New business is launched!

We have been pretty quiet around here lately – mainly due to work obligations, etc. But the exciting part is that I have officially launched my new business and will be leaving my “day job” in a couple of weeks! I can’t wait for that. 🙂

Many of you who know me know that I have been a photographer (weddings/portraits) for a long time now (10+ years). What you may not know is that I have always needed other artistic outlets besides the photography. While trying to come up with ideas for a business we could take on the road I looked at the “hobbies” I currently do now – mainly soap making and crochet. DING DING DING!! Why not just produce what I love doing as a hobby and sell the products? So “Green Apple Soaps & Sundries” was born!


We currently have a shop on Etsy and will be expanding to a blog soon so stay posted. For those of you interested in what we are doing here is the link to my Etsy shop. Enjoy!!

Green Apple Soaps & Sundries

Latest project ~ a new faucet!

My most favorite remodeling project in the past two months has been the replacement of the kitchen and bathroom faucets!  The old faucets were made of plastic and were frankly just cheap.  They leaked water and were pretty bad.  Unfortunately faucet connections in an RV are a bit different than in a house but with the expert mechanical knowledge of my amazing hubby he was able to get it to work and give me the faucet I wanted!  A little ingenuity goes a long way! 🙂  Here are some before and after photos of my new kitchen faucet.  We replaced the bathroom one as well but that wasn’t nearly as exciting. LOL

Here is the original faucet (pretty icky and too short to do anything with):


And here we go – taking out old faucet!!  That was a project!


And the pretty new one!!


All installed:afterfaucet2

One of the next projects we have lined up is a new sink!  We want a single bowl style that is deeper than what we have now.  The current sink is so shallow that water tends to splatter everywhere when washing dishes.  Ugh.  But that is later on down the line.  It works for now.

And for those of you who are curious about the bathroom faucet here is a before and after shot.  I didn’t get any “in between” shots, sorry!  🙂



And after (much better!!):


We also added an Oxygenics shower head.  What a HUGE difference in water pressure it makes!  We are on a well where we are and the water pressure isn’t the greatest and with our Girard water heater pressure makes a difference in water temp.  The shower head is AWESOME.  Best $25 spent in a long time.

Our next post will be about our new toad we purchased – and our new DEBT FREE lifestyle!  We will be going in depth about why we chose this life and what it means for our future.

Thanks for reading and we love responding to all your questions!  Keep ’em coming!! 🙂

Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock or Bust!

Time flies!

Oh my goodness!  My how the time flies when you’re having fun!!  I can not believe it’s been more than 2 months since my last blog post.  So much has happened in that time I don’t even know where to begin!  I guess it’s best to begin at the beginning. 🙂

As of December 27, 2012 we have been living full time in the RV.  We sold the last of our belongings, got everything moved out of the house and here we are!  We are in a beautiful spot that only has two other RV’s on it and includes a private island and water/marsh views galore!  We could not have chosen a better spot to start our adventure.  Since we need to stay in this area until our daughter finishes college we wanted something that was more private and I will tell you, driving around and doing a little research sure pays off!

We found this location strictly by chance.  It is just down the road from one of the most premier locations in the low country of South Carolina.  It is right on the May River and the surrounding marshland offers a large variety of wildlife!    Here are a few photos that highlight our new space:

marsh1 river2 river

We are very lucky to be where we are.  The local campgrounds do not offer much in the way of parking spaces (too close together!) and our current location allows us a very short drive to work.  Best of both worlds!

We were also able to build a deck at our space to make it more “homey” and to also get away from the dirt – we reused wood from an old deck at our house and it sure makes a huge difference!

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I’m sure whoever follows in our location will be very happy to have this deck.  The best part is that it didn’t cost us much to build!

We haven’t posted much simply because we’ve just been living and working.  Saving money so when the day comes we can hit the road!  We’ve adjusted very well to living in such a small space and we find that it has brought us closer together.  Our animals love it as well – our cat Shine especially loves all the windows! 🙂

There is a lot more to share but I don’t want to drag this post out forever.  We have some new updates on the RV to share as well as the new toad we bought.  That will follow shortly.

Until then… happy trails!

Shelly & Mark ~ Boondock Or Bust!

Demo done – Remodel begun!

Wow!  The remodel is almost done!! I say “almost” as I don’t know that we’ll ever truly be done.  I have a long list of *little* things still to accomplish but the big things are pretty much DONE!  We started by tearing out all the carpet, the couch, and the dinette to make it our own.  We painted, put down flooring, built a desk/counter space, put in a new couch, etc etc.  Here are some photos of all that we have done!  I will be uploading the newest ones soon with the completed look – including a post about our new location!! It is AWESOME!  🙂

Here we go:

I will be adding quite a few more photos in the next week.  We are pretty proud of the finished product!  And I’m really grateful I have the handiest husband ever!! 🙂

Thankful for so much!


As we look back at the past year or so we realize we have a lot to be thankful for.  We have our health, good jobs, great friends, we are very happy and content.  We have a wonderful daughter who we are very proud of and so much more.  We are truly blessed!

This will be our last holiday season in a stick and brick home and we can’t be more excited about the prospect!  And as we move forward into the coming year(s) I am sure we will find even more to be thankful for – such as learning about this great lifestyle which we are only now beginning to explore.  We look forward to meeting like-minded people and experiencing this country that will take years and years to explore.

We hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving!  Eat lots of good food, enjoy whatever company you are with and be thankful for all you have!  I know we will!

Mark, Shelly & the Crew!!



Demo Days!

We’ve been working hard on the new rig every weekend!  So much so, I’ve neglected the blog.  🙂 So I thought I would drop a quick post with some “before” and “during” demo shots!  We have basically taken everything out – dinette, couch, carpeting, flooring in kitchen and toilet room – and are starting fresh.

To give you a general idea of the process here are some photos.  These are pretty boring, I know, but just wait until you see the AFTER shots!!  This rig is looking AMAZING!!! So to get you started here they are – before & during:

Ok, so that was a quick view of our taking stuff out.  The new stuff will be posted soon!!  We’ve had so much fun doing this remodel!!!  🙂