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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  Discard everything that is outdated or you no longer use and make a list of the things you need to purchase.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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Greetings from sunny Las Vegas.  The ASD Show is over and my what an experience it was!  Over 1000 vendors wholesaling everything you could think of and even some things we had no idea what they were!  We came away with lots to think about and maybe some products to add to our existing ones.  In visiting with vendors of all kinds this past fall and during the winter season in Palm Springs we are realizing that we, like most vendors are having to diversify.  There are getting to be fewer RV rallies and much lower attendance at the ones still on the calendar.  And with many of our Canadian friends not wintering in the states or if they did come it was for much less time, it has an effect on us all.  Please stay tuned as we muddle through.

Timely TIP:  It is getting to be that time of year when the snowbirds start heading back to the north after sitting in one spot for several months. buying  treasures to take home to family and friends and maybe a new shirt or a few :-), some new shoes or sandals, and on and on the list goes.  But as the time to head out gets closer we look for places to store all these great new finds without much success!  Here is the “timely tip” to help with that process.  Get a big box and go though your closets, cabinets and drawers. Be honest about what you REALLY used, REALLY love and REALLY want then put the rest in the box.  Keep reminding yourself “A place for everything and everything in its place.”  And whether you are a snowbird or living full time in your RV, we all need to go through this process every so often.  PURGE, PURGE, PURGE then organize.  The more organized you are before heading out, the easier your trip will go and if you’re at all like me the treasures I find to take home are usually small or flat and I put them in these places where I will know right where they are, ONLY to not remember where I put them (or that I even bought them!  (Last year in January when we were in Kauai I found some beautiful carved wooden Hawaiian Christmas ornaments for the grandkids and of course had totally forgotten I had purchased them by the time Christmas rolled around…a dangerous thing for me to do since Mike and I can hide our own Easter eggs)!

Here is a link to some other ways to declutter before heading out whether home for the summer or on your summer travels.  http://xenlife.com.au/19-hacks-declutter-home/.

A reader tip: And here is a link sent by Danise on Uses for Household Borax.  http://athomewithmyhoney.com/uses-for-household-borax/.  We have driven by the Borax mine in the Mojave Desert but never seem to have time to stop or the wind was howling and we wouldn’t have enjoyed it.  Thanks Danise as always for sharing these tips.

Products for Sale:  Still on sale this week are the 2 different sizes of spatula’s and the wine opener…while supplies last for only $5.00 each.

Great Places to Visit:  Speaking of Borax we have heard there are 3 museums relating to the “20 Mule Team Borax Mine.”

20 Mule Team

Here are some links to those museums.  http://www.desertusa.com/desert-california/borax.html.  http://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/historyculture/twenty-mule-teams.htm  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32098-d2578456-r177183512-Borax_Visitor_Center-Boron_California.html.

We are in Vegas until Monday and tomorrow is a “play day” for us.  The show was over Wednesday afternoon so yesterday was spent doing laundry and playing catch-up while giving our sore feet a rest!  Last night something started to fall off the drainer and Mike went to catch it, hit the faucet and broke the wand off!  So you guessed it, today was running around trying to find a faucet that would fit and getting it installed.  We’ll be back in Palm Desert until the end of the month when we head to Yuma for 3 rallies.  Safe and happy travels to you all.

Thanks for subscribing and reading our newsletter and we love hearing from you to share ideas and tips with others.  Please pass the newsletter on to others who might be interested.  We’ll be doing a few more seminars while back in Palm Desert and would appreciate knowing about RV Parks that may be interested if you are aware of any.   Contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

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Since yesterday was a travel day for us and there was some issue with the blog site, I am a day late with the newsletter.  We drove from Desert Hot Springs to Las Vegas for the ASD Market.  This is 9 shows all in one where they show products to retailers and what’s new or hot in the market place.  We are attending for the first time so it will be an interesting experience for us.  Many have said it is 4 days of miles and miles of walking and can be quite overwhelming.  With my OCD we went today to get our bearings and try to get our paperwork so I could mark all the places we definitely wanted to check out for new products.  Well that didn’t turn out so hot…they claim the program books haven’t even arrived in Vegas yet and won’t be available until tomorrow morning when the show starts!  You all know how well I do in disorganization so probably we’ll spend some time in the morning once we arrive at the show getting things organized so we aren’t running back and forth. Many of you may have seen, been in or driven by the Las Vegas Convention Center and know how huge it is.  The center includes more than 2 million square feet of exhibitor space!

Las Vegas Convention Center

Here is an overview of the floor plan.  Now you know why I want to be organized!  Thankfully we won’t have to go to all the areas since some are things of no interest.  I’m sure we’ll have tired feet every night!

 

 

 

New Tips:  I shared a couple of tips on our Facebook page this week that I thought wuld be  great to include in the newsletter.

U.S. Map

Tip One: I loved this idea and so many of us have those maps somewhere in our RV’s of the states we have visited.  What wonderful memories this would bring and could even be done if you were spending time in one state and visiting several places within a state.  You could start a notebook with a state map and photos of each place that was especially memorable to you.

 

Tip Two:  Install a small towel bar (can be one with suction cups) against a wall to hold shampoo, lotions etc., if you are short on cabinet space.

Towel bar

This idea would also work in the kitchen to hold spices if you have a small area of counter space or you could

Wooden Spice Rack

purchase a wooden spice rack and hang it on the wall.

 

 

 

New Products:  Coming Soon: Huckleberry Pancake Mix, Muffin Mix and Scone Mix.  We now have these products which are great with our huckleberry honey, jam and syrup.  I hope to have them all on the website this coming week for you to order.  Not only are they a delicious treat to share with your special someone but make a great gift.

Great Places to Visit:  Can you help?  One of our readers is driving up the Oregon Coast and looking for good RV Parks and great places to stop and visit.  Please let me know if you have special ideas.  Since most of the coastline are state parks I have already given them that idea and since we are Thousand Trails members, those are the parks we choose to stay in so would love to give them some other ideas.

27 Florida Destinations You May Not Know About.  

Florida Caverns State Park

For those of you wintering in Florida or are planning a trip there here is a list of some Gems you may not have known about.  http://photos.orlandoweekly.com/27-beautiful-florida-destinations-you-probably-didnt-know-existed/?slide=1&ancient-spanish-monastery-via-ludmilacc.  

Looks like some gorgeous out of the way places worth a look.

 

We held a couple of Space Saving seminars last week at some parks in Desert Hot Springs and have a couple more scheduled when we’re back in that area.  No matter where we go, it is a topic everyone seems to have a lot of interest in whether living in an RV or a park model.  If you know of any parks that may be interested in our seminars, please let us know and if you have attended any of our seminars please speak with the Recreation Director or Park Manager about booking us for these free seminars.

We are sending prayers to all those RVer’s caught in the horrible storms in the southeast.  The photos were absolutely devastating and our hearts go out to them all.  Please everyone stay safe out there. Until next time.  Gail, Mike and CoCo.