Healthy Camping Snacks – Fitness Friday {May 27, 2022}

Hey Guys!

Today i’m back with another Fitness Friday. Sorry there was no Fitness Friday last week, we went camping.

Which is why today i’m talking about healthy snacks to take camping, that way you don’t find yourself reaching for the bad stuff and blowing all your weight loss/health goals.

Here are some of the healthy snacks i took camping…

Fruit – I packed bananas and apples, just because they are the 2 easiest fruit for transporting and they don’t need refrigeration.

Rice Cakes – I love the white cheddar flavor, and at only 45 calories per cake it’s a great snack for weight loss.

One Protein Bar – I did a review recently on these bars, if you want to know more about them, you can read that post HERE. I love the maple glazed doughnut flavor and these are great to take camping.

Trail Mix – At 140 calories for only 1/4 cup, this isn’t the greatest weight loss snack in my opinion. Plus it has a lot of sugar. But for me it’s not camping without trail mix. My whole family loves to eat trail mix when camping. Which is why i didn’t get a picture of it, my whole family ate it all up before i could. Anyways this is the one we like, the Walmart brand Indulgent flavor.

What’s your favorite healthy snack to take camping? I’d love some more ideas for next time.

A Look Back At 2021

Hey Guys!

The last time i was blogging consistently was probably back in January 2021, so i thought today i would share what has happened over the past year.

February 2021 – We obviously welcomed our 6th child into the world, i already shared his birth story if you are interested in reading that you can go back and do so. Our second child also had a birthday, he turned 13 years old.

March 2021 – My husband and i started a garden, but honestly with a new baby i didn’t have much time to work on it and so it never really produced much. We also bought a new truck.

April 2021 – We ordered butterflies, so the kids to see the whole process of how they change/grow.

May 2021 – Our 3rd child had a birthday, she turned 10 years old.

June 2021 – Our 1st child had a birthday, he turned 16 years old. Our 4th child also had a birthday, he turned 7 years old. My birthday is also in June, so lots of celebrating happens in our family in June.

July 2021 – We started our 9th year of homeschooling! We did some adventuring. We also renovated our master bathroom shower. We took out the old wall surround and replaced it with tile. It looks so much better and lighter and fresher in there.

Before
During (the lighting was horrible for this picture)
after

August 2021 – Our 5th child had a birthday, he turned 5 years old. My husband and i celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. Our family took a trip to Eastern Idaho. We checked out Craters of the Moon and a cool little ghost town, called Bayhorse.

September 2021 – We decided it was time to get rid of the chickens. They were becoming too much work and adding too much stress. So, once we got rid of them, we torn down their chicken coops. Which was really sad because we had worked so hard on building them. We decided to build a storage shed in that area where the chicken coops were. We also went camping a lot in September.

October 2021 – Both my husband and I got sick with a nasty virus. I was sick the first half of the month and he was sick the second half of the month. Luckily only a few kids caught it too, but they were only sick for a day or two. My husband continued working on the storage shed while i was sick.

November 2021 – We finished up the storage shed, we still need to paint it though. We also replaced some windows on our house and ripped up the vinyl siding on the back of our house, as we are going to replace all the vinyl siding on our house with lap siding.

December 2021 – We started putting up a wooden fence on our property, although it is a long process and we won’t be done working on it for a long time. Not much else happened, we were busy getting ready for the holidays.

January 2022 – After ripping off the vinyl siding off the back of our house back in November, we finally got started replacing it with lap siding.

That’s pretty much everything that happened around here over the past year. Now that i’ve given that update, i feel like i can share more things as they happen, in real time.

How was your past year? I always feel like we didn’t do much, but then when i look back at all the pictures and write it all out, i’m like “wow, okay we actually did do a lot of different things.”. Anyone else feel that way? Maybe it’s just me?

Anyways, i hope you are all doing well and i can’t wait to share more of what we are up to later.

Take care,

RV Camping {with kids}

Hey Guys!

As most of you probably know (if you follow me on Instagram), we are a camping family. Even before we had kids my husband and i would go tent camping every chance we got.

After we started having kids we still went tent camping, just not as frequent as it is harder to tent camp with babies and toddlers.

We got our first RV over six years ago, it was an old 1970’s fixer upper. It had water damage, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and in the floor was a giant hole. We basically just fixed the cosmetic stuff (paint, bedding, replaced couch, flooring, etc.) and left the electrical and plumbing issues alone.

After having our 5th baby and adding dogs to our family, we quickly realized that old ’70’s RV wasn’t working for our family anymore. We decided it was time for an upgrade. So last year we purchased a new (2017) RV, one that sleeps 9 for our growing family.

We are the boondocking or dry camping type of campers. Isn’t the whole reason to go camping, is to get away from the hustle and bustle of people?! That is why we don’t use campgrounds. Boondocking has definitely been an experience. We fill up our water tank, and make sure of other tanks (gray & black) are empty before we go camping. We have a generator that we bring along, to be able to have power. For our family size, we have found that we can’t go camping for more than 3 days because our tanks fill up and our water run out.

If you are camping with kids, here are a few of my tips to make it go smoother.

  • Bring extra clothes – I usually double the amount of clothes needed (i.e. if we are going camping for 2 days, i bring enough clothes for 4 days.).
  • Bring their pillow and/or blanket from home – They will sleep so much better if they have that same familiar pillow/blanket.
  • Pack extra snacks/food – There is something about camping that makes everyone extra hungry.
  • Pack at least 2 pairs of shoes – Everything is going to get dirty or wet while camping, shoes are no exception so bring back up.
  • Bring toys/books/games/coloring books/etc. – With camping most of your time is spent outdoors (fishing, hiking, etc.) but an unexpected thunderstorm could come along (happened to us last time we went camping) and you find yourself stuck inside it’s nice to have something to keep the kids entertained (and their minds off the storm).

One thing i just found that was super helpful was to buy a big exterior mat (i got mine on sale, 40% off, at Hobby Lobby) and place it on the ground right in front of your door. It really helped to lessen the amount of dirt that got inside the RV.

If you are new to camping, or are thinking about purchasing an RV, and you have some questions feel free to leave me a comment and i will try my best to answer your questions.

Happy Camping!