The Southern Glamper: 2018


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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!

DeSoto State Park - Plan for the Active Life

Friday, April 27, 2018

Our friend Paulette decorated our Easter table Sunday morning!
Growing up, Easter weekends were a flurry of activities.  My sister and I always donned new dresses at an early sunrise service.  Today, my own family has started to participate in Easter festivities at home leading up to and during Holy Week.  However, we have started to hit the campground on Good Friday.  Our less conventional Easter festivities of these past two years have been a welcome retreat as we celebrate life, rebirth and a new season in nature.

3 Workouts I'm Loving Right Now

Monday, April 23, 2018

This is my work out view on many mornings at home.  It makes for a nice way to start the day.
Over my life, I've participated in a variety of exercise options and classes.  I've had a personal trainer.  Boot Camp Classes were once something I loved.  Gym memberships were a regular part of my life for many years.  It's not that I don't love any of these things.  But, my lifestyle has changed.  And, so has my weight.  Finding balance amidst change is so incredibly hard.  This year, I'm on that journey.

5 Environmentally Conscious Decisions You Can Make at the Campground

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Preserve this view for future generations with the decisions you make now.

I was the nerdy teenager, obsessed with the environment around my junior year of high school.  I had just gotten my hands on a copy of The Green Consumer, and I am still passionate about environmental causes.  These days I'm a little quieter about my causes.  I choose to live purposefully and by example.  Today I'm sharing 5 simple things that you can do at the campground that will pack a big punch!  These are all things that you can impress upon your children just by making these changes part of your everyday habits.

How to Sew Your Own Glamping Pajamas in an Hour!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Supplies to make cotton pajama pants with Timeless Treasures camper themed fabric.
One of my best teachers in college would begin her lessons by telling mistakes she made as a teacher.  These examples made a huge impact on my teaching career and my personal life.  Learning how to deal with mistakes is an important part of sewing.  It teaches you how to both avoid making them and what to do when it happens.  Full disclosure here.  I love this project and how it turned out.  I am going to show you how to make easy cotton pajama pants.  This tutorial also includes how to overcome and fix a mistake.  You can thank Dr. Callahane and her teaching style for this now.

A Better Way to Deal with Grey Water

Monday, April 16, 2018

Peggy Sue over Easter weekend camping.

I admire campers with the resources to boondock or dry camp!  We don't have a freshwater tank, a generator or batteries.  We need the hookup!   Water, electricity, and sewer for me, please.  I never thought that I'd see myself write the later.  But, it is true.  Even if you don't have a toilet, having a sewer hook up can really be helpful for you in a pop-up camper.

Set Up A Campsite Dish Washing Station

Friday, April 13, 2018

My collapsible drainer, dish tub and electric kettle make a nice compact dish washing station.

My husband's college pal Pete Jordan once had a goal to wash dishes in all 50 states.  Dishwasher Pete, as he is known, traveled around the US for over a decade working everywhere from a commune to kosher nursing homes.  He made it to 33 states before hanging up his apron and then wrote a book about his journey.  I'm not trying to wash dishes in all 50 states or write a book about it.  But, I do want to be able to wash my dishes with ease wherever my travels take me.

How to Stay Organized in a Pop Up Camper

Monday, April 9, 2018

Best way to start the day is with a clean camper!
I don't embrace chaos.  I wish I could be that laid back, but I just can't.  I cannot relax with a sink full of dishes or household items strewn about.  This is why I have organized my pop up with a place for everything.  I try to keep things in their place throughout the day as well at the end of the day.  This system works well and takes very little time.  If your camper is overrun with everyone's stuff, this post is for you!  Today, I'm sharing some simple tips to organize your camping space.

Wedding Gifts and Registry Ideas for Couples Who Love the Outdoors

Friday, April 6, 2018

Today as couples get ready to go down the aisle, china, silverware, and crystal are not always the coveted gifts of yesteryear.  I see the trend of millennials that are unplugging and taking a different route from their traditional parents.  Spending time exploring the great outdoors is a way to reconnect and strengthen relationships.  Why not look for gifts that will create lasting memories in nature's beauty.

Spring Camping in the Deep South - Buccaneer State Park

Monday, April 2, 2018

Campground evenings at Buccaneer State Park are magical.

There is something that I just love about the woods and beaches.  When these two landscapes meet up, it creates a magical medley.  Both are relaxing and calming.  Anytime I can camp with both, I am in heaven.  Buccaneer State Park in Waveland, MS gives the best of both.

Springtime Vibes - A Camping Playlist for Your Next Adventure

Friday, March 30, 2018

When I was in college, there was lots of music at parties and in the background of dinners and hanging out.  One night, I can remember a big group of us having a pancake dinner around my grandmother's table in the small kitchen of my small apartment.  It was a dinner lit with candles and wax dripping over the wine bottles scattered over the table.  We had Sade playing in the background.  I can still see my kitchen filled with laughter, warm light and music.  Some of my favorite memories are filled with music.

February Health and Fitness Update

Monday, March 26, 2018

I love my new scale.  Works well and looks great too!

During this season of Lent, many congregants have given up sugar and sweets or soft drinks.  I've given up both in previous years.  I've even given up cheese for Lent.  I suppose that I could revisit any of those sacrifices, but I'm not.  Giving up a singular item doesn't tend to teach me anything other than frustration.  I like to view the Lenten season as a time to reflect and make permanent changes.  Temporary denial of candy or cake isn't really what this season is about anyway.  At the start of this year, I made a goal for better health and fitness the year.  I'm using Lent as a way to continue the focus and further my goals.

Spring Gear Guide

Friday, March 23, 2018

After what seemed like endless winter days and waiting for warmer weather, spring is finally here!  I am over the moon excited about the change in season.  Even more so, I am thrilled for all of the trips that we have planned ahead this year.  Are you ready?  Now is the time to take stock of what worked last camping season and what you need to add to your gear.

How to Monetize Your Blog

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

So you have a blog.  You have content that you are publishing and readers that are following along.  If you want to turn your hobby into more than an interest, how can you actually make some money while doing what you love?  You can monetize your site!

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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