Bond-T by Giovanni Sammarco for Sammarco: Chocolate Heaven

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Sandra

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Hey there APJ!

Who likes chocolate? Most people I meet enjoy chocolate from time to time. Of course there are exceptions and truth be told, I am always a little bit surprised when someone tells me they do not like chocolate at all.

There are those who like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate candy bars or even pralines. As a child I loved milk chocolate and as I have gotten older, my taste buds have developed a love for dark chocolate. Anything over 70% will peak my interest.

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Encore Une Fois by Ruta Degutyte for Art de Parfum: Yearning for More

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Sandra

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Hey there APJ! How are you all doing? Getting ready to celebrate Fat Tuesday – Mardi Gras?

Well, here in Basel it is called Fasnacht and it is actually held the week after Mardi Gras. Apparently it is a huge deal here and the festivities begin at 4 am on 11 March on a bridge. Whether or not I can drag myself out of bed at 3, let alone my nine year old, remains to be seen. This is a festival dating back to 1529 and common theory states that after the 1520 Reformation, they wanted to differ from the Catholics and therefore celebrated a week later. This has deep roots here and it will be fascinating to see.

Encore Une Fois by Art de Parfum

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Irisistible by Tanja Bochnig for April Aromatics

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Sandra

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Happy New Year APJ! I cannot quite believe that we are now in the year 2019. It was only yesterday that we rang in the year 2000. How time flies! Especially as I get older it seems to pass by me at lightening speed.

We had a quiet Christmas and New Year this year, which is just what the doctor ordered. Family time is cherished and we managed to spend a lot of quality time together learning new games and playing cards together. As the holidays are now over, I can sit back and reflect on what passed and what is to come.

Irisistible by Tanja Bochnig for April Aromatics

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Our Journey to Adoption Part II

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Sandra

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Vacation, dear APJ!

I hope everyone is enjoying a day off and having some relaxation at home. The holidays can be a stressful time of the year for many, including myself. I have vowed however to sit back and enjoy the day as it unfolds here in Rotterdam. We are together for the next two weeks and we will be enjoying quality family time and good food with festive cheer here and there.

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Our Journey to Adoption and a Winnner

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Sandra

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Hi dear APJ! Can you believe it is already December?! Where has the year gone? First of all the winner of the Dutch goodies is Gina! Congratulations. Please get in touch with Portia (portia_turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) so that I can get in touch with you.

As I recuperate from pneumonia (and cannot wear any fragrance), I would like to share a deeply personal story with you.

Adoption is a beautiful experience. It has touched my life in the most miraculous ways imaginable. You will hear it time and again though that adoption is not for everybody, but hear my story and maybe this will change your mind.

About 13 years ago, long before I was a perfume addict, my husband and I, after a couple of years of trying to have a baby, decided to adopt a child. We were naive about the process, what it all entailed and we had no idea where to begin our journey.

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