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We’re Alex and Lara Lill, a 24-7/365 couple, traveling in a 1978 VW Bus with our cat and dog, focused on learning, building and teaching A Simple Life With Big Adventures!

Come along with us, as we educate ourselves and share alternative views on life, love, energy, food and travel.

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CREAMY POTATO BROCCOLI (NO MILK) SOUP RECIPE

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...

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ZION NATIONAL PARK UTAH TRAVEL VIDEO

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...

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ALOE VERA COCONUT FACE + BODY GEL RECIPE

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...

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ORZO PASTA SALAD RECIPE

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...

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WHAT ARE ARTIFICIAL COLORS?

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, candy, medicine and cosmetics,...

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LAKE POWELL ARIZONA + LONE ROCK UTAH TRAVEL VIDEO

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...

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5 MINUTES BEFORE SLEEPING

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...

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CHEWING SMOOTHIES

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...

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PIPPI LONGSTOCKING

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...

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VW BUS MIRACLE CRASH & THE MEDICINE MAN

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...

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FRESH OFF THE VINE ORGANIC GARDEN GRAPE JUICE

A Colorado friend of ours invited us to harvest organic grapes from his garden, which we had never done before. We picked and picked the beautiful little grapes right off the vine, until we had gathered two bowls full of them. The grapes were a tad overripe, so we...

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FLOATING ISLANDS WALL MURAL TIME-LAPSE VIDEO

While we were in Colorado, we worked with a 420-friendly inn. We helped them revamp their website, helped man the front-desk and we learned a lot in the process. Out of everything we did, our favorite project that we worked on, was painting a huge mural on a bare wall...

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HOW TO GREASE FRONT-END ZERKS ON A VW BUS

The front-end of our VW Bus had never gotten any attention since we picked him up. Every 3,000 miles the front-end zerks, or grease fittings, should be fitted with a grease gun and pumped full of fresh grease. This was our first try at front-end zerk maintenance on...

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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL VIDEO

When the two of us began our cross-country trip in our VW bus in South Carolina, we had no idea what was ahead or how far we would go. We could never have expected to welcome a kitten into our family, make it to our birthplace, land in Roswell for their annual UFO...

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SIMPLE VANILLA AMARETTI COOKIE RECIPE

Amaretti cookies are one of our favorite treats. We used to get them from a bakery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and now we make our very own version. The base of our cookie is still almond flour, but instead of using almond extract, we like to use vanilla bean or...

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THE SCOOP ON POOP

What comes out of us can show us a lot about what’s going on inside of us. The form, texture, firmness and color of our poop all have a tale to tell and we can easily find out if our bodies are correctly digesting food (or not), by checking in on our poo. The...

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AVOCADO OIL BENEFITS

We were cruising through the cooking oils section of a grocery store and came across cold-pressed Avocado Oil, a wonderful product we had never heard of. We began using it for cooking and we learned it makes a great salad dressing oil. It has a mellow and buttery...

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ICE SKATING & SLEDDING | COLORADO WINTER VIDEO

While in Colorado for winter, we made sure to take our time and play in the snow, as much as possible. It had been almost a decade since the two of us even saw snow, so it was very nice to have made wonderful memories with a cross-country skiing picnic and going...

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KARMA DELIVERY & 12 STEPS TO BETTER KARMA

Buddhism and Hinduism base the value of a person on what he/she has done in their past and current lives. This is also known as karma, which means “action” in Sanskrit (Indian). The idea is that a person determines their own fate, their own challenges and...

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PINE NUT PESTO ZUCCHINI RIBBONS RECIPE

When the two of us get in the mood for pesto pasta, we go straight to our favorite pine nut pesto veggie pasta recipe. Rather than filling ourselves with heavy wheat pasta, we substitute with beautiful and just-as-delicious, zucchini ribbons. They are so delicate and...

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