boomerang into baba’s

IMG_7.jpgIMG_6.jpgIMG_3.jpgIMG_4.jpgIMG_2.jpgIMG_1.jpgIMG_5.jpgWhat was originally going to be a quaint little post on our new digs has now turned into yet another link to another recent article this time pertaining to our living situation. I stumbled across it on Friday on the utterly hilarious and informative and trashy website Jezebel. Do any of you guys read it? I only just started and I cannot get enough! Anyway, the main goal of the piece is to showcase the very real trend of our generation (twenty-somethings to thirty-somethings) moving back in with their parents after graduating post secondary school due to their massive incurred debt loads and inability to find a job in their chosen career path. We are apparently known as the “Boomerang kids.” This article resonates with me to such an extent that it was never a question as to whether or not I would mention it on my own blog.

With five solid years of a useless university degree under my belt, I am only where I am now due to a significant amount of hard work, a little bit of nepotism, and a crap load of luck. I currently cannot count the number of jobs that I have, but I will try for you today.

1. I’m a Research Assistant at the University (for 5 years)

2. I’m a Library Assistant at the Public Library (for 3 years)

3. I’m a Blogger (for 1.5 years)

4. I’m an Online Store Owner (for 1.5 years)

5. I’m a Freelance Writer (for 6 months)

6. I’m a Professional Photographer (up-and-coming)

There. Whew. That’s more than I like to admit. There I am, working away at six jobs a month/several a day, while my university graduate of a husband has one full-time job that does not require any education. Are we a product of our generation? As Mr. Big in SATC would say, “Abso-f*cking-lutely!” Would I change it if I had the chance? I would honestly say no. I love all of my jobs and love that I get to be a creative person as a grown up. I am lucky enough to have a husband that has a steady job so that I can experiment and work my buns off and discover just where exactly I belong in the work world. Not only that, but to relate back to this post, I am so blessed to have parents who have always treated their front door as a swinging one, and who get excited when every so often they hear from me, “Guys, I’m moving back home for a bit.”

While our stay in Baba’s house will only be for a few months, how lucky are we to have ended up on an acreage with no mortgage payment, no bills to pay, free food, a free babysitter for our dogs when we work, constant company next door, and a brand-new house to ourselves? So lucky! It’s funny how months of searching for an property in the country turned into us buying a lot in a village but, for the time being, living exactly in the setting that we strove for and at no expense.

I wholly agree with this article, and that there is no shame in moving home when times are tough, or even when times are great and you just need a place to stay and save money. If this is the way of the world for people my age, rather than fighting this trend, why not jump on the band wagon and give it a go? It may turn out to be the best decision that you have made since prior before choosing your ill-fated university degree.


IMG_8.jpg“Everyone Will Live With Their Parents Forever And Ever Amen”

Six years after the economy shit the bed, let’s check in with the “Boomerang kids.” If you guessed “long-term cultural trend” rather than “recessionary blip” sometime back in 2010—ding ding ding! You’re a winner! Your prize is this wadded-up copy of the Wall Street Journal full of dead bugs.

The New York Times Magazine just dropped a big piece on the phenomenon, complete with a really great photo essay. America’s young adults just aren’t leaving the nest like they used to: A fifth of people in their 20s and early 30s live with their parents, and 60 percent receive some financial support. And it’s not just because they missed mom doing the laundry:

Nearly 45 percent of 25-year-olds, for instance, have outstanding loans, with an average debt above $20,000. (Kasinecz still has about $60,000 to go.) And more than half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, meaning they make substandard wages in jobs that don’t require a college degree.

For all the talk of entitled millennials, recent grads are dealing with a giant, stinking trash heap of garbage economic trends. There’s the fact that anybody graduating during a recession never makes up for the lost wages, sure, but the term “entry level” has also become a joke. A college degree barely gets you in the door, because companies won’t train new employees anymore. Or, as the Times depressingly puts it:

Today, about a third of young adults will earn a four-year-degree, and many of them — more than a third, by many estimates — are unlikely to find lifelong secure employment sufficient to pay down their debt and place them on track to earn more than their parents. If they want a shot at making it into the top 20 percent, they now need to learn a skill before they get a job. And for many, even with their parents’ help, that’s going to be an impossibility.

No wonder they call economics the dismal science! HEY-OOO!!! (Christ.)

But lest the Times‘ boomer subscribers despair their kids will goddamn never leave, the piece also points out that moving home (for those lucky enough to have that option) can also be seen as a pretty savvy financial move. Take the example of 28-year-old Adrianne Smith, who moved in with her parents after quitting a job as a behavioral analyst. But she did it deliberately, to save money to open her own clinic treating kids on the autism spectrum.

Even 27-year-old Annie Kasinecz, who’s lived with her mom for four years and cycled through several temporary gigs while agonizing over her long-term plan, gets a bit of buck-up-kid encouragement from Clark University psychologist Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. At least she’s actively seeking the right fit. (And at least she’s not racking up anymore debt, living on credit cards or god forbid borrowing to go to some grad school that won’t provide any better job opportunities.)

I wonder how reassuring Kasinecz finds that? The Times piece ends on an “i unno” note. We’re stuck with the trend but hey, nobody knows how it’s going to play out! But it’s probably a lot easier to feel sanguine if you’re not actually in the economic trenches, here, spending day after day scrolling through useless job boards and firing resumes off into the void.

Let’s just rename everybody from 15 to 35 Generation ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Because fuck it, IDK, LOL.

by Kelly Faircloth

have you seen haveheart

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Happy Monday, everybody! What did you get up to these over past few days? While it was an unseasonably chilly weekend here in Saskatchewan, I did have several people that made it out to my Pop-Up Shop! So thank you, those of you who did come. I appreciate the support to no end!

Speaking of support, haves you guys checked out May’s edition of HaveHeart Magazine? Just click that link to view it. 

4Here are some other really great posts:

My $10 DIY

The Truth Behind Fad Dieting

DIY Pallet Fence

Conceptions of Beauty Across Time

Brown Sugar and Dark Chocolate Almond Roca Cookies

Why the Way You Love Is Wrong

… And more!

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Please like, tweet, pin, or share on Facebook any of the articles that you do like! You guys rock. :-)


have you seen haveheart

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 8.25.48 AMIf you haven’t yet checked out April’s edition of HaveHeart Magazine, it’s now available! The cover image and story features a talented musician who is beautiful both on the inside and out; Natalie Rose. Other great articles include words and photos on Kundalini yogaa delicious recipean ode to big hair, ways to overcome anxiousness, and being a boss versus being a bitch. Of course, there’s also my famous  DIY terrarium post. Feel free to pin, tweet, or share any of these stories!

HaveHeart has it all, and as usual, it is wholly dedicated to the idea of what it means to be a warrior woman in the 21st century. We could all use a little more of that.

Have a fantastic weekend, friends!


nap diaries

IMG_1.jpgIssue ten of Kinfolk Magazine featured an article that was entitled ‘A Guide to Napping’. In it, the writer stated her case for taking short but well-deserved naps in the middle of the day. I am just in love with this article, almost as much as I am with naps.

I am an avid napper. I have been for as long as I can remember. Years ago while I was still in high school, I would have just over an hour’s time between the end of the school day and before I had to go to my part-time job. I would spend that time having a quick bath with the lights out, and napping in the tub for about 20 minutes. It was the one consistent enjoyment that I looked forward to each and everyday. Now, over a decade later and with having to work 4 jobs, I find myself sneaking a nap whenever I possibly can. They do not last long, and can occur anytime between 11 am to 8 pm, but they are essential to keeping my energy up and my sanity in check. I wholly believe in nap-taking, and that it should be embraced in North America rather than frowned upon or viewed as a form of laziness. If we aren’t hurting anyone by taking them, then what’s the harm? You can decide for yourselves.



“A Guide to Napping” – by Georgia Frances King


There’s a scientific reason why you get a little groggy after lunchtime: Your natural melatonin level (the hormone that controls your sleep cycle and makes you drowsy) spikes between noon and 4 p.m., making you prone to weariness. Combined with a post-lunch energy sap while you digest, that’s when you start getting the yawns. Nap time! Just don’t do any dozing four hours before you’re planning to nod off for the night, as it’ll disrupt your dreams.

“Less is more” is a mantra also applied to napping. If you surpass the half-hour mark then you risk falling into stage 3 or 4 sleep, meaning you’ll wake up more groggy and irritable than you started. Twenty minutes is the perfect restorative snooze time, or if you really need the shut-eye, go through a full 90-minute sleep cycle so you bounce to REM sleep and back.

Drinking coffee before attempting to nod off may seem counterintuitive but recent studies have suggested it could be the perfect power nap utility. If you drink a strong cup of joe and then take a nap immediately afterward, the caffeine will kick in after your ideal 20-minute sleepytime. This will wake you up naturally and jolt you out of a post-snooze daze.

While couches and park benches are optimal nap territory, you can also reap the same benefits with your head on your desk or your feet on the dashboard. Or, as weird as it sounds, even a non-occupied, recently cleaned toilet cubicle can provide ten minutes of poorly lit snoozedom.

Although dorky eye masks are best left to long plane flights, napping in a darkened room allows you to fall asleep faster by boosting your melatonin production. To wake up more quickly afterward, do the opposite and sit in the sun for five minutes—the light will help diminish those same levels and reduce tiredness.

We’re not suggesting you stow an inflatable mattress, frothed milk and a binky under your desk, but keeping some napping supplies such as a small pillow, a blanket (as your temperature drops while sleeping) and earplugs can do wonders.

Before dozing, eating anything high in magnesium such as bananas or almonds will relax your muscles (bananas also contain tryptophan, which helps convert melatonin, as do dairy products). Miso soup and other foods high in amino acids also aid melatonin production and anything loaded with protein will likewise help you stay asleep.

Naturally, the idea of sleeping on the job may not impress most supervisors, but how can so many grandpas (and Spanish siesta-ers) have it wrong? A quick power nap has been proven to increase alertness and fine motor skills, boost creativity and can reduce the risk of heart disease by 37 percent. If your bosses aren’t keen on the idea, then tell them the Ministry for Health in France has considered creating a 15-minute legal nap break to boost national productivity. Oui. 


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