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Rollin' on TV looks at the R-pod, Thetford Sani-Con Turbo, Plus Camping Tips from RV 101
(video) On this week's program (#2017-xx), Rollin' On TV's Jeff Johnston gives us an in-depth review of the Forest River R-Pod travel trailer. Also, we learn all about the Thetford, Sani-Con Turbo system, and Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 give us their tips for a great campground experience.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
RV Education 101: 5 Important RV Spring Checks, How To Camp on 30 Amps, Clean Safe H2O on the Road,
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RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
Love Your RV videos: Alabama Hills CA, TadiBros. Backup Camera, Elk Country RV Park, weBoost Drive 4G-X,
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About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
Loving my New, "Purrfect" Coffee Mug

A few weeks ago I entered a give-away that my new friend, Kamira was sponsoring on both her blog, (ImpurrfectLife.com)  and on Facebook. It is this darling mug that is an original design, created by Kamira herself!

(image)Click to visit the ImpurrfectLife store on FacebookI had wanted this mug as a reminder of my Angel Bobo. Now, I should have photographed MY mug but didn't because I am using it so much that there are lipstick and coffee stains on the rim (and I am too lazy to wash it right now!) but the photo above is the exact mug I won! (The quote and artwork is on both sides of the mug, love that!)

"FINDING JOY, LIFE INSPIRATION, AND COMFORT AFTER PET LOSS"

If you aren't familiar with ImpurrfectLife, please do take a moment to visit the site and give her a "like" on Facebook!  Thank you Kamira!! I LOVE my mug!!!

Announcing Bivvy, an Online Marketplace for People to Buy and Sell their Outdoor Gear
Bivvy, the online marketplace for outdoor enthusiasts to easily and safely buy and sell their outdoor gear, launches today. Bivvy is a platform for outdoor enthusiasts to easily and safely facilitate the sale or purchase of second-hand or no longer used equipment to other enthusiasts. People can find new items or sell their own by visiting bivvy.co.

Bivvy is initially launching in Seattle, a city known for its vibrant and enthusiastic outdoor community, and its easy access to lakes, mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Even as the service rapidly expands nationwide this year, the marketplace will be open for anyone anywhere to sign-up and buy and sell items provided they are willing to ship them.

“By first launching in Seattle, we can tap into the year-round outdoor lifestyle enjoyed by so many people, to help establish our marketplace,” says Oliver Roberts, founder of Bivvy. “Finding quality, second-hand gear has become hugely fragmented across several generic classified sites. As a seller, that means your item must compete for a buyer’s attention with thousands of items. Bivvy understands that getting the best price for your gear is about putting your items in front of the right buyers, who truly value the gear being sold.”

Smart features create a customer experience for buyers 
For buyers, finding that one item often means scouring several sites with poor categorization, search functionality, and filters. Bivvy’s aim is to create an active community of outdoor adventurers who are looking for high quality equipment and match them to the sports they are interested in. Once a member registers their interests, Bivvy’s algorithms prioritize items accordingly. That means, each person’s marketplace is a true reflection of their sports and passions.

Fostering Trust and Safety 
The Bivvy platform provides the tools to foster trust and safety across buyers and sellers with a reviewer system allowing community members to provide feedback on their experience. An integrated messaging platform helps members agree terms, and co-ordinate delivery of items.

Roberts founded Bivvy because there was no dedicated secondary marketplace for outdoor gear. In the U.S., $30 billon dollars a year are spent on outdoor gear, not including services and machinery, and over 50 percent of Americans participate in some type of outdoor recreational activity according to the Outdoor Industry Association. 

“My experience trying to find awesome used gear was extremely frustrating. When I looked for a surfboard, I found stand-up-paddle boards or snowboards in the results. As a buyer, I was presented with a wall of blue links or pictures of items I don’t care about – I knew there had to be a better solution” said Roberts.

About Bivvy 
Bivvy, headquartered in Los Angeles and founded in 2016, is an online marketplace for the enthusiastic community of adventurers. A community that fosters trust across buyers and sellers, provides a better approach to matching items to people’s interests, and powerful tools to find an item and agree to the sale. Our vision is the only thing outdoor enthusiasts should spend time seeking, is new adventures. For more information visit bivvy.co.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
Brazil and the Acai Bowl


                                                     Acai Berry Tree

We have the Brazilians to thank for introducing the world to acai berries. Acai, pronounced (a-sa-EE) are nutritious berries that grow on a species of palm trees in Central and South America. They're a deep purple color and are best enjoyed as a frozen puree. It was in Brazil where the delicious "acai bowl" was created in the 1990's and enjoyed by Brazilian surfers. The recipe for "acai bowl" soon made it to Southern California where it became a smashing hit. No matter where you live in the world, once you  try an "acai bowl" you'll be hooked on this good for you meal that's loaded with antioxidants, and vitamins. An "acai bowl" is vegan and tastes terrific.
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ACAI BOWL RECIPE

Sambazon is a big producer of pure unsweetened superfruit acai packs. These packs are often found in the freezer section of grocery stores and supermarkets. 


Acai Bowl Mixture

 2 packs of Sambazon Pure Unsweetened Superfruit Packs
1/2 a banana
1 cup of cashew or coconut milk
1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries

Blend the above ingredients in a blender and pour the thickened mixture into a bowl. You can also mix in two tablespoons of almond butter or peanut butter for added flavor.

Acai Bowl Toppings

cacao bits
granola
coconut flakes
sliced kiwi fruit
sliced banana
blackberries
blueberries
raspberries
strawberries

You can top your acai bowl with all of the above toppings or choose a few of your favorites.
                                   

                                You'll enjoy every spoonful of your ACAI BOWL
                                        







The Fit RV Changes Out their Refrigerator (All 5 Videos)
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(image)About The Fit RV

Meet Stef & James: Travato-owning outdoor enthusiasts keeping fit and active on the road. Get inspired, be entertained, & find (sometimes) useful RV tips! Follow The Fit RV on their websiteblogFacebook pageTwitter account and on Pinterest.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
Biking trails offer many options to get outside and explore 'The Trails State'

If you’re seeking a cure for cabin fever, with warmer weather finally returning after months of torpor-inducing cold and gray, a bicycle and a trail just might be the perfect prescription.

(image)Bikers enjoy a stretch of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, along
Lake Superior, in Marquette County. (DNR photos)
May is National Bike Month, a great time to discover both the benefits of bicycling – among them, improving your physical and mental health, cutting down on pollution, saving money on gas and getting outdoors – and the many beautiful places you can explore in Michigan on a bike.

"Bicycling is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, while taking advantage of all the health and environmental benefits,” said Elissa Buck, a recreation programmer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “It's also an opportunity to explore your community and state, such as the extensive statewide trail system, many scenic roads, state parks and much more."

Whether it's bicycling along a former railroad track or alongside a local county road or mountain biking across rugged terrain, Michigan has unique opportunities for bicyclists of all ages, types and skill levels.

Nationally recognized as “The Trails State,” Michigan has more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails and 2,600 miles of rail trails, more than any other state in nation.
(image)The Huron Sunrise Trail in Presque Isle County follows the
shore of Lake Huron from Rogers City through Hoeft State
Park and to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse
There are generally two types of bike trails: linear trails and mountain bike trails.

Linear trails, also called rail trails, run from one point to another and usually follow an old railroad track, river or land feature. They typically cover long distances and can be either improved or unimproved, with various surfaces including asphalt, limestone or natural dirt.

“The improved linear trails are built to American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ standards, meaning they are 10 feet wide and meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance,” said Emily Meyerson, the DNR’s northern Lower Peninsula trail coordinator. “Typically we call these bike trails or multi-use trails.”

In addition to a number of linear trails managed by the DNR, many rail trails are managed locally – more information about these linear trails is available at michigantrails.org.

Mountain bike trails are narrower than linear trails. Usually they consist of a natural soil surface with changing slopes and gradients and are often open to other uses, such as hiking, as well.

“Mountain bike trails are typically a single track-type trail, usually built in a system, and have multiple loops in varying degrees of difficulty,” said Meyerson. “They often have obstacles there on purpose, such as log or rock jumping.”
Mountain bikers have some options when it comes to what type of riding experience they’re looking for.

(image)Many state parks and recreation areas, including Porcupine
Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon and Gogebic
counties, feature mountain biking trails.
“Mountain biking trails can be very cross-country – with hard-packed trails and smooth, fast flow – or more technical, with lots of obstacles and jumps,” said Kristen Bennett, Iron Belle Trail coordinator for the DNR.

The DNR allows mountain biking on many of the state pathways and state park trails found across the state. To search for a list of Michigan state parks, recreation areas or rustic state forest campgrounds with designated mountain bike trails, visit www.michigan.gov/recsearch.

Michigan is also home to some of the best road bicycling in the nation. Low-traffic backroads with incredible scenic vistas connect small towns and state parks. Bikes are allowed on all paved and non-paved roads in all 103 state parks and recreation areas. The Michigan Department of Transportation has regional maps showing the best roads for biking, and those to avoid.

One great way to start your biking adventure is to jump on the Michigan's Iron Belle Trail, the longest state-designated trail in the nation at more than 2,000 miles long. Running from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula, the trail goes through 48 counties and 240 townships in the state.

(image)Bikes are allowed on all paved and non-paved roads in all 103
Michigan state parks and recreation areas, including this
one in Belle Isle Park.
The Iron Belle Trail features two routes, one for biking and one for hiking. The 791-mile bicycle route, now 64 percent complete, utilizes existing multi-use trails and follows U.S. 2, a designated national bicycling route in the Upper Peninsula.

The Iron Belle Trail continues to expand, thanks in part to fundraising efforts that are enabling development of new trail segments.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation – in partnership with the DNR, MDOT, the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and local community groups – is spearheading the Iron Belle Trails Campaign to raise $168 million in private funding to leverage the investment state, federal and local government agencies and other partners have already made in building the trail.

“The goal is to create a trail system where both residents and visitors can enjoy the scenic views, cultural heritage, vibrant communities and natural resources that Michigan has to offer,” said Michigan Fitness Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer J.J. Tighe.

“Trail systems have proven to be a boon to both rural and urban areas – they improve health, the economy and communities by promoting physical activity, tourism and community connections.”

Tighe pointed to Karen’s Trail – named in honor of Karen McKeachie, who was struck by a car and killed while biking on the road in 2016 – as an example of projects the Iron Belle Trails Campaign will support.

(image)The Dequindre Cut in Detroit is part of
Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail, the longest
state-designated trail in the nation
at more than 2,000 miles long.
Karen’s Trail is an effort, kicked off a few weeks ago, to help fund completion of the Border-to-Border Trail in southeastern Michigan and connect it to the Iron Belle Trail. Organizers aim to provide safe, non-motorized pathways for bikers and other outdoor recreationists to enjoy.

When completed, the Border-to-Border Trail will run 70 miles, following the Huron River from Washtenaw County to Wayne County, and will include an extra 44-mile continuous loop connecting the cities of Dexter and Chelsea, the Waterloo and Pinckney state recreation areas and the Lakelands State Trail system.

According to the Karen’s Trail website: “We hope to have the entire project finished by 2021 — and when we do, it will instantly become one of the largest continuous, traffic-free trails in the Midwest!”

Tighe said Karen's Trail is just one example.

“We are seeing the same momentum from Detroit to Kent County to the more rural areas of the northern Lower Peninsula,” Tighe said. “This type of resource is great all across our state.”

While the Iron Belle Trail and other biking trails around the state offer many opportunities to explore pristine forests, pass along cool rivers and visit charming towns, some trails also give you the chance to learn more about Michigan’s history.

The multi-use, year-round Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County, for example, shares the story of the area’s iron-mining past – and how it changed the landscape of Marquette County and the United States – through educational interpretive panels, sculptures and a connection to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township. In July each summer, Iron Industry Museum staff leads popular Iron Ore Heritage Trail bike tours.

The Native American Cultural History Trail on Mackinac Island helps visitors learn more about the history and impact of Native Americans on the Great Lakes through a series of interpretive stations, with bicycle parking, along the road around the perimeter of the island.

(image)A map showing bikepacking places in
the northern Lower Peninsula
For those who want to make a weekend, or a whole vacation, of their biking adventure, there’s something called “bikepacking.”

“Bikepacking is riding a bicycle longer distances, staying overnight along the way at either hotels or campsites,” said Meyerson. “Bring minimal gear with you and stay in a hotel or pack up your panniers or trailer and camp out under the stars.”

Meyerson said the northern Lower Peninsula is Michigan’s premier bikepacking destination, with a network of more than 200 miles of bicycle trails crisscrossing the area and expanding every year.

“Bikepacking the northern Lower Peninsula you can stay entirely on easy, developed bicycle trails or combine trails and rural roads, creating an endless number of opportunities,” said Meyerson. “There are plenty of hotels and various types of camping opportunities. Small-town charm, historic sites and beautiful vistas are around every corner.”

For more details, see the attached bikepacking map and stay tuned to the DNR biking webpage for information about potential itineraries, overnight accommodations and more.

You don’t have to stop biking even when winter rolls around again. Trails for fat-tire bikes, which are off-road bicycles with oversized tires designed to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain like snow, are becoming more common.

“Fat-tire bike trails offer a winter version of bicycling,” Bennett said. “This is the latest trend in cycling and is not available everywhere yet, but more and more trails of this type are being put in.”


(image)Michigan’s trails offer many spectacular sights – like this
view over Lake Michigan from the Little Traverse Wheelway,
running from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in the
northwestern Lower Peninsula.
Earlier this year, the DNR designated 10.7 miles of winter fat tire bike trail at the Little Presque Isle tract, situated a few miles north of Marquette in Marquette County.

“Little Presque Isle is increasingly becoming a popular place for biking, in addition to its attractions for anglers, campers, hikers and swimmers,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “These trails are just one example of the numerous biking opportunities available here in the Upper Peninsula.”

Check out a Pure Michigan Summer video on biking.

Learn about Michigan biking trails, and a variety of other trails, and find trail maps on the DNR website at michigan.gov/dnrtrails.

“Michigan trails offer so many opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages – whether it’s families or individuals – to enjoy the outdoors,” said Paul Yauk, state trails coordinator for the DNR. “Some of these trails might be in your own backyard, so get out and explore.”
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Cats You CAN have a GREAT and DELICIOUS Indoor Life! Plus A Give-Away!
Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.





Hi Kitties! It's Cody taking over the blog today!
 


If you are a regular around here you will remember that back in March I meowed about some new food from my pals at Rachael Ray Nutrish, it is Indoor Complete Super Premium Food for Cats, Chicken with Lentils and Salmon recipe. I cannot believe I have been eating this deliciousness for almost two months now! (Yes, I had been eating Nutrish prior to that, but I didn't try Indoor Complete until March.)




Some people think that because I am an indoor kitty my life is lacking. Well, I am here to tell you that it most definitely is NOT!  I have plenty of places to sleep, ample places to hide, TONS of toys, a Sheltie brother to play with and a Mom and Dad that think the world of me!



I don't have coyotes  (who happen to be in our area), coming after me, and I have no worries about cars and other outside dangers. 



 I don't think I am missing a thing by being an Indoor kitty, allow me to give you a peek into my day.


At approximately 3am I begin jumping on Dad's face wanting some of my yummy Nutrish. Now, if Mom is sleeping like a log, Dad will relent and get up and give it to me. If Mom wakes up, "fuhget about it!" She has the complete NERVE to close the bedroom door, right  in my ADORABLE face!! Do you believe it?  The NERVE of her! I was beyond incredulous the first time THAT happened!  I  just plant myself outside the door and wait until my Dad comes out. While waiting I sometimes become sleepy, then I begin to dream about the moment I can dig into my food. Below is just one portion of my wonderful dream.


I also  begin to think about all of the reasons why I love my Indoor Complete Chicken with Lentils and Salmon recipe  so much






Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is always the
#1 ingredient, plus real salmon.




Lentils are naturally rich in fiber and
protein and low in fat. They help support healthy metabolism and optimal body
weight.




Dandelion greens & pumpkin are
nutrient and fiber rich. Dandelion greens also contain natural prebiotics to
aid in healthy digestion.




Cranberries & blueberries are
antioxidant-rich fruits that are great sources of essential vitamins and
minerals, like Vitamin C, to help support a healthy immune system.




Safely USA cooked with the world’s best
ingredients.




No ground corn, wheat, soy or poultry
by-product meal.




Intended for adult cats only (1 year or
older).










Mom and Dad have noticed that I seem to have much more energy since I have been eating Indoor Complete. I will come flying over the baby gate to cause trouble play with my Sheltie brother, and I will get the "zoomies" much more than I used to! I usually eat my Indoor Complete traditionally in my bowl.








Other times, Mom will put my Indoor Complete in my treat dispenser and I will have a blast. Then, the other day when I had finished my first bag of Indoor Complete, Mom gave me the bag (under CLOSE SUPERVISION, KITTIES TELL YOUR HUMANS TO NEVER, EVER LEAVE YOU ALONE WITH AN OPEN BAG OF FOOD!) and let me go to town. I began pushing it across the floor:








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And I even began to wrestle it!







After a good game of (let's go to the WRONG end of the bag and try and get some food out of it) Mom and I settled down to try out the NEW NUTRISH MOJI'S APP!!! Oh kitties is it ever FUN!!!! It is available for download on iOS and android and
users can upload a picture of their pet and turn it into a custom sticker: 
http://apps.swyftmedia.com/nutrishMojis 






If you notice above on the left, that is the home page of the app. You put your paw (or your human's finger) on that button and it will open the app! All your human has to do (because our paws are too big to manage it), is trace a photo of you with their finger and then they can make some super pawesome stickers that you see above to the right, and down below. (If MY Mom can do this,, ANYONE CAN!!)  The stickers above to the right are actually separate stickers, but Mom combined them for the collage. The same with the stickers below. 







These are actually three separate stickers that Mom made into a collage. As you can see they have some adorable ones to play with, (my kiss-up Sheltie brother got into the act too!!) They are SOOO much fun  and you can share them on Instagram and your other social channels! By the way kitties, if you aren't already, be sure to follow NUTRISH on Instagram (@Nutrish and follow Mom too @catanddogcaren ) 



In between my meals I try to think of the kitties and other animals  who are less fortunate than I am.  One of many, many reasons that I love the peeps at Nutrish and especially Rachael Ray is: 



Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue. Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.







Thank you Rachael Ray Nutrish for caring so much about all of the animals, but especially all of us kitties!!!! 




After all of that playing and eating, it is time for me to start thinking about lunch and dinner...I suggest you start thinking about it too!















INDOOR KITTIES! TELL YOUR HUMAN TO GO TO THE STORE NOW AND GET SOME RACHAEL RAY NUTRISH, INDOOR COMPLETE! 




Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Indoor Complete Chicken with Lentils& Salmon Recipe is a natural food for cats with added vitamins, minerals & taurine. This recipe contains a real superfood blend to meet the complete needs of your adult indoor cat and is available right where you shop for your family’s groceries!!
(image)This is OUR actual bag in our shopping cart
 that my Mom  BOUGHT with her OWN MONEY!!!
Kitties!! Guess what? We have a give-away!!! Our incredibly pawesome furiends at Nutrish are going to send FIVE PEOPLE (who reside in the U.S. and who are age 18 and over) a coupon for a free bag of  Indoor Complete Chicken With Lentils & Salmon Recipe. Entering is super easy, just enter on the Rafflecopter below, good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Rollin' on TV video: Earth Cruiser Xtreme RV, Nesting Bowls, & Pre-Trip Tips
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On this week's program (#2017-10), Rollin' On TV checks out the Earth Cruiser, an Xtreme RV designed and built for serious off-the-road adventure. Then Jeff Johnston shows us some space-saving kitchen ware that may just solve some of your kitchen storage space problems. And Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 give us their 10 tips of things you can do ahead of time to make getting off on your next RV trip a lot easier.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
We will miss you Flynn..........
Our hearts are broken. Another dear kitty has gone to the Bridge. Oh how Mom and I got such great joy looking at the beautiful fields where Flynn lived with his brother Eric, (before Eric went to the Bridge in 2013). 

We will never, ever meet another kitty with the mad mouse hunting skills and mad selfie skills that Flynn had.

We know that Eric greeted you with open paws, the litter mates are now reunited. Now sweetest Flynn, you won't have to take those mouse hunting adventures alone. The Master Hunters are reunited for eternity.

You left many with broken hearts here on Earth because we will miss you so. We ache for your dear, dear Mama and most incredible Daddy. Oh they love you so Flynn and always will.

We pray for strength for them in this most difficult time and send them much love and our deepest sympathy. 

You fought a good fight Flynn, you were so strong. To us, you were another kitty who was a constant in the ever-changing world of cat blogging. You will be immensely missed and ALWAYS deeply deeply loved.

Cody and Caren

We know many of you have already done posts and visited Flynn's blog. For those who haven't visited and would like to,  you can do so here.
Pig In A Blanket Day

Ok, so that was kind of mean of me to use Cody in photos for today, which is "Pig In A Blanket Day."

FROM DAYS OF THE YEAR: Pigs In A Blanket are a simple concept and have been found throughout the world in many variations since time out of mind. You simply take a sausage and wrap it! Usually, you’ll find them wrapped in some form of pastry, with puff pastry being one of the most universally popular. Learn more about "Pig In A Blanket Day" here!

Relax Cody! You know I REALLY featured you on this day, not because of your ample "belleh", but because of your complete DELICIOUSNESS!
Cat Lovers "Heart" Animal Hearted: "Apparel and Gifts for Animal Lovers" Give-Away!
Animal Hearted Apparel has sponsored this post, both in product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own.

Animal Hearted Apparel
 is a clothing company with a conscience

They are are passionate about animals. Not only do they make fun and creative clothing and accessories for animal lovers, they are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. They donate 25% of proceeds from every order to a non-profit animal shelter or rescue. They have helped save thousands of shelter pets. When YOU place an order, you will help save thousands more!
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Some of the  organizations Animal Hearted has worked with include the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Place Sanctuary, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, the North Shore Animal League, SPCA of Solano County, Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue, Yolo County SPCA, and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California.



Animal Hearted Apparel carries an extensive and ever-expanding collection of tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and hats/beanies in unisex, women’s, and youth sizes.

When I was contacted by Animal Hearted founder, Aaron Seminoff, (a dedicated animal lover, photographer and musician), asking if I would be interested in selecting some items and writing about them for both Cody and Dakota's blog, after reading about all the wonderful things they do for animals and seeing their quirky, fun, sometimes snarky, but full of so much love, products, I jumped at the chance! 

The shirts below, are the cat-themed shirts that I selected:


(image)I bet ALL of you can relate to that!!


I will be attending CatCon this August and these two adorable shirts are coming with me! 

The T-shirts that I ordered are  100% cotton  which I LOVE!! Another thing I love? I am rather "fluffy" which is a nice way of saying I am "zaftig" or "chubby", and Animal Hearted is one of the few sites that has larger sizes that are TRULY LARGER SIZES. They are NOT those T-shirts with a size sticker that isn't true to size. Animal Hearted T's ARE TRUE TO SIZE. If you are "fluffy" like me, that is often hard to find and much appreciated!

There were so many cat-related items that I loved, below you will find a sampling of some of my faves:



(I also had a T-shirt custom made that will be featured on Dakota's blog on Monday, so be sure to check  out Dakota's blog on Monday, because there will be a give-away there too, just sayin!!)



 As you can see from the photo above they also have bandanas, that are intended primarily for dogs, but you just might see Cody make an appearance in it too! It is generously sized and just darling!

Superb Communication and Customer Service

Animal Hearted also has superb customer service. As I mentioned, I had a shirt custom made that you will see on Dakota's blog on Monday....creating the shirt was super easy, the team who made the shirt was not only in touch with me through email, but they were professional and extremely friendly. I love Dakota's shirt so much that I could just burst! 

I received emails notifying me that my order was received, when I could expect it, a tracking number AND a final email when the items were delivered, notifying me they had been delivered (in case they ended up somewhere else, which they did not).

Looking for A Gift For You Or An Animal Loving Friend?

Animal Hearted has shirts, and Frisbees for dogs, as well as other animal-themed accessories like tote bags, stickers, phone cases, magnets, and key chains. There is so much to choose from that I am certain you will find the purrfect gift for YOU or that special someone!!! And, you will be helping animals at the same time!!! They also have FREE WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $49 !!

Shop By Animal

Know someone who has:

  • Birds
  • Chickens
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Rabbits


AND

  • Alpacas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Goats


Yep you read that correctly!!!! You can find items for those people too!

 And....you can

 SHOP BY BREED!! 
  • Bird Breeds
  • Dog Breeds
  • Cat Breeds
  • Goat Breeds
  • Horse Breeds
  • Rabbit Breeds



YOU CAN DO ALL OF YOUR 
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IN ONE CONVENIENT PLACE
AND HELP ANIMALS TOO!!


The shirt featured above, is a shirt that Animal Hearted added to my order that was a much appreciated  surprise!

I couldn't be happier with the items I received from Animal Hearted and now ONE OF YOU will have the chance to try them yourselves!!!

WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY!!

Aaron is generously offering a world-wide give-away where ONE PERSON who is 18 and over will be given a $30 gift card to their site to choose what they would like. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!!!!
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How to keep ticks and other bugs and wildlife from crashing your campsite


Camping is certainly one of summer’s most beloved activities, yet venturing into nature can have its dangers when it involves coming into contact with harmful insects and company. To keep this pastime an enjoyable one, Bug Busters, a pest control company with several locations in the southeast U.S., reminds camping enthusiasts to implement proper precautions when taking on the great outdoors. 

Ticks in particular are common camping companions sine they live in tall grass and wooded areas, waiting to grab onto passing hosts for feeding. Anyone spending time outdoors should be committed to protecting themselves against these pests because although they are small in size, the diseases they can pass on from a bite are quite dangerous.

“Appreciating nature is part of the camping experience, but admiring it in a safe and responsible way is best for a more enjoyable camping trip,” says Bug Busters Chief Operating Officer Court Parker. “Coming into direct contact with certain insects and wildlife has its risks. Mosquitoes and ticks, for example, are vector pests that feed on blood and can transmit serious illnesses such as West Nile virus, Zika, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Fever through their bites. And, wildlife could become aggressive if they feel threatened, while animals such as raccoons and bats could be potential carriers of rabies. The best bet is to avoid contact with these animals as much as possible.”

To help keep the campsite a bug- and animal-free zone, Bug Busters recommends adventurers take note of these tips:
  • Ahead of camping, apply insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET or Picaridin, and repeat applications according to the product label.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants, socks and closed toe shoes to help avoid mosquito and tick bites. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects. Do a thorough check after hiking in woods or tall grasses.
  • Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume and candles — not to mention food and drink. Avoid using scented items and pour beverages into clear plastic cups rather than drinking from cans.
  • Prior to camping, check tent materials and repair any holes that can serve as points of entry. Keep tents closed at all times unless going in or out.
  • Keep all food and beverages packed in secure coolers and containers. Seal utensils and dishware immediately after use.
  • Dispose of beverage bottles and cans in tightly closed garbage receptacles. Keep garbage containers sealed and away from the sleeping grounds.
  • Do not attempt to feed, lure or pet wild animals.
For more information on pest prevention for all seasons, please visit bugbustersusa.com.
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Shadowing a Student
Near the end of April, I had the opportunity to “shadow” a 5th grade student at Heritage School.  This meant meeting him at the start of the day as he entered the school and staying with him throughout the day.  Classroom, hallways, specials, lunch, recess… the entire day.  If there was an assignment, I had […](image)
Picture Me This Photohunt Week 18:"Whisker"

We are happy to be a part of  a fun blogging event that was created by our friends over at A Tonk's Tail. It is a weekly photohunt. There is no pressure to participate, just jump in whenever you are able as we are doing this week! You can post on any social media channel that you wish, there is ZERO pressure (which is something WE LOVE!!)

This week the theme is:


The photo below is an old one, but Mom loves it because it shows you my beautiful white Whiskers!!!

If you participate in this photohunt be sure to tag #PMTphotohunt and @tonkstail
Rollin' on TV: Thetford, Jayco Melbourne, and Airstream 2 Go
(video)
On this week's program (#2017-09), Rollin' On TV heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., to visit Thetford Corp. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Thetford makes a lot of RV related products, including Aqua-Kem. It’s been the No. 1-selling holding tank deodorant of all time as well as America’s most trusted holding tank deodorant.

Also, Jeff Johnston checks out the Jayco Melbourne Class C motorhome. This smaller size class C is one of the hottest-selling categories of motorhomes on the market, and Jeff takes the Melbourne out for a few days for one of his real-life reviews. He soon finds out why this new size motorhome is so popular.

And you don’t have to be a seasoned RVer to know the name Airstream. Airstream trailers, even used ones, are in high demand, which explains why affording an Airstream isn’t in everyone’s budget. But even if you can’t afford one, that doesn’t preclude you from enjoying a fun-filled Airstream vacation with Airstream-2-Go.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
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Gear Spotlight: Technical Picnic Blanket
Editor's Note
Recently, I registered with Hubba.com as an "influencer." Basically, an influencer is someone who has built a reasonable following of a select audience demographic via some sort of media outlet. In my case, my audience are RVers, campers and outdoor adventurers and my media outlet is this blog as well as my full-time job as the editor for two trade magazines covering the RV and campground industries.

As an influencer, I'm given access to products that might otherwise fly under the radar. I get to pick and choose which of these products I think might be of use and interest to you. I'll correspond with the product manufacturer to get some more info, then create a posting.

Sometimes I receive product samples to review and sometimes I don't. When I do receive a sample, the postings will be labeled "Gear Review." When I don't receive a sample, the postings will be labeled "Gear Spotlight." I'll always be up front about such things, and I'll always share my honest opinion.

(image)Gear Spotlight: Technical Picnic Blanket by Prometheus Design Werx

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: At $189, the Technical Picnic Blanket by Prometheus Design Werx is a bit steep. And if all it was only a "picnic blanket," I would agree with you.

But the Technical Picnic Blanket (TPB) is so much more than a run-of-the-mill picnic blanket. It’s a serious piece of backcountry equipment (as an under-tent groundcover or shelter tarp) that will quickly find a permanent spot in any backpack, but it's equally useful for an RVer who simply wants a mat outside the motorhome door.

Actually, in talking with Patrick Ma, the CEO of Prometheus Design Werx, which is an outdoor gear and apparel outfitter based San Francisco, the company’s Research & Development team came up with the name of Technical Picnic Blanket with “a bit of a chuckle.” 

“While there are many $40 ‘picnic blankets’ available on Amazon and big box retailers like Target and Walmart, ours is certainly heads above the rest. We used ‘picnic’ in the product name mostly as a tongue-in-cheek thing, but our product is made with premium technical and heritage materials that are far more rugged, durable, versatile, and it’s also made in the USA,” Ma told me.

What It Is
Inspired by the classic “cowboy bedroll,” the TPB is updated with modern, lighter, technical materials. Its 54-inch by 84-inch footprint rolls up into a 6.5-inch by 11-inch stuff sack (that’s included), and it has six paracord tie-outs to be used as staking points for securing it to the ground. 

On one side is the custom milled, lightweight yet durable, 30D nylon ripstop ground liner, which is impregnated with silicone to repel water and also coated with polyurethane for extra protection against the elements. 

On the other side is 14-ounce wool Melton that is sourced from a U.S. supplier that has been in operation since 1922. The dense, tightly woven fabric is soft to the touch and uses 15% nylon fibers to add that extra touch of durability to the 85% wool content. 
The nylon side is dark green, and the wool side is charcoal gray.

“We’ve used it hiking, backpacking, overlanding, the beach, watching fireworks and meteor showers, and lining the floor of our tent when snow camping,” the product description states. “The seasoned outdoorsman knows that wool insulates even when wet and we’ve found that the weight of the wool Melton we selected to be a great balance between packed trail weight and all season use.”

Bottom Line
Sure, it’s pricy. But given its extreme durability and tons of uses – from recreational to outright survival – the Technical Picnic Blanket just might be worth every penny.

For More information

And here's a video review of the Technical Picnic Blanket by BlackScoutSurvival:

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Rollin' on TV: Jayco Jay Feather Hybrid, Mahana Brewery Tour, & Top 7 RV Items from RV Education 101
(video)
On this week's program (#2017-11), Rollin' On TV checks out the Jayco Jay Feather Hybrid. Also, a great place to visit when RVing in Hawaii is the Mahana Brewery, definitely a refreshing stop. And Mark & Dawn Polk of RV Education 101 show us the top 7 consumable items you should have in your RV.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
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We're the Russos: Behind the Scenes at 'Big Time RV,' The Next Chapter - Camper Van Life, & Minimizing for the Camper Van
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About We're the Russos
In 2015, Joe and Kait Russo quit their jobs, sold their home, and got rid of most of their possessions to live their dream – travel and work for themselves. Together with their rescue dog, Leo, the Russos are traveling all across North America seeking adventure. Their rig is a 2015 Newmar Bay Star, a gas motorhome coming in just shy of 30 feet. Visit their website for tons of more information about the Russos and their travels. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel, where they have videos on RVing, Living Life on Your Terms, Following their Adventure, and more, plus they're on Twitter and Facebook. You can also help support them via their Patreon site.
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Sometimes you have to take matters into your OWN Paws!

Hi all! The other day Mom and I were reading a blog that we follow:

(image)Click here to visit the blogand she asked for people to send in photos of their pets in honor of Pet Parent's Day. Now, if you look at the collage below, I am CERTAIN that there is at least ONE kitty who looks awfully familiar.

(The above photos were used by me
WITHOUT permission cause that's how I roll, 
from Animals Are Feeling Beings Too)

You DO see that familiar kitty, right?

Well, you may also want to look at the list of the peeps who sent in photos:

A Dog’s Life? (Stories of Me and Him)-Pet parent to Ray

Dakota’s Den-Pet parent to Dakota and Cody

Travels With Choppy-Pet parent to Choppy and Schooner

Jeanne Owens, Author-Pet parent to Cinnamon and Shadow

He Hath Said-Pet parent to Lucy

InkGirlWords-Pet parent to Laurie

Shepherding All God’s Creatures-Pet parent to Rosie


Ok, you saw the list, right? You DO see someone's blog who is missing, right? You don't? Well, a certain Sheltie and HIS blog were mentioned, me? Just my name.......and TO THINK THAT A CAT WROTE THAT POST TOO!!! And.....Dakota is NOT MY PARENT!!! Geeze..................

Well, I'll be.............

Sometimes ya just gotta take matters into your OWN PAWS............

"Nobody puts BABY CODY in the corner!!!"
(image)One of my classic photos
from 2013


Fifth Wheel Street unveils 'RV Tow Check' app for iOS devices
In a press release today, Dave Gray, founder of Fifth Wheel Street, unveiled the iOS mobile "RV Tow Check" app for RV owners and vehicle dealers.

The new RV Tow Check iOS version is exceptionally better than the web-based app that required internet access to use. RV Tow Check is the only app of its kind that provides realistic vehicle towing capacity for conventional and fifth wheel trailers simultaneously. RV Tow Check complies with the SAE J2807 guidelines and the vehicle manufacturers owner’s manual instructions. RV Tow Check is the only app that provides users an interactive feature that allows them to select various pin or tongue weight percentages and view instant maximum towing capacity results.

RV Tow check is a dedicated “Before You Buy RV” tool that assists buyers and dealers with discovering what a tow vehicle’s realistic towing capacity is and ensures the RV trailer’s gross vehicle weight rating will not exceed the tow vehicle’s weight safety ratings, Gray said. However, Gray noted, a calculator is only as accurate as the weight information entered into it.

Gray states that this new app has a unique feature providing two modes of operation, beginner, and expert.

First-time users selecting the beginner mode will be able to view instructions and need-to-know information on each weight entry page to help them through the four required entries, and optional entries, Gray said.

Gray states that when first time users have mastered the app, they can switch to expert mode. The app used in expert mode provides a streamlined single page of weight entries and the realistic vehicle towing capacities results without all the instructions.

“I hope to follow-up with providing the Android version of RV Tow Check in two to three months,” Gray said.

Located at FifthWheelStreet.com, Gray said it continues to be one of the fastest growing self-help RV safety websites. It was founded in April 2011 to promote towing safety by providing tow ratings, simplified weighing worksheets, web-based, and mobile app calculators as well as essential articles, videos, and safety information to assist all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck, and conventional trailers.
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Happy #WorldVeterinaryDay !!
Hi my furiends!! It's Cody!!

Today is a super special day! Now I know that many kitties and woofies cringe when they hear the word "V-E-T", but I gotta tell ya, we would be in deep cat litter if we didn't have a good Veterinarian! Dakota and I are blessed to have one of the best! Today is World Veterinary Day  a day when I can give my Vet and his associates a high-paw and tell them all how much I love them!

Veterinarians are a special group of health care professionals and scientists because they prevent disease in animals and treat animals of all kinds around the world.  Healthy animals also contribute to happier and healthier people.
In 2000, the World Veterinary Association initiated World Veterinary Day on the last Saturday of April each year to bring attention to the many ways veterinarians contribute to the health and well-being of animals and people around the world.  Most people know veterinarians as the “animal doctors” for our pets, livestock, horses, and a variety of more diverse animals such as zoo animals and exotic pets such as birds, reptiles, and small mammals.

 I know that my Vet (and the staff at DePorre Veterinary Hospital), love me and are always looking out for me.  Our Vet is gentle, caring and kind. He always tells Mom and Dad about what a "great cat" I am and that makes me purr with delight!

I started going to the vet when I was just a young kit and I remember the day like it was yesterday! Dr. "Smiley" (he is REALLY Dr.Lewis!), got the biggest kick out of me! He pulled out a pen and let me play with it while I was on the exam table, and he told my Mom "This one is FEARLESS!" He went on to say, "this can be a good thing or a BAD thing!"

(image)This photo is from 2013
Before DePorre moved into their "new digs!!"
And before Dr.Lewis had his beard!

Thankfully it turned out to be a GOOD thing!

When I was neutered all of the lady Vet Techs fell in love with me and called me their "cuddle bug." They said that all I wanted to do was cuddle!!

Dr.Lewis always has time to talk to my Mom and always helps ease her worries, he always gives her the best advice. This past winter when I had my mysterious illness, he helped calm my Mom down (trust me that is no easy task!), and he was in constant communication with her. Mom, Dad, Dakota and I would be lost without him!

Mom, Dad, Dakota  and I consider our Vet to be an important member of our family! Dr.Lewis used to care for Grandpa Bobo and he helped him cross the bridge. He helped Mom know when it was "time" to help Grandpa Bobo on his journey. When Mom felt guilty adopting me a mere two weeks after Bobo left her, Dr. Lewis said, "You aren't REPLACING Bobo, no cat could ever do that. You are making NEW memories with a NEW cat. Bobo would want you to give the same love to another cat that you gave to him." Those words helped my Mom more than he probably even knows!

We are truly blessed to have such a professional, caring, and knowledgeable Veterinarian and the other Vets, Technicians, Receptionists, etc. at DePorre Veterinary Hospital , are pretty darned good too!

Today we salute our Veterinarian (who deserves a medal just for putting up with our babbling, hyper and over concerned Mom!) and the staff at DePorre Veterinary Hospital, as well as Veterinarians all over the world!!! Thank you for all that you do!

Love from,
Cody
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