Weekly Rundown

the Weekly Rundown: On My ‘Bookshelf’ + A European Packing List

July 9, 2017

Seasons and salt blog


I closed the last chapter on one of the better books I’ve read in a long time. Ashes of Fiery Weather follows the stories of the wives, mothers, and sisters of firefighters in Brooklyn. The timeline spans more than a century, and brought me an inside look of a community I never knew existed.

Right now I’m listening to the audio book version of Joshua Becker’s The More of LessHe’s the writer of my very favorite blog about minimalism. Listening to it, I realize I have so much to learn about the concept of subtracting distracting items from my life, but I am feeling motivated. He shares some key points, like, start with the easy stuff (your car, kitchen utensils) before you move on to the big stuff (memorabilia). Every time my husband and I talk about minimizing we go straight for the memorabilia, and now I am realizing we need to build skill and stamina by starting with other places in our home first.


Imagine you move to Africa to teach for six months, and you meet and fall in love with the man who would become your husband. You wed, and soon, start a family – a beautiful, unexpected life overseas. Now, imagine parenting in a totally different culture. Kaylan Reid Shipanga shares 17 Surprising Things About Parenting in Namibia.


My sweet friend Ellie of Selflessly Styled recently got back from a trip abroad, and I am so impressed that what she packed worked for dual climates.

These five awesome tips for sustainable shopping make partaking in ethical fashion seem easier than ever.

Have you entered my giveaway with REIFhaus? There’s still time!

In the summer I’m allllways tempted to wear all-white, but I allllways chicken out.

Jaana’s 30×30 recap, and listening to Joshua Becker talk about Courtney Carver’s Project 333 have me pondering a slimmed-down fall closet. Lately my clothes have been bringing me stress and I can’t quite pinpoint how to move past it. I’m struggling to walk to the line between ‘person of style’ and a slimmed down closet. Maybe a change would do me good.

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  • Ela July 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Hi Andrea,

    When I started parring down things, I made the mistake of going after the memorabilia first and it always ended in a disaster! So I started smaller – my bathroom, then kitchen, then living room – and slowly worked my way up to the emotional stuff.

    Another thing helps me go through the emotional stuff is asking these questions: does this object make me happy? Is this object serving a purpose in my life? These two questions really help me when I’m on the fence about donating an object I’m emotionally attached to.

    I hope you have a great week!

    xo, EK

    • Andrea July 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      I love hearing other people’s strategies, that is so helpful! What did you end up doing with the memorabilia you kept?