Summertiiiiiiiiime

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So, I finally get the itch to write a little something to all of you wonderful folks who tune in now and again and I actually forgot my web address.  I’m a little horrified, but mainly I’m thinking it’s the perfect example for how I’m trying to live my life this summer.

You’ve heard me talk about “growing your garden” before, planting your interests, desires and hobbies.  Well, I’m working on tending my garden this summer.  A few rows were left forgotten, the weeds took over and everything is dead.  That, in a nutshell, is a metaphor for my efforts on waste reduction,  living minimally,  and living with heart.  I’ve done more shopping than reducing, I’ve made purchases based on fear “what if” type stuff or fantasy life stuff, aka Pintrest worthy life, and with each of these steps it’s been harder and harder to hear my own voice…..it’s getting drowned out by the media I’m surrounding myself with.

Enter these fellas who I stumbled upon.  The Minimalists are currently touring with their latest book “Everything That Remains”.  I LOVE the title.  A nugget I’ve begun reciting is “Organizing is often well planned hoarding”.  Yup, that one smacked me right in the face after 2 weekends spent “organizing”.  The Minimalists’ site is composed mainly of short essays, most revolve around very similar topics.  This repetition annoys some, I’m not among the annoyed.  I like hearing the same message 20 different ways, I need to hear the same message 20 different ways.   I’m not sure most of us realize how often we’re forced to absorb messages, if you open a computer, watch a TV show, pick up a magazine, drive down a road, walk into a store, go see a movie.   The majority of the time we did not go looking for these messages, images and temptations – they are just THERE, EVERYWHERE.  So if someone can fill my head with the stuff I want to think about, the more the better as far as I’m concerned.

Here are a few more experts that are helping me get my garden back in shape.

The master of lists – Leo.

The waste reduction goddess – Bea.

A great reminder to enjoy life’s journey and be happy.

These rules for a 2 1/2 year old would arguably work well for anyone wanting to tone down impulse buying.

Happy Gardening.

P.S. this one is unrelated but I have always wondered about the do’s and don’ts of working out in underwear.

 


Web round-up

photo via refinery 29

photo via refinery 29

A few gems brought to you by my latest internet distractions:

After hearing a piece on NPR about the Green House Project, an innovative elderly care facility, I was intrigued and stumbled upon this while looking at their website.  I LOVED IT.

Looking for more inspiration on how to dress like a style-y grown-up but still be comfy?  Check this lady out.

Salad does not seem to be hitting the spot these days so I plan to eat more of this and this kind of thing.

We are trying out a new budget system this fall, I read this and although I found it mainly silly, but I do love the idea of “free Thursdays”!

I could never find Miss Minimalist’s seat belt purse, but stumbled upon this one made out of recycled bicycle tubes!


Going on a walkabout

Except I’m not Australian, or male or in adolescence.  But we are taking a walking trip……..in FRANCE.

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I am mildly, hyper excited.  We will pack up our seven and five year old for a 16 day trip, we will have several days in the city of Paris and 10 days walking through the Northwest region of Normandy.  We will be walking on well established trails winding through countryside, small villages and, of course, in the city too.  My husband and I have vowed that this will be a backpack only trip, my own pack will be no more and no less than 16 liters (that is SMALL folks).  Our reasoning is: 1.  Once we are in Normandy, we will have to carry everything on our backs anyway…..for about 10 miles a day.  2.  This will force us to keep things simple for the kids, and for us.  3.  A test to free ourselves from some of our usual “comforts”.

I fear I might have to break one of my own travel rules and leave the bathing suit at home this time.

For advice and tips on undertaking this packing challenge, I’ve turned to Miss Minimalist:

This post as well as this one I found pretty inspiring and helpful….packing cubes – was I the last to know?

Also, we are trying out Air BnB for the first time, renting two different apartments during our trip, I’ll be sure to let you know our experience with them.

In the meantime, I’m watching “Finding Nemo” in French a lot…..think that’ll help??