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My Top Five Posts Of 2017

I was doing a blog review of the past year, and thought that I would share my five most popular posts of the year with you!

Seven Things You Will Miss When Living in a Camper

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Budget Friendly Gifts for Hunters and Outdoorsmen

Gifts for hunters

Safely Flavored Drinks for Pregnant Mommies

Cucumber Key Lime Infused Water

Completely Healthy Cookies

Chocolate chip and cinnamon craisin

Chocolate chip and cinnamon craisin

10 Preschool Activities Using Household Items

5 Brain-Boosting Busy Boxes For Toddlers

5 Brain-Boosting Busy Boxes For Toddlers

Did you have a personal favorite? Could you share one of these or your personal favorite post of mine on social media somewhere? Here’s hoping for an even better 2018!!! I am starting the year Learning Gratitude Through Life Changes! What about you?

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Learning Gratitude Through Life Changes

From wrecked and molding house to new house, one of many changes we are grateful for!

Learning gratitude through life changes  (like full time rving and building our own home)!

The past three years have been full of trials & triumphs, changes & difficult lessons.

We have grown as individuals and as a family in ways that we never imagined. One thing is that we have become so much more grateful for and aware of the every day blessings we had just taken for granted for so long!

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Feeling safe.

We moved from a safe and familiar area to a different state in an area where we knew nobody. We took a place from just woods to a double wide and homestead. We discovered that our neighbors were hostile, racist and liked to run a  burn barrel full of rubber coated wire 24/7 (which caused us health issues).

Glossing over that saga to say that it led us to living full time in our camper in order to escape being terrorized. Feeling safe in our home is sooooo much more important to us than what and where it is!

Full sized anything.

In a camper, everything is shrunken down. The fridge, the stove,  the microwave, the sinks, the couch, the table, the shower, the toilets, the rooms….everything is smaller! Yes, it can be cozy and less to maintain. I loved some things, but mostly I missed my normal.

I was especially excited when I got a shower with a tub again,  so I could take a real shower without rushing to keep from losing hot water and my children could play in the tub! Also, last night I finally got my real full sized oven going, and I am over the moon to be able to bake cookies and make many dishes I have been unable to for a very long time!  (I have been using a hot plate, my trusty red toaster oven and my old reliable Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker since we moved into our house in October. )

Having enough.

We have been through some of the worst financial times of our entire lives during this time frame.

There have been weeks where $10 had to get groceries, because that was all that was left after our bills were paid. We had to humble ourselves and ask for help in ways we never would have considered before.

I am so grateful now for the times when I can walk into the store and get everything on my list! The many weeks I stood there almost in tears trying to figure out which “necessities” were the most necessary have made the weeks of a plentiful cart feel so amazing!

My knack at being frugal.

It would be nearly impossible as a big spender to live the life we have been leading. For a natural born penny pincher like myself, it’s like a prolonged marathon I have had a lifetime of conditioning for. Not easy, by any means, but we survive!

Human kindness.

I have had many times these past three years where I felt alone in a dark place, and someone stepped in with some act of kindness that renewed my hope.

There is so much power in simply allowing yourself to be used to bless someone,  even in small and seemingly insignificant ways. I am grateful to those who showed and continue to show kindness to my family in unexpected ways.

Health.

My son was in a serious accident a couple of years ago, and my husband in a car accident this past year. Both have permanent scarring.  Both could have been so much worse! We are so very glad to have them both healthy and with us!

Home.

I don’t do well feeling unsettled. I need a place to feel comfortable and at home. I am so grateful to have that now! There’s no place like home!

I would never have chosen to experience all the difficulties we have went through.

Honestly, I still wouldn’t chose them. However, we can choose to grow stronger and better from trials or we can choose to become bitter and self pitying. I choose gratitude in the blessings of life and hope that things can always get better!

What are some lessons you have learned through trials? Going through a dark place now? Read and be encouraged that you are not alone!


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Seven Things You Will Miss When Living In a Camper

Seven Things You Will Miss When Living In a Camper Full Time

Seven Things You Will Miss When Living In a Camper Full Time

We have been living in a camper with our three small children for almost a full year now.

I have thinking about the numerous unusual things I have learned and experienced this year. I thought that anyone considering long term camping should know what we take for granted every day they are likely to miss,  and ways to cope with that. Here’s presenting my personal list, and hoping someone finds it useful!

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Seven Things You Will Miss When Living In a Camper!

  1. Long hot showers! You will learn to turn the water off to soap up, shampoo and shave your legs. If you don’t,  you will feel the freeze! Even then, hurry up, buttercup! Want a luxuriously long shower? Get a portable shower caddy for your shower necessities, then camp where they have very clean and well kept bath houses or visit relatives!
  2. Not rocking during storms! You will become very in tune with the moods of nature. It can be amazing in some aspects, but it is a whole different experience to be quite literally rocked by storms!
  3. Insulation! Even if your camper is “four seasons”, it is not remotely close to an actual house in terms of insulation.  If you are going to be staying in a camper during all seasons,  choose your rig carefully and research numerous tips for riding out changing seasons. My biggest tip for summer is shade, shade, SHADE!!!! My biggest tip for winter is to add insulation where you can and buy an infrared heater.
  4. Any semblance of privacy! You hear, see, feel and smell almost everything together when you live in a camper! I am already extremely in tune to people around me,  so this can be overwhelming.  For night, an amazing sound machine like this one I have is a lifesaver! Trust me on this, y’all! Also, three kids can and will crowd into the teeny tiny bathroom with me most times.  There is no lock!
  5. Extra space…for anything! Minimalism is your friend!  Every item must have a use and a place, or it must go! If you have children,  this can get tricky. I limit the toys allowed inside to the things they live most and play with constantly. (I plan a whole post just for managing toys in small spaces without going nuts or living in a toy box.)
  6. Real toilet paper!  I had forgotten how soft regular toilet paper can be after a year of one ply rv toilet paper, until I visited a conventional home. It’s like sandpaper versus clouds!
  7. In home laundry! Unless you are lucky enough to have space for something like this mini washer and dryer, you are going to get acquainted with laundromats or find alternative solutions to get your laundry done. My husband takes most of ours with him on shift.

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Do you live in  a camper? What would you add to this list?

Want to hear from the beginning of this adventure? Read about our Life in a Tiny House on Wheels- Full Time Camping!