Our trip to Lapland – Immelmökit Cabin Review

As you know we visited Lapland just before Christmas and had the most amazing time. I was going to tell you all about it in a blog post, but because I have so much to tell you all I thought I would spread it out over a couple of posts and starting with a Immelmökit Cabin review.

Immelökit Cabin Review

We flew from Manchester Airport into Kittilä airport Finland. It was a 3 hour flight that left Manchester just over an hour later than planned, because of the unexpected snow we had in the UK that day. Amazing isn’t it that the day we are flying to Lapland to see the snow, the UK are having the first lot of snow of the winter.

I had packed the children up with various items to keep them entertained. We played cards and read books then they watched films on their iPads. To be honest they were both surprisingly well behaved. We all loved being able to look out of the window and watch the world go by. As we travelled towards the Artic Circle the more and more snow we could see.

Immelmökit Cabin Review

Arriving at Kittilä airport we got off the plane to be met by the friendly Inghams ski reps. They asked our names and told us which bus we would be getting on, we were on bus 8 which hadn’t arrived yet, but that was perfect because we then had to wait for our luggage to arrive from the plane.

Once we collected out luggage we made our way to the buses. Again greeted by the Inghams ski reps checking our names and letting us know which stop we would be getting off at. They also issued out our information packs that had an itinerary of our pre-booked activities and a map of levi centre. We were staying in the Immelmökit cabins, which was the first stop only 20 minutes away from the airport.

Even stepping out of the airport and seeing all of the snow was really amazing. But cold! It was the first time the children had really seen proper snow. Even the Hubby and I couldn’t believe how much there was. On the journey to our cabin we were all mesmerised by the fabulous scenery and the snow. Woodlands just covered in snow, then seeing the ski slopes lit up with skiers already enjoying their self’s on the slopes.

Immelmökit Cabin Review

Immelmökit Cabin Map

When we arrived at Immelmökit we were greeted by a couple more of the very friendly Inghams reps, we were issued with our cabin number. Collecting our luggage from the bus we made our way to our cabin, we were stating in number 13. Although it took us about 15 minutes to get the children to come to the cabin, they just wanted to play in the snow. Just outside out cabin was a massive pile of snow so it they could climb up it and slide down …. amazing.

When we managed to get the children inside, we had a good look around and found that we had space for 8 people. Two twin bedrooms an open plan kitchen and sitting area, toilet, wet room and sauna on the ground floor. Then an mezzanine floor with 4 single beds and a very low ceiling. The stairs up to the mezzanine were really quite steep, it was fine for us but if you had younger children they would be a hazard. I believe they offer stair gates to help with this, we however didn’t need to worry about them but it’s worth asking.

The living area had a table with stools that we moved around for mini coffee tables as we needed them. A sofa big enough for three people or four children however it wasn’t the comfiest, but fine for what we needed. Plus two high back arm chairs, that were much more comfy.  There was also a TV which had a great selection of Finnish TV, I always love watching children’s TV in a different language it’s all part of the of travelling abroad. Also there was a few English speaking channels if you have time to sit and watch it. There is also an open fire, we loved putting it on in the evenings not that we needed the extra heat as the cabins are lovely and warm, but because its just lovely. It’s all part of the idilic vision of staying in a log cabin during the snowy winter months. There is a wood store that you have access to, so you are able to collect your wood to use on the fire.

The kitchen area was well equipped with just about everything you could want. We had taken with us, tea towels, washing up liquid a dish cloth and bin bags as I had read that they didn’t include any of those items and the local super market was a bulk buy style so we wouldn’t use it all during the week. However I was surprised to see that most of these items were already waiting for us. There was a cooker, toaster, kettle, coffee machine (don’t forget your own paper filters) and a large fridge with small freezer section. Like the log cabin there is also a cabin that houses a washing machine which you have access to. We didn’t use it however should you need to wash anything its there but just remember to take some wash powder with you.

The bathroom area was a wet room style with a separate toilet area. In the toilet there was also a drying cupboard, which was perfect for putting all of the snow suits, hat, gloves, scarfs and base layers at the end of the day. The drying cupboard was brilliant, even on the couple of afternoons we went back for a couple of hours the clothing was dried before heading back out again. There was also a hair dryer in the cupboard to use. The shower was powerful, it got nice and hot so great for warming up after a day outside. Just off the shower area was a sauna, it was quite easy to work. Switch it on for 30 minutes before you want use it and make sure you have the cooker extractor fan on at the same time. It’s nice and easy to use and a great way to relax when the children are in bed.

Walking into Levi

As the Immelmökit cabins are a beautiful 10 minute walk outside of the centre of Levi. Such a stunning walk into the centre, over the lake, and although a lot of the walk is up hill, it was easily managed by us all. There are also very few cars on the roads so it was really safe for the children (and us) to play outside on the sledges. The first thing the children spotted was a sledge each sat waiting for them on the cabin porch. Everyone takes a sledge with them, just tie them up outside the shop or restaurant and collect them after. The generally rule seems to be if it isn’t tied up then you can take it. We used our to pull the children to and from the centre plus put any food items we bought on to pull back to the the cabin.

The cabins are also located really near to the lake which is a great place to walk to for Northern Light spotting as it is away from the light pollution from the centre and the ski slopes. It’s a place the we saw lots of organised groups going to try and see the lights.

I would highly recommend staying at the Immelmökit cabins, yes they are basic but they have anything you could want from cabin in Lapland. We will be going again and I cannot wait.

Five useful tips to start your married life debt free

If you are planning on getting married this year, you might be already worried about your budget and finances. There is nothing worse than starting a new life knowing that you are already in debt. Chances are you will move to a new home, taking out a mortgage, but your chances of getting accepted will be reduced if you keep on spending on your credit cards and taking out loans to fund your wedding. Below you will find five useful tips on how to avoid starting your new life together in debt.

Budget For Your Wedding Early

The sooner you create a budget for your wedding the earlier you can start saving up. Look at your finances and see how much you can put aside in a savings account each month to cover the cost of your wedding venue in worcestershire and wedding planners. Make sure you ask about the prices in advance. If you get a fixed term 12- or 24 months savings account, you can contribute each month and get a good interest rate as well. Withdraw the money gradually to pay for your wedding when the time comes.

Ask for Gift Cards as Wedding Favours

Instead of getting gifts you will never use, ask your friends and relatives to give you a gift card instead. While they might feel reluctant to put some money in an envelope, a home store or designer outlet voucher will help you get your new house ready to move in. Check out the One for All gift card scheme that allows you to use your card in hundreds of UK stores.

Get Help from Relatives

You might want to save money on wedding planner services and use the help offered by your relatives. Some of your family members would be happy to arrange the flowers, while others will know a local catering company that can create your menu. If one of your relatives has a large house or holiday home, you might not want to hire a venue, instead, ask them to make it available for your wedding.

Join Forces Financially

If you have to take out a loan or use a credit card, it is better to do it together. You are likely to get a lower rate if the company takes into consideration two incomes. You should sign up for a joint bank account and have a savings account together. If you take out any type of credit, make sure you set you set up a savings fund that you can use to pay it back over time, before you start your life together.

Pay Deposits in Cash

The golden rule of happy marriage and financial freedom is not stretching your budget. Only get services you can afford, and pay deposits in cash, instead of using a credit card. Create a saving plan to get the rest of the money ready when it is needed, so you don’t end up with high credit card interest and fees, increasing your stress levels just before the most important day of your lives.

Planning your budget before getting married can help you avoid starting your new life troubled by debt.

Never struggle with finding the perfect gift again

When it comes to giving gifts, there’s a lot of that dictates what kinds of gifts are expected from us. It’s important that you identify who you’re closer to and who you would consider and just another friend (as shallow as that sounds), everyone has best friends. Not just the relationship, but the context of the gift is important too, sometimes certain gifts wouldn’t be appropriate. With all that said, it’s time to take a more in-depth look at the personality of the individual, which is what has the most value when it comes to what they’ll enjoy.

Close friends

When it’s time to celebrate special occasions with your close friends, you’re looking to get something that will mean a lot to them, rather than something you can pick up on the way to them. It’s that time where you need to put quite a bit of thought into what you should get them. Usually, taking a look at your past with them is a good signifier of what they’ll appreciate. With that said, it can be pretty difficult if you don’t have so much creativity, or the individual hasn’t been around in your life for all that long. In which case, you should turn to the occasion of the event. Perhaps it’s not a birthday, but something bigger like a wedding. At which point you could check out http://mywishuk.com/wedding/ to get some ideas of what makes a good gift. If you would prefer to find something on your own, maybe you should do some low-key stalking into their life. That doesn’t necessarily imply that you should follow them around when they’re not looking, but instead trying to find out about their interests on social media, or through cryptic conversations. It can be quite easy to find out something they need if you really try, just make sure you don’t give the surprise away while trying.

Family

Giving gifts in the family can vary quite a lot. It can depend on how much of a tight-knit family you’re part of, and the age of them. For example, you wouldn’t give your new seven-year-old nephew a bottle of wine, but instead maybe some toys or a cool gadget. When it comes to those who are closer to you, something that you’ve taken the time to make yourself might come across as more thoughtful. Perhaps if you’re talented in art, you could create something unique and special to them, rather than going out and guessing what they might like from a store. This way, even if it’s not something they would usually go for, the thought and time that you’ve put into it are still special to the gift itself.

The bottom line is, if you’re looking to impress and leave a smile on the face of the person receiving the gift, you should focus more on what you know they like, rather than trying to get them something anyone would like. Taking the time and effort to come up with something/put together the right gift for someone can show how much they mean to you, which can make any gift big or small worth much much more. If you’re still not sure, you could check out http://www.redbookmag.com for some great ideas of gifts that could be quite useful to many.

How you can start growing your own food today

Growing your own food is becoming more popular as concerns about the environmental impact of supermarket food become more prevalent. As people try to reduce their carbon footprint, growing your own food instead buying it is a good way to do it because you don’t contribute to all of the pollutants from production and shipping of that food, and you also don’t create more plastic waste from the packaging. The only problem is, most people don’t really know how to grow their own food and a lot of people think that you’ve got to be an expert gardener to do it. That’s not the case at all, anybody can grow their own food as long as they’ve got a garden to do it in, just follow these simple tips to get you started.

Growing your own food

Use Any Space You Can

Even if you’ve only got a tiny strip of grass in the back garden, you shouldn’t neglect it because you can still plant stuff. It’s not going to be enough to feed you all the time but it’s still something and every small change makes a difference. Window sills are also great places to grow herbs and other small bits and bobs. Growing things vertically is another handy trick when you’ve got a limited amount of space.

Get A Greenhouse

If you’re growing without a greenhouse you’re limiting yourself to the summer months where certain plants are concerned. There are still things that you can grow during winter but you have a lot more options if you’ve got a greenhouse as well. You can get greenhouse polycarbonate and accessories to build your own custom greenhouse which is the best way to make sure that you’re making the best use of space. A lot of plants like tomatoes and chilli plants will only grow properly in a greenhouse so if you want to get serious about growing your own food, you need one.

Start Small

Although you should get a greenhouse and make use of all the space you have, you should still work up to it slowly. If you buy a load of plants before you know what you’re doing, they’ll probably die. Start out with a couple of simple ones and then gradually increase the amount of plants that you’re growing as you get more confident in your growing abilities.

Get Cheap Seeds

If you go to a garden centre and buy packets of seeds, they’re going to cost you quite a bit. Luckily, there are plenty of much cheaper sources these days. Most supermarkets and home stores have seeds for a lot cheaper than garden centres but in a lot of cases, there is no need to be paying for them at all. Whenever you buy vegetables, save some of the seeds and dry them out, then you can just plant them in the garden and without paying anything. This is a good idea, especially when you’re just starting out because it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes.

Growing your own food is a great way to save some money and reduce your impact on the environment so get started today.