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FtF 7th Annual Roadschool Fieldtrip to Legoland Florida

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Join Fulltime Families as they take over Legoland, Florida for the 7th consecutive year!

Legoland Florida, is again offering Fulltime Families an amazing rate, with student tickets (ages 4 – 17) $16.29 per ticket (reg rate $87!) and adult rates of $32.27 (reg rate $94!).  That’s an ENORMOUS Savings!

Plus you get to go with all your FtF Friends!

To save your spot visit: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/2018-ftf-annual-legoland-fl-field-trip/

NOTE: DEADLINE to reserve your spot with the group is Tuesday, Feb 1st, 2017.  Please reserve your tickets by this date.

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FtF Roadschool Field Trip to Legoland 2013

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FtF Legoland Roadschool Fieldtrip 2015

 

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FtF Legoland Roadschool Fieldtrip 2016

 

Also consider joining us for the Under the Sea Rally, March 2018 at Jellystone in Madison, FL!

2012 FtF Summer Family Reunion Rally is a HUGE Success

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2012 FtF Thrift Shop Prom

The 2012 FtF Summer Family Reunion Rally was a HUGE Success!  I want to thank all the attendees – who brought their good spirits and fun loving attitudes! Everyone single one of you contributed in taking this event from fun to Phenomenal!

The Rally Recap Video is here!

Special thanks to Margie Lundy for all the beautiful pics!

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But don’t just take our word for it, each family took away something unique from their time with us… Here’s what they are saying about the event:

The Seeley Family: Fulltime Family Fun

The Lundy Family: Rally Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

The Zavocki Family: Fulltime Families Rally

 

Do you have a blog post about the rally?  Please send the link to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

 

 

 

 

Fulltime Families Christmas Wishes 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.

Gates of Hope Ministry is several things:

  • A Christ centered Organization focused on serving full-time RVing families on or off the road.
  • A community of Christians from around the US and world
  • An organization dedicated to promote the love of Jesus by finding ways to help those in need.

This Christmas, Fulltime Families is partnering with Gates of Hope Ministries to connect families in need with families looking for opportunities to give of themselves this Christmastime.

Submit Your Wishes

We cordially invite families to submit your wishes through this Google Form.  We can not guarantee that every wish can be fulfilled but we will do our best to connect giving families with those families in need this holiday season.

Make a Family’s Christmas Wish Come True

After November 15th, we will be posting the Wishes Applications for review both on Fulltime Families and Gate of Hope Facebook Pages.   Choose a wish to fulfill and match your time, talents, extra resources or location with a family who needs a helping hand.

Other Ways to Help

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

 

 

20 Resources to help you Roadschool Through the Holidays

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This time of year can be hectic no matter what kind of lifestyle you enjoy. Many families on the road take time off to travel back home for the holidays or simply enjoy their surroundings for the season. No matter what your holiday schedule, the Roadschool Moms team encourages you to Roadschool through the Holidays. These are the favorite homeschool holiday resources on the RoadSchool Moms Approved list this year:

Language Arts & Cross-Curriculum Resources

Homeschool through the Nativity from Intoxicated on Life

All About Christmas from Meet Penny

Holidays Around the World from Teachers Pay Teachers

The History of Santa Claus from Lesson Plans Page

All About Rudolph from Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures

Christmas Vocabulary Puzzles from Road Trip Teacher

Truth in the Tinsel from Oh Amanda

Science

Christmas Science Labs from The Science Penguin

Christmas Nature Study from Our Journey Westward

Tie-Dyed Christmas Ornaments from Happy Hooligans

Math

The Twelve Math Days of Christmas from A2Z Homeschool

Christmas Math Facts from ABCya

Writing & Copywork

The Christmas Story Copywork from Mom’s Mustard Seeds

December Scripture Writing Plan from Sweet Blessings

Reading

Advent Book List from My Humble Kitchen

Christmas Chaper Books to Read Aloud from What Do We Do All Day

12 Christmas Books to Read to Your Kids from Stewardship

Art, Music & Other Fun Resources

Christmas Carols Music Study from Squilt Music

How to Draw a Reindeer from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Christmas Tree Chalk Art from Hodge Podge

Lego Christmas Projects from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Many of the resources above can be used to homeschool across the ages of your roadschool. Here are a couple of other holiday roadschool resources we found that your middle school/high school teens might especially enjoy:

5 Days of Teen Christmas Ideas from Education Possible

Nutcracker Unit Study from Homegrown Learners

Holiday Math Activities from Lindsay Perro


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s favorite resources used in their own roadschool during the 2015 holiday season, tune into the December 6th 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.

25 Great Holiday Gifts for the Fulltime Family

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The Holidays are Coming! With spatial needs and weight considered, here are some great gifts for the Fulltime Family!
This post was featured in a Roadschool Moms MiniShow: Top 10 Gifts for the Full-Time RVing Family

 

What to get for the Fulltime RV Family for Christmas

What to get for the Fulltime RV Family for Christmas

 

  1. Outdoor World Gift Card, Cabela’s Gift Card
  2. Free Camping for a Year with a Thousand Trails Membership
  3. An Unlimited Data Verizon Line
  4. Walmart Gift Card
  5. A National Park Annual Pass
  6. Reciprocal Nationwide Museum / Science Center / Zoo / Aquarium Membership http://www.emuseum.org
  7. Craft Supplies
  8. E Book Reader / Tablet
  9. Gift Cards for Books or e-books (or a copy of “How to Hit the Road“)
  10. Prepaid Gas Cards
  11. A couple rolls of quarters and some Purell Laundry Sheets
  12. A GPS (Hand held for Geo Caching or Dashboard Type for navigating)
  13. Prepaid Toll Transponder (Like EZ Pass / Sun Pass)
  14. A Hummingbird Feeder
  15. Batteries!!! Lots and lots of batteries! (and a battery tester too!)
  16. Tickets to live productions such as Sight and Sounds Miracle of Christmas
  17. A Custom Family Sticker Map for Your RV
  18. Roadside Assistance Membership / Policy (Good Sam’s, AAA)
  19. FtF Lifetime / Annual Membership
  20. Registration Fees for any of our 2016 FtF Rallies /Legoland Fieldtrips
  21. Blue Track FtF Toy of the Year 2011
  22. Roadtrip Board Game FtF Toy of the Year 2012
  23. Magformers FtF Toy of the Year 2013
  24. 4D Cityscape Time Puzzle – FtF Toy of the Year 2014
  25. Announcing the 2016 FtF Toy of the Year soon!

BONUS!  The best gift for full-time RVing Moms this year is… a 5 Night Cruise!  For less than $60 a month, you can join your Roadschool Moms Friends on a magical Christian Women’s Retreat Cruise.  This Cruise Chics Cruise is the perfect getaway for Refreshment at Sea~  For more information, request to join the group at: FtF Moms 2017 Cruise Getaway Group

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Does your product or service belong on this ‘must have’ list?  Contact Kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com to find out how to get it included.

 

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.

Why My Garage Stinks…

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This morning, I logged onto facebook and found one of those gut popping, tears rolling blog posts that moms write and other moms find hysterical.

Here it is: http://putdowntheurinalcake.com/2012/07/so-your-bathroom-smells-like-pee/

and it’s call to action was to no longer feel shame for the unpleasant aromas kids’ cause in your home…

So, here’s my confession, by which I purge my shame about both killing animals and why my garage stinks:

#1 You should know that my bathroom too smells like pee too!  But more troubling is that our garage smells like a combination of wet dog and… something vile that you can’t quite put your finger on.

I know what it is, but I can’t quite put your finger on, or better said… I can’t find it.

Month’s ago, in a campground so overridden with frogs you might mistake it for the plague, one Mama (that would be me) decided it would be a great home school activity to dissect a few of these frogs.  So how to prepare the frogs for their ultimate donation to science and the education of blood thirsty child (a disturbing euphemism for ‘how to kill the frogs’)

After much debate, it was decided we would freeze the frogs… if you’re a mama – you probably know where this is going!

So, freeze the frogs we did.  And they selflessly died in the perfect pose for dissection – such wonderful frogs really, I’m kinda sad we killed them.

Frozen Frog goes well with Peas

But now, we had frozen frogs and I had lost the nerve to filet them and start pointing out guts.

I thought the nerve would return so I kept the frogs in the freezer…. I should restate: I KEPT THE FROGS IN THE FREEZER!!!

But if you have kids, you know their curiosity is ceaseless and one of them (all of them actually) was sure if we defrosted the frogs, they would come back to life.  🙂

So, someone did just that… defrosted a frog and simultaneously lost it, in the garage of our camper.

Maybe it did come back to life and its death smell is a curse it cast on us / me.  But more likely, somewhere in that garage is a limp, soggy, rotting frog carcass and that’s why my garage stinks!

So when guests come to check out how the crazy people live in their camper, I mean ooh and ahh about our ‘spacious accommodations on wheels’, I feel compelled to blow in their face, and let them glance from the threshold the area the represents half of our 500 square feet living space!

Until the frog is no more….

Is there a stench in your home?  Share it and feel shame no more – that’s why air fresheners are a billion dollar business!

How many pics will Chris let me take of his butt???

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Some how, we decided instead of hanging out in NC and SC, after our time in VA, we’d head straight to Florida, spend a week with Chris’ parents, and then head to the Keys where I could turn 40 island style…

Florida or Bust…

But as usual, Franken-Truck had other plans for us.  It started just 40 miles into our 957 mile journey, not a good sign for sure.

Chris glanced out the right side view mirror and said, “Why is that piece hanging off the side of the camper?”  At precisely the same time, a befuddled motorist passed us on the right and rolled his eyes… I took that to mean, “you’re screwed”.

We pulled off the road and into a gas station and started making some phone calls.  We were pretty sure we had snapped one of our leaf springs (this has happened to us before so we’re kinda experts now – in diagnosing at least) and the roadside tech confirmed it.

Yup! We done busted it!

We are so used to repairs at this point, we’ve developed a system.  There’s no more yelling, struggling, tears or gnashing of teeth.  Just quiet patience, usually some ice cream and check writing.

It took the mechanics 2 hours to replace both the left and the right leaf spring and we were back on the road, $941 lighter.

917 more miles to go.  Glad we got the mandatory TTR (Traveling Travaglino Repair) out of the way, we continued down I95 confident we wouldn’t have to stop again. Little did we know the best was yet to come!

We pushed ourselves and drove to South Carolina to try to make up some lost time.  We slept in the South Carolina Welcome Center and headed out in the morning.

611 more miles to go.  Ya know, 957 miles is a long long drive.  The kinda drive that tests your resolve as a family, but we made it to the tip of Florida by night two and spent that night in the Florida Welcome Center.

The next morning, we woke to a pack of wild hogs roaming the parking lot, after 2 1/2 years, we were back in our home state and I guess this was the Welcome Committee.

Chris went out to start the truck and I vaguely remember it didn’t turn over on the first try… the thought of “that’s odd” was quickly replaced by the thought of “I definitely don’t want to leave my cup of coffee on the counter again – I remember that did not go too well the last time”.

325 more miles to go. We loaded up and headed off, totally energized by the fact that in a mere 6 1/2 hours we’d finally be ‘home’.

100 more miles to go. 225 miles later, we pulled into a truck stop and Chris matter-of-factly announced he needed to change the fuel filter.

Oil, Oil Everywhere – But None in the Engine!

“Really?”, I said, “In 2 1/2 years on the road, I don’t think we ever stopped to do that.  Why do we have to do it now?”

Trying not to alarm me, he made up some story about the truck seeming sluggish and it would be a quick change and blah blah blah.. I totally know where this is going. There is NEVER EVER such a thing as a ‘quick fix’ for us.

I hear grunting coming out from under the hood… Problemo #1: Whatever doo-hicky is holding the fuel filter on can not be budged.  But that’s nothin’ compared to Problemo #2: Which is that the engine has white smoking pouring out of it.  I’m totally not buyin’ that this is a fuel filter kinda thing.

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Still 100 more miles to go.  We’re pretty sure the engine is shot and we make the decision to limp to Chris’ parents house.   This is accomplished by something resembling a Chinese Fire Drill every 20 miles.  Keep in mind, we are making this completely broken engine tow our 42 foot home!  Every 20 miles, we pull over, Chris and I jump out of the truck, open the hood and dump as much oil as she’ll take, to keep the engine from seizing.

It takes 5 stops, but we make it.  Everything is covered in oil because the engine has been spurting it out as fast as we’ve been putting it in.  We are all exhausted but we’re home and everything else can be handled in our own time now.

Tune in later this week when we discuss.. how to buy an engine. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes Ya Gotta Kiss the Moose!

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As far as I know, I’ve only got 30 maybe 40 more trips around the sun – and I sure as heck didn’t sell it all, stuff my kids in a tiny box on wheels and head out on the open road to miss opportunities and more importantly, to teach my kids to live out loud!

So when I hear about a rock that needs rubbin’, a bull that needs ridin’ or a moose that needs a little smoochin’ – you can bet your bottom dollar, I’m on it!

The morning of our Blue Angels field trip, Margie M. reminded me that we should have lunch at McGuires Irish Pub, so we headed straight there from the Pensacola Naval Base.

look at the two faces in this pic… happy and strangled

What a great place! Mixed up bathrooms (I love when restaurants really test their patrons) money hanging all over the ceiling (about $500,000 according to Google) and a moose with a bare muzzle from too many kisses!

Whether you live on wheels or stick and bricks… I hope you take every opportunity to kiss the moose!

 

 

 

 

Unlimited Internet on the Road with 7730 Jet Pack Offer

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For a very limited time, this offer is even better! 

Get your AOL Verizon Unlimited Line and receive the newest 7730 Jet Pack for no additional charge! (While Supplies Last)

For Immediate Release:

Internet on the Road is one of the keys to living the Full-Time RV Life with your family successfully.  We know our members rely on consistent internet with high or no limits on data and so we are always looking to partner with resources who can provide this tool and offer our members an Exclusive Rate on their services.

Available immediately, Fulltime Families Members (Annual, Charter, Lifetime) can now receive exclusive pricing on acquiring your very own 100% Unlimited Verizon Data line from Digital Shield LLC .

Existing and new Fulltime Families Members will receive a total savings of almost $225 off of your very own Unlimited Verizon Data Plan INCLUDING a free 6620L Jetpack!

Absolutely no data limits, you own your own line (pay Verizon directly), and when everything is said and done your monthly bill will be less than $60!

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the Members Only Area of FulltimeFamilies.com to reveal the exclusive promo code.

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