The Southern Glamper: 2019

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Cool Down This Spring and Summer with a Portable Ice Maker

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Our portable icemaker was on my Christmas Gear Guide and has been and excellent addition to our camping gear!

Spring and summer camping will be here before you know it, and so will the long hot days that come with warmer weather.  When you are lounging in your camping chairs, there is nothing better than an ice cold beverage.  I had been pricing and eyeing portable ice makers for months.  Finally, I have one and feel like it is the perfect partner for the Mississippi heat where we live.

Can You Cheat Mother Nature? Last Minute Changes to Beat the Rain!

Friday, March 15, 2019

We changed our camping plans for better weather and less rain recently.  It wasn't all sunny skies, but I still feel like we came out a winner at MS River State Park in AR.

I have learned that March may be ideal timing for camping, but it is not ideal camping weather.  March is tends to have unpredictable weather.  In Mississippi, the weather is warm enough to camp but still cool.  However, we also fluctuate between lots of sun and lots of rain.  I feel like we are living in a monsoon right now.  If you have plans for camping that call for non stop rain, can you cheat mother nature by changing your plans?

Applying for a New RV Title

Monday, March 11, 2019

After 4 months we finally have our new title and tag in hand!

We had a title in hand when we purchased Peggy Sue. It was not until 2 years later that we discovered that there was an issue with the title.  I know.  Shouldn't we have discovered this as soon as we bought our camper?  I was in an RV store looking for a new brake light and was recommended the kind that would allow me to hang my tag.  What???  I had no idea I even needed a tag until that moment.  The guy actually said, "Well, unless you are towing your camper out of state, you probably don't even need one."  I still laugh and say this is the most Mississippi answer ever!  But, being a tax paying and law abiding citizen that does travel out of state I decided to do the right thing.  With my title in hand, I went to the courthouse to get my tag, and that is where my problems began.

How Do We Teach Our Children About Wildlife and Animal Safety

Friday, March 8, 2019

This rubber snake was a bad idea at Christmas that I would discourage other parents from buying for their children.

Last year, I used some poor judgment when shopping for stocking stuffers for our son.  Christmas morning he was not amused when he pulled a rubber snake out of his stocking.   Quickly, he asked me to get rid of it.  He didn't think it was funny and wanted to know why Santa would bring him that toy.  His cheerful face had turned to a serious inquisition that was almost sad.  My mother even scolded me for having gotten him that rubber snake.  I'm wondering the same thing now.

Spring Camping Gear Guide

Monday, March 4, 2019

Camping themed toys are in full rotation in our home right now!

"I don't need therapy.  I just need to go camping."
If you are a camper, you need gear for that hobby.  I've mindfully selected each recommendation based on our own camping experiences. My Spring Gear Guide is divided into three categories:  Campground Kitchen, General Gear, and Health and Beauty.   There is something on this list for everyone in your group, and everything is under $75!

Are You Getting Ready for the First Trip of the Year?

Saturday, February 23, 2019

S'mores is a camping tradition for us and many families.  I cannot wait for that first campfire of the camping season!

Are you getting ready for the first camping trip of the year?  Me too!  As I'm writing this, we are two weeks away from our first trip of the year.  Our January trip was canceled.  And, while we were disappointed, I'm not looking back.  I'm looking forward - to camping fun!  I have a checklist to help you develop a system for seasonal prep.

Pros and Cons of Taking an RV Factory Tour

Friday, February 22, 2019

We took a factory tour at Grand Design in Middlebury, Indiana, last November and really enjoyed it!


In the US, many of the RV's that we buy are all manufactured in one corner of Northern Indiana. Elkhart and Middlebury, Indiana are both homes to big RV names.  Many RV manufacturers offer tours.  It is an opportunity to learn about a brand and product on location.  We took a tour at Grand Design in November of last year, and it was a great experience.  But, this may not be the right thing for everyone.  We are glad we took advantage of this opportunity, and feel this will help us when we move from a pop-up camper to a travel trailer.

What Inspired Our Family To Start Camping

Monday, February 18, 2019

Our home away from home is cozy and comfortable and makes it a welcome place to rest at the end of the day.
Ask every person you know that camps what inspired them to start camping.  You will get a different answer from each one.  Many times, those answers are uncomplicated and unselfish.  You may even find unexpected responses.   For my husband and I, we have both similar and different reasons as to why we enjoy this hobby.  I even asked our son when writing this piece because it is important for me to always remember why we are on this journey together.

Stop Before You Modify Your Pop Up

Friday, February 15, 2019

Before you start to modify your pop up camper, think about how you want your camper to function at the campground.  Can you live with those changes permanently?
Nearly once a week, I see a question in social media groups asking about pop up camper modifications.  People poll for advice about what they should or should not remove from the interior of a pop-up camper.  Everyone has their own opinion and experience with these renovations.  And, I have my own thoughts.  If you are about to gut a pop-up camper, stop before you get started and really think through to that first camping trip.  How do you want your camper to function?

New LED Interior Lights for Your RV

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Green Long Life LED Lights provide plenty of interior light for RV's.
While everything inside of our pop up camper worked, our interior lights did not.  I just bought a cute lamp at Kirkland's and let it go for two years.  Lamps can clutter your counter space and add to what your storage gear between trips.  Working overhead lamps eliminate both of these unnecessary extras in a small space.  I have found the perfect interior lighting for your pop up camper.

Spruce Up for Spring - 3 Safety Updates

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Tundra fire extinguisher is small and light but the perfect size for a pop-up camper.
This is the part of winter where I am dreaming of spring.  I can almost see it and smell it.  Tonight while getting ready for bed, our son asked me when we were going camping.  We all know it is going to be time to go soon.  And, I'm doing a few last minute things to get us ready to go.  This means tackling some important safety updates.

Campground Meals Just Got Easier with Curbside Pick Up

Monday, January 28, 2019

Walmart Grocery Pick Up is free to customers and readily available at many locations nationwide.
On a recent trip to Indiana, we rented a large Air BnB for all of my husbands family to stay together.  We were anticipating a lot of snow, and it would be hard to get large groups in and out of restaurants in a small, rural town with limited choices.  Dining in was the best option.  On our way, I created a Kroger Clicklist order that I was able to pick up when we arrived.  This trip got me thinking about camping.

3 Tips for Unpacking From Your Camping Adventure

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Don't overlook plans for a successful return home after camping.

You've seen the signs, "I'm sorry for what I've said when setting up."  You may have even said it.  I feel certain my husband and I both have.  We seem to have improved our set up game.  When that trip is over, now what?  How do you tackle getting everything unpacked, cleaned up and back to normal?  You may think that planning for your camping trip is the main part of the work.  Planning for the return home is just as important as planning for your trip.


Pop Up Camper Modifications That We Love the Most

Monday, January 21, 2019

Peggy Sue looks better than she ever has.

Pop up campers are an economical way to get into the RV lifestyle.  Some of us fall in love and can't ever seem to breakup.  I'm finding myself in that category right now.  We updated our pop up camper in ways that functionality and aesthetics would be improved.  The return on my sweat equity investment paid big dividends.  Here is my favorite pop up camper modifications that we did.

Camping the Right Way? Don't Let Other's Spoil Your Fun

Friday, January 18, 2019

Where are you chasing your dreams this year?


The minute you buy a camper or camping gear, you may find a line of people waiting to tell you what you need to be doing or buying.  Just remember...there is no right or wrong way to camp.  There is gear that you need based on what you like to do and the seasons.  You need to be safe.  But, outside of safety, food, and shelter, you do you!

Make a Backsplash for Your Pop Up Camper - Spruce Up for Spring

Monday, January 14, 2019

My completed pop-up camper backsplash.

I'm starting the new year with a series called "Spruce Up for Spring."  Each month, I'll share a different project for your camper.  Over the past 2 years, I have scoured the Internet for a good backsplash tutorial.  I came across articles showing how to dress up an existing backsplash or beautifully staged photographs with no instructions.  I couldn't find the concrete directions to build a backsplash from scratch, so I decided to figure it out on my own.

Stop Letting Your Mobile Device Control You in 3 Easy Steps

Friday, January 11, 2019

Putting down your mobile device is easier than you think and will give you more time to do the things you love.

I've read several articles lately with tips on increased productivity and fewer distractions with mobile devices.  Its the yin and yang of owning a smartphone.  Many of us need our phones for work and daily tasks, but we could all stand to use our phones less.   How can we unplug to live in the moment more and remain productive at the same time?  Simple.  Decide if you are going to control your device or if you are going to allow it to control you.  Believe it or not, using your phone less can help you to be more productive and fulfilled in your daily life.

Collapsible Camping Gear We Love

Monday, January 7, 2019

A silicone pour over not only saves space.  It also makes a superior cup of coffee.

Collapsible camping gear can be really practical.  These products save space but are also functional.  Storage space in our pop up camper is really limited, so every piece of gear does count.  We have multiple pieces of collapsible gear.  Over time I seek out these options whenever possible because they really have become some of my favorite things!

French Seam Pillowcases - Give a Pop of Color and Style!

Friday, January 4, 2019


I took some time off work during the holidays.  Aside from getting a couple of minor things done in my camper, I completed some lingering sewing projects.  Two years ago, I was knee-deep in fabric to recover cushions and make curtains for Peggy Sue.  All of the work redoing a camper really burned me out, and I'm just now able to enjoy sewing again.  If you are looking for an easy project over the winter to jazz up your camper, pillows and pillowcases are where it is at!  Today, I'm showing you how to make pillowcases with french seams.  You will love the final result and can customize your space so easily.


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