Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Blogmas Top of the Pops

Ok, so I’m not doing Blogmas this year as 2016’s attempt was challenge enough in a month that is already insanely busy.

Instead, I’m bringing you the highlights of my top 5 Blogmas 2016 posts as they seemed to be enjoyed so much that I thought I’d recycle some Christmas cheer. christmas, christmas lights, fairy lights, zwolle, netherlands, christmastimeThese chart-topping 5 posts were calculated from comments, likes and views and in true Top of the Pops Christmas number 1 countdown-style, we’ll kick-off the most popular posts at number five with… Continue reading…


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Explore Netherlands #5 – Amsterdam Light Festival

“Existential” – the theme of this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival is about how the essential element of light helps to meet the basic needs and dreams of man. The artworks have been created to show how tangible light can be and how we, as humans, regard light as a certainty in our world.

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Sampling Beauty: round-up

With more than £14bn spent each year on beauty and personal care products in the UK and knowing that I contribute to that in a really really small way, I thought it would be fun to expand my knowledge of beauty products and give some new items a try.

I started this back in February with the first of my five Sampling Beauty posts. Each of these posts contains my honest reviews of beauty products that I’d never tried before and some from brands I’d never even heard of before. (Note: these posts were not sponsored)

For a selection of products to try, I subscribed to Love Me Beauty. This gives you 60 credits a month to use against their beauty edit and usually allows you to choose at least 3 items. The products then come in a unique, make-up bag which is different each month. These are a couple of my favourite ones: love me beauty, beauty bags, make up bag, beauty productsI also chose Continue reading…


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Explore Netherlands #3 – Museum Speelklok, Utrecht

Self-playing musical instruments? museum speeklok, museumkaart, utrecht, things to do in utrecht, museums in the netherlands, perlee organ, street musicThat’s what the Museum Speelklok in Utrecht is all about and it’s one of the loveliest, most fun museums I’ve visited in a while.

Housed in the beautiful Buurkerk, one of the oldest churches in Utrecht, the Museum Speelklok is full of instruments from the 16th Century onwards that play lively, entertaining music.

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A week of eats #1: GoodFood 101 Budget Dishes

Millions of cookbooks are sold every year, but most of those book owners are probably a lot like me and leave these recipe books decorating a shelf, rarely opened.

As I love to cook but have been struggling for ideas recently, I’ve decided to turn to some of the cookbooks I have for inspiration. To kick off this blog series – A week of eats – I’ve picked GoodFood 101 Budget Dishes to use for Continue reading…


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Autumn Tag 2017

I do not cope well with the swift move into autumn. I should be used to it living in Europe where the dark evenings creep in quickly and the weather turns rainy and cold in the blink of an eye. But, I’m not used to it; even after 31 (nearly 32) years.

Despite struggling with the seasonal change, there are actually lots of things I love about autumn. Not least, that it brings my birthday and therefore a fun holiday or trip to celebrate – I’m firmly on the countdown to Marbella next week for some sun and golf with my parents.

To focus on the positives of autumn and to get me out of my writing slump, I decided to give this Autumn Tag a go. I read one of these last week over at Queen Sapphire and thought I’d try it.

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