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Post Halloween Party: Good Eats

As we get older, making time for friends gets exceedingly difficult. One couple even told us not to plan anything until after the New Year! They were booked every weekend in December. First I’ll talk about what we ate (because it’s extra important) and then how the party went. I think it’s important to discuss cultural differences because experiences are unique to each person. I started this blog to express how it felt to live in a country with cultural…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

My go to facial mask

I’ve always been experimental with my skincare because I could never find something that worked well enough. I spent most of my teenage years jumping around drugstore brands and my 20s were spent in Sephora searching for a holy grail product. Alas, there is no one miracle product but thanks to Dora, I’ve found something that has turned my world around. Cue the introduction to her 7% Pumpkin Exfoliant. “Polishes, nourishes, and firms the skin while gently exfoliating away dead skin…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

November to do list

There are pros and cons to the “To Do” list. One, there’s the pressure to complete the list, which could swing in either direction… Either way I’m making my own this month so that I can stay on top of some simple goals. Plan out Thanksgiving We were too busy to celebrate Thanksgiving last year! We had just gotten Booker and I was too preoccupied to gather recipes and grocery lists, let alone make the food needed. This year we’re…

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Fashion Lifestyle

Halloween Haul

With the colder months rolling in, I find myself gravitating towards more comfortable and layerable items. Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, so I couldn’t help but get a bit festive with my wardrobe! Spooky sweater with eyeballs I love how simple this knit sweater is. Just rub your hands up and down on the eyes to hide or expose them! It’s super cute and I’ll be wearing this even after Halloween is over. Black jeans I’ve been…

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Minimal Halloween Decor

With autumn comes the familiar flavors, scents and sensations that I grew to love growing up. Even though we didn’t have a real autumn in California, I knew that the days would be getting shorter, the nights would be chilly and sweatshirts would be everywhere! We rarely had weather cold enough for real winter coats, lucky us huh? The ground would be littered with fallen leaves and pumpkin spice flavors would dominate storefronts along side Halloween costumes and goodies. Growing up,…

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Tips on how to keep positive through autumn

It’s difficult to remain happy as warm summer days are replaced by short and colder ones. Even though I love the rain and autumn in general, I find myself getting too cozy at home and unwilling to go out in the rain. So how do I get the motivation to get up and moving? Indulge in healthy versions of comfort foods I love fall for it’s comfort foods. It’s cold outside and a full belly makes me content but let’s…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

My fall nail polish picks

The one thing I love about minimalism is that you purge what makes your life hectic and embrace what you enjoy. I got rid of so many things when I came to The Netherlands and that included lots of unnecessary things from unworn shoes to clothing with tags still attached. While I cannot call myself a true minimalist, I do my best to keep free of unwanted clutter so that I can be stress free. However that does not mean…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland Tourism

Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Amstelveen

It’s no big secret that Sander and I are gaming nerds. For us, a typical evening is right in front of our PCs with our favorite game on screen. Pokémon GO has been a huge part of our lives since it launched. In the summer months we went out every evening to ride our bikes and catch some new Pokémon. So when the Safari events came up, we were ready and willing to do what it took to attend. It’s widely…

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My Top 6 Halloween Movie picks

Movies are always subjective, especially when it comes to holiday favorites. Since there are no Halloween movie or TV show specials in The Netherlands, I decided to revisit a few titles that really bring out the spirit of Halloween for me. Here is my personal favorite list of titles to bring me into that spoopy (yes spoopy) spirit! The Haunted Mansion This movie got a lot of negative reviews but I still think it’s super cute. It’s probably because my…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Taking a walk in the park

What is it about the changing seasons that captivates us so? There’s a dip in temperature and the leaves turn warm colors.  We bundle head to toe in cozy knits and layers. There’s the knowledge that the holiday season is fast approaching. Parties will soon be planned and consist of family and friends gathering together and indulging in good memories. While these thoughts make me more homesick than ever, I find my peace taking long walks in the park. I…

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