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Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Amstelveen

It’s no big secret that Sander and I are gaming nerds. For us, a typical evening is right in front of our PCs with our favorite game on screen. Pokémon GO has been a huge part of our lives since it launched. In the summer months we went out every evening to ride our bikes and catch some new Pokémon. So when the Safari events came up, we were ready and willing to do what it took to attend. It’s widely…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Taking a walk in the park

What is it about the changing seasons that captivates us so? There’s a dip in temperature and the leaves turn warm colors.  We bundle head to toe in cozy knits and layers. There’s the knowledge that the holiday season is fast approaching. Parties will soon be planned and consist of family and friends gathering together and indulging in good memories. While these thoughts make me more homesick than ever, I find my peace taking long walks in the park. I…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

October to do list

There are a lot of little things I need/want to accomplish during the month of October. It’s my favorite month of the year. It’s filled with autumnal scents, cozy sweaters, excuses to wear long boots and drink copious amounts of hot tea. Declutter for the season. Summer is over now and it’s time to clean out all the leftovers! Expired boxed goods, old mail that Sander’s been saving, clothing that is ready to be donated, all this needs to be…

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How I spend rainy days

Just yesterday we had warm and sunny weather but today it’s been pouring on and off. Days like these make it not so fun to even just walk Booker. The sky is overcast. The ground is muddy and littered with debris of crunchy leaves that have gone soggy. Without a website like Buienradar, we would be in the dark about when the sporadic rain will fall. Let me tell you, it’s 100% unpredictable without checking the forecast hourly. So how…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

My updated skincare routine

My skin makes me feel like I’m a teenager. Not because it’s young and firm, but because I’m always breaking out. I started having acne when I was in 8th grade and it’s stuck with me ever since. I hate having to say that I have adult acne, but the more I see others my age with it, the less worried I am. I’ve gotten to the point now where my skin routine helps me battle the worst breakouts when…

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Tourism

6 reasons to visit The Netherlands

There are a few choice places that tourists like to visit upon arriving in Amsterdam, but I encourage you to wander out of the big city and see what it’s like on the other side. See if you only ever visit the big cities, it’s impossible to truly experience everything a location has to offer. Not to say that you should not visit cities… They often have a vibrant variety of cultures that are easily accessible if time is limited.…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Managing stress by going outside

Stress is a major problem for many people, especially in today’s fast paced world. We all want instant results and for those who answer to a higher voice, the pressure is really on. When I worked as a graphic designer in America, although I dealt with daily stress, I was able to let it go quite easily once I had clocked out. For many that’s just simply not the case. After moving to The Netherlands, I’ve found new sources of…

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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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My favorite Dutch Instagram feeds

I am spoiled. Everything I ever wanted had been at my finger tips when I lived in America. I could just go to the grocery store down the street and pick up everything I ever needed. Here in The Netherlands, if I want french toast worthy bread, I need to visit the bakery before it closes. There are no birthday cakes here. I need to either make my own or visit a bakery that makes pies for the occasion. Food…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland Tourism

Langevelderslag strand, The Netherlands

When summer comes to mind, what else follows? Beautifully tall cups of iced tea, sitting outside with ice cream while enjoying a cool breeze in the shade, and of course, the beach. So when Sander’s sister asked if we wanted to join her and her friend for a walk on the beach with all of our dogs, we couldn’t say no. The unique part of summer here, is that the sun sets around 10pm. So we arranged to meet up…

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