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Wardrobe Makeover Day 3 Vlog

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I have to say, I’m really happy with how my wardrobe makeover is proceeding.  Here’s the steps I’ve taken so far:

and it’s finally time to Go Shopping!

After yesterday’s mix and match session turning 8 pieces into 9 outfits, I was able to clearly see a few what’s missing.

I’ve decided on a list of items I’d like to purchase from Amazon.  I’m going to shop on Amazon because, I can do it in my pajamas, without someone tugging on my leg, and making a million trips to the bathroom with my little people.

Here’s what I’m buying:

  • 3 completers: 1 neutral cardigan, 1 vest, 1 denim jacket
  • 2 solid color tops (one white, one aqua)
  • 1 striped top
  • a pair of riding boots
  • a pair of ballet slipper shoes
  • an infinity scarf

Here’s the items that will be coming on Monday!

My budget for this makeover is $200, so I’ve decided to not purchase the denim jacket from Amazon and instead, search out a replacement at a local Thrift / Resale Shop.

 

Wardrobe Makeover Vlog Day 2

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Holy Cow Y’all!  This transformation is totally working!  It makes no sense, but by getting rid of over half my wardrobe, I feel like I already have so many more stylish outfits to wear!  How is that possible?

Today, I rejected my normal t-shirt and jeans uniform and started the day in a blouse and a denim skirt.

img_0367I forced myself to accessorize.  For years I have worn the same necklace day in and day out.  I have a collection of blingy accessories, but they feel foreign to me, so I normally ignore them.

To be honest, this whole transition feels foreign to me and to date, this mental game is really my biggest obstacle.  I’ve done enough research and pinned enough pinterest boards to start understanding the look I want to achieve.  And it turns out, I already have a nice collection of basics to start with.  They were here the whole time, but I couldn’t see them through all the t’s!  But now putting them on and feeling fussy is something I need to start getting over.

I believe, the more I do it, the more natural it will feel, but until then, I really do have to force myself to move forward with this endeavor.  I just have to keep reminding myself why I’m doing this.

As I suspected and shared on today’s vlog, my 33 remaining pieces were going to be further reduced.  I tucked away my summer clothes and left 8 pieces hanging on the rack.  EIGHT!

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The 8 that made the cut are:

  • 1 Graphic Tee
  • 1 3/4 sleeve black shirt
  • 1 cowl neck sweater
  • 1 chiffon hem sweater
  • 1 short sleeve blouse
  • 1 denim skirt
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 1 pair of skinny jeans

Then it was time for some fun!  I mixed and matched and created 9 outfits from these 8 pieces.  I could have kept going, but it was time for dinner!

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Now, with my belongings pared down the the absolute minimum, my next step will be to draw up a list of completers, accessories and a few more tops and bottoms and maybe some shoes to complete my new look.

Here’s today’s vlog where I talk about color palettes, and my fears regarding this challenge.

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Day 1

Wardrobe Makeover Vlog Day 1

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As I mentioned yesterday in my post about transforming my wardrobe, I’ve broken this process down into baby steps to make it more manageable.

Step 1: Inventory

I’m super excited to go shopping right now, because at the moment I feel that ol’ cliche feeling that comes with a closet full of clothes and yet, nothing to wear.  But I must temper the urge to splurge because deep down I know, that unless I take an inventory of my current wardrobe, I won’t actually solve my problem.  Shopping right now will just add more hastily purchased, poorly thought out items to my already bulging closet.

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My Closet Pre Inventory – That’s not my Fire Rescue Jacket 😉

My goal for this initiative is to have less stuff, but good stuff.  Versatile stuff that when paired together and properly accessorized, will help me achieve a polished look.

I take everything out of my closet and my one drawer and through it all on the bed in a huge heap.

Pile o clothing

Pile o clothing

As I mentioned in today’s Vlog, one of the problems in my closet is my enormous collection of Fulltime Families t-shirts.  As I was live on FB a couple of really smart people mentioned that I should turn them into a quilt!  Brilliant!  That is precisely what I will do!

Sometimes it’s so hard to part with sentimental articles of clothing.  Or maybe you’re still holding onto your old maternity wardrobe, or your skinny clothes.  Whatever it is, if you’re not wearing it, it’s wearing you down.  Having that much clutter around, is a true energy zapper, so when you’re working on minimizing, really try to only keep the things you’ll definitely wear again and let the rest go!

I took out of my closet:

  • 8 Dresses
  • 1 Romper
  • 18 t shirts
  • 7 dressier tops / blouses
  • 6 sweaters
  • 3 pair of jeans
  • 5 pairs of leggings
  • 6 skirts
  • 4 pair of shorts
  • 2 yoga pants

That’s 60 items of clothing!  How is it possible that I feel like I have nothing to wear???

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Chris’ Clothes Only – and our whole family’s shoes

I returned the following items back to my closet and set the rest aside to be donated:

  • 3 Dresses (1 summer, 1 dressy, 1 black)
  • 1 Romper
  • 7 t shirts
  • 5 dressier tops / blouses
  • 3 sweaters
  • 3 pair of jeans
  • 5 pairs of leggings (must keep all the leggings)
  • 3 skirts
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of yoga pants

33 pieces in total!  Gosh that feels good!  I can probably even pare down a bit more!

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Look at all that space!

Here’s a video that discusses more about this first step:

Tune in tomorrow for Step 2!

Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Full Time RVing Mom VLOG Series

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Is it possible to dress fashionably, as a mom, when you’re homeschooling, and living in an RV?  I’m about to embark on a journey of fashion discovery and I’m inviting you along for the “ride”.

This is kinda like when I embarked on a 30 Day Juice Fast, or maybe more like the time I tried to pare down my camper’s contents by 1 ton. Either way… it’s another one of my journey’s of personal discovery and I’m excited to share it with you!

You see, I’m usually a t-shirt and jeans kinda’ RV queen, but that look is gettin’ old and with crisper days and crunchy leaves under foot, I’m ready for a change!

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The Height of my Fashion Sense- Red Sandals with a Pink Tshirt!

I recently attended my first LuLaRoe Pop Up Boutique at the Colonial Times Rally and learned that leggings are PANTS!  WTF!!!!!  Where have I been all these years!  Living under a rock…

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Yes, I guess I have been living under a rock!

Mind blown!  So, since they seemed more fashion forward, and eons more comfy than jeans and t’s, I immediately overloaded on them and started wearing leggings exclusively!

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Yes – Those are Campers on my Leggings!

I felt a bit more fashionable and I do love my leggings (which I am wearing right now as I type this confession) but this first step really whet my appetite for some real style.  So I headed over to Pinterest to learn how I could dress my leggings up a bit and I learned about pairing leggings with riding boots and ballet flats and stripey boatneck tops and jean jackets! This was an amazing breakthrough for me… and then that’s when it happened!

Anyone who knows me, knows I like to dive head-first into:

  • things I feel passionate about
  • things I get intrigued by
  • things that just mildly pique my curiosity as I’m strolling past them.
  • Case in point, flashback to 2007 – “honey, look at this cute pop up!  OMG!!! if we lived in a camper, we could have the most amazing life!!!!”.
Here's Me lookin' dressy with Cathy Carr at Escapade

Here’s Me lookin’ dressy with Cathy Carr at Escapade

So it should be no surprise that when I discovered the Capsule Wardrobe, I  became immediately obsessed with throwing EVERY STITCH of clothing I own, out, and buying  33 new, interchangeable, totally remixable, wear your pants as a sweater – they’re so versatile, pieces of clothing.

And then, since I’ve been down this road a time or two, like when I decided we should run away and join the circus, prudence intercedes and I decide that this time, I will “proceed with caution” and slowly transform my look.  I will use this as an opportunity to not only interject some intentional fashionable choices in my life, but also to further minimize my belongings and clear the clutter out of my closet for the “long haul” (phew – I can really “pack in” those Road References can’t I).

So, I’ve broken my plan into baby steps and I’ve decided to share this journey with other full-time rving moms, who may also find themselves in a fashion rut.  I invite you to join me on a Vlog journey of personal style discovery.  I will be Live Facebooking Daily and uploading the replays to our Youtube Channel.

I’d also love to hear about your wardrobe challenges and success stories!  Feel free to comment below or reach me at kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

So here’s to a new look in two weeks!  Who knows, I might decide this is all too much for me and pursue a “naturalist” approach.  Either way, it should be as entertaining as that time I talked a bunch of people into carvanning to Slab City so don’t miss it!

 

RVInsurances.com Partners with Fulltime Families

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For Immediate Release:

ftf-badge-partnerFulltime Families, the resource that fuels your family’s full-time rv adventures and aspirations has joined forces with RVInsurances.com to provide our members with concierge vehicle insurance services.

Marty Adair, Principle Agent at RVInsurances.com, expands on the benefits of this partnership. “What separates us from other insurance agencies is we specialize in the RV industry.  We represent insurance companies that offer specialty RV insurance coverage for the unique lifestyles.

is a full service multi state licensed agency focused on offering customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’re insured with RV specialty insurers and experts. We pride ourselves in dealing only with A+ rated companies that assures our clients the company’s financial stability and fast reliable claim service.

It has been my experience dealing with part time and full-time traveler’s that a lot of RV owners are inadequately insured or have an auto insurance policy on their RV.  A standard auto policy does not provide adequate coverage for this life changing decision or investment.  Full-timer’s especially need to be sure they are insured properly because for most of them this is not just their RV, it is their home.”

Fulltime Families Members can start taking advantage of this valuable partnership immediately by attaining a quote directly from Mr. Adair at marty@rvinsurances.com.

Here are detailed information about the insurance policies RVInsurances.com can provide you.

Total Loss Replacement –

If your RV is a total loss in the first five model years, we will replace it with a brand new one of like kind and quality.

Example: You purchased your motor home for $100,000 in 2007, and during the years 2007 through 2010 it depreciates 40%. In 2011, your motor home is destroyed, and the cost to replace it with a new model is $120,000. Without Total Loss Replacement Coverage your actual cash value payout would be $60,000. If you purchased Total Loss Replacement Coverage the insurance company we would replace the unit, saving you $60,000.

Full Timer’s Personal Liability –

Personal liability for customers who use their RV as a primary residence for more than five months out of the year.  This added coverage stays with (not the RV) you and is similar to personal liability on a homeowner’s policy.

Secured Storage –

Provides coverage for full-timers personal belongings while stored in a commercial storage facility.  Coverage available up to $99,000.

Companion Auto –

We understand that you frequently travel with both your RV and your automobile.  With typical auto insurance, you have to pay separate deductibles if both are damaged.  With some of our specialty RV companies, you will pay just one.

Fulltime Families Members can start taking advantage of this valuable partnership immediately by attaining a quote directly from Mr. Adair at marty@rvinsurances.com.

 

Win an RV and Free Camping!

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Our friends and Fulltime Families event sponsors are hosting The Big Outdoor Giveaway!

Keystone RV, Thousand Trails, Cycle Trader, RV Trader and ATV Trader partnered to launch The Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway at 9:00 a.m. ET on April 1, 2016. The sweepstakes will run for three months, ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2016 and the winner will be selected by random drawing after the conclusion of the promotion.

One grand prize winner will receive a 2016 Keystone Fuzion Impact VaporLite 26V RV and a pass for one year of camping at any of the Thousand Trails locations in the United States. The RV is valued at approximately $40,000 and the camping pass is worth $2,995, bringing the total prize value to $42,995.

For your chance to win, click here: http://www.pages05.net/dominionwebsolutions/BigAdentureOutdoorGiveaway/EntertoWin/

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Selling Your RV?

Did you know that Fulltime Families Members get $20 off their Premium Sales Ad.  This 12 week sales ad with enhanced features and video upload is regularly $74.95 but through an exclusive promo code  FtF Members can access their extensive audience of nationwide RV Buyers.  For more information or to access this benefit, click: https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/benefits/

 

Roadschool Moms Share Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Road

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In the latest episode of their weekly live internet radio show, The Roadschool Moms, Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff shared the tried and true methods of families who have successfully made their full-time RV dreams a reality and established location independent income streams that fund their family’s travel lifestyle.

To learn what these job opportunities are and how you can start generating your stream of income, tune into “Top 10 Ways to Make Money on the Road” at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Then remember to mark your calendar and join the Roadschool Moms every Sunday night at 9pm est, from wherever in the world you are to connect with your community and recharge yourself for the week ahead.

love_rsmComing this February on Roadschool Moms, a 4 Part Series on Love!  Don’t miss an episode!

 

Meetup in Austin, TX – You’re Invited!

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Fulltime Families & Ditching Suburbia Meetup in Austin, TX

Dreamers – Meet Doers.

Think about ditching the suburbs? Meet families currently fulltiming in their RVs – living on the road and schooling their kids along the way.

Currently a Fulltime Family? Other families would love to know what life on the road is like – tell them your stories!

Wonder what it’s like to go back to the suburbs? Meet some folks who’ve done that as well!

Cost?

Free!

We’re just asking you sign up so we have a better idea of the size and makeup of the group coming.

Date?

17th January 2016.

Time?

We’ll be there starting around 10:30AM.

Potluck eating starts at 12:00.

Stay until..whenever!

Where?

Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749.

The park has playgrounds, trails, ballcourts and more. We have a ‘just down the street’ backup location in case of inclement weather (we’ll announce that if the forecast looks unfavorable).

What to Bring?

  • Drinks
  • Dish to pass
  • Chairs
  • Outdoor games & sporting equipment
  • Stories
  • Questions

What To Get?

We’ll have a small giveaway of fun prizes:

Tickets

  • Select 1 ticket per family.
  • In the ‘special requirements’ field let us know your family structure (2 adults/4 kids) etc.

Sign Up!

On the following page use the ‘Organization’ Field to let us know your blog/road name (ie ‘DitchingSuburbia’).

 

Don’t Blow Your Top; How to Avoid Low Clearances – Guest Post

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If you’ve ever come across a low clearance, then you know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you’ll need to cross your fingers and hope you can “squeeze” under, or figure out a detour.  This week, we’re joined by Jon Mills from LowClearances.com on tips to avoid this costly trip expense.

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The journey in any RV has its challenges, and those terrible accidents we often see or hear about unfortunately don’t just happen to other people. Of course we never set out to be complacent, but sometimes events just unravel in a way you can never predict.

In our experience we have seen too many times how a loss of concentration, a simple distraction, or a
combination of unexpected bad weather and a forced diversion has resulted in disaster. This is especially true at night, so please don’t let this happen to you.

To help combat this problem, LowClearances.com created ‘Route-1’. Route-1 is a Low Clearance Avoidance System, with a highly accurate Points of Interest (POI) database designed specifically to integrate with your navigation system.

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Because Route-1 includes alerts on and off the major routes, it’s perfect for RV drivers. It covers a wide range of heights from as low as 5’6″ all the way up to 15’11” under railroad bridges, overpasses, & pedestrian walkways. The database also has alerts for covered bridges, truss bridges, and even tunnels. So by using Route-1, you will significantly reduce the chances of hitting a low bridge, improve your safety, and be able to relax and enjoy your drive so much more.

The Route-1 database is huge (More than 5000 for USA, & over 750 for Canada)

Our research has uncovered:

  • There are an estimated 5,000 low hazard collisions in the USA each year causing over 100 million
    dollars’ worth of damage to public and personal property.
  • Every year there are approximately 1000 injuries and 5 fatalities in strike incidents, not to mention
    that the fines for damaging a bridge are huge.
  • There are still too many unmarked low clearances out there, and many signs have become too dirty,          obscured or faded to read properly, particularly at night or in heavy rain, snow, mist or fog.
  • No matter how rigorously you plan your journey even the most experienced drivers can get caught
    out, especially after a diversion when you’re likely to be distracted.
  • Dealing with the aftermath of a big accident is one of the biggest stresses a driver can face.

 

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Take a look at the top ten reasons why you should get Route-1:



1. Ease of use
.  It can be used while you’re driving whereas truckers atlases cannot. 
It also has custom designed POI symbols to give higher clarity
allowing you to make decisions faster.

2. Sheer size
. The POI database is by far the largest available. In addition to the
 major routes, it covers towns, cities, and rural areas. Other
databases cover the major routes only.

3. Personal customization. 
Set it to suit the height of your vehicle, and adjust the audio
alert to sound at any distance you choose.

4. Versatility
.It can be used as a warning system while you’re on the move, and as
an avoidance tool when planning your route. Particularly important
to those still unfamiliar with their vehicle, or RVers who rent.

5. High accuracy
. Our location coordinates and clearance heights are checked using
several different resources to ensure peak precision.

6. Compatibility
. Can be used with most GPS and mapping systems.
7. Up-to-date information
You get regular delivery of our latest database of new locations,
height modifications, or deletions. We are notified of any changes
from many different sources including our driver community which we
then confirm.

8. User friendliness
. Simple and clear download and installation instructions to get you
up and running as quickly as possible. With online customer support.

9. Convenience
. Member’s page providing you with a practical way to access your
downloads, updates, and more.

10. Pure value. 
Any smart driver shouldn’t be without it.

So to summarize, you will get the biggest, most accurate low clearance databases for USA & Canada ever created
.  More than 5000 locations across the US. (Over 750 for Canada.)

Route optimization to save time and fuel
,clear audible and visual alerts
, increased driver confidence and reduced stress
.  The ability to plan safer routes
, customizable settings to the height of your vehicle
.  Simple installation instructions
. Regular updates to the database




. As you can see, ‘Route-1’ is an essential tool for all RV drivers.

So to find out more, visit http://www.lowclearances.com and get your copy now.

Safe driving,

Jon

10 Best Apps for Full time RVing Families

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If you’re a full time rving family then you know how indispensable your smart phone is.  From checking gas prices, to finding out what’s at the next exit, taking pics with the largest ball of twine to actually printing some of those said pics, my iPhone very rarely leaves my hand.
So we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite apps for full time rving families!

10. GasBuddy can help you find cheap gas prices near you. Join now, and get a chance of winning a $250 gas card by reporting gasoline prices.9. The Roadside America App for iPhoneTM was created by America’s foremost experts in roadside attractions and oddities. It’s packed with easy-to-use, in-depth info and maps for the nation’s funniest and weirdest must-sees — over 7,800 eye-popping places when you unlock the entire USA and Canada.8. The LifePics for iPhone application is a free app that lets you order all of your iPhone photos through the LifePics Pho- tofinisher Network, and pick the prints up at a local store, often in as little as one hour! The LifePics Photofinisher Net- work is comprised of over 18,000 stores located all over the world that can print your iPhone photo orders for you, includ- ing CVS Pharmacy, Office Depot, Ritz/Wolf Camera, Hy-Vee, Woodmans, and hundreds of other local photofinishers. Choose your favorite local photofinisher, or find one in just about any city you visit.7. GlympseTM is a groundbreaking new way to share your location with anyone for a specified period of time using patent- pending GlympseWatchTM timer.

6. Find the parks nearest you with the activities you want to do with Oh Ranger. Our writers and editors have compiled a comprehensive database of every federal and state park in America. Included in our exclusive database are thou- sands of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, BLM sites, US Army Corps recreation areas and many more public lands. Each location contains information on the available activities, so you can search for the park nearest you with the activities in which you’d like to participate. Choose from 20 different activity categories to find the right place for you and your friends and family.

5. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Now you can geocache using your Apple iPhonea and Groundspeak’s Geocaching iPhone Application.

4. Foursquare is a location-based social networking website for mobile devices, such as smartphones. Users “check in” at venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application by selecting from a list of venues the application locates nearby.[3] Location is based on GPS hardware in the mobile device or network location provided by the application. Each check-in awards the user points and sometimes “badges”.

3. City Walks, This handy app offers city maps and self-guided walking tours for over 470 cities worldwide. Detailed walking route maps and turn-by-turn walking directions are available to guide you to all the major city attractions. You can follow the walking tours and use the city maps included in this application without 3G or internet connection. Neither data plan nor roaming is needed when traveling to foreign cities. A must have for all travelers!

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2. Stack the StatesTM makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.a

1. Scout Me! Scout helps you decide where to go and what to do, wherever you are. Search by destination or route, on the go or right from home – and easily save your favorite places.

Have a favorite that’s not on the list? Let us know what we missed in the comments.

 

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