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Top 5 Tips for Thanksgiving in your RV

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Living in an RV requires daily routines that involve words like small, manageable, and minimal. Thanksgiving dinner, no matter where you cook it, has a tendency to be big! This week on Roadschool Moms, Kimberly and Mary Beth share their 5 Top Tips for whipping up Thanksgiving Dinner in Your RV and it involves two words: Instant Pot!

  1. Get an Instant Pot! If you don’t already own an Instant Pot, this is the time to seriously consider investing in this amazing kitchen appliance. Both Kimberly and Mary Beth were skeptical at first of one more kitchen gadget. But both are in agreement that it has transformed their RV kitchen and cooking routine for their families!
  2. Gather your favorite Instant Pot Recipes. Thanksgiving day is not the time to experiement with new thoughts or ideas on how to make tried and true recipes in the Instant Pot. Roadschool Moms put together their Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipe Book to help guide you through the day!
  3. Make a list and check it twice! Although living in an RV doesn’t always resonate with bulk food shopping or storing grocery items for days, this is definitely the week to find that extra refrigerator or counter space to do just that! Go through your recipes and make your shopping list. Ready, set, GO! (This is a great time to enlist the help of your roadschoolers in estimating the ingredients needed, actually handwriting the shopping list, and helping in the kitchen!)
  4. Don’t wait until Thursday to get the party started! Do as much pre-Thanksgiving day planning and cooking as possible. If you already own an Instant Pot, now might be the time to go out and invest in an extra pot and lid for this already amazing kitchen appliance. Go ahead and cut up any vegetables for ingredients, such as celery or onions, a few days ahead and store them in containers. If you are making deviled eggs, boil your eggs a day in advance. (Just don’t forget to go ahead and peal the eggshells so the inside yolks do not turn green.) Every minute you spend before Thursday is one more minute you can take out of the kitchen to enjoy your family on this special holiday.
  5. Share the Thanksgiving spirit. You don’t have to have come over on the Mayflower to share your Thanksgiving feast. This is a great time to be neighborly and take advantage of your nomadic surroundings. Sharing the cooking load with friends and neighbors takes some of the the heat off your kitchen and also makes for a memorable holiday meal. Kimberly and Mary Beth shared Thanksgiving dinner together during their first Fulltime Family meetup! It’s a great time to make new traditions and memories!


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s take on an Instant Pot Thanksgiving Dinner in the RV, tune into the November 15th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

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”.

Membership has it’s Privileges; Top 5 Benefits of Joining Fulltime Families

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The Fulltime Families Membership can save you thousands of dollars, but the privileges of membership go way beyond saving money.

Here are the top 5 benefits our members point to as their favorite thing about being a Fulltime Families Member.

#1 Finding My Tribe!

  • Fulltime Families Members share a common bond that is considered weird by the majority of American Families.   We think less is more… that’s weird!  We’re actually excited about living in 350 sq feet, alongside our family, every minute of the day… that’s weird!  We don’t want to wait until our children are on their own to explore this country… that’s weird!  Fulltime Families Members understand and embrace these “so called oddities”.  If making time with our family makes us “misfits” then we’d rather not fit in.  Fulltime Families supports and applauds You, the risk taker, You the pioneer, You the trail blazer, who is looking for more out of life than just security!

    #2 Making Spaces to Meet in Real Life!

    Fulltime Families hosts events around the country so families enjoying the full-time RV lifestyle can meet in person and make friends.  The reality is lifestyle can be isolating and connecting through Fulltime Families events, provides adults and children alike the opportunity to make friends and form bonds that span the miles.  It is very common for families to establish temporary or long term intentional neighborhoods with the families they click with, after an FtF event.  Just because your family is nomadic doesn’t mean you need to be alone.  Join us for our next event and embark on the next leg of your journey with friends in tow.


    #3 Connecting Families with the Services and Suppliers who commend their choices!

Isn’t it great to do business with someone who values you as a customer?  Isn’t it awesome to know you are supporting businesses that are supportive of your lifestyle choices and actually look forward to serving you? Fulltime Families reaches across all service and supply industries, vetting companies both large and small, to present our members with businesses of the highest level of integrity.  Through both our Resource Guide and our Partnership list, FtF Members are connected to trusted resources that will help you save time and money!

#4 We’ve Got Your Back!

At Fulltime Families, we’ve got your back!  Through our relationships with RV professionals, Home School curriculum providers and the media, we have a unique opportunity to help you spread your message and connect you effectively to the resources that can help you the most.  You’re not out on the road alone and being a part of the FtF family has made an impact through the collective voice and the collective efforts of your other FtF family members.  Case in point, in 2016 alone, FtF served 343 families in person at FtF events and provided over $21,000 in relief to RVing Families!

#5 Saving You Money and Time!

Of course, your Fulltime Families Membership will save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of wasted time.  Through our extensive list of partnerships, which currently includes a Free Year of Escapees and a Free Year of Good Sams Membership, our members rack up savings on:

So what are you waiting for?

Don’t you like friends, having fun times with people who get you, businesses that understand and value you, someone who has your back and saving money?  Join Fulltime Families today!  https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/





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!




Give Your Family the Gift of the Miracle of Christmas

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Each Christmas season, we look for opportunities provide our children with gifts of experience, rather than gifts that will take up space in our RV.   To help encourage others to do the same, we publish an annual list of the Top 25 Gifts for the Full-Time Traveling Family.

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This year, one of our most highly anticipated gifts was a visit to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA to watch The Miracle of Christmas Production.  After attending a performance of Johah during the Not Back to School Roadschool Rally this fall, we all had great expectations and again Sight and Sound did not disappoint.

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The stage is quite large and performances immerse the audience in the experience with a full 180 degrees of wonder and delight. This multi-dimensional  show uses many layers of set design to transport the audience to the hills of Nazareth and the bustling chaos of Bethlehem.  The effect is stunning making each and every audience member feel a part of the story.  The angels fly onto the set from above the audience and live animals walk down the aisles of the orchestra seating area to join the actors onstage.

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The Miracle of Christmas is based on the gospel rendition of the birth of Christ with some  minor artistic license for created characters to help bring the story to life.
The story traverses many human emotions; despair, longing, bewilderment, awe, wonder, and joy with tenderness and a dash of comedy bringing a greater level of understanding of all the issues surrounding this miraculous event.   Our family of  6 (including 4 kids ages 5, 8, 11, 12) were completely mesmerized by the sets,  action, characters and story.

This production is wonderful and provides an opportunity for the family to spend an evening together in joyful anticipation of Christmas. For our family on the road, The Miracle of Christmas was the ultimate Christmas gift that required neither wrapping  nor room in our RV. It has also inspired roadschool lessons on this crucial time in history with the overwhelming number of well-known bible figures.

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Homeschoolers Get Behind the Scenes Access

It should be noted that the Sight and Sound Theater to be exceptionally supportive of homeschoolers and roadschoolers, providing generous savings and starting in April the theather offers a special Behind the Scenes Tour where homeschoolers meet with the actors, go on stage, and tour the dressing rooms/set shop, and animal areas.

If you have the opportunity to attend one of their performances, either in their Lancaster, PA location or the Branson, MO theater, you will not be disappointed.

Roadschool Moms Offer a FREE Instant Pot Thanksgiving Cookbook

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The Roadschool Moms  recently released Thanksgiving In an Instant, a 5 point guide on how to host an easy and fun Thanksgiving from your RV.

As a special gift, all listeners 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 our previous Thanksgiving Inspired episode here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/roadschool-moms-instant-pot-thanksgiving/


Guest Post: From Pumpkins To Purpose; Finding Community on the Road

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As my first official Halloween Hangout event draws to a close, I find myself deep in reflection.  Somehow, over the course of a few days, my perspective of this wonderful life has broadened to an almost unfathomable depth.  People I didn’t even know a few days ago are now amongst my greatest teachers and have inspired me in ways I’m still digesting.  How could a modest gathering of like-minded families affect one so drastically in such a short period of time?  img_0599
My family recently joined Fulltime Families and our journey is only now beginning to take shape.  Upon arriving for the Hangout event, we were excited to meet up with familiar faces and enjoy the fun activities planned.  We anticipated the candy and the crafts, the games and the food, however, I had no idea the impact it would have overall.

What began as an opportunity to fellowship with full-time families developed into something much greater.  The small talk lead to deep discussion.  The crafts turned into service projects.  The nightly campfires turned into friendships like none I’ve ever known.  Our bond is one of unity in community and so many families chose to serve one another as mentors.  Despite knowing our time together would be short, many invested themselves to help those still finding their way.  I’m in awe with gratitude and humbled by the generosity of each family.
The days were filled with laughter and squeals of children playing rowdy games of calf-tag.  Freshly tie-dyed shirts dried in the sun and colorfully-decorated pumpkins were proudly displayed.  A costumed parade of children giggled past creatively embellished campers and candy became it’s own food group for the weekend.  The evenings were announced with the burning of the first logs and campsites hosted a place for little ones to gather for movie time under the stars.  Memories were made and friendships were engraved into the hearts of children and adults alike.

Magic occurred in the hours after dusk.  After children were tucked into bed or settled down to draw their day to a close, many parents gathered their camping chairs and the ring around the fire grew.  As the flames danced, I realized what a heartbeat this time of the day was to those of us who attended.  It was a time of sharing our adventures with one another and those more experienced counseled with great wisdom to those of us eager to receive.  Tales of mishaps and great epiphanies laced their way into discussion and each night, I felt this time by the fire breathed life into why we chose this lifestyle for our family.

img_0534I was encouraged on so many levels, some of which were made through quiet observation.  Beyond the advantages of spending time in fellowship while witnessing our children form fast friendships, I saw men gathered under the hood of a truck diagnosing mechanical issues.  I witnessed a community of people halt their festivities to assist a camper struggling to back into his site.  Collectively, we winced at the potential for damage and action was taken, not knowing if the driver was even one of  our own.  It didn’t matter because we have all garnered an appreciation for our rig being our home, not our hobby.
As rigs have begun to roll out and the campground sites become vacant, it’s apparent how essential it is we stay connected as we blaze our own individual trails.  Not only for our enjoyment, but rather, for our presence.  Together we boldly declare the impossible is possible and that with perseverance and tenacity, dreams transition into reality.  I cannot imagine one could leave a gathering such as this without being renewed and refocused.
And so I’ve come full-circle and now see clearly how I can be so affected by the incredible families within our community over the course of a few days.  It’s because we are families within a family.  We have taken it upon ourselves to create a place of inclusion and each member is vital to the health of the full-time family endeavor.  It’s not about whether or not we can succeed on our own through independent travel.  It’s entirely possible to live this life disconnected and without investing into a community of fellow travelers.  The true question to ponder is why would you want to?

Want to join us for our next event?  Check out our Event Calendar and Reserve Your Spot


img_0542Erica Allen is on her way to living life on purpose. She is a full-time RVing mom to 4 energetic kids and wife to her high school sweetheart, Jason. Her blog, Rambling While Rolling – One Mom’s Perspective of Life on the Road, showcases her adventures of life beyond the limits of property lines.

Corporate Sponsors Support Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally

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For Immediate Release

The upcoming Colonial Times Rally is kicking off this September with the support of multiple corporate sponsors.


MORryde Logo Square RGB (3)MOR/ryde, the fabricator and innovator of many custom solutions, including the MOR/ryde Independant Suspension System, has been named the Cuisine Sponsor for both the Colonial Times Pie Contest and the FtF Annual Family Reunion Cuisine Event (theme to be announced later this year).

This is MOR/ryde’s first foray into FtF Event Sponsorship and club co-founder Kimberly Travaglino is excited to see the company supporting the full-time family RVing community.  “As full-time rving families, our whole lives are riding on the foundation of our campers.  We are thrilled to be able to enter into partnership with MOR/ryde at these upcoming events, so we can stress the importance of a solid suspension system.  This summer, we had our ISS with disc brakes installed and the difference in our handling is night and day” Travaglino commented regarding this partnership.

Marketplace-RVTRader-LogoMOR/ryde joins long time FtF Event sponsors, RV Trader, who is hosting the Parade of Homes for both the Colonial Times Rally and the FtF Annual Family Reunion.  RV Trader has been exceedingly supportive of the FtF Community, and even provides an exclusive discount to FtF Families looking to list their RVs on the site’s extensive ad platform, with nationwide coverage and great search attributes to help narrow down listings for potential buyers.  The FtF Parade of Homes is unique to FtF Rallies and gives attendees an opportunity to explore each others homes on wheels, highlighting modifications, layouts, upgrades and unique storage solutions.

letsrv-logo-200Let’s RV, also a long time FtF supporter, is hosting the Themed Trivia Contest.  Attendees are advised to brush up on their Colonial History knowledge as this year’s trivia contest is sure to cull many questions from that time period.

“The Fulltime Families rallies are exceptional events and I really look forward to attending them whenever I can,” said Greg Gerber, editor of RV Daily Report and Let’s RV. “When these very active, year-round RVing families come together it’s guaranteed to be a wild-and-crazy time, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to learn from the RV lifestyle evangelists.
“The people attending these rallies interact with tens of thousands of other RVers throughout the year as they travel the country working on the road and roadschooling their children. It’s a great way for me to get a pulse on what’s happening in the industry from an RV owner’s perspective,” he added. “The education provided at these events isn’t based on theory. The products, services and businesses they recommend to others are based on the members’ practical experience with the companies.”
FASS Fuel, the leading manufacturer of aftermarket diesel fuel pump and accessories for light duty and heavy duty diesel engines, has signed on at the Main Event Sponsor for both the Colonial Times Rally and the upcoming 7th Annual FtF Family Reunion (FL, Winter 2017).  Family Reunion attendees will be able to witness this fuel system in action at the FASS Mobile is slated to attend the event and educate attendees on the importance and benefits of these aftermarket fuel pumps.
YBCRSCol.HiResJellystone Park Camp and Resorts is also sponsoring two events on the Fulltime Families calendar.  With a focus on family fun, it’s no surprise that Jellystone will be bringing fun to FtF Events as the Family Highlight Game Sponsor.  The Colonial Times Highlight Game is a homemade boat river crossing complete with it’s own General Washington, motivating boaters across river.
Here is the list of Sponsors helping to the upcoming Fulltime Families Events to fruition!  We thank you for supporting these activities and learning opportunities!


We are currently seeking sponsors in the following market segments:

  • RV Dealerships
  • Camping Equipment Suppliers
  • Technology for RVers
  • Anything that makes RVing families lives easy

If you’d like more information or to sponsor an activity at these events and reach this growing market, email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

If you’d like to attend these events visit: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/upcoming-events/


Win an RV and Free Camping!

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Our friends and Fulltime Families event sponsors are hosting The Big Outdoor Giveaway!

Keystone RV, Thousand Trails, Cycle Trader, RV Trader and ATV Trader partnered to launch The Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway at 9:00 a.m. ET on April 1, 2016. The sweepstakes will run for three months, ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2016 and the winner will be selected by random drawing after the conclusion of the promotion.

One grand prize winner will receive a 2016 Keystone Fuzion Impact VaporLite 26V RV and a pass for one year of camping at any of the Thousand Trails locations in the United States. The RV is valued at approximately $40,000 and the camping pass is worth $2,995, bringing the total prize value to $42,995.

For your chance to win, click here: http://www.pages05.net/dominionwebsolutions/BigAdentureOutdoorGiveaway/EntertoWin/


Selling Your RV?

Did you know that Fulltime Families Members get $20 off their Premium Sales Ad.  This 12 week sales ad with enhanced features and video upload is regularly $74.95 but through an exclusive promo code  FtF Members can access their extensive audience of nationwide RV Buyers.  For more information or to access this benefit, click: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/benefits/


Announcing a New Partnership between Fulltime Families and Escapees

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The mission of Fulltime Families is to support the needs of full time / extended time / family rvers and those seeking resources for the full time rving with kids lifestyle choice.

In the past 5+ years, we’ve worked diligently to provide our members with exclusive ftf pricing on the best services and products in the marketplace.  By establishing corporate partnerships with leaders like Thousand Trails, OvernightRVParking.com, Passport America, Time4Learning, as well as small businesses to provide you excellence in Accounting Services, RV Insurance, Photography, we’ve sought to help you make the most of your adventure while saving your time and money. To see the complete list, click on our members’ benefits page.

Last Spring, we rolled out many new membership enhancements,  starting with our partnership with Escapees RV Club.

Escapees has been supporting the needs of RVers since 1978 and they have established an extensive network and support system, including their award winning mail forwarding services.

Fulltime Families has entered into a full reciprocal partnership with Escapees meaning that current and future FtF members will receive a free year of Escapees online membership*.

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Current Fulltime Families Members can take advantage of this offer by calling 888-757-2582 and having their Fulltime Families membership number in hand.  Don’t remember your membership number?  Email me at Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com and I will be able to supply that for you.

Not a Fulltime Families Member yet?  It’s a great time to join, as rates will be going up next week!

Click here to join the premier resource for your full time / part time rv family organization.

*Offer applies to new Escapees members only



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