Buy Us A Lemonade

Look what we found! Trailercakes!

Apparently in Dallas,TX they have awesome vintage airstream businesses. This was at our first pumpkin patch!

"Can I wear your hat!?"

This bird was determined to be acknowledged! It was quite the site to see.

100+ FREE things for your birthday

We show you how we celebrate birthdays in the Brown family. Here's our personal list of 100+ free birthday things you can receive too!

Eating Raw: Coast To Coast

Take a look at how our entire family eats raw and how we deal with "unexpected" temptations.

A rare find: He's fiberglass!

Take a tour of our 300 sq foot cottage on wheels. We share unique space saving ways and frugal decor tips here.

Apr 15, 2014

29 Random Things About Me

I love getting to know my readers better and I'm sure you've been waiting on a post like this. Lol. I've decided to get a little personal and share 29 random things about me today! Okay, so here it goes: Just in case you wanted to learn more about me, here are 29 random things about me….

 1. I was born and raised in Germany.

 2. I absolutely LOVE to travel! (As if you didn't already know)

 3. I spent a lot of my childhood being raised on a farm.

 4. I speak 8 different languages.

 5. I spent my 16th birthday at Niagara Falls and would love to take my family there someday.

 6. I am a early riser and I'm usually up by 5 am to start the day.

 7. I am frugal at heart, I love a good deal.

 8 . I am a book worm and an avid researcher.

 9. I love watching The Duggers.

 10. I desire to have a BIG family.

 11. I love shrimp cocktail and chicken cordon bleu!

 12. I’ve been a Vegetarian. I am no longer a Vegetarian, but now eating completely RAW!

 13. We have a family business.

 14. I'm a homebody for the most part.

 15. I used to be addicted to buying a new cell phone bi-weekly until I realized how much money I was wasting!

 16. I LOVE "tiny houses/cottages"!!!!

 17. I am a natural hair mother!

 18. I think everyone should grow their own food....or at least know how to be self sufficient.

 19. I am a homeschooling/unschooling Mom.

 20. I lost almost 100 pounds in less than a year! I went from a size 18 to a size 8 while living in Colorado in 2012.

 21. My hair used to be past my behind until I completely shaved it all off!

 22. I love to write.

 23. My relationship with God is MUCH better than previously.

 24. I was baptized with my husband and our children. We had a amazing family baptism in 2012.

 25. I'm IN LOVE with Swiss cheese.

 26. I love gardening.

 27. My dream place to visit is the Library Of Congress!

 28. I received my first sewing machine when I was 8 years old. Now I just sew by hand.

 29. I am a full timer USA forever! Stick and brick houses just aren't what they are cracked up to be.

Apr 10, 2014

This One Is For The Moms

Hello friends! These last couple of days have been some of the hardest days of my life. I've gone through so many trials and tribulations and have avoided posting so I could focus on staying strong for my family.

Our RV Hagis is still being worked on so we can make him our safe haven as we plan to travel in him full time. In the meantime we have been blessed with the opportunity to explore Fort Worth, Texas to the extent that we couldn't have foreseen. To make life a little easier, we are also renting a cozy little apartment until the renovations are 100% complete. Buying a older RV had more work than we expected and we are ok with that as long as we are not going into debt behind it.

We've found a TON of things that we want to do here and will be sharing it with you every step along the way. I have a awesome post that I am working on at the moment and will share with you this week. One question I receive frequently is how to we receive our mail if we are traveling here and there. I'll be sharing that one as well.

My mother sent me this email and I thought you would really enjoy it. At first I cried because I had a few "hard times" this week regarding my children. We were all in God's hands and he showed that he was still in control. After I saw that everything would be alright, I gave this email a good laugh. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



WHY GOD MADE MOMS
 Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:
 Why did God make mothers?
 1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
 2. Mostly to clean the house.
 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
 1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
 2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
 3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
 1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
 2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
 1. We're related.
 2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
 1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
 2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
 3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
 1. His last name.
 2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
 3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
 1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
 2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
 3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
 1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
 2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
 3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
 1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
 2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
 3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
 4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
 1. Mothers don't do spare time.
 2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
 1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
 2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
 1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
 2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
 3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.


What did you think!? Cute huh? Well, we also have some exciting news to share! We have been featured on the Baby & Blog Website! Check it out here!

Mar 18, 2014

A "Where Have You Been!?" Update

You may remember us telling you a few months ago about the wonderful opportunity we had to house sit in Texas. Well, if you do, rest assure that we have yet AGAIN been offered the same opportunity! This time instead of 3 months, it'll only be for a month but we surely are glad to be here. While we are here house sitting, we will be taking full advantage by completing some remodeling projects.


 
Today is our Anniversary. Yes, we will be celebrating these few years that we've been married later on tonight. Unfortunately, work still had to be done today due to the crazy weather that we've been receiving in Texas. The good news is that I was able to snatch these wonderful sparkling grape juices up for free at the Dollar Tree thanks to my $1.00 off coupons that I'd been carrying for months!
 
We did so much work in Hagis earlier this morning! I was able to do more cleaning, make and cut out the perfect shapes for the lining of all the cabinets.

 
 
 And then we found that while I was wiping the walls down, they weren't the REAL walls! Boy did we have our work cut out for us! We had to immediately stop what we were doing and start tearing down the ugly particle boarded wall paper that was surrounding our RV. To our surprise, behind the stripes....he's white! Well, That's fantastic considering the interior colors that we chose.

 
If that wasn't enough work, we found that we previously had a leak. Thank the good Lord that it's a small leak. Since we don't have an air conditioner there, we've opted for a beautiful skylight that will provide plenty of natural light. Yes, you guessed it. That's where the leak is coming from. There's currently nothing there and since it rained 2 days ago, a little rain got inside.....and onto the carpet! YUCK! Being a person who has never been a fan of carpet anyways, our next task was to take up all the carpet! After all the carpet, staples, and padding was removed it looked like an eye sore. All I wanted to do was add a little touch of home inside.
 
 
So I used a old dress that Alexiah had and pinned it up over the kitchen window, and set up our dishes. The propane stove was bothering me (since we are raw) so I took down the range and started taking the stove apart. All of that worked up quite a hunger so we decided to take a break and go into town to visit Oma. (Grandma in German)
 


We plan on spending the rest of the day with her. The kids are enjoying it since they are able to make Oma some homemade brownies!......I wonder what the raw recipe for brownies is. :-)

Until next time,
Happy Travels!


 

Mar 12, 2014

Look Who's In The News!

During our stay in Colorado we were blessed to be apart of a wonderful community in Fountain, Colorado. Fountain, Colorado is a small family orientated town just south of Colorado Springs. We were happy to participate in many community events and blend in with the locals. Our year there was a wonderful one and we will forever have memories of such a beautiful place. While we were very active there, we were noticed and acknowledged at many of the local libraries. We were then asked to be interviewed and give our view of how homeschooling (unschooling) works for us. We are pleased to say that we were featured in the Homeschool Connections Magazine and also named The Homeschool Family Of The Spring 2013! Yes, this post is a little late but I wanted to be sure I was able to share the pictures of the newspaper with you.



One of the many things we did during our down-time in the afternoons was watch the Homework Hotline. One calm afternoon we were watching and Alexiah decided to stir up the nerve to call in for the "secret answer." The phone lines rang and she was able to get straight through to the director. He verified her contact info, age and answer (to be sure that she had it right). She held onto the phone.....nervously....and just when the ladies in the studio called her name, the cell phone lost signal! Ugh! That was a terrible moment for us but we were very happy that they were fair and gave her the credit that she earned. Here's a VIDEO of what happened. A few days later she received this letter in the mail AND her prize! Thank you Homework Hotline


Mar 2, 2014

We Got The Keys!: A Tour Of Our RV! (Video)


Hello friends! Guess what!?!?!? We found our new RV! We were so excited and wanted to drive right away to take a look at it. Once we saw it in person (since we found it online) we just knew this one was the one!
 
 We wanted to give you a tour as we welcome Hagis (our rig) into the family! Hagis is a 1977 Fiberglass Travco L'esprit and we are so excited for our future  travels.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay tuned as we plan to be busy getting him all cleaned up for the next few weeks to our liking. 


video

Feb 23, 2014

Choosing A Domicile And The State That We Chose

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I wanted to be sure that when we chose a state to obtain a domicile we had more pro's than con's for that particular state.

Drum roll please!...............We chose Texas! Yes ladies and gentlemen we are officially TEXANS! We had a overwhelming list of why we should chose this state. Here are a few of our reasons:

  • Our family lives in Texas so we would be visiting at least once a year.
  • (Mommy's favorite) The homeschool laws are very relaxed and allows our unschooling life to continue without any interruption. Submitting annual documentation isn't required in Texas
  • Taxes aren't required.
  • Obtaining residency was pretty smooth and hassle free
  • We are already familiar with this state since this is the state we started our travels in.
These are our most important reasons, although there are so many other benefits to choosing Texas as well. I recommend that you search the web and see what each state can offer you before rushing to make a decision. It took us about 6 months to make and after many long nights of prayer, we are very pleased with our decision. 

Feb 17, 2014

The Best 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!

We absolutely love the taste of warm peanut butter cookies and when I saw this recipe, I just had to give it a try. These are easy peasy peanut butter cookies that only have 3 ingredients in them! Yep 3!...No flour what so ever. This recipe is so simple that even the children are able to make these. I think one of the best things about this recipe is that it's very frugal and super fast to make.

Okay, so what you need is:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of peanut butter (your choice to what type but I chose creamy)
1 egg

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. (When I made these we lived in Colorado so the altitude was MUCH higher than most people. Be sure you check out your area in-case the temperature I used isn't necessarily required for your state) Okay, and then you want to start to mix all the ingredients together until it forms like dough.


Then go ahead and take a small amount and roll into balls from the palms of your hands. The kids love doing this part. It's also great for mommy as well because I was able to sit back and let them think they were making a snack for me. :-) 


Now take your fork and give it a old-fashioned look. (Darn, now you know my secret! LOL)


Once they look like this go ahead and bake them on 350 between 8-11 minutes.


This is what they looked like when they came out! Aren't they pretty! They complemented the tea I drank with them. I must admit that this simple recipe was quiet delicious, but the credit MUST be given to LilianC as I found this video on YouTube

Happy Cooking!


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