My second pregnancy: Sofie gets a sister!

I am 38 weeks pregnant now and I have such a feeling that this little girl, just like her “big sister”, will come a bit earlier. At the last minute last week I did a nice maternity shoot on the Buurserzand (the Netherlands), together with my dear friend and talented maternity photographer Linda Krommenhoek.

Autumn has arrived and the colours of the leaves slowly turn red. As the sun slowly sets, I dream away how it will be to be a family of 4 and what it will be like to be a mother of 2 daughters. I keep finding my pregnancy very special and we are really looking forward to meet her. Look below further for more pictures.

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Family road trip Canada with kids

For the category “Travel Kids” I interviewed Wendy de Wit about her last family road trip tour through Canada. Besides being an entrepreneur, day speaker and happiness inspirator, is Wendy above all mother of 2 young children, Maud (7) and Bing (5). They love to travel and want to show their children as much of the world as possible.

This time they discovered the west of Canada with a giant motorhome. How do you plan such a trip with small children in advance, what do you run into and what were the highlights of their fantastic trip? Read the entire interview with Wendy below, and marvel away at the beautiful views that Canada has to offer.

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Holidays with kids at the Dutch coast: “Huisje van Hout” in Noordwijk

I am now almost 36 weeks pregnant of the second one and this week we enjoy our last holiday with the three of us in the Netherlands on the Dutch coast. I found a too sweet and cute little wooden house near Noordwijk aan Zee. This week we are going to enjoy the sun, sea and beach in our own country in the Netherlands. And as icing on the cake we will also visit the flowering dahlia fields that are only in bloom this month.

Huisje van Hout (wooden holiday home) is located just behind the dunes between Noordwijk and Noordwijkerhout. Did you know that the Dutch North Sea coast is 523 km long? Plenty of places to discover! If you go on holiday with a toddler then comfort and convenience is the most important thing for us. Luckily holiday home “Huisje van Hout” exceeded all our expectations and I give you all the tips below on what you can do in the area with small children.

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Family holiday Dominican Republic with young kids

Years ago when I flew around the world as a flight attendant, the Dominican Republic was one of mine favourite destinations. It all started when we landed at Punta Cana airport. As a passenger you get off the plane and within 5 minutes you walk into the half-open airport, complete with a gabled roof with reed while a cool breeze is blowing through it. The Dominican people are very nice and super relaxed and you are immediately in the holiday mood. Welcome to the Dominican Republic!

I’ve always said I want to come back, only then with my family. My dear friend Linda preceded me by travelling to the Dominican Republic for two weeks this summer together with her husband and three young children. In the end it turned out to be a holiday to remember and when you read her travelogue and see the pictures, I can understand that she got homesick when she came home from this tropical and beautiful island in the Caribbean.

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Holidays with kids to Sardinia: all must sees!

Since our last roadtrip through Europe I have become a bit attached to Italy. Besides the emerging Puglia region, Italy has a large number of islands, of which Sicily and Sardinia are the largest. This time I didn’t go on a trip to beautiful Italy, but thanks to my friend Marjolijn, who has been spending over the years her holidays on the beautiful island of Sardinia with her family.

As a true specialist of the island, she shares here her tips on how to best spend your holidays with children and what are nice places to visit in Sardinia. From beautiful azure bay beaches to idyllic Italian villages, Sardinia has it all and is not for nothing called the Maldives of Europe by the Italians themselves. Curious what Sardinia has to offer for young families? Marjolijn likes to share all her tips here with you!

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The north of the Netherlands with the widest beach in Europe

This year I’m going on a holiday in the Netherlands for the first time in my life. Yes, you read it correctly, I’m going on holiday in my own country! Why go far away when there is so much beauty to discover in our own “little frog” country? Of course it also plays a role that we now have a 2 years old little girl hopping around, and that I am now 7 months pregnant with the second one. Besides that, I didn’t feel like visiting the heat of southern Europe this time. Just give me 20+ degrees with a little sun and my holiday can’t go wrong anymore.

So I went investigating on the web what beautiful places in the Netherlands are to visit with small children. For those who know me you know that I love luxury and comfort, and especially now with a little one you want to experience the same feeling at home with all conveniences at hand.  On the internet I quickly came across the luxury holiday homes of Dutchen. I always wanted to go to one of the Frisian Islands and therefore we kick off this summer with a holiday to lake Lauwersmeer and the island of Schiermonnikoog!

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Interview with Gala Serré: new life on Curaçao

Who doesn’t dream of working and living on a tropical island? Gala Serré, known from “My Bikini Musthaves“, left Amsterdam a few months ago to settle permanently with her family on Curaçao.

In this interview I ask her what it is like to give up the Netherlands and if she found her home on Curaçao. Furthermore she shares her personal tips with us with the nicest places on the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles. Read along?

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Dreams come true, my personal story

It’s been a while since I shared a personal blog, and now the end of the year is approaching it’s another great moment to look back. Not last year but the past two years were very special and a rollercoaster of highlights, and of course also lesser times.

Despite the beautiful trips we have made, the most beautiful event was the birth of our daughter Sofie last year summer. Now that she is a bit older and more independent, I’m lucky to have some more time for my blog and we’re secretly making great plans for 2019.

It all started 2 years ago when I was totally unexpectedly pregnant, to be precise in December 2016. We had just booked our tickets to the Maldives as the start of our 3 month journey through Asia. That shouldn’t spoil the fun, because with a declaration of pregnancy in our pocket we started our second big travel adventure.

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With a baby to Ibiza? I give you all the nice tips!

Do you want to fly with your baby for the first time in Europe, but not too far away? Ibiza is the perfect baby destination when travelling with your little one for the first time within Europe. With less than a 2.5 hours flight from Amsterdam you will arrive on this trendy and child-friendly island.

Ibiza is the perfect destination for young and old. Not only for party people, but also for families with children and young babies. The climate on Ibiza is mild with mild winters and warm summers. The wind can be strong now and then, but especially in the summer it gives a cool breeze.

We decided to travel to Ibiza in April of this year for 3 weeks. Then you know for sure that you will always enjoy the nice weather and beside that you have enough time to discover the island. Did you know that Ibiza has more than 70 different beaches? So enough to discover! We went to Ibiza for the first time with our baby and I will give you the best tips of the island.

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Discover Sirolo, Le Marche

The Marche region lies on the Adriatic Sea in the southeast of Italy. It is much less known than Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast, but you will find everything here for a wonderful Italian holiday: beautiful cities, charming villages, rolling hills, rugged mountains and good wines. And of course the 180 km long coastline with beautiful beaches – some fully equipped with restaurants and beach clubs, but also secluded bays that you almost have for you alone.

Because Le Marche is so compact, you can combine all this beauty in one day. Walk through medieval streets in the morning and taste culture from the distant past, and relax on the beach in the afternoon. Or take a beautiful hike in the mountains and take a well deserved dip in the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Read More…