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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

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Good lord, I’m having a hard time keeping up. I don’t know why I thought self-employment would leave me with more time to work on the blog. With the endless list of house projects and the learning curve of a new business, I’m left with zilch. Oh well. I thought this week it’d be fun to do an episode of Link Love and talk about some of the rando things on my mind.

  • Do y’all listen to the Hidden brain podcast? It’s about social psychology and it’s so interesting. This recent episode on the Ikea effect had me rethinking my entire life.
  • I’ve been researching legit, DIY mosquito treatments for the yard (like this). I’ve been pulling weeds, getting rid of brush and I upped my game by wearing repellent with 40% DEET when I’m outside. It’s not ideal, I know. But I got at least 30 bites on me while I was wearing a Deep Woods repellent and pulling weeds during.the.day.time. No natural or even less toxic options have ever worked for me and I’ve tried ’em all (oils, candles, arm bands, that weird fan repeller that you wear, etc.). I’m really trying to treat mosquitos at the source, but when you live in a temperate rainforest, it’s rough. If you have any suggestions that have worked for you, I’d love to hear them.
  • Speaking of things I’ve tried and natural options, I’ve tried just about every natural deodorant known to man and none of them have worked for me. And this sweaty gal would like to avoid the possible risks associated with antiperspirant deodorants. Enter: Crystal Body deodorant. It’s the only natural d.o. that’s worked for me. Plus, it’s super inexpensive. And it’s supposed to last up to a year. Wins all around.
  • Lately I’ve been thinking about how to not work 7 days a week. Similarly: The gig economy celebrates working yourself to death.
  • Has anyone else been #huluandpanic-ing? It’s the new #netflixandchill because A Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu feels too real. It’s way scarier than a horror movie and it’s kept me awake several nights. (For a free two week trial click this link.)
  • My summer reading has also been creepy and not so summery, but IDGAF. I’m currently reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. It’s about the last woman beheaded in Iceland and it’s taking me back to the beautiful, harsh landscape of when we last visited Iceland. I’d love to go back! Maybe next time in the summer!

What are y’all up to this weekend? Talk to me in the comments!

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Puppy snoozin' in the van

I’m so thankful for all the positive feedback and lovely comments that we’ve received on the van remodel on the blog and on Instagram. I can’t wait to take NirVANa on a long road trip! In the meantime, here’s a few links to keep you busy.

An interesting article about who benefits from the tiny house revolution.

Ikea’s new campaign includes a cute little camper!

The latest Fixer Upper episode was right up my alley. In fact, my friends were texting me the entire show. I’m ready to redo a houseboat next!

I’ve been reading The Happiness Project. It’s not really a new book, but it’s been interesting and we could all use a little more happiness, am I right?

And what goes great with book learnin’? Tea drinkin’! I’ve never been a sweet (or even) cold tea gal, even though I’m from the south. I love a hot cuppa and Tazo’s sweet orange with a slice of lemon is my favorite.

Do you give Valentine’s Day gifts? We might give each other something small, but we’re usually just about eating a good meal and relaxing. So boring! If you’re looking for some ideas, here’s are men’s gifts under $10, last minute Valentine’s gifts and some V-day dinner ideas.

And when your loved ones voted the other way.

I hope your weekend is full of love!
Melanie

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So I’m going to be honest, this week has been pretty much me spiraling into a pit of anxiety. But here’s some things that have helped…

8 Therapists on Post-election Anxiety — Their Clients’ and Their Own

And How to Handle the Anxiety of a Donald Trump Presidency

My favorite signs from the Women’s March. As a librarian, this one makes my heart sing; Drag race made an appearanceYepNasty Nana!; I love a good Kermit meme referenceWitches!

You might be bias and not even know it. Here’s the implicit bias test from Harvard.

I truly believe one of the most radical things you can do is educate yourself and get a library card. Here’s some tips on how the library can save you money (and save your mind.)

Ok, on to other things…

This cute blog is about cooking in an Airstream.

As someone who likes a little whimsy in my abode, but doesn’t have a kiddo, I still check out kids furniture for good deals and a healthy dash of humor: Kids furniture is the best-kept secret of decorating.

That’s all I got! I’m trying to stay off-line and get out into the fresh air this weekend. Do you have any plans? Talk to me in the comments!

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Airstream with snow!

We were snowed in at the beginning of the week and now it’s 66 degrees outside. It’s not right, people. But you know what is right? Link Love. It’s the best the Internet has to offer in manageable, bite-sized pieces.

This camper remodel by a 14-year-old girl is too cute!

Have you seen this trend of “granny pods?” Granny pods are small houses for aging parents that can fit in your backyard. The author of the linked article thought the pods might be alienating, but I think this home would be great for someone like my dad who needs his space.

Love this idea of little food pantries.

I’ve been trying to up my coffee-at-home game. I bought this very inexpensive milk frother* and I’ve been reading articles like this one: “How to make a latte at home without an espresso machine.”

How to get a revenge body. Loved this excerpt: In order to get the revenge body you want, you’ve got to shed anywhere from 120-200,000 extra pounds — the collective weight of the person or persons who say they “aren’t attracted to you” or “can’t be your friend” because of the way you look.

And finally, How to filter out the noise.

Happy weekend, folks!
melanie

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Welcome to Link Love! That time of the week where I share the best the Internet has to offer. Here we go!

George found these hilarious pulp art book covers and there’s a ton of trailer ones. The one above is from this site. The captions are the best part. Here’s a couple of my favorites:
– “Their love was as mobile as their home and just as carefree.”
– “They Lived In A House Of Sin — On Wheels!”
– “Thrown into dangerous intimacy by the cramped quarters of the trailer camps, the traveling construction men and their young restless women sat on a powder keg of sex.” LOL.

Love this article from Sarah Von Bargen, “Every choice is a chance.”

We often hear about women purging their closets, so I thought it was refreshing to read a man’s take on becoming a fashion minimalist.

I’m excited to read Erin Loechner’s new book, Chasing Slow*. She’s the creator of Design for Mankind. I actually got teary-eyed talking to my husband about her design aesthetic, (it’s just so good!), so I can only imagine what a train wreck I’ll be after I read her book.

10 ways to help you say no.

This 540 square foot apartment isn’t my style, but it’s so lovely.

It’s supposed to snow here this weekend which isn’t uncommon, but we still live in the south and often lose power when it snows. Here’s hoping you and I stay warm and connected!

love,
melanie

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Festive Bambi!

Festive Bambi!

I haven’t posted a Link Love in a while because honestly, I’m avoiding the news.  But I can’t avoid the Internet entirely. Here’s a few things that have peaked my interest lately.

Instead of detention, these students get meditation. Some days I need a mindful moment room too.

Loved this episode on Planet Money about Burnout.

I receive a good amount of emails from people who want to know if they too can live in an Airstream– even with their specific life situation. And my advice is always the same: you can, but you must throw away fears and limiting beliefs about yourself. (Here’s my exact advice.) And here’s more about The Path of Fearlessness.

Looking for ways to decorate a small space this holiday season? Check out these tips from the archives.

For the couple has everything, consider a personalized romance novel as a holiday gift. LOLOLOL.

And sometimes the best gift is in a white envelope. (Serious tears, y’all.)

Hope you are having the happiest of holidays.
love,
melanie