The Southern Glamper: 2018


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5 Things to Do in Bay St. Louis While Camping

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Bay St. Louis Beach along the scenic highway across from Christ Episcopal Church.

When you think about beaches, does your mind drift to thoughts of white sands and blue water of the Carribean or Florida?  South Mississippi offers beautiful quiet beaches along the sleepy stretch of scenic highway between Bay St. Louis and Waveland.  This well-kept secret has something to offer for any traveler.  We spent our first camping trip of 2018 at Buccaneer State Park.  And, we will definitely be going back!

Sew Cute Camping Themed Tote

Friday, March 16, 2018

I love a good, sturdy tote bag.  A practical tote should have a nice shape with a well-defined bottom and ample handles.  A pocket or two and lining take it to the next level.  The bag I made has all of these features.  Making your own tote bag isn't difficult and allows you to have all of the features and functions you need.  And, I whipped up this bag in less than 2 hours.

Easy Easter Decor with Dollar Store Finds

Monday, March 12, 2018

Easter table scape with found items from Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Target!

When you see a holiday display, do you think that it is a lot of money for a short time?  My practical upbringing tends to make me think that way.  I love to decorate.  Seasonal changes in my home are about all that happens with the exception of Christmas.  This year I decided to decorate a little more for Easter than years past.  The fact that I did this on a shoestring budget makes me even happier!  With a little creativity and few good ideas to start, you can do this too.

Replacing Your Pop Up Camper Canvas

Friday, March 2, 2018

No matter the age of your pop up, a good canvas is one of the most important pieces.  Overlooking signs of wear and tear can be a costly mistake.  A stiff and brittle canvas even without tears is an indicator of bad things to come.  Canvas care, canvas replacement, and canvas treatment are 3 key components in owning a pop-up camper.

A Beginners Guide to Pop Up Camping

Monday, February 26, 2018

Our pop up camper is packed up like a little jigsaw puzzle with everything fitting snuggly into place.  Setting up involves a series of steps that must be done in just the right sequence for everything to fit together.   Pop up camping can be a lot of work.  But, you can easily enjoy a pop-up camper if you know what you are doing and make smart work of these tasks.  So where should a beginner start?

Why a Pop Up Camper is the Right RV for Our Family

Monday, February 19, 2018

With dozens of RV brands, sizes, and types available on the market, there really is an RV for everyone.  It is easy to get sidetracked with the shiny new RV with fancy upgrades.  But, what is the right RV for you?  It is a big decision to make.  Here are the five things that helped us to decide that a pop-up camper was the right RV for our family.

3 Essential Tools Every Blogger Should Use

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Once you have gotten your blog up and running, now what?  The phrase 'time is money' is true.  You want to spend your time wisely.  Devote your energy to developing great content and becoming a better blogger.  Social media is a big part of getting that hard work out there to readers.  Timing is everything when it comes to social media content.  And there are tools out there to help you maximize your efforts and do much of the work for you.

Chatbooks - Easy Photo Books You Can Make From Your Phone

Monday, February 12, 2018

Our first Chatbook is hardcover.  You can also order soft cover books.
I have a closet in my house filled with a mixture of old school photo albums from childhood, "perfectly" laid out scrapbooks from my early marriage and photos stuffed into a plastic bin hoping for attention.  Gone are the days of my plastic camera with a little square flash perched on top.  Most of my photos are taken with my smartphone.  Then what?  Social media seems to be the photo album of the 21st century.

Camping Inspired Apron

Friday, February 9, 2018

This camping themed fabric from Timeless Treasures is an excellent combination.
Growing up, my mom always wore an apron in the kitchen.  She still wears an apron or a smock and encourages me to do so.  Even though I tend to scoff at her suggestion, I need an apron.  I'm easily the messiest person I know.  My sister refuses to eat sushi with me in a white tee shirt.  I've stained good clothing while cooking dinner more times than I care to count and have become a whiz at removing greasy blemishes from culinary mishaps.

Small Changes with Big Dividends - January Health and Fitness Update

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

I have placed marbles in a jar to represent the number of pounds I'm trying to lose.  Each time I lose a pound, I transfer a marble to my jar of pounds I've lost!

I'm not an advocate of diets or changes I can't maintain over time.  I avoid fad and crash diets.  I hate programs that eliminate certain foods and brutal exercise that isn't enjoyable.  Balance is the key.  For a long time in my life, I maintained a healthy weight by doing 3 things regularly.

Free Camping Themed Valentine Printables

Friday, February 2, 2018

Free camping themed printable Valentine cards.
I was the kindergarten teacher making three dimensional decorated doors for every season with loads of hot glue.  I stayed after school getting my bulletin boards just right and organizing learning games.  I'm an overachiever.  And, I'm an overachiever that likes to share.  I would stay late helping with school-wide displays, planning school carnivals, and afterschool activities.  What's the fun in doing something that you enjoy and not having someone to share it with?

3 Projects to Beat the Wintertime Blues

Monday, January 29, 2018

Right now, it is 23 degrees, windy and very grey outdoors.  Even if I wanted to go outdoors and do a little work on Peggy Sue, it is too cold.  While we are going to be taking her to the dealership for our new canvas to be installed, that is as much as we are going to do to her during this month.  I'm hoping for some warmer winter weather in February.  Sometimes in Mississippi, that happens.  I can dream about and wish for it.  But while I wait, there are some projects that can be done indoors while dreaming of the smells of an evening campfire.

Find Your Camping Tribe

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Camping at Legion State Park in Louisville, MS

As soon as our family bought our pop up camper, I joined a group on Facebook for pop up camper owners.  The camping community can be very inclusive.  But, camping can be a lonely interest when you don't have friends that share your interest in camping.  None of my tribe of friends at home like to camp.  In fact, they would admit that they like not camping.  And that is okay.  It isn't for everyone, but it is for our family.

Trip Planning 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

Growing up, I traveled out west with my family each summer.  One summer, driving across Texas my sister and I fell asleep with our feet in the windows and woke up to sunburned feet.  What family vacation memories are burned into your mind forever?  Is it a National Lampoon series of unfortunate events or the trip of a lifetime that you feel that you can never recreate?

3 RV Safety Updates For Your Pop Up Camper

Friday, January 19, 2018

Peggy Sue, before her remodel!

Did you buy a used camper like we did?  Even if you bought your camper new and had it for several years, there are always things that you need to do for basic maintenance.  These things will keep you safe on the road and help you to make the most out of your camping trips.  We did a few minor things last year that make me feel better every time we take a trip.

7 Tips for Starting a New Blog

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Recovering our cushions for our pop up camper.  These were featured on my blog.
Last year, I started my blog to share our family's journey to remodel our camper.  One year later, I'm still blogging.  Do you look at other people's blogs and think that you might want to start your own?  Then maybe you should.  Here are 7 basic tips to get you up and running!

How to Make Simple Camping Themed Pot Holders

Monday, January 15, 2018

Campers love camping themed decorative items.  Sometimes these items are easy to find.  Other times, you may need to make your own camping themed decor.  There are so many lovely camping fabrics available that I prefer to make my own if I can.  Timeless Treasures has a beautiful selection of vibrant colors that would suit any campers preference.  From frilly pinks to traditional prints and standard colors, there truly is something for everyone.

Eating Out or Dinning In at Your Campsite?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Foil packet meals can be easily customized for any taste and with the proteins and vegetables, you have on hand.

How do you tackle meals while camping?  Do you cook all of your meals and stay in?  Or do you like to venture out and explore the local cuisine?  It's a toss-up.  And, it all comes down to budget and the camping experience that you want to have.

4 Reasons to Join a Coop for Outdoor Gear - REI Review

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Oboz Luna Low Hiking Shoes
There are plenty of big outdoor gear stores out there for shopping.  Camping World, Cabelas, Bass Pro and REI are just a few.  Of course, local stores are out there and available in areas that cater to outdoor enthusiasts.  Choosing where to spend your dollars does make a difference.

New Year, New Camping Gear - 5 Updates To Get You Going!

Friday, January 5, 2018

New camping gear is just what we need for the season ahead!
We have some specific plans for camping in the upcoming year.  Many of those plans are based on the experiences that we had in the previous year.  I feel like we are starting out this year much more seasoned and knowledgeable about what we want and need for this year.

What's Ahead in 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Our family on a non-camping weekend.  This is us at the start of 2018.
Last year, we spent a lot of time renovating our camper and completing projects.  We were finding our way as a family camping.  There were a lot of trial runs and guesswork.  I loved most of it.  The growing pains were good ones that made 2017 worthy of some accolades and alterations for the 2018 year. 

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