8 Jul - Road Tripping and California Dreaming with House Inhabit
Hanging out with the Kraus family is a lesson in how to live an inspired life. We spent time with Jessica and Mike and the boys at Freehand LA recently and learned how they balance busy creative lives with surf trips and camper van adventures together. The journey was so good we made a little movie about it. Watch it here and read more below.
Freehand LA: When did you launch House Inhabit? What inspired you to start blogging and grammin’ and when did you notice you were gaining a following? What is that like?
Jessica: So I started blogging around 2011 as a creative outlet after college. I had three kids at home and wanted to continue writing and the blog felt like a fun and natural forum to document aspects of life with young children. I signed on to Instagram early on, when it was new and genuine. I had no idea what it would become I just enjoyed being connected and sharing bits and pieces of daily life. I gained a supportive following during this time. Back then it was easier to stand out due to unique qualities and perspectives, and I suppose the boys and all the old cars and the camping adventures helped garner a certain intrigue. All in all it’s been a very positive influence for us. We’ve been given some pretty incredible opportunities because of the exposure social media has given us.
FHLA: One of the amazing parts of your account is that it’s the collective story of your family and life in CA. Can you tell us a bit about the Kraus family?
Jessica: We are a household of four boys, all extremely different in way every imaginable. Arlo is 13, Leon is 10, Rex is 9 and Hayes is 5. They all have varying personalities and interests, so we’re always trying our best to entertain each of them. I would say the Kraus family is best defined by a shared love of good music, vintage cars, and surf.
FHLA: One of the things I noticed about you meeting at Freehand is that you’re SO present and almost never on your phone! When do you find time to document it all and live in the moment?
Jessica: Well the phone makes it so easy. Like everyone else, I can be on it too much but I make an effort not to be. I also try to only document my family in their natural state. I’ve never forced anything for photos, or made them do things they wouldn’t normally do because I’m not a big fan of staged family photos in general. I like sharing things in real time, untouched and unforced.
FHLA: For those that are looking to travel and adventure with their families, do you have any tips for traveling with kids?
Jessica: I think the biggest thing is to just let go of all expectations. Embrace the experience and go with the flow. Otherwise it’s too much stress to ever be enjoyable.
FHLA: To close this out with a page from your book, what are three things you’re currently into?
Jessica: Hydra Greece interiors, Flamenco music, teaching myself and my kids to cook.