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Living and traveling in RV’s is becoming more and more popular and I get more and more requests of how to save space.  No matter the size of your RV, space is always an issue.  I too am always trying to find solutions to our own space saving issues and trying to help others.  And I know a lot of you have great space saving ideas so please share.

 

A Great  Money Saving Tip:  Pour your dish soap into a pump bottle to leave by the sink.  If your hands are nasty you can use the back of your hand to push on the pump to keep from spreading germs.  Look in the bathroom section of big box stores to find a pretty bottle that goes with your kitchen.  Or re-purpose a pump bottle you already have.

Another great tip:  This Good Grips Salad Shaker and Storage Bottle is a must if you make a lot of dressings or as I do, make a large batch of  balsamic dressing to use on my salads most nights.  It travels well in the upper cabinet with no spills and drips.  I have tried a multitude of things for my dressing and found this to be the best.  It comes in both a 1 cup and 1 1/2 cup size and can be purchased at big box stores and online.

Check out these 12 yummy and easy salads to make.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/michelleno/ban-sad-salads?b

If like me, you love your slow cooker or crockpot this time of year, here is a link to some great tips and ideas.  http://www.today.com/food/11-slow-cooker-tips-tricks-every-home-cook-needs-know-t60156?cid=eml_tfo_20170110

Seems there are coupons for just about anything anymore except produce and meat.  Here is a list of 5 places you may be able to get some coupons to help with produce. If you are lucky enough to be in an area where there are fresh fruit and veggies this time of year, these won’t help but if you are having to buy at the supermarket, they can save you some money.   http://www.moneytalksnews.com/6-secret-places-find-coupons-for-fresh-fruits-and-vegetables

Here are some great cleaning hacks that might be useful.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/elenamgarcia/go-get-your-neat-freak-on?

Here is another great non-toxic cleaner you will love to use.  A great kitchen cleaner on grease and grime.  Just Castile Soap, Orange Essential Oil and Distilled Water.  Mix together in a spray bottle.  http://www.hometalk.com/26620029/diy-grease-cleaner-spray?se=fol_new-20170114-1&date=20170114&slg=956df582e20060709f5756a2e7eebb00-15287402.

Products On Sale through January: 

Purchase a Silicone Baking Mat $10.00 and A Silicone Mini Basting Brush $5.00 and receive a Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag (a $5.00 value) absolutely free!   Good until midnight January 31,2017.  Many customers (including me) use a silicone mat in the bottom of their microwave as it is so easy to clean.  Both make great gifts.  Purchase at  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop.   You can see a description of the Cotton Bag at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=152..

I have 3 mini basting brushes and use them all the time to brush butter on rolls, oil in baking pans and roasters, BBQ sauce on meats and marinade on both meat and fish.  And the cotton mesh shopping bags are kept in the vehicle for grocery shopping and easily washed after a couple of trips to the store.

RV Space Saver Products Used the most this week:    WashEZE  3 in1 laundry sheets works so well and takes up much less space than detergent and weighs way less as well.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

We use this Salsa Maker several times a week and this week I used it to chop onions, radishes, cilantro, cucumbers, apples and avocados for different things I was making.

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131

Note from customer Marilu:  “My salsa maker is my favorite gadget.  I gave them to the females in the family and they enjoy them”.  Thanks Marilu.

What is your favorite product from RV Space Savers?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com 

Great Places to Visit:  Road Trip to Ohio’s Majestic Castles

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/road-trip-castles-oh/?utm_source=oh-beaut&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=phil-ohio

 

Until next time a Point to Ponder on life’s journey.  Remember only you hold the map.

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avocado Tool (my favorite)

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

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

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

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

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

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

6.  The chopper (now called the salsa maker)

Salsa Maker

Salsa Maker

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 Shared by RV Space Savers

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And of course here is my favorite pumpkin

GO SEAHAWKS!

We are at Wilderness RV Park in Menifee and they have tons of things going on tonight for kids including train rides and a Haunted House.  We understand we get over 100 trick or treaters so we’re ready for a fun evening to see them all dressed up in their costumes.  Lots of folks live close and bring their RV’s for the festivities and bring along the grandkiddies.  I would say that a park full of RVer’s would be a pretty safe place to let your kids trick or treat in this day and age.  UPDATE:  I am finishing this newsletter on Sunday as we had friends stop by that we hadn’t seen since February so had a great visit with them and missed the festivities.  And sadly we didn’t have one trick or treater…candy anyone? 🙂

SInce the Temecula area is one of our favorite places we have visited the Farmer’s Market three times this week and have gotten some gorgeous produce and my favorite Balsamic Vinegars…one Fig and one Pomegranate, and my favorite Avocado Oil…Original and Lime.  As you can guess all my produce keepers

RV Space Savers Mini Produce Keeper

are full!  Together they make an excellent light oil and vinegar dressing for salads.  Also got some fresh limes,

Fresh Limes

Hass avocados and pomegranates that are to die for as they are picked fresh and so sweet.

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Since I love pomegranates and they are messy to peel and eat, I am always trying new ways I read about to make that process easier and believe me I have tried everything I have ever read about!  And I FINALLY found the perfect solution and they don’t bleed when you cut into them. Takes just a few minutes to extract the seeds (arils).  Use them in cooking, baking or just eating. Click on this link for directions. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Cut-a-Pomegranate/?ALLSTEPS.  And according to WebMD they have many health benefits.  You can read about them here.  http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/pomegranate-power.  I can”t believe how inexpensive they are here in California where they are grown and harvested from September through December.  One of the growers told us that when they were first introduced to the U.S., they were grown strictly as a windbreak!  And now look at all the health benefits they have found they provide. 1/2 cup of seeds has only 80 calories and 0 fat!  Here are some fun facts about pomegranates.  http://fruitfacts-sastha.blogspot.com/2012/07/fun-facts-about-pomegranate.html.

NOTES FROM OUR READERS:

I had several comments from readers about the washer/dryer information from last week.

Ever since I learned about WashEze at one of your seminars, I bought it immediately and think it’s the cat’s meow!!  I have a separate washer and dryer and even when I still had a sticks and bricks house I left my washer door open to dry out, only after I wiped out the seal (behind the seal) and never had a mold problem.  I also spray the inside of the seal with vinegar to kill anything that might grow there maybe once a month and let it dry by itself.  In addition, I put a container of DampRid in the washer at all times when I am not washing.  As you can gather from my comments I am compulsive about mold and mildew prevention.   Thanks Marijke…great ideas.

I have the same type of washing machine. Our dryer was not working well. Took it into an rv repair shop. They pulled it out and proceeded to pull several pounds of lint out of the dryer vent. Apparently the design of those vents do not work well.  The lint build up in it. They told us to check it every year.    Also white vinegar would work well to keep the gasket mould free. I also put about 3/4 a cup in where u put the softener and do an extra rinse if possible. It keeps the washer and pipes calcium free – takes the extra soap out of your clothes and preserves your color!  Great information Arlene…thanks

Great article and I have never in 5 years of full timing had a smell and never think to check that.  I will do this Sunday and get in the habit of doing it more often.  Good idea Marilu.  I didn’t used to do it either until I found one of those little glass cleaning cloths tucked in the fold!

And this from Danise…A Warning about White Vinegar.  http://savingdinner.com/white-vinegar-black-list/#.  I did a Google search and there are several articles about this so if you are concerned, buy organic vinegar which I will be doing as I have told you about my “potion” about saving berries and it really works.  Will be keeping my eyes open and would appreciate hearing from anyone who finds it.  Here is another article worth reading. http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2010/05/white-vinegar-household-essential.html.  Thanks for the heads up on this Danise.

NEW PRODUCT:  We have added several new products in the past few weeks so be sure to take a look at our website  Many would make great stocking stuffers.  One of our new favorites is the Lemon/Lime Squeezer.

And with it the beginning of the lemon and lime harvest it is a great gadget to not only use for fresh juice but to buy them on sale while they are at their peak and the cheapest and freeze the juice for later use.  TIP: Freeze in ice cube trays so you can only thaw what you need. Check it out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=158

Great Places To VIsit:  My place of the week is the Temecula Farmers Market in Old Town.

Old Town Temecula

If you are in the area, it is a must stop.  They are open every Saturday from 8 a.m. noon.

Temecula Market

And it is so fun to visit with the growers who are there selling their produce.

Mushrooms anyone?

Yummy Berries

I don’t know how many vendors are there but it is a nice sized market and the produce

is excellent.  http://myfarmersmarkets.blogspot.com/

And it will soon be time for the date harvest.

Dates are almost ready.

These pictures are taken coming into Wilderness Lakes.

Wonder who gets the dates when they’re

ready?

Starting next Saturday and Sunday RV Space Savers will have a booth at the College of the Desert Street Fair in Palm Desert.  Booth number will be 272B along the west edge of the lot.  We’ll be doing some fun new things and demoing some new products. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope if you’re in the area you’ll stop by and say hello.http://www.codaastreetfair.com/content/home.aspx .

 

Until next week, we hope you had a fun Halloween and have a great week.

Someone sure loves Halloween.

Here’s a photo of our favorite decked out RV in the park.  Not sure where they store all these things the rest of the year but it sure was creative.

 

Don’t forget to visit our website at www.rvspacesavers.com.  Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers/ and contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.  We love hearing from you.

 


 

 

 

 

Space Saving Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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The RVIA Show in Pomona, CA is in the books for another year. They had record attendance in spite of the record temperatures the first 3 days of the show.  We were told it was 107 degrees inside the tent where the vendors were and I certainly would believe that.  I did have excellent attendance at all of my seminars which people seem to enjoy.  While not a lot of folks are living in an RV, there are lots who dream of doing that and many more others who love the time they spend traveling in their RV.  Whether going on weekend trips, two week vacations, or a few months on the road, Rver’s love the lifestyle and everyone has a space and weight issue.

You may have noticed the past couple of weeks the title of the newsletter was different.  I wanted to do a test to see which seemed to have the highest interest to our readers.  Needless to say you can see by the title which received the most opens!

Tip of the Week:  Anyone who has a washer/dryer or a combo in their RV has a front loading machine.  We love our combo and I use it for everything but sheets, blankets and rugs.

RV washer/dryer combo

I came across this article the other day and thought oh my, I had better check the gasket in mine.  I do keep it wiped out but didn’t stop to think that the spots I couldn’t wipe out were mold!  This is a great article on how to clean that gasket if it needs it.  Thankfully mine didn’t smell and since I do keep it wiped out one application of 50/50 bleach and water did the trick.   http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/2013/09/how-to-clean-your-washing-machine.html#_a5y_p=989528.  And don’t forget if you are using

WashEZE  3-in-1 laundry sheets don’t forget to cut the sheets in thirds and put each in a lingerie bag before putting it in the washer.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Reader Tips:  Danise writes…I recently bought a fresh turkey breast… a bit pricey initially, but  good value for the number of meals the two of us got out of it… turkey dinner, hot turkey sandwiches,  turkey gravy over mashed potatoes, and several cold turkey sandwiches.  Now the bones are simmering on the stove for a pot of soup…  The one item I wanted to share besides being able to get so much value out of the breast, is when simmering bones of any kind add some vinegar… I used about a 1/4 cut for this pot.   The vinegar releases the calcium from the bones and the odor dissipates.   More nutritious that way.   What a great idea Danise.  You made me hungry for turkey and all the trimmings!

And from Marilu…I swapped the water for a can of coconut milk and added water to make up the balance of the moisture when using my microwave Rice Cooker.. I usually useThai Kitchen coconut milk unsweetened.  It is 13.66 ounce and I add enough water to give the liquid.  Next time I will try sweetened.  I usually use white rice but next time I am at the store I will pick up some brown rice and try that.  We like brown rice too so it will be a good change.  I read if you put in 1 teaspoon salt you will get more of a coconut flavor.   Can’t wait to try it Marilu.  I sure love that rice cooker and thanks to your tip I also use it to steam veggies.

Do you have a tip to share?  Please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.  I would love to include you tips as well.

 

New Product:  We are so excited about this new product.  With so much of the west in a drought situation, we discovered these new Instant-Off Water Saver products.

Instant-Off Water Saver

They replace the aerator,  fit any standard faucet and include an adapter for a male or female faucet.  The push rods come in different lengths and some have a constant water flow option if you need to leave the water on for a few minutes.  They save a lot of water and also by using them, you aren’t cross contaminating if your hands are dirty.

  •  Reduces Water and Saves Costs by Eliminating Wasted Water at Faucets
  • Reduces the Spread of Germs Caused by Touching Faucet Handles
  •  Replaces the Aerator on ANY Faucet
  •  Dual Threaded – Has Internal & External Threads
  •   Stops Drippy Faucets
  •   Pays for itself in 1-4 Months
The rod sizes are all listed separate on the website but here is the link to the one designed for RV bathroom sinks.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=153.
Great Places To Visit:  Today I found 2 trips that I thought would be fun to take.  The first is “A Year-long road trip in 70 degree weather.”  http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/10/a-13235-mile-road-trip-for-70-degree-weather-every-day/411406/?utm_source=atlfb.  And the other “A trip to all National Parks in the lower 48 states.”  https://www.islebox.com/2015/national-parks-road-trip/.  I thought both would be fun and something some of you may want to think about in your travels.
We’re spending a week or so at Wilderness Lakes RV Park in Menifee catching up after the 10 day show, seeing friends and visiting our favorite Farmer’s Market tomorrow in Temecula.  I have a list of things I always buy there that I can’t find anywhere else and love their fruits and vegetables. All of the produce is absolutely beautiful.   Will report on them next week.
Hope you are all enjoying the fall and not in the path of all the crazy weather.  We always love hearing from you and love the ideas you send us to share.
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A Better Way to Do Laundry

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Carrying detergent, softener and static guard is not only a space issue, it is a weight issue.  Carrying those items weigh more than 8 pounds.  Now you can save space and weight by using WashEZE 3-in-1 sheets.  One sheet does it all.  Also the older we get the harder it is to lift those bottles and carry them to the Laundromat.  TIP:  If you have a washer/dryer combo in your RV, cut the sheets in half and put them in a lingerie bag to keep them from going down the drain.  And 1 sheet does a full load which is too much for the combos.