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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 out their Zomake backpacks. Generally, we only pack out if we are going to be out and about for more than 6 hours or going travel at least an hour away from home base. Besides a few incidents of forgetting vital items, i.e. Matthew completely forgetting any footwear when we’re driving to another state, it’s really fun to see how and what the kids pack out for various occasions. General…

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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 me, the harder “stays” are the one nighters. Where you just need a place to park, sleep, and keep going. Currently, we NEED exterior/generator power to keep our fridge cold and that makes one nighter’s difficult because these locations don’t offer a hookup. Cracker Barrels/Walmarts etc So far the old one nighter location that we have used is Cracker Barrel. We generally like to ask the managers/let them know we…

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Big Family Living Tiny | Tennesse Tiny House Festival!

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Johnny and I spoke about being Big Family Living Tiny. I don’t know whats wrong with me but I get SUPER anxious about speaking… I know LOUD ole me get super nervous?! Well we started out with a smallish crowd but it quickly grew as we spoke about how we chose our bus, what we’ve found to be important for us as a big family and our life/family philosophies. We spoke from the heart and wanted to share truthfully how much fun we are having cutting free from the ‘societal norm” and doing US! Alexis wanted a clay magnet business a while ago. But… because business/marketing/branding is my jam, I started to become overbearing about how to run a business. I slowly stifled her creativity and desire to operate a business. I forgot that it was for her. On the way to the festival, she decided she wanted to make…

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Georgia Wedding Celebration

Wandering down to Georgia

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Where is your sense of wonder? Do you still have it? Can you pull over to see something because you thought for a second “I wonder what that looks like?” Or purchase a random fruit/candy/thing just to try it? This past weekend we scooted on down to Georgia. Johnny’s reserve duty obligations ended sooner than we planned and now we had a 10-day gap in our plans. We were participating at the United Tiny House Association’s Tiny House Festival in Nashville, Tennessee on June 1st & 2nd, now what? Initially, we planned to head to Texas and attempt to finally “MOVE” there… but we didn’t think it’d be feasible in a 10- day window. After we nixed that I scrambled to find another place since it was Memorial Day weekend and apparently everyone and their grandmas go camping in Tennessee… EVERYTHING WAS BOOKED. I went pretty far East and West…

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Enjoying & Exploring Nashville TN

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Johnny and I are both lovers of the free-99 specials and keeping costs down. Especially when traveling to a large city like Nashville TN! It adds up quickly when you have a big family traveling and we prefer to spend our money on quality food (like damn good burgers from The Pharmacy), MUST see things and items that can serve us for a long run ( like the kid’s Wave kayaks). Outside of visiting the local Camping world, we really didn’t venture into Nashville TN the last time we were here. Johnny works for the reserves twice a year now since he was involuntarily separated. It’s a “sore’ subject but I am thankful that Johnny found a way to continue working towards his retirement. Where We Stayed In The Nashville Area When planning our trip to Nashville TN, we had this idea that when we first arrived we’d stay at…

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