What Happens Next?

I figured now was maybe a good time for an update, don’t you? I’m pretty certain that I’ve been swallowed in to some sort of time machine that shoots me months into the future but only feels like 5 minutes for me. Anyone else?

Well, the past few months have definitely been an adventure, full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and big surprises. That’s to be expected when one starts out on a totally new journey I suppose. There is such a learning curve to living your whole life a certain way and then catapulting into another dimension so to speak. Much of it I anticipated, but there have been several trials and tests that threw me for a loop. The major one was illness. I’m going to write a blog post about this soon and detail everything that happened and what we did to get past it, but illness is scary when you aren’t near a doctor or hospital and you are used to having that close by. Another significant trial that still lingers is the possibility of relocating. There have been some issues revolving around whether or not to sell the property we are living on as some of the people here don’t feel they are cut out for homesteading and small town living. The future and where we end up hangs in the balance right now, but in the meantime I’m still plugging away and doing what needs to be done, and still truly loving every second of it!! No matter where we end up, I’ll be writing about it every step of the way.

I’m so happy to say that we made it through the winter and have found ourselves facing new challenges as well as some ease. Instead of the cold weather we now have hot summer days and thunderstorms. Recently we had a really intense storm pass over us that had my children and I sitting together on the floor in the middle of the fifth wheel, praying for it to pass quickly. I don’t mind thunderstorms, but being in a fifth wheel during a really bad one was incredibly unnerving. I’ve done some reading on the safety of RV’s during storms and the consensus was pretty much that most people would rather not be in one. I can understand why! We got through it though, even if my nerves were completely shot.



I’ve noticed that the temperature inside the fifth wheel pretty much mirrors the outside temperature, even when we are situated under trees and we close the blinds to block out the sun. Air conditioning has been a major bonus, I have to say. Our fifth wheel has two A/C units; one in the master bedroom and one in the main living area. Usually I put on the one in the master bedroom and it cools down the rest of the house by up to 10 degrees. With this heat I’m finding it really hard to cook and impossible to bake. This small space heats up so quickly and becomes uncomfortable even quicker. I’m thankful that we have had some breaks of cool weather in between the hot stretches, and I’m able to get my baking fixes in.

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Our oven is teeny tiny in our home. So tiny that I have to use a smaller cookie sheet because the big ones don’t fit. To put it into perspective, a 12-cup muffin pan takes up the whole oven and fits perfectly. Just one. My large cast iron pan that I use to make my Blueberry Pouf in the picture above just barely fits. That means I’ve had to be a bit more creative with my baking which I’m totally fine with. I think my next project may just be an outdoor brick or cob oven though, so that I can bake even when it’s hot, and maybe have a little more space to do so.

We’ve spent some time exploring more of the area here and on a regular basis I still look at my children and say “we LIVE here!!” We are surrounded by lakes and mountains and trees and wildlife….it is absolutely serene and stunning to look at. It will be incredibly upsetting if we have to move from here, but I hope we can stay. We recently spent some time at one of the lakes near us and were in awe of the beauty. We stepped into the crystal clear water and immediately we were greeted by the friendliest family of ducks who came right up to us and were chatting away in the softest duck voices I have ever heard. Fish were jumping every few minutes, a Loon called to us from somewhere on the lake….it was perfection. We quickly made plans to go back as soon as possible with fishing rods, swimsuits, a picnic, and a canoe. After our trip to the lake we stopped by a park to lounge under some trees, have a snack, and read some books.

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I haven’t had a better day than that in a very. long. time.

When the sun starts to go down and the evening cool rolls in, we take our crew of dogs for a walk down to the river. A little while back we brought home a Great Pyrenees puppy to keep Sophie company, our other Pyrenees. Not only is our new pup Samson the cutest thing ever, but it was instant love between him and Sophie. They are the best of friends and love having each other. Pretty soon I hope, they will be watching over some goat friends as well.

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I still chuckle and shake my head sometimes at the fact that we ended up with 3 white dogs, Sadie being our first. She’s our little Chihuahua/Terrier that we adopted from a rescue organization 4 years ago. If you glanced you would think she was Sophie and Samson’s pup🙂

We still haven’t got any chickens yet but those will be coming very soon, as well as an update and pictures of our chicken coop. We also may have some quail coming too.

Now that you’re fairly up to date, I’d like to thank you for sticking around! More posts are coming soon.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

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I don’t want to jinx it, but I think it’s safe to say winter is over here. We’ve had several rainy days, temperatures have risen, and the snow is almost completely gone. We’ve ventured out a few times in just raincoats or sweaters, and I’ve even resorted to turning the propane furnace off each night when we go to bed. I still keep an oil heater on in the bedroom set at 17C and that keeps us cozy. Keeping the bedroom door closed at night helps too. The temperature inside the living area is usually around 7C when I wake up in the morning so I’ll turn the furnace on for a few minutes to warm things up, and I sit by the heater with my morning coffee until the chill in the air is gone which doesn’t take long at all. Since I started turning the furnace off at night and not having it on at all during the day our propane is lasting seemingly forever. I’ve made a 30lb tank last close to 3 weeks now and it’s still going, and that includes cooking and baking. After about 4 months now of living in our fifth wheel with most of that during cold ugly weather, it is getting so much easier and with less day to day work. Now that the snow is gone it is a breeze to fill up the water tank. Lugging 100ft of hose through a foot of snow to the water pump in a hurry so that the hose doesn’t stiffen up before you get water flowing was quite a chore! Having the hose freeze overnight was never fun either because that involved rolling it up and putting it in the basement next to a space heater and hoping it warmed up enough by morning so we could use it. It has all been a learning experience and I now feel much better equipped to face next winter with the knowledge I now have. I’m sure that we will face new challenges, but for now I’m just going to enjoy things being a bit easier.

Since it’s been raining so much we have been spending quite a bit of time inside. We’ve been getting ahead in our homeschooling which is always a good feeling, and I’ve managed to get some time in for crocheting as well as getting my sourdough starter going. Since it is chilly in here at night the starter is off to a bit of a slow start but we will see what happens.

Even though I am totally enjoying the rainy days and the sound of raindrops on the roof, I’m anxious for some sunshine so I can get working on things outside. I’ve been collecting materials to build a chicken coop and I’m so excited to finally get chickens. I’m not following any plan and I am totally new to building things that actually function, but after making our compost toilet and the door to the dog pen (which I will show in a future post!) I feel like I could put something together that will keep the chickens safe and happy. I’m going to try and make the coop itself from mostly pallets which I have been stocking up on, and the run will be from 2x4s and chicken wire from the hardware store. I will be getting some goats soon as well to add to the homestead that will live with our Pyrenees, Sophie. She already has a pen that is big enough for goats as well and she will be their protector. The property I live on borders a large cow pasture that is home to several coyotes and we often hear them calling at night, to which Sophie responds with her big beefy barks. Even though we have Sophie we also have to take extra precautions to keep our animals safe. We also have mountain lions and bobcats in the area, as well as bears so I’m keeping all of that in mind as I put things together. Our Angora rabbit lives in a cage outside during the day, but at night we bring him inside and he sleeps in a dog crate. The cage is a storebought one and I worry that a hungry animal could tear it apart if it wanted to. We almost lost him once when Sophie managed to get his cage open and thought he would make a good playmate. She ended up injuring his leg and pulling clumps of his fur out before leaving him to almost freeze to death in the snow. Thankfully we found him just in time and I spent the following couple of hours sitting with him in front of the heater and blow-drying him. I didn’t think he was going to make it but he did. I’m going to be building him some sort of pen to live in outside where he’ll be safe and protected. Once that is done we are going to get a female Angora to keep him company. We’ll be utilizing the wool from our rabbits and spinning it into yarn. In the future I would like to have a couple of Alpacas and will mix their fibre with the Angora, but in the meantime I will find a local source of Alpaca wool to use.

I’m really looking forward to things getting into full swing around here. I have lots of things planned that I’m really excited to share with you all, so stay tuned for some news and an announcement or two!




DIY Composting Toilet

When I purchased my fifth wheel I knew I wasn’t going to be using the toilet that was in it because I wasn’t going to be hooked up to septic service. I had tossed around the idea of putting in a small septic tank and researched the costs involved, and it was just too high. I also considered putting an outhouse on the property, but with two young children in an area with mountain lions, bears, and coyotes, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of them running out at night to use the bathroom. It didn’t seem very desirable in the winter either. After researching different options, I came across the Nature’s Head composting toilet and absolutely loved it. It seemed easy enough to install, it has had great reviews, and it looked nice and not offensive to guests who may not be used to the idea of a non-traditional toilet. The problem was it costs $1300 CAD. Ouch. I loved the idea of it so much that I was going to start saving my pennies and use the bathroom in my family’s house until I had all of the money. That lasted for a couple of months. I didn’t feel great about making multiple trips to someone else’s house to use their bathroom, even if it’s family. And it was kind of a pain even though they are only about 150ft away. 3 people make for many trips! I knew there had to be a better way than spending a small fortune on toileting.

After some more internet research I came across other methods of composting toilets and what to do with “humanure”, and found The Humanure Handbook, which awesomely has instructions in it for making a “Lovable Loo”. The system is really simple; it’s essentially a 5 gallon bucket inside a wood box with a toilet seat on top. Every time you do your business, you cover it with an organic medium like sawdust, wood shavings, peat moss, leaves, etc. Initially I was going to build the exact same one as in the book, but because my bathroom is so itty bitty I wanted something where I could have a bit of a surface to keep my little bucket of organic material. I decided on the basic configuration, made some measurements, marked them on the wood and started cutting. The whole toilet is made from 3/4″ plywood. I cut all the pieces from one piece of plywood, including the 5 legs.

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The first thing I had to do was remove the existing toilet, which was actually pretty easy. I of course didn’t think to take pictures at the time, so I’ll try to explain it as best I can. First I checked and double checked that the water pump was off. Once I did that I took off the front cover that is over the base of the toilet which enabled me to access the water hose that comes into the foot pump on the toilet. I disconnected the water hose and capped it off using a hose plug. I then unscrewed the 4 screws holding the toilet in place on the floor, which was surprisingly easy. I was worried they would be super tight but they weren’t at all. Once I had removed the screws the toilet lifted off easily. It was a bit awkward to remove as there was a little weight to the toilet, and did I mention my bathroom is itty bitty?

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This is pretty much what was under the toilet, only picture an open hole in the center. I asked around at the local RV dealership how to go about removing and capping the septic pipe and I was told I had two options. The first one would be that if I could get that black outer ring off then I could buy a pipe cap and just screw it on. Unfortunately this didn’t work for me. I tried and tried to get that sucker off the floor and it would not budge. The screws there weren’t even really doing anything. I jumped online and learned that many of these toilet bases are glued to the septic pipe itself, making it impossible to remove. I was stuck with the second option, so I was faced with what I thought was my first dilemma. At the RV dealership they told me I could just stuff some plastic bags into the pipe but I didn’t want to do that. I wasn’t sure how to plug the septic pipe or if the bucket for my new Loo would sit level on top of this. I had already bought a pipe cap hoping I would luck out and just have to screw it on. I tried just placing it inside the outer ring but it has a large piece sticking out of the top to help you screw it in place, and the bucket definitely would not sit level on it. I tried flipping it upside down and placing it in the outer ring, and voila. It works like a charm. That’s what you see in the above picture. It blocks out any possible odor from the septic tank, and it’s flat enough for the bucket to sit on.

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I cut a hinged door that flips up for easy removal of the bucket. As you can see I have a garbage bag inside the bucket, which is typically not what people with this setup do. I still have to build a compost bin for the waste to be put into, so in the meantime I bag up the waste and take it to the landfill. 3 of us are using the Loo and I change the bag about once every 3 days. I don’t have garbage pickup where I live so I have to take our garbage to the landfill anyway at a cost of $5.00 a week. I haven’t tracked down a good source of sawdust yet, so for now we are using peat moss. I know it’s not an environmentally responsible source to use and I will be switching, but I had to find something quick and that is all that was available at the time. For now it works great.

While I was really excited to try this out, I was really nervous. I’ve read lots about how it doesn’t smell, it’s super easy, etc., but I’d never done anything like this before and I really couldn’t see how it didn’t smell, even a little bit. After a month of using it I can say confidently that it doesn’t smell, IF YOU DO IT CORRECTLY. Odors will happen if you don’t use enough covering. It took a little while of using it to get the feel of how much peat moss to use. From time to time there is a definite earthy, soil smell because of the peat moss which doesn’t bother me at all. And from time to time the children won’t use enough cover and there can be a slight lingering smell of strong musty earth so I just sprinkle a bit of baking soda that I added a few drops of essential oil to and the smell disappears. It also makes guests feel a bit more comfortable with a familiar pleasant smell then the earthy smell which for some reason scares some people.

My children and I all absolutely LOVE our Loo. We seriously do. There’s something fun and exciting about it. Knowing we are saving a ton of water is super rewarding, but it also just has a back-to-the-land feeling to it and it makes us feel really independent from the system and sort of free! My children get a kick out of using it and they’ve told me that if we ever live in a regular house again that we need to take our toilet with us and use it instead of the plumbed one. Something else that is a bonus is that we never have to worry about the toilet getting plugged and overflowing, which has happened many times in a house with little ones.

I’m still new to building things so I admit the toilet is a bit rough looking. I haven’t gotten to painting the bathroom yet and I think I’ll paint the Loo white to blend in better and look a bit prettier. For now though it is a functioning part of our lifestyle and works fantastic in the fifth wheel. Even if you don’t live in a fifth wheel or RV full time like we do, I still think it’s a great idea to put a composting toilet in. It’s just so easy and convenient and you don’t have to deal with the nastiness that is emptying a septic tank. This would also be great in an off-grid house, or even if you are doing some long-term camping. It’s also cheap to do. I bought pre-cut pieces of plywood because a full piece wouldn’t fit in my vehicle and I was in too much of a hurry to have it cut at Home Depot, so the pre-cut pieces cost more. But in total I spent around $75 CAD. You could do it much cheaper, especially if you have some or all materials on hand which you just might. Once I have built a compost bin for our Loo I will post an update and share how to do it.

If you decide to switch to a composting toilet I’d love to hear about your experiences and for you to share any tips or suggestions and what works best for you!


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Winter Happenings

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Time once again has flown by way too quickly. I blinked, and the little baby girl I used to carry around and snuggle and give butterfly kisses to became a teenager. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I’m a Mama to a teen. Wow. We have a tradition in our home where the kids don’t have a birthday party, but rather they get a special day where they can plan out activities and special things they want to do. Vaeh decided to start her birthday off with a trip to our most favourite little coffee house for breakfast and a birthday coffee, taken black of course, just like Mom. After that she wanted to go for a drive up to Silver Star Mountain to pick up our lift tickets and take in some scenery. Thankfully it wasn’t snowing that day and the roads were fairly decent to drive. It was our first time up there and unfortunately the clouds were low and settled right over the village so we didn’t get to see much at the top, but the view driving back down the mountain was fantastic, and we also got to see some really cute colorful houses on the way. Once we made it back down, we headed into the city to Chapters so she could pick out a book. Afterward we stopped in at Claire’s jewelry store and she picked up a few pairs of her first clip on earrings. She was ecstatic. After a long day of driving we headed back to the homestead where chocolate cake and pizza was waiting for us. Vaeh said it was her most favourite birthday yet, and that made my heart smile.

I’ve been limited to what I can get done around here as we still have a fair bit of snow on the ground. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my nose in gardening and homesteading magazines, and I am itching to start building garden beds and to build a chicken coop. I’m trying to do it as inexpensively as possible so I’ll be repurposing and reusing materials that I find on the property or picked up somewhere. There is a pretty significant pile of boards that I am eager to sort through and make into garden beds. I’m hopeful there may be some wood in there that I can also use to make the chicken coop. I’ve been perusing Pinterest and other sites at coops made from pallets and I’m really intrigued and excited. I just need to find a boatload of pallets now. I had 4 here but I’ve used 3 of them to put together a compost bin. We don’t have any garbage or green pickup here where I live (we don’t even have fire service!) and I had been planning on composting, but we’ve been accumulating so much food scraps that I couldn’t wait any longer and I threw together our pallet compost bin. I’ll probably put a board along the bottom front for extra stability, but for now it works just fine.

Since I’ve been spending so much time indoors, I managed to complete the mohair necklace I’ve been working on and added it to my Etsy shop. This is one of my favourite pieces so far. It’ll be hard letting it go! I’ve also been working on trying new recipes out. We recently decided to eat less meat and try eating more vegetarian meals. I came across the recipe for Vegetable Biryani and gave it a go. We all LOVED it. It’s on my list of “will definitely make again”. It is a perfect cozy winter dinner. You can find the recipe for it here.

I’m going to spend the evening curled up like Gypsy. She just makes it look so appealing.

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One of my most favourite things about winter has always been the cozy aspect of it. I don’t like being cold, but all year long I anticipate the coming of winter and all that it brings with it; big blankets, knit socks and sweaters, hot out of the oven comfort foods, new crochet projects, baking, and watching the snow fall all around you while you’re tucked away with a perfect cup of fresh coffee. We moved here from the west coast of BC, also known as the “wet coast”. Winter typically consisted of chilly nights and rain. Lots of rain. Sometimes it would change to snow, and every few years we would get a pretty good covering of it. But living here, 2500 feet above sea level, nestled among the forests and mountains, I’m getting my taste of an actual winter. And I’m loving it. Even on the coldest nights where the air actually hurts your face, I can look past that and enjoy the beauty of it all. Especially when it’s time for your pup to make her last trip outside for the night and you go with her in case the local crew of coyotes are too close for comfort, and you step out onto the frozen snow with flashlight in hand, and as the light hits the ground it looks like you are standing on a bed of a trillion tiny diamonds all sparkling just for you. You stop suddenly to catch your breath, because the sight of it really does take it away, and you look up to the sky to say “thank you for this beauty, for this moment” and you’re hit with the twinkling of more stars you’ve ever seen in your entire life……yes. I could definitely get used to this.

I am making sure to sink into every moment and press it like a flower into the deepest parts of my memory, holding it in place as it sets. I am trying to be as present as possible, and also seeking out the things that nurture and replenish my spirit, that make my soul happy. I am seeking joy in all things, and planting flowers that draw the sunshine. The best is yet to come❤


Winter Living In A Fifth Wheel




As you can see, the cold weather and snow has arrived! I’m still adjusting to it as I am not used to this kind of weather at all in normal circumstances, let alone while living in a fifth wheel. There has been much trial and error already, and a lot of online research, but in that short time I feel like I’m able to offer a few tips and tricks if you are considering living in an RV in colder climates, or if you are just curious about this way of living.

When I was shopping around for my fifth wheel I was met with some negativity with people telling me that fifth wheels are not designed to be lived in, especially in the winter. I was told they are only a 3 season vehicle at best, and most of the time that really means only 2 seasons. When I found one that was winterized, I was still met with negativity as according to most opinions, winterized meant “designed for a California winter”. While it’s never fun to hear these kinds of comments when your heart is set on something, I still knew this was what I wanted to do and I was set out to prove them all wrong.

I admit that there are differences in varying winter packages that are on RV’s. Some may say they are winterized but in fact that only means they have slightly more insulation. What you want to look for in a winterized model along with it being well insulated is that the whole underside of the RV is sealed, with no pipes or tanks exposed. While this won’t make much difference on your inside comfort, it will keep things from freezing up on you.

Another thing to look for is double pane windows. This is a BIG deal. I have heard so many stories about windows sweating and being covered in ice, and being really drafty. Our windows are double pane and are still a tad drafty, and on the coldest nights will ice up a little bit at the bottom. When the blinds are down we don’t notice any draft. So double pane is crucial.

Our model also comes with a really great feature which is heated holding tanks. Even with the sealed underside, I would be worried about the tanks freezing on super cold nights but I rest better knowing they are being kept warm.

Those are the main things I’d look for when buying. After bringing home our fifth wheel there were several things I did in addition to those that have helped keep us toasty warm. The main one and in my opinion the most important thing to do is to add skirting. Skirting will stop the wind from blowing underneath and will help keep the floor warmer when the heat is on. I contacted somebody about installing skirting on my fifth wheel and I was quoted between $1400 and $1700 CAD, plus tax and labour. That seemed completely outrageous to me and nowhere near my budget. After a quick check online I read what some other creative full time RV’ers did, and that was DIY skirting using DuroFoam, or construction insulation.


DuroFoam is styrofoam that has one side lined with aluminum and is often used to insulate basements. It comes in 1/2″, 1″, and 2″ thicknesses. I opted for 1″ to cut down on cost a bit but 2″ might have made things just a little warmer. Maybe. I also purchased some special aluminum tape that is good for outdoors and wet weather and is super easy to use (it tears just like aluminum foil). I used about 8 DuroFoam boards and my total cost including the knife to cut it with was $188 CAD.


When I cut each piece, I wedged it into place a little bit so the wind wouldn’t move it, and after it snowed I also mounded up a bit of snow along the bottom of the boards.

While these few things help greatly, they don’t do it all in the cold we are experiencing here. Our furnace runs on propane and that can get pricey in the winter. There are also many spots in a fifth wheel where heat can escape quickly such as the air vents in the ceiling, making it so you have to run the furnace a lot and you end up going back and forth between being hot and cold often. I know there are special cushions you can purchase to put in that space that I will probably end up getting, but for now a throw pillow/cushion works just as well. I also am utilizing electric heaters. I have an oil heater in the master bedroom that keeps the room really toasty. We also have a small space heater in the kids room as that room tends to get the coldest. In the main living area I purchased a 1500 watt electric fireplace. This one heater made the most difference in keeping the place evenly warm and cutting way back on propane use.


I also bought a 100lb propane tank so that we weren’t making as many trips to the store for refills, and it costs less to fill than the same amount in the smaller tanks. I still use the smaller 30lb tanks as backups if I run out, and believe me, when you run out of propane it will almost always happen in the middle of the night! So far I’ve managed to make the 100lb propane tank last for 3 weeks thanks to help from the electric heaters.

The last thing I made a bit of a change to was the mattress in the master bedroom. It was a very basic (cheap) spring mattress that came with the fifth wheel. It wasn’t ever used by the previous owners and still in it’s original plastic, but it was highly uncomfortable for this super soft mattress sleeper. Once the temps started to drop I noticed it also trapped cold air inside of it, giving us a chill throughout the night. Instead of investing in a new mattress which was also out of my budget, I got a memory foam gel mattress topper. It is about 4″ thick and a little slice of heaven to sleep on. It also nicely blocks out any chill and actually holds our body heat keeping us warm while we sleep.

On top of everything I mentioned, some necessary items to have on hand to make things just a smidge more comfortable would be down comforters on the beds, cozy socks and/or slippers (the floors are chilly in the mornings), throw blankets for nighttime movie watching, and maybe a couple of snuggly pets to curl up with…


Most days, even when it’s way cold outside we are inside in t-shirts or at most a thin sweater. There’s been a couple of times where the temp inside throws us off from how cold it really is out and we’ll pop outside with a thin coat on only to be met with instant nose hair freezature. That sends us rushing back in where it’s warm real quick! We are living beyond comfortably in our fifth wheel in the cold winter weather and loving it. We are semi off-grid meaning we are hooked up to electricity but not to septic or water. To fill our fresh water tank we have to take a 100ft hose to a well pump and fill up. In this cold the hose freezes so I keep it in our basement storage area with a small heater running the day before we need to use it. That’s probably the most difficult part of living this way in a cold climate because it can be downright uncomfortable dealing with ice cold water at this time of year, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being not connected to water means that we have had to be very aware and careful with our water usage. It is truly amazing to see how much water one goes through and how quickly. When you are connected to the grid you don’t even think about it. Even when you are told how much water the average person uses, it doesn’t really register until you are forced to monitor it. The biggest water suck was our toilet and so I took it out and built a composting toilet. I will share all about that in an upcoming post, but that made a HUGE difference on water usage and I’m loving our new loo.

I hope you’re staying warm in your part of the world!

Tiny House Living: A Tour of Our Fifth Wheel


After a mad dash to get as prepared as possible for winter, it is upon us and has been for a few weeks now. Not only is this our first winter in a new area (and one that experiences real winters, unlike the Wet Coast where we moved from), but it’s our first winter living in a fifth wheel and I wanted to make sure we were as prepared as we could be. I really didn’t know what that would look like, but I did as much research as possible combined with a lot of trial and error. I will be sharing what has worked so far and what hasn’t in my next few posts, along with my winterizing tips and tricks for living in a fifth wheel in the winter. For now though I’d like to take you on a bit of a tour of our home so you can have an idea of what kind of space we are working with. I have been redesigning since these pictures were taken and it looks a lot different now. These are the “before” photos and I will share the “after” photos in an upcoming post.

DSC_0569Here are pictures of the master bedroom. I absolutely love this space. It is bright and cozy, with tons of closet and storage space. You also step up two steps to get into it from the living room, which makes it feel separate from the rest of the home, and also a bit more like a traditional house. Because of this step-up, the ceilings are nice and high in the main living area. Also, that’s a king size bed. Yay!!!



DSC_0576Here is the bathroom, which is located in the master bedroom. There is a curtain that comes across to separate the two areas, and the toilet is behind a door, making it a true water closet.



DSC_0578The door in this picture leads to the second bedroom. When my little ones aren’t curled up with me this is where they sleep. Otherwise it is a play/hangout room.


DSC_0936Here is the second bedroom. The storage in here is great, and on top there is a bunk bed currently being used for storage. The room has a sofa bed and fantastic windows letting in a ton of light.




That’s it for now! Be sure to follow my blog for the latest updates on our tiny house adventures, how we’re staying warm in the cold temps, and what we’re up to on the homestead.