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6 “Not-So-Glamorous” Things Of Living Tiny On A Skoolie

In Big Family Tiny Living, Uncategorized

After celebrating living our first year Living tiny & nomadic I was asked more than a few times this week to share some of the things that we don’t like about living tiny… and honestly it was a STRECH. It’s not that there aren’t parts of living tiny, its just a matter of what can you as an individual can handle. Over that past year, slowly the things that “kinda” bothered me, bother me less. We are having too much fun to really care about small nuisances. Disclaimer: looking over the images that I shared in this post… it looks like Johnny deals with all of the “harder” things… but it’s mostly that I just think to photograph it while its happening. 1. The Extra Vehicle To tow behind or to not tow behind…. that has been the question. Johnny wants to get rid of the car, leave it behind…

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Teaching Smart Financial Decision Making | Establishing The Family Bank

In Parenting and Education, Uncategorized

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. Why? Were they only lessons that could be experienced or could they have been diverted with the guidance of any role model in our younger years? Since we try to teach our children not to make our same mistakes in all aspects of life, why is it financial mistakes never seem to get untrained for the next generation? Or for that matter, GOOD financial decisions to raise our children with?…

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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 pre-booking hotels, coordinating destinations and activities, just finding things as we go. So how does that all breakdown? Well, here’s my best day-to-day for you. Road Trip Total Cost: $1,372. This Road Trip was a total of 5 days and 4 nights, Saturday 14 Sep – Wednesday 18 Sep. Remembering that this is the cost for seven (7) travelers! That breaks down to an average of $196 for a five…

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Our First Year Living Tiny & Nomadic

In Big Family Tiny Living

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 I know for a fact my family is better for it. Alexis, 11, is not afraid to ask, tell, or show me anything. Matthew, 9,  shows confidence, critical thinking, and know how in many areas I never possessed at his age. Chloe, 8, has the tenacity I carry in my adult years and concurrently can host a tea party like a professional event planner. Jacob, 5, has a nontraditional brain…

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We Finally Have Pubescent Preteen

In Parenting and Education, Uncategorized

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 had this urge to try it… the only problem I was pretty much hairless. I still don’t have much body hair these days actually… But when you are the wild child you just look at your eyebrow and think I could shave off a little and be fine. I ended up shaving off about ½ of an already lightly existing brow. My dad laughed so hard at me that he…

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

In Big Family Tiny Living, Uncategorized

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 the now. So… to bring it on track, to live with what you have, to not be ashamed of yourself, and to constantly try to make things better and more self-sustained. We have four kids, and four animals that depend on us daily. For those of you who understand the amount of hours one must dedicate to develop great children, good. For those of you who understand daily commitment, just…

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5 Things You Need To Know When Being A Guest

In Big Family Tiny Living, Uncategorized

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 while staying… from planning to departure. (Guest) “We’re here!” (Host) “Hey…you…  (WTF)” Guests are great, unexpected guests, not so much. If you’re a nomadic soul and find through your travels you have family, friends, acquantainships that are willing to open their home to you for a period of time, don’t misuse it. Whenever we put ourselves out into someone’s life, and with today’s technology of phones and GPS routes, there…

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The Bunkroom

In Big Family Tiny Living, Our Skoolie Conversion, Uncategorized

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 built a dutch door and used all of the available dead space storage, including building a fan into the door. Read more about our nifty hacks here. Our goal was to try this bus life for at least 2 years, which meant the kids needed some room to grow and to be able to chill in that space. Each bunk is 7 ft long by 33 in wide and framed…

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Our Favorite Outdoor Activities With Kids

In Big Family Tiny Living, thebhive family adventures, Uncategorized

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 the most part. We aren’t talking trails either because we’d go on trail walks as a family all the time. What we were looking to do is to have some elevation change, put some miles on, play in an interesting area (i.e. waterfall, crevasse, span footbridge, etc…) not only for our sake, but for the physical, mental, and emotional growth of our children’s lives. Fishing – I used to fish…

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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 issue for Johnny and I but we knew that this would be big change for the kids. We wanted to be sure our home had all the essentials and as much storage we could create. Multi Use- Stovetop Tray/Cover – When we installed the gas range I was ecstatic! I had never cooked over gas and I was excited to learn. However the knobs and the stovetop in general were…

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