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Our first 6 months of life on the road

Our first 6 months of life on the road

Our first 6 months of life on the road

February 2019 marked 6 months! That’s just CRAZY. We have so much more to learn, but so far – we are loving life on the road.

We posted a question on Instagram, asking “What do you want to know about the first 6 months of life on the road? There were a ton of great questions like, “What is something you thought was going to be hard, but really wasn’t?” and “What’s the most surprising part about being on the road?”

After answering the questions we received on IG, we figured, why not make a video for YouTube to share this information. ūüôā Check it out below!

Do you have questions about living on the road? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Practical household items for RV life and tiny living

5 Practical household items for RV life and tiny living

5 Practical Household Items for RV Life and Tiny Living

We have to be pretty selective nowadays when it comes to items we bring into our life… you know, because only have 200sq feet to work with!¬†We decided to put together a short video highlighting 5 of our FAVORITE household items we use every single day! Things that make our life easier on the road and are also very practical to have. In fact, we owned a few of these items even before hitting the road!¬†

We provide links to the items we talk about below.

Please note that these are our Amazon Affiliate links. There is no additional cost, whatsoever, to you, but it does help us earn a tiny bit of revenue if you choose to purchase any of these items! So thank you!

1. Fozzils Snap Fold Dishrack: https://amzn.to/2KobdqY

2. Aeropress Coffee Maker (owned prior to life on the road): https://amzn.to/2TwsyCh

3. Black + Decker Handheld Vacuum (owned prior to life on the road): https://amzn.to/2PKEFgP

4. Simplehuman Trash Can: https://amzn.to/2TuatVo

5. Felt Storage Bins: https://amzn.to/2Kon8Fa 

What household items do you use on a daily basis that help make your life better?! Tell us in the comments below!

Airstream upgrades for full time living

Airstream upgrades for full time living

Airstream Upgrades for Full Time Living

A few years ago, we purchased Jowanda, our 2005 25ft Airstream from a guy who lived in Florida. He and his wife wanted to purchase a newer Airstream and so put this one up for sale on Airstream Classifieds. We’re happy to answer any questions when it comes to how to find a used Airstream!

Anyhoo- Jowanda was in GREAT shape. She was only 10 years old when we purchased her, and was very well taken care of. So why make upgrades?

We wanted to make upgrades to our Airstream for 3 reasons

1) To make it easier to boondock (boondocking just means that we’re camping off the grid without any hookups)
2) To make it more suitable for full-time living
3) To make it feel like home

Here’s our VERY FIRST YouTube video where we talk about the upgrades and include some pretty fun footage back from our reno.

List of upgrades we talk about in the video:

1. Solar power installed
2. Painted all cabinets/doors/walls white that were faux wood
3. Painted couch + dinette upholstery
4. Removed fabric and painted dinette frame
4. New floating floors throughout
5. New countertop, sink, faucet and magnetic knife holder (all from Ikea)
6. Removed Microwave for more storage

List of upgrades we totally forgot to talk about in the video:

1. Antenna
2. Inverter Installed
3. More USB plugs so we could charge more things while boondocking and not have to rely on our inverter so much
4. Removed the stock divider that separates the bedroom from the rest of the Airstream and added tension rod w/ curtain instead

List of upgrades we may do in the future:

1. Revamp the bathroom with some wallpaper so it doesn’t look so dingy
2. Lift Airstream for more off-road travel

Items discussed in our video

(Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links. This does not cost you anything at all, and we would make a tiny percentage if you were to purchase the item. Thanks!)

PAINT:

Couch Paint: Graphite by Annie Sloan

Dinette Paint: Provence by Annie Sloan

(Annie Sloan paints are only provided by select stockists Рyou can find your closest stockist by visiting: https://www.anniesloan.com/stockists)

Cabinet Primer: Extreme Bond Primer (Sherwin Williams)

Cabinet Paint: Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in Origami White (Sherwin Williams)

Shelf Paint: Old Ochre by Annie Sloan (design on buckets done with white spray paint and Primer Red)

KITCHEN:

Countertop: Ikea Countertop

Kitchen Sink: Ikea Norrsjon Sink

Kitchen Faucet: Ikea Almaren Faucet

Knife block: Ikea Knife Block

TOOLS:

Sander: Bosch Random Orbit 5 inch Sander/Polisher

Sanding Pads: Sanding Pads

FLOORING: 

Vinyl Plank Flooring: Lifeproof Walton Oak (We needed about 6 cases)

SOLAR STUFF:

Victron SmartSolar MPPT 100/30 Charge Controller with Bluetooth

Victron BMV-712 Battery Monitor with Battery Temperature Sensor

1000W Inverter

Inverter fuse holder and 150A fuses

We are licensed to marry!

We are licensed to marry!

This past weekend was a big weekend! We moved the Airstream for the first time, we nearly addressed all of the invites for the wedding reception in September AND we got our marriage license so we can tie the knot legally (within the next 60 days).

THE WEDDING ADVENTURE

We aren’t traditional people, so why¬†do something traditional? ¬†We love travelling and exploring new places. Which is why it was meaningful for us to make this¬†more than just¬†one day – but an adventure!

We’ll be having¬†a small, intimate ceremony with just our mothers and an officiant, to make our marriage “official” and “legal” sometime in the beginning of July.

Later in the month, we’ll head out¬†on a¬†first big trip in our Airstream¬†to the Canadian Rockies! ¬†This is where we’ll exchange¬†our own personal vows – just us and the mountains (oh and Cooper our dog of course!).

We plan on getting back to Ithaca, NY, sometime in mid-August¬†so we can focus on preparing for our reception (¬†September at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market). A great way to end the adventure – by celebrating with our family and friends in the town we call home.

 

 

For All Intents and Purposes

For All Intents and Purposes

As the first post on this blog, we felt would be good to share a few reasons why we decided to start a blog in the first place.

We want a place to express our thoughts and share our experiences. Whether it’s traveling to a new place or learning something new, we intend to capture these thoughts/experiences so that you may find value in our words.

We came up with the name “Life’s Intents” while sitting on our couch one morning, drinking coffee and dreaming big.

Our name “Life’s Intents” (if you haven’t noticed) is a play on words. To some it might sound like we’re saying “Life’s INTENSE” and truly, we both feel like our current lives are really freaking intense.

Between Jay still working at the startup he co-founded, me starting my own business and a wedding on the way, we are feeling pretty overwhelmed. We have come to the point where we want to stop living so intensely and start living more intentionally. Being more intentional with our time and money. To set forth and pursue a life with less stress and stuff. This is our life’s intents.

We also joke about us living literally “in tents”. We have owned a roof-top car tent that we’ve gotten some great years out of. We still plan on using our tent as we travel around the country with our dog in our Airstream Travel Trailer.

We hope our website can provide you with joy, inspiration, and value. We hope that you’ll learn from us – and that maybe, just maybe, it’ll help you with your life’s intentions.