How to Plan an Amazing Family Road Trip | With FREE Road Trip Planner

How to Plan an Amazing Family Road Trip | With FREE Road Trip Planner

Planning an amazing family road trip? Well, you’re in the right place!

If you’re taking a family road trip to a specific destination or doing a roundabout trip, memories are bound to be made.

As a kid, the youngest of 6, we would road trip anywhere we were going because flying was too expensive.

My family road-tripped to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. We even rented an RV in Alaska and drove around for a couple of weeks. That was a long and eventful road trip I will never forget.

Now, we live in the Dallas Texas area and pretty much road-tripped around the whole state too. After all, Texas is the second-largest state and there’s so much to do and see. Driving to Port Aransas, Texas from Dallas is a 7 to 8-hour drive depending on how many stops and how fast you drive.

I remember as a kid getting so excited about family road trips. My parents would always find cool places to stop along the way. Some of these places included a cool car museum on the way to Tennessee and the Inner Space Caverns to name a couple. Plus, all the games, music, movies, and family time were what I looked forward too.

Now, family road trips always tested our relationships. But in the end, they made us stronger and more connected.

So, when you’re planning consider these ideas to help you prepare for a family road trip. They will get you started in making it one of the most memorable vacations ever! Including the best road trip planner app to use.

So, let’s get started!

Types of Road Trips

First, let’s discuss the three types of road trips you can take.

1. A Destination Road Trip. This is the main type of road trip my family would take. We always had a single destination that we headed too. For example, Dallas, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona where my grandmother lived. We took this trip many times growing up.

2. A Round-About Road Trip. This is the kind of trip where your ending destination brings you back home. These are fun because the whole idea of the road trip is to stop at interesting places. For example, there are some great National Park Roundabout Itineraries. You can check this awesome week-long Round-About Itinerary through the National Parks in Utah created by Nextdestinationunknown.com.

3. A One-way Road trip. We never took this type of trip because we always came back home. But, if you’re moving to a new city or state, this a single destination road trip.

Now that you know what type of road trip you will be making, consider who is coming and plan the route!

Consider who’s coming along

This is an important step because everyone has different tastes and ideas of fun.

Some people may hate the idea of taking a road trip to their vacation destination and others love it. When you understand who’s coming along, you’ll be able to plan better.

Plan the Route

Planning your route ahead of time helps you understand time, mileage, gas, and where you will need or want to stop.

There are plenty of sites and apps that can help you out with this including Google Maps.

But, there is one website/app I enjoy and recommend called Roadtrippers.com. Here is a link and if you want to get the Pro Version, use this code for $5 off. (BTR5QTP)

It’s perfect for anyone planning a trip and used by a lot of full-time traveling RVers.

Plan Cool and interesting places to stop

By using the Roadtrippers app you’ll be able to see the different places that you can stop along the way. The map highlights interesting places like Museums, Outdoor and recreation areas, and more.

When my family road tripped through Austin, we would always stop for an hour or so at the Inner Space Caverns. Stopping and exploring the caverns is a memory I will never forget!

Take your time

I know how tempting it is to see the time on the google maps directions and try to beat it. Also, I know there are some who only like to stop when someone must use the bathroom or get gas.

Depending on the type of road trip you are taking, I suggest you take your time. Enjoy the drive, the scenery, and if you do stop don’t be afraid to linger around and explore.

Like I said before, we use to stop at some cool places like the inner space caverns. We would spend an hour or so exploring.

Create a playlist

This is a must! I remember as a kid, way back in 1999 or 2000 my best friend and I would listen to the radio all day with blank cassette tapes. As soon as a song we liked came on the radio we would hit record. That is how we use to make road trip playlists.

Then came CD players, MP3 players, iPods, and now there is Apple Music and Pandora on our Phones.

Creating Playlists is super easy today! Also, the availability of music is world-wide, so get creative and have fun.

Pack healthy Snacks

Packing healthy snacks for your road trip is a great idea! It will prevent spending too much on gas station junk food.

Another plus to packing healthy snacks is no one gets a tummy ache from eating too many chips or candy.

Tip: Make Sandwiches ahead of time and pack easy options like apples, pears, grapes, and more. There are also some great applesauce pouches for kids you can purchase as well. These are great ideas to keep everyone happy, healthy, and full!

Bring a case of water

Seriously, this is the best advice because a case of water is like $4 or less. But if buy water at rest stops, you’re looking at 4 bottles of water for $1 or more each.

That’s a waste of money for water.

You can even pack some soda or juice boxes. Whatever the family or those joining on the road trip choice of beverage.

Don’t forget the Cooler

You will definitely want to bring along a cooler to keep your drinks cold. It doesn’t have to be anything large, just something that can fit a few drinks.

There are so many options to choose from including coolers that can plug into your 12v in the car. This eliminates the need for ice!

You can also choose a cooler bag that attaches to the back of the seat. There are now so many options to keep organized and keep your family road trip drinks cold.


Check the Weather

Depending on what time of year you will be traveling and also your desired destination, it will determine the weather. Winter brings a lot of snow and icy conditions, while spring can bring flooding.

Therefore it’s important to check the weather before you head out so you’re not surprised if you hit a storm.

Play Road Trip Games

We all know the classic games like iSpy or Slug Bug. These were my favorite road trip games to play. They kept us busy and having fun along the way.

If we weren’t playing those types of games, we had our handheld game systems like Nintendos.

Today almost everyone has a phone with downloadable app games. However, there are still some really cool handheld devices like the Nintendo Switch for kids who don’t have phones.

Tip: I suggest downloading some games on your phone while you have WiFi before you leave.


Watch some Movies

Some vehicles have DVD players already installed. However, you can always purchase one like this that you can take anywhere with you. These are great for all ages.

A movie is on average an hour in a half to two hours long. The time length is a great way to make a couple of hours go by, especially if anyone begins to get moody or tired.


Enjoy the opportunity to be together

This is one of my favorite reasons why I love taking road trips. It brings everyone closer together! Yes, there may be some arguments along the way but that’s a part of the experience.

I reflect back on all the Road Trips we took as a family growing up and they are some of my favorite memories. Family Road Trips are vacations that your kids will remember forever.

Get started in planning your family road trip with the downloaded and editable road trip planner below! 

Final Thoughts

Like I’ve said plenty of times, I LOVE taking Road Trips! They are fun and they get everyone out of the house and exploring. After all it’s great to explore new sights.

I hope you feel inspired and ready to plan your next road trip. Stay safe out there, take your time, and enjoy exploring!

What are some of your favorite road trip memories? Share below, I love good road trip stories!

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24 RV Bathroom Remodels for Inspiration | Before and After Pictures

24 RV Bathroom Remodels for Inspiration | Before and After Pictures

RV Bathroom Remodels are inspiring to say the least. Creating a little Spa in your Home on Wheels is to be desired by many. Being able to shower in a full-size shower or take a hot bath while you’re camping is a luxury.

I think, just because the space is small doesn’t mean you can’t spruce it up and make it a bathroom people dream about!

If you desire to create a spa-like RV bathroom that you enjoy while camping or living full-time, then you should make it happen.

Now, I’m guessing that since you’re here you probably are looking for some inspiration on design and decor!

Well, I’m glad to tell you that you’re in the right place. I have searched Instagram to bring you the best RV Bathroom Remodels out there, plus guidance on where you can get the same look for your camper’s bathroom.

Go ahead and scroll slowly to check out these amazing before and after RV bathroom remodels! 

@renovatingrutters

These first three RV Bathroom Remodels are gutted and redesigned by @renovatingrutters. They did an amazing job creating beautiful and unique camper bathrooms to enjoy.


@mauka_to_makai_rv_renovations

This cute couple from Hawaii but now living on the mainland renovate RVs and what wonderful renovations they have done. These RV bathrooms are incredible! I mean look at the bathtub! To have a soaking bath in an RV is one of a kind!


@troopnashville

Bo and Madison from @troopnashville have completed some amazing RV renovations. I previously featured them on our post “30 RV Kitchen Makeovers that will inspire your inner designer”. I’m excited to feature their RV bathroom remodels as well. Check out these awesome before and after renovations.

Credit: @troopnashville


@rv.renovate

Another couple who live full-time in RVs and have renovated a few along their journey with their 2 kids. Their style is so beautiful and versatile. You can check them out on their Instagram.

Credit: @rv.renovate


@rvsandtrees

This cute family of 4 live in their fully renovated fifth wheel fulltime. I just love what they have done to transform their bathroom into a workable space for the whole family. You can check out their full reno at @rvsandtrees.

Credit: @Rvsandtrees


@thehappyglamperco

I absolutely love this RV bathroom remodel! The neutral colors are perfect and the pops of green add that little extra that makes the space complete.


@tiny_modernfarmhouse

Check out this next one’s shower! This is a shower that people dream about having in their house and @tiny_modernfarmhouse added it in there RV’s bathroom! What an incredible RV bathroom remodel!


@Laceyautumnbrooke

This cute little family is living tiny in their fifth wheel on their farm! I love what they have done to their bathroom and entire RV. You can check out the full renovation here.


@sanmartindream

Chelsea, her husband, and puppy live luxuriously in San Martin, California in their RV. They have completely renovated the RV Bathroom and what a beautiful job they have done. Check out their full RV renovation here.


@thegrandpoppy3163

This mother of two has done a beautiful job of renovating their RV. Look at this RV with Double sinks in the bathroom. That’s a family’s dream when living tiny! I love their RV bathroom remodel! You can check out their whole renovation @thegrandpoppy3163.


Additional RV Bathroom Remodels

Here is some additional RV bathroom remodels for you to feel inspired by. While there was no before images, the after pictures are incredible!

I hope you enjoyed all of these beautiful RV bathrooms remodels. To remodel and renovate any space is a challenge! However, it is always worth it in the end. If you’re thinking about renovating your RV Bathroom, DO IT!! You won’t regret it!

If you’d like to submit your RV project to be featured on our site, please submit your work to our email on our “work with us” page for more details.

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25 Gift Ideas for the Adventurous and Outdoorsy Men in your Life

25 Gift Ideas for the Adventurous and Outdoorsy Men in your Life

Father’s day is right around the corner and I know there are many dads out there that enjoy the great outdoors. If you have an outdoorsy father or husband then this list of gift ideas is for you.

My dad is definitely an outdoorsy guy that loves to camp and fish during the summer. He drives 3 hours north to Broken Bow, Oklahoma to go tent camping and trout fishing. It is his downtime to breathe, relax, and do something he loves.

Maybe that’s why I love camping, fishing, hiking, and the great outdoors myself. After all, I am Daddy’s little girl!

But, what kind of gifts do you buy your father or the father of your children that you know they will love?

Well, here are some great ideas for campers, hikers, fishers, hunters, and ideas for those who enjoy grilling out to get you started. Everything can be found directly on Amazon and comes with super fast shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime Member.

 

Camping Gifts for Dads

Does your dad or husband enjoy camping? Are they always looking for the next best camping gear to enhance their camping experience?

Camping for many men is a hobby like fishing or hunting. The idea of getting to sleep in a tent, cook outside, and build a fire is honest fun while also being educational and fulfilling.

So, here are the best camping gift ideas for the outdoorsy men in your life.

Earth Pak – Waterproof Dry Bag

This will keep your Dads item he doesn’t want getting wet safe in case of a rain storm. It is great to also take hiking, kayaking, or any other wet water sports.

Light Weight Double Camping Hammock

Great to enjoy a nice nap during the day or even skip the tent and snooze outdoors.

 

Waterproof Super Bright Head Lamp

Being able to see during the darkness in the woods is vital. It’s an extra plus when you don’t have to hold a flashlight and instead have a super bright headlight to illuminate your camping site.

Waterproof Fire-Starting Lighter

 This lighter is great for the camping dads to be able to start a fire anywhere.


Solar Powered Camping Tent Light

Forget the batteries! Get your dad a solar-charged tent light to have when camping.

Campsite Storage Strap

This is amazing! Keeping things off the ground and easily being able to hang a lantern is a camping plus.

Hiking Gifts for Dads

My dad grew up hiking the Grand Canyon of all places. He lived just a couple hours away in Arizona and growing up him and his brothers would hike every weekend they could. It was some of the best adventures of his life.

If you have a Dad that loves to hike, enjoys new trails and challenges, then here are some great gift ideas for those outdoorsy men!

Folding Camping Chair | Backpack | Cooler

Everything about this is perfect for the hiking dad.

Genius Foldable Waterbottle

Perfect for day hikes and easy to carry and store once empty.

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles

Perfect adventure gift for your avid hiker Dad.

Timberland Waterproof Ankle Boot

My dad lives in these boots. They are great for hiking or everyday activities.

Engraved Compass

Perfect gift for a dad who enjoys sentimental items that are also very useful.

 

Waterproof and Breathable Hiking Socks

The perfect socks to keep your dad’s feet from blistering during a long hiking trip.

Grilling Gifts for Dads

I feel like grilling is the man’s cooking zone. Not to say women can’t grill either but for some reason, men just love to grill over the open fire. Who doesn’t like some delicious BBQ Grilled Chicken or a Juicy T-Bone Steak?

If the Dad in your life enjoys cooking out, here are some great gift ideas!

7 Piece Smoker Kit

My dad loves to smoke brisket in his smoker! It’s a great gift for the grilling dad.

Grillfather Apron

Perfect for the father who likes to make a statement.

Bluetooth Meat Thermometer

Your Dad can keep an eye on the temperature of the meat straight from his phone with this cool thermometer.

BBQ Grill Accessories Set

What’s a grill master without an amazing grill set? this is perfect for the Dad in your life. 

 

Fishing Gifts for Dads

Fishing is another great outdoor activity that a lot of men enjoy doing. My father, my brother in law, and my brother love to fishing. I even love to go fishing. Some of the best fishing I’ve ever done was in Alaska when I fished for Salmon and Halibut.

If you have a fisherman in your life, these are the best fishing gift ideas you can purchase on Amazon.

Vision Outdoor-Fishing Fanny Pack for Him

Perfect gift for the dad who likes to fish and be able to easily carry his bait, hooks, and beer.

Reelsonar Bluetooth Wireless Bobber Fish Finder

Probably that coolest fishing gear tech gadget to date! This device will help your dad find the fish underwater without wasting time.


Canvas Fishing Rod and Reel Organizer Carry Bag 

The perfect fishing gear organizer that is easy to carry to remote fishing spots.

Fishing Chest Waders for Men

Everyone fisherman will benefit from having chest-high waders. Especially when they’re fishing in rivers. This is a great gift!

Hunting Gifts for Dads

My brother is a huge hunter! When I told him about this post, he gave me a list of wishes to consider for those hunters including new thermos and gift cards.

I definitely took his considerations when creating these Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Men. I hope your hunter will enjoy these as well!

Men’s Thermal Underwear Set

Perfect to keep him warm during the freezing hunting seasons.

APEMAN Trail Camera

Every Hunter NEEDS a trail camera! This helps them know when the game is coming to certain locations.

Shooting Wild | Waterproof Range Finder

This is such a great gift idea for hunters. It helps them calculate the distance for shooting.

Trail Camera Viewer SD Card Reader

This card reader is perfect for being on the go and wanting to quickly check the camera’s video.

Amazon Gift Card

If you’re still unsure, you can’t go wrong with a gift card!

I hope these Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Men in your life are exactly what you are looking for. Make your dad or significant other feels special and blessed to be a dad.

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How to Grow a Mini Garden Inside Your RV Camper

How to Grow a Mini Garden Inside Your RV Camper

How to grow a mini-garden in your RV Camper | With the decline of quality produce found in grocery stores these days, it is no wonder that the topic of gardening and becoming self sufficient is on the rise, even among us RV “full-timers”!

I don’t know about you, but tomatoes and strawberries recently have lost their sweetness and flavor.

With mass production that is aimed at quantity, not quality, chemical fertilizers, and the use of unnatural pesticides, our food is becoming like plastic. Ok, that might be a little dramatic, but in all seriousness, what is happening to our produce?

With all of the readily available information out there about the harm and danger of eating pesticide-laden foods, one would think they would stop using these chemical pesticides and fertilizers!

There are natural pesticides and organic fertilizers that could be taken advantage of, but they aren’t. Shouldn’t organic food be the norm and not the minority?

We don’t need to inject our produce with unnatural things to preserve them or make them grow to crazy large scales, but yet these mass food producers are. And with so few organic farms out there, the prices are more expensive.

The reason is as simple as supply and demand. There is less produce grown organically compared to the demand of the product, therefore, the prices are higher than mass-produced non-organic options.

I’m sure these large scale food producers have explanations to these questions and concerns but are they satisfying answers? Are they enough for you to keep eating the flavorless fruit and vegetables?

Since buying organic is more expensive, what is an alternative? How can we save money and still eat foods that we can feel good about?

Simple! Start growing your own food!

But, if you’re living in an RV, tiny home, or even an apartment… how can you grow your own produce?

Well with today’s technology and a little knowledge of what each plant needs, I think it’s more doable now more than ever!

You can start your very own indoor/outdoor mobile garden!

If you would like to start learning how to garden check out my sister in law’s Youtube Channel “Life on our Micro Farm”! She’s been gardening for years now! Show her some support and subscribe to her channel! 😊

But before you check it out (I will provide another link at the end), here are some tips on how you can start your own mobile indoor/outdoor garden today, plus a list of plants you can start growing indoors.

What does organic mean?

First, let’s describe what it means when something is ‘organic’.

According to USDA.gov, Organic produce is grown in soil that has not been contaminated with any synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides.

That is not to say they have never had any type of fertilizer or pesticide but the types that have been used on them are organic and approved for organic gardening.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather have my produce grown organically.

Benefits of growing your own produce indoors

Now that we know what “organic” means, lets dive into the benefits of growing your own produce rather than buying from the store.

  • The number one benefit is it will save you money! If you’re someone who enjoys eating salads (Like Me), then growing your own lettuce year-round is a money saver!
  • The number two reason for growing your own produce is because you will have fresh food year round. You don’t have to worry about your lettuce wilting because it will be continuously growing. We will talk more about growing lettuce later.
  • The number three reason to grow your own produce is you will have control over the kind of soil, pesticides, or any chemicals placed on your plants. When you’re growing inside, you actually don’t have to use any kind of pesticides or chemicals.

These sound like three amazing reasons to start your very own indoor mini garden.

What you will need to grow your produce indoors

Growing plants do require some special soil and planters.

  1. Organic Indoor Soil (Check each type of plant you choose for what is best)
  2. Planters or wall planters that have good drainage capabilities
  3. A self grower with fluorescent lights (Optional depending on the amount of sunlight you get inside)
  4. Non-GMO/Organic Germinated Seeds
  5. Spray bottle for watering

Ways to Grow a Mini Garden inside your RV Camper or Apartment

  1. Purchase an indoor grower with fluorescent lights or a hydroponics system. This will allow you to have very minimal upkeep and give you the ability to place your plants anywhere in your home or RV.
  1. If not using grow lights, position your plants per their sunlight requirement in the windows of your RV or apartment. Our Dining table sits where we get the morning sun perfectly. Any plants that need that morning sun will do perfectly by sitting on our table. Some plants don’t require a lot of sun exposure and can be hung on the walls in planters.

Before you start planting your Mini Garden…

Before you start planting, you really need to figure out what type of vegetables and fruits you will eat. There is no sense in planting spinach if you never eat spinach.

Living in an RV means being purposeful with space, so growing what is eaten regularly is key.

Types of Plants and Indoor Growing Tips

Mini-Garden Herbs

Cilantro

Cilantro is a herb that is commonly used in Hispanic and Asian Cuisine. If you love making salsa or tacos, for example, then having fresh cilantro growing is beneficial.

  • Soil: Mix of Indoor planting soil and sand for drainage.
  • Pot: 8 inches deep is recommended because cilantro develops a deep taproot like carrots.
  • Light: Full sun 4 to 5 hours a day preferably morning sun.
  • Water: Cilantro needs to be watered thoroughly with water draining out. When grown indoors, it needs to be watered when the soil is dry to touch.

You can learn more about how to grow cilantro here.

Rosemary

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs to cook with. I love adding good garlic and rosemary to my chicken or steak. The flavor is just delicious!

  • Soil: Two parts sterilized potting soil and one part sand
  • Pot: 3.5 inches in diameter and depth
  • Light: Minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight
  • Water: Thoroughly water but do not allow the soil to become soggy. 2 inches on top of the soil can be dry and rosemary will thrive.

To learn more about how to plant and care for rosemary, click here. 


Parsley

Parsely is another great herb to grow indoors and is used is a variety of dishes. I like to top my eggs with a little bit of parsley in the mornings.

  • Soil: Same as other herbs. Good Indoor soil with easy drainage capabilities.
  • Pot: Needs a pot with good drainage
  • Light: 6 to 8 hours of direct south sunlight (if possible).
  • Water: Regularly water to keep the soil moist but not soggy and don’t let the soil sit-in water.

If you would like to know more on growing parsley indoors, click here.

Basil

Basil is a very popular herb that is used in a variety of dishes. Italian dishes are the most popular cuisine that you will use basil.

  • Soil: Nutrient-rich soil that’s easy for water to drain through
  • Pot: Choose a pot with good drainage.
  • Light: 6 hours of sunlight to grow properly. If using fluorescent lights, it needs 10-12 hours a day.
  • Water: Keep basil hydrated. Usually, twice a week is a good amount of watering

You can learn more about how to plant and care for basil indoors here.

Mint

Mint is an easy herb to plant and is low-maintenance. You can use mint in a variety of foods and drinks including ice cream or mint juleps.

  • Soil: Indoor soil is perfect but doesn’t pack the soil because mint needs the soil to drain easily.
  • Pot: Choose a wide pot for better results with drainage holes
  • Light: Morning sun and partial afternoon light are key.
  • Water: Every 2 to 3 days. Keep the soil moist

If you would like to know how to plant and keep a mint herb thriving, you can learn more here. 

Mini-Garden Vegetables

lettuce

If you love making salads as I do, then having fresh lettuce growing year-round is so beneficial. Here are some quick tips to grow your own indoors.

  • Soil: Indoor Seed Starting Soil
  • Pot: Choose a post size that is 4 to 6 inches both width and depth
  • Light: Direct Sunlight or Fluorescent light
  • Water: Water when the lettuce wilts. Do not overwater or let soil soak.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can start growing lettuce, check it out here.

Kale

Kale is a great choice to grow alongside your lettuce. Many people like to grow these types of vegetables in hydroponic systems because they make caring for lettuce, kale, and tomatoes much easier.

  • Soil: Indoor growing mixture
  • Pot: Good Drainage with 12 inches deep and wide preferably for growth
  • Light: Needs 4 hours of sunlight or 6 under florescent
  • Water: Needs just enough water to moisten the soil. Do not water Log the plant

You can check out more details on how to start a seedling and grow kale indoors here.

Spinach

Just another salad green that is so good for you! This plant is a great one to plant in the hydroponic system too.

  • Soil: Quality organic indoor potting mix
  • Pot: 6-8 inches deep and wide or you can use smaller pots for each seed
  • Light: Doesn’t need much light and enjoys the morning sun
  • Water: Keep the soil moist but never soggy. Overwatering can lead to fungus

Learn how to grow spinach indoors in a pot from a seedling here.

Tomatoes

I LOVE Tomatoes! Having fresh homegrown tomatoes year round sounds amazing! Plus, there are so many different types of tomatoes you can choose from like grape tomatoes.

  • Soil: Good Quality organic soil and fertlize every week.
  • Pot: At least 12 inches deep
  • Light: Requires a lot of light. If you don’t get a lot of light in a window, then this is the plant to use in the hydronic system.
  • Water: Maintain a moisture soil base

To learn more about growing tomatoes indoors, check out more here.

 

Radishes

Perfect for RV’s or Tiny living because they are a no fuss kind of vegetable. They usually take 21-23 days to grow until harvest. Radishes are perfect for salads.

  • Soil: Any organic indoor potting soil
  • Pot: 6 inches deep with great drainage to prevent root rot
  • Light: Needs a lot of light 6 – 8 hours a day preferably
  • Water: Don’t let them dry out. Water often and keep the soil moist, not soggy.

To learn more about growing radishes click here.

Mini-Garden Fruit

Strawberries

Strawberries are amazing to eat organically and even better when you grow them yourself. The Alpine Strawberry plant is the best suited for indoor growth. They usually flower and produce twice a year, so although it may not be a constant access to strawberries, it’s wonderful to have fresh strawberries in season.

  • Soil: Indoor Organic soil mix
  • Pot: They have a shallow root system, so Strawberries can be planted in any pot of choice with good drainage.
  • Light: 4-6 hours per day
  • Water: Daily during growing seaso. They love waer but not too much. Don’t over water and cause the soil to become soggy.

To learn more about growing strawberries indoors as a houseplant, click here.

Final Thoughts

Growing a mini garden inside your RV, Tiny home, or Apartment is definitely doable! To have fresh greens growing year-round to enjoy will not only benefit your health but also pocketbook.

I hope this has inspired you to grow a mini garden. Even if it’s just a few herbs or plants inside a hydroponic system, that’s alone is amazing!

If you want to learn more about starting your own garden, don’t forget to check out my sister-in-laws Youtube channel called “Life on our Micro Farm“! Follow, Subscribe and comment/like her videos (See I told you I would give you another link 🙂 )


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Meet the RV Blogger Behind RVInspiration.com | Finding Her Niche

Meet the RV Blogger Behind RVInspiration.com | Finding Her Niche

If you’re a blogger or looking to start a blog, one thing you want to figure out is what you want to blog about. What is something that you are interested in and love talking about?

Whatever it is, that’s your blogging NICHE!!

When you’re just starting out you may be looking at other blogger’s websites to get ideas and inspiration. Honestly, I think that’s a great way to start.

I myself was inspired by many bloggers including Heather and Pete Reese, in which I took their Blogging Blastoff Course. They helped me get started and understanding how I could build and monetize from the beginning.

Another blogger that inspired me was Ashley Mann. She is an RV Blogger and owns RVInspiration.com. If you’re an RVer her site is one you probably have stumbled upon.

During my beginning stages of building my site, I looked at her website for inspiration. It’s important to never copy another blogger but it’s okay to gain inspiration! After all, I think it’s important to have someone to look up to when you are starting anything. We look at the ones that are successful and strive to just be in the same ballpark. At least I do!

  • So who is Ashley Mann?
  • How did she start her blog?
  • How did she find her niche and become a blogging success?

I was lucky enough to actually be contacted by her in my early stages of blogging back in 2018. For me, having someone I look up to within the RV blogger niche world contact me was an exciting moment!

Recently I requested to interview her so others could meet her, feel inspired, and gain confidence within themselves to blog. I also wanted to highlight how finding a niche can be as simple as looking at your lifestyle, and build from there.

Without further a do….. Here is Ashley Mann! The RV Blogger behind RVinspiration.com, Thebloggingaboutbloggingblog.com, and her own personal website ashleymann.me.

Living in an RV | A Brief Overview

Ashley was a Middle School English teacher in search of a new career that allowed her more freedom and flexibility! Here’s her story; 

I lived in an RV for about three years, and during that time we were mostly stationary; we lived in three different locations.  When my husband and I bought the RV, we were planning to start a business as commercial real estate investors buying and rehabbing apartments. We wanted the flexibility to move to whatever cities we thought we would be investing in.

The first city we went to was Kansas City – the nearest major city to our hometown of Springfield, MO.

Our business didn’t pan out the way we planned, and my husband ended up getting a job there that kept us stuck there for a while.  That was when I started my blog. (June of 2017, her site went live)

Then in 2018, my husband started a commercial real estate real software company, and we moved to the Dallas area for a few months so he could be close to his business partner, who lives there.

At the beginning of 2019, we were both finally working from home and completely location independent! We decided to move our RV back to our hometown “for a few months” before deciding where to go next. But we actually realized we weren’t really interested in traveling full time and decided we wanted to make Springfield our permanent home base.

The cost of living in Springfield is so low, we were able to rent a nice house in a beautiful neighborhood for the same price we were paying to live in our RV, so that’s what we’re doing now, and our RV is currently for sale.


How did you find your Niche as an RV Blogger?

I started my website to fill a need I was experiencing myself, which was a place to find great ideas for turning an RV into a home. At the time, I was spending hours on Pinterest and in Facebook groups looking for ideas for RV organization and decorating.

On Pinterest, I kept seeing the same ideas come up over and over and none of them were what I was looking for. On Facebook, I would see people share great ideas. But, those ideas would get lost in the group feed. Then a few weeks later, someone else in the group would ask for the same idea, without seeing what had already been posted.

So, I decided to curate the ideas I was seeing shared so they could search for them on Pinterest and Google. 

Did you set out initially to make an income with your blog?

I definitely planned all along for my blog to be a source of income.  My husband had studied digital marketing through niche websites prior. But he had never actually created a niche site because he didn’t have anything he was interested in blogging about.

When I shared with him my idea of a website about RV ideas, he pointed me to some articles and resources. This was where I learned some basics of content marketing that helped me create my initial strategy.  And the income definitely did not come on its own.

The first success I saw was after I took an online course about how to use Pinterest effectively to generate website traffic. The second big burst of growth was when I took an online course on SEO and started applying the techniques I learned from it.

Where do you see RVinspiration.com in the future?

I don’t see myself personally blogging about RVing forever. I plan to grow my business to the point where I either hire content writers or sell to someone who has the passion to take over and continue my vision.

I’m working on a second major piece of the business (a related website) which I’ll be launching this year.  I’m not really sure what’s next for me, but I can see myself eventually starting another blog/website in a completely different niche. I may even possibly move into consulting type work.


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What is one thing that you hope will inspire others?

The paradigm shift that changed my life and helped me escape a job that I wasn’t happy in four years ago, was the realization that my job search didn’t have to be limited to skills and education I already had. But, that I could learn to do whatever I wanted. 

So many online jobs, including blogging, do not require a college degree or any formal education.  I think the biggest hurdle to overcome is simply lack of awareness of what jobs exist and how people are making money online.

But, once you start making yourself aware of what opportunities are out there, you can learn the skills needed for free and without a college degree. Keep Learning!

Final Thoughts

There you have it! I hope you now feel inspired by the RV Blogger, Ashley Mann.

Sometimes finding your blogging niche is as simple as looking at your own life, seeing an “issue”, and wanting to create that online space to bring all you know on a subject together.

Also, do not be afraid to learn something new and KEEP LEARNING! Blogging is a learning process and if you’re wanting to start a blog then I hope you get it going sooner rather than later.

If you want to learn from the pros, check out Heather and Pete Reese. They helped me get started and taught me how to blog for money, how to build it up from the beginning, and more! I highly recommend their course! You can check it out here and start their 5-day blogging blast off email course!

If you would like to learn more about Ashley, check out her site Ashleymann.me

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