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Stationary life in Nashville with @fifth_wheel_living

I’m excited to share my friend Kirsten from @fifthwheelliving - I love how they designed their RV and took a leap of faith to this chapter of their life.

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My name is Kirsten, and I am the person behind @fifth_wheel_living and this is my story. 

My husband is a very talented musician, and although he was very successful with pop music from Delaware, he wanted to break into country music. It was a random night In August 2017, a day without even talking about it to each other , we both got the feeling that we should move to Nashville. Devin immediately called me and asked what I thought, I told him YES, LETS DO IT! Right away we started planning, that planning shut our hopes down quickly when we saw how high the cost of living was! Apartments alone were around $1,300-$2,000 monthly for just RENT! So we started to look into buying a house, well I have never been to Nashville and my husband had only been a hand full of times. It just wasn’t a smart idea to buy right away and set ourselves up for debt. After that we kinda just said “oh well...”. I thought that’s what we did, but one night I was at work my husband Devin was doing some digging on the internet. He found a man living in a van and that led him to find 188sqft account. A couple who travels and lives in a fifth wheel! Devin asked me if we could do that and just be stationary in Nashville, obviously I was all for it. Fast forward to October 2017 we purchased our 2008 Keystone Montana. Luckily we had a friend who had all the tools and knew what he was doing.  Devin was touring and I was working full time night shift. We worked night and day, anytime we could to get things done in our soon to be home. January 1, 2018 we were pulling away from our old home and on our way to Nashville! We did it! Fast forward to now, it’s been almost 1 year guys since we went tiny. We love Nashville, so much music, entertainment and fun! Being stationary has been a major plus, we get all of the pros of Nashville without all the cons! Cost of living is low for us, we are saving money, and my husband is living his dream. Going tiny has changed our life. It was suppose to be a 1 year thing until we found our forever home, but right now we aren’t planning on leaving this lifestyle anytime soon. When we are ready to buy a house, we will have our fifth wheel to sell and use as a down payment. How exciting is that?! We are a tiny living, debt free life style, planning for the future couple. I hope our story inspires you to follow your dreams, no matter how crazy it may seem. Going from 1600sqft to barley over 160sqft we have adjusted very well. One of our biggest concerns were our dogs adjusting. Bonnie, phoebe and Daisy. Yes we have three sisters. Many people asked if we would get rid of them, heck no. Our dogs are a small breed and they run around our tiny home like they own the place. Even though they don’t have a fenced in area to run around in, they still get their energy out in long walks and playing inside. They have adjusted very well, I honestly think they like it better, because we are all always close to them all the time. 

If you want to follow and learn more about our journey, these are our accounts. 

@fifth_wheel_living 

@dev_trout 

Traveling out of the Country with Dogs by @cedar.stream

I’m so excited to have Nathalie, Louis, & Parker from @cedar.stream on the blog today! They travel full-time in their 1969 Airstream Globetrotter. The pictures from all their travels are breathtaking! I know you’ll love them just as much as we do! Today Nathalie is going to share all about their experience crossing the Canadian border with their pup Parker.


The first time I saw photos of the Canadian Rockies, specifically Banff National Park, I knew I needed to go. The mountains have always spoken to me and these particular ones looked phenomenal.

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When we started making travel plans for summer 2018, some friends reached out wanting to meet up in Montana. This meant we would be a matter of minutes from the Canadian border. This was our chance to go north and explore those beautiful places we’d seen in photos.

But what about our sweet pup, Parker? I knew we couldn’t leave her behind.

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I quickly started researching what it would take to bring a dog across the Canadian border. After reading a handful of web pages, we were excited to find we could bring Parker across and that she would be able to explore with us!

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Here is a list of the top 3 things you should know when traveling across the Canadian Border with your pet:

1-Your pet needs to be vaccinated against rabies. The little tag on your pet’s collar doesn’t count, you’ll need the actual paper your veterinarian gave you the day of the shot. The paper will list: your pet’s name, breed, color, weight, and age; your vet’s contact information and license number; and lastly, the serial number for the vaccination and where it was manufactured. If you don’t have this paper call your vet and have them send you a copy before you reach the border. Pet vaccinations are required in both Canada and the US. You never know when you’ll be asked to show proof so be prepared by keeping a copy with you at all times.

2-Open bags of pet food can’t be brought across the Canadian border. Know how much your pet needs for the duration of the visit and bring a new, sealed bag that is no larger than 40 lbs. The US is a little more relaxed in regards to pet food so if you purchased the food in the US, you should be good to bring the rest back with you.

3-Research where you can or cannot bring your pet. Dogs are allowed on most trails in the Canadian National Parks. Make sure your pet stays on leash at all times. Leash laws are for the safety of your pet, wild life, and the beautiful land you’re exploring.

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Now that you know the basics, I’ll tell you a little about our experience.

When we got to Montana I pulled out our folder of Parker’s paperwork. After flipping through it we noticed we had a paper saying which vaccines she had done, but it wasn’t “the rabies paper” we needed… crap.

The stress about whether our Canada trip would happen or not kicked in. I called our veterinarian first thing the next morning (just two days before we were supposed to cross the border) and was able to get a copy emailed to us within an hour. We were lucky to get a copy so quickly, however, I would not recommend putting it off until the last minute!

We were now fully prepared to cross the border. We knew all the rules and had a plan, yet I still felt so nervous! When we got to the Canadian border we rolled down our windows, even the back ones, so Parker could say hello. We had nothing to hide. We handed over our passports, had Parker’s rabies vaccination record in hand, and waited for the officer to ask questions. I don’t know why I was so anxious about crossing! It was so quick and easy.

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We got into Canada, no problem. It was time to explore all the incredible lakes and mountains our hearts desired via kayak, hiking, hammock, and more, all with our little adventure pup by our side. We visited Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks. They were all amazing and unique in their own ways. We met people from all over, who shared similar experiences of ease, bringing their furry friends on their travels.

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If you are considering bringing your pet to Canada, don’t let crossing the border scare you. We experienced things seamlessly going both in and out. Parker enjoyed all the new places we went and we could sleep easily knowing she was by our side.

A little about @cedar.streams

We are Nathalie and Louis. We have been traveling full time in our self renovated, off-grid Airstream for a year and a half. Louis does carpentry work on the road, while Nathalie takes care of planning and documenting this big journey we call life. We boondocks everywhere we go to give ourselves, and our very adventurous dog, Parker, a chance to explore unique places and fully submerge ourselves in the outdoors.

To find Nathalie & Louis’ IG click HERE

For more cuteness from Parker search #Parkertheadventurepup on IG









The Pop Up Bed & Breakfast by @us3andtherv

I’m so excited to share with you Kelly & Andy from @us3andtherv. I love following along their travels and i’m in LOVE with their latest business venture, @thepopupbnb! I think you’ll love it just as much as we do. I mean who wouldn’t want to stay in this cute tent & have top notch service?!


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So the idea to start a full-service, glamping tent rental really came to us the same way the idea to live full-time, on the road in an RV did, out of pure necessity.  With the motorhome, we had hit a fork in the road as far as our careers and housing. At the time we were in a short-term rental that had run out and on the exact same day in which we were suppose to vacate the apartment or sign a new lease I found out I was being let go from my job.  Also happening at this time was the passing of my grandfather, who was the original owner of our RV, who we affectionately call “Homie”.  With no careers holding us back, no mortgage or lease keeping us stationary and the RV suddenly becoming available for purchase the signs all pointed to this solution.  Moving into the motorhome just seemed like the most logical solution and since we had just been married (and had not booked a honeymoon yet) we decided this would be the perfect time to do it!  So, without hesitation we sold our belongings and jumped into this full-time RV life head first.

We had been living in the motorhome for just over 1 year when the idea to start a glamping business came to us.  We had hosted a whole slew of friends and families coming to visit us on our travels and it didn’t take long to realize fitting extra bodies in a 33ft motorhome would be quite a struggle.  Our Homie girl is spacious but her limits have definitely been tested with our large gatherings, so we wanted to figure out something that would act as an extension of the motorhome.  Something that would solve our problem of not being able to comfortably host our visitors while also solving a completely separate problem of needing to generate income while traveling.  To be honest our first thought was a mobile vintage trailer that we could possibly tow behind the RV, but that just seemed like a lot more work than we were wanting to put into this idea.  It wasn’t until we were on a camping trip with some friends in Zion that we got our first glimpse of a CanvasCamp Bell Tent.  Our friends had one and we watched them set it up with ease and instantly knew, this would be the best solution to meet all of our needs.

Just like Homie, we purchased our 13.5 ft, all season, CanvasCamp Glamping tent to solve the issue of housing out of town friends and family but we also saw a potential income opportunity.  Insert ‘The Pop-Up BnB’, a full-service luxury camping experience.  Our love for camping in exotic places combined with the thrill of searching for those perfectly secluded sites really made us wish we had other people there to share it with.  We have stayed in some magnificently, breathtaking locations and we wanted to share that same magical feeling with other people.  Sometimes our guests have their own spots picked out that they would like their camp setup at and other times our guests solely rely on us to find them a spot that meets their needs.  No matter where the location they can ensure a care free, over the top, luxurious stay.  Our guests have hot meals delivered to their tent site, plush bedding, heaters and fans for temperature control and a plethora of add-on items to choose from, such as our “outdoor movie-night package”.  We want our guests to show up and relax, never having to lift a finger. So we do everything in our power to make that happen and so far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  

Although this success has been wonderful and we feel extremely blessed, we still have a whole slew of hardships to tackle with this tent business.  Growing pains at any new startup are common and we are no different.  One of the biggest issues we have to continually tackle is the need for a large, open (and ideally flat) clearing to fit our tents 20 ft diameter.  Nature is not always so friendly in providing us with a perfect area, so we work with what is there and are continually coming up with ways to improve this issue.  Another battle to tackle in trying to run a glamorous camping experience in nature is dealing with the elements.  We don’t always have the best weather, so if it means setting the tent up in pouring rain, we do it.  We do our best to relay to our guests that this is a true camping experience and as such they could incur inclement weather in which they would be stuck inside the tent rather than exploring the area, like they had intended.  So far, our wonderful guests have rolled with every element and made the best out of the situation.  Which totally speaks to their rad personalities, but then again, if you book an overnight stay at a mobile tent in the middle of a secluded forest then you have to be pretty rad in the first place.  We have hosted bachelorette parties, romantic getaways, kids’ birthday parties and single travelers just looking for a “once in a lifetime” experience.  We hope to grow our business in 2019, though we are not entirely sure of what that looks like right now. I’m confident it will be unique and totally off beat, so stay tuned!


HOW TO BOOK THE POP-UP: CLICK HERE

FOLLOW THE POP-UP BNB: CLICK HERE

FOLLOW KELLY & ANDYS TRAVEL/RV LIFE: CLICK HERE

Healthy Road Snacks by @mollyandjonathan

I’m so happy to have Molly + Jonathan on the blog today from @mollyandjonathan. On road trips I struggle with reaching for the healthy gas station snacks + instead grab the less healthy. Today they will share a range of healthy snacks they eat while traveling! Hope you enjoy + make sure to head over to their IG account. They will also be launching their website soon!


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When most people hear Road Trip, they think chips, candy, soda, fast food and trash everywhere. Well, now that our life is one giant road trip, that kind of food won’t really work for our budget or our bellies. Sometimes, it’s not just a few hours traveling, it’s all day! So road trips now have to encompass a wide range of meals and snacks.

We have had to get pretty creative since we tend to eat when we’re bored. Not that we don’t love each other’s company confined in a small space for eight hours at a time, but food can really break up a drive. So the trick is, over pack the snacks! We find ourselves reaching for food about every hour, despite how hungry we actually are. The more variety and options we’ve packed, the less likely we are to buy a candy bar at the next gas station.  

Some of our favorite snacks include:

  • Fruit - Our go-to’s are apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, cut cantaloupe

  • Cut Vegetables - Our favorites for the road are cucumber, carrot, peppers

  • Avocado - We cut ours in half, add a little salt and put it back together before we hit the road, bring a spoon to eat this one!

  • Dried Fruit - We love dried pineapple and mango

  • Nuts - All of them!

  • Trail Mix  - See, we’re not monsters, we included chocolate!

  • Granola Bars - Bring a variety of flavors

  • Kettle Chips - A little indulgence is okay

  • Rice Cakes w/ Almond Butter - Bring a bag of rice cakes, a jar of almond butter and a knife

  • Seaweed Snacks - These snacks are awesome for flavor, we love the wasabi kind

  • Rice Bowls - Just throw some rice, veggies, and sauce in a jar, don’t forget your spoon!

  • Leftovers from dinner - if it doesn’t need a knife, bring it!

We are not exaggerating when we say we will bring EVERYTHING listed above for a full day drive. We mean ALL the different kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, granola bars… yeah, everything. We go through a multitude of cravings - sometimes we want something sweet, salty, crunchy, filling - and if we don’t have it on hand, boredom will drive us to buy it!

We also try our best to be mindful about the waste consumption, so we attempt to buy as limited packaging and plastic as possible. We don’t use plastic bags to hold fruit and veggies at the grocery store, we buy our dried fruits and nuts in bulk, and we make our own trail mix. In the car, we use a cooler and store items in glass jars, stasher bags, cotton bulk bags, thermoses, and canvas lunch bags to keep things fresh. We don’t use paper towels or napkins, so we bring a few of our rags to keep us neat and presentable. Don’t forget to bring cutlery and be aware - the person riding shotgun may have to feed the driver!


We are Molly and Jonathan, our health and happiness is living tiny, eating good food, practicing mindfulness, having adventures and chasing joy! Molly is an online professor, website consultant and yoga teacher. Jonathan is a chef, park ranger, and teacher. We travel the country in our 19’ travel trailer with our two dogs! Follow us at @mollyandjonathan and soon check our website iconoclasticwellness.com for tiny living adventures, recipes, zero waste tips, and yoga flows and meditations.


Molly + Jonathan’s IG: HERE

Molly’s IG: HERE

Website: COMING SOON

Road School by @weelittlenomads

I’m so excited to share Mary from @weelittlenomads today. She was one of the very first accounts I started following when we were looking into Airstreams. I love following their family travels & hope to pass them on the road one day! They are in mid-renovation of a new trailer so make sure to go see their progress! - Colleen


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Making the decision to educate your children at home is momentous. It not only dictates the learning environment for your kids and their childhood experiences, but also your parenting schedule and strategy.

Now that we have this big ole ice cream Sunday in front of us called HOMESCHOOL- let’s just put a cherry on top by putting that school in motion on wheels and calling it ROADSCHOOL.

There are so many similarities between the two and many times they go hand-in-hand with curriculums and schedules, but there are also many differences. The most notable one is the lack of a permanent home-base. This creates challenges such as - library cards, sport leagues, subscription mail kits, and inability to form weekly learning groups or join co-op schools.

Instead of focusing on the closed windows, let’s focus on the doors that open for a child and parent that school on the road. 

  1. Ability to travel to various points of interest and not only teaching something, but experiencing it. Lessons about different climates and land formations are more exciting when we can explore deserts, volcanos, and coastal regions. We can touch sea stars in tidal pools on the rocky Pacific Coast, and walk along the harsh terrain of the Arizona desert. We can color pictures of peninsulas and plateaus and then see the landscape with our own eyes - bringing geography and geology to life in unforgettable ways.

  2. Nature at our doorstep, an ever-changing backyard. One day we are picking poppies and identifying the California wildflowers, and the next we are in the Pacific Northwest touching moss and fungi species on the rainforest floor. Nature studies is a very prominent part of our schooling journey because we are constantly outside exploring our new surroundings. National and State Parks are great roadschooling resources - with junior ranger programs making it fun and accessible for kids to learn about the wildlife in that area.

  3. Cultural and Social skills flourish. I know what you are all thinking - but what about socialization?!? Won’t you raise an unsocialized weirdo living this way?! All I know is that my children are incredibly social and make friends everywhere we travel - they have learned how to communicate and create relationships that are respectful and culturally sensitive. If they do not enjoy the company of another child, they can walk away - they do not learn the ill behaviors of classmates - instead they form friendships at playgrounds, museums, and with fellow traveling families. They have strong bonds with their siblings and love to meet peers along the way.

  4. Technology has come a long way. Online resources are available to fill in some of the gaps. We can do online art classes, music classes, math classes - you name it! We can download any book with a library card from our home state. Online subscriptions are available for National Geographic Kids Magazine or documentary series. The possibilities are endless! 

In fact, we created an online subscription for a human anatomy and physiology homeschool curriculum to fill in a science gap. My husband and I are both medical - he is an ICU nurse and I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. We wanted to create a simple lesson plan for families to learn about health and wellness. Each month introduces a new bodily system with a correlating disease or disorder; for instance, respiratory system and asthma lesson is month 1. It can easily be applied to homeschool and roadschool families alike because it is conveniently sent to your email at the start of each month with the downloadable PDFs and linked resources.

To learn more visit https://www.littlenomads.net/wee-little-learners/

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I have learned so much from teaching my children on the road. It takes patience and perseverance and a large dose of flexibility. Here are my main takeaways from this type of education:

Let the travels be your guide to teaching - base your lessons on your surroundings. 

Don’t get weighed down by materials. School supplies are wonderful, but most of the time less is more.

Experience trumps worksheets. If you have to choose between your child sitting in a chair and writing 100 multiplication problems versus creating tiny boats to float down the nearby creek - always pick the latter. Kids learn through play! 

Mother Earth is the greatest teacher, let her do most of the work.

Most everything worth teaching is done outside of a desk. 

Visit us @weelittlenomads on instagram to follow our roadschool journey! 

Vist our website https://www.littlenomads.net

Journey to Jackson Hole | @honeysucklesweetlife

I’m so excited to share Tristen and her family with you! She is sharing her journey to Jackson Hole and some amazing photos! If you aren’t already following her on Instagram you need to, her pictures are always breathtaking. Make sure to check out her blog for yummy recipes, all about wellness, and adventure! @honeysucklesweetlife


Our Journey to Jackson Hole

My husband and I were both raised in Southern California and our boys were both born there so our move to Jackson Hole, Wyoming this summer was a pretty big step for us. 

Our journey started 8 years ago when we went on a camping trip with my husband Darren’s family to Lake Arrowhead, Ca. We were tent camping with a three year old and a one year old and lets not forget the pack n play. We did this two years in a row. This situation was not ideal for me, however, this is when we realized how much we enjoyed the outdoor life and time out of the city. We had some good friends that had an RV and camped in comfort as I call it. I started looking into travel trailers since we had the car to pull one. I knew the layout I wanted after researching and I had a tight budget. I found a great used trailer that I updated a bit and we set out on our first big adventure to Yosemite with two other families. We had never owned a trailer and yet there we were dry camping in Yosemite for eight days! We had an amazing trip hiking, fishing, campfires and my oldest learned how to ride a bike there. And so began our RV adventure travel. 

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Over the next couple of years we explored Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Redwoods and most of the California Coast from San Diego to Big Sur. We found ourselves trying to spend as much time as possible out of the city. Our life really changed when I planned a trip to Yellowstone and Jackson during the summer of 2015. We drove to West Yellowstone explored the park for a couple days then drove down to Jackson Hole. As we were driving into town all four of us had this overwhelming feeling we were going to love it. We stayed outside of town at a little ranch called Rockin M Ranch. I had researched all of things we should not miss while and Jackson and we packed it in! The Tetons, Rodeo, Persephone Bakery, hiking, floating on the Snake River, Horseback riding you name it we did it! 

Something changed when we got home from that trip and we started talking about moving from California. We looked at Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming. My husband just could not get the Tetons out of his system. We decided to head back to Jackson for Thanksgiving Break that same year. It was the coldest trip I have ever taken. We arrived to negative 9 temps and so much snow. It was 75 when we left So Cal. After that week I was not sure I was feeling Jackson anymore other than for vacation. By the following spring Darren was still all things Jackson Hole. He would wake up and have his coffee to the webcam in Jackson and he had subscribed to all of the online platforms. He was checked out of Southern California. We had taken Colorado and Oregon off of our list at this point so it was down to Jackson and Boise. I felt like I needed to spend more time in Jackson other than just a week here and there to really see if I could live here. That is when I had the idea to spend the summer in Jackson in the trailer. Darren thought I was nuts at first but quickly jumped on board. He works from home so we found a co op office space in the square where he could work, we sold our 24 foot trailer and upgraded to our brand new 32 foot trailer with slide out, found a house sitter for our home in California and hit the road. 

We parked the trailer at the Fireside RV resort for the next eight weeks. In the morning the boys and I would drop Darren off in the square to work and we would go play. We would go to the parks in town, ride bikes, and skip rocks. At the end of the day we pick up Darren and grab a pizza or pack a picnic and head into Grand Teton national park for the evening since it does not get dark until 10 pm! I spent the summer watching my boys just be boys and have a freedom they did not have at home. I was sold. I toured schools and made plans. One of the hardest things we had to do that summer was go home. None of us wanted to leave. As we drove into LA my oldest said “ mom look at all of the pollution”! It was crazy after spending so much time in the most beautiful place just how changed we were. 

Our plan was to move to Jackson the next summer however that was not the same plan the universe had. Corporate America and mergers and acquisitions derailed us for a year. We spent one more year in California than we had planned while we rebuilt and recovered. Early this year we started working with an agent who would FaceTime us houses to rent and on June 28th this past summer we set off for our new life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We moved into our home July 1st. This was three years in the making. 

We have learned that the life you want is worth fighting for and maybe it won’t come easy. We have learned that as long as the four of us are together we are ok. Even though this is the life we craved is it perfect? 

 For me this journey has been bitter sweet. Yes, I wanted this move but change is hard. Leaving my mom in California and all of my friends has been incredibly hard. I was the President of the parent association, Team mom for sports and very social. I am starting over at 44. The boys wanted this move and they love Jackson but there are so many adjustments in a new school and a new place. We are all finding our way and growing so much. I have discovered a passion for photography and I am more at piece then I may have ever been. We live in the moment rather than never having a moment. We are looking forward to ski and snowboard season and I am going to try to embrace all things winter! We have spring and summer trips planned in the trailer to Moab, Arches, Canyon Lands, Glacier, Banff, Olympic and the Oregon coast. And lets not forget a California Christmas to see family and friends and defrost! 

When Colleen asked me to write this article I thought it was important and might help someone else with their journey. Never give up on your goals and dreams!! 


Ways to find Tristen..

IG: @honeysucklesweetlife

Blog: https://honeysuckle.me

October Shout Out

Yay, our first monthly shout out! The point of this monthly post is to highlight some amazing accounts on IG! If you aren’t already following these accounts below you should!

-Steady Streamin’ Cashio’s


@touringtastebuds

Hi! We are Stef and Chad from Touring Tastebuds! We live in our renovated 1977 Airstream Argosy and have been traveling around the West Coast for the last few months. We visited 17 states, 10 National Parks over a total of 10,000 miles and it was the trip of a lifetime! We are passionate about a lot of things, but we absolutely love all things travel, adventure and of course, food! We always compliment a hike with a great meal or travel to new places and try all of their local favorites. We also just love spending time in our tiny home with our cat, Ace, and our dog, Millie! We have lots of trips to come, and would love for you to follow along!

Instagram: @touringtastebuds | Twitter: @touringtastebud | YouTubewww.youtube.com/touringtastebuds | Blog:www.touringtastebuds.com


@thestreamlinedlife

Kate, a motherhood coach, and her musician husband, Kirk, travel full-time in a Lance 2185 with their three kiddos ages 7, 4, and 18 months. After years of working constantly and feeling burnt-out by home ownership and a lack of travel, they sold their home and hit the road in March 2018. Since heading out on their journey, they have whale watched in Monterey, splashed in waterfalls and rivers, dipped toes in both the Pacific and Atlantic, and gotten lost (in the best sort of way) too many times to count. The simple lifestyle has allowed them to connect more deeply as a family and prioritize experiences over things.

You can connect with Kate at thestreamlinedlife.com and listen to Kirk's music at https://kirksaffle.bandcamp.com/ or follow them on Instagram @thestreamlinedlife

(Side note: Mommas, go check out her amazing podcast -> HERE )


@cedar.stream

We are Nathalie, Louis, and Parker (#theadventurepup). A year and a half ago we renovated our 120 sq. foot Airstream into an off-grid, traveling home. We are always on the move, driving 15,000 miles since moving in and eager to explore many thousand more.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cedar.stream/


@glamping.like.a.hoss

We are a couple of Texans in our Winnebago Minnie Plus making our way out West. The travelers are my husband Matt and our 2 goldendoodles, June & Cash. We’ve gone as far North as Jasper, Canada and are now headed down the Western Coast. Our goal when we started this trip was to take a 2 month road trip and hit as many National Parks and wine regions as we could. Well 2 months turned into 3 and now here we are at 4! By the end of this trip we will have visited at least 26 National Parks! 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glamping.like.a.hoss/


@fifth_wheel_living


Hey guys! My name is Kirsten and my husbands name is Devin and we are Fifthwheel living. It all started when we decided we wanted to move to Nashville. The downside was we didn’t know the area well enough to buy a home and after we priced rent, it just wasn’t worth losing that much money a month. Devin came across a video of a couple living in a Fifthwheel that they remodeled, I instantly fell inlove and we made a decision to go for it! We did some shopping, remodeling and here we are today. Living tiny, saving money, investing our hard earned cash and enjoying Nashville.

Devins Pagewww.instagram.com/dev_trout
Instagramwww.instagram.com/fifth_wheel_living


Hope you enjoyed this months shout outs, if you want to be featured on an upcoming shout out, reach out to us here on IG!

Reflections on Minimalism by Christine A. Platt | @afrominimalist

I’m so excited to share with you this week, Christine Platt from @afrominimalist. She’s a mom, author, & on her journey of minimalism. I can’t wait for you to hear about her approach to minimalism.


There was time when I would have never associated myself with the word “minimalist”. I was more of a maximalist. A woman who prided herself on finding the best deals and discounts. A woman who treated Black Friday as if it were a national holiday or popular sport.

I spent money aimless because “I worked hard for it” and “I deserved to enjoy the fruits of my labor”. I didn’t realize what I was doing—that I was buying things to fill voids I didn’t even know I had.

When I reflect on those years of my aggressive spending, I can easily see the areas in my life where I was unhappy. I was an emotional spender who ran to the nearest Target or HomeGoods when I needed a fix. And I never truly felt bad about my purchases because I always scored a deal. It’s why one of my favorite mottos these days is: “It’s not a deal if you don’t need it.”

A motto that’s hard to practice unless I am being intentional. 

We live in a society of consumerism, where things we need (or simply want) are available at the click of a button. It so easy to get emotional fixes! But it’s important to remember that such fixes are only temporary. That’s what happened to me. I woke up one day in an immaculately furnished home, closets full of designer clothes—and I was still unhappy.

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It took me approximately two years to find my minimalist happy zone. My wardrobe consists of only clothes, shoes and accessories that I wear regularly. I love bright colors and bold prints, so my home is far the aesthetic of monochromatic minimalism. But I’ve learned to surround myself with only the things that my family needs and loves.

Our home is smaller (630 square feet.) Many of our neighboring communities boast properties of 4000+ square feet—space that I now feel is too much for our little family. But it wasn’t that long ago that I toured some of those very homes, daydreaming and imagining the joy of decorating each room and filling each closet.

I share my minimalist journey online as The Afro Minimalist because I remember searching “minimalist homes” when I started my journey. I was so discouraged to find more information about the aesthetic of minimalism than the practice. Minimalism will look different for everyone because we all have different needs, wants and desires. And I feel it is the practice of minimalism that is most important—living intentionally and on your own terms.

Changing my lifestyle has afforded me the opportunity to do what I love regardless of the pay. I have time and energy to clean my home. And I love that the tight living quarters forces our family closer. There’s not much room for anger and resentment in a small space—you get to the root of the issues and fix them quick, fast, and in a hurry!

 I’m a minimalist and living the life I’ve always imagined. And for me, therein lies true happiness.


More about Christine Platt, she is the author of the award-winning novel, The Truth About Awiti, and the poetry collection, Dear Ancestors. When she isn’t writing stories about the African diaspora, Christine serves as the Managing Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. She is currently curating a 635 sq ft living space in Washington, DC. 

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Meet @RVFIXERUPPER | Steve and Trina

I am so excited to have our first guest post on our website! Thanks so much for the support. I can’t wait for you to hear from Trina @rvfixerupper. If you haven’t stumbled upon her Instagram you need to! How she transforms RVs is a work of art! Absolutely stunning! Without further ado here she is ->

RV Renovation

Steve and I (Trina) have been together for 9 years and married for 7 years.  We are both born and raised in Alaska and have lived in Phoenix for 5 years.  Steve's background is in road construction and for the first 3 years we lived in Phoenix, we traveled back to Alaska for his job during the summers.  The "season" runs from May until October and then shuts down for the year because of freeze up.  That was the beginning of our journey of living tiny.  We had a 32 ft. travel trailer that we lived in so Steve could be mobile with his job.  I started to look at our RV so differently because for those months it was our "home."  I slowly started removing things that felt like an RV (wallpaper border, ugly bedding, ugly pillows, etc.) and began adding things like lamps, art, and beautiful bedding.  It was amazing the way it changed the entire feel of the trailer.  

renovated rv bathroom

Rewind to last year...we love to camp and decided we wanted to buy another RV to camp in with our family.  We knew we wanted a fifth wheel, as I love the high ceilings and Steve loves the maneuverability of them.  We found one that had the perfect floor plan!  The only problem was everything that was inside of it was awful!  We gutted the whole thing and replaced everything with things I would put in a sticks and bricks home.  There weren't many people out there that had done an RV renovation at this level, so there wasn't a lot of information on the internet or Instagram to draw from.  Our background is in construction and design so we applied those skills to the RV and we were very happy with the result.  We started showing people the RV and the response was incredible!  We knew the only way to find out if there was a market for renovated RV's was to test the market, so we put our RV up for sale and it sold.  We had several people contact us about wanting more information on the process of flipping them as they were also interested in flipping. In the last year, it has really exploded as more and more people are choosing to live tiny in RV's.  I love answering people's questions and helping them through the renovation process as it usually ends up being a lot more work than people anticipate.  RV's present challenges that sticks and bricks homes don't, that's probably why I love designing and renovating them so much! They start out so horrible (no matter what year they are) and end up being GORGEOUS! 

modern rv renovation

One of the most difficult things for us in the renovation process is battling the Phoenix heat in the summer.  Ideally, we hope to get to the point where we only renovate in the fall and winter and take the summer to explore the country in our own RV.  My advice to anyone wanting to renovate an RV is hire out the painting!  You'll be so glad you did.

We are excited to be a part of the tiny home community, it's a special group of people that look at life a little bit differently than mainstream America.  Transforming these RV's into beautiful tiny homes that people can live in full time or camp in on the weekends is really special.  I love showing people that you don't have to have a sticks and bricks house to be able to make it your own and make it a home you're really proud of to share with your friends and family.

RV FIXER UPPER

Seriously, can you believe those are RV’s? If you aren’t already following along on Instagram & Facebook, I will link them below!

For Instagram click HERE | For facebook click HERE

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Zach & Colleen Cashio @steadystreamincashios

How to Make Friends on Social Media

When we started our first renovation I decided to start an instagram account, because none of my personal friends were interested in me spamming my personal account with renovation pictures. Well even though I’m in the millennial generation I didn’t know any of the “how to grow on Instagram secrets”. I literally posted random renovation shots whenever and didn't even know how to use a hashtag. I remember when my account grew to 100 followers I was floored, like what? There’s other people on here that want to see an Airstream Renovation?! Then I stumbled across @themayesteam account and they were having an IG course with all the juicy secrets of IG. I asked Zach if he thought I should sign up and he said sure why not? I had just transitioned from being a salon owner & hairdresser to being a stay at home mom. I took their course and was blown away. Mainly because I began to realize just how large the tiny living community is! I didn’t realize how many people actually travel around full time in RVs'/buses etc. If you are looking for a good landing space on how to grow I definitely recommend their course. Something I took away from their class was how IG is such a good virtual community. I actually thought it was kind of silly that people had “virtual friends”, but once I got over that and started reaching out to fellow tiny living community members I realized just how amazing it was! I’ll be honest though, it was intimidating reaching out to others. But, as time went on it got easier and easier. I recommend starting with similar accounts to yours and just reach out & start a conversation! Our goal for this blog is to share others in this community and tips & tricks they’ve learned! In this post I’m going to share some of our IG friends that we love following to see their journey. I hope you enjoy them! Along with guest posts we are going to have a monthly “shout out” post of checking out other tiny home / travel families. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post! Our first guest post will be next week from @rvfixerupper!

First, I’ll showcase @themayesteam

Gabriel & Debbie have 4 cute kids and live on their amazing converted school bus. As you read before they have an IG course, go check out their website & IG for more information! Click here -> https://www.themayesteam.com


@tinyshinyhome

They were one of the first Airstream traveling families we came across & I fell in love with their family! Their feed is all about tiny living, family time, & adventures. I love how active they are with their crew and it gave me hope seeing how successful they are as a full-time traveling family with 4 kids! Not to mention they pick the coolest spots to boondock! Go check out their new boondocking challenge here -> https://tinyshinyhome.com/challenge


@shinyhousemovement

I’m so thankful we met this cute little family & will hopefully meet in person soon considering they live in the state we are from, Louisiana. They are about to move into a cute renovated Airstream mammoth, a beastly 34 footer. -> https://www.instagram.com/shinyhousemovement/


@lovemaemiller

These guys have renovated a motorhome, Airstream, and just bought a huge 5th wheel! I love their style & cute kiddos! They too are a traveling family. Check out Mae’s blog here -> https://lovemaemiller.com


@jessij03

I love how bright & airy this adorable mommas RV is! They live in SoCal with their adorable kids! -> https://www.instagram.com/jessij03/