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Couple Communication: Heaven or Hell?

We are all busy with our love relationships: past, present and even future ones. They take so much of our time because they can bring us into a Heaven made of fulfillment, love and appreciation. Or, just as easily, into a real Hell, full of…
Buitenkunst - outdoor theater workshop
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A Perfectionist Learning to Live Life More Fully

I’ve studied and written about perfectionism plenty . . . my own experience with it, tips to overcome it, etc. But what I now know better than ever is that all the reading in the world doesn’t help one deal with it compared to a living,…
Dille & Kamille
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Dille & Kamille Haarlem new! A feast for foodies ...

Dille & Kamille at Anegang has reopened its doors after a major renovation. The night before the alderman of Economic Affairs Joyce Langacker officially cut the opening ribbon. The store has become much wider: the neighboring building…
Massage
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Zen Through ‘Hands By Ellen’ Holistic Massage

Today I visited the Holistic massage practice of Ellen Goossens, Hands By Ellen. I had never heard of Holistic before and it was completely new to me. But Ellen introduced me to her way of massaging and the meaning of Holistic in a pleasant…
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Sitting is the new smoking, and the Dutch are the official European champions!

Yep that’s right, Dutchies apparently like to sit, more so than any other nation in Europe. With a national average of 6.8 hours per day versus the European average of 5.2 hours, the Dutch are, (surprisingly) a nation of dedicated sitters…
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Fighting Flu with the Power of Nature

Did you manage to escape the flu epidemic in the Netherlands this year? If so, congratulations! You must have a very strong immune system! If, like me, you were floored by the virus (and twice in my case!) you might be wondering what simple…

The Connecting Power of Anger

(Note: we're continuing with the theme of anger, this time how it has the power to connect--with yourself and with others--with new communication skills.) If you’re anything like the old me, you’re probably confused at the notion that…
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It's official! Women need more sleep than men

Research shows a lack of sleep leads to greater health issues in women than in men. Women need an extra 20 minutes more in bed, according to a scientific study. It turns out women really do need a lie-in, according to scientists. A…
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Johnson & Johnson admits: their baby products contain cancer-causing chemicals

How is it possible that trusted corporations, headed by mothers and fathers just like you and me, sell potentially cancer-causing baby products? Any kind of carcinogenic material shouldn't come into contact with things we put in and on our bodies,…
Anger
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Anger: how to understand and express your hostile emotions

Anger is one of the most powerful and primary emotions of human beings. With the improvement of living conditions in modern societies, we would expect to see its presence decreasing, but is that actually happening? Tantrums, fights in the street,…
chocolate
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Chocolate can ‘improve brain function’

Good news for chocolate lovers: eating chocolate regularly has been found to have a positive association with cognitive performance, according to a new study. Published in the journal Appetite, researchers used data collected from a Maine-Syracuse…
loneliness
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The loneliness behind a “professional” mask

Wanting to come across as having it together, on top of it all, near perfect—my definition of “professional”—has been a lifelong strategy of mine. Some might say it’s an American cultural thing. I can’t be certain of that, but I…
Holidays
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Holidays and home visits…finding the balance

Holidays are meant to be fun, right? And yet often they’re fraught with expectation and obligation and can leave us feeling frazzled. This is especially true for expats, who tend to plan “home visits” in key holiday periods and emerge…
Connected
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Tips for Staying Connected with your Partner during the Holidays

If I were really honest, the TOP thing on my holiday wish would be to spend the coming month with minimum stress and maximum enjoyment and connection with the people who are MOST important to me. Yet each end-of-the-year presents great challenges,…
Community Yoga
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Community Yoga: Free weekly Yoga class, with big benefits

My job is great, but after a long week, my back and mind are on the exhausted side. When Friday comes around, I want to get in some of my exercise for the week, but my gym has become so crowded that even a yoga class there was starting to turn…
Schiphol
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Schiphol pollution levels potential health risk

Many of us live relatively close to Schiphol airport. Where the volume of polluting particles in the air could form a potential health risk for people living nearby, the public health institute RIVM writes in a new report. The concentration…
Inside out
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How Emotions Serve (in any setting)

It's not often I enjoy a “kid film” as much as I did this past summer's Pixar hit, Inside Out. I laughed, I cried, I felt connected with myself (as things resonated with me) and also with my eight-year old daughter whose hand I squeezed…
GREENWASHING

Greenwashing in cosmetics

Last week during one of my meetings - the subject of this blog post found me. It comes up in one form or another, in every single meeting I have and in every casual conversation with people I meet when we talk about green beauty products. “Do…
Do you make these 9 sunscreen mistakes?
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Do you make these 9 sunscreen mistakes?

It’s time to make healthy skin a priority.. and to avoid sun protection mistakes: sunburn, basking in the sun to get tanned, relying only on sunscreen to protect you from the dangerous sun rays. By now, you probably know too that you…
Culture Shock
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Beyond Culture Shock

Moving to a foreign country has an emotional impact which can be more or less strong according to our own way of reacting to it. Some people are immediately enthusiastic about the country they moved to and adapt to it smoothly. Others, after…
Morning
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Who knew there could BE such a thing as a “Miracle Morning”?

To set the record straight, I am not a naturally born morning person. In fact, my partner and children have long given me a very wide berth each and every morning, not expecting me to show up for breakfast or have a single conversation…
Body scrubs

Body scrubs

Body scrubs feel luxurious, smell delicious and leave the skin smooth and moisturized. Honestly, a washcloth and a soap do just as well at exfoliating and cleansing. Often body scrubs contain both mechanical and chemical defoliants. They…
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Warning against contaminated cheese

The Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) warned yesterday of the dangers of consumption of French cheese of the type Roquefort, the famous French blue cheese. The cheese is sold in different…
cleaning
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The best 5 tips for effective speed cleaning

As an expat mother, I do not always have the time and /or the energy to keep the house clean. While we are running after the children, trying to keep the deadlines and work and still squeezing friends visit in our weeks, it is one of the nightmares…
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Did you miss “Random Acts of Kindness” Week?

Random Acts of Kindness Week took place 9-15 February, 2015. But that’s o.k. if you missed the news – there’s never a wrong moment to be kind. And who couldn’t use some kindness in their life. My favorite RAK is receiving unexpected…
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Prostate screening would save 300 lives a year

A two-yearly prostate cancer test for men would save 300 lives a year, according to European research led by Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The best results would be obtained with men aged aged 55-59. Every year, 2,400 men die from prostate…
Barbary Fig Seed Oil - The New "It" Oil

Barbary Fig Seed Oil - The New "It" Oil

(Face) oil is a heavenly experience for the skin. No wonder the skin oil revolution is taking the beauty world by storm. Most natural beauty products - lip balms, moisturizers, serums, shampoos and conditioners, even makeup such as foundation,…
The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the C
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the C

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my third article on expatsHaarlem.. and surely not the last one. I have a project for you: The Dutch Healthy Food ABC. I will take the Dutch alphabet as source…
Anxiety and Expat Life (Photo: Freddie Pena)
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Anxiety and Expat Life

In my work as a psychologist in Amsterdam, I often help and support people with anxiety disorders: panic attacks, chronic agitation, stress, psycho-physical tensions, insomnia, etc. All these conditions are becoming more and more frequent…
The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the B
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the B

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my second article on expatsHaarlem.. and surely not the last one. I have a project for you: The Dutch Healthy Food ABC. I will take the Dutch alphabet as source…