Apr 222015
 

A Taste of Washington's Coast for #GoRVing via J5MM.com #Airstream

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Grayland Beach State Park along Washington’s coast, it is a trip that I highly recommend.  There you are greeted with beautiful sites — some boast privacy, some are very spacious and all are within close proximity to trails that take you straight to the beach and ocean.

I had the honor to write about our recent trip to Grayland Beach State Park for GoRVing.  There I shared our experiences of  razor clamming for the first time along with catching  Dungeness crab and enjoying starry nights.

Here is a direct link to my piece and I truly hope you enjoy it – and most of all, I hope it inspires you to find your Away :)

Link:  A Taste of Washington’s Coast

xoxo
Monica

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~ Monica

Apr 212015
 

Fabulous Finds For Your RV via J5MM.com // #Aistream Lifestyle

1.  Brass Key Ring // Keep your RV keys all rounded up in one place on this charming brass key ring – perfect for him or her :)

2.  Little Love Cotton Scarf // No road trip wardrobe is complete without a scarf and this one sits at the top of my wish list.  It looks airy, delicate and lovely and I think, would make a perfect Mother’s Day Gift (are you reading this hubby?)

3.  French Picnic Flatware Set // Just about the cutest cutlery for your next picnic outing.  The only problem is deciding what color and style.

4.  Parisian Froufrous Candies // Treat yourself to a fancy Parisian treat when you’re on your next road trip.  These Parisian hard candies come in a variety of apricot, cherry, raspberry, black currant, orange, plum, and quince and the box is simply adorable.

5.  Gemstone Magnet Set // These gemstone magnets are simply gorgeous and would easily add a dash of glam to your RV.

Hope you are having a lovely start to the week ;)  Happy Tuesday!

Warmly,

Monica Bennett via J5MM.com

PS  I happily scour the internet weekly to find these fabulous finds :)  I save a lot of them to my Pinterest Boards — do you follow me there?

Apr 202015
 

Spring Cleaning your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to give my silver girl a proper Spring cleaning.  Thankfully to Mother Nature, she gifted Seattle with an almost perfect weekend of pure sun and temps in the low 70’s.  This was my chance to get busy and I could hardly wait. I climbed into my silver girl on a sunny Seattle morning, opened up all of her windows and turned on the radio tuning into NPR’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”   One of my favorite radio shows ever, ever.  Oh how that show makes me laugh!  So with radio playing, fresh flowers on my counter and a sunny blissful day outside, I got busy cleaning . . .

Spring Flowers in Blue Ball Mason Jar via J5MM.com #AirstreamSpring Cleaning your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

I began with the bedroom.  I first washed the pillows in my home washing machine.   Once they were dry, I then swapped out the warm flannel super-soft sheets with light and airy cotton sheets by Ralph Lauren from a new store I discovered called, “Home Goods.”  A new friend of mine introduced me to it and I’m hooked.  So many beautiful things for the home at very reasonable prices.  I go (very) often :)

In addition to swapping out the sheets, I made sure to rotate the mattress for even wear and I changed the battery in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Ralph Lauren Pink Polka Dot Sheets via J5MM.com // #Airstream Spring Cleaning

Then I tackled the shower by spraying a tub and tile cleaner by Meyer’s.  I closed the door and let the solution sit for a bit before rinsing it all off.

RV Spring Cleaning Shower via J5MM.com // #Airstream Spring CleaningSpring Cleaning an RV Shower via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleSpring Cleaning an RV Shower via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleSpring Showers Bring May Flowers via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV Spring Cleaning

Vacuuming was next — at least dust-vacuuming — with my Dyson Animal cordless vacuum.  This vacuum is $$$, but I will honestly tell you, it’s a great vacuum for an RV.  I’ve had a few other vacuums on board before deciding it was time to start dropping hints to hubby for a Mother’s Day gift a few years ago.  I am very pleased with this vacuum.  It comes with some great attachments to get into tight spaces and it does an excellent job on bare floors.  It’s even more of a workhorse on rugs (or throw rugs in my case) and if you ever need to vacuum your tow vehicle, it excels there too.

Best Vacuum For Your RV via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleBest Vacuum For Your RV via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleBest Vacuum For Your RV via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleBest Vacuum For Your RV via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleAfter dust vacuuming every nook and cranny including the screen on the Fantastic Fans I started working on the pantry . . .

Spring Cleaning your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

Bathroom was next.  I discarded expired cosmetics and beauty products and I made sure our first aid kit was up to date.  Have you seen our  first aid kit?  You can have a peek at it here in a post that I wrote for GoRVing along with some tips I shared on traveling with Oliver.

I also wiped down the counter, walls and cleaned the mirror with an awesome chemical free cloth called the “e-cloth,” which I am so impressed with.  It polishes so well and works wonders on the silver interior skin of the Airstream.

RVSpringCleaning_14Spring Cleaning your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream StyleThe fridge was next.  I emptied everything onto the kitchen counter and with a little liquid dish detergent in a bowl of warm water and a scratch free sponge, the interior cleaned up beautifully.  There were some stubborn marks that came from who knows where so I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and et voila — they were gone.

RV Fridge Spring Cleaning via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleRV Fridge Spring Cleaning via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV LifestyleThen it was time for my cute little microfiber cloth cleaner to come out to play in the areas where the dust was stubborn. A few swipes with him and the dust was gone.  The top of the blinds and roller shades accumulate a lot of dust as well as the backs of the TV’s so this little tool was super handy (and cute too, don’t you agree?)  I found him at my local Japanese Grocery Store called Uwajimaya.

Spring Cleaning an RV Shower via J5MM.com // #Airstream RV Lifestyle

Here is the e-cloth I was talking about earlier, it even shined up the fridge door !

Spring Cleaning your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

Last but not least, I shook out all throw rugs, sheepskins and pillows outside.  I let them sit on the grass with the sun shining on them.  I vacuumed the sofa cushions both on top and underneath. I gave the entire floor a really good vacuum before getting down on my hands and knees to wash the floor.

Washing the floor is easy once you’re down there lol.  Just a little dish detergent in a bowl of warm water (just like the fridge) and a soft towel, I worked my way from the bedroom out to the front door.  I then took another dry towel, dropped it on the floor and stepped on it using my feet to move the towel around to dry the floor.

And that’s my simple Spring cleaning routine.  I still need to figure out how to remove the fantastic fan screen because I’d really like to wash the fan/blade part but I’ll save that for another day.  In the meantime, it feels good to have my silver girl shiny and clean.

I hope you are having a lovely start to Spring!

Spring Cleaning your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream StyleSpring Cleaning your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream StyleThank you for being here!

With all my heart,

Monica xoxo

Apr 142015
 

Airstream Movie Night via J5MM.com

Not too long ago, Hubby and I had some rare alone time together.  We relaxed in the Airstream watching the James Bond film, “GoldenEye,” while sipping on our favorite cocktails.  We both fancy martinis, mine being the Gibson while he prefers his extra dry with a twist.

While cuddling up to hubby and enjoying our time together, I couldn’t help but let my eyes wander about my silver girl’s interior admiring our surroundings.  I focused on our wet bar and thought about how well it has served us over the last couple of years.  I also thought it would be nice to share with you, what I have done to transform that little space under our sink.

Our 2012 Airstream International came with a built-in rubbish bin.  It lived under the sink on the lower shelf and I couldn’t help but think that every time I needed to toss something out, I would have to open the door to do so.  Not that opening a door is such an issue but what about when I am cooking?  Messy hands?  To constantly open the door would be a pain and also probably cause early wear and tear on the hinges.   Door hinges in the Airstream kind of bug me, they seem to always be unloosening and I struggle with how to refasten them. Anyways — that is a post for another day.  Additionally — there was a lot of real estate under there that was solely dedicated to the rubbish bin.  I knew that space could be better utilized, so bye-bye went the bin and in its place fit six glass bottles perfectly (vodka, limoncello, gin, dark rum, vermouth and Pellegrino).  Under the bottles I placed a single layer of non-slip shelf liner to help keep them from sliding around while under tow.  Before towing, I would stuff tea towels in between the bottles to keep them safe and sound from knocking into each other resulting in possible breakage.  That worked fine and dandy, but it was just another thing to remember to do before hitting the road.

Then one day as I was perusing my local Asian market, I discovered Japanese apple pears.  I know, really off topic here, but just hang on — these deliciously sweet and juicy crisp pears come individually wrapped in styrofoam netting that repurposes SO well as protective sleeves for our glass bottles in the wet bar.  They keep the bottles safe and really snug in our little spot under the sink.  Perfect!

Airstream Cocktail Lounge via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

Then one day during my lunch break in corporate America, I happened to walk past a Mexican restaurant that had a beautifully lit up display of colorful liquor bottles in the window.  I took a step closer to see exactly how the bottles were lit up and discovered they sat upon a clear acrylic shelf that had string lights underneath.  “Very nice,” I thought.

Sooner than later I found myself driving to my local Michael’s craft store to pick up some battery operated fairy string lights to replicate the beautifully lit bottle display in that Mexican restaurant.  I could hardly wait to get back to my silver girl to see how the lights would work out.  Here is the result . . .

Airstream Cocktail Lounge via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

A mobile wet bar wouldn’t be complete without cocktail accoutrements that are conveniently stored in a utensil caddy.   Here I have a cocktail recipe book, a selection of aromatic bitters, whimsical cocktail decorations from plastic colorful mermaids to paper umbrellas, straws, tongs, mini whisk, hot sauce and more.  Basically whatever tickles your cocktail fancy would be right at home in this caddy.

Utensil Caddy for Cocktail Accoutrements via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

What’ll You Have? 

Airstream Cocktail Lounge via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

I hope this post brought you some inspiration.

From the very bottom of my heart,

Thank you for being here,

XOXO
Monica Bennett via J5MM.com

My Sleepy Silver Girl Under the Moon & Stars via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream StyleOh and here is where I keep the rubbish bin now – right there in the kitchen next to the pantry:

Rubbish Bin Location On The Airstream via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

Apr 072015
 

Fabulous Finds for your RV via J5MM.com // RV LIfestyle #Airstream Style

#1) Home Sweet Home Pillows —  be it to your home on wheels or your brick and mortar, these pillows are sure to brighten up any room.

#2) Did someone say “Ouch?” What a cute box for first aid supplies.  If I didn’t already have my little tackle box first aid kit, this box would certainly be on board the Airstream.

#3) Silicone over Porcelain Teapots because these are the real deal with a silicone protective cover.  Perfect for the road :)

#4) Kobenstyle Cookware — I have the smaller red one on board the Airstream and I love it.  The lid doubles as a trivet too, plus it’s red ❤

Hope you are having a wonderful start to the week xoxo

Monica Bennett via J5MM.com

Mar 302015
 

Airstream at home via J5MM.com

We’ve been home for a few weeks now without going on any road trips.  I’ve been really busy at work in corporate America as well as doing some freelance photography work (which I really, really love).  I actually had to take PTO (paid time off) from work to be able to do my photo shoots.  I wish I could do that full time (minus the working in corporate America — sorry boss if you are reading, although I know you would fully 100% support me!).

Anyways.  Speaking of corporate America, I work in downtown Bellevue, Washington.  It’s a very up and coming city and I am lucky (my poor wallet is not) to be surrounded by many great shopping opportunities.  Take for example World Market, which is literally less than five minutes walking distance from my office.

On my last walk there, I spied this super cute cookie jar.  So in honor of Fab Finds Tuesday tomorrow I present this cookie jar to you :)  You can order it online here if you don’t have a WM near you ❤

Trailer Cookie Jar from World Market via J5MM.com

Here it is on my shelf in my office at home (B and I keep our secret stash of goodies in there — shhhh, don’t tell hubby lol):

Trailer Collection via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

My recent freelance photography shoot was that of an athletic facility.  Here is the Pilates studio which I just fell in love with.   Have you ever done Pilates?  I recently ordered a Total Gym exercise machine to have at home to hopefully start learning.  Do you exercise everyday?  What is your regime?  I’d love to hear . . .

Seattle Area Pilates Studio via J5MM.com

I’ve been on a fruit salad kick lately.  B really loves Kiwis so I’ve been making a fruit salad medley of Kiwi’s, strawberries, blueberries and oranges.  I stir some honey into the mix and keep it covered in the fridge.  He loves this on top of mogurt (aka, yogurt — because that’s how he pronounced it when he was just a little babe and I like to keep calling it that — because he likes it too ❤)

I also received in the mail these adorable “L O V E” battery powered (and timer timed) marquee letters.  They are simply so cute!  I learned about them from a new friend I made.  She invited B and I over for dinner one night and I was instantly smitten with her.  She has the sweetest little boy and he and B played together so well!  While the boys played together, she and I bonded and she shared with me where to find these sweet marquee letters that she had in her beautiful home.  If you are interested in them, you can find them here.

LOVE marquee sign via J5MM.com

I’ve also been feeling under the weather and have this ridiculous cough I just can’t seem to shake.  I also can’t hear out of my right ear because of the ending of this really bad cold.  Argh.  It’s frustrating.  I’m going to the doc next week for sure if this doesn’t get any better.

For now, I let Oliver be my ears at home because he hears everything !

ollie

Our weather in Seattle has been really different this year.  Winter was super weak (hardly any snow in the mountains) and our Spring came really early.  Some days are so pretty with temps reaching up into the high 60’s (today on my way home from work my car temperate gauge read it was 68 degrees outside!).   Last week I was greeted to this wild sky at home (that’s Seattle you see there in the distance):

Seattle Skyline via J5MM.com Moody Love via J5MM.comI hope you are having a lovely start to the week.

Thank you for being here and I hope this wasn’t too weird of a post in lieu of Fab Finds Tuesday.  I just felt like opening up a little bit more . . .

As far as Airstream trips go, we have many planned such as visiting an RV friendly resort located along a beautiful river in Idaho to kayaking in the San Juan Islands in Washington State to visiting our mountain country property in Roslyn, Washington.  I look forward to seeing how the apple and plum trees are blossoming away this Spring.  Also the annual Vintage Trailer Rally is happening again in the fairgrounds in Roslyn over Father’s Day weekend.  That’s always fun.

Good times ahead!

Thank you for listening xoxo

With shiny love,
Monica

Mar 242015
 

Fabulous Finds for your RV via J5MM.com // RV LIfestyle #Airstream Style

#One // This would make a lovely gift for the new RVer (or you) — a personalized platter.  Super Cute!  Find it here

#Two // Let these steak thermometers help you relax during your next cookout.  They’ll tell you when that expensive cut is at the perfect temp.  I know I’ll be buying these because I have overcooked one too many $$ steaks.  Hopefully this will be my grilling savior.  Find them here

#Three // Another great gift idea for the new RVer is this 10 piece kitchen gadget essential roll up kit.  Plus, it’s red :)  Find it here

#Four // I have a soft spot for stars and polka dots — these two tea towels are the perfect pair.  Love love love them.  Find them here

Hope you are having a lovely start to S P R I N G !!

Thank you for being here,
~ Monica xox

Oliver wishes you a fab week! 

Canine Wanderlust Strong #CanineWanderlust via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

Mar 182015
 

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Come travel with me to the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula as we embark on a seven day journey visiting three idyllic campsites.  We begin the first leg of our trip with a visit to The Waterfront at Potlatch RV Park along the Hood Canal.  We spend our first day in the cool misty mountains that are just a hop skip and a jump away from camp adventuring in the rainforest.  After we return to camp along the waterfront where we dig for clams that will soon become our delicious dinner.  B makes new friends, I make a refreshing oyster appetizer with Oliver by my side and hubby relaxes.  We experience pastel sunsets unparalleled anywhere else all while in the loving company of each other and our sweet silver girl.  I hope you can join me at my new writing venue with GoRVing // The Scenic Route.

Shall we go?

“The Magic and Beauty of the Olympic Peninsula”

xoxo
Monica

PS  I hope you enjoy the trip :)

 

Mar 172015
 

Fabulous Finds for your RV via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

#1) I like the idea of these silicone chip bowl dip hangers because you can vary the types of dip served to accompany a single bowl of chips :)  Find it here

#2) In my silver girl the sides/arms of the sofa are soft — this tray, I think, would be beneficial to add some stability :)  Find it here

#3) I have a soft spot for napkins like these — find these Irish Linen Napkins here

#4) A campfire tripod adds fun to your outdoor culinary adventures :)  I have had one now for a few years and I absolutely love it.  I’d love to find a “grill grate” to hang from it from those times when campsite fire rings come without one.  Find this tripod here

I hope that you are having a nice week so far :)  Only four more days until Friday!

Thank you for being here and I hope you have a lovely St. Patricks Day :)
Monica xoxo

Campfire Cooking Tripod via J5MM.com Campfire Cooking Tripod via J5MM.com

Mar 152015
 

Washi Tape Door Accent via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

Washi tape is a thin, papery tape that comes from Japan.  It comes in hundreds of different prints and widths and has so many uses.  It also removes easily without leaving a residue behind which is perfect for home decorating.

I was quite pleased with my little door experiment — the magenta pop of color made my heart sing.

I also use Washi tape to hang sentimental items, like these napkin roses B made me ❤

Washi Tape Door Accent via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

. . . and his Valentine’s day card to me ❤

Washi Tape RV Decor via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

It also adds some interest to the white shades.

Washi Tape Shade Accent via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream StyleWashi Tape Outlet Cover via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

After having fun decorating the little details in my silver girl, it was time for a snack.

Did I mention my obsession with radishes?  I eat them almost everyday.  A sweet friend of mine shared his favorite way to eat radishes — he puts them sliced onto an “everything” bagel and then sprinkles a few drops of Yuzu Ponzu over the top. Have you ever tried Yuzu Ponzu?  It’s incredibly delicious!  I thank my sweet friend for introducing me to it when he sent me a package in the mail.  Just look at the goodies he sent me :)

In addition to his delicious bagel, another favorite way I enjoy eating radishes is placing them sliced on toasted rustic bread with cream cheese.  A pinch of Maldon sea salt and black sesame seeds finishes it off.   That’s what I enjoyed this weekend with Easter Egg Radishes (which happen to be my favorite).

Easter Egg Radishes via J5MM.com

Easter Egg Radish Tartine via J5MM.com

If you are a fan of radishes, I’d love to hear how you enjoy them.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend :) Spring is in the air, can you feel it?

With Love,
Monica xox