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

 

Some BIG News from RV Space Savers

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Hi Faithful Readers…

First let me thank you all for being such faithful readers and several of you contributors, to this newsletter since its conception in 2013.  I had visions of writing one each and every week and there have been times that I have kept that promise to myself and to you.  Sadly there have been a lot of times when it has been weeks between them.  It’s amazing how life gets in the way even when you’re retired!

We have a couple of announcements to make and wanted you to be some of the first to hear the news!

The first big announcement:  A SURPRISE!

It’s finally here…a book filled with hundreds of tips and ideas for Rver’s and other small space living. Many people have asked me to do this over the years and I have been working on it for quite sometime.  It is just “hot off the press” and received a great response at the Good Sam Sambroee in Moses Lake, WA the first of the month, which is also the very first place I started giving seminars five years ago.  I thought it was very fitting that they should get to see it first.  “I’m so enjoying reading all these great ideas…thanks Gail!”  a comment from one of the first readers, Mary.  and this from Mick “Thanks for putting this all down in book form so I have something to refer to…there are so many great ideas here!.   And this from Rod and Deb…”We bought one for us and  several copies for our RV friends.”  You can order it from the website https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177. Only $10.00 plus shipping.   It will be going on Amazon soon but the price will be going up because of their fees.

I will be signing books during the Northwest FMCA Rally in Longview, WA this week. 

I will also be giving 2 seminars as well as have a booth.  The first seminar is on Friday at 1 p.m.  “Do you need more space in your RV?”  And also one at 11 a.m. on Saturday “Tips and Ideas to help you save space.”..  Stop by our booth and say you read about the book in the newsletter and receive a free gift.

The Second Big Announcement:  

Sadly RV Space Savers is selling the space saver business.  And you are the first to know! It breaks my heart as I so love it but Mike who takes the brunt of all the loading and unloading, says it’s finally time for us to stop all packing in and out at rallies and just enjoy our travels, sell books and give seminars. The business has been good to us and we have so enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many as we travel around the country. And we plan to continue to do that, just in a different capacity.  It’s a great stand alone business or would be a great addition to other RV products. If you know of anyone interested, please let me know.  Give me a call or send an email to rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

TIP:  There are some expiration dates on some things you should never ignore. According to the Reader’s Digest here is a list to go by:

  1. Jarred Condiments..spreads and sauces seem like they last forever however they have significant exposure to bacteria which puts you at risk for food poisoning.  There can be lots of cross contamination and the bacteria can start to multiply as soon as you open the jar.
  2. Egg Substitutes…whole raw eggs can stay in the refrigerator for three to five weeks but their substitutes have shorter lives.  It can last ten days after you purchase it (check the date stamp on the carton before buying) but only three to five days once opened.
  3. Soft Cheeses…semi-hard cheeses have less moisture for bacteria to thrive in so they can last two to four months in the fridge if properly stored.  However soft cheeses such as ricotta, cream cheese, feta, Brie and goat cheese spoil much faster.  They’ll last one to two weeks in the fridge after opening but toss if you spot mold as it can make you sick.
  4. Deli Meats…whether you buy your deli meat at the deli counter or those in an airtight sealed package, it will only last three to five days once you crack the seal.  Only buy what you can realistically eat in that time frame.  Deli meat is susceptible to a disease causing bacteria Listeria,which thrives in cold environments, so even your fridge won’ t offer total protection.  A little sliminess or funky smell is a good sign that it needs to go!
  5. Cold-Pressed Juices…most juices go through a pasteurization process to kill harmful bacteria but many cold-pressed varieties are not pasteurized and could be contaminated.  Only buy what you plan to drink in a day or two and buy locally.
  6. Sprouts…unlike other veggies sprouts are grown in warm, moist conditions that make a cozy home for for very harmful bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella.  Sprouts won’t last as long as leafy greens and should be tossed on their expiration date.  Many supermarkets have stopped selling them altogether because of the danger. They are easy to grow at home with a mason jar and cheese cloth or I now see kits out there you can buy.

While none of us wants to be wasteful, it is better to be safe than sorry and if there is any question, it is better to toss it than take a chance on making someone sick!

Great Places to Visit:  Beneath the Streets: Underground Havre, MTJust a few weeks ago we traveled to Great Falls, MT to meet with several RV friends, some who were using Great Falls as their jumping off point for a trip to Alaska, others who were spending time in Canada visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks and the Ice Fields and us who were coming back to Moses Lake to the Good Sam Sambroee.  One of the days we were there we drove to Havre to visit Beneath the Streets: Underground Havre which was a hoot!  And our guide was a former history teach from the area so she knew lots of “secrets” about what went on underground!  It starts in a great little railroad museum which is well worth the time.  http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/the-underground-city-havre-beneath-the-streets/article_0840461c-60fe-5501-99d9-b94adebfa7c7.html.

 

We love hearing from you and hope your journey is filled with new experiences, new finds and many new friends.  Until next time.

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

 

New Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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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.

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.

Happy Anniversary RV Space Saving Tips and Ideas

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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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Happy Thanksgiving from RV Space Savers

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Wishing all our friends and customers in the U.S. and Canada a Happy Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, friends, family, health, food and safe travels until we meet again.  Living in an RV and traveling give those who do it a unique way spend holidays with friends and family in different parts of the country and for many it is in a different area each year.  How fun it is to enjoy the big Thanksgiving potlucks with all the good food and fellowship at many of the parks for the holiday.  We have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people at these dinners as well as some years spend the holiday with family in far off places.  This year we are at home in the Seattle area so will get to spend it with our kids and grandkids.  Many blessings to be thankful for.

And always remembering all those who can’t be home with their families for Thanksgiving…please say a special prayer for their safety. Our family has certainly been there as many of our readers also have.  Thank you all who have served this great country.

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“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”  Erma Bombeck.

Remember the contest voting ends at midnight 11-30 so be sure to get your votes in from the entries in last week’s newsletter.  Email your votes to rvspacesavers@gmail.com

Happy Thanksgiving from RV Space Savers and may your journey be a happy and safe one.

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Boy it doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is just a week from today!  Why is it that the older we get the faster the time goes?  Seems like we wish our lives away when we are young: we wish we were old enough to do this or that, then we couldn’t wait to retire, etc., but now that many of us are we wonder how the years can pass so quickly.  Mike and I have now started our 8th year of full timing and neither one of us would change that decision.  I think many living full time in their RV feel the same as we do.  And while we live full time in our  RV we find ourselves being more like snowbirds and spending the summer at home in the Seattle area to be near our family and heading south to warmer climate in the winter.  For a multitude of reasons we are still in the Seattle area and sadly October set an “all time rain record.”  raining-3Sure not something we like to be in anymore and it’s looking like November may be just as bad.  Certainly wish it somehow could be sent to the areas that need it so badly.  The RV Park we are in has horrible internet service unless of course you pay for theirs so I have been remiss in doing the newsletter as it takes forever to get photos to load and get things sent out.

Oh all of this electronic equipment us oldies are suppose to master!  Last week a new smartphone was on my list and while I got a great guy at Verizon to help me through the process of getting what I needed and not something that had all the “stuff” that I will never use and don’t even understand, it is still daunting!. images-8 Going from an Android to an Iphone so it would sync with my Ipad meant lots of frustration and a learning curve as well as the frustration of losing most of my emails and trying to recreate all of that.  I’m hoping to spend some time with one of my grandkids who can get it all straightened out in a hurry!

TIP:  12 Things Every Rver Should Do.  This is a great article by Nick Russell and there are lots of great tips here. whether you are full time, a snowbird or weekend warrior.  http://gypsyjournalrv.com/2016/11/12-things-every-rver-should-do/.

What a Great Tip:  Sure wish I would have thought of this tip before we fixed a rack for our lids.  A great and inexpensive idea.  http://tiphero.com/kitchen-storage-space-hangers-hooks/

Great Tip from Reader Danise:  Last winter Danise told me about a cooking class put on by the government for healthy cooking and shopping options for those on a budget.  It is a FREE six-week class and she learned so much has considered taking it again.  I have been searching for a class in the north Seattle area and finally found one.  My friend Marilu and I are taking the class and it really does have a lot of good information.  This week we made a Veggie Lasagna that was delicious.  We were sent home with everything we needed to make it at home after taking part of making it in class and tasting it.  If you are interested in finding a class in your area check out their Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/cookingmatters.national/.

Contest Entries:  As I said when I started the contest, I would list all the entries I received and let you all vote for your favorite.

Avocado Tool (my favorite)

1.We love the 3 quart salad spinner, use it everyday when we are on the road as we are big salad eaters. css-2_open1 I have also occasionally used it to spin out excess water from my sons socks after getting caught in a storm or two.

2.My favorite product that I purchased from you is the Avocado scoop/knife.  I love it as much as I love avocados.  gt-3562_capartSo glad that I purchased it and I use it all the time.

3.I absolutely love WashEze. WashEZE I have a washer and dryer in our motor home and cut those sheets in half and put them in a lingerie bag and throw it in the dryer too.  When all is dry I use the used up sheet to remove the lint from the lint filter.  I swear by them!!

4.We love the WashEZE and recommend it to others. WashEZE I cut them into thirds so I get 30 washes out of a box.  So handy!!

5.The Fiskie is my “go to” utensil….small-fiske-2

Wow what a time saver, to say nothing of just plain handy…My favorite use is for making potato, pasta or rice salads.   I can use it for stirring the rice/pasta in the pot.  Then as I usually make   or adapt my own dressings I can scoop out the mayo or?, add my own spices and seasonings to make my dressing.. Using the same fiskie, I mix the salad with the dressings, and then leave it in the bowl to use for serving. 

6.  The chopper (now called the salsa maker)

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is my favorite also and the avocado knife is my 2nd.   I use the chopper to chop everything and since we love avocados I use it a lot and also use for kiwis.Avocado Tool (my favorite)

So Readers…here’s what I’d like you to do: Go to rvspacesavers@gmail.com and vote for your favorite.  The winner will receive a 20% discount at RV Space Savers.  Let’s set the date for your votes to be in by 11-30 so the winner can use the discount on their Christmas shopping.  I hope the next contest we will get more entries.  Thanks to those who did enter.

 

A Tip that came in after the contest was closed:  

My little thing that I put on the top of a tuna can to use in draining got mangled.   I usually buy water pack so always need to do a good job of draining.  Yesterday, I was doing some dinner prep using a large can of tuna, and was looking for some way to “dry” the tuna….Rustling thru my kitchen drawer, and low and behold.   There was a red plastic scoop with holes. 2171_straining-scoop-colander It took the large size can of tuna and with little effort and a fork I got the results I wanted.  Thanks so much Danise…that scoop is one of Mike’s favorite tools.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=162.

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Products on Sale:   Only  37 days until Christmas.  Here are a couple of great Christmas Ideas.  On sale now while supplies last or until December 15th.  Not only great for Rver’s but for anyone on your Christmas list.

Egg Lover Special. This includes the Egg Space Saver (normally $12.), the Microwave Omelet Maker ($6.) and the Small Fiskie ($7.)

 Purchase the Egg Space Saver and Small Fiskie and receive the Microwave Omelet Maker FREE.  This makes a great gift for anyone who loves eggs no matter what sized kitchen they have.  One of our readers gives the Omelet Maker to all her friends as gifts.

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=172

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

      • ED Mini Portable Stage Lighting with Tripod
      • Fun for gatherings, parties, potlucks or just to shine in your RV space
      • Unique mini lights that projects red and green with several beautiful pattern designs
      • Projector comes with a 3-position switch, “off”, “on” & “strobe” with flashing speed continuously adjustable
      • Can use on your Christmas tree
      • DO NOT use outside in inclement weather

We’ve used them in trees, on the side of buildings, over a swimming pool, on the side of the motor home, kids rooms, for work-out sessions and on our indoor Christmas tree.

Regularly $35.00 now only $20.00 while supplies last.

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

 https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=151

 

Great Places To Visit:  Who Doesn’t Love Gorgeous Waterfalls?

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Here is a list of the West’s 100 Best Waterfalls.  http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/wests-100-best-waterfalls?

Wishing you all a happy fall and Thanksgiving wherever you may be on your journey.  We hope the map you hold is filled with fun and exciting places to visit with things to see and friends and family to visit.  Until next time.  Have a safe journey.

As always we love hearing from you.  Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

 

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Please make sure everyone you love has scheduled their mammogram.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

 

GREAT TIPS:  7 Brilliant Tricks for a Sparkling Clean Bathroom.  Remember last week when I gave the tip about mixing Dawn dish washing soap with white vinegar to clean the shower?  Several readers reported they use the mixture and it works great so just as soon as my Scrubbing Bubbles is gone I will be doing it too.  It is also included in these tips. http://tiphero.com/bathroom-cleaning-tips/?

TIP:  Who doesn’t love a great omelet? I love to add ham, green peppers, onion, cherry tomatoes and cheese to mine.  And when it’s done (in 4 minutes or less!) I slather it with sour cream and avocado slices…WOW what a dinner with a piece of toast! Here is the Secret to a Fluffy Omelet  http://ask.metafilter.com/248710/Whats-the-secret-to-a-very-fluffy-omelette.  And if you love scrambled eggs here are 4 tips to make them fluffy.   http://tiphero.com/4-tips-for-fluffy-scrambled-eggs/.  I love to use the small fiskie to ship the eggs and the microwave omelet maker you can just wipe out when you are done so it’s an easy, no mess meal in minutes.

Products on Sale:  Hard to believe it’s only 77 days until Christmas.  Here are a couple of great Christmas Ideas.  On sale now while supplies last or until December 15th.

Egg Lover Special. This includes the Egg Space Saver (normally $12.), the Microwave Omelet Maker ($6.) and the Small Fiskie ($7.)

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

 Purchase the Egg Space Saver and Small Fiskie and receive the Microwave Omelet Maker FREE.  This makes a great gift for anyone who loves eggs no matter what sized kitchen they have.  One of our readers gives the Omelet Maker to all her friends as gifts.  And goes great with the tip above. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=172

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

  • ED Mini Portable Stage Lighting with Tripod
  • Fun for gatherings, parties, potlucks or just to shine in your RV space 
  • Unique mini lights that projects red and green with several beautiful pattern designs
  • Projector comes with a 3-position switch, “off”, “on” & “strobe” with flashing speed continuously adjustable
  • Can use on your Christmas tree
  • DO NOT use outside in inclement weather

We’ve used them in trees, on the side of buildings, over a swimming pool, on the side of the motor home, kids rooms, for work-out sessions and on our indoor Christmas tree.

Regularly $35.00 now only $20.00 while supplies last.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=151

Something New:  A Contest…Send in which of our products you use the most and how you use it (photos would be nice).  At the end of the contest we will pick the Top 5 and let you vote for the  winner.  Winner will receive a gift certificate to RV Space Savers.  Entries must be submitted no later than midnight 10/18/2016 to rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:

31 Scenic Fall Road Trips  http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/2016/09/21/31-scenic-fall-road-trips-budget/90797640/

50 State Road Trips Things TO DO in Each State for Under $20.00 http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/2016/09/21/31-scenic-fall-road-trips-budget/90797640/

Thanks to all who wrote in about using Dawn dish washing liquid and white vinegar for cleaning.  Please send us your tips and ideas to share with others.  We love hearing from you.

Did  you enjoy the link to the Pumpkin Pie Squares recipe?  Would you like to see more recipes using the products we sell?  Let us know at rvspacesavers.com 

We hope your Journey is filled with love, laughter and happiness and that your map kept you out of harm’s way this week.  Until next time..happy and safe travels.