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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 recommend, especially for active kids! Telescope – A compact version would be an excellent addition to our full-time travel lifestyle. Already, in a few places we have visited, there were nights of looking up at the sky and watch in amazement. Here in Vermont the sky feels so close and the stars are so vivid that after the kids go to bed, Johnny was able to point out several satellites…

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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 what you want!” But, beyond the inspiring words of wisdom how do we truly make it happen? To summarize in a few words, it takes budgeting, thriftiness, and willingness to accept new normalcies to living the life you want. Food: We budget roughly a $1000/month ($800 ish for groceries and maybe $200 in   $800 at the grocery stores and $200 on a few nights out at a decently priced restaurant….

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Basic Skills for Kids in the Kitchen

In Half Baked Barely Measure, Parenting and Education, 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) before bus life, I didn’t really “try” to take the time to teach them how to cook. It was just easier for me to make the one and done meal. As our tiny dwelling journey continues, our tiny home kitchen has really served us amazingly. It’s like a play kitchen, all of the appliances are smaller and my desk is on the other side… so I can sit and work…

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Coexisting | Big Family Tiny Home

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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. But… its all about perspective. Tiny living has taught me to slow down and pay more attention to my movements, it teaches the kids more about situational awareness (although that lessons is the most painful) and being considerate of space. Things to consider when going tiny with a big family.  The design –  When we designed Buzz, our goal was to a.) fit everyone and b.) try to create at…

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Our Tiny Home Top Toys | Big Family Tiny Living

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The other day I found ½ a turkey at the grocery store and got way too PUMPED to make a “Christmas in July” meal. As we sat down around the campfire I reminisce to our holidays. Johnny’s training/deployment schedule made him miss every other holiday season, Halloween- Christmas. Reflecting on those days and then sitting where I am now was such a warm feeling. We are having so much fun just spending quality time together.  Most holidays I am “lead” for presents, costume discussion and such. Every time it came to buying presents I would cringe at the items on display and the cost associated. I remember one year when Johnny was gone, and I took the kids to “peruse” the toy aisle at Target. This shopping trip “broke” me of how I buy things.This year Alexis HAD to have this turtle toy that swam in water inside this “pen”…

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A Kiss on top of MT Washington Auto Rd

Mt. Washington Sunrise Auto Ride | Sunday Funday

In thebhive family adventures, Uncategorized

This trip started out at midnight with a loud thunder and lightning storm over the top of us. It was down pouring when we got up to leave and got lucky the rain stopped just long enough to load everyone up without making a mess inside the car. It was a 2.5-hour drive to the gate of Mt. Washington’s Auto Road. When you get to the gate it’s another 20-30 minutes up the 8-mile winding road. The drive itself wasn’t too bad, albeit I didn’t drive, Johnny did. It was terrifying a few times. We did the Sunrise drive, which is only done 3 times a year, and it was pitch black, foggy and the road was consistently very close to the edge with very sharp/sudden turns. Reaching the summit we realized we were absolutely under-dressed and that we were all going to freeze. It was 45 degrees with a…

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Campfire Chicken Casserole

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Lately, I have been reconnecting with food. Mostly because our lifestyle changed the way I was used to cooking. Not only did we not have to gas hooked up for like 5 months, but it’s also my first time cooking on gas. Besides using my Instantpot and my electric skillet, I have also really enjoyed cooking over an open fire I don’t do anything too crazy for this meal. I salt and pepper the chicken thighs ( this works for bone-in/skin-on or skinless/boneless thighs) and begin to cook them. I prefer the skin on thighs because I can really burn the skin in preparation for the BBQ sauce. I usually flip it every 7-8 minutes letting it cool for maybe for 30 ish minutes. After the chicken is pretty much cooked I get the flames up again and coat each piece heavily with BBQ sauce. I like using Sweet Baby…

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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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Traveling to Vermont

Revisiting Friendships New & Old | Heading North for the Summer!

In thebhive family adventures, Uncategorized

This past 5 weeks it feels like we time hopped. Traveling through 5 states and visiting with some new and some longtime friends. Hot Hot Georgia Starting out in Georgia, where we were celebrating with our friends Elissa & Cody, who just got married. We hung out with them for a week, made new friends and had a wonderful time! Back to Music City Tennessee Johnny and I were committed to speaking at and participate in the Tennessee Tiny House Festival June 1st & 2nd at Nissan Stadium. So, off we went traveling back up to Tennessee! It was great to get to hang out with this new found community of tiny/travel people! The kids bartered for haircuts, played with friends, ran mini businesses during the event and had an amazing time. After the Tiny house Festival, we needed to begin heading East towards Johnny’s graduation and subsequently our final…

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