Life Rustic

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Living simply in a not so simple world… That is the message behind Life Rustic. With off-grid homestead guides, stories from full-time RV life on the road, and more, this blog is all about adventure.


So Ya Wanna Go Off the Grid? pt. 3

Electrical Sourcing… No matter how rustic, simple, or minimal you want to live, some form of electricity is still pretty much a necessity. There are many options for sourcing electricity for your off-grid home, including solar panel options, electrical generators and batteries, or bringing in traditional power lines to your property, and each option or scenario has its own price tag and logistics attached to it.

So Ya Wanna Go Off the Grid? pt. 2

Heat Sourcing, Figuring BTU, and Safety… Many options exist for heating your off-grid vehicle or home, and your heat source really depends on your location and living space. We prefer propane for fueling our heat as opposed to electricity or wood, because for us, it’s been the most convenient and efficient to use.

So Ya Wanna Go Off the Grid? pt. 1

Food, Water, & Waste… Whether you’re heading out into the wilderness for an extreme camping experience, or you’re planning to permanently live off the grid and on your own land, these are the necessities that are crucial to survival during your time away from modern society.

We Bought a Ranch

Is it going to be super easy, living here like this? Probably not. Are we still young, green, and a bit naive? Probably so. Have meltdowns been had, and are there meltdowns to be had? Lord knows it. But we’re in too deep now, so here we go! 

New Roots in the Southwest

After nearly two years of “life on the road” — consisting of stops throughout the Front Range of Colorado and into Kansas and Missouri for days, weeks, or months at a time — Sean and I are ready to exit the semi-gypsy life and begin the next phase of our adventure together.

Sun Sushi, Iron Skillets, and Cooking Among the Elements

Some of our favorite meals to prepare and enjoy are those which don’t require traditional kitchen elements. I am talking about real CAMP FOOD. Food that is made outside of a “kitchen.” Food that is made beneath the big open sky.

Working to Make it Work

Somewhere around the time when I was studying Shakespeare and tending bar for unruly fraternity bros, I began forming an image in my mind of what my wildly successful adult life would look like.

It’s not Always Sunshine and Flowers

I have to admit, this lifestyle is pretty great. Living in the mountains, far from the rat race and all it implies definitely has its perks. But, such is life, everything isn’t always just sunshine and flowers. In fact, some days are really hard.

Holy Sh**, We Love our Composting Toilet

We’re well into our second year on the Life Rustic road, and we’re still two very happy campers. We’ve made a few updates to both the little Jellybean camper and to our lifestyle, including a kitchen demolition and major change of scenery. We even made the life-altering decision to install a composting toilet.

Tiny World, Big Misconception

There appears to be a stigma or misconception that sometimes surrounds the tiny community. By community, I mean the ever-growing movement of people who are opting out of thousands of square feet in exchange for the smaller living spaces of recreational vehicles, tiny homes on trailers, school buses, shipping containers, motorhomes, yurts — the list goes on and on.

The Rugged Summer, pt. 2

This summer was an outdoorsman’s adventure and a transcendentalist’s dream…

The Rugged Summer, pt. 1

Years from now, when your skin has worn thin and silk-like, and your joints are rusted and creaky and won’t move anymore, what of your life will you look back to with fondness? Me, when I am old and weathered, I will think of The Rugged Summer.

10 Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Minimalist

Let’s be honest, practicing minimalism can be challenging. In theory, simplicity should be — well, simple. Get rid of junk you already have, and don’t buy junk you don’t need. Easy enough, right?

Well, I’ve really done it this time…

I’ve gone off and done quit my job. QUIT. MY. JOB. The nice cushy one at the research hospital. The big girl job. The measure of my success. The one for which we dropped everything and moved. I must be crazy, right?!

Tell me about Colorado: A Tribute

On the second day of the new year, my grandfather left this earth. Loved ones surrounded him for days and weeks, and when he departed, his children were by his side. Sometime before he left, Grandpa Ron asked me to tell him about Colorado, writing the request on his dry erase board.

Minimalism & Mindfulness

I’m a Mess… Those close to me have known that for most of my life, I’ve been a pretty messy person. Clothes, shoes, books, and papers have consistently littered my bedrooms, desks, and cars throughout the years, and I know now that part of my messiness can be attributed to being overwhelmed with stuff.

Pike National Forest, or How One Hula Hoop and a Tin Bucket Changed my Life

There is something otherworldly about giant pine trees swaying in glittery white dust, and sometimes the movement of the trees in the wind is deafening. 

“So, where do you live?”

The first question people always ask after hearing about our little adventure into the wilderness is, “so, where do you live?” Well, we live everywhere! That’s the short answer anyway. The longer answer is… a bit more complicated.

The Beginning of a Beautifully Small Life

Hello friends, family, campers and glampers. Welcome to the biggest adventure of our lives! What does this adventure entail, you ask? Well, it begins with a cheap, tiny, and most likely mildewy travel camper, and eventually ends with a cozy little cabin homestead in the mountains.

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