A very traditional dish here in Finland is a Karelian Pie, often served with something roughly translated as ‘egg butter‘. Basically a butter mixed with boiled eggs. However if you wish to eat dairy free that is off limits. My mom recently discovered a recipe where somebody had substituted the butter with avocado. (I would credit the person if I just knew but I don’t!) If you have never even had egg butter, this is something worth trying out. My american boyfriend who has never had it either found this really tasty when served on top of a whole wheat…

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PHMB and beauty products that do more harm than good

This past week PHMB (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide) has made the headlines here in Finland and in Europe. This ingredient has been classified as a category 2 carcinogenic agent by the European Union and is banned since January 2015 in personal care products. A category 2 classification means that the agent is suspected of causing cancer. Unfortunately PHMB is still found in beauty products such as makeup removers, creams and lotions. One would think that there is some older products just hanging at the back of the shelves at cosmetic departments, simply forgotten and mixed together with the newer bottles with their renewed formulas. The…
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A Month after new years resolutions

After listing all the goals and resolutions for the new year in the beginning of this month… Where are you now? Are you still with your goals? There might come a time when you are skipping your new routine so, how to keep on going? When everybody else is giving up, because it is socially acceptable by February. If you made notes of your resolutions for 2016. Bring those notes together and take a look at them. Have you already achieved something? Are you already much closer to some of your goals? Could you add in some new details? Take a…
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Being yourself, when world falls apart

I read a lot of interviews and quotes by famous people. They are often asked about the one life advice they would give. How to be successful and how to have a better quality of life. Quite a few answers to that question the exact same way: Be Yourself. What does it mean to be yourself? How can you be yourself? I’ve struggled a lot at accepting myself. I’ve had to learn things the hard way and that has caused a lot of emotional anxiety, depression and yet also discrimination from others who didn’t want to support me on my…
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