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Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

April 2, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

More Home-Remedies for the Insufferable Poison Oak Rash: Can you tell I have now been suffering for almost a week from a poison oak rash that my husband brought home to me as a gift? It happens once a year, it seems, when my husband comes home from work with the dreaded statement: “I got into a little poison oak today.”  And, every year my response is the same: “I’m sorry to hear that,” (thinking, “sucks for you, glad it isn’t me”). But lo and behold, a few days after his incessant scratching and once I have done multiple loads of his dirty laundry, I come down with an equally bad case of it. Which leads me to here: Hopelessly COVERED  in the insufferably ITCHY poison oak rash. SO I write this in hopes that you will heed my warning about this plant and steer clear of it and its brutal effects on your normally beautifully-soft skin. There’s nothing like the hugely grotesque blisters, leaking their pus everywhere, and hot burning itchy pain associated with them, to remind... [Read more...]

So You Want to Buy an RV???

April 1, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

So You Want to Buy an RV???

Are you ready to make the investment for your next BIG toy? Considering buying a recreational vehicle? If so, you might want to consider first renting different styles/sizes of RVs, before making a choice on which one to ultimately purchase. There are many things to consider, including price, size (length), and type (fifth wheel, gooseneck, or ball hitch). Not to mention all of the extras, such as sliders, electronic add-ons, and such. To ensure you feel comfortable with the choice you will eventually make, why not take a couple practice runs and rent different RVs from Camping World RV Rentals? This way you will hopefully avoid having buyer’s remorse once the big purchase has been made and you are “stuck” with your choice. Spend a few weekends or even weeks over the summer when you can try different RVs to really zero in on what you would feel comfortable with owning long term. Some things to take into consideration when thinking in terms of size…many campsites have a maximum length... [Read more...]

Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

March 31, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

Best Ways of Surviving Poison Oak—most recently tried and found to be true. With summer right around the corner and more outdoor time being scheduled—here is a little warning for those who want to avoid a red, swollen, itchy, uncomfortable, pus-filled, raised and blistery rash that lasts about a week (and oftentimes longer).  Pay close attention since these plants (poison sumac, ivy, and oak) grow everywhere in the United States (with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, and some desert areas of the southwestern United States) and look different depending on the region. First off, Avoidance Is Key! Look out for these three-pronged leaves that tend to grow near creeks, streams and riverbeds.  They sometimes have little white flowers and often grow in shaded areas of trails.  Also, the leaves tend to change color in the fall, from yellow to red.   If you know you will be in an area where it grows, wear protective clothing that covers skin where you could come in contact with plant. First... [Read more...]

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

February 21, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Power of Preventative Maintenance: Tools and Resources for Your RV

Your RV is your home, your vehicle, and a valuable investment; however, it can be very costly to repair if it is not properly maintained. Preventative maintenance can be the difference between arriving safely at your destination and a costly roadside problem. Pictured below is the beauty of Valley of Fire at Atatl Rock Campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved This is why preventive maintenance is so vital to the long-term health of your RV and to your overall ownership experience. There are two basic types of maintenance for your RV: preventive maintenance and scheduled maintenance. Often these two terms are used interchangeably. Preventive maintenance is maintenance you perform on your RV before a problem exists and consists of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, adjusting, and servicing your RV. Preventive maintenance is really nothing more than common sense maintenance. It could be the difference between a safe and enjoyable trip and a costly disastrous one. Scheduled Maintenance or... [Read more...]

Planning Our 2014 Travels

February 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Planning Our 2014 Travels

The time has come to being planning for our 2014 travels. Actually, the time came about three months ago, but I have managed to put it off until just now with the convenient excuse of being too busy. As a therapist, I can rationalize just about anything, but the time is now to plan our travels for the year. With that as my task, I sit down to look over our camping goals for the New Year, set at the end of December. I note that Terry and I decided we want to focus on several areas: getting our camper out for at least one trip, traveling together as a family, hiking a few more 14ers, getting out hiking near our home and traveling to Des Moines for Ryan’s college graduation in May. I am hoping to be able to accomplish three of the five with this trip. My first step is to sit with my Road Atlas and page through it, conceptualizing our potential travel areas. When mapping out our destination and the time it will take to get there, I turn to online tools such as MapQuest, but when just beginning... [Read more...]

Canine Care—Lifestyle Tech Tips

February 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Canine Care—Lifestyle Tech Tips

I keep a well-stocked first-aid kit for my dog in a carrier that is kept in a closet in the bathroom of my RV. This kit includes all supplies needed for temporary care in the event of an emergency, and will help stabilize the situation until I can get the dog to a vet. I include my vet’s phone number as well as the number for poison control (800-222- 1222), my dog’s up-to-date medical and rabies shot records and a quick-reference booklet on canine first aid. Arlene Chiarolanzio, Florham Park, New Jersey

Planning family travel with Pinterest

January 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The other day, I stumbled on a post about using Pinterest as a tool to plan family travels. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I have started “pinning” things on a board titled Homeschooling on the Road, which contains a ton of fun activities for our kids to enjoy while we travel. Some of you might be wondering what Pinterest is about. Well, it’s essentially a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.  You will find many “pins” out there, but the beauty of Pinterest is that your own board can be personalized with your own interests. Today, I will talk about using Pinterest to incorporate geography activities while driving with the kids. While traveling, you can interest the kids in a destination if you plan carefully and strategically. With Pinterest, you can excite their interest by downloading maps, coloring pages and gathering information on where you are going. Here are some links that I find particularly interesting when... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips – Chamois Rocks

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The countertop around the kitchen faucet in our trailer constantly gets wet, and the water would run down the surface and affect other things (paper bags, trinkets, etc.). I was tired of the mess, so I bought a cloth chamois. I made a template out of paper, traced the template on the underside of the chamois and then cut it to fit around the faucet. Now, the chamois absorbs most of the moisture, so I don’t have to constantly wipe it up. The chamois can easily be removed when it needs to be cleaned. Linda Hollingsworth, Ronkonkoma, New York  

2014 Camping Goals

December 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Camping Goals

As some of you know, my family and I have a tradition that we engage in each New Years Eve in which each family member lists her/his accomplishments over the past year (a taking stock as it were) and then sets a number of goals for the New Year. For the past few years, I have also set specific camping and travel related goals which I have traditionally shared with our readers in my final post of the year. My husband and I initially developed this process as a way of helping ourselves to look at the progress we have made over the past year when it seemed as if there was none (i.e. transitioning from two children in diapers to only one, for example!); then involved the children in the process as they became old enough, initially writing their goals as they dictated them to us. In 2012, we made a major move from our home state of Wisconsin to our new home in New Mexico. As a result of this major transition, our camper has been parked for the second summer. Ryan celebrating atop Mt. Shavano The... [Read more...]

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