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Tefal Actifry – a fabulous appliance to have

June 3, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Tefal Actifry – a fabulous appliance to have

May 2013 – Linen Chest, a chain of store in Canada, is having a new contest.   Actually it is their first ever Pin It and Win It contest especially created to celebrate Mother’s Day.   The contest was simple.  All I had to do was to like their contest page, follow their Pinterest account, pin the items I really like from their Mother’s Day Contest, and voilà.    Since I had a Pinterest account, I pinned a few things in a board with my wish list of things I would like to have.   Once I was done I sort of forgot about it… Mother’s Day came and went by.   Fast forward to two weeks ago and I realized that I have a message in my junk folder.   As I check it out I realized that I won the prize for the contest – a 250$ gift card at Linen Chest.  All I had to do was to let them know which store was closest to me.   I emailed them and waited for their reply. Meanwhile, I wondered what we could purchase… New towels?  Costco has better prices on these.  New small... [Read more...]

Cooking Concepts plates review

May 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Cooking Concepts plates review

On a beautiful spring day, my family and I decided to drive across the border for a little bit of shopping.   Living in Ottawa, ON we have the privilege to be about 40 minutes from the nearest border crossing in order to get into the USA.   So we packed the kids, brought our passports, and proceeded to go to Ogdensburg, NY that morning.   We occasionally do this trip in order to pick up some groceries and other little things.   Did you know that cheese is way less expensive in the US?   Have huge cheese lovers in the house make the trip itself necessary… So that day, we had a few stop to do apart from the Wal-Mart (which isn’t a Superstore by the way).   One of the stop was the Dollar Tree where my husband was hoping to find some neat things for the kitchen in the RV. We were in need of plates.  But we didn’t want to have ceramic plates because when you are driving well the shock might break them.  I know some people would put something between the plates and bowls but... [Read more...]

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool

April 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool By Zootility Tools What if I told you that you can have a small tool that would fit in your wallet and that possess about twelve functions that could make your day a little bit easier?  You would probably think that I am crazy and wouldn’t believe me in a second… But wait – this tool does exist now and it is known as the PocketMonkey.   It is made of stainless steel and is about the size of a credit card.  It weighs only one ounce, is about one millimeter think and will fit in any kind of wallet. Now that I got your curiosity, you must be wondering what it can do.   Here’s the list of it’s abilities: Phone kickstand when you insert a credit card.  This will allow you to work at a comfortable angle on your touch phone. Bottle opener if you need it.  Here in Canada we mostly have twist bottles but I guess it’s not the case in the US.  Still you never know when it might be useful…. A flat screwdriver which would be useful... [Read more...]

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

March 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

The only thing better than ‘right now’ will someday be the memories of right now! Digital is not difficult to shoot and good results are achievable, but one must know the basics of photography as the fundamentals remain the same, irrespective of the recording medium. Pictured above is Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved You’ve probably an RVer because you love to travel, you want to see the natural and manmade wonders of North America, or you just don’t like being tied down to one place. Whatever the reason, are you keeping a visual record of your RV travels? Do you take photos of your RV memories? If not, why not? Traveling in an RV allows us to move at a slower pace, which gives us a chance to see things that often times go unnoticed. RVing gives us an opportunity to get closer to and experience the beauty of nature. In addition to hiking, biking, boating, nature study, and birding; photography is a natural activity to... [Read more...]

AIRTABS

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

AIRTABS

When we got our RV from the dealer, they were nice enough to bring it to our campsite where it would be parked.  Back then, we didn’t have a vehicle to tow it as we had a Venture van.   But the following year, out of the blue, the motor on our van burned and we had to shop around for a new vehicle.   We knew that since we had to purchase something we wanted to have one that would be able to pull our Rv for long trips.   We found a Suburban that was fit to pull it and since then we enjoy going places with the RV. However, as soon as we were able to take the RV with us on trips, we looked for ways to be fuel efficient.   While navigating the internet one day, my husband stumbled on the website promoting Airtabs.   After he read about Airtabs he was so enthusiastic that we purchased some to install on our RV. What are Airtabs?   Well it is a patented shaped vortex generator designed to increase vehicle aerodynamic performance and fuel economy by reducing the aerodynamic pressure... [Read more...]

Got an iPad? Drive a RV? Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

January 10, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Got an iPad?  Drive a RV?  Check out this new GPS app from Rand McNally!

Rand McNally Launches Industry-first RV Navigation Application for iPad.  LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2013 – Nearly two years after introducing the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, Rand McNally today launched the first RV GPS app for the iPad. The RV GPS is being shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Rand McNally’s RV GPS for iPad is the first iOS application offered that is specifically designed for RV navigation. The new application, available on the App Store(sm), provides RV class-specific routing (and with a quick toggle, over to car routing) based on Rand McNally’s proprietary road data and navigation, plus thousands of RV parks and campgrounds, RV-friendly locations, RVer tools and pre-planned trips. The app also includes dynamic weather*, a map overlay feature that helps drivers anticipate conditions such as high wind and precipitation along the route. Also included is a bonus feature of the app: An e-book version of America’s... [Read more...]

Technology while RVing – iPhone Edition

November 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Technology while RVing – iPhone Edition

Last week, I shared some of the advantages of having an iPad with you while traveling in an RV. This time around I would like to concentrate on the benefits of having an iPhone (or sometimes an iPod) when you are traveling long distances. MUSIC Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo Music has been part of the human life for hundreds of years.   Back in the 60s and 70s, when I was younger, it was natural to turn on the radio while driving long distance.   Then in the 80s the famous walk-man came on and I – like many other teenagers back then – had a yellow Sony.  I could listen to my cassette tapes alone.   The CD revolutionized the market and since the late 90s the iPod.   In the 21st century the iPhone became available as one of the smart phones out there.   My husband owns a smartphone while I own an iPod.   We have different styles of music that we like but that doesn’t stop us to put music on when we are... [Read more...]

Technology while RVing – iPad edition

November 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Technology while RVing – iPad edition

Since my husband gave me an iPad about two years ago, I have seen changes in how I pack for a trip. How so? Let’s just say that the iPad has saved us from arguing on what to bring with us (you know the never ending dilemma of being careful with the weight when you have a travel trailer…). Books The main issue before was the number of books I would bring with me. I will admit that I am a bookworm. I love reading and for me having a variety of books is essential when travelling. So I always brought a certain number of them. Well like it or not, books take some space and it adds up when you bring a certain number of them. So having an iPad has resolved this problem because now I can have large quantities of options to read without having to find a place for them in the RV or worrying about the weight. I have found some websites that announce the free books on a regular basis and I take advantage of these when they are available. My favorite places to check are Inspired Reads and Gospel... [Read more...]

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

October 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Bits and Pieces – On the Road Again

While I love to write, our recent adventures have left little time for sitting down at the computer and keying up a blog.  I have more ideas than hair on my head (BTW – I am not bald) but by the time the opportunity to write gets here I am too doggone tired from all of the day’s exciting activities and end up going to bed! Just to give readers an idea of what is going on, we left the zip code address in Virginia right after Labor Day.  Since then we have traversed across North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and into Kansas.  Our plans are to leave our current spot in Hutchinson and head south to Branson, MO, for a few days taking in many of the shows, exhibits, tours and having some just plain old fun.  From there we may swing north again to Elkhart, IN, to see Amish Country and the birthplace of our RV.  Since we are expected in North Myrtle Beach, SC, by November 1st for a two week stay with friends in  our Cedar Creek RV Owners... [Read more...]

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

September 16, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Newmar Makes Motorhome Driving Easier with Comfort Drive

Five years ago, Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp created the ultimate combination of advanced technology and intelligent design. The Newmar Comfort Drive Steering System is one of the most significant innovations in motorcoach drivability ever… and it’s another innovative feature that defines the Newmar difference. Comfort Drive Steering is an intelligent steering system that decreases driver fatigue often associated with operating a typical diesel pusher over long distances. It also aids a driver to maintain a straight path by compensating for cross-winds and crowns in the road. Comfort Drive creates a positive on-center feel which reduces parking efforts and improves reversibility when backing up a motorhome. Newmar first introduced the Comfort Drive Steering System on its 2007 Luxury products. With Comfort Drive, you’ll exert less effort turning the wheel when you drive, back up, and turn. This advanced technology responds to your steering—then makes your driving... [Read more...]

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