Teaching Smart Financial Decision Making | Establishing The Family Bank

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The kids have all sorts of money making entrepreneurial ideas and are always seeing something that they’d like to purchase. It’s time to teach them smart financial decision making skill sets that will not only set their minds up for success, but their ability to have as many adventures as they are financially capable of with good banking techniques. I’m sure if we all blindfolded ourselves in a room, asked basic questions regarding bad financial decision-making, hands would go up….

Old School Road Trip : Maine, Mother-In-Law, Marriott Bonvoy, and Memories!

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Want to budget travel? Get in your car for a good old fashion road trip! While we are parked in Vermont and still have our car, we figured we should go visit Maine! With Shiang-ling’s mom visiting for a week and friends that could “pet sit” we figured we could pop away for a little getaway!  Is it crazy that we literally jumped in the car with a few things to hope to see and just went for it. No…

Our First Year Living Tiny & Nomadic

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Don’t blink, time flies when you’re having fun. As our videos show on our YouTube channel and Instagram account you can see it. I can’t express what this time living tiny and nomadic has meant for someone like me. A father who was constantly away, missing all the small moments, and only catching a few of the bigger ones. This new lifestyle has not only impacted my perspective on family and my newfound understanding of tribalism and village mindset, but…

We Finally Have Pubescent Preteen

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Ladies, I bet you can remember getting your period for the first time or when your little boobies started to grow and everything they accidentally hit HURT so bad! What about growing hair in all the places or shaving for the first time? I remember shaving for the first time like it was yesterday.  I was maybe 8 or 9.  I went to the bathroom after dinner and my dad left his razor out. I don’t know why but I…

What we’ve learned about living in a partially converted skoolie.

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Appreciation… Personally, Johnny here, that’s what comes to mind. Especially as we, assuming most were raised in areas where the advancements in life seem to be more eternal and never ending as our next breath. By this I mean: clean water from a tap, a market with a variety of local and non-indigioues species of vegetables, meat, and foreign foods, fuel for vehicles and gas stoves, the list goes on…  Wait, wait, wait… Slow down, we’re talking about living in…

5 Things You Need To Know When Being A Guest

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Through our 11 months of traveling we have visited and parked the bus at eight different friends and family locations. After coordinating our stay we try to be mindful and show up prepared, we know it just makes our stay better. Are you thinking about going on a trip where you have the opportunity to do this? You should! Here are some tips on being an awesome guest who’s likely to get a “come on back anytime!” Give your intentions…

The Bunkroom

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Man oh man, its crazy to see that picture. I can remember that moment, thinking… “Holy shit the bunks are in… We are moving our family onto a bus!” We have 4 kids – 11, 9, 8, and 5 and 4 animals -1 dog, 1 cat, 1 hamster, 1 fish. We are a #bigfamilylivingtiny so we had to create as much space as we could in the 320sqft of bus. The bunk room is right after the kitchen section. We…

Our Favorite Outdoor Activities With Kids

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Personally, Shiang-ling and  I think we have the most fun when our family is outside. There is just something about how we spend our time outside, the elements and the naturalness of it all comes together and makes lasting memories whether we’re on the objective side of a camera lens or not. Hiking – We have recently started hiking more. We’ve always wanted to go hiking, but we just never made time to do it or had the terrain for…

Our Genius Tiny Home Hacks

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When you are building a tiny home, especially on wheels and for a big family there are a lot of considerations you have to think of and not a lot of space to work in. Most of the time spent on the build was discussing how we were going to most efficiently and effectively use the 320 sqft of space. 8 ft wide and 40 ft long… that’s what we have to work with. To be honest, this isn’t an…

15 Awesome Gifts For Active Kids

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Birthdays, Christmases and just because… we know how much kids WANT and “NEED” everything. Kids don’t need a lot to be happy but everyone likes to buy a toy/gift here and there. Our goal now is when we buy them things that it allows their mind to explore and learn. After writing about our current top toys in our tiny home I started to look into what toys we could add to our tiny home. Some we have but definitely…