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lisa valinsky
new york ny + fairfield county ct
rustic + urban | tiny house + garden dreamer
Interests: local food, gardening, tiny houses, vegetarian food, cooking, reading, walking
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I go back and forth sometimes on whether to share links here each Friday. I know some people love them, and other people hate them. Since you can't please everyone ever, I've decided to go week by week with the links sharing. If I have articles or videos I'd like... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at lisa valinsky
Our farm. When Josh and I went camping in the Catskills a few weeks ago, we were driving north on the Taconic Parkway, this narrow, winding little highway that makes me think of old fashioned Sunday drives through the countryside. It also makes me think of Hawthorne Valley Farm, where... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at lisa valinsky
Man this stuff is good. I love the money posts. And it's funny - I've never been in a job for the money, having worked at non profits and as a teacher. But the idea of making money from a self made business? Amazing. I'd love to find some profitable and helpful-to-others ways to make money through my blog and own business.
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I can't believe how quickly our one year anniversary is approaching. On November 17, 2013, Josh and I got married in a beautiful barn in central Connecticut. And for some reason, just the other day, it hit me. I never shared our story of having a vegetarian wedding. When Josh... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at lisa valinsky
I just started Project 333 and am loving it too! Wrote a post about it here: Yes to washing clothes less. I wear pants and shorts at least twice before they go in the wash, and I have these great Uniqlo Heattech shirts that don't get stinky, so those get worn twice too. :)
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read part one, the early years, here. I was about to work on a farm for the first time, and I had no idea what I was getting into. Sure, I loved nature and to be outside, but I had only had office jobs and been a babysitter and camp... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at lisa valinsky
It's so fun to read through your stories and think back to these parts of your life. I've read your blog for many years, but of course it's hard to remember the details, so this is a great way to go back in time, plus get your current perspective. I'm so curious to hear more about your income-reaching goals. I know it can be super taboo for bloggers to talk about income, but I think it fascinating. I've made a tiny amount of money through affiliate links, which is always exciting, and I sold ebooks at one point too. I (and I'm sure others) would love to learn more.
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It's apple season, which means it's applesauce season. I love applesauce. It's easy to make, it's soothing, and it's so good warm straight off the stove. The other week I had a craving to make a big batch of applesauce, so at the farmers' market I picked up a bunch... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at lisa valinsky
The most recent thing on my mind, blog-wise, is the name and focus of my blog. When I first starting blogging in 2012, we had just moved to Vermont, and my focus was writing about local and seasonal food and our plans to homestead, so I called this space Vermont... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at lisa valinsky
In the height of fall foliage, I had one major goal: to go camping. So two weeks ago we drove upstate with a plan to go backpacking in the Catskills. We knew that the weather might get cold overnight (like frost cold), so we packed three sleeping bags, extra blankets,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at lisa valinsky
I'm kind of embarassed and shocked by how long I've gone without sharing a recipe. Or even cooked. Yes, you read that right. I used to cook and share my recipes here all the time, but something's changed since moving to the city. I could blame it on having really... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at lisa valinsky
Sometimes it's easy to pinpoint a moment or experience that shapes our passions. Sometimes it's hard. To be honest, in the case of my love for local food and farming, I've never had an aha! moment when I knew I loved farming and food. But I've always loved nature. I've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at lisa valinsky
Oh cool. That makes sense too. I always think about how many times I make breakfast, or buy groceries, or any of the other things we do all the time. lisa valinsky blog | instagram | pinterest | email
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on A Week in the Life at lisa valinsky
This sounds great! I love trying different mix-ins for mac and cheese, like different kinds of veggies and spices. We'll have to add some fresh garlic sometime soon, and I bet chive mac and cheese would be tasty too.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on Creamy Garlic Mac & Cheese at A Beautiful Mess
My husband and I always talk about the craziness of paying money to work. Lunch out? Costs money (unless you bring from home). Commute? Costs money. A late-day snack or coffee? Costs money. Work clothes? Costs money. Spending habits that start up out of stress from work? Costs money. We're working on changing our lifestyle to avoid lots of these costs, and to work in a way that suits us better. :)
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Oh cool! I love hearing other people's stories and adventures in NYC. What brought you there? And thanks for stopping by my blog! :)
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on I Love New York: Central Park at lisa valinsky
Oh cool. That makes sense too. I always think about how many times I make breakfast, or buy groceries, or any of the other things we do all the time.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2014 on A Week in the Life at lisa valinsky
clockwise from top right: 1 patagonia bag • 2 athleta sweater dress • 3 lululemon cowl • 4 gap black dress • 5 gap cowl • 6 jcrew cardigan The first time I heard of a capsule wardrobe was a few years back when Courtney Carver started Project 333. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at lisa valinsky
"I felt fun again." Man, do I hear you. I've been feeling like that a lot lately, like I've lost my spark. It's horribly awful, but my husband and I have a lot of plans and ideas on how to change that. It's funny how a change in course, which can feel stressful and seem risky, can be exactly the right thing to do. In our case, it's Step One: put down deposit on Tiny House, Step Two: move into a new lifestyle (part-time work and more travel).
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I feel like every week I write that I can't believe how quickly time is passing. Is it part of growing older, so the seasons all go by so much quicker each year, or is it the hustle and bustle of the city and being and feeling so busy? Every... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at lisa valinsky
Love these ideas! They totally remind me of projects and decorations from when I was a kid, and make me feel nostalgic.
Yeah to The Big Tiny! Tammy Strobel's book, You Can Buy Happiness, is also about downsizing. Tammy and her husband moved into a tiny house a few years ago, and her book is about their experience, plus tips on downsizing and finding happiness in different ways.
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Yes yes! :) lisa valinsky blog | instagram | pinterest | email
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Yes, We Love to Hike at lisa valinsky
On one of my recent subway writing sessions, I got the idea to write a post about my experiences working in the world of food - specifically, local food and farming. On and off for the last fifteen years (seriously - has it been that long?), I've been working in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at lisa valinsky
Elise! I love these posts and you've totally inspired me to start sharing my local food + farming path on my blog. Posts like this are super helpful for readers. Did you write all of these posts in advance or are you writing them as you go? Similarly, do you know where you're headed with this series?
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