Friday, November 9, 2018

ABCD Diaries' 2018 Holiday Gift Guide



Here it is, lovely readers, our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, full of our favorite gift ideas for friends and family this year!  Make sure to check back for links to our reviews...we will be updating the list as we find more fun gifts for those we love!


Ornaments With Love: Expertly Crafted Personalized Ornaments! #spon


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Ornaments With Love for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Personalized Christmas tree ornaments are a wonderful way to record memories and a thoughtful way to show how much you care. Ornaments with Love makes it easy for you to create personalized Christmas ornaments.


They are a family-owned, online, personalized Christmas Ornament company and have been in business for 24 years.  We have reviewed them several times over the years and have always been impressed with the quality of the products, the friendliness of the staff and the speed of the delivery.


You can really see the care they take with each ornament by the amazing attention to detail in every ornament.

We were very pleased with our ornament this year.  It is absolutely gorgeous! This ornament will be an awesome gift for my parents who recently started their full-time RV journey.

You can find hanging ornaments and table top ornaments for pretty much any occasion and the team at Ornaments With Love are experts at personalizing each one, whatever the theme.


Ornaments With Love has a huge selection of ornaments which can be personalized for any recipient.  The selection is quite impressive...no matter who you need a special gift for, you are sure to find something at Ornaments With Love. 












Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Simply Earth November Sneak Peek #spon

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Simply Earth for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We love essential oils and are always excited to find new ways to use them in our home. Simply Earth makes it easy to do just that!


Simply Earth offers a monthly essential oil recipe box that is packed with oils, supplies and recipes to make several DIY bath, beauty and home products.  Check out a sneak peek of our November box:


We are super excited to try out all of these recipes and share our experiences with you all November long.  Stay tuned for more information on all of these wonderful DIY essential oil projects:


In the meantime, you can get your Simply Earth box and create these fun goodies right along with us!  Use the code ABCDDIARIESFREE when you subscribe and receive an Essential Oil Recipe box, the Big Bonus Box, and a $20 gift card which you can use for future purchases.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Chewy.com October Pick: Castor & Pollux PRISTINE Grain-Free Grass-Fed Lamb, Carrot & Apple Stew Canned Dog Food #spon

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Chewy.com for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Chewy.com is your one-stop shop for all things cat and dog! One of the fantastic products you can find at Chewy.com is from Castor & Pollux:


Feed your precious pup purposeful, complete nutrition with Castor & Pollux PRISTINE Grain-Free Grass-Fed Lamb, Carrot & Apple Stew Canned Dog Food. The only complete line of pet food made with responsibly sourced ingredients, this wholesome and delicious recipe starts with grass-fed lamb that is responsibly raised with access to fresh air, natural light and space to roam. Real organic produce is grown without synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides, on farms that care for the earth. All that healthy, whole food nutrition is prepared for your pooch right here in the USA because better ingredients make better food for your best friend’s health.


I love being able to offer my pup sustainable and responsibly sourced foods that are Earth-friendly and Castor and Pollux allows me to do just that.  


The fact that meat is the first and main ingredient and organic veggies and fruits are the supporting cast makes it an even better option for canned dog food. 


Harley is a huge fan!  She loves to eat this as is or as a topper to  her dry kibble and I feel good knowing what a great canned food option this grain-free treat is.


You can find Castor & Pollux PRISTINE Grain-Free Grass-Fed Lamb, Carrot & Apple Stew Canned Dog Food, at Chewy.com.  A case of 12 12.7 oz cans is just $32.76.




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Crazy Cups October Flavor: Peppermint Chocolate Mocha #spon

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

As an ambassador for Crazy Cups, I get to review a different flavor of single serve coffee cups each month.  The flavor for October was Peppermint Chocolate Mocha:


Crazy Cups are single serve cups that contain 13 grams of coffee in each cup for a flavorful cup of coffee.  They are compatible with all Keurig K Cups® Pods brewers and other single serve machines as well.   We use an iCoffee brewer and they fit perfectly.  Crazy Cups' coffees are gluten-free, nut-free, and contain no calories.  The cups use cool-peel-recycle technology, making them recyclable after use.  We peel ours back once they're cool, toss the grounds into our compost bin and recycle the cups, easy peasy and eco-friendly.

Flavor description:
Peppermint, Chocolate and Mocha. It's more than coffee, It's a party in a Mug.

Our thoughts:
Party in a mug indeed!  A minty, rich holiday-infused party!  Yummy is what this flavored coffee is...the perfect pick-me-up on these cooler Fall mornings and it will segue beautifully into the winter months ahead!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Chewy.com October Challenge: 30 Days of Clean Doggy Teeth with WHIMZEES! Part 3 #spon

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Chewy.com for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Chewy.com is your one-stop shop for all things cat and dog! One of the fantastic products you can find at Chewy.com is from WHIMZEES:


When it comes to dental heath, veterinarians believe in brushing every day. With Whimzees, that task is now as easy as giving your pup a treat! Whimzees are made with ridges that help reduce plaque, tartar, and bad breath. This month, Chewy.com gave Harley Mae the chance to embark on the Whimzees 30 Day Challenge! We gave her 1 dental treat a day and she really enjoyed them.


Harley Mae LOVES chewing and dental treats are among her favorite treats.  She absolutely adored the WHIMZEES Brushzees she was sent to try:


So, let's find out more about these treats that have her so intrigued:)

Brushzees are made with ridges and grooves that can help reduce plaque, tartar, and bad breath, and feature the patented Pawfect Paw Pad developed to help paws grip the chew more easily. Brushzees are limited ingredient, GMO-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian, and completely without artificial flavors or colors. A Brushzee a day keeps the doggie dentist away!

Key Benefits:

Long-lasting treat is designed to keep your pup busy chewing!
Effective in helping to remove plaque, tartar and bad breath while also satisfying that natural urge to chew.
One month supply! Feed your dog one a day to support healthy teeth, breath and gums.
Limited ingredient chews are gluten-free, grain-free, GMO-free and have no articifial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Uniquely-shaped chews are crafted with grooves to help clean the smaller spaces between dogs’ teeth, and ridges to help ensure proper blood flow through the gums.



I'm pretty sure this challenge was Harley's favorite yet!   


She looked forward to treat time everyday:


Her teeth look great, but the most noticeable change was her doggy breath.  It's so much less offensive since she started her daily "brushing" which makes doggy kisses so much sweeter :)

You can find WHIMZEES Dental Treats at Chewy.com.  A 30 count box comes in three sizes and the price breakdown is as follows:
Small $14.99 Medium $34.99 Large $54.99


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Simply Earth October Recipes Part 2

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Simply Earth for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

We love essential oils and are always excited to find new ways to use them in our home. Simply Earth makes it easy to do just that!


Simply Earth offers a monthly essential oil recipe box that is packed with oils, supplies and recipes to make several DIY bath, beauty and home products.  Check out a sneak peek of our October box:


Today, we are going to share our second set of DIY oily projects from our October Simply Earth box.

Set the spooky mood with this Halloween Candle:


We opted to use up some of our previously owned candle making supplies for our first attempt of this candle recipe.  It worked great and we can't wait to try a larger candle!


The Creepy Crawly Bug Repellent will help us fend off the pests all Fall:



This Halloween Makeup Remover will really come in handy after trick-or-treating:


It smells amazing and I'm sure it will be extra gentle on skin.

We had so much fun creating our October goodies from Simply Earth and can't wait to share our November adventure with y'all...stay tuned!

Use the code ABCDDIARIESFREE when you subscribe and receive an Essential Oil Recipe box, the Big Bonus Box, and a $20 gift card which you can use for future purchases.


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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.