Yes, we’re still alive!

It has been such a busy spring around here. We spent a good deal of time putting in our raised garden beds, which I’ll post about soon. And we’ve had lots of other projects going on as well. Big changes are coming for our family soon–I’ll share when I have time so spare!



5 Responses to “Yes, we’re still alive!”

  1. 1 Renne June 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about your big changes. My friends and I love your have tried alot of your ideas already!!

  2. 2 Julie June 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Hi, I just discovered you website today and am so excited and impressed. My sister and brother-in-law are about to buy some land and it has an old doublewide trailer on it. It does not smell very good(cat urine), but we think it may have some potential. They eventually want to put a house on the land, but want to live in the trailer for a few years. The trailer is huge with a formal living and dining and a see through fireplace between the living and family room. I appreciate all the info, prices, materials, and links you gave. This will be so helpful as they decide if this will be a cost effective renovation. I would love to do this same thing for others, so they can see their progress. Thanks again for sharing your adventure of remodeling a trailer. Julie

  3. 3 Michelle Z July 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Dear Amanda,

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your website(blog?). When I saw this site, it reminded me of one of your downsizing posts. Here is the link,
    Hope you like it. 🙂 Although it does not seem to be your style, I admire their make 375 sq. ft. the best you can and I think they did a stand up job.


    P.S. I usually do not comment on anything, but seeing two sets of bunk beds in one room, the book plethora and other posts, I feel like I know you. I know you must not live anywhere near me, because your spring sprang, when we were snow covered, but I figured.. Christian, homeschooler, mother of many…:-)Takes one to know one, I guess.

  4. 4 queenofmytrailer July 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Hi, Julie! Thanks for the kind comments. There is a wonderful odor-remover we tried in our trailer that worked like a charm. It’s a little bag that you hang in affected areas, and it absorbs the bad smells. When you notice the smells coming back again, you just take the bag outside and leave it in the sun for 8 hours to “recharge” it. It’s really amazing! You can read all about it at There’s also a fantastic pet urine neutralizer called “Odor-B-Gone” that works like a charm: Hope this helps! Warmly, Amanda

  5. 5 queenofmytrailer July 17, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Yep, you sound like a kindred soul, Michelle! Thanks for sharing that neat photo link! 😀

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About the Queen…

Amanda Livenwell is the pen name of a stay-at-home mom who shares the adventure of living large on one income in, yes, a double-wide trailer! Join our family as we say goodbye to suburbia, trim down, and start saving to build our own home. We're going to talk about doing it yourself, living beautifully on less, making do or doing without, and counting it all joy in the process. We'll cover prep-work and painting, refacing kitchen cabinets, flooring on the cheap, tiling over laminate, upholstering furniture, and just rolling up our sleeves in general. If you love home improvement, this is the place for you. Let's get cracking!

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