Tips & Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Well all you RVer’s…did you spend some time at the RV Show in Quartzsite?  We have been a couple of times but probably won’t ever go back.  And with the weather being so nasty this year, I’m sure it was pretty miserable for the vendors. Sadly like much of the rest of the RV industry attendance was down in Quartzsite and the WHMA Rally in Indio, CA.  As Rver’s, whether living in your RV, snowbirds or weekenders, we need to support things going on in our industry if we expect them to be there in years to come. Organizers and vendors are struggling to make these events cost effective as attendance continues to decline.  What would you like to see at these events that could make them better and more desirable to attend?  Please let us know your thoughts and ideas at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Money saving TIP: If like us, you eat very few potatoes but keep them around, here is a great tip for helping them last.  I did not know this but sure will try it.  http://www.cuisinivity.com/guide/2013/potato_sprout_031613.php.

Another money saving TIP:  Also here is a great way to store fresh herbs to keep them fresh longer..  We love to cook with cilantro and it doesn’t stay fresh very long but this helps it last a little longer. http://www.cuisinivity.com/guide/2014/how-to-keep-fresh-herbs.php

 

TIP:  We all know that potatoes should not be kept in the fridge as it turns the starch to sugar.  Here is a list of 5 fruits and veggies that should not be refrigerated.  http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/healthy_cooking_blog/5_fresh_foods_you_shouldn_t_keep_in_your_refrigerator.

Tips for healthy and easy snacks that can be made ahead of time. 

No cook food prep. Homemade bistro box includes egg, almond butter, celery, jicama, carrots, sugar snap peas, apples, blueberries. The perfect snack – with healthy fats, carbs, proteins, and phytonutrients..  Substitute fresh fruit and veggies found at Farmers Markets in the south.  Also you can substitute hummus for the almond butter in some.  My daughter makes these all the time and they are so good and also easy to take along in a small cooler if you are going out sightseeing.

Products on Sale:  Only 2 days to get the FREE cotton mesh shopping bag.  

 

This week I made a huge pot of Lentil Soup (a recipe I have shared before) and a Norwegian Mountain Bread to take to my daughter and her husband.  Space Saver items I used the most this week: The Salsa Maker(my most used item); 3 qt. bowl; small fiske; chop n’ stir; paring knives; measuring cups and spoons; microwave mat; and 14 cup expandable food storage container.  Find them all here:  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=35.  

Here is a photo and recipe for the Bread.  It is full of nuts and seeds and gluten free.

file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Norwegian%20Stone%20Age%20Bread%20made%20from%20Nuts.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  Giant Springs State Park Great Falls, MT

Home to the world’s largest freshwater spring & the Rainbow Dam, this park offers 2 miles of trails.  Its water has a constant temperature of 54 °F (12 °C) and originates from snowmelt in the Little Belt Mountains, 60 miles (97 km) away. According to chlorofluorocarbon dating, the water takes 50 years to travel underground before returning to the surface at the springs according to the placard at the state park.  So worth a stop on your way through Montana.  We visited several years ago and plan to go back in late May.  http://stateparks.mt.gov/giant-springs/.

Until next time a beautiful quote about your journey with you holding that map!

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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Important Notice & Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Happy New Year to All Our Readers, Customers and Friends.  Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe 2017!  We hope to see many of you on the road in the new year.

Important Notice:  The Western Area FMCA Rally is coming up January 11-15th in Indio, CA.  We have been exhibitors there for many years and unfortunately due to some family medical issues, we are unable to attend this year.  This is always one of our favorite rallies and we see so many of you year after year and many of you attend every seminar I give.  Please know that we are there in spirit and will miss seeing you all. If you have any questions or need anything please contact us or go to www.rvspacesavers.com.   We hope you have a wonderful rally.  The team always does such a great job and we will miss Virgil and Sharon and their vendor team.  If you haven’t signed up I’m sure there is still time.  The link is http://wafmca.com/.  We will miss you all! 🙁

 

January is traditionally “Organizing Month” and as many of you know it is one of my favorite topics.  Living in an RV it is doubly important that things are organized and all have a place to be stored.  Here are some tips that can help you start your Getting Organized in 2017

TIP:  Taming and Organizing Your Paperwork This is a great time to do this as you prepare to get your tax documents together.   http://www.moneytalksnews.com/7-foolproof-organizing-tricks-you-dont-know/?

Great TIP:  Purge as much as possible to free up as much space as possible.   Be sure to ask for a receipt and take a tax deduction in 2017.

TIP:  If you’ve cooked your heart out for the holidays and are ready for a break get out your slow cooker or crockpot and make use of some of these great suggestions from Jilee.   And don’t forget those crokpot liners I talk about in my seminars.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/slow-cooker-hacks?utm_source=DailyRSSNewsletter&utm_medium=.  Just an FYI…be careful of generic liners.  We purchased a store brand and 3 of them leaked!

Christmas Light Storage Tip:  What a great way to store your Christmas lights to keep them from getting tangled  and this method takes up very little space.  Just wrap them around an empty paper towel tube.

Tip from reader:   You may already know this, but I didn’t.  Many of us live in areas where we may experience power outages.  These are especially common in RV parks and campgrounds.  More than once we have come home to see clocks flashing because the power went out and came back on.  We never knew how to tell how long it was out, and if food in the freezer may have defrosted and then re-froze.  With this tip, you will know if food needs to be discarded or if it is safe to keep.  Place a cup of water in your freezer and let it freeze solid.  Then place a coin on top.  If you come back and discover that your power has been out, check the cup.  If the coin is still on top of the ice, your freezer didn’t defrost, and your food is safe.  If the coin is on the bottom of the cup, your food has been compromised, and should be discarded.  If the coin is part of the way down in the cup, larger pieces of food are probably safe, but smaller pieces may have thawed and could be at risk.  I think that is a great tip and I thank Nancy for sharing it.  Please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks Sue. A great idea.

 

An Oldie but a Goodie Tip:  I have given this tip for your kitchen and bathroom drains but have never used it in the shower.  I certainly will try it.  However I would clean the drain out before rather than after.  http://www.hometalk.com/24007102/unclog-that-drain-naturally-?se=fol_new-20170105-2&date=20170105&slg=8951e67fbfc962a6e62fb2a508e144bb-15287402

Another Oldie with Some New Information:

The ultimate stain remover that actually works on a seriously set in stain! Never buy commercial stain removers again!
The mixture is:

1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent
3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
couple tablespoons of baking soda.
Scrub on with a scrubbing brush.

One of our readers added this:  i can now say it works on every carpet stain i have encountered as well. pet stains, spaghetti sauce, coke, tea, rust, greasy/dirt shoe spots. I got ’em all out with this!!  Thanks Sandy.

My most used RV Space Saver tool over the holidays:  The Salsa Maker.  I used it to chop nuts, cut shortening into flour, chop veggies, make salsa, and make guacamole.  Love this product and it can be used to chop just about

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

anything. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131.  It will be the best $20.00 you ever spend.  Customer Marilu says…“my favorite product!”

Remember most all our products have a lifetime replacement  guarantee.

Great Places to Visit:  This country is full of fun, kooky, odd and fascinating things to see and do in your travels.

Check out this website and choose the state…you’ll be amazed at some of the attractions you can find to visit.  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location.

We sure hope to hear from many of you this year and remember this newsletter is for you. Our email address is rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Until next time…