Web Time Wasters

How was your week, friends? It was a heart breaking week to be from Minnesota. As I’m sure you heard, the officer who shot Philando Castile was found not guilty on all counts. We like to think we’re pretty liberal and evolved here in Minnesota but clearly we have a long, long way to go. If you’d like to help and you’re not sure how, you can start by setting up a monthly donation to one of these organizations that works for racial equality.

Links for you

What’s life like in Venezuela right now?
Over the next seven hours, Contreras’s mission — making Venezuela look good — made Sean Spicer look like a man with an easy and relaxing job. But I was glad to have him: The Venezuelan government has shut off virtually all access to independent media, which officials like Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez say is responsible for creating an image of “hysteria” in the country abroad. At home, too, the images shown on state-run television networks and what is happening on the street are wildly disconnected.

Before I take a trip, I like to read novels set there. I’m finally reading this and it is AMAZING. Like, I’m going to buy a copy to own and I’m trying to pressure everyone I know to read it so we can discuss it.

A clever wallpaper idea (I’ve also done this with fabric!)

I have a pretty minimalist aesthetic, but I loved this ‘maximalist’ home tour.

Over in our Money & Happy Facebook group, we discovered that two things are not common knowledge:
1. If you work with a financial planner it should be a fee-only financial planner, not one who takes a percentage. (Suze Orman explains why here)
2. Your employer can’t stop you from talking about your salary with your co-workers. It’s illegal.

I’d never thought of styling a button up shirt this way – so cute!

Helpful! 6 things you can say to customer service to actually save money.

A lovely way to wrap up each month.

It’s seems like summer is ‘moving season’ – people graduate, getting married, move. Here’s how to keep a long-distance friendship alive if your BFF moves away.

Is it possible to go outside in 90 degree weather and a) look cute b) not feel like you’re going to melt? Yes! Here are 13 tips!

Have you already seen this floating around the internet? How long you should allow yourself to obsess over something you said/did.

I think this is the best name for a business I’ve ever heard (in grey, at the top of the page.)

Greek nachos! What a good idea!

An important reminder that men can develop eating disorders, too.

Hope y’all are safe and loved. 


Ashley W

YES. I read that book years ago and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s a world.

You might like “The Lonely Polygamist” by Brady Udall too.

PS I can’t type the name of the book. The filter thinks I’m junk!


I love the ‘maximalist’ house tour – totally not my personal jam, but it looks so friendly and put-together despite the variety of things going on. Especially loving the fireplace filled with books!


Oops, that wasn’t supposed to be anonymous, makes me look very mysterious 🙂


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