The Traveling Sisterhood: May 2015

Monday, May 25

Rosegal Jewelry, Vintage Style Fashion, Amazing Prices!


 
I recently stumbled across Rose Gal and found some very pretty fashions at amazing prices.  They sell not only vintage style fashions, but also swimwear, jewelry, summer dresses, tons of lace (I love lace!), sweatshirts, t-shirts, leggings, jeans, you name it. 

I purchased their Sweet V-Neck Lace Blouse for review--and it only costs $12! 

This top is one-size and I usually wear a medium.  It fits me perfectly, though I do wear a white tank underneath for added coverage and a bit more length.  The sun was setting so the pics are a bit blurred but I like the effect!   





Some of my wishlist favorites:


http://www.rosegal.com/?lkid=10739


Jewelry
Rosegal also sells jewelry--the ring below is only $5, get it in gold for 89 cents, and the necklace is only 72 cents!!  By the way, check out our giveaways, too--we have a lot of goodies this week! 


  What's your favorite fashion item from Rose Gal?

 
Special thanks to the wonderful people at RoseGal for providing me with this review opportunity!
 

Saturday, May 23

E.l.f. Cosmetics: My Play Anywhere Looks and Luxury Makeup Starting at .39!


Wearing makeup from e.l.f. cosmetics travel mini.
I have been having so much fun with my new e.l.f. cosmetics: Play Anywhere Kit!  The set included their Studio 22 Piece Mini On the Go Palette, Essential Professional Travel Brush Kit, and Studio Mineral Lipstick in Rosy Tan.  

I was especially surprised when I went to their website and saw that they really do have tons of fabulous makeup priced starting at not a $1, but at .39!!--their prices are amazing!  

This is the first time I've tried e.l.f.'s products and I love them!  The mascara and eye shadows are especially my favorites, but I really love their blushes, too. 
e.l.f. mineral lipstick in rosy tan, mini on the go palette, and professional travel brush kit
 
Wearing e.l.f. mascara, lip gloss, blush, and rose and brown eye shadows from their Play Anywhere Kit.

DISCOUNT
e.l.f. cosmeticsYou can get Free Shipping on Orders $25+ with code SHIP25 or Free standard shipping (a $4.95 value) on all orders $35+ after discount, no code required! 

Some of their best deals... 
Click the pic then head to the "sale" section!
Shimmer Eye Liner Pencil .39
Studio Eye Liner for $1.19
Essential Beauty School 3 Piece Jumbo Lip Stain Set for $5.00 
Studio HD Blush for $3.00 
Studio Baked Eyeshadow for $3.00 

Special thanks to the wonderful people at e.l.f. cosmetics for providing me with these samples for review!

Friday, May 22

Paper Punk Kids #Giveaway: Awesome way to alleviate summer boredom!

If you fold it, they will build! That was the mantra of Paper Punk’s founder Grace Hawthorne as she melded an innovative building toy made of paper into a business providing beautiful open play. This month she promotes nine Paper Punk kits that require a few simple folds to create stunning 3D artWe did this as part of a Geometry class (yes, our homeschool is cool like that).  My kiddos turned their Urban Fold Set and their Pup into a city for our new hamster, Teddy!  Check it out--he loved it!  And isn't he cute?!







Each Paper Punk kit is customizable, collectible and naturally recyclable!  Everything needed to transform 2D paper into a stand-up 3D work of art (in the shape of a gorilla, snake, kitty, pup, robot or unicorn) is in the box. Better yet, there is no need for scissors or glue, hence no mess to clean up! Parents have taken to social media to gush about their smart purchase!

Kitty, Sweet, and Horn

Look for these nine kits online at www.amazon.com,  www.paperpunk.com and in specialty stores nationwide. Each kit comes with loads of decorative stickers, adhesive dots and a cool poster that lists easy-to-follow instructions.  All kits are ideal for ages 6 and up.  My kiddos are 7, 9, and 11 and they all had a blast!


Ride, Pup, Bot, and Fang

Giveaway One of my readers will win any one of the products pictured in this post, winner’s choice. Enter below by 5/30 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  Check out our other giveaways, too--we have a lot of goodies this week!   

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Special thanks to KidStuffPR and Paper Punk for providing us with these products to review and give away!


Ninjabread Cookies, Ginger Truffles, and a Dessert Giveaway!


Gingerbread isn't only for Christmastime!  

Krusteaz sent me two boxes of their Gingerbread Cookie mix and one of my readers will win the same!  I used a different recipe with each batch.  First up, Ninjabread Cookies!  Aren't these the coolest cookies ever?  I followed the cookie directions on the box, used these cookie cutters I purchased from Amazon, and used this recipe for Royal Icing (most delicious and easy icing in the world!) and I love how they turned out!  And they were sooo delicious.  

Their Gingerbread Cookie Mix combines the flavors of molasses, sweet cinnamon and ginger. There are directions on the back for either hard cookies (like the ones we made) or soft, chewy ones... which I'll try next time!

http://www.amazon.com/Fred-Friends-NINJABREAD-Cookie-Cutters/dp/B003YUBQHO/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=thetravsist-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=3PK2EMCEERLVF26W&creativeASIN=B003YUBQHO

http://www.amazon.com/Fred-Friends-NINJABREAD-Cookie-Cutters/dp/B003YUBQHO/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=thetravsist-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=3PK2EMCEERLVF26W&creativeASIN=B003YUBQHO

Next up, Ginger Truffles.  Oh. My. Goodness.  These were amazing!  I simply mixed the dough just as I would for the cookies but left out the egg, then refrigerated it for 20 minutes, took it out and rolled it into balls, froze again for 20 more minutes, and dipped in melted chocolate chips.  So divine!  I gifted half of them to one of my best friends and she raved about them.  


Krusteaz has a ton of other baking mixes, too--Pancake Mixes, Muffin and Crumb Cake Mixes, other Cookie Mixes, Cornbread Mixes, Dessert Bar Mixes, Bread Mixes, Pie Crust Mix, Flatbread Mixes, Gluten Free Mixes and many more!

Giveaway
One of my readers will receive 2 boxes of Gingerbread Cookie Mix from Krusteaz. Enter below by 5/30 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  Check out our other giveaways, too--we have a lot of goodies this week!    
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Special thanks to Krusteaz for this review and giveaway opportunity!  

Wednesday, May 20

Calling All My Blogger Friends! Get Paid Big Bucks to Post

I recently discovered Izea, a free website for bloggers and brands.  You can get paid big bucks to post and tweet so I want to share with all of you!  Just click the pic to sign up and let me know if you do. :)


Thursday, May 14

My New Super Cute Jean Skirt a la #KosherCasual!


My favorite new item hanging in the closet is my new jean skirt from Kosher Casual.  It's comfortable, goes with boots or flip flops, and can be paired with a sweater or tank top.  I love it!  It's not only modest like everything else from their store, but it is so incredibly comfortable!  Because their women's skirts are longer than their girls' (too long for this short girl!), I opted for a size 16 in the Denim Knee Length Skirt.  I chose navy, though it comes in traditional blue denim, too. It's got a soft, elastic waist and the entire skirt has a lot of stretch.  I can't tell you how much I love this skirt!  And I absolutely love that theirs is a store dedicated to modesty.  Modesty is beautiful and does not have to look frumpy, by any means!  



Kosher Casual also makes fashion basics for school, work, dress, play, working out, and life. Skirts, ¾ sleeve tops, layering shells, and modest accessories can all be found at their store.  The prices are great for the kind of high quality they are--my skirt costs $23 and I would definitely pay that for it!

GIVEAWAY
They are currently running their bi-monthly sweepstakes for a Kosher Casual $50 Gift Certificate. The next drawing will be on May 31st. Here is a link to enter: http://koshercasual.com/sweepstake.asp.  I'll be so happy if one of you win!  Come back and tell me here if you do!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Kosher Casual for providing me with this review opportunity!

Wednesday, May 13

Pillow Puffs Kids Crafting Toys #HugeGiveaway Perfect Summer Fun!

There are some things “kids” never outgrow like riding a bike, eating ice cream or using their hands to build something creative. PomTree, makers of adorable craft kits that won’t leave a mess, put its focus on young girl and tween crafters this year with the launch of its new Pillow Puffs creativity kits.  They're perfect for 8 to 12 year olds--my daughters and their friends love these!  This time around, we decided to review the Piggie Cell Phone Case & Keychain, the Woodland Critters Designer Felt Pillows and Charms Kit, the Puppy and Kitty Cell Phone Case Set, the Designer Kit Purse with Compact in Panda, and the Fox Pillow Puff. All of the kits have sticky back felt pieces so sewing or gluing is never required.  Very awesome! 


Just a few of the kits we received for review!
Kiddos can also fashion a sparkly Felt Purse or a Sweet Treats Felt Pillow that resembles a delicious donut! Pillow Puffs’ soft and colorful kits are a great way to introduce junior crafters to the fun and ease of make & play crafts.  These creative kits are very affordable and there’s never any leftover pieces to clean up! A great gift for birthdays, a job-well-done! Online shoppers can find these items at consumercrafts.com.

Super easy to follow directions!
No glue necessary!  How cool is that?!
 
Adorable!  They fit in perfectly with the other stuffed animals.
Super cute, customizable cell phone holders.
 
We also gave some of the Pillow Puffs to a friend for her birthday.  Perfect birthday gift!  She loved them!


GIVEAWAY
One of my readers will receive the same FIVE Pillow Puffs kits we did! U.S. only.
Enter by 5/20 at 11 pm anyone's time.


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Which kit do you think  your kiddo or kiddos would like best?

Special thanks to the wonderful people at KidstuffPR and PomTree for this review and giveaway opportunity! 

Wednesday, May 6

Party at the Arizona Wildlife Museum!

Special thanks to the wonderful people at the International Wildlife Museum for providing my bestie with a party discount to facilitate this post!

Over the weekend, I piled up the Kia with Mema, a coupla presents, four excited kiddos, and my also-admittedly-excited self to head to foothills to attend the coolest kid's party I've ever been to!  The party was hosted by the International Wildlife Museum, and the staff did such an incredible job of accommodating us and helping us pull everything together.

Every kiddo there was smiling and laughing and being entertained and interested for pretty much the whole 120 minutes--some of them longer, since they stayed as long as they could.  What did they say when I asked them how they liked it?  Well...

"My favorite part was learning about the animals and petting them. It was the best animal place I ever went to!

 
 


"It was the best place on earth!  Better than the zoo!"





 "I liked it!  It reminded me of Night at the Museum!"



That gator was fierce!

And I mean REALLY fierce!

As far as the birthday packages go, you can check out everything that entails here.  There are a couple of options that range from $150 (totally a deal considering I just spent $160 on a bowling party last week which wasn't nearly as fun, another museum in town starts at $175, and the zoo is about $300--yikes!).  As I was saying, it's a great deal considering what you get--admission for 25 guests, all paper goods and decorations, a scavenger hunt, the pleasure of everything being prepared and put away for you, and 2 hours in the dining area.  You can also add goody bags for all the kiddos and (the coolest part!) a live animal presentation.  We learned about and got a chance to pet a box turtle, a baby desert tortoise (so cute!), a bearded dragon, a python, and a bunny.  The live animal presentation was really cool.  Loved it!

"I liked it a lot.  It was such a fun birthday party!"



The photos tell the tale--all of these kids had a wonderful day.  And that's what it's all about: the kids having fun, right?  But the thing is, I'm pretty sure--no, I'm absolutely certain--that I had just as much or more fun than they had.  Last night during an adult bible study, the teacher asked what kinds of things make us happy.  I didn't say anything at that moment because a million things ran through my mind.  So many things make me happy.  Everything going better than planned--that makes me happy.  Learning.  Seeing my kids smile.  Watching them laugh with their friends.  Standing on a bridge overlooking the water.  Discovering dragon flies with my littles while the wind blows a gentle breeze.  Surrounding myself with God's amazing creation.  Being able to spend time with people I love.  Realizing that I'm living such an abundant life.   And I had the opportunity to do all of those things and reflect on them and more last weekend.  Pardon me if I get a little sappy, but you've got to really like a place that can inspire such joy.  So do I recommend that my Tucsonan readers venture over to the Wildlife Museum for a birthday party or just to spend the day?  I totally do!


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Tuesday, May 5

Pacific Play Parachute: Funnest Giveaway Item Yet! #$50GiftCard

When I was growing up, my brother and I would get together with the neighborhood kids and build tents and forts all summer.  Such fond memories!  My kiddos already have a few tents so I decided to review Pacific Play's parachute this time around.  I cannot begin to tell you how much endless fun we've been having!  I also bring the parachute to the kid's bible study we teach and they beg me to bring it back every week.  The parachute comes with a booklet of tons of game ideas, and there are tons of more fun games on-line if you Google "parachute games".  This is one of my kid's favorite--if not the favorite--thing we've reviewed! Ever!



Kids need time to play, daydream and pretend and Pacific Play Tents offers busy parents and grandparents their Top 10 favorites to kick start their little imaginations. Kids love the challenge of a sack race across the rec room and “no-school-days” are the perfect time to paint on a Pacific Play Tents canvas teepee! Watch how quickly kids climb into an enchanting tent or wriggle through a tunnel. Pacific Play Tents products can be ordered on their website, www.PacificPlayTents.com, and are sold just about everywhere from big box stores like Walmart and Target to a multitude of online sites!






Giveaway 
One of my readers will receive a $50 gift card to purchase the Parachute we reviewed (with some money left over) or anything else at www.pacificplaytents.com! U.S. only. Enter below by May 13th at 11 pm anyone's time.

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at KidStuffPR and PacificPlayTents for this review and giveaway opportunity!