The Southern Glamper: April 2018

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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 tossed 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.

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