July 2017


Got Parts? Where to Find Supplies to Repair and Update Your Camper

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The hubster repairing Peggy Sue's roof.
We have made quite a few updates to our pop up camper this year.  Finding parts for our projects has been both easy and difficult at times.  Where do I go to find parts for our pop up camper?  I have several resources that I have come to depend on for reliable products that work for us.  The first hurdle is finding a resource and product lines that you can trust.

Ring That Dinner Bell! 5 Favorite Camping Recipes for Your Best Meals Yet

Friday, July 28, 2017

Campground cooking is the best.  We love simple meals that can serve double duty as left overs or just ones that don't require a lot of work and prep at the campground.  I typically use our 2 burner stove, a grill, and a Dutch Oven to prepare most every meal.  It is a break from my routine at home and yields flavorful results that our family devours.  Here are my five favorite camping meals and recipes to get you started at your next campsite.

Consider This - 5 Tips for Planning Your Next Camping Trip

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Peggy Sue our Jayco Qwest Pop Up Camper
Camping can be a very enjoyable activity.  However, a lot of work goes into planning a successful camping trip. The work up front will make a lot of difference in the overall trip.  Here are five things to consider when planning your next adventure.

5 More Reasons to Love Summer

Friday, July 21, 2017

Summers are busy, but I can always find some time to build in little pockets of fun.  This summer there are been several favorites on my list of things that we have enjoyed little trips, long walks, lots of time at the pool and just evenings on our deck.  Here are five ideas to make your summer even better!

Put a Lid On It - Recycled Canisters for Your Camper

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Both attractive and practical.  These cannisters are a winner for our camper!
I'm a practical person by nature but I also like to make the practical cute and fun.  Maybe not that practical, but it is something that I enjoy.  We probably eat more peanut butter in our home than any other staple item, and peanut butter jars can be repurposed to make a small set of canisters for your camper.

Go Green with a Composting Toilet - 1974 Airstream Excella Remodel

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Last Best Camper is a fully restored Airstream trailer in Livingston, Montana.

This week, we have a guest blogger.  Carolyn Goodell and her husband, Jackson, have been hard at work on a 1974 Airstream Excella.  This well thought out guest space is available on Air BnB. Carolyn is going to be sharing some content over the coming months on some of the updates and upgrades to their space.

My first experience with a composting toilet was at a family friend's house when I was about ten years old.  Walking into the bathroom there was a large wooden platform with a toilet seat attached to it.  After opening the lid and begrudgingly sitting upon it I felt like I was in a rustic outhouse.  Once I was finished I had to scoop a cup of cedar chips into the deep hole.  As a child, I thought this process was bizarre and so out of comfort zone that it made me uncomfortable enough to hold it for the rest of our visit.  Well, ten years later and times in the eco-friendly world have certainly changed.

Dollar Store Art Supplies to Entertain Little Campers

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Earlier this spring, I featured Activites for Little Camper.  We are usually pretty busy when camping with hikes, the campground playground, playing with legos and just being outdoors.  But, it is always a good idea to have a backup plan.  What about rainy days or just when kids are "bored" or want something else to do?

The Magical Land of Chalk - Decorating Your Pop Up Camper Door with a Chalkboard Sign

Saturday, July 8, 2017

When we purchased our pop camper, the door was not in great shape. The top portion of the plastic insert was hanging on by medical bandage tape.  It was coming apart a little more each time we used it. After a couple of trips, even the medical tape was not really hanging on.  I decided that it was time for a little work.

Money on Your Mind? 3 Ways to Save Money So You Can Enjoy Life More

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Afternoon bike ride on the Long Leaf Trace is one way that I like to enjoy the outdoors in my free time.
 The reason we wanted to start camping is to start spending more time together as a family.  I travel for work, so my time at home is precious.  I want to make the most of this time.  Camping is an escape from the day to day.

And with any hobby or recreational activity, it does take money.  As inexpensive as camping can be compared to other travel and excursions, an RV and gear can be costly.  For years our reason for not taking this leap was the idea of another expense that we didn't want to take on.  You can build a camping budget into your lifestyle easily without making drastic changes.

Give Me Your Best Insulated Cup Comparison - YETI, Ozark Trails and RTIC

Sunday, July 2, 2017

There are lots of insulated cups on the market.  Are the premium brands worth the extra money?  We have three brands of insulated cups at our house.  I decided to give them a test to see how well they held hot and cold liquids.

Got Fabric? Three Ways to Use Leftover Fabric to Finish Decorating Your Camper

Saturday, July 1, 2017

When I first started decorating our camper, making curtains and recovering cushions were the first big projects I tackled. I started with some fabric pieces that I purchased in New York on a girls trip.  These pieces ended up helping me to make the color choices throughout.  After finishing the first two projects, I had several pieces left over.  I don't believe in wasting a thing.  I gently folded the pieces and put them away thinking of ways to use the leftover fabric for other projects.  Since this time I have ended up with three different decorative projects that I really love and a fourth is on the horizon.

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