2. You are not done once the book is published

Image of male child holding up books
Image of male child holding up books
Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

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.

Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

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…


Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

And you’re worlds apart

I love this photo of two of my boys. They are either best friends or worst enemies, depending on the day and the mood.

Taking this photo earlier this summer made me think about my own childhood. I also have a sibling that is my best friend. 3 siblings, in fact. All sisters.

Growing up, we weren’t always best friends, but we always had each other. Now, as grown-ups, I truly appreciate the close relationship we have. We all live in different parts of the world, and we’re thousands of miles from each other.

Sometimes I miss them all so…


Female athletes forced to wear less and fined for refusing to do so

Photo from Norway Beach Handball on Instagram

I’ve seen this photo in almost every major news outlet that’s out there this past week.

This all started because the female athletes in Norway’s Beach Handball team have had enough of wearing tiny bikini bottoms during games. So they did something about it. In the recent bronze medal game against Spain during the Euro 2021 tournament the team of Norway decided to play in shorts, as the male players do.

The Disciplinary Commission at the Beach Handball EURO 2021 didn’t like it and decided to fine each player €150, totaling €1,500.

The commission also released a statement, saying:

The…


Sincerely, naive / clueless immigrant

Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

I went on a domestic vacation in America this summer. A real road trip. I got to see some new states I haven’t been to before. Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, to mention a few.

When in Georgia, my family and I thought it would be a fun thing to visit a local flea market. Explore the area, the community, the food, all that. So we went to the ATM and got cash, ready to see this large roadside flea market in a remote southern town.

I started walking through the endless aisles of vendors. And there, out of a…


Pandemic ending = more traveling

Photo by Sara Melissa Frost
Photo by Sara Melissa Frost
Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

I always have mixed feelings about traveling with my kids. I love getting to where I’m going, and I love the fact that we can travel, but I can’t stand the traveling part of it. From leaving the door to getting to our destination. I used to love that part of it before kids, actually, but I’m not going to pretend that going places with my wonderful, wild kids is the same as flying solo.

The pandemic seems to come closer to an end every day that goes by. As travel restrictions are lifted and more people are getting vaccinated…


Scandinavians don’t need much in their closets, as long as they have this one material

Homemade wool sweater by Ida Wirak Trettevik.
Homemade wool sweater by Ida Wirak Trettevik.
Photo by Guro Sommer for Witre Design

Something that characterizes the Scandinavian countries is minimalism. They are widely known simply for valuing less. Here, quality more often than not beats quantity. Not only does this apply for living space, furniture, or food, but also for what’s in their closets.

The Scandinavian clothing style can best be described as functional and minimalistic. If you like all the colors, you might find their style a bit boring. The Scandinavian look has, however, been praised as a trendy go-to style especially when it comes to everyday fashion.

Christina Exsteen, the creative director at Denmark’s By Malene Birger told Vogue, that…


Not because it’s trendy

Photo by Sara Melissa Frost
Photo by Sara Melissa Frost
Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

The Swedish brand Oatly took the United States by storm a few years back. I moved from Scandinavia to the U.S. in 2017, and I remember being beyond thrilled when a local cafe in New York City told me they used oat milk in their lattes. I couldn’t believe it. I had been asking around in grocery stores and cafes for months, and the response I got was usually:

You mean if we sell goat milk?

No. I mean oat. From oats. Not goats.

I came to terms with the fact that I just had to give up on the…


Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

Welcome to the family, little friend

A few weeks ago my kids and I were out in our garden to see if our snap peas were ready to eat. All of a sudden, we spotted the cutest little baby bunny I’ve ever seen. I had my phone on me so I got to snap a quick photo of the little bunny gazing at our growing carrots before running off in fear.

Oh mommy, we have a pet now! Can you believe it?

I told my two oldest sons that the little bunny is more than welcome to stay in our garden and munch on our carrots…


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And it’s already starting to happen

Empire State Building, New York City.
Empire State Building, New York City.
Photo by Sara Melissa Frost

New York City was hit extremely hard during the pandemic. Overfilled hospitals. Lives lost. Businesses shutting down. Livelihood was gone. People leaving.

It broke my heart seeing how this usually vibrant, never-sleeping city became something so different for such a long time.

I’ve kept my distance, well more than 6-feet from this city for a while, too. But I went back last weekend. I didn’t know what to expect, but what I saw was so nice. There was hope. People laughing. Families reading books and having picnics in the parks. Some wore their masks, others not. …

Sara Melissa Frost

Journalist. Mom. Wife. Norwegian in the US. Minimalist-ish. Top Writer in Food, Parenting, and Photography.

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