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Thanksgiving Dinner in an RV: 5 Ways to make it Work

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As we prepare to celebrate yet another Thanksgiving on the Road, I reflect back to when I was in a house, in a sea of pies, side dishes and extracting the ‘guest of honor’ from our industrial sized oven and remember thinking, “How am I going to do this in our RV next year?”


But like all things associated with full time family rv living, where there’s a will, there’s a way!

So here are a list of options to help you maintain your Thanksgiving traditions no matter how much room is in your oven.

  1. Take it outside!  Like our pilgrim forefathers before us, Thanksgiving is a holiday best served outside.  Your site’s picnic table could be the perfect spot to celebrate your thankfulness for God’s creations.  grilled turkey
  2. Grill it! To add to our ‘take it outside’ theme, consider grilling your turkey.  With oven real estate at a premium—grilling the turkey will ensure you still have room for the really important stuff… the side dishes and pies! Here’s how we grill our turkey every year.
  3. Join Forces!  They say many hands make for light work… well many ovens make for an easy Thanksgiving.  Consider making reservations at a campground that will be hosting a Thanksgiving Potluck or possibly host one where you are.
  4. Bring it in!  Many local grocery stores provide catered meal options for Thanksgiving.  Do the whole meal, the side dishes or any combination that works for your family.  Then on the big day, it’s just heat and eat!
  5. Go out!  Maybe this year is the year to have Thanksgiving at the Grand Canyon or at a restaurant with an ocean view.  There are tons of locations that will be open for Thanksgiving so skip the cooking, cleaning and the left over relocation and enjoy the day with a little extra pampering.

Bonus Tip: Serve!  Thanksgiving is a great time to serve others.  If you have no Thanksgiving plans considering serving as a family at a local food charity in your area.  To find one, simply google something like “location soup kitchen”.

Fulltime Families Just Got Pinteresting

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You may or may not be aware of the fact that Fulltime Families has their own Pinterest Account.

That’s a place where we pin all sorts of ideas for our life, like the Awesome Organization Thingies for your RV, Celebrating Holidays in your RV, Easy RV Crafts, and Ideas for Entertaining Little Ones on your Drive.  If you haven’t been to our Pinterest Boards, check them out here: http://www.pinterest.com/ftfamilies/

But that’s not what this post is about!

This post is about a brand new feature we just included on every post in our website.  It’s a tiny little red button that says, “Pin It” in the top corner of every post.

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Check out how it works (we’ll wait…).  See when you click that little button, it brings up all the pics on that particular blog post and allows you to pin any ones that you want to add to your own Pinterest account.

Happy Pinning!




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.


24 Advent Ideas you can do in your RV

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We know you’ve got issues…

Issues on where to put the tree, where to stash the presents and only so much amperage for all those lights.

That’s why we like to make it easy for you!

We’ve compiled a list of 24 Easy /Affordable Advent Activities.  These activities can be accomplished with things you already have in your home on wheels!

Not on wheels yet?  Don’t worry this countdown to Christmas will work for everyone!

Simply fill out this form and we’ll send you the items.

Then, the sky’s the limit…

Keep it simple and use the list as is…


Cut the list up and put them items in your favorite advent holder.


Go crazy and make this awesome tape tree on one of your walls!

The options are endless, but just like Santa’s Workshop… it starts with the LIST!

Roadschool Moms Offer a FREE Instant Pot Thanksgiving Cookbook

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Roadschool Moms  recently hosted their first Annual “Instant Pot Thanksgiving” sharing tips and recipes directly from Instant Pot and Roadschool Moms alike.  Special Guest, Laura Passaglia from HiPPressureCooking.com joined Kimberly and Mary Beth to provide expert tips on creating full meals with three zone cooking in your Instant Pot!

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As a special gift, all readers can receive their free copy of the Roadschool Moms Instant Pot Thanksgiving Cookbook full of submissions from real roadschool moms and Laura P. too!


Created by Skip Shute

Created by Skip Shute

Instant Pot Recipes for:

  • Main Dish
  • Turkey
  • Side Dishes
  • Desserts
  • Soups
  • Leftovers
Are included in this one of a kind recipe book!  You can listen to the entire episode here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/roadschool-moms-instant-pot-thanksgiving/


Black Light Easter Egg Hunt without Candy

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Each year, we try to create a new twist on our family Easter Egg hunt.
One year we hunted in the forest and hung the eggs from the tree branches.
Another year, we sealed the eggs with reflective tape and used our flashlights to hunt.
This year, we had a black light Easter egg hunt.
If you’d like to try this variation on egg hunting, you’ll need:



  • Some neon Easter eggs
  • Kids who enjoy hunting in the dark

We even had a twist on what we filled out eggs with.
Instead of candy, we printed coupons like these

Easter Egg Printable Coupons

You can print our your own from this site: http://lastingthumbprints.com/10-cheap-ways-to-fill-easter-eggs-for-children-free-printable-easter-coupons/

We also had some blank ones that we filled out with extra video game time.

IMG_1890We scattered the eggs around outside and when the time was right, let the children hunt for them.

I prefer this method of Easter egg hunting because the activity lasts longer.  Anyone who’s ever stuffed triple digit quantities of eggs knows how little return on investment a traditional daylight hunt provides.

IMG_1891We all really enjoyed this year’s hunt and will probably make our Black Light Easter Egg Hunt an annual family tradition.

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Happy Holidays from Fulltime Families

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full time rving memeWishing all families, from sea to shining sea, a happy and healthy holiday season!  Here’s to hoping for easy miles and amazing adventures in 2015!   Hope to see you down the road, The Travaglino Family

Roadschool Moms Hosting 2nd Annual Gifts Galore Holiday Extravaganza

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gift-8Join the Roadschool Moms, Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff as they host the 2nd Annual Gifts Galore Holiday Extravaganza!

All Roadschool Moms are cordially invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind, live on the air, gift exchange.

To get on the guest list, simply complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RoG-vKi-cOI_FRkIRdsp9jEVxFPJtLcxpNdVHpc_JEc/viewform

and include what gift (min value $25) you pledge to send to another Roadschool Mom.

Then on Sunday, November 22nd, 2016 at 9pm est, join KT and MB via a live On the Air Google Hangout to watch as names are drawn and gifts are exchanged across the miles!

Want to hear what happened last year?  Just click replay right here!

Want to promote your business?  This is a great way to do it because each week, leading up to the Gift Exchange, the Roadschool Moms will be giving shout outs to all participating ladies!

And remember to tune into the Roadschool Moms, every Sunday night at 9pm EST from where ever in the world you are!



Happy Father’s Day our family to yours!

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This month we hosted a Father’s Day photo contest on our Facebook group page.

We received a ton of submissions! And so, we took the opportunity to compile them into an open love letter to all of the FtF dads.


At the end of the video, we crown the winner “King of the Road”. The winner will receive a tshirt from our FtF Gear Store.

Visit the gear store to get your dad great King of the Road stuff!




And the Winner is…

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 1st Annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest.

Winner of the 2013 Mother's Day Essay Contest; Jayda Haponenko with her mom, Rachel

Winner of the 2013 Mother’s Day Essay Contest; Jayda Haponenko with her mom, Rachel

Jayda Haponenko’s essay “The Picture Perfect Mom” won her mom, Rachel a free massage from Massage Envy!

The Picture Perfect Mom by Jayda Haponenko

The one person who as truly impacted my life for the good is my mom. I am so grateful to call her mine because she is an awesome role model and encourages me in everything I do.

My mom is the best role model a daughter could ask for she has instilled many great qualities in me. One of the greatest things she has taught me is how to stand up for myself and what I believe in. Because she has taught me this it has made me stronger as a person and made me ok with who I am. This has also helped me with my self-esteem and made who I am as a person. I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world.

Another amazing thing my mom has taught me is that I can do anything I put my mind to, and that she will always support me. For example when I decided I wanted to do drama (acting) she worked her schedule around picking me up from practice, going to shows, and coming to watch rehearsal. She also made herself available to come help do hair, makeup, provide us with food, and any extra materials we needed. Thanks to her everything went great and we got to surprise my teacher. I don’t think she realizes it but everything she does for me makes a big impact on me.

Being an outstanding role model and encouraging me all the time are only two of the many reasons my mom is perfect for me.

If you want to see excerpts from other entries – click here!

We also held a contest for the ‘pre-essay writer’s set’

Madison’s interview about “Madison’s Mommy” was the winner of that category!

My Mommy by Madison
  1. I really love it when my mom helps me:  with my homework because she is a teacher and she has a lot of patience.  Also we get to do homework on the couch while we are eating ice cream, you can’t do that in school.
  2. My mom likes to wear: t-shirts and shorts.  She loves bright colors and to feel like sunshine.
  3. My mom’s favorite color is:  purple, almost any shade of it.
  4. My mom always tells me:  that she loves me to Pluto and back.
  5. The best thing she does is:  love me every day even if I do something wrong.
  6. It makes her happy when: I tell her how much I love her and when I give her kisses and hugs or even just text her xoxoxoxo.
  7. My mom loves to relax by:  working out while reading a book.
  8. I like it when she: tells me Pinky Pony stories
  9. The best thing she cooks is:  spagetti
  10. When my mom shops she likes to buy: lettuce and fruit
  11. My mom’s favorite household chore is: none
  12. My mom’s favorite TV show:  she doesn’t watch tv
  13. Her favorite place is: the beach
  14. I love my mom because:  even when she is really tired she always makes time for me!


If you want to see excerpts from other entries – click here!


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