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Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Fulltime Families Mother’s Day Contest

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Moms are the glue that hold Fulltime Families together.  They are teachers, cooks, navigators, route planners, activity directors, grocery shoppers, and dollar stretchers.
They are usually the ones that have to change the bunk bed sheets, comfort the sick children, kiss all the boo boos, and wash those mountains for clothes!
If you missed the announcement on Sunday Night’s Roadschool Moms Show; How to Choose the Right Curricula for Your Roadschool, we’re here to tell you that the winning entry is….
Maternal , Outdorsey, Teaching, Hard-working, Encouraging and Remarkable – an Acroustic poem by Amelia Kearney about her mom, Ann Kearney! 

Congratulations Ann, you now have the opportunity to camp for FREE at wineries and farms across the country with your free annual membership to Harvest Hosts.

 

Fulltime Families Members can also get an exclusive savings off a Harvest Hosts Membership, through our new partnership with this fine organization.  Log onto to the Members’ Only Area for the promo code.

Here are some honorable mentions from the submissions we received:
Owen 13, says of his mom, Crystie, “A mothers love is the glue that holds it all together, a mothers love will last forever, she loves you, you and me, loving each other in harmony, we may not be the perfect family, But I love her and she loves me.”
Molly 3, says of her mom, Ana, “What do you like best about your Mom? She fixes us food. She puts ban bans on boo boos.”
Cathy Strait, age 13, shared this poem for her mom, Sally;
Dearest Mother
I just want to tell you
   in my own special way.
That everything for me you do,
   gives me the strength for each new day.
Though you’re day’s may stressful be,
   You always find time to spend with me.
You love me more than I’ll ever know,
   and that love is what makes me grow.
I know I’m  painting a picture rosy red,
   these word are coming from my creative head.
The words I use are right from my heart,
   I know nothing could break us apart.
You are the greatest Mom in the world,
   and you’re a loving, kind, God-fearin’ girl.
I hope you have the greatest Mother’s Day ever,
   greater than previous ones all put together.
I love you.
Thank you to all who submitted entries. Be sure to check back for our upcoming 2017 Fulltime Families Father’s Day Foto Contest!

RV Trader Supports Fulltime Families

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RV Trader knows members of the Fulltime Families community have needs different than other RV owners. While some RVers only need certain amenities for vacations or weekend getaways, RV Trader knows you are in your RV year-round, and it’s important that it feels like home. Whether you’re seeking more bunk space, a larger kitchen or the miles on your rig are adding up, RV Trader can help you find the perfect fit for your family.
 
RV Trader has worked with Fulltime Families for many years. We’ve helped sponsor rallies and co-promoted the #ThisisRVing tour alongside the Fulltime Families crew last year. RV Trader also has a special member benefit for Fulltime Families members to upgrade their units on RVTrader.com. When visiting the website, we allow you to compare thousands of units, prices, images, videos and more to make searching for your dream RV easy and fun.
Fulltime Families is the go-to community for families living the full-time experience, and RV Trader is proud to be a long time Official Partner. Visit RVTrader.com to get started today and don’t forget to use your discount code to get $20 off RV Trader’s BEST Sales Ad – One (1)  Year sales ad with enhanced features and video upload. (reg. $99.95)  Go to RV Trader and  and the Promo code found in the Fulltime Families Members Only
Cheers to many more adventures together!

Fulltime Families Hosts Hangout at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

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Fulltime Families is hosting a “Balloon Fiesta Hangout” at the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta,  October 4th to October 11th, 2017* in the Standard (dry camping) RV area, in Albuquerque, NM

Some highly anticipated activities are:

  • Hot Air Experiments, Arts and Crafts
  • Flying High Dance Party
  • Roadschool Classes
  • Campfires and Corporate Meals
  • Experience Morning Ascensions and Night Glows along side your Fulltime Families Friends! (additional fees apply)
  • Balloon Crewing Opportunities (18 and older, baby sitting swap will be organized if there is enough interest in this feature)
  • and much more

Families interested in attending this event are encouraged to make their reservations with the ABQ Balloon Fiesta as soon as possible to ensure you have a space.  http://balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/rv-information.  When completing the reservations be sure to include “Please park me with the Fulltime Families Group” in the Comments Section 3 (see below)

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An activities fee of $50 per family will be required to cover supplies for this week long event.  Please keep in mind, this is not a rally, it’s a “hang out” which has a more relaxed calendar of activities.

This event is limited 25 families.

Interested in hosting another Fulltime Families Hangout in another location?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

You can reserve your spot for this event by reserving your spot with the form below:

2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
2017 Fulltime Families ABQ Balloon Fiesta Hangout
Hosted at the Balloon Fiesta Fairgrounds (Standard Sites) Dates: Oct. 4th 2017 - Oct. 11th 2017
Price: $50.00

*The dates of the Hangout incorporate Pre-Fiesta dates and only 1 Fiesta weekend… feel free to choose the dates for this event that best suit your plans.  Fulltime Families will be hosting events during the Hang Out dates only. 

What are the cancellation policies for this event?

Hangout Fee Refunds:

  • Cancel before August 5th, 2017 for a full refund of hangout fees with $10 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel between August 6th, 2017 –Sept. 4th, 2017 for a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations after Sept. 5th, 2017 will not be refunded.
  • Fees at non-transferable

Camping and Balloon Fiesta Refunds:

  • Please refer to the host campground regarding their refund policy.  FtF has no control over campground refunds.

Tee Shirt Refunds (if applicable):

  • Full refund prior to t-shirt order being placed.  After the order has been placed, no refunds are available.  Must pay additional shipping fee of $6 per shirt if you’d like your shirt shipped to you.

A Local’s Guide to the Best of Tucson with Kids

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Thank you to Tucson (former) local, Jennifer Miles who compiled this list for the World’s Best Roadschool Convention Attendees.

Here’s her suggestions for the best of Tucson with Kids!

Jennifer starred her family’s  favorites. but the others are still “on to the top of the list” for people who enjoy that type of activity.   The ones that say RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY are truly plan ahead and schedule. They sell out early and have limited availability.

In Town
Outdoor/Nature

*Flandrau Planetariumhttp://flandrau.org/ $7 adults, $5 4-15  This one is on the campus of the U of A.  Ranked one of the top 10 planetariums in the US. Have great kids activities.
*Botanical Gardenshttp://www.tucsonbotanical.org/  $13 for adults, $12 student, $7.50 4-12     Some great events like Alien Invasion of the Plant Kind and Butterfly Magic during the week of Convention
Desert Wildlife Museumhttps://www.desertmuseum.org/ $19.50 for adults, $15.50 13-17, $6 4-12
Old Tucsonhttp://oldtucson.com/ $16.95 12 and over, $10.95 4 – 11 Come experience what life was really like in the Old West.
Pima Air & Space Museumhttp://www.pimaair.org/  $15.50 for adults, $9 kids over 6 For those in to planes.  This place is huge.  (Also called the boneyard)
Spring Training – Sadly, there are no games for spring training this year at the Diamondback Stadium but this is one of the highlights every spring in town if you ever come back.  Just for that reason, it’s worth mentioning it.

Outdoor Retail Activities

*4th Ave Street Fair – http://www.fourthavenue.org/fairs/general-information/ Dates are Mar 21-23 this year for those who arrive early. This is a blast and has all sorts of street vendors. It’s the “Big event of the year” in Tucson.
There are always things going on – http://www.visittucson.org/events/calendar/

Indoor Entertainment/Restaurants

*Downtown Children’s Museumhttp://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/ $8 for over 12 months (second Saturday of the month is $2)  This is a fun one. It’s not huge but they change out the exhibits and my kids will spend hours there.
*Gaslight Theatrehttp://thegaslighttheatre.com/ $18.50 for adults, $16.50 students, $8.50 12 and under RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY  This is a super fun dinner and a show in a “old style theater” Beach Blanket Bee Bop runs Apr – June  Dinner is an extra cost and their Pizza is a favorite.
*Chaco’s Caféhttps://www.facebook.com/ChacosCafe  This is my favorite mom & pop mexican place in the country! Seriously, get the carne asada and the salsa bar! You would never find it if you didn’t know about it.  A little hole in the wall but AMAZING! This and El Charro are downtown near the Children’s Museum so would be a good “museum and meal” day.
*Eegee’shttp://www.eegees.com/ Frozen ices and subs. (Kind of like Subway but the frozen ices are the real reason we go) My kids beg to go here every time we are in town for the frozen ices.  There are multiple locations in town.  And, yes, the ices are such a family pleasure, I actually ranked a Subway-type place, as a must go to.. Crazy!

Trail Dust Town & Pinnacle Peak’shttp://www.traildusttown.com/ city block made to look like a historic town. Free to walk around.  Recommend eating at Pinnacle Peak’s steak house and having someone in the group wear a tie you are okay with losing. Can see dinner prices on the website.  This is a typical steak house with the added entertainment of a “no ties allowed” event if you wear one.  This is one that is always recommended as a Tucson original.  As an added bonus, the steaks are pretty good.
La Parrilla Suizahttp://laparrillasuiza.com/about.html  One of the best Mexican restaurant’s in town. They are a chain but their food is “mom and pop” quality.
El Charrohttp://www.elcharrocafe.com/ downtown if you are at the Children’s Museum
El Paradorhttp://www.elparadortucson.com/  Another “Can’t miss” mexican restaurant in town

In town but a little farther away

Colossal Caveshttp://www.colossalcave.com/welcome.html $13 for adults, $6.50 for 5-12  This one is on the outskirts of town and is a great local cave option.  If you can carve out the time, I’d recommend Kartchner Caverns over this one.
*Seven Falls –  http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/hike8.htm  Part of the Sabino Canyon trail system but this is one everyone should see once. Longer hike. It’s almost 8 miles round trip but has pools at the halfway point to cool off and relax.
Sabino Canyonhttp://www.sabinocanyon.com/  Ranges from free to fee Has both narrated tram tours and non-narrated walking trails.  Seven Falls is one of the trailheads in Sabino Canyon, but it’s such a great one I listed it separately.

Out of Town but worth the drive if you are passionate about the type of activity

Mt. Lemmonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Lemmon, http://www.skithelemmon.com/page2.html  About an hour up the mountain, some interesting things to see and do.  Amazing fudge store at top! (Because chocolate is how we judge everything)
*BioSpherehttp://b2science.org/   $20 for adults, $13 for students 6 – 12 Self contained environment originally used as a lab for sustaining life on another planet.
Tombstonehttp://www.cityoftombstone.com/ A little bit farther away but for history buffs this is a fun experience.
*Kartchner Cavernshttp://azstateparks.com/parks/kaca/ $23 14+, $13 7-13  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY This cave sells out on a regular basis.  This cave was preserved using the latest tech at the time and is amazing.  We’ve toured a lot of caves and this is still one of our favorites.
Kitt Peak Observatoryhttp://www.pimaair.org/ $15.50 adults, $9 kids If you are up for the drive, their night time tour is the one to go to and is amazing. I’d recommend for older kids really into astrology because of the distance and the late night needed.  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY

 

Prices subject to change, Please check local venues for current prices and times.

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…

or

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

or

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!

10 Holiday Things to do in New York City

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10 Great things to do in NYC at Christmas time..

 

Well, of course there’s

  1. “The Tree” at Rockefeller Center – also there is Ice Skating, The Christmas Show with the Rockettes, The NBC Studios, and standing at the windows of the Today Show.
  2. You may want to attend a live taping of Dave Letterman or Saturday Night Live
  3. From 49th Street, stroll up 5th.  You’ll start at the American Girl Place and then head north to Saks, Tiffany and end at FAO Schwarz.
  4. From FAO Schwarz, you can enter Central Park West.  Take a horse and carriage ride, visit the zoo and have a bite at Tavern on the Green.
  5. Check out Times Square – in the middle you’ll see TKTS .  Here you can purchase ½ price tickets to same day Broadway shows.
  6. Get yourself to the top of the Empire State Building.  If possible, go on a Tuesday when crowds are the lightest.
  7. Visit Santaland at Macy’s Heraldsquare (34th Street)
  8. Check out the windows at Bloomingdales http://gonyc.about.com/od/christmassights/tp/christmaswindow.htm and grab some lunch at nearby Papaya King
  9. Check out the bling in the Diamond District on 47th Street

10. Go to Jekyl and Hydes in the Village http://www.jekyllpub.com/

 

Special Hints:

FYI:  NYC = Manhattan – They are one in the same.

If you can avoid driving into the city – do so.  Otherwise you’ll pay exorbitant parking fees and be stuck to touring around where your car is parked.

Instead, use NJ Transit Buses, or the NY Waterway Ferry (with FREE buses on the NY side to shuttle you around the city).

Don’t be afraid of the NYC Subway System.  It’s the cheapest and fastest way around NY.

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.

Finding the Sweet Spot for Trick or Treating on the Road

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One of the benefits of being a full time rving family in the fall, is the opportunity to set your gps and move your house to one of the country’s best cities for trick or treating!   Every year, Zillow publishes their top 20 list.  According to Zillow’s website there is a significant amount of number crunching that goes in to developing this list.

Methodology

Zillow takes numbers seriously, even when it comes to trick or treating. Taking the most holistic approach, the Trick-or-Treat Index is calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data from Relocation Essentials. Based on these variables, the Index represents cities that will provide the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks.  For more info, visit: http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/

Graphic from Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/

Graphic from Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/blog/trick-or-treat/

If one of these cities isn’t in your travel plans this October, fear not!  You can still find the perfect neighborhood for the ghouls and goblins in your rig, no matter where in the world your rig is parked!

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Our best tip for finding the “sweet spot” by you is by calling some locals.  You can start with the police department or the Children’s’ Librarian at the local library.

Hang out at the park?  Ask another mom! or talk to the local elementary school secretary.

Looking for Fall Festivals and Howlin’ Holiday activities?  Check out Family Days Out.com for all the events going on in your area!

Update: While these tips have worked in the past, this year, I found the best spot by locating an Elementary School via Google Maps and then making sure the streets around it were in a accessible, grid like pattern for easy navigation.

We found our ‘sweet spot’ and after an hour left with full bags of loot!  It was a trick or treating success story!

8 Things to Know about Fulltime Families Facebook Group

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Welcome to the Fulltime Families Facebook Group.  We’re really excited you’ve found our little corner of Facebook and we’re even more excited to share with you all the excitement and anticipation that comes with considering or living an intentional life with your family.

Here are some things that will help you get acclimated here.

  1. This group is a small part of the resources Fulltime Families provides to families living or seeking the full-time RV lifestyle.   Unlike other Facebook groups that are fully stand-alone. this group is sponsored by the Fulltime Families Membership Club, a club for trail blazers, modern-day pioneers and renegades.8f02ccb85b65449de6642cf28b1c7584

 

2. So you don’t miss a thing, we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list.  Via our mailing list you’ll find out about our upcoming events (YES! We meet in person, frequently) new partnerships which save you money, and great tips for maximizing your adventure!

 

3.  Want to know how we can all afford to travel full-time, go on amazing adventures and live this fantastic life? Check out the FAQs Files right in our Facebook Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FulltimeFamilies/files/

4.  Looking for a list of “RV Must Haves“? Trying to figure out how many outfits to pack for your kids, what you should keep, what you should toss and what in the world you can do to make this transition a little easier?  Grab a copy of “How to Hit the Road“.

It’s got:

  • packing lists
  • budget forms
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5.   We have a language of our own!  FtF, Sticks ‘n Bricks, 5r, TT, TTO, QB and every Friday #WYFF.  What does all this mean?  We have a file for that at: https://www.facebook.com/notes/229509977119941/RVing%20abbreviations/273118066092465/  and that last one?  Every Friday we share a pic of where are feet are and what they’re doing. “Jump” into the fun.. no RV required 🙂

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6.  There is another FtF Group!  Actually several (see list below).  There is a dedicated group for paid FtF Members (Annual, Charter, and Lifetime).  This is a one of many members’ benefits (you can see the whole list of exclusive savings and benefits for members here: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/family-members-2/ftf-members-area/.

I think one of the best parts of paid membership is the private FtF FB group. It’s a friendly place to share and be open, with people we’ve met online and in real life, who are committed to the lifestyle. – Troy Marrs, FtF Charter Member #42

Other Facebook Groups sponsored by Fulltime Families are:

 

7. We Meet In Person – Frequently!  Part of FtF’s mission is to connect like-minded individuals to share resources, ideas, advice and experiences.  We host rallies (4 day family friendly events) across the country and a variety of other structured events.  To see a list of upcoming events, click here: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/upcoming-events/

To see what an FtF Rally looks like, watch this:

8. At Fulltime Families FB, we expect you to be kind, respectful, helpful, and show restraint when necessary.  Unlike other FB groups, Fulltime Families FB prides itself on administrators who only provide a framework and zero censorship tolerance.  The responsibility rests on each one of our members to promote a safe place to share the trials and successes of a life lived against the grain. For a complete list of guidelines, see the About Section on the FB Group.

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We’re so excited to have you as a part of our community.  Please review all these tips, enjoy the variety and help here and consider taking the next step by becoming a Fulltime Families Member.

Hope to see you down the road!

Kimberly, Chris and the FtF Team!

 

5 Common Misconceptions about Full Time Traveling Families

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Sometimes it’s easier to tell people what full time traveling families are not, as opposed to what they are.  Here is a countdown of 5 most common misconceptions our stick and brick counterparts have about full time traveling families.  Please feel free to add yours to the comments section below.

#5. We are always on vacation

While it may look like a permanent vacation on our facebook wall, the truth is that posting pics of laundry day, sitting at a computer for hours, and doing homework is not that interesting.  Don’t believe me?  Check out your own wall and tell me its a representative of your daily life.

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#4. Our kids are unsocialized and have no friends

Always a hot button issue, this is actually a non-issue on the road.  Our kids play with kids and adults alike on a daily basis.  Whether field tripping with friends, pot lucking with people or just hanging out, our kids are well socialized.

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#3. We are in desperate need of a hot shower, a warm meal and a comfy bed

While people might assume we have left our creature comforts behind when we moved into 350 sq feet, nothing could be further from the truth.  A great many of us have beds we love to sleep in, satellite television (we have 4 in our rig), small but fully functioning kitchens, and some of us even have not 1 but 2 bathrooms!

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#2. We won the lottery, live off trust funds, or mooch off the government

The majority of full time traveling families have not experienced some wind fall and life changing economic situation.  They have made their dream a reality through perseverance, creativity, and a ‘can do’ attitude.  There are as many ways to make money on the road as their are families living their dream.  Want to explore some of the ways full time traveling families support themselves on the road?  We’ve listed them in “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full Time RV Dreams a Reality“.

And the Number 1 Misconception about families who travel full time…

We live in our camper because we don’t have a choice!

If nothing else, your life is a series of choices, decisions, outcomes and consequences. Families who full time rv, have made the choice to reject the contrived “American Dream” in favor of a more authentic, simple life that places the focus on building family bonds.   You don’t have to live in an RV to accomplish this, but by putting your house on wheels, you are giving your family an opportunity to experiences the riches of this amazing country.

Still don’t believe it’s a choice?  Check out this video and let me know what your misconceptions are about full time rving families.

 

Fulltime Families Discontinuing Sales of Lifetime Memberships on March 8th

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For Immediate Release:

March 8th is the last day to upgrade or purchase a Lifetime Membership from Fulltime Families.

In an effort to meet the needs of our rapidly growing membership, Fulltime Families will be restructuring their membership programs this spring.

The Fulltime Families Lifetime Membership program will be discontinued on March 8th, 2016, and will be replaced with a 10-year membership option beginning Spring, 2016. The new program promises to be applicable and beneficial for members. Watch for additional information in April / May 2016. Existing Lifetime Members are not affected by the change. Their membership will continue for their lifetime.

Currently Lifetime Members receive early bird rally registration privileges, the opportunity to attend the Lifetime / Charter Breakfast, discounts on the FtF Explorer Program and reduced event rates, in addition to the list of exclusive savings and discounts with both homeschool curriculum suppliers (Time4Learning, Hocus Focus) and RV industry giants like Thousand Trails, Passport America, and RV Trader. 

To secure a Fulltime Families Lifetime Membership before they are discontinued on March 8th, visit: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/join-now/ for current annual members, interested in upgrading, please email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com directly.

If you have requested an upgrade, please check your Paypal account for a customized invoice.

Upgrade requests will be handled in the order they are received by midnight on March 8th, 2016.  Please allow up to 48 hours for your upgrade request to be processed.

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