Not one to stay stagnant, I’m in the process of switching things up over here. I’ve finally pulled the trigger and changed the name of this blog to “A Small Life.” I think it more accurately describes what I’m actually doing here. Love Library served it’s purpose, but it never really had anything to do with what I was writing about. It took me a while to find my voice and find what I loved writing about but I think I’ve finally found it. And just in time because soon I’ll be revealing photos of our completed Airstream! We’ve been living in it a year and I am still smitten with the small life.
So what does it mean for you? Hopefully nothing! The last time I attempted to do this, I ended up deleting most of my pictures and totally screwed things up. But this time, I’ve just set it as a redirect, so hopefully you will be able to see things under my old site name and my new site name. I’ve also changed my name on social media so look for me on Instagram as “ASmallLife” and over on Twitter @a_small_life.
This weekend we went to Williamsburg, Virginia with my family. We haven’t been on a family vacay in a looooong time. Like years. First we went to the Busch Gardens theme park. I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy riding roller coasters. George and I took a test one time and introverts aren’t supposed to like roller coasters, but we both love them. We were the only ones in my family with enough guts (or stupidity?!) to ride Griffon– a 205-foot, 90-degree, 75 mph free fall.
Then we all trekked over to Colonial Williamsburg. It was a bit cheesy, but I did enjoy seeing the craftspeople.
George in the Magazine
Love the whitewash
I took so many pictures of the gardens and the cellars of the old homes. The gardens were totally inspiring. I would love to be able to grow enough of our own food and can enough to support ourselves through the winter and be totally self-sustaining. Maybe one day.
I also got stung by a bee on my butt! It was such a bummer. My mom kept asking how my “bee-hind” was doing. It was super embarrassing. I’m actually sitting here with a pack of frozen peas on my bee-hind right now. Oh well, I tried to make the best of it.
Did you do anything exciting this weekend? Let me know in the comments!
You guys. Fall is almost here. Target has put out their insanely large, insanely cute display of Back to School supplies. I’m trying desperately to stay away from it. I’m also preparing to teach a course this fall. So crazy. Feel free to refer to me as “professor.”
I’m also still on this saving money kick, but it hasn’t been much fun. I’m the kind of person who needs something to look forward to– like a trip! Since a trip is out of my budgetary reach and the summer is almost over (boo!), I created a list of free or cheap things to do this fall. I hope it will keep my spirits up, give me me something to look forward to and maybe even get you inspired and excited for fall?!
This weekend flew by a little too fast for my liking. Come to think of it, this summer is flying by a little too fast. I’m starting to feel the crunch of the Fall Semester closing in, just as I was beginning to enjoy summer. These warm months fly by so much faster than their colder counterparts.
This weekend I soaked in some of that summertime goodness. On Saturday, George and I, along with some friends went on a short motorcycle ride, then we paddled around in a pond and fished a bit. Sunday was spent doing my regular thing. Food prep, gardening, cleaning and dreading the week ahead. Haha.
Check it out: zucchini bigger than my forearm!
How was your weekend? Let me know in the comments!
I’m a little late on my Frugal Friday post today. I was feeling a bit uninspired. Sometimes saving money is not so fun. It’s easy to think, well, it’s just a dollar (or 5 dollars or 20 dollars) I’ll spend it on this random thing that gives me instant pleasure. But we all know that instant pleasure isn’t going to help us meet our goals. It’s so much harder to see how much bang one buck can really make.
I stumbled upon this article today from The Morning News and it snapped me back into saving mode. The article, Bang for Your Buck, interviewed two dozen people and asked them what they would do with one dollar. The answers were inspiring. I’ve never thought about a simple dollar could transform into perennial vegetables, an adventure or help for a girl in West Bengal.
I feel so much more inspired in my money saving journey and thinking twice about my “Well, it’s just a dollar…” excuse.
I’ve yet to find a protein powder that doesn’t taste like chalky chemicals or dirt. I’ve tried the organic, pea proteins, the body builder proteins, I’ve tried the ones that taste like “cake” (aka toilet bowl water) and the ones that taste like “cappuccino” (aka toilet bowl cleaner). I’ve yet to try a protein powder that I can drink just mixed with water. But not wanting to be wasteful and knowing I couldn’t gag down another smoothie (there’s only so much berries will cover up), I started making protein pancakes. God knows what Pinterest/blog/Internet hole I fell down to find my original recipe. But here’s the one I usually use. It’s not quite your usual fluffy pancake, but it gives you almost 30 grams of protein and doesn’t taste like dirt, so that’s an improvement!
1.5 scoops of vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of cinnamon
2 tbsp of all-purpose gluten-free flour
A splash of milk
2 tbsp butter
Cinnamon and honey or maple syrup for topping
Melt 1 heaping tbsp of the butter in a pan over the stove top on low. Mix the 1st 6 ingredients together in a bowl. Put about 1/3 of the batter in the hot pan. When batter begins to bubble, flip over the pancake. Repeat until batter is gone. To finish, top with butter, cinnamon and honey or maple syrup.
Is there a protein powder that you love? Let me know about it in the comments!
After week one, it became harder to find things to get rid of for the Minimalist Challenge. I did find some weird random stuff that I could live without and some clothing that I didn’t really need. One of the hardest part of this challenge is living with someone who loves to keep stuff (ahem, my lovely husband, cough cough). You know, “in case we need it one day.” Newsflash: We never need it one day. I’ve mostly been getting rid of my stuff to sell, donate or trash, but it’s going to get really difficult when I get to Day 20. My lovely husband is going to have to part with some junk! (And he isn’t going to like it!)
8 from top going clockwise: Empty box of Scotch Brite (whyyyyyy?!), tank tops, almost empty greased lightening, water bottle, olive oil container, magnetic notebook, broken carabiner, 1/2 empty Shout (poured it into the other 1/2 empty bottle of Shout)
9: 9 articles of clothing
10 from top left: damaged paper plates, old knife, peanut butter, broken lid, 2 basting brushes, knife sharpener (already have one), 3 DVDs
How do you deal with a hoarder in the family? Let me know in the comments!