Dinner Party

it was a beautiful much needed evening, I had a few of my girls over for dinner when Lucas was away with daddy at his summer place. Eventhough it was hard to say bye to Lucas when they left, I can say it did good for me to just focus on something else other than the baby and allow my mind and body to fully rest. I decided to have a good old fashioned dinner party of four courses. We enjoyed some cocktails, miraval rose and bubbly while chatting away as they evening descended. What a lovely evening.

Find the recipe for the starter from here.

First Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was something I have been looking forward to a long time. Motherhood feels so natural to me, I feel blessed that I get to take care of little Lucas for the rest of his life. It so happened that our anniversary also fell onto the same day, so we also celebrated 13 years together. I received some beautiful peonies for the start of the day and then we went for a lovely picnic to the outskirts of Helsinki, sat by the water and ate sandwiches, strawberries and coffee. On our way back home I got a lovely handbag surprise from my husband (let’s just say he outdid himself with this gift) and in the evening we made a lovely dinner together as a family. My own parents where at the summer place so it was quite special to celebrate our first mothers day, just as our own little family. This time of year wood anemones (valkovuokkoja in Finnish) begin to bloom and it is tradition to pick them up for your mother on this day. I cannot wait of the day, my little boy will pick them up for me as he gets a little older.

I particularly understand how difficult mother’s day can be to many individuals. Some who have lost their mothers and others whom are yearning to become one, I have a lot of understanding for you all in a position like that. I remember when I was feeling sad, I tried finding positivity from places elsewhere. Social media did not help. Try to remember what is good in your life at that moment, may it be health, your relationship, your friends, anything really to direct you into the right direction. For anyone who is struggling, wishing you all strength.


Cherry Blossoms & Tea Parties

As Spring falls to end, the cherry blossoms welcome summer with open arms

It is that time of season again, when the pink oxygen of the sky is in full bloom. Cherry blossom season is in full bloom in Helsinki and traditionally, I could not miss the chance to photograph them at sunrise. I enjoyed a cup of tea there and played around with lens flares. It makes me breathless everytime. Yesterday, I had some friends over for a tea party, we celebrated the upcoming birthday of my friends baby girl. It feels so good to make others happy, I notice that I thrive when I take a nurturing role in the lives of others and I love dressing the table.  I love a good tea party too, setting the table with porcelain cups, crystal and antique finds that I have collected throughout the years. Now, if only I had a garden where I could have tea setups surrounded with daliahs and peonies with French cast iron tables and chairs.

Spring time with Gallerix wall art.

in collaboration with Gallerix 

You know that spring is slowly making its way back into the horizon, when you hear the sound of screeching seagulls. It is one of my favourite sounds in the entire world as it reminds me of the sea, summer, seaside and it symbolises the end of winter. Ever spring, I get an urge to spruce things up in the interior front and this time, I ordered a new linen sofa in front of the kitchen to create a new coffee spot. I sold my old computer table as I do not need a specific workspace and created this soft ambiance area instead. I love the way it adds another space to the house and visually looks more appealing this way.

I also got the chance to have a new collaboration with the poster brand gallerix which came during the right time with my spring clear-out.  I thought it was quite special to order a poster of a map with the coordinates for our future house. I thought it would be unique and meaningful and was thinking of giving it my husband as an anniversary gift. I love the idea of a coordinated map, as we all have places that are important to us. At first, I was thinking of placing the coordinates for the place in Italy, where we got engaged as this also holds a special place in our hearts. However, I think our house coordinates can look great in our new home, so I went with that instead. If you are thinking of ordering some prints yourself, find inspiration from this collage of prints on the wall that have been made by interior specialists to see what prints suit each other. For the next twenty one days, I will be sharing a discount code xoamys30, where you can get 30 % of your discount.

Maybe it was the sound of the seagulls this morning or that we are heading towards spring, I wanted to also order these cute little sailboats in size 50 x 70 cm in a white wooden frame, to place into Lucas’ room. Since Suvisaaristo is very much a seaside area to live, I thought the sailboats would be a cute addition to his future room. I also love the muted colour palette it has, very elegant and pleasant to my eye. Maybe my son will take up sailing as a hobby when he grows a bit older.

This Sans Couture print is lovely with a neutral colour palate, that works well with the prints I ordered last time, such as the Matisse print. I love the petals as it feels timeless, spring-like and visually it is something I will not get bored of easily. Moreover, the coordinate map in size 50 x 70cm in a white wooden frame is also visually appealing as you can change the colour of the landscape and roads from black and white to a neutral light sand colour with white roads. Many may think that this does not show the details clear enough, but I personally love that the contrast is left to a minimal and does not bounce out too much from the wall. This will eventually look great in our house. It even shows the little sauna on our plot at the moment and our neighbouring houses which is a great little detail. I love the little spruce up or house got this spring, now I am only waiting for the weather to get warm enough so I can begin planting flowers on our balcony.


Time seems to be passing by really quickly with little Lucas, whom has just turned 4 months. We had a small and intimate christening for him a few weeks ago with family and his godparents that was a lovely gathering. His name is Lucas Lionel Noah. Thus far, everything has been running really smoothly with this little one, he seems to be a clam and easy baby at the moment at least. He has just learned to roll over from the side to his belly, all on his own and has discovered his own toes and loves to put everything in his mouth. He loves to suck on his own thumb, the pacifier, not so much. He follows very well with his eyes and gives you the cheekiest little grin if you smile at him. We just had a doctors appointment today and he is growing at a normal rate, he is 65cm tall and weighs about 6kg already. Bedtime as gone really well for us too, he sleeps 6 hours (in one go) at the longest, then eats and goes back to sleep for another couple or three hours. In the mornings, if we still want to sleep, he is perfectly happy in his own crib cooing and wiggling around, which makes me happy. Don’t know if every parent feels like this, but we surely got lucky with this little cutie. He is such a dream and puts us a good mood with his little smiles.

Here are a few images from the christening- we had a beautiful church ceremony and a little party back at our place. Lucas was wearing our family christening gown that runs from our side of the family. We served some champagne and canapés and ended with party with some cake. It was a beautiful day and Lucas behaved like such a good boy all day. He did not cry once, just took it easy on everyones lap.

post bath is one of our favourite times. Siena is protective over Lucas, she loves to lick his little fingers and lays next to him watching his moves. She has also become more protective over the pram as we walk and is in clear guard move to protect the pack when we are on the move.

Christmas Eve

Even though it is the beginning of January already, I want to go back to Christmas Eve and share some photos from the evening. We spent the eve at my brother’s and sister in laws house, which is magical in the outskirts of town. We were lucky and got a white Christmas this year, the air was crisp and chilly, cosy for Christmas time. We spent a sweet morning with hubby and the baby and the evening was spent with my side of the family. We ate the most delicious food, had a visit from Santa Claus & sent a lovely evening together. The following day we went to my hubby’s side of the family and spent a lovely evening there as well. After a few hectic late nights with the lack of sleep, the following days were spent taking it easy at home with our little family. Christmas was extra special for my husband and I this year, the greatest gift we could ever ask for, was our little boy.

A snowy road to our future property- love the beautiful trees that the road surrounds. 

the train is one of baby’s first ornaments

A set table and delicious winter cocktails

Christmas Eve morning

Merry Christmas everyone. It has snowed last night and the ground is all white and magical with -10 degrees outside. This morning feels that much more special as it is our first Christmas as a little family. We all gathered in bed, Siena was allowed too because it is her birthday today and she is turning two years old. We have some rice porridge in front of us that is topped with a sticky date and plum sauce. To make the sauce, you basically boil some dates and plums together with some seasonal spices (such as cinnamon, cloves, orange zest) and a touch of brown sugar, if needed. I topped it with some dried apples and more cinnamon. We have Christmas music playing in the background and it’s time to open a few presents that are under the Christmas tree. The little one has his Christmas hat on and we are still in our pj’s with hubby. We are going to spend the holiday with our families (we are naturally all taking a covid test before hand to be on the safe side) and enjoy some time with our loved ones. This moment right here is something I wished for last Christmas and it feels quite magical to have this moment to ourselves.

Christmas Pomegranate Pavlova

‘cosy candlelight mornings & early hour baking of a Pomegranate Pavlova’ 

A traditional pavlova really sets the mood during Christmas time, so I decided to whip one up for this Sunday. For the past few weeks my hubby and I have been had a nasty stomach bug, which has drained our energy to the maximum with a baby under one month, but now we are both feeling much better. It means it is time to get back into the holiday spirit as it is only a few weeks until Christmas Eve. My hyacinths are starting to bloom in the kitchen, our little baby has grown 3cm since our last checkup and I’ve made one wreath from pines and white berries. The tree is still as beautiful as ever and we have managed to watch one Christmas movie thus far. I started whipping up the egg whites before 7am while the baby was sleeping and managed to snap a few photos even though it was really dark outside still. I find baking early morning such a pleasant activity, I enjoy a freshly brewed coffee with a little bit of me time (so rare lately) and appreciate all the little Christmas ornaments around the house. When the pavlova was set in the oven, our little elf woke up as well and after a nursing session my boys enjoyed a slow morning in bed with some cuddles. My brother and his wife bought the little one a cutest elf hat from a countryside village that was just the cutest visual ever. The weather is miserable today, foggy, slippery and dark so it’s time to cosy up indoors with some candle light.

In this elegant dessert, a crisp thin layered meringue layer is filled with homemade pomegranate sauce, greek yogurt and toasted almonds. The greek yogurt may not be a traditional topping for a pavlova, but trust me, the tanginess works against the sweetness of the meringue. To keep the meringue from being flat and grainy, try beating egg whites until stiff but not dry. Over-beaten eggs easily lose volume when folded with other ingredients. Also, when adding in the sugar, add it one tablespoon at a time mixing well continuously. Then, you beat the meringue until thin and glossy that is easily shipped into a dome on your parchment paper that is placed into the oven. A pavlova cooks for about an hour and takes about 2 hours in total to make even though it is not much work.

Ingredients for pavlova

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (topping)
  • handful of almond flakes (topping)

Pomegranate Sauce

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 3 tablespoons blackcurrant jam
  • 1-2 teaspoon sugar


Preheat oven to 140 degrees celcius. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a large bowl, add in the egg whites. Beat them with an electric whisk until stiff, but not dry. Gradually add in the sugar, beating well after each addition. Beat until thick and glossy. Fold in the vanilla extract, cornstarch and lemon juice.

Spoon the mixture onto your parchment paper. With this quantity, you make two smaller ones or one large one. I made two smaller ones, shaped like a dome. Bake for 1 hour and cool on a wire rack.


To make the toppings: 

Sauté some almond flakes on a dry pan with a pinch of salt. Cook until slightly golden and remove to the side to cool.

To make the pomegranate sauce, deseed 1 pomegranate and keep the juices. Place this into a small saucepan and cook on medium-heat. Add a teaspoon of sugar and 3 tablespoons of blackcurrant jam. Cook gently for about 10 minutes until everything has incorporated. Remove to the side to cool.

Once the meringue has cooled. Add some greek yogurt on top, some pomegranate sauce and a topping of the almond flakes. Do not be alarmed if the dome cracks, it usually does as the toppings are much heavier.


Time for a Christmas tree.

‘Picking up our first Christmas tree as a little family’

Our annual trip to pick up the Christmas tree is finally here, that we did on the first advent which means, only four more Sundays until Christmas. This time our trip to the organic tree farm felt that much more special as we picked the tree up as a little family. I got emotional on our car ride to the farm as we were listening to the most beautiful Christmas songs and I kept thinking how lucky we are to have our little one all bundled up in the backseat and Siena sleeping in the trunk of the car.  The weather was crispy with a light dusting of snow, which made our drive that much more idyllic.  tWe walked around the farm looking for a large bushy tree and when we found the perfect one, hubby cut it down for us. Our little baby was sleeping the entire time as he likes the car ride, so our trip went really smoothy. Siena enjoyed the frosty hay on the ground and wanted to be a part of everything as she usually is. Once we came home, we went to get all the boxes of ornaments from storage and set up our tree in the evening. As part of tradition, we played the home alone sound track, set up the lights of the tree and after decorated it with all our ornaments. We made a glögi cocktail and enjoyed the evening in our little baby bubble. We danced together with our little baby in between us to our favourite festive song and enjoyed the pine smell of the tree and the twinkling lights as the day got darker. The evening is one for the memories and I’m glad I managed to snap a few shots so we can show our boy once he is old enough to understand such matters. Today it is December first and it is officially the month to start feeling the holiday spirit.

Christmas Gift wrapping Inspo

‘ and soon it is December and time to start thinking about Christmas time’

Christmas has really come quickly this year as my hands have been much more full this year, due to a certain new cute addition to our family. We are in the midst of planning on getting a Christmas tree as December is just around the corner which will hopefully happen next week. This Christmas is going to be magical with our newborn, our little families first holidays together. Along the past few months already, I have done little purchases of wrapping paper that I have found beautiful. Some of my favourite colours this year are deeper reds, browns and greens with traditional Scandinavian patterns with stripes or this darling nutcracker paper that is very English style. I managed to wrap a few gifts already and wanted to share some inspiration, as I tend to do on a yearly basis. This time I used flowers that I had left over from a bouquet, natural yarn with hints of white and gold. You can make the simplest of packets look really stunning by adding some foliage, different material yarn and all these packets are tied together as they are natural in style. You can make little pine wreaths on top, add twigs of pinecones, eucolyptys or whatever branches you find from nature.  Days are getting darker and this morning I managed to snap a few photos of my morning set up with a coffee, a gingerbread cookie and getting into the spirit of wrapping gifts.