Reflecting on Our First Year of RV Living

Reflecting on Our First Year of RV Living

A Year…

A lot happens in 365 days. Babies are born, people pass away, and life keeps changing. Nothing stays the same. Some changes might seem insignificant but everything is always changing.

April last year we bought our first RV: Harvey. We downsized from a 2 bedroom rental house with a basement and back yard to an RV and the world as our backyard. A lot has changed. Some changes were huge like changing to a newer RV, moving to different states, and what we did for income. Other minor changes impacted us significantly and caused lots of personal growth in our lives.

1. Our Faith has Grown

Living life on the road, as believers, we have changed from traditional church goers to more Christ followers. We used to help out at the local Baptist church every now and again but mostly were pew sitters. Since going fulltime, we have helped many churches in different capacities. In Elkhart, Indiana we gave advice on how to reach our generation. A church in Bushnell, Florida we helped with repairing their bus and with demolition on a room and hallway they transformed into a beautiful lobby. In Lake Wales, Florida we helped with an outreach ministry, some visitation, and song leading (my husband). In Dothan, Alabama we helped a pastor with repairing his trucks and work on his farm. We just help our fellow man in any way we feel God lead us.

2. The Type of People We Know has Grown

With all our moving, we have met people from many walks of life. We have met many types of Christians, other RVers, and a variety of others. We enjoyed conversations with many. We shared meals with fellow RVers, friends, and family. My son and I signed with a deaf couple at an RV park and I translated for a deaf man attending our Alabama church. We recently shared our truck and RV with a man named Jake and his sweet puppy Sage, who were looking for a ride from Florida to Michigan. People are amazing and should all be loved and respected for who God made them, regardless if they are different.

3. Our Hope in Humanity has Grown

We have not always been on the giving end this year, we have had many people bless us! Family and friends have opened their homes, couches, and driveways up to us. Two different churches have let us hook up for free in their parking lot. We have been blessed with gifts of money, food, clothes, or even toys for our boys. Other RVers have gave us free advice and helped us with our vehicles and/or rigs. We shared Thanksgiving with a sweet pastor and his wife. We had an RV park manager let us stay a few weeks for free when we had no work. RVers of two seperate parks gave us Christmas cards filled with money when we couldn’t find work. People really do still look out for their fellow man!

4. Our Relationships with Family and Friends have Grown

It seems almost against logic but we feel closer to others when we can travel. We are able to uproot easily, to visit people we miss, or help others in need. I was able to be with my family when my stepdad died. I also stayed with my mom for 8 days to help her pack up some of her house and just keep her  company. We stayed with friends when traveling through Knoxville, TN and traveled to PA last year to visit cousins. We parked the RV at an Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Pensacola, Florida. This year has been filled with many growing relationships.

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How has a life of RVing and/or minimalism impacted your social life?

We Don’t Need So Much Stuff

We Don’t Need So Much Stuff

There is something about actively deciding to downsize that makes you want to continue to downsize. We just spent about 10 days back and forth between Ohio and Florida (my husband) and staying at our parents’ houses in Ohio with the RV left in Florida. We really didn’t miss most our stuff. Yes, there are some things we want and others we need long term but most the stuff we own we just don’t need.
About a year ago, we bought our first RV and so began a major downsizing spree. We moved into our 38 ft Class A motorhome with boxes on the couch and the floor and stuff crammed everywhere! After a couple weeks in the rig, I had downsized and organized so we didn’t have things in the way anymore. We ended up moving into our current fifth wheel when the engine blew in the motorhome. We have still been downsizing.

We are realizing more every day what we like and what we want out of life. We love people, adventure, good food, and travel. We enjoy our bikes, good kitchen items, and a variety of books, games, and movies. But we would rather visit family and friends and see new sights.

Life is so much simplier with less items to lug around. We are just wanting to continue to downsize our items so we can live simple lives we enjoy. We have even contemplated selling our car because it is more hassle than a benefit. We are just trying to find what works for us.

Do you live a simplified life? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up our journey.

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.
Try one or more of these to keep your air purified in your RV.
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 Medicine Cabinet-Updated

Our Medicine Cabinet-Updated

Back in December, I had shown what our Medicine Cabinet in the RV looked like. Here is the updated picture of it. We have used up a few things and bought a few new products.

All nice and organized…at least for a few days.
A close up of the tooth care corner along with our container of tweezers and clippers.

So what all do we own? Here is the detailed list for those that are curious:

Top Shelf (Mostly Caleb’s Stuff)

  • Calamine Lotion
  • Travel Size Shaving Cream
  • Men’s Body Spray 
  • Athlete’s Foot Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Cream
  • Meyer’s Laundry Detergent
  • Foot Powder
  • Lotion
  • Eagle Figurine (because my husband loves eagles so why not?)

Middle Shelf

  •  Micro Plex MVp*
  • Alpha CRS+*
  • Mito 2 Max*
  • Digest Tabs*
  • Deep Blue Lotion*
  • Coconut Oil
  • Cedarwood Block
  • Hd Clear Oil*
  • Facial Cleanser*
  • Hair Cream
  • Hand Lotion*
  • Deodorant
  • Pregnancy Test

Bottom Shelf

  • Q-tips
  • Fitbit
  • Hair ties and Head Bands
  • Hair Brush
  • Cedarwood Block
  • Tooth Paste 
  • Floss
  • Jar with Tooth Brushes
  • Correct X *
  • Termomator 
  • Big and Small Clippers
  • Tweezers 
  • Safety Pins

All the items with a * can be purchased at my doTERRA website.

You might be wondering, “What are the Cedarwood Blocks for?” 

“The unique power of cedar wood absorbs moisture and eliminates mildew and fungus. The natural wood also acts as a natural insect repellent, keeping away moths and other insects. Cedar blocks also deodorize the air and refresh the aroma in your cupboards, closets and storage spaces”

The quote above is a description about the cedarwood blocks we use:

We use them in shoe closets too.

Wondering what other bathroom items we have? You might be interested in what we store below the sink.

What do you have in your medicine cabinet? Do you use cedarwood blocks in your RV or house? Don’t forget to follow my 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.

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.

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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Living Without a Linen Closet

Living Without a Linen Closet

Fulltime RV living is usually an organizational Tetris. You have to find room for everything you need and want. The bathroom is no different. I wrote about the medicine cabinet and now want to show where I store the rest of our bathroom supplies.

Even though our bathroom has quite a bit of floor space, it actually doesn’t have a lot of cabinets. It has the medicine cabinet and the cabinet under the sink. I like to keep what we have to a minimal to keep life simple. So here is what is in our cabinet below the sink.

This is as simple as it gets! 

The bottom shelf has 5 towels, we own 6, and the top shelf has all the smaller items. The top shelf has wash rags, shower bags, hair clippers, toilet paper, and a wire basket of smaller items.

The wire basket has a handheld mirror, Epsom salt, a travel soap container, extra tooth brushes, and extra razors.
These are the items in my husband’s shower bag. His bag is stored in the middle in the back. He will normally just grab his razor, a bar of soap with the container, and toothpaste to add to his bag when he uses his shower bag.
My shower bag has deodorant, face wash, and a bar of soap on the left. I usually have shampoo and conditioner bottles there as well but recently used them up when we ran out in the shower. The right side has a hand towel, wash rag, tooth paste, toothbrush, and razor.
There is also a front pouch that holds a hairbrush, leave-in conditioner, and a couple hair ties.

A few extra things to mention are:

  •  I store bulk toilet paper in a different closet and just add a few rolls to this cabinet when we get low. 
  • I cut my husband and boys’ hair with the hair clippers. I mention that in this post
  • I plan to downsize to four towels when these towels get older. I want to switch over to faster drying towels.

What do you have in your bathroom cabinets, linen closet, or medicine cabinet? I’d love to read your blog if you write about this topic. Leave a link below in the comments. Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.