October favourites 🍁

Hola lovelies πŸ’•,

It’s already time for October favourites. This year is almost over. It always scares me how fast time is going because I always feel like I’m not living the life I want. It makes me anxious. I’m glad that at least I enjoyed some nice things in October such as going to the swimming pool with my brother, mother and lovely niece, having fun with my best friend, buying Christmas cards and receiving the book “To love and let go” πŸ’—.

Things I did with my family πŸ‘ͺ:

Going to the swimming pool 🏊

I went to the swimming pool with my brother, mother and my little niece who’s right now 4 years old πŸ‘§. I have always loved this swimming pool so much. I love the slide which is 60m. It has a side where you can go a bit outside. There are also jacuzzis and there’s another big swimming pool. Swimming is just the best thing ever 🏊 It always makes me feel so relaxed, inspired and happy afterwards. I want to go more often. Doing sports is so good for our physical and mental health. I went down the slide with my niece alone and we had loads of fun.

I even made a friend after swimming which was a girl from Syria πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡Ύ. I love to meet people from other countries, religions or nationalities. I believe that the diversity of the world is what makes this world a beautiful place to live in 🌍. Hearing her talk made me emotional. I also talked about the war which is going on there. I find it hard to talk about it because I can definitely feel how hard it must be to leave your country and live in another one where you don’t speak the language. In two years she learned Dutch, has her driving license, just got her swimming diploma and is studying. This made me feel bad too because sometimes I take too many things for granted in life such as my home, my freedom, food, water and all the things we have and so many others in this world don’t have.

Having delicious fondue with the family 🍽️

I had a delicious night of fondue with my brother, his wife and my parents the weekend before me and my mother were off to Spain. We ate delicious food such as potatoes with different sauces and vanilla ice cream with fruits πŸ˜‹. It’s always a tradition to have fondue like you can read in my posts.

Buying Sinterklaas presents 🎁

I bought presents for the feast Sinterklaas which we celebrate the 6th of December with my family. The official date of this feast is the 5th of December. It’s a celebration like Santa Claus πŸŽ‰. They say he comes from Spain to deliver presents. I wanted to buy almost all presents because I will spend most of November in Spain. Some Dutch families make surprises but we just buy presents for each other. I love to give and receive presents! I already wrapped all presents too.

Making a wish list for Sinterklaas πŸ“ƒ

I love to make lists and especially wish lists haha πŸ’–. I always make them for Sinterklaas, Christmas, The Three Kings Day and my birthday. I just update them every now and then. This year I ask for loads of nice books such as from Holly Bourne, of course nice stationery, yogi tea, book paper lovers from Flow and the calendar from Flow. Flow is such a nice Dutch magazine which makes loads of amazing and creative stuff. I also always want an advent calendar. I love to eat a chocolate 🍫 a day until Christmas.

Autumn in the park πŸπŸ‚πŸƒ

I enjoyed a nice walk in the park with my mother. I’m a Summer girl but I love the beautiful leaves in Autumn. The park was beautiful and we made some nice pictures. Afterwards, we went to the restaurant in the park and drank a delicious mint tea 🍡 with some cookies πŸͺ.

Trip to Spain ✈️πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ

I’m in Spain right now since a week. I’m always happy to be in Spain but I also know that my body stays with me wherever I go so I have anxiety also wherever I go. I used to think that if I travel somewhere else, I would feel better. There’s some sunshine here which makes life a bit better. I’m also happy to see my friends in Spain, eat delicious food and have fun. I also know that I still have to go to the dentist which makes me so anxious but I hope to overcome this fear soon. To be honest, I’m struggling a lot with anxiety now 😒.

Buying Christmas cards πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

I already bought Christmas stuff such as washi tape, a silver and golden pen, stickers and Christmas cards because I want to begin writing Christmas cards in Spain. Maybe I’m also sending them from Spain. It’s better to do it earlier because otherwise I get stressed as December is always a busy month. It’s better to have it done already because this year I will write 30 cards, every year less than the year before because not everyone writes me back. I love to write them but the fun is also to get a card back πŸ’Œ.

Buying new stationery and bath products πŸ›€

When I went one day to the shopping mall near to my house with my mamita I bought loads of nice stationery. I bought a set of 20 cards with different designs. I love the blue, pink and purple colours and the quotes on it πŸ’™πŸ’œ. I also bought new washi tapes. I bought loads of bath products too which includes a blue mermaid bath bomb and bath salt with mixed flower petals and grapefruit scent. For the trip to Spain I bought nail polish remover pads πŸ’…, coconut body cream which I love so much as it smells so good, my favourite dry shampoo Batiste cherry and eye make-up remover oil pads from the Hema.

Things I did with my lovely friends πŸ’–:

Eating delicious food with my bestie πŸ½οΈπŸ’—

π‘¬π’—π’†π’“π’š π’ƒπ’π’π’π’…π’Šπ’† 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔 𝒂 π’ƒπ’“π’π’˜π’π’Šπ’† π’ƒπ’š 𝒉𝒆𝒓 π’”π’Šπ’…π’† πŸ’—

I’m so happy I saw my bestie again after 4 months twice. It’s always good to see my best friend 😍 I loved eating at Bagels and Beans as it’s one of my fav places. I had such a delicious bagel with avocado, salad, tomato, cheese and drank a mint tea. It doesn’t matter how long we don’t see each other because our friendship never changes. You know when the friendship is real, deep and honest when everything stays the same when you see each other again after a long time. I’m so so so thankful to have you in my life. I will be always there for you. Even writing this makes me emotional. We are both a highly sensitive person forever haha πŸ’— Thank you for guiding me through life. Thank you for being the light πŸ’‘ in the dark times. Thank you for being my best friend who is always there for me when I need it. Thank you for our real talks about politics, mental health, feminism, life, death, music, books, and just anything.

We all need a little help from our friends and it’s just so true. Being surrounded by good people make you feel less alone in your struggles. The moment I share something and I hear you or another loved one say me too I feel a bit better. We are never alone. We are all walking this life together. As long as I have you by my side I will be okay. 11 year friends. Forever besties. I love you so much, to infinity and beyond, to the moon and back πŸ’•πŸ’πŸ’–πŸŒœπŸŒ›πŸŒπŸŒ•

The second time we saw each other we went to La Place in the shop Hudson Bay which is a restaurant where you can see whole Haarlem. We ate a delicious tomato soup 🍜 with some cheese. We had some good talks, laughed a lot and afterwards we did some shopping. I bought some nice cards with quotes and some stickers. I’m going to miss this shop when it’s going away only for the stationery hahah. We also went to see her brother, his wife and parents because they were celebrating her brother’s birthday πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰. I loved to see them all as I’m just one of the family. It’s nice to feel so connected and so loved.

Receiving beautiful pen pal letters πŸ–‹οΈ

I received some beautiful mail from my lovely pen pals. I received beautiful mail from Sophia which inluded some awesome unicorn writing paper and envelopes. I also loved your notes and stickers. The letter from Mollie was also amazing. I loved the goodies especially the whale card and the sticky notes. Thank you Vikki for your amazing mail too. I loved the friendship card, the other cards with quotes, the unicorn key ring and the feather sticky notes. I love all my pen pals so much. Writing is healing and makes me so happy 😍.

Other amazing things of October 🍁:

Receiving the book “To love and let go” by Rachel Brathen πŸ“–πŸ’ž

I finally received the book “To love and let go” by Yoga Girl. She’s my biggest inspiration in life 😍. I also wrote about her and her book in this post. I’m in the middle of this book and I already cried so much. It’s so heartbreaking, so beautiful and so real. In this book she wrote about how she lost her best friend, the divorce she suffered from her parents and the suicide attempts from her mother. She writes about loss, gratitude and love. This book is one of my favourite books ever now. I can’t wait to meet Rachel one day and go on a yoga retreat. Thank you so much for being the light in this sometimes dark world πŸ™πŸŒβœ¨. We need it. I’m so thankful for the Yoga Girl community where I met so many amazing people which I also hope to meet soon. It’s so important to hold space for others to feel our feelings. That’s exactly what this book is about. Feel our feelings, the good and the bad. Go through the dark times in life and eventually you will find the light.

Blas CantΓ³ is going to represent Spain for Eurovision Song Contest 2020 πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ™οΈ

I was very happy to hear that Blas CantΓ³ is going to represent Spain in Eurovision in Rotterdam, The Netherlands next year. I hope to be able to see it live because it cost a lot of money but it’s been 44 years that Eurovision comes to The Netherlands. It’s a one in a lifetime experience πŸ‡³πŸ‡±. It would be great to see Spain winning in The Netherlands haha. Blas CantΓ³ is a very popular singer here and famous for his song “Γ‰l no soy no”. His voice is beautiful and I’m sure he will do really good in Eurovision.

Thank you all for reading this blog post. I hope you all liked it. What kinds of fun things did you do in October? What are your favourites from my post? Did you like the new stationery I bought? Let me know lovelies. I will speak to you all in my next blog post.

Much love πŸ’•,

xoxo Christina


15 thoughts on “October favourites 🍁

  1. You have had quite the time! Plus I had a feeling that Sintaklass kinda sounded like Santa Claus😊 But yeah I feel the same way whenever time goes to fast! I feel I didn’t get chance to enjoy my life

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    1. Thank you so much beautiful! 😘 So true! We can learn so much from people from other cultures. I hope you are doing fine in Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ˜Š xxxx

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  2. Aaah! So strange to see Eurovision in a post, a good strange. I use to live in Europe for more than a decade, it was one of the most fun times during the year spending time watching it and the experiences associated with it. So nostalgic seeing a mention of it on your blog, I miss the vibe of my home ❀ I’m new to blogging but I think I am falling in love already

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    1. Thank you so much for reading ❀️. I LOVE Eurovision so much! I watch it every year since I’ve been a child. I hope I can see it live now that it’s coming to my country. I can understand you. It’s lovely to live abroad. Blogging is amazing. You will love it.

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  3. These monthly favourite posts of yours are always my favourite !! Looks like you had so much fun in October. That stationery is so cute !! You’re literally the stationery queen haha. I’ll reply to your letter so soon !! Love you ❀ x

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    1. Awhhh thank you so much lovely! πŸ’– I’m happy you like them. Hahah so true! The stationery queen sounds good πŸ‘ΈπŸ˜‚ It would be a good job in this world. No worries. Take your time. Love you more xoxo πŸ’‹

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  4. My dad is German and some years, we would celebrate Sinterklaas. Usually, he would leave a plate of European sweets on the windowsill on December 6. Since then, I moved across the country. One year my mom flew out here and brought the treats with her. Your photos are really lovely, and despite feeling vulnerable, you have a beautiful soul which really shines. You look so happy! πŸ˜„βœ¨

    I also love snail mail and have a few pen pals too. Sadly, most of them don’t reciprocate which can be frustrating. If you ever need a pen pal or someone to talk to, feel free to message me/email me. I will be too busy to send mail once I go back to school in January, but I am always open to expanding the pen pal mailing list. πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

    Finally, I want to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. 🌞 There is no obligation to complete it, but if you do, I am curious to know what your answers are! My questions can be found on my latest blog post. Cheers!πŸ’•

    Here is a link: sereneluna.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/%f0%9f%8c%9esunshine-blogger-award-7-0%f0%9f%8c%9e/

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment ❀️. Aaah how nice! I can’t wait to celebrate Sinterklaas with the family in a few weeks. I love the chocolate letters, pepernoten and the presents haha 🍫🎁. Thank you so much. The thing is that I always look happy when deep down I can feel awful. My smile is sometimes my mask which isn’t good. I always smile because that is just me being myself. I love pen palling so much ❀️ I can understand you being busy with school. It could be nice to pen pal. Writing is such a beautiful form of therapy as we are able to write our feelings and thoughts down. I will look to your blog post where you nominated me. Thank you so much for the nomination. Take care lovely xxxx

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  5. This is beautiful, I love how you share your day to day life….It’s pretty awesome…and I think it’s definitely important for mental health, that sharing your happiness is the key πŸ”‘ It’s so lovely to see you out there going to different countries..and that you enjoyed Spain πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ I went there a few years back..it’s a lovely country and that you met a friend…I also find pen pals interesting, I used to love writing letters myself..I love the stationary and unicorns πŸ¦„β™₯️β™₯️…keep happy my lovely..I think this is amazing πŸ˜‰ take care…πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much beautiful πŸ’– Yes that’s so true. We can get caught up in all the negativity of the world. Especially when I’m doing bad mentally my mind becomes more negative. It’s exhausting to live that way through life. Spain is definitely a beautiful country. I love it so much 😍 Great that you also went there! Pen palling is amazing as I love to write and buying stationery is such an addiction πŸ˜‚. Much love to you πŸ’–

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