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Fulltime Families Releases Halloween Hangout 2017 Dates, Myrtle Beach, SC

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The Robins Family and the Greene Family invite fellow Fulltime Families Members to join them for a Howlin’ Good Time at the Fulltime Families Halloween Hangout in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the Ocean Lakes Beachside Campground, Oct. 25th – Nov. 1st. 2017.

Family Friendly Activities will be announced shortly.

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations with Fulltime Families and at Ocean Lakes, asap. Spaces are Limited!

An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event. Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 15 families.

Not on the East Coast this Fall? Check out the other scheduled Fulltime Families Hangouts

Interested in hosting your own Fulltime Families Hangout? Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families Halloween Hangout Myrtle Beach
2017 Fulltime Families Halloween Hangout Myrtle Beach
Hosted at the Ocean Lakes Campground - October 25 2017 - November 1st 2017
Price: $50.00

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before Sept 10th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between Sept 10th, 2017 –Sept 24th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after Sept. 24th will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy. FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed. After the order has been placed, no refunds are available. Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

The 10 Funnest Games to Pack for Your Camping Trip

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What’s camping without games?  It’s like spaghetti without meatballs!  When packing for your upcoming camping trip, be sure to “toss” (get it;) some of these favorites in your RV!

This Top Ten List Idea was submitted by Becky Howell

    1. Horseshoes.  A classic camping game!  Could be a bit heavy, and be sure Junior is not behind you before you toss.
    2. Whats camping without a little cornhole?  Ah… definitely not camping!
    3. Frisby!  Get off those chairs and play! So light weight you could pack like a dozen of them and have them double as plates for dinner.
    4. Bocce Ball.  Another classic!  Little known fact from this Italian family, Bocce means *kiss* so pucker up and toss those balls!
    5. Lawn Darts.  If people don’t want to play, make them the target.
    6. Croquette.  Not just for wonderland anymore
    7. Large Jenga Blocks.  Whats more fun than building stuff?  Knocking it down!
    8. Badmitten.  Throw up the net, then serve!
    9. Watermelon Ball.  Never heard of it?  Watch this:

10. Monopoly.  No its not a typical camping game.  But it will get you through the rainy days!

We’re on a 1,000 mile tour with Jellystone Parks and RV Trader to show America what RVing really looks like!  Wanna be part of the adventure, check out our tour dates and locations on our Facebook Page: ThisisRVing and tag your RVing pics on social media with #thisisRVing for your chance to be featured on the tour!

 and p.s. “funnest” is a word.
Catch a new Top Ten List tomorrow!

Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Fulltime Families Mother’s Day Contest

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Moms are the glue that hold Fulltime Families together.  They are teachers, cooks, navigators, route planners, activity directors, grocery shoppers, and dollar stretchers.
They are usually the ones that have to change the bunk bed sheets, comfort the sick children, kiss all the boo boos, and wash those mountains for clothes!
If you missed the announcement on Sunday Night’s Roadschool Moms Show; How to Choose the Right Curricula for Your Roadschool, we’re here to tell you that the winning entry is….
Maternal , Outdorsey, Teaching, Hard-working, Encouraging and Remarkable – an Acroustic poem by Amelia Kearney about her mom, Ann Kearney! 

Congratulations Ann, you now have the opportunity to camp for FREE at wineries and farms across the country with your free annual membership to Harvest Hosts.

 

Fulltime Families Members can also get an exclusive savings off a Harvest Hosts Membership, through our new partnership with this fine organization.  Log onto to the Members’ Only Area for the promo code.

Here are some honorable mentions from the submissions we received:
Owen 13, says of his mom, Crystie, “A mothers love is the glue that holds it all together, a mothers love will last forever, she loves you, you and me, loving each other in harmony, we may not be the perfect family, But I love her and she loves me.”
Molly 3, says of her mom, Ana, “What do you like best about your Mom? She fixes us food. She puts ban bans on boo boos.”
Cathy Strait, age 13, shared this poem for her mom, Sally;
Dearest Mother
I just want to tell you
   in my own special way.
That everything for me you do,
   gives me the strength for each new day.
Though you’re day’s may stressful be,
   You always find time to spend with me.
You love me more than I’ll ever know,
   and that love is what makes me grow.
I know I’m  painting a picture rosy red,
   these word are coming from my creative head.
The words I use are right from my heart,
   I know nothing could break us apart.
You are the greatest Mom in the world,
   and you’re a loving, kind, God-fearin’ girl.
I hope you have the greatest Mother’s Day ever,
   greater than previous ones all put together.
I love you.
Thank you to all who submitted entries. Be sure to check back for our upcoming 2017 Fulltime Families Father’s Day Foto Contest!

Insider Secrets for Getting the Best Price on the Best RV for your Family

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Are you getting overwhelmed by your RV shopping?  Wondering if you are paying too much for your RV?  How do you know if your family will fit in your new RV?

I recently had a chance to discuss these topics, as well as share some of my favorite, insider information about RV shopping with Kevin Wallenbeck, the founder of RVingPlanet.com.

In this brief video, Kevin and I share:

  • How most people buy their first RV and why you shouldn’t.
  • What type of RV is the ‘gateway drug’ to RVing?
  • Common mistakes when pulling a large trailer
  • The danger of getting a big RV as your first RV.
  • Tips for deciding on the right floorplan.
  • Secrets on RV resale value that caught our host off-guard:)

So hit play and then, armed with all your new information, download some great buying guides and peruse thousands of layouts at RVingPlanet.com.

Or pick up your copy of How to Hit the Road, and start taking the steps to get your life off Hold and on the Road today!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Fremont, IN

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As the #thisisRVing tour headed north through Indiana, on a bright and sunny Friday, we pulled into Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Barton Lake in Fremont, IN.

Our first impression, “Holy cow! this looks just like the entrance to a National Park!”.  The Ranger Station was awesome!

IMG_5848We parked in our roomy pull through in the overflow section.  We actually preferred this spot as the rest of the very large 1200 site campground was hopping with campers registering, golf carts being rented left and right and kids on bikes as far as the eye could see. We found out the campground was completely sold out for the Tropical Paradise Weekend.

We opened our slides and headed to the main amenity area.  Watch our video below, where Dominick gives you a tour of this campground wonderland and a first person perspective of the parks 10 story water slides!

If you’ve been following our tour, then you know our family loves the Jellystone Jump Pillows!  But there was so much more of this park to explore.  Bike rentals, an arcade, a tiki bar, paddle boats, and we had only scratched the surface.  We took a break from exploring to participate in the campground’s hula hooping contest.

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After 6 years on the road, our kids are hula hooping ringers (it’s our back up plan if roadschooling doesn’t work out) and DJ and Tonia both took home the 1st place prizes in their division.

Feeling pretty confident, we headed over to the Sand Castle competition at the park’s beach.  Our construction skills were seriously lacking in this area, but we enjoyed watching the other families bring their sand sculptures to life.

After some lunch, we were ready for a swim, but what water feature should we chose? This Jellystone has tons of wet and wild fun.  From the splash park with the dumping bucket, to the wading pool, the little kids water area, the indoor pool, or even the lake front beach, there’s a soaking place for every day of your stay!

IMG_5878One of the highlights of our weekend, was when Chris and I met Roger Barry.  Roger has owned the park for over 30 years!  He told us not to miss the Sunday Service and we’re certainly glad we didn’t.

We made so many happy family memories at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Lake Barton and met so many wonderful people!  We can’t wait to come back to this great park!

 

 

 

 

For more information or to book your vacation, visit www.campjellystone.com

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FtF Mother’s Day Essay Contest – Win Mom a Free Year of Harvest Hosts

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Hey Full Time RVing Families (or those who want to be) It’s time for the Annual Fulltime Families Mother’s Day Essay / Poem Contest!
This year, you could win your mom A Free Year of Harvest Hosts- the membership that allows you to camp at wineries, farms and 1000s of interesting places around the country for free!
Does your Fulltime Mom Rock?
Do you have an amazing RV Mom?
Do you want to win her a free year of Harvest Hosts?
Tell us how much you love your Mom? Tell us why she’s the perfect mom for you?
Now you have a chance to express your love and let her (and everyone else) know just how much she means to you!
ages 5 – 8 Sit with an adult or older sibling and answer the questions about your mother. Have them transcribe your answers if necessary and add them to a home-made Mother’s Day Card.
See Questions below.

ages 9-12 Make a list of amazing attributes that are special about your mom, using the letters M O T H E R in an acrostic poem.
ages 13 – older Write a poem, song or story about your mother. Try and see things from her point of view. Enter your piece in the FtF Mother’s Day Contest

Send your submission to  kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com by Midnight, May 11th, 2017 so we can announce the winner live on Special Mother’s Day Show on Roadschool Moms Radio

The mom of the winning essayist will receive a free Year’s Membership to Harvest Hosts (an FtF Partner)
This contest is open to all readers of this post.

 5 – 8 Interview about my Mom Questions:

All about My Mom
1. How old is your Mom?
2. What is your Mom’s favorite color?
3. What is your Mom’s favorite food?
4. How tall is your Mom?
5. What shoe size does she wear?
6. What is her favorite TV show?
7. What time does your Mom wake up in the morning?
8. What is your Mom’s first name?
9. What do you like best about your mom?
Fulltime-Families-Explorers-Logo-FinalSpecial Note to FtF Explorers:  Please review the guidelines in your handbook to earn your badge for this activity. 
FtF Explorer is a accomplishment driven scouting program for adventurous boys and girls. To enroll your students visit: FTF Explorer Program
 

What’s Harvest Hosts?

Harvest Hosts is  a network of wineries, farms and agri-tourism sites that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight for free! Through a new partnership with Fulltime Families, FtF Members can now get an Exclusive Discounted Rate for an annual membership.  See the Members Only Benefits Section for details and promo code.
Not an FtF Member Yet?  What are you waiting for?  Join the FtF Family today and start reaping the rewards of membership immediately!

Here’s the Winner of the 2016 FtF Mother’s Day Essay Contest and a Brand New Instant Pot is…

16 year old Daisy Jacobs who submitted her poem “The Gardener”
The gardener.
My mom is like a gardener,
Who pulls out nasty weeds.
Who takes the time to water us
Add the nutrients we need.
Roses, Daisys, cherry blossoms,
She has planted many seeds.
And she adds supports to all our stems,
And does many more good deeds.
I hope that we bloom big for her,
And the love she has decreed.
I wish to one day be this gardener
And plant my own colorful seeds.

Honorable mentions from the hundreds of submissions we were privileged to read go to:

5 yo Allisondra shares about her mom Cat, “I like best that she’s my best friend, loves me as big as the moon and always listens.”

14 yo Josh Arnold shares about his mom, Bunny, “Her favorite place to relax is the beach.
That is why we are there so often.”

Lauri Johnson’s son Andrew says what he loves most about his mom is that she “gives me money”.

A member of the Farnsworth Family wrote:
“My mom and I don’t get along all of the time. Most likely because I am a teenager that wants to be right and she is a mother that normally is.”

According to DJ Travaglino, I am 8 yrs old and 9 ft tall 🙂

From our Acrostic Poem submissions we have:

Jasia Curren says her mother Erin is Magical

Stephanie Church O = Observant: I’ve never stolen a cookie
Austin James tells us his mom Sara is  T = Terrific
Kendra shares that her mother Robyn is H = Helps her to read
Elijah Salyers his mom is E = Epic
For both Jake and Jessi Gebbi R = Rockin Mom!  Go Heather!

Thank you to all who entered and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms!  Our next big contest is the Annual FtF Father’s Day Photo Contest.  Follow FulltimeFamilies.com for submission guidelines and contest dates.

 

2016- 2017 Roadschool Planner Free for a Limited Time!

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Are you getting ready to head back to your Roadschool?  Just in time for a new year, is an updated tool from the Roadschool Moms Radio Team to help you achieve Roadschool Success!

Roadschool Moms CautionThe Roadschool Planner has room for you to record:

  • Goals
  • Reading Log
  • Map your Journey
  • Family Bucket List
  • Attendance
  • Monthly Themes
  • Field Trips
  • and so much more!

And best of all, it’s free for this week!

It’s the perfect place to keep track of “what you want to learn where”.  Like no other planner available, this planner integrates your travels with your learning opportunities so you don’t miss valuable lessons and you can easily capitalize on your journey – making your time on the road a true learning adventure!

Super Charge Your Roadschool!  Check out this recent show where MB and KT share their Tips for Prepping for a Great Roadschool Year

Join us every Sunday night at 9pm est at http://www.roadschoolmoms.com for more tips, advice, fun and fellowship to recharge your Roadschool.

Not available on Sunday night?  No problem!  Subscribe to our iTunes podcast and catch the replays when it’s convenient for you!

To get your free Roadschool Planner, simply enter your email address below.

 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY

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IMG_5717Our first Kentucky stop on the #thisisRVing tour was at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY.

Cave City is home to Mammoth Cave, the country’s 2nd oldest tourist attraction and the combination of amenities, activities and central location, make this Jellystone Park the perfect camp home for exploring this area full of natural wonders and history.

We pulled in on a Sunday night during the Princesses Rule and Pirates Drool Weekend.  Our first adventure was a tour of the park amenities which include a large jumping pillow, a water zone splash pad, large swimming pool, mini-golf, large sites and charming cabins.

We watched the Hayride tour the campground, donned our bathing suits, grabbed a towel and explored the main guest areas of this large park.

We bounced a bit to work up an appetite and then headed to Yogi’s Pic-a-Nik Basket to order some dinner.  After dinner, we hit one of the park’s main attractions, the hillside water slide!

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The slide was tons of fun and my kids rode it again and again.  For a 1st person water slide ride, click on the video below!

When we were fully waterlogged, we went back to the bounce pad and waited for the outdoor movie to start in the pavilion.

As the sun set, a game a nighttime hide and go seek kicked off and the kids had a blast finding each other on the dark playground!

There was so much to do at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Cave City, KY, we really only scratched the surface, but it was time for the #thisisRVing tour to move north.  We’re looking forward to spending more time at this campground in the future.

For more information or to book your vacation, visit www.campjellystone.com

For more information about #thisisRVing visit www.facebook.com/thisisRVing and help us show America what RVing really looks like by tagging your pics with #thisisRVing

ThisIsRVing-Sharables-1Click here to read all the #thisisRVing Tour Updates and Articles

Special thanks to #thisisRVing Tour Sponsors;

 

 

Dreamers, Save Your Spot in the Upcoming Free Online RV Summit

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Are you dreaming of being a full-time RVing family?  Are you ready to Hit the Road?

Check out the Fulltime Families Bookstore for the resources you need to get your life off hold and on the road!

AND… Save your spot in this upcoming FREE Online RV Summit!

”Your RV Dream: Discover the Lifestyle, Make Money While You Travel, and Live a Life of Freedom and Adventure”

Summit producer, Melissa Dafnis has brought together 21 experts (including me, Kimberly Travaglino co-founder of Fulltime Families) to share our advice for achieving Your RV Dream.

She believes, as I do, that you can achieve your dream, and listening to this audio summit is a great first step!

It starts Monday, May 8th, and you can join us at no cost by signing up here:

Your RV Dream  

When you go to the link above and sign up to join us, you’ll receive actionable advice you can use right away to begin to use to achieve the life of your dreams in an RV.

Melissa is the perfect person to host this interview series; she’s done extensive research, has plenty of experience, and is living her dream in a big RV with her 2 dogs, Tigger and Roo.

I’m so happy to join this audio summit and share my advice and wisdom with you.  I believe that you deserve to live Your RV Dream life!

When you join Melissa, me, and 20 other experts for these interviews, you’ll discover:

  • What the RV Lifestyle is Really Like,
  • Why This Is A Great Lifestyle, whether you do it full-time or part-time
  • How Easy and Affordable It Can Be,
  • How To Choose the Right RV for You,
  • The Many Ways There Are to Make Money While You Travel,
  • How To Include Children and Pets, and
  • Live a Life of Freedom, Travel, Exploration, and Adventure
  • AND MORE!

These are short, information-packed interviews, because we know you’re busy! Each interview is no longer than 30 minutes. You’ll receive advice from proven experts who have been there and done that. They’re sharing real-life experiences and know-how so you can take action right after you hear the interviews.

Here’s that link again where you can sign up to join us at no cost:

Take Action Now! Live Your RV Dreams <<< Join Us Starting May 8th

This Summit features the powerful information you can use right away to begin pursuing Your RV Dream.

Each expert, including me, has a link to their website or a free gift right below their interview.  You’ll be able to connect with us right away to help you move forward and live your life of freedom and adventure.

 

To your success,

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P.S.  In addition to free registration to the Your RV Dream Summit, Melissa is offering you a FREE gift, a report called: “Wanna Live Your RV Dream?  Avoid These 5 Mistakes! The Keys to Saving Money, Time, and Effort.”  Register Here for the Summit & Free Report!

P.P.S. In case you’re wondering who some of the other speakers are, check out the registration page for a complete list:

Your RV Dream  <<< Grab Your Spot Now

Gardening in Your RV; How to Grow a Garden on the Go

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One of the things I miss from my Sticks and Bricks life, is my garden. The ability to walk outside and harvest fresh grown, organic produce for free is something I know a lot of full time rvers miss.  So when I saw Ashleigh Priest’s pictures of her “garden on the go” on the Fulltime Families Facebook Group, I got very excited and asked her to write an article on just how she made her mobile garden a reality. Here’s what she had to say:

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

2015 has brought my family a few epiphanies. We had a rough winter for 2014. Too much of it was spent in our camper, as this Floridian family tried to adjust to a Minnesota winter.  It seemed something was always happening. First our truck needed an expensive repair. Our water access port kept busting every couple of weeks. The truck broke down a second time. A third time. We were behind on all bills.  Bad weather, meant work days missed and money was tight.  Some weeks we had to decide between food or paying the cellphone bill. Food obviously came first.

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RV Garden

Boy food is ridiculously expensive! How do people with large families do this?

Here’s epiphany number one.

If only we had a garden we could have healthy food. Too bad we travel.

March came around and my back went out. I’m young. This should not happen. It’s always attributed to my weight. Yes, I’m very unhealthy.

This was epiphany number two.

I NEED to get healthier! I really wish we could have a garden. How can this become something we can do?

I did research. Joined gardening groups on Facebook. Asked if anyone in the traveling groups have a garden. The limited replies I received were in the “that’s a cool idea” vain..  and if I followed through with the garden to keep everyone posted.

Garden on the Go

Garden on the Go

So, I got to work.

I planned out what I wanted to grow. What I’d use for containers. How to make my own compost (what’s a better fertilizer than compost 😉 ).

My original plan was to build planter boxes from pallets, have holes on both sides, put some rope through the holes, and make a loop on each side.

Then take two 2x4s, drill 7/8 inch holes in them and put a wooden dowel in the holes after putting the dowels through the rope and hang up the planter boxes. The 2x4s would have a rubber covering on the top and lean against the camper.

Phew! Let me say if that sounded like a lot of work, it was! With two toddler boys, I was already stretch thin. I got two planters built and that was that.

I planted sweet peas and green beans in the boxes.

Then I simplified.  I used four 5 gallon buckets to plant tomatoes and corn in. Everything got covered at night because there were still cool nights.

Then we got a surprise snow! That storm killed all my plants except my sweet peas. I decided to wait until May to replant.

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This time I had a different plan.

I bought some storage tote boxes, soil, pea pebbles.

I took my original 5 gallon buckets, and with a hammer, and a nail, poked 4 holes in the sides of the buckets at the bottom. I put about 3 inches of pea pebbles in the bucket then filled up the bucket about 2/3 full with soil and added my seeds for corn and tomatoes (I feel like I just did this lol). Finally, I watered the seeds and set them aside.

I replanted green beans in the wooden box I used before. I watered them and put the box aside.

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I was ready to expand my garden.

Butter crunch lettuce, spinach, green bell pepper, parsley, and basil seeds were all planted in the storage totes, which had been prepped like the buckets, with several holes and pea pebbles topped with soil.

In one tote, I planted the lettuce and spinach together. This way I have an instant salad with the combination of these greens.

The other box was a little more tricky. I went to Dollar Tree and bought two long, plastic planter boxes. I poked holes in them. Next I filled the tote box the way I did the other containers. I then grabbed two pieces of broken concrete blocks we had laying around and placed them on top of the soil in the tote box. Afterwards I placed the Dollar Tree plastic planters, each on the concrete pieces. There was space in between these, which is where the green bell pepper was planted. In one planter I put seed for basil and the other for parsley.

So far everything has sprouted wonderfully. I’ve harvested two large handfuls of sweet peas already. My lettuce has been harvested for salad as I please. My corn is growing along with my tomatoes. My last box has just sprouted in the last couple weeks.

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The dirt on dirt.

I mentioned compost earlier. We made our own compost as well. We bought a Roughneck tote box (I think like 3 gallons) in dark blue. We have put in things such as used coffee grounds and filter, banana peels, orange peels, egg shells, ashes, mud, corn husks, and whatever else we thought of. We then bought fishing worms (don’t judge) and added them to the box as well. We read that the worms help aid in the breakdown of the matter and their excretions are good for the soil. I will be adding some compost to each plant this week.

I have been asked how we will transport our garden when we move. We have a bumper pull travel trailer so we are able to put the garden in the bed of the truck. We have a contractors topper on our truck so the garden will be protected during travel. As for crossing borders, we’ve never been somewhere we have been stopped, so we will address that if we ever encounter that problem. So I will say, use your best judgement and plan ahead.

Another option would be to place your garden in your shower during moves.

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I’m excited to see how well our traveling garden does. I hope to have enough of a harvest to give me the opportunity to learn to can as well.

For those considering gardening on the go, this is my first garden ever. I have not killed the plants this go around (so far). If you put your mind to it and do some research, you can do it! Happy trails!

Ashleigh Priest is a proud wife of a union pipe welder/fitter. Mother of two rambunctious toddler boys, traveling this great land since 2011. Always looking for the best in life to make my family the happiest and healthiest it can be.

You can find her on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.huggins1?fref=ts

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