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Link Love: 33

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How I slayed my secret money shame and rescued myself from debt.

How I got my financial life together by managing it myself.

How to rebuild your finances after draining your emergency fund.

How to use coupons effectively. Effectively is the key.

Why do your parents push you to be mediocre?  Yes, the author is selling something, but there’s so much truth to this: “Our parents want safety for us, not excellence.”

We can’t always make the best decisions, but we can always make good ones. The psychology of decision making is fascinating.

Fail faster at habits.

The “muffin mansion” is an incredibly cute and colorful camper.

Big design in a small space. 

This is a long quote, but it sums up so much of the negativity we see online.
“I don’t think the vast majority of lifestyle content being written is intended to make anyone feel bad about themselves. Every blog, Pinterest page and Instagram feed is operated (for the most part) by a single person who is excited to have that one place to share ideas and projects they think are inspiring or that they created themselves and are proud of. And if someone actually does live a life where they make their own cupcakes or sew their own curtains or save up to build their dream home, why do we assume that they think they’re better than us or that they have it easier or that they couldn’t possibly be ‘real?'”

And because as a “pear-shaped” woman, this one really rang a bell. Why I don’t believe in dressing for my body type.

Happy almost weekend!

love,
melanie

 

 

Link Love: 32

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These towns will pay you to live there.

Maybe the easiest negotiating ever? Negotiate your bills with the silent treatment.

And similarly… The most underrated sound.

When ridiculousness is ubiquitous.

And similarly… The inventor of the K-Cup: “I don’t have one. They’re kind of expensive to use.” Expensive, bad for the environment and really not much easier than brewing it the old fashioned way. Why do we buy things we don’t need?!?! #frenchpressforlife

You don’t need any of these things, but they are clever. 33 clever things for your small space.

34 ways to make your stuff last longer. The banana thing is genius, I say, genius!

66 tried-and-tested tips for a frugal life.

And… 94 creative ways to save money.

This “yacht-quality” motor home is insanely cool and insanely expensive. If you decide to buy it, make sure you mention my name for the $5,000 commission.  ;)

What yoga taught me about a balanced life.

Getting started with the discipline habit. This one struck a chord, especially since doing dishes is my most hated chore.

love,
melanie

Link Love: 30

Link Love I did an extensive interview over on Hey Eleanor! I dished the dirt on why we quit traditional housing and what everyday life is like for us full-timers. Quitters: We moved into Our 1978 Airstream Sovereign.

This 484 square foot house in the Austrian Alps is what dreams are made of.

This grain silo home is so gorgeous, modern and clean. I had no idea grain solos could look so good!

This lady does a great job of documenting the process of remodeling a vintage trailer. Start here.

This guy converted a van into his home for $8,000. We hope to do it for a lot less, but man, his story is inspiring!

Microhouses on Portlandia. All the laugh/cry emojis.

One secret to success that is available to everyone.

What to buy and what not to buy at the Dollar Store.

14 tips for shopping on Amazon. I didn’t even know all these tips and I’m an Amazon fanatic.

This is what I look like without makeup. I don’t think I wear a lot of makeup, but I also don’t leave the house without mascara on. I found this article terrifying and brave. Makeup minimalism?!

Let’s fist pump it to Friday!

love,
melanie

 

Link Love: 29

Link Love It’s been another snowy one this week, so I’ve had the chance to binge watch TV, binge read books and binge pin pins. Check out the best of the best:

This camper has an insane tub and a rabbit!

This couple has lived in their Winnebago for 7 years! Their story had originally inspired me to live in an Airstream and they are still going strong. I also adore their candle company!

One of Bambi’s favorite activities is visiting Lowe’s. But there’s so many other dog-friendly stores! I’ll be filing this away for when we are on the road.

The bottom cabinets in this picture are my inspiration for the van. (Originally seen in Elle magazine.) Now we only need to source a bunch of old barn wood.

Tiny home living without a tiny home.

How do you travel on a budget? A good discussion.

It sounds weird, but I’ve been getting back into knitting after binge-watching Outlander Season 1*. Claire (the main character) has the best knit ware!

Have you seen the sneak peak illustrations for the new illustrated Harry Potter? They are brilliant, of course. Preorder the illustrated edition: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1)*

Every kid in a park: Love this! I can’t wait to visit all our national parks.

Why am I not doing the thing I want to do? Gah, so relatable and such good advice.

An addict’s guide to overcoming the distraction habit.

*Affiliate links.

Happy Thursday! Stay warm out there!

love,
melanie

 

Link Love: 28

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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.

love,
melanie

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!

love,
melanie

 

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!!!

love,
melanie