It started as a blog ~ It morphed into an identity.

Mrs. Padilly's Bad Hair DayMy life as Mrs. Padilly and Donna Marie intertwine together, past and present, combining my worlds of design, art, travel, and storytelling through the pen and lens of Mrs. Padilly.

I’m a creative professional, and from 1995 to 2011, I taught visual communications at a college in the Houston, Texas area.

In 2012, I launched MrsPadillys.com and began blogging about Texas Travel under the pen name Mrs. Padilly. In 2014, I became interested (almost obsessed) with glamping and vintage trailer makeovers, so I started my second blog,  MrsPadillysTravels.com, to focus less on travel and more on glamping.

In addition to being the content creator for my social media, I also serve as the digital marketing manager for a local Texas business.

Living creatively is a way of life for me, and MrsPadillys.com is my fun little thread on the web to share my latest art, photography, travel, and writing projects. 

But BIG change came to the Padilly household in the fall of 2019, when the Padilly’s moved to Florida. For years I’ve been known as Mrs. Padilly the Texas travel writer, now I’m having to rebrand myself as a Floridian.

It was obvious that one of the first things I had to change was my Texas Padilly logo.

I will miss my Texas logo, but I’m sure the sunshine will grow on me.

Thank you for stopping by, and I’d be thrilled if you would follow along — it’s always nicer to travel with friends.

Happy Trails,
Mrs. Padilly

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Happy Camper: Camping Journal and RV Logbook

Mrs. Padilly's

After eight years of blogging about Texas travel, camping, and glamping on MrsPadillysTravels.com, I’m happy to announce the release of my Happy Camper Journal & RV Logbook, which provides lots of prompts and space to record the campgrounds you visit and the memories you make. It’s your perfect camping companion!

And don’t forget to check out my other blog!  MrsPadillysTravels.com A Glamping Lifestyle and Travel Blog for Living Life in the Outdoors.


The LONG story behind Mrs. Padilly:

Padilly Texas Logo

MrsPadillys.com launched in 2012 as a simple Texas road-tripping travel blog. At that time, I needed a new creative outlet when I retired early from a 17-year teaching career in the field of visual communications. So I turned to blogging and took on the pen name Mrs. Padilly.

As a new blogger, I began sharing photos and stories of my trips around Texas — mostly with other bloggers. It was a great time, and I made many blogging friends (a few who I’m still connected to today).

But everything changed in 2014 when I purchased a new-to-me 2006 Casita travel trailer. I started a new blog, MrsPadillysTravels.com, to expand the scope of this original blog with camping, boating, and GLAMPING. So I put MrsPadilllys.com into semi-retirement.

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer: Free Range

Also at that time, I did a complete makeover on the interior of my Casita travel trailer (it was worn and tired) and decided to write a few articles on that transformation.

Suddenly my travel blog turned into a DIY blog, or what I liked to call “a glampy-campy artsy-craftsy lifestyle and travel blog for living life in the outdoors ~ Texas Style!”

Although travel writing was at the heart of MrsPadillysTravels.com, I soon realized that  95% of my readers came to read my DIY makeover articles on glamping my travel trailers. Since these makeover projects are what my readers wanted, that is what I gave them.

My newest series on MrsPadillysTravels.com is the makeover of my Shasta Airflyte reissue. Once those articles are complete, I will turn the focus of that blog back to travel writing and camping in my new home state of Florida.

Which brings me back to this blog; my creative space on the web. If you are interested in a Texan turned Floridian, known as Mrs. Padilly, I’d be honored to have you follow along.

Happy Trails,
Mrs. Padilly

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(last updated June 24, 2020)

*Mrs. Padilly and the Padilly logo is a trademark of MrsPadillys.com, a division of studioDMJ.

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