Camping Gear - Summer Gear Guide 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

No matter how you plan to spend your summer, there are good times to be had!

Summer 2020 has become unrecognizable and far more confining than I would like.  Ours has completely shifted and changed, and I'm learning into it.  We don't really have a choice, and I'd rather not fight it mentally.  We are still going to enjoy our summer if that does mean putting a blow-up pool in our backyard and living our best life at home.  We will make a few short trips close to home, but we won't be venturing quite as far this year.  Even with a more local summer plan, we will celebrate the season somehow.  My summer gear guide for this year includes items that you can enjoy either at home or on the road.

RV Updates - 3 Projects You Should Do Now

Saturday, May 16, 2020

RV updates and projects don't have to be scary.  They can be easier than you think to do and will you money!

If you have a little time on your hands, now is the time to tackle a project or two that you might have been putting off.  Use that time to save some money and pull out a few tools for those upgrades that can make a big difference in your RV.  Over time, we have gotten pretty brave and are willing to do both big and small projects.  Today I'm sharing three that can easily be completed at home!

RV Remodel - Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash

Monday, May 11, 2020

White subway vinyl tiles make a big impact in this small RV.

If all of the brown in your RV is giving you a case of the blues, give your interior a lift with peel and stick tile.  This is an easy way to brighten and customize your RV to make your home on wheels reflect your personal style. For less than $50 and under 2 hours, you can have an appealing backsplash (pun intended) in your kitchen or bathroom.  

RV Repair - Calling a Mobile RV Technician

Friday, May 8, 2020

The leak in our sink was a minor one, but it still needed to be repaired.

Owning a used pop up has prepared me for making lots of repairs.  On Peggy Sue, we repaired everything from the city water inlet to the roof.  By the time we sold her, I felt like I had earned a degree in RV repair.  Now, that we own a travel trailer, I feel confident in making decisions about repairs and basic upkeep.  Recently, I repaired a leaking hose under our sink.  Or so I thought, and what I thought was one thing turned out to be something else.  I finally called a mobile RV Technician.

Campgrounds Closed? Driveway Camping 101

Monday, May 4, 2020

I'm hoping this is not what my little dude thinks is what a camper should look like!  These Calico Critters are a little too close for me!

You don't have to go far to enjoy your RV.  Depending on your set up at home or your Home Owners Association rules, you could "camp" right at home.  Why not?  Its a break from the day to day routine in your sticks and bricks home.  We have been doing this some this spring, and it has been a great weekend break for us!  Today I'm sharing some easy tips to enjoy camping in your own back yard.

S'more Glamping Gear - Unpaper Towels

Friday, May 1, 2020

These double-sided towels will replace the need for paper towels and are super easy to make!

I have slowly reduced the number of disposable paper products that we use both at home and on the road.  In our RV, we use real plates, flatware, and cloth napkins.  Yes, you may be rolling your eyes, but washing dishes or clothes does not bother me.  And these items don't really add to my workload overall.    I finally decided to make a set of towels to replace my paper towels.  I love this set so much that I am going to make a set for home next.  This is a beginner level project that anyone can do, and I'm going to show you how.

Links and Loves - The Quarantine Edition

Monday, April 27, 2020

We have spent as much time as possible outdoors when the weather is nice.

I haven't been home for this many consecutive nights in over 10 years.  I have finally settled into my new normal, filled with Zoom meetings, baking bread every single week, and lots of games of UNO on the weekend.  Life isn't all bad.  I'm trying to make the most of this time.  And while not every day is wonderful, I'm trying to accept life's challenges as opposed to fighting it.  Its a much better coping skill.

RV Maintenance - Wash and Wax at Home plus more tips!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Washing your RV at home can save you a lot of money and is easier to do than you think!

An RV wash and wax could cost you a hundred dollars or more.   And while I'm willing to pay for some maintenance, there are just some things that we can and will do at home.  Right now, there is no better time to do things yourself.  I mean, where else do you have to go?  So, take your time and do the job right while you can and save some money too!  Today I'm sharing three easy things you can do now that will pay off big time over the life of your RV.

Natural Deodorant - My Favorite Brands and How You Too Can Make This Switch

Monday, April 13, 2020

I tried three brands of natural deodorant.  Which one came out the winner?  And did it work for me?

You may be wondering what deodorant has to do with camping.  Nothing besides the fact that body odor can offend others in close quarters.  I have been making conscious efforts to use products that are better for my body and environment.  I think overall health and taking care of Mother Earth go perfectly with camping.  We are well into quarantine life at our house, I decided to jump in and make a switch to natural deodorant while I had the chance.  If you have considered this option but are fearful that natural deodorants won't work, this is an excellent time to change your hygiene habits.  As an added benefit, offensive body odor right now might buy you some much needed alone time from your family while your body adjusts.

Our 3 Favorite Camping Chairs

Monday, April 6, 2020

Pull up a chair and enjoy some time around our table.  

Every camper has a favorite camping chair.  You can purchase chairs in any price range, style, and size.  It all comes down to personal preference and comfort.  We have three that we have really loved over time, and these are the ones that I recommend based on comfort, function, and durability.

Camp Life Crate Subscription Box Spring 2020 Review

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Camp Life Crate Spring 2020 box had a theme of Life is a Picnic!

Subscription boxes are not new, but Camp Life Crate has a new owner and a whole new vibe.  Formerly Out of the Box Camping, this themed subscription box has totally been revamped for spring 2020.  For $49.95 subscribers are treated to carefully curated items to enjoy on your next camping or outdoor adventure.  The spring box for this year has several custom ordered items that showcase well and make this box really special.

10 Things You Can Do While You are Not Camping This Spring

Monday, March 23, 2020

Don't can still enjoy your RV and do other things even if you aren't at the campground.

Everyone is talking about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  There all of the Negative Nancy's out there that are angrily posting on social media.  Then, there are the Positive Polly's that have the lemonade stand full of positive saying and quotes.  Either way, we are all experiencing a drastic change in our lives.  And, for many of us, this means camping plans have been canceled or are on hold at least for now.  This unwelcome change has us all filling our time with new things. The abundance of unfilled time and canceled plans can be overwhelming, frustrating and depressing.  But, it doesn't have to be this way.  What could you be spending this time doing?  I have a few suggestions to help you beat the quarantine blues!

RV Life - Spring Gear Guide 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

Every season brings new adventures.  The journey fuels the need and interest in new things to make life easier and better on the road.  I've been curating a list of items that are practical, functional, fun and even pretty.  Today I'm sharing 10 pieces of gear for spring.  What made my list?

RV Bunk Bed Mattress Replacement

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Tochta mattress is custom made and provides amazing comfort.

Last Labor Day Weekend, we talked my mother into camping with us for one night of our trip.  While we had plenty of space, hot water and every comfort we felt she needed, my mom described our bunk bed mattress as "like sleeping on a soft board".  We may have given her permanent campground anxiety and nightmares of that bed!  I hope not.  But, I knew there would be a day that our young son would feel the same as he grew bigger.  It was just a matter of time.  We bought our RV with the plan to hopefully have a friend camp with us or even my mom joining us occasionally.  This mattress situation was a problem!

Glamping Style - Outdoor Table Set Up

Monday, March 2, 2020

Our outdoor table set up is practical, flexible and pretty!  What more can you want?

Eating outdoors is synonymous with camping for our family.  Unless the weather is rainy or cold, we almost always eat outdoors.  And, we have been known to eat outdoors when it is raining.  We just eat in our chairs under the awning.  Our table set up is many times festive, but it is also practical.  And, it is most definitely used often.  If you want to take your table from basic to brilliant, you can achieve this task with less effort than you think.  Today, I'm sharing my glamping table set up tips!

Freshen the Air Naturally in Your RV with Essential Oils

Monday, February 24, 2020

A small essential oil diffuser will work just fine for a small RV.

How do you keep your RV smelling fresh?  I find that air fresheners just mask smells and have limited effects.  Also, the heavy perfumes can be an irritant in small spaces.  I prefer essential oils.  You can choose scents to relax, refresh and repel unwanted insects.  Today, I am sharing how I like to use essential oils both at home and in our RV.

Urban Camping in Jackson, Mississippi

Monday, February 17, 2020

Timberlake Corp of Engineer Campground on the Ross Barnett Reservoir offers a convenient location for camping near Jackson, MS.

Jackson, Mississippi is the capital of my home state.  This centrally located city provides a variety of options for camping, dining, and sightseeing.  We took advantage of this capital city for an urban camping adventure for our first trip to 2020.   If you are looking for a new place to visit or might be stopping in Mississippi on a cross country adventure, maybe our experience could help you plan.

Odor-Free Tank Maintenance with RV Products - The Great Tank Debate: Part 2

Monday, February 10, 2020

These are my favorite RV specific products for keeping our RV clean and maintaining our tanks!

Last week, my friend Christy Rogers, shared about using the Geo Method for keeping RV tanks clean and odor-free.  Tank maintenance is a highly debated topic between she and I.  RV specific products are my preference for keeping our tanks clean.  Today, I'm sharing the product I use and why these are my preferred method.  My strategic method may end the great tank debate.

The Geo Method - The Great Tank Debate: Part 1

Monday, February 3, 2020

Guest blogger Christy Rogers is a big-time believer in the Geo Method.  Find out why today!
Today, Christy Rogers shares a guest post on her thoughts about the Geo Method for keeping her tanks clean and smell free. This is part one of a two-part series. Next week, I'll share Part 2 where I share my thoughts on only using RV specific products in your tanks.

Level Your RV - How and Why

Monday, January 27, 2020

The first time we parked our RV on our new parking pad at home and were level, I couldn't believe the difference this made!

Our home is not the ideal spot to park an RV.  There are no Home Owner Association rules that prohibit us from doing this.  We have plenty of space on our property, but our yard has a slope going downward.  There is literally no level space to park our RV at our home.  Over time, this is a bad plan.  So, we addressed this problem recently.  However, having a level RV is important when in storage at home and at the campground.  Even if your campsite or parking space is not sloped, there could be a need to level your RV.  And, it can be less complicated than you think.

Camper Decor - Fab Finds For $40 from Dollar General

Monday, January 20, 2020

Dollar General's expanded home collection has lots of choices that can be used at home and your RV.

I love to decorate.  I have enjoyed sprucing up our new RV this past year.  One of my favorite places to find finishing touches for May Belle is Dollar General.  If you have not shopped at Dollar General, you are missing out!  This general store has been serving others since 1939 and is my go-to place to purchase inexpensive and trendy holiday decor.  Regardless of your budget, Dollar General is an excellent resource for designer flair.  It is practical and can help you complete your camper decor.

Charcoal Cooking - Be Your Best Campfire Chef

Monday, January 13, 2020

Lump charcoal vs. briquettes - when and how you should use each of these varieties of charcoal.

Charcoal grilling, at one time, was restricted to picnics and campsites.  However, grilling became a popular backyard activity after World War II in the 1940s.  The woody smell of burning charcoal means dinnertime, summertime, parties, and delicious meals.  Cooking with charcoal isn't limited to one season or meal.  Charcoal serves as a heat source for both the grill and Dutch oven.  The type of charcoal and cooking vessel make a difference in your cooking experience.  Over time, I have improved my charcoal cooking methods to make grilled meals and Dutch Oven cooking easy and full of flavor.

RV Warranty - How to Tackle Needed Repairs

Monday, January 6, 2020

We were so happy to pick up our Grand Design RV from the dealership where she was having some warranty work done.
You have finalized the sale and taken your new RV camping a few times.  Now,  you start to notice a few issues here and there.  It happens to every single RV owner at some point.  How you work through RV ownership issues from the beginning will set the tone for the overall experience.  I see lots of angry posts in RV groups about warranty issues and maintenance.  But, what is the best way to handle problems with your RV?

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