The Traveling Sisterhood: September 2015

Wednesday, September 23

Delectable Christmas With Ethel M. Chocolates #HolidayGiftGuide


Congrats to Leslie, the winner of this giveaway! 
  Save 20% on Orders of $75 from Ethel M Chocolates Traditional Premium Chocolate Collections

When I first saw the photograph above of Ethel M. Chocolates, I couldn't wait to try them!   I have quite a sweet tooth when it comes to chocolates, I must admit, and these did not disappoint.  They were amazing from the chocolate covered pecan brittle to the decadent milk and dark chocolates.  It's hard for me to choose a favorite, but the raspberry cream and coconut delight are the top of my list.  These would make such a wonderful gift, a zillion times better than flowers! 

We received their Deluxe Assortment--so incredibly delicious, each and every bite!
Chocolates sitting on my dresser make me very happy!

We also tried their chocolate covered pecan brittle.  Amazing!  Not too hard to bite like some brittles I've tried--perfect!
You can even design your own chocolate box filled with 30 pieces of your choosing!
    Each and every chocolate I tried was both gorgeous and so delicious!  I absolutely loved them.  I just had to share them with the entire family and we all enjoyed them so much more than any of the usual boxed chocolates!  Even my hubby was addicted to the peanut brittle, and he doesn't usually have a sweet tooth.  These would be a perfect birthday gift, or even Christmas gift--it is, after all, right around the corner!  So bookmark their page.  And don't worry, no one will judge you if you want to gift a little something to yourself. ;)

    GIVEAWAY!

    One winner will receive a boxed assortment of Ethel M's most popular milk and dark specialty chocolates. 
    Enter below by 9/23 at 11 pm anyone's time!

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

    Which Ethel M. Chocolate would you like best?

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    Special thanks to the wonderful people at Ethel M Chocolates for providing me with this product for review!

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


    Directions
    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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    Wednesday, September 16

    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

    GIVEAWAY
    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.



    Giveaway
    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!

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    Special thanks to MGA Entertainment for providing us  with this product to review! All opinions are genuine and our own.

    Monday, September 14

    A Lucy Unboxing, A PupJoy Review



    Our Lucy was so excited to unbox her very own puppy subscription box!   It was packed so full of treats and toys!   Check out her video--there was a special surprise that had everyone laughing and thrilled!  



    One thing that is especially cool about PupJoy is that they fill their boxes with artisan goods and they reward you with 10% credit on every purchase — now that’s worth barking about!  PupJoy is definitely the most customizeable box I've seen!  You can choose: 
    • the uno box (3-4 items) or the grande box (4-6 items), which is the box we received.  
    • treats, toys, and accessories; treats and accessories; or treats only.  Our Lucy cannot have enough babies so I loved getting the treats and toys in her box!  
    • gourmet or grain free gourmet treats
    • your payment: month to month, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months
    • even your dogs toy needs! egalitarian (good with everything--this is Lucy), inquisitive (pulls everything apart), or sensitive (likes soft and plushy toys)
    • dog size and collar size 
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    Namaste Baking Mixes #Giveaway #GlutenFree

    We recently tried Namaste's Italian Herb Seasoned Coating Mix.  I decided to go the baked Chicken Parmesan route (one of my absolute favorite meals) with the seasoning and it was so delicious!  To make, run your boneless-skinless thin chicken cuts under water, shake in a bag of coating mix, and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Top with your choice of marinara sauce and shredded Italian cheese.  Bake for another 10 minutes.  I like to serve mine with fettuccine noodles and garlic knots, and add broccoli for color and b/c my kiddos love "broccoli trees"!  

    Baked Chicken Parmesan
    Giveaway
    You can win this gift bag from Namaste foods! Enter below by 10/3 at midnight eastern time.  Check out our other giveaways, too--we have a lot of goodies this week! 



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    Special thanks to Namaste Foods for providing us with this product to review! All opinions are genuine and our own.
     

    Playtime with Miniland Toys #Giveaway: So Much Fun! #STEMLearning

    Miniland Educational is known around the world for high-quality and safe educational toys found in more than 50 countries and I couldn't wait to share some of their toys with my kiddos! We chose the Marbulous and the Mecaniko which were huge successes! What I especially love about Miniland Educational is that they develop their products carefully to make sure that their toys and games nurture the fundamentals of learning – and they never forget the importance of PLAY!  During my years majoring in Early Childhood Education, I realized just how important play is in learning... even as adults, we learn so much more through a hands-on (or play) approach.




    Teacher guides (age level specific) are included as a classroom benefit with many of the toys which I thought was really cool.  Their Early Childhood toys include dolls, construction blocks, manipulatives, puzzles and more...  They offer such a broad and varied range of toys to fill both playtime and learning time. I've always had a learn-through-play and hands-on approach in our homeschool so these toys really fit in with that theme.  I loved that there were toys that were still appropriate for even my older kiddos to learn and explore.  It is so easy to search their website by age!



    And Miniland's Mecaniko--our personal pics coming soon!

    Giveaway  
    You can win both the Marbulous and the Mecaniko for your kiddo/s!  Enter below by 9/23 at midnight eastern time.

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

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    Special thanks to Miniland Educational for providing us with this product to review! 
    All opinions are genuine and our own.

    Petsac Pets Have Got Kids’ Backs! A Backpack and Toy in One

    I can not begin to tell you how thrilled my little guy was with his new PetSac!  He was amazed that is was both a plush toy and a backpack, and he thought it was super cool how he could stuff the backpack into his  tiger to turn it into a toy, hug it, squeeze it, and feel the love.  The tail is actually the hidden zipper to the secret a patented cavity that transforms the Pet into a full size backpack! 

    I am absolutely certain that any K, 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd grader would find that cool!  The backpacks are actually made from the same rip stop nylon fabric that's used in parachutes so they are durable and can be wiped clean.  They seem very high quality; my little guy isn't the only one super happy with this backpack!

    Our little guy loves the tiger Petsac he picked out!




    Check out how they work!

    
    PetSacs come in a wide variety of styles and nine different types of animals! 
    Find them at Wal-Mart.
    Special thanks to the wonderful people at KidStuffPR and Petsac for this review opportunity!

    Ethel M Chocolates, A Most Delicious #Giveaway!

    Save 20% on Orders of $75 from Ethel M Chocolates Traditional Premium Chocolate Collections
    When I first saw the photograph above of Ethel M. Chocolates, I couldn't wait to try them!   I have quite a sweet tooth when it comes to chocolates, I must admit, and these did not disappoint.  They were amazing from the chocolate covered pecan brittle to the decadent milk and dark chocolates.  It's hard for me to choose a favorite, but the raspberry cream and coconut delight are the top of my list.  These would make such a wonderful gift, a zillion times better than flowers! 

    We received their Deluxe Assortment--so incredibly delicious, each and every bite!
    Chocolates sitting on my dresser make me very happy!

    We also tried their chocolate covered pecan brittle.  Amazing!  Not too hard to bite like some brittles I've tried--perfect!
    You can even design your own chocolate box filled with 30 pieces of your choosing!
      Each and every chocolate I tried was both gorgeous and so delicious!  I absolutely loved them.  I just had to share them with the entire family and we all enjoyed them so much more than any of the usual boxed chocolates!  Even my hubby was addicted to the peanut brittle, and he doesn't usually have a sweet tooth.  These would be a perfect birthday gift, or even Christmas gift--it is, after all, right around the corner!  So bookmark their page.  And don't worry, no one will judge you if you want to gift a little something to yourself. ;)

      GIVEAWAY!

      One winner will receive a boxed assortment of Ethel M's most popular milk and dark specialty chocolates. 
      Enter below by 9/23 at 11 pm anyone's time!

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

      Which Ethel M. Chocolate would you like best?

      You Can Find Ethel M Chocolates On

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      Special thanks to the wonderful people at Ethel M Chocolates for providing me with this product for review!

      Pirates, Weddings, Families, Or Airports, Sevi Playsets Inspire so Much Creativity!

      Yet another creative STEAM toy for girls!  My youngest daughter is enamored with weddings so I was excited to give them their new Family Wedding play set.  The set was simple for my 9 year old to built as she followed the instructions, punched out the pieces, and put them together.  The wedding chapel and surrounding decor stays together perfectly as you can see in the video my girls created.  We used the same wedding music their daddy and I walked down the aisle to and that was very special to them.


      After the wedding, my daughters took apart the pieces to make a hotel for the honeymoon getaway--the pieces are flexible enough to really get creative with and very durable!  Besides the wedding set, there are also Airport, Pirate, and Home play sets, all of which I know my kiddos would also love imagining with!  


      Where to Get Them
      Look for them online at Bonjour Petit, Amazon.com, and in specialty stores nationwide! 

      Our Final Say

      What I especially like abut this European toymaker is that their toys are so creative, truly captivating and perfect for kiddos from 3 on up.  Plus, they're so durable; they don't fall apart and are much more sturdy than similar playsets we've used!

      For more Girls' STEAM Reviews and Giveaways, head on over here!

      Special thanks to the wonderful people at Kid Stuff PR for providing us with this playset to review.

      Sunday, September 13

      Djeco Art Kits: Oil Pastels and Glitter Art #Homeschool


      This year, we're using Djeco as our main art curriculum.  Djeco won Best Art Supplies of the Year and after using three of their kits so far, I recommend them over any other children's art set.  I especially love Djeco because they offer a wide variety of different mediums for different ages.  Each kit includes everything you need.  They're perfect for children who are naturally artistic and children who may not be or haven't had the chance to find out.  The Djeco kits offer a wonderful opportunity for homeschooling parents who aren't artistic to give their children a great art experience.  Each kit comes with a detailed, illustrated book that kids can use to learn the techniques quickly and easily with little to no help from mom.

      The first kit I want to highlight is the Djeco Glitter AnimalsWe've been studying India and the Far East so this went along perfectly.  This kit is recommended for children from 6 to 12.  My 3rd graders really enjoyed it and were able to do everything themselves.  The kit included 4 different animals on durable cardboard.  What's really cool is that no glue is involved.  You pull off paper to reveal stickiness underneath, pour on the color of glitter you want, dump off the extra, and repeat until you have a beautiful piece of glittery Eastern-style art. It provided my daughters with an hour of art.  If this set is only meant for one child, it would provide hours of art class.
       
      The Djeco Glitter Art kit we reviewed sells for 19.99 on Timberdoodle.  Plus, you earn 20 doodle dollars with the purchase, which equals $1.00 off a future purchase. The Doodle Dollars incentive is pretty awesome, and makes everything you buy at Timberdoodle more affordable.

      This semester, my children are learning about Europe.  They love geography (yes, 2nd graders can love geography)--it's so exciting to discover new places, people, and cultures, and art is a large part of every culture.  When I was notified that I'd been approved to blog for Timberdoodle, I thought it'd be awesome to find an art kit that would compliment our study of Europe.  That's when I came across Djeco Nathalie's Oil Pastel Workshop.  The set features the work of professional artist and illustrator Nathalie Novi, one of the greatest French artists specializing in the use of pastels. The workshop kit is geared towards an older child (9 and up), teen, or adult looking to expand her skills. My kiddos are a bit under the recommended age range but they're very experienced when it comes to art and have used pastels in the past.  This kit was perfect for them and it went along awesomely since we've been learning about the countries of Europe, including France.  They loved it.  I loved it.
      Djeco won Best Art Supplies of the Year, and it's easy to see why!  These art kits are incredible!  After reading about them, I was expecting our first one (Djeco Nathalies Oil Pastel Workshop) to be great but it actually exceeded our expectations.  Today my youngest daughter, who is only 7, made an absolute pastel masterpiece.
      Learn From One of France’s Greatest Pastel Artists

      The Djeco art kits are award winners.  They're made in Paris, France, actually, and they're a family owned company.  The Djeco kits come in a variety of mediums (oil pastels, paints, glitter art, and more) and are geared toward a wide variety of ages.  While our kit was for older children, there are also kits for preschoolers and younger children.
        
      The next Djeco art kit we'll be ordering from Timberdoodle is the Abstract Art Workshop.  I'm so excited to teach my children about another aspect of art appreciation!  They learn so much more by actually doing the art they're learning about.

      As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received Reward Points in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

       

      Friday, September 11

      *New* Free Contemporary Fiction from Tyndale House

      Tyndale has added numerous new books to their free rewards program! If you signed up in the past and used up all your points, sign in again--there are a lot of new surveys to rack up your points and spend them in  minutes!  Below are the newest titles along with their synopsis'. S/H is also free--can't beat that!


      Don’t tell me it’s terrifying. Terrify me.
      Filled with grief, Jules Belleno rarely leaves the house since her husband’s death while on duty as a police officer. Other than the reviews Jules writes on her blog, she has little contact with the outside world.

      But one day when she ventures out to the local grocery store, Jules bumps into a fellow customer . . . and recognizes him as her favorite author, Patrick Reagan. Jules gushes and thoroughly embarrasses herself before Regan graciously talks with her.

      And that’s the last thing she remembers—until she wakes up in a strange room with a splitting headache. She’s been kidnapped. And what she discovers will change everything she believed about her husband’s death . . . her career . . . and her faith.


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      2013 Carol Award winner!  And one of my favorite authors.  Can't wait to read this one!
       
      To everyone who knows her, Annalise Decker is a model wife and mother. She’s a permanent member of the PTA, never misses her kids’ sporting events, and is constantly campaigning for her husband’s mayoral race.

      No one knows that Annalise was once Deidre O’Reilly, a troubled young woman whose testimony put a dangerous criminal behind bars. Relocated through the Witness Security Program to the sleepy town of Deep Haven, Deidre got a new identity and a fresh start, which began when she fell in love with local real estate agent Nathan Decker. Twenty years later, Annalise couldn’t be more unprepared for her past to catch up with her. When Agent Frank Harrison arrives with news that the man she testified against is out on bail and out for revenge, Annalise is forced to face the consequences of her secrets. Will she run again, or will she finally find the grace to trust those she loves most with both her past and her future?


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      Alexander Madison is part lawyer, part pastor, and part con artist. When a Muslim imam is accused of instigating honor killings, Alex must decide whether to take the case that every other lawyer in town is running away from. He doesn’t realize until it’s too late that defending the imam may cost him the one thing in life he cares about most. Fatal Convictions is the story of a lawyer willing to risk it all and the women who must choose between faith and love.

      Get them free at Tyndale Rewards

      Tuesday, September 8

      Can A Teddy Bear Change The World? #Giveaway

      When you purchase a teddy bear from Bears For Humanity, you have the delightful task of choosing a charity – because your purchase instantly doubles as a gift for a child in need! We chose the bears Sammie and Sassy in 16".  They are adorable!  We chose that our donation bear would go to the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, one of the few hospitals in the country exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care.  I could just imagine some sick littles hugging their bears, making them feel a little better.



      The cuddly pals are personally delivered to the hospital, or a needy veteran’s house, or an underprivileged household. I think that is so awesome--you really can imagine the joy people feel when they receive one.  My little guy hasn't seen his bear yet--it is currently sitting on a shelf at our new house.  Today happens to be moving day and he's spending the night with a friend.  I can't wait til he comes up the stairs, goes into his room, and sees his new bear which just happens to have the same name he does! 

      Can A Teddy Bear Change The World?

      The bears are also luxuriously soft! Bears For Humanity pals are the only 100% Certified Organic Cotton/ Hemp teddy bears in the world. They're even made in the USA, giving jobs to those who need one through CalWORKS in Northern California.  That is so awesome in this economy when so many people are still out of work!!  And I really love to support American made toys--but they're hard to find!

      Don't you just want to squeeze it?! 
      *photo from instagram
      The larger of the two buy-one/give-one organic teddy bears boast poseable limbs for snugglier hugs like the one above. These bears are at home at a tea party or a dance party. 

      The bears come in 5 colorful characters:

      Sammie—iconic beige
      Sassie—pink
      Snowie—white
      Snugglie—chocolate brown
      Sweetie—blue
      Check out this inspiring video of the founders and their kiddos.  It will touch your heart!

      Giveaway
      One of you will win a bear of your choice! Enter below by 9/21 at midnight anyone's time.  

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

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      We chose Sammie.  Which bear will you choose if you win?
       Special thanks to the wonderful people at Bears for Humanity for providing us with this product for review and giveaway. 
      All opinions are our own.