OOTD – White long dress

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Since I am still in a holiday mood I wanted to show you one of my favorite white dresses. Unfortunately I can’t wear it as much as I want, because it is such a delicate fabric and I don’t have the occasion to wear it that often.

I bought is two years ago as a post wedding dress to take with me while on honeymoon. I wore it there several times and I got to wear it again during our holiday in Sanya, China. The nature in the hotel is so stunning.

Visit the website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/syxbr-renaissance-sanya-resort-and-spa/

So lucky and happy that I still fit in!

Enjoy the pictures and do not forget to like and comment below!

XOXO

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Life is better at the Beach

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Hi, here some pictures from our day trip to Knokke last Saturday. This time accompanied by our two Chihuahuas who love spending the day at the beach playing in the sand.

We took some pictures in the evening during sunset after a delicious dinner at Elli’s Gourmet Burger.

Enjoy!

Xoxo

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Víva Mexico – My hips don’t lie, Baila !

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It has been one week since I returned from magical Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and I’m still longing to go back.

I already miss the warm sun on my skin, the soft breeze through the palm trees and the tropical climate that has been so good for my body, skin & mood.

First day we arrived it was pouring rain & since it’s the hurricane season in Mexico, I have to admit that I was a little bit scared that is was going to be a not so sunny holiday, BUT Mexico was happy that we arrived and gave us splendid weather for the entire 16 days.

I hear y’all thinking … Oh my God 16 days for a beach holiday, that’s a long time. My friend Ellen, the kids & I really took the time to repose ourselves and listen to what we needed. We did plenty of activities in the hotel since the animation team was one of the best entertainment that I have ever experienced. Daily we did the aqua gym and salsa lessons, playing basketball, water polo, iron man, Olympic games, Mexican games. We had such a blast. All the fun & laughter got us mentally in such a good place.

The food was delicious in the hotel. We had different themed restaurants and we switched every night to taste the great food of all of them. Surprisingly, I didn’t put on weight because I ate nutritious fruits & veggies varied with the comfort food you could find during lunch.

After a day at the pool/beach, we did a short 45 minute workout and I gained so much confidence because I was seeing so much results. I couldn’t be more happy until I got on a scale and saw that I lost around 5 kg!

We were lucky to have a lagoon nearby the hotel with clear water, such a beautiful scenery! After all this, I did not even mention all of the animals that we saw in the hotel. A real zoo: coati’s, raccoons, gigantic grass hoppers, bambi, crabs, crocodile, iguanas…

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During these two weeks we did 2 excursions, namely Xel-ha and the Cozumel Snorkel Tour. Both excursions were in the water. The first one was e natural water park with mangroves, snorkeling, cliff jumping, cenotes, tropical woods, biking … An amazing day for the boys, but Ellen and I we had such a great time too! And I loved it because we did everything barefoot, in bikini, life jackets, flipper & goggles. The second excursion we went by ferry to Cozumel and hopped on a catamaran boat. We sailed to 2 coral riffs and went snorkeling open seas. We saw a turtle, lobster and plenty colorful fish. After that we navigated to Playa Cielo (Heaven). I fell in love with this place. Here I realized that I am a beach & ocean person. Amazing turquoise blue water and white sand made it possible to admire the beautiful starfish while we were floating on the clouds of heaven.

We took a taxi twice to the city Playa del Carmen, one time during the day and the last evening in the evening. Such a convivial town with lots of souvenir shops & local bars. I get why people here are constantly in this latin party mood. I restored my confidence to dance and shake again, just let go on the reaggeaton rhythms.

I think it’s clear to see that we had an unforgettable time in Mexico-land and we are feeling home sick to this time not worrying about anything. Unfortunately, holidays do come to an end, but hey Mexico, nosotros regresso pronto!  Los quiere! XOXO

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Kids need vitamin SEA

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Salt in the air, kids with sandy hair.

Last weekend, we went on a last-minute weekend to our Belgian Coast. Geoffrey and I always enjoy these escapes that are only one-hour drive away. Normally we would’ve brought our dogs, but this weekend we knew it was going to be so crowded because of ‘The Zoute Night’ at Knokke.

We rendezvous with a lot of friends from our hometown who brought all of their kids, so it ended up to be a playful and active weekend on the  Waikiki beach. Geoffrey and I aren’t parents yet, but we had a taste of the hustle and bustle running around with 8 kids.

I have a passion for handicrafts so I ended up making all types of beach flowers a.k.a. flowers from crepe-paper. The kids love to make their little flower store and sell the flowers for the ‘couteau’ sea shells. Then they go flower hunting with a bucket full of sea shells.

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We also went looking for crabs and the poor animals ended up in a bucket with some sea water. Short after lunch we supported the kids to release them again because otherwise the crabs would die.

As it became warmer and warmer in the afternoon, we decided to take a dip with the kids in the water. First I didn’t want to go in, because I thought It was too cold, but I fell heads under because of an unexpected wave. The kids enjoying and laughing out loud reduced the shock of the cold water and I went back in the water to play with them for another 30 minutes.

I can’t explain how much I enjoy playing with all these kids. I had an amazing weekend. I am also excited that I’ve shot these pics just to remember these nice summer days. Please remember to take as many pics in life as you can! I always become so happy looking through albums again.

Xo

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Two Year Marriage Anniversary

 

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Hello lovers! Two  years ago on this day, I said I do to my husband, to be his lawfully wedded wife through thick and thin. We were living in the same village and I knew him as one of the older guys. One day we decided to have a drink and the next day I was certain he was the right man for me.

Notice the content look in my husband’s eyes, the naughty smile on my face. We look like any other bride and groom, two young lovers who are madly and hopelessly in love.

Even as I said I do, I had no idea what marriage entails. Marriage, like everything else in life, cannot be taught or understood before it is lived. It needs to be felt and breathed. Sometimes it feels joyous, sometimes it hurts. A lot.

So today, I know that marriage is no fairytale, but we try every single day to reach our happily ever after ending. Isn’t that, the greatest fairytale above all?

He isn’t perfect, but I know he is perfect for me. He is perfect because he has seen me in my darkest moments and never gave up on me. He has seen me at my worst, yet held my hand again the next day. He understands my dreams and supports them without fail, and manages to catch me every time I’m close to giving up.

He makes me smile when I’m feeling down and manages to make me laugh out loud even as I’m mad. He reminds me life doesn’t have to be so serious and teaches me how to be more spontaneous and positive. He teaches me the importance of gratitude, forgiveness, and letting go. He is a life coach who taught me how to roll with the punches. He embodies the courage and vulnerability to say I love you even during moments I can’t.

We now have a mutual understanding, a silent contract, a promise that binds our two souls. No matter how hard it seems, we don’t give up on each other.

Sometimes the storm is caused by a small incident, sometimes it’s the result of months of repressed emotions and words. Sometimes it’s caused by stress from work, by our different ways to manage family & friends, or inconceivable differences between a man and a woman.

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Living together, paying bills together, sharing chores together, taking care of our dogs together, growing up together– such realities of marriage bring out the best, and sometimes the worst in each other.

It’s hard to tell you through one blog post how much I love and appreciate your presence in my life so let me begin with one small note of gratitude.

I don’t think I can ever tell you this enough, but the moments I wake up and manage to stay in bed a little longer then I would normally do and look into your eyes, I realize I married the right man. And there are many little moments like this. Thank you for making even my unrealized dreams come true.

Happy 2 year anniversary to both of us. We are doing this. We did it together!

I love you!

Your wifey! Xo

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Coconut Oil from Monoi

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Hi Sweeties, in two weeks I am leaving for another vacay to Mexico. Preparing my bags, I remembered how I loved the coconut mask of Monoi while I was in China. Running into a Di store made me want to buy the entire coconut oil program. The smell is divine and instantly gets you in a tropical mood. Using the shampoo, conditioner or 2 times a week the hairmask and a little bit oil makes your hair feel super moisturised. I would recommend these products when you are headening to a destination with a lot of sun and beach. Enjoy! Hug x

 

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OOTD

 

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One of my evening outfits from my vacay in beautiful but so warm Sanya, Hainan, China. This is very light weight dress with a mid-long sleeve perfect to prevent those annoying tropical bugs.

We stayed in the Renaissance Resort Hotel & Spa in Sanya. A very tropical island and the southest point of China.

 

 

 

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