Having sauna is quality of life to me.

Lately I´ve noticed that heating sauna means the same thing.

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Walking along the narrow path to our smoke sauna relaxes me.

Adding wood to the stove calms me down.

And sitting by the fire makes me to see my life clearer.

Into what´s important and what´s not.

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I wonder has anyone studied the health benefits of the fire?

There must be some.

I felt so good while listening to the sounds it made.

Mari ❤ SaimaaLife



Winter is dark and cloudy up in the North. For example in Mikkeli in Eastern Finland the sun was shining only 8 minutes in November! 8 minutes!

Daytime is already getting longer now but there are still few months to go before the darkness is truly beaten.

Whiteness of the winter is wonderful, but darkness? Not so much.

We need the Sun to be well and happy.

Go and enjoy the Sun! Whenever you can! You´ll notice the difference in your body & mind.

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Her comes the sun
- The Beatles-

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
It's all right

Mari ❤ SaimaaLife



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Woolen socks, warm blanket, candle light and a good book.

That´s what perfectly relaxing winter moment indoors is made of.

Santa Claus brought me "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson.

That inspiring autobiography will be my companion now for a while.

Mari ❤ SaimaaLife



I think it was in autumn 2013 when I said to my husband that "Now I´ll invest in my mental wellbeing. And when I'm done with my mind I'll start to concentrate on my physical wellbeing again".

Now is the time!

After dedicating year 2014 for the wellbeing of mind, I will dedicate year 2015 for the wellbeing of body.

Natural and healthy food is part of it.

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Overnight oatmeals. That´s what I'm interested in.

I´ve tested oatmeal oats with rasberries, black & red currants, blueberries and strawberries. I love them all! Our kids (and my husband) love the last two.

I recommend you to try too. Just Google "oatmeal oats recipes" and you´ll find plenty of different options.

Just make some easy preparations before going to bed and you'll have some great energy waiting for you in the fridge in the morning.

I will share my oatmeal oats recipes later with you after a bit more testing. :)

Mari ❤ SaimaaLife



 Last year I stopped saying "I´m in a hurry". I just stopped.

I did it because I realized it was just a habit for me. I was in a hurry just because I was saying it to myself. But I really wasn't.

So I decided to stop the haste and not to worry about the length of my To do -list.

I started to do one thing at a time instead.  And after getting something done I said "Well done, Mari!"

I also created a habit to sit down for a while every now and then. Every day actually. Just for a minute or two.

Sit down, take a few deep breaths, look around and think what's good in life at that very moment.

My To do -list is still as long as it was a year ago.

The difference is that I don´t feel that I´m in a hurry anymore.

I'm more mindful and less stressful.

And the moments I used for worrying my constant haste, I nowadays use for calming down.

Peace of mind, that's the best medicine against haste.

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Mari ❤ SaimaaLife