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How to become a better you this spring

There’s never going to be a good time to better yourself. You just have to just jump in. Becoming a better person doesn’t happen over night either. We’re all human and struggle with conflict, but you know what? That’s OK. It’s all part of the human experience. And like all humans, at some point, we want more. So what can you do if you have it all? Go back to basics. Be more considerate Modern living is all about instant…

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Early May Favorites

I would love to start putting together a monthly favorites list. I see these all the time on Youtube and I love watching them! But I don’t do a lot of spending and so I don’t get to try out a lot of new things. I’m going to try and broaden my horizons a bit and see how it goes! Only half of May is over but I still have a list of May favorites! Fashion I’ve been pairing my…

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Summer to do list

Whew, I’ve been so busy that the weeks have flown by! It’s already May and summer is right around the corner. We’ve got a lot of things we want to do but I’m going to keep those plans under wraps for now. But what about my summer goals? I’ve got together a nice and juicy summer to do list! Finish with my Dutch integration I have 2/5 tests done! It’s a shame I have to wait for a few weeks…

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Koningsdag

Koningsdag has come once again to The Netherlands. It’s a national holiday and a time of celebration for all Dutch. But why exactly? Allow me to share what I’ve learned about this crazy day. Why April 27? The observance of the royal birthdays goes all the way back to Queen Wilhelmina when she was 5 years old. The very first Princess day was celebrated for her 5th birthday on August 31st 1885. After she became queen she continued the tradition.…

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Dutch Comic Con 2019

It’s no secret that Sander and I enjoy Comic Con. So when the time for Dutch Comic Con 2019 rolled around, we packed our bags and headed out to Utrecht. Now we aren’t the type to visit the stages and panels but there were a handful of good attendees. Tom Felton, Katherine McNamara, Jennifer Morrison, Shannen Doherty, Benedict Wong, Sophie Skelton were all guests of honor! Talk about a line up! There was a full audience each time we passed…

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Panic! at the Disco at AFAS

I’ve been over the moon since last night. If you’ve been around long enough then you know how I felt about seeing Fall Out Boy live. It was one of the best nights of my life. I had been listening to that band since I was 16 years old. Well, if you thought I was too excited about Fall Out Boy, then you have no idea. I can trace my history with Panic! for as long I can with Fall…

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How the Dutch do rainy days

I was more than a little nervous the first time I visited Sander’s family. His parents seemed like nice people over the phone but meeting in person is a different beast. The encounter went well and soon enough it was time for us to leave. On our way out his mother stopped me. She held up a large, grey, over-sized piece of clothing. It looked more like a dead tent than a Dutch rain poncho.   “Take this.” She said…

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Bastille Live at the Ziggo Dome

Our first music event of the year dropped into our lap courtesy of Sander’s boss. He had tickets to the Bastille Avoiding Tomorrow Tour and could’t make it. Instead he gave the tickets to us. Needless to say we were over the moon! I listened to Bastille a thousand times over when their Bad Blood album dropped in 2013. I’ve been a bit too busy to listen to their 2016 album, Wild World. That didn’t stop me from leaping at the…

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Dealing with estranged parents

My relationship with my father was a strained one. The more I think about our relationship, the more I seem to understand about him. He grew up in a poor household and had to work to support both his parents and 6 other siblings. It was a tough childhood and as a result he never wanted a family centered lifestyle. I understand that now that I’m an adult.  He was forced into it when he was arranged to marry my…

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