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Home: Minimalist Nesting

I'm having this baby in just a few weeks/any time now and I haven't gotten much or bought much, I have borrowed most of the main things, a baby bay bed, car seat, chair and been given some clothes, cloth diapers, etc. But there is this overwhelming feeling like I need to buy a whole bunch of shit. A changing table, a play pen, breast pump, a new home to fill with many more things. The new baby shopping lists online and in books are incredibly long...

On the other hand, I feel a strong desire not to acquire anything at all. To just let this little baby lie naked in my arms against my breast. How much can this tiny human really need? He just needs love, snuggles, and boob right?

I'm getting the essentials ready and then just going to play it by ear. If we need something later on when he's (our babe is a boy, we recently found out) here we can get it.

The past few months I have been consistently getting rid of things in our home and garage that don't bring me joy. It seems when you have the space you fill it. I am not a minimalist by any means, but I have been paring down my possessions to the ones that really bring me joy. I'm really noticing a change in how I feel about our home because I've gotten rid of a lot of clutter. The minimalist struggle is real, especially when you are adding a family member to the mix.

To those mamas and papas, how do you keep your home and space from being cluttered once children join your family?

Thanks for reading lovelies,


Hosting and Guesting on Airbnb
I've been thinking a lot about the concept of home lately. Where I feel at home? What makes me feel at home? How I'm a homebody. And I've been thinking about how I love to share my home. I recently remembered that as a kid I wanted to run a guest house. I guess I already had the hospitality bug back then.

I've already done a post about how hospitality enriches life. That post was about hospitality in general, but I also wanted to share about our wonderful experiences with Airbnb as guests and hosts. Airbnb is a website on which private people can rent out rooms in their homes, or their whole flats to people traveling to their area.

We began our love for Airbnb as guests. As a traveler, Airbnb a great way to have cheap accommodation and to stay in a more comfortable space than at a hostel or hotel. Generally you have access to a kitchen, which is nice for preparing breakfasts and making tea in the evenings. But it's also fun to get to know locals and get some insider tips about places to go and see in their town. We've stayed in people's homes in Amsterdam, Berlin, and London. Again, I'm a 30 year old, home body, who generally travels on a budget so staying at someone's home when traveling is a lot more comfortable for me than a shared bedroom in a hostel.

As a host, it's not only a great source of extra moneys but a fun way to meet people and share your cozy space with them. There is a great accountability system in place on the website which rates the guests and hosts on communication and cleanliness, etc. It's also great because the payments happen through the website which gives both parties some security, and just saves for that awkward moment of asking for payment in person. We have yet to have guests who were disruptive, or super messy. They have all been very pleasant and fun to host.

About two years ago, a couple arrived at our home, just excited to have a home-base after having backpacked for 3 weeks. The man was a chef and they voluntarily and lovingly slaved away in our kitchen preparing us an amazing meal, which we enjoyed in the garden together. This is just one example of a lot of fun guests we have had over the years. And you get paid for this! The extra cash is great, don't get me wrong but meeting people and sharing our home is the best part.

So if you don't have a van to travel in for your next vacation, try out Airbnb. Or if you have an extra room and are interested in sharing your wicked space and getting some pocket money, try out Airbnb. You may be surprised at the good vibes and fun to be had in a shared economy experience like this.

Where is your next dream travel destination?

Thanks for reading lovelies,


Calm Giveaway
Today, I have the pleasure of giving one of you a whole year of Calm!

Last fall I shared a list of things that make me feel peaceful, inspired by Moorea Seal's 52 Lists book.
My list included, home, candles, warmth, quiet, reading, intentionally listening to music, water, soup, paint, pencils, writing, playing guitar, arting, walking, singing, dancing, bathing, drawing, sleeping. 

Recluse #5, Anna Baer, 2015, 50X50cm, Acrylic on canvas, 

In addition to the things above, I've been finding my calm in meditations. Dominik bought me the Calm book along with a year subscription to the calm meditation app for my birthday. The app has honestly been a great help with finding calm. The meditations I have done so far have helped me relax and concentrate on how I am breathing and how my body is feeling. It has helped me to be okay with what is happening in my head and body, relaxing, and taking a few minutes out just to be. It's so refreshing.  The folks over at Calm have been so kind as to give one Olive Green Anna reader a free year long subscription to their meditation app. Info below...

Homescape #2, Anna Baer, 2015, 50X50cm, Acrylic on canvas, 

I am seriously jazzed (smooth jazzed....) about the Calm app. It's helped me to be okay and relax in spite of my insomnia. It is also wonderful to take time throughout the day to just be and rest, without consuming or producing anything.

They have several different meditations they lead you through. Sets for different types of situations. I've been working through the 7 Days of Sleep, and the 7 days of Focus, but they have other great things like Daily Calm which is a daily mediation, like a variety pack, or Emergency Calm which is a quick 2-10 minute meditation when you really need it. There's even Calm Kids.

I would love if they made a list for Birthing Calm. Haha. I may need this when I am trying to relax during the first stage of labor. I have been reading that it is best to relax your body and mind as much as possible, to allow our wondrous womb to do its work! Actually the bradley method book pretty much advocates a body scan type of meditation during the first stage of labor. So I think my practice with meditation using the Calm app could really benefit me when in labor.

How do you find calm?

Enter the giveaway by...
1. Sharing one thing that makes you feel calm in the comments below.
2. For an additional entry, Like my artist Facebook page Olive Green Anna.  (and mention this in your comment... :)
Giveaway ends Sept 13th.

Thanks for reading lovelies!


P.S. I was writing this post the other day and then thought, I wonder whether Calm would give one of my readers a free year long subscription, contacted them, and yup! 
You can all join me for this year of calm for 5$ a month (60$ a year), and one of you can have a year of calm for free! 
How Hospitality Enriches My Life

Having visitors and guests at our home really makes my life a whole lot better. It may seem like a very selfless thing, but here are my selfish reasons for loving being a hostess! 

I clean my house more frequently. This is actually a great benefit. I love having a clean tidy home, but I know that if we didn't have frequent guests it wouldn't be as tidy as it is these days. I have a lot of things and am naturally a bit disorderly, so knowing people are coming over soon is a real motivator to tidy up and clean small areas of our home.

I can be a homebody and have great times with friends. We have a wonderful home, I love being here. I am inclined to stay in. Inviting people to my home is a double win. I can stay in, but still have community and build relationships.

It feels so good. I can't lie and say it's not a bit selfish. I love having people enjoy our food, drink, atmosphere, and company when they come over. One of the best, most rewarding things is to have people enjoy themselves at our place. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that our guests feel at home.

Do you have people over much? I can only recommend it!



Christmas Cheer
Christmas cheer keeps me from getting grumpy during the start of winter. I'm a big fan of Christmas tunes, cookies, decorations, and punch. It's nice to have a tree this year. I don't have many decorations for it, but the ones we do have look just lovely. 

Making our home nice and cozy makes this time endurable. I grew up in Thailand, and I think my body still thinks it's silly to live in such a cold place.

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. I'm trying to believe this.  The pillow was designed by Karli Ingersoll, it's a comfort to me in wintertime. 

 Are you getting cozy and festive at home yet?