Guest Blogger: Ashley Petrone

You guys!!!! It’s that time! I am beyond excited to introduce my first guest blogger. Between her parenting, eye for design, personality, lifestyle and fashion sense, she is an inspiration in more ways then one. I hope you enjoy her post below, comment and ask questions and I will be sure to get you all of her answers! Don’t forget to check her page out on Instagram @arrowsandbow.

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It’s funny how one decision can completely change your life. One week I’m a stay at home homeschool mom in a beautiful 5 bedroom house, fast forward a few months and pouf, I’m living in an RV with my husband and 3 kids.

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After deciding to sell our home and buy land, we had a few options of what we could do while we were building a house. Rent an apartment and pay more than our mortgage was… or go on an adventure and live in an RV on our land. It actually wasn’t a hard decision for us to make. Both my husband and I knew this was the right path for our family, we are both spontaneous and risk takers, and with little to lose, this just made sense to us.

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It was kinda funny how we picked out our RV. We went to a local used car lot and walked through a few options. I knew what I was looking for in that I wanted something old so I could rip it out, but still functioning. When we saw the 3 bunk beds stacked in the back of our RV, we knew it was the one for us. Thinking it was the only RV ever created with triple bunks. What can I say, we were amateurs back then.

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It took us 3 weeks to design, gut, and move into our little home on wheels. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do inside. Rip out everything old like all of the upper cabinets, the carpet and old outdated lighting. We removed all of the window treatments as well, they had about a pound of dust inside of them. I knew I wanted everything to be painted white, to give it that bright feeling. After deciding on a fun designer black and white tile backsplash, I had my muse for the rest of the trailer. Updating cabinet faces to a shaker style and adding designer lighting really made it a notch above.

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I did a bit of research online before I designed it, and everything I read said to make it feel like a home. And that’s exactly what I did. When living in an RV, you don’t want to feel like you’re camping for a year. I wanted it to feel comfortable, clutter free, and of course cozy. I picked out unique and perfectly functional pieces up at IKEA, Amazon, Target, Homegoods and of course garage sales. I also brought pieces from our home to keep that homey feel.

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Living in the RV these last 9 months has been an incredible life lesson for our family. We’ve learned to appreciate all of life’s little things we usually take for granted. While our goal was to build a house, we quickly realized that this journey was more about growing and finding joy in the between.

Ashley Petrone
@arrowsandbow

MEET THE CLARKS!

I wanted to start this blog by introducing you to some of the most important people in my life, my family! These boys are my everything and throughout this journey you will get to see each of their funny, crazy and completely different personalities. They put up with all of my craziness while still showing an immense amount of support. They believe in me, push me, hold me up and humble me all at the same time.

MEET BRIAN

The number one thing you should know about this man, is what an amazing father he is. He loves these boys with all his heart and I could not be where I am today without him by my side. Brian and I met when we were still in high school. We have grown together into adults, spouses and parents.

MEET EVAN AND COLE

Meet our greatest accomplishments, Evan and Cole.

Cole, 10, is my generous, video gaming, hockey playing, old soul. He is growing up faster then I can fathom and reminds me every day that just because he’s ten, that doesn’t mean he acts like it! He is a goalie for his hockey team and loves sports! #coleythegoalie

Evan, 7, is my hilarious, over-the-top, loving, crazy child. He makes us laugh daily and loves to socialize. If playing with friends was a sport, he would win all the trophies! He has an amazing thought process and I love to watch him create things. #onlyevan