Can you introduce yourself with a few sentences?
My name is Sofia. I live in Helsinki with my husband and our two girls who are now 5 & 7 year olds. I write a blog called Lattemamma as a hobby besides working full time. It’s a very pink, sweet and positive blog about the lighter side of life.
How do you disconnect in a digital world?
I make it my purpose to leave my phone in the other room when I play with my girls. We also don’t allow any gadgets at the dining table. In addition, I love to bake and cook which is a good time disconnect. I’m also a reader but I have to admit that I read books on my phone while commuting to work so it does not really count as disconnecting in the fullest sense of the word. And I use my phone on my runs for music.
What is a fun way of spending time together with the family?
My kids love to bake with me or then we go out to play as a family, or play some board games or Uno. We love to travel as much as we can. In the summer time we spend our days on the island where we have our summer cottage. There we enjoy doing things together like going on boat trips around the archipelago, and doing necessary chores on the house, which being over a hundred years old, needs upkeep. In addition there is always something to do around the house as well.
Is there a useful product, service or website that makes your life with kids easier?
When my kids were babies we swore by a product called NoseFrida. It’s used for kid’s stuffy noses when they are too small to use a handkerchief. It’s a lifesaver.
What kids related brand do you appreciate?
I actually love French kids brands like Bonpoint, Petit Bateau & Jacadi. The aesthetics resonates with me as does the colours. I like that children are dressed as children but without too many logos or characters from kids movies visible.
As a parent what is your favourite indulgence?
Going for a run by myself and then taking a long hot bath in candle light: an affordable and doable indulgence now that the kids are bigger. When they were smaller I had a baby jogger so I could run with them but I must say it’s so nice to have free hands.
A favourite party moment?
I love weddings. My own of course but also the weddings of my friends have stayed with me. I’m a romantic and I’m always up for celebrating love and companionship. Having been the maid of honour to a few of my friends has been really important to me and I cherish those memories. But I celebrate everything and love organizing parties so my list could go on and on. Kids’ birthdays are always fun to arrange and I enjoy planning them for a long time before they actually happen.
What do you wish people would do more of?
Be kind. I would like to think I’m kind of an advocate for two things on the blog: for enjoying the little things in life, and for leading a kinder life. Kindness is often mixed up with weakness but I think it’s the opposite. It does not mean you have to obey others or let yourself be bullied but it’s a way of life. Respecting others and treating everyone equally: just generally being kind to one another.
What place do you want to visit and why?
I love cities like New York, Paris & London but my heart is on the island where we have our summer cottage and that is where my soul truly rests. I’m always excited to go there. The time somehow seems to slow down and everything is more relaxed.
Funny family moment?
It sometimes seems like my life is one big comedy act. You know I think we all find our own kids so funny but then others maybe not. It’s very relative.
Do you have a tradition in your family that you are particularly fond of?
Eating together. And this is a tradition that luckily comes from both my family and my husband’s family so we often have meals with our parents and sibling too. I think eating together is important. Not just for the sustenance but for the talks, for the closeness of a family.
What annoys you?
Bad manners and bad grammar. I have a dislike for rude people and people who don’t smile back at you.
A good piece of advice that you have kept in mind?
My mom always said that it’s better to be generous towards your friends that the opposite as you won’t die a penny poorer.
What has been a popular kids book in your family?
We love the Astrid Lindgren books: our favourite is Madicken. We are also huge fans of The Brambly Hedge, Babar, Ernest & Celestine and the Belle & Boo books. Now we are reading the Harry Potters with my 7- year old. We started in June and are on the 4th at the moment.
What does your ASK bag contain?
When my kids were younger my diaper bag was always organised with necessities like wet wipes (I love the Mustela ones for the scent), diapers of course, diaper cloths (I had embroidered ones my mom bought for me in Paris), hand cream, pacifiers, probably a bottle just in case, a change of clothes and so on.
How did parenthood change your life?
It fulfilled it.
What is the best thing about being a parent?
I always wanted children and I have loved every step of motherhood from pregnancy to this day. I feel so lucky and blessed I got to have two healthy kids and it’s something I never took for granted. There is no one thing that would be better than another. But some moments are obviously more rewarding than others. The cuddles, the laughter, the comforting as opposed to the tantrums and loosing one's temper.
How do you manage to balance your life between family, work and everything else?
By being organised and by sometimes letting some things slide to get others done. But mostly because of my husband who is very much a hands on dad and our parents who are very involved with our lives.
What inspires you?
Travelling, my friends, art, music, food, books etc. I’m easily inspired: I look at Pinterest and I get inspired, I look at a TV-show and get inspired. I look at my friends and get inspired.
What is your ideal day off?
Sleeping in without an alarm clock. Waking up next to my family. Getting coffee served in bed. Making a great breakfast like pancakes and berries. Spending the day with the girls doing fun things they like and then in the afternoon taking them to their grandparents for a sleepover. Going for a run with my husband and then getting ready and going out for dinner with some friends. That would be a lovely day. I think I might run out of hours to do it all.