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What to do when life has stressful plans

The past two weeks have been a bit stressful and hectic. A family crisis can come at the worst of times. We had planned to visit my family but an emergency in Sander’s family forced us to cancel. So what’s the best that you can do when life hands you lemons? You make lemonade of course! Take a deep breath First of all don’t panic. If you aren’t in danger, then perfect. If someone is in danger, keep a calm…

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5 Autumn themes I’m excited for

I know we still have about 2 more weeks until Autumn officially hits us but I’m excited now! When I lived in California we only had one season: summer. Sure, it got a little colder in the winter but living in The Netherlands has shown me what seasons are all about. And now that my favorite season is just around the corner, I’d like to share my favorite Autumn themes! Halloween clothing I’m not talking about crazy costumes and wigs.…

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My experience with the Dutch ONA

The Dutch ONA is, in theory, simple. It’s the Orientation on the Dutch Labor Market. Meaning you understand how the Dutch job system works. You can also apply for a job, understand what schooling would is important and how to be a competent worker. Easy right? Especially for someone who had held a job. Ah well.. If only it was that simple. I was nervous about it so I bought the workbook to help me. I understand that they want…

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My favorite phone photography apps

I find I’ve been taking less photos when I go out. I’m usually outside with the dogs and my hands are full. To combat this I use my phone’s camera. I’ve got three hardy photography apps that I always use again and again. The important thing is to find what works for you and master it! All these apps are free but you can access more features through unlocked content. Adobe Lightroom This is my first stop on the editing…

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National Face Mask Day

Today marks the first National Face Mask Day hosted by the one and only Lush. With every order placed today, customers will get one free sample face mask. I live outside of America so I don’t get to cash in on this offer. However there are still tons of ways you can celebrate with your own face mask! Go Natural Sometimes facemasks can be expensive. There are tons of tutorials for natural face masks out there. My mom used to…

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What my first job taught me

The first job I had was a short run at a pet store. I always saw it as a stepping stone to my “first real job” which was at a bookstore. I worked there for about 4 years (I think) and I learned a lot. Like every first job, this experience came with a lot of firsts. My first time stocking shelves, my first time behind a cash register… There was so much to learn and nothing stayed the same…

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Moshi Moshi Fair Amstelveen

Here we go again! Another Japanese food fair that we just had to visit. We’ve been to the Moshi Moshi Fair before but never in Amstelveen. The last time we went to a Japanese related theme in Amstelveen was for the Japan Festival in Amstelveen. Sander and I love Japanese food and decided we couldn’t let the extreme heat mess with our plans. So we slathered on the sun block and headed down to visit the Fest. We skipped breakfast to…

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Television shows I need to watch

We’re in the middle of summer and that means longer daylight hours for us! Did you know that the sunsets around 10pm every night? How crazy is that? I came from California and the sun would always set around 8pm for us. These two extra hours of sunlight are wonderful to have. I can sit on the couch with my dogs and watch the colors change in the sky. But it also gives me a little extra time to catch…

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Why I only buy my favorite books

My book collection could never rival that of my friend’s stash. She’s an avid reader and has a beautiful custom bookshelf to house them all. But I did have a cozy collection. The problem was that most of these books were unread and under appreciated. When Sander asked me to move in with him I had to donate everything. I spent years of collecting books I would never read. My local library was thrilled to get such a large donation…

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