50th Texas State Park and Loving Every Minute of It!

50th Texas State Park and Loving Every Minute of It!

Scott and I finally made it to our 50th Texas State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, just outside of Johnson City.  We were able to do a little hiking and just enjoy being in the outdoors. While we were there, we took a few minutes and did a quick Outside Our Box so we could celebrate our latest goal achievement.

We had such an amazing time getting lost on the hike and seeing some of the Pedernales River.  The camping looked to be clean and comfortable so we will be looking to visit again so we can kayak the river eventually.

Thanks for all the support all of you have shared and all the encouragement.

Time For No Regrets

Time For No Regrets

 There are times have to go through frustration to find our strength and purpose.  We have been dealing with many health issues but are we going to allow them to stop us?  There are times it seems we will never achieve the things we want to because it feels too difficult, but that is when we find answers if we will just stop and figure out how to overcome it all.

Scott and I were both told by our parents to continue with the traveling and to do what it is we love.  This is what we love to do, but with us in our 50’s is it too late?  Take a look at the video and see what the answer to that is.

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A New Season Begins

A New Season Begins



We decided to start a new season for our videos not only because it has been a year since we started our YouTube channel journey, but for the many changes that are going on in our lives.  Between the new logo and set up on the website to the new format we are pursuing in our videos to the exciting new living plans we have coming up we are definitely outside our box!


You can find the latest video Outside Our Box – The New Season Begins at our YouTube channel.  Enjoy and remember to give us a thumbs up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to not miss any of our future videos.

Thanks so much for all your support and remember to get out and live life outside your box!


On A Roll!

On A Roll!

Scott and I seem to be on fire lately when it comes to getting work completed.  Last night he was able to get quite a few photos processed from our weekend adventure and I was completely my second video for the week.  We were definitely hard at work over the past few days.

After coming to the realization that I was not ready to be a Daily Vlogger, I decided to do a weekly vlog telling you about the previous week’s adventure.  Last week it was all work and no play until Thursday came along and then BLAM! we had an adventure in the making.  Funny how you just expect to be out for the day and end up getting home the late evening the next day.  Want to find out more?  Check out my weekly vlog HERE!

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On Monday we had a bit of a surprise on Facebook.  Sunday we were holding at 86 followers, but Monday I get a text from Scott to find we we had just passed our first milestone.  We were finally over 100 followers.  I know it doesn’t seem like much but for six months we had been holding at 86 followers and were starting to feel as if we weren’t doing something right.  I am not sure what happened, but we were so relieved to find out we weren’t wasting our time.  Yes, this is all a hobby right now, but we are trying to turn this into something worth your time and ours.

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Yesterday I decided to get my to do list finished and the last thing on it was to process the Outside Our Box – Episode 7 video.  It took all day because I wanted to do more than just slap an introduction, title, and closing to it.  I took my time and added the extra photos to make it interesting and then added what a friends calls “Renism’s” to it.  When we viewed it last night at 10:30pm, I realized I needed to change a thing or two.  Not feeling up to the time to change it all, I waited until this morning to do the work.  However, it is now up and ready for your viewing!  You can see it HERE!

Outside Our Box

Today I am starting to work on the Waco Mammoth National Monument video and post.  I figured I would get the more recent things done and play catch up with the later things.  I am sure you are curious about the Davis Mountains trip and a few other things we have been working on.

Not only have we been working on the videos and such, but we have been working on the website.  I have added a few more projects to the projects page and on my page.  It seems we are constantly coming up with new and interesting, be it interesting just to us, ideas to pursue. It just keeps us out of trouble and gives you more to see.

Looks like time is getting away from me so I had better get back to work.  Remember to get out, live life outside your box!


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Daily Vlogging – Not Really My Thing At This Time

Daily Vlogging – Not Really My Thing At This Time

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As you know, I have been trying to do Daily Vlogging for 30 days.  If you already seen the latest video in this vlogging series, you know I have given up a daily vlog and am planning to do a weekly vlog post instead.  If you haven’t seen the video, you can view it HERE.

Finding My Footing (6)Unfortunately I am not ready to be a Daily Vlogger because I am not able to get the daily vlog filmed, processed and uploaded and still get my other Stitchntravel duties finished for the day or any of other things I need to do.  This isn’t fair to you because I was not getting quality items up and it was not fair to myself because I was starting to stress out about the quality and content.  This was really frustrating me and causing me not to want to do the videos at all.  Therefore, I decided it was time to put that project on the side to be done on a weekly time frame giving myself more time and quality content for each video.  This was for the best and I feel good about my decision.  That is what is important.

The decision was a bit difficult to come to because I had a goal of 30 days and here it was only day 21 and I had only created 19 videos; one of which, was a “I failed” video.  Now, I do not actually see this as a total fail, but a fail to achieve my goal.  However, this is not a bad thing, I have had some good content and ideas which have helped me learn about where I see our YouTube channel and how I want our website to be.  I have also learned what it means to be a daily vloggers on YouTube such as TheDailyWooSACCONEJOLYs, and CaseyNeistat.  These people work hard at producing good content and do it in a quick, professional manner.  Yes, it is a large part of their day, but they get it done and done well.

I was able to get 18 vlog posts out and I would like to think they had some good content and pearls of wisdom to help you along your day.  I know I worked hard at thinking up what you might like to know and what I wanted to share.  Knowing how much of a goof I usually am, Scott said he was quite surprised they all usually had a good message and he could tell I put time and effort into them.  Below are week and a half’s worth of videos I did for the vlog.  I still intend to continue to do issues about downsizing, organizing, and wisdoming, but only once a week. So until next week, please enjoy the past 11 episodes of Ren’s Daily Vlog.


Clean Up The Clutter, Cutiepie was all about taking a few minutes and cleaning up the places where clutter seems to gather.  It didn’t take long to declutter the kitchen pass through.  Not having a place with much storage, we have to be creative in how and where we put things.  This pass through is just one of those places.  We keep our coffee mess and the items to take to Half Price Book Store to sell. Unfortunately we do not have a pantry closet to put our broom and mop so I had to get creative in  my storage.


Off Roading With Ren was nothing more than me being silly and completely unskilled at filming.  I decided it was time to get outside and have a bit of fun on the knee scooter.  Fortunately for me I am a rather daring person who is willing to have some wild and crazy fun!  Hey you only live once, isn’t that what YOLO is all about?  If you enjoy the wild adventurous videos, this is the one for you!  But be aware, it is not for the faint of heart so bring your guts and smelling salt.

RENVLOG-105 of My Favorite Place was a post I have wanted to do for a little while but it never seemed to have a place on our channel until I started to do the vlogging.  However, I really enjoyed doing it.  This video enabled me to go back and find nice photos of our trips and this brought on a huge “memory down the lane” period of time.  I loved it.

I know we haven’t been to many places outside of Texas, but Texas is a wonderful state that has so much to offer in the way of landscapes.  We have ancient mountains, seashores, deserts, grasslands, pineys, and so much more!  Why not take a look at the video and see where in Texas you want to go?


Happiness for a Pain Day was one of those posts that I had so much Fibromyalgia  pain that I decided to let the our photos entertain you.  I was able to use a lot of my favorite photos I have taken and hopefully you can see my unique styling.  Scott was so surprised when I started taking photos with my cellphone and that they were actually really nice photos.  One of the things I love about this video is that I was able to show you a little bit about who we are and what we love to do.  Also, you get to see our sweet little Chihuahuas, Cordie and Snickers.  What could be better than seeing sweet Chi faces?


Needing Fuzzy Therapy Today  Wow, I was having a second day of pain and it was really bad.  I guess maybe you could tell from my yelling at the camera.  I didn’t realize I was yelling, but Scott came home wondering if I thought I should redo the video so I didn’t scare any of you off.  I wasn’t going to do that, I want what I do and say in my vlog posts to be real and not sugar coated.

I did love having the Snickers there to cheer me up.  Hopefully you benefited from the cute fuzzy butt video time as well.

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It’s Taco Tuesday Baby!  Tuesdays are one of my favorite days because we go out of our way to eat tacos, of course I was craving enchiladas instead, but I still had a taco!  I was so happy to drag you along with us on our errands. I felt so great after having two days of misery that I was wanting to share every second on it.

Fortunately I had decided to start a new project for myself called Selfies with Strangers.  It is where I ask strangers to take a selfie with me and then post the results.  However, I do make sure to get permission from them before I do this.

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I Gave Scott The Boot!  I broke my ankle/leg July 2 and over a two month period life was so slow and boring because I wasn’t able to do any traveling.  Scott was such a good sport at taking care of me and being my hands and feet.

Vlog Day 14 I went to the doctor’s to see about getting my cast off and if everything was healed up correctly.  Both of us were expecting to have me put into a boot for a month.

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And, Um, So…  How many times have you found yourself using words like “and, ” “um,” or “so” in between thoughts as you are talking to other people.  I have found myself saying it so much more since I started vlogging and it is a terrible habit to be doing.  I decided to make this video to show just how bad of a habit it is.  Can you figure out how?

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Words Can Always Hurt Me!  After Day 15’s vlog Scott and I had a long conversation about the words we use and how they affect us and those around us.  He told me something that really surprised me about a phrase I say on a regular basis and it made me think.  It is always dangerous to let me think, but this time it was a good thing.

So while running some errands, you and I have a bit of a discussion about it.  Plus I get a strange reaction to vlogging in public.

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Copyrights & Wrongs  While out for an ice cream sundae my whole vlog plan is derailed because I had forgotten a very important rule, “Don’t vlog in loud places.”

The conversation was wonderful and we had so much fun, but you don’t get to hear any of it because I goofed up and didn’t pay attention to my surroundings.  It is a shame to have wasted our time; but was it really a waste if I learned something?

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Let Sleeping Chi’s Sleep  What a nice chilled out Sunday!  I was able to love on the Chihuahuas, hear Scott work on music, and enjoy spending time with another one of my besties, Leigh.  She is definitely a ball of fire and is so much fun to hang out with.  Yes, this was a really good Sunday and I completely enjoyed it.  Hope you do as well.

Even though I am done doing a daily vlog, I intend to continue vlogging.  Look for it each week, as I am not sure which day I will be posting yet.  You will be able to find that information here or on our Facebook page.  You can also find information about the video posts on Instagram and Twitter.  If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you won’t miss a single episode of the vlog, Outside Our Box, Texas State Parks Project – First Visits, or any other video we upload.  So check them out, like, share and subscribe!

Thanks again for all the support you gave while I tried out my daily vlogging.  It really does mean a lot to me and I so appreciate it.