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lisa valinsky
new york ny + fairfield county ct
rustic + urban | tiny house + garden dreamer
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It's time...to say goodbye to cold brew coffee weather. It was fun and delicious while it lasted, but I've now moved into morning French press mode. For some reason I'd been really nervous about trying the French press, always letting Josh handle it in the past since I thought I'd... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at lisa valinsky
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Lately I've been thinking back to our lives in Vermont. While I wouldn't go back to living so far from home again (not that everyone would consider a six hour car ride far), I do miss what we moved there for - to homestead and live simply. We also wanted... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at lisa valinsky
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Back when we lived in Vermont we used to talk about owning a little house and living off the land. Sometimes the city makes me feel overwhelmed, as you can imagine, so I've been daydreaming of having a garden. I imagine it's no surprise. Between working on Hawthorne Valley Farm... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at lisa valinsky
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For the last few months, I've been on a photography kick. City shots, doggy shots, coffee shots - anything goes. And a favorite among the types of photos I'm taking are meals shot from above. Meals are communal. They show a sense of sharing. Of togetherness. And I loving finding... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at lisa valinsky
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We live in Manhattan, and it's no joke that it can be a rat race, it's full of people and noise and busy-ness, and it can be just exhausting. It's the first time I've ever lived in a big city, and as much as I love it, I know that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at lisa valinsky
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Here we are again. It's Friday. Josh and I spent last weekend watching the US Open with home popped popcorn (so much bettter - and cheaper - than storebought), drinking coffee (of course), and biking up to the George Washington Bridge to see the little lighthouse. I also had a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at lisa valinsky
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Sometimes as I'm wandering around the city, I just can't believe we can walk to Lincoln Center. It's all right there. The ballet, the opera, the philharmonic. Sometimes Josh and I wish we took advantage of Lincoln Center more than we do, but we've been lucky enough to take in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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On a recent trip to Connecticut Josh and I drove to Huntington State Park to go for a hike with Maple. It was a spectacularly beautiful day full of puffy clouds, and we enjoyed wandering around and enjoying the trees and lakeside. Lots of people were out fishing and walking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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The truth: I dream of writing a book one day. I'd love to share our story of living in the country with a dream to garden and have chickens and try out all kinds of projects, to moving to the big city. I'd love to share my story of leaving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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Currently, I am: • reading The $100 Startup and Citizen Farmer. • researching a big, exciting project that I'll keep you posted on as we get closer. • drinking my cold brew coffee with cream every morning. • getting excited for one of my best friend's wedding in just a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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Hello September. I'm looking to you for crunchy apples, changing leaves, baking a bit more, and layering. It's actually been pretty hot the last few days, so it's hard to imagine that autumn's nearly here, but I'm pretty much enjoying any weather that involves sunshine. Josh and I spent Labor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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Some of my favorite memories - from childhood through adulthood - are from libraries. I love borrowing free books that get returned and then borrowed by more people. I love having a huge selection of books through inter library loans. I love that libraries create community. And I love that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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I love mornings. When my parents read this, they may laugh, since they don't think of me as a morning person at all, between having a hard time getting up back in high school, and often sleeping in when I spend weekends at their house these days. But now, between... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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Wow. I'm sure a lot of us are saying this, but where did the summer go? I can't believe it's already almost over. Josh and I are going to be spending the weekend with family and friends, and I can't wait to take in some greenery, read a bunch, go... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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When we moved away from Vermont, we found ourselves sad about lots of the things we'd miss - incredible food, our favorite coop, nature, and quiet. Despite living in small towns there for a year though, we never found a sense of community. It was hard to make friends, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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It's been about a year since I've shared a cheap dates post, and it's definitely time to get those rolling again. Josh and I are always into finding fun and free or cheap things to do, especially while living in New York City. Many people think you have to spend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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Just one day. Sounds simple, right? Not really. It's pretty amazing how addicted I've become to my phone in just a few short years. Josh and I don't have a house phone, so our iPhones are our main source of communication with each other and our family and friends. Between... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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I would not use the word fashionable to describe myself. Comfort is the main quality I go for when it comes to clothing. I don't try to hide it - I go for a comfortable, casual look combining my preppy roots (having grown up in Connecticut) and my crunchy, alternative... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at lisa valinsky
I like that you go for a slouchy fit. I've been noticing lately that my tops tend to be snug. Maybe I've gained weight, but I also think that I prefer the slouchy, more comfortable fit and look.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on the tee off. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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For the last few weeks I've been skimming the front page of Fast Company, curious to learn of business trends and news. Their articles are often short and to the point, and provide me with a springboard for ideas. A recent article was about coffee, and the time of day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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A few weeks ago on a Sunday, Josh and I finally made our way to Smorgasburg, a big food market in Brooklyn Heights. And when I say big, I mean huge - over 100 vendors spend the day selling their delicious prepared and value-added products at this outdoor market. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at lisa valinsky
3 and 5. (I'm going with what I liked best originally before reading through others' replies.) So fun!
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2014 on new glasses! at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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Back in high school, when I was first dabbling in vegetarianism and healthy eating, my friends and I discovered a new-to-us restaurant: The Lime. We grabbed lunch there a few times, and I was in awe of the avocados and fresh fruit, the endless vegetarian options, and the brown rice... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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While I typically like a lot of variety in my meals, this summer I've been going for simplicity. Pretty much every day this summer, I've had the same breakfast: a smoothie and a cup of cold brew coffee. That's it. Every morning. To keep me satiated, my smoothies have to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at lisa valinsky
Aw, thanks! It's really beautiful there. One of the best parts is you can walk from the north to the south of the island in just ten minutes. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2014 on A Fire Island Weekend at lisa valinsky