Link Love: 41

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111111-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024.jpg Surprising statistics that reveal how much stuff we really own.

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

Ask Melanie: Is our family “too big” to live in an Airstream?

Bambi living large in the Airstream.

Bambi living large in the Airstream.

Happy “half-way through the week” day! (Hump day just sounds gross.) Anyway, I often receive emails from loyal readers and people who just randomly stumbled across my blog. Many times these people will have questions about the logistics of living in an Airstream, downsizing and how we live. I thought it might be helpful to others to share those emails so all my sage advice (ha!) can be shared with a wider audience. So, I’m starting a new column called “Ask Melanie.” Our first email is from Laurel, here’s her dilemma:  Continue reading

Tuesday Thoughts: The Simplest Things

The simplest things

Happy Tuesday!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 40

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31 tiny house “hacks” to maximize your space. Sometimes I kind of hate these roundups, just have less stuff (duh!), but there’s a couple of really good ideas on this one.

Lifelong friends build “Bestie Row.” A row of houses in the middle of nowhere. Let’s do it, friends! (But with trailers!)

This Unimog camper is insane. It looks like something straight out of Mad Max.

This vintage camper makeover is super cute.

I love the idea of a 21st century root cellar.

I’m over on And Then We Saved talking about our home and an update on my spending diet.

How to calculate your own personal savings rate and how much others (according to the poll) are saving.

What to do if your dream put you in debt.

The best browser extensions to save money.

How to cleanse your calendar. Part one and part two.

The pseudoscience of beauty products. And what I was hoping someone would tell the author at the end of the story: You are beautiful without them.

You can’t say you love moms, then reject paid maternity leave. END OF STORY!

And just for fun… Pets interrupting yoga is the story of my life. Bambi is the worst!

It’s my Friday! I work 4, 10 hour days during the summer. It kind of sucks, but at least I have a 3 day weekend! Cheers to that!

love,
melanie

In Proportion to One’s Courage

courage It doesn’t matter if your house, garage or list of accolades are expanding. What matters is that your courage, and in turn, your life are expanding.

Happy Tuesday!

love,
melanie

 

 

Spring Cleaning Our Airstream

Shiny again!

Shiny again!

George and I have been doing some major spring cleaning around the ol’ Airstream. We washed the Airstream, planted flowers, pulled weeds, and at 11:00 last night I decided I needed to recaulk our shower. Home improvement projects are like that. You start one and then realize you need to do five more.

The Before!

The Before!

It all started with our air conditioning system. It broke at the end of last summer. It was almost cool enough to where we didn’t need it, but not quite. So we bought a portable one instead of the rooftop unit. The portable one was less than half the price of the rooftop unit, but it did not work as well. The first one we had also had a piece fly off in the middle of the night. I woke up screaming. I’m pretty sure I lost a year off my life.

Since we have Bambi, we were really worried about it getting too hot in our tin can, so we shelled out the $600 dollars for a new rooftop unit. Or at least, George did. He’s been working a ton lately and that money went to a good cause.

Be careful!

Be careful!

Well, after we fixed the rooftop unit, we decided the Airstream needed a good wash. And it did. Lord, it did. The poor ol’ thing had endured some major weather since the last time we washed it and just rinsing the dirt off was an epic improvement.

My flowers!

My flowers!

George also surprised me with the flowers and I think they make our Airstream look much more homey.

Have done any sprucing up projects lately? Talk to me in the comments!

love,
melanie

 

Frugal Friday: Saving Money and Time

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

Photo c/o Death to Stock Photos

I was recently having a conversation with someone about how saving money and saving time are so closely related. To be honest, I never really thought about it. But I started brainstorming and holy batman, saving money and saving time is like peanut butter and jelly.

I’ve always thought that my time was equally important as my money, but as I’m getting older, I think that saving my time can be more important than saving my money. I can make more money, but I can’t make more time.

I’m working on a post about ways to save both time and money (at the same time!!!), but I’d love to hear your little hacks too. Talk to me in the comments!

love,
melanie