🐰Hoppy Easter friends🐰 our candy free basket was a huge hit with Madi 🙌🏼 she said her favorite thing was a tie between the wax monkey string, the matching @leveretclothing pajamas for her and her doll and her @slumberkins fox! I'll take that as a win! This holiday also marks a big new transition for us.🌿 Story time: At lunch the other day Madi told us that she didn't think the tooth fairy was real. Her friend had mentioned that it was just parents and she believed that because she saw that I had her baby teeth. She wasn't upset and she was laughing about it so we decided to clue her in. We told her that once you get older you become apart of a secret adult club where you become a "helper" and help make magic for little kids. You become a helper for Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, and that's what us parents and adults do. Well she was so excited to be apart of this secret club that the truth didn't bother her AT ALL✨ We told her there were two rules to being apart of the club. №1 you can't talk about the club (fight club anyone?) to anyone especially little kids. And №2 the goal is to keep the magic alive for littler kids. And she was completely on board and honestly happy. Well this morning, after Madi went through her basket, I asked her "Did the Easter Bunny do good this year?" And she smiled and me and said "Yes he did!" And then winked at me twice. 😂👏🏼🐰🌱 I love this girl with my whole heart and her heart for others. . . . . . . . . . . . . #thefettsadventure#thefettsadventuremaryland#candyfreeeaster#tinyhomeonwheels#tinylivingwithkids#rvlife#rvliving#rvlifestyle#rvlifewithkids#tinyliving#fulltimervers#easterbasket#tinyhouse
To "raise the roof" or not to "raise the roof", that is the question. . Why did we do it? . 1. We knew this was going to be our full time home and with two kids we wanted to make sure it felt "homey and spacious". 2. I'm (Adam) 6'2". The original roof height was 6'6" which seems like plenty of extra space, but after insulating the floor and ceiling I would have been left with just enough head room in the center isle. 3. Notice I mentioned the center isle? Our layout, like many, has the shower on the side where the ceiling is even lower. If the goal was just to wash my chest hair, then that may have been fine... 4. We were inspired by others, especially Wess with @transcendexistence and since I had some basic metal working skills, I knew it could be done. 5. For parties 🙌 6. We kept all our original windows, which is pretty rare. That meant we could have regular height countertops without covering the bottom pane and that also allows us to look straight out of the windows without bending over. . . HOWEVER, would we do it again?! Yes?! Was it a ridiculous amount of work to do without much help? Yes. Could we have been living "the life" a lot faster had we skipped that step? Yes. Was it expensive? Yes (even though we repurposed the sheet metal from the headliner for the exterior. I.e. Tools galore! . Most people will see the pros and cons and opt out of this step, which is best for most, but we couldn't be happier with the results. Our interior height is now 7'8" 🙌🙌 . Did you do a roof raise? Why or why not? The best thing about this life, is we get to do whats best for us, and everyone has a different vision! 👀 . . . . . #raisetheroof#boondocking#gorving#camperlifestyle#nomadlifestyle#vanlifestyle#vanlifediaries#vanlifeproject#skoolie#vanlifemovement#offgridliving#offgridlife#tinyliving#offthegrid#tentlife#outdooradventures#mybuslife#outdoorslife#outdoorlifestyle#themountainiscalling#thegreatoutdoors#goneoutdoors#buslife
It might not look like much, and it may be a simple laundry chute but these little details starting to creep in are making me feel so good, chipping off little tiny bits like this day by day is what keeps me motivated, I actually love thinking about how to make something work for the bus, it keeps me up nights and makes me jump for a pencil on the reg and I absolutely love seeing something in my head actually work in real life. I had to make every single piece of this bus so far, including the runners on the bottom of this door with minimal tools, currently the only power tools we have are a circular saw, a jig saw, a small sander (and for some reason 3 grinders that have all been quite unhelpful so far). So safe to say that kiwi ingenuity is coming in super handy. (Think my level - aka my eye- might be a bit on the piss tho)
Soooo...Rebuild discovery for me this week.. Who knew how HOT these little propane buggers could get!!??🙃🙄 I purchased this little propane fireplace, (quite reasonably under $50 btw) , so I figured it would be more “ambiance”, then a main heat source, but figured it would do the trick for now. So I build a small area to set it in,leaving the sides and the back a little lower so whatever heat could have the opportunity to generate around the living to bath area.. and lit her up. I placed a small screen in the front (the front from the old fan heater that I removed in demo), figuring if anything , the strongest heat would come forward. Well, HUGE surprise on me! I kept this little fireplace on the lowest setting, but the heat was powerfully amazing! And it didn't come as much forwarded as i figured...but it began heating the ceiling of the bus immensely!! So, I moved the screen to above the little fireplace, trying to protect the ceiling from too much heat. Still wasn't quite enough.. because the heat actually expanded on the ceiling,way beyond the screen, to my dividing curtain wall. Trying to come up with another idea without having to cut a hole through the bus with a flu through the top at this point, I decided to use the same tile and try it on the ceiling.. I was absolutely amazed at how well it adhered to the ceiling.. and stayed!! The only thing I noticed, is the little extra weight on the metal ceiling seemed to sag it just slightly, (nothing major so I'll keep an eye on it.) I decided not to grout it , because I wanted it to have the freedom to shift a little bit while the bus moved, without all the grout coming down and falling out. (my thinking kind of paralleling when they allow tall buildings to sway a little).. So, we will see how this fares out.. but I HAD to post this note because I wanted to acknowledge just how impressively this little tiny beggar can heat!! I will probably still get some kind of little fan to blow the heat forward
“I’ve been thinking about mixing it up for my next trailer renovation! I’ve always used the same color (BM Wythe Blue) for the cabinets, but I’m ready for a new palate. I’ll probably start a new project next spring. “ Courtesy by @rice_camp
🍀 Looking for tips! 🍀 ~~~ While working on the camper (here, Cody is filing a hole), we are also thinking about how we can lower our impact on the environment while on the road. Since quitting my job, I have had the time to reflect and research a lot about the zero waste approach and the impact different things we do have on the environment. I always tried to reduce plastic, but without going out of my way. And I was aware that plastic is "bad" and why. But just how bad it is and how much plastic is released into the environment at any minute of the day is horrifying and I am only starting to grasp the extent of the impact humans have on the nature that ensures our life. I found out about many things I wasn't aware of, like microplastics entering the water system through our washing machine (Thank you @laurainwaterland for raising awareness!). For our adventure we already have the obvious things like reusable water bottles and shopping bags. We ordered reef-friendly sunscreen and reusable silicone zip lock bags. We are planning on stocking up on basics in a wasteless pantry before leaving, but these can only be found in the big cities. ~~~ It is time to go out of our way to reduce single-use plastic! ~~~ Any tips and tricks you have that will lower our environmental impact are welcome! Please share in the comments! 💚
Theres always that first time you do something and this is our first drawing of our layout! Simple, but perfect for us. We'll make sure our mountain bikes fit under the bed, thats our must have on the road! . What would be your "must have" if you lived in a van? .