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My Halloween Film List

I was sheltered as a child, so much so that I never got to go Trick or Treating. My parents were immigrants who feared the worst in people when it came to consumables. Instead I got to hear about stories from my friends. As I got older, the meaning of Halloween changed for me. I got to watch spooky movies (not scary! there’s a difference) and read adult horror. Now that I’m an adult, I can make my own choices…

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October and Halloween 2020 Plans

This a to do list for the month of October, and a quick guide on a few future posts. I want to summarize what I’ll be doing this October and Halloween season. My plans are simple. I need to observe quarantine and stay safe. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t have a good time! So here’s a quick summary of all the things I want to do for October and Halloween 2020. Watch all the movies I discovered a…

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Our Minimal Halloween Decor for 2020

October is my favorite month. It’s the start of autumn and it has my favorite holiday! I didn’t even wait for September to end before I had this display up. I’ve had my Halloween Decor for 2020 up for an entire week before October rolled around. It’s always been my favorite month and I do as much as I can for it. I’ve got a lot of sharing coming up in future posts but today let me share with you…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

Lush’s R&B

One thing I did during my vacation was look into how to improve my hair. It’s been dry for the past few years and I’d like to try growing it out again. When it comes to hair care, it’s important to treat your hair well. If it’s unhealthy, it will break easily. With The Netherlands on high alert for Corona again, it’s easy to go months without a haircut and I wanted to enhance my hair. So I looked into…

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Suffering from Writer’s Fatigue

I think I’ve figured out the main reason for why this year has been difficult for me. I think I’ve burnt myself out just a bit. Last year I was full of ideas, hopes and dreams for the future. This year was a slog. Just the idea of writing has been exhausting for me and I’ve finally pinpointed why. It could be the fact that I’ve taken on other creative projects. Those projects require more time and energy and I’ve…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

My Updated Autumn Skincare Routine

My skincare routine may always be a work in progress but everyday is an improvement. Quarantine has given me time to come to terms about what I love and hate about myself. I’ve done a lot of reflecting in the past few months and it’s been a ride. It took ages for me to love myself. As I get older, it gets easier to love myself. I turn 33 next year and it’s about time I loved myself. The biggest…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

How I survived the summer quarantine

A summer quarantine was not welcome news. Vacation times, summer holidays, and family reunions… All cancelled. Now summer quarantine isn’t mandatory in The Netherlands. But it is suggested. Sander and I try to be upstanding citizens so we decided to hole up for the summer. And we survived. There a blistering week where so many people went to the beach that the beaches had to close down. People we knew went on vacation while we occupied our couch. We longed…

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Personal To do list

My Autumn to do list

It’s been ages since I created a to do list. This year has been… A lot. While the social distancing has been fine on our end, all of our plans had to be cancelled. There’s the added stress of doing basic things outside. Could someone be sick? I’ll never know. So I’ve been less than productive for a lot of 2020. And I’ve started to take better care of myself. I need to update my haircare routine because that’s changed.…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Passport renewal in Amsterdam

A passport is an crucial piece of identification. Especially for someone who doesn’t live in their home country. Since I’m not a Dutch citizen, it’s important for me to have my American passport ready and up to date. While I do have a Dutch ID card, it’s not the same as having a passport. So when my passport expired in June, I new I had to take action. We had plans to get it renewed before it expired but everything…

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