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Boy do we wish for spring in the Northwest.  Yesterday brought  snow, sleet (small hail) lightening strikes and sunshine!  The saying “If you don’t like the weather…just wait 5 minutes” was certainly true and many of the surrounding areas of the city didn’t get anything.

Sadly we will not be traveling south to the Rally in the Valley  in Chandler, Arizona and will certainly miss seeing all of you.  I so enjoy giving space saving seminars and sharing both space and money saving ideas with everyone.  We hope you have a wonderful time at the rally and we look forward to seeing you down the road.   https://www.fmca.com/conventions-64/chandler/family-registration.html

 

Great Money Saving tip from Jillee:  Make your own All Natural Soft Scrub.   I do use Soft Scrub on my enamel kitchen sinks in the RV and while I haven’t tried her recipe I sure will.  I love how white and clean it makes the sinks.  She calls for Melaleuca which is Tree Tea Oil so feel free to replace that ingredient.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-make-an-all-natural-soft-scrub-cleanser?

 

I thought this was a great article on Kitchen hacks and tips that may or may not work.  Some I have tried and some I haven’t.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/cooking-hacks-review?

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Tree Tea Oil:  If you have or purchase tree tea oil to make the above All natural soft scrub here is a list of 25 other things it can be used for.  Remember all essential oils are very strong so the old adage of “If a little does a little good, a lot will do a lot of good” is not necessarily true.  http://everydayroots.com/tea-tree-oil-uses.

Tips to use Castile Soap: Castile soap also has lots of uses. And you can even make your own to make certain there are no chemicals hidden inside. http://www.naturallivingideas.com/castile-soap-benefits-uses/   http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Liquid-Castile-Soap

 

And of course Baking Soda has tons of uses which I have covered in this newsletter years ago.  Here is a list of 51 uses.  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html

 

We love hearing from you and having you share your tips, ideas, and stories that others might be interested in and Great Places to Visit so please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

This past week I took this yummy recipe to a friend’s for lunch.  It is not only beautiful to look at but delicious as well.  Since it is no longer pomegranate season you may be able to find the arils frozen  If you  use frozen ones add them at the very last minute.  Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts.   file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Roasted%20Brussels%20Sprouts%20With%20Pomegranate%20and%20Hazelnuts.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  11 Small Towns Worth a Visit if you’re traveling through the area. It’s always fun to visit with people about what their idea of a small town is! 🙂  Growing up in rural Montana you can find lots of small towns with less than 200 people.  Sadly because of the Interstate highway and the economy, many small towns are quickly becoming ghost towns.  https://www.simplemost.com/small-american-towns-visit-vacation/.  Many of them have long time residents that can tell lots of interesting stories about any area you may be in.

 

Embrace the Journey …travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Until next time.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day from RV Space Savers.

We have been in lots of parks that have Valentine parties, activities or dances which can be fun.  We hope you have a wonderful day where ever you are and whatever you do to make it special.

Know Before you Go  We still seem to be getting nasty weather in a lot of the country and pray that you all stay safe. Be sure to check the long range forecast for what area you plan to visit to hopefully know what is on the horizon weather wise.   Living in an RV  hopefully you can rearrange your plans or get out of an area before things get bad and travel to an area where things are better.

Tip from reader Danise:  Some of you may be planning a trip to Alaska or through the Canadian Provinces this summer and you may want to read this article and see if there is anything you need to be aware of and have in place before you trip.  Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  Know Before you Tow.  www.rvwest.com.  Search under articles for RV Tips and Tricks Know Before you Tow Regulations for towing in Canada and the US.  I tried to link the article but it wouldn’t allow me to.

Money Saving Tip from a Gentleman in line at Kroger:   I was visiting with a guy in line at Kroger a few weeks ago  and he had 2 of these Mistro Olive Oil Sprayers

he was purchasing.  He said he had borrowed one from a friend and fell in love with it so he was purchasing one for himself and one for his sister as a gift.  He said you can use any kind of oil in it and it saves a ton of money rather than purchasing cooking sprays that may be filled with things you’ve never heard of!  I also bough one and we are really liking it.  Mike can only have Canola or olive oil and we have tried both in the mister and so much cheaper than the canned cooking spray.

Great Space Saving Tip:  A hanging utensil rack made out of an old wooden paper towel holder.  Here are the directions.  http://www.hometalk.com/13774385/diy-rotating-cooking-utensil-storage-rack.  Sure would help save counter space.

Products I used the most this week:  Always the number one item is the Salsa Maker which I used to make guacamole for a Super Bowl Party, chop veggies for a soup and turn canned chopped tomatoes into puree for Swiss steak; 3 qt. bowl as I made a different kind of Norwegian Bread (so easy): measuring duo to heat the milk and bloom the yeast. I jut mixed everything together with the small fiskie.  And any time I make most things I use the collapsible measuring cups, magnetic spoons, silicone spatulas, food safety paring knives and the oven mitt.   Find these products and many more at  rvspacesavers.com.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home.

What RV Space Saver products have you used this week?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com..

Here is the recipe for the Nutritious Norwegian Bread which is so easy to make.  Makes great toast and is very hearty.

  https://mydearkitcheninhelsinki.com/2014/11/21/fjellbrod-a-nutritious-norwegian-bread/.

The only thing I did different was  used almond milk and  added 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds..  TIP:  When you sprinkle some of the seeds on top be sure to press them into the dough well before baking.

CloseOut Sale:  Oven Mitt.

 Regularly $14.00  On sale now only $10.00  while supplies last.  Hurry (only 3 left)

                                             Use for cooking inside or out.  

9″ glove with improved surface pattern for added grip

Heat resistant to 600 degrees

Silicone

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

We love hearing from you, our readers.  Remember this newsletter is for you so if there are things you would like to see, have tips to share, great products you use or great places to visit, please let us know so we can share with others. email us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  I ran across this article in the Passport America newsletter and thought “well how fun would this be?”  The Map of the World’s Longest Highway would certainly be the ultimate road trip.  Doesn’t sound like something you would want to do in your RV but what an adventure.  I had never heard of it.  Here is the article which I thought was pretty interesting.  https://www.inverse.com/article/27356-map-worlds-longest-highway-ultimate-road-trip.

This would take you on the JOURNEY of a lifetime and I thin it is one where you would be holding a lot of maps and making lots of memories.  Until our next journey together… “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  Martin Buber

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Super Bowl Sunday has almost arrived.  Many people watch even though their team didn’t make it.  And lots of Super Bowl parties are held all over the country.  Some facts about the big day.  It’s the biggest pizza day; the second largest eating day (behind Thanksgiving); the most TV’s are sold just before the big game and it holds nine out of the top 10 spots for all time viewers.  Obviously it is a popular day.  Here at the Thousand Trails Palm Springs there is a big party and many folks are signed up to attend.

I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed for a podcast from Mike Wendland, traveling reporter for FMCA and his blog Roadtreking on Space Saving Tips and Ideas for RVer’s.  Here is the link to the podcast.

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/e/3/0/e3012f9562e55a78/RT73.mp3?c_id=10835880&expiration=1454530196&hwt=da58d8da522b979149b63b734bde74d0.

http://roadtreking.com/podcast-73-saving-space-in-your-rv/.

My interview starts at 38:15 but Mike has a lot of interesting information on the entire podcast.  We had tried to get it done before the holidays but just couldn’t make our schedules meet.  It was fun to do and Mike has lots of great information on his website.  He and his wife Jennifer travel in a Class B but are not full-timers.  Here is a link to his website.  http://roadtreking.com/

 

TIP:  Ground Beef, pork, chicken or turkey… easy and versatile meats.  Here are some great money saving tips:

Purchase when on sale.

Ground Meat

Place in a Ziplock bag…flatten to make sure it is evenly distributed.  Use a ruler, spoon handle etc.,to divide into portions.  Then just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. So much easier than dividing and individually wrapping each pound or half pound.

We choose to brown most of it when we bring it home and store in portion sized Ziplocks with seal sticks.  It makes a quick and easy start to a meal if we’re in a hurry.  We can quickly make nachos, tacos, a casserole and if we’re putting things is a crockpot, it’s already browned and ready.  I never put raw ground meat in the crockpot.  Boy is this a real space saving idea.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef or pork.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat.

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TIP:  Best Discounts for People Over 60.  They are working on the new list for 2016 but here is a link to 2015…many discounts will still be available.  http://www.theseniorlist.com/2015/02/2015-best-list-of-senior-discounts/.  It never hurts to ask for a discount wherever you are because most places don’t automatically give it and the “answer is always NO if you don’t ask!”

Some great tips from readers:  Sue and Jim sent this very important information that we all need to be aware of on downed electrical wires.  Please check it out.

https://www.facebook.com/imtiaz.paracha.35/videos/10153358630293789/.  They also state that they do most of their cooking with electric appliances of which they have quite a few and the only thing they use their gas oven for is baking.  Both great tips.

And this from Danise:  There is a company called Swim & Sweat and their products are chlorine resistant.  You can check them out here.  https://www.swimandsweat.com/.  She and her husband really like the products.

Product Sale: The utensils  will be on sale while supplies last.  These utensils are the best as they are good up to 450 degrees so won’t melt.

Solid Spoon

Flat Turner

Scoop Turner

I can’t tell you how many turners I have purchased through the years (from cheap to expensive) that have melted over time.  I have been using these tools for several years and they still look like new.  Check out your utensils and make sure they aren’t

Scoop ‘n Drain

melting…a huge breading ground for bacteria!   Regularly $8.00 each ON SALE  $6.00 each.

 

 

 

Great Places to Visit: Last week we drove up to the Yucca Valley and visited a couple of new places.  It is one of the ways to go through Joshua National Park but since we had done that a few years ago we were interested in other things.  That’s one of the reasons we love living in an RV…just pick a place and go for the day.  We are always amazed at the things to see in an area that we’d never heard about and wouldn’t even know about if we were just vacationing.  Our first stop  Desert Christ Park which was dedicated on Easter Sunday in 1951.

These remarkable works of steel-reinforced concrete were the vision and creation of Frank Antone Martin as a benchmark for peace.

The Last Supper

Tomb of Christ

His work is breathtaking and he completed over 50 statues including a 3-story facade depicting the Last Supper.  There are 10 different areas throughout the park depicting different parts of the Bible.  It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.  The details in the pieces are amazing.  You can learn more at http://www.desertchristpark.org/.

Then we were off a few miles up the road to Pioneertown, an old movie and television set.  The idea for a practical Western movie town and location with proximity to Los Angeles was conceived in the 1940’s.

Pioneertown, CA

It is two city blocks long with all the typical buildings you would see in Westerns.  The first movie was made in 1948, one many of you will remember the name of “Cisco Kid,” and many movies as well as TV shows and series featured Cisco Kid.  Other memorable TV shows filmed there were the Gene Autry Show, The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, The Adventures of Judge Roy Bean and Buffalo Bill.  The last movie made in Pioneertown was called Last Chance in 1998 but has never been released.

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Good morning from Sunny Desert Hot Springs.  We are under a high wind warning this afternoon through tomorrow evening with rain expected shortly.  Our window looks out on Big Bear Mountain which is white but this morning we can see the storm coming over the mountains.  Winds could have gusts of 70 MPH and we’re hoping they don’t hit.  One of the benefits/disadvantages of living in an RV!  Last night we enjoyed a gorgeous desert sunset which we can see so much better being out at Desert Pools RV Park.

Desert Sunset.

We really enjoy it here and is an RPI Park for us.  It has a nice pool and 3 hot pools of different temperatures from the hot springs in the area.

TIP:  Speaking of pools.  I posted this tip several years ago but it is worth a repeat.

Chlorine is not good for your swim wear.  Also read this article on great tips on how to remove the harsh chemicals used in pools.  http://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Your-Bathing-Suit-from-Pool-Chemicals. 

TIP from a Reader: 

Many of us have the thin nylon cutting mats. 

Cutting boards

They are easy to store and light weight.  Just attended a cooking class where these were used, but they put an 8 X 8 or so piece of that rubber drawer/shelf liner that we use in our RVs under these sheets to prevent slipping and sliding. How clever!  

Rubber shelf liner

Another use for the same piece of the rubber “fabric” is under mixing bowls, either glass or metal.  Thanks Danise…great tips. Here are some other great uses for the rubber shelf liner.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf585365.tip.html 

We had several replies to our question on how you heat your RV.  Most use a small electric heater when possible and some have fireplaces that take the chill off.  Everyone tries to use as little propane as possible.  We have found a huge price variation of propane as we travel and do everything we can to conserve.  We have a NuWave cooktop and are thinking seriously of getting a NuWave Oven.  We have heard they work well.  Our only hesitation is where to store it when not in use!  Do any of you have one and where do you store them?

Product Sale:  All the following tools are normally $8.00 each.  On sale while supplies $6.00 each

Nylon

Built-in tool stand to keep tool head off counter

Hangs on side of pan

Heat resistant to 450 degrees

BPA Free tested

Solid spoon…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=120.

Scoop ‘n Drain…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=123.

All Purpose Turner…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=121.

Squeege Turner...https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=122

Great Places To Visit: Steamboat Arabia in Kansas City, Missouri.  We visited this amazing museum several years ago on a trip through the Midwest.

Steamboat Arabia

It is a MUST SEE if you are in the area.  Here is a great story in Roadtreking America about the story of the steamboat and its discovery. Thanks for the great article Mike.   http://roadtreking.com/steamship-arabia/.  Also another link with information http://1856.com/.   At the time we visited there were still over a million artifacts in storage to clean and put in the museum.

 

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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.

 

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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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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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Being back home after our speedy trip to Fresno, we are thankful for the safe trip and time spent with family.  We drove through a lot of smoke, some so thick it totally blocked out the sun and you couldn’t stand to be outside the truck without coughing and eyes watering.  I don’t know how the firefighters do it hour after hour, day after day and in many cases in over 100 degree temperatures.  Our hearts and prayers go out for their safety.  They are true heros.

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

“These Are A Few of My Favorite Things!”  Through the years, I have found some products that have become some of my favorite things and do the job as they promise.  We all have purchased products that make claims to do exactly what we buy them to do, only to get them home and find they really don’t work all that well!  I have found these to be  real space savers as they work for a multitude of things so I have 3 items to store rather than 10 different ones to do 10 different things!  We all are looking for easy and ways to save space in our RV’s and these have proved to be winners over the years.  Here are 3 of my “go to’s”

FOLEX ® This is an amazing carpet stain remover.  Just saturate the spot and rub it in with your finger tips and blot with a rag or paper towel.  It also works on upholstery and is non-toxic.   Also works on clothes although I haven’t tried it.  Here is a fact sheet on Folex.  http://www.folexcompany.com/folex-facts/

Folex

 

 

 

 

 

GOOP® Hand Cleaner  Not only for dirty hands!  Works great for stains on washable clothes.  I have used this product for many years on hard to remove stains.  Directions say to let sit for an hour before washing but if the stain is a stubborn one I have found that leaving it on for 24 hours usually gets the stain out.  Also claims it works on carpet and upholstery but I haven’t tried it.They even have one formulated for long haired dogs. It is non-toxic and biodegradable.  http://goophandcleaner.com/original-goop/

Goop Hand Cleaner

 

 

 

 

 

And probably my favorite White Vinegar.  There isn’t much I don’t use it for.  From washing fruit and vegetables to keeping the drains clean and using it in the washer to make sure the detergent has been removed from clothes to disinfecting counter tops and cutting boards, the list goes on and on.  I have seen advertised an extra strength white vinegar for cleaning but I have not seen it in stores.  Here is a mega list of things vinegar can be used for.

 http://www.rd.com/home/150-household-uses-for-vinegar/#.7bogye:R4zq

 

 

New Product:  Microwave Rice Cooker  Easy to use…BPA free…includes locking lid, measuring cup and paddle.  Cooks up to 6 cups of rice.  Check it out here https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=145. While it is not collapsible it takes up very little space.  We have had great feedback on this item.  And it sure helps keep the kitchen cool when cooking in the heat.

Microwave Rice Cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trips, Places To See, Things To Do 

I can’t believe it is already after the first of August and on our quick trip to California last week, we saw some leaves already turning and have also seen it starting since we have been back in the Seattle area.  I don’t know about you, but I am not ready for fall!  While I love the beautiful colors, I know that winter is on it’s way.  Having been born and raised in Montana that meant snow and cold were right around the corner and not something I enjoyed once I was no longer a kid!   Here are some photos of some breathtaking fall foliage photos.  And no matter where you are when they start to turn, I’m sure you too can find some amazing ones. Please let us know if you have any favorites or travel tips to share.  I also posted a list of the 10 best on the Facebook group page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/291056790996931/

http://www.budgettravel.com/slideshow/budget-travel-photos-incredibly-beautiful-fall-scenes,7761/

TIps from you, our customers:  Use plastic baskets in the refrigerator to store small things and keep them from rolling around.  Also use them in the freezer to keep things from falling out when you open the door.  (Sadly there was no name on this tip so I don’t know who to give credit to). Great ideas.

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