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5 ways to bounce back after being sick

I’ve been out of commission for most of this week thanks to a sudden flu attack. While I’m not 100% over it, I still have some things to do before the weekend. So what’s the best way to get a jump on things even if you still feel lousy? Get clean One of the first things I do after being sick is clean everything. I wash my sheets and wipe down anything I might have touched. It seems like a…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Video games I’ve been playing

It’s no secret that the bad weather has kept me indoors. Aside from passing my time by working on the blog or reading, I’ve been playing a handful of games. For me, playing video games keeps my mind and hands busy. Back home I would watch my favorite shows but I could do crafty hobbies as well. I haven’t gotten back into many of those hobbies out here and need to keep my hands busy all the time. Playing video…

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How to Lifestyle

How to prepare for spring

Spring is still a little ways off but it’s never to early to get a head start. Aside from deciding on what exciting things can be done once the weather is warmer, here’s a list of other things to consider! Get yourself organized We recently purchased a new wardrobe for our bedroom. We seriously needed it as the smaller one was perfect for Sander alone. Now we have more than enough room for all of our clothing and more! This…

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Lifestyle Personal

My favorite photos on my phone

Let’s face it, we all live and breath with a cell phone in at least one hand. I have friends who even have two. However, the number one feature used and shared is the camera. We document everything in life via the tiny lens built into our phones. I thought it would be fun to share a few photos that I have stored on mine and a little bit of info on how you can take similar shots. These were…

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Books How to Lifestyle

How to break out of a reading rut

It’s super easy to fall out of reading books. All it takes is a little procrastination and BAM! “I forgot I had been reading that book and I won’t remember about it for a few months. By then I’ve forgotten what it was about and I should start over. That’s going to be a pain to do so I won’t read it right now.” Anyone else in that same boat? I’ve been there loads of times.  I love reading. My…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Gezellig, Hygge, and the holidays

First of all, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and of course we still have New Year’s to look forward to (here it’s called Oud en Nieuw, or Old and New) but I want to share how we spent our Christmas. We had, what the Dutch call, a gezellig Christmas. Wait, hold on a moment, what does gezellig mean? Sander defines gezellig as “being in a small and enjoyable setting with friends and family.” The term can be used liberally though. I…

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Lifestyle Personal

Our new puppy

This time last year, I said we wouldn’t do it. It was challenging to get up so early in the morning to deal with a smelly, poopy and sick puppy. The stress of a baby Booker and the sadness of being in a new home for the holidays had piled up. I regretted having a puppy in the house. This time… Completely different story. Allow me to introduce you to little Haru. She’s the most wrigglest puppy I’ve ever met.…

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DIY Lifestyle

A simple simmer pot

The holiday season seems to have a scent all its own. Delicious scents permeate the air as the weather changes outside. There’s nothing like coming home to a house that smells like fresh baked goods. I’ll admit that I too have my lazy days but I still want the house to smell scrumptious. So what do I do? Make a simmer pot. What is a simmer pot? It’s a pot of water with various ingredients. It’s sole purpose is to simmer on…

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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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