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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.

 

Fulltime Families Magazine December 2013 Is Ready for You!

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Click here to read it now.

Happy Holidays From Fulltime Families!

In this issue you’ll find:

Quick and Easy Holiday Memory Making Activities

The FtF Gift Guide

Meet the Graf Family

Sarah Parent’s Primal Chocolate Cake

All Natural Health Products Recipes

and tons more!

Click here to start reading.

Not a Subscriber yet?  You can get this issue +all the other 44 issues for $1

Click here to sign up for a trial subscription.

 

 

Fulltime Families Magazine Toy of the Year 2013

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Toy Of The Year2013Every year Fulltime Families Magazine picks one single toy that is educational, fun for girls and boys, builds creativity and appeals to multiple ages. The toy also has a travel well and not get stuck under the slides.

Intelligent Magnetic Building For Brain Development
MAGFORMERS are easy to use and never frustrating. The patented intelligently designed MAGFORMERS magnets are housed in colorful, high quality ABS plastic. They always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect. High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time is creative, stimulating, and constructive. Building with MAGFORMERS engages mathematical and scientific thought, deductive reasoning, and requires use of spatial awareness. Manipulating the powerful, colorful MAGFORMERS magnets IS educational, but despite being an educational experience, play is magical and FUN!

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Your Imagination Drives This Engine.
Classic Cars, Wacky Cars, Space Cars, Underwater Cars, Dragsters, Hot Rods, the building possibilities are endless…and they all have wheels! The XL Cruiser Car Set sparks imaginations of all ages leading to incredible designs that roll, zoom, and never break down. Use your dream car until you need the pieces for your next amazing automotive creation. This set doesn’t just build, it moves! Take your MAGFORMERS XL Cruiser Cars on the road for hours of engaging play.

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You’re In The Driver’s Seat
The XL Cruisers Car Set races on the scene for hour after hour of building fun. Custom design your own car for cruising on the weekend, or build the hot rod of your dreams. Durable and capable of withstanding the rigors of racing. Ladies and Gentlemen…Start Your Engines!

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To WIN THIS SET ENTER HERE!
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Fulltime Families Magazine – November 2013 Issue – All the info you need to make the most of your full time adventures and aspirations

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It’s that time again!  The November Issue of Fulltime Families Magazine is now up at https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/ftf-magazine/current-issues/.

In this issue we discuss:

Obamacare and the Full Time RVer

Maintaining your Thanksgiving Traditions in 350sq feet

A new recipe for moisturizer bars from the Thrifty Belle

Healthy websites you should book mark

and the introduction of Sarah Parent’s Traveling Primal cooking column and cooking show!

So, don’t waste another minute reading this email. Just click this link https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/ftf-magazine/current-issues/

and see for yourself why Fulltime Families Magazine is the perfect resource for your full time rv adventures and dreams.

You’re still reading this… I can tell!

 

5 Ways You Can Help Oklahoma

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Ticknors Ready for Recovery

  1. Give Money.  You can give to the Ticknor Tribe. This family of 12 on the road, has construction experience, disaster clean up experience, and helpful spirits.  For more info, click on their link above.  You’ll find they are making preparations right now to head down to Oklahoma.  If you feel moved to help, find their donation button on their blog, or just send them money through PayPal via ticknortribe@msn.com
  2. Give Miles.  Did you know that Delta, United Airlines and US Airways have all partnered with the Red Cross and you can give them your airline miles to help get staff to key locations?
  3. Give Money. You can give directly to the  OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to help with “long term medical care, emotional help and education” to those affected by this week’s tornados.
  4. Give Diapers. Feed the Children has set up five locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations to help victims of the Moore tornado. The organization is accepting items including diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food, snack items, water and sports drinks.
  5. Give Blood. Just give blood to your local blood bank. Every drop counts.

If you’re interested in going to the area for disaster relief, look for this information in the June Issue for Fulltime Families Magazine.

 

GIVEAWAY!!! 1000 Days on the Road for the Traveling Travaglinos!

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To celebrate our 1000th day on the road, we are hosting a GINORMOUS Giveaway!!!

How to Enter:

1. Have a blog

2. Write a blog post about Fulltime Families.

3. Include a link to Fulltime Families.

4. Submit your blog post to us on the form below.

That’s it! It’s sooooo simple!!!

All entries will be verified and winners will be chosen randomly

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!!!

  • 20 Fourth Prize Winners will receive a free e-copy of our bestselling workbook “Buried Bliss; 7 Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All”
  • 10 Third Place Prize Winners will receive a free copy of our Bestselling Book, “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Families Fulltime RV Dreams a Reality”
  • 5 Second Place Winners will receive a free year’s subscription to Fulltime Families Magazine
  • 3 First Place Winners will receive a free Annual Membership to Fulltime Families

 

  • 1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a FREE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to Fulltime Families

Details: Contest runs from Midnight Feb. 17th to Midnight Feb. 25th, 2013 (est)

Winners will be announced at noon on Feb. 25th, 2013.

One entry per person. For extra chances to win multiple members of your household may submit their own blog posts also.

So what should you write about?

Here are just some suggestions:

  • Did you attend an FtF Rally? Tell us about your experience.
  • Are you a regular reader of FtF Magazine? Give us a review.
  • Are you a proud member of FtF? Tell us why.
  • Have we (the Traveling Travaglinos) spent any of our 1000 days on the road with you? Remind us of all the fun we had!
  • Has FtF had a positive influence on your family’s life? Tell us about it!

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The February Issue of Fulltime Families Magazine is Posted!

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Our 33rd issue is ready for you!   We’ve added two new writers to our excellent line up!  Hannah and Sheri Smith are a mother / daughter team who travel full time.  Hannah will be providing FtF Mag with monthly destination articles, while Sheri heads up our brand new Roadschooling column.  Also in this issue, our Rally Wrap-Up, protecting yourself from EMR exposure, and Have Gun will Travel.  And as always, tons more of the information you’re looking for to make the most of your full-time rv adventure!

Click here to read this issue.

Not a subscriber yet?  We offer a $1 trial subscription so you can read all 33 issues!

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We are headed west and we want you to come along for the ride!

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Arizona or bust - or probably a little of both!

Arizona or bust – or probably a little of both!

Are you really curious about full time rving with kids?  Do you want to know all the nitty gritty details?  Do you want to hear about the whining, the potty breaks, the break downs and the unforgettable moments that make full time rving with kids an amazing adventure?

If you’re still reading this, then I assume the answer is “yes” so hop on in and join us as we finally get out of Florida and head west!

Just fill out the form below and we’ll deliver our daily journal right to your inbox.  There’ll be videos, pics, stories and maybe even a few scribbles from the kids!

Chicken Sittin’

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Who knew, when we pulled into the suburban neighborhood that Chris’ parents live in, we’d get to hang out with chickens?

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It turns out our ‘temporary’ s&b neighbors decided to take out their playground and replace it with a chicken coop. How fun!!!

They got the coop and 1 chicken on Craigslist

I absolutely loved hanging out in their backyard, watching Daisy and Minnie hunt for tasty vitals in the grass.

Poor Daisy is too easy to catch

 

I loved hearing their soft clucking! Right then and there I decided;

  • Chickens are awesome!
  • We are definitely going to have a bunch of chickens on the ranch!
  • Chicken poop is super gross.

But the hands down best part is the eggs. They are like little delicious presents the chickens deliver daily.

 

Hooray! Breakfast

DJ is Egg-static

Tonia checked for eggs 20x a day

So when our neighbors asked us to Chicken Sit in exchange for the eggs, I was giddy with anticipation.

These eggs are so rich and flavorful and so blissfully free!

Chicken sitting was actually quite easy. Here are the steps if you are ever asked:

  1. Open the chicken coop in the morning.
  2. Check for eggs
  3. Close the chicken coop at sunset
  4. Sing the Chickens a lullabye (Tonia says this step is vital if you want yummy eggs)
Click here to listen to Tonia’s official Chicken Lullabye Jan_11_2013-001.m4a
Besides the poop, I see very little cons to having backyards chickens…
They even make great chicks for double dates!
No chickens were harmed in the making of this blog post. 

 

 

The January 2013 Issue of Fulltime Families Magazine is Posted

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A New Year, A New Look for FtF Magazine.

The January 2013 Issue is LIVE!  Let us know what you think about the new format!

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