Alexis and Brian

Come along with me and my family on our adventures in living small, traveling, and living the dream in the beautiful PNW! 🏡🌧☔️🏔

Our debt free journey hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. Another student loan gone forever! We’ll share the total stats with you closer to the new year, as we’ll have a full years worth of this journey under our belts.
Okay, okay. I guess winter isn’t all that bad ❄️ ✨
At least this gloomy and dreary weather makes for good snuggling...
My kitchen is a mess, but my heart is full and happy after a fun day with friends. I’m okay with that, after all the dishes will be there in the morning✨
If I have to be stuck inside finishing up my finals when it’s 20 degrees outside, I’m going to at least make it festive 🎄
If you haven’t seen it already, make sure to check out our stories for a plastic free gift guide this month. Obviously, prioritizing experiences with loved ones is one of the best ways to give plastic-free (and just downright awesome) gifts, I realize that’s not always possible or practical for everyone. 🎁 So! I’ve created a list of ideas that I’ll be posting everyday from now until just before Christmas. If you miss a day, don’t worry they will all be saved in the highlights on our bio page! 🎁 It is worth noting that we don’t have any sponsors, and I get nothing but warm fuzzies from sharing all of these products with you. Also, unless I say otherwise, they are all things that we have bought, used, gifted, or researched ourselves! Meaning we liked them enough to share with you all! 🎁 Lastly, as a disclaimer, the gifts themselves may not contain plastic, but unfortunately the packaging sometimes does. Boo. So just know that while we are recommending amazing products, they may still show up on your doorstep with a plastic jacket.
I’m a big believer in experiencing each holiday in its proper order. Now that today is the last day of November, I don’t feel guilty sharing this photo with you 🎄✨
It’s my favorite day of the year all! Happy Giving Tuesday! ✨ If you haven’t blown your entire life savings on gifts this year—which is a terrible idea btw. Don’t do that. Please consider a donation! ✨ For example, Brian and I usually budget $20 each for today. We either pick one charity a piece, or sometimes if I can’t decide (which is often) I spread out my donation to $5 increments. ✨ Considering giving something is better than giving nothing (seriously people, even $1 is awesome) and that most of my donations today will be matched, my small $5 could turn into $10! ✨ It’ll make you feel good and it’ll do good. Best combination ever. ✨ Do good out there today friends 🥰
I often struggle with expressing strong emotions. Good or bad. I feel guilty expressing pure joy on social media because I know someone out there is suffering and my joy could bring them more pain. Conversely, I almost NEVER express negative emotions (in real life OR social media) because I don’t want to make anyone who is having a good day feel bad, or someone who is having a bad day feel worse. 🥧 Do you see the problem yet? I’ve essentially put myself in a box of nothing—so as to not intrude on anyone else. What an odd thing, my brain. 🍠 For example, I almost didn’t write out a thankful post today, because I know the holidays are hard for a lot of people. There are broken families, people who don’t feel safe spending time with others, or worse: people experiencing loss or grief. I’m very thankful that I am not one of those people, but I know they exist and I hurt for them. 🌽 But I’ve learned the power of the word ‘And’ recently...and as silly as it sounds it’s really helped me in this struggle. I can be thankful that I have Brian AND acknowledge that there is suffering. I can be excited, happy, full of joy AND recognize there is grief and sorrow in the world without taking it on as my burden. 🥖 I don’t know. I may be the only one who feels this way, and that’s okay. But if there’s just one of you who has similar complex feelings, I hope it helps you. 🍪 Today, I am thankful for the word ‘and’. I’m also thankful for that handsome hunk in the photo above, and glad that he’s on my team.
I’m not going to spoil it...yet but we have some pretty cool things in the works that we’re hoping to share with you all after Thanksgiving. Get excited!! ✨
It’s Wednesday friends, we’ve almost made it to the weekend. Hang in there!
We’ve reached another milestone in our debt free journey! 💰 After listening to some bad financial advice (long story) we found ourselves owing over $2k in back taxes to the IRS. We’ve never owed the IRS ever before in our lives. The amount I pay in student loan interest alone almost guarantees us a refund every year. 💰 Anywho, I digress, but man it feels good to cross another debt off our list. We’ve got this 💪🏼!
#flashbackfriday time everyone! swipe to see today vs. what it looked like just a little over a year ago ➡️
Alexis and I have been sick for the past two weeks or so, and our house got trashed! Just because we live in a tiny house doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get messy. In fact, it gets messy faster and more obvious! No where to hide the gross when the gross cometh. This is real life. Real tiny life.
Even though October was full of colds and sickness, it was still a pretty fantastic month 👻 🎃 💀 🧟‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️🕷🔮
It’s my sweet Cooper Poopers 6th birthday today 🎂 🎁 🍰 🎈 Six years of traveling, hiking, exploring, camping, and random death defying stunts 💀 (like that time he tried to take on an elk). I wouldn’t trade it for a second. He’s my best friend and favorite hiking companion. Oh, and if his resume of best friend material wasn’t already good enough, he’s definitely saved my life at least once. Yeah, you could say he’s a big deal. Happy birthday you big dope, I love you.
There’s just something about the ocean 💙
What a lovely place to park a tiny house! We are hidden in the trees and hidden from looky-loos. We appreciate being in the woods and being a part of the nature that surrounds us. When we are in the loft with all of our windows, it feels like we are in a treehouse! How lucky we are.
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