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 www.accessrvrental.com 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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DIY Window Boxes and a $100. ACE Giftcard Giveway.

This is a sponsored post written by myself.  All thoughts and opinions belong to me.

When we first walked through this 70’s rambler 4+ years ago it was pretty tired and frumpy.


Little by little we’ve given it a face lift to boost it’s curb appeal.

For our ACE Hardware project this month we had the opportunity to tackle a project using a tool from ACE‘s Primo tool line.  I’ve always loved window planter boxes and decided to make this a family project.  The bedroom windows on the house are quite high which leaves a lot of brick real estate below.


Window boxes were the ideal solution to break things up a bit.


For this project I used the Craftsman Magnesium Staight Finish Nailer.


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I don’t know how I’ve lived without one of these for so long.  I normally am hammering nails in, smashing fingers and bending nails.  This tool sped up the process 100-fold!


This man even jumped in and learned some wood working skills.


I love them so much I’m planning on making some window boxes for our shed…tutorial coming soon.


Constructing the boxes was the easy part…working my green thumb and keeping the plants alive is going to be the real challenge.


Next up, replacing those 35+ year old shutters.

Now for the really exciting news…one lucky reader will get a $100. gift card to ACE to tackle their own spring projects around the house.


To enter, go to ACE’s website HERE and browse around then leave a comment in the entry form (below) letting me know what you would buy with $100.
As always, I’ve given some bonus entry options also.
Good luck!

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This post was written my myself as a part of my affiliation as an ACE Blogger.  I was compensated for this post as well as other products by ACE.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of ACE.


Making your family tree a custom work of art.

This is a sponsored post written my myself.

Mother’s Day is May 10th which is right around the corner.
It is indeed one of the most pressure-filled holidays in my book.
It always seems to sneak up on me and then there’s always a lot riding on that one gift that is supposed to encompass the message “thank you for giving me life”.
Like I said…a lot of pressure.

My mom loves gardening, golf and genealogy.
I was going to get her a fancy compost bin but that didn’t have that certain Mother’s day – je ne sais quoi…AND she has enough golf ball picture frames that she could literally open up a golf trinket shop.  Then I came across these unique Family Tree Prints by Custom Family Tree Art.


They take your family tree names and print them up in the shape of an actual tree.  Such a unique way to display your ancestry.
Perfect for my mom who has been on a quest to do her family genealogy this year.

The ordering process was pretty simple and you can choose to have it framed or just as a print.  I ordered the matboard (2mm Mount) with protective & artistic linen texture which really meant nothing to me until it arrived…then I saw just how impressive the quality was.  It’s as easy as ordering something online but it’s totally custom and personalized.


If you’re not quite sure if your family is done growing (perhaps babies may still be on the way) you can always have an updated print made for only $5.00 and a reprint starting at $15.00.  Say you’re a parent who wants to give all the kids in your family their own Family Tree Print, you can order additional prints starting at just $15.00.  Not only would this be a great gift but a beautiful piece of art for your own home.

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If you are looking for a perfect personalized gift for a limited time only 4men1lady readers can get 20% off your order until Mother’s Day (and it doesn’t even have to be for your mother).
Go to Custom Family Tree Art and enter promo code: 4M1LADY (not valid with other promo codes).