Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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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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3 things I love most about Birmingham

After more than 7 years (the longest I’ve lived anywhere in my life), I moved out of Birmingham this week. When people ask where I’m from and I say ‘Birmingham’, it’s always met with the response: ‘but you don’t sound like a Brummy’. And yes, whilst that is true, it doesn’t and won’t ever stop this great city from being my hometown.

It’s the city I know better than any other – from the 8 years I spent at boarding school in nearby Bromsgrove, coming in on the train to go shopping, to the cinema or to hangout with friends, to the 7 years I’ve spent back here in my adult life (living in Moseley, Acocks Green and then the city centre), it has always felt so familiar and felt like my home. birmingham, canals, hyatt regency, gas street basin, city lifeThese are the 3 things I love most about Birmingham: Continue reading…


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Successful budgeting for a successful new year

Last August, I posted my four top tips for successful budgeting and as we move (way too quickly) into a new year, I thought it might be useful to re-visit them. I really believe that budgeting and how to manage personal finances should be taught in schools; they’re important life skills that would make adult-life simpler and less stressful for a lot of people.

Over the years, I’ve worked part-time and full-time, been self-employed, been a mature student, owned my own flat, rented by myself, with friends and with a partner, saved up to go on holidays and to buy things I wanted, saved just to build up my savings, had to pay off credit card debt that I wish I hadn’t built up, had to pay out to get my car fixed, and so much more. Continue reading…


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What’s in my handbag?

I don’t understand women who carry a small handbag as their regular-use, day handbag. That just does not work for me. I need a bag big enough and sturdy enough to carry all my essentials. In today’s post, I’m giving you a look into my handbag – whilst I have a pretty large collection, my go-to option is a black, soft leather bag from Oasis that I got with my staff discount when I was a Store Manager for them back in 2007. I can’t believe how well this bag has held up over the past decade. Yes, it’s faded and worn but that adds character and certainly hasn’t taken anything away from its functionality. Continue reading…


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Selfless

Regardless of who we are, what we do, where we come from and what we own, the one thing we all possess is time.

I think it’s safe to say that most of us are a little selfish with our time – myself included. We use our time for ourselves; our first thought in allocating our time is ourself. But what about deciding to allocate your time to someone else? Why not decide, this year, to make someone or something else your priority and allocate some of your time differently? Continue reading…