The Traveling Sisterhood: June 2016

Thursday, June 30

Treatsie Box May Review... with a Double Your Sweets Promo Code!

I had been seeing Treatsie advertised on Facebook--those scroll-stopping, mouth-watering ads! I hadn't decided to purchase yet so when I had the opportunity to become one of their affiliates, I jumped at the chance. And, let me tell you, I loved my first box!

On the off-chance you're not familiar with Treatsie, they're an artisan sweets box. Every month, they delivered hand-picked deliciousness that most people never have the chance to discover delivered right to your door. My first box included 4 different snacks.

My absolute favorite item in the box were these chocolate caramels. Even better, the warm weather had made them extra soft. They were so amazing! I think they were the best caramels I've ever had!

And the cookies!  Cinnamon pecan and chocolate espresso! If you could eat coffee, it would taste like this cookie. So very delicious! Cookies are okay to have for breakfast when they taste like coffee, right?? I hope so because that's what I did!

And the sour "Acid Drops" were so, so, so good! My favorite movie theater candy is Sour Patch Kids and these were like the hard-candy, organic version. I snacked on them during the last episode of Reign. Perfect movie snack!
I can't wait for my next Treatsie box! You can either sign up or you can purchase a past box here.
Get Double the Sweets FREE in Your 1st Box! Use the code FREE5 at checkout.

Tuesday, June 21

Wal-Mart Saves the Day Along With our Friendly, Neighborhood FedEx Man! #AvoidTheOops

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart.

Do you know what this means, my friends?! It means that on Thursday morning, I was on my very last roll of paper towels... and it was almost gone! As a busy mom of 4 and the wife of a husband who goes through paper towels like they're candy (er... he doesn't eat them, but you get the drift) this was no bueno!
At least it would have been no bueno if the FedEx man hadn't come soon after I noticed the minuscule paper towel roll.  He delivered the biggest box ever to our front porch!  Wal-Mart saves the day with the help of our friendly, neighborhood FedEx man!  My daughter was thrilled, not for the stuff as 9 year olds don't get excited for Tide and Bounty and Magic Erasers, but for the box!  She took it straight to the room to turn it into a refrigerator.
And now I have a happy under-the-sink cabinet stuffed to the brim with paper towels! Wal-Mart's new section is so convenient because you can quickly and easily shop for kitchen, laundry, cleaning, baby, and bathroom supplies with the click of the mouse.  Shipping is free, too, on orders over $50. It's my new favorite way to stay stocked up. I also get my Dawn, Magic Erasers, toilet paper, Puffs, razors, Tide detergent, and Always there. Talk about "avoiding the Oops"--my hubby doesn't exactly love when I ask him to rush to the store because I forgot I was out of those at the last minute!
    Saving time and money is something we all love to do! I didn't realize until very recently that I could actually shop for all of my household essentials at Walmart’s everyday low prices this way! It gives me more time to not only Avoid the Oops, but spend time with my family and friends! Who wants to be at the grocery store when you could be having fun with your favorite people?!

    And now you have my best tip for Avoiding the Oops!  Do you have an Oops moment to share? I'd love to hear it!


    26 Companies that will Pay You for Blog Posts and/or Banner Placement

    Important Note!

    After signing up with the companies, you must wait to receive the offer from them before you post or add the banner.  These usually come in their approval or welcome e-mails, or in their weekly or monthly newsletters. 

     I recommend right clicking, click "open in a new window" for each and get them all done in one shot. It will be 20 minutes well-spent! Most of these will approve you within 1 hour to 2 days. Very Important: Be sure to thoroughly read your approval e-mails! Those often contain the information for getting your bonus.

    GUNAS NY  
    Check Into Cash 
    Cell Savers 
    MPG Sports
    Blurb Books
    So Well Made
    Little Passports

    Monday, June 20

    Homeschool Sale & Top Picks for Free Shipping! 4th of July Freebie, Deals on the Leap Pad 3, PetraLinga, and More!

    This week, one of my favorite resources for Homeschooling is having a Homeschool Sale! Get Free Shipping on all things homeschooling, road schooling, and un-schooling at Educents this week with code HOMESCHOOL16. Since it's just one use per customer, I suggest taking stock of what you have and your plans for the year so you can get Free Shipping on everything you need. Here are my top picks ranging from Science & Math to Music & Language. What do you need to stock up on?

    Exclusive STEM Bundle (7 Kits)

    STEM bundle
    Summer is a great time to start conducting science experiments - there is a little more space outside for a mess! This exclusive bundle at has seven kits for utterly fascinated learning. Whether you have a traditional homeschool, or you're un-schooling, this is a perfect set for science. And so fun! Price: $59.99 down from $109.99 plus Free Shipping

    Life of Fred Math Series

    Whether you're new to Fred or you've been using his story to teach math intuitively to your littles for a few years, there's probably a new topic to cover (the series goes up until college!). This sale is a great opportunity to stock up on the next steps, whether it's multiplication, algebra or beyond.

     LofF 2

    eMedia My Ukulele for Beginners

    Price: $49.95 down from $69.95 plus Free Shipping

    There are tons of instruments that kids can learn to play even at Educents, but the ukulele has such a wonderful, kid-friendly sound. This is a great instrument and a strong program for beginners learning their first notes.

    Complete Language Learning Set by PetraLingua

    Price: $110.37 down from $137.98 plus Free Shipping
    Studies show that kids pick up languages far quicker than adults, so it's great to get a head start when they're little. Learning a foreign language also helps kids learn about the world, and better understand important values at home within a larger context. We've chosen to learn a language from our family heritage. What would you learn?

    Leap Pad 3

     Price: $99 plus Free Shipping
    This kid-friendly tablet is the on-the-go homeschooling mom's best friend. Kids become fluent in technology and the subject matter with a portable, easy-to-use tool. That's a win for everyone.  



    Famous People Freebie for Reading

    Free shipping is great - and so are freebies! I like this one gearing up for Independence Day because it has famous people from US history, from George Washington to Sally Ride. Great for kiddos working on reading comprehension, and a nice supplement to social studies.

    Friday, June 17

    Smells and Sweet Memories with Downy #ProtectClothesYouLove

      This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All opinions are honest and my own.

    I hadn't used Downy since growing up, and was I ever in for a pleasant surprise. Instantly after washing my clothes with it, the familiar April fresh scent I remembered from my childhood wafted up and brought back such sweet memories. 
    I wore my favorite blue shirt the first day after I tried the Downy and, all day long, I smelled that scent and remembered. Swinging with my little brother. Building snow forts in Michigan drifts, staying out until dusk. Playing hide-and-go seek. Walking along the railroad tracks, wondering where they would take us if we just kept on walking.  My brother passed away over a decade ago, making those kinds of memories even more sweet. It's nice to be reminded of them, and smells have a special way of bringing back fond memories.

    Memory factor aside, Downy has a lot of other stellar qualities.  Not only does it have that pleasant scent, but it helps to keep our clothing looking vibrant and new.  That's a must for any mom, and especially this mom with four kids who seem to go through clothes like crazy! They love to wear bright colors and I love that Downy Fabric Conditioner has them looking nice and new. Besides that, one of my daughters is especially like her mama, very sentimental about certain things. She has favorite clothes she wants to save even after she outgrows them. It's nice that we can keep them looking new even when they become vintage.

    You can find Downy Fabric Conditioner at the most convenient retailer: Walmart, super affordable in the laundry aisle, or at You only need to add a tiny bit to your laundry... I added a cap full in my first load, but it really doesn't need that much. I see this bottle lasting me at least 3 months, and that's at one very full load per day. At $7.32 for 105 loads, that's only about 7 cents a load! Definitely worth that price!

    With just one cap you protect your clothes, keeping them looking newer longer. It's fabric softener that's conditioner for your clothes.
    Add Downy Fabric Conditioner to your laundry routine to #ProtectClothesYouLove!  Let me know if you've tried it or will be soon.

    Tuesday, June 14

    Treatsie Father's Day Assortment... Hurry! Ships this week! #FathersDayGiftGuide


    Your dad wanted me to tell you that he has plenty of neckties. ;) He doesn’t, however, have enough of what he really wants – small-batch artisan confections from all over the country. But you’re in luck! With brands like Cocoa Rouge and Shotwell Candy Co., these Father’s Day assortments are sure to satisfy his sweet tooth and you can choose between a Deluxe Assortment or a Standard Assortment. Both assortments come with Old-Fashioned Caramels and, oh my goodness, they are incredible! They came in my first Treatsie box (review coming soon) and they were the best caramels I have ever had. I hope they send them to me again!!!


    Deluxe Father’s Day Assortment includes for $59:
    • Cocoa Rouge 6pc Bon Bon Assortment
    • Zlicious Oatmeal Cookie Popcorn
    • Shotwell Candy Co. Old-Fashioned Cocktail Caramels
    • Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities
    • Mayana Chocolate Kitchen Sink Bar
    • Nutwhats Pecan Scribble

    Standard Father’s Day Assortment includes for $39:
    • Cocoa Rouge 6pc Bon Bon Assortment
    • Zlicious Oatmeal Cookie Popcorn
    • Shotwell Candy Co. Old-Fashioned Cocktail Caramels
    • Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities

    It's Swim Suit Weather! Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks with Diet-to-Go! #Discount

    I tried Diet-to-Go and can tell you that the food is delicious and it works! I followed their plan and I did lose 10 pounds in a month. That was 2 years ago and I've kept the weight off... and I've had 4 kiddos, including twins!  I'm a real size, not some skinny, fake model, and I love my size. I feel so much healthier, and yes, I do still eat desserts in moderation. Mainly for me, it was all about portion control and cutting back on soda.  Diet-to-Go really helped me to realize better how to add more veggies to the mix, and what sizes of portions I should be sticking with. I know you might say, "Well, I can do all that without paying for a diet plan." And you could, but for how long have you been saying that?? Let's face it--when we pay for something, we're definitely going to stick with it!
    I'm not going to lie, it's not cheap, but they currently have 15% off any plan using the promo code 15percent which brings your total to $96/week. Think about the investment you'd be making in getting healthier and looking as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside. If you're not ready to bite the bullet yet, definitely subscribe to their newsletter so that when they come out with an even better deal, you hear about it. Best of luck, and let me know if you decide to try out Diet-to-Go!

    Thursday, June 9

    Hugs & Kisses in Lavender Apple, An Exquisite Gift With Purchase From Sabon

    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 
    Sabon has a variety of beauty gift sets that are packaged so prettily!  This one is free with any purchase over $45 using the code SABONGIFT.

    SABON is a global boutique chain known for the uncompromising quality of its products, sincere service, packing and store design. Having tried numerous of their products, I can attest that they do very well at what they have set out to do!  Their bath and body products truly are among the best I've ever used.
    SABON uses time-honored remedies based on the finest natural ingredients. As soon as I tried their Lavender Apple Hand Cream, I was in love! The cream smells wonderful, just the perfect light scent that lingers, and it is thick but absorbs well. Just what my summer-dry hands were needing, it seemed heavensent!  The lip gloss is also a wonderful color, full of shimmer and long-lasting.
    Remember to use the code SABONGIFT to receive this lovely set free with any Sabon purchase $45 or over!

    The Perfect End of Year or VBS Teacher Gift!

    I received the most lovely and useful gift in the mail from Script & Scribble--a ceramic tumbler which I use virtually everyday!  It came beautifully packaged and I know that any teacher would love it as a gift... because I do!
    Isn't it gorgeous!?  The top is actually rubber which fits on nicely and is easy to clean. You can see it a bit in the first picture.  The Pastel Border Ceramic Tumbler is completely customizeable and has my name on the front.  It costs $28--a good price for such a unique gift!

    Script and Scribble is currently offering $10 Off $50 On All Personalized Gifts & Stationery. For Special Occasions, Father's Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, Sleepaway or Summer Camp Stationery & Essentials, they have just what you're looking for!  The discount goes through July 5th.