The Traveling Sisterhood: October 2017

Thursday, October 26

The American Girl-like Laura Ingalls Doll is on Sale for $65! #HolidayGiftGuide2017

My daughters absolutely love Little House on the Prairie. Two years ago for their birthday, they received the boxed set of DVDs. It took us a year and half to watch all 9 seasons and now that we're done, we watch our favorites. Laura, of course, is everyone's favorite! Read on for the gonga discount...

After I realized how much my girls loved Little House, I began my hunt for dolls. It turns out The Queen's Treasures has a Laura doll and so much furniture and other items to go with her! I saved up for the covered wagon first and recently added Laura herself along with her old-fashioned school desk. Everything is the highest quality. The desk, books, and blackboard even have magnets built inside so that they don't slide away. The desk opens like a real old-fashioned school desk so that everything can be stored inside. My girls were so excited for this because they love playing school with their dolls!
We actually purchased the wagon almost 2 years ago and played with it with all of our dolls. After all that time of being pulled around and played with inside and out, it's held up incredibly well! It's such an amazing toy. My only hope is that The Queen's Treasures will make Laura's sisters and Almonzo, maybe even Nelly! In the meantime, our other 18 inch dolls join in the fun.
You can see the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship on the hope chest that comes with the covered wagon. Every single one of the items we have from the Queen's Treasures is just like this. So finely made, not like so many toys these days that don't last.
The covered wagon in its entirety. We don't have the horses yet but they're on my daughters' Christmas wish list. You can find an incredible variety of Queen's Treasures items at my favorite store,, and you can get a discount! Read on to find out how...

Before I get on to the discount, I want to show you one more thing. I didn't realize when we first purchased it, but you can even turn the covered wagon into a sleigh! How neat is that?! We'll definitely be doing that come winter! Our dolls would love to have a sleigh ride as they sing Jingle Bells. You can find the covered wagon and the other Little House themed toys here.
  All of the Little House items are 25% off through Nov. 9 exclusively at Educents (discounts show up after clicking on any of the individual items). Plus, if you're a new customer, you can get a stackable $10 coupon here. This will sign you up for their e-mail newsletter, but don't worry, they only send e-mails about once a week. This is the way I keep in the know with all of their sales. ;)
And I have wonderful news for my more frugal readers who would love to have Laura but can't afford to purchase her. You can also buy her outfits separately so that one of the dark-haired dolls you already have can become her... or a blond can become Mary. You could buy one outfit or all of them. I love the calico! That one's on my wishlist. What's on yours?

Starpath Dolls, So Much More Affordable than American Girls but just as Beautiful! On Sale for $69 with Free Shipping!

My beautiful little girl loves her new Starpath doll so much! At $69 on sale, she's an amazing price. *Coupon at the bottom of this post. As you can see, my daughter wanted to braid her hair to match her doll. An American Girl had been on her wishlist for a long time... until she saw Morning Star. More beautiful than any other 18 inch dolls we've come across, her hair is very soft, and her arms and legs are poseable so that she can even stand up on her own.

Starpath Dolls were recently launched by a mom inspired by her daughter's love of reading. Each of the four dolls comes with a book you can personalize for your daughter. First you choose a chapter book -- currently A Fairy Tale Gone Wrong or Tiger Magic -- then fill in a few questions to create the story’s characters. Customized details are woven throughout every page of the book, making it truly her story. Paperback versions of the chapter book are sold separately ($20) and arrive by postal mail in approximately one week. Or choose an instant e-book, free with each doll purchase.

These dolls are the best Christmas gift for anyone with a little girl from 5 - 12. At $69 with free shipping, they’re more affordable than other 18” dolls and every bit as high quality, and I love that each one is so unique, very different from a lot of the other doll companies out there. My girls bring their Starpath Dolls everywhere, and they receive so many compliments on their beauty.

We love how Starpath Dolls combine play, reading and imagination. It's no wonder that they've already won an award!

Books and dolls are always a sure bet when shopping for a special girl on the Holiday list. But a perfect present would be one where your girl and her doll are written into the storybook! Imagine her surprise on Christmas morning when she reads about herself in a make-believe adventure with her new dolly!

So far, Morning Star and Wishing Star are a part of our family. My oldest daughter recently ordered Shining Star who should be arriving by mail any day. We can't wait!
  If you've never purchased anything from Educents before, you can get a $10 coupon here. This will sign you up for their e-mail newsletter, but don't worry, they only send e-mails about once a week. This is the way I keep in the know with all of their sales. ;)

Monday, October 16

The Stylish Play & Go Bags is the Answer Every Kid's Mess... Especially Legos!

Sometimes seeing is believing…because one European toy accessory can get your kids to play and then clean up without being asked! Play & Go is actually two nifty products in one – an appealing storage bag with drawstrings and a vibrant play mat. Before this came along, we used a blanket to dump the toys on (especially Legos). Of course that was still messy, especially the cleaning-up part where stray pieces would always be left behind and the kids couldn't clean it up and dump it back in the bins themselves. Play & Go is a godsend!
The outside artwork ranges from solid colors and zigzag prints to sports or pretty patterns to a funny moustache. This is the Mini Play & Go. We have both this one and the regular sized one above. The regular size is hugemongous and it would be perfect for Santa to carry his presents in! ;) Even the Mini is a nice size and can fit a gonga amount of Legos! The fabric is heavy duty. I can't imagine it tearing.
Here's how it works: play, pull the strings together, go! The play area is big enough for my 4 kids to play around, while still keeping their toys within reach. When play is done, pull the drawstrings tight and depart. Not a peep from the grownups to remind kids to tidy up. It’s amazing!

You can get Play & Go on Amazon with free Prime shipping!

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Special thanks to the people at KidStuffPR and Play & Go for providing us with these items to review. All opinions are honest and our own.

Saturday, October 7

The Most Incredible Holiday Cards from Minted! Must See!

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Can you believe it's almost that time of year? Thanksgiving will be here in just under 2 months, and Christmas in less then 3! Looking at Minted's brand new designs from their 2017 Holiday Card Collection has already gotten me into the spirit of Christmas!

Minted's cards are crafted by a global community of independent artists. Every year, they have a design contest for their Christmas cards. This year, Holy Night, the card above, is the winner. Isn't it gorgeous? But I can't imagine how hard it would be to choose a winner when so many of them are so lovely!

Many of the cards have beautiful gold or silver embossing like this one, and you can get the envelopes to match. Minted also offers free addressing for all of their holiday cards. What a time saver!

This card may be my favorite. I love how it has so many of the names of Jesus. I don't have our Christmas card pic ready yet but when I do, I'll definitely be ordering one of  Minted's Holiday Cards!

Minted is so unique because they are a design marketplace that connects you with the world’s best artists to create something one of a kind. They hold regular design and art challenges for designers and artists from around the globe. The public votes to tell us which submissions to produce. They then sell the winning entries as fine paper products and art. Every purchase on Minted supports the independent artist which is awesome. As an independent book publisher, I know how much that can mean to an artist!

You can so much personalization when shopping holiday cards through Minted - you can choose from breathtaking colors, shapes, paper type/quality, postage and customizable backers & interior options. I can't wait to find our super cute family photo so that I can design our Christmas card!
Enjoy 15% off holiday cards with the code EARLYBIRD17. Expires 10/9 but if it's past that date, don't worry! You can always check this page anytime to view the details for all active Minted promotion codes.

Stand Out on Social Media with Animoto's Easy Video Editing! Free 2 Week Trial & No Credit Card Required

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Did you know Animoto offers a Professional plan for businesses? They make it easy for anyone to create professional videos.

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The free trial lasts 2 weeks and there's no credit card required. Now that's what I call free! If you do decide to stick with it after the free trial, it starts out at only $8 a month. A gonga deal! Just click the pic above to get started.
Also, Animoto is excited to announce they have extended the 15% off Annual plans offer through the end of the year! Use the code YEAR15 at checkout. I would love if you'll come back and share any videos you create with me!

Thursday, October 5

The Magic School Bus Science Subscription Box is 50% Off! $10 a month, shipped!

SPECIAL OFFER: Save 50% on a year’s subscription through Educents... and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This deal is amazing... just $10 per month, DELIVERED!
If you have children (ages 5-12) who enjoy the Magic School Bus books or videos–and if you like doing science experiments with them–then you'll LOVE The Magic School Bus Science Club! Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme and my kids have loved each and every one! 

What's included? 
 The 1 year subscription includes 12 Magic School Bus kits + FREE SHIPPING in the Continental USA (Ships to Canada for $2/month).  

Each kit includes:
  • Detailed, large 12-page colorful manual that is full of experiments and topic information
  • Each manual is based on the popular Magic School Bus books and TV series
  • Includes an adult section so that adults with no science background will find the kits easy to use
  • Materials and information necessary for a range of interactive experiments
  • Online Clubhouse for further exploration on each kit topic
  • Certificate of Completion
Kit Topics:
Would your family have fun with this? If so, now’s a great time to sign up: Through the end of the month you can receive 50% OFF a year’s subscription through Educents... and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This is an incredible deal! It's just $10 per month, DELIVERED! You can even create and print off your own gift cards to let your children know about the surprise. Enjoy your exploration alongside Ms. Frizzle!

Wednesday, October 4

Fetch: Something Special for Small Businesses! Free 2 Week Trial

If your small business is tired of reimbursing employees with excel spreadsheets and stapled receipts, Fetch is for you! Try it free for 14 days. No credit card required. Let me know if you try it out and how you like it!

Tuesday, October 3

Stella & Dot's Gorgeous New Collection! Plus, Free Advertising if You Decide to Become a Stylist!

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In collaboration with Rebecca Minkoff, Stella & Dot just launched a brand new collection today! I am so excited to fill you in on the big news because I just love these new pieces, which were designed and handcrafted in New York City. My birthday is coming soon! It will be the perfect excuse to buy some of these beauties. Wouldn't this set look gorgeous for a Christmas party?

Every piece in the new collection has been designed by Rebecca Minkoff, who made her mark in the fashion industry with feminine, yet subtly edgy designs. In an exciting new collaboration, these special pieces are both delicate and powerful, bold and approachable.

If you love these pieces by Stella & Dot, you might want to consider hosting your own  in-home or online trunk show or becoming a Stylist. For having a trunk show, you get $250 in free jewelry and accessories! And for becoming an independent stylist, you get to choose $450 worth of Stella & Dot accessories!
Never heard of Stella & Dot?
Their aim is to give every woman the means to style her own life. They get joy out of designing irresistible accessories. And yet, accessories are just the tangible expression of something much greater that they are creating. They have a vision of the world where strong women live bold and joyful lives. As strong women, we know what we want and we work for it. We inspire each other. Passion and joy are our best accessories.

So shop the jewelry, host a trunk show, or join the revolution! The holiday season is coming and they're ready to double their Stylists to serve market demand. Curious about how you can partner with them? Find out all about it here! Let me know if you decide to become a stylist. I would be happy to add a banner to my sidebar for my readers to shop your site, and I'd welcome any guest blogging posts with your link. I would love to see one of my readers succeed in this!

Monday, October 2

Celebrate National Consignment Day with Me and Win Big! #NeverThrowAway

Help me celebrate the first-ever National Consignment Day on October 2nd! Of course, you can even celebrate all week (or all month) long. Read on to find out how you can even win a $1000 shopping spree to commemorate the first year of this event!
 To celebrate National Consignment Day, my girlies and I raided our closets and jewelry boxes to pack up a ton of goods to consign with TheRealReal. Never heard of them? They're an amazing on-line consignment shop that offers the largest selection of pre-owned and authenticated luxury items including men’s and women’s fashion, fine jewelry & watches and fine art. By consigning with them, you earn 60-70% of the sale price, and items sell quickly, most within 3 days! It's an incredible way to earn some extra money just before the holidays.

This is my first time consigning with TheRealReal. I've shopped with them before (I bought a gorgeous pair of earrings at an incredible price a few months ago) and now I'm excited to sell with them, too! I was thrilled to find out I could send in more than just clothing. They offer so many options!

Through end of day October 4, you can enter to win a $1000 shopping spree for TheRealReal. Find all the info here and definitely come back to let me know if you win!