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The American Book Center

The American Book Center (ABC) is a special spot in downtown Amsterdam. It’s home to a huge selection of English books and a tiny cafe. This three story heaven is one of the few places that houses only English books. There are tons of bookstores in Amsterdam but this one is where I feel the most at home. It’s all about English books and always brings a crowd. I’m serious. There’s never been a time that we visit where the…

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A Space Oddity

There are a handful of nerd havens in Amsterdam. Most of them remain unexplored by us but there is one that we frequent. It’s called A Space Oddity. I’ve written about A Space Oddity a few times but today I want to examine what this store has to offer. There’s no lack of nerd culture! From Nintendo mementos to Gundam girls and beyond, A Space Oddity has it all. The first floor caters to plush animals and character key chains. The lower…

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Lifestyle Shopping

An Ikea Haul

I love Ikea. What’s not to love? The aesthetic and the feel of Ikea calls to me each time. I know it’s the way they sell themselves, but I’m a huge fan. There was an article a few years ago that said something about Ikea being for 20 year olds. I beg to differ. Here in The Netherlands, Ikea is alive and well. While it’s not considered to be a top brand name, I’ve seen a lot of Ikea in…

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Lifestyle Shopping

How gift mindfully

Let’s be honest with ourselves here. We want a lot of things but do we need them? Especially when it comes to Christmas. We often give gifts that friends and family don’t need, or worse yet… Don’t want. Sometimes these unwanted presents sit with us for years because of our guilt. We don’t want to throw something out when it was meant for us. How can we celebrate the holidays without being so wasteful? While this season is one of…

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Shopping Tourism

What we do in Amsterdam

Alright I’m back from a mini break from the blog! We’ve been a bit busy over the weekend. Pair that with a few super late nights and you have the recipe for over exhaustion! We went to Amsterdam on Saturday for one of our errand runs. We usually go out when a comic I’m collecting, Snotgirl, is available. But I realized I never shared what we usually do! Eat our favorite foods We skip breakfast when we go to Amsterdam.…

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Lifestyle Shopping

Recent Etsy purchases

I know I shouldn’t purchase more than what I need but this past month I slipped up! But I figure it’s about time I had a little bit of change in my life. I’ve usually commit myself to a seasonal capsule wardrobe. Now was the time to add a few fresh pieces. On top of that I got a few accessories to help add a bit of spice to my life. Of course, none of this is necessary, I wanted…

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A small Lush haul

We went to Amsterdam recently and decided to pop into Lush for a few items. Now Lush is a an indulgence for us. We go once a season to stock up on limited edition items which we now have a surplus of. It’s not that we busy so much at once, it’s that the product lasts for a long time. We buy soaps and once once in a great while a bath product. I’ve got oily roots and even though…

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Universe on a T-shirt

Sander and I made a trip to Amsterdam for the first time in months so we decided to spend several hours sightseeing and shopping. We took the car this time around and walked through new neighborhoods we’ve never seen before. Every time we venture into Amsterdam it’s like a whole new experience. It’s a huge tourist attraction but if you venture slightly out of where foreigners gather together to eat friet met mayonaise (thick french fries topped with mayo) it’s apparent…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland Shopping

Ordering from Hypnotic Polish

Now I’m not turning into a beauty blog, but this is a lifestyle blog about living in The Netherlands. When I lived in California I had a polish collection to rival nail salons. Of course, that collection is no more and it’s been ages since I bought a new color. Sander’s been encouraging me to find stores that are Netherlands based so that I can purchase the little things that I take pleasure in. Even though I’m trying to practice…

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