Posts in Slow Living
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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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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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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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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What Are We Going to Do in the Skoolie?

I'm sure they mean "what are you going to do to support yourself and earn a living?" Instead, I take it as an opportunity to create for them what my life will be living in this bus. Money will come - Alhen and I will create goods, work from our computers, consult with businesses doing what we do best, and have far less expenses across the board. 

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