The Southern Glamper: 2018


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Fine Living Shower Caddy for Your Pop Up Camper

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Fine Living Shower caddy has changed our shower game!

How do you tote your toiletries back and forth to the bathhouse at the campground?  Tote bags get wet.  Plastic caddies, buckets, and totes often spill and are difficult to store.  Space for storing these items is also a factor in a pop-up camper.  I wanted a solution that would keep everything together without spilling and getting wet, and I found one!  The Fine Living Shower Caddy is just what we needed to keep everything neat, clean and out of the way.  What makes this product different from other shower caddy's?

Rickwood Caverns State Park

Friday, October 19, 2018

The cave tour at Rickwood Caverns is worth the time and price!
Did you know that in the 1950's Boy Scout Troops in Alabama learned how to use dynamite to excavate Rickwood Caverns?  Yes.  Times have changed!  Eddie Rickles and Sonny Arwood were the troop leaders who combined their names to create the namesake Rickwood Caverns.  Since 1974, this state park has been offering fun outdoor experiences to outdoor enthusiasts.  It is a true gem, and we made lots of memories together over fall break.  What makes this park stand out?

Healthy Camping Meals with Sun Basket

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sun Basket is a little box of healthy, happiness delivered right to your door.
Planning, shopping for and packing meals is a huge part of camping prep.  This past week, I was able to breath easy knowing I had a Sun Basket box being delivered the day before our departure!.  Coming home from work to a box that was ready to open and pack into our cooler was amazing.  You may think that meal delivery kits are just for home use, but I think this service is perfect for anyone that enjoys fresh cooked meals.  We took our Sun Basket meals to the campground, and I think you should too!

New Decals for Peggy Sue - The Big Reveal

Friday, October 12, 2018

The new decals on Peggy Sue look really professional!

As much as I loved the retro look of Peggy Sue, her exterior really needed some TLC.  For over a year, I have carefully photographed her without the view of the ugly Eternabond down one side seam.  Her paint and decals were sad and lackluster.  The interior of our camper and exterior told two different stories.  Finally, both look pretty great!

How to Paint a Pop Up Camper - Peggy Sue Got Painted!

Monday, October 8, 2018

You know that feeling when you have been talking about, dreaming and planning something for a long time and the time has finally come?  Yep!  Me too!  I recently painted Peggy Sue.  I've been talking about this project for so long, and I didn't think it was ever going to happen.  But it did, and I'm going to tell you my easy peasy way to paint your camper too!

Five Fall Drinks to Warm You Up on a Cold Day

Monday, October 1, 2018

There is nothing more comforting than a warm drink on a cold day.  While the temperatures have not dropped in Mississippi, I'm still thinking about the cooler weather the heat and humidity have been brutal this past couple of weeks.  At this point, I'm trying to will fall into being.  Once the weather is cool, what are you drinking?

Repairing Wood Rot and Side Seams on a Pop Up Camper

Friday, September 28, 2018

As an RV owner, the fear of rotted wood is real.  Owning an older and camper, that fear has increased.  But even if you find that your camper has damage, these problems can be repaired.

Never Run Out of Propane Again

Monday, September 24, 2018

Having enough propane in your tanks while camping can be a guessing game.  But not anymore!  Earlier this summer, my cousin Derek, texted me about a propane tank sensor that he had purchased.  I was immediately intrigued.  We have used those little magnetic strips in the past with limited success.  Mopeka makes a propane tank sensor that works with an app on your phone.  There is also a double check monitor that works without a smartphone!  Want to know more?

2018 Fall Gear Guide

Friday, September 21, 2018

This year, I have a jam-packed list of gear for the first day of fall.  Even though the days will be getting cooler and shorter doesn't mean you can't get your camping fix on.  In the deep south, fall camping is second only to spring due to a break in temperatures.  What made my gear list for this fall?

Sew a Weekend Skirt in Less Than an Hour!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pair your weekend skirt with a simple tee shirt or chambray top!

Quick sewing projects are instant gratification.  Projects that I can make with simple measurements and do not require a pattern are even better.  This project checks off all of the boxes for me to make this a success.  You could easily make this skirt in less than one hour and is a beginners dream!

Pillow Talk - Sew a Comfy Dog Bed in Less than 2 Hours!

Friday, September 14, 2018

"What do dogs do on their day off?  Can't lie around - that's their job."  - George Carlin
Does your dog have the right tools for his/her job?  A comfy bed is a must for any furry friend.  Our dog Bunnie has 3 beds at home that she rotates between.  She does a great job at holding each of them down.  She now has a fourth bed for our camping adventures!  You can make one too with a yard of fabric and less than 2 hours.

Fall Walking Jacket for Your Favorite Pooch

Monday, September 10, 2018

Bunnie looks cute in her new walking jacket!

Our fancy glamping dog, Bunnie, is definitely a pampered pooch.  I've been on a sewing binge lately, and Bunnie has gained a few new items for her camping stash.  First, I made her a little camping jacket for taking walks and the crisp days ahead.  This is a 45-minute project that anyone can complete.  It is a beginner level project that anyone can appreciate.

Packing Your Pop Up Camper

Friday, September 7, 2018

When we first began talking about buying a pop-up camper, our friend Christy reminded me of two things.  First, camping is work.  Second, packing a pop up is like fitting a puzzle together to make all the pieces fit inside.  She was right on both accounts.  So how does all of that stuff fit into our pop up?  I was asked this question by a reader several months ago.  Today I'm sharing how all of our pieces, big and small, fit together.

Pool Noodle Gutter for AC Condensation

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

If you have been camping and find yourself battling AC condensation, this is for you!  That water running down the side of your canvas from your AC can be annoying and messy.  But you can remedy this problem with pool noodles.  Yes.  You read right.

Removing Your Old RV Decals

Monday, September 3, 2018

A heat gun is necessary for removing old decals.

Nate Berkus said, "Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love."  I think the same can be said for a person's camper.  An RV becomes a reflection about how we like to spend our time in the outdoors and our own personal style as well.  From minimalistic to totally glammed up, I see campers of every variety at the campground.  The first thing that you see of anyone's home or RV is the exterior, and Peggy Sue is getting a facelift starting with the removal of her old decals.

Update Your Door for Less than $10

Friday, August 31, 2018

Adding some self-adhesive paper onto my pop up camper door gave a whole new look to my interior.

I've had a complicated relationship with my pop up camper door.  Peggy Sue's door was bandaged up with medical tape when we purchased her.  We finally got the door repaired, but the job was more functional than attractive.  This past weekend, I gave my door a little facelift for less than $10!

Annual RV Maintenance for Your Pop Up Camper

Monday, August 27, 2018

It's time for much-needed fall maintenance with Peggy Sue!

"There's birth, there's death and in between there is maintenance."  I don't think Tom Robbins was describing an RV, but the quote could apply.  Between buying and selling your RV, maintenance is going to be part of the process.  The question is what should you be doing and when?

Slow Down and Enjoy the Now...Pumpkin Spice Latte Can Wait!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Are you waiting for your Pumpkin Spice Latte fix?

Did you know that Pumpkin Spice Latte will return to Starbucks stores on August 28th?  These cinnamon infused drinks will hit stores a full 25 days before fall actually begins allowing you to get your pumpkin fix on this summer and enjoy fall even longer!  Why are we in such a hurry for fall begin and summer to end?  Every year, more and more people are rushing to put up their Christmas trees before the Thanksgiving turkey is carved.  It seems like the rush to get to the next holiday extinguishes the joy of the season we could be celebrating.  I'm left with a feeling of half-hearted celebrations.  I don't want to rush through life at a half-hearted pace.

More Travel? Need Money? Saving Tips to Get You On the Road

Monday, August 20, 2018

Are you dreaming of a dream destination or a new RV but it is out of budget?  Get creative and make some extra cash using what you already have on hand!

"We make money the old-fashioned way.  We earn it."  I can still hear that Smith Barney commercial in my head from the late 1970's.  I just really dated myself there.  Travel requires money.  And at the end of the month when the bills are paid, there isn't always a lot of disposable cash lying about.  So, can you earn some cash without finding a second job?  Look around and use what you have.  Here are three tips to help fund your travel budget while using the resources you may already have at home!

Create a Camper Cleaning Kit

Friday, August 17, 2018

Keep your camper clean with the right products designed specifically for an RV.

Is your camper clean enough to be healthy but dirty enough to be happy?  A clean camper can seem like an oxymoron.  The revolving door of keeping a camper clean never ends.  I read a post online this week where one camper said she sweeps like "100 times a day".  That is me!  Half of the battle is having the right tools for the task.  My motto in life is work smarter, not harder.  Apply this motto to how you tackle your RV and you will not only be a happy camper, but you will be a clean camper.

6 Favorite Camping Meals

Monday, August 13, 2018

We love our camping table and the meals we share together with family and friends!

"You don't need a silver fork to eat good food."  Legendary chef, Paul Prudhomme, knew that good food can stand alone.  I do too!  With the right ingredients and cooking techniques, you can go from ordinary camp cook to campsite chef.  If you are looking to grace your finest plastic cutlery in style, this post is for you!

Summer Health and Fitness Update

Friday, August 10, 2018

Keep those walking shoes handy because you never know when an opportunity to get active may strike!
I stayed off the scales this summer.  When I stepped back on, I lost 5 pounds!  No, my separation from the scale didn't cause me to lose those pounds.  I did, however, focus on what counted - making better choices and staying active.  My daily focus were key components in seeing actual movement in the scale.  How can a break up with your scale help you make up with your own diet and fitness goals?

Happy Camper? 6 Tips to Make This Phrase a Reality

Monday, August 6, 2018

View at Palisades State Park in Alabama.
Our family has been traveling a lot together in July.  We had plenty of time to discuss our camping game last month.  Since this is a team effort, collaboration is important.  We have learned a lot from each other on this journey.  You may see the "happy camper" gear everywhere you look but are you really a happy camper?  Here are 6 tips to make this phrase a reality!

3 Things to Do in San Francisco on an Afternoon Excursion

Monday, July 30, 2018

Iconic San Francisco streets and architecture are two things I love the most!

San Francisco is what I describe as a little, big city.  While somewhat ironic, it's true.  San Francisco is well laid out and easy to navigate.  However, there is a laundry list of tourist traps that could derail your trip and be a huge time suck.  If you are looking for a simple and uncomplicated afternoon adventure, here are my top three recommendations if you are short on time and pack a big punch!

Smokin' and Grillin' with the Akorn Kamado Style Grill

Friday, July 27, 2018

Smoking a rack of ribs for Sunday dinner.
I've been planning to write a review of our Akorn grill for a year now.  Finally, I'm getting around to that task.  However, the timing of this post is just right. As Labor Day approaches, grill prices will drop to a seasonal low as stores make room for fall and winter items - most specifically Christmas.  (Don't get me started!)  But, if you are thinking about a new grill, this post is for you!  And, if you are curious about the hype with these charcoal egg-shaped grills, keep reading.

Explore Nevada City, California

Monday, July 23, 2018

Downtown Nevada City, California

I have a small obsession with Nevada City California that has lasted for nearly 20 years.  When I was first married, our friend Chris managed the law library in Placer County, California.  During those years, we would visit Chris in the spring months and explore the surrounding areas.  I can still remember the first time that we took an afternoon excursion to Nevada City for Vietnamese Coffee.  It is still one of my favorite places in California.

Glamping Tents and More at Inn Town Campground

Friday, July 20, 2018

Inn Town Campground features large safari-style glamping tents for campers to reserve.

There are two types of people in this world - those who like to camp and those who don't!  We just finished a trip that would appeal to both groups.  This summer, we camped in Northern California without our camper, Peggy Sue, or any of our gear.  Inn Town Campground located in Nevada City, California offers camping experiences for anyone.  The tranquil facilities include towering pine trees, exceptionally maintained facilities, and many upscale amenities.

How to Find RV Parts for Your Repairs

Friday, July 13, 2018

Our 2001 Jayco Qwest, Peggy Sue, has needed quite a bit of TLC since we bought her 2 years ago!

If the thought of buying an older pop-up or camper scares you, it shouldn't.  We jumped in blindfolded and feet first.  We have managed not to drown or kill each other.  In my books, mission accomplished!  So, how do I go about tracking down random RV parts?  I've written about this topic before.  Today I'm sharing more tips and retailers to help you begin treading these murky waters.

Misfit Ray Fitness Tracker Review

Monday, July 9, 2018

Misfit Ray with the sports band option.

I recently bought a new activity band.  And while this isn't technically camping gear, it is active lifestyle gear.  Most campers tend to fall into this category.  If you are active or are trying to become more active, this might be a good item for you.

Re-purpose Those Kitchen Gadgets for Camping Meals

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is perfect for making sandwhiches on the road!

What happens to that little graveyard of kitchen gadgets that are forgotten but you haven't gotten rid of yet?  Before you tag these things for a yard sale or give them to a local thrift shop, take a second look at what you have.  You may have some things at home that would be perfect for your RV.

Top 10 Pieces of Camping Gear

Monday, July 2, 2018

I have lists for overall camping gear, one for our camp kitchen and others for seasonal gear.  But, out of all of these things, what are the pieces of gear that we use over and over and are the most practical?  When looking for new gear to start camping or to update your existing stash, sometimes the options are overwhelming.  Here are my top 10 pieces of camping gear.

3 Key Pieces of Camp Clothing for Men

Friday, June 29, 2018

Columbia Wicking Tee Shirt and Hiking Pants

When you think camping, gear is usually the first thing that comes to mind.  Clothing can be an afterthought, but your apparel is as important as your thoughtfully planned gear.  The right clothing protects you from the elements and weather.  Making the right choice of flexible camp clothing can help you enjoy any outdoor activity!

Renting a Long Term or Seasonal RV Site

Monday, June 25, 2018

My friend, Christy, recently committed to a long-term RV spot on Logan Martin Lake in Alabama.  Today, she is sharing her experience from RV dream to reality!  She shares five considerations before you commit to the spot you've been dreaming of!

Oh Baby! Anything But the Basic Invite

Friday, June 22, 2018

Basic Invite offers everything you need for your baby shower including invitations and coordinating thank you notes.

One of the things I love most about hosting a shower or party is picking out the invitation.  Next month, I'm hosting a baby shower for a co-worker.  She has picked a Nojo Love Birds theme for her new baby girl.  The bright colors in this baby theme are pinks, orange, yellow, blues, and greens.  Straying from traditional pastels for baby invites can be a challenge, but I found a solution online.

Pop Up Camper Curtains - 2 Ways to Tackle This Project

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pop up camper curtains using a combination of 3 fabrics.
Last year, I made two different sets of curtains for two different pop-up campers.  I learned quite a bit from each of these projects.  Before tackling a large project like this, think carefully about the time you want to spend and the skill level you possess for sewing.  I've been making curtains for our home since we first married twenty years ago.  Camper curtains are both similar and very different.

Be A Better Blogger - Plan Your Way to Success

Monday, June 18, 2018

Being a blogger is a lot of work.  So much of it is figuring it out as you go along.  But you don't have to go it alone.  Feedback is your friend.  Readers and friends can be a valuable source of information for improving your blogging game.  I have several friends who are very honest and tell me what they think.  This type of feedback is some of the best.  Being organized and keeping up with all of your ideas and feedback is one of the best ways to build a better blog.

Grilled Red, White and Blue Cobbler

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Summertime means fresh fruit from farmer's markets and roadside stands.  While fruit is great on its own, I can't resist a good cobbler or pie made from fruit.  I recently discovered a simple grilled cobbler and have altered it a bit for my own needs.  Make this a red, white and blue dessert for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  But, you could just as easily make this with any fruit combination of berries or stone fruits like peaches.

Taking the Plunge Into RV Ownership!

Monday, June 11, 2018


Guest Blogger, Christy Rogers, shares her experience of taking the plunge into RV Ownership this week!

I’ve spent that last 18 months or so walking thru the process of watching friends buy 4 very different types of RVs! It all started with a tent camping trip that was super hot! We are in Alabama, after all! After these guys helped with all of that hot, sweaty tent drama, we had a serious discussion. The three of us all love camping and traveling together. We started searching for a pop-up camper. 18 months later, my friends are settled on camper #4. A high end, 31-foot, bumper pull travel trailer. It’s the kind of upscale RV that has lots of residential quality items in it. They pull it with a Ford F-150 and they love taking it all over the place.

Three Key Pieces of Summer Gear You Need Now

Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer is here.  Well maybe not officially until June 22, but we are in summer mode at our house.  School is out.  The pool is open, and summer travel has started for us!  Are you ready?  I don't know that we are ever really totally ready, but we are there and living the life!

Mach 10 AC Review

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Our pop up camper set up complete with pop up gizmos on the bunk ends.

Pop up campers have so many advantages.  They are lightweight and can be towed by almost any vehicle with a tow package.  The ability to have heating and cooling may be one of the biggest advantages.  Climate control while camping makes camping enjoyable for both hot and cool weather camping.

Glamping Essentials

Monday, June 4, 2018

So by now, you've heard the words 'glamper' and 'glamping' a few thousand times.  Glamping is essentially fancy camping.  And before you stop reading, hang in there for a minute.  Fancy camping isn't all that bad.  Even my husband admits he enjoys our cozy camper at night.  How can you go from camper to glamper?  Seven steps will take your camping up a notch and much of it can be done with found items and your own creativity!

Giant City State Park

Friday, June 1, 2018

My new welcome sign from my friend Christy.

When our family first started camping, a couple of hours from home seemed like a trip around the world.  This year, we are venturing outside of our comfort zone and geographic region.  It has been exciting be more confident campers.  For Memorial Day Weekend, we camped at Giant City State Park in Southern Illinois.

Creating the Comfy Bed in Your Pop Up Camper

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sometimes you just want to be in your own bed.  Other times, you want to be camping.  And many times, campers complain about the usually uncomfortable RV mattress.  Moving from tent camping to a camper doesn't necessarily mean great bedding.  How can you make your home on the road comfy like the bed you long for at home?

Coleman Camp Oven Review

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Coleman Camp Oven fits over a single propane burner.

Since we started camping, I've seen lots of kitchen setups.  For me, our camp kitchen comes down to space, practical products and the meals we like to cook.  Our camper came with a 2 burner propane stove.  We also use the campground grill quite a bit.  But what if we want to bake something in an oven?

Breaking Up with Your RV Dealership and What to Do Next

Friday, May 18, 2018

Peggy Sue is a 2001 Jayco Qwest Pop Up Camper.  While she is a senior lady, we love her so much!  Since our purchase 18 months ago, we had relied on a local Jayco dealer to help us with simple repairs.  Their service and parts department had been amazing!  But this spring, we had to break up.  It all started with the request for a part and went downhill fast.  How do you know it is time to part ways?  And what should do when that happens?

Put Your Best Blogging Foot Forward with Fabulous Photos

Monday, May 14, 2018

My homemade photo box with all of my equipment.  This includes a box lined with tracing paper, a tripod and clamp light.

If you follow or read any blogs out there on the interwebs, one of the first things that capture attention are the photos.  Great photos are what stop me as I scroll through Pinterest.  Want someone to take a second look at your work?  Feature a great photograph.  While a professional camera does make a difference, good lighting is also a photographer's best friend.  With a few items, you can create professional lighting for your blog and social media outlets.

Before Summer Begins - Thank Your Child's Teacher

Saturday, May 12, 2018

When I was student teaching, I still remember a Mary Kay Satin Hands Spa set that a parent gave me.  Teacher appreciation week felt like Christmas.  That week at school, the PTO handed out little treats to the teachers each day.  The teachers were happy and cheery.  Parent volunteer visited classrooms with baskets of goodies.  It felt really good to feel valued your work with children. 

Entertaining Kids on the Way to the Campground

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Growing up, I traveled out west with my family on trips every summer.  Riding in the back of our powder blue Pontiac, my sister and I played the car tag game and entertained ourselves for only so far before we were tattling about who was touching who.  There was a lot of "are we there yet?"  and "when can we stop at a hotel so we can swim in a pool?"  Let's face it, car trips can be hard.  Even with an iPad or some other electronics in hand, that only lasts so far.  Then what?

Maple Cinnamon Granola with Smoked Sea Salt

Sunday, May 6, 2018

I have been on a quest for the perfect granola. My criteria for the granola of my dreams was simple, healthy, crunchy and lots of flavor. This can be a tall order, but it can be done. Granola is comprised of a few key ingredients. Oatmeal, nuts, sweetener, fat, and spice are the basics. I have played with this combination for several weeks. Once you have a basic recipe down pat, then you can tweak it to meet your own personal taste preference. The best part of making anything homemade is that you control the ingredients. And, homemade doesn't meal difficult. Once you make this recipe, you may never buy store bought granola again!

Portable Camping and Hiking Snacks

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Traditional camping foods tend to be chips and sandwiches or burgers.  I see photographs of campers that swear by fluffer nutter sandwiches as a campsite staple.  I'm not chastising any of these habits or traditions.  I won't lie.  I love a s'more.  (Insert me saying "sa-more here.)  Prepackaged snacks are 'grab and go' options that seem to be a no-brainer.  But, are they really?  With a little planning, you can have both healthy and portable!

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