Happy Valentine’s Day Tips & Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.  The weather is warming up in the Coachella Valley with day time temperatures in the mid-80′s.  This was what we had been waiting for when it was in the low 30′s at night!   

President Obama arrives in the valley today for 4 days so traffic on the west end of the valley will be a nightmare and no place to be.  According to the news there will be lots of folks lining the travel route to catch a glimpse of the President and of course those who are protesting a variety of issues.  A good place to be as far away from as possible!

TIP:  A great tip for your Special Valentine!  This is one of the easiest tips I think I have ever posted and doesn’t save space but sure saves time!  The park was hosting a Pool Party and we were all to bring a dish to share.  I happened to be at Costco and saw a vanilla cheesecake that I thought would be fun to make my own.  I had some caramel which I heated and added at least 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.  I let that cool then poured over the top of the cheesecake then sprinkled it with lightly sea salted roasted almonds that I had chopped in the Salsa Maker

Salsa Maker

(one of my very favorite products and used to be called an Herb & Veggie Chopper https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131 ).  I chilled in the refrigerator overnight so the caramel was set but not hard.  It was a huge hit!  Everyone wanted to know what it was and who made it…and it was the only dessert that was completely gone at the end of the potluck.  So if you need a new idea give this a try.

Tip from Danise:  Have been taking a free cooking class offered/sponsored by the federal govt.  It’s always interesting to get new info/ideas &/or reinforce what one already sort of knows.  As a result of something that I learned I went on to the internet.  It concerned taking care of your knives and choosing good cutting boards.  The site recommends a bamboo for fruits/veggies, and a plastic one for meats.  Glass is very hard on knife blades.  Also recommends oiling whatever wooden board you have, using food quality mineral oil.  Great tips Danise.  It is so important to use different boards for meat, fish and chicken than you do for fruit and veggies.

Product Sale:  While supplies last.  The following 3 items are on sale while supplies last for only $5.00 each.  

Small spatula  Regularly $6.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=105

 

Medium spatula  Regularly $7.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=106

Truetap double hinged Corkscrew Regularly $7.00  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=110

Please Note: The Utensils that have been on sale are gone.  Thank you for your orders.

Great Places to Visit:  Groom Cross.   I wanted to add a note about another wonderful place to visit.  If you are traveling east on I-40 through Texas, you should take time for a stop in Groom, TX.  There is a giant cross that stands 193 feet high, and can be seen from 5 miles away on the Interstate.  We have been there twice now.  Besides the giant cross, you will find the stations of the cross, a tribute to aborted babies, a depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the last Supper.  There is a very beautiful grotto, and an incredible gift shop on the site.  There is also a theater where you can watch a short video that is very moving.  It is well worth the time you will spend there.  Thanks Jim & Sue.  It looks like a wonderful place to visit.  Here is a link to more information. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12568

That’s all for this time.  Safe and happy travels everyone.  We love hearing from you with your tips and ideas.  Contact us at rvspacesavers.com.

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Sunday has almost arrived.  Many people watch even though their team didn’t make it.  And lots of Super Bowl parties are held all over the country.  Some facts about the big day.  It’s the biggest pizza day; the second largest eating day (behind Thanksgiving); the most TV’s are sold just before the big game and it holds nine out of the top 10 spots for all time viewers.  Obviously it is a popular day.  Here at the Thousand Trails Palm Springs there is a big party and many folks are signed up to attend.

I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed for a podcast from Mike Wendland, traveling reporter for FMCA and his blog Roadtreking on Space Saving Tips and Ideas for RVer’s.  Here is the link to the podcast.

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/e/3/0/e3012f9562e55a78/RT73.mp3?c_id=10835880&expiration=1454530196&hwt=da58d8da522b979149b63b734bde74d0.

http://roadtreking.com/podcast-73-saving-space-in-your-rv/.

My interview starts at 38:15 but Mike has a lot of interesting information on the entire podcast.  We had tried to get it done before the holidays but just couldn’t make our schedules meet.  It was fun to do and Mike has lots of great information on his website.  He and his wife Jennifer travel in a Class B but are not full-timers.  Here is a link to his website.  http://roadtreking.com/

 

TIP:  Ground Beef, pork, chicken or turkey… easy and versatile meats.  Here are some great money saving tips:

Purchase when on sale.

Ground Meat

Place in a Ziplock bag…flatten to make sure it is evenly distributed.  Use a ruler, spoon handle etc.,to divide into portions.  Then just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. So much easier than dividing and individually wrapping each pound or half pound.

We choose to brown most of it when we bring it home and store in portion sized Ziplocks with seal sticks.  It makes a quick and easy start to a meal if we’re in a hurry.  We can quickly make nachos, tacos, a casserole and if we’re putting things is a crockpot, it’s already browned and ready.  I never put raw ground meat in the crockpot.  Boy is this a real space saving idea.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef or pork.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat.

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TIP:  Best Discounts for People Over 60.  They are working on the new list for 2016 but here is a link to 2015…many discounts will still be available.  http://www.theseniorlist.com/2015/02/2015-best-list-of-senior-discounts/.  It never hurts to ask for a discount wherever you are because most places don’t automatically give it and the “answer is always NO if you don’t ask!”

Some great tips from readers:  Sue and Jim sent this very important information that we all need to be aware of on downed electrical wires.  Please check it out.

https://www.facebook.com/imtiaz.paracha.35/videos/10153358630293789/.  They also state that they do most of their cooking with electric appliances of which they have quite a few and the only thing they use their gas oven for is baking.  Both great tips.

And this from Danise:  There is a company called Swim & Sweat and their products are chlorine resistant.  You can check them out here.  https://www.swimandsweat.com/.  She and her husband really like the products.

Product Sale: The utensils  will be on sale while supplies last.  These utensils are the best as they are good up to 450 degrees so won’t melt.

Solid Spoon

Flat Turner

Scoop Turner

I can’t tell you how many turners I have purchased through the years (from cheap to expensive) that have melted over time.  I have been using these tools for several years and they still look like new.  Check out your utensils and make sure they aren’t

Scoop ‘n Drain

melting…a huge breading ground for bacteria!   Regularly $8.00 each ON SALE  $6.00 each.

 

 

 

Great Places to Visit: Last week we drove up to the Yucca Valley and visited a couple of new places.  It is one of the ways to go through Joshua National Park but since we had done that a few years ago we were interested in other things.  That’s one of the reasons we love living in an RV…just pick a place and go for the day.  We are always amazed at the things to see in an area that we’d never heard about and wouldn’t even know about if we were just vacationing.  Our first stop  Desert Christ Park which was dedicated on Easter Sunday in 1951.

These remarkable works of steel-reinforced concrete were the vision and creation of Frank Antone Martin as a benchmark for peace.

The Last Supper

Tomb of Christ

His work is breathtaking and he completed over 50 statues including a 3-story facade depicting the Last Supper.  There are 10 different areas throughout the park depicting different parts of the Bible.  It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.  The details in the pieces are amazing.  You can learn more at http://www.desertchristpark.org/.

Then we were off a few miles up the road to Pioneertown, an old movie and television set.  The idea for a practical Western movie town and location with proximity to Los Angeles was conceived in the 1940′s.

Pioneertown, CA

It is two city blocks long with all the typical buildings you would see in Westerns.  The first movie was made in 1948, one many of you will remember the name of “Cisco Kid,” and many movies as well as TV shows and series featured Cisco Kid.  Other memorable TV shows filmed there were the Gene Autry Show, The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, The Adventures of Judge Roy Bean and Buffalo Bill.  The last movie made in Pioneertown was called Last Chance in 1998 but has never been released.

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Good morning from Sunny Desert Hot Springs.  We are under a high wind warning this afternoon through tomorrow evening with rain expected shortly.  Our window looks out on Big Bear Mountain which is white but this morning we can see the storm coming over the mountains.  Winds could have gusts of 70 MPH and we’re hoping they don’t hit.  One of the benefits/disadvantages of living in an RV!  Last night we enjoyed a gorgeous desert sunset which we can see so much better being out at Desert Pools RV Park.

Desert Sunset.

We really enjoy it here and is an RPI Park for us.  It has a nice pool and 3 hot pools of different temperatures from the hot springs in the area.

TIP:  Speaking of pools.  I posted this tip several years ago but it is worth a repeat.

Chlorine is not good for your swim wear.  Also read this article on great tips on how to remove the harsh chemicals used in pools.  http://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Your-Bathing-Suit-from-Pool-Chemicals. 

TIP from a Reader: 

Many of us have the thin nylon cutting mats. 

Cutting boards

They are easy to store and light weight.  Just attended a cooking class where these were used, but they put an 8 X 8 or so piece of that rubber drawer/shelf liner that we use in our RVs under these sheets to prevent slipping and sliding. How clever!  

Rubber shelf liner

Another use for the same piece of the rubber “fabric” is under mixing bowls, either glass or metal.  Thanks Danise…great tips. Here are some other great uses for the rubber shelf liner.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf585365.tip.html 

We had several replies to our question on how you heat your RV.  Most use a small electric heater when possible and some have fireplaces that take the chill off.  Everyone tries to use as little propane as possible.  We have found a huge price variation of propane as we travel and do everything we can to conserve.  We have a NuWave cooktop and are thinking seriously of getting a NuWave Oven.  We have heard they work well.  Our only hesitation is where to store it when not in use!  Do any of you have one and where do you store them?

Product Sale:  All the following tools are normally $8.00 each.  On sale while supplies $6.00 each

Nylon

Built-in tool stand to keep tool head off counter

Hangs on side of pan

Heat resistant to 450 degrees

BPA Free tested

Solid spoon…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=120.

Scoop ‘n Drain…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=123.

All Purpose Turner…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=121.

Squeege Turner...https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=122

Great Places To Visit: Steamboat Arabia in Kansas City, Missouri.  We visited this amazing museum several years ago on a trip through the Midwest.

Steamboat Arabia

It is a MUST SEE if you are in the area.  Here is a great story in Roadtreking America about the story of the steamboat and its discovery. Thanks for the great article Mike.   http://roadtreking.com/steamship-arabia/.  Also another link with information http://1856.com/.   At the time we visited there were still over a million artifacts in storage to clean and put in the museum.

 

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We are happy to see the Thousand Trails in Palm Desert much fuller than it’s been.  Lots of our Canadian friends have not made the trek south this year and we are missing them.  I hear that other parks in the Palm Springs area are getting more RV’s as well now that the holidays are over.  Mid-January, February and March are by far the busiest months in the Coachella Valley with several high profile golf tournaments going on, polo and tennis tournaments and folks coming back from their stay in the desert around Quartzsite.  Reports are about 100,000 visitors to the RV  Show with a smaller tent and fewer vendors.  In its prime, Quartzsite had over 750,000 visitors in the winter.  Sadly attendance is down at most rallies and shows across the country. For the most part those showing up now don’t live fulltime in their RV but are what many call snowbirds.

We hope everyone back east in the path of the storm is warm, safe and dry.  It looks like a nasty one so please be safe out there everyone.

TIP:  Cream of Tarter  Many of us still have Cream of Tarter in our spice cabinets and use it to make egg whites frothy when making meringue.

Cream of Tarter

But did you know it has lots of other uses as well?

1. Clean Aluminum Cookware. If your pots and pans are looking a little worse for the wear, try cleaning them with a paste of cream of tartar and water. Apply on the stains and wash as usual.

2. Clean Your Bathroom. Stained tub, sink or toilet? Don’t reach for harsh commercial cleaners. Instead, make a thick paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the stain. Let the paste dry fully before wiping clean.

3. Clean Stainless Steel and Other Metal Appliances. Polish your stainless steel and small metal appliances with a paste of water and cream of tartar.

 

4. DIY Baking Powder. If you’ve run out of baking powder, combine 1 part baking soda with 2 parts cream of tartar — it’s pretty much the same thing as baking powder. This is an especially good trick for people on gluten-free diets; many commercial baking powders contain gluten.

5. DIY “Play-Dough.” Do the little ones in your life love sculpting with Play-dough? Make your own with this great no-cook recipe.

6. Remove Clothing Spots. Cream of tartar is a fantastic alternative to harmful bleach. Make a paste out of cream of tartar and lemon juice and apply to the stain. Let it soak for about 20 minutes and then throw it in the wash.

7. Rehab Scratched Dishes. Make your dishes good as new by rubbing a paste of water and cream of tartar onto the scratch marks. Rinse clean.

8. Repel Ants. A paste made of cream of tartar and vinegar works wonders for repelling ants around the house.

Here is a link to more uses. http://www.mrsjanuary.com/simple-living/cream-of-tartar-uses/.

And here is another handy tip:  When Cream of Tarter is on your list check out craft and kitchen stores, you may be able to buy it cheaper than at the supermarket.

Question:  What kind of heat do you have in your RV?  Ours is propane and we try hard to use it as little as possible.  Some mornings we turn it on to take the chill off before the sun warms the RV.  I have read several articles about which is cheaper when you are paying for both power and propane.  What do you do?  Do you use an electric heater?  We have a small one that we can use if we have 50 AMP service but we also had an “Extend-a-Stay” installed so we can use an extra propane bottle if we are on 30 AMP.

NEW PRODUCTS: Have you heard of huckleberries?  Have you tasted them?  Huckleberries grow wild in the Northwest and are similar to a blueberry but much smaller,  are a deeper color of a blue/red and range between tart to sweet.

Wild Huckleberry Plant

They are smaller than blueberries and take much longer to pick.  We absolutely love them and it’s fun to pick them in the mountains. We are now carrying a few huckleberry products so check them out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=41.  Right now we have Huckleberry Jam, honey, syrup, Gummy bears and  taffy.  I love the jam and syrup on pancakes, toast, french toast, and cheesecake just to name a few.  Mike loves the gummy bears and taffy.  We will be adding more products in a few days.  Try some on your morning toast or pancakes or some honey in a cup of tea or on a biscuit.  A real treat.

Great Places To Visit: Many of you are in the Phoenix, Mesa area and there are some wonderful things to see.

Arizona

Here is a link to 10 Day Trips From Phoenix. http://visitarizona.com/experience-and-share/arizona-insider/10-arizona-day-trips-from-phoenix.  You may want to check them out.  Sent in by Jan.

As always we love hearing from you and hope you will continue to send in your tips and ideas as well as Great Places to Visit. And would love to hear if you have other things you would like to see in the newsletter.

Until next week we wish you all safe travels and happy trails.

 

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The first RV Rally is in the books for 2016.  We just finished 3 days at the WHMA Rally in Indio, CA. We always enjoy seeing friends and the other vendors we haven’t seen for a few months.  Attendance at the rally was down as were the number of vendors.  Here are some photos of our booth (lots of great response to our new booth set-up) and of one of my seminars which were both well attended.

Visitors at the RV Space Savers Booth

 

Giving an RV Space Saving Tips & Ideas Seminar

Our dear friends Joyce and Jim helped in the booth as well as with my seminars.

We had a couple of down pours while setting up but the days the exhibitors were open were sunny and dry although a little cool.

Snow surrounding the hills in the Palm Springs area January 2016

There was snow on all the high hills around the Palm Springs area.

Have lots of great tips to share from attendees and that I have received by email.

TIPS:  One of the tips from the seminars.  We were discussing Bounce Dryer Sheets to dissolve the bugs off windshields and an attendee states that she wraps the dryer sheet around a sponge with a green scrubbie and

Sponge with scrubbie

when she runs into a really tough bug splatter she just turns the sponge over and has the scrubbie side to use.  Just make certain that if you use the Bounce Dryer Sheet on paint, you rinse your rig really well.

Another great TIP from an audience member:  She uses a divided carousel pill holder to hold up to 30 pairs of pierced earrings

Divided pill carousel for earrings

which has a lid so is easy to store and takes up very little space.

I so love how willing Rver’s are to share things that work for  them.  Another attendee shares that they use 3 pound Folger coffee containers in their basements for small items.  And another shared the tip of keeping cords corralled in toilet tissue holders.  And one of my favorites:  a customer who has 5 Produce Keepers

Produce Keeper

that she says are all in use all the time!  I have 3 that are in use at all times but she really puts them to good use.  And I am always amazed by the things that people put in them besides the items listed on the pamphlet that is enclosed.

TIPS from Readers: Marilu uses her Onion Keeper for a garlic keeper and says it works great.  Janice uses the microwave Rice Cooker for pasta as well as rice and Marilu makes Coconut Rice in hers.  And this from Danise:

1 quart of milk is not enough for us between shopping trips, but 1/2 gal.was a bit too much.   I frequently had to discard a cup or so as it spoiled.   When I got info that Organic milk lasted longer, I tried it, and that is so true.   Organic milk lasts significantly longer, so the higher cost is offset by the amount of pasteurized milk that I was discarding.

In the short newsletter I sent out just before Christmas, I asked the question if you decorated your RV for the holidays and if so how and where did you store the decorations during the year.  Danise reports: “One RV park I heard about in Southern Calif or somewhere warm let their people decorate their sites.  Those who wanted to ,left the décor up if they left fairly soon after Christmas, or donated to the park and the park stored lots of stuff.   The next year it became available to whoever was there and wanted to decorate so the park was pretty thru the season and no one had to carry stuff the rest of the year.  A little different, but workable for them.”  I thought this was a great idea and wish more parks would do this. We decorated more than usual as 2 of our 3 kids and their families were coming to southern California to spend Christmas with us so I wanted things more festive than usual.  I bought 2 wreaths that I ended up giving away as we just didn’t have room to store them since we carry our products with us to be able to ship out for website orders.

NEW PRODUCTS:  No new products this week  However we will be back at the College of the Desert Street Fair in Palm Desert starting this weekend and are showcasing some new products which I will talk about next week.  Stay tuned for something totally different.

Great Places To Visit:  Tear of Grief also known as Tear Drop Memorial and To The Struggle Against World Terrorism.   51 Port Terminal Blvd, Bayonne, NJ  This is a 10 story sculpture that was given to the United States by the Russian Government as a memorial for the September 11th and 1993 World Trade Center bombing victims.  It was dedicated on September 11, 2006.  You can read more about it  at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Struggle_Against_World_Terrorism.  Many people do not remember this ever happening or that there was much media coverage about it.  Submitted by Sue and Jim…thanks.

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Merry Christmas from RV Space Savers

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RV Space Savers wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Happy, Healthy and Safe 2016.  We hope no matter where you are you are blessed with the love, peace, joy of the season.

Do you spend the holiday in your RV?  If so do you decorate?  And if you do, how and where do you store your decorations the rest of the year?  I have given this TIP before but will share it again.  We collect key chains from every state and/or special attraction we have visited and I love to collect shells so those are our Christmas decorations on our little 3 foot tree.  They take up very little room and are easy to store and unbreakable.

Please pray for all our troops who are unable to be with their families during the holidays.And please say a special prayer for the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Due to the busy season, I will not be doing the traditional newsletter for the next couple of weeks.  We hope to see many of you at the WHMA Rally in Indio, CA January 7,8 and 9th.   I will be giving 2 space saving seminars again and hopefully a couple of demonstrations. We’re once again in Booth 34-35.  Please stop by and say hello.

We love hearing from you so please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com. with your questions, comments and ideas.

Blessings,

Mike and Gail

 

 

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Spending the winter in southern California, mostly in the Palm Springs area, we are amazed at how few people are here for the winter.  The TT RV park in Palm Desert is about half full!  And most of the license plates are from Washington and Oregon.  We all got out before the rain and windy weather hit there.  Sadly it hasn’t been too warm in the desert either.  This morning in some places in the valley it was down to 29 and highs in the low to mid 60′s.  Sure not what RVer’s, Snowbirds or those of us living full time in our RV’s are looking for.  And it’s looking like the chilly weather is pretty wide spread…Arizona is feeling the chill as well. As you can imagine the pool isn’t the most popular spot in the park!

TIP:  If you are in an area where it is getting below freezing be sure to make sure your water hose doesn’t freeze.  If there is a danger of that, we leave the faucet on a trickle.  In most areas it probably won’t be cold enough to freeze the pipes inside your RV but be watchful of the weather in your area and be prepared.

TIP from Reader:   Last week we talked a lot about purging and Marijke says Purge, purge, purge is right!  Twice this week I have gone to the Salvation Army to get rid of ”stuff” and there is still more to purge.  Feels really good.  I am trying to stick mostly to black, beige and khaki for the colors of my clothes so that I can mix and match and not have to worry about so many other colors. Great idea Marijke and thanks for sharing.

And these tips from another.  Have been doing some down-sizing/ fall cleaning in my RV and came across a couple of things that made me think I should share.

 1.  We all need more storage , particularly in small bathrooms, eh?  Both of us are short so we can get away with this…. we got a 2nd small medicine chest (from Ikea) and put up on the blank wall above the potty.    Gives us a bit of extra space and also a 2nd mirror.  I store my tall hair spray, medicated talc powder a couple of other tall items there, and with the small space above that, I store the chemicals I need for the potty. I can use the original cabinet above the sink  with 3 shorter spaces for smaller items. 

  2.  I use mini bungie cords and very small eye screws  in this extra space to hold the tall containers in place, and a narrow plastic basket on the upper shelf to hold the chemicals. Thanks Danise.

Here are another couple of ideas for great bathroom storage.

The first is an over the door hanging shoe bag.  Make sure it has clear pockets so you can see what you are storing in it.  The 2nd and not so easy to find anymore is an Adjustable shelf with spring loaded legs that will fit in an RV.  You can attach baskets to the shelves with clear zip ties.

And here is another great space saving idea.  https://www.facebook.com/aprildawn1977/videos/10153106334111044/

And you will be amazed at how much space this will save in the end:

Cleaning and Organizing Your Closet

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/control-closet-clutter-with-th-162160

Product Review:  One of our most popular products are the Collapsible Produce Keepers.

2 quart Collapsible Produce Keeper from RV Space Savers

4 quart Collapsible Produce Keeper from RV Space Savers

We have been selling them from the very beginning and they continue to be one of our best sellers.  Lots of people who bought one come back to buy at least another one or more and many of them purchase them for gifts.  Coming in both 4 quart and 2 quart sizes, they work great in any size fridge.  Since we have an RV Norcold I find it best to use 3 of the 2 quart size and they are ALL always full.  Strawberries, Romaine Lettuce, Baby Spinach, Celery, Baby Cucumbers, Baby Carrots are just s few of the things I keep in them.  One of our customers uses a 4 qt one to keep her bananas in on the counter which keeps them from turning brown.  Another uses them to keep cantaloupe and pineapple in. What have you used yours for?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places To Visit:

Gorgeous Christmas Trees To Visit if You’re In The Area.  Here is a photo of one of the most famous.   http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-awe-inspiring-christmas-trees-across-the-us?ref=news_fd_120115&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=31322f312f3230313520383a34373a323020414d#!1-intro.

If you are traveling this holiday season, please travel safely and enjoy time with family and friends.

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And if you are in the Palm Springs area stop in and say hello at the College of the Desert Street Fair Space 273A or give us a call in the TT Park.

 

 

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Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish Friends.

Good Morning…can you believe it is only 16 days until Christmas.  What do you do as an RVer for the holiday?  Are you living full time in your RV?  Do you stay home until after Christmas and then become a Snowbird?  Do you and your family spend the weekend at an RV Park not too far away from home?  Do you have family that comes to visit wherever you are? While we live full time in our RV, some years we stay at our home base which is near our family, some years they come to us which is what is happening this year in the San Diego area and other years we fly home for a week or so.  We always are in southern California the first of January as we are exhibitors at the WHMA FMCA Rally in Indio. Hope to see many of you there.  We so love to see friends as we travel.

TIP:  Purge, purge, purge and donate things you no longer use, things you put in your RV that you never use and clothes you don’t wear or that don’t fit, shoes you don’t wear (or don’t need).  Sadly we all purchase things we’re sorry about later or things that we think are a good idea at the time we buy them and turn out not to be so.  Don’t let your RV become cluttered with these things.  Its a win-win-win. 1) You get rid of clutter.  2) Someone else can use them.  3)  You get a tax write-off.  Being organized is not a one time thing but an ongoing process for us all.  Here is a great article to read on the subject.  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/11/3-simple-steps-to-staying-organized.html.

Great Idea I Read:  Go through your pantry, kitchen food cabinet,s fridge and freezer and make a list of what you have.  Post it on the wall close to your shopping list.  When you are making your shopping list, you know the items you already have.  We have started doing this and boy has it helped.  No longer do we have 6 cans of tomatoes and 3 of black beans and none of the refried beanswe needed for a meal this week!

New Product:  Splatter Guard 

Effectively shield much of your stove and it’s surrounding environment by using this screen. Works great for frying or browning things on the stove. Also works great for mixing batters to keep from splattering. You get 3 hinged panels each measuring 10-inch by 9-inch /25-1/2cm by 23cm.  Folds flat for easy storage. Durable nonstick finish for easy cleaning. Hand wash.  We have 2 of these and boy do they work to keep spatters off the walls when cooking.  They also work great when mixing flour into a recipe to keep the dust contained. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=163

******Don’t forget to have any orders to us by the 10th if any of your order is Christmas Gifts.  The mail is already slow.   We had a 2 day Priority package that was to have been delivered on Monday and still hasn’t arrived.  We don’t want you to be disappointed that your order didn’t arrive on time so please get them in within the next couple of days.  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/

Great Places To Visit:  We LOVE good BBQ and are always on the lookout for it in our travels.  I thought this was a great article that many of you may enjoy.  ”Following the BBQ Trail in South Carolina.”  Sure hope to do this one day soon…YUM!  https://www.yahoo.com/travel/south-carolina-bbq-trail-the-1310928899194934.html.

It is a busy time of year for everyone but we love to hear from you and get your tips and ideas and great places to visit.  We would love to share with others.

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Have a great week and please pray for San Bernadino.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Greetings from Palm Springs Thousand Trails.  The park is furnishing the turkeys and we are all bringing traditional dishes to share in the fellowship of Thanksgiving. Even living in an RV,  I also do a turkey dinner for just Mike and I, with all our favorites, as we love the leftovers as much as the dinner itself.  Our little RV oven does a fine job on a turkey breast! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with many things to be thankful for.The park is quite empty but I imagine right after the holidays it will fill up fast and surely will be full for the FMCA Rally in Indio starting January 9th and several golf tournaments starting right after the first of the year. I held a seminar on Tuesday afternoon at the Rec Room which was very well attended and have plans to give several more on different space saving ideas while we’re here for the winter.  Seems most of us have issues with space and ways to save it on our rigs.

We dodged a bullet over the weekend as they predicted high winds starting an hour before the Street Fair closed but thankfully they missed us.  Our prayers go out to all those around the country who have been having such nasty weather already and those who got caught traveling in it.

Tip of the Week:

Spend some time going through your paperwork. Think of this?  500 sheets of Bond paper (17 x 22 inches) weigh 20 lbs, then a ream of paper cut to Letter size will be labeled as 20 lb. And if 500 sheets of Cover paper (20 x 26 inches) weigh 65 lbs, then a ream of this paper trimmed to tabloid size would be marked as 65lb.  How many sheets of paper are you carrying in your rig?

How much of it do you really need?  How much of it can you find somewhere else if you needed to refer to it?  Do you really need to save all those magazines?  Can you tear out the articles you really want to read.or can you read the article online?

Scanner

Can you scan your receipts and keep them on

Thumb drives

thumb drives or on the Cloud.

Cloud

I remember hearing when computers first came out that we would do away with paper!  What a joke that turned out to be.  Small portable scanners are fairly inexpensive and take up very little space.  Think about getting one and quit carrying around all that paper.

Also books are heavy.Can you read them online, your Smartphone, Kindle, laptop or notebook?

And think of all the space you would save besides the weight!  Be honest with yourself and do this with your traveling partner.  Things that may be important to one, may not be to the other.  But I guarantee you if you are honest with yourselves you will be able to create some new space.  Here’a a post to help you get started thinking about how to start your project.  http://www.lifetimemoms.com/how-to/8-ways-to-get-a-handle-on-paper-clutter  And here is a great article on what to keep and what to toss. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2010/03/conquer-the-paper-piles/index.htm.

Tip from a Customer:  Once you de-seed pomegranates you can freeze them.  She freezes them on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together and when frozen puts them in Ziplock bags to use when they aren’t in season.  I have some in the freezer so will let you know how they turn out when I use them.  I can taste these great little bursts of fruit in a salad, dip or salsa.

New Products of the Week: These two new products are great for those holiday parties, RV get togethers, parties and make great gifts.

Guacamole Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Guacamole Bowl is shaped like an avocado.

Salsa Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Salsa Bowl is shaped like a red chili pepper.

They are ceramic and both are 3 pieces: bowl, lid and spoon and each hold 1.5 cups of dip. Check them out here.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160 and https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161/  A cute but inexpensive gift idea.

On Sale This Week:  The Salsa To Your Taco Special 

Salsa Special from RV Space Savers

All you need to preserve the items you put in your Salsa.  Includes: Salsa Maker, Tomato tool, Salsa Bowl, Tomato Keeper, Onion Keeper and Citrus Keeper. A $62.00 value now only $49.50 for a limited time only.  We’ll also include our favorite recipes for Guacamole and Salsa.

Great Places To Visit:  Usually the night after Thanksgiving many cities and towns hold their lighting ceremonies and I’m sure you will find some in your area.  

The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

We have seen some gorgeous ones in different cities so be sure to check them out wherever you are.  And if you’ve not heard of it there is a show on TV called “The Great Christmas Light Fight” which starts on December 7th on ABC.  If you enjoy that kind of thing be sure to check it out.  http://abc.go.com/shows/the-great-christmas-light-fight.

During this Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all of you our readers, customers, followers, family and friends, our health, wonderful lifestyle and freedoms we have.  We wish you too many, many things to be thankful for this Thursday and all year long.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of France and Paris during this difficult and tragic time in their history.

A special thank you to all our military personnel fighting for our freedom and especially those families who can not be with their loved ones during the holiday season.

NOTE:  All orders need to reach us by December 10th to insure you will receive them in time for Christmas

 

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Boy getting up at 3:30 a.m. 2 days in a row takes a toll on these old folks and even on our little CoCo!  We have to be at the College of the Desert grounds to set up for the Street Fair between 4:30-4:45 for the open at 7 a.m.

But even by the second day we were getting better at both setting up and taking down so hopefully it will get faster each week and we can get a little more sleep!  It was a fun weekend and we met several people who we have met at other shows and rallies which is always so fun for us.  And demoing the guacamole was a HUGE hit with everyone.

This week I will be demoing the Fresh Salsa as well so we’ll see how that goes.  Come out and say hi if you are in the Palm Springs area…open from 7-2 both Saturday and Sunday.

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Lemons and Limes are being harvested right now in California so they are pretty reasonable.  If you can find a good deal on them, buy a bunch and put them in the freezer for later use.  Just give them a good wash first.  This information came from a friend.

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste? Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods. Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky, wine…. the list is endless. All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles. What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes? Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting. As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!  And this is a great article About Why and How to Freeze Lemons and Limes. http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/how-and-why-you-need-to-freeze-lemons/.  I certainly can not or will I vouch for the health benefits of lemons and limes but they are a great source of Vitamin C and we do love the taste they give food.

And remember the tip we talked about within the past couple of weeks about the gasket on the washer.  While we got a lot of feedback about this, this photo came to my Facebook page this morning and felt it was important to share it.  Dryer caught on fire caused by lint buildup.

 

Dryer fire caused by a lint buildup

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep the lint traps and around your machine free of lint so this doesn’t happen to you.  It is one of the top 10 causes of house fires!  We never leave ours on when we’re away from home.  http://www.laundry-alternative.com/how-to-prevent-clothes-dryer-fires/

Product and Sale of the Week:  

Holiday Avocado and Tomato Tool Special  

Only $15.00.  Purchase the Avocado Tool at regular price ($10.00) and get the 3-in-1 Tomato Tool for half price ($5.00)

RV Space Savers Holiday Special

Make great Christmas gifts and socking stuffers.  

Avocado Tool

Specially designed knife and cover for slicing, pitting and scooping avocados

Knife cover doubles as a spoon to scoop fresh avocado from skin

Pit remover on end of knife handle safely removes avocado pit

Knife cover protects blade during storage

Polypropylene, nylon, stainless steel and silicone

Also works great on Kiwi and other fruit and vegetables

3-in-1 Tomato Tool

Serrated blade easily cuts through ripe tomatoes

Tomato fork tip serves and transfers individual slices

Knife cover protects blade during storage

Knife cover doubles as a coring and de-seeding tool

Polypropylene and stainless steel

All-in-one tomato preparation tool

Core/de-seed, slice and serve’

Also works great to hull and slice strawberries

Limited time only

Offer ends at midnight on Small Business Saturday  November 28th.

No substitutions.

 

Great Places To Visit:

Since we are both originally from Montana, we are pretty partial to the gorgeous scenery the state has to offer and I have written about some of the small towns in the state on Trips, Places To See and Things To Do but wanted to share this fly-over someone sent me the other day.  It is a jaw-dropping video.  There are so many, many wonderful places to visit, try to give yourself enough time to spend several weeks there (in the summer and fall of course)!  Unless you love to ski and Montana has some great sking.  Also if you have never visited Yellowstone Park in the winter and taken a snowcat, it is worth the trip.  A state you really need to put on your bucket list.  http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/montana-wowza/.

Next week will be a busy week for us.  On Tuesday I am giving a “space saver” seminar in the recreation hall at Palm Desert Thousand Trails and on Wednesday I am being interviewed for a Podcast with Mike Wendland of Roadtreking on Space Saving Ideas which is exciting.  Mike is a journalist for FMCA and he and his wife travel in a Class B RV.  I also offered to help in any way I can with the Thanksgiving Dinner that will be held here at the park. I will try my best to get a newsletter out next week!  Until then we wish you safe travels and good health.  We always love hearing from you.  Visit us at  www.rvspacesavers.com.  Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers/.  Because of you we are  continuing to grow with almost 2500 likes.  Please keep passing our page on to others.  And remember we love hearing from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com