Car Shopping in Norway


Robin and I have been looking at Cars since we have been in Norway. We really don’t have a lot of requirements for the car but we are still having issues finding something in Northern Norway. Our requirements are:

  • Must have working seat heaters
  • Must have the anchors in the back seat for the carseats
  • preferably diesel
  • preferably 4 wheel drive
  • preferably a manual
  • preferably a SUV

As you can see we aren’t asking for a whole lot however there aren’t a lot of options up here that are within our budget.

We have been looking at for months to see what is out there and have seen some possibilities but they always sell before we have a chance to think about anything. I am starting to get frustrated. We really need our own car.

Test driving a car is  different in Norway then in the US. In the US they make a copy of your license and then grab a temporary tag and your good to go. You test drive it and you do it again and again until you find the right car. You are normally test driving within a few minutes. Its quick and painless except for the annoying sales guys.

In Norway the process is much different. To test drive a car at a dealership they check out who you are using your drivers license. They find out where you live and much more. They then get you a temporary tag which is a long and tim consuming process. Then after a very long wait you can finally test drive the car. So you don’t exactly drive it around the block after all this hassle.

The car we took for a test drive we had it for nearly an hour driving it on the E6 then through town and Robin even tried driving up a rocky incline. In the end we decided we like it but wanted to look at a few more and a day later someone else bought it so I guess its back to to keep looking.

Staying Organized While Moving

staying organized while moving

Any type of move is stressful, and an international move is even more stressful. Even if you are moving across town staying organized is imperative. My favorite way to stay organized for everything is binders. I love binders! When we decided to move back to Robin’s home country of Norway the first thing I did was start working on our moving binder.

Why is a moving binder important? A moving binder keeps everything you need in one place. Your moving binder will help maintain your sanity through out the entire move. An organized system will help you tremendously and make the whole process move much smoother.

Some things to keep in your binder are:

  • Pens/Permanent Markers
  • Extra Paper for Notes
  • Checklists
  • Zipper Pouch
  • Calculator

zipper pouch

Here is my layout:

  1. Zipper Pouch
  2. Checklist
  3. Contact list
  4. Personal Records- These personal records include our birth certificates, marriage licenses, passport copies, baptismal certificates, passport photos and social security cards
  5. Moving Information-Inventory of household information, documents and forms from movers and clearing paperwork.
  6. Medical Records

detailed list

Your moving binder will save you time and energy. There is so much information when you are moving it can be overwhelming but keeping everything in one place provides easy access and helps you not lose anything that is important.

I love my moving binder it has already saved me time and definitely helped me keep the stress to a minimum. Plus I love I can easily carry it with me.

Have you recently moved if so how did you keep everything organized? Was it a big move or a small move? Do you have any other tips to keeping a move organized?

Immigration Fun, Part 1

immigration fun

We have been in Norway for a little over a month and we have just completed getting the kids registered.

What should have been an easy and painless process was far from it. Unfortunately the many organizations here in Alta kept sending us in circles. Skatteetaten which is the People Registry kept telling us we needed oppholdstillatelse which is Permanent Residency. The problem with this is the kids can’t get Permanent Residency because they are already Norwegian citizens. Which is what we kept telling the People Registry.

After days of going back and forth we finally printed off papers from UDI’s website that clearly states: If you were born September 1, 2006 or later and you have a Norwegian mother or father, you automatically became a Norwegian citizen at birth. This applied regardless of whether or not your parents were married. We took this statement, the kids birth certificates, our marriage certificate, copies of the kids passports, and Robin’s passport to the Skatteetaten office yet again. Finally this time we were able to get somewhere… The lady at the office collected all the paperwork and sent it to Hammerfest. Then it was a waiting game.

Finally about a week after they received the paperwork Robin called and checked in on the paperwork. The people there were nice and told Robin we should be receiving something in the next week. Finally after a few more days we got the kids Fødselsnummers. The fødselsnummer is an 11 digit number consisting of your date of birth, followed by your social security number (not the same as in the US, though). Just about everything in Norway revolves around this number, including Barnehagen (day care) and access to the healthcare system.

Now that the kids have their fødselsnummers we can go apply for their Norwegian passports which is on my list (that is super long) to do.

Now its on to the next immigration fiasco which is me filing for family reunification. Here’s to hoping it goes smoothly.

Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook Review


I fell in love with blogging years ago, it was a place I could express my feelings, my thoughts, and share my love of family, traveling and life in general. However, blogging can be overwhelming. It can easily become discouraging. So when my friend Abby wrote an e-book, Building a Framework: Everything I learned My First Year of Blogging I just had to have it. Now a year later she is relaunching her e-book with an updated title Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook. 

Abby breaks down pretty much every aspect of blogging for you and it’s all in easy to follow steps. Each chapter is broken down into specific topics. There are 35 chapters and some of these chapters are broken down into several sections. Some of my favorite sections are 10 Essential Piece to Include in your blog, What is “good” content?, On photography, and Blogging for your readers.

I ended up reading Abby’s ebook in one sitting all 200 pages. Even though I’ve been blogging for a while there were still many things I have learned all thanks to Abby. Building a Framework isn’t just for the beginning blogger its for every blogger.

Abby is now introducing 3 different packages:

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May Side Hustle

May Side Hustle


In May I found a website called Odesk now it’s called Upwork. It is a great place to find freelance work to full time work from home positions. I signed up and immediately started applying for jobs. So far I have gotten three jobs. One is a little more regular, one is sporadic, and one is a one time job.

I have absolutely loved my experience so far. I will be posting a full review of my experience so check back soon!

Back to my side hustle for May. It was of course not the largest month I’ve had but considering I was in the process of moving to Norway I’m happy with it.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Upwork- $304.20
  • Plexus-$7.45

So I ended up with a grand total of $311.65 for May. Not too shabby but hoping to do better in June.

How is your side hustle going?