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SHOULD I STILL DO FAVORITES?

29/11/2016


Muistatteko vielä, kun joskus 2014-2015 tein kuukausittain suosikki-postauksia? Niissä oli kirjoja, ruokaa, tekemistä, treenejä yms. Lueskelin niitä tässä yhtenä iltana ja mietin itekseni, että ne on itseasiassa aika hauskoja. Sitten mä tulin miettineeksi, että lukeeko niitä itseasiassa kukaan? Joten, nyt mä kysyn teiltä: jos mä alan taas tekemään niitä, niin luetteko niitä ja millasia juttuja haluaisitte nähdä niissä?

Lisäksi mä otan ehdottomasti taas postausideoita vastaan! Tällä hetkellä tuntuu, että bloggaamiseen alkaa vähän taas tulemaan intoa mukaan (vähän niin kuin mun pitkäaikaisimmalla bloggaakaverilla Elinallakin) ja oon suunnitellut uuden kameran hankkimista. Oon kallistunut Canon G 7 X:n puoleen, koska se olisi niin kompakti ottaa mukaan kaikkialle. Plus, sitä tituleerataan maailman parhaaksi vloggaus-kameraksi, joten videoidenkin tekeminen onnistuis sillä ihan uudella tavalla. Hinta on vielä vaan aika hyvissä korkeuksissa... 

Vaikka täällä henkilökohtaisen blogin puolella on ollut aika hiljaista ja postailutahti on ollut verkkainen koko syksyn ajan, niin kirjablogin puolella meillä menee Lauran kanssa aika mukavasti. Meillä on selkeä julkaisuaikataulu ja joulukuussa laitetaan vielä enemmän vettä myllyyn, koska järkätään instagramin puolelle joulukalenteri!

Laitoin muuten viime viikolla blogin fb-sivunkin viimein taas sellaiseen malliin, että se miellyttää silmää. Se oli kuukauden päivät sellasessa tilassa, että omaa silmää ärsytti ja niin varmaan teidänkin. Mut nyt on hyvä! Käypä siis tykkäämässä, niin pysyt perässä uusissa postauksissa.

Energistä viikkoa sulle, nähdään taas! :)

OUR (ENGAGEMENT) STORY

26/11/2016


The first time I met him, I was 12-years-old. It was May of 2007 and my elementary school class had just taken the bus to the secondary school 20 kilometers away from home. We were meeting our new classmates and getting familiarized with the school building before the semester began in August. I remember being a bit anxious but also excited – we were the big kids now, me and my friends – and would be taking the bus to school instead of biking.

It was the time of hormones, boys, giggling and crying. I don’t remember him from the first day but he says he remembers me. (He actually claims to have fallen in love with me then already. How cute is that?) During seventh grade, we didn’t talk much. I have to admit since he wasn’t one of the popular boys, I didn’t really pay attention to him. I wasn’t one of the popular girls but we all know who teenage girls like the best…  At least I did, anyway. 

At the end of seventh grade, we were just about to turn 14, he asked me on Messenger if I wanted to date him. I was absolutely terrified. I had never had a proper boyfriend and then this boy comes to me and asks if I want to date him? (And jeez, we were 13, so I don’t even know if it could be called dating.) Well, I didn’t and I turned him down.


But that started our friendship. And it went on and on and on. We texted and talked on Messenger for hours on end and if we didn’t hear from each other, we would just text to see if everything was okay. During eighth and ninth grades he was dating other girls all the while we remained friends and spent a lot of time talking to each other. 

We had a lot of teenage drama: we obviously liked each other but for two years we couldn’t decide if we would be together or not. We dated briefly on ninth grade just to break up a week later and not to talk to each other for a few months. He was my best friend at the time – and honestly, I really hated the time we weren’t talking.

At the end of ninth grade, when were 15, things finally started to change. We kind of started spending time together and well, it just happened. We decided to start dating again, we shocked our friends at school by kissing in public and finished secondary school together.

After the summer we went to different schools and that started a four year period where we were constantly living in different cities. Weekend visits and quality time during vacations are what saved us. When I started university and he went to the army, the distance grew again. But we got through that. And finally, we got through my exchange semester when I was in the U.S. for five months and he stayed in Finland.

Now we have lived together for almost a year and I couldn’t imagine us any other way. I bet going to America would have been so much harder if we had already lived together because now I miss him even when he is only away for one weekend…


Anyway, the engagement. The story you all have been waiting for. I’m sorry to say but that is not a very romantic story. One night in January this year we were getting ready for bed when I just blurted it out. “You wanna get married?” He didn’t get on one knee, I didn’t get on one knee, nothing special happened. And still, that night is one of the happiest nights of my whole life. I remember being overwhelmed by the fact that I would get to spend the rest of my life with him. That he was fully mine. 

The moments I have been so truly happy are rare.

We went ring shopping the next week and waited a full two weeks before telling our parents. I told my best friend, who is also going to be my maid of honor, and he told his grandma. 

Now we are planning a wedding for summer 2019. I know it sounds like it is far away in the future but it suits us well. We have now been dating for over six and a half years of which we’ve been engaged for one. Waiting just a bit longer (to save money to get my dream wedding) feels good at the moment. (And who knows, if we get tired of waiting we might just elope and have a grand party afterward!)

This post is the first post in a new category, Wedding! In the future, you can find all wedding related posts under that tag. I hope you enjoy!

And please tell me in the comments or on social media what you thought about this post. I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts. xx

p.s. Our wonderful engagement photos were taken by Heidi Järvenpää!

MY WISH LIST FOR THIS CHRISTMAS (AND WHY YOU SHOULD WRITE ONE TOO)

22/11/2016


I am such a Christmas person. I’ve been listening to Christmas songs, buying presents, and drinking mulled wine for almost a month now, I think. I actually bought this year’s first Christmas present in July already…

Every year I write to Santa. As kids, me and my sister used to leave the letters in our childhood home’s front hall and then an elf (later it came out it was mom or dad, what a disappointment) would come and take the letters to Korvatunturi for Santa to read. Nowadays I just send the letter to my mom via email or Facebook. Not as Christmas-y as before but still useful!

I know what you must be thinking. “She’s 22 and she still writes to Santa? Seriously?” Well, yes. I find that writing for Santa is a great way to make sure my closest family members know what I actually want for Christmas and they can start preparing in time if they want to get presents.  (Writing a list also makes the risk of receiving unwanted presents smaller.)

I personally start asking around people’s Christmas wishes in October already since I want to have enough time to prepare. I also happen to love gift shopping and well, Christmas is my favorite holiday. 



Anyways, this year I wished for…
- a stack of books, varying from J.K. Rowlings new Harry Potter play to Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom
- a new nightgown (I wish for one very year)
- chocolate (obviously)
- Haglöfs backpack (not in pink though as in the pic)
- wrist watch (preferably Daniel Wellington)
- a tray
- Iittala’s kitchenware
- a calendar for 2017

Did you write for Santa? What did you wish for? Let me know in the comments!



Joulu on ehdottomasti mun lempparijuhla koko vuodessa. Oon jo kuukauden ajan kuunnellut joululauluja, juonut glögiä ja ostellut lahjoja. Tai jos totta puhutaan, niin ostin tämän vuoden ensimmäisen joululahjan jo heinäkuussa…

Joulupukille kirjoittaminen on yksi mun jouluperinteitä, joista en suostu luopumaan. Lapsina jätettiin siskon kanssa kirjeet aina meidän ulkoeteiseen ja sieltä tonttu kävi hakemassa ne yön aikana (myöhemmin toki kävi ilmi, että se oli äiti tai isi, mikä oli tosi tyhmää). Nykyisin kirjoitan kirjeen tietokoneella ja lähetän sen äidille sähköpostilla tai Facebookissa.

Joku voi siellä miettiä, että tuohan on 22-vuotias, mitä se vielä kirjoittaa Joulupukille? No sitä, että mitä haluan joululahjaksi! Niin yksinkertaiselta kuin se vaikuttaakin, niin mun mielestä Joulupukille kirjoittaminen on hyödyllinen tapa varmistaa, että perheenjäsenet tietävät, mitä mä ihan oikeasti haluan lahjaksi. Lista on helppo antaa äidille, joka voi sitten kertoa esimerkiksi mummolle, mitä minulle voi hankkia. Lisäksi se pienentää riskiä, että saisi lahjoja , joita ei oikeastaan halua. Ja se on se sy, miksi sunkin kannattaa ehdottomasti alkaa kirjoittamaan Joulupukille.

Itse alan jo joskus lokakuussa kyselemään perheenjäseniltä, millaisia lahjatoiveita heillä on. Tykkään joulusta ja tykkään lahjojen ostamisesta, joten mulle joulushoppailu on enemmänkin ilon kuin stressin aihe. Usein pitää jopa hieman toppuutella itseään, että hei, nyt riittää tämä lahjamäärä.

Anyways, tänä vuonna toivoin Joulupukilta…
- Haglöfsin reppua
- rannekelloa
- kasan kirjoja
- suklaata
- yöpuvun
- matalareunaisen tarjottimen
- Iittalan Kastehelmi-astioita
- seinäkalenterin.

Kirjoitetaanko teillä Joulupukille? Jos kirjoitetaan, niin mitä toivoit? Kerro kommenteissa.

(ps. Saako jo toivottaa hyvää joulua?)

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