Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tiny house weekend vacation

                   Here is a quick video post of our stay at the tiny house this weekend.
 

     Charles and I stayed for a short visit this time at our tiny house in the ozarks of Missouri. We spent one night and two days. This trip was simply to get away; to get out of the city and away from the drama to enjoy the summer weather. We played around with starting a camp fire using a magnesium fire starter and hung a hammock in the woods. We made sure to head down to Black river and get in some fishing! Charles caught a huge walleye and I caught a nice orange eyed bass. I should also mention that our husky (frostbite) enjoyed her stay as well. she got to play in the woods and mark her territory, she and we ate the fish Charles caught (she loved it), and she got to relax in her favorite spot in the world! Even tho it was a short stay, the sun and activities whipped us out! We were exhausted on the way home and had to fight to keep each other awake. This was a fun little tiny house week end!
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Review of the Champion generator 1500 and 4000 watt

                                            The Champion Generator
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     One of the first major investment that Charles and I made when we first started our off grid tiny house was the Champion 1500 watt generator. So, in this review, I'll be talking about the results we get from the 1500 model and what you can expect from the 4000.
     Ill start with Durability. This thing is a beast! We have had this generator for almost 2 years and used it almost every weekend in that 2 years. Its been banged around, lugged from tiny house to city house, and run dry over and over. The spark plugs have yet to be changed and we haven't bothered with cleaning the filter. We have pretty much treated this thing like crap! But, despite our abuse and neglect, it continues to run like a champ and power almost all of our tiny house needs when solar isn't enough!
     Power tools are easy for the Champion 1500 to run, we've used many of them. We have ran circular saws, jig saws, drills, shop vacs, sanders, and a lot more while doing construction on the tiny house, and we haven't found 1 that the Champion couldn't handle. Were at the point now, however, where construction isn't the MAIN thing were using the generator for. We've come to the point where, although construction isn't done, were spending more time hanging out and enjoying the small space. The Champion powers our window air conditioning unit and runs a trickle charger for the batteries during cloudy days. The 1500 watt gives 4-5 hours of air conditioning on a single tank, its safe to say that the 4000 probably doubles that.
     On noise level, this ones pretty quiet. If your standing right next to it, its loud of course, but 15 feet away reduces to a light background hum, and inside the house isn't heard. A tip; If you can find a cheap dog house craigslist or build one your self, it makes the perfect tiny tiny generator house and reduces noise level even more.
     For the low cost and portability of this generator, it has surely won us over and continues to deliver!
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Nature power portable 40 watt solar panel review

Nature power portable 40 watt solar panel review


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 You have seen this product in many of our you tube videos and that's because we love it. Especially when we first started our tiny cabin/tiny house project and didn't have any electricity, we relied on products like these to get us by.
     Nature power has both a 40 watt and an 80 watt foldable panel, ours is the 40 watt. The panel is supper thin and the 5 sections fold together allowing for easy storage in most bags or to carry by its self.
     Its water Proof so that you don't have to worry about sitting it in a small puddle and has plug-and-play connectors to make it easy for any one to use.
     This solar panel is fully capable of charging phones, tablets, laptop computers and other small devices like e-cigarettes which I use a lot!!
     Now that our cabin is set up with solar power of its own, we no longer rely on it for life or death, but we still use it every time we go to the cabin. It also comes with us any time we go fishing, backpacking or camping to make sure our phones, GPS, and e-ciggs never die! (Maybe it is still life and death).
     We also use this in conjunction with a portable battery/fuel bank to insure multiple sources of power. We will do a review on the fuel bank in a future post. If you would like to see our progress on our tiny house (The Classy ShackClick HERE. Thanks again for reading and click the google followers button to your right to stay up to date with our tiny cabin project!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tiny house sex; The good, the bad, and the hilarious part of tiny house sex (NSFW) 18+

Tiny house... SEX!
     We spend a lot of time talking about tiny house design, how to organize furniture and clothes, how to store food and how to function off the grid. Very seldom do we talk about whats really going on in our tiny homes... What really happens in your tiny home behind closed doors? Do you spend all your time organizing and setting up picture perfect scenery? I think not. You get board, you get hot, and lets face it, you get horny and you get it on! there's nothing to be ashamed of, we all do... Or at least we should. In this article were going to talk about having tiny house SEX, with all the facts including the awkward moments and downright funny situations we get our self's into when no one else is watching.
     The good, the bad, and the hilarious part of tiny house sex
     So its the end of the night; you both have just had a good days work, worked on your solar set up or harvested some greens from the garden. Next, you have had some hot tea and watched a scary movie, but it started to get late so you moved up to the loft. Lets just say you planed on going to bed but that did not happen. You end up snuggled up against each other and are caught in the moment... This can be really romantic, in your cozy tiny space, maybe with a moon roof so you can see the stars above you or some really awesome mood lighting. Very romantic, that is, until one of you gets carried away and smashes a head against the roof! This may sound crazy to some of you but, if your a tiny house owner, this is reality and a part of the beauty that comes with such a small package (that being the house ;)          .............................................................Check out our t-shirts for sale!!!
    Loft sex: so there's only a couple good positions that'll work in the loft. Remember, you might have only 4 feet of height or less till you hit the roof. Doggy style is not going to work, you may be bent over but he's on his knees, one look up and hes a goner. And forget about any kind of riding position or you'll be in the same predicament, hitting you head against the roof above you. In the loft, your best bet is going to be a spooning position either facing or opposite, I have found that on a thinner mattress its easier to do some hip thrusting movements (TMI?) and your not going to run into any problems with height. Another position that works well is being on your tummy with him on top or the classic on your back position which allows for eye contact and kissing. I suggest tho, if you doing it loft style, to stay away from the ledge. The last thing you need is to fall off and break your butt! But enough with the funny scenarios, lets think about making it work and using every square foot of your space.
     The loft is not the only place! Ever hear that saying 'change it up' or 'get out of the bedroom'? The same thing goes for tiny house sex. Try getting out of that crowded loft and discovering some other useful areas of your tiny home. The first best place would be your tiny house couch. This will give you and your partner many opportunities to play around with different position. Just make sure that if your couch is on wheels or sliders that is is locked into place, so that you don't go sliding across the living room. Because the space is more open and you probably have plenty of head room, standing positions and doggy style will work out great and you'll have more cushion for your tush! .........................................................................We have sexy DUDE shirts too!

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     Keep it clean... I don't know about you, but i have always enjoyed that surprise in the shower. If you think about it, its a great feeling knowing that your fresh and clean. You have no anxiety about any weird smells or if you'll be able to get out of them skinny jeans. Make use of shower time to unwind and get your partner clean with you. I wont spell out the rest!
     Multi purpose furniture
Another great thing about tiny house life is that you probably have movable furniture and removable cushions and pillows. It might be a great idea to take those couch cushions and make a bed of your living room floor. This part doesn't just have to be for sex either. Make a romantic movie night by the fireplace with some bubbly drinks and chocolate strawberries. Watch a good movie and enjoy each others time, because the tiny house will bring you closer together!
     Some additional thoughts...
Because our tiny house is on private property in the woods, we have expanded our 'discovering' beyond the tiny house. We've played with the porch and have also hung a hammock near the fire on a cool summer night. Now, this part is completely up to you but if your in a regular neighborhood or have close neighbors, I'd probably shy away from that idea, but if not, the possibilities are endless!
     Well, there you have it... Tiny house sex!
Comment below and let us know what you thought of this particular article and feel free to share any of you embarrassing tiny house sex stories, if your partner will let you. If you haven't, make sure to follow this blog for the many more discussions we have on way and check out our you tube channel HERE. Until next time, have fun and stay tiny!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tiny house cooking; Jon's home fried catfish recipe.

     About a year and a half ago, Charles and I really started getting back into fishing. We started with bass, using plastic and rubber lures... Then went to crappie, using power bait and worms... But I was feeling the desire to catch something BIG and that would put up a hell of a fight... That's when i found my love for cat fishing! Its a great lazy guy sport that still requires talent. You simply find the best bait and the best type of rig and pole to use, throw your bait in and sit back and wait for the strike! The beauty of cat fishing is that it really pays off and puts some tasty food on the table. Don't get me wrong, I love animals but I also am not afraid to use the resources I have available to live. On the first good fishing night that we had, me and Charles caught around 6 or 7 good sized catfish between us. I found an old recipe from my mom and modified it to add my own signature to fried catfish. Here is the recipe I give to you!
     Ingredients: *Cat fish nuggets or fillets (4-10 pounds depending on how many guest your frying for)
tiny house cooking*3 cups white flour                             *1 cup yellow corn meal
*3 tablespoons pepper medley
*3 tablespoons salt
*1 1/2-2 tablespoons creole seasonings
*2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
*2 tablespoons sugar (I use sugar for a slight sweetness but did not use it in this video do to some family members being diabetic)

*2 cups milk (for milk bath)
*salt&pepper 1 tablespoon each

Preparation:
   
     In a large plastic container, mix flour, corn meal, pepper, salt, creole seasoning, Italian seasoning, and sugar together until evenly mixed.
     In a separate large bowl, add 2 cups of milk and your salt and pepper, whisk together.
     Add you catfish nuggets to the milk, making sure all pieces are evenly covered. You may have to do 2 batches. Let the fish soak for 5 minutes in the milk bath.
     You'll want to move the fish directly from the milk to the batter, evenly coating and flipping the fish in the batter. Make sure to press the batter firmly into the fish, leaving no raw fish exposed. Set aside.

tinyhouse cooking, how to fry cat fishCooking instructions:   In a large skillet, pour 2" depth of oil. Heat oil to 365 degrees which is the perfect frying temperature.
     Once your oil is heated and ready, you will want to add your batter cat fish, 1 piece at a time. The fish should begin to fry the second it hits the oil. Don't be afraid to fill the pan, so long as you have room to flip.
     Flip fish frequently, every 3 minutes or so, until golden brown.

tiny house cooking, how to fry cat fish
Chances are, you will have several batches to fry. Feel free to add new pieces to the pan as you remove the other. This will make the process move much faster, rather than waiting for the pan to empty.
     As you remove cooked pieces, place them on a large platter, cover with paper towels to absorb any access oils.
     There you have it, you just fried the best cat fish in town! Invite you friends and enjoy!!!

     Below is a 6 minute instructional video which shows my whole process of preparing the batter and frying the fish. Please take a moment to watch the video if you have any questions.
                           


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tiny house movement: What the small house movement means for real people.

What is the tiny house movement?
     In the past few years, the tiny house craze has been sweeping the internet with endless photographs of beautiful tiny homes, tiny houses on wheels and even immaculate tree houses built for tiny kings. The movement it self has become hugely popular do to all the social media coverage, news articles and popular TV series such as tiny house builders. You may ask your self why? Why are these tiny homes so popular? Whats the big deal, and why would someone want to live in such a tiny space? Explaining the tiny house movement will provide the answers to all of these questions you may have and more...
     Many people describe the movement as a social movement designed to downsize ones lifestyle and material belongings. While this statement is true, its rather broad and still leaves many questions, especially to those who aren't yet involved in the tiny house lifestyle. So, instead of providing a dictionary definition, I will just tell you why we are going tiny and what the movement is for us. 
     Going tiny forces you to rid yourself of all the unnecessary material crap that consumes your life. It forces you to make the decision of throwing away or donating things that you haven't touched in 6 months. At first, its really difficult to do, but afterwords you realize how materialistic any one of us can become. Getting rid of the crap frees more space for more important things like love, time, true hobbies and creativity.
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Our tiny house in Missouri
     Going tiny is also great for saving money! Especially if you set up off the grid with things such as solar power and rain collection, your literally cutting out the electric, gas, and water bill; allowing you to save and invest that money elsewhere. Speaking of saving money... The initial tiny house investment can be anywhere from 15-50 thousand dollars depending on the size, style, and materials used to build. Some of you may think that's a lot of money but when you really think about it you'll realize that there's no mortgage, many fewer bills, and (despite popular belief ) tiny houses are built to last just as long if not longer than your traditional home. 
     Considering the average size of a tiny house is usually around 120 square feet, your money and time can be spent focusing on the design and aesthetic of the house and the quality of the materials used, rather than the size. Tiny homes are built specifically for the owner, which means that it doesn't have to bee an all wood interior or be made completely from recycled materials, its yours so it can be made any way you want it to.
     For most people tho, the biggest concern is the space! Can you really share 120 square feet with your spouse or even family? We do! Charles and I have found that are relationship is strong. We manage to fully enjoy each others time and space, and we share it with our husky! The real space is when we have more time to get outside and do the things we love to do so much, like fishing or floating on the river, walking the woods and playing with the dog out side. Living tiny actually encourages a healthier lifestyle. Instead of sitting inside watching television all day, you get out of the house and spend more time in nature!
     So for us, the tiny house movement is a better lifestyle choice. It is downgrading the size of our home, downgrading the cost of keeping it running (including the cost of repairs and upkeep), becoming more mindful of our impact on the environment, living in style and class (not size), giving our self's more time to travel and spend outdoors, and most importantly becoming more spiritual and less material beings.
It may not be for everyone, but it is right for us!

Our current tiny home is a barn or gambrel style tiny home, set on a cinder-block foundation. The current size is 116 square feet but we are in the process of constructing a small add on which will bump it up to about 125 square feet. We have solar power along with a hook up for a generator encase we ever need it. We are also deciding on how to do a rain collection and filtration system for plumbing. Our journey started out with being prepared and having a place that is completely self-sustainable with no reliance on the grid. you can view our video walk through HERE.