How to Get Rid of Weeds: The Fast and Easy Way!

How to get rid of weeds- the fast and easy way! Ya’ll. I may have stumbled across something that changes the way I garden forever! Let me tell you a little story… I was pretty distraught this weekend. My garden, due to my negligence, was completely full of weeds and grass. So much so that I thought I might just have to abandon it and see if anything grows in between the weeds and grass. Continue reading

Link Love: 73

Bambi sleeping in the van

It’s summer. Let’s celebrate. Let’s take naps and bask in the sun (while wearing SPF 100, of course). Let’s do all the things and let’s do nothing. Yes, let’s do nothing. That’s my favorite. And while we’re doing nothing, let’s read a little, shall we? Continue reading

Why We Chose To Live in an Airstream (instead of a tiny house)!

Why we chose to live in an Airstream instead of a tiny house Have you ever heard the saying, “You can have things fast, cheap or easy, but you can’t have all three?” I’m not 100% sure that’s the exact saying, but that iteration would be the short version of why we chose to live in an Airstream instead of a tiny house. But lucky for you, I’m going to tell you the long version of the story like a grandma who has had too much wine.

Before I get into the knitty-gritty of our choice, I want to preface this post by saying that I do consider our home a tiny home, just as I would consider tiny homes built on trailers “RVs”. Honestly, I don’t think labels are important. What’s important is spreading the message about smaller, happier homes. Alright! End of rant.

When we started this journey three years ago (OMG, THREE YEARS!), tiny houses weren’t really a thing. Or, if they were a thing, I didn’t know about it. And maybe I’m not giving myself enough credit, but I didn’t have the imagination to imagine the existence or explosion of the tiny house movement. However, if I had to make the choice again, I would still choose an Airstream over a tiny house due to our limited time and budget. 

Airstream from Back before and after Limited Time
We had about 3 months to create a working home. I had just landed a new job in a new city. And that job was (and is) a full-time, traditional job, so it was important for us to quickly create a home. George, my husband, was transitioning to working for himself, so his time was more flexible. That being said, he did not have time to stop working completely. We had already moved out of our previous home and we were living temporarily with my in-laws, so we were feeling the pressure to have our own place. An Airstream already had the foundation of a home. We didn’t have to research how to build a home from the ground-up. Yes, we did some research on how to fix the AC or how to fix the stinky smell in our pipes, but we already had a some-what-usable bathroom and a kitchen. And that’s the important part!

Limited Budget
When George and I started this journey, we were newly married and cash-strapped. We had about $5,000 in the bank. That’s it. We knew we needed to stop living paycheck-to-paycheck. We took a huge (to me) risk by investing the $5,000 to buy the Airstream, but the risk has paid off. As we worked, we used that money to renovate the Airstream. (It cost about $1,500 to renovate the Airstream and you can read about that process here.) We used parts from the Airstream, stuff from our old home, and reclaimed materials to renovate our home on the cheap. We could not have built a traditional tiny home in three months for $6,500. I’ve seen a wide range of tiny house costs online, but according to a few articles I’ve found, like this one, $25,000 is about average. And if we had more time, I guarantee, we could have spent less in our remodel.

Now the question is, if I had unlimited time and a bigger budget would I still chose to live in an Airstream over a tiny house? And the answer is… I don’t know. I love our Airstream and I’m super proud of it. On the other hand, I’d like the challenge of building a tiny house and I’d like to truly customize a home to our needs. But in my world, as in most people’s worlds, there will always be limited time and limited budgets.

What would you chose– a tiny house or an Airstream? Talk to me in the comments!

love,
melanie

10 of the Best Books about Traveling

Best Books about Traveling

It’s that time of year where I want to hop on a bus, train or plane and travel somewhere. “Anywhere! Anywhere!” And one of the best parts of traveling? Yes, the opportunity to see places you’ve never seen, but there’s also so much down-time. That beautiful, glorious down-time that makes for great reading time.

Today I’m sharing 10 of the best books about traveling. Read them while traveling or read them at home! I hope they stoke your fires of wanderlust. Continue reading

My Birthday Trip to Seattle

The Space Needle in Seattle

This picture is unedited! The sky was really that blue!

My birthday this year was a big one. I turned 30. Eeek! I’ve been a little anxious about getting older, but George, my husband, softened the blow with a trip to Seattle. I didn’t know where we were going until a week before the trip, so I didn’t have much time to plan. And that was A-OK. In my everyday life, I plan like a squirrel on steroids, but I don’t like to plan every detail of trips. It takes the adventure out of it. Continue reading

Link Love: 72

Photobooth photo

It’s been nothing but go, go, go lately. Even when the pace is energizing (because sometimes it is!) it’s important to take time for yourself. Enjoy your me-time with a side of Link Love.  Continue reading

Ask Melanie: Advice for Buying a Vintage Airstream


The last video I posted was our home tour back in August. Yikes. It’s been a while. If I’m being honest, I feel a lot more comfortable writing than I do speaking– especially in a video that will live forever online– but I’m trying to expand my horizons and maybe even expand my readership through a different medium.

Today I’m answering a question from a lovely reader via video. She wanted advice on how to buy a vintage Airstream. So I’m bestowing my infinite wisdom upon you all. Ha!

Please watch the video above, let me know if you like the video format and let me know if you’d like to see more videos in the future.

Thanks ya’ll.
love, love, love,
melanie