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8 Great Destinations to Watch 4th of July Fireworks – Guest Post by The Road Trip Teacher

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Want to watch 4th of July Fireworks with your Fulltime Families Friends?  Save your spot for our upcoming Hang Out!
This month’s guest post from the Road Trip Teacher blog reveals some of the best places to watch fireworks in the country.  Head on over to her site to get a free copy of her newest Fourth of July Curriculum!
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The first Independence Day fireworks celebration reportedly took place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777, on the first anniversary of America’s birthday. Although this pyrotechnic pastime has became common for many other holidays and special events, there’s still something extra-special about July 4th fireworks. The Road Trip Teacher crew has these 8 great destinations on their leap list for places to celebrate the country’s independence.

 

The Road Can Be Exhausting

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Life on the road in an RV is not always how you picture it.live

 

When we first made our plans, we envisioned our life on the road checking off our list of must see items or putting x’s all over the pages of our copy of “1000 Places to See Before You Die”.

But after a few months, burn out began to set in, and we found ourselves rushing through or barely glancing at some of those things we had so looked forward to seeing and experiencing,

While in Portland, a friend mentioned that we would be in the vicinity of one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls.  Our family loves waterfalls and we were excited to be awash in the spray at Multnomah Falls.

But when we had the opportunity to actually see it, we were all so exhausted that we just sat in the car, in the parking lot, peeking at it between the rushing trucks on the highway.

This scenario was never part of my “life on the road” picture – and yet – there we were – all too tired and uninspired to actually unbuckle.

We never even turned the engine off.  We just stayed in our seats, told the kids to crane their necks so they could see the majestic rushing falls, and then we got back on the highway.

Had you told me this scenario was more than a possibility before we headed out, I would have never believed you. So full of curiosity were we to see and do everything! But in our travels, we have met with a multitude of families on the road, who have very similar stories. Who passed up the Petrified Forest to get a screaming toddler a Happy Meal?  Who missed putting their feet in the Pacific because there were too many stairs?  Who sat in the parking lot and napped at the Grand Canyon?

After this turning point, we decided that our life on the road was speeding past us.  We couldn’t even keep up with it, so we made the conscious decision to SLOW DOWN.   We’ve been spending more time in an area so we can truly appreciate the scenery and the natural offerings there. Setting a new pace has been beneficial to all of us and we are all enjoying our journey immensely.

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.

 

Natural Hot Springs are Soaking Spectacular – with Video

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On this episode of One Epic Adventure, the Traveling Travaglinos, together with the Felty Foursome, hiked to Fifth Hot Water Springs in  Diamond Fork canyon, south east of Provo, UT.

This family friendly hike to the springs is approx 2.5 miles along a large and sometimes fast flowing stream.

We choose a spring weekday for this adventure, to avoid the crowds that arrive on the weekends.

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During the hike, the skies opened up and pelleted us with hail for about 10 minutes.
When you arrive at the springs there are several sparkling pools that have been made for your soaking pleasure.

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The pools closer to the water fall are considerably warmer then the lower ones which you’ll encounter first (and the fact that there was a gentleman bathing au’natural in the first one) made the upper ones far more appealing.

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Most of the pools create a convergence between the cool river and the very hot thermal springs.

Depending on your preference, you can find your “sweet spot” where the two bodies of water blend to your perfect temperature.

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We loved our time soaking in Fifth Hot Water Springs and recommend you check out this hike when you’re in the Provo Area.

Check out our short video and subscribe to our Youtube Channel to check out our other Epic Adventures.

Fulltime Families Introduces Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership

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Fulltime Families Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership

This membership boasts the following benefits:

Existing members should login to Fulltime Families before purchasing the Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership to retain their original membership number.  If you need assistance with this, please email info@fulltimefamilies.com

To purchase the new Trailblazer Lifetime Family Membership go to: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/join-now/

 

Fulltime Families Resource Guide To Help Keep Business “in the Family”

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Finding resources on the road can be difficult.  Wouldn’t it be great to have one place to find everything:FtF Resource Guide

Our first advertisers can now be found at https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/business-directory/

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can quickly find the resources your looking for, while supporting fellow Fulltime Families Members!

Look for a hard copy of the FtF Resource Guide at the FtF Family Reunion in Feb. 2017 (an on-demand download version will be available sooner).

It will be the ultimate resource to connect families to the trusted providers we all need.
Small Business Owners
We want to hear from YOU about your business. Our goal through all of this is to support small businesses in our organization to help them grow.  This is exciting news because our fellow travelers have been looking for one spot to find these resources like yours. We are working hard to give the people what they want and support small businesses in the best way we know how.   Ad rates start as low as $30 per year!
To reserve your spot in this directory, send an email to our Resource Acquisition Director.

HURRY!  The Deadline to get your ad into the 2017 Hard Copy Guide is Fast Approaching!

Last Chance for Legoland Tickets

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The 4th Annual FtF Roadschool Fieldtrip to Legoland, Florida is Officially SOLD OUT!

If you have pre-purchased your tickets from Fulltime Families, please check your PayPal Email for a confirmation from us.  If you have not received a confirmation email, please email kimberly@fulltimefamiles.com

Here is some info you need to know if you are joining us on Feb. 12th, 2016.

IMPORTANT INFO:
 
Please arrive at the main gate of Legoland by 9:15am. 
  • If you are attending the Tampa Rally: The Legoland caravan will leave LazyDays, from the front gate, by the office at 8am SHARP.
  • If you are planning on going to Legoland separately, be sure to be on-site by 9:15am
  • Legoland charges for parking and this is not included in your pre-paid tickets.
  • We will take a Group Photo at 9:30am
  • The Flash Mob Dance (see details below) will take place at the front gate.
  • The FtF Group must enter the park as a group so it’s important that everyone is on time.
  • You are welcome to pack a lunch!  If you have a cooler and/or lunch sack, you will be able to take those to a location for storage until needed for lunch.
  • This part of the day is time sensitive.  The rest of the day you’ll be free to enjoy the part at your leisure.
  • If you have a rally t-shirt, please wear it to Legoland.
  • FtF Bracelets will be passed out to all so that we can identify each other inside Legoland.
Be a part of FtF History!  Legoland Flash Mob Info:  Please start practicing this dance.  All roadschooler participants will be receiving a limited edition Lego Minifig for doing their part!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoTV0NGtrrM
We are sorry, but no refunds can be processed at this time and tickets are non-transferable.

Additional Fees for Parking apply.
You can bring your own lunch into the park. Legoland supplies a group lunch locker and covered picnic tables for our group.
This field trip is rain or shine.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

We are sorry, but no refunds can be processed at this time and tickets are non-transferable.

 

Winner Announced in the Favorite 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Picture

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The Grand Prize Winner has been announced in the 12 Joys of RVing Instagram Contest.
By gathering the most votes, @boondockedmedia, Dana Haines has won the Grand Prize which includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a bag of swag from Go RVing!
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Here are the finalists:
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 Thank you for all that submitted Instagram Pics and participated in the contest.  There is a lot of joy in RVing and so many of you did a great job of capturing and spreading it!!!
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This promotion isn’t sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.

Ever Wonder WHY You have So Much Clutter?

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You purge, you downsize, you weed out.  But every time you turn around, there’s another pile of stuff on your dresser, on your table, seeping out of your junk drawer.  Clutter is everywhere!

Did you know there’s a reason you’re not making any headway against your clutter?  Sure, you might be able to temporarily have an impact, but slowly the clutter creeps back into your life.  Have you wondered why that is?

buried blissI did, so I researched it extensively and found that once I addressed by clutter collecting triggers, I could really get to the bottom of things (and piles).

You know what else I learned, that all that stuff was really making me miserable!   and I bet it’s making you miserable too!

On my quest for clean surfaces, I discovered the 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All and compiled them in one easy to read e-book so you could share the same success and peace of mind.

Now it’s your turn.  Ask yourself if your un-cluttering efforts have worked for you (or maybe just take a quick peek around your home) and if you find the answer is ‘no’ then do yourself a favor and get “Buried Bliss; 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All” .

This time tomorrow, you could finally be on your way to a clutter free lifestyle!

P.S. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to keep and what to toss, tune into Roadschool Moms this Sunday night at 9pm est, when Mary Beth and I share with you what you really need and what you can re-home.

 

 

 

 

6 Great Podcasts for Traveling Families

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Whether your hitting the road this summer, or planning a stay-cation in your area, you can use your Apple device to tune in and learn all about the nation’s National Parks!

National Parks Podcasts

When you follow the link above to iTunes, you’ll see hundreds of podcasts that help you and your roadschoolers learn all about places like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Bad Lands, the Grand Canyon, Acadia, you name it!

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Here are some other great podcasts for FtF Families:

Happy Camper Radio

Get Kids Ready for Life

Nomad Together

Family Adventure Podcast with Erik Hemingway

Raising Miro on the Road of Life

 

and of course…

Roadschool Moms Live Every Sunday Night at 9pm EST

Does your family listen to podcasts?  Comment below with your favorites!

Come See the Brand New Fulltime Families Website

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Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 12.16.50 AMWe’re unveiling a brand new look!

After month’s of redesign, we are ready to pull back the curtain on the new and improved Fulltime Families.com

The new site:

In the coming week’s we’ll be cleaning up all the old posts, updating our blog roll, and adding fun interactive social media widgets.

So please, take a minute to check out our new look and let us know what you think about in the comments section.

 

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