almond Roca.

I remember my mom making this recipe. And then I remember her teaching me how to make it before I moved out o my own. It is so easy and very delicious.

Soda cracker bars (as my mom gave me the instructions)

Line a cookie sheet with foil and grease. Then lay 40 soda crackers evenly over the bottom. Boil 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup real butter 3 minutes. Pour over crackers. Bake at 350F in the oven until bubbly (approx. 10 min) and crackers float. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes (or not). Cover with 6-12 ounces chocolate chips, spread when they melt. Put chopped almonds on top. Cut while warm.
Just like eating the candy!

My notes: Baking paper would probably work better/easier, plus no need to grease.
My stepmom says gluten free pretzels work quite well and give an extra crunch.

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MicroblogMonday – Why? And then what (happens)?

Paxlet is going through a “Why?” (Miksi?) and a “And then what?” (Ja sitten mitä?) phase. It is driving me totally bonkers!!!! Actually, it’s worse than that. It pisses me off at times.

I thought this “phase” happens later!?

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Cutting cucumbers and ice eggs

I feel like my last post made it seem as if we are on the go go go and always doing something fun or exciting, which is definitely not the case. We have quite a bit of down time where we are just at home playing with Legos and other toys or outside in the yard and nearby areas. With 8 weeks of no daycare for Paxlet, we’ve got to find something to do to keep him entrained and not destroying the house.
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My little big boy, Paxlet, is 2 years 10 months. My little girl will be 3 months this weekend. Today was the first full day alone with the two of them. We had our challenges and a few unpleasant scenes, but overall it went decently well. I am however exhausted. Not that that is new.

In the nearby park this morning we made sand cookies and cucumbers.

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After lunch, we prepped a little something for tomorrow’s hot day: dinosaur and spider ice eggs. I saw this idea somewhere on the interwebs and just knew I wanted to do this once we got some warm and sunny days.

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Keeping Paxlet entertained

Paxlet is on holiday (from daycare). A fact that he tells anyone who will listen to him. He is also on strike from naps most days. He’d tell you he did sleep at nap time though. When I In fact he’s only had two naps in almost two weeks. It’s rough, because he is tired, but just won’t let himself mellow out long enough to doze off. Instead, I’ve been trying to find activities, quiet and action packed, to keep him entertained and occupied.

So far, we’ve played with homemade play dough, played outside in the yard and nearby surrounding areas, gone to a mom and child group a couple of times, taken a boat trip to an island for a windy and cold day, watched the construction work across the street, went to an amusement park, rode the bus just for fun, went to a jungle gym,  gone to some new parks, went to a birthday party, explored a (junk) store that he’s never been to, read books, visited the cousins, watched a tiny bit of youtube videos and played with rain water and from the hose.

We still have more parks to explore, arts and crafts to do, sidewalk chalk to draw with, friends and cousins to visit (again), animals to check out at a local-ish farm, more youtube to watch, and whatever else we can come up with to keep busy. Some of the things that we’ve already done will be done again.

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