Tropical DIY Deodorant

Before leaving for Thailand, my excellent wife found a DIY Deodorant recipe from WellnessMama.com.  The main ingredients were coconut oil, baking soda, arrow root/corn starch and essential oil for aroma. I had my hesitancy to exchange my High Endurance Old Spice.  But the sad fact is that deodorants in general just don’t work that well…

Taking Thoughts Captive

Much more surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one.  Two things cannot be in one place.  “Where you tend a rose, my lad, a…

Little House in the Border Town

We have now been living in our little house for a month.  I know that at the end of my hospitality post,  I suggested that we would choose a three or four bedroom house with plenty of room for guests.  However, as Mike explained in his post, we decided instead on a roughly 830sqft, two…

A Place to Hang Our Hat

We had been living out of suitcases for the last 2 1/2 months when we arrived to Mae Sot.  So the desire to find a place to hang our hat was very strong within us.  After a couple days of searching, we became settled on two different houses.  The first, a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, we dubbed…

Landing in Thailand

The last few days have been a blur as we’ve rushed around making lots of things happen, a very non-Thai way of doing things.  After landing in Chiang Mai, our friend, Cindy, picked us up and drove us home where we are currently staying.  We greeted everybody and had a huge meal, about 24 people in all (our…

The Last Leg

There are three nights left before we leave.  We have stayed at a different place the last two nights and this trend will continue for four more nights until we land in Chiang Mai on June 9.  Tonight, we are honored to stay with our longtime friends, the Barons.  This comes after we finally have…

An Update on Our Journey

We have only two weeks left in the states before we make THE big trip to Thailand.  We have put in a lot of preparation to get this far.  It’s been some sacrifice, some heartache and a lot of freedom and joy.  This post will focus on what we’ve actually had to do over the…

My Thailand Capsule Wardrobe

True confession.  I am a chronic over-packer.  I come from a long line of chronic over-packers.  I have lugged overstuffed, zipper-busting suitcases to several different continents in my lifetime.  I have had to unpack and repack suitcases in the airport line.  If I think that we might need (or *want* cuz after all in our…

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Now that we have landed in a more settled space, I feel I can breath enough to finally write my own post. Mike has been doing a great job of taking up my slack, but this morning I awoke ready to hammer out some of my thoughts. I’ve got two or three posts knocking around…

The Joy of Nomadic Minimalism

Minimalism is quickly becoming our closest friend. We moved out of our house four days ago into my mother-in-law’s house. The move went as well as could be expected. We cleaned the house and packed up all the belongings (those we still had not sold, those we will take with us or those we will store while we are…

Enjoy Your Journey

Happy New Year from DIYtheGoodLife.  As we begin this new year, it holds many promises of challenges and expectation.  We all have all our plans and best intentions for the year.  However, there are already deadlines for us to meet, expectations on our time.  Regardless of how today, the first day of the year, ends, the fact remains that…

Towards a More Simple Christmas

“It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!  It came without packages, boxes or bags!”  And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.  “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.  Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” –Dr. Suess’ from How The Grinch…