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Hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day.  Ours was very enjoyable spent with great friends and thankfully very few fireworks as it scares the animals.  I can’t believe summer is already on the downhill slide!  It is my favorite time of year and oh how we love the fresh fruit in Washington where we are able to buy it direct from the fields and farms so it is picked ripe and fresh.  Sadly the berry season has ended except for blueberries.  But we are still getting lots of fresh cherries, nectarines and peaches.

And it’s Corn On the Cob Season in Some Areas…this is a great tip.  I do it all the time but be careful as it is really hot coming out of the microwave. http://tiphero.com/trick-to-remove-corn-husks/?  I use this silicone Oven Mitt which is good up to 600 degrees.  $14.00  On Sale Until 8-1-2016 for only $10.00 while supplies last.

Silicone Oven Mitt from RV Space Savers

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84

Also ON SALE for summer.  Mesh Picnic Food Covers. $2.50 each or 2 for $5.00 while supplies last or until 8-1-2016. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=140

Mesh Food Picnic Covers

 

I loved this tip about how to make the chocolate chip cookies YOU like the best.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone seems to like their cookies differently.  I like mine soft, rounded and chewy, while others like them crisp and flat.  This is the Ultimate guide to making them just like you like. http://www.handletheheat.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Another Important TIP:  If You Have Norton  Virus Protection you NEED to read this article.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/feds-warn-very-serious-flaws-popular-anti-virus-software/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=email-2016-07-08-pm&utm_medium=email

This is a very interesting set of articles.  The Death of the RV Industry. I don’t know how many of you get the online newsletter RV Daily Report written by Greg Gerber.  He is writing a series of articles on this and thought some of you may be interested.  We as customers of RV’s can certainly understand much of what he is saying.   http://rvdailyreport.com/category/opinion/

Another Great Tip from Jillee  Great Ways to Extend the Life of Products.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2016/07/201607frugal-ways-to-extend-the-life-of-your-stuff-html.html?

 

Don’t Get Ripped Off. A great article from RV Life Magazine.   http://rvlife.com/ripped-off-by-mechanics-dentists/

Five Must Know Tips if you have Slide Outs.  Most of us have slide-outs anymore and here is some good information to remember from Rving how.   http://rving.how/5-must-know-slide-tips/

Two Yummy Recipes I tried while camping with friends and the tools I used to make and serve them.

Pumpkin Dip

1 13 oz. can pumpkin, 1 cup Philadelphia cream cheese,  1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8th teaspoon nutmeg.  I mixed everything together with the fiskie and served in a collapsible bowl.  I served it with graham crackers and granny smith apple slices.  This makes a lot so you may want to make a half a batch, depending on how many you are serving.

Avocado Crunch

1 ripe avocado, juice of half a lime, 2 teaspoons shelled sunflower seeds, sea salt to taste.  I made a double batch so I used the Salsa Maker, Lemon/lime squeezer, measuring spoons and guacamole bowl to serve it in.  I served it with chips.

Both were a huge hit.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:  Top Nine Cities American’s Are Visiting This Summer.  Are you going to New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, Philadelphia or Dallas?  I was surprised that there were so many in the south in the heat of the summer but we are going to Vegas for a convention the first of August (we may be crazy! 🙂 )

Please pray for the safety of our Law Enforcement and the people of Nice, France.

Praying for Law Enforcement

 

Pray for Nice, France

We hope your journey is filled with many stops on your map!

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Happy July 4th Everyone.  Please have a safe holiday.

We are spending the holiday with a group of friends in an RV Park with lots of food, visiting and relaxing far away from the fireworks.  It is about as good as it gets!  A new tradition with this group is a “therapy session” between 10-10:30 with coffee and goodies…then a “therapy session” that begins about 4 p.m. with wine, ??? and snacks!  What fun we have.  Some days we haven’t left the morning session and it’s time for the afternoon session! 🙂  So this will be a short newsletter!

We had a successful rally in Albany, Oregon with about 350 rigs.  Met lots of new people and enjoyed visiting with old friends.  Both seminars were well attended.  And a beautiful drive back up I-5 where for the first time we can remember in a 300 mile trip we were able to see all 5 mountains starting with Mt. Hood, then Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams in the distance, then Mt. Rainier and finally Mt. Baker.  It is so unusual that at least one of them isn’t shrouded in clouds.  What a perfect day for the drive home.  Makes you fall in love with this gorgeous country all over again.

TIP:  Last newsletter I did a recipe and told what tools I used that we sell.  Bless Danise she sent in this great tip.

Wanted to share my delight with the new tool I used.   As you know storage space is limited and work space the same.   I made a potato salad using just 3 tools…. the 2 knives  to peel and cut the spuds, and the short red spoon/fork tool (fiskie).   Used it to scoop out the mayo (I make my own potato salad dressing), the dill pickle relish, then blended in my mustard, sugar, spices, and enough dill pickle juice to make the dressing the right consistency.  Used the same utensil to mix and then left it in the bowl as a serving spoon. What could be better.   Thanks Danise…what a great idea. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150  The fiskie takes the place of a fork and a whisk and Danise sure proved it here.

Another TIP from Danise.  A great reminder for us all.

Could You Evacuate in Minutes?

 

Dear Friends,

 

Here it is that time of year again when we are faced with the threat of Evacuation from our homes. We never know when we this could happen because of fire, train wreck, floods, riots, earthquakes or hurricanes. It is up to us to be prepared!

1. PEOPLE: Have a plan for getting out of the house and make sure everyone knows it. Have an emergency bag of food and water for your family. Include wholesome snacks and treats for the children: dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers and granola bars.

2. PETS: Keep pet carriers and leashes readily available to lead pets to safety. Also take pet food with you.

3. PICTURES: Keep negatives, CDs, or hard drives of pictures in a lock box or at a family member’s home. Have picture albums in one place ready to grab and go at a moments notice.

4. PAPERS: Have all your important papers in a lock box at a bank and only keep copies at the house. This keeps you from panicking. If you have them at home then put them in a folder that you can easily grab if you have to move fast. Color code it so you can find it!

5. PRESCRIPTIONS: Take your medications with you. Don’t forget the ones that have to be refrigerated like insulin. Have small ice chest and cold packs readily accessible to pack and go. If you have babies; remember their formula or medications.

6. PURSES and PETRO: This is where you keep your identification, credit cards and cash. Keep a stash of cash for emergencies and grab it. You may not be able to use an ATM in the event of a power outage. Make sure your car always has a half a tank of gas.

7. PROPER CLOTHES and COMFORT ITEMS: According to the weather conditions; gather up a change of clothes along with outer clothing: coats, rain gear, boots, gloves and hats. If you have babies remember diapers. Remember to grab your children’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. A game or a deck of cards could keep them occupied and calm too.

8. PLANNER/CALENDAR/CONTROL JOURNAL: These documents have all the information you will need from phone numbers, insurance numbers and important dates. They are small and filled with things you don’t have to try to remember.

9. PERSONAL PROTECTION: Many of us still have that time of the month. Be sure and grab a box of your preferred protection. It may be hard to find if you have been evacuated. Stress can cause our bodies to do strange things too. So be prepared. Take medication for cramps too.

10. PHONES, RADIOS, FUEL FOR THE CAR: Many of us have cell phones now. Always keep them charged up and have a charger in the car or an extra battery. They may not work in the event of power outages, but then they might. Know which local radio station has emergency bulletins. Keep your battery powered radio tuned to that local station and have plenty of batteries for it. Also keep a old type regular phone that does not operate with electricity. GAS PUMPS don’t work without power either. You can’t leave if your car is on empty. So keep your car fuel tank topped off when it hits a half of tank. This way you will have gas to drive at least a couple of hours. Evacuation routes are usually bumper to bumper traffic. Having a tank filled will keep you less stressed.

11. PATIENCE: This is one of the most important things to pack. Keep it inside of you so that you have a clear calm head. Having your P’s to Preparedness list guiding you will keep you patient. In the event of an evacuation there will be lots of displaced people. Being patient will make things less stressful. Your children need to see you calm and collected. This will help keep them calm too.

We can FLY in the face of Danger and Emergency if we are prepared. Don’t wait till you are being asked to evacuate. Everyone thinks that it could not happen to them. Well it could and it is up to you to make sure you are prepared.

Don’t wait! DO IT NOW!! I know you have been procrastinating because you don’t think it can happen in your area.

FlyLady

Start putting your emergency kit together. Use a duffle bag or plastic bin to gather your items. Put copies of your important papers in your Office in a Bag. That way you can just grab and go.  This article came from the FlyLady.  http://www.flylady.net/

No new products or products on sale this week. No Great Places to Visit this week

Until next week Enjoy the Journey and Make Sure it Is A Safe One. 

 

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Well here it is mid-June and it’s been 2 weeks since I last sent out a newsletter!  Thinking I am retired, I am wondering where all the time goes.  Maybe instead of being RETIRED, I am just tired! 🙂  Love the much simpler life of living in an RV, not so much house to clean or yard to take care of which gives us time for lots of other things (maybe too many)!  Still on my summer “to-do” list is new sheers for all the windows and deep clean the carpet.  I was hoping to maybe start some wall painting and tiling in the bathroom but with the way the summer is stacking up, not sure we will get to that.  But anytime we can meet and visit with friends or our family, that will always come first.

We had a wonderful time at the Good Sam Sambroee and have made so many friends there that it is just like old home week to us.  The attendance was way down and they are working hard to come up with ideas to  bring new members to the rally.  While visitng with my friend Danise who is always so good about sending in tips and ideas, she suggested that once in a while I do a recipe and list the products we sell that I use while making them so a “Shout Out” to Danise as this will be my first…thanks for the idea Danise.  See recipe below.

Today we are traveling to Albany, Oregon for the Northwest FMCA Rally.

Northwest FMCA Rally

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new.  If you’re attending the rally please stop by and say hello.  http://www.fmcanw.org/pages/rallies.html.  I will be giving two different seminars on Space Saving Tips and Ideas…one on Friday and the other Saturday morning.  Beautiful drive as always down the I-5 corridor.

I have been saving lots of tips I have read that I thought were worth sharing.

TIP:  With berry season well under way in the northern states I thought this was a timely tip.  3 Berries to Wash Right Away (well NOT wash).  http://www.thekitchn.com/3-berries-to-wash-right-away-and-3-you-never-should.  Be sure to store them in your Produce Keepers.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63

Produce Keeper

TIP # 2    I thought these easy tips were great reminders to us all.  Great tips for easy kitchen cleanup.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/nataliebrown/7-easy-kitchen-cleaning-ideas-youll-actually-want-to-try?

TIP #3  We love fresh pineapple but disappointing when you get it home and it’s not sweet or ripe.  I sure will be trying this tip.

Pineapple

Sweeten that Pineapple  http://tiphero.com/pineapple-preservation/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c484c5ae66-TH_NL_508_06_07_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-c484c5ae66-1216341.

TIP #4  11 Household Hacks Worth Knowing except the shower curtain rings for scarves (do not hang your scarves with shower curtain rings…it can and will snag them).  There are inexpensive scarf hangers on the market.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=137

Scarf hanger

http://tiphero.com/11-clever-household-hacks/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c484c5ae66-TH_NL_508_06_07_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-c484c5ae66-1216341

Tip #5  RV Etiquette  http://blog.rvinsurance.com/rv-park-etiquette-10-ways-to-keep-the-peace/.  A great reminder to us all.

Tip #6  RV Pizza  http://www.explorerrv.com/tips-on-RV-travel/bid/207212/Recipe-Pizza-on-the-Grill. It works great to cook it on this Grill Racket . https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=149

Grill Racket

Pizza on the Grill

Thought this recipe sounded good plus easy.  We do Mexican Pizza’s on the grill using the grill racket and steak tacos.  Sure cuts down on the mess and meat falling through the grill.

Mexican Pizza

Brown 1 # ground beef with 1/2 cup chopped onions (I use 1.2 tsp onion powder).

Add 1 tsp. of each of the following spices:  chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, paprika, salt & pepper to taste.  Adjust these all to your own liking.  Stir until well blended.  I add 1/2 cup water and let simmer on low until all the moisture is absorbed.

To one 15 oz. can of refried beans add the same spices as above only using 1/2 tsp.  Add a little water and simmer, stirring frequently.

Use either corn or fried flour shells.  Top each with meat then beans and sprinkle with shredded Mexican 4 Blend Cheese.  Put on Grill Racket and cook over low heat until the cheese is melted.  We open up the racket so we can cook 2 at a time.  Remove from grill.  Serve with chopped tomatoes, onions, guacamole, shredded lettuce, sour cream and your favorite taco sauce.  So easy and can make everything ahead and assemble at dinner time.  ENJOY!

Tools we use to make this recipe:  Grill Racket; Safety knives; Avocado tool; Tomato tool; Salsa Maker (use to chop onions and make guacamole); magnetic measuring spoons; storage bowls for serving. You can find them all at www.rvspacesavers.com.

 

 

Great Places to Visit:  3 Idaho Ghost Towns   

Silver City, ID

http://blog.goodsam.com/ghost-towns-idaho?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WoodallsBlog+%28Good+Sam+Camping+Blog%29.  We love poking around old ghost towns.  Just be sure not to enter any buildings as they are unsafe and if it is in the summer just a warning…rattlesnakes love to hide in cool places. 🙁

We love hearing from you.  Please contact us at rvspaceavers@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you try the recipe and if you have one you would like to share.  Would also love photos of you using RV Space Savers products.

Wherever your travels take you…enjoy the journey.   Remember only you hold the map.

 

Happy Memorial Day from RV Space Savers

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Remembering all those who are gone but not forgotten on this Memorial Day.  As we spend the day in remembrance, we are thankful to all those who have so bravely served our great nation in the military so we can enjoy all the freedoms we have.  Traveling to Moses Lake, WA  for the Good Sam Sambroee which starts on Thursday, we are always delighted by the huge Veteran presence in the Washington Good Sams Club and the ceremonies they have each year as part of the Sambroee.  The Sambroee has enjoyed an increase in First Time Attendees for the past couple of years and hopefully that will continue.  With so many organizations and associations associated with Rving losing membership, it’s great to see this one growing.  It was a beautiful drive over the mountains but we were sad that there was so little snow left.  But I will say it was nice to get out of the gray and rain and see the sun!

TIP:  One of my online newsletters discusses getting your mail on the road.  Many use mail services if they are full time and some use family which is what we choose to do.  Many of the RV Parks will not accept mail from the Post Office unless it is a Priority Mail package but do accept FedEX and UPS.  Make sure if you are getting mail by “General Delivery” that you know which post offices accept  Gen Del as not all of them do.  Always get a tracking number!  We have had packages go astray by all 3 methods so none are fool proof.  Here is  the link to the article I read.   http://rvlife.com/package-delivery-tips-for-full-time-rvers/

TIP:  Storing Winter Clothes  I have asked the past two newsletters about how others store their winter clothes and what luck anyone has had with the vacuum storage bags.  Sue was the only one who responded and they have had mixed results as have I, with different brands I have purchased.  I will be resoarting to a plastic tub again.  Here is an article I read about Storing Winter Clothes and she doesn’t mention using the vacuum bags either!  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/simple-tips-for-storing-winter-clothing.html utm_source=DailyRSSNewsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Headline&utm_campaign=RSSNewsletter. But I do have to say with the weather in Seattle so far, I won’t be storing them away anytime soon! 🙁

Products:  No new products and none on sale right now.

Great Places To Visit:  Living and traveling full time in an RV gives you the opportunity to see all the things this wonderful country has to offer. You can spend an hour, an afternoon or a week or two in a place discovering all the area has to see.  One of the amazing “finds” we stumbled upon while driving the back roads was Mesa Orchards just north of Payette, ID on Hwy 95.  There are very few fruit trees left but it was a very educational stop.  You can read more about it here. http://payettecounty.info/marlow/mesaorchards.html.  If you’re trraveling in the area it is worth the trip.

We love hearing from you with your thoughts and ideas.  Contact us at  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

 Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Remember life is a journey and you hold the map!  Have a wonderful journey.

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We’ve had some beautiful weather in the Seattle area and then some gray and rainy days as well.  The rhodies and azaleas are in full bloom and I understand the berries are early and starting to show up in fruit stands.  I haven’t gotten any yet but can’t wait.  To me that is one of the best things about living and traveling in an RV…you can enjoy the produce in season as you travel.  We love the berries in western Washington and there are lots of fields with lots of different kinds of berries.

TIP:  When purchasing or picking your berries this spring and summer, don’t forget to use your Produce Keepers.

Produce Keeper

 And don’t forget to put them in the potion of 10 parts water to 1 part white vinegar before storing them so they will last much longer.  We always marvel at the things others use them for from pineapple and cantaloupe to bananas and even bread!  They work better than anything I have ever tried for produce.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63.

TIP:  Everyday Objects That Can Work Magic in Your Kitchen.  I thought there were some good tips here that were useful.  Most of them we know but sometimes it is good just to have a reminder.  http://metro.co.uk/2016/05/12/16-everyday-objects-that-can-work-magic-in-your-kitchen-5831127/

And another TIP:  35 Amazing Uses for Rubbing Alcohol. This is certainly a product that deserves space in your RV.  I have even printed out a copy and taped it to the inside of the medicine cabinet.     http://www.mentalscoop.com/35-amazing-uses-for-rubbing-alcohol/

Yet Another Tip:    A Surprising Way to keep soap scum off your shower.  Boy am I trying this!  I think we may even have some RainX around.  It is one of those things I said to my self “Why didn’t I think of that!!!”  http://idreamofclean.net/a-surprising-way-to-prevent-soap-scum-build-up-on-glass-shower-doors/

Last few days to get your Egg Space Saver.  On sale only until midnight May 23rd. 

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89.

Great Places To Visit:  Have any of you ever heard of an “Escape Room?”  We had not but our daughter and her family took us to one last weekend for Mike’s 70th birthday.  What a blast we had!  It is an experience you will never forget and there are lots of different “themes.”

Mike’s Birthday at the Escape Room

The one we went to was a “Prison Break.”  You are not allowed to take any pictures during the escape so can’t show you what we went through but were locked in jail cells and only had so much time to escape.  We would absolutely do it again.  Here is the definition of an Escape Room.   An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit. The games are physical versions of “escape the room” video games.  If it is of interest just Google ‘Escape Rooms’ and the city you are interested in.

Also this from Sue and Jim:

1—Among places to visit that I would want to include would be Sequim, Washington in late July for their annual Lavender Festival.  There are several lavender farms and the tours would be awesome.  There is at least one shop in town that sells only lavender products and it is worth the time for a visit, but I must say we did NOT like the lavender chocolate!!!!

2–Since I am from upstate New York, I grew up enjoying the incredible beauty and fragrance of lilacs.  We had them in white, pink and every shade of purple you can imagine.  I really miss them here in southern California.  But I do buy lilac scented candles so I don’t have to miss out completely!  Thanks guys.

Last week I asked about our readers experience with  Vacuum bags and what brands you had tried and liked or didn’t like.  I only received and answer from Sue and they have had mixed results.  I sure would appreciate hearing from others about your experiences with them.  Contact me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We leave next week for Moses Lake.  We will be a vendor at the Moses Lake Spring Fair during Memorial Day Weekend and then attend the Good Sam Sambroee June 1-5th at the Grant County Fairgrounds.  Looking forward to both and seeing many friends at the Sambroee.

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
― Heraclitus

Life is a journey and YOU hold the map.

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Thankfully we arrived at our summer home safely and are settled for a few weeks.  We will be heading to Moses Lake at the end of May to attend the Good Sam Sambroee on June 1-5 which we have missed for the past couple of years and are looking forward to seeing many of those friends again.  That is certainly one of the many benefits of living in an RV…just pull the slides in and go!  Then we’re back home for about 3 weeks when we will head back down I-5 to Albany, Oregon for the NW FMCA Rally June 23-26.  While I always organize to trave,l when we arrive home for the summer, I really dig deep to make sure we’re not packing anything we never use and donate it to a local second hand store.  I am always in the mindset to save space so do everything I can to make that happen.  I also go through all the paperwork that has accumulated over the months we have been gone and store them until the 10 years are up for the IRS.  Even though I scan and save so many things to thumb drives, I am always amazed by how much paper we seem to carry.  And running our little business, of course all that paperwork has to be saved.  Thankfully our son has a big attic!  In the past I have tried to use those vacuum bags to store winter or summer clothing but have never found any that worked well.  What experience do you have with them and what brand really does work?  I sure would appreciate your thoughts and ideas.  Send comments to rvspacesavers@gmail.com. 

We were please to see how much water there was in Shasta Lake and how much snow there was on the mountain from when we were through there last August.  I was unable to get a good photo of Mt. Shasta as it was shrouded in clouds but the mountain was white and snow level was down low once again.  I did get a couple of photos of the lake.  Here is a photo taken last August and again this May.

Shasta Lake August 2015

Shasta Lake May 2016

People in northern California were smiling from ear to ear and the crops looked great.

TIP:  We have talked about keeping our electronics and information in cyberspace safe the past couple of newsletters  and I thought this tip was great to continue talking about our devices and as you all know about my favorite subject…de-cluttering and organization! 🙂  Declutter Your Digital Life…http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/tips-for-decluttering-your-digital-life.html?utm_source=DailyRSSNewsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Headline&utm_campaign=RSSNewsletter

Another Great Tip:  How Often Things Should be Cleaned?    http://tiphero.com/how-often-you-should-be-cleaning-everything-in-your-home/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a3a990e614-TH_NL_497_04_29_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-a3a990e614-1216341

And this tip:  Ways To Use Apple cider Vinegar  http://www.metaspoon.com/apple-cider-vinegar-soak-feet-uses/

Sale:  This is the last week to get your Egg Space Saver on sale.

Egg Space Saver from RV Space Savers

Sale ends on May 23rd.  You can order it at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89.

Great Places To Visit:  While there are so many great places to visit in this country Donna, one of our readers reminded me of this site which has lots of fun things to see and do as you travel America’s highways and byways.  Thanks Donna.  Roadside America has lots of attractions and oddities to look for.  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/.

Another Great Place to Visit:  Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, WA.  http://www.lilacgardens.com/ We see the sign as we travel the I-5 corridor and either never have time to stop or it’s not ‘lilac’ time.  This spring we did have time so spent a couple of hours touring the beautiful grounds.  Sadly the lilacs were early so were gone for the most part but the grounds are beautiful. Here are a couple still in bloom.

Lilacs

Lilacs

And oh I had forgotten how heavenly they smelled!

A Great Find:  While we were in Yuma at the four rallies, we met several new vendors and one we were especially taken with was Chuck Warner and his wife Dorothy.  Chuck is retired and does “Scratch Art.”  We had him do a portrait of CoCo and absolutely love it.  It comes double matted and ready to frame and he does lots of pets as well as other things.  He so captured CoCo’s look and expression.  Chuck doesn’t have a website but is considering setting one up so you can see much of his beautiful art work.

CoCo in Scratch Art

If you are interested in having him do a portrait of your pet you can contact him at watersystems@yahoo.com.  Please put “CoCo’s Mom” in the subject line so he knows it’s not spam.

Please contact us with comments, tips and ideas at rvspacesavers.com

And remember…“It’s all about the journey and you hold the map!”

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Starting our trek back to Washington for the summer and I-5 is a beautiful drive for the most part.  The nut trees are loaded with nuts, olive trees full of olives, vines have lots of tiny clusters of grapes and rice paddies full of water.  And the oleander is in full bloom.  Can’t get much better than that.

Oleander along I-5

Rice Paddies in northern California

.  Since northern California has gotten some much needed rain it is much greener than the southern part of the state.  We stopped to do the Northern California Good Sam Sambroee in Lodi and enjoyed seeing friends we have met there in years past.  Sadly their organization is getting smaller as most organizations are so they only had 123 rigs.  We had a great time and enjoyed it very much.  We also attended the Lodi Street Fair on Sunday which was fun and met some very nice people.  And outside of Washington strawberries,

Northern California Strawberries

Lodi has some of the best so of course we couldn’t pass them up!  We stayed at the Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Park in Menteca and it is such a beautiful park, very well kept and the staff is amazing.  It has become our favorite and sits right on the San Joaquin River…a gorgeous spot in the world.

Today’s Tip:  This tip comes from reader Danise and is one that is a very important reminder.  A really great tip for those of us living in an RV  or when traveling.  THIS IS A GREAT IDEA I AM HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU! READ TO THE END. IT HAS ANOTHER GREAT IDEA FOR SENIORS.

What to take to bed with you – not a joke.
Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Car Keys

 

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.  Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.

Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  You always send in such great tips. And we love getting tips from our readers.

Another Tip:  In the last newsletter we discussed keeping your electronics safe and here is another good article on the subject.  You sure can’t be too careful in this day and age.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/Protecting-Your-Personal-Data-and-Online-Identity.html.

Product On Sale: Don’t forget the Egg Space Saver is on sale only until May 23rd.  Normally $12.00 now on sale only $9.00 plus shipping. Act now as this sale is only good until May 23rd or while supply lasts if before 5-23-2016.  Use coupon code EGG300.  You must be logged in to the site for the coupon to work.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89 

Great Places to Visit:  An Rver’s Guide to Traveling the Length of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River at New OrleansP

 I read this article and thought what a fun trip this would be.  Something else to put on your “bucket list!”  http://rvtravel.about.com/od/Itineraries/fl/Your-RV-Guide-to-the-Mississippi-River-Road-Trip.htm.

Have a tip to share?  A great place to visit?  Something you would like to see in the newsletter?  Please let us hear from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Life is a Journey and YOU hold the map!  Enjoy.

 

 

Corrected Newsletter Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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I was informed by one of our readers that on the Underrated Places to Vist in All 50 States, I added the wron link.  Here is the correct link.  I am so sorry.  https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/most-underrated-place-in-california-florida-texas-new-york-and-every-us-state/travel

 

Greetings from Wilderness Lakes RV Park in Menifee, CA.  The weather has been gorgeous here and we left Yuma just in time as they were headed for triple digits right after we left.  We so enjoyed all four rallies in Yuma, greeting old friends and meeting many new ones.  The rally masters all did a great job and we look forward to joining them again. Two of the rallies, The FMA (Fleetwood)

Fleetwood Rally Spring Fling

Their table decorations.

and the Freightliner Rallies

really went all out with their decorations.

Freightliner 50’s and 60’s Theme

Table decorations

Three of the rallies were held at Fortuna de Oro and the Recreation Director, Desiree is amazing to work with.  The park has all kinds of decorations onsite and you can borrow any of them.   So if anyone is thinking about having a rally in the area, Fortuna de Oro would be a great place.

Since we have been on the go so much, I haven’t had much time to devote to the newsletter but wanted to pass along some links for tips and ideas that I thought you might enjoy.

TIP: I thought this was a great tip to share with everyone as it helps keep our many electronic devices safer.  Idenity theft is the fastest growing crime and has gone up over 1000% so it pays to do everything you can to keep safe.

http://blog.protectmyid.com/2016/04/13/calling-all-digital-packrats-spring-clean-your-devices-to-avoid-identity-theft/

Another TIP:   This is in conjunction with the tip above on phishing.. http://blog.protectmyid.com/2016/02/10/phishers-and-phrauds-how-to-spot-em/

TIP on Fresh Water Tank:  I had read this several years ago and we have used this practice since that time.  For the most part we hook up to the water in RV parks but when we are traveling, we want to make sure our water is fresh to use.  It takes Mike several hours to complete the entire process and he does it about every 3 months.  http://rving.how/get-your-fresh-water-tank-sanitized/

Great TIP:  Many of us use lots of lemons (and limes) and of course being in southern California during the season, they are everywhere for cheap so I thought you might enjoy a way to use those peels.  I always keeps some grated lemon peel frozen to toss in dressings, sauces, marinades and rice.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/uses-for-lemon-peels-including-lemon-vinegar-2.html#.VxV33jArLIU

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the March 27th newsletter I talked a lot about avocados as the California avocados are back in season.  I can’t remember if I talked about grating some of the pit in your guacamole but wanted to give you this heads-up I got from the California Avocado Association about NOT doing that so I wanted to be sure and pass it on.   Fallbrook, CA is the avocado capital of the world and last Sunday they had their avocado festival which we attended.  It was a fun day and lots of things dealing with avocados.  One of the vendors makes beautiful things from the avocado wood

Serving board made from avocado wood

…I bought some gorgeous coasters.  Also I visited with a grower/packer about which are the best avocados (taste wise).  He said the Hass is the most popular but not the tastiest.  Here are photos of his first two recommendations.  Number 1 is The Fuerte

Number 1 avocado Fuerte

which is a fall to early spring variety and Number 2 is the Reed

2nd best flavor…the Reed

which is round and about the size of a softball and is a summer variety.   Most growers are moving to only Hass as they have good handling properties and are long lasting.  There are about 500 varieties of avocados but only seven are grown in California.  Of course we bought a box while at the festival and my are they yummy!  He also had “freaks”

Freaks

which you don’t eat that are crosses between 2 different kinds of trees that have self propagated and they do everything they can to rid their groves of these.  trees http://www.californiaavocado.com/blog/march-2016/is-it-safe-to-eat-the-avocado-seed?utm_source=cac&utm_medium=EMC&utm_campaign=plantaseed2016.

 Product Sale:  The Egg Space Saver.  We have used this for over 5 years and have never lost or cracked an egg and it saves a TON of space.  

Egg Space Saver RV Space Savers

Normally $12.00 now on sale only $9.00 plus shipping. Act now as this sale is only good until May 23rd or while supply lasts if before 5-23-2016.  Use coupon code EGG300.  You must be logged in to the site for the coupon to work.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89 

Great Places To Visit:  The Most Underrated Places to Visit in All 50 States.  I thought this was a fun article and as we all travel it is fun to make some of these places a stop over, a destination or just a fun place to visit.  Do you have any other suggestions for underrated places you have visited?  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89

Another Great Place to Visit:  Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach.  

Shaw’s Cove

We spent some time here one day this week and it is a beautiful and uncrowded beach which has it all…a sandy beach and tide pools at low tide.  http://www.californiabeaches.com/beach/shaws-cove/

Tomorrow we start our slow trek back to Washington State.  We will be in Lodi for the Good Sam Sambroee the end of  the month and are excited to see friends we have met there in years past.  Our plans are to be back in the Seattle area by mid-May.  Hopefully the weather will hold as it has been beautiful up there and neither one of us are ready for the rain!

We love hearing from you and if you have tips, great places to visit or other ideas you would like to see in this newsletter, please contact us.  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

May your road be smooth and your travels happy and exciting.

P.S.  I just got this IMPORTANT notice on a recall of frozen vegetables and wanted to pass it along.  http://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/s/fpok4/frozen-vegetable-recall-in-ny-serious-sometimes-fatal-contamination-risk-cited?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=community%20corner&utm_campaign=alert

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Sorry I am once again behind on my newsletter.  We just finished a Fleetwood (FMA) Rally in Yuma, AZ and are now at a Holiday Rambler Rally.  It ends on Wednesday and we start a Freightliner Rally on Thursday.  We will have 2 days off and then an Alfa Rally.  Hoping to get time to see some friends and a cousin on those 2 days off.  It is up in the mid 90’s here and lots of folks have already headed north and most everyone else we visit with is heading out soon.  We are amazed at the number of parks that have only 30 AMP service with temp’s in the mid 80’s-90’s.  Fortunately we have moved to a 50 AMP spot so can run both air conditioners.

TIP:  This tip came from a gentleman at a recent seminar.  To keep hangers from coming off the rods while traveling, wrap the ends with rubber bands. Several folks said this was an issue for them and he said this cheap and easy trick was a great solution.

TIP:  And this from a gal in my last seminar:  Ladies:  Put one half of your chains through straws, then close the clasps.  It keeps them from tangling.

And here are some great Cleaning Reminder Tips…most of which apply to all of us.  14 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed to Spring Clean.  http://tiphero.com/spring-cleaning/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=989c2ff0a9-TH_NL_489_04_01_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-989c2ff0a9-1216341

And some tips about my favorite subject: Organization.  There are some pretty nifty ideas here, some of which I haven’t seen before.  http://www.buzzfeed.com/nataliebrown/spring-clean-a-little-at-a-time?

No New Products this week and we only have a few of the  small spatulas and both the red or black wine openers left.  Our supplier is no longer carrying the all-in-one piece silicone spatulas so we will no longer carry them when these are gone.

Great Places to Visit:  A couple of days before we left the Palm Springs area we took some time to check out the historic downtown area.  We visited the McCallum Adobe,

The MaCallum Adobe House in Palm Springs

the oldest home in the city, built in 1884.   Built in 1893 and the 2nd oldest building  is the Cornelia White House and was made from railroad ties.

The Cornelia White House in Palm Springs.

 And our favorite Ruddy’s General Store Museum.  

Ruddy’s General Store Museum in Palm Springs

Everything is original from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and over 90% of all the boxes, cans, etc., still contain the original products.  Some of the things we remembered from our childhoods.  You could spend hours there and still not see everything.

We will be at another rally this coming Friday so once again the newsletter may be late.  For those of you heading towards your summer homes, please travel safe.  We hope you are staying out of the miserable weather they have had in different parts of the country.  This cute decoration greeted us at the last rally and thought it would be fun to share.

Spring Fling

Enjoy a Spring Fling where ever you are.

 

Happy Easter from RV Space Savers

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Happy Easter

Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Easter.

Monday morning we leave for 3 weeks in Yuma for 3 rallies.  The first is the FMA (Fleetwood) then the Freightliner and ending with the Alfa Rally.  We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  We met some Alfa and Fleetwood owners here that are headed for the rallies and also are living in their RV.  Hope to see many of you there.  I will be giving space savers seminars at all three rallies.  Even though it is Easter weekend and most kids are out of school, the park here in Palm Springs is only about half full.  The weather is beautiful although one day earlier in the week we had a horrible wind storm.

Sand storm in Palm Springs

It reminded me of a Montana blizzard only with sand instead of snow!

As I reported in a newsletter  a few weeks ago, Mike broke the wand off the kitchen faucet and we had to replace it.  We were in Vegas at the time and the only thing we could find that would fit was a shiny chrome one (not what we wanted)!  It was already looking terrible with water spots from the water here and I found this NEW TIP that really works!  Use wax paper to rub all over the faucet to clean off the water spots.  I have given tips before about all the things you could do with wax paper and it deserved a place in your RV.  Well now you have one more reason!  It really does last about a week.  http://tiphero.com/keep-faucet-clean/? 

We try not to keep too much extra food around because of space and weight but do like to have some things around and of course we all have to have the basics: flour, sugar, butter, spices, vinegar, oil, etc.  And if you’re like us, some nights we look at each other and say “what are we going to fix for dinner?”  I was reading an article the other day and found this site that I thought was a great tip for all of us.  It’s called My Fridge Food and you can put in the ingredients you have on hand and tell it if you want to make a meal, dessert, snack, etc., and up it pops with recipe ideas.  I have used it a couple of times this week and have gotten some pretty good ideas.  Sadly because of all of Mike’s food issues the recipes included things he couldn’t have but I thought it was a great resource.  The other thing I like about it is if you need something for a potluck or cocktail party, you may not even have to go shopping to make something.  http://myfridgefood.com/. Can I just tell you if I haven’t already, I hate shopping so this site will really work for me.

The Wait is Over…California Avocados are now in Season.  YEAH!   http://email.californiaavocado.com/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=23847261146&ch=

624E9CA4D0258E152B870B587491BD75&h=cb31c39bb41a563cbcaeaa9bd0ae82b6&ei=6nJQnkANw.   Look for the Grown in California label.

California Avocados

Here is a list of all the varieties of avocados grown  in California. We love being in Southern California during avocado season!  We share an avocado almost every day while we are down here.  They are so yummy and good for you.   http://www.californiaavocado.com/how-tos/avocado-varieties.aspx. And don’t forget all the products we carry to use with avocados.

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

Tomato Tool for chopping tomatoes for Guacamole or Salsa

Avocado Tool (my favorite)

Avocado Slicer

Lemon/lime Squeezer (to squeeze fresh juice into that Guacamole)

Citrus Keeper

Guacamole Serving Bowl

Tomato Keeper (to keep the other half of tomato from the guacamole)

Avocado Keeper

Onion Keeper (to keep the onion not put in the guacamole)

We use them all and you can find them all on www.rvspacesavers.com. I not only use the Salsa Maker to make Salsa but also to make Guacamole.  I put the tomatoes or pomegranates in at the end.  I did a demonstration using the Salsa Maker to a group last week on “How to Make Pomegranate Guacamole.”   They loved it!  While the “season” for pomegranates is over, you can find cups of the arils in the produce section of most supermarkets. 

Sadly I still don’t have the pictures of our new products that I promised would be here this week…hopefully this coming week. 🙁

New Reader Tip:  

New use…. the oven tool is marvelous for lifting tea bags out of the mug…. the kind of tea that has no strings/label.

Oven Push/Pull

Thanks Danise…a great idea.  I love hearing from our customers how they use our products for things other than for what they were intended.  Lets hear from the rest of you…how do you use our products?  www.rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  Discover the Giant Forgotten Arrows That Guide Travelers Across America.  I thought this was such a cool story and one I had never heard of.  It would be fun to find some of these.

Giant Arrow

 

Map of Route Where You May Find Arrows

http://www.americanews.com/gallery/society/2015/10/20/discover-forgotten-giant-arrows-guide-travelers-across-america/slide/1.  You can also read about it on Snopes.  http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/arrows.asp. This might be a fun trip to plan this summer if you are going to be in any of these areas.

Our Prayers

Praying for all the families and friends of the Brussels bombings.  And praising all those First Responders not only in Brussels but all those who serve here in the United States. Thank you for all you do.  Please be safe out there.