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the homesteady
Northampton, MA
Everyday joys & real-life inspiration
Interests: DIY, knitting, crafting, cooking, zombies
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I feel like when seasons change is usually a good time to take a critical look at my closet. Maybe my tastes have changed, or my body has changed, or both. I recently had this moment where I realized my clothes looked nothing like the styles I admire on Pinterest.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Homesteady
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Every summer for the past few years, my mom, aunt, sister and I head to NYC for a day (or sometimes two). It is typically a spur-of-the-moment decision made once we reach August, and this time was no different. The day before we left, my mom called. "So are we... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Homesteady
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There's nothing like a big, late-summer thunderstorm. I love the sunny days of course, but the rain can be just as much fun (and more refreshing). Over here in New England, we had a few big storms last week that reminded me of this book from my childhood. (Did you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at The Homesteady
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When we were staying in Provincetown way back in January, I noticed something at our hotel that blew my mind. It was a washcloth made just for makeup removal. It had two different sides – one that was black (for mascara and eyeliner), and one that was a neutral brown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at The Homesteady
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More on Instagram (& my bathing suit) Links for your Friday: A printable Frida Kahlo bookmark LOVE this list of 10 disabled women we should know Not cool, Zara Every single movie trailer that premiered at Comic-Con Enamel pins for book lovers Listen to the "Stranger Things" soundtrack (!!) Lavender... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at The Homesteady
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A lovely watch The perfect bag for a long weekend How we've been making our own iced coffee this summer A free pattern for a beautiful crocheted blanket (I have to learn!) *This post contains affiliate links Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at The Homesteady
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After a few years of intentional practice, I've gotten to the point where I can now carve out time for self care in my life without any feelings of guilt. I know when I need to spend an evening at home, taking a long bath, drinking tea, watching something stupid... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Let me start this with a confession: I've never seen an episode of "Girls." But I do feel like I know Lena Dunham. She's a feminist who's my age, who's consistently outspoken and honest about her experience with endometriosis (something I know very well). That was when I started paying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Hi friends! I have a couple new items in my Etsy shop I'm really excited about that I wanted to share with you. I've been cross-stitching my ass off lately on some new patterns, including the feminist one above. Plus a truth about pizza. And the best couple from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Who's ready for the perfect summertime treat? Rosé (which was my gateway to becoming the wine-loving human I am today – let's all take a minute to pour one out for Franzia Sunset Blush) has been on my mind lately thanks to drooling over rosé-flavored gummy bears and granitas, so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at The Homesteady
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My wife Kristie and I have been working extra hard to save money lately, and one of our favorite things has always been thrift shopping. Of course, the crossover between thrifting and DIY is rife with creativity and inspiration – plus affordability! For a long time, I've been keeping track... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at The Homesteady
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We're deep in the middle of this hot, sticky summer. (See my hair in the next pic? It is that curly all the damn time now. Unstoppable.) A breezy, oversize shift dress is basically my July uniform. I sewed this lightweight denim one in about two hours this past Sunday.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at The Homesteady
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More on Instagram Links for your Friday: Guys, aliens. Natural ways to treat sunburns Things to say to little girls other than, "You're so cute!" How to make an indoor swing (which I want especially after Maine) A Golden Girls cafe is opening in New York City Meet the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at The Homesteady
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The most delicious brussels sprouts recipe A photo print that's almost too sweet for words Earrings I ordered yesterday A free sweater pattern that's on my list *Affiliate links are used in this post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Things that don't matter in Maine: What time it is Putting on makeup How many times you ate ice cream in three days Doing anything with your hair Rain My parents, along with my aunt and uncle, rented a house on Vinalhaven Island in Maine for the week straddling June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Do you think people are good? It's a question I've been asking myself lately – and asking other people too. Especially after Orlando, and with all the hatred and vitriol that's being dredged up by the current presidential campaigns (although I'm trying to remember this). I thought I knew. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Wedding season means rehearsal dinner season, too. I think our approach to what to wear to rehearsal dinners lately has been comfortable clothes that are easy to pack and a little fancy without being too stuffy. So for me...shapeless linen. Comfy flats. A little extra of my usual jewelry. And... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Hi everyone! Guess what. I wrote a Kindle e-book, and it's up on Amazon, and it's $2.99 -or- free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, which I mean, why not be that. Let me tell you about it. I've been planning what feels like approximately a million bachelor/ette parties this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The Homesteady
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It feels like we've been on the road so much this summer already for celebrations and weddings! I was feeling the need for a way to pack my jewelry that could keep it safe and organized, AND so that I could see it all at once. Rolling it all up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The Homesteady
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More on Instagram Links for your Friday Gin & tonic popsicles How knitting was used as code during WWII Who else is excited for case/lang/veirs?! (H/T m.e.) Secret poems on Boston's sidewalks Find out how far $50 in gas will get you for a summer trip (time to convince our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at The Homesteady
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I've been doing it a little bit at a time – thinking and processing, letting myself mourn and grieve in waves separated by lulls of distraction, acts of self-preservation and protection. I've never felt my privilege so distinctly – the time before the mass shooting in Orlando, the targeting and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at The Homesteady
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I bought this book in a hurry. "Do you have any paperback versions in stock?" I asked the cashier at Barnes & Noble. She said My Life on the Road wasn't coming out in paperback until summer. I was running out of time, so I bit the bullet and paid... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at The Homesteady
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Kristie and I had been talking about getting married for ages and ages before we actually got engaged. I ordered a matching set of simple sterling silver bands from Etsy – wider for her, more narrow for me – for like maybe $40. And then one Sunday morning while we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at The Homesteady
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I love the look of giant knitting – the chunky blankets seem so cozy! But the yarn and kits can get expensive really fast, so I decided to try something on a smaller (more affordable) scale. Enter: giant knitted pillow. All the look, just a little bit of the price... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at The Homesteady
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More on Instagram Links for your Friday: The '90s were actually super feminist Watch the trailer for the new season of "Orange is the New Black" People were asked to illustrate what gender dysphoria feels like Just what I needed! Stores to shop at that aren't Forever 21 31 things... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at The Homesteady