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Link Love: 3

rp_Link-Love-1024x1024.jpgSince last week was Airstream week, I didn’t get in my link love. There’s been so much Internet goodness out there these past few weeks. Check.It.Out.

A New Golden Age for Silver Bullets.

PriceJump compares Amazon product prices to prices around the web to ensure that you are getting the best deal.

The days of the week that major retailers change their prices.

Reset your goals before they level you.

Photos of people living “off the grid”

These food bloggers are so transparent with their blog’s income reports and I love it. And $30,000 in one month from a blog is pretty damn impressive.

A Global 3 day workweek could be good for innovation. I could get on board with that.

Tips for cutting your own bangs at home.

A beginner’s guide to opening an IRA.

In a nomadic world, do we still need a home?

And for those of us that do still want a home… Mortgage Hippo is a cute site that takes you through a series of steps to determine how much home you can afford. The site is super well designed– the steps look like a safari map! It makes mortgages almost fun.

Crowd funding to pay off your mortgage? Hmm. I can understand his desire to live debt-free, but maybe living small is a better option.

A SNAP Cookbook: Good and Cheap. I adore this SNAP Cookbook. It’s free, first of all. The meals are all under $4 and I was pleasantly surprised that the meals are heavy on the vegetables and low on the starches.

Have you come across any fascinating articles? Leave them in the comments below!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 2

Link LoveHere’s what I’ve been loving this week.

Why I bought a house in Detroit for $500.
“It would be only one house out of thousands, but I wanted to prove it could be done, prove that this American vision of torment could be built back into a home. I also decided I would do it the old-fashioned way, without grants or loans or the foundation money pouring into the city. I would work for everything that went into the house, because not everyone has access to those resources.” Inspiring.

Tiny House, Big Problems
This couple built a 200-square-foot-house on 50 acres in Michigan with no running water or electricity. The couple built the house to live a more sustainable life, but the township has deemed it too small to be livable. Insane, I say.

No, the American Dream doesn’t cost $130,000.
Sure doesn’t.

Eating gluten-free can be a struggle on a budget. Here’s 21 gluten-free meals from Costco for $162.

When do chefs and doctors buy generic?

Weddings are stupid-expensive. I had a relatively cheap wedding, but I wish I had saved even more. Here’s how to crowdfund your wedding!

I’m totally late to the game, but I just discovered Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The SJP episode was particularly cute. And bonus, it’s free.

Speaking of free, my local, public library subscribes to Overdrive and I am addicted. It’s so good, ya’ll.

Read anything amazing this week? Let me know about it in the comments!

love,
melanie

An Update and some Friday Love (on a Monday)

A stylish library worker at the NYPL. For more library style, see link below or click on the photo.

I’m still not dead folks, just plum tuckered out. (That’s how we say tired in the south.) I thought I was going to get a chance to rest this summer,  instead I’ve been running around the state and country! But I’m trying to remind myself to be thankful.

I talked with my boss, so I can share the big secret now– I have a potential job opportunity! I went in for an interview last Monday. It’s a dream job in a larger city and closer to my family. I won’t find out the outcome for at least a few weeks, but I’m staying hopeful.

During my absence, I’ve come across so much web goodness– especially in the library field! And sometimes we all need a little Friday link love on a Monday, am I right?!

Aleph Molinari: Let’s bridge the digital divide! The digital divide is becoming the new literacy.

Handouts from ALA sessions in case you missed ‘em!

This video is a cute dedication to reading from the New York State Reading Association, sung to the tune of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

Office Style at the New York Public Library! So many stylish librarians and library workers!!!

That’s all I’ve got for today, folks. I have loads of cataloging and fall semester planning to do, so back to the salt mines!

love,
melanie

Love Friday: May 25th

I’m a little late on the Friday Love because I had to go out of town for a doctor’s appointment. Doctor’s appointments are always quite the tragedy for me. I have a terrible fear of needles and I had to get stuck twice this time. Apparently when you are so nervous that you are sweating and crying, your blood doesn’t want to evacuate you body…

It’s embarassing, but good to share our fears, don’t you think? Anyway, these links are making me feel loads better.

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This gorgeous ’40s hair tutorial from The Beauty Department and Lauren Conrad. 

9. 14 Easy Ways to get Insanely Motivated from INC. All easy in theory.

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Etsy’s How-to Tuesday‘s 10 colorful crafts links. I particularly like this one by Hew and Sew, because it is EASY!

7. The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction finalists look excellent. I’m especially excited to read Swamplandia! A surrealist story about 12-year-old gator-wrestling Ava Bigtree and her eccentric family. Sounds good, huh?

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This kitchen is so gorgeous. I don’t even usually like green, but this is divine.

5. Since my tragic doctor experience today, I’ve been Googling how to overcome fears. I found this article from The Positivity Blog to be comforting.

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Sparkly Lemon Cookies! By Martha, of course.

3. This summer, Barnes and Noble is offering a free book to kids who read 8 books and fill out a reading journal!

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I’m thinking about buying a pair of Saltwaters for the beach because I despise flip-flops. Are Saltwaters too cliche? It seems like I see them everywhere, but they’re some of the only sandals I’ve seen that I don’t hate. The gold is kinda pretty, right?

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I’m so excited about this movie! I hope it lives up to my expectations, it looks AH-MAZING!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! Do ya’ll have any plans?

love,
melanie

Love Fridays: May 18th

Today I’m on my way to Philadelphia for the Ride to Skate event. I’m relieved to be taking a mini-vacation with George. We’re trying to make wedding planning as stress-free as possible, but it is difficult to juggle both planning, full-time jobs, side-projects and house work!

I’ve never been to Philadelphia before and I’m excited to do a few touristy things– like visit the Liberty Bell.

Enjoy the web goodies!

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I broke my french press Wednesday night. At least it gives me an excuse to buy this gorgeous model!

9. I have high hopes for this new show from Mindy Kaling.

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I find so many good ice cream and yogurt recipes online. This turquoise ice cream machine is so tempting!

7. This bathing suit from ModCloth has the cutest print ever! And it’s reversible!

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Recipes and resources for gluten-free living from the Kitchen.

5. Keep it simple with these 12 uncomplicated summer cocktails from the NY Times.

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I’m mildly obsessed with idea of styling jewelry on cats – as seen in Sweetheart Lane’s Etsy Shop.

3.  This ’40s style wedding dress by The Vintage Wedding Dress Co. is stunning.

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Reagan Library puts 900 goats to work. I did my internship here and I would have loved to see goats every day on my drive up the mountain!

1. Scarlett Johansson addresses tabloid articles about her weight.

“Since dedicating myself to getting into “superhero shape,” several articles regarding my weight have been brought to my attention. Claims have been made that I’ve been on a strict workout routine regulated by co-stars, whipped into shape by trainers I’ve never met, eating sprouted grains I can’t pronounce and ultimately losing 14 pounds off my 5’3″ frame. Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I’m a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot. I’m frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there.”

Preach, sister.

Hope your weekend is full of adventure!

love,
melanie

Love Friday: May 11th

Welcome to the May 11th edition of Love Friday! A round-up of wondrous things I discovered from around the web this past week.

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4 Whiskey Sour Recipes. One of my all-time favorite drinks!

9. The Weekly Review: How One Hour Can Save You A Week’s Worth of Hassle and Headache. I’m thinking about doing this at end of each week. Does anyone do this? Does it help?

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Being Happy is Productive. I love this so much! I’m not sure if I have the original source linked or not. Damn, tumblr. If someone knows who the illustrated this, let me know.

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Book People Unite! An adorable video from Reading is Fundamental. LeVar Burton makes a cameo appearance!

6.  How to start your blog with a bang by Elsie and Kinsey. I don’t really follow any of these guidelines, but que sera, sera.

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Should you quit your day job to blog? Probably not. But the infographic is cute!

4. Freeze coffee in ice cube trays to make coffee ice cubes. I’ve been using coffee ice cubes all week in my iced coffee and it makes such a difference! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before…

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I’m dying over this Zac Posen dress. Of course, it is sold out. Anyone know where I can find it?

2. 10 Famous Fiction Writers and Their Cocktails. I swear I’m not a lush.

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Our president spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage!

I hope ya’ll have a lovely weekend. We are planning a motorcycle ride and a picnic. Are you planning anything fun?

love,
melanie