The Traveling Sisterhood

Monday, November 30

DIY Pie in a Jar Gifts and À la mode Pie Bar #ShareTheJoyOfPie

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Last week, my kiddos and I enjoyed an À la mode Pie Bar along with a super easy, totally scrumptious, and decided to Share the Joy of Pie with our new neighbors.  Unlike your traditional slaving-in-the-kitchen-for-hours pies in jars, this recipe uses Marie Callender's® Dessert Pies and  Reddi-wip® Whipped Topping for a simple recipe that's just as delicious and a zillion times easier!

Materials Needed:
  • Marie Callender's Dessert Pies
  • Reddi-wip Topping
  • Medium Mason Jars
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Sprinkles, Syrup, and Other Toppings
  • Printables (found at the end of this post)
  • Scissors
  • 1/4"-wide ribbon

  1. Follow the package directions on the Marie Callender box. If you use a pie variety that includes a separate topping, set aside to use as a layer in the jar.
  2. At room temperature, the pies take 3 hours to cool.  Stick them in the fridge for about an hour and they'll be ready to fill the jars with.
  3. Stir your pies into a beautiful mess!  Line the bottom of each jar with pie topping if you have it.  Otherwise, simply start with a few dollops of pie.  Spray on some Reddi-wip.  Do each layer one more time.  Fill with whipped cream to just below the lip of the jar. Spread sprinkles or crushed pie topping across the uppermost layer of whipped cream.  Decorate as pictured below.
  4. For the dessert you won't be giving away, combine anything in any way that suits your pleasure.  Placing your pie serving in a bowl and then heating in the microwave for 15 seconds tastes especially amazing if you'll be adding ice cream, going the a la mode route!
  5. After finishing your dessert, head to the neighbors' house!  Be sure your recipients know they should keep the Pie in a Jar Gift refrigerated if they won't be enjoying it right away.

I found the Marie Callender's Dessert Pies on the end cap of the frozen section.  They were on sale for an awesome price plus they included a peel-off coupon on the box!  I chose to go with the Dutch Apple Pie and the Razzleberry, a blend of raspberries and blueberries.  They also offer other varieties of apple, peach, pecan, pumpkin, and cherry that would be ideal for this DIY!

    Prepare your pie or pies in accordance with the instructions on the back of the package.

    Be sure and cover the edges of the pies in tin foil!  They're very likely to burn otherwise.  I left the foil on for the entire hour they cooked and the crust came out a nice golden color.

    While your pies bake, prepare everything you'll need for your DIY Pie in a Jar Gifts and À la mode Pie BarCut your ribbon to about 19".  You'll find the free label printable at the end of this post.  I recommend printing them on cardstock but I didn't have any.  Using paper worked just fine, though I did have to tape it to the top to keep the labels from crinkling when I twisted the lids on.

    I placed all of the DIY supplies in an orderly section at one end of our À la mode Pie Bar.  It worked perfectly!
    Alas, everything was ready!  We had so much fun with our À la mode Pie Bar!  As you can see, on one end we placed the DIY Gift Station.  The other end was the Pie Sundaes Station.  This time around, I did it with the kiddos but this is definitely something I'm going to do when we have friends over.
    Here you can see our dessert creations up close.  As you can see, we layered the pie/crust/wip in the jar to make it look scrumptiousYou can also add ice cream for Pie in a Jar A La Mode if you know your recipient will be enjoying the dessert.  I wasn't sure how well everything would freeze and thaw so I didn't go that route for the gift, but it would be worth trying.  Everything tasted amazing and we had so much fun enjoying dessert and then putting together the dessert for our neighbors!
    We packaged our Joy of Pie gift in a small, wooden crate I had been saving for just such an occasion.  You could also use those adorable baskets I've seen at the dollar store.  Cute but affordable! I really do believe my love language is gift giving.  I get so much joy out of blessing my friends and neighbors with handmade, creative things... especially desserts!  And, of course, I definitely love receiving gifts myself!

    What do you think?  
    Will you do a random act of pieness and #ShareTheJoyOfPie with a neighbor or friend? Print out these labels and hang them on your fridge as a reminder!

    Saturday, November 28

    "Old Fashioned" is a Charming Love Story! #DVDGiveaway

     I'm all for some good old-fashioned chivalry. I'll always remember the first time a guy held the door open for me.

    And it wasn't just one guy, but 2. I was 18 and off on my own in the Air Force, I didn't know these guys, but as soon as they saw me walking up to the double doors of the dining hall, they each rushed to open one of the doors for me. I felt like a princess. It was nice and, also nice, most guys I went out with did open the door for me. So when I went on a date with a guy whose mama or papa apparently didn't teach him how to treat a lady, that stood out to me... and not in a good way! Old Fashioned, the movie, is about more than chivalry, though. It's not only about men honoring women, but about honoring God in your relationships. It's a great movie!
    The movie OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. 

     Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime or teach your sons and daughters how to do that. This movie is a wonderful example of it. has these movies on sale for $7.50 through the end of the Christmas shopping season!  I've seen all of them and they're awesome movies.  They'd be great stocking stuffer or gift exchange ideas!  Or they'd be wonderful to put in a Family Movie Night Gift Basket with some popcorn, soda, and candy.

    One of my readers will win this DVD thanks to the awesome people at!  It will make a perfect movie for a cozy winter evening or a wonderful gift for a friend.  Enter below by December 7th at 11 pm anyone's time.
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    Thursday, November 26

    50% Off Lottie Dolls, Nourish Organics, Jackpot Candles, and More! #CyberMonday

    In my opinion, it's not an amazing deal unless it's at least 50% off.  Here are my favorite items that are at least 50% off for Cyber Monday.  These are items I love and have purchased or will be soon!

    Lottie dolls BIGGEST EVER Black Friday Sale

    50% off these Lottie dolls 
    At checkout use code SAVE50

    These are so amazing!  Getting one for my mom.  You choose whether you'd like a ring or necklace inside and the value can be anywhere from $25 to hundreds of dollars!
     From, When Calls The Heart Complete Season 1 is 67% off bringing the 10 DVD Set down to $19.99!  Plus they have over 100 other titles that are anywhere from 50-90% off here!

    Starting Monday at midnight take 25% off your entire purchase with the code CYBER25

    Nourish Organic Green Friday Sale. Take 50%

     Rice Force's Deluxe Skincare $19.80
    (retail value of $56.00) 
    No Coupon Code Necessary
    At 50% off, these printable Bible Story Play Sets include character and setting pieces and accessories that can be cut out to make Bible stories interactive!  A wide variety to choose from.
    59% off!  Super Science Holiday Bundle includes: The Magic School Bus Growing Amazing Crystals, Adventure Science Water Splash, Adventure Science Volcano Madness, Animal Tracks Game (three exciting games in one), Dig real fossils (contains 4 real fossils), The Young Scientists Series kit 27 (Tornadoes, Clouds, and Water Cycle), The Young Scientists Club series kit 5 (Solid, Liquid, and Gases), a pair of bright colored goggles and a JUMBO size stocking (38") for you to put all these award-winning science kits and games into to gift your favorite scientist!
    This list was highly selective! I posted only items I would actually buy and use myself... and I am a frugal girl! You can know these are sincere and thoughtful recommendations. I hope you all had a lovely and blessed weekend!  Now have fun shopping!

    God Made Kittens Stickerbook Free from Tyndale Rewards #StockingStuffers

    Tyndale Rewards has this super cute God Made Kittens Sticker Book for only 15 points! I already received mine for my son and daughters who had a lot of fun with them.  Perfect stocking stuffers!

    Wednesday, November 25

    Rice Force Skin Deluxe Kit #HolidayGiftGuide

     Rice Force's Deluxe Trial Kit has retail value of $56.00 and normally sells for $29.80 online.
    But for a limited time only it's on sale for $19.80
    as Rice Force, a popular Japanese anti-aging skin care brand, introduces their products to the Western market.
    It would make a wonderful Christmas gift!
    Here is everything the kit includes:
    • DEEP MOISTURE LOTION Mini Bottle 20ml/0.68fl.oz.
    • DEEP MOISTURE ESSENCE Mini Bottle 8ml/0.27fl.oz.
    • DEEP MOISTURE CREAM Mini Bottle 5g/0.17fl.oz.
    Free Samples:

    Order today as supplies are limited. Offer expires November 30th.  Free shipping!
     Limited to one purchase per customer.

     Rice Force

    Winners Announced & Giveaways Ending Soon

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    Tuesday, November 24

    Date Night Essentials... Purse Must-haves à la Wal-Mart!

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias 
    My fancy date night purse is gorgeous but oh so small!  I have to be selective about what goes inside.  Read on for 3 of my must-haves and where to find them!
    Ever since middle school, Chap Stick has been a necessity for my dry lips!  I've never gone for the plain or original variety--I love the flavored.  The new ChapStick Total Hydration Soothing Vanilla is my favorite and it's 100% natural which is always a plus for me, and I know it's a necessity for some of my lovely readers!

    Everyone knows that Emergen-C is packed full of vitamin C but it's also amazing for a quick energy boost--perfect for date nights!  It's packed full of 7 B Vitamins and Electrolytes.  It also comes in chewable varieties which I haven't tried yet but which will be what I buy next time I need to stock up.  With over 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes, Emergen-C offers the formula, flavor, fix, and FUN you’re looking for!

    Advil is my go-to pain reliever.  Can't go wrong with the original round tablets providing safe, effective pain relief for over 25 years. I get headaches once a month (some things are so wonderfully timely, aren't they?! a bit of sarcasm here!) and these travel size Advil Tablet Vials are especially perfect!  So nice and compact and easily refillable for keeping in your purse.  Advil is also my preferred relief for any type of joint pain or sore muscles from working out too hard.  Those DVD workouts I do in my room can actually be very intense!

    So I found everything at Wal-Mart.  If you've read some of my other Shoppertunities, you probably know that I have a really nice, new Wal-Mart right down the street.  I love the way they've organized it--it's super easy to find stuff!  The Advil Tablet Vials are right in the travel-sized section.  A couple aisles down I found the new ChapStick Total Hydration on the end cap.

    Directly next to the end cap where I found the Chapstick, I found numerous varieties of the Emergen-C.  I wish I had purchased the Chewables now but I decided to stick to the ones I knew--the Super Orange which is a drink mix.  Next time, I'll try the Chewables!
    So Pfizer's got me all hooked up for a date night with my hubby!  17 years and going strong!  We've had some super rough times but getting through them has made me love him even more--it's that tried and true, for better or for worse kind of thing and it's awesome! And... I love this dress!!  I couldn't wait to wear it!
    What's your ideal date night?  Do you have any purse essentials we should all know about?

    Thursday, November 19

    My Christmas Shopping List & Free $10 Gift Cards for YOUR Shopping!

    I'm going to officially start my Christmas shopping next week. So fun! Here's what I've got on my list so far. What's on your Christmas list?
    Melissa & Doug's Fold and Go Stable - My daughter has had this on her wishlist and I found it on sale!

    Melissa and Doug's Fold and Go Castle
    Magformers Set - this toy is my kiddos' latest favorite!  It's on sale at 44% off.  They want all the Magformers sets for Christmas!

    PinBlock Fusion Jet - How cool is this?!  My Lego loving son is going to be thrilled!

    The Puppy Pursuit Game - My animal loving kids are going to be overjoyed at this one!

    Royal Hand Puppets - I made my children a puppet theater when they were toddlers.  We came across it when we moved and they were so inspired to use it.  They added puppets to their wishlist and these ones will be perfect!

    ...along with these ones!
    Dinosaur Expedition Kit - all of my kiddos love dinosaurs and this kit comes with all kinds of cool things to do.

    Math Slam Game - Like Simon, but Math!  It does subtraction, addition, multiplication, and division.  How cool is that?!

    History Unboxed Subscription - for each of my kiddos. One of my favorite subscription boxes I've ever reviewed and it's discounted!  I have to get it!  History next semester is going to be exceptionally amazing!

    Ladybug Guitar - My daughters already have an acoustic guitar but this electric guitar is pretty amazing!  And, anyway, it's really a very different instrument.  It's a gonga deal --$150 for a Short Scale Electric Guitar, CD and DVD lessons, tuner, strap, case, and amp.

    Electric Guitar - Just like the one above, but a boy's or more mature girl's version.
    Make Your Toys Talk Kit - This really fun and creative electronics kit lets kids turn cardboard, foil, tape and some alligator clamps into electrical switches to make their stuffed animals talk.  Sounds very exciting!

    And last but not least, this one's for me!  A subscription box to pamper myself!
    You can find all of these at Educents. Yep, they have toys, too!  If you're new to their deals store, you can sign up for a totally free $10 gift card which you can spend on any order--no minimum purchase.  Just head to Educents or copy and paste the promo link: