Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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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.

Here are my responses to Continue reading…


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6 things you should know about using Airbnb

There’s travelling like a tourist and then there’s travelling like a local. Airbnb has made the second option so much easier in recent years. By staying out of hotels and hostels and getting to live in a home, your travel experience can be completely different and sometimes more enriching. airbnb, amii at 30, deventer, netherlands, holiday, travel blogI love being able to experience real-life when I travel and not just stick to the usual tourist opportunities. Don’t get me wrong, I still love doing an open-top tour bus and a bunch of museum and attraction visits when I travel to somewhere new but I also like to Continue reading…


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Sampling Beauty #5

This Sampling Beauty post covers June and July selections as, with a holiday and a house move, I didn’t get around to trying most of these products until August.

A few of my favoured brands – Caudalie and Nuxe – are highlighted in this post but I’ve tried and reviewed some products from their ranges that I hadn’t used before.

Read on for my thoughts on my latest samples… Continue reading…


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Explore Netherlands #2 – Dutch stereotypes

Every country has it’s stereotypes and whilst many are true to some degree, there are also many which aren’t true at all. I love hearing what people think of the British and also love to see whether the stereotypes in places I travel to have any grounding in today’s world or whether they are completely far-fetched and unrealistic.

In this Explore Netherlands post, I’ve decided not to write about Dutch stereotypes but to Continue reading…