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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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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 3 days ago at lisa valinsky
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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 4 days ago at lisa valinsky
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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 5 days ago at lisa valinsky
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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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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.
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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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago on A Week in the Life at lisa valinsky
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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 7 days ago 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
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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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Over the summer I kept hearing and reading about the concept of our lives as stories: since we are the only ones who live our lives, we are the only ones who can create the path we seek out and follow. Even though I love to read and write, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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A definite bonus to living on the Upper West Side is Zabar's. When we first moved here, we were shocked by the livability of the UWS. We have (what we consider) the best grocery stores (Trader Joe's, Fairway, and lots of little gourmet food shops), and Zabar's it totally one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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Man, we love hiking. It could be a fall thing, or a living-in-the-city thing, or a nature thing, but Josh and I love hiking, and this season I just can't get enough. We've hiked at Trout Brook, we've hiked at Huntington State Park, and we're in the middle of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at lisa valinsky
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I am...in disbelief it's October. And I think just about everyone's been saying that, but seriously. September was crazy busy and flew by, and now it's already fall and the leaves are changing and I want the world to slow down a little but it won't. I am...pretty much eating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at lisa valinsky
Yes yes yes! I LOVED the Baby-Sitter's Club books too! I read every single one multiple times and especially loved the Super Special that took place in NYC. I have to say - I love the risks you've been taking in your writing more recently. And I love that you're sharing your story.
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Last week I was craving to go hiking again. So off we went with Maple in tow, on a road trip to upstate New York to check out Bear Mountain. Once we arrived there were cars everywhere, and it was way too overwhelming, so instead we went for a drive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at lisa valinsky
Such a cool idea! I love hearing your thoughts on business, so hearing it through your own experiences will be even better. I recently realized that I hadn't shared my story on my blog, and rewrote my about page last weekend. I think a lot of us love to learn of people's stories - we have so much to learn from each other, and then we learn about ourselves even more.
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Currently I am: • admiring the fall leaves so so much. • eating lots of tomatoes, eggplant, and broccoli. • daydreaming about having our own garden one day. • craving homemade cinnamony applesauce and pumpkin ice cream. • drinking hot coffee with cream and hot tea with milk. • wearing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at lisa valinsky