Baby…It’s Cold Outside by RV Space Savers

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images-1This image says it all!  As much of the country is gripped in cold, rain and snow, I hope most of you are where it’s warm and sunny!  We are still in the Seattle area so for the most part it is cloudy and rainy however we had about 3 inches of snow earlier in the week.  Not excited about being in this weather in the winter but love being here to spend the holidays with our kids and grandkids!   What a wonderful life it is.  Last year we stayed in southern California and two of our three kids we able to come down for Christmas which was something different and fun. Certainly one of the great things about living in an RV is following the warm weather in the winter and cool weather in the summer.

Can you believe there are only 14 days until Christmas?  I hope you are all ready for whatever celebrating Christmas means to you.  In most places you can find lots of activities to create new memories if you are not with your family.  Check  out bazaars, concerts, church and school programs, lighting ceremonies and neighborhoods that are lit for the season, visiting folks in Assisted Living facilities, etc.  We have been doing lots of those kinds of things with our dear friends Marilu and John who are also spending the winter in Seattle.  Marilu and I made a bunch of these “Sock Snowmen” and delivered them to “forgotten seniors” in an Assisted Living facility in the area.  photo-dec-04-2-06-10-pmWe spent a fun afternoon together making and delivering them.  Here are the directions.  http://sumo.ly/3Q5Z.

Great Tip:  When we were in southern California last year I found  a couple of sites where you can put in the area you are staying in and find Christmas light displays.  hqdefaultWe found some gorgeous neighborhoods in the area last year and I also found some up here this year.  http://www.christmaslightfinder.com/ and  http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/xmas-displays.

Great Tip from Marilu:  Simple Sock Trick to stop your windows from fogging up. download-1We have trouble with our windows in the RV  fogging up and sure will try this tip.   http://theheartysoul.com/fix-foggy-window-cat-litter/?t=SNJV.  Do any of you have this problem and what do you do to keep the moisture at bay?  We have fans going and a small dehumidifer and we really have to manage it carefully.  This winter we have added a couple of the DampRiddownload-2 containers of little moisture pellets so we’ll see if they help.  We also watch the window sills to make sure there is no mold building up.  Would love to hear from you on what you do to control this issue.

Do you decorate your RV for Christmas?  If so do you decorate both inside and out? We only decorate the front of the MH as we have one of those little tables that fits over the steering wheel.  All our decorations are flat and easy to store.01b5fd493474974c12eb240745d55a330dd652c1ab  We’d love to share your photos if you send them to us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

A Tip from a Customer and Jillee.  Use a cutting board on top of your burners (make sure they are turned off and cool) as additional counter space.  This came to me from a customer who found a beautiful wooden cutting board the same size as the cooktop in her RV.  She had her husband install handles on either endimages-2so she can also use it as a serving tray.  I had totally forgotten this wonderful tip from Peggy (thanks Peggy) until this came the other day from Jillee.  This is a great idea also and you could certainly modify a larger board with feet.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-modify-a-cutting-board-for-more-counter-space?

Sadly we did not have any votes for our entries to the contest!  We only had 6 entries and no votes.  All 6 entries will receive a 20% discount as a way of saying thanks for participating.

Folks…this newsletter is for download-3 What would get you to be involved?  Are there things you would like to see covered in the newsletter?  I have had requests for Places to Visit which I have added and Recipes using our products which I have also added.  I need to hear from you.  It is expensive to continue to do the newsletter and not get responses from you.  I have spoken with the people at Aweber and they say the opens for the newsletter are way above most they see and they don’t understand either why we’re not getting participation.  Please let me know what you’re thinking and how we can make it better for download-4RV Space Savers has lots of great gifts for your RV friends and family.  Check out our website ahttp://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/

Products on Sale:   Only  14 days until Christmas.  Here are a couple of great Christmas Ideas.  On sale now while supplies last or until the end of December. Not only great for Rver’s but for anyone on your Christmas list.

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

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

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

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

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

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

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

 

A yummy recipe using RV Space Saver products.  For this Sausage Lentil Soup recipe I used the following products:  Salsa Maker (Herb & Veggie Chopper) to chop all the veggies, mixing bowl (to mix all the ingredients together before I put it in the crockpot), small fiskie (to mix all ingredients together), all of which can be found on our website.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=35

Sausage and Lentil Soup Recipe:  file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Sausage%20and%20Lentil%20Soup.pdf

 

Great Places To Visit:  How About a Trip to the “Best of the West” National Parks? road-trip-nationals_1 Here is a trip that includes 14 of the most popular.  We are so fortunate in this country to have so many beautiful national parks and monuments to visit.  And I’m sure we all have our own “best” or favorites.  http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/ultimate-western-national-parks-road-trip?utm_source=k1&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=odpcpc&kwp_0=261462 .

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We hope your journey is filled with  friends, family, food and fun until we meet again.

Happy Thanksgiving from RV Space Savers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avocado Tool (my favorite)

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

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

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

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

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

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

6.  The chopper (now called the salsa maker)

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

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

 

A Tip that came in after the contest was closed:  

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

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

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

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

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

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

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

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

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

Regularly $35.00 now only $20.00 while supplies last.

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Oh the Beautiful Sights and Smells of Fall.  While I love the colors of fall and the scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, apples, crisp air in the mornings signaling the change of the seasons,  I must admit I am a Spring and Summer girl.  But driving around the northwest this time of year is breathtaking and lots of folks who live and or travel in an RV are here this time of year either passing through or just getting ready to head south are enjoying the the area…well they were UNTIL we had a one-two punch over the weekend with lots of rain and wind.  Thankfully the storm wasn’t as bad as they predicted and we are grateful for that.   Sadly many of our trees have now lost their leaves.  We are in an area where there is something wrong with the cell tower so when I try to add photos they are upside down!  It was supposed to have been repaired by now but still isn’t so I wanted to get this out to you anyway.  Traveling and living in an RV is a challenge sometimes with phone and internet service but I have a Wilson Booster that has always worked until we arrived here.

Great TIP:  I found these great baking charts online and thought anyone who bakes would like to take a look at them and maybe save them as a reference.  I don’t do much baking in the RV but do do some.  I have enclosed a recipe I made just yesterday. 11 Charts Everyone Who Ever Plans on Baking Needs http://tiphero.com/11-pinterest-baking-charts/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4895c347d8-TH_NL_543_10_07_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-4895c347d8-1216341

Gluten, Egg and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

For this recipe I only needed the following items:  collapsible measuring cups, collapsible 3 qt. bowl, magnetic measuring spoons and the small fiske and of course a cookie sheet  and oven.  They are very easy to make and take very little time.  20161023_120648

Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Combine:

1 ½ cups almond flour

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1 tsp. Baking soda

½ tsp salt

Combine:

¼ cup pure maple syrup

1/8 cup grapeseed oil

1 “egg”:   1 ½ tlbsp grapeseed oil + 1 ½ tlbsp warm water + 1 tsp baking powder (whisk together)

½ tsp vanilla extract

Mix together and add 1 cup allergy free semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees.  10-15 minutes.  Sometimes I add 3 tablespoons of ground flax seed to these.

TIP:  In the past two newsletters we have discussed using Dawn dish washing liquid.  Here are 11 other uses that might be helpful.  http://classiccleaners.net/2014/07/03/11-amazing-uses-for-original-blue-dawn-dish-soap/.  Several of you have written in that you use the solution for many of these things already and since most of us have both in our RV’s, we don’t have to buy something else to take up space and add weight.

Reader TIP:  Take WashEZE WashEZEon cruises and other vacations with you.  They take up no room in your luggage and you don’t have to purchases detergent, softener and static sheets or come home with a bag of dirty laundry!  Thanks Linda.  They are also great stocking stuffers for you college grandkids since they always seem to have a ton of laundry and never any money! 🙂   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Products on Sale:  Hard to believe it’s only 61 days until Christmas.  Here are a couple of great Christmas Ideas.  On sale now while supplies last or until December 15th.

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

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

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

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

Laser Lights

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

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

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

EXTENDED:   New:  A Contest… We have extended this until midnight 10/31/16.  Come on readers.  We have only had 3 entries so far and I know there are a lot of you out there who use and love some of our products so PLEASE get your entries in.   Send in which of our products you use the most and how you use it (photos would be nice).  At the end of the contest we will pick the Top 5 and let you vote for the  winner.  Winner will receive a gift certificate to RV Space Savers.  Entries must be submitted no later than midnight 10/31/2016 to rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

New Products:  We are researching and have been testing some new products and ideas so stay tuned for upcoming things.

Great Gift Ideas:  RV Space Savers has lots of great gifts for all your RV and Boating friends and family and anyone who has a small kitchen.  Check out our products at http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/.  Order by December 15th to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.

Great Places to Visit:  

Many of us have traveled Interstate 90 through South Dakota and have stopped at all the Attractions and Things to See and Do along that stretch of prairie grass and farm land.  We all now have a new place to visit. 1880 TOWN PRESERVES SOUTH DAKOTA’S PAST.

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 The attraction, located 22 miles west of Murdo, South Dakota, on Interstate 90 at exit 170, has RV parking.   They say this attraction is well worth the time and admission fee.

Don’t forget to email us with your contest ideas and photos and any tips and ideas you have to share with others.  And the supplies are running low on the sale items so be sure to get your orders in soon.  rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hope your journey is filled with new found wonders and exciting finds and that the map you hold is taking you to places you have only dreamed of seeing.

Until next time.

 

 

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

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

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

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

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

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

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

Great Places to Visit:

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello from Seaside, Oregon. Seaside, Oregon Seaside, a beautiful coastal community has historically been one of the Oregon Coast’s most visited and popular oceanfront resorts and is located only 80 miles from Portland. There are lots of activities around the area besides walking on the beach and is close to the winter home of the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Fort Clatsop.  A fun place to spend some time.  We are here with several RV friends for 2 weeks of sightseeing, morning coffee and goodies, 4 p.m. cocktails and snacks and sometimes either dinner or dessert! Living and traveling in an RV is the best life ever with lots of great food, new recipes, laughs, games and visiting with friends and meeting new ones.

Great Tip:  30 Awesome things to do in retirement.  Many of us living and traveling in an RV are retired or at least semi-retired.  This list may give you some ideas of ways to spend your time whether while you’re traveling or sitting in a warm spot during the winter or cool spot during the summer. The list of ideas are endless…use your creativity.  Here are 2 great lists. http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/30-awesome-things-retirement/?all=1.     http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/index.php?title=Long_list_of_things_to_do_when_you_retire

Tip:  Keep tabs on the stuff in your freezer!  We just had to replace our Norcold fridge and chose to purchase a residential one that would fit in the space. It not only gave us another 3.5 cubic feet of fridge and freezer space but weighs one hundred pounds less and was an easy install.  It also gave us a chance to really sort through things in both the fridge and freezer and get rid of things that we had forgotten and had become freezer burned or out of date.   I found this article online and thought it was worth sharing.  Ways to keep foods from freezer burning.  http://tiphero.com/avoid-freezer-burn/?

A Tip Worth Trying:  I have used Scrubbing Bubbles in the shower for years and it does a great job but it is not cheap and of course has chemicals in it.  I saw this the other day and am certainly going to try it. dawnvinegar I keep both products in the RV so I don’t have to purchase anything to try it and IF it works, I will save both space and money.    http://tiphero.com/2-ingredient-shower-cleaner/?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hyX_-Qev7o.

Product Sale Ending This Friday at Midnight  The sale on the Guacamole and Salsa Bowls is ending this Friday September 30th at midnight.  Hurry to get this great deal for $2.00 off each bowl.  Makes a great gift as well as using to serve guacamole or salsa at your RV get-together’s .  Just used them during cocktail hour last night and they were a big hit!  Order either or both and get my Pomegranate Guacamole recipe and my daughter-in-law’s yummy Salsa recipe.  Picture1 https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=160  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=161.

Fall brings on the colors of warm and smells of autumn and of course the beautiful pumpkin colors and flavors.  For one of our meals with our group this week I made Pumpkin Pie Squares which always says fall to me.  I used 3 of our products to make them…the Salsa Maker, Small Fiskie and the 3 quart collapsible bowl.  To find these products go here  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=35   To get the recipe go here  file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Pumpkin%20Pie%20Squares.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  Foder’s gives us a list of the Best Fall Food Festivals.  festivalSome are already over but others are yet to come and may be able to be incorporated in to your fall plans. http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-best-fall-food-festivals?ref=news_fd_092716#!1-intro.

This newsletter is for YOU, our readers.  We would love your participation and input in to what things you would like to see in the newsletter, ideas and tips you would like to share with others and great places you have visited or restaurants you have dined in.  Please contact us with your ideas at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hope your journey is filled with happy and fun stops, friends, food and family visits.  Remember only you and your traveling partner hold the map and the decisions to make the most of your travels.  Until next time.   Happy Fall and safe travels.

RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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seattlejapanesegarden_21_web-mFall is certainly in the air and even some snow has been reported in the mountain states! One of the wonderful things about being in the Northwest in the fall is the stunning colors of the different maples.  Some day we hope to get back east to see the breathtaking fall colors there which are so different than those in the west.  Where ever you are I hope you are enjoying beautiful fall weather and colors unique to each area.

Fall means different things to RVer’s.  Some travel in them all summer and put them to bed each winter, some do the opposite and get them out of storage to spend winter  down south in the warmer weather and those who live in their RV full time start thinking about slowly heading south before the weather gets too bad and some don’t leave until after the holidays.  No matter what your style of RVing is, fall is time to get the RV in shape for whatever is next for you.  For us, since we have been in the Pacific Northwest all summer, it means cleaning and organizing inside and out: cabinets, bays, and toad to make sure everything is ready for our trip south. For many others it is cleaning and organizing to put it to bed for the winter.

GREAT TIP: Fall also means that mice, spiders, mud daubers and wasps are looking for warm places to build their nests.  Earthkind has several products and great articles under their Learning section about ways to control these pests. http://www.earthkind.com/learning-center/control-mice, and http://www.earthkind.com/learning-center/control-spiders. And Amazon as well as many RV Parts stores have screens to cover furnace and other openings to keep out wasps and daubers.  https://www.amazon.com/JCJ-M-300-furnace-Outside-Fitting/dp/B00076WQBS.  Better to protect yourself before a problem arises.

Great Fueling Tips for Big Rigs:  Plan and Practice Accessing Fuel Stations in Your RV.  Writtten by Dave Helgeson

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Some Great Cleaning Tips: Here are 27 cleaning tips for things you may have wondered how best to clean.  Some don’t apply to RV’s but many of them do. http://tiphero.com/27-hard-to-clean-things-solved/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=58000b6fcd-TH_NL_530_08_23_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-58000b6fcd-1216341

TIP on New Credit Cards: Why You Shouldn’t Swipe the New Chip Credit Cards.  http://tiphero.com/how-to-use-chip-credit-cards/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=58000b6fcd-TH_NL_530_08_23_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-58000b6fcd-1216341 I found this article very interesting not only as a consumer but as a business owner.  By now we all have the new credit cards with chips in them.  According to Good Housekeeping if you can’t use the chip pay cash or watch your card closely.  We as a small business get fined IF we don’t have the new technology.  Be sure to click on the link to Good Housekeeping within the article.

A Money Saving TIP:  We love and use lots of cilantro both fresh in things like guacamole but also in  cooking.  Since many Farmers Markets still have fresh cilantro fairly inexpensively, I purchase quite a  bunch and use some fresh to make guacamole and chop the rest in the  Salsa Maker (one  of my favorite gadgets https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131), put on a paper towel and wrap in 2 thicknesses of foil and then in a Ziplock bag and freeze for use in cooking. Talk about good cooking and I always have it on hand.

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:   Across the Wide Missouri on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

missouririvermap-1 This is a great article by Mike Wendland a journalist for FMCA.  We have done some of this trip but not all and is on our bucket list to finish one day.  http://roadtreking.com/across-wide-missouri/.

Still on Sale:  Through the month of October.  Guacamole and Salsa Bowls.  Only $10.00 each.

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

 https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161 and https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160.  

 

We’re testing and researching some new products so stay tuned.

 

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As you get ready for what’s on your calendar for fall and beyond, remember only you hold the map and can make as many stops and detours as you wish along the way.  Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you down the road.

 

 

Disaster Preparedness Tips from RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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Labor Day signals the end of summer and boy is it true in Western Washington.  Trees have been turning their gold, oranges and reds since mid August and oh so beautiful but oh I’m not ready for summer to be over!fall I’m sure that has some meaning for the winter to come.  It means the kids and grandkids back to school and fall sports and of course football.  It means Rver’s are thinking about their trips heading south whether a snowbird or living full time in your RV, we all want to be out of the winter weather.

 

Reader TIP:  September is Disaster Preparedness Month and this guest article was shared by   Kathryn, a reader who spent 30+ years as a Disaster  Specialist for the Red Cross.  It is a great article and thanks Kathryn for sharing all this good information

 

Disaster Preparedness Month

Disaster Preparedness Month

“I was sitting here thinking about all the horrid storms and thought perhaps my 38+ years of being a Disaster Specialist for the Red Cross might be able to help those who are in the line of fire or who could become in the line of fire, or in this case not fire, but tornado’s and the horrible storms.
Please make sure that you have the following: 1. Water is the most major of all of our needs. Place at least 10 gallons in the trunk of your car, fill the tub to the brim and keep it full as it seeps into the drain. (Remember the liquid in all canned foods will also help with thirst.) 2. If you have a small “camping” propane stove – – get it out where you can grab it and make sure you have extra bottles of propane for it. (If you must evacuate quickly put it in the trunk of your car) 3. Dehydrated food is good to have – – but only if you have enough water to fix it! 4. Canned Tuna and Salmon will give you protein. 5. Peanut Butter & Crackers are excellent, Trail Mix, Oatmeal bars, Granola Bars, Hershey Bars (Hershey chocolate is the purest of all chocolates giving immediate energy) Gator Aid replaces lost electrolytes lost during stress.
6. Blankets and Rain Gear are so important. 7. Jewelry, Money, Guns and above all: Your prescription medication, glasses or contacts any important documents that are in your home not in your safety deposit box NEED TO BE WITH YOU! 8. Be sure to have some “kitchen size” trash bags. These work for so many things – – not the least is you have a port-a-pot (don’t forget to include potty paper in the trunk of your car) 9. A Weather Radio if it is battery operated, extra batteries, there are also “crank” ones that are great to have.
10. Pet food for you animal children along with a bowl for their water. Hold them close to you, they do not know what is going on and like a child they are SCARED and need to be comforted by you. 11. If you have small children, make sure their “favorite” thing is with you- – -stuffed animal, pillow, blanket. 12. A shovel, hatchet or ax, cigarette lighters (even if you don’t smoke) Now lets discuss your First Aid Kit: Make sure to in close the following: Gauze Pads 4″x4″ (they are the best since they fold to smaller sizes) Antibiotic salve, Surgical Tape, Band aids, several old wash cloths, Quart and Gallon Zip Lock bags (these will work as surgical gloves as a “blood barrier”) Aspirin or Tylenol. Last but not least (and yes, I know it sounds silly) Sanitary Napkins, heavy ones, they are the best “pressure pack” in case of sever bleeding. I know we are all used to having our cell phones and 911 is only a second away. However, if the cell towers are down or if everyone is trying to use them at the same time 911 will not and cannot work. Therefore, it is imperative that you be able to care for your family and those around you who need help. * It is Important if you are returning to a Flooded Home to Remember God Did NOT CREATE ANY CREATURE THAT CANNOT SWIM — THIS INCLUDES SNAKES !! THEREFORE DO NOT REACH WHERE YOU CANNOT SEE — THE TOP OF A REFRIGERATOR IS AN EXAMPLE !

Not only am a Disaster Specialist, but have taught Survival Courses, Emergency Preparedness, Advanced First Aid, along with EMT and Para Medic Courses.

I hope these hints will help anyone who is in need. God’s Blessings to each and all.”

 

TIP: Join RVillage…it’s free and fun.  A great place to connect with other RVer’s, belong to like-minded groups and schedule get togethers  when in an area.  You can even Sell your RV on the site, there’s a blog and a place for you to update where you are staying and see who else may be in the same park.  Check it out at http://www.rvillage.com/pages.  Once you have joined click on the GOLD tab to see if you’d like to become a GOLD member.

TIP:  21 Uses for Windex.  This certainly has a place in your RV.

Many Uses for Windex

Many Uses for Windex

http://upstairsdownstairscleaning.com/21-unusual-uses-windex-fun-extras/.  

On Sale:  Since I have not put out a newsletter for a month to remind you of the sale we will extend the sale of the Guacamole and Salsa Bowls through the month of September.  

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

These make great gifts as well as being fun for your 4 p.m. cocktail get togethers.  Both for only $20.00 plus shipping.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161

 

 

Great Places to Visit:  

Coast Hwy 101

Coast Hwy 101

This is such a gorgeous area in our country and I thought this article was a great resource for anyone who wants to make this trip. No matter where along the route you pick it up the scenery is spectacular.   http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/driving-101-unbeatable-west-coast-road-trip?

Remember to enjoy the journey and you do hold the map so make it as spectacular as possible.  Until next time.  Safe and Happy Travels.

 

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers plus Guest Article on Emergencies

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Living and/or traveling in an RV is such a great way to live and travel.  Many people we visit on our travels invite us into their homes to spend the night.  And while we so appreciate the offers, it is so much easier to stay in our own “home,” with all our things at hand.  We have gotten so we dread having to stay in a hotel because we’re afraid of forgetting something!  I’m sure many of you identify with what I’m saying.  We get spoiled having everything at our fingertips in what my Mom called “our traveling home!”  While all of the above is true we also need to be prepared just as we would in a sticks and bricks and plan for contingencies like what to do in case of Emergency Evacuations.  A faithful reader and tip sharer has written this article to make sure you are all thinking about how to prepare and then to practice!  I read years ago that you should be able to pack up your RV in 10 minutes if need be so you need to know exactly what you would do to make that happen.

EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS

Danise Still

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Prioritize….prioritize…. prioritize…..PLAN AND DISCUSS…..  Fire extinguisher…. see # 6 below.(Note… we have a 30 foot Class C…. adapt your list to suit your specific  needs )

 1.  Consider time available…. and work off a written list, from top to bottom as time permits.  Keep a master list posted somewhere handy.  Have the A and B sections available to grab and take .  Under pressure it is easy to forget something important.

 We have divided our list into 4 parts.   A1, B1   and A2 and B2.   “A” is my responsibility… “B” is my husband’s.  (Basically it is mine inside and his outside.)  A1 and B1 is 10 minutes or less to evacuate.  A2 and B2 is for 30 minutes or less.   Lay breakables on the bed, if it is easy to get to. Use the sinks and bathtub as a quick place to grab & stash.

2.  Keep keys, Rx, meds  in the same place at all times.

3.  Plan precisely what needs to be done…. slides, awning, antennae, hookups, etc. (some hookups are hooked to RV and will be more important, than those that can be unhooked and left.  Have extra wrenches or necessary  tools in the hook up storage pod, for quick usage. , SHUT OFF PROPANE. EXTINGUISH CANDLES

3A. Designate who will be responsible for pets… don’t waste time chasing… leave under the bed or??if necessary.  Keep their leashes easily accessible, and maybe an extra one in the toad or tow vehicle.

4. Don’t stop to lock  storage pods, close and latch only, if possible, or just lock one side.

5.  DO NOT hook up toad… each vehicle will travel quicker and safer separately. Know who is going to drive which vehicle.

6. FIRE EXTINGUISHER…. Do you have time to use it?   is it up to date?   Is it all purpose (ABC) Is it accessible?  Do you know how to use it  …….. PULL extinguisher pin.  Aim at BASE of fire.  Squeeze handle. Sweeping motion across base of fire.  Do you need more than 1 in your rig….and one in your toad or tow vehicle?  Editors note:  No less than 4 extinguishers please…one in the bedroom area, one in living area, one in a quickly accessible outside compartment and one in your toad/towed vehicle.

7.  Have you planned your escape routes, and do you know how to open the emergency windows if you are trapped inside your rig?

8.    Leave expendables- outdoor chairs, tables, rugs, etc. if need be.   They are replaceable…

 Hope this provides you with some “food for thought” and some planning ideas.

Thanks so much for this wonderful article Danise.  Great information for us all.  For additional information visit Mac the Fire Guy and his website http://www.macthefireguy.com/articles and if you get a chance at a rally be sure to attend one of his seminars.

If you would like to write a Guest article for our newsletter, we would love to hear from you.  Contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

A reader needs help…can you help her please?  Does anybody have a tip on how to clean window shades in an RV?  Mine are not the day/night kind, just single layer shades.  We had a mishap and spilled a chocolate Slim Fast shake which went EVERYWHERE.  I was able to clean everything except the window shade.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.  If you have some suggestions for Sue please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

Great TIP: If you are looking to purchase something or planning a trip or whatever and looking for reviews, you want to make sure they are trustworthy and not something written by the company selling the service or product.  These are some great suggestions on how to find those reviews.

*Look for trustworthy reviews…1)  Check for fakes on Amazon before buying a product.  Copy and paste the website address of the item you want into the searchbox at FakeSpot.com.  It lets you know the percentages of reviews that can be trusted. 2) Look for reviews from verified buyers!  More and more sites are featuring verified buyer review…OpenTable.com, Amazon.com and Expedia.com are a few that have a label of “verified buyer” by the reviewers name.  3) Check other reviews.  On many sites you have to have an account and login to write a review.  By clicking on a persons name you can read other reviews they have written and can get an idea if they are legit.  4)  Look for hidden reviews.  Some websites automatically place “rave” reviews at the top.  Scroll past the 5-star reviews to see what others have written.  Visiting Yelp?  Click the link at the bottom that says there are more reviews ‘that are not recommended.’  Often these are hidden for a reason. * Taken from Woman’s World Magazine 6/16.

Cleaning Hacks…some of these we know but others are new to me and worth a try.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/cleaning-hacks-that-are-borderline-genius?

Great Tip from a reader:   I use small plastic baskets for our socks, underwear, etc its easier to find and stack in cabinets.  Thanks JoAnn…a great idea.  Editors note: Make sure you use straight-sided baskets so as not to lose space.

 

Product On Sale: On Sale in August  Guacamole Bowl and Salsa Bowl.

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Regularly $12.00 each now ONLY $10.00 each while supply lasts.  These are ceramic and look much more expensive than they are.  Great for serving dips and salsas and make great gifts.  They are the only glass things we carry in the motor home because they are so well packaged to keep from breaking.   Purchase now and receive my special recipe for Pomegranate Guacamole and my daughter-in-law’s yummy salsa.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=160

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This week when making Breaded Pork Cutlets for dinner I used the following RV Space Saver Products.  Salsa Maker  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131  was used to grind the almonds into a meal/flour for breading (Mike can’t have all-purpose flour).  Fiskie  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150 was used to whip egg replacers and 2 Expandable Food Storage Containers  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=141 to hold the egg replacer liquid and the almond meal to bread the cutlets.

Email us with how you use our products.  We love to hear from you.

Great Places to Visit:  images (2)Who doesn’t love the beach?  Growing up land-locked in Montana and being a Pieces, boy was I missing  the beach.  Here at RV Space Savers we always “brake for the beach.”  It still is my very favorite place and wish we could live in our RV right on the beach forever.  Here is a list of some of the best under the radar beaches you may not know about.  http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-under-the-radar-beaches-in-the-us?ref=news_fd_072316&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=2016-07-23#!2-carova-beach.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and tell your friends about it and that they too can receive it in their Inbox.  We love hearing from you our readers so please contact us with any tips, ideas, questions, places to visit, how you use our products or things you would like to see in the newsletter.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

Until next time we hope your journeywill be all that you desire and more because only you hold the map.

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Greeting from RV Space Savers.  I always think I am going to do this newsletter on the same day of the week and it seems something always comes up that I can’t make that happen.  Since retiring, I will say that if I get a chance to spend time during the day with friends or family, I am always going to choose that over all the things that seem to make it on my never ending “To Do” list!

While I am always on the look out and researching ways to make living and traveling in an RV easier and clutter free, I appreciate all of you who send in your tips and ideas of things that work for you.

TIP from reader:  

If you are like me, as a full-timer you find your closet too full most of the time. Consequently, when you pull out a top or dress hanging there it will have closet wrinkles. My favorite tool for dealing with wrinkles is Downy Wrinkle Release spray. You lightly spray the garment, smooth it with your hands, and let it hang for a few minutes. It really works—smooths those wrinkles right out and no need to drag out the iron and ironing board just for a quick press job. I love it!  Thanks Pat…what a great idea.  I sure will be trying this great tip.

Tip from reader:  And this from Joyce…boy what a space saver!  How to Fold Grocery Bags to take up very little space.  http://www.creeklinehouse.com/2014/11/fold-grocery-bags.html.  Thanks Joyce for this great space saver.

Inexpensive Ways to Make Fridge Liners…so cheap and easy.

Fridge liners

 http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/make-your-own-inexpensive-fridge-liners.html?utm_source=DailyRSSNewsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Headline&utm_campaign=RSSNewsletter

 

The Best Way to Wash Fruit and Veggies  http://tiphero.com/how-to-wash-fruits-and-veggies/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cf4049dcaf-TH_NL_522_07_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-cf4049dcaf-

Keeping Those Mice Away  http://tiphero.com/peppermint-pest-repeller/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cf4049dcaf-TH_NL_522_07_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-cf4049dcaf-1216341

Tricks to Clean Hard to Clean Items  http://tiphero.com/27-hard-to-clean-things-solved/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cf4049dcaf-TH_NL_522_07_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-cf4049dcaf-1216341

If you have tips and tricks to share, please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.  We love to hear from you.

Product On Sale: On Sale in August  Guacamole Bowl and Salsa Bowl.

Guacamole Bowl

Salsa Bowl

Regularly $12.00 each now ONLY $10.00 each while supply lasts.  These are ceramic and look much more expensive than they are.  Great for serving dips and salsas and make great gifts.  They are the only glass things we carry in the motor home because they are so well packaged to keep from breaking.   Purchase now and receive my special recipe for Pomegranate Guacamole and my daughter-in-law’s yummy salsa.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=160

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Great Places To Visit:  Who doesn’t love Fairs and Festivals?

Fairs and Festivals

Where ever you are traveling for the summer it’s fun to attend local fairs and festivals to enjoy the local culture, fun and food.  Here is one way to find them in your area.  http://www.myfairsandfestivals.com/?en=&startDate=2016-08-01&endDate=2018-08-01&days%5B%5D=0&radius=0&states%5B%5D=IA#.V5_HQGgrLIU

We hope you are enjoying your journey and holding your own map!