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How to Make Friends as an Au Pair

Being an au pair is fun... Until it's boring. You come to a whole new country, to a house that is not your own in which you live with people you have never known before and then when you take a walk outside, you realize you can't recognize a single face on the streets.

Well, at least that's the beginning of everyone's au pair journey. After you settle down and get used to to the kids and the parents and you become to feel comfortable in the house, you get a feeling of loneliness which drives you to take action and meet some friends.

The remains problem is: how?

I really like my host family and every neighbor is kind, but in the first two weeks of me being here, I haven't spoken to anyone my age. Well, besides waiters at the coffee shops and that random woman that once showed me a way to the main bus station Helsinki. That's it. Just those people.

And then, voilà - the power of the internet came to my mind.


So, in this post, I'm giving you tips that worked for me on how to meet/make friends as an au pair.

Tip no. 1 - Instagram


Well, I could merge the first and second tip together, but, to make this post more useful for you, I decided to split it.

At this point in your life, you probably have an Instagram account. Instagram is the number one social media platform at the moment, especially for younger people. If you are an au pair you are probably between the age of 18-29, so I'm sure you are signed up there.

Now, the way to find au pairs in the country you're working is simple. Go to Instagram search and write a hashtag #aupair("yourcountry") and press enter. For example, if you are in Spain use hashtag #aupairspain or #aupairsinspain and same goes for other states.

I'm sure there are at least a dozen accounts with the hashtag, so go to their profile, follow them (well, check if they look normal), send them a DM and hopefully, you get a friend!


Tip no. 2 - Facebook groups


If there weren't groups on Facebook, I'd be logged out of there a long time ago. Or if at least there wasn't my page to like (which you can like HERE and join my amazing Facebook page community). 

Groups on Facebook are life-savers. I got my last summer job thanks to it and now, made some au pair friends!

Go to search and type "au pairs in ("yourcountry"). For example, for Finland, there's this au pair meet up group. Try to find one for the country you're staying in.

There is where I met the girls on the photo here and they are amazing. 


Tip no. 3 - Ask your host family


Being an au pair is not that lonely. As au pairs, we have a perk of automatically knowing someone in the new country - our host family. Most likely, your host parents know someone your age who lives in the neigboorhood or some of their friends have a daughter or son who is your peer. Ask them, I'm sure your host parents wouldn't want you to be alone. 

I have a great host mom and she actually asked me first if I wanna meet some people. So it's really not that hard.


The fourth tip that I didn't officially put in the list would be to join some dating app, but then there's a low chance that you're gonna meet friends, more likely a partner, which is still a positive thing.


Are you gonna apply any of these tips? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!

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Have an Effective Morning Routine - Monday Tips with Nora


I haven't posted in a while and my inconsistency started to bug me, so I've come to a solution.

I feel the best when I update on my blog daily because it makes me feel as if it's really my job as I want it to be. So why not speak it into the existence!

I got this post inspiration from a very popular Norwegian blogger Annijor who I really look up to and decided to make this a weekly series on my blog, too. 

Each Monday I will be giving you a tip or two on different topics. Mostly surrounding beauty, fashion, and productivity. For the first part, I've decided to give you a tip on having an effective morning routine.

Although mine is not 100% perfect, I think it's still effective for a good start of the day.


Tip no. 1 -  Your morning routine starts the night before



I always thought morning routine was just a morning routine, but that's not quite right.

I've realized that you can't have a good morning routine if you don't have a good night routine. Why? Good night sleep. You can't sleep three hours a night and make the next day productive. At least not in a long run.

Before I go to bed - which is around 22:00/10 pm, I have a night routine. For that, I'll make a special post. I fall asleep before 23:00/11 pm on most days. I feel the best when I get enough sleep, which is around 7:00-8:00 hours. Everybody's different, you might need more or less. 


Tip no. 2 - Wake up early and meditate 


Meditation helps me realize what my goals are and how I can get them. I actually think while meditating - if you want a more detailed post on that, let me know. 

But the problem is that when you wake up early, meditation could make you fall back asleep. That is why I cheat a bit and look at my phone for 5 minutes to wake up better. After that, I put my headphones on and find some soothing meditation music on YouTube and listen. 

I usually meditate for 10 minutes, more or less.


One of my breakfasts; oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon

Tip no. 3 - Get out of bed and shower


After I finish meditating, I immediately get out of the bed. To refresh myself, I must shower in the morning. It makes me feel clean and ready to start a new day. This takes about 5 to 15 minutes, really depends on a day. 

Then, I put my clothes on and do my makeup and usually, I leave my hair to dry naturally unless I'm leaving the house right after. 

Tip no. 4 - Eat a healthy breakfast, but add coffee to it, too


Some people do intermit fasting, either on purpose or not, but I think eating breakfast is better, especially a healthy one. Although I'm trying to avoid sugar, I still need my oatmeal in the morning

Up until today, I would eat a banana with it, but I've decided to go for less and had an apple instead. I also added a tablespoon of blueberry protein powder and a teaspoon of butter to it. 

Protein and fats are important in a healthy diet.


Just a first page of my bullet journal, full post on it soon

Tip no. 5 - Set goals for the day


Goal setting is a crucial thing to do if you want to be successful in life. And who doesn't? 

I take my bullet journal - which I'll share with you in the following days - and write my goals, to-do list and review my schedule. I gotta be in control of what happens in a day when it comes to work and duties. In the free time, I don't mind doing random things.


And those are my morning tips for you guys. What follows is starting my day by doing something. I either go for a walk, clean around the house, write or take care of my au pair kids. 


Do you like these tips? Do you have a morning routine? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!


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My Current Favorites...

Today, I wanted to write a little more about myself so you could get to know me better.

So think of this post as a "get to know me" tag in which I talk about my current favorite things.

From fashion to music and TV shows to food, in this post, you'll be able to find out the things that I've been loving recently.

What I'm watching...




If you follow me on Instagram (HERE) or Snapchat (HERE), you know that I'm currently obsessed with Dynasty (2017). Although the original series can't be beaten, this modern remake is definitely worth watching. If you want a dose of drama, love, and scandal, check out this show!

What I'm listening to...




I didn't know that Poets of the Fall were a Finnish band! I love their music and style and I've been listening to the Carnival of Rust album a lot recently. Other artists currently on my playlist are The Killers, Editors and as usual, Type O Negative

What I'm wearing...



The other day, I bought this sweater at H&M. Light biege is perhaps my favorite color ever, it is so elegant and simple. The sweater is so comfy and I just love the lace on the neckline! I think it's a great casual top.

What I'm reading...




The book I'm reading at the moment is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Although it's a fiction novel, it has a self-help vibe to it with lots of lessons that can be learned from it. I bought it recently and got the 30th-anniversary edition which contains an inspiring foreword. 

It tells the story of how Coelho's novel didn't sell at all in the first few weeks and everybody thought it was a failure. A few years later, a famous person bought it and influenced the world with it and the book became a best-seller as its known today. Lesson: never give up on your dreams.


What makeup I'm using...





Lately, I've been loving L.O.V. the Fateful Lacquered Lip Stain. It's a lipstick that can stick on your lips for more than two hours at least. It's such a high-quality brand overall and I hope it is available in Finland 'cause I need to have more of their products.


What blogs I'm reading...


I think it's good to support other people in your field, so I wanted to share some of my favorite ones of the moment. Thanks to Twitter, on which you can follow me HERE, I've come to across lots of other bloggers which I'm grateful for.

Some of my currently favorite bloggers are:


I hope you like this list! I wasn't sure what else to write, but there go my favorite things. 

Do you like any of these? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!


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Fun Day in Helsinki

On Monday I got a day off and of course, I used it to go to Helsinki. But this time, I finally had a chance to go with a friend (or an acquaintance at that time). The other day, I met with an au pair for another family on Facebook and we agreed to meet.

Her name is Araya, pretty strange for an Italian girl, as she says. She came to Finland a week before I and she is staying in Hyvinkää, a town 50 km (30 mi) north from Helsinki.

Now, we were supposed to meet at 8:45, but I came at 9:40 thanks to being at the wrong bus stop in Espoo... Anyway, it was all good.

When we finally met, we used Google maps to search for a coffee shop as usual. We found one in the center and had breakfast there. It was really great to finally meet and talk to someone my age after two weeks of living here, haha.


After the coffee shop, we just walked around the Forum shopping mall and commented on the good, the bad and the ugly clothing of the season. It was so much fun.

We didn't go so fancy and decided that our choice of restaurant in Forum would be served at the McDonald's because, well, why not.

Next up, we went to the Senate square and I've finally seen Helsinki cathedral. It's a huge and beautifully designed building. Just like other people next to us, we participated in a photo shoot in front of the cathedral.



The opening hours for Helsinki cathedral are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m (9-18). We went there at around 1:30 p.m. so we decided to enter. I've never been to an Evangelistic church before, so it was definitely a new experience. The thing we have noticed is that it is much less decorated and much more minimalistic than Catholic churches.

The square was pretty empty which I didn't expect for a city. For example, in Venice, you can barely move because of the people, but yes, to compare those two is unnecessary. Venice is a tourism destination while Helsinki is more of a working town.



But the real fun began later when we went to the Skywheel. I've never been to a one before and honestly, I was scared af at the beginning. But once I got into it, I've realized that I've nothing to fear.

The ticket price for the Skywheel was €12 which I think it's okay since it is an interesting attraction to try. There is also a sauna next to it, but as we both have it in the houses we are staying at, we didn't go there.



And that is how our day trip ended. We went home at around 3-4 in the afternoon. Overall, it was a really fun day with Araya and I enjoyed it!

Have you ever been to Helsinki? Or are you planning to? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!


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What I Eat in a Day to Stay Healthy

Since I've moved to my host family, lots of things have changed. Besides me being in Finland, I've also changed quite a few habits. And thankfully, all for the better.

The first thing that has changed was my sleeping habits. Back in Croatia when I was not working in September, I would sleep until 10 a.m. and on some days even until noon. Here, as the family is waking up early, I have to as well and now I'm awake by at least 7:00. Some days even at 6:00.

And the second thing I've improved - my eating habits. As Mari (my host mother) used to be a fitness trainer, she has still eats very healthy just like everyone else. At home, I would eat whatever I wanted; chocolate, pizza, pasta... All guilty pleasures that I miss, but at least these foods are good for the body.

Breakfast



Breakfast is actually the same as back home, I love having this one. Oatmeal with bananas and a bit of milk. Also, I've been adding a tablespoon of this amazing blueberry protein powder from Voimaruoka called Kaura Pro Mustikka. I have it at around 7:30-8:00.



Everyone makes oatmeal differently, my recipe is - take a few tablespoons, put them in the plate, add the blueberry powder and then mix it all with hot water (just enough so it covers everything). To make it more liquid, add milk. Then I cut the banana in a half and then all of it to small slices. 


Lunch



Lunch is pretty early since the previous meal is too. We eat different things each day, but one meal that is more regular than the other is rice with meat. I think it's great and simple. The rice is cooked with olive oil and turmeric which gives it a yellow color.

Meat is mostly vail or chicken.

Snacks



The afternoon snacks vary, but mostly it's either a banana, apple, a protein bar or toast with salami and butter. So as each snack is different, today was toast with butter.


Dinner




The last meal of the day is at 7:00 p.m. For this day, it was tortillas and for filling I chose meat, cheese, and sour cream, my favorite ones.

Maybe not exactly the healthiest food out there, but it is more about portion size. Well, there weren't any oils in it or too much salt, so it can be considered healthy.


What do you think of my meal plan? Do you eat healthy? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!


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How to Deal with Homesickness Abroad - Au Pair Life part 2

It's been more than a week since I came to Finland and I couldn't be more grateful. But... the question that arises during these kinda things is - am I feeling homesick?

To be 100% honest, it's both yes and no. I do not miss my hometown, Dubrovnik, as much I thought I would, but I do miss my family and friends a lot. I miss talking to my mom about my problems and joke with my dad, I miss going to cafes with my best friends and talking random shit with them. 

Here, I don't know much people except the Valosaari family and a few others who I sorta met. So I spent most of the days with either them or alone.


But I don't want to sound depressed because I'm feeling pretty opposite. Although I deal with homesickness here and there, it's not a huge thing.

Of course, it can be tough at times, but you just need to remember that in time you will meet new people and friends, you will get used to the new surroundings and you will feel completely comfortable there.

Time is really a wonderful thing. It heals and it brings new things. And also, humans are the most adaptable creatures on the planet, so you don't have to worry about a thing. We adjusted to the coldest and warmest climates, to the strangest places, we really can do anything.



However, I feel really good here in Finland. I am staying in a great house with really nice people and I feel safe. That really eases my mind. I do love the lifestyle these people have, always doing something and staying active. More doing, less thinking. I love it.

That would be me opening my feelings to the internet for today, as well as my #ootd for autumn. It's an all black very cozy outfit. I love the top because it has a leopard head printed on it (I guess it is leopard?).

I hope you enjoyed this little talk, feel free to leave a reaction and a comment below!

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A Walk Through Seurasaari in Meilahti, Helsinki

It's already been over a week since I've moved to Finland and I still can't believe it. Although I am getting used to it slowly and surely, it still feels a bit weird.

As I had a day off yesterday, I have spent it in the capital in which I have walked with over 18 thousand steps and burned 600 calories. Yeah, it was a pretty active day.

I've visited lots of places, but today I wanted to share with you some photos and info about Seurasaari, an island of Meilahti area in Helsinki

First, to get there, you have to be in Meilahti area. It is really beautiful, especially now in autumn when the leaves are falling and making the whole place look gorgeous.


And before you get to the island, you will notice the famous Villa Angelica, a 1901-built mansion. Today, the villa is also a coffee shop in which you can sit and enjoy your drink while having a view at Meilahti. Unfortunately, at the time I didn't know it was a coffee shop, so I just passed next to it, but at least I saw a glimpse of this romantic-era beauty. 



Now, to get to the actual island, you need to walk a bit further and then cross a white bridge. Over the bridge, you can see the delightful Seurasaarensalmi lake and the scenery is simply breathtaking.



While I was walking, I noticed many ducks in the lake, but also two swans and had to take a picture. The view was so dreamy.


This island, besides its natural beauties, has another cool thing - an open museum. If you like museums, but also free entrances, this is the thing. The Open-air Museum consists of historical houses and buildings from as early as the 1600s. 


One of the oldest churches in Finland, built in the early 1600s

These houses are somewhere from the 1800s



The catch is, however, that it's not actually open during the autumn/winter season, but it is in a way that you can walk next to all those places. During the summer, when it is actually available, you can even enter those buildings and see the interiors.

But honestly, my favorite part is actually the scenery. I just love the nature that surrounds this island.



What do you think of this island? Have you ever been to this part of Helsinki or the capital alone? Tell me in the comments!

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