Shrinking Your Beauty Regimen

Moving into a tiny house, you carefully consider all the stuff you will need to get rid of.  You think through your kitchenware, your needless trinkets (all that shit that sits on you bookshelves other than books), and of course your wardrobe.  I didn’t really think about all the items in my beauty regimen until we moved in.

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself ‘high maintenance’ but I do enjoy trying out beauty products and had a few too many of the little indulgences that can go with that.  From my skincare to makeup I quickly realized I had more than what there was room for. On top of that I realized that my morning routine took a bit more time than I thought was necessary- especially when we found out we were having twins, I knew I was going to need to cut out some products to save both space and time!

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The space under our sink is one of my few storage spaces for beauty products. As you can see our builders put the pipes right smack in the middle (not smart when building usable space in a tiny house).  But a little help from the Container Store made the space more useful.  We mostly keep medicines and first aid under the sink but my hair dryer, flat iron, and curling wand live there too.

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Little Projects and Big Announcements

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We have been hard at work on a few updates to the Tiny House since I last posted. But I can say we are loving life back in our tiny home and despite issues that come up with the construction and the impending legal action (which carries on so I cannot yet discuss), the tiny house life style has been a great move for us.

On top of six recent tiny house projects we have been working on (about which I will share  below) we have been busy filing taxes, ‘estate planning,’ updating budgets, and checking off other items from a very grown up checklist. Alas, it is not that we are incredibly ambitious and productive new years resolution-ers.  Rather it is the expectation of two more family members to add to the tiny house in the coming month that has motivated us to accomplish so much!

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Homecoming

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I write you from our tiny house- celebration dance- that’s right we moved back in the weekend prior to Christmas and were able to spend the holidays in our home!

A lovely and somewhat obvious perk of going tiny is that the moving process only took a few hours.  And the length of time is more due to the drive time than the amount of belongings we had to move.  The interesting piece of move in day was that crazy Texas weather was even crazier than normal.

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Ready, set, pause.

Jared and I were in the tiny house both Saturday and Sunday this past weekend, cleaning and preparing to finally move back in this upcoming weekend!  Of course, if you have followed our journey you must have already guessed it wouldn’t be that simple.

We have a spray foam insulation company scheduled to come properly insulate the trailer as our initial plans specified.  This is key especially in the winter, when the house gets pretty cold, especially the floors. So the insulation really is the lynch pin in terms of when we can move back in (check out this article on tiny house insulation options to understand why we need this!). Continue reading

Moving on Up!

It’s seems like the holidays have served as an encouraging push for us to get to work on the tiny house!  Sounds like the same old song as 2015, eh? Well, last year we were really waiting around for our builders to get to work. But, this year, in attempt an to correct the issues with the house that made it temporarily unlivable, we have set out with various contractors and our own bare hands to make this tiny house a home once again.

Progress is moving along nicely and we will hopefully be back in our tiny abode by Christmas.  Check out what we have been up to: Continue reading

Tiny Housers: the other 1%

I know it’s been months since I have posted about our tiny house journey- apologies!

There are several reasons I haven’t written that I hope to be able to share more about soon.  However, I am excited to say that we are making some updates and improvements on the house that I hope to share in the next month or so.  But in the meantime, I have been reading about the tiny house movement in social media quite a bit lately and I wanted to highlight two items: Continue reading

Why I Hate Guns

Yesterday was my birthday! And yes, I celebrated.

But there were so many more people yesterday who were grieving.  They were grieving lost lives and injuries from the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday.

I woke up Sunday morning and glanced at my phone.  My NPR app sends me updates so I groggily read something about a shooting in Florida.  I am ashamed to say I didn’t click on the update to read more because like so many Americans I wasn’t surprised to hear about yet another shooting. Continue reading

A Post about S**t.

I started this post months ago.  Before I even had a sense of what I really thought about using a composting toilet.  It all started with a NPR article I read about Trevor Noah, the then new host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central.

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Touch Up & Settle Down

img_7183Last weekend Jared and I sat down to make a priority list of all the things we still needed to do in order to get the tiny house exactly where we want it to be.  The funny thing is, part of our move toward tiny living was to spend less time and money working on the house and yard.  But I suppose when you look for the most inexpensive builder, you get what you pay for and end up with plenty of ‘touch up’ projects to keep you busy. And the list of projects is pretty extensive. Continue reading

Travel Tuesday: Peru!

Last week I returned from a 9 day trip to Peru for work.  Myself and one of my co-workers and friends took 25 students to Lima and Cusco for a Leadership Center alternative spring break trip.

We met with business leaders and education experts; we learned about Peru’s upcoming Presidential election and their vast income disparity; we saw almost ALL the sites, from the catacombs of Lima to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.  It was amazing to experience this vibrant culture through with a Social Change lens, with 25 bright and engaged students, and with a dear friend. Viva Peru! Continue reading