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Cherry Blossoms in the Amsterdamse Bos

On the edge of the Amsterdamse Bos sits a circle of beautiful cherry blossoms. 400 of these elegant trees were a gift from Japan to Amstelveen in 2000. Of course Sander and I kept missing our time to go so we decided to use the sunny weather to head outside. I know we’re supposed to be in quarantine… But Sander and I could not resist the outdoors on Saturday. We’ve been in the house for so long and it was…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Social Distancing

Whew. We thought that 2019 was terrible but nothing prepared us for 2020. It’s only mid-March and it sounds like the world is spiraling out of control. Sander and I live in a small town in North Holland so we’ve been safe so far. But all our big plans for the spring crumbled due to COVID-19 and advised social distancing. Here’s an update on what’s going on with us and our situation here in The Netherlands. Staying Home Remember that…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

My short hair care routine

I used to work with my dad in his print shop and we were known pretty well in the community. We had lots of fun helping others and most of our customers were a dream to work with. I had long hair for years but the hair care routine for it was so time consuming… I’ll never forget the reactions I got the first time I cut my hair short. There were a lot of compliments paired with unwanted advice…

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How I deal with a lack of motivation

When Storm Dennis wandered across Europe, The Netherlands received unexpected high speed winds and stormy skies. The heavy rain and wind sucked out my energy and served me with a huge helping of a lack of motivation. I wanted to spend the entire day in bed, under the covers with our 3 blankets piled high on top of me. But of course, that’s no way for me to live my life. So instead I dragged myself out of bed and…

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My Valentine’s Day To do list

It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Valentine’s Day alone or with a partner, I think it’s an important day to remember. Not because of consumerism or romance. If there’s one day to love yourself, it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s important to love yourself before you begin to love someone else. Because if you don’t respect who you are, and what you stand for… How can you help support someone else? So this Valentine’s Day, take the time to show some love…

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Observing commitment in 2020

January is for resolutions. We want to get things done, we want to improve. And then February hits and the thrill of new beginnings has become stale. I can’t speak for everyone but I know that I’ve forgotten half the things I want to do in January. I want this year to be different though. This year, I want to observe commitment. I want to get more things done by following a yearly plan to achieve success. And I’ve already…

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Living in North Holland The Netherlands

A Few Beautiful Dutch Words

Dutch words are hard to read and even harder to say. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a beautiful language. Dutch has its quirks and charms, and even those words that make you want to gag. I was disappointed when I first learned that duck was “eend.” However, if you add a -je to the end of it, eendje sounds so much cuter and is a ton more fun to say. I use -je for as much as I can.…

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Lifestyle Personal

January thoughts, February wishes, and just be

January has gotten off to a rough start. Open a news paper today and you’ll be bombarded with more than a lot of bad news. Some mornings I just want to lay in bed and allow the darkness of my bedroom provide a safe space. But that’s the most unproductive thing I could do. And besides, I have two dogs that need to be pooped. This is the last week of January and there have been a few times where…

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My experience with a Dutch doctor and an IUD

Whew! I am back after a week of digital detox. It was good for my spirit and soul and I feel a million times better! And what a year 2020 has already been. For my first topic of this year, I’m going in deep with my experience with getting a Dutch doctor and obtaining an IUD. This is such a touchy and personal subject but kids these days are open about everything. There’s an ongoing trend of Youtube videos talking…

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