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Interior Inspiration For The New House

My move to Amsterdam is only two months (maybe less) away, and I’m beyond excited. After four years in a studio, I’ll finally have an entire apartment to decorate! Let’s be honest here, decorating the new place is one of the things I’m most excited about. Hello, multiple rooms! I’ve been Pinteresting away ever since the house hunt started and went through a new wave of pins every time another potential house presented itself. By now I have almost a year’s worth of pins for various different rooms (including some we didn’t end up getting), so I have a pretty good idea of what I like. I also have a general idea of where I want to go with each room, so today I thought I’d share some of my inspiration with you. Just to get a feeling of how I’m planning to decorate! Oh, by the way, Robbert doesn’t care much about interior decorating and he likes my taste, so I’ve been granted a lot of decorating freedom. I do run everything by him of course 🙂

Our apartment is 50m2. That’s quite an average size for a one or two person apartment in Amsterdam, but it’s still pretty small so we’ll have to figure out some smart solutions to make the most out of the space.
We have the living room, which flows into an open plan kitchen. Then there’s one bedroom, with a small laundry closet inside. Besides that we’ll only have a bathroom and a hallway, haha!

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I’m Going Off Hormones

Alright, the time has come. This is the week I should start a new cycle with my NuvaRing… And won’t. I’ve decided to come off hormonal contraception. And since for some reason I feel no shame about topics like this, I’ve decided to document the process. Over the next couple of months, I’m going to let you know what happens to my body and mind as I re-adjust to my natural menstrual cycle, and become independent from artificial hormones. I’ll be sharing the good, the bad, and everything inbetween.

Lately I keep coming across more and more women who decide to come off hormonal contraception. It might be my age and the life phase I’m entering (24), but since the vast majority of these women aren’t looking to get pregnant yet, I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s more to do with the trend of wanting everything to be more natural, and a rising aversion against long-term non-necessary synthetic hormone use. And I’m ok with that. Whatever the reason is, I’ve noticed more ladies would like to ditch their hormonal contraceptives and IMO, the more stories there are about the process, the better. Awareness, empowerment, education, you know the deal. So I’m going to add my story to the pool. Before I get started, it might be good to share a brief history of what contraceptive I’m currently on, and why.

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Quinoa, Grape & Avocado Salad | Recipe

When you take a holiday in villages and small towns in central/eastern Europe, it’s not too surprising that you’ll have a hard time finding vegan dishes in restaurants. I’m glad to see more and more vegan options in the big cities every year though, and always very happy to try them. This summer, one night, we had dinner in a restaurant in Bratislava which had this dish on their menu: a salad with quinoa, grapes, avocado, pine nuts and aged balsamic vinegar. I ordered it and was very pleasantly surprised! It’s a really simple dish, but the flavours go so well together and the meal is packed with nutrients. I recreated it at home and wanted to share the recipe with you even though it’s super simple, as I think this makes a perfect lunch. I ended up using walnuts instead of pine nuts as the only pine nuts I could find were sold at €4,50 per 100g, and that’s just ridiculous. Walnuts work great in the recipe, so you can run with either, depending on what you have available!

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