My first tattoo

Yesterday I got my first tattoo. I wasn’t planning on making a blog post about it but Marzia asked me to link her in a picture and couldn’t figure out how to share one, so I thought why not make a blog post about it haha! 

It a girl holding a bouquet of flowers. The lilies stand for fertility, a thing I’ve struggled with for the past 10 years as you know. I wanted my tattoo to have meaning but I also wanted it to be beautiful. 

I love tattoos on arms but I am a nurse and I didn’t want it to be ‘in your face’ so I chose the backside of my arm. 

The pain was minimal. I didn’t know what to expect but trust me, hairdressers have been more painful haha! 

Thank you for reading! 

A new family member

Last Saturday I picked up my new family member ‘Maya’. She’s an eight weeks old kitten. She was born January third. My colleague at work told me a friend of hers got kittens and showed me a picture. I was sold! I was looking for a playmate for my 10 year old cat and this was the perfect opportunity. 

She’s very sweet and shy. Not dominant at all. That’s good because my older cat ‘Mogwai’ is very shy too. They have been very scared of each other but it’s getting better. Since she was born in the winter she’s very small for her age. 

For now she has been adapting well to her new home and owner. And as we speak she’s chewing on my hair bun. I know it’s not the most interesting post but I haven’t posted in such a long time and I thought it would be nice to share. Thank you for reading! 

Update on life

First of all I want to thank everybody for reading and following my blog even though I’ve been absent for months now. There’s no excuse for abandoning my blog like this. I started it to share my thoughts and activities as a student nurse and a woman with PCOS. In the past months I graduated from nursing school. I am a nurse level 6 right now, which is the highest level in the Netherlands.

In the summer I got my diploma and started to look around for jobs. I got a great one at a homecare organisation about 30 minutes away from home. I am the headnurse of a part of the city I am working at: ‘Drachten’. I’ve never been in ‘Drachten’ before I got the job there. I do have my dentist over there but he’s on the outside of the city. I’ve got the responsibility for about 70 patients and have a team of 15 people to work with. I’ve been loving my job so far. It has been busy yet satisfying to use my skills as a nurse.

Besides graduating and getting my first real job, my boyfriend and I started living together. I moved out of ‘Groningen’, the city I wrote about on my blog before, to ‘Driezum’. It’s a small place in the north of the Netherlands. It has a about 3 streets, a small church, bar and fastfoodbar. Our house is on the edge of the village, we have a beautiful view on the fields and nature around us.

Of course we went on a road trip this summer. This time it was to Scotland. I will try to write a blog post about that as soon as possible. I haven’t been able to take a lot of pictures this summer because my camera broke and besides all the money that had to be spent for our new furniture and roadtrip, I couldn’t afford to buy a new camera… I díd make a personal vlog about it on my youtube channel though. 🙂

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A small waterfall in Scotland
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The ‘Harry Potter’ Train in Scotland

So that’s the short update about the past few months that I haven’t been posting. I’ve missed writing here and I would love to hear suggestions about what you guys would like to see next. Thank you for reading!

Love, Karin

 

PCOS Proof Smoothie 3

Today I want to share another recipe for a PCOS proof smoothie. This smoothie is filled with vegatables and fruits. This is a easy way to get enough vegatables per day, you can drink it on the go. I love these smoothies because how easy they are to make and to drink. I make them in 5 minutes, put them in my smoothie cup and take it with me to work. I love eating salads instead of bread as lunch but they take a lot of time. You’ll have to cut everything and eating a salad takes more time to eat. I have been working as a nurse in home care for 4 years now and I am always looking for healthy food on the go which can be consumed easily between patients during the car ride.

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The smoothie of today has 8 ingredients, one of them is Maca powder. This powder is beneficial for multiple reasons. It should give you more energy and fertility. It has an influince on the part of the brain that controls your hormones. It can bring balance to your hormonal levels when consumed. A second effect is on the libido. It should increase it ánd make the quality of the sperm higher. The powder has a sweet vanilla taste, I like it a lot in smoothies. You should start on a low dosis! So a small teaspoon per day is more than enough.

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Maca powder

But now! The recipe of today:

  • 5 cubes of spinach (frozen, will give it a fresh/cold taste)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1 tsp coconut
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 400ml water
  • optional: 1 tbsp linseed
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Coconut shavings

Put everything together in the blender and let it spin for about 1 minute. The taste is sweet and fresh. The cucumber makes it really fresh and light but the mango and maca makes it a little sweet. I love putting avocado in a smoothie. This gives the smoothie a soft and creamy tast and texture. Good luck trying it out and let me know if you like it!

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Enjoy

Bootea, my favorite teatox

In the summer of 2014 was the first time I tried Bootea. It was recommended by my sister. Not only was promised that I should loose weight but: having a better skin condition, more energy and would my digestive system get better a better condition. I was sold because all of these things were problems I was having.

First of all the package is so cute and appealing. But besides that the tast is amazing. Of course this is only my opinion but I drink a lot of different kinds of tea. The day tea is a grean tea with a complex taste of different herbs. The night tea has a peppermint flavour to it. The smell is awful at first but the taste is fresh and smooth. There’s a diet plan on the site of Bootea which is low in chemicals and at the end of the teatox most of the toxins should be removed out of your body.

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The results I experienced  on my weight have been different but my weight was lower every time I started it. The most I lost was 6.3 kg which is about 14 pounds in 28 days. Also I experienced having more energy and feeling less bloated as usual. I must say I have a history of bad digestion and normally had to use laxatives. The bootea night tea has a laxative effect! This effect caused that I didn’t have to use normal (chemical) laxative any longer.

I don’t recommend Bootea to everyone but if you’re trying to loose weight and eat healthier you should try it out for yourself. Every body is different and will react to it differently. For me it’s my favourite and perfect after a period of eating unhealthy.

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Amsterdam(short visit)

Today my boyfriend and I visited Amsterdam. It’s about 2.5 hour drive so I don’t often come there. But today I had the chance to take some pictures of the beautiful canals and streets. The name Amsterdam is well known everywhere I have dropped it around the world. Even though I lived in the Netherlands all my life I feel like a foreigner in Amsterdam. It’s a big deal to live there. Personally I have never felt connected to a big city like that but I love the old city centre. It tells a story about the wealth of Holland. It shows how water always has been important to the Netherlands.

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Canals and ‘Grachtenpanden’

There is so much to tell about Amsterdam and I am planning to go here more often. Today I only had the opportunity to go here for about an hour. I really want to visit the ‘Rijksmuseum’ and ‘Anne Frank’ house soon. The city is also known for the artists like Rembrandt and van Gogh. I would really like to see more of their art and stories.

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Enjoying the view

Also Amsterdam is known for their bicycles and cyclists who rule the city. There’re about 1.2 million bicycles in the city alone and 400 km (249 miles) of special bike paths which is more than the length from the top north to the bottom south of the Netherlands. The bicycles unite the people. It’s a transportation used by every ‘class’ of people.

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Bicycle

This brings us to the end of this blog. Unfortunately my time in Amsterdam was short for today but I wanted to share some pictures. Thank you for reading!

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‘Amsterdammertje’

 

The last day of january

‘De jaren vliegen voorbij!’. Een opmerking die ik dagelijks te horen krijg tijdens mijn werk. Mijn oudere patiënten vertellen mij dat ik nog jong ben en moet genieten. Normaal gesproken denk ik: ‘ach het valt wel mee’. Maar als ik vandaag stil sta bij het feit dat de eerste maand van 2016 alweer voorbij is, schrik ik toch. Wauw wat is dat snel gegaan. De goede voornemens ben ik vergeten en 2016 is alweer vanzelfsprekend.

Dus bij deze heb ik besloten een blog te beginnen. Om stil te staan bij mijn leven en gebeurtenissen. Fotograferen, filmen en beschrijven van momenten die ik beleef en ik neem mij voor deze bij te houden in een online dagboek. Dus welkom en veel plezier!

Liefs, Karin195540