Tiny Living

A Minimalist Christmas

A year ago, we decided that presents were no longer going to be the primary focus of Christmas. We opted to only have an experience with each other: a trip, excursion near home, or a really great "date night" to take the place of buying stuff for each other, in hopes of pleasing the other.… Continue reading A Minimalist Christmas

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Holidays · Tiny Living · Vegan

Tiny House Toaster Oven Cooking

The holidays are upon us, which means, there are a lot more cooking opportunities for us here, in the Arner Abode. In the spring and summer, especially living near the coast, we dine on a lot of salads, and grilling veggies and pizzas, so not a lot of indoor cooking. We do a great job… Continue reading Tiny House Toaster Oven Cooking

Holidays · Mindfulness · Tiny Living

Another Trip Around The Sun

This week, we celebrated my birthday (Shannon). These days, celebrations are every day - we are mindful of how fortunate we are that we have made it through loss, hurricanes, struggles, and eventually ended up in our dream situation- a tiny home on the coast. We did make a specific celebration night of getting pizza… Continue reading Another Trip Around The Sun

Mindfulness · Tiny Living

Evacuation Fatigue- Hurricane Florence

We are now on day five of being evacuated from our home in Beaufort, NC, due to Hurricane Florence. Fortunately, we have family who live in the NC Triangle area, so we were more fortunate than others who had to go to shelters under the mandatory evacuation. It has been a scary few days as… Continue reading Evacuation Fatigue- Hurricane Florence

betty white · Minimalism · Tiny Living

Tiny Living and Hurricane Prep

When we first started contemplating tiny living, we knew we wanted to live on the coast, beside the ocean. Sounds like Heaven, am I right?! It is, until a Hurricane is threatening your little coastal town. Last week, there were some rumblings about a hurricane maybe hitting the NC coast, but remaining positive, I kept… Continue reading Tiny Living and Hurricane Prep

boats · Minimalism · road trips · Travel · wanderlust

NC Outer Banks- First Half

We have had our share of the outer banks as kids, and here and there as adults, but neither of us had actually, intentionally, driven and visited the entire outer banks. Now that we live on the NC Coast, we are so close to the ferry to Ocracoke, that our goal has now become more… Continue reading NC Outer Banks- First Half

Caribbean · Mindfulness · Tiny Living · wanderlust

When Jimmy Buffett Songs Take On A New Meaning

I (Shannon) have been a Jimmy Buffett fan since high school. I didn't go full-fledged "Parrothead" until college. Once I went to my first Margaritaville (in Key West), I knew that the Parrothead lifestyle was for me. I spent the next few years listening to his music, going to his concerts, reading his books (there… Continue reading When Jimmy Buffett Songs Take On A New Meaning