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TheLills.com offers a personal look into the life and minds of Alex and Lara Lill, as they take their 24-7/365 relationship and minimal lifestyle on the road to learn, teach and pursue a simple life with big adventures!
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After waking up about the reality of hemp and the roles it has played in our societies, we began doing more research into why this miracle plant isn’t in our day-to-day diet. The prohibition of cannabis hemp (1937) criminalized the plant and so, it’s once...read more
On October 16th, the great and powerful Youtube website crashed for various lengths of time worldwide, leaving users in a panic. As the two of us noticed our videos on our website were showing a 505 Internal Error, we jumped on the Youtube website, which displayed a...read more
Fuel, fiber, paper, food and medicine are all things, that we as a population, rely greatly upon. The vast number of resources from around the world, that are pillaged and polluted every day to supply these staples, is astounding. What if there was another way? What...read more
We had our first go at replacing a broken clutch cable on our VW Bus in the blazing heat of a typical Las Vegas afternoon. In the midst of searching thrift stores to find wedding attire (as we had plans to renew our vows while on our cross-country adventure), we...read more
From South Carolina to Utah, we spent a lot of time in the great outdoors, in nature and in peace. We camped under the stars, we hiked miles of trails, we swam in natural lakes and rivers, we dangled off of cliffs and we observed amazing wildlife. From Zion National...read more
One of our dear friends gave us a bag full of organic wheatgrass seed in South Carolina, right before we headed out on our cross-country adventure. That bag stayed in our bus, as we traveled along, until one fine day, we opened it up and planted some seed. Poof, with...read more
A good friend of ours showed us this funny video of a comedian taking a look at our calendar and the revisions it could undergo. It made us laugh and it made us look at our days, months and years a little differently. Much of the yearly calendar that we adopted...read more
We juiced a bunch of organic carrots recently and we were left with a lot of organic carrot pulp. We decided to make cookies using the carrot pulp, some almond flour, rolled oats, maple syrup and a few other ingredients. The cookies turned out to taste AMAZING and we...read more
There are many phenomenona in this world that great minds and scientists have yet to fully understand, like the placebo effect, which occurs when the human brain believes something enough to produce the desired outcome. For example, a patient can be prescribed a...read more
Beets are an excellent source of fiber, magnesium, vitamin C and phytonutrients. We often put them (and the beet greens) into smoothies, but our favorite way to eat them is when they are chilled. When we first visited Colorado, we found a wonderful health food store...read more
Lavender has long been used for the delightful aroma it puts off and for the healing benefits it provides. For instance, lavender oil reduces tension, cleanses the skin, relieves pain and helps soothe the respiratory system. Just breathing in the smell, loosens up our...read more
It’s not often you see a cat on a leash, or sticking it’s head out of a window going 55mph up the freeway, but for Squishy Cat, it’s just part of life. Ever since Squish walked up to us that fateful day in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, he has lived the life of a...read more
The two of us have been enjoying small bites throughout each day, rather than three heavy meals. It keeps our metabolisms going and it allows our bodies to spend less energy digesting food. We’ve come to realize that softening foods and/or blending food down...read more
One of our finest moments on our cross-country trip was getting back on the road after being hit by a drunk driver in the Arizona desert. It took 24 days of patience and persistence, while we hobbled our VW bus around to be assessed and worked on, but we were finally...read more
While in Arizona, waiting for our VW bus to get fixed, we met two young Native Americans who spoke about energy, their heritage, the importance of their language, their education from the elders and American history, as it’s taught. One of them spoke about...read more
The two of us do our best to stay away from store bought lotions, creams and gels. They are usually full of unhealthy chemicals and they usually cost a pretty penny. We have instead begun playing around with making our very own concoctions, starting with a homemade...read more
On June 5th, 2017 the two of us and our dog said goodbye to living in South Carolina, paying rent and working statically. We took our design business on the road and it all of a sudden sunk in that we were taking a leap of faith. We made it to Alabama, spent two weeks...read more
While on our travels, we came across an amazing treat: Orzo. Orzo is a short-cut pasta, which looks like big rice grains. We were unfamiliar with this type of pasta and when we tried it at a little deli, we were blown away. The delicious salad-like mixture contained...read more
More and more food packages in the U.S. are carrying a label stating “No Artificial Colors” and there’s a good reason why. Artificial colors have been widely used as a marketing tool to sell brightly colored junk food, medicine and cosmetics, but...read more
After a close call in the Arizona desert, the two of us, our dog and cat were stuck in a tow yard for three days and nights over Memorial Day weekend. Once our VW bus was able to drive again, we headed to Page, Arizona for more essential repairs, our 8 year wedding...read more
While learning more about what we eat and how we eat, we found out that chewing our smoothies (rather than just gulping them down) prompts our bodies to release pre-digestive enzymes. The chewing process begins breaking down food with enzymes in our saliva, making it...read more
Pippi Longstocking (also known as Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking) is a fictional character, who was dreamed up in the 1940’s by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren. Her stories of Pippi have been loved by...read more
The subconscious mind works through our thoughts and feelings and drives many of our actions and behaviors. It is particularly active in times like sleeping, which is why the last 5 minutes before falling asleep are so important. Oftentimes, we’ll go over (and...read more
Over winter 2018, the two of us hunkered down in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We continued our design work and manned the front desk at a 420-friendly inn for a few months to save our pennies and gather what we needed to continue our cross-country adventure. The owner of...read more