Vintage Airstream Hunt | Learning to Walk Away

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Today I went and checked out an Airstream that had been sitting unused for over a decade. I was eager to take a look, but knew in my head there would be some serious issues that would need immediate fixing. After my husband spoke with the seller twice on the phone, I felt pretty confident it was a project I could handle. No leaks, little rust. Too good to be true? Yes.

Upon arriving at the property, the first thing I noticed was the awning. It was completely covered in mold. The top AC box looked like someone lit it on fire. The tires were deflated, causing the alignment to be crooked, and the bearings were rusted though. There were two random, significant holes (both the size of a baseball) near the door for ‘ventilation’ that definitely didn’t belong. At this point, I thought it still had potential, until I opened the door.

The owner had been using it for storage the last ten years, but I didn’t even notice the mounds of miscellaneous items because all I could focus on was the mold. It was everywhere. Everywhere. Massive chipmunk nests infested every nook and cranny. The floor was rotted. The undercarriage was terribly rusted. But that mold… I had never seen anything like it. It covered every inch. I guess he didn’t think it was an issue worth mentioning.

It’s a total top off restoration and would be a great project for someone with experience. But asking almost $8,000 for a trailer in this condition, I had to walk away.

It was another great learning experience. Never take a seller at their word. Get underneath the trailer and look for rust. Walk around (if you can) and check for soft spots in the floor. It’s easy to justify obviously problems because you want it to work out so badly. The more trailers I check out, the more I know Airstreams are definitely for me. I just have to find the right one. This wasn’t the first airstream I wanted to purchase, and certainly won’t be the last. It is disappointing to be so close to something you’ve always wanted and walk run away, but I knew I didn’t have the means to take on such a huge project. The search continues (so if you know of anyone wanting to sell an old airstream, shoot me an e-mail)!

I’ve gained so much invaluable knowledge in my 3+ years of Airstream research, and can’t wait to start working on a project in the (hopefully) near future.

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Healthy Plant-Based Pancakes | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Oil Free

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I love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day, and I’ll often eat it for dinner. Warm, fluffy pancakes with fresh berries and Maine maple syrup… what’s not to love? My mom actually created this recipe and I had to share it with you guys. The batter takes five minutes to make and the pancakes come out fluffy and browned to perfection.

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Because these pancakes do not have egg, we have to mimic the texture. By adding two tablespoons of ground flax seed with four table spoons of water, it’ll give you that egg yolk consistency.

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INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Almond Flour
1 Cup Buckwheat Flour
1 Cup Sorghum Flour
2 Tablespoons Ground Flax Seed + 4 Tablespoons Water
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (more or less to taste)
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
*Almond Milk (or any plant-based milk of choice)
1/4 Teaspoon Salt (optional)
Blueberries (optional, or toppings of choice)

*Note: Almond milk measurements will depend on how think or thin you like your pancakes. Slowly stir in milk until you reach the desired consistency. I don’t measure. 😉

You can add sweetener of choice if desired, but I like to leave it out since I top my pancakes with maple syrup.

DIRECTIONS:

Create Flax “Egg”:
Add 4 tablespoons of water to 2 tablespoons ground flax seed.
Stir and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Add all try ingredients into a bowl and stir.

Add flax egg and almond milk. Pour in almond milk until you reach desired consistency. Remember, you can always add more so pour slowly.

Heat pan on medium heat. Wait until the pan is hot before adding batter. My pans are non-stick so I don’t spray it with anything.

When the pancakes start to bubble, especially around the edges, it’s time to flip!

Cook until slightly browned. Enjoy with any toppings of your choosing. 🙂

These will last 2-3 days in the fridge and taste great warmed up in the toaster. Tag me in a picture on instagram if you make these! @samantha_lindsey Enjoy!!

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Creating The Life You Love | Minimalist Living

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I finished high school online and graduated a year and a half early. I had no plans after graduating, and only went to college for one semester. It just didn’t feel right, but at the time nothing felt right. I was working one job to another with no real purpose, never getting ahead. I couldn’t possibly decide what I wanted to do for the rest of my life; I hadn’t even turned twenty yet.

I’ve always heard people talking about creating your dream life, but it always seemed cliché and too good to be true. How could I possibly create the life of my dreams? What exactly is my dream life? I couldn’t decide on what to cook for dinner, let alone my life path.

That all changed when I found minimalism. I was able to discover my passions and chase what I love without expecting it. Suddenly, my dream life didn’t feel so unrealistic. It all happened organically.

How did minimalism change everything? Glad you asked.

Minimalism rids your life of the unnecessary: physical clutter, mental clutter, time commitments. That extra time allowed me to figure out what I love doing, what I’m excited to get out of bed for each day.

Minimalism doesn’t make your life perfect. I still have to do adult things, pay bills, and sometimes I struggle. The difference is it’s no longer about what I don’t have, but what I do have. I’m grateful for the small things.

Here are the steps I took to start working toward my dream life. But remember- it’s about the journey, not a destination.

  1. Rid your life of the unnecessary. Declutter. Donate. Think hard before taking on new obligations.
  2. Write a list of the most important things in your life (people, places, activities).
  3. Dream. What would you do if you could do anything?
  4. Find your why. Why do you want to pursue those things? What motivates you? Write it down.
  5. Create an action plan (with a timeline). Dreaming is wonderful, but action is what propels you forward.
  6. Go for it! You can do it!

Be present in each step you take. So often we rush to get what we want, and neglect the process. Take each day as it comes and know that you’re working at your own pace, in the right direction.

Again I want to stress that I don’t have a perfect life. What you see online is a tiny fraction of someone’s day that they choose to share. I can say I have a wonderful and blessed life, and minimalism is a great tool to continue chasing my dreams. I hope minimalism helps you to chase yours, too.

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Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Diary No. 1: Sunshine + Coffee

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Sunny with a high of 50° and not a cloud in the sky! It might have been a little chilly for no jacket, but I was so ready to shed the layers and soak up the sunshine. Getting more and more excited for summer!

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My entire outfit is thrifted apart from my sandals and sunglasses that I’ve had for quite some time. I also thought about editing out the spot on my face. I don’t wear foundation and everyone has dealt with acne at some point, so… real life. 😉

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I’ve been obsessed with this scarf lately. It was only $2.00. Thanks, Goodwill!

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Coffee date with the husband. Favorite way to start a Sunday!

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Hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

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Minimalist Studio Apartment

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My husband and I have a spacious studio apartment. It’s way more room than we need, and we’re looking to downsize further (hopefully, more on that when things start moving on from the planning phase). But for now, here’s a peak into our little home.

You walk right into the bedroom, which for me is the only downside.

We like to keep things simple and slept on an air mattress for quite a while. I accidentally propped myself up with my elbow, and unfortunately– it popped. After sleeping on a deflated air mattress for a couple nights, I ordered this four inch, trifold, foam mattress. It’s working out well so far, though!

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Because it’s a studio, I really wanted to find a way to divide the space. I decided to make a wall out of crates and love it. It holds some of our sentimental items and my tiny plant collection… thanks to Ali Cherry for the plant inspiration! 😉

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On the other side of my crate wall, we have our living space which you’ve probably noticed lacks a tv, coffee table, and couch. Once upon a time we did have those things, but really enjoy having the space to workout, dance, and play with our dog. Living without a tv removes a ton of distractions and we spend so much more time together.

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To the right, we have my work space. Of course if we want to watch tv or catch up on the news, we can do that here. The desk is an antique from a well-known writer in my town. He passed it down to a local artist, and she gave it to us. It’s pretty cool we know a bit of the history behind it.

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The kitchen is where we spend the majority of our time. I cook all of our meals at home, so having a functional kitchen is really important to me. We probably have more kitchen items than most minimalists, but it works for us and use everything regularly (yes, even the keurig and espresso machine).

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The table was free at the local transfer station, and we painted it white.

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My dad and I made this shelf to hold my spices and fours. It’s so convenient when I’m cooking to reach up and grab what I need.

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Lastly, the bathroom. The shelving unit is from Pottery Barn years and years ago. In the bins, we keep our undergarments and loungewear. The laundry machine is also in the bathroom, behind the door, so that’s pretty convenient.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you guys enjoyed our little photo-tour. Don’t forget to check out my youtube channel to see more of our apartment and simple living.

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Welcome!

After pouring most of my free time into my youtube channel, I’ve decided to re-lauch my blog! This is the place I want to get a little more personal, share my day to day life, and document everything along the way. If you’d like to hear more in the mean time, I’d love for you to subscribe to my youtube channel where I talk about minimalism, simple living, and healthy alternatives. You can also keep up with what I’m doing on Instagram. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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