Wednesday, October 29

Become Your Own Makeup Artist! #PaulaDorfBrows

I was introduced to Paula Dorf Cosmetics through their new 2+1 for Brows, a product I instantly fell in love with!  I use it along with their Perfect Brow Brush.  Together, they create perfect looking brows that last all day. 2 flattering colors + 1 light wax = natural-looking brows. The 2+1 Brows creates a perfect color match and fills in any missing hairs or imperfections for brows that last all day.  You run your brow brush along the wax, and then along the color you'd like, and then along your brow.  It comes in brunette, blonde, red, and neutral.  It costs $26 and lasts for months... plus you get the super nice brush for free.  As you can see from my before and after pics, it creates a nicer, smoother look.  I like it so much!  And it's so easy to use! 

Before. Not too bad but...
After.  So much better!

For My Readers
Use the code BROWBRUSH for a free Perfect Brow Brush with any purchase!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Paula Dorf and BrandBacker for providing me with this review opportunity!

For A Jolly Holiday, Try PomTree's Mess-Free Fun! #Giveaway

Ah, the holidays -- tinsel and tape and cookies and crafts. There's always something to do and always a mess to clean up. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a mess-free activity for kids to make and play? Say hello to PomTree, makers of adorable craft kits that afford hours of creative fun without a drop of glue, tape or mess! Yes Virginia, miracles do happen!

There are 5 different kits: Felt Puppy & Bone Pillow Puff, Mommy & Baby Owl Pom Pals, Mommy and Baby Bird Kit, Kitty and Fish Pillow Puff, and a Pom Jewelry Kit.  What's really awesome is that there's no glue involved: PomTree is "stuck on fun" because everything has a sticky backing that kids as young as 3 can unpeel and then stick. Best of all? Nothing to clean up when play is done!  This mama loves that!  Not that I don't also love to make a mess sometimes.  ;)  You can purchase these kits at Consumer Crafts at really great prices!

They turned out so cute and my daughters had a blast making them!

One of my readers will receive their choice of item featured here! (U.S. only)  Enter below by Nov. 7th at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.

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What PomTree item will you choose if you win?

Special thanks to the wonderful people at PomTree and KidStuff PR for providing us with this review and giveaway opportunity!

Tuesday, October 28

Musselman's Giveaway! #AppleSauceSwap

When I first heard of "apple sauce chocolate chip cookies", I thought it sounded kind of crazy!  But using apple sauce instead of tons of butter makes for a more healthy version and these cookies are utterly delicious!  They're best (I think) as oatmeal chocolate chip.  These chewy oatmeal cookies are also full of nuts and raisins (if you so desire).  Yummy!  You can find the recipe here

With Chocolate Chips...

...Without Chocolate Chips

This recipe is very similar to one of the recipes Musselman's sent me in their packet of recipe cards--tons of ideas on how to eat healthier by replacing certain foods with apple sauce.  Musselman's is celebrating their new variety of "big cup apple sauce" with a giveaway for my readers!  These apple sauce cups are great for packing in your kiddos lunches (my kiddos love them) and they're also the perfect size for many of the recipes.

One of my readers will receive a pack of the new Musselman’s Big Cup Apple Sauce and recipe cards. Enter below by Nov. 5 at 11 pm anyone's time.  Best of luck!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Musselman's for providing us with this review and giveaway opportunity!

Sunday, October 26

Wildness Walkabout and the Grand Canyon #FamilyVacations and a Cooper&Kid #Giveaway!

A trip to the Grand Canyon with the kiddos seemed like the perfect opportunity to use our Cooper and Kid "Wilderness Walkabout" Kit!  The Wilderness Walkabout kit was huge--this is the biggest subscription box I've seen yet!  It came with cool stuff to build, books ("Curious George Goes Camping" and a Cooper Kid book on all kinds of instructions and more ideas for cool stuff to do outdoors), an MRE (yum--for real! They're actually pretty good), and tons of other stuff. 

A Big Box of Excitingness came in the mail!

Little guy in the wilderness!  Pic by Daddy.

The top layer of super cool stuff!
 The box was huge and packed full!  I wish you could see it in real life!  We learned a ton of stuff, including numerous ways to make fires (did you know you can start a fire with chocolate?!) and various recipes for food to cook over them.

Gathering Fire Wood

Daddy and the Little Guy on a "Wilderness Walkabout"

I love that the Cooper and Kid kits are a Dad's theme.  It would really make the awesomest gift for your hubby, or the special dad in your life.  It's delivered every three months and each month is a different focus with themes like:
  • Wilderness Walkabout
  • Kitchen Magic
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly
I can't wait to see what they come up with next!  To sum it all up, the Cooper Kit is the instant 'Dad is Awesome' box that caters to fathers who enjoy spending time with their children. These dads have expressed a desire for resources to be good fathers, and “The Cooper Kit” addresses that need by providing activities that fit within a monthly theme, incorporating elements of fun, hands-on learning, building projects, self-expression, cooking, reading and special information just for dad. Men will also appreciate the inside humor woven into the kits targeting their intellect with a tasteful irreverence. Very clever!  We love it!

Daddy and His Kiddos Hanging out in the Wilderness

One of my readers will win the Wilderness Walkabout Kit from Cooper and Kid!  (US only)  Enter below by November 3rd at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  
Get $15 off any order, including gift cards, using the code travelingsisterhood at checkout--good until Thanksgiving.  Like I said, perfect Christmas gift! 

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Cooper & Kid for providing us with this review and giveaway opportunity!

Saturday, October 25

Great, Inspirational True Story In Theaters This Weekend! #23Blast #VisionComesFromWithin

"A triumph! Exhilarating, wise and genuinely heartfelt! It will make you stand up and cheer! Perfect entertainment for the whole family!"
Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru

The Dove Foundation

Both touching and inspiring... it  makes you cry, and it gives hope.  Loved this movie!

I had the chance to prescreen this movie and it was so good!  I'm not generally a fan of sports movies, but after seeing When the Game Stands Tall earlier this year, I realized how inspiring they could be when they were true.  I absolutely love true stories, especially when they're like this one.  About real people who overcome such great odds to do the remarkable.  It's the kind of story that gives me hope, and that's something I desperately need even in just day to day life, even as blessed as I am.  I think it's something we all need.  Check out the preview above!

About the movie: When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness, he must decide  whether to live a safe,protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world. Depicting a story of hope triumphing over despair, of courage and faith overcoming fear and of victory prevailing over adversity, 23 Blast is designed to encourage and uplift audiences.

Winner of the 2013 Heartland Film Festivals

Thursday, October 23

Classic, Retro, Cool, and Fun: A Winning Moves Games Giveaway! #HolidayGiftGuide

Did you know there is Life: Dogs Edition?!  I didn't, either, but it is so fun!  We found it at Winning Moves Games along with the Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Wild Card Games, Uncle Wiggily Reading Game, and Splash Cards--waterproof playing cards for the bath, pool, beach, or hot tub! 

The Game of Life and Uncle Wiggily were created in the 1950's.  For the occasion of playing them, we dressed up retro 50's style and had a blast!  My kiddos were hard-pressed to choose a favorite.  They love all of these games.  We really like that the Wild Card games are small--we take them on our mini-vacations to play at the hotels.  The Splash Cards are really fun, too!  There are so many incredible games at Winning Moves!  I was incredibly impressed with the unique variety of so many games I had never seen before.

The Game of Life: Dogs Edition

Uncle Wiggily by Winning Moves!

Playing a Vintage Game in Vintage Style!

One of my readers will win the Winning Moves Game of their choice!  (US only)  Enter below by November 1st at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  

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 Which Winning Moves game do you wish you had?
Special thanks to the wonderful people at Winning Moves for providing us with this review and giveaway opportunity!

Wednesday, October 22

Caramel Apple Pie! A Swiss Colony Holiday Dessert Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

I have always loved purchasing Christmas gifts from The Swiss Colony.  Their cheese and sausages are so delicious, but their desserts!!!  Their desserts are amazing! 

This year, my family and I tried their Caramel Apple Pie.  The pie is deep-dish, opped with streusel and walnuts, and loaded with cinnamon, apple and caramel.  We dolloped whipped cream on top and it tasted like Autumn.  So delicious!  The pie also came with The Swiss Colony's spreadable cheddar cheese which was a delightful surprise.  My only regret is that we ate everything too quickly to get a chance to take our own pics!

In the past, we've also tried many of their other desserts: their delicate Petits Fours, rich Fruit Cake, delicious Tortes and so much more!  Everyone in my family loved every piece of every single item we tried.  The Torte cakes were our favorites until we tried the Apple Pie.  Absolutely amazing.  I highly recommend The Swiss Colony if you're looking for the perfect gift to send to a loved one in another state!

One of my readers will win the Swiss Colony Caramel Apple Pie! Enter below by Oct 30th at 11 pm anyone's time.  We'll choose a winner the next morning via along with all of the other winners in our Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza! 

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I received this item free of charge from The Swiss Colony.  No monetary compensation was received or offered, nor was I under any obligation to write about this product.  All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.  I am not offering any sales or taking orders for this item.  I will not receive any compensation in connection with any sales of this item.

Monday, October 20

Crashlings! Perfect for Trick-or-Treating or Halloween Party Goody Bags #Giveaway

Every year for Halloween, we try to find an option other than candy.  Not that candy isn't delightful, and not that I'm one of those no-candy moms, but it's fun to hand out a piece of candy and a little something more exciting.  Last year, our idea was Trash Packs and Glitzi Globes, this year our idea was Crashlings.  Though a bit expensive for some of us to buy for every trick-or-treater, we do costume parties every year (I think this year we're going to be part of 3 costume parties! YAY!)  These would be perfect for goody bags!  My little guy loves them.  Little boy and "meteor mutants from outer space" just go together, don't they?!   You can find Crashlings at Toys R Us and on Amazon.   They'd also be a super cool stocking stuffer or White Elephant gift!

Trick-or-treat, Mom!
One of my readers will win a 4-pack of Crashlings!  Enter below Oct 28th at 11 pm anyone's time.  We'll choose a winner the next morning via

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Wicked Cool Toys and Genn Comm PR for providing us with this opportunity!