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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

Link Love: 39

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This man built a tiny home for his homeless neighbor. I think this is a step in the right direction, I truly believe tiny houses could help solve homelessness, but the house needs a few more amenities– like room to stand and a bathroom to make a real difference. What do you think?

America’s trailer parks: the residents may be poor, but the owners are getting rich. Ugh…

“The 1979 Bluebird International [bus] can rumble up to 55 mph on recycled vegetable oil, sleeps six; contains a hot-water shower, kitchen, fridge and freezer; sports floor-to-ceiling wood paneling; and features a music studio with stand-up piano.” Who knew you could fit a piano and 6 people on a bus?

The Ecotravelers sold their Airstream for a lot of reasons, but travel costs is one of them.

How to deal with expensive friends.

The coupon rules you can bend or break and the stores that let you.

You don’t have to be excited to be committed.

Beat procrastination with daily training.

How to travel the world in a wheelchair. So inspiring!

This journalist gave up her $95,000 job to move to the Caribbean. Do you, girl!

It’s almost the weekend!

love,
melanie

 

Link Love: 38

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What happens when rich people marry poor people.

Have ya’ll read about the CEO who raised the minimum wage at his company to $70,000? It’s a smart move for his employees, but it was also genius marketing!

Here’s how much millennials are earning in each state.  No wonder we can’t get ahead :(

The best and worst cities for renters.

Stick to your financial goals by making your goals EXCITING!!! Duh! You aren’t going to stick to a goal that doesn’t delight you.

This house is spacious and adorable, but super narrow. And it’s for sale. I could live there, no problem. Could you?

A step-by-step guide for simplifying your beauty routine.

8 reasons successful people are choosing to wear the same thing every day. I’ve been narrowing down my wardrobe lately to a sort of uniform. It’s made life so much easier.

10 simple things to make you happier at home. 

And just for fun… these little girls playing Metallica made my week. They kill it! 

Let’s get to the weekend, already!

love,
melanie