Thursday, October 30, 2014

Calling all Bus Nuts, Skoolies, Bus Converters and anything else you call people who live in buses!

This post is going out to everyone who reads this blog that is building or lives in a converted school bus.

Our bus wouldn't be half of what it is if it weren't for the inspiration and encouragement of our fellow bus friends. I decided to create a page on our website to act as a catalog for future bus nuts that will be dedicated to sharing the links and info of other bus conversions, completed or in progress, so that others can continue to be inspired and fascinated by the ingenuity that is the skoolie community.

If you would like your bus to be included on this page please email the following information to

All of the requested information is optional. Don't include any information you don't want public on this page.

  • The name of your bus and website/page, 
  • Your Name(s)
  • The Make, Model Year of your bus
  • Your home state and/or city
  • 1 or 2 Pictures of your bus

I'll make the page live once I get a few people who are interested.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Cozy Kitchen

I have a very exciting announcement.  Starting this month I will be writing a regular column in Tiny House Magazine called "The Cozy Kitchen". Each month I will share tips and tricks to cooking in a tiny home as well as a recipe. The October issue of Tiny House Magazine, #22, was just published. To get this month's  magazine including my first column of "The Cozy Kitchen" along with my Tasty Turkey Burrito Recipe, click here:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One Year Later

Well, we did it! Last Sunday marked one whole year living in our Just Right Bus. A month ago I thought about doing some sort of grand celebration, a big blog post, lots of pictures, maybe a party. Instead, we did exactly what we wanted. That's the beauty of our lives right now. Though there are things we have to do to stay up to date with our lives and jobs, during the time that's ours we can do whatever we want.

I did write a little post about what we've learned over the last year for the Tiny House Listings blog. You can check that out here.

Here's a cool comparison shot of the day we moved in to the bus vs a year later.

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters. We hope the next year, or two, or ten are just as great as the last.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Butcher Block Countertops

The pictures below are of our butcher block countertops and show the process of me oiling them last week. I wrote about the pros and cons of living with butcher block countertops in a post onTiny House Listings. You can check out that post here! Be sure to subscribe to Tiny House Listings to see my weekly blog post on tiny living!

Chris cutting the countertop with our brand new saw blade

Marking out the opening for our sink
Every 4-6 months I oil the countertops to keep them from drying out too much or cracking. Although I originally used mineral oil on them I switched to Teak oil. Though it gives them a nicer shine, it has a strong smell so I plan to go back to mineral oil after the teak is used up.

Teak oil going on the countertops

Let the teak oil sit for about 30 minutes before wiping

I removed the stove in order to oil the cut edges of the countertop around its opening
 The stove area and directly around the sink get oiled extra throughly. They're most prone to damage due to the dry heat of the stove and the excessive moisture from the sink.

After the teak oil is wiped it leaves a nice shine.
Wait 3-4 hours before putting things back on the counters.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tiny House Decisions by Ethan Waldman

We had to make thousands of decisions when building our bus and a lot of people ask us what we would have done differently. A new tiny house resource launched this week called "Tiny House Decisions" by Ethan Waldman. It highlights some of the choices you may have to make when building your tiny home and some of the things that other tiny home builders would do differently. If you're on the fence about going tiny or concerned that you might "forget something" during the build, this resource may put you at ease.

To save 15% off your purchase you can use the coupon code FB15TINY until 8/22!

Check it out by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Origo 6000 alcohol stove in the Just Right Bus

This week I shared my experience living with an Origo 6000 alcohol stove on the blog over at Tiny House Listings. You can check out that post here! Be sure to subscribe to Tiny House Listings to see my weekly blog post on tiny living!

 Photos by Christopher Tack 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Some Good News

It's a truly lovely evening. I'm curled up on the couch with the laptop listening to the Edward Sharpe station on Pandora. A thundershower is rolling through the area with rain pitter pattering on the metal roof and hood of the bus. Poor Willow is cowering in her nook. Chris is across from me at the table sipping coffee and reading a textbook about some crazy medical ailments, I'm sure. He just asked me to look up the word "fecundity". I was about halfway through the wikipedia article on fecundity (found here for those who can't resist) when I suddenly started reflecting on all of the moments that led up to this one. So many moments of stress, frustration, mistakes, excitement and many more emotions but mostly moments of happiness. Looking back at the 6 months it took us to build the bus I feel happy. I actually miss the days of waking up early, going out to the bus with a cup of coffee, sitting on the floor and planning what we wanted to accomplish for the day.

My view of Chris studying at the table

These days we're much busier than we were when building the bus, or at least it seems like it. Chris spends 50-70 hours a week at school and I started a new job at an art studio last month. We don't see each other as much but still find ways to enjoy evenings like this one. Doing our own tasks but still together.

We have some good news. We've been living in the bus for almost 10 months now and we are still happy. No regrets, no worries that we made the right choice, just happiness and pride that we've come so far. This home that took so much of our time and energy and most of our money to build has been good to us and we're trying to be equally good to her.

As with any, home ownership has its trials and tribulations. We changed our house' oil last month (now that's an infrequently used sentence). It was something that we were intending on doing right after our trip in April but time got away from us. I was stressed about it at first but it turned out to be really simple and much less expensive than taking it somewhere. As always, thoughtful planning and patience paid off.

Chris putting in one of the new oil filters

We've also had an amazing increase in supportive followers on our Facebook page and website. They seem to be from all walks of life and though we've never met most of them, they're as easy to chat with as old friends. We frequently receive messages with questions from fellow bus converters and it's a real honor to see that people are going out of their way to ask us for advice. We rarely go anywhere without thoughtful comments or questions about the bus from friends and acquaintances. It's become more a part of us than we ever imagined.

Last week, a friend we made through the Florida Tiny House Enthusiasts Group came out and did a video tour/interview of the bus for a new mini series on Florida Tiny Homes. I'll share more information on that soon but we're very excited to finally be able to offer others a better glimpse into what it's like being in the bus other than just in pictures.

A last bit of exciting news is that I started writing posts for the Tiny House Listings blog 3-4 times a month. It's an amazing honor to be able to share my interest in Tiny Homes with such a wide audience. I share my posts on the Bus's Facebook page each week so check there if you're interested in reading what I've been writing about.

I'll leave you with this adorable picture of my two favorite guys. Good Night All!

After conquering fecundity, Chris relocated to the floor for some Winston Snuggles