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“The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling!”   Do you suppose Chicken Little was witnessing a Solar Eclipse? 

  • Here in the Seattle area we will see a 91% eclipse of the sun.  Many Rver’s have had reservations to witness this amazing site for some time and there are reports in Central Oregon that a few strange things have already begun to happen!  I have witnessed 2 total solar eclipses and lunar eclipse and I can tell you that some strange things do happen!  I was in grade school for the first one and the only thing I remember was that we all made these viewing boxes out of shoe boxes and held class outside so we could watch it and learn about why it happens.  We were on the ranch in 1998 when we saw the last one and the cattle all ran and bunched in the corners of the pastures and the chickens went back in the chicken coop to roost! So maybe Chicken Little was right!  To see how much of the eclipse you can see from your location you can go to this link and put in your zip code.  https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map.  Just be sure not to look directly at the sun.  When you’re living in an RV you can be anywhere you want when ever you want…a great way to see the eclipse and one of the best parts of this lifestyle.

Plans are slowly coming together to head southeast this winter after a stop in Salt Lake City to work on some genealogy with a relative for about a week which I am so excited about.  Our first rally for the season will be the FMCA Six State Rally the end of October in Texarkana, AR.  We’ll have to learn all over again how to set up since we have been stationary since a year ago in May although we have done a couple of smaller rallies.  It’s been five years since we were at that rally and we look forward to seeing some of you there.

So my friend Tom, who is helping me with some new and fresh ideas, is having us do something new.  We will be making a video showing one of our very favorite and most popular products…the Produce Keeper.  Since this was our first attempt there are a few hiccups and I can’t publish it here as it is 2 minutes and that’s too much for this site (boy do we have a lot to learn)  I am delighted at all the things people tell me they use them for…from a loaf of bread to pineapple, bananas and melons.  While we have used them for bananas which lasted 8 days without getting black, we’ve not tried them for the other things.  Ours seem to always be full of other kinds of produce.   Now is the time of year when we have lots of great produce in the Seattle area except the berries are gone for the season.  I use at least two of the Mini keepers for different kinds of berries during their season.  In our opinion, western Washington has the sweetest berries ever!   And we eat lots of them…our favorites: tayberries and blueberries but we like all the others too.  Here is the link to the keepers. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.  One holds 4 quarts ($20.00) and the mini holds 2 quarts ($14.00).  They both collapse to 1/3 their size for storage.  And remember they are Replacement guaranteed for life.  And many customers can verify that you pay for them in a hurry by being able to use all your produce instead of throwing part of it away.

TIPS from a READER:  Run bacon under cold water before cooking and it will keep it from shrinking by 50%!  Also cooking it in the oven saves a lot of mess.  And also from Marilu…if you peel a banana from the bottom (which is easier anyway), you don’t get all those little “stringy” things.  Thanks Marilu.

Tip from A Facebook poster on RV Tips:  It’s the time of year when mud daubers, wasps and hornets are making their nests and orifices on a RV are a perfect place so be careful when when taking covers off the hot water heater, furnace and fridge on the outside.  There are little screens you can put over some of them but not everything. Facebook friend Leonard says he puts a dog’s flea collar in each area by cutting it into thirds.  He changes them out every 6 months.  Thanks Leonard.

Tip from a relative:  Peggy’s computer crashed and she had to take it in to get fixed.  The tech had to use 3 different kinds of software to get all the viruses and malware off so it would work properly.  The tech told her that recipes, those little quizzes and GIF’s on Facebook as well as all those requests you get that say “Don’t share this…copy and paste it to your page are full of viruses and malware and you should not open or do the quizzes or copy and paste.  Great information Peggy…thanks for sharing.  The tech told her that the reason they like to put them in recipes is because women love recipes and love to share them!

And this Tip from Danise:  “Angel Eggs.”  I have read about this but have never tried it.  In the years when I was doing all the cooking for hired men, I sure could have used this great tip.  Now Mike can’t eat eggs so we don’t use them but boy if you were making a big potato salad or lots of deviled eggs for a picnic or potluck it would sure be handy.  http://www.flylady.net/d/flyladys-kitchen/baked-angel-eggs/. Thanks Danise 

And this great organizing tip:  I sure should have taken before pictures of this cabinet that we have struggled with forever.  We love all our collapsible and space saving products and use many of them every day.  I had them stored in this cabinet in 2 straight-sided baskets but what you wanted always seemed to be on the bottom or in the back.  This is my final solution and we love it!  I found 2 sets of expandable wire racks at WalMart that fit perfectly side to side and front to back and then bought 2 shallow rectangle clear plastic trays that fit between the legs for the small things…a perfect solution!  As I always tell people in my seminars, I am always looking for better solutions not only for myself but others and this was a happy one.

Yesterday we had a surprise birthday celebration for our dear friend Marilu and a Bon Voyage party for friends Jim and Joyce who are going on an extended RV trip.  Marilu loves to surprise and celebrate everyone else’s special days but never wants anyone to know about hers.  Well this year we showed up with fresh flowers, a balloon arrangement and homemade cheesecake and surprised her! 🙂  We also had a taco stuffed potato bar and snacks.  I made a Cilantro Lime Guacamole using the Salsa Maker, Avocado Tool and Lemon/Lime Squeezer.  I put some cilantro (to your taste) in the Salsa Maker and pulled the rope until it was finely chopped.  I then used the Avocado Tool to remove them from their skin and remove the pit, added them to the Salsa Maker, squeezed in a half a lime and sea salt to taste and pulled the cord until it was the consistency I wanted (I like it a little chuncky).  WOW was it a hit.  I never add tomatoes to Guac anymore as one of our sons-in-law doesn’t like it with tomatoes.  So easy.  You can find all the great tools here.  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/.

An FYI from friend Marilu:  Her grandson was removing a pit out of an avocado with a knife, cut himself and had to have several stitches…she immediately gave him an Avocado tool!

The redecorating project is coming along.  We received the fabric samples I had ordered and chose the one we like the best which then allowed me to choose the paint color.  The bathroom is finished unless we decide to paint the cabinets which won’t happen until next summer and the flooring which will all be done at once.  The Gardz primer I used on the walls could not be used on the plastic trim so I used a Bull’s Eye1.2.3 primer for that..I still have art to hang but am pretty happy with the way it turned out. It sure brightened it up and it looks so crisp and fresh.   Here are some of the photos of during, after and making choices.

Making choices

Primer for plastic trim

We chose not to put back up the towel bars but got one that hangs over the cabinet so there will be art on the blank wall.

There will be art on this back wall when the paint has cured.

Paint and fabric final choices

Art that will replace a mirror in the front area.

I found this beautiful piece of art that I used along with the fabric sample to choose the colors we will use…we’re loving it.  Off to pick up the wainscoting (bead board) for the bottom two-thirds of the walls in the main living area.

 

Great Places to Visit:  Macy’s Center City Store Philadelphia, PA  Inside the store is a Wanamaker Eagle Organ that weighs 2500 pounds.  They hold 45 minute recitals Mon-Sat at noon and M,T,Th & Sat at 7 p.m.  Visitors are welcome at the console area on the 2nd floor to meet the staff following the recitals. http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/events.php.  Thanks for sharing Joyce…hope you enjoy it.

Remember we love hearing from you.  And love having you share your tips, ideas, places to visit and any comments you may have.  We are still looking for a buyer for our business and have put it in the Lord’s hands.  When the time is right, HE will bring someone to us that loves it as much as we do. rvspacesavers@gmail.com

In our journey and travels we are never lost but some times mis-placed!  And have seen things because of it.  I found this quote that I thought very much applied to the journey.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.     Douglas Adams

We look forward to our paths crossing with many of you once again as we end up where we are intended to be.  Until next time…

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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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Sorry I missed last week’s newsletter.  I ended up with that “crud” that’s going around right after the show in Las Vegas.  Finally feeling human again and now Mike has it!  In talking to other attendees and exhibitors at the show, it sounds like a lot of people ended up with it so obviously there were folks there spreading it around to the masses! 🙁  It was quite an experience and as I think I told you there was over 2 million square feet of exhibit space…easy to get overwhelmed.  Lots of things we’ve never seen before (and probably won’t ever again!), and lots of things depending on what kinds of products you were looking for.  We were a little disappointed there wasn’t more kitchen gadgets but were told those items are pretty much limited to the big kitchen shows in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. Maybe a trip in my future!

 

NEW TIP:  Clean, Organize and Re-Stock Your Medicine Cabinet This Spring.  Remove everything and check expiration dates.  Discard everything that is outdated or you no longer use and make a list of the things you need to purchase.  Wipe down the inside of the cabinet before reloading things.  Many of you have attended my seminars and know I talk about the trick of putting magnets on the inside of the medicine cabinet door.  Do not buy magnetic tape as the magnet is not strong enough to hold things while you are moving.  Purchase some good strong magnets and 3M Scotch Brand Extreme Indoor/Outdoor mounting tape (sold at most big box stores).  Mount as many as you feel you need and let sit for 24 hours before loading.  This is a great place to  keep metal tweezers, clippers, nail files, hair clips, pins, needles, etc., within reach that are so easy to lose!  Anytime you can clean and organize you are saving space.

Also, if you didn’t do this after reading about it in a previous newsletter, do the same to your First Aid Kit…now while you’re gathering items to restock your medicine cabinet.

A good and easy way to remember to do these things is to schedule them in conjunction with something else so when Spring arrives (or whatever) it jogs your memory to do these things.

Also here are a couple of ideas I read about and thought were worth sharing.  Storing Plastic Bags…I have shared with you about putting them in empty tissue boxes to save space.  Here is a great way to fold them to get even more of them in a box.  They call it a “football” fold…I have also heard it called a “flag” fold.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/Storing-Plastic-Bags-Using-Football-Fold.html

Ways to Get rid of Clutter.  We talk a lot about this in my seminars and in the newsletter.  I believe that especially in a small space you need a “Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place.”  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Organizing/Clutter_Control/Getting-Rid-of-Clutter.html.  Being in an RV for weeks or months at a time or living full time in your RV, these these are all so important.

New Products:  As I told you a couple of weeks ago, I had hoped to add some new products but am still having trouble getting the photos from our supplier.  She has promised them this coming week.

Still on Sale:  Both sizes of silicone spatulas and the wine opener.  Still just $5.00 each.  Only have a few left.

Great Places to Visit:  While in Las Vegas we had time for one day of sightseeing and anytime we are in Vegas, a Must See is the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio Hotel.  While we were there it was decorated for the Chinese New Year…the Year of the Red Monkey.  It was so beautiful.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/entertainment/conservatory-botanical-garden.html#/Past%20Shows.

Chinese New Year at the Bellagio

The Year of the Red Monkey

It is now decorated for Spring.  The other MUST SEE at the Belllagio is the World’s Tallest Chocolate Fountain.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/restaurants/jean-phillipe.html.  It is over 26 feet tall and circulates 2 tons of dark, milk and while chocolate at the rate of 120 quarts per minute through 500 feet of stainless steel pipes into beautiful glass bowls and mixing together.

The World’s Tallest Chocolate Factory.

For all us chocolate lovers, it would be a dream come true to have the key to it and a spoon!

The Mob Museum

The other place we visited was the Mob Museum which is very well done and chock-full of information (3 full floors) about the early days of the Mafia and the families spread out throughout cities across America and how they got their start in Vegas.  We met someone years ago who had been an undercover agent for the FBI and helped take down one of the famous crime families so the place was quite interesting to us.  It even shows the escape route of El Chapo not too long ago.

One of the oldest Slot Machines     

When you pay to park, you are allowed 3 hours and you can certainly spend that amount of time there.  A pleasant change from all the glitz, glitter and noise of the strip. 

 http://themobmuseum.org/.

We have had several successful seminars at RV Parks here in the Palm Springs area and a couple of demonstrations of some of our products.  The park is really emptying out.  Not sure whether it’s just that time of year or people are trying to escape the heat (or some of both).  It has been in the mid 90’s for quite a while and they are saying that is unseasonably warm for this time of year.  Next Monday we head to Yuma for 3 weeks for 3 rallies and I’m sure it’s going to be as warm there also.  Thank goodness for air conditioners!

Safe and happy travels and Happy Spring until next time.

As we have told you all many, many times, RV Space Savers is a huge military supporter and we donate a portion of every sale to help military families.   Sadly last week in the news we found out that the money being sent to one of the charities is being spent on things other than our Wounded Warriors and their families so we have stopped our donations to that organization for the time being and will continue to donate to others we support and look into new ones.

 

 


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Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish Friends.

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

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

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

New Product:  Splatter Guard 

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

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

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

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

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Have a great week and please pray for San Bernadino.

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

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

Tip of the Week:

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

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

Scanner

Can you scan your receipts and keep them on

Thumb drives

thumb drives or on the Cloud.

Cloud

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

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

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

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

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

Guacamole Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Guacamole Bowl is shaped like an avocado.

Salsa Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Salsa Bowl is shaped like a red chili pepper.

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

On Sale This Week:  The Salsa To Your Taco Special 

Salsa Special from RV Space Savers

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

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

The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

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

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

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

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

 

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As I begin the newsletter this week, I am asking everyone to continue to pray for the families and town of Roseburg, Oregon to help them start the healing process of the horrific tragedy that struck their community this week.

Sometimes the tips I give are not just about saving space in your RV but for RVer’s  in general which is the case this week.

IMPORTANT TIP:  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so please be sure to call and schedule your mammogram this month.  Hense the title for the newsletter!  While breast cancer is much more prominent in women, it also affects men (they are 100 times less likely to be diagnosed than women).  And guys reading this, please advise your spouse, girlfriend, sister, mother, aunts and nieces to schedule theirs as well.  Caught early, it is very curable in most cases.  So please don’t put it off.

 

Reader Tips:  As one of our faithful readers, Danise sent in some great tips to share.

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

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

This might also work for some of you.  http://www.amazon.com/products-3772w-cabinet-toilet-shelving/dp/b000h8u51o?tag=indifash06-20.  (Gail)

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

 Danise

Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  These are all great ideas and ones I’m sure a lot of us can use.  Do you have tips to share?  Please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

SAFETY TIP:  Be sure to keep track of the age and wear of your tires.   And keep them covered when you are sitting in a park or they are parked in your yard.   Here is a great article on tire safety.     http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/how-old-and-dangerous-are-your-tires.html.   When buying tires for any vehicle know how to check the date codes as there have been several places selling “new” 8-12 year old tires!

We are on the road heading for the Best RV Show http://www.thebestrvshow.com/.  It is being held in Pomona, CA at the Fairplex October 9-18th.  I will be giving seminars every day on Space Saving Tips and one on Living in Your RV.  Hope if you plan to attend you will stop by our booth and attend one of the seminars.  The weather down I-5 is gorgeous with the trees donning their autumn colors.  When we travel from point A to  point B, we sometimes stay overnight at Wal-Mart but always call ahead to make sure it is OK.  This trip every Wal-Mart in Oregon we have called has told us that new City ordinances forbid overnight parking.  Wal-Mart is still fine with it but told us to expect a knock on the door from the police.  This is exactly what has ruined it for those of us who don’t abuse the privilege. This was parked at a rest stop 20 miles north of the California border.  Bikes and junk sitting out all around the camper.  No state workers in sight so have no idea how long they have been there.  I totally understand that with this economy, people are hurting and they do need a place to stay but this can’t be safe for anyone.

New Product:  We have been having so much fun with this new product. Laser Lights can be used in tons of different ways.

Laser Lights from RV Space Savers

We first bought them to use in our booth as a way to be recognized in a long row of vendors and we continue to use them for that.  However, we had so many requests to sell them that we now carry them and have done some other fun things with them.  While they are not to be used in inclement weather, we use them in RV Parks to shine up in the trees at night or on the side of the motor home (people comment that they look like fire flies).  We have had reports of people using them inside on their Christmas trees, for  light shows in an auditorium, in an exercise class, at parties and outdoor functions and for something for their cats to play with.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=151

Great Places To Visit:  Our friend Danise reports a new “Great Place to Visit” and one I am anxious to see.  It is called the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial in Cashmere, WA.  She has had the pleasure of visiting the new site and says it is well worth going out of your way to see.  Here are a couple of links about the Memorial. http://www.911spiritofamericamemorial.com/  and http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/05/11/town-gets-911-memorial-the-state-didnt-want/27155383/.

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Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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One of the things we love most about traveling and living in our RV is the wonderful people we meet and how helpful most people are.  Loving to share, whether it’s a tip or idea, an appetizer or pot luck dish, these are the things that make up our wonderful RV community.  I love to see guys all clustered around someone who seems to be having trouble with their RV or toad to offer any help they can or neighbor helping neighbor in an RV Park if the need arises.  It so reminds me of how we grew up as children, in smaller communities where everyone helped everyone else.  What is your favorite tip for small spaces?  Do you have a unique idea or tip to share with others on how you make the space in your RV work best for you?  Please let us hear from you.

I apologize for no newsletter last week and being so late this week.  I have been having some computer issues for the past couple of weeks.  There was a chance that I had a virus on my computer and I certainly didn’t want to be spreading it around.  Luckily it wasn’t a virus, just my anti-virus software cranking up their site with so many viruses out there and trying to protect my computer.

TIPS:

ORGANIZATION   One of my favorites and one I get asked a lot about.  How do I organize this, how can I save space in the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen.  I try to give lots of these kinds of tips in my seminars.  Purging and baskets are my 2 favorite solutions.

Both are “freeing” by ridding yourself and your RV of things you don’t use and your mind of clutter.  Here’s a

great link to a short article on 5 Reasons Why Organizing is FUN (well maybe that’s going a little to far)!  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/09/5-reasons-why-organizing-is-fun.html#more

Here is another great article on Organizing.  Some of which will work great in an RV.  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/?slide=4

One of our readers and customers sent me this article.http://food52.com/blog/13912-the-best-way-to-store-lettuces-other-greens-a-controversial-method.  Thanks Marijke.  I find it very interesting and would love to try it.  However having an RV fridge, I am only able to use my salad spinner to spin the greens and then put it away.  After reading the article I thought I should address the Produce Keepers and all the things you can do with them.

For those of you who have them, they work great to keep lettuce and greens for long periods of time.  Baby spinach for up to 5 weeks, romaine lettuce up to 4 weeks.  Do not wash before storing and follow the directions for each type of produce you are using it for as to how much air and moisture each needs.  I have 3 small ones in my fridge at all times and use them for everything.  Right now I have one filled with mini cucumbers (3 week old ), one with radishes (2 weeks old) and one with spinach (going on 4 weeks).  While they work wonderfully for berries, you can use them for tons of different kinds of produce.  One of our customers uses the 4 qt. keeper to keep bananas from browning and just sets it on the counter (don’t refrigerate bananas). We’re not great banana eaters but I have tried it and Mike ate the last banana on the 8th day and it hadn’t turned brown.  There are 2 sizes of keepers: A 4 quart and a 2 quart.  For those who have an RV fridge like we do, the small ones work best as the 4 qt. will only fit on the top shelf.  For those who have residential fridges, the 4 quart works great.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.

New Product:  Small Fiskie    We started carrying these this winter but I don’t think I’ve ever told you about them.

Made of silicone and heat resistant up to 400 degrees, this is a fork and whisk combined.  Great space saver. Quickly whisk, stir, blend and mix.  Incorporate air into eggs or cream. Use it to fold whipped cream into recipes. Perfect to mix protein drinks. Transfer food to a plate. Scoop and drain.  Safe for nonstick and glass.  They sold like hotcakes at the FMCA Rally in Pomona and I have had lots of great comments about them.  Being able to get rid of those wire whisks that take up so much space is a real plus with this tool. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150

Tip from customer:  Mouse wasn’t responding properly.   Took it apart… wiped ball with rag/alcohol.  Cleaned inside of mouse w/q tip, dipped in alcohol.  …. wiped mouse pad w/same rag/alcohol.   All working well now.  Great tip…thanks Danise.

 

Great Places To Visit:  There are so many gorgeous places to visit in the fall when the colors are changing.

Here is a link to 21 of the Most Spectacular (according to BozzFeed).  http://www.buzzfeed.com/anniedaly/21-insanely-beautiful-spots-to-see-fall-colors-across-americutm

Wishing you all a happy fall and safe travels.  Please send in you ideas and tips to share with others.  If you enjoy our newsletter, please share  with others.  There is a sign up page on our website and our Facebook page.

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Tips and Ideas for RVer’s and Saving Space

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We hope you are enjoying your summer and not in any danger of the horrible fires raging in the west.  I read an article some time ago that Rver’s should practice being able to pack up and be ready to move in 10 minutes or less.  In case there is an emergency, we need to be able to move in a hurry.  Could we do it?  Yes we could but things would be in a state of disarray until we could get somewhere to get organized.  Do we practice…sadly no we don’t.  But we have discussed it and would just unhook, pull the slides in and go.  Whatever was outside would just have to stay.  It is something to think about no matter where you are traveling, there can be almost any kind of emergency.  I found these apps several years ago and have chosen to download several of them on my phone.  I then have my phone set up to send me alerts if there is some weather emergency.  And I have had it send warnings several times regarding tornadoes when we were in Gillette, WY in 2012 for the FMCA and Escapade Rallies.  Here is the app:   http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.  Living and traveling in an RV can be a blessing or a curse in a weather emergency and it’s good to carry a NOAA weather radio.  There are apps for both Android and Iphones but read the reviews before you purchase.

New Tip:  Keep No More Than 30 Tops  I posted this tip on our Facebook RV Space Savers page the other day.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf15960723.tip.html A good idea whether you live and travel in an RV or not.  The idea saves space, keeps down clutter and if we are honest with ourselves we

probably don’t wear many of those T-shirts we seem to think we want from each attraction we stop at!  And I am as guilty as anyone.  I can’t tell you how much I spent on a “Little House on the Prairie” T-shirt I bought when we visited the area.  I just had to have it as I so love that book series and TV show.  And I have to admit I have worn it very little!  Speaking of cleaning the clutter and organizing your closet and clothes.  Here are 2 great products we sell to help you do that.

Hanging Organizer

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=136

This hanging organizer not only works great for shoes but I use them for jeans, T-shirts and  bath towels. It has 10 compartments and only takes up 7 inches of space in the closet.

 This scarf and belt hanger takes up almost no room.  It has ten holes but depending on how big the scarves or belts are it can hold more than that.  Because I have very few shirts, I use scarves to combine things I do have so I don’t feel like I’m wearing the same thing all the time.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=137

After sitting in one spot near our kids for the summer, I always go through our closet and donate things we no longer wear…remember the hanger trick!  I feel like we are starting out fresh and organized when we head south again.

Trips, Places to See and Things To Do.  Who remembered to watch the meteor shower last night?

Meteor shower

 

 

We totally forgot.  However I heard the best times to watch were between 2-5 a.m. so even if we hadn’t forgotten, we probably wouldn’t have seen it!

 

The things we so enjoy doing in the summer when we’re in the Seattle area are enjoy all the fresh Farmer’s Markets and all the wonderful produce.

Beautiful bunch of beans

Chanterelle Mushrooms

Peaches from eastern Washington

Gorgeous Local Dahlias

King Salmon caught that morning

Huckleberries

 

Beautiful offerings at the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market.  It’s fun to visit with the farmers who are growing or picking and catching these things.  Lots of different choices, many of them organic and free range.  The huckleberries which are in short supply this year due to the drought are like little berries of gold!  $12.00 per cup!  Needless to say I left them there. Lots of beautiful black and blue berries which are plentiful. Homemade cheeses, free range eggs, wild salmon, homemade caramels (yum), beets, chard, cauliflower, several different kinds of mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes (reminded me of my mom’s).  And tons of other beautiful things all grown or raised in Washington.  Be sure and enjoy those markets where ever you are.  So much better than things bought in the supermarket and shipped in from who knows where.

If you have a Trip, Place To See or Thing To Do you would like to share please contact us and we are happy to put it in our newsletter.

Tips from Customers:  

From Danise:  Think outside the box…small space for trash container…. a small dog food container, rectangular with lid..fit nicely between stool and tub or other small  areas… discard the box which contains the  liners, put the extras in the bottom,which saves time and space.  Need thread??…..dental floss will work in many situations.  

From Marilu:  I love my rice cooker (that was in last week’s newsletter) to make rice and steam fresh veggies.

All great ideas…thanks for sharing

This idea was shared on Facebook this morning and since so many of us have animals, I thought it was worth sharing

Save a Pet

 

You can either make one yourself for your cat or dog and place it right behind your driver’s license or you can buy them here http://crittercozy.com/Household-Safety/home-alone-wallet-card.shtml. 

 

 

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Tips for Your RV from RV Space Savers

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We hope you are enjoying your summer travels or your summer home if you have a home you go back to in the summer.  Living in an RV is a fun experience and no matter what kind of RV we have, we all need to save space and weight.  It is important to most of us that there is a place for everything and everything has a place.  I know as we sit for a month or more, it seems as though we bring in things that we have not found that special place for so when it is time to be on the road again, it is important to find that storage space.

A couple of ideas that Rver’s use is: 1) If you bring something in, something else has to go out!  And 2)  After sitting in one place for a month or more, go through all the cabinets, drawers, doors, etc., (this goes for you guys as well in the basements).  It is amazing the things you find that you really don’t use or just haven’t kept those storage areas as organized as you do when you’re traveling and know you have to keep things straight to find things.  Try them both and see what works best for you.  It may be a combination of both.  Or do you have another idea?  If so, please share it at rvspacesavers@gmail.com and I will add it to an upcoming newsletter.

One of my favorite tips:

Mr. Clean Erasers really are magic!

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.  They can be used to clean so many things and areas and best of all they are almost weightless and pack a mighty punch of cleaning power in a great space saving product.  One of the many things I use them for is to clean off the smudges left by bottles and cans inside the fridge.  Here is a whole list of things they can do.  https://www.mrclean.com/cleanbook/magic-erasers-101

 

Another great space saving and organizing tips:

Small towel bar

A simple towel rod which can be used to corral many different things  and all depending on what and where you plan to use them, you can possibly use a spring loaded curtain rod to do the same without having to screw in a towel bar. Lots of Rver’s use the spring loaded rods to keep things in the fridge while traveling.

  We also use them in the bedroom closet to keep things on the shelves.  Here’s a bunch more ideas.  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/06/11-ways-to-organize-with-towel-rods.html

A new product we are absolutely love is this Grill Racket.  We use it to make pizzas, kabobs, burgers, fish, shrimp, ham, steak tacos, you name it on the grill.  Keeps the mess outside and from heating up the inside on hot summer days.

 No more things falling through the grill! It is a non stick racket and so easy to use and clean up is fast.  Many of us had those little baskets but this works so much better it is amazing.  Check it out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=149

This week on Things to Do and Places To See:  North Cascades National Park is an amazing drive in the summer.  You can’t beat the scenery and there are 3 dams on the river to stop and visit as well

Diablo Dam Can you believe the color of the water!

as a couple of power houses, a boat tour on Diablo Lake or even stay at the Ross Lake Resort. The color of the water is mind blowing and is caused by the grinding of rock against rock producing a fine silt called “rock flour” which reacts to the light and causes the blue-green color.  Here are some great links: http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm;  http://www.seattle.gov/light/tours/skagit/;  http://rosslakeresort.com/

Customer tip:  Last week I shared the tip about storing dry dog food in square nut containers from Carol.  I received an email from Marijke who also uses those same containers for staples because they are square and she comments…something I learned from you at your seminar in Gillette!  Thanks Marijke.

Speaking of Marijke and Gillette…It’s a Small World after all!  While we were parked at the Thousand Trails Park in Palm Springs this winter, a couple was backing in beside us and getting set up.  The woman said “I know you…you give seminars on saving space!”  She called her husband and said this is the gal who gives seminars on space saving tips and ideas, he said “yes you taught us to roll all our clothes and I still do that!”  Made me smile. 🙂

New tip from a seminar attendee:  We write where we are camped on a dry eraser board in the car asking someone to rescue our dogs  if we should be in an accident & dogs are in the MH…Sue & Jim

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Cheap and Easy Window Washing Solution

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Made from products you already carry in your RV, this solution will save space and money.