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Comparing Dutch and American Birthdays

I’ve been a bit lax in posting this week because Sander’s had time off from work. During this past week we also celebrated his birthday! Not so long ago I wrote a post about how the Dutch celebrate birthdays. I figured now would be another good time to compare them. Sander’s a very low-key and down to earth guy so we didn’t do much. I need to point out this post contains my own personal experiences. I cannot speak for anyone…

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An all natural facial

Before I left for the Netherlands, I had the honor of attending a few sessions of with Dora, an Esthetician who specializes in natural cleansing products and at the time, was opening a new space to work her magic. Now she works from home, using the same wonderful products she used the last time. It was a top priority for me to see her again because her facials are simply amazing. Not only are they relaxing and a fantastic way to…

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Back home and loving the sun

Sander and I have finally arrived back in California! We’ve been planning this trip for months and the time had finally arrived for us to board the plane and see my family. It’s been around eight months since I was last home and so as soon as we touched down at LAX and I took in a large breath of smoggy LA air, I knew it wasn’t a dream. Our first few days were spent at home, celebrating both Easter…

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Living Minimally

When I arrived at Schipol, I had two suitcases and a backpack. Everything in my bags had been carefully thought about, packed and repacked nearly four times in the hopes I had only brought what I needed. Let’s rewind a little though, to give some perspective. Retail therapy was a great friend of mine. I did little saving and I was part of Sephora’s VIB membership (meaning you spend at least $1000 a year in-store). I enjoyed buying collectibles and…

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