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Interview with children’s book author Nicole Warriner

Since 1967, on 2 April, International Children’s Book Day is celebrated across the world to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. In my blog post ‘A Mother and Son Letter Adventure‘ that I wrote last year, I presented the importance of reading books to babies and toddlers and featured one of Philippos’ all-time favourite books ‘Behind The Magic Door’ written by Nicole Warriner.

It’s high time, I shed light to the charismatic young lady who made her author debut with this beloved and popular personalised children’s book. Ladies and gentleman, here is my interview with Nicole. Read along and if you are a parent, remember to a) buy and read books with your children from as early as possible and b) if you have a teenager, remember to support their creative (writing or other) endeavours as Nicole’s parents did. One day your child will be a well-rounded human being or even a published author!


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Books, Children, Reviews

A mother and son letter adventure!

 

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ― Emilie Buchwald

I’ve always been fascinated by fairy tales. My mother tells that I was a bookworm from a young age. She used to read fairy tales to me when I was an infant and I would be fascinated by the pictures and the different voices my mother made. She kept reading my favourite books over and over to the point where I eventually knew them by heart. By the time I could speak, I would pretend I was ‘reading’ the story book by myself simply by turning the pages and narrating the story as I remembered it from my mother using the illustrations to navigate me through the plot! I would even imitate her tone and expressions to add tension and drama! Funny little girl I was.


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Children

Sledding down the snow hills of Kaivopuisto!

Today February 21st was Shrove Tuesday (known in Finland as Laskiaistiistai)! It is the day preceeding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and connected to Easter.

In Finland tradition has it that people of all ages gather in Kaivopuisto, a beautiful park near the sea and an ideal sledding hill location to enjoy the outdoors and the snow. Sledding is one of several fun winter activities that Finns enjoy.

I got my sled from Etola in Forum and headed to Kaivopuisto with my friends. Shop manager Heli and co-worker Sonja helped me find suitable sleds for me and my friend. One in red and one in blue..

Heli speaks English well and she is ready to help all customers find what they are looking for! As you can see, working in Etola is also fun!

In Kaivopuisto, there were lots of children with their parents and also many adults that were enjoying the snow and riding on their sledges!

One tip before going sledding is to dress appropriately! Put on a warm, waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, and waterproof boots with layers underneath should keep you dry. Enjoy the winter holidays!
Etola Forum, Kukontori
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10-20, Sat: 10-17

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Today February 21st was Shrove Tuesday (known in Finland as Laskiaistiistai)! It is the day preceeding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent and connected to Easter.

In Finland tradition has it that people of all ages gather in Kaivopuisto, a beautiful park near the sea and an ideal sledding hill location to enjoy the outdoors and the snow. Sledding is one of several fun winter activities that Finns enjoy.

I got my sled from Etola in Forum and headed to Kaivopuisto with my friends. Shop manager Heli and co-worker Sonja helped me find suitable sleds for me and my friend. One in red and one in blue..

Heli speaks English well and she is ready to help all customers find what they are looking for! As you can see, working in Etola is also fun!

In Kaivopuisto, there were lots of children with their parents and also many adults that were enjoying the snow and riding on their sledges!

One tip before going sledding is to dress appropriately! Put on a warm, waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, and waterproof boots with layers underneath should keep you dry. Enjoy the winter holidays!
Etola Forum, Kukontori
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10-20, Sat: 10-17

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Campaigns, Children, Gifts, Men's fashion, Travel, Women's fashion

Christmas presents for all!

Christmas is celebrated in Finland and around the world lavishly as a family holiday with the exchange of postcards and presents. In Finland, people start decorating their homes and windows from the end of November and children start counting days to Christmas with their Advent calendars. Streets and shopping centers are packed with people buying Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

FORUM has been decorated with christmassy colours since November already and welcomes the visitors to experience their festive gift-shopping.

In INDISKA, on FORUM’s second floor, you can find all kinds of beautiful decorations for your home that could also be small gifts for colleagues and friends. Take a look!

I have been checking various stores in FORUM to find out cool gifts for everyone! Here is my Christmas gift-selection.

Gifts for ladies:

Yves Rocher beautifully packaged skincare gifts that would make any woman happy.

A beautiful gift basket from the product line of Tradition de Hammam that includes the Oriental Shower Oil from argan oil from Marocco that nourishes your skin, the Oriental Skin Scrub that restores a velvety finish to your skin, the Nourishing Argan Balm and the Oriental Soap with olive oil.

In Forumin Kulta, I found gorgeous jewellery from various collections. Below there are jewellery of Aagaard design.


The Danish firm Aagaard is one of the leading jewellery manufacturers in Scandinavia and their jewellery express individuality and unique design. This Aagaard flower ser of ring and necklace can be found in Forumin Kulta. A perfect present for a lady!

Gifts for him:

The two ThinKing credit card holders are designed by Aki Pesonen from Eteläranta in Helsinki, Finland. ThinKing credit card holders are uniquely looking, slim and lightweight. They can hold up to four cards securily inside. (Size: Height: 88 mm / Width: 62 mm / Depth: 8 mm)


Gifts for kids:

Children’s tableware sets designed by Lisa Lindahl only for 69€!


Hyvää Joulua, everyone! (‘Merry Christmas!’ in Finnish)

Enjoy the holidays!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Christmas is celebrated in Finland and around the world lavishly as a family holiday with the exchange of postcards and presents. In Finland, people start decorating their homes and windows from the end of November and children start counting days to Christmas with their Advent calendars. Streets and shopping centers are packed with people buying Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

FORUM has been decorated with christmassy colours since November already and welcomes the visitors to experience their festive gift-shopping.

In INDISKA, on FORUM’s second floor, you can find all kinds of beautiful decorations for your home that could also be small gifts for colleagues and friends. Take a look!

I have been checking various stores in FORUM to find out cool gifts for everyone! Here is my Christmas gift-selection.

Gifts for ladies:

Yves Rocher beautifully packaged skincare gifts that would make any woman happy.

A beautiful gift basket from the product line of Tradition de Hammam that includes the Oriental Shower Oil from argan oil from Marocco that nourishes your skin, the Oriental Skin Scrub that restores a velvety finish to your skin, the Nourishing Argan Balm and the Oriental Soap with olive oil.

In Forumin Kulta, I found gorgeous jewellery from various collections. Below there are jewellery of Aagaard design.


The Danish firm Aagaard is one of the leading jewellery manufacturers in Scandinavia and their jewellery express individuality and unique design. This Aagaard flower ser of ring and necklace can be found in Forumin Kulta. A perfect present for a lady!

Gifts for him:

The two ThinKing credit card holders are designed by Aki Pesonen from Eteläranta in Helsinki, Finland. ThinKing credit card holders are uniquely looking, slim and lightweight. They can hold up to four cards securily inside. (Size: Height: 88 mm / Width: 62 mm / Depth: 8 mm)


Gifts for kids:

Children’s tableware sets designed by Lisa Lindahl only for 69€!


Hyvää Joulua, everyone! (‘Merry Christmas!’ in Finnish)

Enjoy the holidays!

Text: Chryssa Skodra

Photos: Kim Ekman (Vision51)

Children

Toys are us!

The annual Nordic Travel Fair takes place in Helsinki. Hectic and colourful as always the travel fair attracts thousands of visitors. It is always marked on my calendar in January.

Browsing around the Fair’s exhibitions, I noticed one of my favourite animation characters. ‘Krtek’ or ‘Krteček’ (the Little Mole) is the most well-known Czech animation film and children’s book character.

I happen to know Krtek well because my family has ties to Czech Republic. But, generally Krtek is beloved by children all over the world, since books with Krtek’s adventures are published in many languages.

I found my own precious Krtek soft toy in Ideaforum as well as many cute puppets and lovely souvenirs from Finland that I can buy for my friends and family when I travel back to Greece!

Photos by Kim Ekman (www.vision51.com)

Ideaforum, Mannerheimintie 20, 00100, Helsinki (www.ideaforum.fi)

Mon-Fri: 9-21, Sat: 9-18, Sun: 12-18


The annual Nordic Travel Fair takes place in Helsinki. Hectic and colourful as always the travel fair attracts thousands of visitors. It is always marked on my calendar in January.

Browsing around the Fair’s exhibitions, I noticed one of my favourite animation characters. ‘Krtek’ or ‘Krteček’ (the Little Mole) is the most well-known Czech animation film and children’s book character.

I happen to know Krtek well because my family has ties to Czech Republic. But, generally Krtek is beloved by children all over the world, since books with Krtek’s adventures are published in many languages.

I found my own precious Krtek soft toy in Ideaforum as well as many cute puppets and lovely souvenirs from Finland that I can buy for my friends and family when I travel back to Greece!

Photos by Kim Ekman (www.vision51.com)

Ideaforum, Mannerheimintie 20, 00100, Helsinki (www.ideaforum.fi)

Mon-Fri: 9-21, Sat: 9-18, Sun: 12-18


Children

Welcome to Forum’s Moominvalley!

Finland, the land of a thousand lakes, gave birth to one of the most important children’s book writers of the world.

Swedish-speaking Finn, Tove Jansson, and her Moomintrolls have friends all over the world. The white, happy-go-lucky Moomintrolls are an adventurous family.

I remember reading the books and watching the TV series, when I was young. Yesterday, in Moomin Shop Forum, I found a wide collection of authentic Moomin products. All the residents of Moominvalley live on the 2nd floor of Forum! Pay them a visit!

Photos by Kim Ekman

Moomin Shop Forum, 2nd floor

Open: Mon-Fri 9-21, Sat 10-18

Finland, the land of a thousand lakes, gave birth to one of the most important children’s book writers of the world.

Swedish-speaking Finn, Tove Jansson, and her Moomintrolls have friends all over the world. The white, happy-go-lucky Moomintrolls are an adventurous family living in the fantastic Moominvalley.

I remember reading the books and watching the TV series, when I was young. Yesterday, in Moomin Shop Forum, I found a wide collection of authentic Moomin products. All the residents of Moominvalley live on the 2nd floor of Forum! Pay them a visit!

Photos by Kim Ekman

Moomin Shop Forum, 2nd floor

Open: Mon-Fri 9-21, Sat 10-18