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Sep 19, 2012

Sleeping Under The Stars At HOME

After the Summer guests have gone, the smoke has cleared from local fires and before it gets too cold, our daughter and I set up a tent-less room on our deck to stargaze and sleep in the cool evenings.

Extra comfy using our indoor linens
A sheet to cover during the day

Every morning we take a big sheet to cover our bed during the hot day to protect it from leaves or even the dog should he sneak onto the deck and decide to take a nap. So far so good.

Bravo sleeps with his ball 
She sleeps with a doll
GREAT bonding time

Yesterday our daughter woke up at 6am, still dark and said "Mom hurry come out the stars are so pretty" I was awake in the house only to rush out, snuggle and star gaze with her. We saw a shooting star and it felt so awesome to share this moment with her.

I highly recommend it!

  • Eco Friendly
  • Inexpensive
  • Fun
  • Easy
  • Memorable
  • Doesn't Require Scheduling

Sep 5, 2012

Fun Finds - Happy Hour

Taking it up a notch with unbreakable dishware. 
Great for first night at the campground appetizer plate.

Talavera Melamine Platter

Anne Taintor Flask, Open Bar
  A flask is perfect for camping, instead of bringing large bottles

"I Love Not Camping" Paper Cocktail Napkins
Though I make cloth napkins, I tend to use paper napkins when camping

Click Clack Shake & Serve Unbreakable Shaker
 What a great personal shaker that's unbreakable

Enjoy our last months of easy camping weather while it last

SEE Sisters On The Fly

SEE Vintage Camping Coolers

SEE Vintage Teardrop Camper

Aug 26, 2012

Urban Camping Hot August Nights

Urban camping on deck a must every August

Add a fan to keep warm nights cooler
Kid chair for side table
Happy dog wanting the ball thrown

Aug 9, 2012

10 Rules For Glamping

I found this post on Aupairs Blog and though I love every bit of it, I would say my style is Glamping light. The rules I would want to change is......

Make 1 or 2 meals because I love to cook, let someone else do the dishes

I love making a campfire

 Lastly if I'm going outdoors then the kid has to come, Fiji 5 start that's another thing


10 Rules for Glamping


Camping isn’t for everyone, but if you love the outdoors and don’t like the idea of “roughing it,” then glamping might be for you.  Glamping is a way to enjoy camping without all of the work, bugs or dirt.  When glamping, no dirty hands are required. If you’re up for a glamorous camping adventure, be sure to follow these 10 rules.
  1. Do not make your own food.  When you go glamping you will be treated to gourmet food cooked by a chef.  Depending on the experience, the food could be cooked over an open fire on-site where you can watch or it might come on a tray already prepared elsewhere.  If you go to Las Ventanas al Paraiso in tropical Cabo San Lucas you will experience a wonderful private moonlit dinner on the beach before you sleep under the stars on the roof of the hotel.
  2. Do not make your own bed.  One of the many benefits of glamping is that there are people around to take care of the work for you.  With glamping you get out into nature and enjoy the relaxing environment, without all of the work. 
  3. Do not make your own fire.  When glamping, the fire pit is lit before you can even snap your fingers.  Forget sitting on a rock or a stump that you pull up around the fire.  When glamping you are provided with soft comfy chairs or benches. 
  4. Do not set up your own tent.  While there are resorts and other locations that make you set up your own tent because they feel that you are glamping at their facility because you can go into the resort and get a massage, work out or buy a mixed drink, take note: these places are just fancy campgrounds.  To be glamping you won’t need to get your hands dirty, unless you want to.  The tents are already set up and the bed is made with luxury linens, unless you sleep in an air conditioned RV, cabin or Yurt, of course.
  5. Do not sleep on the ground.  Beds are provided for you.  Sometimes they are very exotic canopy beds and other times they are traditional beds, but they have a nice mattress for you to sleep on so there’s no need to worry about creepy crawlies or having to use a rock for a pillow.  With glamping you can enjoy luxury linens and down comforters.
  6. You must take in your surroundings.  Some glamping areas are buried in the heart of the city, but you are sleeping out under the stars and everything is taken care of for you.  When glamping in the city it’s a little like when you were a kid and you pitched a tent in the backyard.  There are things to go and do within walking distance.  Many other glamping locations are set in perfect surroundings; overlooking a beautiful lake, high on a hill where you can see for miles, in the mountains where you need to be dropped by helicopter, or on an island where you can only arrive by boat.
  7. Leave the kids at home.  Some camps don’t mind kids and there are lots of things for them to do.  In fact, places like Normandy Farms in Massachusetts have kids sized cabins that can be placed on your site for the kids to play and sleep in. Others consider glamping an adult only affair where the crowd is able to commune with nature and enjoy adult food and drinks. Be sure to know if your resort is family friendly before you pack up the kids.
  8. Don’t wash the dishes.  In a true glamping experience, meals will be served on china instead of plastic or paper.  There is nothing glamorous about paper plates and plastic forks.  You don’t wash the dishes when you eat at a restaurant and the experience will be similar while you are glamping.
  9. Don’t bring an alarm clock.  When you are out in nature you will wake up with the sun or whenever you feel like getting up.  If you want to take an early morning stroll just let the concierge know and he will wake you gently.  Bring a sleeping mask if you’d like to sleep past sunrise.
  10. De-stress and enjoy yourself.  The most important rule of glamping is to show up ready to relax and to have fun.  Glamping is expensive and only for those that aren’t worried about the money they are spending.  Massages are often offered right in your tent.  Sometimes live music will be provided for your entertainment.  Sit back, relax and just enjoy the glamping experience.

Aug 5, 2012

Camping Without A Plan @ Scotts Flat Campground

Flying by the seat of my camping shorts on this trip. Last minute non plan.
  • Super easy all around
  • Kid friendly
  • Adult passable meals
  • Little or no cooking 
Camping at Scotts Flat in Grass Valley, CA for three nights with two other families on two sites.

Bring the small tent, blow up kyak and assorted cloths "whatever!"

Don't forget the ball for the dog............. oh dog food too

In all the trip went well. In fact I didn't forget anything that someone else didn't have.
 Our meal plan was the best, though not gourmet it went over quite well.

Meal Plan For 3 Days

  • Pre-made cheese quesadillas to reheat
  • Can of black beans
  • Chips & Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Margaritas

  • Cereal, yogurt, berries
  • Cheese, crackers, salami, grapes
  • Order OUT 5 Mile house for dinner
  • Red Wine 
  • Cereal, yogurt, berries
  • GREAT sandwiches from The Harmony Ridge Market
  • Mack & Cheese, Adelle's pre-cooked sausage, watermelon 
  • Gin & Tonic

Jul 23, 2012

Nevada City Outside INN - Style

In this awesome town of ours (Nevada City) there are many
places that make it the wonderful destination it is.
The Outside Inn  issuch a place.

Image of Outside Inn Room Porch
The motel features unique themed rooms under tall pines and
is just a short walk to bookstores, cappuccino, shopping,
entertainment and restaurants. Nevada City is located in California's
Gold Country and has managed to maintain a lot of its
charm and history.  

Image of Outside Inn Hotel
The hotel staff will set up bike rentals or a kayak lesson, on
 flat or moving water and recommend  mountain bike trails. They
can also suggest a rafting company to take you down the North Yuba
or the South Fork of the American Rivers. 

The point I'm making is if your in Nevada City and love the
outdoors or want a unique non commercial place to stay check
out The Outside Inn. It's AWESOME!

Plan ahead and check out Erin's Blogg "InnSide Nevada City" it has
everything you could want to do and see in Nevada County.
Also on Facebook

Erin and her Blogg does a lot for our community by posting all the
wonderful places to visit, eat and play in our town. 
Check it out!

Outside Inn’s veggie cart has made its 2102 season debut

Jul 15, 2012

Squaw Valley In Summer Style

Sometimes Camping In Style is taking in Squaw Valley activities

Overview from Cable Car of Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley Cable Car
Eat, swim, hot tub, tennis, hike, drink, picnic, music, take your dog

Adults $29 Children $10 ride all day pass
Great hiking a top High Camp

We also took in a ropes course at Squaw Valley Adventure Center teaching our 7 yr old how to challenge herself. She did great!

Our daughter on ladder to hook onto swing

What a great time to be had
A few links I would check out if your going to Squaw Valley, CA 

Happy Hour / M-F a great way to save $
Plump Jacks also great Sunday Brunch
Rocker very kid friendly with GREAT outdoor setting

Also Yummy
Sushi @ Mamasake 

Jul 6, 2012

NATURE LOVING Camp Activities

Rock Art: Draw a line or spiral with a long stick and ask them to collect rocks and pine cones and place on the line in a pattern. Show them a picture of “The spiral Jetty” by Robert Smithson

Camp Kitchen: Collect cooking gear from the thrift store, see if you can find items on small scale, find a flat rock, log or camp bench and draw in chalk a stove top (two circles with an “X”) Fill a pitcher of water and tell them to go to town making mud pies and cooking them. (keep mud away from where people walk)

Rock & Stick Art: Hunt for sticks and rocks then paint with washable tempera.

Pine Cone Critters: Glue small rocks, sticks onto pine cones to make different figures. Tacky glue works best.

Hide & Seek and old stand by

Bug Hunt with a bug jar

Hopscotch: Use a long sticks to make squares in dirt & small rocks to throw

Beading: $1 store good for this, I like using a tray or baking sheet to contain everything

Journal: Glue, tape found leaves etc... and write about nature finds add photos later

Photo Fun: Use disposable camera and let you kid take any pictures they want or send them on a mission to take five Pict's. of brown things, fuzzy things, withing ten feet etc...

Tree Hugging: Hug a tree and close your eyes tell me what the tree is saying. Write or draw your experience. Write a letter to the tree or an animal in your campground

Leaf Mail: Find a fairly flat leaf and use paint or marker to write a few words on leaf and mail it. You can write things like Fun Camping In Tahoe or Found This Leaf For You or Miss You, Love Ruth. Make sure to bring an envelope and stamp before you leave for your trip

Fairy House: Build a fairy house out of leaves, rocks, sticks and use or make a doll 3”

Alter Art: Decorate a special location on campsite with feathers, rocks, art etc...

Find It: Paint a rock and have as many players hide their rocks when no one is looking. Then send every player off to find a rock that they didn't paint
Treasure Hunt: Give your child a list of things to find, rock two inches in size, green leaf etc... and see how long it takes them to find them

Camping Manors Game: How many pieces of trash can you collect on campsite esp. when you leave


Leaf Rub: Place leaf under paper and crayon/pencil rub over top of paper

Tribal Camp: Using non toxic face paint your child can face paint their own design and pretend they are setting up their own tribal camp, playing pretend activities like cooking, dancing and exploring. 

Search & Find: Gather sticks as small round as your little finger and break into 5" pieces. Have one child or adult make arrow shapes to create a path to the person who is hiding or the "treasure" is hiding. Then ask a child or adult to fallow the clues to find the person/treasure. You can use rocks or leaves to do this as well


Jun 22, 2012

Glamping In Georgia @ Sugarboo Farms

Sugarboo Farms is the perfect place to stay in beautiful scenic Blairsville, GA. 

Rick and Rebecca

"The artist of Sugarboo Designs Rebecca Puig and her husband Rick, who is a long time home builder, had an idea of creating a beautiful getaway for friends and family called Sugarboo Farms"

 The farm is a relaxing mountain atmosphere to get away from the everyday stresses of life. Set on 20 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, guests will find plenty of space and privacy to enjoy with their groups. 

Sugarboo Farms specializes in hosting groups and is ideal for corporate retreats, small company events, club gatherings, birthday parties, weddings, reunions, and ideal for a weekend retreat. 

The facility is within miles of trails for hiking and biking, along with an on site organic farm with animals as well as local activities such as boating, fishing, and golfing. 

The farm is extremely private and can accommodate from 10 to 45 guests

Gaming Wheel
They also own Sugarboo Designs

Contact: Kristen Kepler

Jun 18, 2012

Sisters on The Fly - Girls You'll Love THIS

Sisters on the Fly, Caravans, Campfires and Tales from the Road

Sisters On The Fly, written by Irene Rawlings, introduces readers to the fabulous network of sisters who have bonded over vintage camping trailers, martinis, fishing and good ol’ sisterhood.  The book includes fabulous photos, recipes, suggestions for renovating a trailer and more.  

Currently for sale at J.J.Jackson’s in downtown Nevada City, it’s a great gift idea for anyone who loves camping and wants to get inspired by this growing group of sisters.  

The best advice on decorating your trailer, “My sister, Maurrie, and I have a pretty simple rule,” says Becky.  “Hook your trailer up and take it for a ride. Everything that ends up on the floor is too much.”  If you’ve got a “Calamity Jane, Mustang Sally, Rhinestone Cowgirl, Whisky Rose” named trailer, you’ll feel right at home with your Sisters on the Fly.

Book review by Erin Thiem @ OutsideInn

Do check out Sisters On The Fly website, I'm still exploring it myself and am sure I'll have a fallow up post. If you don't live in our awesome community then you can buy the book online at their website. 

Thanks Erin for such a GREAT find. 


Jun 2, 2012

Happy Hour @ The Campground

In my 20's the drink de jour was any beer someone brought or a Bacardi and coke

In my 30's it was a Belvedere Martini, two olives, dry, up

In my 40's drinking it's a glass of wine with an occasional cocktail or micro brew

When I plan group camp trips I often make the first night "Happy Hour" at our site and ask my fellow campers to bring an appetizer. This is a great way to break in the weekend as well as an easy dinner for everyone who just set up camp and doesn't feel like cooking a full meal.


Waiter Bottle Opener
This type of opener is great and compact. It can cut the cap off of a wine bottle as well as open it and opens bottled beer and other beverages as well.

Beverage Factory.com 
Williams Sanoma 

Are we making margaritas blended? If that's your thang then this is the tool for you

Unbreakable Glasses
Plastic or stainless steel seems to be the best choices here. Check out these favorites.

Travel Bar and Flasks

These are totally fun. They run about $ 40 - $100. Keep in mind most of these sets have real glasses. You can use real or replace with plastic. I've used both, but now with a child I keep it unbreakable. Shop picnic sites like the ones listed below. The one shown above is from Picnic Time for $101.


1/4 fresh lime
1 Tbsp of frozen lime aide
2 Tbsp of water
1 Tbsp of cointreau or triple sec
Shot of tequila
Large handful ice
Kosher salt for rim optional

Run lime along rim of glass and dip in salt
Mix ingredients in glass
Add ice to glass if having over the rocks
Blend in blender with ice if having a blended margarita

Splash dry vermouth
1/4 cup top shelf vodka or gin
Large green olive or lemon rind to flavor

Fill a mixing glass with ice
Add vodka or gin
Add vermouth
Strain into drinking glass
Add garnish

non alcoholic beer is an option

1 part ginger ale or ginger beer
1 par beer

Pour equal amounts of ginger ale and beer over ice in a tall glass
Make sure this drink is very cold