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Our Weekend Stay in a St. Petersburg, FL Tiny Home

As promised, below are some photos from a recent weekend trip to St. Petersburg.

Unfortunately, our stay in the tiny home we rented from Airbnb wasn’t as pleasant as we had hoped. Because this is my first bad experience with an Airbnb rental, I thought I’d go ahead and share about it, too.

As you can see from the pictures, the tiny home was super cute. It was decorated in a “Little Havana” style and there were lots of little touches throughout — vintage books, tropical throw pillows, stenciled floors…you get the idea. And it was small…which of course, is the point (and the appeal) of booking a tiny home.

However, of all the Airbnbs I’ve stayed at, this one was by far the dirtiest. The coffee pot was covered with a film of gunk. The window sills all had a layer of dust. There was a wad of dirty/wet paper towels the size of a house-cat in the tub. Not cute!

Because it was nearing bedtime by the time we started to notice all of this, we decided to tough it out. (Upon arrival, we’d tossed our bags inside and headed out to explore, get food, etc. As ya do!) And honestly, I thought it was still livable…just not getting a good review.

Oh but then dear readers, I climbed into the bed. And it STUNK. The mattress was putting off an odor that was part cat pee, part body odor. Also…NOT CUTE! Yet, and I hate to admit this here…I slept in it. Well, sleep is a strong word for the situation. I laid in it for a night.

Not wanting to go for round 2 on sleepless nights, Airbnb was contacted and we were able to cancel // get a refund for the rest of our trip! Praise be for good customer service on Airbnb’s end. Not so much on the end of our hosts, though. They were out of town… Something I think I’ll be more aware of prior to making any future bookings through Airbnb.

So, while I was super excited about experiencing tiny home living…by the end of my trip I was shacking up in a Doubletree king size bed. C’est la vie! *shrug emoji*

And the happy ending for the story? Once the hosts were back on site and saw the tiny home, they realized their cleaning service had def been doing them dirty (har har!), apologized profusely, and issued us a FULL refund. Thanks dudes! Can’t say I’ll be back (or link to any of your properties here, sozz!) but I won’t slam your review section with ALL the sordid details.

Onto the pics…

The Takeaway…

If we hadn’t been paying a pretty decent cleaning fee… and had there not been any available/comparably priced accommodations nearby, we probably would have just made it work. But we were and there were.

If your Airbnb isn’t up to snuff or you feel like it isn’t quite what was advertised, communicate with your hosts and get Airbnb involved if needed. They may have a solution that works for you but you’ll never know unless you ask! Airbnb requires photo documentation and gives the host 2hrs to come up with a plan. (If the host has multiple properties, sometimes they’ll move you into another one of their own.) However, if they can’t come up with a satisfying solution, Airbnb will cancel your booking and issue you a refund. The more you know!

Some St. Pete places I CAN endorse…

Karma Juice Bar & Eatery
The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge
BellaBrava
St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club
Museum of Fine Arts
Savory Spice Shop

Ok, thanks for making it to the end of this somewhat ridiculous post. Here’s a picture of us enjoying golden hour in downtown St. Pete before you go. 🙂 (…just to prove we actually had a good time and aren’t just fussy lunatics lol)

Have you ever been to St. Petersburg? Have you ever stayed in a tiny home (or do you LIVE in one full-time!)? Do you have any Airbnb HORROR stories? I’d love to hear about any and all of the above! xoxo 

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mid-week round-up

lady at beach

What are you up to, my loves? This past weekend Chet and I explored Coconut Grove. The temperature felt quite mild due to it’s proximity to the water but the humidity was still as gnarly and tropical as ever! Chet vlogged the whole adventure if you’d like to take a look HERE. Yesterday was a really productive day for me job-wise and I hope that work flow continues the rest of the week. I think this was due in large part to Chet fixing our internet which had been super spotty and annoying for the last week. Finally, we watched the movie Faults last night. Have you seen it? I love anything about cults so I was a huge fan. Have a great week, guys! And here’s a little reading material…

An adorable storage container cabin.

The secret to a perfectly fried egg.

What’s going on beyond the crop?

My gut reaction to refugees being housed on the grounds of former concentration camp, Dachau, was horror, but now I’m not sure. Thoughts?

Don’t waste it, plate it!

An unlikely debate round.

This historian couple loved the Victorian Era so much they decided to live in it.

The changes one middle school classroom has made since implementing Common Core.  Sounds awesome to me but I know Common Core has been quite divisive.

OMG. Wedding goals.

Jimmy Carter on the kiss cam (!) at a recent Braves game.

Is nursing a talent? HECK YES!

Why is reality TV experiencing a boom in blurred genitalia?

mid-week round-up

boats at harbor

Hey friends! What’s new? This past weekend we finally made it through a work event that we’ve been planning since last summer. Glad to have it off the calendar, and it went really well! Today, I have to go to the dentist (womp!) but I’m also planning on giving one of those new S’mores frappuccinos a try. After of course (don’t tell my dentist though)! But the biggest news from the past week is definitely that my boyfriend Chet is NOW OFFICIALLY A DOCTOR! He completed his PhD!!! I could not be more proud and happy for him. Have you gotten some exciting news this week, too? Do share! And here are some links for you to enjoy…

Here’s everything you need to know about birthstones. Mine is opal!

This green cleaning kit would make a nice (and generous) house-warming present.

Old Kentucky famed drinks from 1934 for your Derby Party.

Funny because it’s true.

Making 90 square feet look doable!

Black cross-body bag that would look chic dressed up or dressed down.

A pair of friends find an interesting way to stay in touch.

What a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift idea!

Flying like a boss.

This little girl IS a superhero!

Cute necklace tutorial.

I’m a sucker for cool choreography in a music video. (And now the song is in my head!)

 

Tips and Tricks for Surviving (and Cooking in) a Tiny Kitchen.

tinykitchen2Hello fellow apartment dwellers, miniscule cottage renters, and three star home-cooks working out of a no-star home-kitchen! After about a decade of cooking up cuisine in the smallest (sometimes barely functioning) kitchens imaginable, I feel like I know a thing or two about the tiny kitchen life. While I’m not cooking 5 course gourmet meals, I do prepare pretty much all my meals from home. So, here are my tiny tips and tricks…

Hang stuff on the walls. If you’re low on cabinet and storage space, maximize any wall real estate that’s available. Pots and pans, utensils, coffee mugs…all conveniently designed for hanging. If you have an open space behind your stove or sink, I love this DIY pot rack. Similarly, if you don’t have a drawer to dedicate to silverware, I would go for one of these silverware trees and pop it on your counter or even as a centerpiece on your table. We had these when I lived in Ireland but I’ve never really seen them utilized in America. Proving ONCE AGAIN that other countries are way more legit at space saving. ; )

Invest in mason jars. Versatility is key in the tiny kitchen and mason jars are useful for a million things. They can be used to store dry goods, pack away leftovers, keep a pretty flower, sip bourbon out of, and make overnight oats. The biggest thing I’ve found is I don’t need dedicated drinking glasses because I keep so many mason jars on hand. Plus, they’re hella cute. I’ve even sprayed a few tops with chalkboard paint for easy labeling!

Limit your small appliances. Learn to live without. I’ve gone without a microwave for a year and a half without ever really missing it. Most of the time, if I’m eating leftovers, it’s for lunch at work…and my work has a microwave. Any other reheating I need to do can be done in my oven or on a skillet. That’s what works for me! Although not a small appliance, I also don’t have a kitchen trashcan. I don’t have the floor space for one in my kitchen so I would have to keep it in one of my cabinets, a total waste of space in my opinion. I just use old bags to round up my trash and you’d be amazed how much easier it is to commit to recycling and composting when you utilize this method. Find what you can eliminate and adapt. Look out for “double” items. Do you have an electric tea kettle as well as one on your stove? What about a toaster AND toaster oven. Don’t double up! And finally, be on the look out for multi-purpose appliances that don’t take up much space. I’m lookin’ at you Magic Bullet.

Create your own counter space. If possible, don’t clutter valuable work space with a bunch of kitchen crap! Check out garage sales or Habitat ReStore for cheap rolling carts to store your coffee-making necessities (or toaster or blender or alcoholic beverage bottles…you get the idea). This one, from Ikea, is only thirty bucks. If counter space is REALLY limited, I would invest in an over-sized cutting board that fits over your sink. It will take up minimal space when not in use and you can whip it out when you need to chop some veggies or prepare a sandwich. This Kitchen Tour, from YouTube channel LightByCoco, models this tactic nicely.

Use what you have. One no-brainer thing that can clutter up a kitchen pretty quickly that we sometimes forget? Food! Designate at least a meal or two each week to use up stuff you have on hand and/or things that are about to go bad. Especially if you’re a household of just one or two, food waste can get out of hand. Shop your fridge and food cupboards before you shop the grocery. And if you have boxes of tea from a Christmas present that you know you’ll never drink or a bag of chia seeds from that cleanse recipe you thought looked neat that you know you’ll never eat…pass them along. Give them to a co-worker or friend who will use them. Don’t leave them sitting in your cabinet for the next year thinking SOME. DAY. Clear out some space!

Oh, and do your dishes! 

 

 

mid-week round-up

fieldsandhay

The last few days have been pretty sad, news-wise, don’t you think? If you’re one of those people who spends tons of time on-line looking at blogs, news sites and social media posts (GUILTY!), it can all get a bit over-whelming. While I do think staying up-to-date on the happenings of the world is of super importance, there is something to be said for balance–especially when all the news you’re consuming over the course of a week strikes such a raw cord. So, check out these links below (which are mostly fun escapes with a few more timely, serious accounts thrown in) and then take time today to do something unplugged. Take a walk in your neighborhood or a local park. Do a relaxing yoga flow. Go to the dollar store, pick up a coloring book and some crayons and do some mindless art. Stay healthy, y’all! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Wedding photographer‘s fees explained.

Thoughts on fatherhood from the Instagram dads who went viral.

Play outside!

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies.

I’m sick of reading about Lana Del Rey but…

Old garage + salvaged materials = gorgeous studio apartment.

On the Pacific Crest Trail.

This movie looks intense in the best way.

Writers and their cats.

A cute interview with my former teammate.

If you’re not feeling up to anymore serious news right now, stop here, or come back later when you’re in a better head-space. I’ll completely understand. : ) If you ARE feeling up to it, please continue…

Heart-breaking statement from Zelda Williams on the passing of her father, Robin Williams. (He will be greatly missed by so many. I found it so touching to see how strongly he affected those in the Forensics community. As character-poppers and joke-tellers ourselves, he was a magnificent source of inspiration. Mental illness is real, y’all. We MUST do a better job talking about it to erase the stigma and offer helping hands to those suffering.)

Horrific first-person account of the after-math in Ferguson, Missouri. (What sat with me most in Ashley’s article was a random police officer’s words to her. As she was walking through the streets of Ferguson, headed to the candle light vigil for Mike Brown, to show support for, like herself, a mother of an African-American child, a cop told her, “You’ll be shot if you go up there.” Subtext: There are black people up there and you are white. Here, is where I had to stop reading as all the times those words have been spoken to me came flooding back. All the times, as a white woman, someone tried to “warn” me of the presence of black people with the super secret code words…”but you’ll get shot!” And THIS is why the racial profiling, undue fear, and murder of innocents continues to happen. And I’m angry. And perhaps this will get it’s own post on another day because for now, I need to go take MY media break and let the sunshine in so I can send it to yet another mother who lost a son too soon and another mother trying desperately to make sense of the world we’re creating for hers.)

I think each and every one of you are amazing!!! Thank you for stopping by–now go create some sunshine in your day! ❤