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Top 10 Best & Worst Of Full-Time RVing / “Light Life” Camper Up For SALE

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Hi friends!

Yesterday afternoon I walked into our camper parked in our backyard (for now) to get something, and something happened that I wasn’t expecting…after two weeks of living in a big ole’ house, the camper still felt so much like home! I felt tears well up in my eyes and so, I decided to indulge my emotions for a bit and sat on the couch and reminisced about the beautiful times over the last three years that were had in that small space. I hate goodbyes, but I guess my heart just needed to say goodbye so that I could let it go. I’ll be telling you what we’ve decided to do with our camper later on in this post!

But now that we have officially wrapped up RV life, we wanted to go out celebrating our 3 years of full-time RVing one last time by writing out our top 10 best & worsts of full-time RV life. Also, we wanted to tell you all what we plan to do with our sweet little Light Life camper now that we are settling down.

The Light Life’s Top Best & Worst of Full-time RVing:

We’ll start with the worst and end with the best… 😉

  1. RV bathrooms – It goes without much explanation about why tiny RV bathrooms, teeny tiny showers, and camper toilets aren’t exactly the most glam part of RV life. But you DO get used to it and it isn’t really so bad after once you do…until it’s Sunday morning and everybody is trying to get ready to go somewhere at once and you realize there is one person in the shower, one using the sink and 2 banging on the door needing to use the toilet. 😉
  2. Laundromats – Unless you’re blessed to have a small washer/dryer in your RV, then you know that laundromats will inevitably be a part of life for a while. While is a blessing to have campground laundry facilities or a laundromat nearby because well, it beats having dirty clothes. It pretty much goes without saying that laundromats aren’t the most awesome places ever. But they will do.
  3. Frozen pipes – Of course this is only a worry in wintertime. But we’ll just say, unless you’re RVing in Florida, you’ll want to wrapped your water line going into the camper with foam and have heat trace on your RV pipes for wintertime RVing. And of course, if it’s going below 32 anytime, leave your water drizzling…because frozen or busted pipes are SO not fun. Trust us.
  4. Campground bath-houses – Now if you’re temporarily boon-docking, of course this doesn’t apply. But as most are, if you’re staying or living in a campground, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Campground bath-houses are meant for campers of all types to have a place to shower and use the restroom. This means you will likely be sharing a bathroom with tent campers who {ah-hem!} tend to be just a tad bit dirtier than the average person for obvious reasons. Also, not all camp-ground bath-houses are created equal. Which means, some are nicer and more well-maintained than others. Still, we’ve never found one we would want to utilize without our shoes on. 😉
  5. Space – When you’re living in 350 sq. feet of living space or less for more than one person for a longer period of time than a few weeks, it starts to feel well…crowded. This is just an unavoidable fact of RV life that we learned early on to set an appropriate perspective, expectation, and attitude of life in our tiny space, which helped A LOT. But still, it’s just a bit tight! Or as we prefer to view it...super cozy. 😉

On to our favorite part, the BEST of RV life!

  1. Financial freedom – We can honestly say that this past 3 years has been the first time in the 14 years we’ve been married that we were so financially free. I mean, we still have to work to make a living and pay bills, but we were never strapped for money or ever were just barely making ends meet. When we wanted to go somewhere or do something, we could do it! Our space was smaller, but our wallets could breathe easier and there just are no words to fully express how amazing that feels. There was no house anywhere that could have compared to the joy of having the freedom to ENJOY life rather than just stress over how to PAY for life.
  2. Time – Hands down, one of the major blessings that 3 years of full-time RV life gave us back was time together. There were no more out of town trips away from us for dad or everyone running in all different direction. We were together, a lot; and the rewards were so rich in so many ways.
  3. Communication  –The natural benefit of close space proximity and increased time together was that we learned to connect with and get to know one another in a deeper way than just in passing as most families do and as we did before.
  4. Relationship – Often we have people comment on how impressed they are that we survived 3 years living in an RV and still like each other. Inside our heads we are always thinking the same thing, our goal was never to just survive this journey, it was to let it change us and grow us together as a tightly knit family. That is exactly what it did! The financial freedom took away so much stress which gave us time which gave us communication which gave us back rich relationship with one another. You could never put a price-tag on the positive domino effect it had on our lives.
  5. Experiences – The combination of financial freedom and living transiently, mixed with a little bit of an adventurous spirit brought our family more amazing experiences than we could even attempt to count over this wonderful span of time. We have 983,094 million pictures to prove the myriad of experiences that we had in just a short span of time.

As you can see, obviously, the good far out-weighs the bad. And we could go on and on because there were truly so many more….mostly good; but these were just the most obvious take-aways for our family on our 3 year full-time RV journey, and we hope they will enlighten and encourage you no matter where you are in your own journey.

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And so what, what will we do with our sweet little camper home? After much thought, we have decided to put our Light Life home up for SALE, and you guys are the first to know! We’ve had many ask us to inform them if we ever decide to sell it, well here’s your chance! All cleaned out and ready for a new owner to love it and have incredible adventures in it, just as we did.

{You can view all the info. pics, and exact specs. on the camper here. Also, feel free to pass this post on to anyone you know who might be looking for a camper!}

Although we are sad to see it go and will definitely be be choking back the tears as it drives away with its new owners one day soon, we know that our run with our Light camper has come to an end and it’s time to pass it on to a new set of adventurers.

Little did we know when we bought our camper back in 2013 that we were gaining so much more than money could ever have bought us. We thought we were buying a camper, but instead we bought back the gift of time.

The gifts of freedom and experiences.

The gifts that we rediscovered all over again, the gifts of one another.

It is our ultimate hope that this beautiful experience we’ve had, our small nuggets of our wisdom along the way, and our little camper home will bring the same all over again for a brand new set of adventurers!

Goodbye little camper home. You sure have loved us well.

While it is true that this is the very last RV post here at The Light Life Blog, it is not the last encouragement you will hear from us to fully embrace YOUR unique journey, and live it out beautifully.

-Anthony, Rachel, Olivia & Jackson Rowell 

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How We Knew The Door Was Closing On Full-time RV Life

img_5460.jpgWhew! What a crazy week our first week in the house has been. Of course I want to tell you all about the farmhouse renovations and what waking up to about 2800 more square feet than we’ve been used to feels like and I will!

But for now, I want to tell you the story of how we got to this sleepy little town we landed in, and how we knew the door was closing on our season of full-time RV life.

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Two questions we’ve been getting a lot lately are, “How did you know it was time to leave full-time RV life behind?” Also, “How did you end up in the place you moved?”And so, because we love you all and we want to answer any questions you have, we will take a shot at giving you our most honest answers to those questions.

While it would sound nice to be able to write a story about how we started full-time RVing because we were financially independent or well-off, and just wanted to go out and see the world, experience new things, and meet new people; that would be embellishing things just a tad.

Truthfully, one of the main reasons we began full-time RV life in the first place was because of my husband’s job had him traveling A LOT (he was gone 3 weeks out of every month) and we were just so tired of the rat race. I’ve mentioned this before in earlier posts, but for those who may have missed it, you can read it here. 

Long story short, we got sick of being apart. And since quitting his job and us becoming homeless wasn’t an option, we just did what needed to be done! We made the both hard and easy decision to sell everything, leave all our families behind, move away from the only town we had ever known, to travel with him and be together! And so, we took a situation that was out of our control, and we chose to make a beautiful season out of it.

Instead of an ordeal, we chose an adventure!

We traveled from state to state for a while and ended up landing just outside of Charlotte, NC two years ago. Needless to say, when you’re moving and traveling, full-time RVing is one thing. But when you’re stuck in one spot two years, it quickly becomes quite another. I doubt I need to describe how easily the walls start to close in and one gets restless when the excitement of moving from state to state is no longer part of the RV life deal. Sure it can be done…we did it! But it just wasn’t ever going to be a long term thing for our family.

Of course, every situation is different and we don’t mean to imply that any of these issues are issues for everyone. But we’ve been asked a lot, and here are a few honest perspectives on why our family knew it was time to move on from full-time RV life:

  1. Our kids are now almost 12 and 10, and although we’ve already been homeschooling for four years and can do that anywhere, we began to know that it was just time to put down some roots in one place since we are obviously here to stay as far as work is concerned.
  2. They are a bit over sharing a tiny bunkhouse bedroom with no privacy…and we really don’t blame them.
  3. We are SO OVER laundromats and campground rules and regulations (which aren’t likely to be a huge issue unless you are living in one for long periods of time as we were).
  4. Space. We are just ready for space again. We doubt anyone could struggle to understand this point.
  5. Growing new roots.
  6. Making a house a home. To be honest, that’s been a huge one for us. Every house we’ve ever lived in we worked together to make it ours, and it’s a huge part of us that we’ve missed for the last three years.
  7. It is time to be able to say say “yes” to joining ball-teams, and groups, and all sorts of extra-activities that we all might like to do without worrying that we might have to just up and leave it all behind. To be honest, we were just a little weary of saying “goodbye” to newfound friends and people we have grown to love.

And so, we landed in the location we are in in this tiny town in South Carolina about 40 minutes outside of Charlotte, NC for a few very important reasons:

  1. When we began this whole journey, we specifically asked God to direct every step of our journey, to open and close doors, and this was the door that was most obviously opened for us to walk through! There were so many reasons we knew it was the right time and the right place.
  2.  The company Anthony does contract work for expressed that they want him here indefinitely, so we stay where the good job is that allows us to live the life we have chosen for our family which is to be a one parent income so that we can invest in and home-school them while they are growing up.
  3. The farmhouse we bought was essentially a half price farmhouse. Long story short, we got a DEAL. Or as most would call it, a project. 😉
  4. It’s in the country. Need I even say more? Far removed from the hustle and bustle of big city life, yet close enough to still have everything we could ever need.

We are monumentally grateful for the last three years and all the richness life offered us in that season. And we are overjoyed and sure that this new season will bring more of the same, just in different ways of course!

img_5560.jpgAs if I needed more proof, I just knew we had made the right decision when our daughter Olivia said to me the other day,

“Mom, I just can’t believe it! I still feel like I’m in a dream that we get to live in this house in this small little country town. Can this be our forever home? Like, I mean one I get to grow up in and come back home to after I’ve grown up and moved out? At least that’s what I’ve always dreamed of.”

Right then and there I knew – fulling embracing the memories of three beautifully amazing years of living transiently, we are home to stay.

 

 

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On The Ending Of Our Full-time RV Journey

Hello friends!

It’s been so long…so very long since I’ve written. Although I can say that I’ve missed you all something fierce; my sweet readers who have so faithfully followed along as our family has taken this three year journey of full-time RV living, at one point I had to decide that personal growth and building a life with my family was more important than building an ever-growing online presence and blog readership. I had to learn to find balance in it all. With that, you will hopefully understand why I have mostly been MIA from this blog over the last year or so. 

It was time to write to let you all know that after three incredible years, our family’s light life journey of full-time RV life is coming to a close.

Our life season is changing and it is just time to settle down and grow deep roots again.

I have to be honest and admit that I’ve been spending the past few weeks looking back over the last three years and being reminded what a crazy, wonderful, amazing experience of life it’s been and realized, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Not even all the times we banged our heads on a cabinet in the camper, or the toilet was backed up…AGAIN, or the shower floor filled up to overflowing because someone forgot to open the grey tank. 😉

As I have reminisced over the past few weeks or so, I have given a lot of thought about what RV life and living small has taught us. And although many things, I attempted to narrow it down to just a few.

  1. Gratitude. – The whole world just grows bigger and brighter when you intentionally strip your life of frills and time suckers and live simply for an extended period of time. Besides, when you live small and simply, you appreciate EVERYthing that most of the world doesn’t even notice.
  2. Family. – Not having the crushing financial pressures of many American families, gave us precious time together, along with the spacial closeness of camper life has knit our hearts together in a way we had never experienced before.
  3. Experiences. – I probably don’t have to explain why and how RV living fosters myriads of ways to experience life in unique ways.
  4. People. – We’ve met so many fellow humans of all walks of life along our journeys, living in different campgrounds, ect. They have made the journey rich in their own unique way! We will never forget your faces and how you  have graced us with your presence and brightened our journey no matter where we were.
  5. Home. – Even in our tiny little 300 sq. feet of living space that got cramped at times, it always, always felt like home. Because we learned that home isn’t a house or a location, it is where ever you are fully loved and accepted and free to be yourself. We found that home truly is wherever we are together.

All of this and so much more that can’t be listed on a blog, has grown us, stretched us, and made our lives so incredibly rich in ways that we could never have bought with money or found within that big ole’ house we lived in back then; and for that…and for all we’ve discovered about ourselves and about life and humanity that is good, we will forever be grateful and will carry with us always.

As this chapter comes to a close to give way to a new one, we want you to know that this is not “goodbye,” but rather just a turn of the page.

And still, we invite you to continue to join us in the next chapter of our brand new journey! Because it just wouldn’t be as fun without you all.

And so, on Friday of this week, at 9 am we sign papers to make this 1873 farmhouse jewel our very own.

Home.

In a brand new town we’ve never lived before, filled with neighbors we’ve never met before.

We could never have imagined almost three years ago to the day, that our journey would lead us to a completely new place and home. But it has, and we are grateful…and for all the things that have brought us here.

I could tell you the story of how we ended up here and how we aren’t exactly sure of all the reasons why we are being planted here. And I could also tell you that our hearts are strangely confident that this is where we are supposed to be at this place and time. We can’t wait to see what becomes of our lives here and how we get to be used to breathe fresh, new life into this old place that has been the same for years.

New life.

New beginnings.

New experiences.

New lessons.

“For everything there is a season…”

Change and growth is what living is all about isn’t it?

It means we are alive! We are changing, growing, expanding, and moving forward.

And so, as you read this, we are living our very last day of full-time RV life.

And I know that when I walk out of our tiny home for the last time as “home” and close that little camper door, I will smile a smile of complete gratitude and peace as I reflect back on this journey we have taken together, from beginning to end.

I put together a collection of just a few of the many highlights of our journey and the memories we take forward with us to share with you all below….

We did it.

And it has been our honor to have you join along with us for this leg of the journey.

There will be much more, so much more to come…

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{more pics of the house, what we plan to do next with our sweet “Light Life” camper, and stories of our old (new) farmhouse journey to come…}

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The Light Life Blog RV Remodel

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Back when we lived a more normal life in an actual house, I was known for changing the paint color on my walls every other year or so because everyone who knows me knows that I get bored easily and love to change things up! Now here we are, about to enter year two of our journey to full time RV life. So naturally, we I, felt it was high time to give our little home a facelift too! And somehow I got lucky and managed to talk my husband into the insanity of it all.

We went all in and decided to do a marathon remodel session on the last weekend before summer cranked up to hot as hell status! *We own the Open Range Light (LT308BHS) model camper.

For now, we have completely revamped everything with the exception of the master bedroom and half of the kid’s bunkhouse area. We will finish those up soon..but we just couldn’t wait to share it with you anyways.

And of course it was just too much to wait until next spring when the entire thing was done to show you all how turned out. So here is snapshots of our face-lifted, personalized, a bit more cozy RV home! We hope you are inspired to make whatever space is you live in, your very own!

(Be sure to click here to view the before pics)

11311543_1603387973269899_189322981_nAs you can see, we had quit a job ahead of us…and we made quite a mess! Since our camper is only two years old, we didn’t really need or want to change a whole lot structurally except for the living/dining room slide-out area (which used to be a huge u-lounge area) and the bathroom sink (which was entirely too small).

I’m a huge fan of bright and fresh spaces. And since we homeschool and spend much of our time in our RV, we decided we wanted to get rid of all the dark and use lots of white and grey to lighten and open up the space as much as possible!
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We began the process by taking down every cabinet door and hardware. We kilzed every wall once then painted them with two coats of a light grey premium grade satin finish paint. The dark wood cabinets were also kilzed and painted with two coats of a premium grade antique white in satin finish. We didn’t really worry about 100% perfect coverage on all the cabinetry since we wanted them to have an aged feel and everybody knows that aged things aren’t perfect and definitely don’t look new!

We used a medium/coarse grit sandpaper to distress the cabinets once the paint was dry to give them their aged, shabby chic look. I love the way they turned out!

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We decided to go ahead and completely re-do Olivia’s side of the bunk house area of the camper, so Olivia got to work and helped her dad build her new bed area and mommy did the painting. It was definitely a team effort. We think it turned out so lovely and Olivia absolutely LOVES her new space! She says it feels so cozy…I agree!    (Jackson’s side will be revamped soon!)11905751_10153697338327847_4035993158962612862_n11951968_10153712451262847_5831649625826629152_n11892012_10153712464292847_4331026778324875532_n        11215704_10153613252677847_5702014323835840354_n

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We still have a bit more remodeling left to do (in between dad’s work schedule and school) and will definitely show you when we’re 100% finished. But for now, we sure have loved giving you a mini tour of our tiny home on wheels and we hope you’ve enjoyed the peek into our freshly remodeled camper home!  Please feel free to leave us questions and comments below in the comments and then click right here to follow us on Instagram @thelightlifeblog!

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10 Reasons A Simpler Life Can Equal A Fuller Life

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When I started this blog back in 2013 for the purpose of documenting our journey with full time RV life, I made the decision right then that I never wanted sharing our lives with others to get in the way of living our lives with each other. There have been seasons in which it was more practical to write regularly, and post articles that many of you have found helpful and informational. But over the course of this past year, the momentum of our lives changed quite a bit and it just hasn’t lent itself to writing much. And so needless to say, I haven’t posted on The Light Life Blog lately and I really can’t apologize because we’ve been, well…LIVING the light life!

Our 2014/2015 school year is coming to a close and I’ve been looking back over the last 10 months or so of our lives realizing just how fast it’s gone by and just how full our lives have been! We’ve been busy roadschooling, taking trips, enjoying the outdoors, hiking, running 1/2 marathons, participating in a homeschool co-op, spending LOTS of time with family as we are currently just 5 hours from our hometown of Wilmington, NC, and I started back to school full-time as well…which is where a great chunk of my time and brain space has disappeared to.   😉

Looking back is always a treat. It reminds me again why we made the decision to scale back our lives two years ago. And how much that decision to live this lighter, simpler life has not detracted from the fullness of our lives one tiny bit. In fact, quite the opposite.

So what have these past two years of full-time RV life taught us? Here’s just 10 things for starters.

  1. Things can be bought with money, time cannot.
  2. Life doesn’t have to be complex or expensive to be full and good.
  3. Quality trumps quantity. Every. single. time.
  4. Kids would rather have your time than your things.
  5. Education means a whole lot more than textbooks and the 3 Rs.
  6. Freeing up your time allows you to educate the WHOLE child. Mind, body, and spirit.
  7. We should spend less time building retirement accounts and more time building relationships. Because in the end, we don’t get to keep the stuff anyways.
  8. That whole American dream thing? Doesn’t necessarily have to rule our lives, or be our dream at all.
  9. And when you don’t love the direction your life is taking, it’s okay to reinvent yourself and re-write your story.
  10. Not everyone will understand your journey, and that’s OK. It’s YOUR journey, not theirs.

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RV Life One The Road Reflections: Year One

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Well hey ya’ll!!!!  Gee have I ever missed you! 🙂 But I took a much needed sabbatical from writing and blogging to fully enjoy the summer and to get the kids started back with a new homeschool year in a completely engaged and un-destracted way.

We are still parked in Charlotte, NC and have enjoyed the mild summer and all that the Charlotte area has to offer both in the bustling city and also the more leisurely lake life where we are parked. Over the past few months we’ve made several trips to Wilmington, NC as well as Gatlinburg, TN to get our fill of the mountains AND the beach as we have come to adore them both.

So with that we have officially wrapped up a busy and fun-filled summer. Also, right along with it, year one of RV life on the road is also in the books!

In totally honesty 2013/2014 was by far the fastest and most amazingly beautiful year of our lives. Doing it together as a family, RV life has afforded us the opportunity for rich experiences and the freedom to be fully present and intentional about our lives.

For the first time in a long time, it felt like we really LIVED rather than merely surviving. As my husband and I laid in bed last night reminiscing about the year I looked over at him and said, “And we didn’t miss a thing.”

Here’s to year number two and lots more conscientious and intentional living where that came from!

Live intentionally. Live light. Live free.

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Snapshot Of A Monthly Full-Time RVing Budget

snapshotWhether or not one is even interested in the idea of full-time RVing or not, it seems most are at least curious as to the truth about what it actually costs to live on the road full-time. Perhaps because the idea is just downright strange, or perhaps because deep down inside most Americans secretly long to live a life in which the very basics didn’t cost us next to everything we make.

Now, keeping in mind that every situation is different, here is a basic breakdown of a monthly, full-time RVing budget to help give you an idea of how much RV life really costs.

**Please remember that this only a snapshot of a monthly budget and can vary depending on situation, family size, how much you are actually traveling on the road with your RV and of course, what season it is. This breakdown consists of the high and low end situations as it can vary greatly depending on so many variables.

  • Propane (winter: $75-100) (summer: $5 average) We use propane for heat & cooking in the winter and for cooking only in the summer.
  • Laundry  – $100 * family of four in quarters for laundromat
  • Gas  – about $300 for every 10 hours of road travel (in a 2010 Ford F-250 diesel truck towing 38 ft. RV) * figure based on gas price of around $3.50 and of course gas prices may vary greatly (subtract this when you aren’t actually traveling)
  • RV park lot rent – $300-$900 (we try to find parks in the $400-500 range.) *depends on location and season. Currently we are paying $290 per month for lot rent + electric
  • Electric $50-$150  *depends on season (many RV parks include electric in with lot rent. You just have to inquire.)
  • Internet $40-$150 *unless your campground has free wi-fi – which isn’t always reliable.
  • RV insurance – $30-$40
  • Water $0  *most water is included in RV park rent
  • Food  *add in your own normal grocery expenses

I did not include budget items such as food, health/auto insurance, ect. because again, this is only a skeleton breakdown of a RV life budget and there are too many varying scenarios to list so you’ll have to add in any of your own extra expenses.

Please comment below with any questions or additions you have to this post.

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Oxygenics Shower-Head: The Light Life “Must Haves”

 

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Welcome to the first in what will be a continuous, regular series of The Light Life Blog must-haves!” 

For your very own Light Life benefit, in this series we will focus on honest reviews of all the finds that are truly making our own family’s life on the road even more wonderful than it already is!

So we’ve probably all heard the hype about the Oxygenics shower head for RVs. And to be honest, we waited a whole nine months to purchase one because it all sounded too good to be true! (plus a  few negative reviews we had been told.)

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But this past weekend my husband came out of a nearby camping store with one in hand, and I was only mildly amused. To be perfectly frank, I wasn’t hopeful that there could really be a solution the whole (water pressure/8 minute shower) issue that most RVers have learned to live with.

But despite my inhibitions, he installed it in our RV and I took for a test shower the next morning….

The verdict? Can I just say – GAME. CHANGING. for the (sometimes pathetic) world of RV showering!

Apparently it uses oxygen to increase water pressure which actually results in 20% LESS water usage as well – which is cool!

I could list all of the really great specs. about it, but I will just let you click on this link for all the little details. (I posted this particular link for you because it is the absolute cheapest price I could find it listed anywhere for.) Yay for better showers AND saving $$!

I’m a girl, so I don’t necessarily care HOW it works, I just care that it really does almost feel like a regular house shower!

Here are our most favorite things about it:

  • Easy, self-mounting which means you can adjust the height of the shower head to what works best for you.
  • MUCH higher water pressure
  • Uses LESS water
  • Which also means we ladies can wash our hair AND shave our legs BEFORE all the hot water runs out!
  • It also has a smart pause shut-off button you can push to save water while you lather up your legs….or whatever else you would need a “pause button” in the shower for.  🙂

So The Light Life verdict for the Oxygenics Body Spa 26781?

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We hope this helps to inform you whether you had never even heard about it, or had been wondering if all the hype about it was true.

Have you tried the Oxygenics showerhead in your RV? Two thumbs up or down? Leave your review below! If not, would you try it and why/why not? We want to hear from you! 

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How To Travel Often With Children & Navigate New Cities

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Since I last posted a personal type post we have packed up and left Front Royal, Virginia and headed to Charlotte, NC! Pictured below is what we left and we arrived at!

To put it in perspective, this makes our 4th move & new state in a nine months of being on the road which gives us an average so far of a little over two months at each new place.

If you read my past post entitled, “How we Make A Living On The Road” you not only know HOW we make a living while traveling, but it’s also important to note that my husband’s work is one of the major reasons we decided to hit the road together in the first place.

And with that being said, we do get asked two particular questions pretty often that I’d love to address for anyone who might be wondering the same! Here they are:

  1. What is it like to move around so often?

One word, GPS. I literally don’t know how we would live without our trusty GPS systems. We each have one that sticks on the windshield of each vehicle as well as on our iphones. For about the first month or so we use them to go almost anywhere, and then just about the time we start to learn where everything is enough to not need them anymore,

WE MOVE AGAIN!

Our most favorite “new city apps” for smartphones –

  • Around Me
  • Google Maps
  • Gas Buddy
  • Urban Spoon
  • Any local city apps
  • Parkmobile
  • Starbucks
  • (please comment below any apps you’ve found that you would add to our list!)

Traveling and moving around often does have it’s pros and cons just as everything in life does. First off, when we signed up for this lifestyle, we also re-adjusted our mindset to know that this is just the way it would be! And although no one place is “home” and yet in another sense, no matter where we are in the world, we are always home because we are together and our house just goes where we go!

Personally, I am truly enjoying the new way of life for so many reasons. But being a girl who had barely ever left her home town just under a year ago, this has already been a pretty freeing and amazing journey in many ways.

   2. Do you, and if so, HOW do you establish a local routine with the kids not knowing how long you’ll be in one place?

This is a really, really great question. And honestly, before we started doing this it’s something that I would have literally have had NO idea how to answer.

Now, keeping in mind that we are a family of four who homeschool, we do establish some sort of local routine and we also have our own unique set of priorities upon arriving in a new area, as every person/family will have their own based on their life/family situation.

Here is our top ten local must finds!

  1. Starbucks (yes, this is literally one of the first things I look for! 😉
  2. Campground/RV Park (I’ll be writing a post on “How To Find A Campground” next week.)
  3. Decent grocery Stores
  4. Laundry Mat
  5. Library
  6. Nearby local attractions (which we always try to take advantage of)
  7. Parks/Nature trails
  8. Fitness Center or YMCA
  9. Farmer’s Markets
  10. Music teachers/Homeschool groups/ Sports leagues

Even though we don’t always know how long we’ll be in any given area (sometimes we do have a general idea) we have found that it is still extremely important for the momentum of our family to toss over-analyzing to the wind and just go ahead and dive into whatever local activities, sports and groups we would be interested in if we were in a permanent city living a more “regular” kind of life!

Especially with having kids it is important to us and them that we not forgo the opportunities to experience outside extra-curriculars even though we are a mobile family.

We do try and stay away from signing up for anything with yearly contracts unless of course we know for sure we’d be in an area for that long. However, we have found that most fitness centers, ect. are happy to work with us when we explain our situation!

  •  Joining local groups

can be extremely helpful to a family with children. Even if there is a small yearly membership fee such as is the case with some homeschool groups, because it gives us access to their email groups – which is how we get to know people and find out about meetups, co-ops and many local events that would be of interest to our family.

Sure, there are days that I miss the stability of “life in one place.” as it does make some things easier and more predictable. But would I trade this adventure and this season in for what we had before? Not even a chance.

Everyone’s journey is different! And your journey is what you make it.

We’ve chosen to make ours an adventure that we will look back on one day and say, “You know what? Those were some of the BEST days of our lives!” They will surely be the most memorable of all.

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An Invitation To LIVE With Us!

Do you ever find yourself sitting online with your chin in your hand watching other people actually living their lives instead of simply letting life live them and think to yourself, “Geez, I wish my life actually felt like LIVING and less like surviving!”

Well, here’s your chance to change that a bit!

Let me explain.

When we started this blog, even greater than simply keeping the world update to date about our adventures, was our desire to add value to lives of all who connect with us, whether in person or online, by answering your concerns, giving ideas and inspiring you to live a fuller, richer life. Not for this to only be a one way street in which you have a convenient window seat into our lives, but a place to actually engage with you!

Our Light Life adventures are about so much more than just us. From day one is have been our sincere desire to cultivate a thriving community here that is life-enriching to all people from all walks of life, not just RVers or minimalists.

As a result, our community is ever growing and we wanted to tell let you all in in advance on some pretty exciting things coming up on The Light Life Blog.

Here are just a few of the uniquely informative, fun things coming up!

  • A special Light Life Blog series that you won’t want to miss
  • Honest interviews with others living a light life
  • Video blog in which we will take you through a day in our light life!
  • Continuing Q & A in which we continue to honestly answer our most asked questions about minimalism, living small and life on the road
  • Tips and advice for current, soon to be or aspiring RVers!
  • The truth about what we’ve learned from our near first year living in a tiny space and on the road
  • A nice little giveaway…..or two that trust us – you DON’T WANT TO MISS!

So much of it will happen right here on the blog but some will be seen exclusively on Facebook & Instagram. So we want to kindly invite you to join in and connect with us on our social media channels so you don’t miss out on any of the fun! Cause we are probably the most spontaneous family you know and you just never know what you might get with us!  😉

So click on any of the three social media links below and connect fully with us. It’s that easy and you’re in! No membership dues or invasive sign up forms to fill out! So click away, take a breath of fresh air and consider yourself part of the Light Life Community!

*{in order to qualify to win the giveaways you must be connected with us on at least 2 out of three social media channels}

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So, now that you’ve connected with us, we’d love it if you’d stop by and say “Hi!

Now that you’re on board, fasten your seat belts as you come along with us on this journey! We are so excited and grateful to take your along on this adventure with us and to engage with you even more!

Welcome to The Light Life! Where you can leave the hustle and bustle of the rat race far behind you, free yourself from the bondage of stuff , declutter your mind and free yourself to LIVE.

Breathe in and out deeply…….

Now you’re going places.

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