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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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Why I stopped smiling at unfriendly Dutch strangers

I grew up in America. It’s a place where the customer is always right. We’re taught to be as friendly as we can be because friendly people bring in sales. The better you treat a client, the more likely you are to keep their business. I’ve been trained to smile when I make eye contact with anyone. This doesn’t go over so well here. I felt like I lived among unfriendly Dutch. That may be something lost in translation. The…

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Trying Korean Beauty

We went to another convention this past weekend. AnimeCon was in Rotterdam this weekend and we went on Sunday like we always do. But instead of telling you the same old story of what we usually do, how about the Korean Skincare that I ended up with? I’ve always been curious about Korean skincare especially since it’s been so popular in recent years. Luckily for me there’s the Ichigo Shop. They have a huge online store and sometimes visit local…

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Japan Market and SeiboldHuis Museum

Once a year there’s a Japanese Market in the heart of Leiden. It’s held in front of the SeiboldHuis Museum. The Seibold house is the home of Dutchman Philipp Franz von Siebold. He was an avid collector of Japanese flora and fauna. After living in Japan for years, he brought back his findings and put them on display in his home. Years later, this location has become a popular attracting that showcases his work. To this day, it houses items…

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Luilakmarkt in Haarlem

It’s obvious that the Dutch love nature. A popular hobby is plant care. Many houses have dozens of plants on display in their windows. Gardens are simplistic but well cared for. The Dutch love greenery and it’s obvious that I’ve fallen under the spell. Which is why the Luilakmarkt was the perfect place to visit. These mini markets take place in various cities and are quite popular. It’s a pot and plant market that starts at 4:00 pm and extends…

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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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