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Link Love: 52

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Super cheap plane tickets to Europe. I’m dreaming of taking a trip abroad and these deals make it seem possible.

7 ways to water your garden for free.

31 things you can freeze to save time and money.

I know that you shouldn’t shop when you are hungry, but did you know you shouldn’t shop after you’ve saved money?!

Have you heard of the Diderot effect? It’s basically this: “the introduction of a new possession into a consumer’s existence will often result in a process of spiraling consumption.” Here’s how to avoid it.

This $2,554.48 bubble tent is the craziest thing I’ve seen lately.

“This ‘net-zero’ home itself is a marvel. The home produces all its own energy needs and consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than the conventional home.”

Gifts for people who live in small spaces want less “stuff.”

Have you thought of giving up social media? I sure have. This guy gave up social media for a year.

I know this link has been everywhere this week, but in case you didn’t see it, Mindy Kaling’s Guide to Confidence is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever read. I can’t wait for her new book!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 51

Link Love There’s so much to love this week!

We were featured on a Canadian non-profit housing website!

I get asked a lot about parking our Airstream. This website is filling the need of renting land for tiny houses.

This empty Sicilian town is giving away houses. Let’s all go!!!

Decluttering is the new juice cleanse (and equally annoying). I love decluttering, but I agree that “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” didn’t spark joy in me. (Here’s my thoughts on it.)

This week I talked about how we minimized books and art supplies. This guy gave away 1,000 books and learned to love reading again.

Want to never have kids? Calculate how much just the first year of their life will cost.

And similarly, systemically(?), Millennial men aren’t the dads they thought they’d be. This is a complicated problem, but I think a large part of the issue is the lack of paid maternity leave for men and women and inflexible work schedules.

Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life. This is from The Onion, so obviously it’s a parody. It had me rolling because it was #tooreal.

Advice for people in their 20s. And pretty much everyone.

Become financially independent with these 5 habits.

How walking in nature changes your brain. Thoreau had it right.

And for when you can’t get out in nature… How to meditate anywhere.

Do fewer things, more often.

Similarly, stop worrying about what you’re not doing. I need to read this every day.

50 happy little things Bob Ross taught me. My favorite is: “Just scrape in a few indications of sticks and twigs and other little things in there. People will think you spend hours doing this.” So funny and so wise.

What if teachers were treated like professional athletes? Such a smart piece.

love,
melanie

Link Love: 47

Link Love How a couple paid off their mortgage in 7 years. Really inspiring.

Remember, money can’t change everything. And remembering that helps you cope with stress!

Taking care of your finances can change your whole life. Here’s proof.

Are tiny house villages the apartment complexes of the future? Hmm, I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, living smaller is great, but I feel like there’s such a DIY aspect to small living that is being missed. (Here’s how I define “living small.“)

Wallpaper for the outside of your house!

5 ways to lay out a studio apartment.

The “UP” house faces uncertainty. So sad!

Black stripes on an Airstream! It’s my style in a nutshell.

Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional ‘basic income.’ Insane, amazing, unbelievable? All of the above!

A hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. YES, YES, YES. As someone who makes less than $50,000, but works all.the.time for my day job, I see this as a win.

Feeding America’s most vulnerable children. This was a beautiful, layered and heartbreaking story. We see a lot of SNAP or EBT fraud in the news, but realistically, most people just want to feed their kids. #truth

Give yourself permission to explore personal interests. Go ahead, you deserve it!

If you live in the U.S., happy early 4th! Are you up to anything fun? I want to hear about it in the comments!

love,
melanie

A Few of My Favorite Instagram Accounts

Photo c/o DeathtoStockPhoto

Photo c/o DeathtoStockPhoto

Can we talk about the magic of Instagram for a second? I know it sounds ridiculous and a little over-exaggerated but Instagram has changed my life. It’s helped me keep in contact with friends, meet new people and it’s helped me get the word out about my lifestyle. It’s even helped George make money! And yes, Instagram does have a dark side. Sometimes I find myself getting jealous of other people’s IG lives or I’ll fall down a rabbit hole and won’t emerge for hours. But overall, it’s done more good for me than bad. Today I thought I’d share a few of my current favorite Instagram accounts, in no particular order. Continue reading

Link Love: 43

link love 13 clever built-ins for small spaces.

I’m in Toronto this week! I’d love to see this small, loft house.

Remember how I said George and I have been talking a lot about container homes… well… when I research, I really research. Here’s some of my favorites:
This well-designed shipping container house cost 40K.
I love the black exterior on this one.
These designs are a little more rustic, but seem very do-able. They have no footprint?! And what a location!

How to help two (young) kids share a room. I shared a room with my sister until I was a teenager. We loved it and I really think it helped me learn some valuable lessons.

These woven wool swings are gorgeous and functional!

A solar panel made out of aluminum cans?!?

CleverLayover finds cheaper flights with layover cities.

How my digital hiatus increased productivity.

You’re never going to retire. And if you do what you love, you shouldn’t want to.

How to slow down your family’s schedule.

We all “deserve” better. Focus on opportunities instead.

I f’in love Chrissy Teigen. She recently stopped editing her Instagram photos, here’s why.

I also love Amy Schumer. She gets it. Case in point…

Yay for vacations!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 42

Link Love The things designer Emily Henderson ignores in her home. I knew interior design photos were Photoshopped, but I love knowing even designers have weird home quirks.

How Pinterest almost killed my renovation dreams. Oh Pinterest, such an inspiration and so depressing all at once.

George and I have been talking a lot about container homes lately. All of these shipping container houses are freaking amazing, but #10 takes the cake.

Why it pays to be a jerk… great.

How to build an emergency fund.

Poor little rich women.

Chasing the right “likes.” I teared up over this one.

And similarly, Why I abandoned my popular social media presence.

Pause in the place that you are.

And just for fun… Key Lime Pie Jello shots! Key lime pie is my favorite! It reminds me of the beach and summertime and the warm sun on my face.

Also, I’m going to Niagra Falls and Toronto next week! I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.

love,
melanie

Link Love: 41

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Do more with less. This documentary about hiking the Pacific Crest trail looks awe-inspiring.

Ways to create a bedroom in a studio apartment. Or a tiny house or an Airstream!

This prefab cube shrinks an entire house into one tiny structure. Craziness.

A Japanese house with no “rooms” or “floors.”

Love this travel trailer remodel. It looks so spacious!

I know, I know, I’m all about minimalism, but a portable hot tub? Yes please!

Money fears that held me back and how to get over them.

Try these quick tricks for eating more at home.

The crossroads of should and must. I needed to hear this.

If you are in America, I hope you are going to have a nice, long weekend. We’re headed to the mountains for camping. Talk to you all next week!

love,
melanie