Spent the last few weeks on a self quarantine trip out of SoCal through Nevada to my Dad’s in Oregon. I only stopped for gas, barely saw or spoke to anyone, stayed on free BLM land each night and found the most beautiful places along the way. Tried going to lake mead in my first few days on the road and they turned me around at the entrance gate just after shutting it down. Ended up at Valley of Fire instead. I was a little concerned if I’d have reception to remote in to work while going northwest up 95 through the rest of Nevada, but was very surprised to see i had signal in every place I stayed, even 26 miles from paved road. I’m happy to be in one spot for the time being and am looking forward to the warmer weather. There’s a ton more footage to upload from this trip, excited to share it to hopefully alleviate some boredom. Stay safe and healthy out there!
🗣️PLEASE SHARE: Emily Phillips, her husband, Dr. Jason Phillips and their son, Beau. Emily started RVs for MDs last week to help connect health care workers with RVs so they could self-isolate while staying near their hospitals. Though the Facebook group “RVs for MDs” already has 3,000 members, they are currently looking for more volunteers, so that healthcare workers can self-isolate. Please reach out to them on FB!
Un grupo de Facebook en Estados Unidos está uniendo a las personas que tienen campera con médicos y enfermeras que necesitan estar en cuarentena cerca del hospital. El nombre del grupo es RVs for MDs.
When I was a sophomore at @cedarcrestcollege in the year 2010. I had this thought. The thought was that I realized I had so many dresses and skirts that I rarely wore. Mainly because I was on the go and dancing so much that a dress wasn’t ever really at the forefront for me. Then I counted all of the dresses and skirts I had. I realized I had a little over 30. I then had an idea of why not wear a dress every day for the month of April? It was my birthday month and I just so happened to have a birthday dress for my birthday. Well, needless to say people started telling me I looked nice and then I explained to them what I was doing. So, it caught on very quickly and has become a thing that I continue to do every year. As we have downsized for living tiny, I currently own a total of 5 dresses, but I have THE most fun seeing everyone participate. I get even MORE excited when my six year old daughter, Essence, wants to participate. Since she care into my life she has ALWAYS had more dresses than me (she will does). To me it has become more than just my birthday month. It is a sign of new life, like flowers blooming. Something fresh, like the wind blowing fresh scents of grass and flowers. A new hope and awakening from the cold dead winter. I invite anyone who wants to join to do so! Reach out and I am happy to share more details. I believe this year it was truly meant to still happen and we are rocking day 2 of #aprilshowersbringaprildresses
Whoops... it’s been a while. Just realized I haven’t even posted since I painted the interior white (in February 😬). Recently, with this quarantine, I’ve had lots of time to work on the bus. The first image shows what the bus looks like today including all the work day mess. The second shows the water system (pump, accumulator, heater, everything but the tank which is in the undercarriage storage). And the third shows the shower walls that I got up today. I’ve also made many Amazon and Home Depot orders, so I’m pretty much set with quarantine activities. I hope all of you are finding just as many fun things to do! #skoolie#buslife#schoolbus#skoolieshower#skooliebuild#skoolieprocess#skoolielife#skoolieconversion#process#progress#busbuild
Today we brought the dogs onto the bus to see if they approved of this week’s progress, and it gets all of the paws up from them 🐾. .
Tank totally surprised us and jumped straight up to the emergency exit window + seemed so excited to be looking out of a new window (or as we call it, his TV). We like to think that he began day dreaming about the day that the whole world is his own backyard 🌎😂 . .
But isn’t that just it?! Sometimes, it just takes jumping up and doing something you haven’t done before, looking out of a “new window” with new perspective, to really see what’s out there. Here’s to perspective, because it changes everything! .
Also, poor Star had no idea there was even a window there since she’s so little. Just waiting until we build the couch in here and she gets to pop her fuzzy little face out these windows with Tank. 🧡🐶🐶
We have lights and outlets that actually work! ⚡️We built the first bathroom wall. We installed our bathroom fan. We did other miscellaneous things! Enjoy this smorgasbord of bus-centric goodness! Huge shout out to @chadkucera of Swift Electric for getting our electrical working!! 🙏
Say hello to our latest part listed up on our website!
New Insulated rear door that fits larger opening after your raise.
Currently 5 in stock for 20" raised Blue Birds. 12" & 16" sizes coming next
D.O.T. approved latch & strickers.
D.O.T. approved locking door handle.
Easy bolt on install thats shipped to your door!
Well this is a BIG DEAL y'all! For the last two years our family of nine has been living in a #skoolie . We bought our school bus and converted it into a RV. Which included a tiny RV fridge. With our size family the fridge, if we are lucky holds about two days worth of food. Forget buying bargins with things are on sale. It's been my biggest headache. .
Well now I am FREE!!!!! My amazing husband got this fridge off a yard sale site. The previous owners had no idea what was wrong with it. And my mechanical husband figured it out like a pro. And then built these shelves for us to use as a pantry! ♥️♥️😍😍😁😁🚌🚌🏢🚍
So here is my pantry and fridge. Our RV fridge was so packed we even had to hold the door closed. And in this fridge it looks like we have nothing to eat! Lol AMAZING 👌
HAPPY WIFE HAPPY LIFE 😚
Made some progress on the couch today! Upgraded the hinges, installed the arm and back rest! I need to figure out how I will get the legs to fold up and down. Swipe left to see “the cube” in motion! .
Got some projects done today!! Travis got the bathroom finish work done with cedar panels and it looks so amazing!! He even found places for my tinctures that are easy to have accessible! AND we have the ability to do dishes inside! The bees found out outside water.
I am drying ginger, mandarin peels, got vanilla extract started, got kombucha going again, started growing garlic and onions. I also harvested mustard seeds.
What are you doing to feel more empowered during this time?
Worked with an amazing designer through @upworkinc to bring our vision to life and it came out better than we could have ever expected! There might still be a few minor changes but for the most part this is the layout we are going with! This was such a fun part of the process and has us super stoked for the future!
• so far God has never lead us astray.• we got two announcements to make. the first one is a year ago today we bought our blazing beatrice. 🚌😲 holy cow that went fast! still not finished with our skoolie but that's okay she is getting there.🙏🏻 we actually did the math & we have only been able to work on her maybe once a week if that. there was some months we didn't get to work on her at all. anyways we have only worked on her probably a month. that is it. not a lot of days but with that in perspective we feel like we got lots done.👏🏻😏 our next set of news is that we MOVED!!! yup we moved & it was very last minute so please don't be mad at us arizona folks.😬😞 we had been praying & fasting for months about this move & finally got our answer. our answer came when we already made our "own" plans & weren't asking anymore. 🤦🏼♀️😅 our answer to move came as a shock to us cause we didn't see it coming so fast. not going to lie we were in denial. we did more praying & finally got our confirmations & they were strong. so strong. i have never had such a strong prompting as this before. not only was it strong that we needed to move but we needed to move now. so it was super stressful but the Lord provided like how He always does. our bus became our moving van (there was a reason why it was still empty 😲) & we were able to sell our car, couch, matress, wyatt's crib, & entertainment center last minute & did everything within 3 days. talk about a leap of FAITH. so ya that's what is new with us. M O N T A N A is where we will live for now & finish our skoolie but who knows cause God is in charge & our life never goes as planned. ✨ and that is okay with us.😌 •
I am finally working on finishing the couch covers. Don't let the first two pictures fool you, I was not happy. The last pic is the genuine feeling I was having but when I realized Madison was taking my picture, I started smiling. #schoolbusconversion
Finally got our fold down desks installed! Swipe to see a video showing how they work. We made these with birch wood, stained them, hand painted flowers on them, then filled it with epoxy resin. They are attached to the wall with fold down hinges that can hold up to 300lb. They are not only our desks for drawing/painting, but work as our kitchen table and extra counter space as well. Having them be able to fold flat against the wall was totally necessary for us. Our bus is pretty small but neither of us wanted to compromise on having a roomy area to make art. It’s nice when we’re not using them to still have our floor space totally open so we can relax/stretch/work out/ whatever. Working with epoxy resin was kinda the worst but I’m really glad we did it.
We’re grateful for.... the days we’re able to make the bed 😅. But really! The last couple of weeks, living full time on the bus, have been BUSY. Between traveling, breakdowns, getting the bus serviced, sheltering in place orders being issued (while trying to secure a place to park long-term), completing orientation for a new job, and more [really just all of our previous plans being derailed by Covid-19]... we’ve not had a whole lot of down time to pay attention to the basics (like making the bed) or to self care in general (who else is wearing the same sweatpants or leggings 24/7!?). We’re sure many others, though due to different experiences, are in this funk as well.
The above is not how we expected our first couple weeks of bus life to go. In addition, Lauren didn’t expect to have to go back to work so soon. David planned on still having access to the gym while traveling. We thought we could simply spend more time outside: skiing, hiking, etc. We didn’t know all of the RV parks, state parks and other parking spots would shut down reservations. The list goes on.
Don’t get us wrong though we are still SO HAPPY to be on this journey! We are grateful for this beautiful bus and the shelter it provides. We are grateful for one of us having a confirmed income right now. We are grateful for skype, zoom, FaceTime, etc with friends. There is so much to be grateful for, but it’s hard to hold on to that when the world is in a dark and dreary place right now. A dark and dreary place where it’s hard to make the bed. It’s hard to be motivated. It’s hard to be excited about much. And maybe you’re in that same head space right now too. So let’s remember to stand together and support one another during this situation we’re all in!
Let’s not let these dark times get us down. Tell me what you’re grateful for!! Does anyone else just feel more productive on days they made their bed!? How is your self care holding up during these hard times!? ❤️
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my happy place✨ (and luna too, but she doesn’t fit at my apartment, so we’re separated for the moment). there is something so peaceful and hopeful about the empty buses. just simple and clean with so many possibilities awaiting. amid all the chaos that is going on in the world right now, this is what I will focus on—the possibilities and the hope and peace to come. I will rest, reset, meditate, pray, breathe and wait for this to pass. I will be fine. you will be fine. we will be fine❤️
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GIVEAWAY CLOSED! ANNOUNCING ON STORY SHORTLY Hey friends. This is in no way a sponsored post but rather a personal one. Let me tell you what it is, then the predicament below.
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NIRA was supposed to make it's debut on the QVC channel last week, then QVC shut down due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, NIRA invested all of its money into making inventory for QVC. Now all of the inventory is just sitting and the company is at a standstill, like so many other small businesses trying to stay on their feet. 𝐒𝐨 𝐈'𝐦 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐚 𝐍𝐈𝐑𝐀 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝!🥂🌿 Your support would mean so much and would be supporting small business. 𝐀𝐋𝐒𝐎 - 𝐠𝐞𝐭 $𝟏𝟎𝟎 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐍𝐈𝐑𝐀𝟏𝟎𝟎 𝐚𝐭 𝐍𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐒𝐤𝐢𝐧.𝐜𝐨𝐦.
𝐓𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲: Tag 2 friends in the comments. I will be announcing the winner Wednesday March 25. Good luck and thank you for supporting/ sharing! ❤️
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We’d hoped we would be done with our apocalypse home before the apocalypse, but we’re trying to keep that PMA alive and seeing this as an opportunity. With @john_judy_art@michael_ferrera and I all being out of work for the next few weeks, we’re trying to get as much done as possible on the land ship. We’ve almost got all of our ceiling up, and I started painting the top half of the exterior white today. If you’d like to see more of our build, check out my highlight album “land ship”! She’s come a long way since this time last year. #wip#landship#skoolie#skoolieconversion#skoolielife#schoolbusconversion#tinyhouse#busconversion