Tiny Homie camper expands from roadworthy to camp-ready in a minute

January 6, 2017 by  
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Of all the tiny trailers in all the towns, this one rolled into our line of sight and won us over right away. The Homie represents the next-generation of miniature recreational vehicles , and it is designed to expand in camp in a very clever way. Rather than pushing out horizontally as many expanding RVs do, the Homie doubles in length when the outer shell is rotated back 90 degrees and fastened to the front inner shell. Click through the gallery to see how quickly and easily the trailer sets up, and for a closer look inside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yc_7XNjNk8 An only slightly beefed up version of its cousin, the bike-drawn Wide Path Camper, the Homie camper is still quite compact. When folded for travel, it measures just 58 inches wide, 57 inches long, and 39 inches wide. Parked and expanded, it it nearly doubles in length to 112 inches. With its towing equipment, the Homie weighs 440 lbs, which is fairly light for a vehicle of its size. Its clever expandable design means the Homie can go from road-worthy to camp-ready in about a minute, which the company demonstrates in the video embedded above. Related: Foldable Wide Path Camper is a whole different kind of bike trailer What this little Homie lacks in elbow room, it makes up for in amenities. The tiny trailer is outfitted with nearly all the basics the wanton traveler might need for a life on the road, including a dining table and seating area that convert to a cozy bed. An optional solar package turns the little rig into an off-grid basecamp, and buyers can select other add-ons to enhance their mobile adventures, too. The Homie is offered with bronze or grey window tints, and a “Lux” package with thicker cushions and matching trim. The trailer can even be ordered with kitchen tools, such as bowls and cutlery. Priced at $7,245, the Homie is for sale in the United States and Europe. Production and delivery are expected in 2018. + Wide Path Camper: Homie Via New Atlas Images via Wide Path Camper

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It’s finally illegal to own wild animals in the UAE

January 6, 2017 by  
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In a move sure to please animal rights advocates around the world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now completely banned the private ownership of wild animals. This is big news, as owning exotic animals as pets is a sign of status in the Middle East country. Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday that the new law outlaws both dealing in and ownership of all kinds of wild, domesticated and dangerous animals. This includes wild cats such as cheetahs, which have reportedly been domesticated in the UAE and other nearby countries. While not necessarily related, the new law comes on the heels of a video featuring an excursion with five tigers on a beach near Dubai’s Al-Arab hotel that went viral on social media, and other videos of people driving around with lions. According to Gulf News , these kinds of animals can now only be housed at zoos, wildlife parks, and circuses, along with breeding and research centers. Related: China makes it illegal to eat endangered species Gulf news also reports that anyone who breaks the law by taking any kind of exotic animal “out in public” will be slapped with as much as six months in jail and a fine or $136,000 USD. Al-Ittihad , an Arabic daily paper adds that people who use such animals to “terrorize” other people will be faced with a jail term along with the stiffer financial penalty of about $180,000 USD. Needless to say, a law like this is a breath of fresh air for animal rights activists, including El Sayed Mohamed. The regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Dubai said this new law sets an example for not only other Arab countries, but also the world. “We welcome and congratulate the UAE Government in taking this important initiative, which we wish to be a milestone for the rest of the countries, not just in the region, but also in the world,” he told the The National , an Abu Dhabi newspaper. This adds to more good news in the animal rights world, where China made it illegal to eat endangered species last year. Via Al Jazeera Images via Mukul2u and Cecil , Wikimedia Commons

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Sublime tiny cabins in British Columbia that can be installed within hours

September 2, 2016 by  
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The cabin is intended for urban dwellers who don’t want to buy all the camping gear, but still want to get back to nature from time to time. Named “The Cobby”, the structure can also be used by those looking for a small office space or a romantic getaway. It comes at 104 square feet, just a few feet under the square footage which requires a building permit in Canada . Related: Fully-furnished tiny house from France easily fits a family of three All the materials used for building these cabins are sourced from Canada, including the sustainably harvested cedar used for cladding. Low-voltage LEDs are included in the package, with the option of adding a solar energy solution. Among the main features is the fact that the cabins can be easily installed in a few hours. The Cobby can be purchased at USD $19,200, and can be customized to include a deck and a washroom. + The Little Cabin Company Via Treehugger Photos via The Little Cabin Company

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This Is One Sweet DIY Kombucha Recipe

August 12, 2016 by  
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I love to make and drink my own DIY kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented beverage with lots of beneficial live bacteria, b-vitamins, and antioxidants. I personally enjoy its sweet tangy taste, and the little pick-me up that it gives. It comes a wide…

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Smart space-saving design transforms a tiny apartment in Taipei into an upscale home

July 19, 2016 by  
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Skyrocketing housing prices in Taipei have forced young homeowners into increasingly smaller houses. Like most small apartments in the city, the property the client purchased already came with a space-saving loft setup, however, the existing design made the apartment feel cramped, limited on storage, and unsuitable for entertaining guests. To maximize space and reinvent the feel of the apartment, the architects gutted the interior and inserted a new materials palette and hidden storage for a clean and minimalist vibe. White-painted walls, white brick, and light oak surfaces dominate the renovated apartment. While the layout was kept mostly intact, the clever reorganization of spaces and appliances made a big difference. New shelving and closet space span the wall from floor to ceiling, while additional hidden storage can be found inside the couch in the alcove, which previously occupied a long table with seating. Two narrow wooden tables at the edge of the room can be moved and rearranged to form a workspace or dining table. The bathroom was also made to feel more spacious thanks to the new white tiling, removal of the washing machine to the kitchen, and the replacement of the shower stall with a bath. The bed and a small desk are located on the mezzanine level. Related: Moving origami partition maximizes space in tiny Madrid apartment “The flat has sufficient natural light and ventilation, and the main colors used are white and oak which makes the space brighter and more spacious,” write A Little Design. “All equipment and fixtures are stacked according to the confines, but not be compressed in size. In a city like Taipei, where the living space is limited, we hope the project can provide a practical solution for people who own a tiny space like this.” + A Little Design Via ArchDaily Images via A Little Design

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How To Create An Eco Friendly Baby Nursery

March 29, 2016 by  
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Is it time to decorate the nursery? You want the best for your little one, so why not go natural and do what you can to avoid using materials containing harmful chemicals? From floors and walls to dolls and dressers, there are lots of ways to make…

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The World’s First Smart Microhabitat

February 16, 2016 by  
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One of the most devastating consequences of the destruction we’ve wreaked on this little blue and green planet of ours has been the extinction of so many flora and fauna. From strange looking dodo birds to great auk’s, and innumerable plant and…

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6 smart New Year’s resolutions for 2016

January 2, 2016 by  
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It’s the little things that can make all the difference. Instead of aiming for massive life changes, it can be easier (and just as important) to change small things in your life. For instance, instead of paper napkins, make the switch to cloth or implement a family game night to build your family bond. Read on for 6 great ideas to green up 2016. READ MORE >

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Big-Time Cold Relief For Your Baby? Try These Tiny Cold Tablets

October 19, 2015 by  
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Nothing is worse than a sick child. Even if it’s just a common cold, it’s incredibly hard to see your little one coughing and wheezing, and exhausted but unable to sleep.  Something about my daughter being sick always sets me off into a tailspin of…

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Wondering How To Recycle Your Old Child Car Seat? Buckle Up!

September 17, 2015 by  
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There are up to 12 million car seats sold every year! One of the major contributors to this number is that as your child grows, so too do your car seat needs – which will happen several times as your little one grows (into a not-so-little one)….

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