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Hi Faithful Readers…

First let me thank you all for being such faithful readers and several of you contributors, to this newsletter since its conception in 2013.  I had visions of writing one each and every week and there have been times that I have kept that promise to myself and to you.  Sadly there have been a lot of times when it has been weeks between them.  It’s amazing how life gets in the way even when you’re retired!

We have a couple of announcements to make and wanted you to be some of the first to hear the news!

The first big announcement:  A SURPRISE!

It’s finally here…a book filled with hundreds of tips and ideas for Rver’s and other small space living. Many people have asked me to do this over the years and I have been working on it for quite sometime.  It is just “hot off the press” and received a great response at the Good Sam Sambroee in Moses Lake, WA the first of the month, which is also the very first place I started giving seminars five years ago.  I thought it was very fitting that they should get to see it first.  “I’m so enjoying reading all these great ideas…thanks Gail!”  a comment from one of the first readers, Mary.  and this from Mick “Thanks for putting this all down in book form so I have something to refer to…there are so many great ideas here!.   And this from Rod and Deb…”We bought one for us and  several copies for our RV friends.”  You can order it from the website https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177. Only $10.00 plus shipping.   It will be going on Amazon soon but the price will be going up because of their fees.

I will be signing books during the Northwest FMCA Rally in Longview, WA this week. 

I will also be giving 2 seminars as well as have a booth.  The first seminar is on Friday at 1 p.m.  “Do you need more space in your RV?”  And also one at 11 a.m. on Saturday “Tips and Ideas to help you save space.”..  Stop by our booth and say you read about the book in the newsletter and receive a free gift.

The Second Big Announcement:  

Sadly RV Space Savers is selling the space saver business.  And you are the first to know! It breaks my heart as I so love it but Mike who takes the brunt of all the loading and unloading, says it’s finally time for us to stop all packing in and out at rallies and just enjoy our travels, sell books and give seminars. The business has been good to us and we have so enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many as we travel around the country. And we plan to continue to do that, just in a different capacity.  It’s a great stand alone business or would be a great addition to other RV products. If you know of anyone interested, please let me know.  Give me a call or send an email to rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

TIP:  There are some expiration dates on some things you should never ignore. According to the Reader’s Digest here is a list to go by:

  1. Jarred Condiments..spreads and sauces seem like they last forever however they have significant exposure to bacteria which puts you at risk for food poisoning.  There can be lots of cross contamination and the bacteria can start to multiply as soon as you open the jar.
  2. Egg Substitutes…whole raw eggs can stay in the refrigerator for three to five weeks but their substitutes have shorter lives.  It can last ten days after you purchase it (check the date stamp on the carton before buying) but only three to five days once opened.
  3. Soft Cheeses…semi-hard cheeses have less moisture for bacteria to thrive in so they can last two to four months in the fridge if properly stored.  However soft cheeses such as ricotta, cream cheese, feta, Brie and goat cheese spoil much faster.  They’ll last one to two weeks in the fridge after opening but toss if you spot mold as it can make you sick.
  4. Deli Meats…whether you buy your deli meat at the deli counter or those in an airtight sealed package, it will only last three to five days once you crack the seal.  Only buy what you can realistically eat in that time frame.  Deli meat is susceptible to a disease causing bacteria Listeria,which thrives in cold environments, so even your fridge won’ t offer total protection.  A little sliminess or funky smell is a good sign that it needs to go!
  5. Cold-Pressed Juices…most juices go through a pasteurization process to kill harmful bacteria but many cold-pressed varieties are not pasteurized and could be contaminated.  Only buy what you plan to drink in a day or two and buy locally.
  6. Sprouts…unlike other veggies sprouts are grown in warm, moist conditions that make a cozy home for for very harmful bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella.  Sprouts won’t last as long as leafy greens and should be tossed on their expiration date.  Many supermarkets have stopped selling them altogether because of the danger. They are easy to grow at home with a mason jar and cheese cloth or I now see kits out there you can buy.

While none of us wants to be wasteful, it is better to be safe than sorry and if there is any question, it is better to toss it than take a chance on making someone sick!

Great Places to Visit:  Beneath the Streets: Underground Havre, MTJust a few weeks ago we traveled to Great Falls, MT to meet with several RV friends, some who were using Great Falls as their jumping off point for a trip to Alaska, others who were spending time in Canada visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks and the Ice Fields and us who were coming back to Moses Lake to the Good Sam Sambroee.  One of the days we were there we drove to Havre to visit Beneath the Streets: Underground Havre which was a hoot!  And our guide was a former history teach from the area so she knew lots of “secrets” about what went on underground!  It starts in a great little railroad museum which is well worth the time.  http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/the-underground-city-havre-beneath-the-streets/article_0840461c-60fe-5501-99d9-b94adebfa7c7.html.

 

We love hearing from you and hope your journey is filled with new experiences, new finds and many new friends.  Until next time.

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We love living in our RV and traveling whenever the mood strikes or a friend calls and says “Let’s go to XXX” or we’ll meet you in YYY on such a such day.  I think that is the draw for many who own an RV whether it’s a Class A, B, C or a towable. And according to Chuck who writes the RV Travel Blog/Newsletter http://rvtravel.com/rv-travel-newsletter-issue-784/   and many other articles it is becoming more and more attractive to younger folks, many of whom are traveling and working in their RV’s and homeschooling their kids. And with so many amazing things to see and do in this country, there are always new discoveries to be made.  It’s more and more important that manufacturers, Campgrounds, Rallies and Associations embrace this younger crowd to find out the things they want from the RV world.  Do you belong to a local chapter of an association that is doing a good job of bringing these younger people into the fold?  If so we’d love to hear from you.  We are visiting all the time with people in the industry and everyone is wanting to be inclusive of all  RVer’s.  Or are you a member of the younger set and have some ideas of things you’d like to see to make the industry more friendly to your age group?  Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hear there was a pretty good crowd at the FMCA Rally in the Valley in Chandler, AZ and those attending had a great time with beautiful to pretty warm weather. We sure missed being there and visiting with all our friends and meeting new ones.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing you down the road soon.  Spending the winter in rainy Seattle is not our idea of a fun warm winter spot! 🙂

Reminder tip from reader Danise…The Golden Age Pass which you can purchase for a one-time fee of $10.00 once you turn 62 is going to be increasing to $80.00.  As of this date the government has not set a date for the increase but as soon as you turn 62 it is a must have.  Even at a one-time fee of $80.00 it is a bargain to use in all our National Park System and you also get discounts on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Forest Service campgrounds. Since it is a Lifetime Pass I suggest that everyone gets one.  Some couples choose to get only one but we think it is a better idea for you each to have your own.  I do not know if they are transferable to the other person so for $10.00 it’s well worth getting your own.  You can purchase them at any National Park or check out this link.  https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm  Thanks for the reminder Danise.

As the migration of Rver’s are getting ready to stat their trek northward I thought this article was a great resource for those heading to Canada for a trip or the summer.  http://blog.goodsam.com/RV-canada-travel-checklist?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WoodallsBlog+%28Good+Sam+Camping+Blog%29.

And as the northern migration is getting in gear this is an Important Warning for everyone traveling this year. Please read this article and take heed not only for your pets but for yourself.  Our son-in-law was diagnosed with Lyme disease after many months of testing.  It is very hard to detect and many doctors haven’t seen it and it can take on many forms.  He is in remission right now but will never be cured.  And while it is much more common in the northeast, it has been reported in every state. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/06/518219485/forbidding-forecast-for-lyme-disease-in-the-northeast.

 

Great Tip for those who Knit:  I am not a knitter but I know many who are and my mom was a knitter.  When I saw this on Facebook I thought of all those who are.  It is a Pinterest photo and I can’t find who the creative soul is to give the credit but thought it was worth putting in the newsletter.

Another great tip:  As many of you already know I talk in my seminars about different kinds of shoe holders  that work great for organization and ideas for space savers of lots of different kinds of things. It’s amazing how much space they save and how many things they can be used for.  Here is a link to a lot of great ideas.  http://www.hacksof.life/save-space-and-get-organized-with-a-hanging-shoe-caddy/.

Here is a great sounding vegan Blueberry Cheesecake recipe.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/vegan-blueberry-lime-cheesecake/ .  I will be making this and would use the Salsa Maker in place of the food processor and the Fiskie to mix it together.  I don’t have a springform pan so would use a pie or cake pan.

This is a great site for recipes for you or someone you love that have dietary issues.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/.

Do you have tips to share, great places to visit, an extra special restaurant you’ve eaten at?  Or a product you might like us to carry that others would love?  Rver’s love to hear ideas from other Rver’s and we are happy to share them.  Just let us know.  Also let us know what your favorite product is from RV Space Savers and how you use it.  It may be an idea that others have not thought of and would love to know about.  Our email address is rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  The Klondike Gold Rush National Park  Seattle, WA.  Who would have ever guessed there would be a national park in the middle of a city?  Seattle was the jumping off point for the people heading to the Klondike Gold Fields in Alaska.  After fire had devastated most of the downtown city and waterfront a few years before the gold rush in 1897, Seattle was struggling to find it’s legs.  The Seattle Chamber and newspapers started a mega campaign to promote the city as the “only place” to outfit for the gold fields and the city came “roaring back to life!”  It only takes a couple of hours to go through but is in the historical district of Seattle so there are lots of things to see and do in the area and it is only blocks from Century Link field.

 

We are so blessed to have met each and every one of you and so appreciate you helping us enjoy our journey.  We hope in some small way we have added to yours.  Until next time.

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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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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

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

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

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

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

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

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

Great Places to Visit:

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

 

We love hearing from you, our readers so please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com and Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers/.  And share our newsletter/blog with your friends.

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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Whether living in your RV or just traveling for the summer months most Rver’s are in the northern states for the summer where it is some cooler, many are still being caught in the horrible heat and many fires that are burning already in the west.  And those traveling to the rallies back east are being hit with high humidity as well.  We pray for everyone’s safety and hope you are having an enjoyable summer.  Being in the Northwest this time of year is amazing and very few days get hot.  But we were in Cle Elum/Roslyn, WA over the weekend and there is a burn ban east of the Cascade mountains.

A Timely Tip:  This was forwarded to me by reader Danise and is from a website called www.FlyLady.net.  With fire season already under way and so much horrific weather happening in much of the U.S. this is good information and should be practiced by all including RVer’s.  Thanks Danise for the great information.

Could You Evacuate in Minutes?

Here it is that time of year again when we are faced with the threat of Evacuation from our homes. We never know when we this could happen because of fire, train wreck, floods, riots, earthquakes or hurricanes. It is up to us to be prepared!

1. PEOPLE: Have a plan for getting out of the house and make sure everyone knows it. Have an emergency bag of food and water for your family. Include wholesome snacks and treats for the children: dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers and granola bars.

2. PETS: Keep pet carriers and leashes readily available to lead pets to safety. Also take pet food with you.

3. PICTURES: Keep negatives, CDs, or hard drives of pictures in a lock box or at a family member’s home. Have picture albums in one place ready to grab and go at a moments notice.

4. PAPERS: Have all your important papers in a lock box at a bank and only keep copies at the house. This keeps you from panicking. If you have them at home then put them in a folder that you can easily grab if you have to move fast. Color code it so you can find it!

5. PRESCRIPTIONS: Take your medications with you. Don’t forget the ones that have to be refrigerated like insulin. Have small ice chest and cold packs readily accessible to pack and go. If you have babies; remember their formula or medications.

6. PURSES and PETRO: This is where you keep your identification, credit cards and cash. Keep a stash of cash for emergencies and grab it. You may not be able to use an ATM in the event of a power outage. Make sure your car always has a half a tank of gas.

7. PROPER CLOTHES and COMFORT ITEMS: According to the weather conditions; gather up a change of clothes along with outer clothing: coats, rain gear, boots, gloves and hats. If you have babies remember diapers. Remember to grab your children’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. A game or a deck of cards could keep them occupied and calm too.

8. PLANNER/CALENDAR/CONTROL JOURNAL: These documents have all the information you will need from phone numbers, insurance numbers and important dates. They are small and filled with things you don’t have to try to remember.

9. PERSONAL PROTECTION: Many of us still have that time of the month. Be sure and grab a box of your preferred protection. It may be hard to find if you have been evacuated. Stress can cause our bodies to do strange things too. So be prepared. Take medication for cramps too.

10. PHONES, RADIOS, FUEL FOR THE CAR: Many of us have cell phones now. Always keep them charged up and have a charger in the car or an extra battery. They may not work in the event of power outages, but then they might. Know which local radio station has emergency bulletins. Keep your battery powered radio tuned to that local station and have plenty of batteries for it. Also keep a old type regular phone that does not operate with electricity. GAS PUMPS don’t work without power either. You can’t leave if your car is on empty. So keep your car fuel tank topped off when it hits a half of tank. This way you will have gas to drive at least a couple of hours. Evacuation routes are usually bumper to bumper traffic. Having a tank filled will keep you less stressed.

11. PATIENCE: This is one of the most important things to pack. Keep it inside of you so that you have a clear calm head. Having your P’s to Preparedness list guiding you will keep you patient. In the event of an evacuation there will be lots of displaced people. Being patient will make things less stressful. Your children need to see you calm and collected. This will help keep them calm too.

We can FLY in the face of Danger and Emergency if we are prepared. Don’t wait till you are being asked to evacuate. Everyone thinks that it could not happen to them. Well it could and it is up to you to make sure you are prepared.

Don’t wait! DO IT NOW!! I know you have been procrastinating because you don’t think it can happen in your area.

FlyLady

Start putting your emergency kit together. Use a duffle bag or plastic bin to gather your items. Put copies of your important papers in your Office in a Bag. That way you can just grab and go.

 

 

TIP from a reader:  If you need some help with a day job or project this is a great way to get excellent help and help out Vets.  http://hirepatriots.com/dayjobs.  Thanks for the tip George.  He states he has used them several times with good results.

Also this great tip from Danise (a real space saver):  Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire.

Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire

She has many uses for it and I’m sure you can all come up with more ideas.  Thanks for this too Danise.  Can’t wait to try it.  Looks like you can get it at Lowe’s, Home Depot, McLendons, etc.

I use it in place of bungee cords or Velcro straps in several areas as I can customize the length and am not struggling with the cords and the hooks or knobs, or the  sticky Velcro.   It would be great to hold tarps or awnings  in place to keep them from blowing in the breeze  or wrap around water hose, electric cords and I use a chunk to wrap around the outdoor running cable  I sometimes use for our dog. (She can be a real pest when we are setting up, as she can’t figure out which one of us she wants to follow about.   It is so much safer and easier to let her be outside, but restrained to a nearby tree or picnic table while we are moving about.)

 

On Sale until the end of the month.  Silicone Oven Mitt https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84  only $10.00 .

TIP from a reader:  I bought 2 of the oven mitts for a friend.  He puts oysters on the bbq and now does not get burned when he opens them.  He loves them.  Thanks Marilu for the idea.   I use this oven mitt to do corn on the cob all the time…so easy. Watch this short video on how it’s done.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10MkdbzS54

Also still on sale: Mesh Picnic Covers…so great for picnics and outdoor meals.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=140 2 for $5.00. 

Want more tips and tricks?  Visit www.lifetricks.com.

Great Places to Visit:  25 Stunning National Park Vistas.  Who doesn’t love to visit our national parks?  So many stunning sites to see.  Here is just one of those vistas. 

Olympic National Park

http://www.fodors.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/news/photos/25-stunning-national-park-vistas?ref=news_fd_071616&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=2016-07-16.

And another website for Great Places to Visit:  The Most Beautiful Spot in Every State.  http://www.purewow.com/travel/most-beautiful-place-in-every-state?utm_source=zergnet&utm_medium=syndication.  WOW how lucky we are to live in this beautiful country….so much to see and do.

May you have a huge “bucket list” of things to  see and do on your journey and Rving be the perfect way to check off items on that list.  Remember only YOU hold the map to make your journey a memorable one.  Happy and safe travels.

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Hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day.  Ours was very enjoyable spent with great friends and thankfully very few fireworks as it scares the animals.  I can’t believe summer is already on the downhill slide!  It is my favorite time of year and oh how we love the fresh fruit in Washington where we are able to buy it direct from the fields and farms so it is picked ripe and fresh.  Sadly the berry season has ended except for blueberries.  But we are still getting lots of fresh cherries, nectarines and peaches.

And it’s Corn On the Cob Season in Some Areas…this is a great tip.  I do it all the time but be careful as it is really hot coming out of the microwave. http://tiphero.com/trick-to-remove-corn-husks/?  I use this silicone Oven Mitt which is good up to 600 degrees.  $14.00  On Sale Until 8-1-2016 for only $10.00 while supplies last.

Silicone Oven Mitt from RV Space Savers

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

Also ON SALE for summer.  Mesh Picnic Food Covers. $2.50 each or 2 for $5.00 while supplies last or until 8-1-2016. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=140

Mesh Food Picnic Covers

 

I loved this tip about how to make the chocolate chip cookies YOU like the best.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone seems to like their cookies differently.  I like mine soft, rounded and chewy, while others like them crisp and flat.  This is the Ultimate guide to making them just like you like. http://www.handletheheat.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Another Important TIP:  If You Have Norton  Virus Protection you NEED to read this article.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/feds-warn-very-serious-flaws-popular-anti-virus-software/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=email-2016-07-08-pm&utm_medium=email

This is a very interesting set of articles.  The Death of the RV Industry. I don’t know how many of you get the online newsletter RV Daily Report written by Greg Gerber.  He is writing a series of articles on this and thought some of you may be interested.  We as customers of RV’s can certainly understand much of what he is saying.   http://rvdailyreport.com/category/opinion/

Another Great Tip from Jillee  Great Ways to Extend the Life of Products.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2016/07/201607frugal-ways-to-extend-the-life-of-your-stuff-html.html?

 

Don’t Get Ripped Off. A great article from RV Life Magazine.   http://rvlife.com/ripped-off-by-mechanics-dentists/

Five Must Know Tips if you have Slide Outs.  Most of us have slide-outs anymore and here is some good information to remember from Rving how.   http://rving.how/5-must-know-slide-tips/

Two Yummy Recipes I tried while camping with friends and the tools I used to make and serve them.

Pumpkin Dip

1 13 oz. can pumpkin, 1 cup Philadelphia cream cheese,  1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8th teaspoon nutmeg.  I mixed everything together with the fiskie and served in a collapsible bowl.  I served it with graham crackers and granny smith apple slices.  This makes a lot so you may want to make a half a batch, depending on how many you are serving.

Avocado Crunch

1 ripe avocado, juice of half a lime, 2 teaspoons shelled sunflower seeds, sea salt to taste.  I made a double batch so I used the Salsa Maker, Lemon/lime squeezer, measuring spoons and guacamole bowl to serve it in.  I served it with chips.

Both were a huge hit.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:  Top Nine Cities American’s Are Visiting This Summer.  Are you going to New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, Philadelphia or Dallas?  I was surprised that there were so many in the south in the heat of the summer but we are going to Vegas for a convention the first of August (we may be crazy! 🙂 )

Please pray for the safety of our Law Enforcement and the people of Nice, France.

Praying for Law Enforcement

 

Pray for Nice, France

We hope your journey is filled with many stops on your map!

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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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Starting our trek back to Washington for the summer and I-5 is a beautiful drive for the most part.  The nut trees are loaded with nuts, olive trees full of olives, vines have lots of tiny clusters of grapes and rice paddies full of water.  And the oleander is in full bloom.  Can’t get much better than that.

Oleander along I-5

Rice Paddies in northern California

.  Since northern California has gotten some much needed rain it is much greener than the southern part of the state.  We stopped to do the Northern California Good Sam Sambroee in Lodi and enjoyed seeing friends we have met there in years past.  Sadly their organization is getting smaller as most organizations are so they only had 123 rigs.  We had a great time and enjoyed it very much.  We also attended the Lodi Street Fair on Sunday which was fun and met some very nice people.  And outside of Washington strawberries,

Northern California Strawberries

Lodi has some of the best so of course we couldn’t pass them up!  We stayed at the Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Park in Menteca and it is such a beautiful park, very well kept and the staff is amazing.  It has become our favorite and sits right on the San Joaquin River…a gorgeous spot in the world.

Today’s Tip:  This tip comes from reader Danise and is one that is a very important reminder.  A really great tip for those of us living in an RV  or when traveling.  THIS IS A GREAT IDEA I AM HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU! READ TO THE END. IT HAS ANOTHER GREAT IDEA FOR SENIORS.

What to take to bed with you – not a joke.
Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Car Keys

 

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.  Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.

Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  You always send in such great tips. And we love getting tips from our readers.

Another Tip:  In the last newsletter we discussed keeping your electronics safe and here is another good article on the subject.  You sure can’t be too careful in this day and age.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/Protecting-Your-Personal-Data-and-Online-Identity.html.

Product On Sale: Don’t forget the Egg Space Saver is on sale only until May 23rd.  Normally $12.00 now on sale only $9.00 plus shipping. Act now as this sale is only good until May 23rd or while supply lasts if before 5-23-2016.  Use coupon code EGG300.  You must be logged in to the site for the coupon to work.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89 

Great Places to Visit:  An Rver’s Guide to Traveling the Length of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River at New OrleansP

 I read this article and thought what a fun trip this would be.  Something else to put on your “bucket list!”  http://rvtravel.about.com/od/Itineraries/fl/Your-RV-Guide-to-the-Mississippi-River-Road-Trip.htm.

Have a tip to share?  A great place to visit?  Something you would like to see in the newsletter?  Please let us hear from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Life is a Journey and YOU hold the map!  Enjoy.

 

 

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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.