EarthX 2020 Expo is coming to Dallas April 24 though the 26 and we plan on celebrating my birthday and earth day this year with them

EarthX 2020 Expo

EarthX 2020 Expo is coming to Dallas April 24 though the 26 and we plan on celebrating my birthday and Earth Day this year with them this year again for the third year in a row. But let’s take a look at some of the Features, Main Attractions, and much more so not only we can plan the things we want to see and do, but you can plan along with us!

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Planning My Sewing Adventure

The other day I wrote about wanting to learn to sew and since then I have been planning my sewing adventure. I have been looking into which sewing machine that I wanted, and accessories. Not only the machine I want but the different projects that I want to give a try at.

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I Want To Learn To Sew

A couple of weeks ago I saw an ad for the Brother Star Wars Sewing and Embroidery*  Machine. Since then I have been wanting to learn to sew again. This is just another obsession that I am adding into the mix that is going to drive James mad. 

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Shopping At Aldi in Mesquite Texas

With a very limited budget, I knew I would only have $70.00 to purchase at least a week’s worth of groceries (I would love for this to last two weeks), so off to go shopping at Aldi in Mesquite Texas.

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Love Languages | 78 Ideas for Your Acts of Service Partner

Back in November, I wrote the post, His Love Language is Physical Touch and shared 50 ideas for the physical touch partner. Today, I am going to share ideas for the partner whos love language is Acts of Service. This is my love language, and James comes by speaking this easily. He seems to do something small every day at least that speaks to me in this way letting me know that he does love me.

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I have one pin on Pinterest that has been re-pinned hundreds of times. I get a notification that it has been pinned on someone else’s boards all the time. I have tried searching to see who it belonged to but it is just a twitter feed with the hashtag #skoolie.

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His Love Language is Physical Touch

Early on in our relationship, I sat down with James and we did one of the Love Language quizzes. As I knew, my love language ended up being Acts of Service. Unsurprising to him, his was physical touch. It was interesting to see the quiz and to learn that about each other.

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17 Day Trips from Dallas

As we start to gear up for Full Time Traveling, we have started to look at Day Trips from Dallas. There is so much to do that is within a couple of hours of Dallas. We are in love with our home state and want to share it with all of our readers. This list of locations to head out to that are things to do in Dallas and up to 6 hours away. Several of these are also on our Bucket List also.

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Welcome back to the Dating in DFW Series. What is a Staycation? A Staycation is a vacation spent at home or nearby. In this series, we will be staying in our own backyard at DFW’s most romantic hotels and venues. We need a break away from the kids to, so a staycation for a night or two is a perfect couples getaway while also staying close to home. We will be updating this list often, want to be on this list or to sponsor a post? We will be staying at each hotel and reviewing both video and articles. Sponsor a post at Work With Us Contact page

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Remodeling A Vintage RV

Last week we talked about our dilemma in choosing between a new RV, Remodeling an RV, and building a Skoolie. After the family talked it out, we are choosing to remodel an RV, but not just any RV. We are wanting to remodel a Vintage Airstream. So, let’s talk about a few things in this post of not just the Vintage RV, but Airstreams, remodel tips, inspiration and so much more. Why a Vintage RV? And Why The Airstream? First, lets talk about why we are wanting to remodel a vintage RV and specifically the Airstream. I have always loved Airstreams, but every time I have ever looked at one of their models that would fit our needs, I was looking at $90K+. I love the clean lines of the Airstream and the fact that the Airstream has not changed on the outside at least since they started manufacturing. This pretty much means the Airstream has never gone out of style. They seem to hold their value if they are in good condition better than other RV that lose their value real quick. Another reason I like the Airstream is due to their size. 99% of the Airstreams I have found are under 30 feet in length. Why is this important to us? If you look at National Parks you will see that most of them require rigs under 35 feet in length. We might be able to find a different vintage trailer to meet that requirement, but it wouldn’t be the Airstream. So for us, when we do get on the road and start traveling full time, being able to get into the parks we want to visit. This would also make it a lot easier to tow as we won’t be towing a huge 5th wheel that requires us to have a larger truck (saving money) Or buying a huge Class A RV and towing a car behind us. Remodeling an Airstream also was appealing since we wouldn’t have to add plumbing or electricity (even though we might have to replace them). Finding Our Vintage Airstream Instead of searching Craigslist every day, I have set up IFTTT app on my cell phone to search Craigslist for me and send me a report of their Airstreams it comes across in the DFW area. If I find another avenue of searching for ours, we will update this post to include it also. Comment below if you know of another means of finding a vintage airstream. Inspecting a Vintage Airstream When inspecting a Vintage Airstream expect a lot to be needing work. What do you need to look for? Airstream model in the late 1960s has known issues with the wiring. Any appliance over 20 are NOT trustworthy and will need to be replaced. If your potential rig is older than 20 years old, the axles will most likely be shot. Smelling fresh chemicals, caulk, glue, and carpets under the sink and under windows are prone to damaging leaks. Expect leaks, if the potential rig has been leaking for a long time, expect a lot of damage. Look for corrosion on the frame. Look for outriggers that have rubbed through the belly pan or body especially in the 1950’s and early 1960’s while checking for corrosion. Check the frame connection at the tongue and bumper. Check for softness in the plywood floors around windows, doors, and wheel wells. Check for weather sealing. Has the plumbing been updated? If not, there may be drips or leaks that caused damage over time.   Airstream Inspiration! Looking for inspiration in remodeling your Airstream? Below are some of our FAVORITE Airstream remodels we have found so far! Is your Airstream on the list and you wish it wasn’t? Let us know and I will gladly take it down. Less Junk < More Journey Not only do Marissa and Nathan have one of my favorite Airstreams, they are also one of my favorite YouTubers! Check out our post about Our Favorite Fully Time RVing YouTube Channels. Marissa and Nathan’s Airstream is beautiful with the white walls and cabinetry. LYNNE KNOWLTON I am not going to lie and say I have followed Lynne for a long time, the truth is I just found her and her Airstream while looking up inspiration photos to pin. When I originally pinned her Airstream it didn’t even go to her blog. It had her name in the description and I was able to find her blog and a VIDEO tour of her Airstream! She has a new follower also since I just LOVE her blog! Rachel Horn Rachel Horn’s design of this Airstream is dreamy to me, a little darker than we would like ours, but this design is beautiful. Check out her design and services page! Hopscotch The Globe  Kristen and Siya from Hopscotch the Globe also own another AWESOME vintage Airstream that we are in love with. Not only do they have a blog post about their remodel, but a video also explaining everything about their Airstream. Even down to how much they spent on their renovation.   Pinterest Board! These were just a few of our favorite Airstream remodels, we have a board over on Pinterest with all things Airstream just waiting for you to go explore. Go ahead and head over there and explore everything that we have found! [pin_board url=”https://www.pinterest.com/odysseyswithlove/airstreams/” size=”custom” image_width=”200″ board_width=”600″ board_height=”500″] Things We Want to Buy For Our Airstream! There are a few things that we do want to buy for our Airstream. Knowing space will be limited, I am searching for smaller appliances or items made for RV’s and small homes. All of these links are associated with our Amazon Affiliate Account and are products we want to buy. When we start to remodel our own, We will have reviews of all of the products that we used for our Airstream. In The Kitchen I love to cook and have never had a gas stove or oven before. This 20″ range seems to be perfect I am still looking for a refrigerator but this one kinda looks promising, but we may want a larger one. Looking for a space saving sink and I found a 17×17 one… that may be a little too tiny for us. That is when I found the 25X22 inch one. Fabrics, Paints, Flooring and more We will need to either reupholster different things or make new things. We will also need to paint and lay new flooring down. These items below are just a few that I would like to use. Fabrics I may not be able to talk James into all of these fabrics, but I LOVE them!!! We will also need to find a theme for colors once we get the Airstream. I like blues and purples. Paints We already know that we will need to paint, and paint a lot. For a light and airy feeling, we will need a LOT of whites. Once we have a theme, we can add in a splash of color here or there. Flooring Carpet is SOOO hard to keep clean. I want to use Vinal or Laminate flooring. Have you Remodeled or Renovated an Airstream? As we start looking for our own Airstream to gut and make into our dream home on wheels, we will be following other Airstream owners and getting ideas for our own. Let us know if you have renovated or remodeled an Airstream down in the comments so we can go follow you! *Special Note: Featured image is by Duncan Rawlinson, 203 Airstream and AEZ At Roughly 7 and E Burning Man 2014, Liecence Some rights reserved Downloaded on 1/24/18)

Planning Our South Carolina Road Trip and a FREE printable

In April, we are going on the longest/shortest road trip for the first time as a family. The Girls have made the trip to East Tennessee with us a few times, but other than the Padre Island National Seashore beach trip, James hasn’t been on a long one with us yet. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Why am I saying this is the Longest/shortest road trip? Well we are going to my cousin Amy’s wedding in Fort Mill, South Carolina and we are only going for the weekend!This also means I have to plan carefully so that we can make it there in time.  That is where I started to look for a planner that would work for this type of Road Trip. See, I wanted to be able to track where I will be and when I will need to stop for gas since we are leaving out at 8-9 pm the Friday before the wedding.I couldn’t find a planner ANYWHERE that had a 24 hour schedule! So what did I do? I made my own and I am sharing it with you! Just jump on down to the bottom of this post to sign up not only for this printable, but all of our Resource Library materials! Driving VS Flying I had to weigh out the cost and comfort for everyone when it came to this trip. Which would be better and financially doable? This chart will show my reasoning for choosing to drive the 15 hour trip instead of Flying. Driving To South Carolina $250 in Gas $150 – $200 for Rental Car $200 in food (round trip, lesss since we are packing food too) 15 Hours Non Stop Driving One Way $650 for just driving Flying To South Carolina $2,000 + for the four of us to fly in. 4 Hours on Way Airport Security $200 in Food $2,200 For FlyingSo it REALLY make sense that we Drive to save the money. I know we won’t have a lot of time to stop and visit different things, but we are planning on making one big stop on our way back. I am also planning this stop for around lunch time. We will be stopping in at Six Flags Over Georgia! I called the membership support to find out if we would be able to use our dinning passes also at the Georgia property, and since we have the Premium Dining Passes, we are able to us it there (FREE LUNCH!) Either way we would have enough food packed in our cooler to eat lunch before we entered the park. But this way the food cost above just got a little cheaper! Friday before we leave So, we are planning on leaving the day before the wedding, at about 9ish. You can see above that I have even that day planned out and approximately where we will be every hour after we get on the road.I even planned on when I will pick Skyler up from school, naps, and our dinner. If James gets home from work at 9:30, we wont get on the road til 10ish, but we believe he will take off a little early or take off for his second job. I will have the car ready so when we do get on the road, that’s all we have to do. Who is doing the Driving? On the way there I plan to do the first half of the driving. That is why I am napping off and on all day Friday. I’ll probably stay up all night Thursday working within *Tailwind scheduling Pinterest stuff and working on the following Monday’s Newsletter. This way James can sleep on that first leg on our journey to South Carolina since he worked all day. After he wakes up and we have breakfast in the morning, we will switch out so I can at least take a nap for a little while.On the way back, as we are leaving out it doesn’t matter who drives for the first few hours. Just that I am driving the last leg home so that James can nap even though we will be home before he has to work that Monday. Are You Following Us On Social Media? FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestOnly Three More Years! Skyler will be Sixteen in THREE YEARS! That really is a scary and exciting thought! At 15, I had a hardship licences and drove some of the way to Tennessee, so I can not wait till Skyler is old enough to help drive with these trips, especially when we have the Airstream… YES I will be teaching her to tow because she is already wanting a r-pod or T@B for when she goes to collage. Maybe I could talk her into a small Airstream too?   Follow Us On Social Media Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube Twitter Google-plus Join The Tribe! This form collects information we will use to send you weekly updates, special offers, exclusive newsletter-only content, first look at what is new in the resource library, Monthly Giveaways and so much more! Read Our Privacy Policy I Want In Now! Your In! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Resource Library while you wait for your first email! Make sure to check your spam folder! The confirmation email may have been delivered there. Once you are confirmed, you are eligible to win the monthly giveaway!

Coffee Around The World

Let’s not lie here, I am addicted to coffee. As we plan our future travels, I started to think about all the different coffee around the world. Every country has a different method of making coffee and I found it interesting when doing research on it. Wouldn’t it be neat to try out different coffees without even leaving my own home? That is when I found Bean Box on Amazon. It is 16 gourmet coffees from the world’s top microlots. We haven’t tried it yet. We just ordered it. But we came across it when doing research when looking into it.  Coffee Around The World Argentina Café – is a shot of espresso Café en jarrito – basically a double espresso Cortado – a macchiato, or espresso cut with a little milk Café con crema – same as a cortado, but with cream instead of milk Lagrima – espresso cup filled with milk and a touch of coffee Americano – Hot water is added to a shot or two of espresso. Café con leche -half coffee half milk Capuchino – visible layers of coffee, milk, and froth, topped with cinnamon or chocolate. Austria Kleiner Bruaner and Groβer Brauner – close to what people consider ordinary coffee Melange – frothed milk and steamed coffee Milchkaffee or Café Latte – large coffee with frothed milk Einspänner – Strong black coffee with a dash of whipped cream Fiaker – coffee with a shot of Austrian rum and whipped cream Mazagran – A cold Fiaker variation Konsul – Black coffee with a small spot of cream Verlängerter – a diluted version of the Groβer Brauner Schwarzer or Mokka – Strong black coffee with lots of sugar (but not served with it) Kurzer or Espresso – espresso Türkischer – coffee boiled for a long time with sugar. Served very hot and grains still in the cup. Eiskaffee: Cold coffee with vanilla ice cream, chocolate, and whipped cream. Cappuccino – not the international version, but coffee and whipped cream. Cuba Café Cubano or cafecito – espresso mixed with sugar Cortadito – espresso topped with steamed milk Café on leche – coffee and hot milk Colado – Cuban espresso in larger portions. Want to learn more about coffee around the world? Sign up for our newsletter and we will be featuring countries around the world in every issue.      

Our Top 5 Travel Movies & A Gadget

We love movies and watching TV. Right now we have cable, Amazon firesticks and a firebox,  Skyler has a PlayStation 4, and James has a XBOX One. We always have something playing in one of the rooms. We also have a Western Digital Cloud that has over 200 movies that we currently don’t watch because, well who needs it when we are this connected right now.  I have been adding travel movies that inspire wanderlust and we have found our top 5 travel movies to add to our cloud for now and onto our watch list. Top 5 Travel Movies Into The Wild “This is the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure.” Into The Wild is also based on the book by the same title.  The story follows Christopher across America until he settles in Alaska. What would possess a person to cut ties with society and choose a life of solitude?  IMDb rates the movie an 8.1/10   The Bucket List “Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.” The Bucket List has two of my favorite actors, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Life is short and we don’t always have the time to do the things that we want to do unless we make the time to do them.    Legend of Tarzan  “Following his parents’ death in Africa, John Clayton has been raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents’ home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington’s help, he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it.” Legend of Tarzan is here because I just love Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd and the imagery is beautiful in this movie.    Raiders of the Lost Ark “The year is 1936. An archeology professor named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles of South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap but miraculously escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Rene Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.” Really, I think any Indiana Jones movie is great for wanderlust, but Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of our favorite movies.   Under the Tuscan Sun “Frances Mayes is a San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes an unexpected turn when her husband files for divorce. He wants to marry the woman with whom he is having an affair. Frances supported her husband financially as he was writing his own book, and he sues her for alimony despite her financial difficulties. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti’s offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti’s assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, Frances, while in Tuscany, impulsively ditches …”   And a Gadget? One thing we have noticed is, how are we going to carry all of our movies and DVD’s? Megan’s collection is on her hard drive but requires an internet connection. James has 100’s of DVD’s but in a bulky binder. How do we solve this down the road when we are traveling? Kodi and Raspberry Pi to the rescue! I have been wanting a Raspberry Pie for a while now, and you can install Kodi right onto it and create a media center. The pi’s can also have retropie installed to run older video games, and I have also seen the older Super Nintendo and PlayStation games. We will be hooking the pi up to an external hard drive to house all of our movies and pictures on them, but not a cloud-based one. It will need to be one that doesn’t need internet to run it. It also will need its own power supply. Pin Me Are You Following Us On Social Media? Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube Twitter Google-plus Linkedin Want to download one of my free resources? Join The Tribe and receive the Password once your email and opt-in are confirmed!  Join The Tribe! This form collects information we will use to send you weekly updates, special offers, exclusive newsletter-only content, first look at what is new in the resource library, Monthly Giveaways and so much more! Read Our Privacy Policy I Want In Now! Your In! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Resource Library while you wait for your first email! Make sure to check your spam folder! The confirmation email may have been delivered there. 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I always see how to plan a Disney Vacation on a budget but I never see Planning a Dream Disney Vacation. I seem to do this every time that a large Powerball or Mega Millions Lottery is going on, I always think about what I would do if I had a large windfall and had no worries over what I would do financially. When asked what I would do with all that money, the first thing I would say is to plan our dream Disney Vacation. But, have you ever really sat down and thought what that would be? I mean plan out your own dream vacation? Please don’t tell me I am alone in this.

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I few weeks ago, I purchased my original domain name, megannance.com and I have worked on it off and on getting it up and running, but I am so intertwined with Odysseys With Love that I think I am going to just keep the new site as my photography site. I was going to move over different aspects of this site to the new one, but I just don’t think that would work for me. I love Odysseys With Love and the Odysseys brand.  But you know what? Sometimes life happens and I have been very busy in other areas of life than the website, but things are starting to calm down, and I will be back here soon. With a complete new look and overhall of Odysseys With Love and so much more. So loyal readers, keep a lookout! 

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EarthX 2020 Expo is coming to Dallas April 24 though the 26 and we plan on celebrating my birthday and earth day this year with them

EarthX 2020 Expo

EarthX 2020 Expo is coming to Dallas April 24 though the 26 and we plan on celebrating my birthday and Earth Day this year with them this year again for the third year in a row. But let’s take a look at some of the Features, Main Attractions, and much more so not only we can plan the things we want to see and do, but you can plan along with us!

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Planning My Sewing Adventure

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A couple of weeks ago I saw an ad for the Brother Star Wars Sewing and Embroidery*  Machine. Since then I have been wanting to learn to sew again. This is just another obsession that I am adding into the mix that is going to drive James mad. 

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Shopping At Aldi in Mesquite Texas

With a very limited budget, I knew I would only have $70.00 to purchase at least a week’s worth of groceries (I would love for this to last two weeks), so off to go shopping at Aldi in Mesquite Texas.

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This past Christmas, my mom gifted me the Silhouette Cameo 3. A few months later, I traded that one out for the Cricut Maker. I had all of these grand ideas for making t-shirts and what not to earn some income. Not only is this a expensive hobby, but I just can’t seem to get that business off the ground. So, I am starting a t-shirt business on spreadshirt! Go check out my designs HERE. 

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