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!
I’ve been thinking a lot about my future lately and what gives my life value. I’m not sure I’ve come to any conclusions yet, but I think it’s a good to reevaluate every now and again. Until I figure it out (will I ever figure it out?!), it’s Link Love time!
Can minimalism and a thriving economy co-exist?
The productivity of being non-productive.
What if you didn’t give up?
This roll out guest bed is so smart. I’m not crazy about it holding a towel though, maybe change it into a faux fireplace?
This college student built a tiny house to graduate debt free. Again, smart.
Photographer removes photos from phones to show how terribly addicted we are.
Have you ever heard of the Danish habit of “hygge“? It sounds like a word someone just coughed up, but I can get into it.
I’ve been having some serious escapist fantasies lately. Appalachian trail, anyone? Heather Anderson, just hiked the Appalachian trail BY HERSELF and set the trail’s self-supported speed record. #womanpower
Did you know you can make acorn flour?!
How to buy farmland, even if you think you can’t. An interesting read.
Happy almost weekend!
Holiday tips for decorating a small space.
How to minimize gift giving without being a Scrooge.
Ways to earn holiday cash. (Anna from And Then We Saved is killing it this week!)
And my post over at ATWS.
Use the ERR strategy to make your money go farther.
How to work less or retire early. Spoiler alert: it requires some sacrifices!
How to stop making excuses and finally get your finances in order. Do it before the new year, folks!
Christmas gifts that keep on giving.
DIY homemade pickled veggies. (These would make lovely gifts!)
The world needs more love, can I get an amen?! How about writing a love letter to a stranger this holiday.
And because everyone needs to read this and because everyone is busy: How to email a busy person. (Yes, yes, yes, a double yes to GIFs.)
That’s it this week folks! I get out of work on Friday for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!!! But it’s no rest for the weary because I’ve got a super special project in the works for the new year. Catch ya on the flip side!
It’s been one of those weeks. But better late than never, right? Here’s my favorite links from around the web this week:
Forward-thinking tiny homes made from salvage.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with looking at house plans lately. I particularly like this little one.
Martha’s got a great idea for space saving: extend a windowsill!
10 designer tips for decorating small spaces.
How a NY couple lives in 242 square feet. We live in 188 square feet (here’s how), but hey it’s still interesting.
Women, insecurity and money: overcoming the confidence gap.
10 good financial rules of thumb.
It’s the future, ya’ll. This app helps you keep track of your freezer’s contents so you use the food before it expires. It’s kind of like my idea of keeping a list of what you have on the fridge.
Really gorgeous free printables. (They’ve got some great holiday gift tags, cards and even some possible gifts!)
Looking for a worthy cause to donate to this holiday season? I love Donor’s Choose and my own sister has a project for her preschoolers that needs to be funded! Check it out here.
And just for giggles (and because it is so true) this one from The Onion: Man on cusp of having fun remembers every single one of his responsibilities.
Cheers to Friday!
Put a dollar value on goals to make them more actionable. In other words, make goals SMART, duh!
Fool Proof Me
“The FoolProof program is a highly interactive, self-grading group of online lessons called “modules.” The modules teach young people about money, financial responsibility and the realities of the free enterprise system.”
Save or pay off debt?
A better way to calculate the value of your time
3 jobs, plenty of dreams and the fatal consequences of one dangerous decision
This story hit home. HARD. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slept in my car at lunch. The system is broken. Period.
World-Catching Tiny House Movement (Infographic!)
Tiny houses for rent
Kind of defeats the purpose for me, but they’re cute.
The simple life in a dumpster
It’s a boat, no, it’s a camping trailer, no, it’s a Sealander!
And for fun… Yoga with Adriene.
Since I’ve cancelled my expensive gym membership, I’ve been trying to work out more at home. Yoga with Adriene is my favorite.
It’s almost the weekend, ya’ll!
Debt traps that keep you living paycheck to paycheck.
Don’t hide behind my rules, you have one priority.A kick in the pants article about how to save money. Here’s the key: prioritize and question basic assumptions. YES. YES. YES.
My July spending diet update is up on And Then We Saved.
Life in a tiny apartment.
Really great article about being more than the sum of our possessions.
For a more ordered life, organize like a chef.
Mise en place for lyfe. It’s why I keep tweezers to pluck my eyebrows in the car.
How Chris McCandless (of Into the Wild fame) died.
Tiny homes can mean big lifestyle squeeze.
Duh. They aren’t for the faint of heart, ya’ll.
Want to be a morning person? Take a few tips from campers.
Best sleep study ever.
I’ve been on the hunt for craft that don’t look crafty for holiday gifts. Yes, I am already planning my holiday gifts. (Insane) planners unite! (And follow my craft Pinterest board here.)
What goodies have you found this week? Let me know in the comments!