Renovated Trailers.

I mentioned in my last post that our RV trip was the best family vacation we ever took.  Every time I say that out loud I’m positive it sounds a little absurd and you’re probably thinking we haven’t  been to very many cool places as a family.  Maybe? Maybe not? What I learned on our RV trip was that it was all about the journey, not the destination.  Oh crap, my parents were right.  Thinking back, we laughed harder sitting around the table in the RV, bumpin’ down the road playing games than we ever did playing on the white sand beaches of Hawaii or exploring the glaciers in Alaska. We had real intropsective conversations with our kids about what it would be like to live on one of those little farms in Iowa where kids had real jobs other than just bringing in the garbage cans from the street.  The gift the RV trip gave us was time together…and I loved every minute of it.

The other thing I learned on the RV was living in a small space was actually quite doable.  Maybe I can say that because I knew we only had to live in cramped quarters for just a week.  But honestly, I kind of liked it.  Everything we needed was right there at our finger tips.   We had wheels, a bathroom, a place to sleep and a place to cook.  There was no pressure of having to clean a massive house, maintain the yard, make a huge elaborate meal.  Everything was simplified which gave us more time to spend together or read a book or just look out the window at America the Beautiful.

We’ve been home for over a week now and I can’t stop thinking about acquiring an RV or trailer.  I want to take my family all over the place in an RV.  Of course using Access RV’s brand spankin’ new RV’s was wonderful but there’s the part of me that to put my own stamp on it.  Something along these lines…

Now I just need the husband to get on board, a wad of cash to buy one, a place to renovate it and a stretch of time in which to complete it.

(Check out our RV trip + enter the giveaway we’re co-hosting for an RV trip getaway here).

RV Road Trip 2015 and an Access RV Trip Giveaway.

For our family vacation this year I had dreams of  a lovely hotel on a tropical island.  Not that my men wouldn’t have loved the beach but they had other ideas of their own.  They were thinking of something a little more hands-on.  Like an RV hands-on.  I was out-voted 4 to 1 so off we went across country on a RV.  If you follow us on Instagram you’ve been up to date on our RV-adventures that started in Indiana and ended in Salt Lake City, UT thanks to the awesome folks at Access RV Rentals.  (Read on…I’m co-hosting a giveaway for a 5 night RV vacation valued at $2150.)!

Now I’ll be perfectly honest…sitting in a RV for hours on end had little appeal to me at all.  All I could envision was Cousin Eddie and that awful RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Instead what we got was a brand new Sunseeker RV with 12 miles on it.


We flew to Chicago and picked up the RV in Indiana. From there we stopped in Nauvoo, IL, Carthage, IL, Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux City, IA, Thermopolis, WY, Salt Lake City, UT.

The sites we saw were knock-your-socks-off awesome.

We walked along the Navy Pier in Chicago…


Visited holy places that held great historical significance…


Carthage Jail, Illinois

We jumped for joy at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO.


And had an epic melt-down at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


We celebrated Mother’s Day complete with grilled cheese sandwiches and a spilled soda in dad’s lap.


We were told by the National Weather Service “Take Cover” during a tornado threat which cased damage to several states that day.


We rode out the weather in some po-dunk motel complete with smelly red carpet that I’ve never been so grateful for…ready to grab pillows and jump in the bathtub at a moments notice.


We watched the weather channel for hours and were bored outta our minds.

Unfortunately we had to skip Mt. Rushmore due to a winter storm warning and park-wide power outage…instead we visited Thermopolis, WY,
home of the world’s largest mineral hot springs. They were fascinated that boiling hot water could come right out of the ground.


The mineral smell of sulpher took some getting used to…we soaked, swam and water-slided at the Star Plunge for hours.  Ancient Native Americans call them the “healing waters”.

Despite my initial reservations about being on an RV, the excursion ended up being the best trip we’ve ever taken as a family.  Surprise, surprise! Traveling in an RV was a lot less constricting than traveling in a car.  We played games, jammed to music, ate (a lot), talked about the places we visited and laughed hard.  Seeing a chunk of America the Beautiful is eye opening…especially for boys who have lived in only two places their whole lives.  Gives us all perspective how tiny our little corner of the world really is.



Ever toyed with the idea of RV’ing? I would HIGHLY recommend it!

Now for the exciting news…

USA 5 Star RV Rental Network is giving away a free 5 night RV Vacation!! (A $2150 Value!)

If you are ready for a fabulous RV vacation, Access RV is providing a 5 night RV vacation in one of their current year model motor homes to friends of the USA 5 Star RV Rental Network. Access RV is located in both Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming. You can take the family to the scenic wonders of Yellowstone and the Tetons. See elk, moose, bison, bear and other wildlife that wonders freely through the park midst the natural geysers, paint pots and steam springs. See the jagged Rocky peaks of the Tetons towering over the beautiful Jackson Lake below.  Or visit the uniquely beautiful rock formations of South Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks of Zions, Arches, Bryce, Canyonland and Capital Reef. Traveling in an RV is the best, most affordable way to experience the National Parks up close.

Winner will get 5 Nights with 800 miles in a 2015 31′ C-Class motor home with double slides. This 4.5 star motor home comes with HD TV/DVD player, 5.1 surround sound, GPS navigation, iPod dock, back up camera, Serta pillow-top mattress, power awning, air conditioning, unlimited generator, final cleaning and dumping and much more!

The lucky winner will have until June 1, 2016 to take their incredible vacation!

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Fine print details: The vacation give away does not include insurance which can be provided by your auto insurance company or by purchasing optional protection through Access RV. Drivers must be at least 25 years old with a valid drivers license, proof of insurance and VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Additional miles over the 800 free miles can be purchased at $1.55 per mile. A refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. Sales tax of $156.47 is the responsibility of the winner. For additional information, floor plans, etc. visit our members website at Disclosure: My 4 men and I want to extend a huge thank you to Access RV for providing the RV’s for us and a few of my blogging buddies to travel across the country in!  We will forever be grateful for the opportunity and memories! To see more pictures of our trip check us out on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter.


Check out some of my bloggy friends who also did the trip:

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Sprucing up with Lulu and Georgia.

One of the perks of blogging is getting to partner with some awesome stores to style their products and merchandise in my home.
This week some Lulu and Georgia pieces found their way in to my home.
And I get to share the Lulu and Georgia love for 20% off with code: 4men1lady20.


 You all know I love white.  You just can’t go wrong with it.  Lulu and Georgia has a huge selection of amazing lamps.  This Taman lamp is sitting on the dresser in our bedroom.
Even the Mr. commented that it looked “Awesome“…believe me, when you get a compliment from him on the decor you know it’s a keeper.

Next we move to the Loo.


When I was sitting in the shower with my camera photographing the loo the Mr. asked if I was really going to blog about the toilet.
Sh-ya!,” I said.  “Do you see how cool this Horse Head Match Strike by Jonathan Adler is?”  He did his infamous eye roll and walked away.
It really is a cool little piece.  You can light the match by striking the ridges at the base.


  Two words. Bathroom-Necessity.
(I live with 4 men…need I say more?)


Our basement family room got a new addition as well.


This is the Fairmont Coffee Table.


I love that it’s neutral and versatile enough that it could fit in to a modern or more traditional space.


If you haven’t been to Lulu and Georgia it’s a must visit.
Don’t forget to use code: 4MEN1LADY20 for your 20% discount. (Offer good for one week from the date of this post).

I received products from Lulu and Georgia to review and blog about.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.