The benefits of gardening are not only environmental.

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Last year I planted a vegetable garden. I do not have green fingers. My garden project was more out of desperation and boredom, I just need to do something, Covid-hobby, more than than anything. But what do you know, slowly, those seeds started sprouting.

The fact that I actually managed to grow something green surprised me. I have never been able to keep as much as a single plant alive. It was satisfying picking my own vegetables rather than buying them at some random grocery store.

Also, the environmental benefits of growing your own food are priceless. You know exactly…


2. You are not done once the book is published

Image of male child holding up books
Image of male child holding up books
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It all started with an idea, as most things do. I struggled with finding modern, simple-looking children’s books that could help teach my son about colors. So I decided to make my own during my second parental leave.

I teamed up with my best friend and illustrator, and together we started the process of creating a children’s book series including a yellow book, a blue book, a green book, and yes, you guessed it, a red book.

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It was an incredibly fun project, and we had a blast making the books. Once it was published (self-published), we patted ourselves on…


Even in snow and rain.

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You might have heard about Scandinavians and their obsession with fresh air. It’s a tradition that goes way back, and it starts early. Get fresh air every day, and stay outdoors as much as possible. There’s an old saying that goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Meaning, dress up (preferably in layered wool) and get outside.

It is not uncommon to see newborns bundled up in their stroller and left outside to nap. Some parents even go as far as leaving the baby in their stroller outside a cafe with a baby monitor while they…


The transition might be harder than you’d expect.

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A few months before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, my family and I relocated from a city to the suburbs. We loved everything about the city we lived in, but as our family was growing, our two-bedroom apartment felt too tiny. Suburbia was calling.

The move made sense. We would save a ton of money. We would be closer to family. We would have more space. A yard, even! We had a good feeling about it.

But when all came to all, the months after the move was incredibly hard. I am still…


Here’s the history behind it.

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Smalahove. That’s what they call the dish.

The delicacy is made from the head of a sheep, and more often than not it is consumed in mid-December, a few days before Christmas.

The name itself comes from the combination of the Norwegian words hove and smale. Hove is a dialectal form of hovud, meaning head, and smale is a word for sheep, so smalahove literally means sheep's head.

The way it’s prepared is that the skin and fleece of the head are torched, the brain removed, and the head is salted, sometimes smoked, and dried. The head is boiled or…


And what would happen if implemented in the U.S.?

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Over 40 countries have implemented some form of tax on sugar. The sugar tax that is most common out there, is a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is mostly used simply because sugary drinks are a major contributor to both obesity and diabetes. On average, a single can of a sugary drink contains around 40 grams of free sugars. Several countries have also a tiered tax design, which applies different tax rates depending on sugar content.

WHO guidelines recommend that to prevent obesity and tooth decay, adults and children reduce their consumption of free sugars to…


With a decent idea and some basic marketing knowledge, you may be off to a great start

Stevin John, better known as Blippi.
Stevin John, better known as Blippi.
Screenshot from Blippi’s YouTube channel

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard of Blippi. If you’re not a parent, here’s what you need to know: Stevin John (better known as Blippi) is a 30-something wildly successful guy from Ellensburg, Washington, who makes videos for kids. You can find his content mostly on YouTube, Amazon Video, and Hulu.

The Groundwork

The idea for Blippi came to John after witnessing his toddler nephew viewing low-quality videos on YouTube. He thought he could create better. Fill the void. So he did.

Basically, you can boil it down to the following:

  1. He realized the market was lacking something.
  2. He knew how…


What to expect when you’re expecting highly depends on where you live.

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There’s something very special about knowing there’s a life growing inside of you. And when the time’s getting close, you start preparing. Big time. Getting all the necessary equipment. Maybe you’re nesting. And then there’s the work part. Figuring out how to balance family-work life. That is huge, as a lot of us spend a significant time of our life working. How this looks for you depends on so many factors, both practical and emotional. Do you want to go back to work early? Do you have the option of staying at home? Do you even want to stay at…


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It arrives so suddenly and it’s over before you know it.

Spring. There’s something so beautiful about this season. Maybe it’s because it feels like it comes out of nowhere every year. Yesterday, one of our trees started blooming, and today, some of the flowers fell to the ground. Last week, we had frost. Today, my kids wore t-shirts and shorts. Before we know it, spring would’ve passed and summer will be here.

I’ve always lived in areas where I’ve had all four seasons. The spring is my favorite one. Warmer weather. It’s like you come out of hibernation. Feeling encouraged, hopeful.

Nature showing itself from its very best side (although…


Oh, OK.

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Our bedtime-routine has been going on for what seems like forever. I am exhausted. I’ve been reading, praying, telling stories for my little energetic kid. Now, I’m just done. I want my quiet time before it starts all over again tomorrow. The never-ending cycle of parenting. The nights are the only breaks parents to toddlers get, and they’re what I live for right now.

Me: Can you please, just pleeease, try to close your eyes, and fall asleep.

Son: I am very sorry mommy, but I actually can’t.

Me: OK, why is that? It is late, it is time for…

Sara Melissa Frost

Journalist. Mom. Wife. Norwegian in the US. I usually find myself writing about Scandinavia, Parenting and Food. Minimalist-ish.

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