Moving Our Skoolie, Dealing with Flat Tires, and Making Home Where We Park

The past couple weeks have been eventful for the Slow Rolling Home. As our moving date drew near, an unwanted visitor threw a wrench in our plans: Florence. Set to make landfall the day of our move, I received a frantic call from my mother, an hobbyist meteorologist and highly concerned parent.

“If you don’t move the bus before the storm comes, you could be flooded in! Your bus could slide through the mud! You have to move immediately!”

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Life Update + What We're Looking Forward To

We’ve been gone from this blog for months, but never from our bus conversion journey. We’re getting real, honest, and authentic in this life update. Not only are we still converting, we’re still committed to sharing our journey. It’s just taken a bit of courage and compromise to get back to our blog.

Read on for all that we’ve been up to since March.

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In-Depth Guide to Choosing a Healthy Mattress

We took a deep dive into the world of non-toxic mattresses in this latest post about our furnishing choices for the Slow Rolling Home! We discovered all of the icky chemicals living inside our conventional mattress, educated ourselves on what to look for in a healthy, non-toxic mattress, and narrowed our choices down to a select few we will continue to vet before we purchase.  Read on to learn more than you ever thought possible about the wonderful world of mattresses! 

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The Small Things Add Up in Weeks 24 - 26

Ah, the roof rack. What seemed like an added bonus ended up being a lot of extra work! It was rusted and broken down in many places, putting our ceiling at risk of water damage as well. Alhen did the heavy lifting of removing and Amelia did the sanding, getting it ready for a thick coat of solar-reflective white paint! We still haven't chosen the color of our bus yet, but white paint is imperative for the roof to reflect the sun and keep the heat baking low in the summertime.  

Read on for all the progress we made in weeks 24 - 26!  

 
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Off-Grid Living with Emma at the Lilly Pad

Though Emma's family has lived in this cabin for just a few months, they've been living off-grid for years. Emma laughs about her middle school homework that requires WiFi - they don't have it. They don't even have running water. So much of her life is different than any other kid her age, but she's down-to-earth, adventurous, and down-right inspiring. 

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Installing Denim Insulation, Enclosing Windows, & Hard-Starting the Diesel: Weeks 20 & 21

"It's noticeably more temperate in here"

Said with a smile as we looked around at the newly insulated walls. 

The ceiling may still look like a spaceship, but the walls of the Slow Rolling Home are starting to take shape. Each window has a 'hull' under it which was originally filled with a yucky pink fiberglass insulation, stuff thickly and having accumulated twenty years of Florida humidity in its lifetime. 

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Gift Guide for Tiny + Off-Grid Living

We all have that person on our holiday list - the person who not only has what they need but also lives in a tiny house and practices minimalism so they don't really need any additional 'stuff', no matter how sentimental, unique, or well-intended.  If you know us personally, we may be that person for you! This gift guide is meant to inspire gift giving in a new (but actually super old school) way - a thoughtful, practical, personal, and valuable way to impact the lives of those you love this holiday season. 

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How Our Appliances Choices Reflect a Slow Lifestyle

featured photo by this.little.wandering

Like every choice on this bus, we're making these carefully. Our layout is built into the bus and there won't be too many changes once its complete. The difference between a cooktop and a range is a major demolition, but we're confident in the choices we've made, based on the lifestyle we want to live. Lifestyle is at the center stage in choosing our appliances. 

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Seemingly Endless Iterations and the Start of Framing: Weeks 18 & 19

After what seemed like endless iterations, we have completed our layout. While small things may change, shelves may be installed or cabinet doors switched, we are clear on HOW we want our home to feel, WHERE the important items will go, and WHY each place is significant. You may be wondering, what do you mean whyIt may just be me (Amelia) who is obsessed with "why", but the importance of being intimately acquainted with the driver for change is what makes change STICK. 

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When it All Starts Coming Together: Weeks 16 - 17

The subfloor project seemed like an odyssey. Cutting, fitting, and framing the joist pattern; cutting, fitting, and spray-foaming insulation; cutting, fitting, and securing plywood. When it was all complete, the space immediately felt different. The foundation was laid and there we stood, and walked, freely across the level (sub)floor. This was the gateway to the rest of the project.

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Handcrafted Medicine the Slow Way

It seemed like the last weekend for wild Goldenrod in Oak Ridge. What was once an abundant sunshine streak along the road to our neighborhood had begun to wilt and brown. The remaining blossoming bundles were filled with bees larger than I'd ever seen, but to my relief, they were polite and didn't mind sharing the bounty with me. So, before another bout of heavy rains beat the flowers down to their stems, I set out with some borrowed sheers and a market basket to harvest all that I could for some medicinal Goldenrod experiments. 

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Installing the Subfloor and Making a Home: Weeks 14 - 15

'Measure twice, cut once' isn't a guarantee.

We've been busy, to say the least. Alhen has been working every. single. day. to prepare materials and plans for installing the subfloor and we have been working together to make them a reality. After purchasing the final piece of our subfloor puzzle (insulation), we framed the joists, fit the insulation, and filled the cracks with some Great Stuff spray foam. 

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Living the Dream No Matter Where We Live: Weeks 11 - 13

We're compiling our latest update into a three-week post, mainly because there's been a lot of life happening and less actual progress made on the bus. However, everything has a way of circling back to this big, crazy life project. In between all the newness that comes with a big move and life change, Alhen has been hard at work on SketchUp developing the master plan for the slow rolling home floor, perfecting measurements, deciding on the pattern of the joists, and determining which materials we'll buy in advance to get started. 

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What is Slow Living?

When I think of slow living, my mind travels back in time.

Waking up with the sun, no alarm clock; walking through the garden to feed the chickens or walking downstairs to open the shop; opening the mail with a letter opener and writing letters in response; walking to the market, the butcher, and the baker for the weekend's meals; watching the sun go down from the porch after supper, sharing stories with family. 

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The Importance of Planning: Weeks 9 - 10 (Aug 31)

No amount of planning could prepare us for what all would go along with creating a new life. Building a life with another person, let alone in a new city while creating a tiny home with our bare hands and little experience, is Pandora's box no matter how you open it. When we met, we talked a lot about what we wanted, what we saw to be possible. In hindsight, it's beyond a blessing that we did. 

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#FollowFriday: 3 Full-Time Traveling Skoolies Living the Dream

On the last Friday of each month, we highlight three converted school bus dwellers - creators - dreamers, who are inspiring us by sharing their journey! We are sharing three full-time travelers this month. One, helmed by a sweet married couple with a thing for murals; the second, a traveling hostel with room for guests; the third, a mobile herbal apothecary that supports their journey through handmade product sales. 

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In-House Interior Design: Week 8

For months, we've been collecting inspiration for the interior and exterior design of the bus. In this post, we're sharing the Pinterest board that is the culmination of that collection. It's a lot more than just interior design, though. We've included some appliance ideas, possible sustainability and resource-saving features, some space-saving designs, and the overall vibe we want for our house on wheels.

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