About Kate

Photojournalist and Mom to four sweet kids, blogging about adventures, the love of cupcakes,being eco-friendly and how life looks through the lens of a camera.

First snow!

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We moved!!!! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but we’ve been busy and look it’s her first snow for this southern bus! I won’t be using her too much this winter, the kiddos would just be too cold in the back without adequate heat, I’m sure if you’re a VW you know what I mean.

I got frostbite in a1973 VW beetle on Christmas night back in1992 with the heat on, need I say more.

The New (new) VW Beetlve vs Old VW Beetle

What do you think of the Newest version of the VW Beetle?

It’s definitely and improvement over it’s first makeover, I still love the old Beetles and think the lastest version lacks some of my favorite details like the chrome accents and the new front bumper design is quite bland.

VW seems to be doing away with their signature round headlights, but all and all the newest Beetle is something to look at!

Garden of Delight

I might not see this in the rose parade but I wouldn’t mind in my driveway. If you haven’t been converted to a flower child yet just feast your eyes on this awesome VW van.  I’m guessing it would do well down here with all our humidity and rain. Maybe someday after the Peacemobile drives her last highway I’ll get around to doing this.


Hippie Summer Hairstyles


  1. Length

    • A prominent feature of the hippie movement was long hair. In opposition to society’s standards, which dictated short, well-groomed hairstyles for men and cropped bobs for women, both sexes grew their hair out long. While bangs were optional, most hippies opted to keep their hair simple, natural and all one length.


    • In the 1960s, braids were used both as hairstyles and as styling devices. Long hair could be simply pulled back and secured into one braid or, for more creative looks, French braided or divided into braided pigtails. Another popular braided hairstyle was to braid a section at each temple and secure them at the back of the head to keep the hair off the face. Hippies also disliked using styling products and appliances. Instead, individuals with straight hair would braid their hair when wet and allow it to dry, creating loose waves when undone.


    • Hippies often wore their long hair loose, flowing and wavy. As outlined previously, those with naturally straight hair could create wavy hairstyles easily, and without the use of styling products or heated appliances, by allowing wet hair to dry while braided. A single braid will suffice for very loose waves but, if tighter, smaller waves are desired, more braids are needed.


    • The hippies of the 1960s adopted headbands that, instead of securing hair away from the face, encircled the forehead. These headbands were often tied or secured with pins at the back of the head and allowed the fashionable long hair of the time to flow freely. Hippie headbands were often made of single strands of leather, braided leather or ribbons. Flowers were often tucked into headbands to add to the natural look of the hairstyle.

Lovin’ this handmade hippie hair barrette
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I prefer to wear mine long and natural with some wave especially in the heat and humidity of the summer.

A truckin’ anniversary



Getting ready to hit the highway again, the Peacemobile has been doing well other than the ac isn’t blowing anything but hot air, nothing to unusual for a VW so I hooked up a fan and put some drinks in the electric cooler. While I was looking under the hood I found out why the heater was blowing cold in the winter the previous own disconnected it, okay not a problem living in the south for now. I’ve driven over 18,000 miles in our Peacemobile with a smile on my face, so glad she joined our family a year ago this week!

VW spotting #1

1978 VW Bus – Loxley, Alabama

This is the first in a new series of post: VW sightings, from now on I’ll be doing posting random photos of vintage VW’s I’ve seen as I wander about and would love if you joined in! So if you’ve had a VW sighting and snapped a pic please share the love, just email me (hippychicksnest@yahoo.com) and I’ll post it! Please include where the sighting was and any other info you can add like the model, year, or if it’s needing a new home!

this bus is looking for a new home

Thanks everyone,