You are my sunshine blog award

To my surprise, Cassy from Baubles & Knots, added me to her list of blogs she thinks deserve a bit more attention. And I couldn’t be more grateful. It was a very pleasant surprise to see her comment pop up in my About section to let me know she had picked me. Despite the fact…

Blogger & teacher: On how I combine my job with my blog

Sunday, funday and the day on which I sometimes like to write a more personal blog. Even though I post daily, blogging is not my day job. It’s just a hobby that I thoroughly enjoy. In ‘real life’ I’m an English teacher, teaching communication skills to Dutch college students. It’s a 32 hour job and…

How to unplug your life

With technology playing such a huge role in our lives, it is difficult to sometimes not stare at a screen. Keeping a blog in your spare time, like I do, isn’t a very good example of how to unplug. However, there are many things I like to do that keeps technology at bay. As a…

Current workout routine

It’s the new year, which means many people are setting themselves new year’s resolutions. A prominent one being the will to get fit and into shape. And that’s exactly my new year’s resolution. I don’t really make resolutions, but getting into shape has been on my list for a while now. I have spent the…

215 of 2015

Happy new year everyone!!!! Huh?! A 215 of 2015? Yes, this is a yearly post I do where I review my year. I did a 212 of 2012, a 213 of 2013 and a 214 of 2014. It features anything I deem worthy having a look back on: the good and the bad. Anything from…

!!!Merry Christmas!!!

Today’s blog post’s only purpose is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Since I will be spending the next two days with family, I figured today could be slow day on the blog. The Essence Advent Calendar round up will be up tomorrow instead! Enjoy your Christmas and I will see you again…

My Christmas decorations

My favorite thing about the Holiday season? It’s not the food, the Christmas carols or the get-togethers. What makes Christmas Christmas for me are the lights. The reason why I find November drab and January depressing is an overall lack of light in the darkness. I love how Christmas is all about having lights everywhere….

Things I love #6

How has your weekend been so far? Mine has been great. Busy, but great. I started off with a lovely massage on Friday night at my gym and then spent all day yesterday at the I Love Beauty event. Naturally I bought a few bits and bobs while I was there and I also partook…

Instagram #13

It seems like yesterday since I posted my last Instagram overview, but in fact it’s been 6 weeks. High time to show you what I have been up to these past few weeks. I don’t take enough pictures in my day to day life to fill up blog post after blog post on my personal…

Sweater weather tag

A few years ago the sweater weather tag did the rounds, but I feel that by now it’s been forgotten. And that’s a shame, because it is a fun tag. I hadn’t done it before and since the weather is finally getting colder, it is definitely appropriate for this time of year.

Plog 26 October 2015

I thought it would be fun to show you a day in the life of moi in pictures. This past week was fall break for me and so I had a more interesting week going on then the usual I-get-up-go-to-work-then-the-gym routine. I picked last Monday to be the day to show you as I had…

Instagram #12

It’s been a while since I did one of these, but that’s mainly because I haven’t been taking many pictures. My old phone nearly died on me and my new one is great, but since I carry that in my bag instead of my coat pocket, I often find myself forgetting to take pictures these…

How I got where I am today

I’ve come to a point in my life where I can reflect on what makes me me. It isn’t necessarily rocket science to know these things about yourself, but in my case, I found out the hard way. Through several bumps in the road, I figured out who I am, what I like to do…

10 tips for an organized life

I am one of those people who has a fairly clutter free home. After I decided to clean up my living space and buy some new furniture 2 years ago, I got rid of a lot of junk, but I have always been fairly good at keeping track of my possessions, appointments, work and social…

Happy moments #5

Time to appreciate life for a minute. Every once in a while I try to write up a list of some of the things that make me happy. They aren’t very life changing or different for that matter but I like to sometimes take a step back and take a look at some of the…

TV series I’ve been watching

I’ve been on a true TV series kick lately. Ever since I came back from vacation, I’ve been watching fewer Youtube videos and I’ve gone back to watching some more actual TV series. I watched seasons of some of my all time favorites, but I also watched some new stuff and there is one series…

What’s in my bag?

I’ve been back at work a few weeks now and for this school year, I decided to bring out an oldie but a goodie when it comes to my work bag. This, by now vintage, leather satchel used to be my book bag in my freshmen year in highschool *cue chorus of aaahw*. That was…

Misslipgloss brunch

Last week, I attended the Misslipgloss brunch. Cynthia, who runs this hugely popular Dutch beauty blog, wanted to get together with some of her readers to celebrate the fact that she reached 5000 blog posts. I signed up for the event and when I was in my hotel room in Miami I got the e-mail…

Leiden hot spots

I’ve lived in Leiden for just over 13 years now, so I know my way around the city. I went there as a student, but as time progressed, my usual haunts changed up. I went from student bars and societies to bars and restaurants. For years I have been visiting the same bar, found a…

Let’s Get Personal Tag

I thought it could be fun to answer some tag questions again. I always like filling out this type of question lists and people seem to like getting to know me a little bit better too. There are 33 questions, so let’s get to it. What do you hear while you are writing this? Murmer…

Life lessons for aspiring teachers

Teaching takes some time getting used to. I can vouch for many times where I didn’t know what to do, or just felt stuck overall. In January I will have been teaching for 10 years and in those 10 years I have had to deal with many different situations and many different students. I spend…

Instagram #11

Summer is well on its way and I realized I hadn’t even shared some of my latter half spring pictures on here. That’s why this post comprises some pictures of my life in May, June and early July. It was a busy time at work, with classes crammed into shortened weeks due to the many…

It’s my birthday!

Yep it’s true, today is the day on which I have turned one year older. One year older and wiser? Who knows? All I know is that I have been so busy lately that I almost forgot to put up this post. Turning 7 or 8… But today I’m turning a little bit older than…

Three things tag

On several blogs I saw this really fun tag doing the rounds, and I thought: Hey! Why don’t I do it too. So today I am bringing you the Three Things Tag. Curious to know three things I keep in my bag? Or three things that make me happy? Then read the rest of this…

Fewer things, more experiences

I set myself a few goals for 2015 at the start of the year. I wouldn’t call them New Year’s resolutions per se, but just a few things I wanted to get done. One such goal was to try and spend less money on things and that if I was going to spend any money,…

Too flexible: now what?!

I love squeezing in some workouts into my week. I typically workout 3 – 5 times a week. And not for just any odd reason. If I don’t workout, I instantly develop backaches and for the longest time I didn’t know why. The typical explanation? Stress build up in my muscles. But last year I…

Teacher stories: from nightmare to greatness

Just last month I wrote a piece about my teaching experience and today I thought I’d continue my teacher stories. Having been a teacher for nearly 10 years, comes with many memories. Some are good memories and some are bad. Most of them involve students in one way or another of course and that is…

Life in 20 questions tag

I teach, I dance, I blog, I cook: that would be me in a nutshell. Weren’t it that I also am a fervent visitor of concerts, read more books than I can count, listen to more music than I can keep track of and love a good workout too. I love languages, go to museums…

Instagram #10

Time to show you what I’ve been up to these past few months. March and April are always my busiest months out of the year so I didn’t have too much time to be taking pictures. So since posting the last edition of this overview of my life in pictures, lots has happened and I…

Bose Soundtrue on-ear headphones

Last December one of the worst things happened: my Sennheiser in-ear headphones broke and so I set out to the store to replace them. My initial idea was to simply repurchase them as they had been serving me well and it was my second pair already. When I was at the store and saw what…

Studio Tour

Today is an exciting day, at least for me. Because today I am posting a blog post that has been in the works for more than a year. Almost 2 years ago I decided that my living space needed an upgrade for various reasons. I owned too much stuff, most of the furniture I possessed…

My teaching experience

I never post much about my personal life on this space. The main reason for that is because I like to keep my private life private, to a certain extent at least. My main reason for that is my profession. In case you didn’t know, I am a teacher and I have been teaching for…

My current work outs

These past few months I’ve been trying hard to get my work out schedule back on track. My fitness level was at an all time low just before summer and so I had to gradually work my way up again. By now, almost 9 months later, I have found myself settled back into a routine…

Happy moments #4

It’s been a while since I posted about some of my happy moments. The reason for that was that for a while I just forgot about doing this post. Winter is never my favorite time of year and so I am very much appreciating the fact that I now walk out the door when it’s…

Instagram #9

Time for a personal update in which I’m showing you what I’ve been up to these past few weeks, as well as give some behind the scenes details on what’s been going on in no particular order. These pictures start some time in January and end right up until this past week. One thing I…

Why this isn’t a beauty blog

Today’s post was a spur of the moment idea. Not because I didn’t know what to blog about, but because I suddenly felt an urge to say a bit more about my blog and my reasons for doing things the way I do them. Of course, if you have any suggestions for improvement, I’m all…

Instagram #8

It’s been a while since I last showed you a summary of some of my Instagram pictures. And this time, I’ve decided to give you a bigger impression of my daily life. I simply took more pictures during the latter few months of 2014 than ever before, so I also have more to show you….

Tips for a good night’s sleep

Am I the only person who has trouble sleeping sometimes? Probably not. I go through phases where I think and worry too much at night. Sometimes so much so, that I can’t sleep anymore. Since I have a busy job, with a long commute, as well as a busy personal life in which I also…

214 of 2014

The last day of the year and so it’s time to reflect. Reflect on the year that was. That for me, was a year filled with many ups and many downs. But like they say: every cloud has a silver lining. So I worked through my very crappy first half of the year and found…

Video: Christmas decorations

In today’s video I’m showing you how I’ve decorated my tiny living space for Christmas. It’s the first time I’ve pulled out all the stops and I thought: why not film it! I apologize for the shakiness of this video at certain points, but I decided halfway through making this video that I wanted to…

Watch me grow up…

It’s time to get personal again. This time I’m not showing you any recent pictures. No, we’re going back in time. When I was browsing my hard drive last year, to find pictures for the Little Fashionable Me tag (click here), I also came across tons of pictures from my late teens and early twenties….

Instagram #7

My picture taking streak did not dwindle down this month. I think I may have started to become a little bit addicted to Instagram these days and I try to have a new picture up every day. And so far that’s been working. My next Instagram overview will therefore contain tons of pictures as these…

Homewear wishlist

As the days are getting colder and I’m spending more time indoors, I have really been into homewear lately. In case you didn’t know I started revamping my living space last year and by now I really want to finish things up. I’ve been eyeballing plenty of items: from furniture to decorations (yes, even the…

Instagram #6

Time to show you my life in pictures again. I’ve been taking quite a few pictures lately and so I gathered enough pictures for a new blog post a lot quicker than usual. Without further ado, I’m sharing a glimpse into my life of the past month. If you like the update asap, then please…

The art of being alone

I’ve been meaning to do a post on this topic for quite some time, but I never felt like I got quite the right angle. I wrote about it some years ago when I first started my blog, but I haven’t addressed it since. The reason why I feel the need to write this blog…

Getting back in shape

It’s been a while since I last updated you on my work out routine, but to be honest, there wasn’t anything to update you about. For the past year my work outs dropped to an all time minimum. For a few months I worked out hardly at all, apart from dance class, and then last…

Personal update #7

It’s been a while since I last updated you on my life. I haven’t written anything since July! I was simply so busy getting back to work and getting my life back on track that I didn’t have much inspiration for a personal update post. I also had quite a few things that I was…

Instagram #5

It’s time for another personal post again. And today I will be giving you a peek into my life by showing you a few pictures from my Instagram from the past 3 months or so. I’m not a very fervant photo taker and especially now that I’ve gone back to work I have little time…

Old fashioned profanities

The English language is a funny thing. It has been around for centuries and since language is an ever changing thing, adapting itself to the custom of the times, the English spoken today is not the same as it was 50, 100 or 200 years ago. Pronunication may change, words are added to the vocabulary,…

Happy moments #3

Staying positive isn’t always an easy thing. Trust me, I’ve had my share of negativity in the past and especially in the past year. But the best thing you can do, no matter how dark things can get, is to try and find happiness and positivity in the small things in life. Small things that…