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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!

 

 

 

How to Grill a Turkey

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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!
grilled turkey
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 3 Hours
Servings: 18
INGREDIENTS:
12 Pound whole turkey
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS:
1.
Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect medium-high heat.
2.
Rinse turkey and pat dry. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place. Return legs to tucked posi-
tion. Brush turkey with oil. Season inside and out with Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Add
green apple slices for extra juiciness
3.
Place turkey, breast side up, on a metal grate inside a large roasting pan. Arrange pan on the pre-
pared grill. Cover with aluminum foil. Grill 2 to 3 hours, to an internal thigh temperature of 180
degrees F (85 degrees C).
4.
Remove turkey from grill and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Fulltime Families Ten Bests – Adventure Playground, Berkley, CA

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Many years ago, when I sat in the OB/GYN’s office awaiting a checkup on my very first baby, I thumbed through a magazine and was immediately captivated by an article about the current state of playgrounds in the country.  The article spoke of the ‘sterilization of parks and swing sets’ and how our search for safe play areas had given birth to a new generation of play equipment that was safe, but ultimately boring.  The article declared, “in the absence of challenge at a play ground, children will take even more and greater risks to test their limits or to help them become confident in their physical skills.”

Risky play exposes children to stimuli they may have feared, such as heights. “As the child’s coping skills improve, these situations and stimuli may be mastered and no longer feared,” according to Ellen Sandseter, an associate professor at Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education in Norway, who co-wrote a study in the journal Evolutionary Psychology last year. Dr. Sandseter suggests that hindering children from participating in risky play may result in an increase in neuroticism and phobias.

“It’s important that play environments are as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible,” Dr. Sandseter says, adding that broken and fractured arms and legs shouldn’t be considered serious injuries.

The article went on to describe a playground utopia.  A place where children were supplied building materials (including hammers, nails and even saws!) and created their own playground daily.  I was beyond intrigued!  This sounded like the perfect antithesis to the sterile, squishy equipment in the park by my house.  I filed the name of this place in the back of my mind and vowed to bring my unborn child and his or her unborn siblings to this place in the future.

Flash forward 9 years and I’m a few 100 miles from San Fransisco, researching the family fun that awaits us at the City by the Bay.  I turn the page of my tour book and there is it!  Adventure Playground! 

I am beyond thrilled and set aside a whole in my itinerary to visit this place.

The day arrives and we plug the address into the GPS and head to what possibly might be considered America’s Most Dangerous Playground.

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Tonia grabs a saw, Dominick and Blaise start nailing up walls, and a new addition to the playground is born, ala the Traveling Travaglinos.  In between all this building, there’s plenty of time to play on the zip line, in the other kid built additions and through all sorts of recyclables that would otherwise be sitting in a garbage dump for the next century, had they not been dropped off here.

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With all the opportunities for risk, creativity abounded and I could see children in all manner of frenzied activity as their ideas came to life at their own hands.

 

adventure_playgroundIt was so amazing to watch!  If you find yourself in the San Fransisco area, we think you’re crazy if you don’t go play at Adventure Playground!

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If you want to see what else we did while parked in San Fransisco, just check out this post!

 

Interesting Events- Bonnie and Clyde festival

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You may be interested to know that each year, Gibsland, Lousiana, the town where Bonnie and Clyde took their last breathes, hosts a Bonnie and Clyde Festival.

 

 

Bring your family and friends and join the good folk of Gibsland, LA, each May, as they remember the historical ambush of the infamous outlaws Bonnie & Clyde, with fun festivities, great food, music and authentic re-enactments.

 

 

 

This annual festival is not meant to glorify the life and crimes of Bonnie & Clyde nor to celebrate their tragic death. It is an annual get together of family members, historians and authors so they can share their interest in the history and the mystery. The town welcomes anyone who wishes to attend and learn more about the history of Bonnie & Clyde.

 

 

If you’d like to take a detour to attend the Bonnie and Clyde Festival, click here for more info: http://www.findfestival.com/gibsland/2014/bonnie-and-clyde-festival/

 

 

A Brand New Fulltime Families Partner means even more Savings for You!

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aboutus2-1The newest partner to offer Exclusive Discounts for Fulltime Families Members is David & Jess Photography!

Fulltime Families Members can receive 30% off a photo package when booking with David & Jess who are fellow full timers on the road!

David & Jess join a long (and always growing) list of exclusive FtF Partners who provide members discounts on products and services all across the country.

To see all the benefits available, such as discounts on Passport America, Thousand Trails, Overnight RV Parking.com and many more, just click here: savingsIf you’re interested in becoming an FtF Partner, send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

 

 

Sometimes life is a day at the beach

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Being that we’re parked in Delray Beach, Fl for the holidays it would only be appropriate that we should take advantage of our proximity to the beach and actually go play in the waves for a day or more.

Today dawned as the perfect beach day. Sunny, breezy, with bright blue sky.

So I packed up kiddos, picked up an extra kiddo in the form of one of Dominic’s good friends, packed the boogie boards and headed off to the beach.

 

When we got there we were met with a yellow caution flag at the lifeguard stand. The waves were huge! Did that stop the kids from playing? Absolutely not!

 

As always, Blaise had the most fun. As my aspy child, I get a rare glimpse of the old Blaise when take him to the beach. Watching him splash and frolic, I am reminded of the care-free, spirited two-year-old I lost so many years ago.

I can’t say with any certainty (although I have my suspicions) what “overwhelmed” his system 5 years ago, propelling us into the Spectrum World, but I am certain, whatever it was it robbed our family of the first Blaise and replaced him with a child full of quirks, irrational fears, OCD, random vocal outbursts and excrutiatingly painful (for me at least) social awkwardness.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I love all my children with all my heart, but I am human and I do feel cheated. Cheated for our family and cheated for Blaise.

When we go to the beach, he is whole again! As he exclaimed today, salt water dripping from the tip of his nose, his face sprinkled in sand, “I’ve never felt so alive!!!!”. Me too, Blaise. Me too!

 

 

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