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10 things that made my month even better | April

maandoverzicht april

Let’s start with the bad news: no Netflix tips from me this month. Horrible, I know. I just DID NOT have the time to even turn on Netflix. And that’s the whole story. Sad, but true. I was so busy with my taxes and arranging a new car, that I just couldn’t. Other than that, April went by so fast. Soooo fast. Time flies when you’re freaking busy. Busy with expected and mostly unexpected stuff. April was also a fun-filled month, though. We’ve had our first warm days here and I can’t wait for more. This month’s my birthday and I’m already in birthday-mode. So nice when you passed thirty. Getting older doesn’t matter anymore (she says while she’s totally afraid that she’s rotting from the inside)?!

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I’d rather stay at home than go outside | And why that’s a-okay!


A couple of months ago I was walking through Utrecht with my best friend. She told me she would rather sleep at home than stay with us for the night because she loved being at home so much. ‘I completely understand’, I said. ‘Whenever I have the chance, I drive home. No matter what time it is.’ Events are the same. I would much rather stay at home with the bf and Buttons than go into the crowd. I would much rather stay in my backyard than go to the beach or park. Yes. I’m a real homebody. And I’m not ashamed of that. read more


12 super simple but effective tips to survive your new job

tips for starting a new job

Heeeey! I’m back. I took a few days off from blogging to spend on some me-time. To enjoy the sun and think about absolutely nothing. The past few weeks have been hectic and I deserved a few days of rest. I’m still not someone who writes ahead, so I had nothing planned on the blog. Normally I would go loco over that, but this time I just didn’t want to get stressed about it. So I ignored my blogging responsibilities. Professional? No. Needed? YUP. Anyway, I’m back and ready to move forward 100%. Starting with something light, because it’s an easy way to get the Monday started anyway. Today a couple of simple, smart and super logical tips to survive your very first day(s) at your new job.

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Lifestyle, Personal

6 super fun apps to make adulting a little less hard

Adulting apps

I’ve been hooked on apps for as long as I have an iPhone. I remember well when I got my first in 2012. Poof bam. Bye social life, hello games. And I played really stupid games, just because I suddenly could (before that, I had an HTC…a lot more limited). Now I am of course much more mature and my app use is slightly more extensive. You know, I use planners, discount apps, language apps, and Dropbox. Verrrry responsible. And secretly one game: Homescapes. Candy Crush, but different. Now, I thought that it would be nice to use the theme of my blog (something with adulting and everything around it, very niche * cough *) to share with you a couple of very cool adulting apps that I have on my iPhone 8. Right?

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Blog, Lifestyle

6 light and easy books to read this spring

Spring reading

Oh, I really thought mother earth was about to skip spring this year. Thank god she didn’t! Here in The Netherlands at least. I don’t know what the weather’s like where you’re at? Anyway, this week it’s going to be hot! Good hot, that is! To me, that means: sitting in my garden with a good book. And with a good book, I mean a light book. Not too heavy, because I can’t focus on heavy stuff when it’s hot. So instead I read chick lit, young adult, and other fluff. Just because it fits this weather (although, I love those genres either way). Today on the blog a small list of light, fluffy (and mostly new(ish)) books you can read while the sun’s out.

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A Pinch of Jo is 1 year old today! || 7 lessons I learned during my first year of blogging


Wheooeeheeoowwhwhpeoeoeoew. Excuse me. I’m a little happy. Because you guys, I made it. I have been blogging for a whole year. Never before have I been able to keep a private project up for as long as I’m doing now with A Pinch of Jo. How great is that? To me, that’s pretty damn great. To celebrate I made an awesome price package, but unfortunately, it’s only for my Dutch followers. But if you’re curious what the piece the resistance is: The Grown-Ass Women’s Club (see pic). It’s so fun. #GIRLPOWER. Also, I wrote about the seven lessons I learned during my first year of blogging. Here goes!

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One year of blogging || All the things I said I would do, but didn’t do


A Pinch of Jo will be one in a couple of days! Almost time to PAR-TAY! During my first year of blogging I wrote a lot about things I wanted to do, was planning to do or wanted to change in my life. Did any of this even happen? Did my blog make me a better person? WELLLL. I don’t know about that, haha. Today a little overview of all the things I said I would do, but didn’t. With a healthy dose of humor. Because that’s just who I am.

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Lifestyle, Personal

Dream big – My 5 biggest professional dreams

Professional dreams

I’m a dreamer. When I was younger and we all sat at the dining table, my youngest brother had to snap me out of my daydreams on an almost daily basis. It’s my thing. Dreams shouldn’t just stay dreams, though. They should come true. By DOING! I have lots of personal dreams and some professional ones. Dreams that have some overlap with what I’m doing now and dreams that don’t. Some of them may not be ‘within the box’, but they’re all mine.

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