Plumbing the Tiny Washer

I did it!! I plumbed my tiny washer

It was actually so easy!

The water lines were below the base I made. I took out one dinette bench and this took its place. The other bench had water heater so that stayed and tuned it into a shelf and counter. So water lines run from bedroom in back through bathroom, under fridge , under the stand and into other bench. So I was able to tap into hot and cold water lines.

My dad helped me with this project. I had never plumbed anything, other then switching out a faucet. We found the Shark Bate connectors at the hardware store and it made the job so easy! I had pex pipes to I got some more to build the water line into the washer. I should of added a shut off for hot and cold because of the back flow of hot into cold. I forgot to grab the extra shut offs not thinking it would be a big deal and then someone pointed out my error! I’ll be fixing that after Thanksgiving!

The outside lines took a bit to figure out but I used a rubber tube to step down the built in hose to the port I got.

To my surprise there were wires running below my hole. But I was on the look out for them so I was able to hold them out of the way as we made the outside hole bigger.

Cutting through the outside wall was nerve racking!

The drain port is a standard one used in pop up campers that a garden hose can hook to. I’ll drain to a 5 gallon bucket if boondocking or run it in to sewer hose when hooked up. This way I avoid taking up my gray tank space and trying to plum that would of been a bit harder.

You can find the washer here. The spin basket does get most of the water out but I have thought about the increased humidity it can cause. I’ll be hanging the clothes in the bathroom and I have a small dehumidifier I’ll run. I can keep door closed and even open vent if I need. My other option is drying at campground laundry mat, especially if I get behind on laundry! If I’m just drying I can at least reduce my cost that way!

Pops Wood Shop

My dad taught me everything I know about being handy. When I was younger he would set me up with a board and nails to pound while he was working in his shop. I used to be able to drive a nail in one whack in Kindergarten! 

Don’t worry I am not that cool any more!

But neither are my kids! ha! They are trying, despite whacking their thumbs more then not!

The boys have been spending a lot of time in the wood shop with my dad, more Kai as he is at the perfect age for it, but both are getting some experiences which I love!

Kai’s first project was a sword! My dad showed him how to draw it out on paper and then transfer that to the wood to cut out. He learned how to use the band saw to cut it out and the sander to smooth it out. He painted it and was quite happy with his creation!

Kai’s next project was a bandsaw box and he designed a pistol that will hold a clock.

I love that my sons are learning so much from my dad. I had even started a project earlier in the day as Kai was helping me I realized he knew how to work most of the machines! Tonight my dad jumped in and helped us. Kai learned how to join & glue a board. 

New Cushions for Jack Knife Sofa

New Cushions!

I had ordered a memory foam mattress which was a great price, under $150! It was very high quality and comfortable but it was just too big. It did not fold well going up and down and was constantly slipping down into the walk way.

I knew I was going to need to cut it down but I needed the sofa to be more comfortable for me to sleep on. I sure do miss my Sleep number bed!

The two problems I had was the front of the sofa slanted down so I was sleeping at an angel. The other one was that I could feel the springs through the mattress on that side because it has less material then the top part.

It was a family affair with my dad and mom both helping me with the project.

My dad helped me figure out how to fix the downward slop of the front side of the bed, reduce the gap in between the back and front when its laid flat, and making it a tab bit bigger but still be able to open and close.

I decided to mount the mattress after it was cut down onto plywood boards. I adjust the thickness of the boards for each 1/2 to make up for the decline I was experiencing. This also solved the issues of firmness and feeling the springs.

My mom helped me pick out the fabric and upholster the cushions. I decided to use two different colors to break up the look

Before

After

There is storage underneath the sofa. The original wood door was not in good shape and I trashed it when I redid the floor. I had curtains up temporally until I decided what I wanted to do, but I really disliked them once I had the sofa done!

Since I had extra wood and fabric I recreated a similar flip down door.

After-After

Removing the 30 yr old Microwave Convection Oven

I removed the old microwave convection oven because it hardly heated up water after 2mins and it was most likely giving me cancer 🤣🤣

 I love vintage stuff but a 30 year old microwave…. nope!

I’m totally obsessed with my Cuisinart oven fryer and it fit perfectly in there with room on the side for the cutting board and induction cook plate. I still need to figure out what to put over the front so it’s secure when I’m driving, but that will come another day!

I ordered a electric kettle for less then $20! This way I can boil water quickly which is really the only thing I use a microwave for anyway. I truly don’t like to heat up leftovers in the microwave because it makes food taste like rubber! Plus with cooking smaller I am hoping for less leftovers!

Sanitizing the RV Water Tank

This should of been one of the first things I did when I got the RV, but it was one of those task that had me unsure of what to do. I know how to demo and rebuild stuff but sanitizing a water tank, that smelled like death, was out of my league. I needed time to pull my big girl panties up and tackle it! I read many post in the RV facebook groups I am in, watched a few YouTube videos and talked to the guy at the RV repair shop.

Frankly it’s not hard or complicated, not like I had psyched myself into believing it would be, but it did take time, and at the end of the day I ended up having to re sanitize the tank after I changed out some pretty nasty hoses, which were the source of the smell.

First I located the release drain for the tank. Our water tank is inside under one of the twin beds in the back bedroom. The drain is inside and a pull up plug, some tank drains are located underneath the RV, so check your manual.

I had picked up a sanitize kit at the RV store. Most blogs I had read said just to use Bleach, our tank is 64 gals so about 1.5 cups is what I would of needed but it smelled really bad so I was hesitant that would take care of the issue all alone. The kit I found had a soap to wash the tank and lines and then a sanitize solution (like bleach) that killed the bacteria.

After I put the blue soap in, I drove the RV around in the yard so I could pull it into the drive way and drain the gray tank into the yard ditch, this allowed the soap to slosh around inside the tank. I let it sit for a few hours too.

My in-laws live on 60+ acres of farm land and the soap is not harmful to environment so I had blessings from my Father in-law to dump in the ditch, but Check your local laws before you start dumping just anywhere!

I ran the soap through all the lines by turning on the water faucets. Then I had to fill the water tank again and add the sanitizing solution. I repeated the step of running the water through all the faucets again.

I filled the tank a 3rd time and rinsed the lines again, then filled the tank a 4th time so we could use it.

The next day the water not only smelled like death still but it also smelled like bleach. UGH!

I ended up draining and refilling again but still no luck. That is when I pulled up my sons bed so I could see the tank. I was hoping to find an access hole so I could get in there with a scrub brush. Unfortunately the port was melted shut. AND then that is when I noticed the clear hose, which was the over flow hose was full of black junk. YUCK!

I decided to try and remove the hoses and replace them before deciding I needed to spend the money on a new tank. That was going to be at least a $500 investment.

I had to unscrew the access port on the outside so I could disconnect the hoses. That is when I found the fresh intake hose also had some scum in it.

I made it to the RV shop before they closed and they hooked me up with the right sized hoses and the rubber putty strip gasket to replace the old one where I had to remove the access port.

After I took the boys to hockey practice I got back to work and got the new hoses installed.

 

I waited till the next day to refill and sanitize the tank since it was cold and raining the night before!

I lead a pretty natural life. I use all natural and organic products so having to use the box sanitizer was honestly unsettling. Especially all the warnings on the side of the box. One of my friends suggested I just use my Thieves Cleaner. Of course! It actually works better then bleach, I’m not sure why I didn’t think about it sooner! I ended up adding 3/4 of a bottle into the tank. I’m sure that is way too much but it was pretty gross! Plus my tank is 64 gallons. I let it sit for 2 days before I drained it, refilled to rinse and refiled to use. I am happy to say the tank is clean and the water doesn’t smell at all!

I was told not to ever use the tank water to drink with so we do have a blue water bottle I picked up at Walmart along with a auto pump (love that!)

I eventually want to get a Berkey but that will have to wait since they are an investment!

 

Skin Care: Toxin Free Before and After Sun Options

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and its so important for us to take good care of it. Beside safe sun practices that we will dive into soon, things like stress and diet hugely affect your skin’s appearance. Of course with my background as a Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant I  have to pass on  some general health tips to keep your skin healthy from the inside out.

*Let’s dive into Nutrition & Wellness first!

Learning how to decrease stress and adopt a healthy sustainable diet are two key factors to beautiful skin.

– STRESS can elevate hormone levels making you more prone to acne; it can trigger psoriasis; and it can cause premature aging.

Use your favorite de-stressing techniques like deep breathing, prayer, meditation, and exercise to lower stress. I also love using Stress Away oil on my temples, the back of my neck, or in the diffuser to decrease occasional stress. Any high frequency oil can help support your emotional wellbeing.

– DIET is equally important. Collagen makes up 70 percent of your skin, and vitamin C plays a vital role in its synthesis. Antioxidant vitamins protect collagen, and vitamin A prevents dryness and roughness on the surface.

Essential fats are also needed for healthy skin.

DIET TIPS:

Avoid sugar and processed food.
Avoid wheat and dairy. (I know this is SO HARD. Trust me I am right there with you! BUT we can totally do it!)
Eat healthy organic food like fruits, veggies, and protein.
Increase daily water intake.
Take your daily Young Living supplements.

YL supplements that support healthy skin:

NINGXIA RED is extremely high in antioxidants. One to two oz a day will do your body good.

SULFURZYME combines wolfberry with essential daily nutrients to support intestinal function and eliminate free radicals.

OMEGAGIZE is an omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement.

LIFE 9 is a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial bacteria strains that promotes healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function.

*Now let’s dive into safe sun practices.

The excitement of longer, brighter, and warmer days can make some a little reckless when it comes to caring for their body.

Did you know that too much skin exposure to the sun can not only put you at higher risk of skin cancer but also can prematurely age the skin?

The sun can have a profound effect on our  skin, causing premature skin aging, skin cancer, and many other skin changes. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun accounts for most premature skin aging.

The Golden rule has always been to avoid the sun durning the 10-2pm hour. But let’s be real, that can be challenging when your out all day. So you need to understand what makes a good sunscreen so you can make sure you are protected properly.

You want to filter out UVA and UVB light waves in order to protect your skin. If you can’t avoid the sun, then you can use sunscreen to block those waves.

But what about all those chemicals found in sunscreens?! For example, do yourselves a favor and look up Oxybenzone. YUCK!

Thankfully Young Living provides us with before and after sun care we need, with out the harmful and questionable ingredients.

Ones that Protect, Nourish, &  Moisturize  the trifecta of skin care.

Sunscreen:

Before Young Living came out with their sunscreen I learned how to my own. I started doing that because my middle son Kai was allergic to sunscreens and would break out in horrible rashes. Thankfully with his darker complexion, avoiding the 10-2pm hours, sun shirts and hats we did ok when he was younger, but as he got older he didn’t want all that stuff on & we spent a lot of time at the pool or beach with our friends.

Now making your own sunscreen seams like a huge task but it truly is so easy! At the bottom of the page you will find my recipe, supply list and a copy of a Live Video I did for my facebook group a few months ago.

If you are not a DIY type of person, that’s ok! I was so excited that Young Living came out with their first sunscreen in 2017 and they just released a higher SPF this month! I actually keep a few tubes of the YL Sunscreen in my car and my bag when we are out exploring. I love the small packaging and it rubs in a bit easier then my homemade one. I also love to use this on my face!

What exactly is sunscreen and how does it work?

Sunscreen is NOT all about the SPF%. Shocker right!? SPF measures protection from sunburn, but not other types of skin damage. Good sunscreen needs to protect both UVA and UVB rays. Most Sunscreen on the market only cover UVB. If they cover both UVA & UVB it will be labeled as Broad Spectrum. But they will not be equal coverage based on the SPF value.

UVA  rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling and suppression of the immune system. (Remember UVA=Skin Aging & Damage)

UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. (Remember UVB=Sun Burn )

SPF 10-90% Blockage of UVB rays

SPF 15- 93%  Blockage of UVB rays

SPF 30- 97% Blockage of UVB rays

SPF 50- 98% Blockage of UVB rays

SPF 100- 99% Blockage of UVB rays

ZINC covers both UVA (1 &2) & UVB.  SPF is directly tied to the % of zinc found in the product.

Nanoparticles Most zinc oxide (and titanium dioxide) based sunscreens contain nanoparticles one-twentieth the width of a human hair. What are nanoparticles for? They are super tiny particles that are used to reduce or eliminate the chalky white tint that larger particles leave on the skin. Why are nanoparticles bad for us? Nanoparticles are bad because they can get into our blood stream and when activated by the sun can actually cause sun damage.

Young Living Mineral Sunscreen

Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils, including Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Cistus, &  Ylang Ylang. this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly, so you can effortlessly apply it when you’re outdoors.

Mineral Sunscreen Lotion available in SPF 10 or 50

Contains non-nano zinc oxide that is coated in Jojoba Esters which creates a lightweight and invisible barrier that provides protection for UVA & UVB protection.

Formulated for all skin types

Water & sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Hypoallergenic

It is REEF safe, it’s good for ocean life!!

Check out the YL YouTube Video on SPF10 and the Product Information Sheet

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We also need to talk about how to love your skin after being kissed by the sun. When you stay out in the sun too long, you need to refresh and help it recover. Thankfully  Young Living has a few options.

LavaDerm After-Sun Spray.

This naturally derived after-sun spray offers temporary relief from the pain and itching of minor burns, minor cuts, sunburns, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations, so your family can keep playing all day.

Using menthol from mint, this spray soothes and cools the skin, providing immediate relief from the effects of outdoor activity. Plus, its moisturizing qualities—from ingredients such as aloe, Lavender essential oil, and Helichrysum essential oil—also help prevent peeling and leave skin feeling soft and smooth instead of tacky or sticky. With a vegan-friendly formula made without alcohol, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants, LavaDerm After-Sun Spray is ready for the whole family to use at the beach, on a hike, or during any outdoor playtime.

Benefits and Features

  • Temporarily relieves the pain and itching associated with minor burns, sunburn, minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, and minor skin irritations
  • Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic
  • Soothes and cools skin
  • Provides immediate relief
  • Moisturizes to help prevent peeling
  • Promotes healthy-looking skin
  • Made with plant-based and naturally derived ingredients
  • Formulated without alcohol, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, animal-derived ingredients, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colorants

Product Information Sheet

LavaDerm Cooling Mist

Promote healthy skin with LavaDerm™, Young Living’s refreshing Lavender spray. It’s made with skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk.

After that, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Young Living has a few options for Hand and Body Lotion. Lavender and the KidScents Lotion are the most popular! Made with plant-based ingredients, Hand & Body Lotion moisturizes and protects skin from overexposure for long-lasting hydration.

Young Living’s Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter features Lime essential oil and uses plant-based ingredients to deeply moisturize your skin with a non-greasy formula.

 

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Homemade Sunscreen Recipe


Here is what you will need to order from Young Living :
1. Myrrh
2. Carrot Seed
3. Lavender

Other Ingredients you can order on Amazon:
1. Coconut Oil
2. Carrot Seed Oil or Jojoba Oil
3. Organic Beeswax Pellets
4. Organic Shea Butter
5. Zinc
6: Vitamin E

Other Supplies
Plastic Squeeze Bottle, 8oz
Plastic Pump Bottle, 6oz
Push up containers
Squeeze tubes
From your kitchen:
A kitchen scale
Glass bowl that will fit on top of pot (we make a double boiler)
Rubber spatula & Whisk ( You will need one that can be just for sunscreen and not used in food prep agin)
Paper towels
Hot mitts/pot holder

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Dive in deeper and do your own research!

Check out the Environmental Working Groups (EWG) Guide to Sunscreen. Its a wealth of knowledge!