The Traveling Beans

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I am kind of freaking out because I really wanted to get my 10 year old into our local STEM program….STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math….but we were too late applying and it sadly did not work out for us this year.

My boy is a self directed learner who keeps busy tearing apart computers, and other electronics leaving his room looking like a pawn shop. He gets to learn via creative chaos and I get to learn patience. Win win really.

So when I heard from this educational company called KitHub….a new fire was lit. My son actually spent a good 45 minutes perusing their website and has a list the length of his arm of things he wants to explore. The coding program definitely piqued his interest and may be one of the first ones we review.

Anybody heard of KitHub or use their products or programs? I would love to hear from you!

In the meantime.…KitHub has asked me to partner with them and write about their products . I will try them and give an honest review but until then I get to share some coupons  and other sweet deals with you !!  Make sure you check out all their cool programs Everything you need to facilitate STEM projects at home or school  ….SUHWEEET!!!

YAY for science and tech programs for homeschoolers…. and other kinds of schoolers too !!

Check out their line up:



The Homeschool STEAM Program includes 4 hands-on, creative projects. What’s special about this program is that not only does it include electronic parts and all the craft materials, it comes in a handy red toolbox!

Sale: $70.00


Let’s get this party started! With the Dance Party Circuits kit you will assemble a device that lights up to the beat of your favorite music. You will be introduced to breadboards, switches and simple circuits.

Sale: $25.00


Build your own hydrophone – an underwater microphone. It will let you listen to things that are happening in the water around you, whether that’s your bathtub or pool, your local fishing hole, a river or lake or even an ocean.

Sale: $40.00


This kit makes 12 unique motorized artbots that teach kids basic electronics. Party-goers will learn how to turn on a hobby motor, light-up an LED, create a simple circuit and use their imaginations to decorate their new friend. Add a few markers to the bottom of the bot body, stick the bot on a piece of paper and it will draw spirals. Add a sponge, dip it into paint and it’s transformed into a painting bot.

Sale: $150.00


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Give the gift of electronics to an aspiring engineer in your life.

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Love ,

Steph and The Traveling Beans


Best Ever Gluten Free Sourdough Loaf

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On our first big travel abroad I was determined to keep up with my healthy eating plan and sticking to a gluten free diet was on my to-do list.

I did not know how I would manage my autoimmune issues & menopause symptoms on the road, but expected I could keep up the same regimen I did back home.

What I did not account for is;

  • a) Traveling feels like escape and I seemed to easily slip into denial about my health issues
  • b) My self talk was at an all time high for nefarious collusion
  • c) France puts some kind of addictive substance in their baguettes and in one bite you are hooked and immediately start start thinking about how you will get your next baguette before you are even finished the one you have (not kidding!)
Realistically, by the time I hit Italy I not only had fallen off the wagon, but had actually burned it and sent it over a cliff while madly scarfing down tiramisu , pasta and pizza as if it was my last day on earth.

So now that I am home, I am reeling from the effects of the wagon burning incident and need to get back on track. I gained 40 lbs. My sleep sucks. I have no energy and my inflammation is at an all time high. Combine this with the fact that my oldest daughter tested positive for gluten allergy and a new motivation has returned.

One thing we loved and miss since going gluten free is a chewy, crusty, sourdough or french loaf.

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Grief, Honour, and Respect

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Original post can be read on The Huffington Post : Here

Travel is very different from vacation.

Vacation is a departure from all that troubles you. It is a time to relax and refresh and experience a steady state of happiness. It usually includes a swim up bar and copious amounts of relaxation. You typically come home tanned and feeling refreshed.

Travel is different.


It takes you into a deeper experience where you are faced with extreme highs , but you are also taken into the depths of hard emotions as you face the realities of life on the road. The realities of traveling 24/7 with others who you are in constant relationship with and in close quarters with and you are not always at your best when you are tired and needing space. The realities of staying on top of your game to not be mugged or taken advantage of. The realities of seeing the disparity between the haves and the have nots. The reality of having to push on to your next location when that feels like far more of a burden than you can bare…but you do it and it builds strength of character.

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Homeschool Hack #1: Creative Learning Cubby

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I had another Homeschool parent who saw this cubby say to me ” Wow this is awesome, you really have this homeschool thing down pat!” and as tempting as it was to bask in the glory of  THAT moment I had to share how it really came about…

When my first two began Homeschooling, the battle was to keep the daily 5923 “She’s breathing on me” fights to a minimum. Every time the fights would break out I would do what every good parent does and immediately start googling

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RoastTurkey & Pumpkin Pie

Do These 3 Things for a Yummy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays and in all honesty, any holiday that involves a reason for stretchy pants is a good one. I try not to eat myself silly but lets face it….the turkey recipe I am about to share with you makes it very hard to not have seconds and then thirds and more for breakfast and then probably lunch. Really we eat the bird until the kids say “No more!” and then we disguise it as a  “Chicken” pot pie or a  “Vegetarian” chili or “Not turkey” fajitas .

Here are the 3 things we do for a yummy celebration of thanks;

1.Upside-Down Turkey

I love this recipe because it always produces a balance between deliciously

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Tales from the Mudder Side


Last weekend I found myself on the side of a very,very, very (did I say very?) steep mountain soaking wet, frozen to the core, with shoes full of water and mud wishing the earth would just swallow me whole.

Maybe it was not wanting to say no to my super sweet friend Reiko who is a super fitness coach and super convincing.   Maybe it is my impulsive nature that whisper yells “jump in head first and work out the details later !” OR  Maybe A year ago,when I agreed….out loud…. to Mudderella  I thought I was brave enough. …Like

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