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My Los Angeles Hotspots

Los Angeles (L.A.), the City of Angels, is a city on the West Coast of the United States of America.  I have visited LA many times for work, and this time I took 3 weeks to explore it in-depth on my California Road trip! Although it looks like LA is really spread out, it is […]

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California Road Trip

My California Road trip

Last Summer, my husband Dirk and I went on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. I do think you need to do a California Road trip once in your life! And if you do, you have to do it the right way. For a road trip along the pacific coastline of California […]

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Maruja Retana

How to schedule your week

How to schedule your week (or: a spoonful of ‘sugar’) Do you ever feel… No, not like a plastic bag. Do you ever feel like your days are superhectic and busy, but then when you lay in bed at night, you can’t help but wonder: ‘Uhm…what have I actually done today?’ You start thinking about […]

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Granville restaurant Los Angeles Ambiance

Los Angeles hotspots: Restaurant Granville

Dear readers, I…am an adventurer (*dramatic voice*). Always have been, always will be. If I don’t explore new places in the world and collect unique experiences on a regular basis, I get extremely grumpy. Recently, I moved to Los Angeles, and wow… do I have a LOT of exploring to do. As a true foodie, […]

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urban rebounding

Urban rebounding workout

I am not a big fan of working out to be honest. But I have to do it for my own health. I need to activate my muscles and my lungs so my blood can transport oxygen better to the essential areas in my body. I will get better skin, better functioning vital organs, and […]

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banana protein pancakes

Banana Protein Pancakes

Ever since I was a little girl, I had this romantic idea of me in the kitchen, impressing dinner guests with complex culinary creations. Unfortunately, this dream died slowly but surely, since I realized I’m way too impatient for the whole process of preparing food. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Actually, great chefs got […]

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Maruja Says

Maruja Says

I present to you: the first episode of Maruja Says! On my Youtube show Maruja Says, I will share with you what it’s like to be a singer/songwriter/performer. I will give you a behind-the-scenes look into my life, and you will get a glimpse of how I write, sing, produce, perform shows and teach music. […]

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Zucchini banana bread mini muffins for breakfast.

Zucchini banana bread muffins

I found the ingredients to this recipe on a note written by my friend, singer  Maruja Retana, and decided to add my touch to it. The result? Delicious zucchini banana bread muffins great for in-between snack or as a healthy breakfast muffin to start the day. I love them even more as they come in […]

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Maruja smile

Why smiling is healthy

A well known song of Charlie Chaplin (performed in a very moving way by Jermaine Jackson, at the memorial service of MJ) has the following passage: ‘Smile! What’s the use of crying? You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.’ Laughing is healthy, they say, but why? For many reasons, actually! Purely physical […]

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blue-zones

Blue Zones: How to live to be a 100

Dan Buettner did a very interesting research on how to live a healthy and long life. He found out there are a few areas that he calls ‘blue zones’, where people live to be over a hundred years old in a measurably better way! Wow, who doesn’t want that? Since my sweet grandmother lived to be […]

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Jojoba oil

Before I decided to focus on music, I worked as a psychologist and gave trainings on the subject of personal effectivity. I would give people advice on how to reach their goals better, and 2 terms I used a lot were ‘efficiency’ (how you reach a goal) and ‘effectivity’ (IF you reach a goal). If […]

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Lonneke, Maruja & Joey brainstorming

That’s what friends are for. Part 1.

O.K. This is going to be an ode to a few of my dear and best friends (and OYL contributors) who have been in my life for some time, and proof me over and over why they are the best friends in the world! Friends of Lonneke, part 1. the Netherlands edition. It is not […]

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