The Traveling Sisterhood: April 2015

Tuesday, April 28

A Sparrow in Terezin #Giveaway Basket!

I just finished Kristy Cambron’s sophomore novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, and it was wonderful--as good as her first book< The Butterfly and the Violin, which I loved and which you can read my review of here.  Her newest book just released and is on tour so to celebrate, Kristy is giving away a basket of goodies inspired by the book!  Scroll down to the pics and click on either one of them to enter on Facebook.

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A set of poppy notecards
  • A poppy pin
  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin

Thursday, April 23

When Calls the Heart 10 DVD Collector's Edition #Giveaway

I had the opportunity to prescreen the 2nd season of the Hallmark Channel's original series, When Calls The Heart. I've watched the first 2 episodes and they were charming!  The characters are wonderful!  The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West.  Alas, I don't have cable so I'll be doing my best to stream the series wherever I can find it.

When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.
One reader will win the set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD (I'm a bit jelly--I haven't seen it!)  Enter by commenting below by May 2nd at 11 pm anyone's time. I'll choose a winner the next morning.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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.

Monday, April 13

Moulin Roty's Cinema Box #ToyGiveaway

Pass the popcorn! Moulin Roty's Cinema Box captures the spirit of open-ended play that engages, encourages and enhances young imaginations.  Imported from France by Magicforest, the enchanting let's-show-a-movie kit is designed for kiddos 3 and up.  Our friends came over, my little girl made up a story to go along with one of the 4 included shows, and passed out tickets.  The only drawback is that the "screen" is very small (about 8x10) so if you've got a lot of atendees, it's quite hard for all the little heads to see (this was our predicament--we had about 9 in the "audience" during our first showing).  It's also a bit hard to get the flashlight to project without a blurred image but we found that if you turn it all the way to the left, it's perfect.  I'd recommend this for sibling viewing, as it most easily accommodates 2-4 kiddos.  It's a neat toy and it definitely inspires creativity!  I'd love to see the same thing available for projecting on the wall with larger images!

One of my readers will win the Cinema Box!  Enter below by 4/20 at 11 pm anyone's time. I'll choose a winner the next morning via  Good luck!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Kidstuff PR for this review and giveaway opportunity. 

Wednesday, April 8

Introducing The NEW Educents Marketplace!

I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news. Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired... And there were only 50 deals available at once... I wanted saving money to be even EASIER. Kate and Kaitlyn agreed. So they created the new Educents Marketplace. It’s even easier to discover affordable educational resources that make learning FUN!

Thousands of new products - Educents Sellers can now offer ALL of their bestsellers on the new Educents Marketplace. There's a wide variety of worksheets, lesson plans, educational apps and toys. Shop The Young Scientists Club, Scholastic, Workman Publishing, Alpha Omega Publishing, Life of Fred books, hundreds of printable units created by educators, and more! Offers that NEVER expire - Sellers can offer our favorite educational products year-round. Once a deeply discounted Daily Deal expires, you can still find that product available on Educents at the lowest price. Discovery - It's easier to search on Educents. Search for your kiddos' interests like Minecraft or Frozen-inspired resources, and then sort by grade level, subject, brand, and more! 

I love Educents--I've shopped there quite a few times for my kiddos' homeschool items--and I hope you'll check it out!

Sunday, April 5

My Dog Eats Soup! Caru Pet Food is Delicious

Special thanks to the wonderful people at CARU for providing us with this review and giveaway opportunity!  All opinions are honest and our own.

"Hey, where's Lucy?" my little boy asked.

"She's eating her soup," was his sister's reply.

I had to laugh.  My dog is spoiled.  She eats soup.

Apparently people can eat CARU pet food, too--it's not only natural, it's human grade. Everyone who works at CARU has eaten their stew.  Now that is backing up your words with actions!  Their dog treats, though they smell like beef jerky, are not human grade, so I didn't feed any to my husband. One of the girls who works for the company always makes a point of eating the stew to show people how good it is when they're at tradeshows.  Her coworker just rolls his eyes at her and tells her to make sure she trims her tail!

Cutesie poochie patiently waiting!

Pamela, the one who sent Lucy her soups and treats, and I had a giggle or two as we swapped our dog food stories!  When I was in high school, I came home one night to see my brother eating what looked like a bowl of stew.  There was an open dog food can on the counter along with a dirty pot on the stove.  When he put his bowl in the sink, I said, "Did you just eat dog food?!"  Yep.  He did.  And he enjoyed every bit. That's what can happen when you combine a company who doesn't put a big picture of a dog on their can of stew and a hungry teenager!  Pretty sure if it had been CARU, he would've enjoyed it even more. ;)

One of my readers will win a selection of CARU dog food and treats for her pooch... or her self!  ;)  Enter below by April 11th at 11 pm anyone's time.  Good luck! 

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Saturday, April 4

The Queen's Treasures: Enchanting Furniture for American Girl Sized Dolls! #Giveaway

1930's Style Stove by The Queen's Treasures
Congrats to Shannon, the winner of this giveaway!

My daughters are enchanted with their dolls' new 1930's style stove from The Queen's Treasures!  The stove is incredibly well-made, looks real and historically accurate, has little compartments that open easily but stay shut when you want them to with magnetic closures, has fine, painted details, and a little tray in the oven that comes in and out.  It doesn't come with the food but, as my daughter said, "It was so much more fun to make our own food with clay!"
And so we've been having so much fun playing pretend and even made a movie yesterday that you can watch below.  It's called "Julia's Tea Party".  Food continually falls on the floor, but Julia and her friends make the best of it and have a delightful time!

You don't have to be a royal to shop The Queen's Treasurers, this enchanting trove nestled high in the Pocono Mountains (I spent my honeymoon there!) where everything is miniaturized for the 18" phenomenon of dolls, clothing, accessories and especially furniture! All princesses, with their mums, can hold their pinkies aloft as they sip tea and browse the online shop at The Queens Treasures.

Food "baked" by her sister in their 1930's Queen's Treasures Stove

If clothes make the man then it's accessories that make the doll, especially when she measures 18". Girls ages 8 and above will be mesmerized by The Queen's Treasures for 2015 as she turns back the clock 100 years and spotlights life during WWI. My daughters certainly were enchanted and after browsing the store, they have made out their wish lists.  Outfits and accessories from the brave Salvation Army Doughnut Girls, vintage stoves and an antique sewing machine are a sampling of the 2015 Collection. Beyond clothing is the Queen's extensive array of miniature furniture. American style furniture includes cupboards, table & chair sets, kitchen, bedroom furniture and a huge selection of 18" doll storage trunks, wardrobes and armoires.

One of my readers will win the 1930's Style Stove from The Queen's Treasures (a $110 value)! Enter below by March 5th at 11 pm anyone's time. Winners must reside in the U.S. for this one. 

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at The Queen's Treasures and KidStuff PR for this review and giveaway opportunity! 

Wednesday, April 1 Free Trial 1st Grade Added!

My little guy, who is in 1st grade, was so excited that ABCMouse has added 1st grade! It used to be for only Preschoolers and Kindergarteners. They have a 30 day free trial available again, too. We've tried a lot of on-line learning programs and this one is definitely our favorite! Check out the free trial--my kiddos love it and even after the free month, it's super cheap at about $5!