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The Living a Nordic Life podcast is dedicated to helping you live a cosier, simpler and more intentional life the Nordic way.  Hosted by Fiona McKinna, each episode shows you how to make life simpler, happier and healthier the way people in the Nordics live.  From Nordic eating habits, to getting outdoors Nordic style, to Nordic habits that you need in your life.  Tune in for inspiration, ideas and encouragement to embrace a simple, cosy and intentional life the Nordic way. 

Episodes published every other Friday.

You can also visit my website for some instant ways to start living the Nordic way. www.livinganordiclife.com and find me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/nordiclife_podcast

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I am a firm advocate of keeping hens, but it's for more than simply to collect eggs. They offer us so many things including a wonderful benefit to our mental health. So if you are considering keeping chickens and not quite sure, let me share some reasons why you will love chicken keeping. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife
Nostalgia has a special way of raising our level of happiness and we don't even have to have experienced something to appreciate the nostalgia For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife
Nordic conversations are not quite the same as conversations we might have elsewhere. There are some subtle differences that you might miss if you weren't looking for them but I am going to share a few with you in this episode. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife
17 May is Norway's national day and after Christmas is probably the biggest celebration of the year for Norwegians. It's taken very seriously with parades, parties and nationwide festivities.But you don't have to live in Norway to celebrate like a Norwegian. Let me inspire you to create your own Syttende Mai celebration wherever you are in the world. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook grou...
Hyttelivet or cabin life is an integral part of the Nordic life. Many people in Norway have access to a cabin either as owners or a family cabin and they are often in fairly remote areas. Hyttelivet is not just about spending time at your cabin; it's a whole way of life including certain activities, cabin friends and even what you eat. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook....
Nordic schools are often hailed as being the best in the world and they are certainly ver good, but as a new parent in te Nordics (or one arriving from another country) what can you expect to find in a Norwegian school? In this episode I share my own experiences as a foreigner in Norway with 3 children and hopefully allay some of your fears and answer some of your questions about what to expect in school. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor...
Easter in the Nordics is a time of longer days, shorter evenings and some more unusual traditions that you might not expect like "påskekrim" or Easter crime. And no it's not a crazy festival of crime as you might at first suspect.... For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife
After a long, dark winter the promise of spring is pretty exciting in the Nordics. And it's really embraced with gentle enthusiasm. The slight warmth from the sun is never wasted and you will find that normally reserved Norwegians are all out and about making the most of those first rays.It's an infectious time of joy and optimism. So how can we all embrace spring like we're Norwegian? Let me tell you. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livingan...
The Nordic diet and way of eating has been popular for many years and there are lots of different resources showing us how to do it. But how do people eat here in the Nordics everyday? I invite into my life for a glimpse of how my family and I eat a Nordic diet (in Norway), the way we eat and foods we enjoy (and avoid). For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livin...
So many of us enjoy gardening as a way to slow down and be more intentional and it's even more rewarding if we can grow something to eat. In this episode I am joined by guests Ines & Eric Batterton from My Nordic Garden who talk us through the initial steps to starting a beautiful, sustainable kitchen garden.You can visit Ines and Eric's website at www.mynordicgarden.caFor more about Ines' gorgeous kitchen garden planner I talk about in the podcast go to www.mynordicgarden.ca/calend...
Sometimes even simple changes can make a difference to our lives and in my time living in Norway I have noticed a few things that have made really positive changes in my life. In this episode I share 5 simple ways that you can add some Nordic routine to your life. They are all easy to implement and the great news is that you can start today, right now in fact! For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Fac...
Boring doesn't have to be...well... boring. It has a hidden power to it that takes a bit of digging to find. It can bring security and comfort. Let me tell you more.. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife
God jul fra Norge, Merry Christmas from Norway.Join me on a little journey through a Nordic Christmas as I paint you a picture of what Christmas is like in Norway with it's snow, pine trees and cosy winters. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife
Nordic Christmases are as magical as you would imagine with snowy scenes, the smells of spices and hot gløgg and all the beautiful Christmas decor you would expect. But we don't need to live in the Nordics to bring some Nordic festive feel to our own lives. Let me give you some ideas to bring that into your own festivities. If you are struggling to get outside over the winter, I have a couple of things that might help:Friluftsliv: The Nordic Art of Loving the OutdoorsL...
You might think that knitting is for grandmas, but I can assure you that knitting in the Nordics is something that is very much alive and well! Join me for a journey through Norwegian knitting culture as we look at it's origins from the 1500s right up to the present day and the most popular and recognisable pattern, the Marius For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livi...
Winter can be a daunting time for many people, but somehow everyone in the Nordics seems to look forward to it. So what is the secret to enjoying and embracing winter like you're Nordic?If you want to learn how to truly embrace winter like you're Norwegian then take a look at my Loving Winter Like You're Nordic course - https://payhip.com/b/ePrCW For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook gr...
The Nordic schooling system is often hailed as being one of the best in the world, but is it really like?My youngest daughter recently started kindergarten in our small village in Norway and I have been really impressed with it, so I thought it would be informative and interesting to share our experiences of a Norwegian kindergarten. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/liv...
In the Nordic countries and Scandinavia keeping traditions and skills alive is very important and because of this there is a deep appreciation of craftsmanship. Knitting, carving and ancient skills that have been passed down through generations and link us to the past are held in high regard and as such people who have these skills are well paid and able in their turn to train the next generation of artisans. For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.c...
Friluftsliv is such a huge part of life in the Nordics. It means outdoor living, but it is so much more than just getting outside. It's all about taking care of our mental and physical wellbeing by being outside in nature and enjoying all the benefits that has to offer to us.But why even bother? Let me give you a few reasons to get some Nordic friluftsliv into your own life For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Livi...
As we head into autumn in the northern hemisphere we want to create cosy, welcoming homes ready for the colder days of winter. Lighting is something that can make us feel instantly warm and cosy, or conversely cold and uncomfortable. This is where the art of hygge lighting comes in... For more Nordic living, visit the Living a Nordic Life www.livinganordiclife.comor join us in the Living a Nordic Life Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/livinganordiclife
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