The Traveling Sisterhood: September 2014

Saturday, September 13

FREE Dolphin Tale 2 Curriculum and Homeschool Movie Day!
You can download the free dolphin curriculum by clicking the pic above!

Every school year, I sit down with my kiddos and ask them what they want to learn about this year.  At the top of their list was dolphins! Little did they know, Flyby Promotions had already sent me the link to the free dolphin curriculum.  They could not have timed it better!

The free curriculum from the The Homeschool Movie Club is based on the new Dolphin Tale 2 movie which comes out today!  Simply sign up for updates (they don't spam you; I promise!) and all the files and lessons are available for your immediate use.

Included in the curriculum are five major lessons on various different aspects of dolphins and ocean life:
  • Lesson 1: Get to Know Dolphins
  • Lesson 2: A Day in the Life of Dolphins
  • Lesson 3: Dolphins in the Ocean
  • Lesson 4: Aquarium Life
  • Lesson 5: Dolphins and Us

Each lesson includes a video and a pdf file with printables and related activities like hands-on learning activities and coloring/drawing pages.  All of the lessons contain instructions and activities for elementary through high school-aged students, along with age-appropriate explanations and vocabulary. Each lessons is clearly marked for the appropriate grade level which I love. 

Celebrate Homeschool Movie Day by heading to the theater today, September 12th, 2014 to see Winter’s story continue in Dolphin Tale 2! Check out the movie trailer below!

You can find Dolphin Tale on
Special thanks to the wonderful people at Flyby for this blog review!

Tuesday, September 9

A Diet That REALLY Works! #MaintainingMyPreBabyWeight #NSNation

Last year, I used Nutrisystem to achieve my "ideal" weight and it worked! 

I've had 4 kiddos, one pregnancy being twins--I know what it's like to gain a ton of extra weight.  And I know what it's like to lose it... and I do not under any conditions advocate yucky diets, or going without desserts, or working your butt off every day.  We want to live life, don't we?!  And delicious food is one of the most wonderful things in life.  I am not even kidding--Nutrisystem's food is SO good!  I have tried a few other diet programs and this is definitely the best!  They have a coconut chocolate bar that I couldn't believe I was allowed to eat--it tasted like a Mounds.  My favorite!  It's one of those things that seems worth going in the closet and hiding from my kiddos to sigh over and enjoy.  Not even exaggerating. ;)

Nutrisystem's Coconut Almond Bar

And, of course, you can never go wrong with mac and cheese!

Nutrisystem's Mac and Cheese

And here is my favorite Nutrisystem dinner--chicken parmesan with spaghetti.  Soooo good!

Nutrisystem's Chicken Parmesan

So how does it work?  You subscribe to Nutrisystem, they teach you to form wonderful, healthy eating habits, you change your lifestyle, you get a ton of delicious food delivered right to your doorstep, and after 3 months, you should be set.  It's definitely a worthwhile investment! The good habits they helped me formed have lasted!

Maintaining the weight I lost last year--and I've had 4 babies!

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Diet-to-Go for giving me this review opportunity!  All opinions are completely my own.

Purely You Minerals, The Most Classy Mineral Makeup AND the Most Affordable!

Loose Mineral Foundation
As moms, we get so busy!  During my first few years of motherhood, I didn't seem to have any time to style my hair or use hardly any makeup.  While we all know it's what's inside that really matters, but since the beginning of time, women have had a desire to look beautiful on the outside, too.  In the last couple of years, I've found ways to look prettier, feel prettier, and to do it quickly!

I am so excited that I've found Purely You Minerals because I absolutely love mineral makeup (application is both fast and flawless, plus it's natural) and this is the first I've found that is so incredibly affordable.  Besides being affordable, their eye shadows are the best I've tried, their blushes give my face the most perfect, gentle touch, and everything is so quick to apply and makes such a flawless finish.  If you've never tried mineral makeup, you'll want to try this.  You'll never go back to liquid foundation.  

Let your inner beauty shine through! 

Probably my favorite thing about purely you minerals is that the makeup is so gentle on your skin.  I never break out from this makeup even though I often sleep in it.  It actually seems to improve my skin.  I've noticed that I can actually feel confident going out of the house without feeling like I always need to wear foundation.  I've had numerous compliments since I began wearing their makeup. The photo below is a picture of myself wearing my favorite Pure Minerals: Neutral Fair foundation, their Light Silk Mineral Veil, eye shadows in Pink Hi Light and Barbie, blush in Purely Rose, and lip gloss in Tutti Fruity--no photo touch-ups, just exclusive Purely You Minerals.  

Purely You Mineral Makeup is hand-made in small batches to maintain high quality standards. Besides being light and breathable, they offer 15 SPF. None of the products contain talc, powdered starches, clays, bismuth oxychloride, parabens or nano size particles, and everything is gluten free. It's natural makeup, designed to accentuate your beauty, not cover it up. 
Purely Mauve Blush, one of my favorites

One winner will be able to pick any eye shadow of her choice. Enter below by Sept 17 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.

If you win, which eye shadow will you choose?

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 Special thanks to the wonderful people at Purely You Minerals for providing me with this review and giveaway opportunity!