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About melanie

living a small and dreaming big in an airstream trailer.

Little Projects

Our renovation process has hit a bit of a stalemate. George is extra busy with work right now and since we gotta make a living, it’s left me doing small projects around the house. There’s some things I’m comfortable doing on my own, but things like installing doors, I have trouble physically doing on my own. Real wood doors are heavy, folks. While small projects are not nearly as gratifying as large ones, I’m proud of the work I’ve done.

Here’s what I’ve been working on.

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A Mattress in a Box from Amazon: Reviewed

A Mattress in a Box from Amazon_ Reviewed We’re feeling the burn a bit when it comes to our budget. We’ve spent our money on the important stuff and we don’t have much left for furniture and decor. So, I’ve been doing what I do best, shopping the flea markets and the sales.

I’ve seen ads for tons of different mattress-in-a-box companies. I’m sure you’ve seen them too! And even after reading review after review, I couldn’t really determine if any of the companies were different from each other. I also didn’t want to pay thousands of dollars for a mattress from a mattress store.

Enter Amazon Prime Day on July 11th.
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Our Home Renovation Progress in Less than 30 Seconds

I got a new phone half-way through our renovation progress, so I haven’t kept up with recording our renovation progress via video, but I found my old phone last week and thought this was still worth the post. Watching this video is encouraging to see how far we’ve come. We still have a ton of detail things to do. Which in some ways, is the worst stuff. Our house is livable now, thank God, but we’ve got a ways to go before I’ll be ready to post those beautiful “after pictures.”

In case you are wondering, I created this video with One Second Everyday. It’s an app that you can use on your phone to journal the everyday. If you can keep up with it, it’s a really neat way to remember your everyday life.

– Melanie

 

 

Good Things

If I’m being honest, I haven’t wanted to post anything lately. I’ve felt straight-up ill about the things that are happening in America right now and writing about home renovations seems small and unimportant. But I’m getting out of my funk now and you know what is helping? Doing things. I donated to my sister’s classroom today because knowledge truly is power. If you want to donate too, you can do that here.

I’ve also been thinking about good things in life. There still are good things, like…

  • $1.99 Gladiolus at Trader Joe’s.
  • The hour when all the dishes in my house are clean.
  • Homegrown tomatoes on the window sill.
  • Nights that are cool enough to drink hot tea again. (This is my favorite.)
  • Watching Anne with an E on Netflix.
  • Camping this weekend.

Please tell me some good things that are happening in your life. I need to hear it.

love, love, freakin’ love,
Melanie

Happy Friday and a Home Renovation Playlist!

Headboard/Accent wall in the bedroom

The unfinished headboard/accent wall in the bedroom

For the past few weeks, we’ve been keeping our heads down and attempting to grind out some much-needed home renovation projects. Right now, I don’t have much in the way of tutorials or pretty pictures, but I do have a renovation playlist that we’ve been jamming out to. It’s pretty random, I must admit. There’s a lot of ’90s alternative– George and I still live in that decade, musically. But there’s also some of my girl, Dolly and a little of the King, himself, on there.

Spotify is something I’ve only gotten into recently. I know, I know, I’m way behind on the times. But I’m having fun with it. You can also see my super embarrassing work out mix, if you follow me on Spotify.

Are you on Spotify? Do you have any new artists you are jamming out to? Chat with me in the comments and happy Friday!!!

 

Independence Day Home Deals

Independence Day Home Deals I’m all about buying vintage or used items whenever possible, but the reality is, sometimes it’s just not possible. Sometimes you have to invest in a new piece. And when that happens, you might as well get something while it’s on sale. Am I right?!

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Enjoying the Process

Patience is not my forte. I’ve thrown my share of Veruca Salt-style fits during our 10-month-long home renovation. None of my fits have been quite as musical as Veruca’s, but I’ve definitely been frustrated that the renovation process has been so slow. And this week has been no exception. I’ve been feeling super stressed and irritated that this week we had to go back to the farm and the Airstream for work.

And I’m not going to pretend like when we got to the Airstream, all my stresses melted away. They didn’t. But looking back on how we renovated the Airstream five years ago,¬†helps me to remember that we’ve been here before. I need to chillax, as the kid’s say. Our home renovation is going to happen. And I might even be a little bit sad when it’s over.

In the meantime, I’m doing what I can– like dusting off our old porch furniture, pouring myself a drink, and enjoying the moment.

While we’ve been back at the farm, I’ve enjoyed rediscovering some of our old things we had sitting in the barn– like our porch furniture. I’m also carefully choosing a few new items for our new home. I want to be very picky and chose items that are in it for the long haul.

One of those long-haul items is this beautiful baby Alpaca throw from Serena and Lily.* It’s a thin, beautiful, neutral blanket that’s perfect for cool, summer night breezes. You can tell Bambi has already claimed it as her own. Insert eye roll here.

Are y’all slowing down or speeding up this summer? How are you taking time to just enjoy the moment? Talk to me in the comments!!

*Blanket was c/o Serena and Lily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.