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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Banana Coconut Smoothie

When we have overripe bananas, here is a great way to use them in an easy smoothie recipe. Banana coconut smoothie is a great breakfast idea. A tropical smoothie treat.

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Banana Coconut Smoothie

We are making lots of smoothies these days to use up a lot of the fruit that is so plentiful this time of year.


  • one banana
  • splash of milk of your choice
  • a pina colada flavored yogurt
  • ice (just a few cubes)
  • squirt of  honey
  • couple tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • protein powder (optional)

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
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Monday, July 17, 2017

How We Do Laundry While Camping Right In Our Trailer

Camping means dirty clothes and camping for a week I need to do laundry so I am sharing my how I do laundry while camping right in our trailer. You all know I love camping gadgets but my favorite this year are the washer and spin dryer from The Laundry Alternative. They graciously sent me these to try and share my results with you. Well, I love them.

portable washing machine and dryer

How We Do Laundry While Camping:

1. We set up the Wonder Wash in the bath tub of our trailer. It is small so we just pulled off the crank handle and my daughter rotated the tub herself. She liked that part.  I did three small loads because one I wanted to add a little bleach too for our towels. I did squeeze some of the water out after I let them drain but the spin dryer really does most of that for you. (Watch the video below for complete demonstration.)

2. I used my pop up rubber basket to hold the laundry until we were ready to start the dryer.

3. When we were all done with our small loads of washing, I switched out and set the spin dryer in the bathtub. It drains water out the bottom which you can put a cup below to catch but in the tub, it just goes down the drain perfectly. I sorted each spin load so they weren't too full and just let them go. This really is amazing how the laundry comes out almost totally dry. We hung laundry to finish drying and not one drip fell. Just a little time was needed to completely dry out.

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4. All the towels, socks and wash cloths were hung on my awesome little laundry drying clip hanger which is another great camping laundry tip. I just hung it from the vent in the bathroom with the clamp that it comes with.

This is a brief rundown but to really see how I did it all, watch our video below and follow us on YouTube to get more great camping tips videos. And check out my post on how I keep our trailer organized while camping.

The Wonder Wash and Nina Soft Spin Dryer would be perfect in a dorm or apartment for doing small loads of clothes and towels. I love the idea of having them in case of emergencies when we might not have power.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 7/15


Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Easy RV Step Replacement

If you ever have your RV steps break and you need a quick or cheap and super easy RV step replacement or repair, I have a tip for you because that very thing happened to us. Right before a trip, our step snapped off on one side.

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RV Step Repair Options

We could have hooked up the trailer and tried to find a place to repair it.

We also could have ordered a whole new set to be put on the trailer.

We could find a good substitute as we were leaving in a few days. We thought of just bringing a block and propping the broken step up but that felt unstable.

Our Easy RV Travel Trailer Steps Repair

I decided to search for steps online and found a great set of heavy duty plastic steps meant for spas.

When we received the steps they fit perfect and we thought maybe this would be a temporary fix but we loved the new steps.

Why We Won't Repair The Old Trailer Steps

The new steps fit perfectly and are wider and sturdier than the old steps.

My husband was the test, a very tall big guy, and they were strong enough for him. His big feet had a hard time on the old metal RV steps and he tripped a few times. These new steps are wider and deeper and easier for him to step onto.

Our dogs struggled a little on the old metal steps and we were happy to see these steps were easier for them to navigate.

We already paid for these steps and they fit perfectly right up into the inside of the trailer by the door to keep them out of the weather. We left the old steps in case we ever needed to repair those in the future. The steps were less than $80 and for sure cheaper than buying new steps and having them installed.
Here is the link  to the ones we bought but watch my video for lots of pictures of the new RV steps.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Link Party 7/8


Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Week of 6/25 in the Home and Garden - June Garden Haul

This week in the home and garden has been marked by hot weather and garden abundance. This is just one picture mostly of my garden haul for one day. Every year we struggle with pests and blights that affect things. I have not been able to grow any good cucumbers in my front garden for a few years. I suspect it is because I grow so many tomatoes out there and they are not good garden companions.

fresh peaches, garden tomatoes, vintage kitchen

We have watered a lot to keep the yard going during the triple digit temps but things have cooled. Our house is ready for the fourth of July with some patriotic garden decorating and as always lots of vintage goodness. I hope you enjoy this montage...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Patriotic Garden Ideas - Decorating The Old Coop

As the 4th of July approaches, we are getting our patriotic garden ideas out there and as usual we are decorating the old chicken coop in red,white and blue.

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When the chickens left, the coop stayed and we just use it as garden art. Planting flowers and filling an old chicken waterer planter with impatiens keeps with the theme of the coop.

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Patriotic pinwheels and red petunias were perfect for the front of the coop.

July 4th garden ideas

 A patriotic garden flag  tucked among all the flowers wishes everyone a Happy July 4th.

July 4th flag, fuschia, chicken feeder planter

Watch the video tour of the 4th of July Chicken Coop. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Five On Monday - What's New In The Garden

Boy is summer here. Five on Monday with what's new in the garden....sunflowers, zinnias, the old coop and Tugg.

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growing sunflowers, cutting sunflowers

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Tugg, chiweenie

Oh the garden is full summer mode. I am picking little bouquets of zinnias all the time. The more you cut them, the more they will bloom. I have growing tips for great zinnias so check it out.

I still have our old coop even though the chickens are long gone. You can read why we don't have chickens any longer. The coop gets decorated for the 4th of July. I am making a video and post of it. We had so much fun playing with it and making it cute. Decorating the old coop makes it garden art I guess.

Our garden is giving us much surplus. We do have some critters fighting us for the goods though and that is so frustrating. I am making some videos of our urban garden. Find our gardening and other tips on our Youtube channel. You can see them and subscribe all right here.

Oh this dog. Tugg is one of the Chiweenies we adopted from the shelter. Someone once told me that Daschunds can be stubborn and I see some of that in her but she is the biggest character and so funny. Her personality is so funny. This is her preferred spot to sit when dad comes home as he scratches her back and spoils her. She knows she is his favorite. We always say it is a Tugg's Live...

Have a great week everyone...Last week of June. Where is the year going?
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Friday, June 23, 2017

How To Steam Eggs - Young Homemakers Series

My favorite way to hard boil eggs is also the easy way to steam eggs. I find this method makes it easier to peel fresher eggs which we all know can be tough. In this Young Homemaker Series, hard boiled eggs are a basic kitchen staple. Easy to make and an economical quick snack or meal.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Unboxing of Norwex Cleaning Kit - Is It Worth The Money?

Have you heard of Norwex? I hadn't either until my friend invited me for a party to check it out and I was so impressed by what she had cleaned in her home. I am sharing my unboxing of my Norwex cleaning kit I ordered. I am pretty frugal so for me to spend on this kit shows I really like the products but I will review them all and share my results in case you are wondering if the Norwex cleaning products work and do what they really claim.

Let me know if you have tried and use the products. I am interested to know what you think and what is your favorite item.

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My complete unboxing and thoughts are below in the video. Please subscribe you our Youtube channel to follow all of our videos.