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CHRISTMAS IN THE TOYHAULER

Modern, traditional, fun, wacky and cheap! yep! that about sums Us and our decor up! 

I was so excited when fellow professional RV'ers MOUNTAIN MODERN LIFE contacted us about being part of a fun series called "Christmas in the Camper" .  Alongside 15 other RV bloggers, each day 3 new posts go live.  We showcase our RV's and how we've decorated and brought extra cheer to our home on wheels.  Just because we all live tiny doesn't mean we've shorted ourselves on holiday fun!  Be sure to check out #Christmasinthecamper2017 each day on Instagram this week for new people to follow and see DIY inspiration for your own home.   Honestly, we're not huge social media fans but the way it has brought people together has been amazing.  We've met people all over the country by simply finding the right hashtags, haha!  I love how this series alone has already led us to new people and we're only a few days in, yay!  

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WELCOME 

Total budget for this year's decorating was:  

CHEAP AS POSSIBLE! I used as much existing stuff as possible to keep the expense low. We already had tons of lights (we use those all year long), lanterns, green pillow covers,  and candles.  My purchases came from Dollar Tree (whoop! whoop! Everything's a DOLLAR! I spent about $15 there) and Target dollar bin (you KNOW that bin area is irresistible! I spent about $20 there).  

TOTAL COST TO PIMP OUT OUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: ABOUT $35.00

MADE:  

  • 3D hanging snowflakes. Y'all... this is just 3 pieces of computer paper, tape, staple gun and some finger magic and concentration!  I made these as a kid, I love carrying on the tradition and hanging in our home now (I also added glitter this year that was $1.00 at Target) 
  • The green garland. I posted a video on IG a few days ago about how I do this every year. I get two 8 foot pieces of garland from The Dollar Tree ($2.00) and do figure 8's to make it have a bigger impact and look wider to save money. 
  • Added the red lantern base to the bottom of our little $3.00 tree, see details towards bottom of post. 
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Let's move to the other wing of the house: the bedroom

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We use tapestries for so many things around the camper, mostly to cover our comforter to keep dog hair off... we love this tapestry from Kevin & Mandy from @188 from Costa Rica.  It was perfect for our holiday setup and one of our cherished items - thanks yinz! 

We use tapestries for so many things around the camper, mostly to cover our comforter to keep dog hair off... we love this tapestry from Kevin & Mandy from @188 from Costa Rica.  It was perfect for our holiday setup and one of our cherished items - thanks yinz! 

Oh, and that Kawasaki green ceiling... that's not a Christmas feature, we're just crazy enough to paint our ceiling that color! 

Oh, and that Kawasaki green ceiling... that's not a Christmas feature, we're just crazy enough to paint our ceiling that color! 

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I love how our little house starts to come alive even more as it gets darker... we have lights up everywhere, always, all year!  I spent zero dollars on light budget for the holidays because these are always on in our home (with the exception of Christmas trees.. only my mama keeps a tree up all year long, haha)

- bathroom -  

Kermit installed blue LED's permanently in our bathroom/bedroom and kitchen. 

Kermit installed blue LED's permanently in our bathroom/bedroom and kitchen. 

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LET'S MOVE BACK DOWN STAIRS TO THE MAIN LIVING AREA, the LIGHTS ARE STARTING TO TWINKLE... 

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THE TREE WAS $3.00 FROM TARGET AND WE ALREADY HAD THE GLOWING LANTERN IN OUR EVERYDAY COLLECTION.  I SIMPLY SECURED IT TO THE TOP WITH FISHING LINE AND BAM! IT ADDED A BIGGER IMPACT GLOWING FROM THE BOTTOM AND ABOUT 8 MORE INCHES TO OUR TINY LIL TREE.  

THE TREE WAS $3.00 FROM TARGET AND WE ALREADY HAD THE GLOWING LANTERN IN OUR EVERYDAY COLLECTION.  I SIMPLY SECURED IT TO THE TOP WITH FISHING LINE AND BAM! IT ADDED A BIGGER IMPACT GLOWING FROM THE BOTTOM AND ABOUT 8 MORE INCHES TO OUR TINY LIL TREE.

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THIS IS WHAT A TYPICAL SET UP LOOKS LIKE, EVEN IN THE SUMMER FOR US! HAHA. WE LOVE LIGHTS IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW THAT BY NOW.   * disclaimer.. this is not our current outdoor situation, we're in transition and moving further into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in a few days, soooo... that means all that pretty stuff you see up there in the blogpost.. IT'S ALL COMING DOWN AND HAS TO BE PUT BACK UP!! HAHA (Insert poop emoji and tongue out) 

THIS IS WHAT A TYPICAL SET UP LOOKS LIKE, EVEN IN THE SUMMER FOR US! HAHA. WE LOVE LIGHTS IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW THAT BY NOW.   * disclaimer.. this is not our current outdoor situation, we're in transition and moving further into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in a few days, soooo... that means all that pretty stuff you see up there in the blogpost.. IT'S ALL COMING DOWN AND HAS TO BE PUT BACK UP!!  (Insert poop emoji and tongue out) 


This photo was taken by our pal Mandy @188sqft 

This photo was taken by our pal Mandy @188sqft 

To learn more about our toy-hauler renovations, you can check out our how on wheels HERE.

 Or here was our HOLIDAY TOUR LAST YEAR.


Every day this week 3 bloggers will be sharing their holiday decor so be sure to check out these folks listed below and see what they did in their own tiny homes!  You can also follow along on social media by searching #christmasinthecamper2017 

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Click on the links below for more RV Holiday Decor inspiration!


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HAMILTON POOL PRESERVE // AUSTIN TEXAS

When hanging in Austin Texas we recommend you drive outside the city and take a short hike down to Hamilton Pool Preserve.  The preserve's pool and grotto were formed when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago.  We met up with fellow RVer's that were camping in the area.  It's really cool finding other young people on the road living full time in their RV's.  Here's a glimpse into our day of exploring.... 

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WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND CALLING BEFORE YOU GO!  They often close the trails if it's been raining....... 

What To Know Before You Go:  (From the park website) 

  1. Calling the Public Information Line will let you know the current status of the preserve, whether we're allowing swimming and hiking.  Remember the preserve somtimes closes due to recent rain and hazardous trail conditions.  The phone number is 512-264-2740.  It is updated daily at 8:30 am, or when rain changes our status during the day.
  2. Reservations are required to visit on dates starting May 1 and ending September 30.  You make reservations online by clicking on the link shown above on this web site.  You will pay for reservations with a credit card, and pay an additional entrance fee in cash when you arrive at Hamilton Pool Preserve.  
  3. Entrance Fees paid when you arrive at the preserve are $15 per vehicle, or $5 per vehicle if vehicle has a senior citizen (62 years) or a disabled vet (60%).
  4. We accept cash and most checks at the preserve.  We DO NOT accept credit and debit cards at the preserve.
  5. Pets are prohibited. No exceptions, not even if the pet is on a leash or kept in your vehicle. Please do not bring them.
  6. No Lifeguard is on duty.  Swim at your own risk, when swimming is allowed.
  7. Reservation periods run from 9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm.  Recreational activities end at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm.  No entry is allowed after 12:30 pm or 5:30 pm.  All visitors must exit the preserve by 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm. 
  8. Bring drinking water.  Drinking water and concessions are not available.
  9. The hike to the pool is a quarter of a mile long.  The trail is beautiful, but it is also steep and rocky, with uneven steps.
  10. Glass bottles and the public display of alcohol consumption are prohibited.

DEVIL'S DEN DIVE HOLE

Want to see a super cool dive hole?  Click play on the video below to see the awesome spot we called home for about 10 days in Williston, Florida.  

CLICK PLAY BELOW >>>>

A few pictures from our cell phones..... 

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HOW TO ADD CUSTOM FURNITURE IN RV

We ripped out the couch/dinette set that came standard with our 5th wheel RV and made this super useful pop-up table!  We can have it down when we want more floor space then pop it up to dine, have a bar top or extra workspace while looking out of our huge window.  Want to learn how to build your own?  Check out our fun install video below!  >>>> 

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Special thanks to Wade (Trinity's daddy) for helping our vision come to life.  

WE'RE STINKY & STEPHENRILEY IS CONFUSED!

We're sweaty, stinky and StephenRiley is confused!

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 From Trinity:  This week has been a bit crazy. We're hauling out the final possessions to the camper (which is currently parked in our yard) and about to go on a cleaning frenzy before we permanently hand over the keys and drive away from our 6 acre farm and 4 bedroom farmhouse to live in 280 square feet.  With all the chaos our precious pup StephenRiley is not quite sure what's happening. I'm in the middle of wedding season (a photographer) and Kermit starts a new job and switches to 3rd shift on Monday and throw in an emergency root canal... but hey!... what better timing, right!?  Let's just do all this CRAZY STUFF at once!  :)    We whittled down all of our possessions to just one truck load of things that we're keeping in storage.  After this weekend we'll be parked about 10 minutes from our current location until I'm done with my wedding season in a few weeks... then we're on the road!  Full time RVer's !!   " But wait, you're too young for that!" you're probably asking yourself...   Actually, no. There's no rule that says you have to wait until you're retired to live in an RV.  We want to do it NOW while we can still walk around and we're healthy.  To be  honest, I'm not going to know what it's like sitting in a folding chair on a Saturday afternoon drinking a cup of coffee (or beer... or orange crush!... < insert saliva because now I'm drooling >  Ya see... we work super hard and are always " on the go"  When we married,  Kermit worked out of town alot climbing cell phone towers and I work 7 days a week typically.  My busiest days as a photographer are Saturdays and Sundays and then editing and running a business the other 5 days and shoots in-between.  So, we never really took a "family vacation" in the past few years or relaxed on a weekend.  We hustled. We saved. We were "goal diggers" and now we're going to cash in all those Saturdays and Sundays in for a little bit.   Now you're probably saying to yourself " How can they afford that!? " ....We can! :) ..... and it's not because we're rich! haha Our new "house" cost less than what my car cost so that means no big mortgage or rent payment, no more 250 gallon tank to fill up with heating oil in the winter, and so on.  We're actually going to be spending a lot less living this lifestyle!  Yay!  When you live simple you don't need as much money to "survive".  

We've been so focused on fixing up the camper,  prepping to leave the house and working that we haven't noticed that our TV, couch and bed are gone and I guess that's a good thing, we haven't gone into shock yet, hahah.  We have no idea what this lifestyle is going to be like, how long we'll be able to do it or where we're going... but we DO know how we're getting there and our spirit of determination and adventure is about to be bubbling over.  We thank you for following along on this journey with us and checking out what we're up to.   

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The pavilion Kermit built from the woods for our annual Christmas photography shoots.&nbsp;   

The pavilion Kermit built from the woods for our annual Christmas photography shoots. 

 

I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Thoreau >  " Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you've imagined."