Category Archives: Crazy Stories

Life Out of the Box Timeline

This month we’ll be celebrating the 2 year anniversary of when we first launched the Life Out of the Box online store. However, even before the store was launched, there was the Life Out of the Box blog that documented the crazy journey of moving from California to Nicaragua with just a business idea in […]

An Exciting Opportunity for LOOTB

We are so excited to be able to share the most recent news about Life Out of the Box with you all. The last article we wrote, we were living and expanding the business in Marrakech, Morocco. Since then, as many of you know, we have developed beautiful new Moroccan leather bracelets that are now […]

An Experience Money Can’t Buy

After our first day of hand stamping leather for our new products, we went back to our work station in the fondouk to make even more leather tags. Although this part of developing LOOTB products is very time consuming, hand stamping the unique numbers into the leather is an essential part of Life Out of […]

A Scary Plane Ride into North Africa

Expanding Life Out of the Box into Africa was invigorating. We couldn’t wait to be there and get started on creating new Moroccan products and work with the local NGOs. We got to the airport, buzzed right through the security line and waited eagerly to board our plane to the next continent. Before we knew […]

A Horrible Experience at the Guatemalan/Mexican Border

As we made our way from Guatemala to Mexico, we crossed the border by land & had a horrible experience. Check out the video below to see what happened.

An 18 Hour Bus Ride Through Central America

We were so relieved to finally be on a chicken bus on this Honduras/Nicaragua border after all of the craziness in Estelí went down. We were eager to get on the road to our new future home in Guatemala, but first we had to wait in line to get our passports stamped and cross into […]

Our Crazy Border Crossing in Nicaragua

We started our new journey to Guatemala in typical LOOTB fashion with a crazy learning experience. We had crossed the boarder from Nicaragua to Costa Rica many times before with no issues–this boarder crossing to get to Guatemala, however, was VERY different. Check it out. Be a part of our journey. Be a part of Life Out […]

Another Hospital Trip in Nicaragua

A few days after launching the Bibliobus mobile library, Jonathon and I got really sick. Our throats hurt, our muscles sore from shivering as we spent the entire night before shivering. Fortunately, we had been sick several times before since living in Nicaragua–from me getting dengue fever to JB getting the measles–so we were familiar […]

Steve Aoki on Eskamekita Beach

When JB sand I heard that Steve Aoki, one of our favorite DJs, was going to come play in Nicaragua for Semana Santa, we both knew we HAD to go. For those of you who don’t know who Steve Aoki is, he’s like the Carlos Santana of electronic music–he has his own music but is […]

The Journey of Getting Our Products Made

A few months ago, I went on a journey to find some local artisans here in Masaya that could assist Quinn and I with making the LOOTB leather bracelets. After going to breakfast with Quinn, we decided to split up so that we could tackle all the tasks we had for the day. Quinn had […]