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Books I Want To Reread

I’m more of a one and done with books. Once I finish up the last page of a book, it a part of my past. Yet I do have a handful of titles that never leave the back of my mind. Some of them are pretty standard but others are more personal for me. This post should be “Book series that I want to reread”. Either way I’d like to reabsorb their contents someday. The unfortunate thing is that I…

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Lifestyle To do list

December to do list

Whew. I’m a bit late this month with my to do list. I think Decembers are a busy time for me. I wake up and the day is over before I know it. It might be the shorter days. It could be that I have a lot of things to do before the new year. Either way the year is almost over and this is the last stretch home! Put up decorations Everything is sitting in a big box waiting…

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Lifestyle Shopping

How gift mindfully

Let’s be honest with ourselves here. We want a lot of things but do we need them? Especially when it comes to Christmas. We often give gifts that friends and family don’t need, or worse yet… Don’t want. Sometimes these unwanted presents sit with us for years because of our guilt. We don’t want to throw something out when it was meant for us. How can we celebrate the holidays without being so wasteful? While this season is one of…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland Tourism

Christmas Market at Assumburg Castle

Our first Christmas Market was located in North Holland in the town of Heemskerk. The castle was built in the 15th century but now serves as a hostel. The castle had been a standalone, it’s a large empty field behind. Now the garden is cultivated and well groomed. It would be lovely to come back in the spring to see it in full bloom. The Dutch and the Germans are very passionate about their Christmas markets. While Sander’s sisters off…

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How to Lifestyle

How to get ready for winter

Guys we are moving into winter but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and let it consume you! The holidays tend to be the busiest time for some of us. Now is the perfect time to brace yourself for what’s to come. I know it’s difficult to find personal time at the end of the year but please take a moment to think of yourself and how you can make life easier for you. Clean early Get rid of…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is a time of family reunions. It’s the perfect time to look back on what’s important in life. I’ve grown up with Thanksgivings (big and small) so I can’t just let that tradition go. Once again I decided to throw a small Thanksgiving meal and put it together myself. I love that our Thanksgivings are small but gezellig. Our menu consisted of buttered Turkey (crisped to perfection), green beans, wedding rice, mashed potatoes and a homemade pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

Autumn Makeup Routine

Here it is, my simple Autumn Makeup Routine. It’s not fancy and it’s not amazing. It’s usually a 5 minute face. When I lived in America my routine was so much longer. I find that as I get older, I want to spend less time in the bathroom. But I do still have imperfections I want to cover. Before I apply makeup I start off with my skincare routine. I like to mix my Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer in with…

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Lifestyle Music

Halestorm at TivoliVredenburg

We actually went to see Halestorm before Chvrches but it’s taken me forever to find a good time to share about it. Sander has been a long time fan of Halestorm, a rock band with origins in America. Halestorm was touring California when we were getting to know each other . I remember calling him and telling him his favorite band was in town. He was so jealous that he couldn’t attend. Sander’s wanted to see them live for a long…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland Personal

How we celebrate our Shiba Inus’ birthdays

Our ladies celebrated their birthdays last month! Booker is now 2 years old and Haru is 1. It’s been a rollercoaster with these two Shiba Inus but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. These two mean so much to us that we celebrate their existence in our lives everyday. It’s only once a year that these little ladies get older so we take the time to go the extra mile. Baked goodies Last year I baked a…

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