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Lifestyle, fashion, inspiring insights and Scandi-life. Plus, get to know some of the most successful immigrant Stockholmers living the Scandi-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.
National Day in Sweden is a holiday and there are plenty of celebrations around Stockholm.
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.
Learn more about Life in Mind’s English-speaking emergency first aid course for parents and carers. Life’s most important course.
Easter break in Stockholm for FREE! 10 brilliant activities for you and kids over Påsklov.
Preparing for your child’s first birthday is enough of a mind bender. But, when it’s abroad, away from close family, expectations can be tricky to manage.
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.
A graphic designer originally from London, now calling Stockholm home. I’m here to share the wonders and wisdoms of fatherhood, starting with my paternity leave.
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.
“Figuring out where to send your child to school is rarely stress-free. In London I grappled with tiny catchment areas and over-subscription. Here the different curricula, language options and expectations initially made me feel I was failing Parenting 101.”
“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…”
If you are thinking on living in the swedish countryside, here, I share with you my experience and I hope you find it helpful!
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.
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!
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.
Hi, my name is Patricia, or Pati. Here’s a short introduction to me.. and my life in Sweden.
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.
It’s tricky keeping kids entertained in the dark. This month, Kat kicks off her mini-blog for Littlebearabroad with her recommendations to beat the winter blues in Stockholm with school aged kids.
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.
What to do in Stockholm for höstlov 2018. Hand-picked spooky events and activities for half term break.
5 minute read: In an effort to make the most of the mild autumnal weather, get out and about with Littlebearabroad’s top 10 family day trips around Stockholm this autumn.
The stunning international theatre festival for children is back. Littlebearabroad and Teatre Tre are giving away a festival pass to one lucky reader!!
A collection of romantic pieces for Swedish Midsommar ’18. Straw chewing, hazy daze…
June in Sweden – National Day, Midsommar, the start of the school summer holidays. Sweden is lush, green and we’ve finally defrosted from the 9 months of winter. What do we have to look forward to? Long, balmy days, outdoor festivities and a summer of culture.
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.
Glad Maj! With tangible hope of warmer weather, water-ways opening, spring flowers and skärgård day trips. Truly the best time of year in Sweden. So much to look forward to!
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??
Semla season is on and as usual there are plenty of deconstructed desserts doing the rounds in Stockholm. SO, what are some of the must-tries of the Fettisdag season?
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.
We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. You’re quick guide to Sportlov activities in Stockholm with kids. We’ve hand picked the most worthwhile city activities for you and the kids.
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.
Spring is dancing tentatively ahead of us and February is the last chance to make the most of winter sports and winter cosy. Well, that’s the idea but this winter has been all sorts of crazy. Semlor, Fettisdag, Alla Hjärtans dag and Sportlov. February has a lot to offer in Sweden.
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.
Vikings, The Archipelago, sea-faring, adventure camping, Euro-Pride, food festivals, music festivals – all the reasons why you should be visiting Stockholm in 2018 with your family.
Looking for solutions to learning Swedish whilst on the parental leave? Bee Swedish is trialing a new group session for parents who can bring their babies with them. Get 10% off the baby-friendly group training with code “BEARSWEDISH” at registration.
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.
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.
In a fashion akin to fantasy football, we’ve created our very own fantasy gift list… the ultimate Christmas gift guide we just WISH we could hand out. From delux-lux to stocking stuffers, there’s a bit of inspo for everyone.
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.
Anna and Maria are the founders of Sweden’s most revolutionary baby-wearing product. Their journey through motherhood and finding the balance between work and life is their inspiration.
Your hand-crafted guide to Halloween in Sweden – the traditions, holidays and activities.
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.
The Stockholm kids theatre scene is huge and thought to be some of the best in Europe. Award winning, progressive and creative!
Anna Boussard gives us the low down on the top Unisex brands you need in your life.
10 free things to do during Höstlov with the entire family! One last out-door hurrah before hibernation begins.
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.
“It all started with me, and trying to find a place to sell my stuff…”, says Elin Wiktorsson, creator of Designmarknad Sthlm, who spoke to Littlebearabroad.com about her journey to create Sweden’s ultimate design platform.
Littlebearabroad is introduced to the movers and shakers of Sweden’s booming creative industries. Those making their mark in culture, fashion and the arts.
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.
Preparations for going back to school start at the beginning of this month. And, for many, this will be the first steps into förskola and grundskola. What should you expect and how to deal with school in Sweden?
Swedish summers aren’t always the most reliable. CHECK OUT OUR EXCLUSIVE BOUNCE OFFER!!
23rd July is International Ice Cream Day! Let’s celebrate by sharing Stockholm’s top 5 Glassaffärer.
Get your floaties and wind-breakers at the ready. Sun’s out, fun’s out on Stockholm’s city beaches.
You’re ‘how to’ guide from Stone Fox Bride, New York and Style Caster. Thanks guys!
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.
A simple style edit of Littlebearabroad’s favourite brands, designers and fashion houses from all over the world.
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.
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.
Lucia in Sweden is beautiful pre-Christmas tradition of story-telling and mythology. It’s also a great excuse to sing, play music and gather with friends and family. Here are 5 essential songs to learn for celebrating Lucia with kids.
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.”
Your one-stop guide to Lucia in Sweden. A guide to songs, celebrations and events taking place in Stockholm and throughout 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.
Amy moved to Sweden in 2011 after meeting her Swedish husband, randomly, on a night out in Gothenburg. The American native give us a frank account of her life living in the south of Sweden.
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.
Cinnamon Day in Sweden “Kanelbullen Dag” is celebrated on the 4th October. Here is a family-friendly, super efficient and washing-up friendly recipe.
It’s an opportunity to brush off the cobwebs of winter, illness and the grey mush of the city and head out to the slopes, the country or, if you are lucky, sunnier climes.
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