October favourites ๐Ÿ

Hola lovelies ๐Ÿ’•,

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” ๐Ÿ’—.

Things I did with my family ๐Ÿ‘ช:

Going to the swimming pool ๐ŸŠ

I went to the swimming pool with my brother, mother and my little niece who’s right now 4 years old ๐Ÿ‘ง. 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 ๐ŸŠ 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 ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ. 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 ๐ŸŒ. 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 ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‹. It’s always a tradition to have fondue like you can read in my posts.

Buying Sinterklaas presents ๐ŸŽ

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 ๐ŸŽ‰. 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 ๐Ÿ“ƒ

I love to make lists and especially wish lists haha ๐Ÿ’–. 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 ๐Ÿซ a day until Christmas.

Autumn in the park ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ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 ๐Ÿต with some cookies ๐Ÿช.

Trip to Spain โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

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 ๐Ÿ˜ข.

Buying Christmas cards ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…

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 ๐Ÿ’Œ.

Buying new stationery and bath products ๐Ÿ›€

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 ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’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 ๐Ÿ’…, 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 ๐Ÿ’–:

Eating delicious food with my bestie ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ’—

๐‘ฌ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’…๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’˜๐’๐’Š๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’Š๐’…๐’† ๐Ÿ’—

I’m so happy I saw my bestie again after 4 months twice. It’s always good to see my best friend ๐Ÿ˜ 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 ๐Ÿ’— Thank you for guiding me through life. Thank you for being the light ๐Ÿ’ก 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 ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒœ๐ŸŒ›๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ•

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 ๐Ÿœ 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 ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰. 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 ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ

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 ๐Ÿ˜.

Other amazing things of October ๐Ÿ:

Receiving the book “To love and let go” by Rachel Brathen ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ’ž

I finally received the book “To love and let go” by Yoga Girl. She’s my biggest inspiration in life ๐Ÿ˜. 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 ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒโœจ. 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 Cantรณ is going to represent Spain for Eurovision Song Contest 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

I was very happy to hear that Blas Cantรณ 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 ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ. It would be great to see Spain winning in The Netherlands haha. Blas Cantรณ is a very popular singer here and famous for his song “ร‰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 ๐Ÿ’•,

xoxo Christina

Christmas tag ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽโ›„๐Ÿ’•

Hey lovelies ๐Ÿ’•,

It’s time for a Christmas blog post as I didn’t wrote one this year haha too bad. I will make some Christmas blog posts this week so be prepared of it. I hope you will all like it. For today I will do a Christmas tag. I choose some questions which I found and which I’m going to answer. It was a fun post to write and brings me into the Christmas spirit ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…

1. Whatโ€™s your favourite Christmas movie? ๐ŸŽฌ

My favourite Christmas movie is Love Actually ๐Ÿ˜ I love all these cute stories and I always have to cry. I love the song: “Christmas is all around us”. I also love the famous actors Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Alan Rickman (who plays Snape in Harry Potter series) and so many more. I also love the movie The Holiday so much which I just saw last weekend. I have to watch some new Christmas movies which I didn’t watch such as Elf and It’s a wonderful life. Everyone is talking about it. It make me curious.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas? โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ

Yeahhhh I had and it was the most wonderful Christmas ever ๐Ÿ’• Christmas with snow is for me the perfect Christmas. I always celebrate Christmas in The Netherlands with my family. It was a few years ago that I was singing in my choir and that it was snowing so much. These last years it didn’t snow anymore. Just last weekend it was snowing a bit but unfortunately it’s already gone. Snow just makes me so happy because a snow landscape is soooo beautiful. I hate the cold but I love snow haha ๐Ÿ˜‚. The only bad thing is that after Christmas we always go to Spain like this year on the 27th. If it snows I will have problems with our flight.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday? ๐ŸŽ‰

I always spend Christmas in The Netherlands with my family and New Year’s Eve and Three Kings day in Spain. I love to have two countries because I experience two different cultures and their traditions.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song? ๐ŸŽถ

My favourite Christmas song is definitely the popular song “All I want for Christmas is you” by Mariah Carey. My favourite Christmas carol is “Walking in the air” from The Snowman. I always sang that with my choir.

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? ๐ŸŽ

I celebrate Christmas with my parents, brothers and their wifes, my niece at our home. They are always coming the 24th in the afternoon. We ate together dinner and before dinner or after dinner we open the presents by the Christmas tree ๐ŸŽ„ We don’t have that many presents because we already celebrated Sinterklaas this month and I also will celebrate Three Kings Day in Spain. After dinner I often go to the church with my mother, brother and his wife to watch my choir sing. This is called the Midnight Mass as it’s at 10.30 pm and takes about almost two hours.

6. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year? โœจ

I love to watch Christmas movies and I already watched some of them such as the movies Home Alone. I also already wrote and sent Christmas letters. I love to receive the handwritten letters. It means so much to me when someone takes the time to write me a letter rather than a message on Facebook or via Whatsapp. That isn’t personal. I also love to sing Christmas songs and carols. I will share one song soon on my blog yeahhh excited ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜โœจ I’m also happy that this year I’m doing the self love advent challenge of Melissa Wells on Instagram and it’s really fun to do. It’s important to love and take care of ourselves in this busy time. I also love to eat every day a chocolate from the advent calendar haha otherwise it’s no Christmas spirit for me.

7. Is your Christmas tree real or fake? ๐ŸŽ„

Our Christmas tree is always fake. I love real Christmas trees. They smell so good. My parents find it more useful to have a fake one and it’s also a beautiful big one which we use every year ๐Ÿ’•.

8. Whatโ€™s your all-time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet? ๐Ÿซ

I love Christmas chocolate wreaths. This is a typical tradition in The Netherlands. You put them in the tree and it looks nice and also taste delicious. Who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate? I also love Christmas stollen which is typical in Germany and here in Holland. In Spain the tradition is to eat Turrรณn which I like so much. Turrรณn is nougat confection typically made of honey, sugar and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped into a rectangular tablet. You have them in a soft or hard version. I love the hard one with chocolate of course.

Christmas chocolate wreaths

Christmas stollen

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Turrรณn

9. Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

I like to give presents but it takes me time to think of what to buy this person and wrap them all. This all makes it stressful. I love to give but receiving presents is much better and less stressful hahah ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love to get presents and wrap them open. I love the surprise ๐ŸŽ

10. What is the best Christmas present you have ever received? ๐ŸŽ

I always get most presents with Sinterklaas then on Christmas. I love to get chocolate or warm pyjamas. The most amazing present I got for Christmas was from the mother of my first love ๐Ÿ˜‚. We always send a box of presents and a Christmas card to his mother in Switzerland and she does the same. I got a Swarovski bracelet from her when we already broken up. I love Swarovski crystals so much ๐Ÿ˜ I almost never wear this bracelet because I’m afraid to loose it. When I had a relationship my ex gave a beautiful golden necklace with a heart which was also from Swarovski. I’m sad that it got stolen on a party. I never found it back ๐Ÿ˜ญ

11. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? ๐Ÿ—ฝ

NEW YORK CITY ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ—ฝ I already went one time to New York City when I got to speak at the United Nations for winning the Many Languages, One World Essay competition of 2015. I still need to write a blog post about this. It was a one in a lifetime experience. I f*cking love New Yorkso much. xoxo Gossip Girl vibes ๐Ÿ’• I always loved to see NYC in series and movies and thought if it would be as beautiful as in the movies. I was right. It was even more beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ Christmas in NYC would be a dream coming true. I would love to go ice skating in Central Park and see the beautiful Rockefeller tree. One day this dream will come true โœจ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒŸ

12. Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably? ๐Ÿ˜œ

I’m not a pro because I use sometimes too much tape but I also don’t fail that hard. I guess I’m in the middle haha.

13. Most memorable holiday moment? ๐Ÿ’•

I think when I was singing in the choir many years ago. I always felt more in the Christmas spirit because of singing typical choir Christmas songs. I will post a video of me singing a carol this Christmas. I miss singing in the choir but I also wouldn’t want to go back because of some memories. However, I think I’m going to face my fear and go to the Midnight Mass on Christmas eve. I almost go every year with my mother, brother and his wife. It’s beautiful and also so emotional. I’m catholic but I’m not sure if I believe in god but I just know that there must be something. For me going to the church on Christmas eve is really important. I want to be able to pray and think of others during the holidays.

14. What made you realise the truth about Santa? ๐ŸŽ…

When one girl in primary school told me that Sinterklaas didn’t exist I had to cry and that moment I also begin to realize that everything was fake. Sinterklaas, Santa Claus and the Three kings were my parents. I was 10 years old I think. It makes me sad that kids have to believe in those lies and then find out eventually that it’s all fake. There’s just so much magic in believing that Santa Claus is real. I think that’s also why Christmas was more special and beautiful when I was a child. I miss that feeling of being care free and true happiness. Hopefully, I will find that feeling again โœจ I really need it.

15. What makes the holidays special for you? โค๏ธ

For me the most important thing about Christmas is to give love and help others in need. I also love to spend time with my family. It’s what matters the most. I tear up of thinking how much I love my family. I would be lost without them ๐Ÿ˜ญ Always honor and remember your roots ๐Ÿ’•. I sent an Christmas e-card to my mother and donated โ‚ฌ10 therefore to the Shelter charity organization which helps homeless people. I also think it’s so important to donate money to good charities and help these people. Especially with Christmas many people are alone, homeless or need any form of help. I encourage anyone to give something back this Christmas. Christmas isn’t all about presents, food and all that materialistic stuff. Christmas is about making other people happy and be there for people who need it the most ๐Ÿ’• Make a change and please donate โœจ๐Ÿ™ You will be so thankful and happy that you did.

Thank you all for reading this blog post. I hope you all enjoyed this Christmas blog post ๐ŸŽ„ I’m still going to post some posts with Christmas so you know it. I already wish you all a happy Christmas โœจ May all your dreams come true. Do you agree with my answers? What do you love about Christmas? Are you excited for Christmas? Let me know in the comments. I will speak to you all soon.

Much love ๐Ÿ’•,

xoxo Christina

Sinterklaas haul ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’—

Hey lovely bloggers ๐Ÿ’•,

Lately I have been feeling more inspired to blog more, write more and also write more drafts. This is definitely saving me time in posting more blog posts and write more amazing content. I hope you all will like it. Before I introduce today’s theme I want to let you all know that I’m doing an Advent Challenge by Melissa Wells. I have to admit that I still have to buy and read her books: โ€œThe Goddess Revolutionโ€ and โ€œHungry for more.โ€ She writes about self love and our relationship with our body and food.

I know her from my lovely friend Chloe. Every day there’s a challenge where we have to write and share on Instagram a post and tag her instagram Melissa Wells and The self love summit. It’s really fun to do but I wanted to do it only on Instagram because then she can see my posts and the beautiful goddess women can join this challenge. You can also win amazing prices ๐ŸŽ. If anyone is also doing this challenge let me know. This challenge is really motivating me and making me love myself more. You can see mine one on Seaofwordsblog.

Today I want to share you a nice haul of things I got for Sinterklaas. This is a typical festive in The Netherlands. It’s celebrated on the 5th of December but because it’s a day in the week many families celebrate it on the weekend before or after the 5th of December. I celebrated it last weekend on the first of December. I went to the south of The Netherlands to celebrate it with my two brothers, their wifes, my niece and my parents. We also ate at their home delicious pasta with vegetables and ice cream with caramel. I had really so much fun ๐ŸŽ‰. My niece was giving all the time the presents and unwrapping them hahah it was so cute. I will now share with you all the presents I got. The background of these pictures is just my floor in my room, not that beautiful but I couldn’t find a better place to make pictures of my presents.

All my presents which I have got ๐ŸŽ

Yogi tea ๐Ÿ’•

I love the brand Yogi Tea because of the delicious and different flavours. I also love that with every tea bag there’s a quote full of wisdom. It’s just everything I need. I got rooibos tea with cinnamon, bedtime rooibos tea with vanille, women’s tea with chamomile and bedtime tea with valerian. I’m going to use all these teas a lot during Winter ๐Ÿต.

Cinema light box, photo frame, instax mini film and earrings ๐Ÿ“ท

I wanted to do these presents together because they are linked to each other except the earrings hahah ๐Ÿ˜‚. I always wanted to have a cinema light box. I always saw it on social media. It looks so amazing to just put a nice quote or message. It would make me really happy. I didn’t use it yet because I need some batteries. I will show you all when I use it. This one is different than the normal white one. You can change the colour. It has 12 different colours. My favourite colour is purple, violet or blue ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

I also love the two packs of instax mini film. I always use it so much. Polaroids are so much fun to make and also to cherish memories. I also got a photo frame in the form of a heart. I think it’s so cute and I always love to have pictures in my room. Maybe I will bring this one to Spain to use it when I’m there. I also got some earrings with the words I love you. It’s like a beer opener haha really fun!

Trip book of Barcelona and present of Crete ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒž

The trip book from Barcelona is very handy for when I’m going to Barcelona one day. I only went once to Barcelona with my friends and I loved it so much. It’s a beautiful city. I love the Gaudi buildings, The Sagrada familia and Park Guell. This trip book also has some tips of what to visit and a map of the city and metro which is so useful. The coin purse from Crete is really beautiful. My brother and his wife bought it during their holidays in Greece in October. I really hope to go to Greece one day because from all the pictures I’ve seen I think it’s a beautiful country.

Psychology & Nouveau magazine ๐Ÿ“š

I love the Psychology Magazine so much ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•. It’s a Dutch magazine which I read a lot especially during the Summer days by the pool in Spain. This edition is very special because it’s about more than 35 people who share about their vulnerability and mental illnesses. Many people are suffering or have something they are struggling with whether it’s a mental illness or stress about college or work life. This magazine really helps me a lot in coping with anxiety and makes me feel less alone. I have never bought the other magazine which is called Nouveau but they came together. That one is for women above 40+ hahah lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ and have some beauy tips. My mother bought this present for me and also didn’t know what kind of magazine it was. I will give it a read.

Stickers and designpad โค๏ธ

I saw these stickers once in the Dutch shop Hema a few weeks ago and I already wanted them so badly. These are universe stickers with the stars, the moon and glitter โœจ๐ŸŒ™โญ๐ŸŒŒ. They are really beautiful. I can use them for my journal or scrapbook. I also love the designpad with 30 sheets with different designs. I could use it for my journal, scrapbook or other crafts as well.

Deodorant Vogue girl, Batiste dry shampoo and nail vile ๐Ÿ˜Š

I love the dry shampoo from Batiste so much. I also love the little one because I can take it with me everywhere and use it. I also like the Vogue Girl deodorants. They smell so good and I love the pattern of kisses and cats. It’s really cute, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿค— The nail vile with the word โ€œBelieveโ€ is also very nice.

Underwear boxers ๐Ÿ˜œ

Hhaha I don’t mind to share this with you because everybody needs to use underwear ๐Ÿคฃ. I really was in need of underpants such as boxers. I really love them and they also fit me well. The pink and purple ones are from an Australian brand. I also love the one in the middle which is colourful and has the words love on it.

Chocolate and marzipan ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ˜

During Sinterklaas it’s typical to give each other chocolate letters. I got the G haha I don’t know why ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. I think Sinterklaas was confused when he gave me that letter. I also got the C. I love milk chocolate so much as well as white chocolate. One of them is already gone in my tummy. I also got caramel sea salt Tony’s Chocolonely fair trade chocolate. I don’t know if I like this flavour but I will try it. I really love the marzipan covered with chocolate too. That’s really one of my favourite sweets. Noanne my little niece thought it was a sausage hahah because of the form. We all had to laugh when she said that. She’s just so funny ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜….

Wedding photography pictures ๐Ÿ’’

The most beautiful and emotional presents we got where the pictures we got from my brother Edward and Elke ๐Ÿ“ท. The two have a company of wedding photography and also photographed the wedding of my brother Rafael with Verรณnica in August. They got 100 pictures and I and my parents got 10 pictures from the wedding. I can’t wait to get them digital to be able to share them on social media and here on my blog. I need the pictures with the thread mark of Azcona Fotografie. Verรณnica had to cry when she saw the pictures and the diashow. They are also making a wedding book of all the most important pictures of the wedding for them. It’s a book they can cherish forever. Verรณnica said that she missed her mother which is normal because her family lives in Spain.

My brother also got emotional and I also got tears in my eyes because the pictures were so beautiful. They captured beautifully the wedding day. All memories came back from this day. This was definitely again one of the most beautiful days of my life together with the other wedding of my brother Edward. I hope that one day I will marry too so that my brother can also make beautiful pictures of my special day. I also never felt so beautiful. I love how the hairdressers did my hair, the flower in my hair, how I did my make up, the dream fucsia dress, my jewelry, just everything. I love the pictures where you can see me smiling and where you can see in my eyes how happy I was to see my brother getting married. I also loved the photo frame with the picture where I’m dancing with my brother after dinner during the party ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ƒ

Bucketlist calendar 2019 ๐Ÿ“…

I bought for myself this present for Sinterklaas. I have always wanted this calendar. It’s a really fun one. It’s a bucketlist calendar of things you have to do in 2019. Every day there’s a beautiful quote written and also challenges to do. Hopefully, I will do them ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Thank you all for reading this blog post. I hope you all liked it. Now, it’s almost time for Christmas presents and in Spain I also celebrate Three Kings day which is on the 6th of January haha so three times fiestas with gifts ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿคฃ. I really love it and I love to spend time with my family and friends. That’s a gift that you can’t buy anywhere. Which present did you like the most from my haul? What’s on your wish list? I would love to know your thoughts. I will speak to you all soon in my next blog post.

Much love ๐Ÿ’•,

xoxo Christina

Birthday haul and decorations ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ’•

Hey lovelies ๐Ÿ’•,

I want to thank you all so much for all the birthday wishes I got on social media, email, WhatsApp, etc. from all over the world ๐ŸŒ It means the world to me! It really made my day. I’ve had a great birthday. I loved to celebrate my first birthday on WordPress. In this blog post I will share a birthday haul: cards ๐Ÿ’Œ  and presents ๐ŸŽ I got from my family and friends. I will also share pictures with the birthday decorations at home and tell you what I did. I’m really thankful for all the birthday presents and cards I got. I especially love the handwritten cards because it means so much that someone made  time to actually write you something special. I made this collage of cool pictures I found on the internet and shared it on social media on my birthday.

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I always thought that I have to do something really special to make my birthday special and to not be like a borring person. I think it’s because of social media that sometimes we feel that way. I’ve seen sometimes people celebrate their birthday on an awesome holiday place at the beach with a beautiful sunshine. I can’t do that right now and I also don’t think it’s necessary. I’m grateful that I spend my birthday at home. It wasn’t that warm outside. Summer seems far away right now which makes me sad. I hope the great weather and sunshine will come soon. I celebrated my birthday with my mother and the mother of Verรณnica called Milagros (Spanish girlfriend of my brother Rafael). We enjoyed eating a delicious pie with tea which my lovely mother bought ๐ŸŽ‚ It was a chocolate pie with cream and cookies. I blow the candles but these were called magic candles haha. I was a bit scared because when I blow they turned on again until the effect ended. Of course, I made a wish and I hope it will come true ๐ŸŒ  My mother also decorated our home with flags.

My mother also bought me that awesome star balloon with letters and numbers from gold and glitter ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽˆ. I really loved it so much. It’s still in our living room but it’s dying haha. My mother also bought me an awesome shirt from the shop Stradivarius. It’s one of my favourite shops. “Pa mala yo” is a famous sentence in the song Lo malo from Aitana and Ana from the Spanish talentshow Operaciรณn Triunfo ๐ŸŽค It’s a song with a feminist message. In the song they sing that they don’t need any bad boy. On the back of the shirt you can find another famous sentence of the song which is “we decide when, where and with who.” I also got a beautiful card from my mother. I love cards with the number of my birthday years. Te quiero mama โค๏ธ

I also would like to thank Agata for the beautiful drawing you made for my birthday. I really loved it. You can draw so well! ๐Ÿ˜ I’m thankful for our friendship. I also got a beautiful card from Verรณnica and my brother Rafael all the way from The Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ I really loved the tulips and the stickers. I also love yogi tea. I can’t wait to drink it. It’s my favourite tea. I always love the quote inside the tea bag so much and the flavours are delicious. From my daddy I got โ‚ฌ50 which is a tradition. He always gave that to anyone’s birthday in the family. I really appreciate that haha. Money is always welcome.

I got a beautiful card from my lovely friend Mollie too which I met on Instagram. I love this blogging and mental health community so much. I loved the card so much. It’s really special and original. I’m a mermaid and the ocean is my home ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒด. You know me so well. Love you loads! ๐Ÿ’• I got an awesome card from Guillermo and Maria which are my Spanish friends here in Valladolid. It’s a beautiful card with a pie and Spanish flags. I love it so much. Thank you Guillermo for the letter that you write too. It’s really beautiful and inspire me so much. I’m really thankful to have such great friends who always think of me, are there for me and especially on my birthday. I was looking so forward to open the presents and to read the card from my bestie Donya. My best friends always gave me the best presents and write me the best cards ever. I loved the card and the presents so much omg asfghjkl ๐Ÿ˜ I love the glossy rainbow card yeahhh ๐ŸŒˆ I also loved your presents from Hudson Bay. I never went to this shop. I love the notebook Cray Cray, the stickers with signs which I always use โœŒ and the beautiful pencils with awesome words. Those presents are just made for me. Love you forever ๐Ÿ’• Tumblr girls forevah.

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Lastly, I want to thank Milagros for the handmade paper roses, delicious parfum and other handmade stuff. I love originals and authentic presents so much. I smelled the parfum and it smelled really good! I can’t wait to use it. I also loved your card with cute teddy bears from you and Jairo ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป (Brother of Verรณnica).

These were all the presents and cards which I got for my birthday. Officially my birthday is over but I always celebrate it many more times ๐Ÿ˜‚ Yeahhh, it’s my birthday month. My daddy always laugh when it’s my birthday and says that the whole month of June we are going to celebrate it. He’s coming on Monday to Spain for two weeks. Me and my parents are surely going to eat in a restaurant this month. I also am going to celebrate it next week on the 15th of June with my lovely Spanish friends. Then I’ll get more presents and cards. This is a special date because it used to be the birthday of my Spanish grandmother. She would be 103. I just reserved the greek restaurant for 7 persons. I love that restaurant in Valladolid so much. I love greek food so much and I would love to go Greece soon. It must be so beautiful over there. I will share the pictures of that day in another blog post. After dinner, I would like to go to a karaoke bar. We went once in January for Maria’s birthday and I enjoy singing so much. It was really fun to do with my friends ๐ŸŽค

I hope you all liked this post and enjoyed reading it. I love to be part of this community and I will always be part of it โค I didn’t know I would find such amazing, inspiring and authentic people on the internet. The internet is endless but it can give you amazing opportunies to meet people all over the world. You are all amazing and have a place in my heart. I really wish to meet you all one day.

I love you all so much ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜,

xoxo Christina

Merry Christmas to you all! ๐ŸŽ„โค๐ŸŽ…

Hello lovely bloggers ๐Ÿ’•,

This blog post will be all about how I spent my Christmas. In the Netherlands we celebrate Christmas eve, the First and Second Day of Christmas.

Sooooo, I will begin with Christmas eve which was on Sunday. For the first time in my life there were 10 persons at the dinner table. My brother Rafael and Veronica (who are going to marry in August in Spain!) came together with the brother of Veronica: Jairo and her mother: Milagros. Jairo and Milagros came to the Netherlands for the first time to spent Christmas all together. My parents were there and myself of course ๐Ÿ˜‚. ย Rafael and Veronica live 10 minutes away by car from us. My other brother Edward, his wife Elke and my niece Noanne also came for Christmas eve. They live in the south of Holland in Geldrop, near to Eindhoven, like two hours away from us. I can’t show you pictures of my little niece Noanne because they want privacy so of course I respect that.

I didn’t see Edward, Elke and Noanne for one year. I’m living in Spain and they are busy with work and with their own company of wedding photography. I was soooo excited to see them again ๐Ÿ˜โค I also am so in love with Noanne. She is now two years old and so damn cute. She can already talk a bit and walk of course. She was saying all the time: “I’m going to Spain” haha which is true. She is going to the wedding of Rafael and Veronica in August.

Before dinner we unwrapped the presents ๐ŸŽ. I got so many nice stuff. I think I’m going to make a blog post about the gifts too. I got polaroid instax mini films, marshmallows, tony chocolony chocolate, gloves, more chocolate hahah, a book about photography, pyjama’s, handmade soaps, instax mini album and a lot of notebooks and pens. I love stationery stuff so much haha I have so much of it. I’m just so addicted to it ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love writing and journalling.

After receiving our gifts, we ate dinner. We had a bit of meat, salad, potatoes and as dessert delicious chocolate and vanille ice cream with fruits. It was all soooooo damn delicious ๐Ÿ˜โค I love the fact that we are never about eating that much, just enough.

Here are some pictures of Christmas eve at home with my lovely family โค

My brother Edward took this one with a nikon camera. I bought this dress on the internet and always wear it with Christmasย 

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Jairo and Milagrosย 

Rafael so happy with his new wallet

My father Harm giving us the presents

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More presentsย 

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ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  With the brother of Veronica: Jairo โค

After dinner, Edward, Elke and Noanne went home. My father stayed at home too. I went together with my mother, Rafael and the family of Veronica to the church. For me, Christmas always begins with that. It makes me feel happy and purposeful. Some years I felt empty because of not going to church. I’m catholic and I believe there must be something to believe in. Everybody has their own way โค

I felt anxious before going to the church because I was about to see my choir. It always brings up memories with my ex boyfriend, my first love. I went to UK with my choir and I met him in the hostel which we were staying. It’s been 5 years ago since the break up but it still hurts. I saw some people which I know from the church and it was nice. I also get anxious about people asking me questions about my life and stuff. The midnight mass of Christmas was so beautiful and my choir sang so beautiful. I knew all songs by heart and was singing them too ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽถ

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The mass of Christmas eve began at 22.30 and ended at 00.15. It’s always a long one with Christmas. Afterwards, my parents and I went home and I stayed watching a bit tv with my mother.

On the first Day of Christmas which was Monday,ย I watched a Dutch movie at home with my parents called Loenatik. I unwrapped some gifts from my father which were chocolate and sweets. My mother got an awesome Rituals set, all for the shower whoehoee I’m gonna use it too ๐Ÿ˜‚ ย We went for dinner to my brother’s home: Rafael where the family of Veronica also were staying. We were eating all together, 7 persons. In Dutch it’s typical to gourmet as Christmas dinner. This means that you are making your own meat and salad. It’s so nice and delicious. It was all so delicious. We also ate potatoes. As dessert we had vanille ice cream, yoghurt with chocolate, after eight (mint chocolate) and a tea.

ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Here are some pictures of monday night eating dinner at my brother’s home โค

After dinner, my parents and I went home. I saw my favourite Spanish singing contest: Operacion Triunfo. It was the special programme for Christmas. I loved Amaia and Rosa Lopez which sang thank you for the music from Abba. I also cried a lot with the final hymn of Operacion Triunfo. I love them all so much. I’m going to see the 16 participants live in March with my good Spanish friend. The concert will be in Madrid! ๐ŸŽถโค๐ŸŽค

Today, it’s the second day of Christmas. I was just chilling at home and enjoying the Christmas tree with it’s beautiful lights. I saw the movie Sisi which I love so much. The Spanish family of Veronica and my brother came to our home to drink a cup of tea together with a piece of pie…. so delicious! ๐Ÿฐโค๐Ÿ˜ I just watched a French movie with my parents which was really so funny. I also saw All you need is love, the Christmas special.ย It’s a Dutch programme about family members and lovers who are reunited again for Christmas after not seeing them for a longย  time. It’s really so emotional and beautiful. I always cry when I watch it. The best way to end Christmas is of course with this blog post.

I had such an amazing Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜โค This was definitely the best Christmas of my life.ย I always had a sad feeling of Christmas because it reminded me of the break up of my first love. Every year I felt a bit happier. This year it just have been so amazing to see my brother Edward again and being all together โค I also love my niece so much. Having a little child in our family makes us feel like a child again. I felt so happy and excited again this Christmas. It has been a long time that I felt this way about Christmas. I also loved that the family of Veronica was here.

I’m so blessed for everything. I’m so blessed to have an amazing family. I wish that you all had an amazing Christmas โค๐ŸŽ„ If you are going through a grief, bad time or are missing someone, remember I’m here for you all. Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect. Do things you love and spend it with people you love ๐Ÿ’•

Merry Christmas beautiful bloggers! ๐ŸŽ„โค๐Ÿ’• I love each of you so much.ย 

Much love,

xoxo Christina