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Link Love: 19

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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.

Solar shingles?!?

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!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 13

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Get free money advice on Financial Planning Day this Saturday!

Can getting one month ahead save your budget?

Think of retirement as freedom, not a deadline

Super affordable mattresses sent right to your door
Where was this when I was buying a mattress?!

This tiny house is the bees’ knees

31 tiny house hacks to maximize your space 

This 1955/56 Silver Dome Travel Trailer is for sale and I am smitten.

How pretty are these DIY leather file folders? 

David Sedaris’ Reddit Q&A Thread was just delightful. He’s definitely my most beloved author.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the weekend!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 11

rp_Link-Love-1024x1024111111.jpg Is Grad School worth it? 7 steps to calculate the ROI

How to save for retirement when you’re broke!

Watch out for these overpriced items at the grocery store

Can you really get rich quickly from fix and flipping homes?

The best banks that refund ATM fees

The dangers of lifestyle inflation or the CVS effect

How to budget with variable income
Sending this one to George, ASAP!

And a really pretty graphic about freelance finances

Why to not say “I can’t afford it.”

The problem with being goal-oriented

What order to pay your bills when you can’t pay them all

My August spending diet update is up over on And Then We Saved

How to build a capsule wardrobe
I like this idea, but I think it would be even better if you simply shopped your own closet!

When blogging becomes a slog
Sometimes it really does suck.

Make do and mend: coil basket repair
Love this idea for a column.

DIY marble photo backdrop
I think my blogger/photography friends will agree, this is GENIUS!

The links were really money-heavy this week, but there was so much good stuff out there! As always, let me know what you think.

love,
melanie

 

Link Love: 10

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111.jpg 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

The Sealander
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!

love,
melanie

Link Love: 9

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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!

love,
melanie

 

Love Weekends: Dog Days

Bambi sleeping This weekend was such a mix of emotions. On Saturday, George and I visited the local animal shelter to adopt a dog. I’ve been wanting a dog since I was kid and George had been promising to get me one for years. We picked out the sweetest little 3-year-old chihuahua mix, named Bambi. She has big brown eyes, likes to help me in the garden and loves to cuddle.

Bambi in her "spot" As we were bringing Bambi home, we went for a walk across our family’s property. George’s parents have two, eleven-year-old dogs in their backyard– Zephyr and Ramona. George loves those dogs as if they were his own. Some days I think that he spends more time with them than he does with me! As we were walking by, George noticed something was seriously wrong with Zephyr. His face was swollen to two times the normal size. George jumped the fence immediately and called his parents. As soon as his parents got home, they raced to the vet. Zephyr had been bitten twice by a copperhead on his face. The vet gave him an IV, pain meds and antibiotics. They also gave him some tests that showed that his liver wasn’t functioning properly, but that could have been due to his old age. Then they took Zephyr home to rest.

On Sunday morning Zephyr looked better and was in better spirits. George spent the entire day by his side. But late last night Zephyr took a turn for the worst. He couldn’t keep down food or water or his medicine. He could barely move. He was in serious pain. George made the difficult decision to take him back to vet where he was put to sleep. It was a sad, long night.

This weekend was a roller coaster of emotions. I was so incredibly happy to be a dog-mom to Bambi, but so incredibly sad for Zephyr. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Losing an animal is so, so hard.

love,
melanie

 

Love Weekends: Williamsburg, VA

The Governor's Mansion at Williamsburg

The Governor’s Mansion at Williamsburg

This weekend we went to Williamsburg, Virginia with my family. We haven’t been on a family vacay in a looooong time. Like years. First we went to the Busch Gardens theme park. I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy riding roller coasters. George and I took a test one time and introverts aren’t supposed to like roller coasters, but we both love them. We were the only ones in my family with enough guts (or stupidity?!) to ride Griffon– a 205-foot, 90-degree, 75 mph free fall.

The Silversmith

The Silversmith

Then we all trekked over to Colonial Williamsburg. It was a bit cheesy, but I did enjoy seeing the craftspeople.

George in the Magazine

George in the Magazine

The WALLPAPER!

The WALLPAPER!

Love the whitewash

Love the whitewash

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I took so many pictures of the gardens and the cellars of the old homes. The gardens were totally inspiring. I would love to be able to grow enough of our own food and can enough to support ourselves through the winter and be totally self-sustaining. Maybe one day.

I also got stung by a bee on my butt! It was such a bummer. My mom kept asking how my “bee-hind” was doing. It was super embarrassing. I’m actually sitting here with a pack of frozen peas on my bee-hind right now. Oh well, I tried to make the best of it.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Love,
melanie