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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

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. However it’s not an uncommon issue. Now I have a skincare routine that allows me to battle the worst breakouts. The rest of the time my skin is clear and healing well.…

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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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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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Shopping Tourism

Animecon at The Hague

Allow me to weave a small and uninteresting tale. My interest in Japanese animation started way back when I was a small girl. My father had brought home a copy of My Neighbor Totoro, and ever since then I have been hooked. When I was in high school, I attended a few conventions. Not many, compared to my friends, since even back then video games were more important to me, but I had logged a few years in the attendance books.…

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Tourism

The Keukenhof’s last day

The last day of the season, is what I mean. We’ve been so busy that we couldn’t attend until the very last day of the season. Disappointing, I know, since we missed out on lots of beautiful blooms, but there was still so much to see that we felt like we didn’t miss much! And just what exactly is the Keukenhof? Firmly situated in Lisse, it is one of the world’s largest gardens and has grown to house over 7 million…

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Tourism

Artis Zoo in Amsterdam

ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo is neatly nestled in the heart of, you guessed it, Amsterdam. It’s not only the oldest zoo in Amsterdam but one of the oldest in Europe, although it’s hard to tell. The entire zoo is so well maintained and decorated that it could have been built last year. It features lots of outdoor exhibits and animals but also has small houses, like the Reptile house, Small mammal house and even a butterfly room. It also boosts an amazing…

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