Family update project

In June, we decided to purchase a new to us tent trailer. We had a bunch of hopes and plans of family camping trips and fun little weekend trips to the mountains or nearby lakes. Obviously with the recent injury my husband sustained, some of those plans were postponed, but postponement means the opportunity to kick the trailer up a notch.

Our trailer is a small basic tent trailer. With two young girls our first course of action is to add a toilet. With the help of my Dad, we added a toilet. With a bit of cutting the counter top, building a shelf and purchasing a port-a-potty, we have a toilet! This job was completed prior to our baseball trip, and was a fantastic addition, especially for the girls as they didn’t have to leave the trailer in the middle of the night.

While the trailer sat in the driveway, we took to Pinterest and the Pop-up Princess for update/ remodel ideas. I knew that I would be keeping the curtains as they were as they are in really good shape. A lot of the work is cosmetic, but greatly enhances the aesthetics of the camper.

Preparation included pulling out the table, linens, cushions, cupboard doors and drawers. Next, we were lightly sanding down every surface. To cover the wood paneling, we chose melamine paint from our local Home Depot in Behr’s Winters Day White. This made me chuckle and think about Game of Thrones. But back to painting, we painted three coats of paint and we had white cupboards. Already a huge upgrade.

Next, we had to paint the counter tops. We chose a taupe colour in wheat. To give it a more manufactured look, our girls crushed up garage flooring chips in brown. The girls did a great job crushing the chips into tiny little pieces. They then went crazy and spread the ships along the counter top. Once it dried we layered three coats of polyurethane varnish to give the counter top the glossy look, as well as protect and smooth it out. It looks amazing.

While my mom and I sewed and pinned cushions and valances, my dad laid the vinyl plank flooring in distressed brown. The flooring was a bit tricky as most cupboards in travel trailers are not the squarest things.

All in all, the project took six days. That’s a full Sunday afternoon, and evenings after work. For a small trailer, not too bad, the results…amazing. The fabric is a Richloom outdoor fabric, which will be easy to clean and gives the area a pulled together and beach-y feel.  We love it and can’t wait to take it out for a family camping trip.

PB smoothieDuring the remodel, our nutrition was ok. We tried to keep our food choices positive. One way we did that was through drinking our daily smoothie. But one morning, I ran out of bananas, coconut milk, and berries. Ugh. So I opted for a take out breakfast. A new café just opened in downtown Edmonton called KB & Co. It is a unique casual conscious café which focuses on plant based food. They serve smoothies, salads, coffee, desserts, and soups. In fact, if you check it out for lunch, I highly recommend the corn chowder chased with the raw and vegan Nanaimo bar – delicious. This is now my place of choice when I want a protein boost and feel good about my food choices. On a particularly crazy morning, I opted for the PB Power smoothie. *LOVE* It was like drinking a Reese’s peanut butter cup. It was so good that over the weekend I thought about this smoothie. I knew I had to try and recreate it.

In our family, we try to sneak in greens and healthy stuff as much as possible, mainly so we don’t have to eat as many greens. I knew my base would be coconut milk, Kale and Epicure’s coconut protein powder. The verdict, pretty good, not exactly the same, but still great for a healthy chocolate fix.

pB smoothie ingredientsChocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 serving

1 cup Kale
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 scoop protein powder (I used Epicure’s Coconut Protein Powder)
½ banana
1 date
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 cup ice

  1. Put all ingredients in blender. Blend until smoothie. Stick a straw in it and enjoy.

The cupcake was pleasantly surprised that she could have chocolate for breakfast. It was very similar to a milkshake, filled us up until lunch, but allowed us a good dose of protein, greens and nutrients to helps us great through the beautiful, hot and busy days.

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