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Insider Secrets for Getting the Best Price on the Best RV for your Family

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Are you getting overwhelmed by your RV shopping?  Wondering if you are paying too much for your RV?  How do you know if your family will fit in your new RV?

I recently had a chance to discuss these topics, as well as share some of my favorite, insider information about RV shopping with Kevin Wallenbeck, the founder of RVingPlanet.com.

In this brief video, Kevin and I share:

  • How most people buy their first RV and why you shouldn’t.
  • What type of RV is the ‘gateway drug’ to RVing?
  • Common mistakes when pulling a large trailer
  • The danger of getting a big RV as your first RV.
  • Tips for deciding on the right floorplan.
  • Secrets on RV resale value that caught our host off-guard:)

So hit play and then, armed with all your new information, download some great buying guides and peruse thousands of layouts at RVingPlanet.com.

Or pick up your copy of How to Hit the Road, and start taking the steps to get your life off Hold and on the Road today!

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.

Peek into the Life of a Full-Time RVing Family

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This Spring, the Traveling Travs have kicked off a new YouTube series, giving viewers a bird’s eye view of the life of a full-time RVing family and inviting YOU to peek into the real world of full-time family travel.

From school days, to working from the RV, amazing destinations and off grid locations, you can catch the videos live or watch the replays on a brand new play list here:

If you haven’t checked out the Trav’s camper, you can take a video tour here:

And if you’re looking for more information about awesome adventures on the road, check out their web series “One Epic Adventure” here:

Fulltime Families Partners with the Lundy Health Coaches to get you and your wallet on the Road to Health

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You may have noticed some Fulltime Families Members on your facebook group have been shrinking!

Check out these pics from Margie and Allen Lundy (Fulltime Families Lifetime Members #53) who have made their physical health a priority and their financial health a reality!

They are now joining forces as Fulltime Families Partners to bring Fulltime Families Members an exclusive offer for health and wellness, as well as an opportunity for a sound, tested, location independent income solution.

Achieve Optimal Health and Wellness

The Lundy Health Coaches can help you get on the road to health and wellness.  If you are currently on or getting ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, don’t let your lack of health get in the way. The benefits of optimum health include:

  • Increased energy
  • Increased stamina
  • Bolstered self confidence
  • Better sleep
  • A greater ability to enjoy your journey!

Together, the Lundy’s and their mentors the Johnson’s (pictured above) have been able to help hundreds of people achieve their health and wellness goals and live fuller, more satisfying lives.  But there’s more!

Achieve Financial Freedom

The Lundy’s also serve as successful business coaches, leading many full-time rvers to financial freedom while helping their clients reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle.  Margie and Allen, recently detailed their easy to follow steps for financial success on an episode of Roadschool Moms, “Health Coach Benefits to Make Money on the Road” Click play on this episode to learn if Health Coaching the answer you’ve been looking for to fuel your Full-time RV Dreams.  When you tune in, you’ll learn:

  • Can you start health coaching right away?
  • What equipment is required?
  • What previous experience is required?
  • How much money can you make as a health coach?
  • and much more!

First Hand Knowledge

Our family has experienced this transformation first hand, when Chris tapped into the Lundy’s Health Coaching expertise.  They led him on a weight loss journey that resulted in:

  • The loss of 65lbs
  • No more blood pressure medication
  • No more cholesterol medication
  • No more sleep apnea
  • Increased energy, health, and wellness

Exclusive Benefits for Fulltime Families Members

Fulltime Families Members can now access both the health and wellness features and /or  the income building features of this program with an exclusive offer of $25 off your first purchase.  To take advantage of this special offer or get more information, visit: www.lundyhealth.com

 

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.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt

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I’m not a morning person. Trying to wake up before the kids and set our Easter Eggs is not all that appealing to me.  Where’s the sport in that anyway!  You can SEE so well during the day.. the eggs never really have a chance!

But filling eggs, taping them shut with reflective tape and letting the kid loose in a dark field, armed with baskets and flashlights.  Now, that’s my kinda hunt!

So, that’s what we did tonight.  With two Bru Cru kids, two Clan of Parents kids and 4 Traveling Travaglinos.

You do the math… 8 kids, 126 eggs, 5 lbs of candy = great fun for everyone and a 3.25 hour sugar high!

Tune in next week when we have a “Make your own Fireworks Party”… Just kidding… maybe 😉

The Perfect Addition to Your Easter Basket

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Bird Bath Soup: A Sweet Little True Story

I’m thrilled to announce the release of our first children’s story book which each of my kids helped me bring to life.

Bird Bath Soup is based on a true story my mother used to tell me from an experience during her own childhood.  A story that stayed with me all these years and that I, in turn, fascinated my own children with.

And now, it’s here for your children in both ebook and hard copy version- and FREE through Kindle Unlimited

Brought to life with a spring time pastel palette, the hard copy is the perfect addition to your child’s Easter basket!

BONUS: Both versions come with a free audio download.  Have your young readers read along with me when you download this free audio file!

Tele Therapy Now Available to Full-Time RVing Families

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Full Time traveling, home schooling, roadschooling and busy families should have access to services they need to help children grow, learn and be happy at a time and place convenient for busy lives.  G&E Therapies has provided pediatric therapy services for almost 20 years in upstate NY and now we are proud to offer these services nationwide through G&E Therapies on the GO!

 

G&E Therapies on the GO! is currently accepting children and their families for Teletherapy!  You can access expert Pediatric Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Special Education Teachers and Behavior Specialists to provide consultations, evaluations and treatments for your children.  We help with sensory challenges, behavior and transition strategies, educational support, motor milestones, feeding/swallowing/oral motor recommendations and more in a supportive way to meet your goals!

Fulltime Families Members get a Special Rate on these Services!  Not a Member Yet?  Join Today!

G&E Therapies on the GO! has partnered with Fulltime Families to provide these services at a 25-50% discount with your verified FTF Membership number ( Rate Sheet ) .  Shelley Dostie, OTR/L for G&E Therapies on the GO! and Fulltime Family Member, will be at the Tallahassee Rally Wednesday February 1st through Saturday February 28th 2017 to provide “in person” therapy consultations and services!  Shelley’s Seminar on Thursday about Sensory Processing is a MUST SEE!! You can also make an appointment to see one of our professionals “face to face” through a secure server using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

 

G&E Therapies on the GO!   Meet The Teletherapy Team is now accepting the following:

Physical Therapy (PT):  Families from NY            Special Education: Families nationwide

Speech Therapy (SLP): Families from FL            Behavioral Intervention:  Families nationwide

Occupational Therapy (OT): Families from NY, PA, CT and FL

Fulltime Families Members get a Special Rate on these Services!  Not a Member Yet?  Join Today!

How Do Full-Time RVing Families Make All Their Stuff Fit- Webinar Replay Available

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Missed the Webinar?  The replay is available here:

Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, spent some time showing viewers her best tips for fitting everything an adventuring family of 6 needs into the 350 sq feet, the Travaglino family has been living in for the last 7 years.

  • What Kitchen Appliances are multipurpose?
  • Where do you keep all your clothes?
  • How about toy storage?
  • Family heirlooms and momentos?

Click the replay and join Kimberly and host, Georgianne Austin, Escapees Marketing Director, for this informative broadcast complete with Q&A Session.

Have further questions?  Consider purchasing your own copy of “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full-Time RV Dreams a Reality“.

 

 

Charity on the Road: Fulltime Families Country-wide Compassion Event

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This season is so hard on many families.  With freezing temps and cold weather lay offs, many families struggle to keep food on the table, let alone put a little something under the tree for their kids.

Fulltime Families is several things:

  • A Support Organization for Full-Time RVing Families
  • A Collective of Buying Power to solicit discounts from providers
  • A Community of People who share life together as their paths cross
  • And best of all – a group of amazing individuals, with a spirit of generosity – who seek to provide relief to fellow families who are suffering.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise, that as needs arise, several members have spearheaded initiatives to connect families in need with families looking for opportunities to give of themselves this Christmastime.

Want to Get Involved?

There are several ways you can get involved in this community wide compassion event.

  1. Give directly to a family in need.  We have a campaign in progress to help a fellow traveling family with a critical need.  You can read their story here.
  2. Match your time, talents, extra resources or location with a family who needs a helping hand.  Families have been specifying their needs and locations in a thread on Fulltime Families FB Group.  See how you can respond to a family who may be local to you, or miles across the country by checking out this compassion thread.
  3. Pray, send notes of encouragement, and keep these families in your thoughts.  So many families experiencing hardship, feel alienated and ashamed by their circumstances.  Take a moment to reach out and let them know someone cares about their circumstances.

Thank you for your consideration.  We are immensely grateful for this community and blessed to be a part of it.

Love, The Travs

 

 

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