Welcome Our New (to us!) Motorhome!!

Dolphin Exterior Passenger Side

So we kinda did a somewhat spontaneous thing!!

After spending a week together as a family in our 1991 Winnebago with no slides, we decided to start looking at upgrading…

We fell in love with all 35 feet of this 2003 National Dolphin!

Be prepared for picture overload!

Dolphin LR Slideout

The living area slideout is HUUUGGEE!

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And the bedroom/hall/closet slide is amazing too!!

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The cockpit area is to the right of the door…

Dolphin Living Area

 Comfy Couch/Hide-a-bed  (pillows are already gone!)

Dolphin Interior

Dinette

 Great dinette area but it has way too much blue!

The kitchen is so big!

The bathroom needs updating but has a great layout…

Master Glass Closet

There’s a great cedar lined closet in the bedroom & it’s part of the slideout so there’s so much space!!

There’s lots of areas for improvement in here but the size & storage are amazing!

Here are my TOP 7 Favorite Things!!

Dolphin Laundry Hamper

A built-in laundry hamper!! Genius!!

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Under bed storage drawers!!

Master Bay Window

An amazing window with a real windowsill!!

Dolphin Recliner

An amazingly comfortable rocking recliner!!

Dolphin Kitchen Under Sink Cabinet

A sliding drawer under the sink!!

Dolphin Chandelier

An awesome “chandelier” over the table ~ unfortunately hubby doesn’t like it!!

Dolphin Records

Last but not least, an amazing set of records & manuals!!!

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So, we’ve started adding a few of our personal touches but still have quite a ways to go until its really “us”…

We’ve taken it out twice in the past month & are absolutely certain that we made a great decision for our family’s traveling adventures!!

Up next: We need some help picking out a back splash and colors for the cornices/valances & couch/dinette cushions!

 

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Winnebago For Sale!!

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So you all are probably going to think we’re crazy,

but we’ve decided to sell our newly remodeled Winnebago!!

More on the story later…here’s all of the details and lots of pics.

I will also include a link to our ad on Facebook Marketplace HERE

if anyone is interested in checking it out…

Here’s a link to the original brochure – so cool!!¬†91Chieftainbro

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1991 Winnebago

Chieftan

Premium Class A Motorhome

Loaded With Options/Upgrades

32ft (Overall Length 32‚Äô11‚ÄĚ)

37k Original Miles

Recent Service

Excellent Service History

Have All Service Records/Manuals

Looks and Drives Great!!

Ready For Your Next Adventure

 

1991 Winnebago Chieftan 32 RQ, 37k Original Miles, Chevy 7.4L 454 V-8 Gas Engine With Newly Installed Banks Power Exhaust System. Recently Serviced Generator, New Spark Plugs, Distributor Cap, Distributor Rotor, Oil, Air and Fuel Filters.  Roof Resealed 1.5 Years Ago. Brand New Interior with Fresh Paint, Floors, New Dinette Cushions, Couch Cover and Curtains. New Butcher Block Countertops and Table. Woodland/Rustic Décor Throughout. Bathroom Is All New! New Toilet, Oval Porcelain Sink, Faucet, Butcher Block Counter and Lots of Storage. Two TV’s…Loaded With Many Options/Upgrades!!

Here’s the link to our ad on Facebook Marketplace:

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/231721297417690

Stay tuned for info on our next adventure!!!

Antiquing in Old Town Temecula, Ca

My friends and I love to go antiquing and shopping at some of our favorite local boutique stores…yesterday we spent a few hours in Old Town Temecula at Main Street Market, Old Town Antiques, Serendipity, Fourth Street Antiques and Grandpa’s Attic…

So much Spring-y goodness!!! We both picked up a sweet little Angel Vine plant and my friend found a cute Rae Dunn Herb Planter Set…of course I forgot to take a photo of it!

My big purchase came from a sweet shop in Murrieta called Cottage Charm…

Isn’t she sweet??!! I’ve been checking Offer Up and Facebook Marketplace for quite awhile and just couldn’t find the right corner cabinet for the space…until we walked into Cottage Charm!!

For now, I shopped my house to find items that would add that cottagey/farmhouse/rustic vibe I’m trying to convey. Too bad I didn’t find this cabinet at the beginning of the day when we saw all kinds of cute, vintage plates, cups, etc! Oh well, it will be fun to keep an eye out now!

See my cute Angel Vine on the top!! Can’t wait for it to grow and trail down the front of the cabinet…I love my reproduction Ball Jar drink dispenser and how it helps to fill the space up there. I also love how the white candlestick brightens things up!

On the top shelf I displayed an old pie tin we’ve had for years. It once held a delicious apple pie from Twin Hill Ranch in Sebastopol, Ca. When we lived up north, every November/December we would visit the Apple Farm for homemade cider, pies and other goodies and then go cut down our Christmas Tree…one of the traditions I missed most when we moved to So Cal…

The middle shelf holds some pretty crystal bowls that belonged to my husbands grandmother – wish I had more things like that to display!

And on the bottom shelf is an old sifter that belonged to one of our moms (mine, I think?!) and it still works!

I picked up these cute bird measuring cups at Kirkland‚Äôs – love that store!! Other items like the glass bottles were picked up, through the years, at Michael’s or Target. The glass cake plate is from Target and the white one is from Home Goods…

We also found this little metal tractor at Grandpa’s Attic which is so fitting because my Dad had a red tractor (which we used on our 5 acres) when I was growing up, that looked just like this! It’s so fun to walk through Antique stores and reminisce about our childhoods or try to figure out what old stuff was used for…until next time!

Quick Cabinet Makeover

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I thought I’d share my quick cabinet makeover!

I have always loved my green cabinet but it was time for a more neutral color that would be easier to decorate around…

 

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At first, I¬†tried a light gray paint and it just wasn’t right…then I remembered that I had some leftover dark gray paint from our motorhome makeover.¬† I love how it turned out!!

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This is the paint I used ~ Beyond Paint in Pewter.¬† The awesome thing about this paint is that you don’t have to sand or prime your piece before using it, you just need to clean it really well with something like Simple Green.¬† I use a paint brush because I find it easier and less messy than a roller – just my personal preference!

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My hubby was nice enough to build me some new rustic floating shelves to go above it and I think it’s perfect!¬† The color of this picture is a little off as I used a different filter, but the puppy is just so cute that I had to include it!

Rustic Floor Lamp

Before I go…here’s an awesome Edison floor lamp I found at Kirkland’s (online) to replace the old one – can’t wait for it to get here! When you sign up to receive their emails they send you a coupon, which I used to buy this guy!

Here are the links to the items above:

Simple Green Cleaner

Beyond Paint in Pewter

Edison Floor Lamp

Thanks for stopping by!

Some affiliate links are provided for your convenience.  This does not mean you pay more for the product when you purchase through my link. It just means that I made it easier for you to find what you might like and I make a few cents if you purchase.  Thank you!

 

Organized Camping (Outdoor Setup Tips)

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This past weekend my hubby and I got away all by ourselves!! We decided to “glamp” and stay at a nice RV Resort.¬† It’s a little tough for me to share the exterior of our motorhome as we have not yet given it a face lift like we did the interior, but folks, this is “real” life! And pretty or not on the outside, we love it!

Set up is a lot easier and cleaner on concrete, but we’re used to having a little more space to spread out…normally we would have our firepit and seating area farther away from the motorhome but this was fine as it was just the two of us.

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We usually set up our coffee pot outside so that we don’t disturb our kiddos when we get up in the morning…but this time we just left it out on our table.

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Ignore the peeling paint please! We bring a small folding table to set up next to the motorhome and it’s super handy to keep things on that we use a lot.¬† The grill is usually close by and the table also doubles as a prep area.¬† In the clear bin I keep hand soap, dish soap, wipes, sponges and stainless scrubbers (to clean the grill).¬† When we have a larger group of people with us (more dishes), we do dishes outside, using the red tubs I have below the table.¬† My smart hubby came up with the idea to use our outdoor shower to fill the tubs with warm water! I usually fill one halfway with soapy water in the morning and we drop utensils and small items in to soak, until we wash the dishes all at once.

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If I do dishes inside, I will put a tub into the sink (as RV sinks are tiny!) to soak/wash dishes…

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I keep our plate/napkin/utensil caddy on the outdoor table so it’s easy to locate.¬† We also keep a bottle opener hanging on the caddy so its easy to find! A roll of paper towels outside is a must for meal prep or general cleaning. And of course, you have to have a cute lantern! I believe I found this washable table cloth at Target…its being held down with metal picnic table clips…

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This was our puppy, Harley’s, first bike ride and he loved it!¬† I bought a strap to attach from the basket to his¬†harness to keep¬†him safe and secure…this picture also reminded me that we set up our ice chests next to the motorhome, under the awning, to keep them cooler.¬† We usually have a pop up trash can that sits right outside the door but this campground provided trash cans! Oh, and the colorful little rug that sits in front of the stairs was made from two rugs I found at the 99 cent store!

Here’s some links to some of the items we use (or similar):

Small, Rectangular Folding Table

Paper Towel Holder

Utensil Caddy

Coleman Portable Grill

Propane Camping Fire Pit

12 qt Dish Pan

Tablecloth Clamps

Dog Seat Belt With Carabiner

For links to all of the products we used in our Motorhome renovation please check out our “Shop Our Motorhome” page!

Some affiliate links are provided for your convenience.  This does not mean you pay more for the product when you purchase through my link. It just means that I made it easier for you to find what you might like and I make a few cents if you purchase.  Thank you!

Spring Decor in Our Home

I’m taking a little break from Motorhome posts to share some of the Spring decor in our home!¬† I’ll share links to some of the items at the bottom of this post…

I had fun picking up a few new things at Kirkland’s, Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Target…

Those little bird measuring cups are so sweet!

It’s so hard to get a good picture of this corner but it’s one of my favorite spots.

Hubby built me those beautiful floating shelves this weekend – I’m in love! I also painted the cabinet the same gray we used in the Motorhome. And Luna is tired of the puppy always getting all the attention so she jumped into the picture ‚ėļÔłŹ

Love this sweet pillow and lightweight throw I found at TJ Maxx…

We put together this little spot for my hubby’s record player…

I LOVE candles!!!

Our fireplace is another spot that is difficult to shoot but I had to share our Spring decor ūüėć

I love wire baskets!

I found this large one at Hobby Lobby and it’s perfect for storing games and extra pillows and blankets.

I’ve ordered a couple of rustic lamps from Kirklands and can’t wait to put them in our space!!

Here’s some links to find items similar to those I used in our home:

Lavender in Burlap Wrap

Ceramic Bird

White Cake Stand

Decorative Bird Cage

Black Wire Wall Mounted Basket

Old Fashioned Mason Jar Drink Dispenser

Natural Wood Slices

Cotton Stems

Navy Throw Blanket

Suitcase Turntable With Built-In Speakers

Warm Tobacco Pipe Candle

White Ceramic Pillar Candle Holder

White Enamel Pitcher

Wire Basket (on table)

Cream Throw Blanket

Until next time!

Some affiliate links are provided for your convenience.  This does not mean you pay more for the product when you purchase through my link. It just means that I made it easier for you to find what you might like and I make a few cents if you purchase.  Thank you!

 

Organized Camping (Organizing our “stuff” on a trip) ~ Part 2

Its one thing to update your motorhome and make it more appealing and pretty; it’s quite another to make¬†the small space¬†function like your mini home away from home!¬† I thought you might appreciate seeing how we actually use our motorhome when we go camping!

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Most toiletry items, towels & hand soap¬†are within easy reach in our bathroom.¬†My husband’s shaving kit is kept in the cabinet below to free up counter space. We also keep extra toilet paper & cleaning supplies in the cabinet, along with medicine & other first-aid items.

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On my “side” of the bedroom I have a few baskets & hooks to help keep my most-used items within reach. The basket holds my gloves and miscellaneous charging cords.¬† I can easily access the¬†electrical outlet¬†too.

On my husband’s “side”, we hung a hook for jackets, etc. and a clear Command bin for items such as: glasses, charging cord and a book.¬† You’ll notice that he got our little tv hung in here as well!

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Our bedroom may lack square footage but it definitely does not lack storage!

Here’s a little “bar” I created on our last camping trip when it was just my hubby and I and we had more floor space than usual.¬† The lid on our little ottoman is flipped over to create a solid surface and makes a perfect spot for our ice maker! Then I just took an extra fabric bin I had to keep our bottles and cups easy to access.¬† Having this temporary “bar” area got me thinking ~ “how could we create a fold-down bar that the ice machine could sit under”???

Once you really start to use every part of your motorhome you realize all the little areas you can organize and make just how you like it!  So get out there and use your little traveling homes!

For links to all of the products we used in our Motorhome renovation please check out our “Shop Our Motorhome” page!

Organized Camping (Preparing for a smooth trip) ~ Part 1

I believe the most important thing you can do to ensure a smooth and easy camping trip is to be organized! Spending time preparing before you head out on the road will make your trip much more relaxing and fun for the whole family.

 

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These little organizers can be used to store/transport utensils but I have used it to keep all of my most used items on my kitchen counter, where they are easily accessible.  No more rummaging through drawers, dimly lit cabinets etc.  I use earthquake putty (will link at the end of the post) to keep the caddy from moving around during travel.  One less thing to have to put away on traveling days!

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This caddy is such a big help to keep our meal times relaxed and organized! It holds our disposable utensils, napkins¬†and plates and is easily transportable for eating inside the motorhome or outside at the picnic table.¬† It’s the perfect size to store in the cabinet above our sink where I also keep extra napkins & plates.

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Laundry baskets can perform many uses when preparing for your camping trip.  I use them to transport food from the house to the motorhome and many other things like clothing, extra blankets and bathroom items. In the pic above, I used it to safely secure items that I will be putting on a table outside when we set up our outdoor cooking/cleaning area.

 

Don’t be afraid to bring¬†small home¬†appliances (that you wouldn’t necessarily think of when you think of camping!) to make your camping trip easier!

I use my Instant Pot to make recipes like: Twice Baked Potatoes and Risotto – yum!!¬† Our portable ice maker is so convenient and better than having to dig ice out of the ice chest!! In an upcoming post I will share how I set up a little “bar” area on our last trip out.

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Here are some more tips I came up with when out on our latest camping trip:

  1. Plan your meals in the week before your trip – print out shopping lists, packing lists & recipes.
  2. Prepare as much food at home a day or two before you go ~ cut up veggies/meat, marinate & put into Ziploc bags & freeze.
  3. Shred/slice cheeses
  4. If you are short on time, buy single-serve snacks, applesauce, peanut butter, etc.
  5. Always take more water, paper towels, baggies & disposable plates, utensils, etc., than you think you will need!
  6. Buy disposable pans to keep your food warm while you bbq outside or for quick & easy cleanup when you bake inside.  *Be sure to measure the inside of your oven as they are usually much smaller than the one in your home.
  7. Also measure the pans you will use to cook with on your stove so that you will be able to use more than one at a time…

Here are some links you might be interested in:

  1. Earthquake (Museum) Putty
  2. Multi-purpose Caddy ~ lots of different metal ones on Amazon!
  3. Instant Pot
  4. Portable Ice Maker
  5. Camping Meal/Menu Plan
  6. Disposable Pans
  7. Recipes: Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto and Instant Pot Twice Baked Potato Casserole

For links to all of the products we used in our Motorhome renovation please check out our “Shop Our Motorhome” page!

Stay tuned for a post about how we¬†organize¬†our motorhome with all of our “stuff”¬†while we camp! I will be sharing our bedroom, bathroom & our temporary “bar” area!

Some affiliate links are provided for your convenience.  This does not mean you pay more for the product when you purchase through my link. It just means that I made it easier for you to find what you might like and I make a few cents if you purchase.  Thank you!

Organized Motorhome ~ Part 2

 

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Here’s some more of the ways that I’ve organized our RV…this cabinet is located above the couch and holds larger kitchen items such as pans, lids, bbq tools, Tupperware and nesting bowls.¬† I also have cookie sheets and misc. baking pans tucked in behind.

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The cupboard next to those is organized with bins and boxes that are labeled as: first aid, sewing & misc. office, batteries & light bulbs, duct tape, hooks, Velcro & fuses and Paper & Pens. Its not completely tidy at this point as I’ve been tucking a few extra things in here & there…

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This cabinet is located behind the passenger seat and above where we now put the bean bag.¬† Here we store DVD’s, games & tissue…

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In the bathroom, my hubby built a shelf that is great for storing towels…

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I added a wire basket to the bathroom wall that is perfect for holding toiletries that we use every day when traveling.¬† The white buckets will hold hand soap, toothbrushes & toothpaste and small items like qtips, nail clippers, etc.¬† My husband’s shaving kit will be stored under the sink along with extra toilet paper, cleaning supplies and feminine products.

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In the bedroom I have added hooks to hold my jackets and purse.  The basket above the electrical plug is where I will charge my cell phone, apple watch, etc.

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The wood window boxes also double as shelves for lightweight items such as my hubby’s wallet.

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In the cabinet above the bed we have fabric boxes that hold our hats, belts & gloves. The center spot can hold extra blankets, etc.  On the left hand side of the bed is an organizer where I keep my earplugs, tissue, glasses, bottle of water and a book.

Here’s links to some of the items I’ve shared:

Amazon ~ Wire Baskets

Ikea ~ Hanging Buckets

Ikea ~ Rod & Hooks to hang buckets on rod

Amazon ~ Tree Branch Hooks

For links to all of the products we used in our Motorhome renovation please check out our “Shop Our Motorhome” page!

Some affiliate links are provided for your convenience.  This does not mean you pay more for the product when you purchase through my link. It just means that I made it easier for you to find what you might like and I make a few cents if you purchase.  Thank you!

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