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FtF Mother’s Day Essay Contest – Win Mom an Instant Pot!

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Time for the Annual Fulltime Families Mother’s Day Essay Contest!
This year, you could win your mom and Instant Pot – the programmable electronic pressure cooker!
Does your Fulltime Mom Rock?
Do you have an amazing RV Mom?
Do you want to win her a free massage?
Tell us how much you love your Mom? Tell us why she’s the perfect mom for you?
Now you have a chance to express your love and let her (and everyone else) know just how much she means to you!
ages 5 – 8 Sit with an adult or older sibling and answer the questions about your mother. Have them transcribe your answers if necessary and add them to a home-made Mother’s Day Card.

ages 9-12 Make a list of amazing attributes that are special about your mom, using the letters M O T H E R in an acrostic poem.
ages 13 – older Write a poem, song or story about your mother. Try and see things from her point of view. Enter your piece in the FtF Mother’s Day Contest

Send your submission to  kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com by Saturaday, May 7th, 2016 at noon so we can announce the winner live on Special Mother’s Day Show on Roadschool Moms Radio

The mom of the winning essayist will receive an Instant Pot from our friends at InstantPot.com
One entry per child.
This contest is open to all readers of this post.
Fulltime-Families-Explorers-Logo-FinalSpecial Note to FtF Explorers:  Please review the guidelines in your handbook to earn your badge for this activity. 
FtF Explorer is a accomplishment driven scouting program for adventurous boys and girls. To enroll your students visit: FTF Explorer Program
 

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8 Things to Know about Fulltime Families Facebook Group

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Welcome to the Fulltime Families Facebook Group.  We’re really excited you’ve found our little corner of Facebook and we’re even more excited to share with you all the excitement and anticipation that comes with considering or living an intentional life with your family.

Here are some things that will help you get acclimated here.

  1. This group is a small part of the resources Fulltime Families provides to families living or seeking the full-time RV lifestyle.   Unlike other Facebook groups that are fully stand-alone. this group is sponsored by the Fulltime Families Membership Club, a club for trail blazers, modern-day pioneers and renegades.8f02ccb85b65449de6642cf28b1c7584

 

2. So you don’t miss a thing, we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list.  Via our mailing list you’ll find out about our upcoming events (YES! We meet in person, frequently) new partnerships which save you money, and great tips for maximizing your adventure!

 

3.  Want to know how we can all afford to travel full-time, go on amazing adventures and live this fantastic life? Check out the FAQs Files right in our Facebook Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FulltimeFamilies/files/

4.  Looking for a list of “RV Must Haves“? Trying to figure out how many outfits to pack for your kids, what you should keep, what you should toss and what in the world you can do to make this transition a little easier?  Grab a copy of “How to Hit the Road“.

It’s got:

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  • budget forms
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5.   We have a language of our own!  FtF, Sticks ‘n Bricks, 5r, TT, TTO, QB and every Friday #WYFF.  What does all this mean?  We have a file for that at: https://www.facebook.com/notes/229509977119941/RVing%20abbreviations/273118066092465/  and that last one?  Every Friday we share a pic of where are feet are and what they’re doing. “Jump” into the fun.. no RV required 🙂

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6.  There is another FtF Group!  Actually several (see list below).  There is a dedicated group for paid FtF Members (Annual, Charter, and Lifetime).  This is a one of many members’ benefits (you can see the whole list of exclusive savings and benefits for members here: http://fulltimefamilies.com/family-members-2/ftf-members-area/.

I think one of the best parts of paid membership is the private FtF FB group. It’s a friendly place to share and be open, with people we’ve met online and in real life, who are committed to the lifestyle. – Troy Marrs, FtF Charter Member #42

Other Facebook Groups sponsored by Fulltime Families are:

 

7. We Meet In Person – Frequently!  Part of FtF’s mission is to connect like-minded individuals to share resources, ideas, advice and experiences.  We host rallies (4 day family friendly events) across the country and a variety of other structured events.  To see a list of upcoming events, click here: http://fulltimefamilies.com/upcoming-events/

To see what an FtF Rally looks like, watch this:

8. At Fulltime Families FB, we expect you to be kind, respectful, helpful, and show restraint when necessary.  Unlike other FB groups, Fulltime Families FB prides itself on administrators who only provide a framework and zero censorship tolerance.  The responsibility rests on each one of our members to promote a safe place to share the trials and successes of a life lived against the grain. For a complete list of guidelines, see the About Section on the FB Group.

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We’re so excited to have you as a part of our community.  Please review all these tips, enjoy the variety and help here and consider taking the next step by becoming a Fulltime Families Member.

Hope to see you down the road!

Kimberly, Chris and the FtF Team!

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Meet the Roadschool Moms at FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

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The Roadschool Moms will be broadcasting live from the FPEA Homeschool Convention this Memorial Day Weekend.

If you’re planning on hitting the convention, then be sure to stop by the broadcasting booth and meet Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff, The Roadtrip Teacher.  When they’re not in the booth, you can be sure they’ll be checking out all the latest homeschool curriculum offerings and keeping an eye out for what will fit into your Roadschool!

Rsm_2016The show will air, Sunday Night, May 29th at 9pm est.  You can catch Roadschool Moms Live from wherever in the world you are, every Sunday night at 9pm EST, or check out the replays on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2 

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New Location Independent Income Web Series

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Pardon the pun, but it’s the 64 Million Dollar Question, “How do you make money on the road and support your location independent lifestyle?”

It’s the question that’s on everyone’s mind and as I state in How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full-Time RV Dreams a Reality, there are many proven methods for making money on the road as their are families living the full-time rv lifestyle.

Fulltime Families is launching a brand new live web series to help connect families seeking location independent income solutions with those families who are successfully funding their travels.

If you are a business owner who has successfully transitioned to an on-the-road income stream and you’re looking to expand your business to other traveling families, then we want to hear from you.

We will be choosing 12 vetted, trusted and bonafide presenters to be a part of this web-series.  If you have a proven method for making money on the road, then send an email with your company name, website, and brief description to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com.

If you’re a family looking to transition to a fully mobile lifestyle then keep your eye on our weekly newsletter for air dates and times.

 

 

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Exploring the Historic Triangle in Williamsburg, VA by Gage Arnold, FtF Roadschool Reporter

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There are many fun things to do in Williamsburg, and here is a list of my four favorite places I went to; Yorktown, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yankee Candle Factory and facts about them

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Yorktown is one of my favorite historical places I have visited. I like how at the Victory Center Museum of the American Revolution, they actually take you through a day in a Yorktown Colonial Encampment in the Revolutionary time so you can know what it is like. I even got to see a real musket being fired!

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After going to the Yorktown Victory Center (above) we decided to go to the Yorktown Colonial National Historic Park.

At the National Park there is a museum and they have an up to scale fake British warship. At the top of the ship, there is a children’s exhibit. There also is a map and it can light up the movement of the troops. Historic Yorktown Village is a close drive from the museum. It has 18th century homes and one of them actually has dents and even a cannon ball in the side from the 1781 British siege.

The Yorktown Battlefield is right outside the museum. It is where America won its freedom in October 19, 1781. They have earthworks and siege lines, which are things that tell you the position of the troops. They also have cannons everywhere that are super cool. It impressed me to be able to walk on the very same battlefield that the first Americans fought for our right for freedom.

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Jamestown
This part is by Josh Arnold, (my brother)

In 1607, 104 men arrived at Chesapeake Bay. They came on three ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. The trip was funded by the Virginia Company. Its main purposes were to set up a colony and find gold. Unfortunately no gold was ever found.

A triangular fort was built by the original colonists. It was named Jamestown after King James. This became the first permanent English Settlement in North America.

The first few years were rough in trying to find food, build houses, and befriend the Natives. An Indian girl named Pocahontas befriended the colonists. After their leader John Smith went back to England, the connections with the natives got worse. During the winter of 1609, Chief Powhatan and his warriors laid siege to the fort, trapping 300 settlers inside. Food was scarce, and lots of people died from starvation. When one girl died, other settlers resorted to cannibalism. Only 60 of the 300 survived.

When we went there, we got to see an archeological dig site, along with a reconstructed house. The archeologists there have found around 3 million artifacts, but currently only about 1 million have been cataloged! Lots of these are in the museum, including: coins, animal bones, weapons, bottles, and lots more. They even found a loaded pistol in a well and a strange silver box in a grave!

The island Jamestown Fort was built on is eroding quickly. Parts of the land that the original fort was built on are already underwater. Scientists predict that in about 50 years the whole island will be gone!

As you are leaving the fort you can stop at the Glasshouse. This is a working glass factory built on the location where archeologists have found the original Fort Jamestown glass factory from the early 1600s. People make reproductions of bottles and glasswork found around the fort. It was fun to see the glass furnace and watch the artists shape glass. You can also see the ruins of the original glass factory from Jamestown Fort.

Jamestown was a fun trip. The National Park Service runs the Jamestown Fort, where the original fort was built. That was my favorite of the two. The Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum where the replica ships and Powhatan Indian village are. I loved seeing the artifacts and hearing the stories of the settlement. I recommend that you go to both next time you’re in the area.

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Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is another village from the Revolutionary time. Today, it has 88 original buildings and over 50 restored buildings. You have to buy a ticket to go in the historic buildings but we didn’t get the ticket and it was still fun walking around the buildings and streets. All the people working there are dressed up in costumes and acting their parts all day long.

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There are lots of reenactments you can see at different times of the day about what it would be like back during the Revolutionary Times. There are Ghost tours at night. You don’t need a ticket to see the reenactments.

There is a little sheet you can get at the visitor center and you read about different buildings and match them up with pictures. Once you are finished you turn it in for a free pin.

Yankee Candle Factory

Yankee Candle Factory is a really cool kid-friendly candle shop. Inside it is built to look like a town square and shops on all sides. There is a Christmas room and it snows every 4 minutes, but it’s just soap bubbles. Santa Clause visits here sometimes and you can see if your in the naughty or nice book. I even found my name in there with 13 good marks.

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At the Candle Emporium, you can make your own jar candle, dip little wax figures in colored wax, or even dip your hand in wax and slide it out and color it to make a wax statue! I think the shop was pretty cool and it is one of the coolest stores I’ve been to. I made a wax statue of my fist, and got an airplane and painted is red white and blue. It was kind of expensive but worth it just because it is unique. Also the hand is very fragile, so you can’t blame me for not telling you!

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Gage Arnold is a 10 year old roadschooler. He has been traveling full-time since he was 7. Minecraft, Terraria, and Roblox occupy most of his free time. He loves science and math, especially algebra. His happiest memories are the  times spent with his Fulltime Family friends across the country. He also loves spending so much time with his big brother Josh.

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FtF Fall Rally Over Half Sold Out

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Only 15 spots remain* for this fall’s Fulltime Families Rally.  This event, which will feature a Colonial Times Theme, will be kicking off in Bainbridge, NY, Sept. 8th – 11th, 2016.

Events during the 4 Day Weekend include:

Historical Immersive Family Friendly Games, Crafts and Activities

Educational Seminars

An Colonial Times Inspired Amazing Race

& and much more!

Any families who full time RV or would like to are encouraged to attend.  For more information, visit: http://tiny.cc/colonialrally

*Please note, this event is the weekend following Labor Day.  Our host campground has limited spots remaining for this holiday weekend.  If you plan on arriving early, please make your reservations asap.

 

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Win an RV and Free Camping!

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Our friends and FtF 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: http://fulltimefamilies.com/joinftf/benefits/

 

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RV Inspections – Are They Really Worth It?

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Recently, we asked the question, “3rd Party RV Inspections, Are they really worth it” and the RV Professor, Terry Cooper joined us on a free webinar to share with us the pros, cons and potential income opportunities that RV Inspections provide prospective RV Buyers and Full-Time RVing Families.

NRVIA and the RV INSPECTION CONNECTION have made very generous savings available to Fulltime Families Members on both inspections and the RV Inspector Certification Course.

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What does Life on the Road look like for a kid

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Life on the road as a full time rv kid does have it’s ups and downs but as this video suggests, the potential for learning, living and exploring the world around you is exponential for a roadschooler.

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Meet Dominick, the oldest roadschooler in our rig.

Dominick’s life on the road began in June 2010.

Since then he’s visited 39 states, traveled over 100K miles and experienced some of the most amazing things this country has to offer.
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He has made great friends with other traveling kids and has shared some of these experiences with them.

Dominick is looking forward to getting his drivers license and his own rig so he can follow us down the road.

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We are blessed to be his parents. He’s sense of justice, empathy for others, spirit of adventure and creative mind make him a joy to be with.

We invite you in for this glimpse of what life as a 12 year old full-timer looks like and share it with your kids.

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Roadschool Moms Highlight Fascinating Online Resource to Encourage Childrens’ Creativity

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For some of our Roadschool moms, DIY means sparkles and glue all over the place, or building models with tiny pieces and rubber cement that glues our fingers together.  Sometimes DIY seems like a lot of work, but it is most certainly a worthy investment of your time.

On this episode of the weekly Internet Radio Show Roadschool Moms, Kimberly is joined by the Jacobs Ladies, teens Melody and Kayla and mom Dawn to discuss the resource of DIY.org and the benefits of encouraging creativity for your kids.

We also share our simple tips for getting started.

Listen to this and all the Roadschool Moms Episode on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2

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