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lisa valinsky
New England
Wife | Mama to Be | Blogger | Vegetarian | VT
Interests: local food, gardening, tiny houses, vegetarian food, cooking, reading, hiking
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I started Wild and just couldn't get into it for some reason. But maybe I'll try it again. I'm hoping to get to our local library this week to get a library card and pick out a few books!
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2015 on books / fall 2015 at lisa valinsky
Elise, we will MISS you, but I completely understand and an excited for you and your family to have this special time together. Stay healthy and wishing you a break that brings peace and joy and time.
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Yes! Such good advice! Definitely trying to stay in the moment and enjoy the quiet and free time I have now, since it's going to be gone so soon. I love being able to run errands or take a nap pretty much at any time (but a big part of that is because I'm able to take off time from work for now, which is huge).
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2015 on i want to remember... at lisa valinsky
I love kid art! This brings me back to summers working as a camp counselor, and years teaching kids at nursery schools and elementary schools. Have you played around with clay or play-doh? I love seeing the sculptures and 3D art kids fun!
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How do you (and do you) secure this to the wall? With a little one on the way soon, we're starting to think about how to baby-proof our home, including art. We have some art that's just leaning or standing on a bookshelf (and the bookshelf itself needs to get secured to the wall), but wanted to ask a fellow mama. Thanks! :)
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Oh my gosh Guess Who! I forgot about that game, and the homemade board is incredible. Also, great podcast! Curious to see what the future brings...
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2015 on weekend links / 82. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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Elise, thank you for your honesty in this post. I imagine it may have been hard to share this with us, but it strikes a chord with many of us. My husband and I just moved back to our home state of Connecticut, and are due with a baby in six weeks. While, yes, it's great that we're back "home", so to speak, we're still an hour and a half away from family and friends. Up until just yesterday, I kept thinking about how I'd like to go "home" nearly every weekend. But with a newborn and a dog, this just isn't a practical idea. Instead, I need to make friends right here. In our new home.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2015 on roots and growth. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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That's my current stack of library books, but I have to admit, I'm having some trouble getting through the Ann Patchett essays. They're beautifully written, but I have a hard time with essays and short stories, and prefer one story line to run through a whole book.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2015 on on abandoning books at lisa valinsky
My husband and I have a grill on our wish list (we're moving to a new place this week!). And we'd love love love to make grilled pizzas. He often makes pizza dough from scratch, and while they're delicious in the oven, it'd be great to enjoy pizza in the summer without heating up the house.
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Too funny! I could see myself saying the same thing. I always tend to count how many hours I think I've slept each night, which is a terrible habit. :) And yes, getting close!
I worry about that happening with me. While I'd love to make it a business, I think I'd lose my inspiration and motivation when trying to write for money. I love your photography! It's so beautiful, and I'm glad that opened doors for you. Hugs! Lisa
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2015 on How Blogging Used to Be at lisa valinsky
Elise, thank you for sharing your story and thank you for your honesty. This was so beautifully written. I am due in just seven weeks, and as much as I can hope for a natural childbirth, this is life and life is unpredictable. All that matters, of course, is the health of ourselves and the health of our babies.
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Right?! It doesn't make sense why we would feel guilty about making decisions on how we want to spend our free time. I can't remember whether my teachers instilled this guilt in me, or if it's a concept I came up with on my own. I don't recall ever learning from a teacher to abandon books though; that's something I didn't think about until I was a teacher.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2015 on on abandoning books at lisa valinsky
Ooh, fun! Yes, I'll let you know what I try! I'm pretty excited to pick out some good looking produce from the farmers' market to make one.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2015 on i dream of cooking at lisa valinsky
I know what you mean! I borrow books and get recommendations from others a lot, and always feel like I should finish, but I just can't do it if a book is painful to read. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2015 on on abandoning books at lisa valinsky
Totally. I find it much easier to say no to events and doing too much because it takes a little while to recharge. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2015 on on being an introvert at lisa valinsky
Thanks so much! LOVE quinoa! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2015 on quinoa veggie bowl at lisa valinsky
Yes to chili on a baked potato! And yes to freezing batches of muffins! My college roommate and I used to make blueberry muffins, and we'd always keep a bunch in the freezer for snacks.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2015 on i dream of cooking at lisa valinsky
Aw, thanks! That's so sweet! We lived in NYC for nearly two years, but I'm excited to be back in New England.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2015 on how to budget a salary at lisa valinsky
Love your big smiles in the first photo! So sweet. With our baby girl due in October, I'm trying to think of some fun and sweet ways to capture her life and growth. I haven't done much crafting in ages, but pulling out my iPhone is easy enough to plan for an album. Any ideas?
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Oh wow! So many extroverts! I find it interesting that our lifestyles can differ so much depending on whether we're introverts or extroverts. Let me know what you think of the book!
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2015 on on being an introvert at lisa valinsky
Yeah, it's pretty empowering to read about introverts and how we can impact the world. I also find it fascinating that so many bloggers are introverts. It's a great way for us to share info and our stories, and connect with others.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2015 on on being an introvert at lisa valinsky
Yay! Love that you're an INFJ too! Yeah, when you get the chance, definitely check out Quiet. Josh and I both read it and enjoyed it.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2015 on on being an introvert at lisa valinsky
So glad to hear your passed the GD test! I've got to say - I passed it too, but kept thinking the week leading up to the test that if I did have GD, I would totally use your blog post ideas for meal planning. Love that post. Thanks for the update, lady! Glad all is well.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2015 on third trimester. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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Aww! I have to admit - it's been a lot of fun! But also looking forward to moving to our new place and nesting for baby. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2015 on a camp cabin tour at lisa valinsky