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How to prepare yourself for 2021

During the holidays, I spent a little time on Instagram looking at dogs. We can only have 2 so it warms my heart to see other people’s dogs having a good time. Between those cute dog videos were holiday greetings from people. And I found a recurring theme. Everyone wanted to go into 2021 without expectations. In the past we would start the New Year with high hopes and dreams for the future. And while there’s nothing wrong with that…

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What a year of art taught me

There has been a positive side to 2020 and that has been a focus on self. The world had to stay home and many people searched for a hobby in the absence of work. While some people rekindled a love in an old interest, others took up a new one to learn and improve on. For me that was drawing. I started in January with Bardot’s Make Art Everyday Challenge. There was a new prompt every day and it was…

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Celebrating 2nd Christmas

The Dutch celebrate something that I wasn’t aware of, and that’s the 2nd day of Christmas. It’s like having Christmas but instead of 24 hours it’s 48 hours. So all the festivities continue on, making it an extra long holiday season. But this still feels new to me, so let me share what we did on the 2nd day of Christmas. Slept in late Sander and I have been ultra lazy. He’s out of bed at 7am and I usually…

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Celebrating Christmas 2020

Our Christmas was our most laid back one yet! We had no parties to go to, no family to visit… It was just the 2 of us and our dogs. It was a quiet day and honestly, quite lovely. So let me share with you what we did. Dutch breakfast Every Sunday I make American pancakes for nostalgia’s sake. I asked Sander if he wanted a typical American breakfast, with everything from eggs and bacon to seasoned potatoes and buttered…

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Celebrating Christmas Eve 2020

This is going to be 1 of 3 posts about what we’re doing this Christmas. Since the Dutch celebrate the 24th, 25th, and 26th of December, I’ll be talking about each of the days! Christmas Eve is a normal day for most people. Sander went to work and got out early. He went to work today and I had a few things to take care of. Groceries It’s been months since we decided to have our groceries delivered to our…

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How we’re dealing with a new lock down

On Monday evening the Dutch prime minister live streamed from his office about new lock down measures. It’s been a difficult year for social butterflies because birthday parties, gatherings and holidays have technically been cancelled. Sander and I have had it easy. We’re both quiet people who enjoy staying at home with our dogs. But with the holidays around the corner, it’s been a bit chaotic in our town. And, once again, most items have been sold out in a…

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Skincare & Beauty

Function of Beauty

I spend some of my free time watching Youtube channels and a few of them have talked about Function of Beauty. I’ve had an interesting hair journey so far and my latest routine has left me wanting a bit more. So I opted to order a box when Function of Beauty had a discount. I went for a single box with the shampoo and conditioner in the smaller size of 8 oz. What is Function of Beauty? A company that…

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The Best We Could Do – November’s Curl Up Club Book

It’s been ages since I’ve been able to read a book. Not because I don’t have the time, but because when I do go through a mental shutdown. I read the words but they make no sense. My attention is elsewhere and books go unread. So it took all my attention and then some to read The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. It’s a beautiful graphic novel, a novel told with illustrations. I didn’t make the time to read…

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November and December

I took some time off last week to chill out. November is a mixed bag for me. My dad’s birthday, his death, and Thanksgiving are all in the last two weeks of November. And now it’s December… It’s been hard to blog lately, just because it’s another year that’s flown by… But this year felt like a wasted year. We had to cancel all our plans. There were conventions, concerts, meetings, dates that we gave up. Of course other things…

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