Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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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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My top 5 UncommonGoods buys under £25

It’s a known fact that the only shopping I like to do is online and is either for my house or for gifts for my family/friends. I can spend hours and hours browsing for cute things for my home and I love finding unique, quirky gifts that are a bit different from the usual high street purchases. So, when the team at UncommonGoods.com got in touch and asked me to write about some of my fave items from their lovely website, I absolutely said yes!

A US-based site but happy to ship internationally, UncommonGoods is such a perfect go-to for me right now Continue reading…


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How to manage a house move

Just 7 weeks ago on 12 June, I received the signed contract for my new job in the Netherlands. Yesterday I moved here from the UK and tomorrow I start my new job.

Whilst 7 weeks seems like a long time to pack up your life and move to a new country, it really isn’t (I also lost out on 2 weeks to a holiday that was already booked, so it was really only 5 weeks). There is so much to think about.

Moving house is never stress-free, whether you’re moving out of your parents’ and into your own home for the first time, whether you’re moving to a new town or country, or whether you’re just moving to a different house or flat nearby. moving day, packing box, relocation, house move, how to manage a house moveI’m an Army kid so we always moved a lot when I was younger and, even as an adult, I haven’t stayed too long in any one place. Although it’s something I’m more used to doing than most, it still comes with its stresses and worries. Here are my top tips for how to manage a house move and how you can make a house move less stressful: Continue reading…


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April Playlist

I’ve struggled with feeling motivated or inspired in recent months and, naturally, my motivation to sit and write blog posts has also really dwindled. Apologies to my readers for that. I am going to try and write more again now that we’re into a new month.

I always try and find things in my day to draw positivity from even if I’m not feeling great and so often, like many others I’m sure, I love listening to music. I have go-to albums and artists for every mood and I have pretty eclectic tastes in music, from classical to country, hip-hop to house, pop to punk, and so much more in between.

This is my April playlist… Continue reading…


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UK Politics: what on earth is going on?

Apart from two posts back in early 2015 (this one and this one), I deliberately haven’t written about politics on the blog. It isn’t a focus of my usual writing but as my readership has grown beyond my wildest imagination, I’d like to use my platform just this once to put it out there and say:

“UK Politics: what on earth is going on?”

For those who know me well, they know that politics is extremely important to me, it always has been, and I’m an active member of the political party I support.

Those same friends and family members know that I love getting up on my soapbox and that I have an opinion on pretty much everything. However, they also know that I’m not one for shouting about my political views online or through my social media.

This post isn’t about what I think or you think, it’s not about the Party I support and the ones I don’t, it’s not about agreeing or disagreeing, it’s not about who can shout the loudest about their views or who can post the most politically-driven messages on social media. It’s about Continue reading…