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How Do Full-Time RVing Families Make All Their Stuff Fit- Webinar Tonight

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If you are new to the idea of full-time RVing as a family, or if you’re on the road, swimming in stuff, then join us tonight on this free webinar hosted by the Escapees RV Club.

Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, will be showing viewers her best tips for fitting everything an adventuring family of 6 needs into the 350 sq feet, the Travaglino family has been living in for the last 7 years.

  • What Kitchen Appliances are multipurpose?
  • Where do you keep all your clothes?
  • How about toy storage?
  • Family heirlooms and momentos?

Join Kimberly and host, Georgianne Austin, Escapees Marketing Director, for this one hour, not to be missed, informational broadcast.

Reserve your space now with this link: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35099/f73fc84fa1

 

Fulltime Families Rally Instructions and FAQs

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Registration is now open for the upcoming 2017 FtF Canadian Rally, hosted  by FtF Lifetime Member Family, the Fosters, in Mattawa, Ontario, Sept. 7 – 10th, 2017*, for FtF Charter Members.

Charter Members Early Registration 2/10 – 2/13

Lifetime Members Early Registration 2/13 – 2/16

Annual Members and New Members Registration opens 2/17

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-canadian-rally/ to reserve your spot.

Does the price include camping?

Your rally fee DOES NOT include camping.  Please make your camping arrangements by completing this Camping Reservation Form and submitting it via email to stp@sidturcottepark.com.  Have questions or need more info about camping? Call Ian Foster at 850-405-9365.

What Utilities are Included on my site?

Please refer to the Camping Reservation Form for site types available.

Are Cabins, RV Rentals and Tent sites available?

Why yes!  Sid Turcott Park has several accommodation options for families who either don’t have their RV yet, or prefer to attend without.  Check out the Camping Reservation Form above for these options.

What Other Services will be Offered at the Rally?

Past rallies have included the following services.  When possible, FTF contracts with providers to secure services at a discounted “Rally Rate”  (additional fees may apply):

  • RV Wash / Wax Services
  • Mobile RV Repair Services
  • Pet Grooming
  • Hair Cuts
  • Gun Locker Storage (please note – you are not permitted to cross the border with firearms)  Details on a Firearms Storage solution will be provided soon.
  • other services coming soon

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. This will be sent to your Paypal Email Address. 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 on or before 3pm Wednesday, Sept 6th to be parked appropriately. Scheduled events will kick off 11am on Thursday morning (Sept. 7). The event wraps up on the morning of Sept 10th

Early Birds and Pre-Rally: Many attendees plan to stay a full week. We encourage you to arrive on Sept. 5th and depart on Sept. 12th, if you are interested in participating in all pre and post rally events.

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

Charter Members, We will issue you a custom invoice for your $25 rally  rate.  Please send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com to register.

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 Canadian Rally?

This event is limited to 25 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?

Please refer to the rally shop for cancellation dates and policies.

Will I need a Passport to attend this event?

Yes! http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html can answer many of your questions regarding border crossing with minors.

 

*These are the official rally dates. It is advised to arrive on or before Sept. 6th.  Pre and Post rally activities will span Sept. 5th – 12th.

 

FtF 2017 Family Awards Announced

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This past Saturday night at the FtF 7th Annual Family Reunion Main Event, sponsored by Fass Fuel, the FtF 2017 Family Awards were announced.

This year we started a new tradition at FtF to recognize members of our community that help each of us to make our lives on the road easier and more fulfilling!
FtF Family of the Year – lives the DREAM…full-time RV life, explores their surroundings, promotes FtF wherever they go, always presents FtF in a positive light, are unique, inventive, courageous, blazing their own trails across the nation (or the world!)
Nominees are:
Bailey Family
Harkins Family
Royal Family

and your choice for FtF Family of the Year is… The Harkins Family!

The FtF Good Samaritan goes above and beyond to help others in the community, this person is willing to go out of his/her way to come to the aid of another whenever needed.
Nominees are:
Matthew Bookamer
Kent & Dana Butterfield
Chris & Kelly Savory
Jennie Mason
Kaycee Hannen

and your choice for FtF Good Samaritan is… Matthew Bookamer

The FtF Teen Stand Out of the Year exemplifies the attributes that will carry the spirit of FtF into the next generation, this teen is always willing to help during FtF events and help others around the campground, is a good listener, is diligent in all aspects of life

Nominees are:
Jesse Mason
Abbie Bennett
Austin James
Daniel Graf
Jacob, Josh & Zach Pile
Denae James

and your choice for FtF Teen Stand Out is… Jacob, Josh & Zach Pile

FtF Overcomer:  Despite sizable challenges, rises to the occasion and provides encouragement to others, he/she is willing to share lessons learned from said challenges to prevent others from making the same mistakes.

Stacey Schrier
Malissia Doyle Smith

and your choice for FtF Overcomer is… Stacey Schrier

Spirit of FtF *is a recognition of a man, woman or family in our Fulltime Families Community who best personifies the attributes of Fulltime Families which are helpful, supportive, caring, diligent, dependable, generous, and humble.

Keith & Katie Graham
Stephanie Simpson
Church Family
Arnold Family
James Family

and your choice for Spirit of FtF is The James Family!

 

Congrats to all our families – It is our community who are the real winners to be able to call so many stellar people our family!

 

Meet Up With Your FtF Friends on the Road with the New Family Finder App

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Have you been wondering “Where are all these FtF Families”?  Have you been traveling for months, barely crossing paths with other like-minded families?  Have you been searching for playmates for your kids and fellowship for your family?

At the 7th Annual FtF Family Reunion, the FtF Family Finder was unveiled.  This geolocation tool, for Fulltime Families Members, has many security enhancements built in to keep your family information secure, while allowing you to connect to traveling families in real life.

Current FtF Members, please sign in to use the FtF Family Finder.  If you require assistance logging into FulltimeFamilies.com please email Chris@fulltimefamilies.com directly.

Not an FtF Member yet?  Join the FtF Family today!

 

 

What if You Lost it All?

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Yesterday the unthinkable happened for a family of 9 in our travel community.  They lost their home and all their earthly possessions.  Thank God, they are all unharmed but they need to rebuild their lives from scratch. If you have $1, $5, or more will you please consider donating and will you please share this fundraiser? https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/campaigns/fund-to-help-greif-family-who-lost-their-home-in-a-roll-over/

Orlando Area Donations

And if you’re in the Orlando area and looking to donate physical goods, please reach out to Fulltime Families Orlando Branch Leaders, Leah Varner or Kaycee Hannen.

Thousand Trails Members Can Possibly Provide Temporary Housing for this Family!

Our FtF/ Thousand Trails Rep, Alisha Deschene adds “I spoke to the assistant manager here (Thousand Trails Orlando) and she said the people can donate their free cabins to the Greif family. Anyone who wants to find out more about that can talk to Melissa or Shelley at (352) 394-7575.”

Kimberly Joins Heath Padgett on the RV Entrepreneur Podcast

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I love how this podcast came out! Usually you listen to podcasts, read books, surf the web, looking for actionable ideas you can implement to further your business.  After you comb through all the mumbo-jumbo, buy the necessary tools, you realize, there were some steps missing and you’re still unsure as to how to start.  I, myself, have been guilty of giving that kind of advice.

But Heath, the host of The RV Entrepreneur Podcast is a seasoned interviewer well beyond his years and he knows how to cull out of his guests the details, the specifics, the tips that make a difference.

If you’re curious about how the business side of Fulltime Families works, then I invite you behind the curtain to witness first hand how a kitchen table became a corporate headquarters and our family was led to an income stream to fuel our dreams.

Looking for more from The RV Entrepreneur?

Consider joining this dynamic group for it’s first RV Entrepreneur Summit!

Heath is hooking up listeners with a discount code for this event! Go to RV Entrepreneur Summit and use the discount code “fulltimers” when you’re checking out for $25 off your ticket price. But hurry this is limited to the first 10 listeners that take advantage of this offer!

13 Things You Don’t Know about Friday the 13th

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Don’t let this Friday, freak you out!

Use today as a special road school study on Friday the 13th, past, present and future!

Here are 13 things you probably didn’t know about this grave date.

#1 Did you know that fear of Friday the 13th could stem from The Last Supper?

The trepidation surrounding Friday the 13th is rooted in religious beliefs surrounding the 13th guest at the Last Supper—Judas, the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus—and the crucifixion of Jesus on a Friday, which was known as hangman’s day and was already a source of anxiety, Vyse said.

For more information about why Friday the 13th gets such a bad rep, check out: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140612-friday-superstition-taboo-fear-luck-triskaidekaphobia-phobia/

#2 Do you know what the fear of Friday the 13th is called?

The word is triskaidekaphobia. Its literal meaning is ‘superstition about the number thirteen’, but it’s also used to refer to the specific fear of Friday the 13th.

 

#3 Do you know how rare it is for Friday the 13th to fall on a full moon?

You’d have to go aaaaall the way back to June 13th, 1919 to find a Full Moon that fell on a Friday the 13th in the month of June. This will next occur on June 13th, 2098.

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#4 Did you know if your cell phone stops working today you can blame the sun?

One of the flares created a “coronal mass ejection” that actually could come into contact with Earth on Friday, according to NOAA. The ejection is essentially a huge cloud of plasma that could hit the Earth and cause a shock wave, affecting communications systems.

Want more info about that… click here, but make it snappy ’cause the internet might go down at any minute! http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2014/06/solar-flares-disrupt-communications-on-earth-could-send-shockwave-on-friday-the-13th/

#5 Do you have a list of things you’d like to do on Friday the 13th?

Haven’t had time to make a list?  Here, check out this one: http://www.boldsky.com/insync/pulse/2013/13-things-to-do-on-friday-13-035239.html

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#6 Did you know there’s free printables and lesson plans for Friday the 13th?

Kiddos too ‘scared’ to do their school work?  No problem, set them onto these Friday the 13th math problems and they’ll soon realize how ‘soothing’ their ol’ worksheets can be. http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/EMT669/Essay.Ideas/F13th/Fri.13th.html

#7 Did you know that most sky scrapers don’t have a 13th floor?

Even landlords who are not themselves superstitious realize that the rentability of suites on the 13th floor might be compromised because of superstitious tenants, or tenants who are afraid their own customers might be superstitious.

Want to know how and why they build buildings without a 13th floor… check out the answer here: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060917174241AAgpRlk

 

Since I’ve run out of things so say about Friday the 13th… I’ll end my list here.  You can consider yourself unlucky if you clicked on this expecting 13 things 🙂

 

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

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Registration is now open for the upcoming FtF 7th Annual Family Reunion, hosted in Tallahasee, FL, Feb. 2 – 5th, 2017 and spots are going fast!

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. Dump service will be provided for an additional fee on Wednesday (2/1) and / or Friday (2/3) for $20 per dump.

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.

What Other Services will be Offered at the Rally?

Rally attendees will be able to (additional fees may apply):

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.

 

 

 

FtF 5th Annual Roadschool Fieldtrip to Legoland Florida

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Join Fulltime Families as they take over Legoland, Florida for the 5th consecutive year!

Legoland Florida, is again offering Fulltime Families an amazing rate, with student tickets (ages 4 – 17) $14.25 per ticket (reg rate $71!) and adult rates of $28.50 (reg rate $91!).  That’s an ENORMOUS Savings!

Plus you get to go with all your FtF Friends!

To save your spot visit: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/family-reunions/2017-ftf-annual-legoland-fl-field-trip/

NOTE: DEADLINE to reserve your spot with the group is Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.  Please reserve your tickets by this date.

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FtF Roadschool Field Trip to Legoland 2013

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FtF Legoland Roadschool Fieldtrip 2015

 

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FtF Legoland Roadschool Fieldtrip 2016

 

Also consider joining us for the 7th Annual FtF Family Reunion Rally in Tallahassee Florida this Feb!

Unlimited Internet on the Road from new Fulltime Families Partner

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For Immediate Release:

Internet on the Road is one of the keys to living the Full-Time RV Life with your family successfully.  We know our members rely on consistent internet with high or no limits on data and so we are always looking to partner with resources who can provide this tool and offer our members an Exclusive Rate on their services.

Available immediately, Fulltime Families Members (Annual, Charter, Lifetime) can now receive exclusive pricing on acquiring your very own 100% Unlimited Verizon Data line from Digital Shield LLC .

Existing and new Fulltime Families Members will receive a total savings of almost $225 off of your very own Unlimited Verizon Data Plan INCLUDING a free 6620L Jetpack!

Absolutely no data limits, you own your own line (pay Verizon directly), and when everything is said and done your monthly bill will be less than $60!

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the Members Only Area of FulltimeFamilies.com to reveal the exclusive promo code.

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