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living a small and dreaming big in an airstream trailer.

Link Love: 78

Airstream with snow!

We were snowed in at the beginning of the week and now it’s 66 degrees outside. It’s not right, people. But you know what is right? Link Love. It’s the best the Internet has to offer in manageable, bite-sized pieces.

This camper remodel by a 14-year-old girl is too cute!

Have you seen this trend of “granny pods?” Granny pods are small houses for aging parents that can fit in your backyard. The author of the linked article thought the pods might be alienating, but I think this home would be great for someone like my dad who needs his space.

Love this idea of little food pantries.

I’ve been trying to up my coffee-at-home game. I bought this very inexpensive milk frother* and I’ve been reading articles like this one: “How to make a latte at home without an espresso machine.”

How to get a revenge body. Loved this excerpt: In order to get the revenge body you want, you’ve got to shed anywhere from 120-200,000 extra pounds — the collective weight of the person or persons who say they “aren’t attracted to you” or “can’t be your friend” because of the way you look.

And finally, How to filter out the noise.

Happy weekend, folks!
melanie

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How to Clean Old Barn Wood

How to clean barnwood

George and I have been working on a new project that I have to keep my lips zipped on, but I’ll give you a hint: it involves barn wood! We love working with barn wood because it’s cheaper than new wood, it’s recycled and it has a great look. (Side note: the best deals on barn wood are usually on good ol’ Craigslist. That’s where we purchased our wood.)

But barn wood has also been sitting out in the elements for many, many years and it may be dirty or even downright unusable. We can fix dirty, but we can’t fix termite or carpenter ant or bee damage. Always remember to check your wood for bugs! We once built a table in the winter with barn wood, then in the Spring started to hear buzzing. There were dormant carpenter bees in our table! Do’h! Continue reading

Link Love: 77

Welcome to Link Love! That time of the week where I share the best the Internet has to offer. Here we go!

George found these hilarious pulp art book covers and there’s a ton of trailer ones. The one above is from this site. The captions are the best part. Here’s a couple of my favorites:
– “Their love was as mobile as their home and just as carefree.”
– “They Lived In A House Of Sin — On Wheels!”
– “Thrown into dangerous intimacy by the cramped quarters of the trailer camps, the traveling construction men and their young restless women sat on a powder keg of sex.” LOL.

Love this article from Sarah Von Bargen, “Every choice is a chance.”

We often hear about women purging their closets, so I thought it was refreshing to read a man’s take on becoming a fashion minimalist.

I’m excited to read Erin Loechner’s new book, Chasing Slow*. She’s the creator of Design for Mankind. I actually got teary-eyed talking to my husband about her design aesthetic, (it’s just so good!), so I can only imagine what a train wreck I’ll be after I read her book.

10 ways to help you say no.

This 540 square foot apartment isn’t my style, but it’s so lovely.

It’s supposed to snow here this weekend which isn’t uncommon, but we still live in the south and often lose power when it snows. Here’s hoping you and I stay warm and connected!

love,
melanie

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Happy New Year!

I’m not big on resolutions, but I do like to have a guiding One Little Word for the year. The premise is simple– just pick one word to guide you through the year. I’ve found that it’s easier and more impactful than a resolution.

Last year’s word was brave. And man, oh man, there were times I had to be brave.  2016 challenged me. Mostly in ways too personal to share. I learned a lot about myself. I wrote a book! I released a pin! I gave up things that no longer served me and I made some big decisions. I was brave. My 2017 word is “leap.” And here’s why…

The Myers-Briggs personality test classifies me as an INTJ. It’s actually one of the more rare personality types and it’s even more rare for women. Being an INTJ means I’m a great researcher, but I think (and worry) too much. This year I want to take more risks. I’ve never regretted the biggest risks in my life– like living full-time in the Airstream, marrying George or adopting my beloved pup, Bambi. This year I want to leap more and worry less about the (often times imagined negative) consequences.

What are your goals for 2017? Do you have a one little word? I want to hear about it in the comments!

Do you want to make the leap to living full-time in an RV, Airstream or motor home? I wrote a guide on how to live that life, available here. It’s truly one of the best leaps I’ve ever made.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a relaxing and restful end of the year. Don’t let the stress of the holidays or the stress of spending too much time with your weird family get to you.

I’m signing off for the rest of the year so I can have time to reflect on goals, things I didn’t accomplish and things I did accomplish. Speaking of things I did accomplish, I’m taking a two-ish week break from the ol’ blog, but I am still emailing out my ebook, “The Ultimate Guide to Living in an RV, Airstream or Motorhome” and I’m still mailing out pins at a reduced price in case you are interested.

Here’s wishing you and yours the best holiday break,
love,
melanie

Procrastinators: This is your last chance!

If you’ve waited until the last minute to stuff your stockings, this is your last chance. Happy camper pins are now on sale and are shipping fast!

If you want a pin at a reduced price and want to receive it before the Christmas or Hanukkah holiday, you must order it before this Wednesday, the 14th. The post office is a living nightmare right now, but I’m braving it for you fine folks. As always, it’s free shipping for U.S. customers.

I can’t guarantee orders will arrive before the holidays for my overseas friends, but I am also offering free shipping for international folks for a limited time. 

I love this pin because it reminds me each day to live small, live in the moment and to live the life of my dreams. You can purchase your very own pin to give (or keep!) here.

I hope you have the hap-hap-happiest of holidays!
love always,
melanie

Link Love: 76

Festive Bambi!

Festive Bambi!

I haven’t posted a Link Love in a while because honestly, I’m avoiding the news.  But I can’t avoid the Internet entirely. Here’s a few things that have peaked my interest lately.

Instead of detention, these students get meditation. Some days I need a mindful moment room too.

Loved this episode on Planet Money about Burnout.

I receive a good amount of emails from people who want to know if they too can live in an Airstream– even with their specific life situation. And my advice is always the same: you can, but you must throw away fears and limiting beliefs about yourself. (Here’s my exact advice.) And here’s more about The Path of Fearlessness.

Looking for ways to decorate a small space this holiday season? Check out these tips from the archives.

For the couple has everything, consider a personalized romance novel as a holiday gift. LOLOLOL.

And sometimes the best gift is in a white envelope. (Serious tears, y’all.)

Hope you are having the happiest of holidays.
love,
melanie