Nominated for the Liebster Award!!

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Hey! 🙂 So I was nominated by WOMANPULSE for the Liebster Award! How exciting right?!

It’s an award given to new, up-and-coming bloggers, by their bloggie buddies to basically say “Keep up the good work!” and it’s a way to make connections with other bloggers on the rise. This is very encouraging for me because as most of you know, my blog is still trying to launch off its little feet.

So the Rules of the Liebster are as such:

  1. Thank your bloggie buddy for nominating you
  2. Share the award on your blog and social medias
  3. Answer the ten questions you were given by your nominator
  4. Nominate 10 other new bloggers that you admire
  5. Notify your nominees via social media

The questions my nominator asked:

Coffee or Tea?   Coffee!! I would never get out of bed without it!

Where do you find your content ideas?  Every day life. My kids give me quite a few ideas from our day-to-day adventures.

What is your favorite blogging tool?  Grammerly!! It saves me from looking stupid on a daily basis.

Where do you see your blog going?  I would like to see my blog connecting me to fellow adventurous parents around the world and possibly serving as a source of income in the future.

Who is your favorite writer? Golly, that is a tough one. ummmm…..ok, lets call it a tie between Stephen King (because he’s been a fav since middle school) and Milan Kundera because his work is mind-blowing!

What is your best quality? My determination. Without it, I would have just stayed nose-deep in a book, where I am the most comfortable, forever.

Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook. Twitter is not my favorite at all.

Who motivates you? Why?  My kids, because I want them to see that you can make your life into anything you want if you work and plan hard enough.

How has bogging changed your life?  It has given me back my passion for writing. In fact, shortly after I started blogging, I decided to pursue a career in Freelance Writing. Between the two, I feel like I am writing constantly…..and I love it!

What are your top 3 blogs for reading?  My 3 favorite blogs to read are Gone With The Wynns, Courageous Joy (these guys are actually my neighbors right now!), and Boho Berry.

My nominees:

The Big Red Patch House

Sum of My Pieces

The AKQ BLOG

Nerd Cracker

Be The Proof

Just Me, Marcy

Tea Time Mom

Family Travel On A Shoestring

Jade Jane Russell

Doing It All – Obsessed

Your questions:

  1. What got you into blogging?
  2. Are you and introvert or extrovert?
  3. How many blog posts do you create in a given week?
  4. What is your biggest passion in life?
  5. What social media platform is your favorite to promote your blog?
  6. Do you have a 5-year plan? If so, what is it? If not, why?
  7. Where would your dream vacation be?
  8. Who is your biggest Bloggie Hero?
  9. Do you generally stick to following one type of blog or do you follow different theme blogs?
  10. How happy are you with how your blog is going so far?

Thank you so much, WOMANPULSE for nominating me! 🙂

 

About Us

We are a full-time RV family originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota with a passion for adventure and learning. About six months ago we were given the news that Nick would have to go to California for school and initially that meant leaving me and the kids alone in South Dakota for three months. The idea of that was horrifying for all of us since our two daughters are very young and adore their daddy. So we decided that even though we would probably have to take a hit financially, we were going to figure out a way for all of us to go with him. The first thought to go through my head was renting a house or apartment at the new location (boy, that was an expensive thought!), but the idea of packing the entire house and moving just to do it all again three months later was exhausting in itself. At that point the answer hit me like a Mac Truck—An RV!! If we bought and moved into an RV, both moves (and for that matter, any future moves) wouldn’t be nearly as stressful since all we would have to do is unhook and go! Why didn’t I think of this before?! If I had known how much I would love living in an RV I would have done this years ago. Since then it has become so much more than a convenience move. We have developed a passion for getting the most out of life and since we are not tied down to a conventional house, we are doing it!

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Chelsea

Being a stay-at-mom, I run the house. My husband calls me “The Plan Master” 🙂 I have so many interests, it’s hard to keep track, so keep in mind that this is an Everything Blog. I thoroughly enjoy planning, research, writing, adventuring, and self-improvement in general. I feel the most alive when I’m making my dreams become reality. Becoming a mom has really caused me to look at my own childhood and realize how much hard work my parents put in to make it happy and memorable. As a child of divorce, there were many ups and downs, but having two families made my life interesting. All three of my parents are amazing and adventurous in different ways, but it’s their demonstration of hard work that has really stuck with me. My childhood was filled with all kinds of adventures simply because my parents knew how to make things happen. The “hard work mentality” seems to be more and more scarce with each generation and I want my girls to have it. I want them to grow up seeing that your life will be what you want if you are willing to put in the work required to make it that way!

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Nick

My super bestie <3 He is seriously the smartest person I know. We have been together for almost six years and his intelligence never ceases to amaze me. Most of the changes made on our RV have been done by him with minimal know-how. He figures out how to do things in his head and then does a bit of research to make sure he’s doing it the most efficient way. When we met, he introduced me to the concept of self-sustainability (which honestly never really occurred to me) and it has become one of my biggest interests. In the weeks to come, we are gonna be experimenting with growing our own food and reducing the amount of energy we consume i.e. switching to solar energy, less TV-more outside time, trading in our minivan for bicycles. We hope to one day buy a house on some land and build a completely self-sufficient homestead. Since meeting we have embarked on some awesome adventures, but the greatest being Parenthood. He is a wonderful daddy and seems to be happiest teaching the girls new things.

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Sophie

Little Miss Independent. He favorite phrase is “Me big kid, me can do stuffs!”. She has just started to really absorb information and loves learning. Her favorite part of the day is Learning Time where we spend time together with her pre-school workbook. She won’t start real pre-school until next year so for now we are practicing the basics. She likes pre-writing the most and is getting very good at it. She also adores kitties and dressing up like a princess.

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Rosie

My little explorer. She gets into everything! She definitely has that adventure bone. Every time I turn around she is investigating something new (and usually something off limits). She doesn’t really talk yet, but I’m almost positive it’s because she doesn’t want to 🙂 pretty soon she will be talking nonstop like her big sister. She is in love with Winnie the Pooh and books.

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Lux

My big sweetie!! She is my oldest “baby”. We rescued her about a year before we had Sophie and she plays big sister to the kids and the kittens. She loves sleeping on my pillow and walking all over my folded laundry.

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LeeLoo & Lola

The newest editions to our family. They are currently 5 months old and so ridiculously adorable. We adopted them in Las Vegas in the middle of our move out to California. LeeLoo is very social and Lola likes to be left alone, for the most part, but they are both very sweet.

What to expect:

  • RV family life
  • Indoor container gardening
  • Adventuring
  • “Culinary Passport”
  • Parenting
  • RV modifications

Our First Big Trip: Rapid City, SD to Lompoc, CA

     First real move!! Wooooooo!!! RV trip!

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At this point, we had only been living in our fifth wheel for a little over 2 months and had not yet moved it farther than 20 miles.  I was extremely nervous because Nick was pulling the house and I was driving the minivan with the kids and Lux (we had not yet adopted LeeLoo and Lola). The idea of driving so far by myself with my kids was terrifying, but it ended up not being as bad as I anticipated due to my dad buying us a DVD player with 2 screens that strap to the headrests. I do not think the girls would have handled the trip as well if they hadn’t had access to Frozen and The Little Mermaid :).

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The first day was a real doozy. We took a bunch of back roads in Wyoming intending to boondock in our fifth wheel for the first night, but the campground I found courtesy of freecampsites.net ended up being inaccessible due to rain. Thankfully, the website included the information that it was closed when the roads were wet so we didn’t go too far out of our way. We ended up making the horrible decision to try to make it to a truck stop on the Utah side of the border before stopping for the night. At this point, it started pouring rain to a ridiculous amount. The roads were steep and full of turns, but the worst of it was that there are no truck stops between Evanston, WY and Salt Lake City, UT so we had to keep going. I pulled off the highway about an hour north of Salt Lake crying because I was so stressed out about the rain! It was awful awful awful! We made it to the Flying J in Salt Lake City at about 11 o’clock. My poor girls had passed out from exhaustion by then so we pulled in, put them in their beds, and finally went to sleep. I gotta say, it felt incredibly weird to be going to sleep in our house with all the slides in. I ended up getting up in the middle of the night and sleeping on the couch because Rosie kept crying out in her sleep.

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So the next morning we get up semi-early, 7 or so, and snag some filling breakfast at the Denny’s attached to the truck stop. The second day of driving was not as stressful because we were planning to stop in Las Vegas for a few days mid-trip. It must have been six or seven hours from Salt Lake to Las Vegas. The drive sure was beautiful, by the way! Utah is soooo pretty!june44

Upon arriving in  Las Vegas, we were surprised (although we shouldn’t have been since it was June!) at how hot it was!!!! We were really looking forward to taking the evening to hookup everything and relax with our kids after that long drive. Unfortunately, it was not going to be that simple. Is it ever, right? So as we are putting out our slides, Lux gets clipped by a door and I, of course, start losing my mind with worry because she is dragging her back leg so I rush her to the nearest animal hospital to be looked at. Thankfully, she was perfectly fine. The doc said she just had a close call and most likely a sprained foot. She wasn’t babying it hardly at all by the time he saw her so I’m sure he thought I was being an over-exaggerator. Needless to say, Lux is going to have to ride in the van (no matter how much she hates it) for ALL future trips. However, while we are leaving the animal hospital, I noticed these 2 sweet little kittens playing in a cage on the front desk. We ended up adopting them on our last day in Las Vegas, we couldn’t get their cute little faces off our minds!

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The next 3 days were quite relaxing. Since we had our kids, we didn’t do much of the sightseeing on the strip. That’s way too much walking for two toddlers. We did go check out the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus though. What a blast!!! This was Sophie’s first time going on rides of any kind, she was just barely tall enough to be able to go. It was definitely more expensive than we anticipated, but it was worth it. We also spent an evening at Boulder Station casino because they had a Kids Quest attached. We usually don’t do a lot of gambling, but we saw it as a great opportunity to have a date night and we all had a really great time doing that as well. The girls were sad when we picked them up cause they had made some little friends in the dress-up corner 🙂 and I won enough money on a machine to pay for the entire night!! Covered childcare, dinner, and all the money we put in plus $3!! Woop Woop!

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After our mini-family adventure, we prepared to depart for California and hit another snag. Our power jacks went out! Bad luck, right?! It took us much longer to leave Vegas than we thought, but we got on the road and it was relatively smooth sailing from there. However, we did not expect the 55 mph speed limit for vehicles pulling any weight so we did not arrive at camp  until 9:30 pm.