8 Reasons To Join The Tiny House Movement

8 Reasons To Join The Tiny House Movement

I’m joining the tiny house movement! Here are 8 reasons why from Natural Living Ideas.

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1. Building A Tiny House Costs Significantly Less Than Purchasing A Traditional House

The financial aspects of a tiny house are admittedly a big draw. They’re obviously going to cost a whole lot less to build than a traditional house, although pint-sized abodes do vary widely in price as they’re just diverse as their larger counterparts. It’s important to keep in mind that building materials and necessary appliances, fuel costs and potentially parking fees and the like, are all just a few of the things that can drive up the total cost of owning a tiny home.

Not everyone has the skills and knowledge to build their own tiny house, so they have engineers design it for them, and that’s obviously going to add to the cost, but it’s still going to be less than the price tag of the average home as it requires only a fraction of the necessary materials. If you don’t want to hire someone to design it for you, do a google search and you’ll quickly find practically endless options for free tiny house plans.

If you’re looking for a tiny, roaming house that comes with all of the essential conveniences for full-time living, The Spruce reports that after comparing prices in 2017 for 25 tiny homes built by companies in 13 different states, the price tag is a little under $60,000.

If you want to do it the cheapest way possible, there is a selection of homes that can be had for closer to $25,000, like this 144-square-foot cedar home on Tiny House Listings. If you can design and build your own tiny house using mostly free building materials like reclaimed lumber, you may even be able to do it for under $10,000. On the other end of the spectrum, are more luxurious tiny homes. If you want one that’s decked out with high-end features like upscale appliances, granite countertops and even a hot tub, all packed into under 400 square feet, you can expect to pay at least $150,000, says The Spruce. Still, when you consider that the median cost for a brand new, traditional home in 2017 is nearly $300,000, either way, you’re going to save a lot of money building a tiny home.

2. Freedom From Debt

While this is all part of the financial aspect, the potential to be free from debt deserves its own spotlight. A big house comes with a big mortgage. With a tiny home, you may be able to pay for most or all of it with cash if you do it right. With a mortgage, you won’t be under all of that stress to make a large payments every month if you lose your job or have another financial hardship of some sort.

3. You Can Take Your Home With You Wherever You Go

Well, almost. One of the biggest benefits other than the cost to build is the ability to be able to hitch up your tiny home to your vehicle and drive it to a different location. Got a new job and need to move? You don’t have to worry about finding a new place to live, just pack up your tiny house, attach it to your car or truck and be on your way.

You can even go on vacation with your home without having to pack a suitcase. Never again will you have to struggle to find an affordable, decent hotel room when you go out on the road, whether you want to visit the Grand Canyon, enjoy a beach holiday or what have you. You’re all set.

Of course, you may be wondering, what about water, electricity, and sewer? Most tiny houses have things like rain barrels and solar, so you don’t have to worry about that. They’re kind of like an RV – in fact, you can even get a tiny home that has RV hookups so that you can pull it up to a campsite. These homes are designed to allow you to live totally off the grid and can be parked almost anywhere. There are some types of tiny homes that were built more traditionally, however, requiring water and power hookups, and these are better suited to dedicated plots of land.

4. A Tiny Home Can Be Anything You Want It To Be

A tiny house doesn’t have to be a full-time place to live. Some choose to use a tiny home as an office or to have a nice little spot ready for when friends or relatives come to visit. Some parents who’ve seen their millennial children return to the nest have utilized tiny homes as a way to give their adult kids a place to live while they still enjoy their privacy.

5. A Tiny Home Limits Your Impact On The Environment & Lowers Your Energy Costs

Tiny houses are typically very eco-friendly and can be set up to live totally off the grid, using solar or wind sources for power, a rainwater catch, and filtration system, and installing a compost toilet, making it functional anywhere while limiting your impact on the environment. You can pretty much re-purpose everything to – even the materials your home is made from can be made from all recycled materials to help promote a cleaner earth for future generations.

Whether you use solar power or hook up to a power line, the energy needs of a tiny home are significantly less than the energy needs of a traditional home. Plus, smaller appliances work more efficiently, and a smaller space means less power to heat and cool the air. If you need to connect to a power source, you’ll still have an electrical bill, but it’s likely to be a fraction of the cost of the bill for a traditional house.

6. Decluttering For Simple Living

After living in a traditional home for even just a few years, most people end up with piles up stuff – in bins, in bags, in closets and so on, it just piles up everywhere. You can’t fit everything that will fit into a 2,000-square-foot home into one that’s a tenth of that size, so you’ll have to declutter and simplify by donating or selling many of your things – often things, you’ll realize, you didn’t even need in the first place. When you take a hard look at those possessions, decide what truly matters to you and get rid of the rest, that can be very freeing in itself.

7. You’ll Spend Less Time Cleaning

If you love to clean, this may not be a benefit, but for most people, another one of the biggest benefits of a tiny home is that having less space means there is less to clean. A traditional home can be very time consuming to clean. But with a tiny home, you could vacuum or sweep your floor in less than a couple of minutes. The size of your home is inversely proportional to the free time you have. As it will take just minutes to clean up every week, you’ll have lots of time for doing the things you really want to do, which is incredibly liberating. You’re also likely to learn to keep things more compartmentalized so you don’t end up with piles of stuff or other clutter as it’s just impossible to deal with in a small space.

8. It’s Easier & Cheaper To Decorate

You won’t need much in the way of decor for a tiny home, so it’s going to cost a lot less to decorate, and it’s also going to be a lot easier and cheaper to change up. If you’re the type of person who loves to redecorate every year or two, a tiny home is an ideal canvas. You can repaint the entire thing in a single afternoon if you choose to.

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3 Round Apartment Workout

3 Round Apartment Workout

Hey guys, recently I ran across this amazing workout.  It made me sweat like a p.i.g. and you can do it in a small space!

The instructional part of that post is below.. but, you can also see the original post here.

small space apartment workout (no noise, no equipment)

Complete the list of exercises continuously as a circuit, repeat two times (for a total of three rounds), and rest as needed. As always, please listen to your body and modify to fit your fitness level and needs.

Take a look at the form cues I have included below. Happy Sweating!

Exercise Breakdown

• sprinter sit-ups

Start lying on your back with your legs straight and arms at your sides. Sit up in a quick movement, simultaneously bringing your left knee to your chest and right arm forward (like a running stance). Extend the left leg and right arm back to the starting position, then sit up again (in the same explosive movement) but bringing the right knee into the chest and left arm forward this time.

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Repeat, alternating arms and legs for 12 reps per leg.

• side plank holds

Start by lying on your side and stack your feet on top of each other. Position your elbow directly under your shoulder. Lift your hips and torso off of the ground while keeping the abs and glutes contracted. Place your hand on your hip.

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Hold the elbow plank for thirty seconds, rest, then complete on the other side. You can modify this exercise by bending the bottom knee or intensify it by lifting your top leg (pictured on bottom).

• good mornings

Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart and your hands behind your head with your elbows wide. Keep your abs tight and back neutral while pressing your butt backward, keeping a slight bend to your knees. Hinge at the hips until your back is close to parallel to the floor.

Good Morning Exercise

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Return to your standing position while squeezing your glutes. This is one rep.

• sumo squats

Stand with your legs wider than a normal squat with your toes turned out. Place your hands behind your head or in a fist like position in front of your chest. Push your hips back while lowering your body until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor.

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Bracing your core, push back up to a standing position. This is one rep.

• push-ups

Get on the floor and position your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Raise up on your toes, or modify by dropping your knees. Keep your body in a straight line from your head to toe without dropping your middle or arching your back. Before you begin the push-up, contract your abs and keep your core tight. Think of pulling your belly button towards your spine, then lower and lift.

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Get off of your knees and straighten your legs for more of a challenge!

• triceps dips

Start with your hands directly under your shoulders, feet hip width apart, knees bent, ankles under your knees, and shoulders back. Don’t let your shoulders slouch, and keep your chest lifted throughout the entire exercise. Tighten your core and focus on moving your arms, not your hips.

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Slowly bend your elbows and lower your body until it’s a couple of inches off the floor. Once your reach the bottom of the movement, push yourself back up using your arms only. Be careful not to swing your hips up and down! Remember, this is an upper body exercise that targets the back of the arms.

• flutter kicks

Start lying face down with your arms extended forward, palms facing down, legs straight back. Raise your arms and legs off of the floor (just a couple of inches), then lift your left arm and right leg about six inches.

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Keeping your head and chest lifted, switch arms and legs, lifting your right arm and left leg. Switch back and forth continuously for thirty seconds. Remember to breathe throughout the exercise!

• Bulgarian split squats

In this case, “Bulgarian” is just a fancy word for lifted. Use a sofa, step, chair, or anything to rest your back foot on off of the floor. Get into a reverse lunge position and raise your back foot on the surface of your step. Perform twelve controlled split squats, then switch legs.

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Make sure your front knee doesn’t go past your toe, keep the weight in the back of your heels, and keep your body upright.

So that was it guys! Go check out the original post and send the author some love.

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Some Fun DIY Dorm Decor

Some Fun DIY Dorm Decor

I’m officially done with college, but I LOVED decorating my dorm room! Like I honestly miss having to decorate my dorm each year.

I stumbled upon the following post from hercampus.com and thought I would share it with you since it had to do with some super easy decor!

1. Flower lights

These adorable flower lights are perfect for spicing up a string of Christmas tree lights. All you need are a few colored cupcake liners and scissors. Cut the cupcake liners into flower and leaf shapes with a hole in the middle of each, and then tape or glue them to the back of the light.

2. Clothesline picture holders

You’re not limited to photos! Hang up notes, cards, movie ticket stubs, and other paper memories to create an eclectic yet super easy display for your room!

3. Washi tape pinboard

If you haven’t discovered washi tape yet, you’ve been missing out. It’s colorful, it comes in a bunch of fun patterns, and it’s easily removable. Use it to decorate your wall, mirrors, windows, or this adorable pin board!

4. Cookie tray magnet board

No need to buy an expensive magnetic board! Grab a fun, colored cookie tray from the local supermarket and stick it on the wall with a few poster stickers. Then, decorate it with colorful paper and a variety of adorable magnets.

5. Cheese grater earring holder

An affordable, easy way to keep your earrings from tangling: spray paint a cheese grater and hot glue large beads to the bottom for feet!

6. Chalkboard table

Spice up a thrifted table with some chalkboard paint. Use it to jot down your creative whims, phone numbers, to-do lists, or doodles!

7. T-shirt doormat

This one takes a little more time, five to eight T-shirts, and a plain plastic or rubber doormat, but the result is a cozy rug! Cut the shirts up into strips and hot glue the strips into rows on the doormat.

8. Braided laundry basket

Another idea involving old T-shirts, but this one has a more complicated braiding pattern.

9. Colorful floor cushions

Cut strips of colorful fabric and sew them onto two large fabric circles, then stitch and fill them to make giant, comfy floor cushions.

10. Pillowcase laundry bag

Attach an embroidery hoop to a nice pillowcase for a really easy, always-open laundry bag.

11. Brick bookends

Need bookends? Spray-paint a brick with gold, then decorate it with trims of lace or other fabric for a glamorous, feminine touch.

12. Mason jar supplies holder

A really easy supplies holder: take a vintage wooden picture frame and hammer nails into the top at equal intervals. Then, dangle mason jars with some twine to hold paintbrushes, scissors, and writing utensils. Can we say hipster?

13. Toothbrush holders

You can buy StickOnPods, or you can simply attach a plastic toothbrush travel case to the wall with glue or removable wall stick-ons.

14. Can organizer

Add fun scrapbook paper to a few different sized cans for an easy, unique, and functional supplies organizer!

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College Fashion Sales For The Week Of October 20th

College Fashion Sales For The Week Of October 20th

If you haven’t heard of collegefashion.com, you should check them out they just posted the following information about sales this week and I’m stoked!

Aeropostale has up to 80% off clearance, BOGO free jeans, plus $5 flat rate shipping or free shipping on $75, all through 10/22.

Bloomingdales has a good deal for those spending a lot: They’re offering 20% off when you spend $100-$249.99, 25% off $250-$499.99, or 30% off $500+ through 10/22. Use code SAVEMORE.

Boohoo is offering 50% off everything (excluding sale and premium) from now through 10/23 at 3am EST.

Chinese Laundry will give you 40% off select styles through 10/21. And get 25% Off Sitewide with code WOW25 at checkout. This offer is valid through 10/22.

Club Monaco is offering 25% off purchases of $150+ through 10/23.

Forever 21 is offering 10% off in-store and online when you shop via the app through 11/19. And save up to 75% off through 10/22.

Gap will give you $25 in GapCash for every $50 you spend through 11/28, max $125/transaction through 11/28. And get 40% off your purchase and free shipping, no minimum. Use code MORE through 10/20.

J.Crew is offering 30% off select coats today, 10/20 only.

J.Crew Factory will give you up to 60% off plus spend $125 get 25% off through 10/23.

Lancome has the following offer: Enjoy 15% off 3 or more of our Halloween looks products. Also enjoy free overnight shipping on your order of $49 or more from 10/23 – 10/26 and receive in time for Halloween! Enter code HALLOWEEN at checkout. Valid 10/19-10/29/17.

LOFT is offering 40% off everything with code FRIENDS through 10/22.

Modcloth will give you all dresses for buy one, get one 50% off through 10/21.

Nine West is offering 30% off sitewide through 10/24.

Saks is offering a gift card up to $900 with purchase through 10/20. Use code OCT2017. And get 15% off Kiehl’s with code 15KIEHLS through 10/20.

Stila Cosmetics has the following offer: 40% Off Select Items for Breast Cancer Awareness. All proceeds go to The Foundation of Living Beauty, a cancer support service for women. USE CODE: BCA at checkout. Shop & Support BCA! Ends 10/31/17.

Urban Outfitters is offering $15 off a $75 purchase or $50 off a $150 purchase, ends 10/23.

Walgreens will give you L’Oreal cosmetics and Soap & Glory cosmetics for buy one, get one 50% off through 10/21.

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The Capuchin Catacombs

The Capuchin Catacombs

A few days ago I made a video talking about one of my favorite places on earth… the Capuchin Catacombs (or Crypt).  The catacombs are located in Palermo Sicily and are famous for being the largest collection of mummies in the world (sorry Egypt). On perfectly mummified little girl named Rosalia Lombardo has become the number one attraction at this sacred site

The Capuchin Catacombs was founded in the 16th century when monks were forced to create a crypt below the original cemetery because they had ran out of room to put the bodies.

In 1599, one of their beloved brothers Silvestro of Gubbio died and out of grief they decided to mummify him so that they could keep his physical body with them.

The process of mummifying their brother consisted of placing him on a dehydration rack and leaving him there for several months before washing his body in vinegar, redressing him in his robes and ropes he had worn as penance,  and placing him in a central place in the new underground crypt.  His brothers could then visit him and pray with him, much like they had done in his life.

This started a tradition of other monks, nuns and priests being mummified and placed in the crypt in areas where they could still be visited, prayed with, an on occasion-have their hands held by their loved ones.

While the catacombs were intended only for the friars, lay people began to request to be mummified and placed in the crypt for their loved ones to visit them.  An entrepreneurial monk took hold of this demand and created a system where non-friars could be mummified and placed in niches in the catacombs on the condition that the church received donations both in their life and death. If at any point the relatives of the deceased stopped paying the donation, the body would be removed from the desirable niche and placed on a shelf until the payment was resumed.

Now, because it was an expensive proposition to be mummified and displayed in the catacombs, it became a symbol of status and wealth.  Some of the professionals and other local luminaries would request their best outfit to be displayed with them- in some cases, they would even request their clothing to be changed to the season or to the fashion of the day.

The relatives of the dead would sometimes take on the duty of keeping the deceased looking presentable to the public, but in other cases it was a duty handed off to the monks.  However, relatives were known to visit their loved ones just for the sake of visiting them, sitting with them, holding their hands, and praying with them.

The last monk to be mummified was Brother Riccardo in 1871, but some wealthy people continued to request burial in the catacombs up until 1880. While the monks stopped mummifying people in the 80s, they still allowed some already mummified people to join their ranks until the 1920s.  One of these, was Rosalia Lombardo.

Rosalia was a two year old who had died from an pneumonia on December 6th, 1920.  Her father Mario Lombardo, was so full of grief upon her dying, that he reached out to Alfredo Salafia, a well known embalmer and had her preserved forever.  He then took her body to the Capuchin Catacombs and asked if she could be placed there as her final resting place.  The church agreed to take her, and she was nearly the last body to ever be admitted.

What’s made Rosalia the most famous mummy though, is the fact that she is so life-like and so intact. Alfredo Salafia’s perfect mixture of embalming fluids kept Rosalia so complete that recent CAT scans show even her organs are still intact.

More recently, Rosalia caused quite the commotion when scientists confirmed that the local rumors that she still sometimes blinks, are true.  According to  these scientists who set up cameras to monitor her eyes, the change in humidity in the catacombs results in her opening and closing her eyes throughout the day.  The cameras also caught the two year old’s eyes, perfectly blue and perfectly still intact.

 

Click Here To Read About Rosalia In Detail

 

Besides Rosalia, the catacombs contain 8000 corpses and 1252 mummies, making it the largest collection of mummies in the world.

What’s the experience like?

While the outside of the catacombs is quite plain, the inside is more jarring than you might think.

As you walk in, your greeted by bodies lining both walls. Some of them are hanging, having been wired onto the wall, and others are stacked in piles.  One of the most shocking things for me was the look of agony on their faces. Now the mummies aren’t actually in pain (obviously), but being wired to a wall upright for 1,000 years causes the skin and mouth to drop downwards creating the illusion of screaming.

As you walk further into the crypt, you’ll notice the mummies are segregated into monks, priests and nuns, men women and children.  Most of the mummies are either displayed or on shelf, but some, especially the kids and infants are set in poses or have been put into scenes.  One that I remember was a brother and sister and with their favorite toys sitting together on a chair.

While many people might find The Capuchin Catacombs a bit morbid, I would highly recommend visiting it. After all, the worst thing it could do is remind you of just how short life is, and how mortal you are.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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