Monday, October 5

Exciting #Homeschool History!

History lessons can be quite a bore, but when you use your imagination history lessons can come to LIFE! Here are a few ways we make homeschool history lessons fun.

Dress Up



There is almost nothing I like better than to dress up and relive history. Here are all of the costumes I’ve dressed in and the lesson that accompanied each costume.

  • Ancient Egypt (Egypt and the Pyramids)
  • Irish/British lads and lasses (The Life of Saint Patrick)
  • 1st c. Greeks and Hebrews (The Life of Jesus and the Disciples)
  • Pilgrims and Indians (The First Thanksgiving, focusing on the Life of Squanto)
  • Doo Boppers (The 1950s)
  • Traditional Chinese (The Chinese New Year)
  • American Patriots (The American Revolution)
  • Archaeologists (Present Day Biblical Archaeology)
  • Florence Nightingale and Michael Faraday (Early Scientists Who Were Christians)
  • 19th c. Americana (The California Gold Rush)

Share a Meal



I also love to embrace educating my kiddos by going all out with period food and ambiance, so I used the historically accurate recipes from Sunflower Education’s downloadable recipe books.

  • We decided to first learn about America during and after the Revolution. We cooked and tasted Firecakes (which Revolutionary war soldiers ate), Jumbles (old-fashioned donuts which were delicious), and Shrewsbury Cakes (a close second after Jumbles).
  • A lesson about Ancient Egypt is a lot more memorable if you do it while nibbling on some authentic Basboosa! That’s bread sweetened with honey and lemon. Yum!
  • Civil War lessons get tasty while nibbling on some authentic hardtack!
Cooking Up Some World History includes recipes from:
Prehistory • First Civilizations • Ancient India • Ancient China • Classical Greece • Ancient Rome • Maya • Aztec • Inca • Middle Ages • The Muslim World • Renaissance • The Age of Exploration • Kings and Tsars • Industrial Revolution • Nineteenth Century • Communist World • World Wars and the Great Depression • The Modern World

Cooking Up Some American History includes recipes from:
Native American Foods • Spanish Colonial Fare • English Colonial Dishes • Foods of the Revolutionary War • Dining in Young America • Staying Fed on the Frontier • Foods Out of Africa • Soldiers’ Mess: The Civil War and Reconstruction • Foods of the Gilded Age and the Industrial Revolution • Dishes of World War I • Surviving the Great Depression • Foods of World War II • American Fare: the 1950s • The 1960s • The 1970s • Modern Meals

Skip the Textbooks


Textbooks are helpful, but sometimes those lessons get a little dry. Here’s a helpful list of books and movies that will get your entire family excited about learning history!

  • The Imagination Station series is fun historical fiction for elementary kids.
  • The American Girl historical fiction books are wonderful reading to get girls excited about history.
  • Dear America is a family film that brings to life the fictionalized diaries of Elizabeth I, Isabel, and Cleopatra VII. Available on Netflix!!
  • Torchlighters is a DVD series that comes with printables and lesson plans for stories like John Bunyan and William Booth.
Our most interactive history lesson might have been while we were studying China. We baked Chinese desserts, learned how to eat with chopsticks (my kiddos are amazing after You-Tubing it!), watched a film about Gladys Aylward, learned how to write Chinese letters, and read picture books on China.

What country or time period is your favorite? Who’s your favorite person from history? Mine is Florence Nightingale, but Grace O’Malley was amazing, too–she was “the pirate queen”! Google them both!

Friday, October 2

Devera Naturals "Hello Gorgeous!" Skincare Kit #Giveaway

At a wedding soon after beginning to use the Hello Gorgeous Starter Kit.  Devera Naturals is so perfect when you're one of those people who is always outside... and the wind is blowing and the air is either too warm or too cold for your sensitive skin.

Introducing the Hello Gorgeous Starter Kit!  I love this kit and was immediately impressed with the presentation.  It would be a perfect gift item and comes with nice sizes of three different anti-aging skin care  facial products all in one kit –  Devera's Multi-Vitamin Serum, Snow Flower Crème, and Miracle Eyes.  I don't know about you, but I want to look as young as possible for ever. 

An hour after I first used the Snow Flower Creme, I was sitting on the couch when my hubby asked, "Going on a hot date?"  He thought I looked prettier than my sitting-at-home-for-the-night look usually entailed. A bit later, I glanced in the mirror and did a double-take.  My face did look noticeably prettier!  And I wasn't even wearing any makeup, besides a bit of mascara.  Call me silly, but I looked at the bottles trying to calculate how long these products will last me.  I find myself wanting to use them throughout the day, though I don't really need to because the fresh, youthful glow really lingers.  I was and am thoroughly impressed!

This trio of products is designed to restore, regenerate, and replenish delicate skin and they actually do what they say they do--unfortunately not the most common thing when it comes to skin care. I've only been using it for a little while, but I'm  happy with the effects, my skin seems to love it, and it's formulated with exceptional cutting edge ingredients.  Devera proclaims that "the results will delight you" and they do... and I am so looking forward to what the next few weeks brings!  Devera Naturals also sells a wide variety of other natural cleansers, moisturizers, and reparative treatments you may want to check out.

Features & Benefits of the Hello Gorgeous Products
• improved facial and eye contours
• even skin tone
• reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles
• healthy and radiant skin

Isn't it... well, gorgeous!?  And don't you just want to open it?!

And the gorgeousness continues... I couldn't wait to try the products. Each one is unique and perfectly compliments the others!

One of my readers will win Devera Naturals Hello Gorgeous Kit, a combined $130.00 value!  Enter below by 10/13 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Devera Naturals for this product review and giveaway opportunity.  All opinions are honest and my own.

Wednesday, September 30

Fall in Love With Your Skin! And A #Recipe for Cleopatra's Secret Beauty Bath

It's that time of year again--time to enjoy evenings rereading my favorite books by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, time to pull the cozy sweaters and my favorite boots out of the back of my closet and try them all on, time to enjoy crunching the fallen leaves outside with said boots, to enjoy the cool autumnal nights, even time to fall in love with my skin again. 

I have to admit that as a desert girl, summer never treats my skin especially gloriously.  So, just like my wardrobe, my skin needed something new for the season.  Last week, I wiped the slate clean and came up with a new fall routine that is all-natural, all-handmade, all-Moody Sisters.  Following are my new must-have skincare goodies and Cleopatra's secret recipe which truly are making me fall in love with my skin over and over and over and over again.

I can't begin to tell you how dry and even cracked my fingers and hands have been!  Not a pretty picture, what the summer dryness did to them.  "From crocodile to baby seal in 60 seconds" was what the bottle proclaimed to me.  Crocodile was about right!  But baby seal?  So I tried it and was amazed!  The lotion is a creamy blend of organic oils and extracts and it works!  I have a travel size which goes everywhere with me.

Like the whipped lotion, this product make quite lofty proclamations: "From dehydrated mummy to silky Cleopatra." Also like the whipped lotion, this one holds true!  I keep it in my purse and use it on my hands and face daily. It's perfect for anywhere dryness plagues you, I'd say, and with an apricot scent it smells absolutely heavenly.  This one is coming soon!  Be sure to sign up for Moody Sister's e-newsletter to keep up to date on everything and to receive 10% off your total purchase.

First, I must write in kudos for my magnificent shower. My family and I recently moved into our dream home and this shower is amazing.  It is certainly one worthy of Cleopatra (no mummies allowed!) and worthy, also, of this Chai Body Wash. Don't the two of them perfectly complement one another?  But looks aren't everything, of course. The Body Wash feels fabulous, too, has a smell reminiscent of fall with notes of vanilla and chai, and makes my skin feel immediately softer.  I'm realizing as I type this post that the softness lasts all day.  My arms and hands, all of my skin, is noticeably softer tonight.

Legend has it the gorgeous Cleopatra bathed in milk, honey, and rose petals to give her silk a creamy glow and fresh scent.  I decided to try it.  All you need do is add a quarter gallon whole milk with several spoonfuls of local honey to your bath as it fills with hot water.  Sprinkle rose petals upon the water and perhaps even light a few candles.  Soak for 45 minutes, apply Moody Sisters Body Wash in your choice of scent (which currently happens to be on sale) and, after drying, follow up with Whipped Lotion.  The combination leaves you feeling satiny soft and gives you an autumnal glow.  You'll fall as in love with your skin as Antony was with Cleopatra.
Special thanks to the wonderful people at Moody Sisters for providing me with these products to review.  All opinions are honest and my own.

Friday, September 25

The Art of Correspondence: Gorgeous Mailings à la All Colour Envelopes

As an avid letter writer, girl living away from home, and PR-friendly girl who's always mailing things, I'm constantly on the lookout for creative stationery and envelopes.  When I received my first package in the mail from All Colour Envelopes, I was thrilled!  Their envelopes are gorgeous, come in such a wide variety for any type of mailing needs from business mailings to personal letter writing.  I was very impressed.  

Old-fashioned letter styles are just one option with All Colour Envelopes
Speaking of first impressions, whenever a company I'm blogging for sends me products in attractive packaging, they really stand out more than most of the others.  That was one of the first things I thought of when I opened my package--these would be so perfect for marketing mailings.  Very eye-catching!    

Every size and color... I'm going to use the cute smaller envelopes to leave little notes to my kiddos.  They love words of affirmation and surprises.  I also really like the idea of sending colorful business envelopes through the post.

The metallic envelopes are gorgeous!  Also, each of the envelopes has a peel off tape seal on them.  No licking these!  Very simple and clean.  Have to love that additional touch.   

As you can see from my photos, there is such a wide variety of packaging from these super pretty poly gloss and metallic padded bubble bags to foil bags, vibrant colored envelopes, and even black ones.  It was so hard for me to decided what style I wanted to use first, but I must admit I can't wait to head to the store and get a white paint pen so that I can use those black envelopes.  White on black looks so classy!

While All Colour Envelopes is based in the UK, they do send their products all over the world.  It only took 3 business days for me to receive my package from them.  

You Can Find All Colour Envelopes On

Saturday, September 19

Oreo Cookie Turkeys! A Fun and Delicious DIY

My daughters had so much fun the other year when we stopped by the grocery store and discovered the opportunity to make these super cute  Oreo Cookie Turkeys.  They're very easy and delicious.  They'd be the perfect DIY to keep little hands busy at a Thanksgiving gathering.  Now to find that delicious Halloween candy corn!


Double Stuffed Oreos
Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Malted Milk Balls
Candy Corn 
White Frosting

Reference the pic above and:
1 Place one Oreo cookie as the base. Put a bit of frosting on top in the middle.  We use Duncan Heinz white.

2 Place one small peanut butter cup on it's side on this frosting glue.  

3 For the 2nd cookie, stick some candy corn into the Oreo 'stuff' along one edge for the feathers -- pointy side down. They should fan out around the edge. If you have trouble doing this, you can help them stick with some more white frosting (which is what we did). 

4 Smear more frosting behind the peanut butter cup on the 1st Oreo and on the back of the peanut butter cup.  Place the second Oreo cookie (the tail) on it's edge and sticking to a dab of frosting on the back of the peanut butter cup. 

5 Place a dab of frosting on top of the peanut butter cup. Place a malted milk ball on top for the head. 

 Your Turkey is Complete!

Friday, September 18

Living More Freely With Poise Impressa #LifeAfterLeaks #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. You must be 21+ years old to try Poise Impressa Bladder Supports. #LifeAfterLeaks #CollectiveBias

Back in high school, my BFF & I went to a bowling party with a large group of our friends. She laughed SO hard at something I said and peed her pants! She whispered in my ear to follow her outside and to stand directly behind her on the way. Since it had been raining, there were puddles everywhere. I had the great idea that she sit in one and tell everyone we got in a fight and I pushed her in a puddle. Even though we never, ever fought about anything it worked! No one ever knew what really happened!  We were too young for Poise Impressa at the time and it wasn't around, but this is one product I'll definitely be telling her about!

My bestie wasn't the only one with the I-just-might-pee-my-pantalones-when-I-laugh issues, so the other day I printed out my coupon and headed off to begin my little adventure to find the product. 

This is the aisle they're in!  Right near all of the other "lady's items" if you know what I mean, jellybean. ;)

All of the Poise Impress Sizing Kits were sold out!  Only this lonely Size 2 kit remained.  I guess these are in high demand!  On to the store down the street....

Found them! Yay!  This time the display was on the end-cap so be sure that if you don't find them at the center of the aisle on a huge display, look on the end cap.  The sizing kit was on-sale and, combined with my coupon, it rang up at about $3!  Awesome deal!

The Sizing Kit was very easy to use--you insert it just like a tampon and go through the sizes to determine your ideal fit.  The size is based on your internal fit and not how tall you are or how much you weigh; not even how much you leak, so the sizing kit is definitely important before buying the actual product. You know it's the right size when you don't experience leaks. I found my fit, and now I can purchase the actual size I need. 

I can now head to parties where I know I'm going to be laughing the night away in total confidence thanks to Poise Impressa! What would you do?

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Thursday, September 17

Lady at the Well: A Vintage Subscription Box #Redecorating

When I discovered Frankie & Albert, an online subscription box service delivering vintage home décor, I couldn't wait to receive one of their boxes!  Their studio is filled with thousands of carefully curated objects they have collected from flea markets and antique shops all across the United States.  We recently moved into our dream home where I now have an actual homeschool classroom.  I decided to decorate with a vintage look--complete with hundred year old Chippendale teacher desk and dresser for school supplies and old bookshelves stacked with Victorian suitcases for each child's textbooks and classics.  

My Frankie & Albert box came filled with vintage-wrapped, brown paper packages tied up with strings.
The alcove over the fireplace seemed the perfect spot for my Frankie & Albert finds, themed "Lady at the Well".  My subscription box came with every item you see here with the exception of the flowers plus a glass dish and candle holder I didn't use in the display.  I was impressed!

Frankie & Albert say they choose the best of the best to fill your home with delightful story-filled goods that you will love and I concur!  I am so in love with the items they found for me--they give our vintage classroom the perfect touch and I didn't have to spend hours looking through antique stores to find them.

Ordering a box is easy--You choose the room you want to decorate, include your Pinterest so they can see your tastes, check off the materials you like (wood, ceramic, plastic, etc.) along with your favorite colors and themes, of which they have a wide variety:
  •  Rustic
  • Traditional
  • Southwest
  • Art Deco
  • Eclectic
  • Mid-Century
  • Glam
  • Industrial

The cost is only $49.99 a month which is really a great price for hand-picked, quality vintage items! 

My readers can receive 10% off!  Use the code TRAVELINGSISTERHOOD10 at checkout.  

Here are some sample Frankie & Albert boxes.  Which theme do you like best?

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Frankie & Albert for providing me with these items to review!

Wednesday, September 16

Sprouting Threads Free $25 Credit! No Catch! #KidsFashions

Sprouting Threads is a subscription based clothing service that gives the members options of frequency, quantity & assortment to meet their family’s needs. Members are also given the option to “rethread” (or send pieces back after their child outgrows them) for store credit. Keep what you like and return the rest. Prices vary depending on what is kept. Free shipping both ways.  My favorite thing about it is that you set up your child's tastes so they get something you and they will love, but you also are surprised!  We really loved our first box!

Sprouting Threads sends boutique styles from brands like Matilda Jane...

...and Pink Chicken!

The Box
Sprouting Threads ships via UPS and arrives in just a few days. You have 5 business days to try on the pieces--I chose 2 outfits in my box but you can select different amounts based on your preference.  The box includes a bag with a prepaid return label so you can keep the pieces you love and return the ones you don’t, at no cost to you.  The fashions are gorgeous and really high quality... and it saves you trips to the store and instead allows your kiddos to try things on in the comfort and convenience of their own home--and it's a really fun way to find new styles.  It's really awesome, a kid's version of Stitch Fix... which I also love and highly recommend!

The Promo
My readers will get a $25 credit when they sign up with any link in this post!  What do you think of Sprouting Threads? Would your kiddos like it?  Would you?  For a women's version of the same thing, check out Stitch Fix!

Build & Imagine: Magnetic, Fun STEAM Toys for Girls!

I really like that suddenly so many companies are getting on the STEAM for girls bandwagon!  Gotta love that they've added "Art" in there along with science, technology, engineering, and math.  Art is my favorite subject and, unfortunately, one that's falling by the wayside in many public schools.  Just another reason why toys like these are exceedingly awesome. I really like the availability that's growing with companies like Build & Imagine and a couple of others I've posted about this week.  STEAM seems to be our theme for September!  

Each Build & Imagine StoryWalls play-set is made of colorfully illustrated magnetic panels that a child joins together any way she likes.  The result is a scene that she brings to life with the enclosed dress-up dolls and more than 40 magnetic costumes and props.  Now, I will say that brothers can play along, too.  The sets are not too girly and some of them even come with boys to play with, too.  That's why I chose to review Day At The Beach which came with both a girl and a boy (and a dog--huge plus!).    They're already talking about which set they'd like to get next.

Day At The Beach is perfect for my daughters who love the beach and, even better, their little brother can play along, too!

There are so many ways to get creative and change the tiles around! You can make an outdoor beach scene, a beach store, a house, the options are endless... especially combined with more of the play sets.

Lucas is selling Emily some snacks at his surfside café & shop. Between running the café window, the surf shop register, and the lifeguard stand, there's always action to keep them busy. After the lunch rush, they'll catch a few waves to try out Emily's latest surfboard designs!
Where to Get Them
You can find Build & Imagine play sets online and in stores such as, Kohl’s, Fat Brain Toys, and Zulily.  My favorite place to get them would definitely be Amazon!

For more Girls' STEAM Reviews and Giveaways, 
head on over here
Special thanks to the wonderful people at Build & Imagine for providing us with this toy to review!

GrapeVine Studies: Stick Figure Through the Bible! #Giveaway

This year, we've added a bible curriculum to our homeschool.  We're using Grapevine Studies and the kiddos and I love it! It's essentially drawing through the bible, which is not only fun, but helps your kiddos to remember what they're learning and teaches them to take notes. It helps you to get the big picture, and the authors perfectly weave together the Old and New Testaments.  In the first lesson of Genesis, we're already finding clues to the coming of Jesus and "looking ahead" to the New Testament.  After the first day, my kiddos were begging me that we do this "bible class" everyday because they love it so much!

Grapevine Studies is a family owned business located in central Wyoming. John and Dianna, together with their four children, developed this unique Bible study.  And they're offering one of my readers 2 free books!

She is having so much fun with this!

Lesson 1: Part 2, Old Testament Overview

One of you will win a Teacher / Student ebook set in your choice of study and level! Enter below by Sept. 23 at 11 pm anyone's time. 

Free e-lesson 
Every one of my readers can access the free Day of Atonement lesson!  This is part of their popular Biblical Feasts series.  I'm eager to do it with my kiddos on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which also happens to be on September 23!

Which Teacher/Student Book Set Will You Choose if You Win?

Check out our other giveaways, too--we have a lot of goodies this week!

Special thanks to the wonderful people at GrapeVine studies for this review and giveaway opportunity!

Tuesday, September 15

New Doll Line Proves Smart is the New Cool! #ToyGiveaway

So there is this super cool new doll line by MGA Entertainment called Project Mc², which launched on August 7 along with a new Netflix movie of the same name!  You can stream it here. My kiddos loved it and I was quite entertained myself--and they have three of the dolls who are played in the movie.  This doll line aims to inspire young girls to be interested in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education and so does the Netflix original show--each of the science projects the dolls come with is featured in the movie which was totally cool.

Hanging out together, just like in the movie!
Getting ready to do an experiment... and the knowledge will come in handy later on when they're looking for the bad guys!

These dolls are amazing!  My daughters love science and we're always looking for toys like this, but they can be hard to find.  Plus, they love having toys to go with what they're watching on Netflix.  I'm really happy with them... except for one little thing.  My daughters are modest and they found one of the dolls skirts to be much too short (nothing a pair of leggings couldn't fix!) 

You can purchase each doll either with or without her real-working experiment kit rooted in authentic S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. experiences which I think is very convenient.  You can find them at Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart--just about anywhere.  They cost about the price of a Barbie at around $19.

You can win a Project Mc² doll of choice! Enter below by 9/18 at midnight eastern time.  

Check out our other giveaways, too--we have a lot of goodies this week!

You Can Find Project Mc² On
Special thanks to MGA Entertainment for providing us  with this product to review! All opinions are genuine and our own.