RV Renovation Tour | A Rustic Bohemian Home on Wheels with @Our.Own.Beat

RV Renovation Tour | A Rustic Bohemian Home on Wheels with @Our.Own.Beat

I’m so excited to highlight this family’s RV renovation.

Whit and Gui with their 2 kids and 2 dogs live and travel full-time in their remodeled 5th wheel.

Their RV story begins December of 2019 when they decided to rent out their home, sell their belongings, buy an RV, and travel full-time.

Before purchasing their RV, Whit and Gui already decided they wanted to renovate it and make it home.

Looking through their Instagram and pictures of their RV, I like to describe their style as Rustic Bohemian.

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The warm earthy tones, the rustic wood trim, and the play with color, textures, and patterns give this RV the perfect combination of Rustic Bohemian.

I think they definitely accomplished their goal by making their RV a cozy and inviting home on wheels!

So check out their RV Renovation and get inspired!

Before Pictures

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After Pictures

Now that you’ve seen what Whit and Gui’s RV looked like before, check out the amazing after pictures.

It is totally transformed from the basic factory decor.

By painting their walls and cabinets, changing out the hardware, and getting creative by building a fold-down island, they made this 5th wheel their own.

Every detail of this home on wheels flows and provides a comfortable feeling of home.

I also love how they’ve created play space for their little ones. So, even when they’re on the road, the kids can still play dress up and more.

 

After – RV Kitchen


After – RV Bedroom

After – RV Living Room


Final Thoughts

I hope you love this RV 5th wheel renovation as much as I do.

There are so many little details from the custom-built island extension to the gorgeous wood trim on the slides that can bring you inspiration for your RV.

If you’d like to check out their adventures and more of their renovation, go follow them on Instagram @our.own.beat

If you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com

 

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Fall Camping Tips to Keep You Warm and Cozy in a Tent

Fall Camping Tips to Keep You Warm and Cozy in a Tent

Camping doesn’t only have to be a summer fun experience.

There are many benefits to fall camping when the air cools down and the leaves begin to change to red, orange, and yellow.

It truly becomes a beautiful sight to see!

It also allows for some beautiful photos for memories.

However, when you choose to camp in the fall, the weather is the most important thing to consider.

Fall camping can bring some chilly nights.

Fall Camping Tips

 There can also be unexpected rainfall as the season’s change and the air pressure or cold fronts come through.

So how do you prepare for a fall camping adventure to ensure you stay cozy and have a great time?

Let’s get started with what you should bring to wear because your clothes can make or break your trip.

What to wear for Fall Camping

The first thing you want to do is check the weather to see if there is rain in the forecast. You will also want to check the temperatures in the day and night.

During the fall months, the temperature at night can drop significantly so you will want to be prepared with these items.

This is a great list of items to get you started so you stay warm and dry during the fall camping trip.


What to bring to stay warm while sleeping

The nights will almost always be colder than the days, so having these items to stay warm while you sleep is a necessity.

  • 0-degree sleeping bag
  • Thermals
  • Wool blankets
  • Hand and feet warmers

Tips for keeping your Tent warm at night

There are different ways to keep your tent warm at night.

First, you can use a portable propane heater inside your tent.

This heater has tip-over protection, and I highly recommend always placing it in an area with plenty of ventilation and on a solid structure.

You could also purchase a tent with a wood stove that has the proper ventilation.

Fall Camping

Another great tip is to pack some rugs and extra blankets to place on the floor of your tent. This will help insulate the tent from the cold ground. 

If you choose the portable heater or wood stove tent with ventilation, please use it with care and caution. 

Additional Tips Before You Head To Your Campsite

–> Check your campsite for electricity and water

Every campsite is different. If you choose to rent out a spot that could also be rented out for an RV, there could be the option to have electricity and running water. This is a camping game changer.

Find out ahead of time by asking the park attendant when you book your campsite. 

If your campsite has electricity, then bringing an electric heater and/or an electric blanket can be great options for staying warm.

Another option if you have electricity and water at your campsite is to bring an electric water kettle or coffee maker. This speeds up the ability to have a nice hot cup of joe!

–> Check the park for rules on gathering firewood

Some state parks prohibit gathering firewood and require you to bring your own.

Check with the park attendant when you book your site.

–> Check for a fire pit and see if there is a burn ban

Some areas may have fire bans depending on how dry the summer was. If there is a fire ban, check out other options to have a campfire.

You may need to ask if you can bring your own personal fire pit.

So, how cold is too cold for Fall Camping?

Speaking of staying warm in your tent, let’s discuss the temperature that’s doable for fall camping.

Sometimes winter can come early for many parts of the United States and getting caught with freezing temperatures in your tent is not what you want. That is why checking the weather ahead of time is so important.

But, how cold is too cold?

I personally think anything below 45 degrees at night is too cold. Although your sub-zero sleeping bag should keep you nice and cozy, I don’t recommend camping if it’s supposed to get below 45 degrees.

That’s my opinion though.

Only you know what gear you have and what temperatures you will be comfortable with.

If you don’t know, then I would test out your gear one cold night in your back yard to see what you can handle. This way you have the option to go inside the house for warmth.

Food and Drink Ideas for Fall Camping

Nothing is better than sitting by a campfire and enjoying a delicious cup of coffee or hot cocoa. I personally also love chili and cornbread during this time of year.

So, here are some comfort food and drink ideas to keep you warm and satisfied while fall camping.  

Fall Festive Chili –  Over The Fire Cooking

Chili is a staple to fall camping. It keeps you warm and full! Pair it with some cornbread and you’ve nailed the idea of camping comfort food.

Check out this recipe here – Fall Festive Chili

Fall Camping Chili - OVerTheFireCooking

Campfire Skillet Cornbread – Fresh of the Grid

Looking for the perfect pair to your chili recipe? Look no further than Fresh of the Grids amazing campfire skillet cornbread. 

Check out the full recipe here – Campfire Skillet Cornbread 

Campfire Skillet Cornbread by Fresh of the Grid

Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast – All Recipes

Don’t forget breakfast!! This mountain man breakfast is delicious with sausage, eggs, peppers and more. 

Check out the full recipe here – Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast

Mountain Man Skillet Breakfast - All Recipes

Sausage Pumpkin Pasta – The Spicy Apron

Looking for a great alternative to chili but still want that fall feel in your food? This Sausage Pumpkin recipe is one to remember for every fall camping trip. 

Check out the full recipe here – Sausage Pumpkin Pasta

Sausage Pumpkin Pasta for fall camping

Mulled wine recipe – 50 Campfires

Looking to warm up with hot drink that isn’t your typical hot chocolate or coffee? This mulled wine is perfect for the campfire nights. 

Check out the full recipe here – Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine Recipe for Fall Camping

Red Wine Hot Chocolate – 50 Campfires

Maybe you’re wanting to spice up your hot chocolate as you sit by the campfire. Mix it up with this Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe. 

Check out the full recipe here – Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie Cake – Let’s camp more

While S’ More is a camping staple dessert, you can always mix it up and try a new recipe. This pumpkin pie cake is perfect for fall camping. 

Check out the full recipe here – Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake for Fall Camping

Final Thoughts

Camping in the fall can be an amazing experience when you’re prepared. Staying warm, dry, and cozy is key to having a successful trip. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and especially the food and drink ideas.

I know that Sausage Pumpkin Pasta is a recipe I will keep forever! 

If you’ve enjoyed this post, feel free to share! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out our related posts! 

 

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RV Renovation Tour | The Dark & Moody Hygge with Jordan Bowen

RV Renovation Tour | The Dark & Moody Hygge with Jordan Bowen

I’m so excited to announce that we will now be highlighting RV Renovations on our blog.

Living in an RV ourselves we are always making changes and enjoy looking at other RV renovations for inspiration.

I love the idea of opening up our blog space to highlight these incredible people and their RVs, as well as provide a space for others to come for inspiration. 

So, here is our first RV Renovation virtual tour and highlight with Jordan Bowen.

Dark and moody RV renovation tour

About Jordan | @bowenwiththeflow

Jordan is living the tiny RV life with her little dudes.

She describes her style as Hygge, Dark, and Moody!

If you don’t know what Hygge means, I didn’t either but I’m so glad I do now.

Hygge – A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feel of contentment or wellbeing. (Danish Culture) Pronounced “huh-guh”

Her RV definitely embodies the very definition of “Hygge” perfectly!

Scrolling through her Instagram feed makes me want to cozy up next to a fire with a cup of hot coffee and a good movie or book.

Before we reveal the amazing after renovation makeover, check out what her RV looked like before. 

Before Pictures

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After Pictures

Now that you’ve seen the before of Jordan’s RV, it’s time to take a look at her cozy RV renovation.

It truly gives you the Hygge feeling as described before.

She has transformed the area by painting her walls white and added a sharpie line for a ship-lap illusion. So creative!

Jordan has also painted her cabinets black and added Tic Tac Tile to her kitchen walls.

The tile was originally white with grey grout, but to stay true to her dark and moody feel she painted those a dark emerald green.

So, check out her RV renovation and GET INSPIRED!!!

After – RV Kitchen and Main Living

 


After – RV Bedroom

After – RV Bathroom

After – RV Bunkhouse


Final Thoughts

I absolutely LOVE her RV renovation. It’s earthy, moody, and makes me want to cozy up and watch a movie.

She has truly checked every box in making this RV from a basic camper to a HOME on wheels!

Every detail is well thought out and meticulous to match her style.

If you would like to have your RV renovation featured on our Blog, please email me at Nissa@exploringnewsights.com

 

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15 RV Bedroom Must-Haves to Keep You Organized and Comfortable

15 RV Bedroom Must-Haves to Keep You Organized and Comfortable

Making your RV Bedroom comfortable is what all RV owners desire.

We live fulltime in Texas where the summers are hot, and the winters can get down to below freezing on occasions.

Therefore, having the right items to keep you warm or cool in your RV bedroom is a must!

Through the years we have figured out what worked and what didn’t while living in a small space.

So, here are 15 RV bedroom must-haves that have helped us stay warm, cool, and organized in the tiny bedroom.

RV BEDROOM MUST-HAVES

Comfy Sheets

These are a must because a goodnight’s sleep really depends on the quality of your sheets. The last thing you want is scratchy sheets that make you itch.

You also want to buy sheets that fit your mattress. There are some specialty sheets for RV Beds in case you have a Short mattress like us.

Not all RVs have special sizes of mattress so usually, you can buy normal sheets, but it’s nice to have the option.

After all, having your sheets fit the mattress properly means you won’t wake up to the corners always coming off. That can get annoying.

There are items to help prevent that, but a good fitted sheet should always stay snug on the mattress.

Comfy Pillows

If you want a goodnight’s sleep then having the proper pillow for you is key.

Whether you’re a stomach sleeper, side sleeper, or back sleeper make sure you have the right type of pillow for you in your RV bedroom.

I recently stayed in a hotel that had featherdown pillows, and I loved them so much that I’m purchasing them for myself for a better night’s sleep!


Comfy Bedding

Comfortable Bedding is a must-have in your RV bedroom.

Whether you enjoy a thick feather down comforter or a light duvet, having the right bedding for your comfortability is important even in your RV.

So, don’t skip out on the quality, especially if you’re living full-time.

A New Mattress

Having a good mattress in your RV bedroom, just like sheets, will make or break your good night’s sleep.

Most RV’s come with mattresses that are ridiculously uncomfortable and hard.

We recently purchased the LUCID RV Short Queen Mattress from Amazon and we love it! It’s a 10-inch memory foam and changed our sleep for the better in our RV.

A Heater for cold nights

If you don’t want to use your RV’s heater and go through propane like crazy, then purchase a space heater. Seriously, it is the best thing to have during those cold winter nights.

The one we have has the option to set the temperature, therefore, once it reaches the programmed option it shuts off. It also has a tip-over automatic shut off for safety in case pets or kids knock it over.

It the best thing to have to ensure you don’t freeze if you’re RV camping or living full-time during the winter. Definitely an RV bedroom must-haves for everyone! 

Small Fan for Hot Summers

Those hot summers camping can get even hotter without a fan. We have two A/C units, one for the main living space, and another for the bedroom.

The one in the bedroom is always on!

However, not all RVs have two units, and having a personal fan to help circulate the air is a must-have in an RV bedroom.

For some, the noise is also very helpful if you have loud RV park neighbors because RV walls are thin.

You can actually purchase a space heater with a fan-only option so you save space as well. 

Moisture Absorbents and/or Dehumidifier

These are RV Bedroom MUST-HAVES for anyone who owns an RV.

RV’s accumulate moisture, especially during the rainy seasons or in high humidity locations.

Having some type of moisture absorbents is important to keep your RV free from musky odors and mold or spores from growing.

You could also get a dehumidifier. I personally use both a dehumidifier and moisture absorbents especially when it rains.


Drawer and Closet Organizers

The type of organizers is going to depend on your RV’s closet space but having some type of organization in your tiny closet is key in a small space.

Things can get really cluttered and out of control quickly in a small closet.

So, by utilizing baskets or tubs to organize your clothes will bring peace of mind when searching for something to wear.

I think this is key for any closet whether you’re in an RV or a home.

Skinny Hangers/Drop hangers

Purchasing skinny hangers and the drop hangers will save you so much space in your RV closet.

You can hang up more clothes with the combination. They also help with keeping things organized in your closet.

We have the drop hangers and love them because living full-time, we have all of our clothes, not just the ones for a weekend camping trip.

Of course, we do switch out our clothing options per season to help limit the space.


Space Saving Bags

Like I mentioned before, we switch out our seasonal clothes depending on the time of year we use the space savings bags.

They help tremendously in reducing the size to allow more space for other things.

Being able to suck the air out of the bags and place them under the bed is so easy and saves us so much storage space.

These are RV Bedroom must-haves!!

Command Hooks/hat rack

Hats, Hats, and more hats! This is my husband 100%!

He loves his hats, and I love him in his hats but finding places to store them in an RV is a challenge.

So, having command hooks, over the door hooks, and/or a hat rack is essential. This is where creating vertical storage on your walls and doors will come in handy.

The Command hooks and over the door hooks are great for sweaters and jackets during the fall and winter months for quick access.

Check out our related post: 7 Ideas to Create Extra Wall Storage in Your RV

Having the jackets and sweaters hanging on the door also leaves you more space in the closet. It’s a win, win!

Shoe Storage

This is one of those topics that so many RV’ers try and find solutions for. I get it, there are so many options and so many shoes to consider.

There are over the door shoe hangers, which we use in our closet door. You could also have baskets per family member to place their shoes in by the door.

You could also cut the over the door shoe storage into strips and velcro them to the sides of the bed.

Ikea also has a great shoe storage options that are skinny enough to place against a wall. This depends on the style and size of your RV.

There are many other options and is a separate post for another day. But, having shoe storage is a must-have in an RV bedroom.


Dirty Clothes Hamper

You’ll want to consider where you will place your dirty clothes. When you’re camping, hiking, or swimming, having a place to store them is an RV Bedroom must-have. 

There are different options like a hamper or laundry bags that you can choose from.

Whatever you decide, having a place to store your dirty clothes will help keep things organized as well.

Bed Side Reading Light

Okay, some RV’s come with these, but some don’t!

For me, these are an RV Bedroom must have!

We have one light above our bed that is separate from the main bedroom lights. However, that one light is so bright that having a smaller reading light is a must especially if you enjoy reading.

The small reading light also allows you to have light at night without disturbing your partner.

Bed Side Storage for TV remote/books

There are different options you could use to store the RV Bedroom’s TV remote or your favorite book by your bedside.

One is a simple thin shelf with a ledge to keep the items from falling and to keep them organized.

These can also be used in the bunks for children’s books as well!


Final Thoughts

I hope you’ve got a lot of great information about your RV Bedroom. These are the RV bedroom must-haves that keep us sleeping well, organized, and comfortable in our small space.

We have now lived over two years in our tiny RV bedroom and even added a baby to our space. All the items have come in handy, especially with a baby on board.

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Lone Star Court Hotel Review | A Great Place to Stay in Austin, Texas

Lone Star Court Hotel Review | A Great Place to Stay in Austin, Texas

If you love staying at unique hotels and enjoy new experiences, then the Lone Star Court by Valencia Group is a great option.

My husband chose this hotel because the images were warm and inviting. After some research, we fell in love with the concept and thought we would enjoy staying in a place that looked fun and unique.

Lone Star Court is in a location called The Domain in Austin, Texas. It is surrounded by apartments, shopping, and delicious eateries. Perfect for the socialite and the introverted at heart.

Lone Star Court

Lone Star Court gives you the glamping hotel experience but in the big suburban city.

The hotel is a twist of modern retro with a touch of country chic. It brings in the past and merges it with the present today.

Fun Fact: Lone Star Court is rated #10 for Hotels in Austin by TripAdvisor and won travelers choice 2020.

Checking in Process

The check-in process was a breeze. The lobby is a nice and quaint space with a warm welcoming feel. You will also receive a free beverage of your choice, either bottled water or soda.

As you check-in, you will receive two keys, a map of the property with room location, and a brochure with all things you can do at the hotel and surrounding the hotel.

After checking in at the front office, we made our way to the closest parking space to our room location. This hotel has FREE parking and a lot of open availability around every building for easy access to all rooms.

Our room was located on the second floor with quick access either by elevator or by stairs.

All About the Property

Lone Star Court is located on 4 acres with three curved buildings. Each building is set up with the main walkway/balconies so everyone can enjoy interior courtyard views from their room.

The courtyard offers gorgeous landscaping and a pavilion that is perfect for their weekend entertainment, gatherings, or even weddings.

I remember saying to my husband while we were enjoying our drinks on the patio and listening to the music, that the hotel would be a great place to have an outdoor wedding. All the guests could book rooms and enjoy the entire place.

This hotel is also the perfect place for a date night couples that are looking to get away, enjoy some entertainment, drinks, yard games, S’ more’s, and more. They even have an option to add a S’ more package on to your room for the whole experience.

There are three different packages you could purchase: The Glamping Package, the Date Night Package, and the Pet Package.

YES, they are pet friendly, so you can bring your furry friends!

Here are some more facts and amenities you should expect while staying at Lone Star Court in Austin, Texas.

 
 
 
 
 
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Hotel Facts and Room Amenities

  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool with Sun Loungers and Beach Towels
  • Free breakfast
  • Bicycles available for Guests
  • Business Center with Internet
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • FREE Parking
  • Fenced in Outdoor pool
  • Bar / lounge
  • Complimentary welcome drink (Bottle Water or Soda)
  • Happy hour
  • Snack bar and Mini Fridge
  • Down Feather Bedding
  • Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Luxury Robes
  • Plush Towels
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk with Phone
  • 42” Flat Screen T.V.
  • USB Charging Stations in the Rooms
  • Handicap/Hearing/Seeing Impaired Rooms Available
  • Elevators
  • Gated Interior with Key Access
  • Evening entertainment
  • Patio with Personal Rocking Chairs
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Taco Truck Outside
  • Banquet & Meeting rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • ATM on-site
  • Umbrella
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Express check-in / check-out
  • Dry cleaning & Laundry service

All about the Room and Accessibility

The room we received was a hearing-impaired room on the second floor in building E. After entering our room, about 5 minutes had passed, and we received a call from the front desk asking us how our room was and made sure everything was okay.

That was a first for me! I don’t know if it was because they gave us a hearing-impaired room or if that’s standard with all guests.

We enjoyed the location of our room because it wasn’t right above the music playing but we were still able to hear the band play at night.

Our room was spacious, clean, and inviting. The King Bed was comfortable and cozy. The colors were bright and the special unique touches of cool retro lighting and decor pulled the room together nicely.

I absolutely loved the bedding! The Egyptian cotton linens, the down feather mattress toppers, comforters, and pillows are so luxurious and comfortable.


We slept so well it’s inspired me to buy a feather down topper and pillows for our RV bed.

Here is a picture of our room!

Lone Star Court Room
Lone Star Court Fridge Desk

How did we get our Rate and was it worth the price?

We booked our stay at a rate through our insurance with USAA. The room price we paid was around $150 with taxes and fees. It was a simple booking process and only charged us after our stay.

Due to the pandemic, we had 24 hours up to check-in time to cancel for free.

I wish we would have checked the package options and prices on their website before booking with USAA. We will probably never use USAA “discounts” again because we could have received a better deal straight from their website.

What we learned: Always check the website prices before booking to make sure you’re getting the best deal with any Hotel.

For being a 3 out 5 Star on the Hotel Luxury rating, I believe the price for the unique hotel experience and the amenities that are available is on point.

When did we travel?

My husband booked our stay for Mid-August right before school was scheduled to begin. It was an end of summer small getaway that we wanted to take and enjoy.

Choosing to stay in the middle of a pandemic, the hotel adhered to all the safety precautions and guidelines.

All staff wore masks and they monitored the pool by allowing 18 guests at a time with 2-hour time slots for each family to enjoy swim time.

Did we enjoy our stay?

We absolutely did enjoy our stay and would book this hotel again for future trips to Austin.

We love Austin because there are so many outdoor activities to do and explore.

The property alone is worth the stay with the courtyard, restaurant, and games. It’s perfect for families with kids of all ages!

There are plenty of activities and options to enjoy a full day and night within the hotel property alone.

One thing I loved about the hotel is the feeling you get while inside. You completely forget how busy the exterior is with all the shopping and eateries.  Plus, there are gates to keep non-hotel guests out to provide safety since the hotel is surrounded by apartments and shopping.

We would definitely stay at this hotel again and recommend this place to our friends and family!

Final Thoughts

After our enjoyable stay, I wished we would have booked an additional night. It’s worth the price for the amenities and location in Austin. I can see why this hotel is ranked #10 in Austin, Texas by TripAdvisor.

If you would like to book your stay check out their website first; www.lonestarcourt.com


Contact Information

Address: 10901 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758
Phone Number: (512) 814-2625

Please know that Hotel prices will fluctuate depending on the season, supply, and demand.

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