The Traveling Sisterhood: November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Christmas Treats for Your Pooch... A Turkey and Cranberry Artisan Biscuits Giveaway!

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag of Lucy's new Vita Bone Turkey and Cranberry Biscuits was the incredible smell. Never have dog treats smelled so yummy! I'm telling you guys, these smell just like my favorite turkey and gravy. I knew she was going to love them!
Yes, yes, cookies in bed! Lucy is spoiled. What can I say? How cute is she, munching on her new treat in her bows that match the packaging?
The new Vita Bone Turkey & Cranberry biscuits were perfect for Lucy for Thanksgiving... and they'll be perfect for your pooch for Christmas! There are also 2 other new kitchen-inspired flavors of treats you can read about at and you can also get a $1 off coupon! You can find the treats at Albertsons, Food City, Basha's, and other grocers. 
Enter to win some Vita Bone artisan treats for your pooch using the form below. Ends 12/7/16 at the stroke of midnight!
  Special thanks to the wonderful people at Vita Bone for providing us with these goodies to review and give away!

Monday, November 28

Zoetrope, Something Amazing From Kiwi Crate! #CyberMondaySale

zoetrope [zoh-ee-trohp] noun 1. a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.

 This is what we received this month from Tinker Crate! Isn't it awesome? The kids used the enclosed diagram to build it themselves, and it came with a variety of different pictures to use... as well as blanks to create some yourself. Check out how awesome it turned out! Just like something you'd find in a children's museum. So awesome! If you haven't signed up for Kiwi Crate yet, now's the time to do it with their Cyber Monday Sale!  Your total will be $7.95 with free shipping.  No code needed. :)

If you'd rather not sign up but would like to purchase the Zoetrip Kit, you can find that in their store along with the other items below which we also received this month. Remember, we made everything and they also came with fun extras like stickers and activity books.

From the Tinker Crate
From the Koala Crate

From the Kiwi Crate

Friday, November 25

New, Imaginative Toys from Neat-oh for Unique Gift Giving!

Star Wars, Barbie, and more! Neat-Oh makes so many incredible and unique things that go along with the toys my kiddos love to play with from the Barbie Jet Set Hotel and Decorator Magnets to Star Wars Play Mat, and everything inbetween.
The Barbie Barbie Jet Set Hotel is essentially a carrying case for your daughter's favorite Barbie. It comes with Decorator Magnets that I had fun playing with! My daughter will be getting this one for Christmas.
I love how easily it folds up and can be carried around for trips. We travel a lot so I'm thrilled for an easy travel-toy that will entertain her for hours!
My son was soooooo excited about the Star Wars Play Mat. It's hugemongous and exactly what he's been needing...
... for his Star Wars Lego sets! Now he can play with them on the floor on an actual Star Wars landscape. So cool!
My youngest daughter was excited to receive Julia as a surprise today, a new friend for the Everyday Princess she already has. The backpack is an adorable house and, like the Barbie case, it's wonderful for travel and imaginative play.

These toys are only a selection of the super cool things Neat-oh has this year. They also make stuff for Hot Wheels, Magnutto, Splushy, Dinosaurs, and other awesome toys. Check out everything they have at their website and let me know what you like best. You can find the entire Neat-oh line on Amazon so these are perfect for last minute holiday shopping (Prime, woohoo!!)
Which one is your favorite?

Special thanks to the wonderful people at KidStuff PR and Neat-Oh! for providing us with this toy to review and give away!

Thursday, November 24

The Best Black Friday Deals!

Pictures are worth a thousand words so that's what you'll find here--photos of my wishlist products many of which I've already purchased. Just click the name of each product to go directly to their product page. These goodies are already discounted and from now (yes, you heard that right!) through Cyber Monday get an additional 15% to 25% off your entire order plus free shipping! Coupon Codes are shown in the last pic below.
Dalmation Vet Kit

Goldieblox Sets -- $15-$45 Sale Price

Meccano Robots -- $35 - $200 Sale Price. Yes, the actual robot is $200! Yes, I bought it for my son! If you watch a Youtube video of it, you'll see why it's pricey--it's a REAL programmable robot your kiddos build themselves! It's amazing!

Survive Inside Full-Color Manga Science Comics

Wild Animal Puppets (Farm Puppets Available, too)

Magformers Sweet House Set

Magformers Dinosaur Set (and others)
Life of Fred Dolls and Books

The Giant Butterfly Garden.

Melissa and Doug HiRise Dollhouse

Giant Let's Color America Poster (Big Apple, Alphabet City, and Space posters also available)

 As you shop at Educents, use the codes above and also keep in mind that you get 5% back in store credit which will show up in your account right away!

Bluebee Pals Black Friday Discount! Get it for 15 or 30% off, free shipping, and 5% back! Read on for all the details!

Do you remember Teddy Ruxpin? He was so cute, and so cool!  One of my friends actually saved hers all those years to give to her kiddos. For those of us who weren't so lucky, they have Bluebee Pals--you can even select from different animals and they work with any app you choose and can do so much more!  My kids had this on their wishlist for a few months and so I was thrilled when a review opportunity came along. Read on to see just how much fun we've been having!
Reading is fundamental to education, and once the inspiration is sparked, the positive effects are lifelong. There are many tools out there to help kids catch the reading bug, and Bluebee pals is one worth pausing for.

  Who's it for?  
All ages! My kiddos from 7 to 11 had so much fun using it for the first time! Check out our 2 minute video clip below. You can play any app with your Bluebee Pal, and you can also answer the phone and "talk" to it! When we called Mema, she had no idea what she was in for! This is what happens when you mix a Bluebee Pal with a Mema who has a bad speaker on her phone. I do believe Mema needs a new phone for Christmas... But she had us rolling on the floor laughing!

How it Works
A Bluebee Pal is a plush talking educational learning tool that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The innovative technology includes lip synchronization that allows the animal’s “mouth” to move while you’re reading storybooks, engaging in learning apps, talking on the phone, or singing songs. It's designed for classroom engagement, homeschool and learning while traveling. It can also be a wonderful tool for engaging non-verbal special needs children.

Have fun with story time AND cultivate a lifelong love of animals! You can choose a bear, lion, lamb, puppy and even a zebra. Choose your little one's favorite animal, or one who is often in the stories they like to read.  

Educents has the Bluebee Pals at 20% off with free shipping when you use the code GIVEJOY. Or, if you make a $250 purchase, you can get your entire order for 25% off (that's after the current discounted prices) with the code BLISS!

The 100% Pure Black Friday Sale!

20 For $10

This sale is just too good to have for one day. 
Instead it will be over a week long celebration! BB Cream, Semi-Matte Lipstick and more fruit pigmented goodness... Click the pic above to shop!

The Rundown

  • Started 11/21/16 10am PST
  • Ends 11/29/16 midnight PST EXTENDED a full day
  • Minimum purchase of $35 to unlock
  • Products are already running out!
  • No coupon code needed

  • Products For Promotion

    • BB Cream with SPF – All Shades
    • Pomegrante Lipstick – Poppy
    • Coffee Bean Eye Cream .3 oz
    • Seaweed Shaving Cream
    • Facial Cleansing Brush
    • Bright Eyes Mask – 5 pc
    • Lip Butters 2 PC – Pomegranate and Peach
    • Nail Polish 2 Pc Pepper and Ibiza
    • Ultra Lengthening Mascara – Black Tea and Blueberry (note this mascara is not gluten free or vegan)
    • Multi-Vitamin Cream
    • Vitamin C Serum
    • Semi-Matte Lipstick – Sandstone
    • Fruit Pigmented Lip Creamstick: Perfect Naked Mauve
    • Lip & cheek Tint: Rose apple
    • Organic Lavender Honey Facial Cleansing Foam
    • 3 Piece Handbutter Cream – Honey Almond, French Lavender and Pink Grapefruit
    • Gemmed Kip Glosses – Garnet
    • Travel Size Hair Care – Yuzu and Pomelo Shampoo and Condition
    • 3 Piece Bath Sponge 

    Wednesday, November 23

    The Stella and Dot Holiday Gift Guide and Get Yourself Some Dot Dollars!

    **I was compensated for this post and this post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

    It's the holiday countdown and Stella & Dot has something for every lovely lady on your gift list! Make it easy on yourself with these ideas from Stella & Dot. Best of all, you'll get $25 in Dot Dollars for every $50 you spend through December 13th. Just click the links or pics below. Have fun shopping! And let me know what you decide to buy...
    Spoil her with something from the Covet Fine Jewelry and Leather Accessories Line
    Diamonds are a girls best friend! Give her a sparkly Diamond Initial Necklace.
    Dazzle her with this bold Harper Feather Necklace.
    It's two gifts in one!

    Give her a City Slim Clutch to carry all the essentials for that special evening on the town.
    College students or frequent travelers are sure to love this Ivory and Gold Jewelry Box!
    It's all about the charm! This Pom Bag Charm is perfect for key rings or purses.
    This is just a small selection of the kinds of charming gifts you'll find at Stella & Dot. Let me know what else you find in the comments section to make it a bit easier for the rest of us to shop... and have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    The Very Best Gift for the Book Lover in Your Life

    This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

    Why give the gift of BOTM?
      Books have always made great gifts. But how do you know if you've matched the right book to the right person? With a Book of the Month gift subscription, the gift recipient will get to choose the books that are right for them—every month. Whether you give a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription,this gift of literary goodness lasts well beyond the holidays.

    Earlier this year, I was given a 3-month Book of the Month subscription. I loved it! It was awesome because there was a nice variety of books to choose from each month, but if I didn't happen to like any of that month's selections I was able to skip that month and carry my credit over to the next.


    The Gift Options:

    Friday, November 11

    Life of Fred Dolls Giveaway!

    Attention Life of Fred fans: Fred is REAL! He's 8 inches tall and can't wait to join your family. Once Fred arrives at your front door, he will be ready to act out all the real-world lessons in his math and reading books!
    Have you heard of Life of Fred? It's story-based math learning which has proven time and again to be one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to encourage learning. Math savant Dr. Stanley Schmidt created the lovable characters Fred and Kingie whose adventures are so engrossing kids don’t even realize they’re learning m-a-t-h! The super cute plush Fred and Kingie dolls are perfect stocking stuffers, so I decided to give a pair of them away on my blog! Having a bunch of extra Edubucks was good motivation, too. ;)

    Fred's buddy Kingie is ready to play with Fred (and your family)!  This Kingie doll is just over 5 inches tall and stands on his own.  Bring your Life of Fred studies to the next level with Kingie and Fred dolls!
    Fill out the form below to enter. Only stipulation is you've got to be signed up for Educents e-newsletter to win.
    Sign up here if you haven't yet and you'll also get a $10 off coupon you may want to use for Black Friday shopping. ;) Ends 11/21 at midnight.