Hello SWFL and Vaniel take Florida, nay, THE WORLD by storm

So there we are. Hanging out in Florida and enjoying a rest day when we get a message to our Instagram. I actually noticed it which is a complete shock as I tend to forget you can even get messages on Insta. Turns out, the message was from a reporter with Hello SWFL who thought our…

The Florida Everglades as seen by a pale white boy on a bicycle

“I hope we get to see some wildlife.” – Colin, five minutes before spending the next five hours biking alongside 50+ alligators, a variety of birds, fish and turtles. To say that the Everglades exceeded our expectations is a gross understatement. It was one of our most memorable days – and it cost $0.00. At…

The Florida Keys to my heart

Who’s got four thumbs and goes to the Florida Keys on a whim, without any summer clothes to speak of? These two! We never planned to go to Florida on this first trip. However, once we realized that the temperatures in North Carolina weren’t what we were looking for and we had seen what we…

Holy van build, Batman, we’re done!

15 weeks ago, we rolled into Bolingbrook, IL all bright eyed and bushy tailed. We had just ended our first two months traveling in a make-shift home and we were excited to start BUILDING our “real” home. And so it began… We ripped out the factory floor, added insulation and sound deadening, made a new floor,…

Build Update: Lisa falls in love with a butcher block and leaves Colin

Wow, it really feels like we’re nearing the finish line. We have walls now and the real makings of a kitchen including a butcher block that turned my world upside down. We’re garnering more interest around the warehouse too so you know it’s legit.  Lower Cabinets: Last time we left you, we had a framework…

Build Update: Power, cabinets, and a ceiling!

It’s been about eleven weeks since we gutted Vaniel to begin the final van build. Well, Vaniel is finally at the point where most of the progress we make is very visible. We’ve got ceilings, lights, paint jobs, and cabinets galore. Oh, it’s getting fun now.  Ceiling install: It’s official. I love our ceiling. Good…

Van-Building: A Journey of Patience

Van-building, it’s a labor of love, but make no mistake, it’s still labor. VANUAL LABOR (teehee). This blog could also be called “Lisa works manual labor for two months and wants to talk about it.” or “Two months of vanual labor and I haven’t lost a pound but my body aches every day – what…