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Sunday
Jan152017

Celebrating our 6 Year Nomadiversary!

6 years ago today we made a giant leap of faith, took a risk to sell our house and everything in it, hit the road in a tiny home on wheels and made the open highway our new adventure. The journey has taken us to so many amazing places, opened our hearts to so many amazing friends we now call family, allowed us to hike and camp and breathe in the beauty that this world has to offer, and recommit our passions to serve as a family of activists. We have continued to run Eco Womb, our family non-profit, working events across the country to teach about sustainable living, going organic, protecting our planet, getting out into nature as a family, and how to do it all with a toddler and teen and two in between. We now have one more little earth warrior on the way, have been to 47 states so far, and have grown together as a family in so many ways. There have been plenty of tough times when it all seemed too crazy to continue, and too hard to press on, but those lessons just brought us closer as a family and have awakened our souls to stay open to what is our true path. Leaning into trust, knowing we always end up where we are meant to be, and allowing the road ahead to unfold as our hearts lead the way has been our guide. Setting intentions to blog more this year, making time to write and document more photos from our journey, and sharing more of the stories behind the adventures. So, we celebrate six years and whatever the next six bring, and breathe in all of the memories and love 💙✨🙏🏼🌎❄️💙

#nomadiversary #6yearsontheroad #fulltimefamilies #lifeontheroad #moderndaynomads #celebratinglifeandlove #grateful#ecowom #ecowombfam #ecowombtourbus #diggingoutfromthesnow #fueledbylovepeaceandveggiegrease#ecowomb2017tour

Sunday
Jan012017

2016, what a year! 2017, here we come!

2016, what a year! So full of love and heartbreak, success and trauma, abundance and loss for so many, and also global unity, spiritual awakening and amazing memories a plenty. We had such a fulfilling Tour this past year, traveling from South Florida where we got and renovated our new (to us) Eco Womb Tour Bus, up the east coast and onward through the midwest and northern states. We now have been to 47 states total and have seen and experienced so much. Our most amazing memories from this past year was definitely our two months at Standing Rock and our commitment to stand together as one with millions from across the planet to protect our water and sacred ground for future generations. We learned so very much from our time at camp, made so many amazing friends we now call family, lived off grid for months and enjoyed sacred time as a family connecting back to our own personal native roots. And, accepted the call from our newest sweet soul that asked to come through us to be a part of the awakening happening. Our greatest gift in 2017 will be welcoming our fifth child, and our greatest lessons will be all that we experienced and learned and the growth that took place from our time at camp this past fall. One thing that remains constant is our love and commitment to stand up and make change as a family, and the strength that prevails through all the difficult moments together. We are looking forward to 2017 and the beauty and love and light and health and calm that we can feel on the horizon. We are looking forward to a rising up of all in order to stand together as one. And, we are looking forward to the love that is family continue to grow as we welcome our newest little earth warrior. Happiest of New Years to you all and thank you always for all of your love and support you show our family in all that we do. And, to all the light warriors out there, thank you for shining the way ✨🙏🏼💛🙌🏽🌎💦

#2016bestnine #whatayear #somuchlove #somuchgrowth #loveandlight #allone #onelove #standingwithstandingrock #mniwiconi #ocetisakowincamp #greatlessons #awakening #littlestearthwarrior #familyofactivists #ecowombfam #lifeontheroad #moderndaynomads #ecowomb2016tour

Sunday
Apr172016

We did it!

We did it! After contemplating it for over a year, investing into a new engine, celebrating five years in the original Eco Womb Tour Bus, and then deciding as a family to sell our home, we did it (in less than a couple weeks)! It all happened so fast and the past two months have been so very busy with such a big transiton, that I am just now getting on here to catch up. If ever you see this Blog space go quiet, visit us over on Instagram. It has become this busy Mama's space for journaling our days in a quick and easy fashion, with snippets of our daily life and pics from our travels. It's for the days that I don't have enough hands (or minutes) to pull out my computer to compose a Blog, but can find a few minutes (tucked into the bathroom maybe, or late at night when all the kiddos are fast asleep?!) on my phone to post an update. Silly, but true. And, when I can, as time allows, I will come back here, to this space, where my words can flow more freely.

As for the big transition, we had been talking about getting a new (to us) rig, a little bit bigger, maybe a slide or two, more horsepower (said the Daddyman), definitely a bigger fridge (said the two growing teen boys, ha!), and more storage compartments for all of our event materials. So, we perused Craigslist often over the winter, and came across another full-time family that was selling in order to downsize. We loved that their rig was move-in ready for us, meaning we didn't have to do a ton of renovations just to move in which would have been difficult when living in the space. And, we loved that they had already retrofitted for their family, adding a bunk space, took out furniture for more floor space, etc. And, it was everything else we were looking for, diesel pusher to convert to veggie, space for solar, big fridge, two slides, bathtub, big and separate closet space to convert to bunks, and plenty of outside storage bays. And bonus that it was located in the Florida Keys, so we thought what a wonderful excuse to get to the Keys for a few days, haha. So, we did, and not only fell in love with the rig, but also with the family that had loved in it and lived in it for the past year and a half. It was their first rig that got them on the road, and now they were looking to downsize to a Toyota Mini-Motorhome so that they could camp in smaller spaces and not have to tow a car, but instead just fit into a regular parking spot. Be sure to check out Freewheelin Family to follow along on their adventures. They were so sweet and so accomodating and that weekend we knew we were really ready. It was the push we needed to say let's make it happen. And so, I wrote up a sale post and put it out there on Facebook that night, sitting in the Keys, thinking well, if we are going to do this, let's do this!

And, if by fate and timing, almost as soon as I posted the sale, I got several interested people and one family in particular that was also part of the Fulltime Families group and super interested. We communicated over several days and by the end of that week we were making plans for them to come and see it. It was all falling into place! They visited, camped outside next to us in their tent, we caught bugs with them and explored the teeming life in the garden, and hungout under a full moon at the beach. It was beautiful and they had big plans to keep the Eco Womb going as a Biodiversity Bus doing Bioblitz's across the country, taking inverntory of all the organisms in a particular habitat in a 24 hour period, cataloging species with a team of community scientists. Check out their new website at Biodiversity Schematics for more info and to follow along on their new journey! So, knowing our first home on wheels would be out there continuing to make a difference and protect our environment for all to enjoy was just what we needed to let her go. And, so we did.

Another week went by and we were heading to the Keys again to pick up our new rig, coming back and making a major move within two short days, and then driving the original Eco Womb to the wrap place to have her stripped down so that they could paint her for her new adventures to be had. It went crazy fast, and was super emotional, and I wouldn't have had time to Blog about it when it was happening anyway. With a family of empaths and super sensitive souls, it was enough for me to just handle everyone's needs during such a big transition. Funny, but of all the places we've been in our travels, moving into our new home on wheels after being in our original one for five years, was the hardest change of scenery that we've experienced.

Slowly, though, as we took to "making home" in our new digs, and having loads of emotions, it was actually our youngest baby boy that made the most profound observation. When picking up the RV after having the wrap stripped, and driving her to her new owners, he said, "Daddy drive RV to people, we follow." And, I nodded yes. It was the first time he ever called our home a RV!!! He has always called it the Eco Womb. And, it was then the tears that just wouldn't break in my Mama eyes cleared. He knew the Eco Womb was not inside those walls on wheels, but in our family, in what made up that home. In the love and light that we spread and will continue to spread. It is us, our expression of home. An eco-safe place to raise our babies in connection with Mama Earth and our rhythm with the natural world. And, now after an exhausting few weeks, we breathe in the new and start planning the next part of our journey. Oh we are super excited!

The new Tour Bus is getting a new wrap! We are prepping for our first event, getting ready for big travel days ahead as we start our trek north and west again, and truly making our home the new and approved Eco Womb. We have bunks and tables and desks to build. We have solar and a veggie conversion to add. And, it's a lot and exciting all at the same time. Looking forward to our first event and big Earth Day launch on April 23, 2016 at the Florida Earth Festival, and ready to hit the road again after a long winter break. Will post more pics soon of our new tiny sustainable home on wheels, and couldn't be more excited for the adventures ahead. 2016 Tour here we come!

Wednesday
Feb032016

UPDATE: The Eco Womb Tour Bus is SOLD!!!!!!! ******* Eco Womb 2016 Tour expanding into a new (to us) rig!!

 

We have been contemplating this over the past year, mainly since our 15 year old grew taller than his Mama, haha, and we have expanded our Educational Programs and games for events and need a whole lot more storage space for materials. We even thought this may happen last winter, but then with the engine rebuild in January 2015, we delayed things so we could have her running in tip top shape. Plus, after investing $10,000 into building out a brand new engine, we weren’t sure we wanted to let go of her newfound rocket booster power, lol. But, alas, the time has come, our family and non-profit needs are growing, and we are looking to sell the Eco Womb Tour Bus. Note: We are NOT stopping the Eco Womb Tour, just expanding the Eco Womb Tour Bus a wee bit by getting a slightly larger bus. Note also: Our plan is to make this transition happen by our 2016 Tour launch date in April of this year, or we will not be transitioning until after this year’s Tour. We are manifesting hard, though, because after 5 years of service and dedication to “Connecting Families, Creating Change” we know it's time.

Many have wondered how we have made it this far with six people in 256 sq. ft. And, honestly, I think we have surprised ourselves. But, we really don’t even think about it and when 256 sq. ft. has been our reality for the past five years, well, it just is and we couldn’t think of another home to call home. When we had our newest family addition, our sweet sweet baby boy, we were asked if we needed more space, but not really because he doesn’t take up that much more room and we cosleep and never really got any baby gear to contend with. So, it isn’t really that we have a new little one now, but more so that we have a big one, two boys really getting bigger by the day. And, the older kids’ bunk space could use some more elbow room. Plus, we need extra storage space for all of our new Educational Program materials and Sponsor samples. We certainly have been happy and content and grateful for our tiny home that has taken us all over the country, educating and exploring over the past 5 years, we are just looking to move into a wee bit bigger bus.

Selling the Eco Womb Tour Bus got me thinking of all the memories and adventures she has taken us on, how sad I would be to let her go, and how she is us and we are her completely. But, note again that we are NOT stopping the Eco Womb Tour, we are actually going to expand it by having more room. We have envisioned getting a new (to us) rig, still older, just a few more feet of living space. I mean really adding maybe another 100 sq. ft. to our home is not really a whole lot to most people, but oh my word, would be huge to our family. Yes, that’s right, we are looking to upgrade to maybe 350 square feet (I know, gasp!), and still live simply and sustainably, just growing with the needs of our family. And, while looking to sell and transition into a different rig, we thought long and hard about the Eco Womb going to another family on the road giving back or sharing the love, doing some type of activist or education work, creating socially conscious change, and/or simply sharing the love and peace on the road by living fully and fully living. Before any sale, the Eco Womb would be stripped of her current wrap and rewrapped for future use, mainly to hold sacred our Eco Womb journey, to pass along the wrap to a new rig, and to rebrand her for whatever someone can dream up!

And, just as the universe always leads us to where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there, we actually found a new (older, but new to us) rig without even really looking. And, coincidentally, at about the same time as finding this rig, a family found us that wanted to buy the Eco Womb and travel and teach about sustainable living, as well. Actually a couple of potential families and friends have surfaced in the past six months of us pondering this big transition. We have always dreamed up a fleet of sustainable homes on wheels, and a Conscious Caravan of families expanding the community to teach together and share the love. So, the serendipitous nature of everything lining up at about the same time moved us to begin taking the steps to make it all happen. We have been busy busy busy behind the scenes, and had hoped to have a giant surprise to announce in the New Year. But, as the universe also twists and turns, and we are constantly reminded to lean into trust as the path is unfolding, none of the potential buyers worked out right now. Soooooooo… we are now opening up the sale of the Eco Womb Tour Bus to the public!!!

We will still be the Eco Womb Tour. We will be wrapping a new bus, and continuing to Tour the country with new space to host our events. We plan on stripping down the Eco Womb wrap as it is now and when she transitions over to a new family or person or group, they will provide her with a new wrap, or no wrap at all. But, we actually want to offer design services, as well, for someone else to envision their own wrap. With a resident designer as our Eco Womb Papa Bear, and the specs on layout already done, we could help you come up with a wrap that serves your new journey!

If you have been looking for a sustainably retrofitted off-grid tiny home on wheels, or know of someone looking for a rig like this, please contact us and let’s chat. Below is a list of all of her awesome features, as well as some pics of the interior and exterior. She has definitely been lived in and loved on for five years with our growing family, so she shows some wear, and we have retrofitted her specifically to meet our family's needs (with three bunks, bench seating, etc). But, all of those features could be changed back to the original design, or taken out so you could come up with your own awesome living space. If you are ready to be the next person or/ family to give her some love, and keep her ability to share the love alive, then please contact us. A new engine with only 6000 miles on it, complete solar off-grid capabilities, custom waste vegetable oil conversion, and your own wrap design make this a great deal! If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out to us at love@ecowomb.com 

 The Eco Womb Tour Bus- For Sale $25,000 (including new wrap design, obo/without new wrap)

  • 1994 Fleetwood Flair (repurposed older model RV, no off-gassing)
  • 32' long, 8’ wide, 256 sq. ft.
  • Diesel Pusher (engine is located in the rear, under the bed)
  • GMC 6.5 liter V8 Engine, complete engine rebuild in January 2015, only 6000 miles on new engine ($10,000 total engine upgrade)
  • New starter battery (January 2015)
  • Veggie Oil Conversion - Golden Fuel Systems Custom Installation
  • 90 gallon veggie oil tank and 18 gallon biodiesel /diesel tank
  • On-board fuel gathering and filtration system - grease (WVO) passes through a pre-filter, and three 10 micron filters  
  • Roof-top solar panels (400watts) by Advanced Energy Systems provide power to 4 house batteries, new inverter and charge controller installed January 2014 ($2000 total solar upgrade)
  • Eco-friendly bus wrap printed with water-based inks by Geek Wraps (option for custom wrap to be designed by Letterbox Studios, who has original template from Eco Womb wrap)
  • Bamboo flooring and Cork flooring by Build it Naturally
  • No-VOC paints used in interior
  • Paperstone (compressed recycled paper) countertop from Maine Green Building Supply
  • Reclaimed hand built wood dining table (organic coffee stained and No-VOC finished) and bench seating
  • Kitchen composting system
  • Berkey Water Filtration System
  • Bottle Brick Zero Waste System
  • 3 burner gas stove with oven
  • 6 cubic sq. ft fridge/freezer
  • Full size Pantry cabinet in kitchen
  • 2 sky lights which provide a lot of natural sunlight inside
  • Deco-pas hand painted concrete bathroom counter, shower, and floor done by Eco Simplista
  • new toilet (January 2016)
  • Hand-built wooden bunk beds (3 total bunks over full size bed in back bedroom - currently sleeps 6)
  • Organic cotton and wool mattresses from Cotton Cloud    
  • extra rooftop storage compartment
  • Loads of Love, Peace, and Veggie Grease and general good vibes and love from our family over the past five years!!!!!

For more photos, see past Blog posts below, and to see the Eco Womb set up at events and in action, see our Gallery.

If you are interested, please leave a comment, and/or contact us at love@ecowomb.com. We are currently in South Florida for the winter, traveling a bit throughout Florida in February 2016, and would love to meet up so you can see the Eco Womb Tour Bus in person.

Friday
Jan292016

Our 5 Year Nomadiversary!!!!!

Five years ago this month, in January of 2011, we were packing up and saying goodbye to our 1900 sq. ft. typical suburban South FL home taking a leap into the unknown to travel full-time in a 256 sq. ft. RV we called the Eco Womb to live simply and simply follow the wind. We didn’t know anyone else who was full-time on the road, didn’t know a whole community even existed of nomadic families, and certainly didn’t know how our lives would unfold into a nationwide Tour and family-run non-profit. We just knew we were meant to hit the road. It felt like a calling, a crazy one at that, but a calling that we couldn’t ignore, to live outside the box in our box on wheels, to explore the country we had only been just reading about to our kids in books, and to make a life by living as fully as we could. We could have never imagined all the beautiful people we would meet, all the amazing places we would see, and all the conscious connections we would make in this vast time of change, community and awakening.

We had read about the Live Lightly Tour and the Janssen family’s travels, and as soon as their rig went up for sale, I told my husband that we HAD to buy that RV. We had a mortgage and he had a corporate 9-5 job and it all seemed crazy. Yet, it was such a calling that we couldn’t ignore, and the more we talked and the more we worked to make it happen, the more everything fell into place. Within four months, a couple side jobs, and a whole lot of work and heart, we had bought the Live Lightly. Another eight months later and all happening within a month of each other, we sold our house, hubby got permission from his current employer at the time to work remotely on the road, and we rewrapped the bus into the Eco womb, launched a tour, and moved into our home on wheels full-time. Yes, it seemed crazy to everyone we knew at the time, but it felt so very right to us.

We started off taking our small family business selling eco-friendly products to festivals and family events, and grew to love connecting with people so much that we turned our focus to education and expanded our Tour to include education programs that taught about sustainable living, alternative fuels, solar energy, zero waste, getting out and hiking with your family, eco-safe ways to create a nurturing home, and eating healthy, organic Non-GMO foods for our kids for our future. We changed our eco-friendly small business into a family-run non-profit and hubby let go of his corporate tied job to venture out on his own and start his own web design studio. Between the two we have been able to sustain ourselves, provide for our basic family needs, and live a life of travel.

It hasn’t at all been easy, and there have been a lot of bumps in the road and hard times along the way, but it’s been a beautiful adventure that we wouldn’t trade for the world! Those paths that diverged led us to amazing connections and brought us to the true understanding that it’s not the destination but the journey. Five years of journeying, and growing, and exploring, and adventuring that we are so grateful for on so many levels. Our family has grown closer, our non-profit has expanded, and we have roadschooled right along with our kids, learning about life and love and this amazing planet we get to call home. We’ve been to a total of 40 states so far, numerous national and state parks, coast to coast twice now, and from mountains to sea numerous times. We have hiked and biked countless trails, and have stayed on farms, on mountains, deep in the forest, surrounded by redwoods, in the vast desert, riverside, in quaint neighborhoods, in several feet of snow, off-grid and at busy campgrounds, on city street corners, and at the ocean’s edge. We even have spent months at a time with just our rig and our bikes and have learned to live without a car as we journeyed across the country. We have driven the Eco Womb through LA traffic to get to our national TV spot, up and over steep mountain elevations to get to hidden campgrounds and amazing hikes, and along the beach, because it's by far our favorite.

We had our precious baby, our fourth kiddo, on an alpaca farm parked in a pasture in the Eco Womb with our tipi set up beside us... our first home birth, our first road birth, our first Eco Womb birth! Seriously amazing. We have not only added a child to our fam in the past five years, but we also adopted a shelter puppy, and have expanded our family love by the dozen. We have traveled with our Village on wheels, a community of friends dubbed road family on the road, and have been able to tap into and discover beautiful conscious communities all over the country. The love tribe exists you guys, it really does! And, the more we are open to it the more it presents itself. We have shared meals, bartered services, worked for friends and food, and slowly over five years been able to build a business (Eco Womb Papa Bear’s Design Firm - Letterbox Studios) and our family non-profit, Eco Womb just enough to meet our needs and support our work on the road. It’s sometimes been a struggle, because the juggle between work and life and maintaining enough is certainly real, but life is beautiful in all of it’s stages and especially the light that comes out of the messy and difficult. 

We have stayed true to our calling and have been able to live sustainably, go zero waste as a family, run on waste vegetable oil for fuel this whole time, use solar, hike and bike across the country, and support sustainable farms and businesses by only eating organic and Non-GMO. Our biggest expense is actually food, but we look at it as preventative health care and trust that we can thrive based on our food and lifestyle choices. Also, by lowering our living expenses and using alternative fuel to travel, we can opt to spend more on food and natural remedies that otherwise might have to be balanced by other budgetary needs. Running a non-profit on the road, we have taught elementary aged kids about recycling, college kids about alternative fuels, and all ages about how to take that one more step toward living sustainably. Because it really is about one step at a time. We didn’t start out this way, and it took us years to get to this point and we are still growing and trying to do better with each day. That’s why we love what we do, we get to connect with families and create change by being true to our values, looking at what we can do better to help our environment, ourselves, and our future, and share those steps with other families yearning to do the same.

Along the way, we have toured with some pretty amazing people and have marched against food injustices and corporate control and for safe food and protecting an organic future for our children. We have done over 75 events nationwide, and worked in several states on GMO labeling education, and the right to know what is in our foods. We have marched in MOMS Across America Fourth of July parades, March Against Monsanto marches, March for Food Freedom on World Food Day, the Oregon Right to Know Tour, and the original Right2Know Tour from NYC to Washington, DC back in 2011. We have also drummed for healing cancer with Drum Strong, supported the Big Latch On breastfeeding event with Hike it Baby, set up film screenings of GMO OMG, and participated in National Hike Days to get families out into nature with their kiddos.
 

Wrapping up five years has taken me awhile to get to this month because we have been as busy as ever behind the scenes, preparing for a big “BE the Change” Tour this year, building up Papa Bear’s business, fundraising, and a big transition for our family (soon to be revealed). We officially celebrated 5 years on the road on January 15, 2016, and we have been easing in to what this next five years will be. Going through old photos alone could take me another year, hahaha! And, recounting soooooooooo many memories and places and events, well, it’s a lot, and too many to write here. But, oh has it made my heart swell with joy to know how full we are in heart, home, and community. Because when we left for a life on the road we weren’t sure if that meant we were leaving these things behind. We seriously just felt a calling and took a huge leap of faith into the unknown. What we discovered is that all of those things (and more) are within us always. Our journey to discover our calling, connecting with families to create change, and live a life of freedom and growth, we found while on the road. We found community all over and now have friends we consider family across the country, our home is wherever we park it, and our hearts are forever expanded because of the conscious connections we have made and awakening that has taken place within our bodies, minds, and souls. We are healthier physically, heart-filled emotionally, and have grown leaps and bounds spiritually as we have journeyed across the miles and into the depths of our calling. We have strengthened our marriage, our family bonds, and our outlook on a mindful family rhythm. We try to live as intentionally as possible, and when we have those rough days we have learned that many times it is just our perspective.

We love our life on the road and when we have been asked for our next five year plan, we are confident in saying the path will reveal itself. Because one thing we have definitely learned in the past five years is that the universe will lead the way, and we must lean into trust always. As a family, we plan on visiting the last eight remaining states on our map of the lower 48 this year, and then maybe venture to Alaska and Hawaii next year to complete our Tour of all 50 states. After that who knows?!?! We have talked about international travel, heading to Mexico and Central and South America. Seriously, the kids love their well worn world atlas and have huge dreams that we support wholeheartedly. We have also talked about down the road building a tree house, an earth ship, a homestead, an animal rescue sanctuary, or continuing to see the world. Like I said, the path will reveal itself in good time. And, we will follow our hearts always as a family. Until then, we will enjoy the here and now, and try our best to breathe in the moments and love up the experiences. Much, much peace and love to all who have made these past five years the absolute best, our Sponsors, supporters, and friends and family. Those who have supported us and encouraged us and believed in us when others did not. You are a part of this sacred journey we are all on and you are loved. Here’s to the next five years and the next after that, a flow of conscious living, a uniting of the world village, support for a sustainable future, reconnecting with nature, and love, always love. Because at the root of it all is love, and at the brink of hope for a brighter future is love. So, go out and live fully, follow your passions, see the world, connect with your tribe, and love it up!