Growing Plants in an RV

Growing Plants in an RV

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.

Near our kitchen sink, we have a Venus Fly Trap and a Peace Lily. I have noticed a decrease in gnats or other bugs. Also the Peace Lily purifies our air. There is a noticable difference in our air quality since bringing it home.
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We keep an Aloe Vera plant beside our bathroom sink. We cut a section off when we need to treat burns.

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.

Our garden for this year is just starting out. When the plants get bigger, I will start taking them outside to soak up some direct sun while we are parked in one spot. For now they enjoy plenty of sun through the window. I have to rotate these throughout the day so they grow straight.
I taped extra seeds and instructions on the wall nearby. We have pots for mixed greens, small tomatoes, mini mixed peppers, green onions, and cilantro. I can’t wait to watch these grow!

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.

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Our RV has an Extra Closet

Our RV has an Extra Closet

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.

Extra space in an RV is always a huge plus!
I quickly claimed this space as my utility closet! I love that all my cleaning supplies have a space to go. I even have space to store bulk toilet paper.
The bottom holds a step stool, large bag of baking soda, 2 vacuums, a Wonder Wash, hanging shoe holder, cleaning products in bottles (homemade window cleaner and a hardwood cleaner), and a rack holding a mop, duster, and broom with dust pan.
The Kirby vacuum fits under and behind the shoes. We currently need to get bags for it so we are using the Oreck that someone gave us for free.

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*.
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I also taped my Wonder Wash directions on the inside of the door. Watch us use the Wonder Wash here.
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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.

Dealing With An Autoimmune Disease on the Road

Dealing With An Autoimmune Disease on the Road

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.

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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.

Wonder Wash

Wonder Wash

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.

In less than two months, we will get our money’s worth out of it.

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.

This uses electric and spins the water out.

How do you wash your clothes? Are you trying to become more independent, debt-free, and off grid? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.

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Our Roadschooling: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary

Our Roadschooling: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary

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:

This book is copyright 1879 and I am very impressed with it! Some words are very dated but I actually respect the older English words this book contains.

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.

We refer back to these pages often to understand the symbols.

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.

He just finished Lesson 5 and only missed 5 words. His biggest mistakes were he spelled the 3 “dr” blend sound words with a “j” or “g”. 

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.

If you are looking for curriculum, click here.

 What curriculum do you use for Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary? Do you have any recommendations to help with his dyslexia? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey!

Haircut Time

Haircut Time

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:

Last February I had a 3-D Curl done for free since a friend’s salon was learning how to do it. The bottom half of my hair in this picture is basically the top half of the 3-D Curl. Also my hair was thinned last July. I won’t do that again! It makes my hair coming in look crazy!
I love my new look! It is shorter and layered. I can still put it up in a ponytail, use headbands, or wear it down. It still has some weird thinner spots but the lady did a great job. I love it! 
This is a before picture. We trim the boys’ nails when we cut hair because it is easiest to remember to do it then. Lucas does a good job on his own with just a quick check from me to point out missed spots.
Evan after his haircut and shower, ready to take a nap.
A cute picture of Lucas before his shower.
The cut hair – Evan’s pile is the smallest and Lucas’ pile is the big one. His hair is turning darker as he gets older.
My husband’s cut hair is really dark compared to the boys. We were in a rush to get his haircut before church. I didn’t get before or after pictures of him. He gets a 1 on top and skin on the sides, a military cut. He is still in the National Guard but also loves the look.

Do you cut your own hair or family member’s hair to save money? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.

Minimalism in an RV: Mending Clothes to Stretch Your Budget

Minimalism in an RV: Mending Clothes to Stretch Your Budget

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.

This table gets used for so many things-eating, writing, crafts, and sewing!

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:

This is the shirt before I did anything. 

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. 

I did not sew across this line because I have to cut, and hem all the way around the bottom of the shirt.
Same with the sleeves, I have to cut and hem them. Then I trim the excess off about a quarter inch from the sewn part.
Here is the after of the shirt. It is not perfect, by any means, but it is just a shirt I wear to work around the house in.

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.

This picture is the skirt inside out and showing the pleats in the skirt. I did not trim the extra off due to the fact that nice, used skirts are hard to find. If I ever get pregnant again, I want to be able to take out the pleats as I gain weight. Jean skirts last for many years. I wear out my shirts a lot quicker!

The smaller panels just look like part of the design of the skirt. 

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.

I can’t believe these used to be rough looking pants. Now they look great!

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!