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Getting Into the Christmas Spirit


I’m starting to get into the Christmas mood and have been asking Matthew when we can get a Christmas tree for weeks now – so we went and got a fake tree yesterday, yay. Haven’t dressed it yet though. This morning we got up early to go to Ikea (you can imagine how happy Matthew was about it) to get a new, big chest of drawers that can double as a changing table and a comfy arm chair for all those baby feeding sessions. And glögg of course, 3 bottles of it! Can’t wait to have some later tonight with almonds and raisins  as it’s traditionally served 🙂 Also got some hyacinths for that distinctive Christmassy smell – not sure if I need to plant them though as they were just bulbs…Anyone?

Yet another week gone by, which means I’ve entered week 29 now. I had an appointment with my midwife on Friday and everything was perfect: my uterus was the exact size it should be, the heartbeats were strong and regular and my blood pressure was more or less exactly the same as it’s been all along.

I’ve also had my flu jab, whooping cough vaccine and anti-D injection this week – as well as the usual blood tests. Luckily I have no issues with needles at all! My midwife said flying in a month’s time when I’m 33 weeks shouldn’t be an issue at all, and that usually the big airlines don’t ask too many questions (we’re flying with KLM – so this time we’re stopping in Amsterdam…Please someone organise direct flights between Helsinki and Edinburgh!).

We’ve finally managed to get our DIY gloves on and paint the wooden chest we got for the bedroom a while back – with careful instructions from Matthew’s dad. The “colour” of choice was naturally white, and I’m very pleased with the result. Don’t you think it’s a hundred times better now? 🙂


The before picture: it’s just one of those wooden chests from Ikea that we bought second hand – although it seems brand new. It’s slowly filling up with more and more baby stuff 🙂


Matthew at it before he got bored (after not even having finished one side) – so basically I painted the whole thing. Very therapeutic.


I also discovered a Scandinavian shop called Spektakulär in Morningside the other day, so decided to pay a visit during my lunch break – only to realise that I had been there before…Anyway, the shop was full of lovely things that reminded me of home, e.g. loads of Moomin stuff. This beautiful candle bridge was the only thing to come home with me though.


Back home everyone has candle bridges in their windows, so I wanted one here too as I think they’re great for Christmas mood lighting. This one comes in white and red too, but thought grey would be the best fit for our home.


Not sure where to put the candle bridge yet…

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Matthew’s just finished assembling the chair, and now swearing over the much more complicated chest of drawers – but he won’t let me help either so I’m blogging about it instead. 🙂 Hope you’ve all had a fantastic week and that the darkness doesn’t get to you too much. Tomorrow my fourth last week at work begins!

x Nina x

PS. I’m looking into getting my own domain and hosting so that I can have more control over my blog, so you can (hopefully) expect a new look soon!

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • Hannele Lahtinen

    What a very nice candle bridge you’ve found! We have also put our decorations up now, and it really makes a difference and gives the flat a nice atmosphere in the otherwise darkening evenings. We also went to see the opening of Alexanterinkadun joulukatu today, with a christmas parade containing horses, elfes, snowmen, dogs, an english taxi, fire engines (maybe because they were red?!?), and lots and lots of screaming children… but it was fun and who could turn down a chance to see Santa! 😉

    November 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Oh can’t wait for Christmas in Finland!!just had glögg from Ikea,but didn’t remember it to be as sweet as it was!:/

      November 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm
      • hannelelahtinen

        It is quite sweet and that’s why I prefer the redwine or alcoholic versions… But you have to wait a bit longer for that ?

        December 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm
        • ninaaikas

          It’s a lot better once I figured out to mix it with 50% water 🙂 Alcohol, what’s that? 😛

          December 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm
  • tableofcolors

    Love your candle bridge. We don’t have one at the minute and your’s looks like the perfect choice! Good luck with the last stretch of your pregnancy ?

    November 25, 2014 at 11:14 am
    • ninaaikas

      Thanks, really pleased with it – thought it was something extra whilst being traditional enough 🙂 Yup, bring on the last two months of pregnancy! 🙂

      November 25, 2014 at 11:28 am
  • Anonymous

    Nice new details!

    December 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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