RV Space Savers has lost Our Beloved Boss

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In Loving Memory of Our Precious CoCo (the boss).

2005-2017

Most of you have met CoCo through the years as she was always in the booth watching over everything that was going on.  Since she was a service dog she went everywhere with me, was so loving and took such good care of me.  As you can imagine we are devastated that she is no longer with us and she was one in a million.  We miss her terribly.

 

Has RV Space Savers been lost or wandering?

But yes maybe we have been both!  Since I last sent out a newsletter, a lot has happened in our world.  As I had last told you we were in the process of doing some remodeling in our motor home to get ready to head south on October 1st.  As always seems to happen when you take on  a project, things take longer than expected so we were right up against it to get things wrapped up before hitting the road.

I’ve tried to download some photos but my internet service isn’t strong enough to download them. We are loving it and looking forward to getting the flooring replaced and the cabinets painted.  If you would like to see the photos, I will be creating an Album which I will put on my Facebook page in the next few days.  https://www.facebook.com/rvspacesavers.33.  I only share my posts with friends so if we are not already friends, you will need to send me a friend request to see them.

We did leave the Seattle area on October 1st and stopped in the Salt Lake City area to visit family for a few days which was so fun.  We then headed to southern Utah where we met friends Marilu and John and Patti and Warren. We spent a day in Capital Reef National Park.  It is the one park in the Grand Circle that we had not seen and oh my was it gorgeous.  The six of us traveled together, which was so fun, to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and met a Facebook friend and her husband and had great visits with them. We split up and then it was off to the Six-State FMCA Rally in Texarkana, AR for us.  It was fun to see old friends and meet many new ones at the rally. While we were there, we met many members of the Crusin’ Cajuns who were hosting a rally in Rayne, LA and asked us to exhibit at their upcoming rally so we changed our plans and headed to Louisiana . Remember Nick Russell says Rver’s plans are made in Jello!  What fun we had there and what a great group of people who welcomed us with open arms. I gave two seminars at each rally and they were well attended.    They want us to come back in April for their Spring Rally.  We then went on to Alabama where we visited with more Facebook friends and then headed to Florida’s Forgotten Coast for a few days.  We are now at Thousand Trails Orlando with friends Joyce and Jim, Marilu and John are close by and  we will all be spending Christmas together.  So as you can see, life has been busy for us which is why I have been so lax in getting out newsletters.

New Tip from a Seminar attendee: When I gave the tip about using a white toothpaste and clean cloth to remove the dull film from headlight lens, a gentleman  said that Off Insect Repellent also works.  Just spray on and shine with a clean cloth.  I haven’t tried it but certainly worth a try.

Safety Tip: Someone sent me an article on how lemon slices in restaurants are full of bacteria and there is no oversight on them by the health department!  Well since I am a lemon lover and use six wedges in a tall glass of water, I have started buying several (or a bag if I find them) when they are inexpensive.  I wash them well  and then using the Lemon/Lime Slicer, I slice them and freeze in freezer bags.  When we’re going out to eat, I take a small ziplock bag with my own six wedges to put in my water.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=176.  Only $10.00 and mighty cheap insurance if the article is true!

 

Great tip for your Christmas tree:  Years ago we attended the big Tampa RV  show and I bought a Wheeltopper Steering Wheel Table.  It was only $20.00 and I use it whenever we are stopped for any length of time and put a variety of things on it but at Christmas time I use it for our tree.  It looks very pretty there and is still out of the way.   http://www.wheeltopper.com/shop/wheeltopper

Another Great Holiday Tip:  Collect key chains from places you visit and use them as ornaments for your tree.  Most of them are flat and take up very little space the rest of the year.  It’s fun to reminisce about places you have been as you hang them on the tree.

Great Christmas Gifts for your gift list.  

On Sale:  Makes great holiday gifts.  Guacamole and Salsa Bowl Gift Set…one of each.  $20.00 plus shipping.

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

Normally $24.00.  Makes a great gift set or split and have two gifts! https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=178

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Small Space from Bulging at the Seams  also makes a great gift for anyone living in a small space, for an Rver or a Boater.  Only $10.00 plus shipping. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=42

 

Also the Lemon/Lime Slicer above makes a great gift..

PLEASE NOTE:  There have been some issues with the website (that we’re trying to get straightened out) not sending notices of orders so when you order, please send me an email to make sure I can track your order  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

Our business is still for sale so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please have them contact me  We are still actively doing the business and are exhibiting at  the Southeast FMCA Rally in Lakeland, FL in February and the FMCA International Rally in Perry, GA in March as well as checking on several others. You can contact me at the above email address.

Great Places to Visit:  We have been to some beautiful places on this trip and have seen some amazing things.  One of our favorites so far on this trip is Florida’s Forgotten Coast.   It is called that because most people stay on Interstate 10 until they get down to the more populated cities in the state.  We left I-10 and headed south on Hwy 71 and into the Apalachicola National Forest to Hwy 98 which hugs the coast.  WOW was it a gorgeous trip.  So much to see and do, several Florida State Parks in the area and lots of RV parks and the Wakulla Springs the largest and deepest springs in the world.  We wished we had planned more time in the area.  It is not only gorgeous but very quiet and peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of the more populated areas of the state.  

Wakulla Springs

Sunset in Ochlockonee Bay on the Gulf Coast

We love hearing from you and hopefully I will get back to sending out a newsletter every week or two.  It would be great to hear from you if you appreciate and want me to continue to write this as it takes quite a bit of time and if you don’t find it worthwhile then it makes no sense to continue doing it.  You can always contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

I found this quote which is so true and we have met so many great people and look forward to meeting many more.  What a blessed journey it has been.   Until next time.

The Excitement is Building for Many Rver’s

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“The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling!”   Do you suppose Chicken Little was witnessing a Solar Eclipse? 

  • Here in the Seattle area we will see a 91% eclipse of the sun.  Many Rver’s have had reservations to witness this amazing site for some time and there are reports in Central Oregon that a few strange things have already begun to happen!  I have witnessed 2 total solar eclipses and lunar eclipse and I can tell you that some strange things do happen!  I was in grade school for the first one and the only thing I remember was that we all made these viewing boxes out of shoe boxes and held class outside so we could watch it and learn about why it happens.  We were on the ranch in 1998 when we saw the last one and the cattle all ran and bunched in the corners of the pastures and the chickens went back in the chicken coop to roost! So maybe Chicken Little was right!  To see how much of the eclipse you can see from your location you can go to this link and put in your zip code.  https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map.  Just be sure not to look directly at the sun.  When you’re living in an RV you can be anywhere you want when ever you want…a great way to see the eclipse and one of the best parts of this lifestyle.

Plans are slowly coming together to head southeast this winter after a stop in Salt Lake City to work on some genealogy with a relative for about a week which I am so excited about.  Our first rally for the season will be the FMCA Six State Rally the end of October in Texarkana, AR.  We’ll have to learn all over again how to set up since we have been stationary since a year ago in May although we have done a couple of smaller rallies.  It’s been five years since we were at that rally and we look forward to seeing some of you there.

So my friend Tom, who is helping me with some new and fresh ideas, is having us do something new.  We will be making a video showing one of our very favorite and most popular products…the Produce Keeper.  Since this was our first attempt there are a few hiccups and I can’t publish it here as it is 2 minutes and that’s too much for this site (boy do we have a lot to learn)  I am delighted at all the things people tell me they use them for…from a loaf of bread to pineapple, bananas and melons.  While we have used them for bananas which lasted 8 days without getting black, we’ve not tried them for the other things.  Ours seem to always be full of other kinds of produce.   Now is the time of year when we have lots of great produce in the Seattle area except the berries are gone for the season.  I use at least two of the Mini keepers for different kinds of berries during their season.  In our opinion, western Washington has the sweetest berries ever!   And we eat lots of them…our favorites: tayberries and blueberries but we like all the others too.  Here is the link to the keepers. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.  One holds 4 quarts ($20.00) and the mini holds 2 quarts ($14.00).  They both collapse to 1/3 their size for storage.  And remember they are Replacement guaranteed for life.  And many customers can verify that you pay for them in a hurry by being able to use all your produce instead of throwing part of it away.

TIPS from a READER:  Run bacon under cold water before cooking and it will keep it from shrinking by 50%!  Also cooking it in the oven saves a lot of mess.  And also from Marilu…if you peel a banana from the bottom (which is easier anyway), you don’t get all those little “stringy” things.  Thanks Marilu.

Tip from A Facebook poster on RV Tips:  It’s the time of year when mud daubers, wasps and hornets are making their nests and orifices on a RV are a perfect place so be careful when when taking covers off the hot water heater, furnace and fridge on the outside.  There are little screens you can put over some of them but not everything. Facebook friend Leonard says he puts a dog’s flea collar in each area by cutting it into thirds.  He changes them out every 6 months.  Thanks Leonard.

Tip from a relative:  Peggy’s computer crashed and she had to take it in to get fixed.  The tech had to use 3 different kinds of software to get all the viruses and malware off so it would work properly.  The tech told her that recipes, those little quizzes and GIF’s on Facebook as well as all those requests you get that say “Don’t share this…copy and paste it to your page are full of viruses and malware and you should not open or do the quizzes or copy and paste.  Great information Peggy…thanks for sharing.  The tech told her that the reason they like to put them in recipes is because women love recipes and love to share them!

And this Tip from Danise:  “Angel Eggs.”  I have read about this but have never tried it.  In the years when I was doing all the cooking for hired men, I sure could have used this great tip.  Now Mike can’t eat eggs so we don’t use them but boy if you were making a big potato salad or lots of deviled eggs for a picnic or potluck it would sure be handy.  http://www.flylady.net/d/flyladys-kitchen/baked-angel-eggs/. Thanks Danise 

And this great organizing tip:  I sure should have taken before pictures of this cabinet that we have struggled with forever.  We love all our collapsible and space saving products and use many of them every day.  I had them stored in this cabinet in 2 straight-sided baskets but what you wanted always seemed to be on the bottom or in the back.  This is my final solution and we love it!  I found 2 sets of expandable wire racks at WalMart that fit perfectly side to side and front to back and then bought 2 shallow rectangle clear plastic trays that fit between the legs for the small things…a perfect solution!  As I always tell people in my seminars, I am always looking for better solutions not only for myself but others and this was a happy one.

Yesterday we had a surprise birthday celebration for our dear friend Marilu and a Bon Voyage party for friends Jim and Joyce who are going on an extended RV trip.  Marilu loves to surprise and celebrate everyone else’s special days but never wants anyone to know about hers.  Well this year we showed up with fresh flowers, a balloon arrangement and homemade cheesecake and surprised her! 🙂  We also had a taco stuffed potato bar and snacks.  I made a Cilantro Lime Guacamole using the Salsa Maker, Avocado Tool and Lemon/Lime Squeezer.  I put some cilantro (to your taste) in the Salsa Maker and pulled the rope until it was finely chopped.  I then used the Avocado Tool to remove them from their skin and remove the pit, added them to the Salsa Maker, squeezed in a half a lime and sea salt to taste and pulled the cord until it was the consistency I wanted (I like it a little chuncky).  WOW was it a hit.  I never add tomatoes to Guac anymore as one of our sons-in-law doesn’t like it with tomatoes.  So easy.  You can find all the great tools here.  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/.

An FYI from friend Marilu:  Her grandson was removing a pit out of an avocado with a knife, cut himself and had to have several stitches…she immediately gave him an Avocado tool!

The redecorating project is coming along.  We received the fabric samples I had ordered and chose the one we like the best which then allowed me to choose the paint color.  The bathroom is finished unless we decide to paint the cabinets which won’t happen until next summer and the flooring which will all be done at once.  The Gardz primer I used on the walls could not be used on the plastic trim so I used a Bull’s Eye1.2.3 primer for that..I still have art to hang but am pretty happy with the way it turned out. It sure brightened it up and it looks so crisp and fresh.   Here are some of the photos of during, after and making choices.

Making choices

Primer for plastic trim

We chose not to put back up the towel bars but got one that hangs over the cabinet so there will be art on the blank wall.

There will be art on this back wall when the paint has cured.

Paint and fabric final choices

Art that will replace a mirror in the front area.

I found this beautiful piece of art that I used along with the fabric sample to choose the colors we will use…we’re loving it.  Off to pick up the wainscoting (bead board) for the bottom two-thirds of the walls in the main living area.

 

Great Places to Visit:  Macy’s Center City Store Philadelphia, PA  Inside the store is a Wanamaker Eagle Organ that weighs 2500 pounds.  They hold 45 minute recitals Mon-Sat at noon and M,T,Th & Sat at 7 p.m.  Visitors are welcome at the console area on the 2nd floor to meet the staff following the recitals. http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/events.php.  Thanks for sharing Joyce…hope you enjoy it.

Remember we love hearing from you.  And love having you share your tips, ideas, places to visit and any comments you may have.  We are still looking for a buyer for our business and have put it in the Lord’s hands.  When the time is right, HE will bring someone to us that loves it as much as we do. rvspacesavers@gmail.com

In our journey and travels we are never lost but some times mis-placed!  And have seen things because of it.  I found this quote that I thought very much applied to the journey.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.     Douglas Adams

We look forward to our paths crossing with many of you once again as we end up where we are intended to be.  Until next time…

RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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Beach or the MountainsWhere do you love to spend your summers?  I love the beach and Mike loves the mountains so we spend time doing both.  To me there is nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves crash up on the beach.  To Mike the smell of clean, fresh air and no people are his ‘go to’ place.  Do you and your traveling companion have a favorite place to relax and renew?

August brings hot days to much of the country including the Northwest.  We have ‘heat warnings’ this week which is unusual for this area.    Once August rolls around, many of us are starting to plan and making reservations on where we will spend the winter. Sadly it also brings fire dangers across the west..  According to the USDA Forest Service as of today there are 32 uncontained large fires  in the west. https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/  So be very careful out there and be sure to check out any area you plan to visit.

Important Tip:  With all the crazy weather happening all across the country, now is a good time to review your emergency plan.  And if you don’t have one promise yourself you will make one today!  Also do you have your ‘bug-out’ or ‘ditch’ bag made and ready to grab in a moments notice?  We have discussed this in many seminars and I hope you downloaded a copy from the website for reference. I have read several times that you need to be able to evacuate within 10 minutes…could you do it?  What is most important to grab IF you have time to grab anything?  In my book Keep Your Small Space from Bulging at the Seams there are a couple of great articles written by readers Danise and Kathryn on Emergency procedures and plans so if you don’t have your copy, you should order it today.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177.  Another great tip from Danise.

A Great Beach Tip: Here are some great ideas to enjoy a day at the beach.  A few things prepared ahead will make it more enjoyable and cleanup much easier.  1) Line the trunk of the car with an old sheet, a shower curtain or plastic table cloth that you’ve picked up at the Dollar Store.  When you get home just grab all four corners and lift out of the trunk and the mess is gone.  2) Put another shower curtain or table cloth under your beach blanket which will keep the sand from getting embedded in the blanket or towel.  3)  Take lots of sunscreen and apply it often.  4)  Wear a hat that covers your face, ears and neck.  5) Use a mesh beach bag so the sand falls through.  6) Invest in a pair of beach shoes so if the beach is rocky, you can still wade in the water.  7)  If you are a shell collector like I am, take a mesh produce bag to put your finds in so the sand sifts out…when you get them home, rinse the sand off and soak them in a mixture of bleach and water for several hours or cover with toothpaste and let them sit several hours or over night.  Then take an old soft toothbrush to clean them off, rinse well and let dry.  Next rub them with a little mineral oil to give them a shine.  A fun and small memento of your day at the beach and the best part of it all…none of these things take up much room in your RV.  I have Mike drill a hole in them and hang them on our little tree at Christmas.

 

Easy and time saving TIP:  Don’t have anywhere to hang those clothes as they come out of the dryer?  Purchase a flange at the hardware store along with a 12 inch piece of pipe that will screw into the flange and a rubber end for the flange.  Hang the flange in a handy place close to the dryer and when doing laundry screw the pipe into the flange for a great place to hang those shirts, etc as they come out of the dryer and to cool down.  When finished with the laundry, be sure to unscrew the pipe and store beside the washer/dryer. *Taken from a post by Deedee Pearce on Facebook.

As I told you last week, I am starting a redecorating project in our motor home.  I decided to start first in the bathroom but want a continuous look throughout so colors, fabrics and styles will all compliment each other. This is a before photo.  I have now removed the old border, installed Smart Tiles from Home Depot and primed with the Gardz primer I told you about last week.  I am now waiting for the fabric samples to finalize my paint color.  Eventually the cabinets will be painted white but that will come as I have time.  Our vintage, 2004 has gold and brass metal and rather then replace what can be (lights and towel bars) and what can’t (the shower surround) I am opting to use a product called Rub ‘n Buff in silver. It is easy to use and I did the light fixture yesterday.  I still need to buff it to a shine but we put the bulbs back in as it got dark so will finish it up today. As I continue with the process i will keep you posted and if you have any questions, please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

When in San Francisco  we had some amazing food.  I gave you one of them in last week’s newsletter  and here is another that is super and healthy besides. Fried Brussel Sprouts/Cauliflower/Bacon.

I used the Safety paring knives https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=69   to slice the sprouts in half and cube the bacon.  I used the slicer/mandolin to slice the cauliflower. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=175  Saute the bacon first in a frying pan until crisp.  Remove and reserve.  In the drippings saute the sprouts and cauliflower until slightly brown then cover to steam until al dente.  Season with sea salt and toss with the bacon using the fiskie. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150  Serve immediately. They served it with ground aleppo pepper which we chose to leave off.  OMG a yummy quick and easy side dish.

And the item I use the very most this time of year during produce season in  the Northwest are the four (yes 4) Collapsible Produce Keepers https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63  They are all full of yummy fresh produce from Farmers Markets. One with my favorite berries…tayberries, one with small cucumbers that I love to just eat fresh, one with Romaine lettuce and the 4th one with snap peas but I vary what might be in any of them from time to time.  It is so amazing how long things last in the keepers.

Great Places to Visit:  Wings Over Washington…on the Seattle waterfront.  A fun ride that is pretty new to the waterfront.  My kids have done it and say it is better than “Soaring” the Disneyland ride. http://www.wingsoverwa.com/  And while you’re downtown be sure to drive just north to the Ballard area and shop at the  Purple Store!  I haven’t been yet but sounds like a fun place to visit! https://www.thepurplestore.com/seattle.shtml.  And a must along the way is the Chihuly Gardens next to the Space Needle.  https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/.

Do you have recipes to share?  A great place to visit? Tips to share with fellow Rver’s? Know anyone who would be interested in purchasing our business?  We would love to hear from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

I thought this was a fun quote about those of us who travel in an RV because we all love the journey and where it takes us.  And our beautiful United States is filled with breathtaking scenery, things to do and people to meet.  Our wish is that someday we meet you in our travels.  I love to meet people who say “Oh I took your seminar in X” or we met in “Y” at a rally or at a potluck in “anywhere USA.”

Until next time travel safe.  Gail and Mike

 

RV Space Savers Wishes You A Happy and Blessed Easter

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RV Space Savers is Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Easter.  Many of you are still either south or headed north so many are not with friends and family but do things to celebrate in other ways.  We have found some wonderful Easter Brunches in our travels that are fun to do.  Whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful day.  Since we have been in the Seattle area for the winter, we will be enjoying spending the day with the family and a traditional “Adult Easter egg hunt” with little bottles of liquors and age appropriate drinks for the underage and those who don’t drink alcohol.  It’s been a fun tradition for many years.  And we’re at the point of being able to hide our own Easter eggs! 🙂

 

Don’t forget the Spring Sale on All Things Avocado

To celebrate the start of the California Avocado Season and Spring we are offering a great 20% discount on all things avocado sold at RV Space Savers until April 30th.    FREE avocado recipe booklets with every order. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173.

These are the FREE recipe booklets included with your order while supplies last…donated by the California Avocado Commission.  https://www.californiaavocado.com/.

And if you are in southern California be sure to attend the Avocado Festival in Fallbrook on Sunday April 23rd.  It is a fun day filled with lots of things avocados.  http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/events/31st-Annual-Fallbrook-Avocado-Festival_ET1327.html

I love to share  tips using products that RVer’s already have in their RV’s and here are some worth the read.

Great tip:  Clean those hard water and grimy spots around the faucets.  http://askannamoseley.com/2011/03/reader-question-getting-rid-of-tough-water-build-up/. 

TIP:  Things to Use dish soap for besides the dishes.  http://tiphero.com/ways-to-use-dish-soap/.

TIP:  Ways to clean stainless steel with products you probably already have.  I use just plain white vinegar.  http://tiphero.com/clean-stainless-steel/.

TIP:  Before heading out for the summer…sort, reorganize and purge, purge, purge.  We’re getting ready to take a couple of summer trips with the motor home.  Having been in the Seattle area since last May, I have not been good about keeping things as organized and followed my mantra of “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  This week has been spent going through everything inside the coach to organize and donate.  Next week will be able to start on the bays outside as we’re finally supposed to get some nice dry and sunny days so that will make that an easy task.  Hopefully I will be able to wash and pack away my winter mackinaw and warm winter clothes (yes that includes long johns) to store above our son’s garage until we have to spend another winter here (hopefully not soon).

TIP:  Lots of great fruit and veggies at Farmers Markets in the south so be sure and find them in your travels and get some homegrown produce.  Much better for you and much less expensive too.

Great Places to Visit:  Kartchner Caverns State Park in Arizona between Tucson and Tombstone looks like a fabulous place to visit while in the area.   http://blog.goodsam.com/RV-trip-to-kartchner-caverns-arizona?

 

And always remember you hold the map.  So create a life that is filled with awe, adventure and amazing moments.  Until next time.

RV Space Savers  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

 

Celebrate Spring With Savings from RV Space Savers

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It’s Spring…let’s just hope that Mother Nature agrees with spring weather all over the country.  Many of us in areas that had a long winter are more than ready.  Things are slowly beginning to bloom but downtown Seattle is way ahead of our area.One of our favorite things about spring is 

California Avocado Season which starts April 1st.  

We so love to be in southern California during this time.  We eat an avocado almost every day either by itself or in or on something and we love my Pomegranate Guacamole and have it as long as we can get the arils.  I love to try new things with avocados and found this recipe on the California Avocado Commission’s site and they have tons of great recipes.  http://www.californiaavocado.com/http://www.californiaavocado.com/.  Here is a recipe I will be trying this week.  CALIFORNIA AVOCADO BALELA.   I will be using the following RV Space Saver Tools to make this side dish.  Tools: Tomato Tool to cut the tomatoes; Prep Colander to drain peas and beans; Salsa Maker to chop the onions, parsley and mint; Avocado Tool to cut, remove pit and chop the avocado; reuse the Salsa Maker to make the dressing; Fiskie to stir everything together; Magnetic Measuring Spoons for measuring the spices; and  (3 qt.  bowl and collapsible measuring cups..no longer available)  All but the last 2 items can be purchased on  our website at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home.

To celebrate the start of the California Avocado Season and spring we are offering a great  20% off sale on all things avocado sold at RV Space Savers…Order nowLimited Supply while supplies last or April 30th. Order this special and receive FREE recipes directly from the California Avocado Commission.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173.

TIP: For those who have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease here is a website that might be helpful.  https://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2008/12/baking-cooking-substitutions-for-gluten.html.

TIP: And this is a great site for anyone with eating allergies.  I use it quite a lot for Mike.  http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com/

Many of us remember Grandma’s Rice Pudding…I sure do and loved it way back then. Thanks Danise for sending this recipe along.  How fun it will be to make it once again. Thanks Danise.

No One Will Ever Get Bored Of Grandma’s Old Fashioned Custard Style Rice Pudding!

Important TIP:  In the last newsletter I gave you a couple of important articles to read about the upcoming tick season.  Here is a recipe for a repellent that might be helpful.  Tick Repellent  http://usefultipsforhome.com/outdoor/1-simple-tip-keep-ticks-off-summer-long/.  Or you might try this:  To make a home remedy tick repellent, simply mix about two ounces or so of tea tree oil with water. It is a very strong agent, so make sure that the amount of water exceeds the oil, but not by a lot. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on yourself and your family.  Be sure to check your pets often too.

Great Places to Visit:  The Most Scenic Roads in America.  This article was in the Passport America newsletter and I thought I would pass it along for all to enjoy.  http://www.businessinsider.com/americas-best-road-trips-2017-3.

“A friend is a present you give yourself.”  Thanks for the beautiful quote Danise.  You are all gifts to us and we look forward meeting you again down the road.

“There’s nothing better than a friend unless it’s a friend with chocolate”  Carol Grayson

We love hearing from you and hope the journey to your next destination is filled with happiness, safety and the wonders this beautiful country has to offer.  Until next time.

Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

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We love living in our RV and traveling whenever the mood strikes or a friend calls and says “Let’s go to XXX” or we’ll meet you in YYY on such a such day.  I think that is the draw for many who own an RV whether it’s a Class A, B, C or a towable. And according to Chuck who writes the RV Travel Blog/Newsletter http://rvtravel.com/rv-travel-newsletter-issue-784/   and many other articles it is becoming more and more attractive to younger folks, many of whom are traveling and working in their RV’s and homeschooling their kids. And with so many amazing things to see and do in this country, there are always new discoveries to be made.  It’s more and more important that manufacturers, Campgrounds, Rallies and Associations embrace this younger crowd to find out the things they want from the RV world.  Do you belong to a local chapter of an association that is doing a good job of bringing these younger people into the fold?  If so we’d love to hear from you.  We are visiting all the time with people in the industry and everyone is wanting to be inclusive of all  RVer’s.  Or are you a member of the younger set and have some ideas of things you’d like to see to make the industry more friendly to your age group?  Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hear there was a pretty good crowd at the FMCA Rally in the Valley in Chandler, AZ and those attending had a great time with beautiful to pretty warm weather. We sure missed being there and visiting with all our friends and meeting new ones.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing you down the road soon.  Spending the winter in rainy Seattle is not our idea of a fun warm winter spot! 🙂

Reminder tip from reader Danise…The Golden Age Pass which you can purchase for a one-time fee of $10.00 once you turn 62 is going to be increasing to $80.00.  As of this date the government has not set a date for the increase but as soon as you turn 62 it is a must have.  Even at a one-time fee of $80.00 it is a bargain to use in all our National Park System and you also get discounts on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Forest Service campgrounds. Since it is a Lifetime Pass I suggest that everyone gets one.  Some couples choose to get only one but we think it is a better idea for you each to have your own.  I do not know if they are transferable to the other person so for $10.00 it’s well worth getting your own.  You can purchase them at any National Park or check out this link.  https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm  Thanks for the reminder Danise.

As the migration of Rver’s are getting ready to stat their trek northward I thought this article was a great resource for those heading to Canada for a trip or the summer.  http://blog.goodsam.com/RV-canada-travel-checklist?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WoodallsBlog+%28Good+Sam+Camping+Blog%29.

And as the northern migration is getting in gear this is an Important Warning for everyone traveling this year. Please read this article and take heed not only for your pets but for yourself.  Our son-in-law was diagnosed with Lyme disease after many months of testing.  It is very hard to detect and many doctors haven’t seen it and it can take on many forms.  He is in remission right now but will never be cured.  And while it is much more common in the northeast, it has been reported in every state. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/06/518219485/forbidding-forecast-for-lyme-disease-in-the-northeast.

 

Great Tip for those who Knit:  I am not a knitter but I know many who are and my mom was a knitter.  When I saw this on Facebook I thought of all those who are.  It is a Pinterest photo and I can’t find who the creative soul is to give the credit but thought it was worth putting in the newsletter.

Another great tip:  As many of you already know I talk in my seminars about different kinds of shoe holders  that work great for organization and ideas for space savers of lots of different kinds of things. It’s amazing how much space they save and how many things they can be used for.  Here is a link to a lot of great ideas.  http://www.hacksof.life/save-space-and-get-organized-with-a-hanging-shoe-caddy/.

Here is a great sounding vegan Blueberry Cheesecake recipe.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/vegan-blueberry-lime-cheesecake/ .  I will be making this and would use the Salsa Maker in place of the food processor and the Fiskie to mix it together.  I don’t have a springform pan so would use a pie or cake pan.

This is a great site for recipes for you or someone you love that have dietary issues.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/.

Do you have tips to share, great places to visit, an extra special restaurant you’ve eaten at?  Or a product you might like us to carry that others would love?  Rver’s love to hear ideas from other Rver’s and we are happy to share them.  Just let us know.  Also let us know what your favorite product is from RV Space Savers and how you use it.  It may be an idea that others have not thought of and would love to know about.  Our email address is rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  The Klondike Gold Rush National Park  Seattle, WA.  Who would have ever guessed there would be a national park in the middle of a city?  Seattle was the jumping off point for the people heading to the Klondike Gold Fields in Alaska.  After fire had devastated most of the downtown city and waterfront a few years before the gold rush in 1897, Seattle was struggling to find it’s legs.  The Seattle Chamber and newspapers started a mega campaign to promote the city as the “only place” to outfit for the gold fields and the city came “roaring back to life!”  It only takes a couple of hours to go through but is in the historical district of Seattle so there are lots of things to see and do in the area and it is only blocks from Century Link field.

 

We are so blessed to have met each and every one of you and so appreciate you helping us enjoy our journey.  We hope in some small way we have added to yours.  Until next time.

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Boy do we wish for spring in the Northwest.  Yesterday brought  snow, sleet (small hail) lightening strikes and sunshine!  The saying “If you don’t like the weather…just wait 5 minutes” was certainly true and many of the surrounding areas of the city didn’t get anything.

Sadly we will not be traveling south to the Rally in the Valley  in Chandler, Arizona and will certainly miss seeing all of you.  I so enjoy giving space saving seminars and sharing both space and money saving ideas with everyone.  We hope you have a wonderful time at the rally and we look forward to seeing you down the road.   https://www.fmca.com/conventions-64/chandler/family-registration.html

 

Great Money Saving tip from Jillee:  Make your own All Natural Soft Scrub.   I do use Soft Scrub on my enamel kitchen sinks in the RV and while I haven’t tried her recipe I sure will.  I love how white and clean it makes the sinks.  She calls for Melaleuca which is Tree Tea Oil so feel free to replace that ingredient.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-make-an-all-natural-soft-scrub-cleanser?

 

I thought this was a great article on Kitchen hacks and tips that may or may not work.  Some I have tried and some I haven’t.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/cooking-hacks-review?

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Tree Tea Oil:  If you have or purchase tree tea oil to make the above All natural soft scrub here is a list of 25 other things it can be used for.  Remember all essential oils are very strong so the old adage of “If a little does a little good, a lot will do a lot of good” is not necessarily true.  http://everydayroots.com/tea-tree-oil-uses.

Tips to use Castile Soap: Castile soap also has lots of uses. And you can even make your own to make certain there are no chemicals hidden inside. http://www.naturallivingideas.com/castile-soap-benefits-uses/   http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Liquid-Castile-Soap

 

And of course Baking Soda has tons of uses which I have covered in this newsletter years ago.  Here is a list of 51 uses.  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html

 

We love hearing from you and having you share your tips, ideas, and stories that others might be interested in and Great Places to Visit so please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

This past week I took this yummy recipe to a friend’s for lunch.  It is not only beautiful to look at but delicious as well.  Since it is no longer pomegranate season you may be able to find the arils frozen  If you  use frozen ones add them at the very last minute.  Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts.   file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Roasted%20Brussels%20Sprouts%20With%20Pomegranate%20and%20Hazelnuts.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  11 Small Towns Worth a Visit if you’re traveling through the area. It’s always fun to visit with people about what their idea of a small town is! 🙂  Growing up in rural Montana you can find lots of small towns with less than 200 people.  Sadly because of the Interstate highway and the economy, many small towns are quickly becoming ghost towns.  https://www.simplemost.com/small-american-towns-visit-vacation/.  Many of them have long time residents that can tell lots of interesting stories about any area you may be in.

 

Embrace the Journey …travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Until next time.

 

Please Read These Tips from RV Space Savers if You Have Pets

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Happy Presidents Day

Tomorrow is a federal holiday so when you go out to mail a letter, go to the bank or whatever remember it is a holiday for many.  Most of us remember celebrating Lincoln and Washington’s birthday separate but it changed in the mid-80’s.  Living in an RV or traveling most of us don’t pay attention to any holiday but the major ones.  We sure don’t and then wonder why the mail didn’t come or the bank was closed!

Great New Tip:  I love salads and always try to have cucumbers and radishes and carrots around to put in my romaine lettuce.  I hated chopping or slicing them.  Several weeks ago I was in Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up a small flat mandoline to see if I would like it. Because it is flat so takes up very little room.  I am loving it to slice my veggies for my salad and am also finding other uses for it.  Things I have tried:  raw sliced potatoes; sliced Brussels sprouts, sliced zucchini, cabbage for coleslaw and green pepper slices.  In looking on the internet I find lots of other things to use it for that I hadn’t thought of but sure will be trying now that I have it,  Just be very careful and use the hand guard as the blade if very sharp.  The one I purchased makes the slices thin or thick by the pressure you put on the hand guard.  There are more expensive ones that dial the thickness for you.   I absolutely feel that it deserves a place in your RV if you do a lot of slicing.  I found this quick and easy sounding potato recipe online that I’m sure going to try.  It’s called Pommes Anna. 

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/pommes-anna/13841/

Another great tip:  Magazine holders come in all forms from metal to wicker to plastic, wooden and cardboard.  They can be attached standing up or laying down and used to store all kinds of things.  Try using them for your foil, plastic wrap, etc., curling iron and products, in the freezer to separate things, lay a wooden one on it’s side to use as a nightstand,  to hold plastic lids for all your plastic tubs, cutting boards, yarn or ribbon for crafts, pasta boxes (spaghetti, lasagna, fettuccine, etc. socks and undies.  The list goes on and on about ways to use these little gems for organization.

Products I used this week: One of the things i use several of EVERY week is the Produce Keepers.  When we had the Norcold fridge I had 3  mini keepers that were always full of fruits and veggies.  Now that we have a residential fridge I have a 4 qt one that I keep lettuce in for weeks at a time.  And I have celery in one, cucumbers in another and grapes in a third one. Week to week it may change but I always have either romaine lettuce or baby spinach and cucumbers.  Also this week I used the safety knives, flat turner, salsa maker,  microwave mat, microwave spatter screen and avocado keeper. You can find them all here  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/

And here is a quick and easy recipe I used the mandoline for: I used it to slice the potatoes, sausage, peppers and onions!

Sausage, Potato and Pepper Sir-fry

Slice 4-5 raw potatoes and brown in hot oil until they start to get crisp. Reduce heat.

In another frying pan to a little oil add sliced  sausage (I use Polish Kielbasa), sliced peppers (I use green but yellow, orange or red or a combination) and sliced onion.  Cook until sausage starts to brown and peppers and onions start to soften.  Add to the potatoes, stir all together season with salt and pepper, cover with a lid and simmer until done.  I don’t measure anything for this but I do use the entire ring of sausage and since Mike can’t have the peppers and onions I leave them large so he can pick them out.

*****************IMPORTANT*********************** PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE PETS!

I have received notice of several dog food recalls in the past few weeks so those of you who have cats and dogs need to be aware of these.  I have a Facebook group called RV Pet Care Reviews https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426372777582694/  where I post anything I get a notice on.  Feel free to join that group.  Also here are the 2 websites I get the information from.  http://iheartdogs.com/recall   http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com  and click on recalls.  You can also sign up to receive notices.

 

Great Places to Visit:  Near Vandenberg AFB Lompoc, CA

Can you imagine the time & effort that went into this project?

This is just amazing to me, not only is it huge, the proportions are correct. It took someone a lot of time to map it out and even more to plant it. I don’t know who they are, but thank you for what you have done. With things which are currently going on in our country, it is great to see the American Spirit is alive.

THE ONLY FLAG THAT DOESN’T FLY

Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It’s a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.

Check out the dimensions of the flag. The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as described in Executive Order #10834.

This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter, each Stripe is 30 feet wide.

This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen and women.

Also please say a prayer for all those in harms way due to the terrible flooding and dam breach.


Sadly I am researching this and can’t find where they still do this.  It was planted as a tribute after the 9/11 attacks by Bodger Seed Company which has been bought out by some other company.  However I am leaving it for all to see this once glorious tribute.  Sue reports a friend of theirs did get to see it but didn’t say when.

Until next time:

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Living and traveling in RV’s is becoming more and more popular and I get more and more requests of how to save space.  No matter the size of your RV, space is always an issue.  I too am always trying to find solutions to our own space saving issues and trying to help others.  And I know a lot of you have great space saving ideas so please share.

 

A Great  Money Saving Tip:  Pour your dish soap into a pump bottle to leave by the sink.  If your hands are nasty you can use the back of your hand to push on the pump to keep from spreading germs.  Look in the bathroom section of big box stores to find a pretty bottle that goes with your kitchen.  Or re-purpose a pump bottle you already have.

Another great tip:  This Good Grips Salad Shaker and Storage Bottle is a must if you make a lot of dressings or as I do, make a large batch of  balsamic dressing to use on my salads most nights.  It travels well in the upper cabinet with no spills and drips.  I have tried a multitude of things for my dressing and found this to be the best.  It comes in both a 1 cup and 1 1/2 cup size and can be purchased at big box stores and online.

Check out these 12 yummy and easy salads to make.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/michelleno/ban-sad-salads?b

If like me, you love your slow cooker or crockpot this time of year, here is a link to some great tips and ideas.  http://www.today.com/food/11-slow-cooker-tips-tricks-every-home-cook-needs-know-t60156?cid=eml_tfo_20170110

Seems there are coupons for just about anything anymore except produce and meat.  Here is a list of 5 places you may be able to get some coupons to help with produce. If you are lucky enough to be in an area where there are fresh fruit and veggies this time of year, these won’t help but if you are having to buy at the supermarket, they can save you some money.   http://www.moneytalksnews.com/6-secret-places-find-coupons-for-fresh-fruits-and-vegetables

Here are some great cleaning hacks that might be useful.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/elenamgarcia/go-get-your-neat-freak-on?

Here is another great non-toxic cleaner you will love to use.  A great kitchen cleaner on grease and grime.  Just Castile Soap, Orange Essential Oil and Distilled Water.  Mix together in a spray bottle.  http://www.hometalk.com/26620029/diy-grease-cleaner-spray?se=fol_new-20170114-1&date=20170114&slg=956df582e20060709f5756a2e7eebb00-15287402.

Products On Sale through January: 

Purchase a Silicone Baking Mat $10.00 and A Silicone Mini Basting Brush $5.00 and receive a Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag (a $5.00 value) absolutely free!   Good until midnight January 31,2017.  Many customers (including me) use a silicone mat in the bottom of their microwave as it is so easy to clean.  Both make great gifts.  Purchase at  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop.   You can see a description of the Cotton Bag at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=152..

I have 3 mini basting brushes and use them all the time to brush butter on rolls, oil in baking pans and roasters, BBQ sauce on meats and marinade on both meat and fish.  And the cotton mesh shopping bags are kept in the vehicle for grocery shopping and easily washed after a couple of trips to the store.

RV Space Saver Products Used the most this week:    WashEZE  3 in1 laundry sheets works so well and takes up much less space than detergent and weighs way less as well.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

We use this Salsa Maker several times a week and this week I used it to chop onions, radishes, cilantro, cucumbers, apples and avocados for different things I was making.

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131

Note from customer Marilu:  “My salsa maker is my favorite gadget.  I gave them to the females in the family and they enjoy them”.  Thanks Marilu.

What is your favorite product from RV Space Savers?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com 

Great Places to Visit:  Road Trip to Ohio’s Majestic Castles

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/road-trip-castles-oh/?utm_source=oh-beaut&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=phil-ohio

 

Until next time a Point to Ponder on life’s journey.  Remember only you hold the map.

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It’s our 6th anniversary and we would like to thank you all for helping to make

RV Space Savers a success in these past 6 years.

Thinking back to when and why we started this business, I am reminded of when we first moved into our motor home planning to live full time and spend the rest of our lives traveling this beautiful country.  Getting ready to sell our home and its contents we loaded into the motor home all the things we thought we needed and some things we thought we wanted to take with us…WHAT A MISTAKE!  Within 90 days I was going crazy being unable to find things we wanted and knew we had.  Having to empty drawers, cabinets, closets and basement bays to find what we were looking for is the very thing most of us who live or travel in an RV struggle with.  I told Mike either we find some solutions or I wouldn’t be able to continue our dream.  And after several years of research, organizing the motor home (a never ending project as I discover new ways to save space and make our lives easier)and filling my need to help others, we started the business to share the tips, ideas and products with others.  And neither of us have regretted it for a minute.  As time has gone on, I started giving seminars and then this newsletter was born.  I hope you enjoy it and I get many, many great comments on the seminars I give.

As I stated last week, January is typically Organizing Month and I am always looking for new ways to make life easier and simple without taking up space.

Great Tip:  A tip similar to this was submitted by an attendee of one of my seminars several years ago with her tip being: When you leave your RV for a day or several hours, write on a white board where you are going and when you plan to return.  In case of an emergency others would be able to have a starting point.  Another seminar attendee suggested something very much like this photo and is an excellent idea as if you had an emergency while in you RV and needed emergency help, you may not know the address of where you are staying. Just make sure you change the information as you travel.

Tip Sent in By Reader:  37  Favorite Ideas to Save Time in the Kitchen…sent to me by Marilu from Jillee.  Thanks to both.

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/37-sanity-saving-kitchen?

Tip to TRY:  Kill Those Ants…I haven’t tried this and don’t know if it works but many have reported that it does and since it is so simple and you probably already have the ingredients, it’s certainly worth a try!  http://www.hometalk.com/17429659/kill-ants-instantly-natural-diy-spray-?se=fol_new-20170107-1&date=20170107&slg=d6ac1c5aa0b3da94aa1acd2fd20265b9-15287402.

 

Great Reader Tip:  TWILIGHT SAFETY

Walking at sunrise or sunset can be peaceful and invigorating for both the body and the soul.

However, low light conditions can be dangerous.   Here are a couple of tips to stay safe while enjoying your walk.

  1. Wear light or white clothing so you are easily visible to drivers.

      Fluorescent colors actually appear dark in low light.

  1. Choose shoes, jackets, and safety vests with retro-reflective patches

     that shine in headlights.

     3..Carry a flashlight and keep it on so drivers will see it.  If possible carry it

    on the “street side” for better visibility to the driver.

  1. Remove your sunglasses at dusk so you can see anything that might

    endanger you.

This tip was sent in by reader Danise…thanks so much.

Another note from Danise: For Walking your Dog:  There are many leashes, collars, etc. that are reflective as well.

We have recently saw a collar that had flashing red LED lights all the way around. We recently bought one at Mud Bay for our dog, that looks like a tube.. It comes in one size fits all, and you just cut off the excess, then slip on and off the dogs head as needed.  It also came in blue and neon green. We chose the green one as being more visible.

Product Special:  January Special  Purchase a Silicone Baking Mat $10.00 and A Silicone Mini Basting Brush $5.00 and receive a Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag (a $5.00 value) absolutely free!    Good until midnight January 31,2017.  Many customers (including me) use a silicone mat in the bottom of their microwave as it is so easy to clean.  Both make great gifts.  Purchase at  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop.   You can see a photo and description of the Cotton Bag at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=152.

Great Places To Visit: 

Bank of America partners with many museums across the country to provide free entrance on certain days. Here is a list of the 24 days which you can visit for free in 2017.  Then click on the link inside the article to see a list of participating museums.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/24-days-when-you-can-visit-150-museums-for-free/?.

We look forward to hearing from you this year and hope that 2017 is starting out to be a great year.  Our contact information is rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Find Joy in the Journey…only you hold the map to where that journey will take  you.

 

 

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