The Traveling Sisterhood

Friday, December 2

Fun Learning Gifts from Miniland Educational #PreschoolersGiftGuide

Miniland Toy Company has a new variety of fun toys for toddlers that are perfect for helping them practice their fine motor skills! My kiddos had a blast on this beautiful winters day trying them out.
The Flex Dino Lacing kit comes with adorable dinosaurs perfect for mixing and matching. Ideal for ages 3 to 6, my older daughter even had fun with them. She's eager to help her little friends with them when they come over to play next time!

The Flexi Bugs are very similar and come with 8 plastic, bendable pieces to attach with nuts and bolts. Very easy for little hands, they also inspire creativity. Your child can bring the bugs to life by screwing their bodies together!
My son loves the Flexi Tech set and I was very impressed with all the pieces it came with! They were challenging and are Put together parts, nuts and bolts and build a race car, a crane or anything you can imagine. Combine the flexible parts with the rigid parts and develop your limitless creativity. It comes with a booklet of ideas. I definitely recommend this one for any little boy of around 5 or 6!
The Flexiland toys from Miniland Educational are marvelous. Sturdy, well-made, inspiring growth and creativity, they're our favorite items for Preschoolers this holiday season!

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Miniland for providing us with these toys to review!

Parents Choice Toy Awards and a Gift Card #Giveaway for Manhattan Toy!

The Manhattan Toy Company sells nine of the top, award winning toys to gift this holiday! You may have seen my MiO review, which won the Golden Toy award. This time around, I had the opportunity to review The Storybook Castle which is along the same lines as the Playful Dino award winner above.
The Storybook Castle is a wonderful play table that has four quadrants of castle-themed activities--gliders, gears, bead runs, snapping crocodiles, knights in shining armor and princesses... all to support motor development.

The Storybook Castle is made of solid wood and was very easy to put together. I wish I had had it when my children were younger! We'll be gifting it to a needy family this year and I know their little one will love it! It is just filled with things to do!

All of Manhattan Toy Company's offerings are always of the highest quality. Everything we have from them has been second to none. I can't wait to see what they feature throughout 2017!

Ends Dec 9 at 11 pm (US only) One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at Manhattan Toy where shipping is free! 
Special thanks to the wonderful people at KidStuff PR and Manhattan Toy for this review and giveaway opportunity!

Bible Journaling Kit Giveaway!

I am thrilled to have started bible journaling with this new kit by Worthy Publishing. It came with everything I needed to get started--colored pencils (the awesome twist-up kind you don't have to sharpen that seem to last forever), tabs to mark your illustrations, a black journaling pen, word and alphabet stickers, and a pouch with an adjustable strap that fits any bible. You can find it for sale at Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

I love how my first evening of bible journaling went. It was so nice to spend time with God, creating a little illustration for one of my favorite verses. Everytime I look up at his stars, I am amazed! I love to go outside late out night, sit under the stars, and pray, so this was the perfect verse for me to begin with.

I love how the straps on the case are adjustable. And I also love the verse on the cover. Another one of my favorites. As you can see, my bible is well-loved and well-worn! And now it is going to become a place to show my love of God's word through art. Even if you don't consider yourself good at drawing, there are some great tutorials on how to do bible journaling "if you aren't an artist" that sound wonderful! Just Google them!
Who wants to win a fun, crafty way of learning more about Jesus? One of you will receive a Bible Journaling Kit to help you do just that! Enter below by 12/9 at 11 pm. Plus, there's an extra way to win! The company is hosting their own giveaway at Share These Books where 5 more people will win so enter there after you enter here!

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Super Adorable Winter Freebies #Printables #Homeschool

  These fun math and handwriting practice worksheets focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and printing. Perfect for pre-k through 3rd grade, these adorable animals are sure to have your child excited to practice their handwriting and math skills!

Grab the Math download here free (usually $10) and the Handwriting download here. Have fun!

Thursday, December 1

My Book, Across the Ocean, Discounted to $5.94 With Free Shipping!

You may have heard that Educents is having a huge Cyber Week sale--and I get to be part of it! You can purchase an autographed paperback copy of my book "Across the Ocean" for $5.94 and free shipping using the code GIVEJOY throughout this week.  You can also get $2 back in store credit by leaving a short review of the book on the product page, making the book total only $3.94! Let me know if you decide to read Across the Ocean. It now includes a sneak peak of my upcoming historical fiction book, The Songbird and the Secret, coming out next spring!

 "I was late to a meeting because I couldn't stop reading your book. I had to see how it ended especially after the surprise twist in chapter 16!"

"My daughter is writing a fairy tale because you inspired her. You are the best author she's ever read and she has a love for fairytales now... she hated them before. Her words!"

"Excellent fairy tale! Loved it! Beautifully written."

"You have another Father, Penelope. He is the King. You are a Princess, His daughter. You will find Him... across the ocean." 

After hearing these words, newly-orphaned Penelope suddenly finds herself set upon a quest that even the fairy tales she grew up on could not have prepared her vivid imagination for. A magnificent ship upon a vast ocean, a charming prince who spins timeless legends, an ancient scroll hidden within a secret room--all begin to weave together a mysterious tapestry as Penelope is thrust into her new life as a kitchen maid in an ancient castle. As she slowly falls in love with a handsome prince who cannot marry her because of the law of all fairy tales, she wonders if finding her true inheritance will be enough. 

Find it at Educents here. Remember, don't forget to use the code GIVEJOY through Friday! And if you need anything else, remember you save 15% on your entire purchase with free shipping!

Tuesday, November 29

Christmas Treats for Your Pooch... A Turkey and Cranberry Artisan Biscuits Giveaway!

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag of Lucy's new Vita Bone Turkey and Cranberry Biscuits was the incredible smell. Never have dog treats smelled so yummy! I'm telling you guys, these smell just like my favorite turkey and gravy. I knew she was going to love them!
Yes, yes, cookies in bed! Lucy is spoiled. What can I say? How cute is she, munching on her new treat in her bows that match the packaging?
The new Vita Bone Turkey & Cranberry biscuits were perfect for Lucy for Thanksgiving... and they'll be perfect for your pooch for Christmas! There are also 2 other new kitchen-inspired flavors of treats you can read about at and you can also get a $1 off coupon! You can find the treats at Albertsons, Food City, Basha's, and other grocers. 
Enter to win some Vita Bone artisan treats for your pooch using the form below. Ends 12/7/16 at the stroke of midnight!
  Special thanks to the wonderful people at Vita Bone for providing us with these goodies to review and give away!

Monday, November 28

Zoetrope, Something Amazing From Kiwi Crate! #CyberMondaySale

zoetrope [zoh-ee-trohp] noun 1. a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.

 This is what we received this month from Tinker Crate! Isn't it awesome? The kids used the enclosed diagram to build it themselves, and it came with a variety of different pictures to use... as well as blanks to create some yourself. Check out how awesome it turned out! Just like something you'd find in a children's museum. So awesome! If you haven't signed up for Kiwi Crate yet, now's the time to do it with their Cyber Monday Sale!  Your total will be $7.95 with free shipping.  No code needed. :)

If you'd rather not sign up but would like to purchase the Zoetrip Kit, you can find that in their store along with the other items below which we also received this month. Remember, we made everything and they also came with fun extras like stickers and activity books.

From the Tinker Crate
From the Koala Crate

From the Kiwi Crate

Saturday, November 26

Adorable, Wooden Teacher's Painted Chalkboard Sign Giveaway

Toad & Lily makes the most adorable teacher's door signs! This one is my favorite.

The signs are completely customizeable up to 18 characters and come in 5 different styles.

One of these door signs will make the perfect added touch to your classroom or a co-workers! The winner will be able to choose which one she would like. It will be personalized just for you, or will make a very uniquely personal gift to give.

Each door sign measures 5 1/2" x 10 1/2", a high-quality print of Toad and Lily's original art work that is professionally mounted to a wooden plaque, and given a top protective coating.

Fill out the form below to enter. The only stipulation is that you've got to be signed up for Educents e-newsletter to win.
Sign up here. You'll also receive a $10 off coupon you may want to use if you don't win.  Ends Monday 11/28 at midnight. Winner will be announced Tuesday morning.

If you need extras, you can purchase them at Toad & Lily's Storefront for $7.65 and free shipping--this week only! Use the code GIVEJOY for the added discount.

Friday, November 25

Quick, Affordable, Certified Cell Phone Repair Service at Your Door!

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Thursday, November 24

My Gorgeous New Winter Fashion Statement and Where to Get Yours

Last year, one of my best friends took me shopping for my birthday at a local boutique store and treated me to some of my favorite accessories, one of which was this beautiful knitted rhinestone headwrap. I stuffed it in the winter tote and forgot about it until last week, when I took it out in the freezing weather and put it on. I just had to take a selfie because I fell instantly in love with it! Isn't it pretty? And it keeps me warm without messing up my curls. Love!
 The headwrap has little rhinestone gems delicately scattered throughout. You can also get it adorned with an adorable knitted flower, and a optional cute heart sparkly button in the center. Very delicate and stylish!

Perfect for the cold weather and wonderful for a stocking stuffer!

You can get it from this Etsy Shop for $9.99 (the shipping is about $4) which is cheaper than they have it at Wal-Mart for $20! I don't get a commission on this one and it's not even a review item--I just love it and thought my darling readers might, too. I hope you all have a most blessed Thanksgiving and a super fun Black Friday/Cyber Monday!

The Best Black Friday Deals!

Pictures are worth a thousand words so that's what you'll find here--photos of my wishlist products many of which I've already purchased. Just click the name of each product to go directly to their product page. These goodies are already discounted and from now (yes, you heard that right!) through Cyber Monday get an additional 15% to 25% off your entire order plus free shipping! Coupon Codes are shown in the last pic below.
Dalmation Vet Kit

Goldieblox Sets -- $15-$45 Sale Price

Meccano Robots -- $35 - $200 Sale Price. Yes, the actual robot is $200! Yes, I bought it for my son! If you watch a Youtube video of it, you'll see why it's pricey--it's a REAL programmable robot your kiddos build themselves! It's amazing!

Survive Inside Full-Color Manga Science Comics

Wild Animal Puppets (Farm Puppets Available, too)

Magformers Sweet House Set

Magformers Dinosaur Set (and others)
Life of Fred Dolls and Books

The Giant Butterfly Garden.

Melissa and Doug HiRise Dollhouse

Giant Let's Color America Poster (Big Apple, Alphabet City, and Space posters also available)

 As you shop at Educents, use the codes above and also keep in mind that you get 5% back in store credit which will show up in your account right away!

Bluebee Pals Black Friday Discount! Get it for 15 or 30% off, free shipping, and 5% back! Read on for all the details!

Do you remember Teddy Ruxpin? He was so cute, and so cool!  One of my friends actually saved hers all those years to give to her kiddos. For those of us who weren't so lucky, they have Bluebee Pals--you can even select from different animals and they work with any app you choose and can do so much more!  My kids had this on their wishlist for a few months and so I was thrilled when a review opportunity came along. Read on to see just how much fun we've been having!
Reading is fundamental to education, and once the inspiration is sparked, the positive effects are lifelong. There are many tools out there to help kids catch the reading bug, and Bluebee pals is one worth pausing for.

  Who's it for?  
All ages! My kiddos from 7 to 11 had so much fun using it for the first time! Check out our 2 minute video clip below. You can play any app with your Bluebee Pal, and you can also answer the phone and "talk" to it! When we called Mema, she had no idea what she was in for! This is what happens when you mix a Bluebee Pal with a Mema who has a bad speaker on her phone. I do believe Mema needs a new phone for Christmas... But she had us rolling on the floor laughing!

How it Works
A Bluebee Pal is a plush talking educational learning tool that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The innovative technology includes lip synchronization that allows the animal’s “mouth” to move while you’re reading storybooks, engaging in learning apps, talking on the phone, or singing songs. It's designed for classroom engagement, homeschool and learning while traveling. It can also be a wonderful tool for engaging non-verbal special needs children.

Have fun with story time AND cultivate a lifelong love of animals! You can choose a bear, lion, lamb, puppy and even a zebra. Choose your little one's favorite animal, or one who is often in the stories they like to read.  

Educents has the Bluebee Pals at 20% off with free shipping when you use the code GIVEJOY. Or, if you make a $250 purchase, you can get your entire order for 25% off (that's after the current discounted prices) with the code BLISS!