Tiny homes and glamping have much in common

I’m a fan of the Tiny Home Movement, which advocates living simply in smaller homes. As in 400 sq ft and smaller. A friend that I camp with, Laura Lavoie, lives with her husband and cat in a 120 square foot home. I’m not kidding. 120 sq ft. I have a tent with more square footage than that. Tiny homes are homes, though, and isn’t camping. Yet tiny homes and glamping have much in common – both demand really good design to find a way to make a small space comfortable, efficient, and attractive. When I’m looking for solutions and ideas to camping frustrations, the Tiny Home Movement is one place I draw inspiration. And now, it appears, some tiny homers may draw inspiration from me. And you.

Laura LaVoie's tiny home on a mountain in North Carolina

Laura LaVoie’s tiny home on a mountain in North Carolina

Laura Lavoie and Drew Odom, invited me to be on their podcast Tiny r(E)volution to talk about glamping, my book, and I made a special announcement. Oh, and some fun for you to join into on twitter, too. We discussed how hospitality and graciousness are infused in the glamping and tiny home communities. Both represent a push back against the idea that everything is disposable. Of course we go over tips and products, but it was a happily organic conversation that I think you’ll enjoy. Tiny housers can learn about glamping, glampers can learn about tiny houses.

You can listen to the podcast here: http://tinyrevolution.us/2013/10/03/tiny-revolution-interview-cara-schulz/

Drew and Crystal Odom (and their daughter).

Drew and Crystal Odom (and their daughter).

The special announcement is towards the end of the podcast, but I can tell you about the fun we can have on twitter. Drew asked his listeners to post photos of their tiny bars on twitter and hashtag them #tinybar.  I know many of you do amazing bar set ups when you are camping, so post your photos with the hashtag, too. Mine is below.



Life in 120  Square Feet
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/120SquareFeet
log: http://www.120squarefeet.com/

Tiny r(e)volution
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tinyrev
Blog: http://tinyrevolution.us

Camping That Doesn’t Suck

My Ignite Minneapolis Presentation is tonight!  I’m nervous, excited … and still sick.  But my presentation is only 5 minutes long so I should be able to hang tough for that long. If you want to watch it live, it will be streamed here: http://www.ignitempls.org/

Just hit refresh, starting at 7pm central, until it pops up. I’m on after the intermission, around 8:30 pm central.



That’s the first slide in my presentation. I’m not sure what it says about me or my marriage that when I woke my husband up this weekend and asked him to take a picture of me pretending to poop in the woods, he didn’t even blink. Or even ask what it was for. I think he’s learned to just roll with about anything.

As for the book, I’m a full week behind getting it off to my editor. This illness, going on it’s second week, had really knocked me down. But I’m proofing it now, and hope to send it off to Kathryn this afternoon or tomorrow morning.  Then, if it ever stops raining, I can finish the shoots and send it off to Chris for interior design. Fingers crossed, folks, for tonight (that I don’t make a fool of my self) and for getting the proofing done on the book!

I wish I was camping

I’m feeling grouchy this morning.  Winter held on too long and this spring isn’t winning any awards, either.  The Farmer’s Almanac says the summer will be short, wet, and cold.  Ugh. I’m sick and suspect that crackle sound in my chest means I may have pneumonia. I still wish I was camping.

But I am doing something camping related.  I’m finishing my powerpoint deck for Ignite Minneapolis on the topic of Camping that doesn’t suck.  Ignite is a night of 20 speakers and each speaker gets to talk for 5 minutes.  Your presentation is 20 slides long, 15 seconds each slide, and they auto-advance. And there’s free beer.  I knew it was coming up soon (THIS Wednesday!) but I didn’t realize just how soon.  Or that my slide deck was due today.  I have the talk mapped out in my head, now I just need to create my slides.  So I need a photo of me pooping outside. Don’t ask.  And I need to hand the slides in by 6pm.

So … breakfast of champions it is.

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Camping that Doesn’t Suck at Ignite Minneapolis

Very excited to speak at Ignite Minneapolis on May 29th!  For those unfamiliar with Ignite, depending on your city, it is held once a year or even once a month.  Minneapolis does it once a year.  There are usually 20 speakers and each speaker gets 5 minute to talk about something that is educational, inspirational, or entertaining.  Each speaker submits 20 slides and they auto-advance every 15 seconds.  It’s fast paced and amazing and if there is an Ignite in your city, GO TO IT!   Here’s how Ignite Minneapolis describes what they do:

Ignite Minneapolis is an evening of 5-minute talks by local folks who have a burning passion. Some talks are serious science, others are pure satire – but each talk must be about a compelling idea or story.

And did I mention there’s free beer at this event?

The title of my 5 minute presentation is Camping that Doesn’t Suck and I feel honored that my talk was picked from the tons of submissions I know they receive.

Cara Schulz at 2011's Ignite Minneapolis

Cara Schulz at 2011’s Ignite Minneapolis

Much of what drives a person crazy while camping is being dirty, not having a place to put things (and then you lose then and spend half your time digging through your stuff looking for items you need), and not focusing on what would bring YOU the most comfort.  Is it 1000 count sheets for your mattress or cot? Is it really good food? Is it the best chair to sit in?  Focus in on 3 things that would bring you the most happiness and comfort and then spend the rest of your time/car space on things that keep you organized and clean.  That’s camping that doesn’t suck.

Tickets for the event are sold out!  But you can watch it streamed live on their site here and watch talks from previous years.