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Meet the Roadschool Moms at FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

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The Roadschool Moms will be broadcasting live from the FPEA Homeschool Convention this Memorial Day Weekend.

If you’re planning on hitting the convention, then be sure to stop by the broadcasting booth and meet Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff, The Roadtrip Teacher.  When they’re not in the booth, you can be sure they’ll be checking out all the latest homeschool curriculum offerings and keeping an eye out for what will fit into your Roadschool!

Rsm_2016The show will air, Sunday Night, May 29th at 9pm est.  You can catch Roadschool Moms Live from wherever in the world you are, every Sunday night at 9pm EST, or check out the replays on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2 

This Groundhog’s Day – Free Webinar on RV Inspections

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Don’t let costly RV repairs and potential pitfalls lurk in the shadows of your new RV.  Join us this Groundhog’s Day, Feb. 2nd, 2016 for a free webinar hosted by Terry Cooper, co-founder of the National RV Inspection Association.

During this free webinar you’ll learn:

  • The importance of an independent RV Inspection
  • How to find an RV Inspector in your area
  • How to weed out RVs that are money pits
  • How you can fund your travels as a certified RV Inspector
  • and so much more!

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Space is limited, so click here to reserve your spot today: https://nrviatoday.leadpages.co/ftfinspectionwebinar/

What: Free Webinar about RV Inspections

Where: Your Computer / Mobile Device

Who: Hosted by Terry Cooper – co-founder of the NRVIA and sponsored by Fulltime Families

When: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 (Groundhog’s Day) at 8pm EST

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Is 2016 Your Launch Year?

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Get the Tool to turn your Dream into a Reality.

Let 2016 be the year you launch your family on the ultimate adventure!

 

What will yours be filled with?

“Our Journey Journal” is a one of a kind journal for the trail blazing family.
The prompts in this book have been thoughtfully compiled to help you and your loved ones, with each step of this lifestyle transition.
You’re about to embark on a huge adventure and within these pages is your place to record:
your reasons
your hopes
your desires
your impressions
your reservations
your achievements
your downsizing efforts
your bucket list
your packing guide
your budget
your home on wheels shopping experiences
and ultimately your launch.
With timelines, interactive projects, worksheets and
places to include family photos, this book can be the catalyst to
a whole new life for you.

 

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Journaling and preserving your impressions through your own hand writing now,
will help motivate you through the more challenging times and
will surely become a treasured keepsake for generations to come.

 

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Give yourself, your family and your future generations the gift of
your insight into the aspects that encouraged you all to take this
leap of faith and the steps that allowed you to realize this monumental goal.
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Be intentional, live the life of your dreams, and tell your story.

 

Available in e-Print on Demand or Professionally Printed Spiral Bound Edition.

Choose Your Edition



 

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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!

 

 

I’m Losing a Ton- RVing and Weight Considerations: Day 5

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Some people may look at our lifestyle and think we, RVers, are minimalists by choice, paring our lives down to just the basics and living with less than 10% of our sticks & bricks, traditional lifestyle counterparts.  While that IS part of the story, the other part is that living on wheels means living with weight restrictions.

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All RVs are equipped with stickers somewhere on the rig that details just how much it was engineered to carry.   One of my favorite posts about weight in an RV is from FtF Jeff Lentz in his satirical and ironically true post: “Our RV Was Built to Carry Everything But My Family“.

In my case, I have 2775 lbs of carrying capacity.  Keep in mind, this includes all on board fluids; fresh water, grey water and black water (at approx 8 lbs per gallon), our furniture and all the stuff a family of 6 would need to adventure across this great land.

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The hazards of being overweight are great.  From equipment breakdown of the trailer and/or the towing vehicle (axels, springs, tires, rims, engine strain, brake strain, etc) to causing injury or even death, weight is a serious subject and being overweight is not something you should “take lightly”.

To access your risk, you can weigh yourself at any truck stop with a CAT Scale like this:

Or you could attend a rally with a weigh program on the schedule.  For instance, some Fulltime Families Rallies have professional weigh services in attendance and Escapees offers a Smart Weigh Program at their events.

Because weight is such a BIG DEAL, I’ve decided to challenge myself (and anyone else who feels inspired to join me) to lose a ton… That’s right!  My goal is 2000 lbs.  My plan is to move from the front of the RV through the back like a whirling dervish, donating or trashing anything that isn’t:

  • Useful: Something we use every day and makes our lives easier
  • Brings Joy: Looking at the item makes my heart sing for joy
  • Makes Money: If it’s not earning its keep, it’s out!

Day 1 (of 10)

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So day one started with a scale and a bag and I got rid of :

  • 25 lbs of books
  • 26 lbs of clothing (from my closet alone)
  • 7 lbs of craft supplies
  • 4lbs of stuffed toys (shhhhhhh)
  • 7lb crockpot (in anticipation of my new Instant Pot)
  • 16lbs of games and puzzles

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I know I’ve got a long way to go, but I feel great already.  Waking up this morning to my mostly empty closet with NOTHING on the floor, gave me a huge sigh of relief.  I am transitioning all of us to a “capsule wardrobe”.  We started our journey that way, but over the course of 5 years, lots of stuff crept back in.

If you’d like to join me in this challenge, you can post your updates at our FtF facebook page.  Keep a tally and in 10 days, we’ll declare FtF’s Biggest Loser!

To follow our progress, bookmark this page and check it out daily.

Day 2 (of 10) – Chris gets on board!

  • 11lbs of Electronics Packaging (?????)
  • 15lbs of Extra Tools
  • 16lbs of Misc Toys
  • 21lbs of Matchbox Cars (why are they so dang heavy!)

Total for Day 2: 64

Day 3 (of 10) – The Kitchen

    • 20lbs of Kitchen Utensils
    • 15lbs of Canned Goods we are never going to eat
    • 7lbs of Pantry items and spices
    • 8lbs of Condiments
    • 6lbs of Extra Blankets  (there not in the kitchen but close enough)

Total for Day 3: 56

Day 4 (of 10) – We took the day off to visit friends

 

Day 5 (of 10) – The Day we went plum crazy!!!

  • 20lbs of Adult Beverages (we didn’t get rid of this right away but we “committed” to getting rid of it real soon.
  • 10 lbs of extra linens
  • 50lbs of stove and oven… yes oven.
  • 46lbs 40 inch LCD flat screen tv
  • 40lbs Electric Razor Scooter
  • 45lbs Coleman Instant Gazebo

Total for Day 5: 211

The best part is, I can really feel the difference. There’s so much more room, easy of organization, space and peace!  I love it!  Can’t wait to see what else we can ditch!

 

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Grand Total to Date:  416

 

 

 

 

Roadschool Convention Schedule Released

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The preliminary schedule of events has been released for the World’s Best Roadschool Convention, set to kick off in three weeks, in Tucson, AZ.

Do you have your tickets yet?  You can get them by clicking here!

Mark your calendar for the groundbreaking World’s Best Roadschool Convention being held at the LazyDays KOA Campground in Tucson, Arizona on April 10th through 12th, 2014. The Rootin’ Tootin’ Roadschool Rally will take place at the same time and place during the evening hours of the event. Go West, young man, Go West!

Download the complete schedule:  2014 World’s Best Roadschool Convention Schedule

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Do you have your tickets yet?  You can get them by clicking here!

 

World’s Best Roadschool Convention Shaping Up to be Educational Fun for Everyone!

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The World’s Best Roadschool Convention preliminary schedule was released this week and there’s fun, educational, motivational programs for all ages.

The World’s Best Roadschool Convention April 10 – 13th in Tucson, Arizona, is the “not to be missed” roadschool / homeschool / rv event of the season!

Click here to get your tickets today!

Here’s a list of just some of fun and enlightening programs attendees will be participating in:

Educator Workshops

Finding the Perfect Location Independant Business for you
Best Apps for Roadschooling Discussion
High School Homeschool Record Keeping and Tools
Getting Out of the Way of Your Dreams – A High Energy Seminar which is sure to set your heart on fire!
Making the most of your Adventure with Destination Study Guides
Unschooling Pros and Cons Seminar (email diane@poohsweb.com if you would like to be on the panel)
Curriculum Corner Ideas Exchange
Change the World By Doing Good – Hands On Workshop
Grief: Shining Light on God’s Purpose
RV Fire Safety Course
Internet on the Road – Networking Solutions for your RV
Mom’s Challenges Round Table Discussion led by best selling author, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley
The Thrifty Belle’s Homemade Beauty Products ‘Cooking Class’ – preregistration required

Student Workshops

Creative Writing Course for Homeschool students
Junior Blogger Workshop
Make your own Chapstick with The Thrifty Belle
Kids Vision Board Activity
The Great Egg Drop Experiment
Destination Tucson: Study Guide Activity
Kids’ Online Gaming Expo
Tie Dye Workshop – Bring your own shirt, or buy one of ours for $5!
Wee Ones Story Time sponsored by Usborne Books

Events for both Educators and Students

Roadschool Moms Radio Live – Join us for a live taping of this groundbreaking radio show
Using Lapbooks in your Curriculum
Online Gaming Safety Seminar
How to escape your RV in the event a fire

Click here to get your tickets today!

Find your favorite providers in Exhibitor’s Hall

Teaching Textbooks
A Journey Through Learning
RV Daily Report
Usborne Books
Barefoot Books
Fulltime Families
DoTerra
My Homeschool Transcripts
Road Trip Teacher
RV Armor
The Hosts of Roadschool Moms Radio Show
Your name here! Click here for our Exhibitor’s Application

Evening Activities for Rally Attendees

Murder Mystery Dinner – The Terror of Tucson
Campfire and Movie Under the Stars
Rootin’ Tootin’ Rally Hoe Down

 

Secret mission envelopes

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They awoke like a fever on Christmas morning. It was 7 AM and it was all tearing of envelopes and yelling, “what’s the secret mission? what mission do you have?”

It was the first day of our newest endeavor; Secret mission envelopes.

A secret mission envelope system I was hoping would encourage the kids to take care of their morning duties And be ready for what the day might bring.

The last few days, home alone with a broken wrist,I realized the necessity of busywork. It helps the hours pass and provides a quick and easy sense of accomplishment.

It’s also was been missing from my kids lives As has the responsibility of getting themselves entirely ready for the day.

Rather than put that tasks on Chris, I Decided It Was Time for the Kids to Make the leap.

In a foggy day dream I came up with the idea.

Each day, each kid, an envelope.

And in each envelope a list of tasks followed by a secret mission.

Nothing crazy, just a bunch of fun things the kids would look forward to doing And of course the great motivator, candy.

My mother-in-law helped make it a reality with me and within 15 minutes we had a week’s worth of envelopes.

The best part is it’s working. The kids wake up with a renewed sense of purpose, the tasks get done in a jiffy, and everyone is feeling fulfilled and happy And ready for what the day may bring.

 

 

Top Ten Reasons I HATE MINECRAFT

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I know my position will be unpopular.  After you read this, you’ll most likely be tempted to add a comment to the likes of , “But, Kimberly, Minecraft is such a wonderful game.  Think of all the various skills your children are honing while they spend their every waking moment playing”.

But I can’t stay silent anymore!  I absolutely detest Minecraft!

There! It’s out!  I’ve said it!  Now, let me tell you why I shudder when I hear the words, “Creeper”, “Herobrine”, “Notch” and countless others that consume my older boys and roll off their tongues better than the educational mnemonics we’ve been studying for forever!!!

A brief history to let you know that Minecraft planted its talons in my boys during the Winter Rally in Suwannee (Jan, 2013).  Previously, I had heard it mentioned but never did pay any attention.

And then, there it was.. this $6.99 option for my kids to have a common interest with other homeschoolers and full time traveling kids. This gift from the Virtual Gods that would yield to positive and productive interactions between my two olders (“you build this, I’ll go kill that Spider Jockey”, “do you have any extra iron ore I can borrow to craft my sheers”) .  This manna from the netherworld that would give me a much needed break and completely entertain my kids and their friends, giving me a much needed Mommy Break.

It was a no brainer… get the credit card honey!  We’re goin’ Mining!

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BIG RED FLAG #1

Not too long after, on one bright and shining morning, there was a complete and utter meltdown in my rv.  It seems Blaise had left his ‘dog’ unattended in his home and the dog had drowned in his pool. WTF!!!!

I raced to my facebook and sent out an all points bulletin to all the “Minecraft Moms” about how we could remedy this situation. We were obviously playing this sand box game all wrong. I knew we couldn’t ‘revive’ the dog, but how we could make it so we wouldn’t need to send the kids to therapy for the sudden loss of virtual pets.

As you can imagine, the responses were across the board:

  • Build fencing around the pool
  • Change the game to “peaceful” mode – which I was advised by my boys is no darn fun.
  • Quit your whining and helicopter parenting and let them play. (My personal favorite 😉

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BIG RED FLAG #2

So, we forged on (pun intended) and one particular evening Dominick came home from another FtF’s camper, bursting to tell me all about all the fun he had playing the xbox version of Minecraft.  I listened with one ear, and hoped he did not recognize the glaze in my eyes as disinterest.. until he excited exclaimed, “and we killed a bunch of villagers!” WTF!!!!!

After a spiritual conversation about the responsibility of ‘Playing God’ and being a person of moral, empathetic and ethical character, we made a hard and fast rule: No killing Villagers. Period!

Now, Dominick is very proud to tell me he makes sure the villagers’ houses are empty before he burns them down.  I am one proud Mama!

BIG RED FLAG #3

I had first heard the term ‘mating’ in regards to Minecraft a few months ago, and although I had my reservations, my kids told me they were ‘mating’ animals.  Like livestock, farming, age old practices we’ll be able to rely on when the end of the world comes (the silver lining will be the end of Minecraft:).  Yes, these are skills my boys should have – although I’m not sure when I send them out into the field, rubbing one animal on top of another Minecraft Style will actually produce offspring.

But a new update was released and guess what – you can now mate Villagers!  That’s great!  At least the villagers will have something to do while they’re waiting for their burnt down houses to be rebuilt.

Now let’s address the actual programming of Minecraft.

I have spent days trying to hash out ‘Mods’ with nothing to show for it!  We have tried to download skins – nah!  and today I have spent the last hour trying to purchase the program for Dominick’s laptop – nope (am I a glutton sending mixed signals or what?).

Mojang is constantly telling me.. you silly middle aged mom, this block world is WAY over your head… please hand the appliance to your 3 year old and back away.. he knows how to make this work!

I’ve really just been pushed to my limit. Mating villagers, killing sprees and the fact that my kids know by heart every combination for making potions and crafting articles (in just 6 months) but can’t remember to put a period at the end of a sentence… something we’ve been working on for 2 years!

I seriously wish we could go back to a Minecraft-less (and Facebook-less if I want to be completely honest) World where my kids dug in real dirt, had no contact with villagers, and their dogs weren’t at risk of drowning.

 

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