Friday, February 16, 2018

Unbox Independent Creativity in Your Child with Howtoons! #spon

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

As a homeschooling mom, I'm always looking for great activities to encourage STEAM learning.  We recently got to try out a couple of Howtoons kits and couldn't be more excited to share our experience with you!


Howtoons kits foster creativity and spark imagination with hands-on STEAM-based projects.  Each box contains everything kids need to build, learn and play. 

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Howtoons projects are designed to help kids ages 7–12 build intuition about how the world works by building real-world creations.

Each kit comes with a comic book, complete with step-by-step instructions. This visual storytelling style engages kids and is proven to be an effective way of communicating complex ideas.

Check out the kits we reviewed:

Marshmallow Shooter/Stomp Rocket

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
all materials to build the marshmallow shooter project (PVC pipe, fittings, marshmallows, and alien target)
all materials to build the stomp rocket project (PVC pipe, fittings, bottle, paper rockets and fins, scissors, clear tape, and duct tape)
magazine that includes an 8 page comic, instructions to build the projects, education behind the projects, an interview with NASA engineer Kenneth Cheung, and extra DIY project toons

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PROJECT
Teaches kids the science behind the build - Newton's first three laws in action.

RECOMMENDED AGES
Howtoons kits are designed for ages 7-12 


Gami-Bot

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
all the materials to build 4 different origami robots (Battle-bug, Rattle-cat, Horsepower, and Skitter'n Scorpion)
4 motors, 5 batteries, mounting tape, scissors
battle arena
paper for the Rattle-cat drawing bot
bonus hexaflexagon project
magazine that includes an 8 page comic, instructions to build the origami robots, education on simple circuits and origami, an interview with Kevin Albert (Roboticist), and extra DIY project toons



THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PROJECT
Teaches kids about origami, circuits, motors and vibration, and why scientists are using origami principles to create innovative technologies.


RECOMMENDED AGES
Howtoons kits are designed for ages 7-12 

These kits are amazing!  9-year-old D blew through the Marshmallow Shooter/Stomp Rocket Kit and while he really enjoyed it, I thought "Wow, that was it?  Less than 30 minutes and done?"  Boy, was I wrong!  Here we are, a week later, and he is still using the kit components to try to find new ways to build the best shooter...the one with the longest range, the most simple design, the loudest pop.  Asking questions like "What if I use heavier ammo?"  "What if I rearrange the pieces?" "What if I use fewer pieces?"  Finding something that sparks creativity and curiosity and imagination like this kit did with my boy is absolutely priceless!  

That is the power of these Howtoons kits.  They offer projects that kids can do independently, instilling confidence in their abilities.  They give them a basic idea, a starting point if you will, and plenty of room to explore within the theme...it's open-ended and how far it goes is up to the kiddo.
D is having a blast with this kit and when I pointed out to him that he is learning about physics, aerodynamics, design and so much more, he shrugged and said "It's fun Mom!"

Boy, oh, boy do I love Howtoons!!

Inspire creativity, curiosity and a love of learning with Howtoons!





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.

Easter 2018 Fill Your Basket Gift Guide


Welcome to our Fill Your Baskets Gift Guide!  Here you will find a list of a few of our favorite gift ideas to fill those baskets this Easter:

Magic Stix Markers from the Pencil Grip

Hardy Candy Cosmetics

Skinny Salamis

Cosmos Creations

Maddie Rae's Slime Glue




Keep checking back!  We will be updating this gift guide daily and adding links as these products are reviewed 😊



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, February 15, 2018

DUFMOD: Home Decor with Modern, Raw Beauty! #spon

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

The older I get, the more I feel the need to simplify my decorating style.  I find myself drawn more to simple, raw, natural beauty and I love finding ways to implement that design style in a functional way around my home.  DUFMOD is a home decor brand that shares my vision.  They offer products that are beautiful, functional and ethically crafted.

Check out this gorgeous seagrass basket from  DUFMOD:


DUFMOD Seagrass baskets are versatile for any creative storage and decor. You can use the baskets with the handles out or folded down as bowl-style baskets. These baskets will add a fantastic pop of color and texture to any room as stylish storage basket in all rooms of the house.


DUFMOD has many styles of seagrass baskets and several color options.  Each design is offered in small, medium and large sizes, making them perfect for storing pretty much anything in any room of your home. 


I love the texture the macrame adds to the natural beauty of the seagrass basket.  Our seagrass basket gives us a simple, but beautiful storage solution.


What's even better is that every purchase made from DUFMOD provides education and sustainable drinking water to students.


Check out all of the ethically handcrafted home decor items from DUFMOD and create your very own "happy place"  😊



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.

Mamma Chia: A Healthier You in Time for Spring! + Giveaway #spon

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

Have you heard about all the amazing health benefits of the teeny tiny chia seed?  This superfood is small, but mighty.  Each seed contains tons of vitamins and minerals and can be added to a variety of recipes to add a powerful punch of nutrition!

We recently got to try out a selection of chia-based products from Mamma Chia:


The squeeze pouches were a huge hit!  These fruity, chia-powered blends were delicious!


Mamma Chia's organic chia seeds are infused with delicious fruits and vegetables to create a convenient, fun and tasty snack for active people of all ages.


With Omega-3, protein, and fiber, Chia Squeeze is a satisfying anytime snack that naturally provides the vitality to power your soul’s purpose.


Chia Squeeze is available in 6 yummy flavors including Blackberry Bliss, Wild Raspberry, Green Magic, Mango Coconut, Strawberry Banana and Cherry Beet! 


These portable chia seed snacks are great for lunchboxes, backpacks or gym bags to satisfy you on-the-go!

Mamma Chia also offers Granola Clusters, Chia Beverages and plain Chia Seeds to boost the nutritional value of many of your recipes without altering the flavors.

You can find Mamma Chia products at grocers, health food stores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

One lucky ABCD Diaries reader will win a Mamma Chia prize pack including a weeks’ worth of organic Chia Squeezes, Chia Seeds, Granola Clusters and VIP Beverage Vouchers (to redeem for free Beverages)  Enter below:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Help Your Child Feel Safe, Secure and Comfortable with a Sleep Zzz Pillow! #spon

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

Does your child have a hard time going to sleep and staying sleep?  The Sleep Zzz Pillow was originally created for kiddos with sensory issues, but was quickly realized to be a help to pretty much all kids who used it (and adults too!)


The Sleep Zzz Pillow is designed to wrap you in a "pillow hug" of sorts, keeping you feeling safe, snuggly and comfortable all night long.


These awesome contoured body pillows come in an assortment of gorgeous patterns and sizes for both kiddos and adults.  the outer material is soft and silky to the touch and there is even a little built in pocket.


Both kiddos tried it out and loved it!  They have decided to share it, so you could definitely tell they really love it. ☺


Want to get this cozy?  Check out all the comfy goodness of a Sleep Zzz Pillow!







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.

Keep Kids Learning with Family Game Night and Goliath and Pressman Games! #spon

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Goliath Games and Pressman Games for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.

Our kiddos are huge fans of Family Game Night and we recently had the chance to add some awesome, educational games to our lineup thanks to Goliath and Pressman Games!  


I love when educational games get the kids excited about learning, or better yet, the kids are so distracted by how FUN the game is, they don't even realize they are learning!   These games definitely fit the bill.

SMATH

Sharpen your math skills the fun way with SMATH, the STEM game that makes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division more exciting than ever! Players use the tiles in their racks and the ones already on the board to build their own crossword-style equations. Game play can be customized from number novice to math magicians so everyone can play! For 2-4 players ages 6 and up.


Think Scrabble, but with numbers and equations instead of letters and words.  What a fun way to practice mental math!

MAKE7

hallenge your friend and your mind with Make 7, the STEM game with an exciting twist that always adds up to fun! Players take turns dropping one of their tiles down any slot on the console. Players only have to remember one rule: a 3 can only be placed so it lands in a RED square, 1s and 2s can go anywhere! The first player to get their color tiles to Make 7 in ANY direction wins! For 2 players ages 6 and up.



Okay, this game is reminiscent of Connect 4, but with and added challenge.  Another great game for building quick-thinking mental math muscle!

Mastermind for Kids

Kids test their code-cracking prowess with Mastermind for Kids, the challenging game of logic and deduction. The game comes with three levels of play, so kids can learn and grow with the game. With more than 55 million units sold, Mastermind is a great strategy game . . . and one of the world’s most popular games ever. It’s easy to learn and fast to play, and it’s different every time. The Codemaker sets a secret code, then the Codebreaker tries to match the code using logic, deduction, and maybe even a little bit of luck. After each move, the Codemaker gives clues to the Codebreaker. With lots of possible code combinations, every game is guaranteed to be a brainteaser. All of these game components can be stored in the game board. For 2 players, ages 6 and up; the winner will be a true mastermind. 



Mastermind is SO MUCH FUN!  Great for encouraging critical thinking, deduction skills and process of elimination.  This game is easy to learn and quick to play...probably our favorite of the bunch!

Wordsearch

The race is on with this exciting version of the classic hidden word puzzle–it turns a solitary activity into a fun group word game as players go on a word search. Rotate the specially-designed circular board to reveal the word that the players will race to find on this turn. Everyone plays at once, and the first player to locate the word marks it with see-through colored tiles. With twists and turns that allow players to remove tiles played by competitors, Wordsearchers find the hidden word puzzles make a great game for kids and families to play together (and to boggle their minds with!). The player with the most tiles on the board at the end wins. The game includes 464 words to search for in 16 different puzzles and is good for years of fun. Includes game board, 8 double-sided game cards, 280 marking tiles, illustrated instructions. For 2-4 players, ages 7 and up.


I totally dominate word search puzzles, so I was pretty excited to try this one out.  It's like a family-style word search where quick thinking and speed go a long way.  I love Wordsearch! but I think the kiddos enjoy the game a little more when I'm not playing :)

If you are looking to add some fun new games to your Family Game Night, check out these and others from Goliath Games and Pressman Games.


Pressman Games Social Links

Goliath Games Social Links



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, February 13, 2018

Clean Up Your Beauty Routine with PUR Attitude! #spon

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

If you are looking for a safe and effective way to clean up your beauty routine, check out PUR Attitude:


PUR Attitude usese the first and only, safe waterless technology. They are on a mission to revolutionize the skincare industry by purifying products from all toxins and unneeded additives. Each of their products is created with only the best ingredients, precisely formulated to get the best results.

Find out more about a few of our favorite PUR Attitude products below:

Skin Essentials 3-Step System

The perfect beauty regimen rids your skin of daily debris, retains your skin’s natural moisture, and works to prolong the youth in your skin. The 3-piece Skin Essentials Kit does just that!

Included in the kit are the Purifying Rice Face Wash, the HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel Cream and the Multi-Effects Eye Cream.  Used together, this regimen will give you noticeable results within days of regular use.

Fountain of Youth Serum

Fountain of Youth is the first skin care treatment with patented technology that works at the cellular level, delivering deep hydration, vital anti-oxidants, and powerful peptides in a way never before possible.

This lightweight serum felt amazing!  It smooths and moisturizes without leaving any trace of product behind.

Insta-Results Face Lift Gel Serum

Insta-Results Face Lift Gel uses an apple-derived Stem Cell technology and Hyaluronic Spheres scientifically designed to instantly plump up wrinkles and firm the skin to visibly reduce puffiness, erase fine lines, deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, smile lines, and forehead furrows. Pharmaceutical-grade ingredients provide an alternative to botulinum toxin and collagen injections, visibly erasing the signs of aging in just seconds. Results last up to 12 hours, but with continued use, can provide long-term results.

Wow!  This serum gives immediate results.  It instantly woke up my tired skin and left it looking and feeling refreshed.

The products we tried from PUR Attitude were pretty awesome.  I loved how clean my skin felt after using them.  They are all lightweight and leave my face feeling super fresh after using them.  I am really happy with the results after just using them for a week.  PUR Attitude has made a fan for life!





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.