Summer Essentials – Kesän suosikit

The weather is finally warm and you can sense how everyone seems more carefree. I spent April and May in Palm Springs, CA. And that is the best season to be there since it is a desert. Coachella happened and a quite a few pool parties too. When I was leaving back to Helsinki on 31st May, the end of memorial weekend, everyone told me that it is now going to be a dead season for PS because it will be up to 120 degrees (47C)… and then I would respond, “yeah it is the best season for Finland! Midsummer…
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7 days of Bikram Yoga and self-confidence issues

I was surprised to find out about my self-confidence issues after I attended a 7-day long challenge of Bikram Yoga at Evolation Yoga studio in Espoo, Finland last fall. I was interviewed for a local women’s magazine just recently about my feelings about working out in front of a mirror. I instantly went back to the feelings about how I transformed during that one week of intense bikram practice every day. I kept a diary about my feelings. I thought that I would only feel the physical changes but it was actually my mind that was more affected. Also I…
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Avocado Egg Butter

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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