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Koningsdag

Koningsdag has come once again to The Netherlands. It’s a national holiday and a time of celebration for all Dutch. But why exactly? Allow me to share what I’ve learned about this crazy day. Why April 27? The observance of the royal birthdays goes all the way back to Queen Wilhelmina when she was 5 years old. The very first Princess day was celebrated for her 5th birthday on August 31st 1885. After she became queen she continued the tradition.…

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Dutch Comic Con 2019

It’s no secret that Sander and I enjoy Comic Con. So when the time for Dutch Comic Con 2019 rolled around, we packed our bags and headed out to Utrecht. Now we aren’t the type to visit the stages and panels but there were a handful of good attendees. Tom Felton, Katherine McNamara, Jennifer Morrison, Shannen Doherty, Benedict Wong, Sophie Skelton were all guests of honor! Talk about a line up! There was a full audience each time we passed…

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Panic! at the Disco at AFAS

I’ve been over the moon since last night. If you’ve been around long enough then you know how I felt about seeing Fall Out Boy live. It was one of the best nights of my life. I had been listening to that band since I was 16 years old. Well, if you thought I was too excited about Fall Out Boy, then you have no idea. I can trace my history with Panic! for as long I can with Fall…

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How the Dutch do rainy days

I was more than a little nervous the first time I visited Sander’s family. His parents seemed like nice people over the phone but meeting in person is a different beast. The encounter went well and soon enough it was time for us to leave. On our way out his mother stopped me. She held up a large, grey, over-sized piece of clothing. It looked more like a dead tent than a Dutch rain poncho.   “Take this.” She said…

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Bastille Live at the Ziggo Dome

Our first music event of the year dropped into our lap courtesy of Sander’s boss. He had tickets to the Bastille Avoiding Tomorrow Tour and could’t make it. Instead he gave the tickets to us. Needless to say we were over the moon! I listened to Bastille a thousand times over when their Bad Blood album dropped in 2013. I’ve been a bit too busy to listen to their 2016 album, Wild World. That didn’t stop me from leaping at the…

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Dealing with estranged parents

My relationship with my father was a strained one. The more I think about our relationship, the more I seem to understand about him. He grew up in a poor household and had to work to support both his parents and 6 other siblings. It was a tough childhood and as a result he never wanted a family centered lifestyle. I understand that now that I’m an adult.  He was forced into it when he was arranged to marry my…

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NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Review

This is it guys. I might have found my holy grail foundation and concealer. NYX’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation has been nothing but perfect for me since I bought it. I heard rave reviews from Youtubers and knew I had to try it for myself. I’ve been on the lookout for a cheaper and better shade to use in my makeup routine. I’m finding it so hard to justify spending so much money on makeup… Since moving to…

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Current Lush Favorites

It’s been a few months since we went to Lush but we’ve finally started to use what we bought. We go through soap pretty slowly so we’re able to stockpile a few special items here and there. Here’s what we’ve been using and why they’re my current Lush Favorites! Iceshoggles Soap This one was a winter Lush exclusive so it’s no longer available for sale… But Iceshoggles is a beautiful and fresh scent that’s hard to describe. It’s got my…

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Washi Tape Haul

Investing in Washi Tape is a cheap and easy way to make stunning Bullet Journals. I love browsing Pinterest for recommendations on layouts for weekly spreads. I need to note that I currently lead a life of little to no obligations. There are few appointments I need to keep and fewer important things to remember. So I use my Bullet Journal as a positive space. I write down one positive thing each day so that I can keep a happy…

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