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living a small and dreaming big in an airstream trailer.

Link Love: 28


It’s still snowy and icy around these parts so I’ve been off from my full-time job all this week. It’s been just the thing I needed. I’ve been diving deep into some Amazon Prime movies and TV shows and a few books, of course. I already feel 1,000 times better than I did on Sunday night. And I’ve been scouring the web for the best of the best, of course. Here’s my favorites from this week:

These cute, small houses were built in just 3 weeks!

This pull out “walk in” closet would be great in a tiny home.

This log cabin and camper combo is my dream! And it’s in NC!

This laundry pod is intriguing. Perhaps for use on the road?

I quit the thing that defined me. I just found this series and I love it!

TMI! Being too open about money can hurt you. Hmmm. I’m not convinced.

I’m getting pumped about having a garden again. I can’t believe I didn’t think to start seeds in pots made from newspaper!

Also, this greenhouse made from old windows is f’in adorable.

I can’t wait to start hiking again this spring. I’m on the lookout for some cute, inexpensive hiking boots. Is that even a thing? This is the pair Reese Witherspoon wore in Wild and I love them. Perhaps someone will get them for me for my birthday? Hint, hint, nudge, nudge.

I’m breaking out my Crock Pot again! Here’s one of my favorite recipes. And 30 Whole30 slow cooker recipes!

Hope your week has been just as delightful.


Tuesday Thoughts: Going Back to a Simpler Life

Going back to a simpler life is not a step backwards Yes, going back to a simpler life is a choice, but it is not a step backwards. It’s a step in the right direction. It’s a step towards happiness. It’s a step towards the life you truly want to live. It’s a difficult step, but it isn’t a backwards one.

Happy Tuesday, friends.



A Little Reminder about Submissions!

Airstream in the snowy woods

It’s a snow day here (although it hasn’t snowed yet!), but it is the perfect time to remind you that I take submissions for this blog. I’m specifically looking for people who live in a tiny house, in an Airstream, in a bus or in a van. I’m also looking for people who have recently downsized their lives and people who simply live “unconventionally.”

I’m also currently taking pitches or other ideas you might have for columns that focus on simplicity, small living and minimalism.

A Small Life is read by thousands of readers each day and could be a great opportunity to get your business/house/bus/life/Instagram/etc. seen!

Please send submissions to asmalllifemelanie at Submissions should include at least 4 photos (jpg or jpeg) that are at least 540 pixels wide. If chosen, I will contact you with further instructions.

I can’t wait to hear from you!


Frugal Friday: Frugality and Self-Care

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

When trying to save money it’s oh-so-easy to forget about also saving your damn mind. I know I’m not the only nutter who feels like “SAVE ALL THE MONEY!” one day and totally burned out the next. During times of high stress and pressure (that in my case is mostly self-imposed) it’s hard to remember that you need to not only take care of your bank account, but also you need to take care of yourself.

Sometimes that might mean giving yourself small rewards like a walk after a long meeting. Other times it might mean giving yourself a manicure or investing in a massage. For me, it means reading just for pleasure. I checked out Amy Poehler’s Yes Please* and can’t wait to dive in this weekend. It also means eating better. On Sunday I’m going to start Whole30. I’ve been reading It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways.* And I hope that the habit of eating mostly veggies and protein will give me the energy I need to push through a big work project.

What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Maybe I’ll even publish them in a future post!


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Link Love: 27

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This documentary on minimalism looks both beautiful and inspiring.

Two college students built a tiny home for $500.

These peel and stick “tiles” are a great idea for a camper or Airstream.

A peek into this guy’s “van life.” It looks pretty rad.

The 10 best bargains at drug stores.

Scandalous ways to get free stuff.

A nice debt calculator with actionable items to get out of debt quickly.

These all-natural chocolate chunk, nut butter blondies look like the perfect Valentine’s treat.

What you can say instead of “I don’t feel like it.”

On February 15th, I’m starting Whole30. Eeek and ugh? I’m looking to this post for budget-conscious ideas.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Have you waited until the last minute? Me too. Maybe this free printable will help. Also, my mama’s famous chocolate chip banana bread makes a great gift too!

See you on the flip side!



Tuesday Thoughts: Life is Really Simple

life is really simple

This week I’ve been fretting and worrying and losing sleep over a conference I’m planning. In the midst of Pinteresting table decorations until my eyes crossed, I stumbled across this quote. It brought me back to earth. I live simply everyday, but I still make aspects of my life more complicated than they need to be.

Here’s to keeping it simple this Tuesday and always.


Link Love: 25

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Should you start your holiday shopping now?!? Maybe. But I waited until November and only spent $100…

Give the people what they want… isn’t nearly as powerful as teaching people what they need.

The girl who saw thorough illusions. I’m so trying to be that girl!

The design on this camper is super cute. Maybe we’ll do something like this for the van? (Also, I couldn’t find the original source, if you know it, leave it in the comments below and I’ll link to it!)

The collapsible campers are ridiculously cool.

Turn the bed of a truck into a cozy tent.

10 small refrigerators for apartments and tiny spaces.

This 185 square foot home is BEAUTIFUL! Although, I don’t think $75,000 for a house is a steal.

This poolside tiny house is dreamy and so modern!

This peel and stick real weathered wood is a genius idea! I’d love to use it in the van!

And just for fun… The history of “loving” to read.

Let’s finish this week strong!!!