features From littlebearabroad
Lifestyle, fashion, inspiring insights and Scandi-life. Plus, get to know some of the most successful immigrant Stockholmers living the Scandi-life.
Stephanie is Littlebearabroad’s Community Manager and Social Media Manager. She moved to Sweden 11 months ago in 2018 with her husband and two children. She’s originally from the US and came to Sweden because she fell in love with Scandinavia.
FLAT LAY: This is a visual list, not a brand recommendation. You can find all of these items in local second hand stores and on exchange/seconds FB groups. Check out your local Loppis, too.
Our LBA mini-blogger, Kat Trigarszky, offers her top tips on starting school for 7 year + in Sweden.
BLOG: Unlearning the authoritarian crap of my childhood and re-learning to parent a ‘Pippi’
Littlebearabroad is BACK and ready to get this new term time kicked off. Slipping into the comfy routine of weekly schedules and family life.
Join the Got Vitality Mum and Baby Group Health Coaching community, today! Starting on the 2nd September for six weeks, a 90 minute group session tailored towards women’s health.
Book your spot on the Mama Baby Yoga Summer taster session, email Reena@yogabreakfastclub.se
Lisa Ferland’s new Kick Starter funded book, When the Clock Strikes on Halloween, introduces kids to the concept of elapsed time using visual cues and analogue clocks. A crucial skill that is threatened by the disappearance of analogue clocks.
What’s your favourite cake? Did you know there is probably a day dedicated to it? Kat Trigarszky peels back the cream layers on Sweden’s obsession with celebrating cake.
Easter break in Stockholm for FREE! 10 brilliant activities for you and kids over Påsklov.
According to Cicero, if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. I’m not sure about the garden part (I’m happy enough just to be a crazy plant lady in an apartment), but I’m with him on the library.
Thirty days that both parents can be off together to be taken before the child is one year. We decided to spend them all in one go and travel – with the rest of the winter Swedes – to Thailand.
I’m Owain, but nowadays I’m referred to as Daddy. A graphic designer originally from London, now calling Stockholm home. Our lovely little girl was born in February 2018 and has ever since been entertaining us all day long – and night. I’m here to share the wonders and wisdoms of fatherhood, starting with my paternity leave.
Holly arrived in Sweden a year ago with 3 toddlers, her other half and a tiny cat in tow. Before kids she was a magazine editor in the UK. Since arriving she has grappled with SFI, bought a house, and discovered biceps thanks to pushing a triple buggy through the snow.
“There’s nothing like being verbally insulted in your home country and told you don’t belong to reinforce that growing feeling you already have. Perhaps I’ve just been lucky here in Sweden that no one has ever shouted at me to go home. An added factor to this “where is home?” conundrum…”
Hi, I am Diana and I would like to share with you some of my experiences of living abroad while I am raising two small kids in the Swedish countryside.
If you are thinking on living in the swedish countryside, here, I share with you my experience and I hope you find it helpful!
One of my sisters is going to visit us in Sweden for the first time this January. She asked me what to expect so I decide to write this post to her and many others travelling to Sweden, especially the northern parts for the first time. I will share a few tips on what to do in summer, briefly, and then explain why I describe the winter in the north as good, bad and ugly. Stick around and you can find out also how to hack the bad and ugly periods of winter
Hi, I´m Santino Zhakata. Join me on the many discussions in store on this blog and let´s have a great conversation. Awesome!
Celebrating my daughter’s first birthday in Sweden was a learning curve! Here are some of the most valuable tips I learnt about celebrating birthdays in Sweden, without compromising my own culture’s birthday traditions.
Most cultures continue on from one generation to the other by passing down ways and beliefs from parents to children. Since there exists so many different cultures in the world, views on raising children tend to also differ tremendously. This is apparent if you come from one cultural background and are raising your children in a different country and culture.
Santino was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Later, he moved to work in Mozambique for 4 years. There, he met his wife, resulting in moving to Sweden in 2012. The family live in Lycksele and they have three kids aged five, three and one
My name is Patricia alias Pati. I’m originally from Venezuela and moved to Umeå in 2013, then to Stockholm in 2018. My daughter was born two years ago. Entrepreneurism and life-learning have been an invaluable way of opening doors and meeting people since moving to Sweden. I’m dedicated to international mothers and women seeking to make their own mark on their adopted country.
Hello, I’m Kat, mamma to two active boys and something of a Stockholm veteran, having lived here for a decade now.
Katharine Trigarszky is an English mamma who lives in Stockholm. As well as writing about her boys, O and E, Kat writes about other aspects of her life: a little bit on style, a whole lot more on her efforts for a smooth and productive day, life in Stockholm.
The global child care community helping parents and babysitters to connect since 2008.
Littlebearabroad’s guide to the top 10 autumn markets in Stockholm this Fall.
The stunning international theatre festival for children is back. Littlebearabroad and Teatre Tre are giving away a festival pass to one lucky reader!!
“Walt Disney couldn’t have done it better himself” – the medieval, walled fantasy-like city of Visby, Gotland.
This summer’s most exciting kid’s event collaboration – Lights, Camera, Action!
A collection of romantic pieces for Swedish Midsommar ’18. Straw chewing, hazy daze…
How do you get the best use out of public holidays in Sweden and what on earth is a “squeeze day”?
Swedish Mother’s day is Sun 27th May – whether you are Swedish or not, you still deserve to celebrate it. Littlebearabroad’s wishlist of Mother’s day treats for tired eyes and little luxuries.
Littlebearabroad’s guide to Valborg celebrations in Stockholm. All suitable for kids between 3+
***Warning*** be aware that many of these celebrations are EXTREMELY BUSY and there are lit torches, open flames and often (not always) fireworks. If you’re not sure, you can always watch them on TV (like me)
Could the winter have BEEN any longer?? Are we still in it? Will the snow EVER STOP FALLING… who knows. After a brief pause in March, the April features on Littlebearabroad are spring themed and bursting with new life. We look forward to Easter events, outdoor activities and more exciting spring things in Sweden.
Easter in Stockholm for kids 2018. Your quick and easy guide to what’s on this Easter in Stockholm for kids and the not so big kids, too. Who doesn’t love a good egg hunt??
What does “kid-friendly” mean to you? Well, to us it means plenty of room for the buggy, changing tables, baby chairs (and if you’re really lucky, a kiddy play pen). Believe it or not, those are difficult to find, even in family-friendly Stockholm.
A “no kids” guide to St Valentine’s day in Stockholm. Ok, that’s a bit harsh, you could bring the kids but you won’t want to.
Försäkringskassan has updated their online brochures and application forms to accommodate several immigrant languages. Making the social insurance system in Sweden a whole lot easier to understand.
Parental benefits for immigrants with children over the age of 1 are changing. On Jul 2017 the Riksdag voted in amendments that could affect you.
New Year, new look for Littlebearabroad and we’re talking school places. January is often associated with getting ready for grundskola, the first, obligatory, school experience for kids in Sweden. This month we’ll be sharing the experiences of parents starting grundskola, some facts about the queue system in grundskola and how it differs between kommun.
Great stocking stuffers for the whole family. Love by Anna’s range of slipper socks, moccasins and Mini Melissa shoes make superb Christmas gifts. This month, get money off using Littlebearabroad’s exclusive codes including free shipping and free gift wrap.
The designer and business owner behind Lillster Socks talks to us about Instagram, being bad-ass and soulful socks. How does she do family, her own business and still have time for social media??
The presents are open, the julbord has become boring and the kid’s are starting to get ratty. What do you do now? Mellandagarna 2017 (thank heavens, the Swedes have a name for it, at least).
December in Sweden is all about the lussekatter, glögg-mingel and casting out the dark with twinkly lights, Luciatåg and looking ahead to a New Year. In this month’s edit, we’ll be focusing on Christmas traditions, new businesses and brands, mellandagarna and why you or your friends should be coming to Stockholm in 2018.
Littlebearabroad’s top 10 ‘Christmas markets of 2017’. We’ve got it all, from Old Town and royalty to secret gardens and student art. It’s a brilliant time of year to see some of the best locally produced and hand made products in Sweden. A must do for all Christmas junkies.
Smålandsgran, the family run business making Christmas tree buying easier, more convenient and, most importantly, more environmentally friendly. We’ve teamed up with Smålandsgran to offer our readers a brilliant deal when purchasing their 2017 Christmas tree from Smålandsgran.
Things do this winter in Stockholm. So many of you have been searching on Littlebearabroad for winter activities, we thought it best to put them all in the same place…
Our quick and easy guide to the best reflex (hi-vis) products on the market today. We’re particularly a big fan of the reflex wool!!! Bring on the woolly hats.
Frosty mornings and crunchy leaves. The smell of snow and ice in the air. Waiting with anticipation and excitement for the first snow and winter really beginning…
Dear To Me Studio, a fine paper goods company, established in 2015. Built from the ground up by Elly Vvaller, the brand has contributed to revolutionising the way we all stay in touch and ensuring that it’s always stylish.
Pink or Blue? What about rainbow? Well, at Goodordering, we believe they can, and we present that in our range of unisex kids bags. Our bags are inspired by Japanese school bags with a touch Scandinavian design.
Anna Boussard gives us the low down on the top Unisex brands you need in your life.
Stockholm is a culture maven and no more so than for kids. Our top 10 guide to culture centres for kids is our best yet!! Perfect for these wintery days coming up.
Pumpkin spiced lattes, chilli mornings, layers and jack – o – lanterns. It’s the October and the smell of bonfires and wet leaves is in the air. Our October edit of Littlebearabroad is here.
Littlebearabroad is introduced to the movers and shakers of Sweden’s booming creative industries. Those making their mark in culture, fashion and the arts.
Scandi inspired and future forward fashion brands for kids and grown-ups. Gender neutral, ethical and investment pieces of the future.
Playgroups in Stockholm for kids aren’t as tricky to find as you might expect. You just need to know where to look. We promise, there are no secret handshakes or hidden passwords to get in either! In this edit, Jill collates her top 10 favourite öppna förskola in Stockholm.
Whether it’s choosing the perfect pencil case/lunch box combo, figuring out whether or not the kids wet weather gear still fits, this is the time for getting read to go BACK TO SCHOOL…
It’s heating up and it’s all about city beaches, adventure islands and things to do in Stockholm on those rainy, summer days. Welcome to July in Sweden.
International Ice Cream Day! Let’s celebrate by sharing Stockholm’s top 5 Glassaffärer.
Stockholm’s archipelago is a mystery to many. So, where can you experience the best of skärgårdsliv?
You’re ‘how to’ guide from Stone Fox Bride, New York and Style Caster. Thanks guys!
For a little bit of the Californian super food, good life here in Stockholm – with raw food restaurants and cafes on the rise, Stockholm’s offering is quickly becoming a health food haven. Elly Vvaller rounds her top ten for fresh eats.
We’ve scoured our favorite independent brands to bring you some cracking party dresses!
Interviews with individuals who have crossed oceans and countries to a new life. Their unique journeys which led to their immigration and re-settlement in Sweden and their incredible success in life abroad.
Whether it’s skate parks, paddling, or simply a good co ee you and your family seek, Elly Waller rounds up
10 of the best parklek utopias in Stockholm.
Alex and her husband moved to Stockholm last year and their son was born in April 2016. Alex thinks that having a child in Stockholm has given her more opportunities to meet people and explore different parts of the city.
A little inspo for things to do once the presents have been opened, the food has been eaten and you’re fresh out of ideas.
Eline Alcocer and her husband both grew up in different countries to the ones their parents were from. As adults they couldn’t quite let go of that sense of wanderlust. 4.5 years on, an international wedding and one little boy (now almost 4), they decamped to Lund in the very south of Sweden.
Eleanor Jordan moved to Stockholm 5 years ago with her husband, Will. Eleanor firmly believes that, “apart from having our two gorgeous children, moving [to Sweden] was the best thing we have done for our family. We LOVE Sweden so much! Sure, there are negatives, but that is the same with every country.”
Mark Ellis, from England, first moved to Sweden 10 years. He was living in Gothenburg when he met his wife, Pernilla, through mutual friends. 4 years ago they welcomed their daughter Freja into the world. He misses England but loves the pace of life in Sweden.
Lisa Ferland is a US citizen who has called Sweden home since 2012. Lisa recently published a heartwarming anthology called Knocked Up Abroad and can be reached on Facebook and Twitter.
The celebration of Allhelgonadagen or All Saints Day is the traditional “All Hallows” celebration in Sweden. It’s a time for remembrance and honouring those who have passed on. It also marks the beginning of winter time
There’s no question about it, kid’s clothes are very expensive in Sweden. These are some top tips on how to up-cycle, recycle and thrift ‘barnkläder’ in Sweden.
The half term break around the end of October and beginning of November is like a last ditch effort before hibernation.
What to wear, how to wear it and care for it throughout the winter season in Sweden.