Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tiny Home: Timeline

For those interested in the time span in which we completed our house, I've been keeping this timeline to track our progress. It's so funny to go back to those posts in the very beginning, how eager and excited we were. Now it's all done, which is kind of hard to believe and yet it feels so.... perfect. And now here we are, 60 weeks later on the dot. 
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June 15/July 8-  Bought Windows 
July 3- Started Facebook Page
July 9- Got trailer
July 13- Got some free wood from Fabian's boss
July 14- More free wood from Craigslist
July 14- Posted about our trailer-
July 20- Got wood for floor frame, Got plywood from Craigslist


Week 1 (August 18th-August 24th): 
-Started building and prepping, sketchup of interior
 -Our friend, Jordan, comes to help. We finish floor frame and start adding flashing.

Week 2 (August 25th-August 31st):
-Completely finished floor frame and flashing, flipped over and starting bolting together pieces of floor frame to each other and to the trailer. 
-Jackson and Pat (Brandon's dad) come to help build, finished attaching floor frame together and secure to trailer frame. Added in the insulation and put plywood on top. Started cutting wood for walls. You can see our floor building specs here.
-We throw our Tiny Home Benefit.

Week 3 (September 1st-September 7th): 
-Start on wall frame, framed and sheathed two sections of wall (both sides of living room area) 

Week 4 (September 8th- September 14th): 
-Put loft above living room area, built half of top walls (the loft walls) and started on living room side wall, also leveled trailer temporarily.

Week 5 (September 15th-September 22nd): 
-Built second half of top (loft) walls, finished and stood up living room side wall.
-Moved trailer to permanent position. 
-Bought the rest of wood for framing. 
-Sheathed half of living room side wall. 
-Built and stood up back, middle wall. 

Week 6 (September 23rd-September 29th): 
-Started and stood up front, middle wall. 
-Started on two small loft walls (on Eliza's side of the house)

Week 7 (September 30th-October 6th): 
-Finished two smaller loft walls, put up loft beams, and finished top portion of walls. 
-Also cut most of wood for last side wall (bathroom wall). 

Week 8 (October 7th/8th/9th) : 
-Finished the last wall! 
-Put in most of all the wall braces and started cutting roof rafters
-Hosted The Ridiculous Hour

Week 9 (October 14th-20th): 
-Sheathed the roof and most of the walls.
-Finished cutting roof rafters. 
-Bought ties/straps and secured roof rafters in.  
-Started cutting out window and door holes. 

Week 10 (October 21st-October 27th): 
-Finished sheathing walls 
-Power-wash walls and roof. 

Week 11 (October 28th-November 3rd): 
-Start putting up blocking and frieze boards. 
-Spray walls and ceiling with borate. 
-Squared up the roof

Week 12 (November 4th-November 10th):
-Finish putting up frieze boards. 
-Caulk roof holes, apply felt, and nailing boards on rafters. 
-Apply drip edges and roofing, almost finished roof.

Week 13 (November 11th-November 17th):
-Finished up trimming and cementing roof.
-Sprayed outside of house. 
-Started attaching ties. 
-See roof specs here.

Week 14 (November 18th-November 24th): 
-Finish spraying house (second coat of borate). 
-95% done with ties, started taping and sealing off gaps on the outside. 
-Felted the bottom of the outside of the house. 
-Also cut out 3 more window holes, only two left!!

Week 15 (November 25th- December 1st): 
-Thanksgiving weekend, not much work done except put up one row of felt (very difficult). 
-And started trimming foam and sealing up frieze boards. 

Week 16 (December 2nd-December 8th):
-Finished trimming foam and sealing frieze boards. 
-Put up third layer of felt. 
-Cut out last two windows and finished ties, only have corner posts to do. 
-Also put in our first window!!! 

Week 17 (December 9th- December 15th): 
-Worked on the loft. Caulked and foamed all seams inside, started putting insulation in walls. 
-Put in another window. 
-Also did fourth later of felt. 
-Bought our very first door knob!!! 
-Put in loft window and door

Week 18 (December 16th- December 22nd): 
-First night in the tiny home! 
-Hosted Ridiculous Hour again

Week 19 (December 23rd- December 29th): 
-Made mattress. 
-Put up work station and Christmas tree. 
-Fixed up bed area, and put in clothes rack. 
-Got heating blanket! Woooooo!

Week 20 (December 30th- January 5th): 
-Family time and DISNEYWORLDDDD

Week 21 (January 6th- January 12th): 
-DISNEYWORLDDD: Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom

Week 22 (January 13th- January 19th): 
-Got siding off craigslist

Week 23 (January 20th- January 26th): 
-Set up living room and fruit basket. 
-Had a freeze.

Week 24 (January 27th- February 2nd): 
-Put in the half circle window and worked on felt at the top between the rafters. 
-Put in other large kitchen window and Eliza's window. Built thing for tub, put in another counter and organized. 

Week 25 (February 3rd- February 9th): 
-Finished sealing up windows and got started on siding. 
-Cut furring strips out of spare wood. 

Week 26 (February 10th- February 16th): 
-Started on siding

Week 27 (February 17th-February 13th): 
-Worked on siding 

Week 28 (February 14th-March 2nd): 
-Worked on siding, on back. 

Week 29 (March 3rd-March 9th): 
-Too cold and rainy to work

Week 30 (March 10th-March 16th):
-Our friend, Joe, came over to help and we worked on the siding on the front (finished) and one of the small sides. 

Week 31 (March 17th-March 23rd):
-Worked on the siding more, finished small side on Eliza's side and half of the back side. 

Week 32 (March 24th-March 30th):
-Sprained ankle and took break.

Week 33 (March 31st-April 6th): 
-Still on break.

Week 34 (April 7th-April 13th): 
-Worked on boarding up the living room wall on inside. 
-Installed more insulation. 
-Started on electrical. 

Week 35 (April 14th-April 20th):
-More electrical. 
-Finished indoor living room siding. 

Week 36 (April 21st-April 27th): 
-Finished electrical. 
-Started plumbing. 
-Built cabinet. 
-Got sink. 
-Birthday week!

Week 37 (April 28th- May 4th): 
-Birthday weekend and a bunch of shows so no home building this week! 

Week 38 (May 5th- May 11th): 
-Put up drywall in bedroom. 

Week 39 (May 12th- May 18th): 
-Brick in living room, 
-Louisiana trip.  

Week 40 (May 19th-May 25th): 
-Interior siding in closet

Week 41 (May 26th- June 1st): 
-Worked on Eliza's loft

Week 42 (June 2nd- June 8th): 
-Break for summer fun

Week 43 (June 9th- June 15th): 
-Started putting up the cement board in bathroom above tub

Week 44-50 (June 16- July 28th):
-Put up more drywall. 
-Worked on Eliza's bedroom. 
-Put in wood flooring. 
-Started paneling the ceiling and floating the living room wall. 
-Got A/C! 
-Worked on insulation (the ceiling in particular).

Week 51 (August 4th-August 10th):
-Finished installing drywall. 
-Primed and painted living room and put up shelves. 
-Finished living room trim, sealing it all up and installed window sill. 

Week 52 (August 11th-August 17th):
-Finished paneling the ceiling in master loft.

Week 53 (August 18th- August 24th):

Week 54 (August 25th-August 31st):
-Finished covering ceiling. 
-Video Tour. 

Week 55 (September 1st- September 6th): 
-Floated, textured, and painted one kitchen wall. 
-Floated and textured bedroom. 

Week 56 (September 7th-September 13th):
-Built Eliza's ladder and shelving underneath. 
-Floated next kitchen wall, textured and painted. 
-Installed a shelf above the sink side of kitchen. 

Week 57 (September 14th-September 20th): 
- Installed concrete counters, tile back splash, cabinet doors, and window sill. 

Week 58 (September 21st- 27th): 
-Set up kitchen organization. 
-Brought in all of our kitchen stuff. 
-Put in sink. 

Week 59 (September 28th-October 4th): 
-Start on bathroom tiling. 
-Finish organizing and moving things around for optimum efficiency. 

Week 60 (October 5th- October 11th): 
-Finished up bathroom and other loose ends! 
-And Done!
Week 61 (October 12th-18th): 
-Finally getting a chance to decorate 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life Lately According to Instagram

A few pictures of what I've been up to lately since it's been a bit quiet over here. 
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I became an aunty! My oldest sister, finally popped out my little nephew, Lucas. I also became a cat owner. Who woulda thought. 
We made a mini trip to Austin to see my best friend in a musical. And then we got sick. I never thought I was a soup person but man, an outrageously painful sore throat will change a person! 
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We finished our bathroom aaaaaand I took my first shower in the tiny home! It's the small things. Also, one of our best friends from Cali came in town. We don't get to see him often, it was nice. 
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Still struggling on this whole waking up early to get Eliza off to school thing. But bringing kitty along makes the wait for the bus so much more entertaining. Also, now that we're done with the building, I've had more time to be creative and... make things!   
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I'm trying not to overdecorate, I want to keep things simple, you know? But I've been having fun sprucing up 
little things here and there, making this tiny home really ours (: 

You can follow me on Instagram here
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Monday, October 20, 2014

A Tiny Home Thanks

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A year and a half ago, we had just moved out of our apartment that we lived in and called home for two years, it was the first place of our own but had become terribly infested with roaches which we took as a sign to move on. Brandon had also just quit his life-consuming job and we decided to move back into my dad’s house to regroup. We were figuring out what our next move would be when all of the sudden, my step-brother, Joe died. For those that don't know much about him, he was my age and was in school. I had basically grown up with him, first as a family friend and then as a brother. He was brilliantly intelligent and was one of those people that was always cracking jokes. It didn’t matter what you said, he could turn around in a split second with a hilarious comeback that had everyone smiling and laughing. So when he passed, it was a shock and it was devastating to everyone.

About a week after he died, a group of us went to the Pharmm for an emotional healing class, I figured it was just what I needed, and I was right. I remember, the day leading up to that, I was so anxious and fidgety. But as always, the moment I stepped into the pharmm, an immediate calm washed over me, I was surrounded by some of the most healing, and beautiful beings I could be with, I was exactly where I needed to be in this infinitely accepting and supportive environment where no one was telling me what to do or what to feel, I could just open my heart and be what I needed to be. I had had this dream of the tiny home for a while, I think I had mentioned it to my parents and they kind of brushed it off, thinking it was just another one of my crazy dreams. But at this class, I remember thinking so much of this tiny home dream, it just kept popping up in my head and I kept feeling this urge to pursue it.  

One of the most important things I took away from Joe’s death is that life is short and I didn’t want to waste any moment of it. That night, through all of the emotional healing I learned to let go, let go of expectations, let go of the sadness I was holding onto, to let go of the meaningless chatter in my head, let go of all paths that everyone had already laid out for me, and to let go of all the fears that were holding me back. I learned to trust in and listen to my heart. Now, most of all, I knew that I needed to follow my heart to lead me to where I needed to be.

I remember sitting alone with Brandon at the end of all of the healing, looking into his beautiful blue eyes, and I had this huge weight on my heart. Finally, I blurted out, “We need to build the tiny home” And to my surprise he just replied “I know”. And it felt a lot like the moment years ago that I finally told him that I loved him or that I was pregnant, it was something we both knew in our hearts that we needed to do and we committed to it together, knowing it would change our life forever but in a big beautiful way. And in that moment, we surrendered to what our heart was guiding us to. It was so scary guys, terrifying actually but somehow we knew it would all turn out ok. Or you know, even better than ok. 

So we started planning and setting the gears in motion. It was a big undertaking but I think one of the greatest aids to us was that we knew we wouldn’t be alone. We knew we would receive the help that we needed, when we needed it. We put our trust and faith in the universe to make this dream happen for us. And that’s where our community comes in! From the beginning, we knew we wanted to involve our community as much as possible and now that it is complete, we have so many people to thank! So here goes: 


-First off we want to thank our biggest supporters of all, our parents! I want to thank my dad for his infinite supply of power tools and knowledge, for coming all the way up to where we live and basically doing all of our electrical work for us, and also, for letting me raid his garage for supplies he forgot he even had! I know this crazy tiny home thing wasn’t something he was exactly thrilled about but still he remained supportive and even though he didn’t really have a choice, he has helped us and still helps us immensely throughout this entire tiny home building process. 

-I want to thank my mom and step-dad for their support, for their help watching Eliza, for their building and design advice, for their insulation donation, and for letting me dig through their trash and collect the wood that is now on our floors and ceiling. 

-For Brandon's dad, Patrick, who came out to help us build the tiny home and provide his man power to get this thing going! 

- A huge thanks to our friend, Fabian, for graciously coming out here on his own time and installing our plumbing for us and also, for leading us to some awesome free wood! 

-Jackson and Jordan Fox for their assistance in building the very foundation that our house sits on.

-Jerry and Julie for their generous donation to they tiny home and letting us borrow the table saw that has come in so much handy! 

-Also, to Uncle Jon who is funding our future solar power plans. 

-And thanks to my brother, Jon, and friend/mentor/life coach, Joseph, for coming out and helping us install siding. 

-To Justin for helping us paint! 

-To that guy that lent us the jigsaw thing. 

-To New Living for providing us with non-toxic paint to beautify our home. 

-To Craigslist and all the wonderful people on there from whom we’ve scavenged many of our building materials from. 

-To the neighbors directly across from us and over to the right for lending us supplies as well.

-To any and everyone that has offered us support, motivation, insight, and inspiration. 

-And last but not least, we want to thank Diana who has been the most help to us. For letting us build our house on this land, for letting us partially habitat her house while we build our own, for being so patient with us, for being one of our biggest supporters and motivators, and for just being there when others were not. We would have never gotten this project started if it weren’t for you. You are one of the biggest believers in our vision and we are infinitely grateful for that. Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on when needed, it hasn’t been easy for any of us all of the time but thank you for being there for us 100% of the time.


This dream wouldn’t have come true without the support of all these beautiful people in our community. Building a house is no piece of cake ya’ll. Sometimes it was a blast, sometimes it was confusing, sometimes it was a down right struggle but we made it out in the end and I am so grateful for everyone that took part in our journey.

It has been a crazy awesome year and a quarter, building this tiny home of ours. And I just want to add that it’s never too late to make your own dreams come true. Because what is the point of your life if you don’t choose to do what you want to do, if you don’t listen to your heart and trust it to guide you to where you need to be. We’ve experienced a lot of death over the past year and a half and it is a constant reminder for us to live life in the present. To live life now. And even though Joe can not be here physically, I believe he has always been here encouraging us and helping us along this journey. So I want to thank him most of all, for being a constant inspiration for us, I know in my heart that he is watching over us and guiding us to bigger and better things each day. 

Thank you all. We did it!!
(updated tiny home tour coming soon!)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vegan Hatch Chili Soup

A lot like taco soup but with an added kick (we love that heat around here) and some extra tomatoes to soup it up a bit. Sometimes I crave tomatoes so you know, I threw in all kinds of them. Plus hatch. Because hatch. 

So this recipe is low fat, low sodium, loaded with veggies, super delicious, and above all easy. This is a great raw till 4 meal and I purposely made a huge batch because 1) we eat a lot and 2) it's nice to cook a big batch one night and have it last for a few extra. But I would put out a word of caution on the canned/jar products, watch the sodium here! I always get organic and low sodium when I have the chance. It makes a difference. 
2 onions 
2 bell peppers
6 hatch chiles 
3 jalapenos 
1 head of garlic (yes, a whole head. I love garlic but feel free to use less if you please) 
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (I went with fire roasted) 
12 oz. can tomato paste 
2 cans black beans 
36 oz. tomato puree (or sauce)
16 oz. of frozen corn 
1.5 tbs paprika 
4 tbs oregano 
5 tbs cayenne 
2 tbs cumin 
3 tbs chili powder 

1. Sautee onions, bell pepper, hatch, and jalapeno until softened. I just use water to avoid oil. 
2. Add in the garlic and cook for an extra 5 minutes. 
3. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. 

Sooo simple, right?! 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Seattle: Part 1

Our last big trip of the summer was to Seattle/Washington for my cousin's wedding. 
It was beautiful and magical and I fell in love. I'd go back in a heartbeat. 
Airplane parking lot pics. My brother thinks he's a model. And you see my dad in the background? 
He likes to pretend like he knows what's going on. 
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Airplane candy. Caramel is my favorite, my brother knows me. 
Finally getting to Seattle, met up with my sister (who left from Austin). 
Then we hopped on a ferry to cross the... bay? To somewhere, I can't recall the name now. 
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We stayed in a hotel right off the water. Of course, as soon as we got there, we were off exploring. This was at low tide so it was a bit mucky. 
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And then we met up with all of our aunts and uncles. This one above is my dad's brother, he looks just like my dad. 
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And here's my dad and his other brother. They're all identical, I swear. 
And my siblings. I heart them.

This girl, I tried so hard but I couldn't keep her out of the water. She's a mermaid. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Why Diets Don't Work.

I could go on and on about my opinion of dieting but I'll just let the facts do the talking. 

My two cents for anyone that wants to lose weight, get healthy, or both: 

Listen to your body and what it needs, it knows better than you but you have to learn to notice and interpret it's signs. For example, got a sweet tooth? Eat some fruit! Learn to trust your intuition.

Eat healthy foods, change your lifestyle to support your body. Is your body out of whack? Maybe look at what you're putting into it, eh? Put down the junk food. Resist the animal products. Stay away from gluten. We all know these things are bad for you. And don't restrict. I think the video explained that well enough. 

Reduce your toxin intake. So that includes anything that comes in contact with your skin, lungs, or your digestive system. They are called toxins for a reason and don't belong on/in your precious body. 

Exercise consistently. Everyone knows this is an important key to getting healthy but nobody wants to do it. Make it fun. Get a workout buddy! Your body will thank you in the form of endorphins which brings me to my last point:  

Be happy. 

Kind of frustrated with the way people (mostly women) think these days, always complaining but not willing to do the work. They're always looking for the next fad diet or drug that is going to make them miraculously skinny and healthy and happy and perfect. No. Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. Just be good to your body.

And be fudging patient! It takes a while to heal after any kind of abuse, your body is not excluded from that. Things aren't going to change overnight. This is a fact of life. 

Rant over. 
*deep exhale

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sam Wish Super Sale!

You heard it! We're having a super sale to get rid of the last of our clothes stock! 

From here until Friday, October 3rd, all of our clothes are only $5! Yes $5! We've got a few dresses, tops, and skirts left so get them while you still can! 

And on October 3rd, we're officially taking all of our clothes offline and that will be the end of it! On to bigger and better things (: 

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