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Wardrobe Makeover Day 3 Vlog

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I have to say, I’m really happy with how my wardrobe makeover is proceeding.  Here’s the steps I’ve taken so far:

and it’s finally time to Go Shopping!

After yesterday’s mix and match session turning 8 pieces into 9 outfits, I was able to clearly see a few what’s missing.

I’ve decided on a list of items I’d like to purchase from Amazon.  I’m going to shop on Amazon because, I can do it in my pajamas, without someone tugging on my leg, and making a million trips to the bathroom with my little people.

Here’s what I’m buying:

  • 3 completers: 1 neutral cardigan, 1 vest, 1 denim jacket
  • 2 solid color tops (one white, one aqua)
  • 1 striped top
  • a pair of riding boots
  • a pair of ballet slipper shoes
  • an infinity scarf

Here’s the items that will be coming on Monday!

My budget for this makeover is $200, so I’ve decided to not purchase the denim jacket from Amazon and instead, search out a replacement at a local Thrift / Resale Shop.



Wardrobe Makeover Vlog Day 2

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Holy Cow Y’all!  This transformation is totally working!  It makes no sense, but by getting rid of over half my wardrobe, I feel like I already have so many more stylish outfits to wear!  How is that possible?

Today, I rejected my normal t-shirt and jeans uniform and started the day in a blouse and a denim skirt.

img_0367I forced myself to accessorize.  For years I have worn the same necklace day in and day out.  I have a collection of blingy accessories, but they feel foreign to me, so I normally ignore them.

To be honest, this whole transition feels foreign to me and to date, this mental game is really my biggest obstacle.  I’ve done enough research and pinned enough pinterest boards to start understanding the look I want to achieve.  And it turns out, I already have a nice collection of basics to start with.  They were here the whole time, but I couldn’t see them through all the t’s!  But now putting them on and feeling fussy is something I need to start getting over.

I believe, the more I do it, the more natural it will feel, but until then, I really do have to force myself to move forward with this endeavor.  I just have to keep reminding myself why I’m doing this.

As I suspected and shared on today’s vlog, my 33 remaining pieces were going to be further reduced.  I tucked away my summer clothes and left 8 pieces hanging on the rack.  EIGHT!


The 8 that made the cut are:

  • 1 Graphic Tee
  • 1 3/4 sleeve black shirt
  • 1 cowl neck sweater
  • 1 chiffon hem sweater
  • 1 short sleeve blouse
  • 1 denim skirt
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 1 pair of skinny jeans

Then it was time for some fun!  I mixed and matched and created 9 outfits from these 8 pieces.  I could have kept going, but it was time for dinner!

Processed with MOLDIV

Now, with my belongings pared down the the absolute minimum, my next step will be to draw up a list of completers, accessories and a few more tops and bottoms and maybe some shoes to complete my new look.

Here’s today’s vlog where I talk about color palettes, and my fears regarding this challenge.

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The Why

Day 1


Wardrobe Makeover Vlog Day 1

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As I mentioned yesterday in my post about transforming my wardrobe, I’ve broken this process down into baby steps to make it more manageable.

Step 1: Inventory

I’m super excited to go shopping right now, because at the moment I feel that ol’ cliche feeling that comes with a closet full of clothes and yet, nothing to wear.  But I must temper the urge to splurge because deep down I know, that unless I take an inventory of my current wardrobe, I won’t actually solve my problem.  Shopping right now will just add more hastily purchased, poorly thought out items to my already bulging closet.


My Closet Pre Inventory – That’s not my Fire Rescue Jacket 😉

My goal for this initiative is to have less stuff, but good stuff.  Versatile stuff that when paired together and properly accessorized, will help me achieve a polished look.

I take everything out of my closet and my one drawer and through it all on the bed in a huge heap.

Pile o clothing

Pile o clothing

As I mentioned in today’s Vlog, one of the problems in my closet is my enormous collection of Fulltime Families t-shirts.  As I was live on FB a couple of really smart people mentioned that I should turn them into a quilt!  Brilliant!  That is precisely what I will do!

Sometimes it’s so hard to part with sentimental articles of clothing.  Or maybe you’re still holding onto your old maternity wardrobe, or your skinny clothes.  Whatever it is, if you’re not wearing it, it’s wearing you down.  Having that much clutter around, is a true energy zapper, so when you’re working on minimizing, really try to only keep the things you’ll definitely wear again and let the rest go!

I took out of my closet:

  • 8 Dresses
  • 1 Romper
  • 18 t shirts
  • 7 dressier tops / blouses
  • 6 sweaters
  • 3 pair of jeans
  • 5 pairs of leggings
  • 6 skirts
  • 4 pair of shorts
  • 2 yoga pants

That’s 60 items of clothing!  How is it possible that I feel like I have nothing to wear???


Chris’ Clothes Only – and our whole family’s shoes

I returned the following items back to my closet and set the rest aside to be donated:

  • 3 Dresses (1 summer, 1 dressy, 1 black)
  • 1 Romper
  • 7 t shirts
  • 5 dressier tops / blouses
  • 3 sweaters
  • 3 pair of jeans
  • 5 pairs of leggings (must keep all the leggings)
  • 3 skirts
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of yoga pants

33 pieces in total!  Gosh that feels good!  I can probably even pare down a bit more!


Look at all that space!

Here’s a video that discusses more about this first step:

Tune in tomorrow for Step 2!


Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Full Time RVing Mom VLOG Series

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Is it possible to dress fashionably, as a mom, when you’re homeschooling, and living in an RV?  I’m about to embark on a journey of fashion discovery and I’m inviting you along for the “ride”.

This is kinda like when I embarked on a 30 Day Juice Fast, or maybe more like the time I tried to pare down my camper’s contents by 1 ton. Either way… it’s another one of my journey’s of personal discovery and I’m excited to share it with you!

You see, I’m usually a t-shirt and jeans kinda’ RV queen, but that look is gettin’ old and with crisper days and crunchy leaves under foot, I’m ready for a change!


The Height of my Fashion Sense- Red Sandals with a Pink Tshirt!

I recently attended my first LuLaRoe Pop Up Boutique at the Colonial Times Rally and learned that leggings are PANTS!  WTF!!!!!  Where have I been all these years!  Living under a rock…


Yes, I guess I have been living under a rock!

Mind blown!  So, since they seemed more fashion forward, and eons more comfy than jeans and t’s, I immediately overloaded on them and started wearing leggings exclusively!


Yes – Those are Campers on my Leggings!

I felt a bit more fashionable and I do love my leggings (which I am wearing right now as I type this confession) but this first step really whet my appetite for some real style.  So I headed over to Pinterest to learn how I could dress my leggings up a bit and I learned about pairing leggings with riding boots and ballet flats and stripey boatneck tops and jean jackets! This was an amazing breakthrough for me… and then that’s when it happened!

Anyone who knows me, knows I like to dive head-first into:

  • things I feel passionate about
  • things I get intrigued by
  • things that just mildly pique my curiosity as I’m strolling past them.
  • Case in point, flashback to 2007 – “honey, look at this cute pop up!  OMG!!! if we lived in a camper, we could have the most amazing life!!!!”.
Here's Me lookin' dressy with Cathy Carr at Escapade

Here’s Me lookin’ dressy with Cathy Carr at Escapade

So it should be no surprise that when I discovered the Capsule Wardrobe, I  became immediately obsessed with throwing EVERY STITCH of clothing I own, out, and buying  33 new, interchangeable, totally remixable, wear your pants as a sweater – they’re so versatile, pieces of clothing.

And then, since I’ve been down this road a time or two, like when I decided we should run away and join the circus, prudence intercedes and I decide that this time, I will “proceed with caution” and slowly transform my look.  I will use this as an opportunity to not only interject some intentional fashionable choices in my life, but also to further minimize my belongings and clear the clutter out of my closet for the “long haul” (phew – I can really “pack in” those Road References can’t I).

So, I’ve broken my plan into baby steps and I’ve decided to share this journey with other full-time rving moms, who may also find themselves in a fashion rut.  I invite you to join me on a Vlog journey of personal style discovery.  I will be Live Facebooking Daily and uploading the replays to our Youtube Channel.

I’d also love to hear about your wardrobe challenges and success stories!  Feel free to comment below or reach me at kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

So here’s to a new look in two weeks!  Who knows, I might decide this is all too much for me and pursue a “naturalist” approach.  Either way, it should be as entertaining as that time I talked a bunch of people into carvanning to Slab City so don’t miss it!



Recap Video Released from Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally

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This week, the recap video, highlighting the fun, educational, and fellowship that took place at the recent Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally was released on the Fulltime Families Youtube Channel:

This event, attended by over 50 families and 350 attendees, boasted Colonial Inspired Activities including:

Colonial Family Games

Candle Making

Ice Cream in a Bag

A 3 day Improv workshop hosted by professional Acting Coach, Russ the Big Guy

Educational Seminars

A Colonial River “Crossing” with homemade boats and paddles

and the Main Event, hosted by Fass Fuel, a Colonial Town Dance under the Stars!

You can check out the complete schedule of this event here: Tentative Schedule for FtF Colonial Times Rally

And be sure to join us for our next event, the 2017 Fulltime Families 7th Annual Family Reunion in Tallahasee, FL.



Finding the Sweet Spot for Trick or Treating on the Road

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One of the benefits of being a full time rving family in the fall, is the opportunity to set your gps and move your house to one of the country’s best cities for trick or treating!   Every year, Zillow publishes their top 20 list.  According to Zillow’s website there is a significant amount of number crunching that goes in to developing this list.


Zillow takes numbers seriously, even when it comes to trick or treating. Taking the most holistic approach, the Trick-or-Treat Index is calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on these variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks.  For more info, visit: http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/

Graphic from Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/

Graphic from Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/

If one of these cities isn’t in your travel plans this October, fear not!  You can still find the perfect neighborhood for the ghouls and goblins in your rig, no matter where in the world your rig is parked!


Our best tip for finding the “sweet spot” by you is by calling some locals.  You can start with the police department or the Children’s’ Librarian at the local library.

Hang out at the park?  Ask another mom! or talk to the local elementary school secretary.

Looking for Fall Festivals and Howlin’ Holiday activities?  Check out Family Days Out.com for all the events going on in your area!

Update: While these tips have worked in the past, this year, I found the best spot by locating an Elementary School via Google Maps and then making sure the streets around it were in a accessible, grid like pattern for easy navigation.

We found our ‘sweet spot’ and after an hour left with full bags of loot!  It was a trick or treating success story!


Be A Part of this Independent Film about RVing Families

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Are you tired of seeing RVing families portrayed in the media as ” victims of circumstances”?

Are you tired of hearing thing like “don’t worry, it will get better” from well-meaning RV neighbors?

Are you interested in inspiring other families to live an intentional lifestyle?

Then, we have an avenue for you to do something!


Our fellow nomadic neighbors, the Suburban Pilgrims are embarking on a film-making adventure and your support can help dispel the myths of full-time rving families and give an inside view of what it really looks like to live a mobile lifestyle with your kids in tow.

You can be a part of this ground breaking film!






Get a First Look at Augusta RVs New Toy Hauler; The Luxe Hauler

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The Luxe Hauler is on the move, embarking on a 2100 mile journey from the Augusta RV Design Facility to the Pomona RV Show and Fulltime Families is excited to share a sneak peek at this exciting and innovative new entry into the towable toy hauler market.

Augusta is the RV company to watch. With high quality components, tasteful (non-rv) interiors inspired by America’s stunning landscapes, full size appliances, and a firm foundation riding on MOR/ryde’s Independent Suspension and Disc Brakes, the Luxe is on our short list of full-time rving rigs to consider when shopping for a house on wheels.

To be a part of this cross country journey, follow #luxehauler on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and be sure to set your alerts to join, Peter Thomas, ARV Marketing Manager, for a live walk through taking place on Facebook on this Friday, October 7th, at 6:15pm Pacific Time!

first peek at the Luxe Hauler


Early Bird Registration is Now Open for Current FtF Members

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Charter, Pioneer Lifetime (red stickers) and Trailblazer Lifetime (flame stickers) and Current Annual Members are now invited to reserve their spots at the upcoming Fulltime Families 7th Annual Family Reunion in Tallahasee, FL this Feb. 2 – 5th, 2017.

Early Bird registration for these members will remain open from now until 10/7, at which time, it will be opened up to the club’s annual members.

Lifetime Member; please send an email to Chris@fulltimefamilies.com for your exclusive promo codes, 20% off Rally Rate for Pioneer Lifetime; $50 one time rally credit for Trailblazer Lifetime.

Upgrade Opportunity

Current Annual Members interested in upgrading to Trailblazer Lifetime, please email Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com prior to registering for this event so you can use your $50 one time rally credit for this event.

To reserve your spot, visit the FtF Family Reunion Info Page.




Fulltime Families 7th Annual Family Reunion Open Registration Instructions and FAQs

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Early Bird Registration is now open for Fulltime Families Charter Members to register for the upcoming FtF 7th Annual Family Reunion, hosted in Tallahasee, FL, Feb. 2 – 5th, 2017.

Here are some FAQs about the event:

How can I reserve my spot?

Go to the Rally Shop at: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/2017-fulltime-families-7th-annual-family-reunion/ to reserve your spot.

Does the price include camping?

Yes, when completing steps 1 and 2, you will be paying for both your rally registration ($21.95 per person ages 3 and up) and the site rate of $28 per night for your water and electric site at the North Florida Fair Grounds.  Dumps are available, free of charge, at various locations on the fair grounds.

What Utilities are Included on my site?

All sites provide water and electric.  There are dump stations at the fairgrounds that you can use free of charge.  There are also bath houses available for rally attendees.

Do I have to reserve with the Fair Grounds?

No, reserving with Fulltime Families and completing steps 1 and 2 on the Rally Shop page is all you need to do.

What happens after I reserve my spot?

24 – 48 hours after we receive a notification from Paypal, you will get an email from Fulltime Families with additional registration instructions and a Google form to complete. Upon completion of the form, you will be added to the dedicated Facebook account for this event.

What days should I plan to arrive and leave?

Please plan to arrive by 3pm Wednesday, Feb. 1st to be parked appropriately.  Scheduled events will kick off 11am on Thursday morning (Feb. 2).  The event wraps up on the morning of  Feb. 5th.  Attendees interested in staying after the rally ends, should consult the Fairgrounds for site rental.

Many attendees plan to stay a full week.  You can stay at fairgrounds for the rally rate of $28 from 1/30/2017 – 2/5/2017.

I’m a Charter Member and I only pay $25 per rally.  How do I do that?

Charter Members, please skip Step 1 and simply reserve your campground spot.  We will issue you a custom invoice after we get that payment and generate a custom invoice for your $25 rally fee.

I’m a Pioneer Lifetime Member and I always save 20% off my rally rate.  How do I do that?

Pioneer Lifetime Members (Red Lifetime Stickers) please email Chris for your 20% off promo code prior to registering for this event.  Please allow 24 hour response time for this request.

I’m a Trailblazer Lifetime Member, how to do use my one time $50 Rally Credit for this event?

Trailblazer Lifetime Members, please email Chris for your $50 off promo code prior to registering for this event.  Please allow 24 hour response time for this request.

I’m a current Annual Member and I’d like to upgrade to Trailblazer Lifetime Member.  How do I do that?

Current Annual Members who are interested in upgrading to the Trailblazer Lifetime Membership option and receiving a one time $50 rally credit can email Kimberly directly.

What will we be doing at this “rally”?

Fulltime Families Rallies are 4 day family friendly events full of fun and fellowship (that’s a lot of f’s;).  Schedules include a variety of family game times, arts and crafts, educational opportunities, seminars, campfires, socials, and big time fun!  For an example, check out what we did at our last rally.

What’s Included in my Rally Fee?

Your rally fee pays for all the supplies, staff, rental fees, event insurance and administrative costs required to host the event.  FtF ascribes to a “leave your wallet at home” policy when hosting events, so all efforts are made to allow attendees to pay once and just enjoy the event.

Who can attend the Fulltime Families Family Reunion?

This event is limited to 100 families who are members of Fulltime Families (annual, Charter, Pioneer Lifetime, Trailblazer Lifetime, Annual).  Not a member yet?  Join Now!

Do you offer scholarships for this event?

Yes, we have a limited number of scholarships.  To apply for an FtF Event Scholarship, complete the Application Form.

Are there opportunities to Volunteer at this event?

Absolutely, Volunteers are the life blood of Rally events.  To be connected to the organizers group and find opportunities, you can join the Planners FB Group.  We also have a Volunteer Board posted during the event.

What should I bring with me?

Your family, your fun and engaging attitude, your smile.  Any other necessary items (pot luck meals, special supplies) will be published on a “Rally Packing Guide” published on the Fulltime Families Website and the dedicated Facebook Group for this event.

What are we eating?

Some activities will include corporate meals (pot luck), other times you will be eating on your own.  It’s best to good food shopping and plan quick and easy meals while you are attending the rally, as you won’t want to miss a minute of the fun!

Do families Roadschool during the rally?

While there are many educational elements on the rally schedule, with so many kids and so many fun things to do, doing school during your time at the rally may be challenging.  Many families suspend their studies during rally time.

How can I prepare my children for this event?

Rally is a fun time, but it can also be overwhelming for new attendees.  It’s a good idea to review the schedule with your family so you can mark off activities you don’t want to miss.



What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Rally Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before December 11th, 2016 for a full refund of rally fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between December 12th, 2016 – January 8th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after Jan. 9th, 2017 will not be refunded.

Camping Refunds:

  • Cancel via email up to 72 hours (4pm on 1/27/2017) prior to event for a refund less 1 nights fee ($28).  After 4pm 1/27/2017, we will not be able to provide refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds:

  • 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.




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