Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiny House Casting Call

Hi Tiny House Fans :)
I know you've been wanting to experience what Tiny Living is really like!  A casting producer at a reputable television production company asked me to share a sweet opportunity with you! 

Check out the Casting Call!


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DO YOU WANT TO MOVE INTO A TINY HOUSE?

Are you looking to downsize your massive life and join the tiny house movement?  Have you had enough of the clutter, clothes and toys filling your home to the brim?  Do you want to take minimalism to the extreme? Magilla Entertainment and a major cable network are now casting families with children who want to downsize and change their lives for 21 days.  Following the “21 Day Myth” in which people can mentally and physically make changes after this specific time period, this docu-series will capture the excitement and the fears of the family as they test out this new lifestyle change.  If you and your family are ready to downsize, contact us ASAP at castingdirector@magilla.tv with “TINY HOUSE” in the subject and include your names, ages, location, occupation, contact numbers, recent photos, and a brief paragraph about why you want to experience tiny house living. 
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Sounds so fun and exciting, right!???  It's all you! Do it!  :)  And tell me about it!




Monday, February 16, 2015

Vertical Space


  We've been in the Tiny House for four months now and we're really acclimating to the space and making it our own!

That super tall shelf was a free find on the curb from a few years ago.  It looked ideal for our future Tiny House and look! Ryan put it up and it fits perfectly.

*Finding shelves that don't protrude too far into the space yet still hold more than just knickknacks is a real challenge.*  This one fits the small chapter books just right.

We don't have a ceiling fan. Not needed.  I removed the base from two fans and hooked them up to the loft railing. Pretty great!

We raised the couch!  Cement blocks and two 2x10s and we now have storage underneath for tools and extra sheets and bedding.  Nothing fancy!  Thank you to Mom and Dad!, It was their idea when I said I was going to take a stroll through Ikea and see if I can makeshift some storage.  

As you can see, I'm all about the free and the makeshift.  To me it feels like a Found Objects Art Project.  That's totally my thing.   :)


 Now when you sit on the couch you can look out the window and use the sill as a place to set a few things, making it Sully's favorite place to chill out.  I'm pretty fond of it, too. 

See the difference?


The couch (we call it the couch... ottoman/dresser thing) was so awkwardly low, now it's kinda awkwardly high but we have the benefit of the storage underneath so it's a win. 

What do you think of the more "lived-in look"? 
Now you can tell that a family of four actually lives in this space. 
Pretty HOMEy if you ask me! :) 


























Saturday, January 31, 2015

Celebrate!


A few years ago we made the decision that we would live in a Tiny House. 

Looking back I realize, I have never even considered the possibility that living in a Tiny House could be challenging.  (207 sqft? Psssshaw, no problem. ...Haha!)  :)  I think that's why our transition has been so easy!  We’ve celebrated every change as a family and treated the entire experience as an adventure and a gift.  The kids share our energy and attitude and have embraced the Tiny House completely.

As Sully and Story’s Momma I am proud!  Proud to provide this exciting lifestyle for them, proud to have set up a foundation that opens up new opportunities for them in the future, proud to show them that sometimes it's okay to not know exactly what-the-heck you're doing but to trust God, say Yes! and do your best, proud that they have been happy, engaged participants in the dramatic changes we’ve made over the past year. 

...I’m going to overuse the word PROUD!  I am proud of Ryan.  I admire his determination and dedicated hard work to provide for and lead our family!  He is a special education teacher and has been going to grad-school full time for the past seven years, maintaining a 4.0 GPA! (I think that warrants at least a high-five!).  I am proud to be his wife.  I love that, as Ryan's work will soon get more challenging, we have already simplified; upgrading instead on our experiences and adventures!  I want the weight of nonsensical (that silly mortgage!) excess responsibilities and bills to be minimized, eliminated(!) so he can excel and we can be free to do awesome things together. 

Paying off a mortgage plus student loans (that total much more than the mortgage) would have been a life of financial lock-down.  But we didn't want to just live within our means, we want to live within our means. 

I'm writing and researching at my little desk, kids sleeping soundly above me, Ryan fell asleep praying with them, everything is nice and toasty from the fire, we have exactly what we want and need, and we're looking forward to an adventurous future of freedoms and options.

Not any part of this is sacrifice. 

We're savoring God's goodness. 
And anticipating whatever it is He reveals to us next.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The answer to the BIG question you've all been asking.


Of the most common questions I receive, it is evident that you guys are verymuch concerned about our "privacy."

Although this is a topic I'd like to, and really probably should, avoid...

Here we go.  :)   

I'll paint a picture for you while giving zero detail and keeping a sense of, ahem, privacy.

This evening, in a midnight attempt to start the wood stove that went quite awry, the fire alarm went off.  While we opened windows and cleared the smoke it refused to silence and continued to blare for nearly 5 minutes (it's a really, really good fire alarm! Thank you, Freiberger Family!).

It's very loud, all the lights were on, many windows were open, Ryan and I were talking above the noise, and the dog was barking. 

*The kids slept through it.* 

You CAN have sex in a Tiny House! (Juuuust clarifying, in case you're not yet clear on the topic, ...am I seriously writing about this!?)

So, thank you so much for your concern... (?) but it's okay.  The size of the house doesn't matter. 

:)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tiny House in the News!



Did you see the news!? :) It's supercool to bring Tiny Houses to maintstream media. Although, it's usually such a gloss over and there's really no depth or education. So even though it's presented in a "Can you believe it!?" fashion, it's at least an introduction for people who might be interested to learn more. And we're glad to be a part of that. Here's a link to our story by Fox 9

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Welcome to the Tiny House!

Hi!  Did Fox 9 News send you on over? 
AWESOME!

Well, Thanks for Visiting!  :)  We're happy to share with you!

If you have a question for me, throw it down in a comment!
I'll do my best to answer and/or address it in a whole new blog post.

If you'd like a photo tour click here: 
http://matthew1525.blogspot.com/2014/09/tiny-house-for-family-of-four-yes.html

You can also find more Tiny House pictures on my instagram:
http://instagram.com/kimkasl

Frequent Tiny House updates on facebook, www.facebook.com/kim.kasl

We're grateful to be on this Tiny Journey and are excited for whatever adventures God has planned for us!  Best Blessings and Happiness to You!

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On the NEWS tonight!

Fox 9 News came out to the Tiny House today! 
Talked and Toured.  :)  It was really nice! 

We'll be on tonight at 9!

Here's the link if you'd like to watch it live:  http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/category/237218/live-video

I'll share a link afterwards when it becomes available as well!  :)