Category Archives: Live Lightly Tour Plans

Meet the new Live Lightly Tour Family!

Meet the Malson’s! You can check out their blog at, and the Live Lightly bus has a new look as the Eco Womb Tour rolls on!

Little Boxes: Live Lightly Tour Veggie Bus featured in E-Magazine!

See the full article here:

Tiny Texas Houses are built almost entirely of salvaged materials and cost between $60,000 and $90,000.
© Tiny Texas Houses

And Yes! The bus is for sale! Contact Kim at for info. We are settling down in Nashville, TN so we are having to move on from bus life! Please let us know if you are interested!

Happy Holidays!

Live Lightly Tour RV For Sale (Sold March 2010)

Hi all, we are putting up the Live Lightly Tour RV up for sale, please email me at if interested or if you would like more info. You can see some pics here. And find more details about bus on Live Lightly Tour Q&A page.


Tyler Recycles Day Demo and Tyler State Park Weekend


Tyler Recycling Center

Tyler Recycling Center


This past weekend in Tyler was a load of fun. We came home exhausted but it was worth every minute.

A couple of weeks ago I contacted Krist Boyett from the City of Tyler about their Recycles Day. I thought it would be good to get in a couple of small events before the holidays hit since the bus was finally ready for demos. She thought it was a great idea that we bring the bus, so we planned to stay at Tyler State Park and make it another good camping/volunteer weekend. They even added us to their flyer and we were mentioned in a couple of their local newspapers for advertisement. They had a great turnout of people who came by to drop off recycleables, I think the final count was 528!  Some people got out of their warm cars and grabbed a pancake/sausage breakfast and checked out the recycling facility. Even though it was chilly morning, we did get a good group that came in to see what we were all about.   A group of kids from a local school had come out to help for the day, so they were able to take a look at the bus too.  It was also nice to meet some guys from the local veggie oil co-op who have converted their diesel VW’s to run on waste veggie oil.  Jeff did most of the “veggie” talk with them, while I took Parks inside to check out all of the recycling stuff. I had plenty of time to visit with the girls that were there from the Caldwell Zoo since their table had a toy recycling truck Parks was obsessed with! Thanks to the city of Tyler for welcoming us!


Parks riding his bike at the park

Parks riding his bike at the park

On Friday we made the 1 1/2 hour drive to Tyler State Park to camp for 2 nights. We definitely could have stayed longer. Our site was just a few feet from the lake, so beautiful with the change of seasons! Parks could have ridden his bike all day, and loved the freedom of just being able to play outside for hours, although he’s not good at figuring out the “boundaries”! Jeff also fit some time in to ride the mountain bike trail there, something he’s done now for years, but never often enough. I was able to get some photos of Parks in his favorite place, OUTSIDE!  

Steamy sunrise at Tyler State Park

Steamy sunrise at Tyler State Park

Fall colors at Tyler State Park

Fall colors at Tyler State Park

I definitely recommend Tyler State Park as a destination camping spot. The city of Tyler is just 10 miles away and has anything you would possibly need. I’ve added a video from the park’s website here:

It was definitely nice to be able to camp long enough in the RV for me to learn some more things about how everything works. I kind’ve leave all that stuff up to Jeff to take care of, but I guess need to know how to work everything too. I’ll still let him do the dirty work though!  We’ve only camped in tents, pop-up campers and, a VW van (oops, I brought that up didn’t I? ) in the past so there are way more buttons, switches, pipes, and hookups then I’ve ever seen before. There is still alot for me to learn, but hopefully there will be alot more opportunities for that process. We sure hope we can make this tour work and make the bus our future home. Thanks to everyone who is supporting this dream!

Please check out the pics of the Tyler Recycles Day demo here.

Also, check out the Tyler State Park camping pics here.

America Recycles Day November 15th!
















Go to to find a recycling event near you.

Come see us in downtown Tyler, TX for Tyler Recycles Day.

 The following special items will be accepted, so clean out those closets!

  • Blankets for the animals at the Humane Society
  • House materials for the Habitat for Humanity Restore
  • Cell phones for the Caldwell Zoo
  • Electronics for Goodwill. Goodwill refurbishes or disassembles the electronics and guarantees data removal of all hard drives based on the Department of Defense Standards and Guidelines.
  • Eyeglasses for Lions Club
  • Always accepted items such as: aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, junk mail, office paper, corrugated cardboard and paperboard, clear, brown, and green glass, #1 and #2 plastics

  Happy America Recycles Day!


Live Green in Plano RV Demo


Live Lightly Tour Demo at Live Green in Plano Volunteer Class Nov 2008
Live Lightly Tour Demo at Live Green in Plano Volunteer Class Nov 2008

We had our first RV demo this past Saturday here in Plano. Deb Bliss, the Volunteer Coordinator for Live Green in Plano contacted us about speaking at their training class and giving our first RV tour.  Live Green in Plano is a wonderful program the city offers to educate and promote awareness about recycling and conservation. The volunteer program gives free education to Plano residents who are willing to give their time helping out during various events throughout the year.  How cool is that?

“The Live Green Volunteer Program is a local training opportunity for volunteers to work in partnership with the staff of the Sustainability & Environmental Services Department and extend information throughout our community. .  Live GreenVolunteers will pledge to take individual actions toward greener living and help others do the same.”

We have been extremely impressed with the recycling programs and educational resources that Plano has to offer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen everywhere, but we hope that other cities can follow suit and become more active with recycling and reuse programs. Even just educating their communities about the importance of environmental care would provide healthier living for everyone.

It was really fun to visit with the volunteers and was a great opportunity to talk a little bit about our mission and give a brief tour of the bus.

You can see the photos of the demo here.

We are attending Tyler Recycles Day in downtown Tyler,TX this Saturday, November 15th from 8-noon. Please come by and say hi and take a tour of the bus if you are in the area!

 For directions and more information about the event and what type of special items that will be accepted go here:  Tyler Recycles Day

Also, please let us know what creative things your community is doing to educate and promote greener living!


The Green RV-New York Times Article

Check out the article in today’s New York Times featuring our buddies Sara and Matt Janssen from the Live Lightly Tour! It also features other RV’rs using their road homes as ways to promote sustainability and less dependence on energy resources. It even mentions us as we carry on the life of the original Live Lightly RV.

You can read the full article here.