6 Steps for a Hooded Eye Lift

Hooded eyes can appear heavy on mature skin.  We will combat aging by helping define the crease we want the mirror to see using six easy steps.  I’ve coined this method the Tri (angle) Fecta Method.  We will lift your hooded eyes with these six steps.  Your lids will look raised, lifting the eyes so that the color along the crease POPs in a triangle shape almost.

From your crease line and just above the crease, we are carving out our crease for the hooded eye lift.

I have practiced these six steps for my hooded eyes with my new travel makeup palette.  I can do everything I want on my face with this one palette.  Today, I’m teaching you how to lift your hooded eyes with chocolate-y brown and pink colors.  Use these colors on yourself, or use other ones that I suggest in the video.

Got this travel palette last week, and I’m using it this weekend for our trip to leaf peep. I love The Balm Voyage eyeshadow for this hooded eye look.

1) Start with primed and off white color if that’s your base skin color.

2) Pick a transition color; one that is close to your skin tone but with a sun kissed look.

No windshield wipers in hooded eyes.

Go straight across a few times.  Then you can blend.  We are carving out the crease….not the direction of YOUR crease.  We’re making our own crease.

Not too much; not too little; with practice your hooded eyes will appear lifted.

For hooded eyes, our crease needs to lift our lids…so don’t bring the eyeshadow down into the crease.  See where your crease ends down here at the outer corner of your eye?  We don’t want crease colors to go down in that angle; otherwise, it’ll look like your eyes are sagging out there.  That line will be the base of our lift.

3) Dimension:

We are smoothing and adding dimension by building color with two-three similar colors.  I’m using this skin-toned color, a chocolate color that isn’t dark at all and a deep dark brown.  These are going to be our base of colors…our stairway to the color we want them to see.  It’s as if it was a pyramid with rosy chocolate being the top.  We’re doing the same movement with each of these similar colors.

When you mix pink and brown, it has a purple cranberry tone to it.   It’ll almost glow upwards, instantly lifting your hooded eyelids.

If you can’t do tan, try light pink tones as your crease 2-3 shades.  Then put an orange or deep blue or deep purple (with no pastel in it).

4) Blending:

With transition colors or mid tone colors, I use a fluffy or wider blending brush.  It takes some of the color while blending.

So I’m blending around the edges for my hooded eyes crease to lift into a triangle shape.

5) Rocket Launcher Color

Now I’m taking a brush that is not going to spread color.  I’m choosing a brush that will keep the color exactly where I put it – a deep brown.  Most of my weight was on the middle of my eye inside the crease, but the shades extend straight outward by blending.  Here I use the pointed blending brush by Elf.  I use a pointed blending brush-a tight blending brush if I don’t really want the color to sweep everywhere…like in the corners later on.  The tight blending brush just softens the edges of my more intense color.

I cannot have deep color in the inside corner of my eyelids.  Because I have hooded eyes, they look heavy on the inside and weigh my eyelids down.  Then, my eyes look small instead of lifted and opened.  With dimension layers, my eyelids look raised.

This color is so important.  This deep color will propel the space above your crease to glow.  It’s launching your eyes to see the space ABOVE your crease.

I have way too many brushes lol. I don’t like mixing colors. Do you use the same brush on several colors?

6) Repeat Transition Color

Sweep on one final windshield wiper motion sweep of the pink or light tan transition color you used.  You are going to be surprised how this eyeshadow lift looks after you put on the rest of your makeup.  Don’t miss this process.  If you need the color to be a bit brighter, add a touch of your blush above your triangle base.

Chocolates and browns give the illusion that there is a purple and bright burgundy and gray in the mix of your hooded eye lift look.  And then you add that illuminator along your lash line; there’s a tad of shimmer in it so don’t put it all the way up.  This is just helping the tri-angle-fecta lift to POP.

I’ve recently gone back to my kabuki brush for applying foundation.  I’m in-between seasons right now, and I probably should’ve used the lighter foundation shade only.

I’m adding my It Cosmetics CC UnderEye Concealer; this helps my skin look luminous and conceals like no other.  I need to buy another one.  I’ve had this for a year.

I add my eyeliner right there on the edge of my upper eyelid and lower lid.  Just go along the corners; give that a try!  You don’t want any skin to show between the lash line and the eyeliner color.  Smudge the edges with any brush or your fingers.

Then I carve out the darkness with my It Cosmetics Super Hero Volumizing Mascara.

Be careful with blush; you can see I put on a little too much; think sun-kissed.  Not drenched with color.

I love the Balm Voyage volume 2 bronzer.  It truly gives you a sun kissed look to bring your skin tone to look alive ha and not dreary winter blah.  Like you’ve taken a trip to the tropics.  I put bronzer on my neck to blur that line between my foundation and white neck color.  I sweep it across my under eye concealer to set it.  And I sweep it lightly around the edges of my face.

See where I carved out where my crease should be and put all the other color layers above and on it?

When I’m in a hurry, I’ve put on the darkest color first, and then I look like i have a ton of eyeshadow on.  Now I have learned that it is because I didn’t set it up for success.  Ha.  I need to build a foundation layer of dimension on my hooded eyes, and this darker color is going to give a deeper dimension that will lift upwards.

Bad lighting, but you can see that with the light color on my very lower lid, the layers of colors at my crease and above POP?


When you have a time to practice, take your time.  If you mess up, use a q-tip and makeup remover for areas that need erasing.  Follow my tutorial for hooded eyes and walk away.  Do something, run an errand.  Then come back and see how the eyelids look.  At first you will feel like you have a lot on.  If you practice applying layers of eyeshadow in this way, it will not look like you have caked on eyeshadow.  You will have soft depths of layers lifting your hooded eyes with some personality.

If you have a q-tip or round cotton thingy (see my paper I’ve cut out) you can put some makeup remover on it and drag it up to sharpen up the edge of your eyeshadow art.

Thank you for POPping over to hear/read these six steps for your own hooded eye lift!

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How to Repurpose a Rustic Wooden Sign

Y’all!  I’m super proud of how I repurposed this rustic wooden sign that I got from Michael’s for $7.  It was originally $59!!!  I appreciate the palette style that jumped out at me that gives a relaxed feel to a room.  We are feet-propped-up-on-the-coffee-table people.  We’ve loved this coffee table from Target, and the basket is one that I adore.

But…the colors are blah side by side.  Meh.

Lots of dark and tans but notice the blah basket color on my coffee table.

Here’s how I repurposed this wooden sign as decor to spruce up our living room.

Our living space needed sprucing up, and my design friend Suzanne Bell gave me free design advice for a rectangular tray (not a basket) and some greenery,. Greenery; get some greenery in there.  And use either an off white tray or dark brown tray in rectangular shape.  While I was wasting time at the Dollar Store, I found a Fall tray.  I didn’t like the oval or decorated style.  So I knew I wanted rectangular and minimalist for this coffee table.

First I turned the wooden sign over to look like a tray.  Did I mention its original price? And I also found two fake greenery pieces (remember that I’m a fake florist now) for a dollar a piece.  I’ve never thought of having greenery on my coffee table, but it really is pleasing to the eye.

I was gifted this Rethunk Junk by Laura paint.  Yes, they gave it to me, and yes I do love how it spruced up my coffee table!  With the Rethunk Junk paint I spritzed on this prep spray and wiped it with a paper towel.  It cleans the wood and preps it to soak in the paint.  I just happened to wait until the hottest day in Texas to do this spruced up coffee table project.  It has a slight smell to it.  It’s not all rubbing alcohol-smelling; it’s got some other ingredient to it (maybe vinegar).  I let it dry like 3 minutes.  The video shows exactly how this looks in progress.

Then I layered on the first coat of paint.  The totally cute instructions said you don’t have to prime at all.  Bonus!  I definitely needed two coats on this raw wood.  Be prepared to have to spend some effort getting in the corners.  But it’s worth it.  With their paint you can mix colors, but I just had a sample cup and stuck with the color Linen.  I wanted off white-since EVERY corner, blade, shade, frame in our house is cream!

After a yummy Saturday cup of coffee, inspiration hit.  My original plan weeks ago was to get some strips of leather from Hobby Lobby to staple to each end as handles.  I checked my closet for belts-that-don’t-even-fit-anymore-but-are-still-in-my-closet belts. Low and behold I had two.  One that was real leather and one that was one of those cheap belts you get with a pair of pants at Kohls.  But, as many times on Saturday after a great cup of coffee, laziness settled in and I did not feel like going to Hobby Lobby.  I put it off to another day.  But wait!  My neighbor reupholsters furniture, and she gave me some tacks to use.  These upholstery tacks are great for short widths and thin pleather.  And they look vintage!  All you have to do is tap it, and it goes into the pleather and wood very easily.

My belt needed to be cut into 10 inch lengths, and I easily cut it with household scissors. repurpose-belt-how-to

POP of greenery and the creamy DIY wooden sign POPs against my cute coffee table. Now you notice the coffee table even more!

Doesn’t it look so good?!!  How could you upcycle a wooden sign?


I learned at my Board and Brush girls’ night out that q-tips are great for getting paint in those inset holes on wooden signs. And it worked like a charm for me today…on the hottest day in Texas.

You could also upcycle this wooden sign by turning it around and painting another quote about seasons on it.   I love how this upcycled sign spruced up our living space.

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Seven Ways Kids Can Help Too!

When the National Hurricane Center forecasted Hurricane Harvey upon Houston, Texas, I never imagined the devastation that would occur. 

Elementary schools all around Texas, Virginia, Florida and Georgia all want to help support Houston and the surrounding areas through this natural disaster.  But how can kids and students help with disaster relief in Houston?  How can kids serve others if they cannot muck out a house?  Here are seven ways kids can help serve others after a disaster or trauma experience.

The good news is that you have time.  Adults and teen volunteers are helping with the major things, Interfaith, Samaritan’s Purse (shoebox organization) and many others are helping.  I know here in Houston Tyson’s Food donated over 30,000 lbs of chicken, boiled eggs, etc.  Local restaurants are serving volunteers in the huge warehouses.  People want to help so bad, and we want to help now!

But a lot of the flood victims don’t know where to start because they are so overwhelmed.  From what I can tell, clothing being washed and having a place to sleep and eat is major importance.

I’ve been able to watch some talented people at my church.  My friend Jen also started a Facebook group where those of us who couldn’t muck out houses could post creative ideas and needs.  Amazing creativity!

Here are 7 ways kids can serve others after a devastating Hurricane like Harvey or Hurricane Irma.  Kids can help donate to flood victims and hurricane survivors.  The flood victims in Houston have like no front yard…their front yard looks like a hurricane went into their house and slammed it all onto their front yard.

One of my favorite ideas is from Fishbowl Family: 1) Make a pinwheel with encouraging messages.  You can put them in pots filled with real dirt or sand.  This is how kids can make a pinwheel with no brads and no pins:  We start with 8.5 by 8.5 inch paper.  You can use card stock, but pastel or decorated printer paper works better imo. You’ll also need pipe cleaners (any color) cut into 6 inches, scissors, single hole punch, small ceramic pots, stapler and wooden dowel rods with a dot 2 inches from one end.  In hind sight, I’d get a bigger ceramic pot so that the dowel isn’t top heavy and fits more balanced in the pot.

Fold paper in half to make a triangle. Then do triangle the other way. Cut from each corner up toward center to an inch and a half from the mid of the paper.

Punch a hole in every other corner of each triangle.  Decorate the corners that don’t have the hole punches with stickers, stamps, or a drawing.

Bend (don’t fold) each hole to the center (like where you would put a brad), being sure to line each hole on top of each other.  Staple the center twice (but not on the circles).  Pop up the bent parts again.  Then using a pencil poke it through the circles.  I figured out that you want to circles so that it’s easy to poke that pencil through.  Otherwise, you will rip the paper trying to get the pencil through 5 pieces of paper.

Click on the YouTube above to actually see how easy this is.

Wrap the little part of the pipe cleaner around your dowel 3 times, slide it off and push it through the holes so that from the front all you see is like the center part of a flower.

Then with those inches that are hanging through, you will secure that to your dowel.  You want your dowel to stick up an inch or two to give the pinwheel some support up top so wrap very tightly the pipe cleaner around that mark-above and below.  So 3 times around underneath that mark and 3 times above that mark.

You can always just order a pinwheel kit-$9 for 24.  I cannot recommend it, but that’s an option.

2) Another way kids can serve others is by helping animals who have been displaced during a Hurricane.  I got this idea from withmycamera.com as well as the additional step. You need one old adult tee per child.  Cut three inch wide by 20-24 inch long strips.  Each child needs 3 strips.  I’m using a size Medium Mossimo tee from Target.

I prefer putting the seamed ends together.  Bunch them all together and tie one knot in the top.  Braid them and tie again at the end.  The edges don’t need to be exact, nor do the lengths. 

If you have a super hero who can drill a hole in opposite sides of a tennis ball and make each hole huge with a box cutter, you can stuff the braid through and you’d have a ball attached.

3) Kids can help hurricane victims at a center during the day.  You’d have donated race cars, kids socks from the dollar store, erasers, crayons, stickers, toothbrushes from your local dentist, just any trinkets you may get from Oriental Trading or somewhere.  Each child will fill each water bottle with these little gifts and an encouraging card/letter to the victim.

Collect water bottles, cars, socks, toothbrushes for hurricane victims.

4) Another way kids can serve is with a Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat night.  Kids in our neighborhood went on a random Sunday night, dressed in Halloween costumes.  The trick is that they’re collecting canned goods and those kinds of foods.  Adults rolled strollers and coolers around their neighborhood to hold all the cans. 

Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat (Canned Food Drive)

5) Adopt a Classroom: Pennies for Pupils, Pennies for the Penny-less, Funds for Florida  I noticed one called Suns and Second Grade.  There are forms to fill out to adopt a classroom.  An elementary school here is now meeting in a closed down community college; those teachers have nothing!  I just can’t imagine.  I cannot imagine.


I’ll link the sign up below.

To sign-up: https://goo.gl/forms/5A3G7CZMZwRnfpta2

For more information: http://sunsandsecondgrade.blogspot.com/2017/08/adopt-texas-classroom-faq.html

6)  Fleece blanket – Each child needs a square yard.  First cut out a right triangle from each corner.  Then cut 3 inch slits all around the blanket.  Then start tieing (how do you spell that?!) two strips at a time all around the blanket.

7) Stuffed Animals – It’s a thing for firemen to give to trauma victims.  I recommend NOT giving these to a large organization because they will be heaped on top of each other in the middle of a warehouse and get dirty and dingy.  Instead, contact a local firemen that someone in your school knows.  He will tell you how many they would accept, etc.

8) Bonus:  I just saw that a school in Alabama is having Hats for Harvey day.  They just wear hats and donate coins that day in the lobby of the school.  What an easy, fun idea!

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Fake Flower in My Front Yard ($ Store)

Fake flowers in my front yard are all from the Dollar Store this Fall.  Keep those vibrant colors in your front yard going with these Dollar Store fake flower ideas.  I got my artificial flowers during the 3rd week of August; I’m making fake floral arrangements for my front yard.  I’ll stick some of the fake flowers in pots, and I’ll use some of the stems in the actual ground/soil.

Smart homeowners shop at the Dollar Store just like this florist shop.  Can you believe they were there?!fake flowers front yard artificial flowers dollar store floral

My flowers look like they’ve been through a Texas summer so it’s time to discard them.  The day before Hurricane Harvey came through I took out the dead flowers. No spray paint could help the ferns anymore.  If you’ve seen my other fake flower videos, I use real soil halfway up the pot.  Look what’s really growing!  They’re volunteer crepe myrtle trees!  I can grow trees but for the life of me I cannot grow flowers.

The ferns were finally transitioned to the big pots in the sky.  They were just a bit too blue/green for ferns.  And ferns are a little too fake for a full sun front yard ha.

Planting fake flowers has become one of my favorite past times.  Arranging flowers allows me to use my creativity but not have the stress of planting at the perfect time in perfect conditions and staying committed to their upkeep.  And at $1 per stem I’m just tickled green!

Make sure to check out the video on my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel for the brilliant, bright, and gorgeous new ones for this year.

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Cut Crease Method for Hooded Eyes

Tutorial on How to Lift That Hooded Eye

This tutorial will teach you how to create a cut crease look for hooded eyes using a new Milani Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collection in Must Have Neutrals.  Hooded eyes can have dramatic  cut crease looks with Milani’s Must Have Neutrals.  This collection has a wide variety of colors for transitioning color onto your hood.

**This picture makes them look shimmery; the only shimmery one is the middle taupe one.

The far left is a whiter color than shown on Amazon. This and the Plum Blasics by Milani are my two fave drugstore finds.

NOT SPONSORED-I bought this on my own.

For mature, hooded eyes, we want a gradient effect and the Milani Everyday Eyes Powder Collection has super pigmented colors that will blend together while bringing your hood up and disappear so that your eye can be seen.  As we age, the hood above your eyeball seems heavy and is right out front because it is draping down over your or near your eyelash line which makes your eyes seem small and the hooded part of your lid look large.

I have primed my eyes and now I’m patting the light shade all over the lid to set in the base eyeshadow.  Now, here is where brush use gets important.  If you don’t have brushes, just use the ones in your Milani Must Have Neutral palette or your fingers until you get more comfortable using these colors.  Milani shades are varied so that hooded eyes will look lifted but YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHERE YOUR CREASE IS.

Usually for hooded eyes, I go way up with my color, but for today’s cut crease tutorial, I’m placing my transition color in the crease and going straight across.  I’m not swirling with this first color.  Repeat and sweep the eyeshadow brush toward the upper inside of my eyelid.

Let’s look at how it would look on the other eye if I put all this color on the small section of my eyelid.  That part hardly shows, it brings the eye downward and make the hood whiteness bigger and heavier.  Heavy!

Look how crepey the right one looks after using the taupe shimmer! Heavy!

Let’s put a shimmery color on the upper lid.  See how crepey and wrinkled it looks accenting them on the hood?  For wrinkly aged skin, it’s best to use matte colors and use them with the right technique.

For step two of the cut crease look, let’s add the color right above that transition color and go straight across.

For the cut crease technique, we are skipping the middle color so that you can really see the black cut crease.  I’m using my eyebrow brush; choose a precise tight brush and apply it right in the crease.  Your crease may be really really low, and that is okay.  Mine is way down here so I have my cut crease segment lego block.  See how I’m just making like an inch of a crease mark?

Now I’m using a blending brush that’s got some point to it so that it doesn’t go everywhere, it’s just getting its edges softened up a bit.

Now we’re coming in with our depth transition shade, and we’re going to make happy little trees.  We’re swirling from the corner being sure not to go below the crease line.  We’re swirling and sliding the color over our hood above the crease black line.

Blend that.  Then use this amazingly pigmented peach from the Must Have Neutrals palette.  That is going to be applied only on the lower lid-that is the part under the crease.  In the very middle!  That’s all.

I like to come in with the white powder just under my eye brow to help that gradient mix of colors POP even more!

Eyeliner just from the middle of the lash line out.  And I add again my mini travel mascara that lasts me like 6 months.  You don’t have to spend tons of money on good makeup.

Thanks for POPping over; I hope this cut crease tutorial really helps with your hooded eye makeup application.  I think it will look great as well as neutral.

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8 Things to Know Right Now About Renting an RV

Pack your glamping shirt because we are renting an RV for the first time!  Here are eight things you need to know right now about renting an RV for the first time:

#1 If you do not enjoy camping, you will like using an RV.  If this is your first time renting a Recreational Vehicle, you will do fine.  Newbies will discover that renting an RV for the first time is easy!  If you are a non-camper, renting an Motor Vehicle is the way to go.  Campgrounds are only $40-$50 per night.  An RV rental is around $200 per night because we rented 500 mile from CruiseAmerica.  If you go under that amount, they will reimburse you 35 center per mile.  And the same goes for going over 500 miles.  We chose campgrounds that would keep us in the 500 mile range.

In an RV you will see so many different cities in one vacation!  RV-ing through mountains, through the prairies, through green and golden waves of grain;rent-rv-recreational-vehicle-cruise-america God bless America my home sweet home!

#2 You will have quality family time.  Being stretched and living outside of your comfort zone is good for you; your kids feel empowered, tough and get in touch with their creative, nature side. 

Campgrounds have awesome websites so you will easily be able to choose a few to suit your family’s needs.  What we would do next time is check out trip advisor forums where visitors post pics of the showers and up to date pictures of the grounds themselves. rv-rent-recreational-vehicle-motor

We first stopped at Amish Country in Lancaster, PA.  White Oak Campground was absolutely beautiful.  Our second one was called a Family Campground so they had many more kid activities.  The third one had the creeks that I wanted my child to experience.  They’re amazing!  And these all had pools and a playground!  We are city folk, and my child learned how to light matches on this RV rental trip…at age 12!  Our RV broke down, and my child experienced blue collar tire center talk and getting the giggles while we were waiting.  Sometimes those totally rainy days on vacation or those moments you’re broken down on the side of the road are your best memories.

Now, my husband does not like that campgrounds offer free wi-fi because older children exist through social media.  So just do like you do at home and limit the times, make them eat a snack while walking around the campsite; not inside the RV. 

#3  You or your spouse will know how to work all of the RV and you will know how to troubleshoot.

Upon renting an RV, you will decide on the length.  That will tell you the size mattresses that will be in your RV.  We had queen in the master, the kids’ loft cushion area above the cab of the RV as well as the table.  Our RV was 32 feet.

They called this the Man-Cave!

Then you will commit to watching a couple of their required videos.  Those videos are golden!  If you want any peace of mind during your vacation, you must watch those videos.  And y’all this is for your own happiness; watching these will make your vacation better because you are prepared!  For instance: Our AC circuit breaker tripped, and immediately my hubby knew to go under the table and flip the circuit breaker switch because he had watched the video.  It never happened again. clean-dishes-rv-rent

The generator buttons are easily visible.  There’s a holding tank that holds lots of water for when you’re on the road or unable to hook up to water while en route to the next campground.  The tank level that tells you it’s near full or full is with the other buttons.  When you rent an RV you can pay for a propane tank for cooking.  The dump tank process is easy and very clean; you too can empty it as easily as Uncle Eddie did.  They started us off with one tablet of blue dissolving powder to throw down the toilet after the first use; the tank needed to have water in it though so wait till you can hook up to water for the first drop.   We bought additional ones because the Cruise America guy said to put a new one in after each dumping.  So for us, we dumped before leaving the first campsite; then we put in a new tablet, etc. rent-rv-first-time

We rented 500 miles.  Paying for gasoline is really expensive if you will be doing a lot of driving.  We flew to Virginia and drove the RV from there.  We had a friend who let us use camp chairs, bedding and towels.  We rented a kitchen set. 

The generator is the machine you can hear, but you will only use it when you cannot be plugged in at a campground.  When you’re in the campground, you hear your AC running, and you can hear happy birds chirping and the babbling creek water.  Amazing sights and sounds!

#4 It’s a moving hotel suit.

Renting an RV gives you the convenience of traveling with your own kitchen and towels and pillows.

Our shower was like 4 feet; we did not use it but to clean the boys’ feet one day after playing in the GaGa Ball Pit at one of the family campgrounds.

We all used the campground showers.  Some are nice and some are “primitive.” Be prepared by taking flimsy flip flops.  Aaah you feel so clean after a warm shower.

The best part is you do not have to pack everything back into suitcases before moving to a new campground in a city 2 hours away. rent-rv-first-time-storage

#5 Kids feel cool because they can eat lunch in a moving RV while sitting at the kitchen table.

#6 Storage is okay, and the fridge is as tall as I am 5”8’ and held enough food for us four guests for 5 days.  I would next time bring tupperware to maximize storage for dry foods that you can store under the kitchen table for example…or between the driver and passenger chairs.  There are not a lot of cabinets for dry, preservative foods.  Like cereal, boxes of microwave popcorn.  We had the cabinets above the table and skinny, narrow ones above the door.  I am really glad we had ziploc baggies because we put dry noodles, half the ground beef, opened graham cracker package, the rest of the marshmallows since we didn’t use the whole bag of marshmallows the first night. refrigerator-rental-rv

Storage under the back of the RV is amazing and huge!  Camping chairs, suitcases, kayaks, bulk dry foods, picnic table cloths that you would use if the ground was wet, that’s what we stored under there.  CruiseAmerica offered to keep our suitcases stored at their location for us since we flew in, but we didn’t need them to.

#7 There is no dishwasher so you’re it! rent-rv-coffee-maker-portable

Bring at least three dish towels – one for washing dishes, one to set the washed dishes on, and one to dry hands.  Bring Dawn or Ajax and hand soap for washing hands.

#8 There was no coffee maker and no oven.  My husband brought the neatest thing.  It’s a French Press that doesn’t have to be plugged in.  You boil water in a kettle.  Put 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of coffee into the mug, pour the boiling water over it to the top, seal it with the plunger device, and set the timer for 4 minutes.  Then slowly push the plunger all the way down, and that filters all the grounds to the bottom.  I poured my cup into a mug that was provided, but this kind of mug is created so that you can drink out of this while the grounds at the bottom don’t leak out.  So he drank out of this mug.

I would’ve packed:

*Aluminum travel mug just for holding my hotness vs the RV ceramic mug

*Plastic gloves for cleaning and handling meat and the dump station handles-you can fit a ton in a plastic baggie

*More antibacterial wipes for cleaning surfaces and rough cleaning the floor

*Dish towels for laying your wet, cleaned dishes on and another dish towel to dry them

*Sharpie marker to write initials on water bottles – refill them with gallon water jug water; you cannot use the sink water! We only bought water bottles and kept buying them and kept buying them.  We used bottled water for our coffee by the way.

*Shoes that can walk through muddy-ish grounds.  It had poured all night before we arrived at a campsite so our site was pretty muddy.  We bought a picnic table cloth with the flannel underneath and laid that under our step so we could take a few steps on it before coming back inside the RV. rent-rv-first-time-rain

*CruiseAmerica provided us with a towel on the two steps; that caught so much mulch, pine straw and dirt.  It was great having that towel on the steps.  We also used a bath towel in the middle of our floor just to help with extra debris on our shoes.

*Car charger

*String Lights string-lights-rv

*Magnetic clamp for use outside the RV-look how cute this one is! rv-rent-first-time

*Flannel backed picnic table cloth

*Happy Glamper T-Shirt

Sweep daily at night – maybe that can be a child’s chore.  It helps with your mental sanity. Our small broom came with our rented kitchen set.  

Didn’t like:

feeling damp

towels don’t get all the way dry and smell damp/moldy

mental about bugs but i never saw one the whole 6 days!!

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Four “Lunch-able” School Lunch Ideas

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I am not a nutritionist, but I am a mom.  I make school lunches, and my son helps make his own lunches.  I have used Oscar Mayer’s Lunchables once every few weeks.   I like the idea of Lunchables because they’re quick.  But they’re expensive.  In my mind, if I call them Lunchables, then I’m not overwhelmed with coming up with school lunch ideas.

These are all a base lunch.  You would add fruit and maybe a dessert to all of these DIY Lunchable School Lunch Ideas.  I highly recommend this green and black lunch box that we’ve used for a year and a half and are continuing through the start of this year with.

The first DIY Lunchable is a take on the regular Lunchable – turkey cut into circles, Ritz and cheese.  We toast cashews in the morning and add those.  I use my travel containers.

Perfect size for turkey rounds

  Then, I just chop a cheese stick into big, thick rounds.  That way I can use two cheese sticks, but he doesn’t realize he’s eating that much cheese.  For this type of Lunchable I don’t need the lids to snap.  I also add 4 carrot strips inside this rectangle with a spoon of hummus at one end.  The carrots are secured by me sticking the ends into the hummus.  Y’all should think about making beet hummus.  It makes it bright pink, and you don’t need very many slices of  canned beets to tint the color.  Just blend 2-3 slices of canned beets (drained and rinsed) with store bought hummus.  Done.

Naming the food something cool or trendy is a great way to entice kids to try something new.  Beet hummus would be called unicorn hummus.

A pita is a great staple for DIY Lunchable ideas for your child’s lunchbox.  My pita is turning into a wrap.  Cut a big circle with a stadium large cup and separate them into two pieces.  Spread the tuna/mayo ( I squeeze out my tuna because it will be so wet by lunchtime).  We like our tuna salad dryer.  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese or feta along the tuna and wrap it up.  I would secure it with 2 tooth picks.  If your child will eat lettuce, put that in there.  You could also chop up some carrots and sprinkle those in there.  Two small ones seem more approachable and less healthy for my student than one big wrap.  I would definitely pair red grapes with this meal.

Lunchables have started these new dessert lunchables for school lunches – Dunkables I think.  Have you seen them?  They look amazing, but look at the calories for this one!!!  Make your own.  Why didn’t I invent these?  I’d be lunching on papaya and pineapple for the rest of my days if I had gotten in on this brilliant idea. school-lunch-four-ideas

Peanut butter strips with jelly dipping sauce is the third lunchable school lunch idea.  Just slather on the peanut butter.  Cut each sandwich into three strips, and stack them in a row.  I would just put a tablespoon of jelly – a different flavored jelly (apple or raspberry) in a container like my travel ones.  They can dip their strips into it.  Then I’d add goldfish.  Something with color.  I didn’t say these would all be healthy meals.

My favorite school lunchable school lunch idea is to chop leftover steak very small or shredded rotisserie chicken – my child won’t eat cold ground beef or ground chicken if it’s cold.  Use the tortilla bowl-shaped chips.  Add shredded lettuce, cheese, raw red onions, and this easy Avocado dressing in my travel containers.  I use them for traveling but look how convenient they are for packing lunches.  (Avocado Dressing) Ninja Turtle Topping:  Pulse with an immersion blender:  One avocado, spoonful of sour cream, half a cup of green salsa, juice from a juicy lime, splash of milk, two shakes of cumin, dash of salt and pepper.  Motor boat it.  Stays good for two weeks in a sealed container.  We use it on Southwest Salad.


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