Big Family Tiny Living

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

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…

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…

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…

How Much Does It Really Cost Us? Traveling Fulltime With A Family Of 6

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How Much Does It Really Cost Us? Living On a Skoolie Fulltime With A Family Of 6 Most days it doesn’t make sense. “I mean come on…” Most people’s questions circulate around. “How do you… travel full-time… visit friends and family you’d probably see once a decade… make time for adventures.. and the biggest one – make money/afford it?” The answer is simple, and we’ve all heard it over the years from countless mentors, elders, and inspirational people, “Make life…

Basic Skills for Kids in the Kitchen

In Big Family Tiny Living, Home Skoolied, Parenting, Tiny Home Big Kitchen, Uncategorized

I LOVE to cook, and I love good food. I try very hard to not sacrifice the quality of our meals for the quantity or price since we are a large family with growing kids. I want our kids to have a wide palate, understand meal planning, nutrition and be capable of independently preparing a meal. While Johnny and I have always encouraged “food” independence (like getting their own cereal, choosing their snacks for lunch, or baking sugar cookies etc)…

Coexisting | Big Family Tiny Home

In Big Family Tiny Living

You know, it’s not awful living tiny with a big family. Yes, there are 6 people and 4 animals in this 320 sqft skoolie conversion but the memories and fun surpass the momentary pains of living tiny. Yes, it hurts to get your toes/hips hit by kids opening drawers without paying attention.Yes, it hurts if you move to fast and catch a 2×4 to the forehead.Yes, I have fallen going up and down our THREE FRICKEN steps into the bus….

Day Trip Pack Out

Day Trip Pack Out

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From diaper bags to backpacks I have always been one to have an ‘extra outfit’/diaper/socks etc. I mean what’s the harm in packing out extras? In the earlier years, I can’t tell you how many times my “over preparedness” saved me. Blow-Outs to muddy rain play, I always try to have some extras with me cause kids are messy. Now that the kids are older and able to carry their own weight… I mean their stuff, we have them pack…

Places To Stay In Your Skoolie Conversion.

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It’s funny how many people we can trip up when we mention that we travel full time. They can’t get over that fact that we no longer are tied to a property, and the idea of needing to find a place to stay in our skoolie conversion is pretty frequent. It can get stressful especially in the camping seasons, but so far our travels up and down the East coast have been fairly smooth. Quickies and One Night Stands For…