The Traveling Sisterhood: September 2016

Thursday, September 29

Try Body Armour, the New Natural Sportsdrink, with a Coupon!

It’s time to rethink your sports drink!  I didn't realize there was a better-for-you sports drink out there and that it was natural... and so widely available and absolutely delicious! Unlike the ones we were used to before, BODYARMOR is a thicker juice--so much more satisfying than your traditional drinks that just taste like flavored water.  It's a natural sports drink with more potassium packed electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins, low in sodium,  contains natural flavors, natural sweeteners and no artificial colors – unlike other sports drinks on the market. It’s a GREAT choice for active kids like mine!
BODYARMOR comes in 8-great tasting flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, lemon lime, mixed berry, grape and blackout berry. Our favorites are the blackout berry and tropical punch, but all of them are delicious!

Grab your coupon for .50 off a bottle of BODYARMOR! Print 2 and save $1 on 2 different varieties. You can find it at Fry’s, Safeway, Albertson’s, and Target. Let me know if you try it and love it!

Wednesday, September 28

Clothing Made Organic By Nature, An Organy Children's Fashion #Giveaway, 2 Winners!

Organy makes the most beautiful, organic children's clothing! Sizes range from newborn to 6, and they have a variety of adorable, cozy styles for boys and girls.
This dress is from their Hummingbird line. I absolutely love their bird prints! They also have super cute fish and elephant prints which are adorable.  All of their clothing is made with 100% organic cotton and other eco-friendly materials. They call it "Clothing Made Organic By Nature."
One of you will win the Tropical Bird Kimono Tiered Dress.  Isn't it darling?! It is so soft and super cute! I wish they carried it in my daughter's size!
There are also some really cute styles for the baby boys! They have so many prints with forest animals, elephants, ocean creatures, foxes, and safari animals.

One of you will receive this long sleeved Safari Teal all over Print Bodysuit. It looks so cozy! Perfect for your own little guy or as a baby shower gift! Organy created their brand because they knew parents who wanted organic clothing didn't want to give up the colors, designs or the super soft feel of the clothes they're used to putting on their kids. So Organy made a conscious decision to create designs for their clothing that are sophisticated and super soft to touch.

Two of my readers will receive an item from Organy. Enter below by 10/7 at midnight. Good luck!


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

Another Food #Giveaway! Win a Box of Blue Apron Meals!

You guys asked for more food giveaways and I heard you loud and clear! Here we have Blue Apron. Very similar to the other food delivery companies, their dishes are unique and classy. This was the first meal I made with them--Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Root Vegetables. The roast beef was seasoned with rosemary and oh, it was amazing! I never realized what a decadent herb it was! Now I go out of my way to find recipes with rosemary in them. I even love to drink rosemary tea.

I've so far cooked six Blue Apron meals. Another favorite was the classic chicken tenders. I made this for my kiddos for lunch one day. They loved the roasted potatoes--we cut ours up like french fries. Every week, you can pick which 2 or 3 meals (depending on their plan) out of the 4 they're offering that week. If you don't care for any of the offered meals for that week, you can easily "skip" the weekly meals until the chefs are coming up with recipes you'll love. I love how simple and convenient it is!
One of you will win a box of meals from Blue Apron (a $60 value)! Enter below by 10/6 at midnight.  You WILL NOT have to pay shipping for these; however, you do have to be a new customer to use the e-gift card. Good luck and happy cooking!

Gorgeous Children's Serving Ware Discounted! Brinware at Target

As you can see, Brinware's dishes are absolutely gorgeous! Pictures etched in tempered glass give them a charming and safe quality. With the colored rubbing backing that you can remove and replace with any color you choose, they are absolutely child-friendly.

 My daughters love their Brinware's playful look and I can rest easier knowing that it's the safest way to serve up their  meals. No weird chemicals you sometimes find in plastics, these are both dishwasher and microwave safe which is always a plus in this mama's book!

You can also purchase extra rubber backings, containers, and bibs in the same styles. The two we have are only a sampling of the wonderful designs. There are also cute safari animals and farm animals in more "boyly" colors, as my kids say.

Dessert is beautifully displayed on Brinware plates! To be honest, I've already started thinking I need to find an excuse to borrow these minus the rubber sleeves. They look quite grown-up and very classy for an adult dessert plate, too!

You can find Brinware at Target and receive a discount of 20% off your purchase through 10/1 with the code BRINWARE20. Let me know what you pick out! These would make wonderful gifts for a toddler celebrating a birthday or even save for Christmas.

Special thanks to the wonderful people at KidStuff PR and Brinware for providing us with these products to review.

Saturday, September 24

Slime and God's Word: Holding all Things Together


Borax is a natural mineral and an eco-friendly cleaning product. It's most often used for cleaning but it does a million things... er, almost a million. When you add it to your detergent, it softens the water to clean your laundry better, it cleans the calcium deposits off your sinks, really it cleans just about anything, and you can make slime with it. And there is this awesome bible verse that illustrates it wonderfully:

He is before all things,
and in Him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:17

Because, as you will soon see, as sticky as the polymers of glue are, they need the Borax (just like we need Jesus) to hold everything together in order to form something truly amazing (in our case: us; in this case: slime).

Ingredients & Instructions

Elmer’s Glue, 8 oz bottle


Food coloring


  • Mix 1 cup (8 oz) glue and 1 cup water in a bowl. Add food coloring if you want colored slime.
  • In another bowl, mix 1 Tbsp borax with 1 cup water until the borax is dissolved.
  • Add the glue mixture to the borax solution, stirring slowly.
  • The slime will begin to form immediately; stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky. (No one makes slime without getting a little messy!) Don't worry about any leftover water in the bowl; just pour it out. 
  • Store in ZipLoc bags. If you leave it out over night, it'll be dried out by morning. Of course, it's super fast and easy to make a new batch now that you know what you're doing!
What's happening?
The glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer and more like putty the more you play with it!
The polymers in Silly Putty have covalent bonds within the molecules, but hydrogen bonds between the molecules. These hydrogen bonds are easily broken. When low amounts of energy are slowly applied to the putty by twisting or pulling it, only a few bonds are broken and the putty stretches or “flows.” When higher amounts of energy are applied by yanking quickly and hard, there are many hydrogen bonds that break, causing the putty to break or tear.
Yes, your child or someone elses may leave the slime in his mother's purse or drop it on the carpet of the church or (insert your own little worry here)... but never fear!
Just soak it in soap and water, run it through the laundry if that's possible or, if in carpet, simply wait for it to dry out and scape it right off. Voila! The polymers are unbonded as easily as they were bonded in the first place.

Friday, September 23

10 of the Best Educational Freebies On-line!

I love freebies! Who doesn't?! My favorite store has a new program--if you review a product after purchase that cost you at least $1, they'll give you $2 back in store credit making even the items below that you pay for FREE... kinda sorta. ;) Some of them are $0 at the outset, some are $1, some $2. All the details are below. Now have fun with your kiddos and these goodies! Let me know if you find any other great deals at Educents!

Use a multi-sensory approach with CVC words to help your little learners practice reading and writing super sentences! This freebie is the perfect way to practice the rules for good sentences all while reading simple words and sight words. Get Super Sentences Here!
Add this set to your doll and play home areas in your classroom or use at home in your child's playroom or bedroom. Little kids will love setting up their baby care center complete with signs and forms. Simply add your own dolls and begin to play!   I recommend laminating some sheets or placing in a protector that you can use a dry erase marker on so that you can use the sheets over and over again to cut down on printing costs.  Includes: Store front sign, Open/Closed signs, Drop Off/Pick Up signs, Hours sheet, List and form for babies in attendance, Variety of area signs, Menu, birthday, and schedule sheets to fill in, Sign in/out sheet, Daily report card, Baby information card, Picture labels for baby care items. My daughter loves this one! Get the Baby Care Center here!
 This is a set of 37 cards for your student to look at when they need a quick reminder. Parts of speech included in this set are verbs, adverbs, nouns, adjectives, pronouns as well as as some extras like parts of a sentence, abbreviations and commas. Several blank cards are also included. Get them here!

 Make daily school planning easier with these FREE planning sheets.  Includes pre-filled subject sheets and blank subject sheets in 5 assorted colors. Get them here!

Free word search puzzle with a planet theme! Get it here.

Sentence Building for Little Learners mixes writing, spelling, understanding sentence structure, and drawing with a fun theme!  The word tiles used to build the sentences fit well in mini pocket charts. Laminate the tiles and picture cards for longer use.  Included in this planet themed pack: - A picture for each planet plus the Sun. Pluto is included as well. - Easy sentences for each planet and the Sun. - A worksheet where your student will write the unscrambled sentence, spell the planet's name (or Sun), and draw a picture. Get Sentence Building for Little Learners Here!
 Looking for a fun FREEBIE to add to your space unit or study of the solar system? This is it! Help students remember the names and order of the planets with this lift-the-flap activity. Get Planets Lift-the-Flap Here!

There are three flip book options to best meet your students' needs: Option 1: Each page contains a labeled diagram for students to complete, as well short text about the system with blanks for students to fill in. Option 2: Each page contains an unlabeled diagram for students to complete, as well short text about the system with blanks for students to fill in.  Option 3: Each page contains an unlabeled diagram for students to complete, as well as blank lines for students to write information about each body system.   Booklet Pages are: My Body Systems Book cover page and My Muscles*, My Bones and Skeletal System, My Brain and Nervous System, My Heart and Circulatory System, My Lungs and Respiratory System, My Stomach and Digestive System, My Kidneys and Urinary System, Teacher directions for putting the book together and an answer.  *Please note that the "My Muscles" page requires color ink to print. Even though the muscles in the graphic are gray, they will not show up if you print in grayscale or without a color ink cartridge. Get the Human Body Systems Flapbook Here!

 Try your hand at dozens of science mysteries (with solutions included) that will keep you entertained--and eager to learn more! This entertaining and educational book is great for kids, grown-ups, educators, and anyone who loves good mysteries, good science, or both! This free, downloadable condensation provides an introduction and sample content to this fun, award-winning book. Get One Minute Mysteries Here!

And last but not least!!... We all do it. We pin science experiments and think "oh, I can do that with my kids!" but then we never do. We forget about it. We pin too many items. We don't feel organized enough to gather the materials. We aren't sure how to make it not only fun but also educationally worthwhile.

Well, here ya go! This bundle of EIGHT experiments is all organized and ready to use!

Each experiment has:
CLEAR DIRECTIONS for student use
RECORDING SHEETS for student use
SUPPLY LIST and TEACHER NOTES for teacher use

All you need to do is print this bundle, provide supplies and organize groups!

Experiments included:
Nails for Breakfast (finding iron in cereal)
Lava Lamp (observing effects of bubbles, oil and water)
Magic Dollar (learning about special ink)
Pencil Presto (observing Polymer chains in action)
Fireworks in a Jar (observing effects of oil, water and dye)
Borax Balls (making bouncy balls)
Shake It Up (making butter)
Crazy Raisins (observing the effect of bubbles on an object)
For all the details on Educents' "Earn Edubucks Review Program" click here.

Solid Gold Pet #Giveaway! Finally a Delicious, Natural Food for Dogs and Cats Made in the USA!

Lucy knows when the mail is for her! After all, her sense of smell is second to none. Here she is, just waiting patiently for Mama to open the box so she can discover her goodies!

The goodies were from Solid Gold pet. The brand has led the way as America's first holistic pet food brand, creating premium nutrition for dogs and cats. By using high-quality, purposeful ingredients, their recipes are designed to unleash the very best in your pet. Now, more than 40 years later, their holistic approach continues to deliver results you can see and your pet can feel. I have to admit, Lucy can be picky! After all, she was really pampered at BlogPaws with the best of the best in taste and nutrition! She doesn't like the cheapo, run of the mill pet food anymore... and I want the best for her, too!
"That was delicious, Mama!  Now... what about this dry food?? When can I try that?" Each of Solid Gold's dry food recipes are produced in the United States, with no meat by-product meal, corn, wheat, soy, sugar, artificial preservatives or flavors added. All that's good. Nothing that's not. That's what I want for my Lucy! And this is one of the few brands of soft dog food that she just gobbles up! Good for her, while it's also such a treat for her. Their dry and soft food is Whole Dog Journal approved which is a big deal!
Where to Get It
You can find Solid God Pet foods at Petco or other local pet stores. Use the locator to find out where they're sold in your area. 

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Three of you will win a 2.5-5lb bag of either cat or dog food (up to $21.99) value! Enter below by 10/1 at 11 pm anyone's time.

10 Fitness and Health Food Companies that Send Free Items to Bloggers

The following companies send free 
FITNESS AND HEALTH FOOD items to bloggers. Simply send them an e-mail request once they approve you as an affiliate. You also make commissions for any sales you bring in. Enjoy!

Kitchen Table Passport
The Tea Spot 

 For more companies that send free items to bloggers, see the post here where there are over 60 organized by type.

Thursday, September 15

12 Cosmetics Companies that Send Free Products to Bloggers

The following companies send free 
beauty items to bloggers. Simply send them an e-mail request once they approve you as an affiliate. You also make commissions for any sales you bring in. Enjoy!

BDellium Makeup Tools
Box of Style
Butter London Cosmetics
Beauty Haven
Skyn Iceland
Bluecrest Beauty 

   For more companies that send free items to bloggers, see the post here where there are over 60 organized by type.

Wednesday, September 14

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD Giveaway

You may have noticed a movie theme at our blog this week!  I thought this one looked so fun for my daughters! In this brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!
Sony Home Video is giving a copy of The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today on DVD to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Ends 9/18 at 11 pm anyone's time. U.S. only.
 **Sony Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**
Are you fit for a storybook fairy tale or a swashbuckling high seas adventure? Take the quiz to find out and unlock a GIF!