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

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Tips for Making Your RV Bedroom Cozy & Comfy + Lucid Mattress Review

Tips for Making Your RV Bedroom Cozy & Comfy + Lucid Mattress Review

RV Bedroom | If you’re reading this, you’re wondering how you can make your RV Bed a place that you enjoy laying down and falling asleep in.

After all, camping doesn’t always have to be roughing it. RV camping adds a special touch of luxury while enjoying the great outdoors.

So, let’s imagine for a moment that you’ve been hiking all day and all you want to do is lay down in a nice comfortable, and cozy bed. However, you lay down in your RV bed and it’s like you’re lying on a flat rock?

That doesn’t sound enjoyable to me and that’s what RV mattresses are like.

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We know firsthand that the mattresses that come standard in RV’s (unless you have it custom ordered) are far from being comfortable.

For us, the Mattress that came in our RV was the most uncomfortable mattress I’ve ever slept on. So, since we were going to be living full-time in our RV, getting a new mattress and making our bed comfy was a necessity.

Whether you plan on living full-time or enjoying your RV during the RV season, being able to relax comfortable is a necessity.

So here are some tips to get your RV bedroom ready for a comfortable night’s sleep.

1. Buy a Comfortable RV Mattress (LUCID RV Mattress Review)

The first thing you want to do in making your RV’s bed comfy and cozy is to check the quality of your mattress.

As I mention, RV mattresses are usually horrible to sleep on and made with cheap material. We slept on our mattress the first night we got our RV. It was the worst sleep I have ever had. Therefore, purchasing a new mattress was at the top of our list.

Side Note: At the beginning, we tried memory foam mattress toppers, but with the quality of the mattress, it began to sink in the middle and made it so uncomfortable.

So, we searched throughout the internet because we had to one that was an RV Short Queen to fit. These are hard to find at a good price and there are not many options to choose from.

We also didn’t want a spring mattress and always enjoyed memory foam.

After some research and finding different options, we decided to purchase the Lucid Mattress from Amazon.

We chose the Lucid Memory Foam Mattress in a box because of its reviews and availability in the size we needed. Plus, it was Free Shipping with Amazon Prime. This helped make our decision easier.

Another positive about purchasing this bed is how easy it was to set up. It’s just like any other bed in a box.

This mattress came with an envelope cutter/opener to cut the plastic wrap around the bed and protect the mattress from getting cut. That was a nice surprise when opening the box.

Once the mattress was removed from the plastic, we unrolled it and laid it flat on the bed platform. We allowed about an hour for it to inflate before placing our sheets and blankets on top.

The Lucid Mattress has been one of our favorite and best purchases we have made for our RV Bedroom. Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to us and the Lucid Mattress is so comforting.

The memory foam works perfectly in adhering to our bodies for a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s like sleeping a cloud that forms for your body!

I honestly have yet to have any negatives with our purchase. So far, the bed has held up and is still as comfortable as the day we got it.

Also, the price is unbeatable. Other RV beds cost hundreds of dollars more than the Lucid Mattress.

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2. Buy Quality Soft Sheets

In all honesty, I have wasted so much money trying to cut corners when it came to buying sheets.

There are so many options out there! It can become a bit overwhelming to purchase the perfect sheets when you don’t know any of the sheet lingo.

You have terms like; thread count, material, and woven pattern.

But what are the best and most comfortable sheets?

Well, just like mattresses have different comfort levels, so do sheets.

Now, when you search for sheets, the thread count is usually what many get hung upon. If you stay above 500 to 600 thread count, you’ll be good with softness, durability, and affordability.

In my opinion, however, it’s more about the quality of the material and woven pattern.

Also, you don’t have to spend a fortune on Egyptian cotton sheets, unless you want too, to get a good quality comfortable sheet set.

After many purchases, I know I will NEVER buy microfiber sheets again. The synthetic material is not comfortable or soft.

I found that 100% cotton sheets are the best. Also, a sateen woven pattern with more threads going vertical than horizontal is what we enjoy.

We recently purchased the Hotel Style, 600 Thread Count, in Grey from Walmart for like $50. It’s a set of one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases. These sheets have been great for our RV Bedroom and didn’t break the bank!

Here is a set on Amazon that is like our purchase – > 600 Thread Count 100% Cotton Sheets – Soft and Silky Sateen Weave https://amzn.to/2PDGUzR

3. Down Comforter or Duvet

Grab a comfortable comforter set with matching decorative pillow-cases.

If you enjoy a lightweight quilt or duvet cover then go with what you enjoy sleeping with. The point is that you’re comfy!

We purchased this pretty and neutral crisp white comforter set for our RV Bedroom. It’s the perfect amount of warmth and comfort for a good night’s sleep.

When it comes to the perfect comforter set, search for your style! Whether it’s cabin plaid, black and white boho, or full of colors and patterns.

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4. Extra throw blanket

I love the look of an extra throw blanket on the bed.

They keep you warm and gives you something to take a quick nap with, without messing up the perfectly made RV bed. And, we all know how difficult those RV beds are to make up.

For us, we have a weighted blanket that we place at the end of our bed as our extra throw blanket. I love it because it stays in place and is super comfy to cover up with for nap time.

5. Comfy Pillows & A Throw Pillow 

You can decide if you want to add a nice throw pillow for character or not.

I would advise that if you do like decorative throw pillows, to keep them at a minimum in an RV bedroom.

There is not much room, to begin with, and trying to find a place to put decorative pillows when you sleep isn’t easy.

Plus, less is more!

We have 4 pillows, and 1 throw pillow to add extra coziness.

Also, make sure the standard pillows you choose are what you enjoy sleeping with. Whether that’s a flat pillow, a fluffy pillow, or a memory foam pillow.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to make your RV’s bed comfy and cozy to have a good night’s rest while you’re camping, get out there and camp!

Enjoy your RVing journey with restful nights. We absolutely love our Lucid Mattress, our budget-friendly soft sheets, and cozy pillows.

They make all the difference and I’m sure they will make the difference in your RV bedroom as well. If you found this article helpful, please feel free to share!

Also, if there is something you have found that makes your RV bedroom Comfy and Cozy, let us know in the comments below!

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The Best Place to Get Coffee in Destin, FL | East Pass Coffee Co. Review

The Best Place to Get Coffee in Destin, FL | East Pass Coffee Co. Review

East Pass Coffee Co. Review | My family and I recently visited the Destin Beach Area for our very first vacation together. We chose this area because it’s been on our bucket list for quite some time. The beaches are also ideal for families to enjoy.

You can read about the whole visit plus a 3-day beach hopping itinerary here “Destin, Florida | How to have an Amazing Beach Vacation”.

On our way to the beach, we decided to check out East Pass Coffee. But this got me thinking, “why is it called East Pass”? We have never been to this area before, so I did a little research and found out what East Pass means.

East Pass in Destin Florida is an opening into the Gulf of Mexico from the Panama City Beach and Pensacola bay. It’s been a fishing capital since the 1850s and Destin is famous for being “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”.

So, now we know what “East Pass” is, it’s understandable why this cute little coffee shop is called “East Pass Coffee Co.”

Let’s get into why we stopped, what we ordered, and more.

(Below is an image of the East Pass as described. Destin is on the right) 

Why I love checking out local shops

Checking out new and local shops is what my husband and I love to do when we are on vacation. Supporting the locals anywhere we go is important to us and our economy.

Plus, sometimes you find hidden gems that need to be supported and their product turns out to be amazing.

This is the case for East Pass Coffee Shop in Destin, Florida. It’s a little hidden gem right off Harbor Blvd as you drive through.

Why we chose East Pass Coffee

Driving to our beach destination at Crystal Sands, we wanted to stop and grab some iced coffee. I always like to use my google maps app to search for any places nearby. This is exactly what I did when I found East Pass Coffee.

I clicked on the location on the google maps app and pulled up the star reviews. We are all about the reviews and like to only choose places that are at least 4 stars or more. This tells us the place is worth checking out.

East Pass Coffee has 5 stars on Yelp, therefore, we had to stop and check it out.

Side note; they are previously known as the “JumpinGoat Coffee Trailer”.

East Pass Coffee Information

Hours of Operation: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm Daily

Address: 529 Harbor BLVD Unit 104, Destin, FL 32541

Phone Number: 850-353-2906

Website: https://www.eastpasscoffeeco.com/

How to get there…

Locating East Pass Coffee is a little tricky because it’s hidden behind a couple of other shops off Harbor Blvd. But don’t let that stop you from checking this place out.

It’s located right behind Red Onion Organic and Burrito Del Sol. Once you turn in, there’s plenty of parking and you’ll quickly see the location entrance to your right.

What We Ordered

While everything on the menu was super tempting, I love a good classic iced latte. I’m not into all the extra flavors and sugar in my coffee.

My husband however ordered the White chocolate mocha, which I did taste, and it was really good as well.

What they offer (Menu)

They have multiple combinations that you can choose from. Including different flavors and you can choose to have you drink either hot or iced.

East Pass Coffee also has 4 signature menu items. They are the Vietnamese Cold brew, Coco for Mocha, Sweet Cream Vanilla Cold brew, and German Chocolate Cake.

If you’re looking for a quick breakfast, lunch, or snack to go along with your coffee they have Acai Bowls that start at $10, sandwiches, delicious toast options.

Wanting something smaller, try their bites that include Fresh Fried Donuts or Energy balls.

They also offer some great smoothies starting at $7.95. There is the Green Drink, Peachy Pineapple, and Chocolatey Peanut Butter smoothie.

Their menu has something for everyone and it’s the perfect place to come and enjoy a cup of joe and yummy brunch.

Why everyone needs to go when they’re in Destin

If you’re the type of individual that enjoys supporting local business, I highly recommend East Pass Coffee in Destin, Florida. The menu is fantastic, the coffee is delicious, and the people are cheerful and always happy to help every customer.

The service we received was quick. We waited only 5 minutes from ordering our drinks until we received them.

Also, if you’re looking for a place to hang out and get some work done then bring your laptop or tablet. It’s a cute and cozy Coffee Shop that has indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate everyone.

Final Thoughts

We hope to make Destin, Florida an annual family vacation spot, I am confident in saying East Pass Coffee will always be a stop while we are in town.

It’s the ideal place to grab a cup of joe with a cute beachy vibe.

Also, supporting local shops means a lot and it keeps the economy going and dreams alive.


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RV Remodel : How To Use TIC TAC TILE To Upgrade Your RV Kitchen

RV Remodel : How To Use TIC TAC TILE To Upgrade Your RV Kitchen

Are you looking to do an RV Remodel to your home on wheels?

Are you checking out all the Instagram and Pinterest boards with beautiful remodels and dreaming about creating your own amazing space in your RV?

Well, you’re in the right place!

Before we even purchased our RV I knew I wanted to make my own modifications and do a little remodeling to make it fit our style. The main reason is that a lot of the RV’s are very “brown” and out of date.

If you’re like me you probably loved seeing all the amazing RVer’s that have transformed their kitchens on social media. Seeing these kitchens fueled my desire to transform ours and I hope it’s fueled your desire as well!

During my dreaming stage of an RV remodel, I noticed one modification many were completing in their kitchens was adding tile for a backsplash.

This is the first thing we did to add our own style into the space, and we have absolutley no regrets! It brings an incredible feeling of uniqueness and character to our kitchen.

After I decided that tile was what I wanted to do first, I began my search for the perfect lightweight stick on option that didn’t require all the fancy grout and plaster. I needed something quick and easy, something that would make a nice design statement. I also didn’t want to spend too much money because I was on a budget.

I searched through Home Depot, Lowes, and online. Through my research, I found a company and a product called TIC TAC TILE. Of course, I am a review type of buyer. If the reviews are not good, then I continue looking for another product. I always make sure I look at the negative and positive reviews.

What I found was that the reviews were mostly positive. The bad reviews couldn’t outweigh the good ones in my opinion. Plus the price was reasonable, compared to other brands that I found.

I was overwhelmingly excited to start the remodel on our kitchen! Something I had been dreaming of before we even purchased the RV. These tiles seemed like the perfect place to start.

Therefore, I decided to go forward with the TIC TAC TILE and ordered them directly off Amazon. They had the best price and fast shipping with Amazon Prime.

How to apply?

To start the RV remodel with TIC TAC TILE, let me be the first to say that the application is pretty easy. However, having patience and precision is key to making it look amazing. Here is a step by step on exactly what I did to apply my TIC TAC TILE.

  1. Clean —-> Cleaned the wall surface with a plain disinfectant wipe. You can also use white vinegar, TSP, or whatever kind of cleaning product that is multi-surface and has a degreaser.
  2. Dry —-> Make sure the wall is completely dry!! This is important. The sticky adhesive does not stick to any wet surfaces.
  3. Measure —-> Now when starting out you can get away with just adding an entire page of the tile, however, once you start to get around edges and windows, measuring is important.
  4. Cut —-> Once you’ve measured, now is time to trim the pieces to the desired/needed size. For cutting, I found after using scissors, that a box cutter and cutting board made the perfect tool. The box cutter is more precise and sharper when getting through the tile, adhesive, and the adhesive protectant.
  5. Stick —-> Now, remove the backing of the TIC TAC TILE that protects the adhesive. Then stick the tile on the wall to the desired position. It’s might take a few tries to get the hang of it and get it perfectly lined up.
  6. Repeat —-> Just go ahead and repeat steps 1 through 5 until the job is completed to your satisfaction.

Positives:

This product adds character to your RV with minimal prep. The product is heat and mold resistant, lightweight, and perfect for the kitchens and bathrooms in any recreational vehicle.

TIC TAC TILE is also very affordable and Eco-friendly! The material is very easy to clean after oil or splattered food from cooking gets on the tile.

Negatives:

Many have complained about the adhesive not sticking all the way and corners coming off the walls. However, there are steps to take to prevent this. Such as cleaning the area properly and adding your own additional adhesive to the edges.

I would also avoid applying the product while in extreme heat or humidity to allow the adhesive to stick properly. It is tedious work, so having patience while applying the product is important.

Where to buy?

As I mentioned, Amazon is the place I purchased our TIC TAC TILE. You can choose from a variety of colors and styles. We chose the classic white Subway tile look with the grey grout.

There are available as 12 x 12 sheets and you can either purchase 1 sheet, 5 sheets, or 10 sheets. I purchased the 3 of the 10 sheet packs to complete the kitchen and bathroom. I do have leftover tile, which I am okay with because I would rather have too much than not enough.

If you are thinking about changing things up a bit in your home on wheels with a little RV remodel then TIC TAC TILE is a great place to start!

We absolutely love the look and feel in our Kitchen now! It adds our own touch and flair to the space. Plus, our RV is no longer the cookie-cutter décor with the brown boring interior. 

The TIC TAC TILE also made the kitchen area feel like its own little corner by separating it from the rest of the RV’s décor. It almost feels like you get a new kitchen by adding the simple tile.

So, if you’re looking for a budget friendly way to add some flair and personality to your home on wheels then I definitely recommend TIC TAC TILE!

Have you used TIC TAC TILE in your RV? I would love to know what you think about it! Leave a comment below and share with anyone looking to make some transformations to their home on wheels!

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RV Tank Treatment: Comparing GEO Method to Happy Camper

RV Tank Treatment: Comparing GEO Method to Happy Camper

Let’s be real. Living in an RV or traveling even part-time on the weekends with family, your grey and black tanks will hold a lot of gross things and can develop a horrible stench.

There I said it!

It can get extremely stinky when you open those valves to dump both the black and grey tanks. If you RV, you probably already know this. If you’re new, like we were at one point, you will soon find out.

We have found two reasons why your Black and Grey tanks wastewater can smell when the valves are released.

  1.  The vents system is improper and instead of the air being forced out of the pipes, it is getting trapped and seeping through the walls when another source of air or valve is open.
  2. The holding tanks have deposits from either dishes or human waste that needs to be treated and cleaned/flushed.

We are going to discuss number 2. There are many methods on the internet that guarantee to break up the deposits in the tanks to prevent backups and smells. We have tried a multitude of them and will be comparing the two common types many RVer’s turn too.

First, what are your Grey and Black tanks used for?

When we first moved into our RV, we were a bit confused about how things worked. So, don’t worry! It’s a great question to ask especially when you’re new at RVing.

In a nutshell, the Grey Tank(s) holds the water that is used by cleaning dishes, hands, clothes (if you have a washer), and showers. You may think; ‘oh, it’s just the water you clean stuff with, it shouldn’t develop a stench’…..Wrong!

The oils, soaps, and food that drops down the sink from doing dishes and taking showers accumulates and it’s not the greatest smell. These tanks usually hold 35 to 40 gallons before having to release them.

The Black Tank is for human waste from your toilet(s). This is the nasty one. Usually holds 35 to 40 gallons of waste before having to dump.

In case you’re wondering about your City/Clean Water tank, this tank holds usually 40 gallons of fresh clean water that can be used to shower, drink, and flush toilets. This is only used usually when you want to clean out your water system or you plan on being somewhere that does not have the option to hook a hose up to your RV aka ‘Boondocking’ or ‘Dry Camping’.

Now you know what the tanks are and what kind of waste they hold. A little background on us.

We have lived in our RV for a year now. I remember the first time we dumped our tanks and the smell fumigated the entire RV. It was the kind of smell that made you gag and even Febreze didn’t cover it up. We only get this smell when the tank valves are open! Once they close the smells begins to go away. 

After the second time dumping our tanks, I just couldn’t handle it. I didn’t want to deal with this smell every time we open our tank valves. Therefore, I went to the internet and found that there are actually ‘tank treatments’ that will help break things down and help the horrible smells. Who knew? We were newbies at the time.

Through my research, I found out that Walmart carried a couple of brands specifically for treating your tanks wastewater. These treatments came in nice citrus smells which I enjoyed. However, after using them completely as directed, they did not work. I was frustrated and thought “why are there products that say they “help” but do not actually work?”

Trying the GEO Method …

So I took to the internet once again and found the GEO Method for RV tank treatments. If you don’t know what the GEO method is, it is Dawn Dish soap and Calgon Water Softener. Some choose to include Bleach or Borax with the Dawn and Water Softener.

I would be cautious with bleach in the black tank because urine holds a chemical called Ammonia. When the chemical of Ammonia is mixed with Bleach it will cause a toxic gas. Be Careful mixing any chemicals! 

Now, this method is doable and it did kind of work to help combat the smell but I found that it took a lot for it to cover the smells when we dumped the tanks.

Also, we had to place the mixture in every single time we dumped. Now, this is still a great option and I would still use it if I had to. It’s better than the cheap RV tank treatments by TSP and other brands at Walmart.

Although the GEO method seemed to work ok, there were still times the smell just wouldn’t fully go away. So again, I was frustrated.

I did more research, checked out other Full-time RVers blogs and social media to find out what they used. I found the GEO method again and again until I came across one couple that used “Happy Camper”.

Truth be told, I was skeptical! Why wouldn’t I be? I had tried all the “recommended” store bought treatments and the DIY treatments; so what was so special about this one?

I did more research, read all the reviews for “Happy Camper” tank treatment on Amazon, but I still wasn’t convinced. It took me months of using the GEO method until I just couldn’t take it anymore. The smell when dumping was still horrible, I was tired of using so much Dish Soap and Calgon that my patience was running thin.

Trying Happy Camper…

So, finally caved and made my purchase of “Happy Camper” on Amazon. I felt like I had nothing to lose at this point, and if it didn’t work, I would just send it back.

It only took two days to come in the mail, because we have Amazon Prime. I’m glad it only took two days because I was excited to use the product to see what all the hype was about.

When we received it our tanks were full, so I decided to go ahead and release them, close them, and pour one scoop in the black tank and one scoop in the grey tank, as instructed, with about ½ a gallon of water.

We went on like normal then after about a week, we repeated the process.

Of course, I knew I needed to give it some time to see if it would work. I decided I would use this product for a month to test it out and see if it was everything it says it was on the Amazon description.


(Just so you know, in a months’ time we usually release our tanks once a week, grey tank sometimes twice depending on how many dishes and showers we take. On average it was 6-7 dumps and retreats.)

Did it work?

Now that we have used the “Happy Camper” tank treatment for a month now, I can truly say I am a ‘Happy Camper’. The horrible smell is now under control. I can go into my bathroom and not hold my breath. I can release the tanks without having to worry about the smell fumigating the entire RV. Truly I am amazed that it works.

Not only has it eliminated the smell in our tanks from fumigating our RV when we release them but it’s also all organic. The highly concentrated mineral blend neutralizes the toxic smells in the black and grey tanks without a heavy perfume smell. The treatment works in hot and cold temperatures, is biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and completely odor free.

The only negative is it does take a couple of treatments for it to fully start working to combat the smells.

After a couple of times of emptying the tanks and placing a treatment after every dump, it really does make a huge difference. Although it takes a few times to begin combating that smell, once it does, you don’t have to treat the tank after every dump. We now only treat the tanks every other dump.

What is the price? Is it a good value?

As I mentioned, I was hesitant to purchase Happy Camper because of my previous experience with tank treatments and also the price compared to other treatments. It’s not $5 or $10 like the stuff you get from Walmart or Camping world. The smallest tub is about $22 and can go up to a larger tub of $79.

But…. Let me tell you, IT IS WORTH IT!!! We will never go back to another tank treatment.

If you live fulltime in an RV or even RV on the weekends and holidays during the summertime, this tank treatment is a life changer. It keeps your RV from smelling like disgusting sewage and after using the product for a long period of time it will begin to save you money.

You can try it out yourself here!

Comment below let us know which you prefer! Have you tried either the GEO method or Happy Camper? Love to hear your response! Thanks for stopping by! Remember Sharing is Caring!

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Our Honeymoon at The Beloved Hotel (Honest Review)

Our Honeymoon at The Beloved Hotel (Honest Review)

Our honeymoon trip was truly an amazing and memorable experience. Staying at the Beloved Hotel was like being treated like royalty. This Hotel is an all-inclusive adult-only dream vacation that didn’t cost a fortune. We were blessed to have this trip gifted to us by Matthew’s Father. The total trip cost including airfare was less than $2500. For a week-long vacation with spa day and airfare, the cost and value were unbeatable for us.

After our amazing wedding of spending time with our family and friends as we became one, we expected the honeymoon to be the cherry on top. We had been waiting for this much-needed vacation for a long time!

Plus, this was Matthew’s first time out of the country! So, I was even more excited for him to experience a different culture.

As we arrived at the Airport in Cancun we easily located our shuttle which was also included in our bundled purchase. The ride was a little cramped, but that didn’t bother us! We enjoyed a shuttled ride with other honeymooners.

As we got out of the van, there was staff waiting to grab our bags as well as hand us a nice cool damp towel to clean our hands and a celebratory champagne. First impressions are everything and they either make or break your entire stay. Our first impression of our honeymoon stay at The Beloved was impeccable.

Check in was a breeze, the staff was attentive and present. Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, so we decided to explore and have a nice lunch overlooking the ocean. As we ate and explored they held our bags for us. I could already tell this trip was going to be relaxing and after planning a huge wedding, much needed.

Walking through the resort, you can really tell they pay attention to detail and cater to couples celebrating their honeymoons or anniversaries. All couples celebrating received a welcome banner across their doors as seen in the image. The details truly make it memorable and exciting to be celebrating.

Our stay consisted of many days on the beach, delicious all you can eat meals, and continuous flow of drinks. We played life-size chess, kayaked and snorkeled in the ocean. We enjoyed a beautiful relaxing couples therapeutic spa day that was complimentary with our honeymoon trip.

Our favorite night was the special 4-course meal prepared just for us on the beach. Matthew’s father happened to visit the same resort with his wife about a month before and made nice with the Manager. Therefore, when we arrived they had already been preparing a romantic beach dinner for our last night to enjoy at Matthew’s father’s request.

Even without that special dinner, the experience was more than we could imagine and we would go back in a heartbeat. If you are looking for a place to honeymoon, enjoy an anniversary, or just need a vacation; we recommend The Beloved.

Our opinions are our own. People may have other experiences with products, services, or places we recommend. We only recommend products, services, or places we have visited and enjoyed ourselves.

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