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{The End}

May 18, 2013

I’ve been putting off writing this post, even though it’s been on my mind for a little while. Remember that I said here that this blog is here to stay? Well…I’ve changed my mind and decided to stop blogging for the time being.

I’ve been thinking lately how in saying ‘yes’ to one thing, we are by implication also saying ‘no’ to other things. And while there is a big part of me that wants to keep blogging because I love it, there are just too many other things in my life that need my ‘yes’ more right now.

A part of me would like to just let this blog be something I do when I find the time, but I’ve realized that doesn’t really work for me. The truth is that I am always thinking of blog posts to write and rarely have a shortage of ideas and all those unwritten blog posts are piling up in my head…but it takes me a while to write each blog post and that’s time that I need to be doing other things right now.

As much as I will miss blogging itself, I will miss being part of the blogging community even more. Thank you, each of you who has ever read one of my posts and especially those of you who have followed over time. You have been so encouraging, inspiring and generous and I’ve really come to consider some of you as friends.

I hope I’ll be blogging again in the future, but I have no idea when that will be. I do know that if that happens, I’ll start a new blog. I will leave Dutch.British.Love up so the archives aren’t going anywhere. I’ve enjoyed having this little place on the internet so much.

If you want to keep following along with what I’m doing, I’m on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Thanks for letting me share bits and pieces of my life with you.

All the best!

Not on the Highstreet

May 7, 2013


A little while ago, I was contacted by and asked if I wanted to do a product/website review for a product of my choice. I checked out the site and spent more time than I intended browsing their huge selection of products. Since I liked it so much, I figured it might be of interest to you guys as well.

The website is based in England and they offer international shipping on most items. They have an enormous selection of high-quality, unique products that are sold through the site by small businesses. Basically, it’s like shopping in little boutiques from the comfort of your home. All sellers are selected based on the quality of the items they offer.

I had been thinking that it would be really nice to get a new purse, so that’s what I went looking for. I found that the website was easy to navigate, which made finding what I was looking for a fun process. It was hard to make a choice though, because there were a lot of cute bags!

I find that as a mom, since I now carry a baby in his car seat plus a diaper bag with me, I really wanted a small purse. In some ways, it might make sense to up-size to a bigger bag as a mom, but down-sizing was the way to go for me. I needed something that wouldn’t tempt me to carry a ton of extra stuff I don’t need with me (as I am wont to do).

So this cute blue leather purse got my attention. It’s perfect for my phone, some cash and a few cards. I love the bright pop of color it adds to my outfit and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it already.

It has a really fun batik lining. Details like a pretty lining make such a difference to me.

Since we all like cute stuff, I thought I’d share some of the other things I came across while browsing that I liked:

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1. Rabbit and toadstool night light.
2. Rainbow chevron baby blanket.
3. Moroccon Poufs.
4. ‘Love’ pillowcase set.
5. Lightbulb vase.
6. Animal print lambswool scarf
7. Piet Hein Eek Dutch Scrapwood Wallpaper.
8. Dip-dyed tunic.

One last thing I will add is that shipping was very fast, it only took a few days from the day it was ordered to get to me in Canada.

Ps. Just to be abundantly clear: The product reviewed here was a gift from Not on the Highstreet, all opinions are my own.

I See You

April 25, 2013






I don’t really remember how it started. I think it was Ben who started saying it, but at the moment it is one of my favorite things to say to Aiden: “I see you.” It makes him smile big. At four months, he looks up at us intently and expectantly. Even when he’s playing, I notice that he looks at me regularly and when I turn to him to give him my full attention, he looks so delighted. When we go grocery shopping together, he’s in his car seat on top of the grocery cart and stares at me. When I lean over and tell him: “I see you,” he smiles. I want him to know that I see him. I want him to always feel seen around me.