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Dutch Residency Permit Renewal

Whew, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written anything! We have first vaccines next week so I hope that life will go back to “normal” soon enough. We’ve had to enjoy the outside from our balcony and dream of going out again… I don’t have much to write about so I took the time for a break to recharge my batteries. And it’s been amazing. I’ve had lots of time to read, kick back and watch some shows I’ve…

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DIY Lifestyle

Living room makeover with LENDA Curtains

Our flat has had vertical slat blinds for about 10 years. But some of the slats began to break in early in 2019. We did our best to keep them hanging but in the end I knew we had to have a more permanent solution. I’ve been a huge fan of interior design books, shows, Youtube channels, you name it. And when I kept seeing how beautiful a space with curtains looked… Well I was sold. I watch channels like…

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Lime Bounty, a citrus wonderland

I’m a sucker for new Lush products. It’s a bit difficult to get a hold of things as of late though. So when I saw that there was a new body butter, Lime Bounty, coming out, I didn’t think much of it. I read that it was lime and coconut scented, and that it would be available for normal consumers. This particular item was featured in their blind box subscription. From the fan reception, it sounded like this body butter…

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2021 Spring Plans

Oh man, spring is here! The Dutch spring is amazing, as in it hits you almost over night. One day you’re wearing your winter jacket and boots… And the next day you’re in a lighter jacket and trainers. The sun is so warm, it will bake you if you wear too much! I think that’s what I love about the spring. If you get too cold, you can sun bathe and soak it all in without burning just yet. But…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

How the Dutch Celebrate Spring

It’s not entirely spring for us just yet, but that doesn’t stop the Dutch! If the sun is out, you can bet that everyone will be outside too! Except for Sander, he’s an exception. But for the “typical” Dutch, spring is a time for preparation and celebration. So here is how the Dutch celebrate spring! Wandeling The Dutch and wandeling go hand in hand. If the weather is nice, there’s no better way to soak up the sun than to…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Snow in The Netherlands

Snow has a romantic feel about it. The way it floats down from the sky and piles up into rolling hills of soft and pillow fluff. We didn’t get to see that the 1st day of our snow storm. In fact, the weather was wild. Snow came down in sheets at nearly horizontal waves. But while the storm itself was a monster, the aftermath was gorgeous. My favorite thing to do is to people watch, so you can bet I…

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Books Lifestyle

Books that stayed with me

So I said in my previous post that we might not get another snow this year… Boy was I wrong! Now is the perfect time to pick up a book but… I’m still unable to concentrate on anything for too long. So instead of starting a new book (or trying to finish the one’s I still have yet to finish) I decided to think about the books that have stayed with me through the years. I still want to do…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Must have items for February in The Netherlands

Winter in The Netherlands isn’t has cold as it used to be. We’ve seen only a few centimeters of snow this year and that’s probably all we’ll get. But as someone who lived in arid Southern California all her life, the Dutch late winters have me on my toes. And I get it. There will always be a colder place to live. But if you’re looking to visit Amsterdam once the chaos is over, this is advice I’d pass on…

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A little personal time

I didn’t mean for it to happen but I took January off from blogging. After the horrible events that took place at the beginning of the month, I didn’t want to do anything. I felt like I was watching my country fall into ruin, and it’s a heart wrenching feeling. But I forced myself to go through the motions of daily life and I began to feel better. My stress came to a head as I watched the presidential inauguration…

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