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Row Row Row Your Pasta Boat

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Last Christmas we had a Yankee Swap…

It’s that wonderful tradition that brings out my inner “gimme girl”. For anyone who might not be familiar, a Yankee Swap consists of each guest bringing one wrapped “concealed” present. Every guest is issued a number and then the numbers are jumbled in a hat, or some other ‘number jumbling container’. Guests then draw the numbers from the hat and the person with the number 1 gets to walk up to the gift table and select whatever wrapped package appeals to them. Then #2 has the option to “steal” number 1’s gift or select their own gift from the table. Play continues with a combination of “stealing” and unwrapping until all the players have a gift.

This is not a game for the bashful, as the stealing is where the real fun is to be had.

Last year, there was an assortment of bath products (a Yankees swap stable) some family games, a paper weight, and The Pasta Boat.

Through some strategic alliances I had formed (mainly by marrying the player with the highest number) I was able to secure the Pasta Boat.

Since we eat a lot of pasta and running the burners in our RV is a bit of a pain in the neck for me, I knew the Pasta Boat would be worth making some room for in my pots and pans storage.

Man, was I ever right!

The kids are yelling for mac and cheese… 12 minutes later, it’s in their bowls and I only have ONE cooking/serving item to wash!

The top has holes so you can quickly drain the water, without using a colander!

After the pasta is cooked (between 12-15 minutes-no more waiting for the water to boil), simply add the cheese, marina, meatballs, sausage, whatever-mix and serve!

Looking to steam veggies? The Pasta Bowl comes with a steamer grate as well.

I know I must sound like the infomercial that bears its name, but I can’t help gushing about this little gem.

I especially love to use it on travel days, when time is tight and the children are ravenous. Why is it that they eat CONTINUALLY during the whole drive and yet are still “STARVING” when we finally pull into our new site? Well, that’s a mystery I can not solve, but what I can solve is.. “What’s for dinner?”

For more info, you can go to: http://www.pastaboat.com/

Handy tip… I’ve seen the Pasta Bowl on sale at Ross, TJ Maxx, Homegoods and a variety of stores that have a “As Seen on TV” section-so if you don’t want to order it-you can pick one up there.

Kimberly Travaglino is the author of “How to Hit the Road“, a comprehensive step by step guide for making your family’s full time RV dreams a reality. She also serves as the Editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, a company that supports risk takers, pioneers, and enlightened families blazing their own path across the country.

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What Drives Us: The Dennings of Discover, Share, Inspire

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What drives a family of seven to live in their truck and explore the world?

Find out in this month’s issue for Fulltime Families Magazine!

Camping for a Cause

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Looking for a magical sendoff to summer, an outing with plenty of fresh air, unbelievable views, music, dancing, yoga, home cooking, mountain biking and prime fishing? Consider attending the third annual Feastival, a fundraising campout that takes place on 11 acres at the base of Idaho’s tallest peak, Mount Borah, on the scenic Big Lost River, 25 miles east of Ketchum.

Rope swing and a beet making contest are included.

The land is the site of a future eco-retreat wellness center called Idaho BaseCamp, and organizers hope the weekend of Sept. 16-18 will raise a generous portion of the roughly $200,000 needed to secure the property and to start building the movement studio planned for the rustic getaway.

Feastival co-founder Whitney McNees and Mat Gershater, who operates his camp for kids, Mountain Adventure Tours, on the expanse in summer, are sure that visitors will be enchanted by the area. They said they hope to use the gathering not only to gain financial support, but to endear people to their vision of the facility.

The pair see the Idaho BaseCamp as a facility dedicated to education, creative expression and the development of a sustainable relationship with nature, McNees said.

Already the cause has drawn a loyal community following with volunteers regularly making their way over Trail Creek to clean out the property where a former brothel still stands, but most of the activity now is from busy beavers building dams and from kids at Gershater’s camp.

McNees said this year’s proceeds will all go straight into the project because they were able to secure a sponsor for the first time to handle the event’s overhead.

All the weighty “business” portion of the weekend will be cloaked in good times and good music at a very affordable rate, she assured.

Three yurts are available for reservations. The Mongolian Yurt is a 100-year-old hand-crafted yurt often called the “Honeymoon Suite.” People will need to bring their own bedding to cuddle in front of the wood stove, but it’s only $100 for two nights. The Far and Away yurt costs $50 more but sleeps four in single beds with room on the floor for sleeping bags; there’s no wood stove, but there is a great view. The Sleep yurt is $200 for the weekend, and sleeps six in four single beds and one double, with lots of floor space, a wood stove and a front porch.

Camping onsite in tent or car or RV is free with a ticket. Tickets start at $25 for one person, one day, one night; $40 for one person, two days, two nights; $85 for a family of four for one day, one night and $130 for the weekend. Tickets include music, dinner’s main course, yoga, dancing and camping with a yurt’s cost added as selected.

McNees said reservations can ensure there is enough food to go around, but those who decide to come at the last minute won’t be turned away.

New events this year include a mountain bike race sponsored by Billy Olson of Hailey’s PowerHouse and 5B Garage and the Beet-Off, a beet-preparation competition.

“You can slice, dice, steam, sauté, grill, whatever you like,” McNees said of contestants planning on competing. “The winner gets a ‘golden’ beet.”

Mike Heath of M&M Heath Farms has donated a bundle of organic food for the meals.

The group’s website at www.idahobasecamp.org is full of the nitty gritty, what-to-bring details. Information can also be obtained by emailing McNees at whitney@idahobasecamp.org.

“This is totally family-friendly,” she said. “Obviously, it’s a little bit of a festival and some people do stay up all night, but we have a family area and we do encourage kids because it is kind of magical out there.”


The particulars:

Friday, Sept. 16: Campers arrive after 4 p.m.
Beet Off, a beet preparation competition at 5 p.m.
Potluck dinner at 6 p.m.
Live music by Cole Wells and Ian Timoney.

Saturday, Sept. 17: 5 Rhythms Dance at 10 a.m. with Jennie Gershater.
Short-track mountain bike race at 2 p.m.
Potluck dinner at 6 p.m.
Live music by Marcus Eaton, Finn Riggins and Old Death Whisper.

Sunday, Sept. 18: Yoga at 10 a.m.

For more details, and registration, visit www.idaho basecamp.org or email Whitney McNees at whitney@idahobasecamp.org

Jennifer Liebrum: jliebrum@mtexpress.com


Toys: The Tools of Childhood

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From this…

To this… in 1 hour

If you’ve got kids… you’ve got toys! Even the most organized RV parents will find themselves howling in the night after walking through a lego mine field.

We have 4 kids in our camper so you can be sure that Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels abound! To keep it all organized – sometimes we have to throw everything out of the RV and start from scratch like we did today.

This is a brief overview of how we figure out what to keep, what gets tossed and what gets stored in the basement to be “rediscovered” at a later date.

Step 1. Get ALL the toys out of the RV – this is the step my kids like the most ’cause they get to make a big giant mess.

Step 2. Determine just how many boxes (crates, bags, whatever your container of choice is) you’d like to keep.

Pick the vessels first – then fill them.

For the big boys (2 of them) we have a file box and a oval container. Tonia gets her own file box and the baby has a smaller box. In addition to these, we have a box of Legos and a large tub dedicated to outside toys like Nerf guns, tea sets, and sports equipment. We have one crate for toys to be stored. Our last box is our Emergency Toy Box.. more on this later.

Step 3. Let the sorting commence. Have the kids sort through the giant pile of toys and place the keepers in the designated box. We’re mean… so when the box is full… it’s decision time. The kids can only keep things if they fit. If the boxes are overflowing, the kids have to make cuts and choices so all their selections fit.

Step 4. If the overflow toys are in good shape, we set them aside for donation.

Step 5. Two file boxes, the oval container, and the Lego box are stored under one of the beds in the bunkroom (see pic above). The baby’s chest is stored in the living room. The outside toy tub is stored under the RV while we’re parked. The crate is put away in basement storage.

Step 6. The Emergency Toy Box: There are times when cabin fever sets and threatens to infect every single one of us. This is when we pull out our Emergency Toy Box. In it, we store play dough tools, Mr. Potato Head (and accessories) and Fuzzoodles. We spread out a picnic blanket and get busy playing. No matter what your age or disposition, these toys are sure to occupy you.

You may have noticed that there are tools, but no Play Dough in our Emergency Toy Box. That’s because making our own Play Dough is part of the fun.

Quick and Easy RV Friendly Play Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil – any oil will do
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of food coloring paste or a few drops of food coloring liquid

(the secret ingredient is Cream of Tartar / Alum Powder – so if you don’t have any of this in your RV be sure to put it on your shopping list)

Mix all the ingredients into a pan and blend with a whisk.

When all ingredients are blended, place the pan on the stove on medium to medium-high heat.

You will need to mix continually until the mixture thickens. It may take 3 to 4 minutes.

When the mixture starts to clump and is difficult to mix, take the pan off the stove.

Pour the dough on a floured surface and when it is cool enough to handle start kneading like bread dough.

Remove from the floured surface when the dough is no longer sticky. Knead away from the floured surface until all the flour on the dough is absorbed and the dough is smooth and pliable.

You’re done!

To store, keep in:

  • Plastic wrap
  • A plastic bag
  • Or an airtight container such as Tupperware.

Want to see how we organize the rest of our RV? Check out the tour of our RV here:

Fulltime Families Magazine Announces New Monthly Columnist

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For Immediate Release

August 26, 2011


Fulltime Families Magazine Introduces New Columnist to Pen Society Pages under tag line “Friendly Lines”



CLOVERDALE, CA — Carolyn Sasek, of Nomadic Jesters signs on as Fulltime Families Magazine newest columnist, providing a brand new monthly column called “Friendly Lines”

Fulltime Families is thrilled about the addtion of a Society Pages styled monthly column. Kimberly Travaglino, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, believes this column will help to build even greater community among mobile families. “When you’re on the road full time, life doesn’t get suspended.  There are still milestones and accomplishments to be celebrated and this column will help us share these activities with eachother in a whole new way”.

Mrs. Sasek has lived full time in her rv for many years and knows the importance of cultivating a community among like minded families, regardless of their physical location.

“In 1991, I was blessed by my grandfather with permission to write under my grandmother’s byline “Friendly Lines”, which I did for a short time as part of a small local publication in my hometown.  Recently the opportunity has presented itself to share “Friendly Lines” through Fulltime Families Magazine.  I am so excited about this new adventure.  “Friendly Lines” will be published monthly to share what is happening with our nomadic kindred spirits, just as if we all shared our ‘hometown’ — which in essence is we do.  Even though our ‘homes’ are where we park them, thanks to the internet we are as close to one another as our computers (or other communicating electronic devices…)

“Friendly Lines” will be a place to share joys and celebrations in your family: a ‘new addition’; anniversary; birthday; maybe even a ‘new home’ … whatever you’d like to share with our Fulltime Families I’d love to be a part of sharing your joy!  Please send your announcement info to me via friendlylines@fulltimefamilies.com then look for “Friendly Lines” to be a regular addition here starting in October 2011.

Attention Media!

For more information:

Kimberly Travaglino, 561-305-3829, Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com


Fulltime Families Set To Revolutionize The American Dream

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Fulltime Families Set to Revolutionize the American Dream

 ANYTOWN, USA — August 1, 2011 — With millions of Americans out of jobs and homeless, there has been a great shift in family values.  Susie Orman recently declared on the Today Show that the “American dream was dead”.

It’s not dead – it has evolved.  With their homes in foreclosure or underwater, hundreds of families have decided it is time for a permanent vacation and are hitting the road full time in RVs – criss crossing the country, seeking temporary employment, to fuel their wanderlust.

These families have made the conscience decision to put time with their children first and are leaving their picket fenced homes in droves, with all their belongings crammed into a 350 sq foot box on wheels.

Fulltime Families is the company that supports families on the road full time.  Our monthly magazine discusses issues such as cooking for a family in a kitchen built for a hobbit.  We organize educational family adventures across the country to promote camaraderie among modern day nomads.  We developed the “Family Finder” – a dynamic map where families can pin point their locations and make connections with other families currently touring the same locale.   We have established lending libraries in campgrounds so families can economically replenish roadschooling materials and other educational media.

On April 1st 2011, we launched an entirely new website where families have the opportunity to join our membership (become “Family Members”) and receive significant savings on the tools and resources that will help them to make the most of their full time adventures (such as Passport America – Camping Discount Club and Workamper News – a classified newsletter where campers can find temporary employment).  Fulltime Families hosts quarterly “Family Reunions” all around the country  – open to both full time families and dreamers who are seeking encouragement to spread their wings and spin their tires.  We kicked off the summer camping season with a 4 day Family Reunion in Astoria, Oregon.

Fulltime Families is poised to become the “Go To” resource for extended family campers and those curious about this lifestyle choice.

For more information:

Kimberly Travaglino, 561-305-3829, Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

Visit our website at https://www.fulltimefamilies.com

RV Travel USA

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Fulltime Families has been on the road now for over 15 months.  When Chris started out, he didn’t want to travel full-time and leave his job.  He worked at Citrix where the pay was great, insurance was great, and he felt we were living the American Dream.

Now that Chris has been on the road, I don’t think I can get him to stop.  We were talking about in 10 years that the kids may need to go to a brick and sticks school so they can participate with other kids, go to the prom, etc.  Once Chris heard that news, he started looking for other alternatives.

If you have the bug like Chris or would like to start traveling, visit https://www.fulltimefamilies.com to see how your dream can be a reality, or visit http://howtohittheroad.com to learn all you need to do to get your family on the road!

See you down the road.


Snowball Fights in August Or Why You Shouldn’t Wear a White Sundress to a National Park

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Zooming down the Pacific Coast Highway, watching the surf smash against giant rocks – keeping my eyes peeled for whales, I am struck by what a beautiful life we have crafted for our family over the last 15 months.

Last night, Dominick, my eight year old, told me he’d rather live in a house, than travel the country.  When I delved deeper into his concerns he told me he “doesn’t like packing up”. I can commiserate – that’s not my favorite part either.

But then I reminded him, if we lived in a house: Read More

Decision To Full Time RV – A Big One

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Most people wait for their dreams to come true. Not Kimberly Travaglino. She made hers come true, then she set out to help others with the same dream make theirs come true too.

Travaglino’s wasn’t a life-long dream. Actually, it came on quite suddenly. She stepped into a pop-up camper and was overwhelmed at the simplicity of it.

“I thought to myself, I could live like this. I could do this. Maybe not in a pop-up fulltime, but in an RV. And from that moment on I became passionate about simplicity and simplifying our lives.”

Initially, Kimberly’s husband Christopher was not onboard with her idea. Wasn’t sure about living a counter-culture lifestyle as a vagabond, the stereotyping, a nontraditional education for their children. That didn’t stop Kimberly’s pursuit of “the dream.” She researched, studied, asked questions, and took Christopher to an RV rally.

At the rally, the Travaglinos met people who were ‘doing it.’ Saw how they were doing it, that it was possible, and fun, and wonderful. At the end of the rally those other people were spending another day or two there, or going off on their own adventure. Christopher would be going back to work. But what he really wanted to do was spend another day or two at the rally or head out on an adventure. He could live like this. We could do this. And now the dream was his too.

When Kimberly does something, she does it thoroughly. She wasn’t going to set out on this adventure until she was fully prepared. She searched high and low for information specific to their situation. Particularly information about traveling and full-timing with children, having a baby while living and traveling in an RV, resources, things to do, places to go, homeschooling, accommodating a special needs child..

She didn’t find much.

Upon finding this void, Kimberly did as Kimberly does, she filled it. Fulltime Families was born. So great was her passion for simple living and full-time families, she was compelled to provide for others the very thing she needed herself – advice, support, guidance, opportunities to socialize with other families, tips on stretching every dollar while making the most of the travel experience.

Fulltime Families www.fulltimefamilies. com is a social organization committed to supporting full-time families (and wannabes) in their adventures and aspirations. Membership has a long list of benefits, resources, discounts, social opportunities, free things, cheap things, local things, training, information, support, and even a family finder.

“Sometimes this simplified lifestyle is a little more complicated than I expected,” says Travaglino. “Six people living in 350 square feet, planning locations, and RV repairs – I spend twice as much time looking for repair materials for the RV than I ever did in Home Depot looking for materials for repairs on our house.”

Kimberly’s advice?

Don’t head out on the road with debt.

Don’t delay – put your feet on the road in the direction you want to go.

Don’t wait, just do it.

“It took us three years to get ready,” Kimberly says. “Every time I went to the store I asked myself about each purchase, ‘Do I want to buy this or have breakfast at the Grand Canyon next year?’ Grand Canyon usually won.”

Do you have a dream to RV full-time? Want to learn how you can make that dream come true? Maybe just curious? Join Kimberly for a free webinar July 14 and she will show you how you can do it too. Go here: https: //www3.gotomeeting. com/register/341188614 right now and register for Making Your Family’s Fulltime Dreams a Reality.

See you on the road.

Visit Fulltime Families for more info on how to get started and what you need!

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