When people make the transition from a house with a yard to a RV, many miss their plants and gardens. What some don’t realize is that it is possible to live fulltime on the road with plants. You simply grow smaller plants in pots or hanging baskets. In our RV, we use pots.
When we are traveling, we stick these small potted plants in the sink. What about growing a graden? We actually have a small garden growing in our bedroom. When traveling, we stick these pots on the toilet room floor or in the shower.
If you RV, do you have plants in your rig? If you live in a house with no yard, do you have a potted garden on a patio, window sill, or counter? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.
Today I wanted to share with you a special spot in our fifth wheel-an extra closet! When we had our Class A, we had to store the vacuum in the already small hallway, the hoses and extensions underneath in storage, and the cleaning products underneath the sink. This particular 2006 Newmar has an extra closet between the toilet room and the master bedroom.
The top holds bulk toilet paper, hoses and extensions for the vacuum, carpet cleaning attachments, 2 hand-held brushes, and an extra essential oil diffuser*. *We sell essential oil diffusers on our doTERRA website. Check out our products here.
So what did you think of our utility closet? Do you have any extra space in your RV or trailer that you love? Write your comments below. I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to follow our blog to keep up with our journey.
Today I decided to do another video update due to my Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis giving me so much trouble this past week. My hands have been too swollen to type a lot. I wanted to share how I deal with my Autoimmune Disease while living a minimalist lifestyle on the road. We use essential oils to help take care of our family’s minor health issues. If you are interested in buying any, check out our doTERRA website here.
If interested in some coconut oil to use on your skin, try this brand on Amazon.
Do you have an Autoimmune Disease you deal with? I would love to hear your story. Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.
Today was Wash Day at our house. This time it was a little different. We didn’t go to the laundromat and we didn’t wash clothes by hand. Well, at least not like we used to. We used a Wonder Wash by The Laundry Alternative.
The Wonder Wash is so easy that my 8 year old can do his own laundry! You can watch Part 2 here.
We ended up doing 4 loads of laundry today in about an hour and a half (including hanging to dry). I enjoyed how quick and easy it was to wash our clothes. I plan to wash one load of clothes every 2-3 days and smaller bedding about once every two weeks or so. I also plan on getting the Mini Countertop Spin Dryer to cut down on dry time.
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At the beginning of the year, I used A Beka’s A Handbook for Reading for Phonics for Lucas. I did not have a solid plan for Spelling or Vocabulary. We tried on-line lists and two books but nothing seemed to work for us. I decided to take a break from Spelling this year until I saw this book:
My son struggles with using modern day phonics (like A Beka) because phonics books teach that “a” has two different sounds. When in actuality, the dictionary shows “a” has 6 different sounds. Words like ate, care, arm, last, all, and am all have different “a” sounds. There are other differences between modern phonics and this spelling book besides the “a” sounds though. We still use the A Beka book to practice enunciation and consonant blends.
I have recently switched Lucas over to verbal spelling tests since he scores significantly higher on them. He has dyslexia and written tests trip him up a lot. Until we can overcome this struggle, we will stick with verbal spelling tests. It is more important to me that he can spell words than write them down during tests.
We just went over Lesson 6 today so he can test later in the week. Lesson 5 through Lesson 35 in this book are second grade lessons. The “Sp._.” at the bottom of the page (shown above) is used throughout the book. This book is laid out to be used through 9th grade. I think this $13 purchase was well worth it!
As far as vocabulary goes, we look up spelling words he doesn’t understand. I don’t test him at this age but we do discuss the meanings in detail. I believe learning dictionary skills, basic spelling, and enuciation are more important right now. As long as there is noticable growth in his vocabulary, I see no reason to use tests.
This past week, we have all had haircuts. When my husband and boys’ hair gets too long, we cut it ourselves. This saves us quite a bit of money. My husband gets a haircut about every 3-4 weeks, Lucas (8 year old) about every 6-8 weeks, and Evan (2 year old) about every 3-4 months. I usually go to Smart Style at Walmart to get mine cut about twice a year. I would like to go more often but we don’t always have it in the budget to do so.
Here are some before and after pictures:
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Today was a sewing day for me. Even in my RV, I have room for my sewing machine, tools, and material. I store my sewing machine on top of the kitchen cabinets and the rest fits under the dinette benches. Whenever I need to sew, I just clear and clean the dinette table and get to work.
Since I have lost 15 lbs, I needed to trim up some of my clothes instead of going out and buying more. In the last couple days, I have trimmed up 3 shirts, pleated my jean skirt, and shortened the straps on one of my dresses. Here is how I trim up my bigger shirts:
I start out by putting the shirt inside out on the table. I lay a shirt, that fits me, on top of it and mark where I plan to sew. Then I sew on the line.
My a-line skirt works a little different. I lay it inside out and pleat right down the middle of panels in the skirt. I did two pleats in the front. When I lose more weight, I can put two more pleats in the back.
I also worked on some pants of my 8 year old. He had a pair of shorts that were too big. I pleated them in but they did not turn out as nice as the skirt. I am new to pleating for boys. He had three pants with a hole in the left knee. One nicer pair, I turned inside out, sewn the hole shut, and trimmed off the excess. They will work as play pants just fine. The other two I cut into shorts and hemmed the bottoms up.
Hopefully you got some good hemming and trimming tips today. What clothes have you worked on? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with my journey!