The beginning of the school year looming just around the corner has caused major day dreams about my tropical vacation. The only thing that has pulled me back to reality is one of my biggest irks of travel: the price of an adult beverage. Can I get an amen? I might shell out for one tropical delight (umbrella, required!) but two tropical drinks and I’ll need a second job.
One of my favorite tips for travel is to BYOB. It’s just not vacation to me without a little tipple. On our last road trip I brought a box of my favorite Trader Joe’s wine and George brought a 6-pack of cheap TJ’s beer. It’s cheap, but tasty, and we get to drink it in the hotel room while watching cable television (such a novelty!). Vacation and traveling is too expensive to blow all your money on fruity drinks.
What’s your favorite tip for saving money on vacation? Let me know in the comments!
I know, I know, it’s kind of too hot to break out that Crock-Pot, but sometimes a busy girl has to do what a busy girl has to do. And sometimes that means cranking up the Crock Pot to make Chicken Cacciatore as the thermometer climbs into the 100s. It’s just too easy to use the Crock-Pot on those days when you know that 5,000 things will need your attention and you still have to work out and sleep and be a person. This meal is great for those days because you can throw everything in the Crock-Pot at breakfast and it will be ready for dinner or throw it in the Crock-Pot the night before and take it for lunch. It’s just good planning, people.
(Stupid) Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore
1 lb of chicken, cut up in pieces
1 large onion, diced
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
6 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 -4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Throw everything in the Crock Pot and let cook for approximately 7 hours on low. Serve over pasta, rice or quinoa if you wish. I just eat it plain. No time for all that.
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Not one to stay stagnant, I’m in the process of switching things up over here. I’ve finally pulled the trigger and changed the name of this blog to “A Small Life.” I think it more accurately describes what I’m actually doing here. Love Library served it’s purpose, but it never really had anything to do with what I was writing about. It took me a while to find my voice and find what I loved writing about but I think I’ve finally found it. And just in time because soon I’ll be revealing photos of our completed Airstream! We’ve been living in it a year and I am still smitten with the small life.
So what does it mean for you? Hopefully nothing! The last time I attempted to do this, I ended up deleting most of my pictures and totally screwed things up. But this time, I’ve just set it as a redirect, so hopefully you will be able to see things under my old site name and my new site name. I’ve also changed my name on social media so look for me on Instagram as “ASmallLife” and over on Twitter @a_small_life.
This weekend we went to Williamsburg, Virginia with my family. We haven’t been on a family vacay in a looooong time. Like years. First we went to the Busch Gardens theme park. I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy riding roller coasters. George and I took a test one time and introverts aren’t supposed to like roller coasters, but we both love them. We were the only ones in my family with enough guts (or stupidity?!) to ride Griffon– a 205-foot, 90-degree, 75 mph free fall.
Then we all trekked over to Colonial Williamsburg. It was a bit cheesy, but I did enjoy seeing the craftspeople.
George in the Magazine
Love the whitewash
I took so many pictures of the gardens and the cellars of the old homes. The gardens were totally inspiring. I would love to be able to grow enough of our own food and can enough to support ourselves through the winter and be totally self-sustaining. Maybe one day.
I also got stung by a bee on my butt! It was such a bummer. My mom kept asking how my “bee-hind” was doing. It was super embarrassing. I’m actually sitting here with a pack of frozen peas on my bee-hind right now. Oh well, I tried to make the best of it.
Did you do anything exciting this weekend? Let me know in the comments!
You guys. Fall is almost here. Target has put out their insanely large, insanely cute display of Back to School supplies. I’m trying desperately to stay away from it. I’m also preparing to teach a course this fall. So crazy. Feel free to refer to me as “professor.”
I’m also still on this saving money kick, but it hasn’t been much fun. I’m the kind of person who needs something to look forward to– like a trip! Since a trip is out of my budgetary reach and the summer is almost over (boo!), I created a list of free or cheap things to do this fall. I hope it will keep my spirits up, give me me something to look forward to and maybe even get you inspired and excited for fall?!
This weekend flew by a little too fast for my liking. Come to think of it, this summer is flying by a little too fast. I’m starting to feel the crunch of the Fall Semester closing in, just as I was beginning to enjoy summer. These warm months fly by so much faster than their colder counterparts.
This weekend I soaked in some of that summertime goodness. On Saturday, George and I, along with some friends went on a short motorcycle ride, then we paddled around in a pond and fished a bit. Sunday was spent doing my regular thing. Food prep, gardening, cleaning and dreading the week ahead. Haha.
Check it out: zucchini bigger than my forearm!
How was your weekend? Let me know in the comments!