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…

If Vaniel were a cheese, he’d be Swiss: A build update

From zero holes in the van to three, it’s been a productive few weeks so we’re checking in with a build update. With the holidays, we haven’t been at our usual six days/week routine but we have gotten a fair amount of research and prep work done on our “off” days. While progress may feel…

Why not a tiny home?

One of the questions we hear most frequently is, “Why a van? Why not a tiny home?” Excellent question. I asked Colin the very same thing when I first heard his plan. I watched Tiny House Nation regularly. I loved the creativity that was showcased by the carpenter and I thoroughly enjoyed watching people parse…

Break it down to build it back up

Phase Two aka the Final Phase aka the Tiny Home Phase aka Lisa’s Rest Day Getaway Phase is officially underway! Vaniel has been stripped down and we’re getting to work!

Phase One: Complete. Phase Two: Commence.

On November 16, we rolled into Illinois and officially concluded Phase One of our journey. What have we been up to since then? A LOT! Unfortunately, most of our time hasn’t included Vaniel but all that changes soon…

How to toughen up your boyfriend in 12 days

Ever look at your handsome sidekick and think, man, he’s tough but he could still use a little “roughening” around the edges? While many women may think this task is too daunting, I’m here to tell you, it’s NOT. In my one-step program, I unlock the secret to MANLINESS. Sheer, rugged manliness in its purest form.