Has anyone else sat through a timeshare presentation? We were approached last week while we were down on Fremont Street in Vegas. We let the guy do his spiel and we were going to say no but then we decided the gifts sound nice and what else do we have to do for 90 minutes? We have all the time in the world really lol So ultimately we said yes. We had no intentions of buying a timeshare, none what so ever, we were more curious if we could ultimately get the gifts we were promised! Which were: $100 cash, free 2 night stay at a hotel, $50 to a restaurant, our $20 deposit back, free hot breakfast, and free valet parking. We did our research to a T to make sure we didn’t get suckered into a timeshare. We ended up telling the guy that we lived in a fifth wheel and were pretty much on vacation indefinitely! He looked at us like we were crazy, he even called his buddies over and told them, and went and told his manager...kind of embarrassing but not really because we are living our Dream! He pretended to be our “friend” he started off by acting like he was so hungover to try to related to us, a young couple in Vegas, that quickly changed after Jon told him he’s been sober for 5 years. Then it changed to how he used to go camping in a fifth wheel in the UP...we picked apart that lie. Then he went on to try to sell us about how timeshares are so great and how they are a great investment and he has 2! Ya ya ya anyone who has down their research knows they are a terrible investment. Really the whole thing is comical, so if you ever go to one just try to have fun with it. Ultimately we toured the condos which were beautiful they gave you all the feels and honestly made me consider buying into one...but just for a second! After touring them he gives you all the numbers and after a couple no’s they bring over the manager who tries to hard sell you and after about 5 no’s he gave up and gave us our gifts and away we went! It was supposed to be 90 minutes but it was a 3 hour ordeal...which we timed with our phones and made sure he knew😂 all in all it wasn’t so bad for everything we were given! #fulltimervfamily#fulltimefifthwheelers#fulltimerv#fulltimetraveler
We just settled in Crystal Isles RV Resort for the next 8 days, thanks to our @thousandtrails membership. We will be exploring this area before heading to Disney World for Alyssa's birthday!
Nous venons tout juste de s'installer à Crystal Isles RV Resort grâce à notre abonnement @thousandtrails . Nous allons explorer cette région avant de se diriger vers Disney World pour la fête d'Alyssa!
After a lovely week visiting family in ATL, we’re back in nature. This campsite has everything: nests, horses, cows and a giant pile of trees and trash in an open field. Why not. #fulltimervfamily#airstreamlife
1 101 hours ago
Some time last week was Valentines Day. I don’t know which day exactly because - A. I live out of an RV what even month is this? And B. It sucked for us. *
I was suuuuper tempted to get on Facebook and list all of the “out of my control” reasons it sucked, and why we really didn’t get to acknowledge it at all, and why sometimes people just can’t be all cutesy on a pre-planned day, but then I realized that would just be like I was looking for justification for my own actions and seeking permission from other people to feel the way I felt, and then I remembered; we’re not doing that anymore. Right ladies? *
Instead, I decided we’re not missing out on heart shaped pancakes, and pink crafts, and sweet cards. We’re just going to decide for ourselves which day it happens. And you know what? While we’re at it, we’re going to do it two days in a row if we want! Or three! Or even a whole damn week if we feel like it! *
If you had a shitty Valentines Day, don’t let that make you feel like you are doing it wrong. You’re not. The calendar doesn’t know your life, man. Don’t let it boss you around. YOU DON’T KNOW ME LIKE THAT, V-DAY! The next time you feel love, or show love, or better yet, act on love, pause and say thank you for it. THAT is your Valentines Day. *
We just arrived to a campground and had all this mail waiting for us. This is us pausing and saying THANK YOU for all the love we get to give, get to receive, and all the love that will follow us wherever we roam. *
Happy Hapoy Heart Day! All our love,
The Congletons ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤💞💔💓💗❣️💖💕💘
1 112 hours ago
The part of me you don’t see on social media... My adult hormonal acne.
Growing up my skin was PERFECT! No spots, no redness, no acne.
It wasn’t until after my second pregnancy my skin started freaking out.
I’ve tried cleansers, creams, supplements, acids, vinegar, masks...literally EVERYTHING!!! Some say my acne isn’t bad... But for me, it’s the feeling that someone is looking at my blemish and not me.
It’s when my daughter points out the fact that I have 7 pimples on my chin.
It’s when I’m so anxious about my skin that I will cancel plans or not even go to the grocery store.
I’m working on embracing it and I’m doing the best I can to heal it from the inside out.
This is me. Unfiltered. Unedited. Raw. Me.
I challenge all of my beautiful friends to share a photo like this of themselves!
6 272 hours ago
Happy Love Your Pet Day! 🖤
Traveling full time is definitely more complicated when you have your dogs with you (especially when one of them is 80 lbs). But...there is just something about the companionship of your dogs that makes the journey sweeter.
6 232 hours ago
It was a busy day... so I just wanted to stay home and cook some dinner. Not really a healthy dinner.. but a yummy one for sure. Fried chicken strips, rice, gravy and max&cheese.. a feel good meal for the crew. And yep... all made on my little rv stove!!! Do I miss the big six burner stove??? Naaaaa... just more stuff! You can make a wonderful dinner on a 3 burner stove just as amazing !!! #fulltimervfamily#fulltimerv#southernfriedchicken#beamazing#igotthisbitches #@big_shits_in_the_bath_house
So our top secret rescue mission was an adorable English Bulldog puppy! The LAPD shared some pics, including ours, and now we can share about our small part in this pup's incredible journey! Through a strange series of events, we learned about a puppy stolen from Chicago in December and found in Los Angeles this weekend. Crazy, right?! 😲 But they couldn't get it from CA back to IL for various reasons. Because why not, I said we could go get it. It's only 4 hours and we had nothing else to do.
So we hopped in the truck, drove to LA, fell in love with this ginormous little guy, had a puppy overnight (Jack was not a fan), cuddled with the wrinkly ball of muscle, soaked up all the puppy cuteness, and then sent him off on the next leg of his trip home.
He'll be home soon and everyone will be happy! Well, maybe not the thieves. He's sharing his thoughts about them in the last pic.
So no, we don't have a new dog, no matter how much Matt begged. But we were so glad we could be a tiny part in helping him get back home. 💕
2 224 hours ago
This little space is the divider between our couch and dining table. We updated the light fixture to this adorable gold and white lamp, but the little piece of heaven above it is what I love the most. .
When we decided to actually tackle this tiny-living adventure, I had to really think through every single item that we decided to keep. And this piece just happened to be one of them. .
It is a beautiful reminder to me of thoughtful friendship, perfect life-gift moments, and the love of our Savior King who loved us so much that He calls us His beloved, gave us His son and will never ever ever fail to bring us up and out of the wilderness season (song of Solomon 8:5). .
Leaning on Him and not this world is really the only way!
All that to say this gem 💎 has its perfect little place in our new home, and I couldn’t be happier.
Even with the cloudy skies... Some white paint goes a long way to make a difference.
Finding a tiny home on wheels that could comfortably house 7 family members, a dog and a cat took some hunting.
But we found her and we fell in love with this toy hauler because we could envision what we could do with it.
Sometimes I still catch myself laughing as I tell Ben, ‘we live in a camper.’ Like he somehow doesn’t remember or something.
But that’s the thing... We’ve made this RV so much a home that I sometimes forget that we’re thousands of miles away from where it all started.
That sometimes a light will shine through a window in the evening, just as it did when we were parked at our house, and we will have to take a moment to remember where we are.
That our neighbors and local grocery stores may change, but we get to curl up into our own bed every night.
So yeah, you could say I’m pretty grateful for what all that white paint has meant for us.
And who doesn’t love a good before and after?
So we’ve found ourselves in the heart of Snowbird country in an RV park where they’ve made it abundantly clear that kids are not welcome here (despite no age policies). My kids have received rude “advice” about riding their bikes around the park and I’ve been informed by the office that they’ve received “numerous complaints” about my kids - not because of their behavior but simply because they’re going around the park without an adult. My Papa Bear is coming out! Who else has experienced unfounded RV Park child discrimination? #fulltimerv#fulltimervfamily#papabear#silverliningrv#notwelcomehere
0 76 hours ago
Today we visited the Houston Johnson Space Center and learned a little about NASA. We had a really good time playing with all of the interactive displays and seeing what an astronaut’s living space is like. If you thought #rvliving was tiny....Ha! Space station living has definitely got tiny down to a science!
Special thanks to Jr. Stewart who is a Facilities Director (and a friend of my mom’s) for the tickets and for taking the time to come and chat with us and give us a little bit of the inside scoop on some of the displays.❤️.
How do you like your RV shower? Any suggestions on what we should consider as RV Newbies? Pros & Cons? Editing footage for this week’s video that will post at 7PM EST on Sunday. Check us out and follow our adventures at www.RVDiem.com and YouTube. Link in profile ☝️☝️☝️☝️😎🌴 #showerthoughts#rvnewbies#rvliving#rvlife#rvadventures
13 277 hours ago
We’ve been staying with friends for, what was suppose to be two nights turned into, over two weeks. We’re just all having a good ole’ time. We’ve got a lot of wild places and pavement to pound in the coming months. And then the plan is to take our tiny home on wheels up to Alaska for some of the summer. Our little place feels so much like home, and I’m loving this, I don’t want to quit anytime soon.
I look at this photo from the first day that we brought Rock home and I just think about how life was that summer. Georgia didn’t walk until she was 15mo old and by that time Rock was 2 mo old!! I would carry both of them up and down the stairs. Carry both of them into the drs office for appointments while praying fiercely Ember (who was just 2) would listen and hold onto the car seat. Let’s not even talk about what a 1 and 2 year old can get into while you’re breastfeeding. 😂 I didn’t always have enough hands but I had the heart! And now I wouldn’t say things are any easier - they’re just different! Currently they all run in different directions, have melt downs at the grocery store, empty bags of carrots all over the floor, pull hair, want their own way, have many sleepless nights... I still don’t have enough hands, I don’t always have enough patience but I have even MORE heart. The lows can get pretty low, guys. I find myself on the floor crying for only a few seconds before six little arms come hugging me, and three tiny bootys fight to sit in my lap. Each little mouth telling me not to cry and that they love me. Stroking my face and hair with their little hands. It’s all the fuel I need. .
13 537 hours ago
The travel headaches and the unknown and all the time it takes to plan is often worth it for an 80 degree Friday in February where we get to have dinner outside watching the sun set over the river, chatting about full time travel with new friends. Or you know, something like that. ✌🏽☀️🌳 #day48#daily365#sunset#fulltimervfamily#texas#bastroptx#nomad#rvlife
You see a cactus & a troll.
I see memories of the places I’ve called home 🏡
A sweet friend harvested (green thumbs feel free to correct my terminology 🙈) this cactus from mine & Zach’s first house. And this beat up little troll figure was washed up in our driveway after a storm at our second house.. Carter found it and was overjoyed to give it to me. Not really knowing what do do with it, I stuck it in my cactus pot & that’s where it’s stayed.
Now, I have two little pieces of places that I called home and it may seem silly but it’s so special to me ✨🌵💕
6 749 hours ago
We made it! The Grand Canyon was amazing. Wished we could spend some real time there (we had to scoot to head to Reno and also avoid the impending snow storm) but thankful to see it. #grandcanyon#bucketlist#check
I recently heard of the act of savouring. It means that in order to be happy, sometimes you just have to take a moment and be happy. Just be in that moment, smile, and recognise that it’s a good moment. I’ve been trying to do that with my little girl, knowing that this probably the last time we will experience the wonder of a one year old first hand. I think one of the magical things about having two kids is that one is your first everything and the other is your last everything. It’s quite sweet isn’t it? •
I challenge you to find a moment to cherish and smile about today. It doesn’t have to be related to kids! Share it in the comments so we can all smile with you!
This moment was captured by my son as my little baby was exploring everything and kept coming back to mama for little check ins. 🥰
8 10510 hours ago
Did you know jumping on the a trampoline resets your lymphatic system AND it's fun? Elijah loves to jump with Matthew and he benefits from rebounding too.
We bought a trampoline for Elijah at Christmas. Yes, we travel full time in an RV and we will have to take it down and set it up again when we are stopped for a while again. It's worth it. Just look how happy he is! 😁🤸♂️
3 1410 hours ago
OlliOlli has really started to figure out the RV life...at least when it comes to finding crumbs! 🤣🤪
53 weeks later, we've made it back to Destin! It's not the same Campground we stayed in last year, but the white sand on the beach is exactly how we remember. It feels good to make it back to where it all started.
Also, the sand squeeks when you walk on it!
We're hanging out here for the week, hoping that clouds will move on so that we can enjoy of sunshine and good beach weather.
We spent 4 months in Arizona this winter and toward the end man was it getting cold. We even work up to ice on our rig one morning! So much for escaping the cold. So it was time to head out. Heading east and dodging the weather.
Travel day looked ok but then the weather changed and we were going to face 50 mph winds. So unplanned overnight at Rock Hound State Park in NM was our new plan.
Very pretty and supposedly they have a huge herd of Ibex but we weren’t lucky enough to see any. A park to come back and explore again sometime.
So we have not posted a whole lot lately as we have been in the final weeks or prep to move into the RV. Well folks, that day arrived on Saturday February 16th! We moved in this past weekend and are now just finishing up the cleaning and final packing in the house.
Today we wake up to a few inches of snow ❄️ and are more excited than ever about hitting the road in a couple of days to head South! We will be more active on the blog and on our social media accounts once we are finally settled, but the time is now!!
1 3414 hours ago
If we still lived on Chadwyck drive in Glen Carbon IL, in our beautiful home, surrounded by family and friends, and we never chased our fears away or followed our dreams...we never would have had all of these issues and challenges. Life would be simple, safe, predictable, comfortable, and beautiful. We would still have our family and friends close by, our garden and we would still be surrounded by all our stuff.
But think of all the places we never would have went, the travel angels we never would have encountered, the relationships we wouldn’t have built, or the challenges our children would not have witnessed us overcome. Or the history they wouldn’t have touched or the oceans and mountains we wouldn’t have crossed and the animals they never would have seen. The lessons that never would have been learned and the moments we never would have shared. When people say you can’t have the sweet without the sour, I think it applies here. We have truly taken life by the horns and we are slamming into everything this world has to offer. The good, the bad, the breathtakingly beautiful, and the painful. Through this lifestyle, we have learned that the highs are high and the lows are low. But we love that about it. We are traveling to the ends of the Earth together and looking at every challenge as an obstacle, not an impenetrable wall. You only get one life, so why not live it and embrace everything? We are packing as much living into this life as we possibly can. Soaking up the moments of wonder and letting the bitterness fall into the sea. Learning from the mistakes and letting the beautiful moments lift us up. We have become stronger, healthier, happier humans the past two years; both emotionally and physically. We are, and always will be, a work in progress. This kind of personal growth can happen to anyone and anywhere; but for us, it has been most visible inside our beautiful, tiny home on wheels.
Did I share the kids room since it’s been mostly done and organized? Still need to get a few more containers and such for better organization and going to paint the cabinetry something bright! They seem to enjoy it though. 😊
Our little RV kitchen. ❤️
At first, this space was a little frustrating for me. I was used to living in houses with very large kitchens, ton of counter and cabinet space and a full size oven/stove!
The first 2 months of RV life were frustrating each time I tried to prepare food or cook a meal. After rearranging things, getting rid of things, and finding some different storage solutions, we’ve figured out what works!
I can honestly say I love our tiny kitchen now! Only having three burners that are very close together takes a little patience to deal with… But I’ve gotten used to it now and meal prep is so much easier now.
One thing we implemented is a new rule that the kids have to either play outside or play in their room quietly while I’m cooking! During the first two months when I was bumping into things, spilling things, and frustrated in general in the kitchen, it made it worse when the kids were running around and being loud right in the same space. Now, I have things figured out in the kitchen, and the kids are nowhere in sight, so things run much more smoothly at dinner time! +
To all you tiny dwellers, did it take YOU some time to get used to a tiny kitchen??