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TJ Maxx Halloween Haul

It’s finally here! Spooky season has begun! October has always been a time of celebration for me. The days grow shorter. The nights get colder… The trees change colors and clothing gets cozy. It’s no secret that I love October for a million reasons. The main reason, being Halloween is almost here! It hasn’t been easy to move to a country that doesn’t celebrate Halloween. But that’s changed over the years. And I finally have something to write about this…

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A Return to Amsterdam

You know that feeling when you don’t see someone for a long time? At times you begin to forget the way they look, right? You can remember their general appearance, their hair color and the way they dress. But after a while, those memories fade and it’s difficult to remember what you knew so well. It’s strange for me to say that I feel that way about Amsterdam… Well felt that way. See after about a year of staying at…

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A quiet Dutch Birthday

Sander is jarig! Today is Sander’s birthday, he’s turning 34 this year. And of course since the world is still a bit chaotic, this Dutch birthday won’t be like the normal ones. I’m not sure if there ever will be normal Dutch birthdays anymore. But here’s how we experienced it. Smaller gatherings A normal Dutch birthday party has everyone involved. Since The Netherlands is so small, people can from anywhere to anywhere and return home the same day. I’ve seen people…

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I bought the Raycon E25 Headphones

Like most people these days, I spend a lot of time listening to my phone. I have a set of wired earbuds but I wanted to invest in a more mobile pair. It’s difficult to do chores with a pair of wired headphones! Enter, my interest in a brand called Raycon and their E25 Bluetooth earbuds. I decided to take the plunge into getting a pair after seeing a few good reviews about them. They’re comparable to iPods and sounded…

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Dutch sunny summer days

Hello everyone! It’s been months since I last wrote, did you forget about me? No hard feelings of course! It’s hard to find interesting things to talk about when you work from home and keep the same schedule. My Dutch summer days have almost blended into each other and it’s been hard to keep track of the date! But I do come with some updates and a return to this space. I’ve missed it a lot. Safe and not sorry…

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Dutch Residency Permit Renewal

Whew, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written anything! We have first vaccines next week so I hope that life will go back to “normal” soon enough. We’ve had to enjoy the outside from our balcony and dream of going out again… I don’t have much to write about so I took the time for a break to recharge my batteries. And it’s been amazing. I’ve had lots of time to read, kick back and watch some shows I’ve…

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How the Dutch Celebrate Spring

It’s not entirely spring for us just yet, but that doesn’t stop the Dutch! If the sun is out, you can bet that everyone will be outside too! Except for Sander, he’s an exception. But for the “typical” Dutch, spring is a time for preparation and celebration. So here is how the Dutch celebrate spring! Wandeling The Dutch and wandeling go hand in hand. If the weather is nice, there’s no better way to soak up the sun than to…

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Must have items for February in The Netherlands

Winter in The Netherlands isn’t has cold as it used to be. We’ve seen only a few centimeters of snow this year and that’s probably all we’ll get. But as someone who lived in arid Southern California all her life, the Dutch late winters have me on my toes. And I get it. There will always be a colder place to live. But if you’re looking to visit Amsterdam once the chaos is over, this is advice I’d pass on…

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Celebrating 2nd Christmas

The Dutch celebrate something that I wasn’t aware of, and that’s the 2nd day of Christmas. It’s like having Christmas but instead of 24 hours it’s 48 hours. So all the festivities continue on, making it an extra long holiday season. But this still feels new to me, so let me share what we did on the 2nd day of Christmas. Slept in late Sander and I have been ultra lazy. He’s out of bed at 7am and I usually…

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