Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Loved + Blessed: A Christian Faith-Based Subscription Box August Edition #spon

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

We recently had the chance to review the August box from Loved + Blessed:


Loved + Blessed is a Christian faith-based subscription box service that delivers a box of encouragement right to your door each month.


Each box revolves around a central theme and comes with a mini poster, a sticker, a purse-sized scripture card and a gift.

The theme for the August box was Relax:



 The scripture card this month featured Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."


The special gifts for August were awesome!  


They included a satin pillowcase, a Love Inspired Christian romance novel and a bookmark with lots of relaxation ideas and tips.

This box also included an encouragement kit to pass along to a friend:


I definitely think there is room for Loved + Blessed in the subscription box market and I love that their mission is to deliver encouraging products that support a fantastic message!

If that wasn't enough, Loved + Blessed gives a portion of the proceeds of each box sold to Union Rescue Mission, a charity that offers hope and healing to the homeless.  What an amazing cause!

For just $15.99/month + $4 shipping and handling in the US, you can get your Loved + Blessed box or gift someone else with this monthly dose of encouragement today!



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.

Entertain Your Pup with TrustyPup Fling-A-Longs Pig #spon


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

Our Harley Mae is a chewer.  She is pretty hard on toys, especially tennis ball toys, but we are constantly trying out new ones to satisfy her need to chew.  We were excited to get to try the TrustyPup Fling-A-Longs Pig:


 The Fling-A-Longs Pig is a durable, longer lasting soft plush pig toy with Chew Guard Technology. Chew Guard Technology is a special manufacturing process that adds a super tough and durable lining to soft plush toys.  Even though no pet toy is indestructible, soft toys with Chew Guard Technology are tougher and last longer than standard plush.


 This toy has two balls inside for toss, tug of war and chase fun.   Harley really enjoyed playing with it independently.  



Unfortunately, she was eventually able to completely obliterate this toy, but she really is an extreme chewer.  If you have a dog who is a little more gentle on toys, I have no doubt this would be a great toy for them!




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, August 9, 2018

Chewy.com Challenge: Only Natural Pet RawNibs Beef and Tripe Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog Food

*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 Only Natural Pet:

Give your pup or feline friend the supreme health benefits of a raw diet in Only Natural Pet RawNibs Beef & Tripe. The easy-to-feed, bite-size nibbles are never cooked, heated or steamed, but are freeze-dried to lock in flavor and nutrition. It’s great as a complete meal, a healthy topper or nutritional boost, or even a healthy, raw snack on the go. This holistic formula contains raw freeze-dried, beef and organ meat for a tasty kibble with maximum nutritional benefits. It’s filled with fresh whole vegetables and fruits, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, and apples for a nutritional powerhouse packed with fiber, potassium, vitamins and minerals. Plus, organic goat’s milk—rich in electrolytes, enzymes, protein and fatty acids—making it easily digestible for your furry friend’s stomach, and no grains, soy, corn or wheat.


Harley was lucky enough to be chosen to do a 30 day trial of RawNibs and she loved everything about it!  This vet-formulated food can be feed as a topper or complete meal.  You can even stuff it inside dog treats for a fun and stimulating play-time with a tasty reward!


RawNibs features real beef and organ meat along with veggies and other organic ingredients for an amazing balance of antioxidants, electrolytes and healthy fats in every bite.  It is safely made in the USA without the use of grain and comes in an easy-to-use resealable package.


After our 30 days, it's safe to say, we are sold on RawNibs!  Harley goes nuts when she sees us pull the bag out of the pantry and she devours it once it's put in her bowl.  We've noticed more consistent stools, a shinier, smoother coat and increased energy since starting to feed her RawNibs.  This grain-free freeze-dried food is a winner in our house!

You can find Only Natural Pet RawNibs Beef & Tripe Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Food at Chewy.com. This is a fairly affordable option for a raw diet at just $19.99 for a 10 oz bag.



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.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Introducing Teaching Textbooks 3.0...A Homeschooling Must-Have + Giveaway!!


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


We've been homeschooling for nearly seven years now and finding a reliable math curriculum that doesn't leave the kiddos or myself in tears has been a challenge.  Our math journey was a bumpy one for the first four years, trying curriculum after curriculum, wasting time and money and slowly losing my mind in the process.  Then we heard about Teaching Textbooks, we bought our first set of CDs and have never looked back!  Seriously, math has become smooth sailing with Teaching Textbooks, even getting my self-proclaimed "math hater" to look forward to doing math each day.

We have been completely in love and content with Teaching Textbooks 2.0 and when we heard there was a new version we jumped at the opportunity to try it out!  Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is the same amazing program, but it's all online.  No need to keep up with loose CDs or worry about careless kiddos scratching or breaking the discs.  It's pretty much the same as Teaching Textbooks 2.0 material-wise, but with some pretty sweet upgrades.

 Set up couldn't be easier, just put in your kid's name, age and password and your good to go.  Then they get to do the fun stuff like picking out the perfect background from a great list of options and browsing the extensive Buddy section to find their perfect match.  If you aren't familiar with Teaching Textbooks, Buddies cheer the student on and provide encouragement along the way.  My kiddos were super excited to find so many new Buddies to choose from and have had a lot of fun trying out different ones each day.


Parents have the ability to change the "Hint" and "Second Chance" features, but these are two of my favorite things about Teaching Textbooks, so we left them on.  I have a perfectionist who absolutely loses it when he gets a problem wrong, so having the second chance to find and fix his mistake saves both of us from major day-ruining meltdowns.

Another awesome feature of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is the ability to access the program remotely, which is great when the kiddos are doing school during my work hours.  If they need help with a question, need me to edit or delete answers or I need to check grades, I can access their accounts without having to even get up from my computer.  Nice!


I also love that Teaching Textbooks offers permanent grade storage.  We have lost grades twice using the 2.0 version, once when the computer crashed and again thanks to Hurricane Harvey.  Even if you aren't using the program any longer, you can access past grade books to get info for transcripts or record-keeping purposes.


Each 12 month subscription also allows for 90 days' worth of pause time. You may activate the pause any time you choose, but you must use at least 7 days of pause time before unpausing.  We school year-round, but this is great for when we take a week of here and there for vacation, hosting company or the holidays.
 As I mentioned earlier, the academic content is the same as the 2.0 curriculum and includes over 100 hours of multimedia instruction.  The physical books have been replaced by eBooks.  3.0 works on ALL desktops and laptops, and it will even work on flash-enabled tablets and smartphones (check the TT website to confirm your device will work)


Phew!  Those are all of MY favorite things about Teaching Textbooks 3.0, but it's also super important that the student loves it too.  Find out what my kiddos thought about their experience with Teaching Textbooks 3.0:

12 year-old A, Algebra


Favorite part of 3.0:
"I love all the backgrounds and buddy characters.  Customization is my jam."

Preference of 2.0 or 3.0:
"No question, 3.0"

9 year-old D, Math 7

Favorite part of 3.0:
"You don't have to find the discs to do Math and I don't have to share my laptop with A anymore."  (A uses a Chromebook which has internet capability, but no disk drive.)

Preference of 2.0 or 3.0:
"3.0 big time"

As you can see, 3.0 was a huge hit with both kiddos and we will be sticking to it.  Yay for Teaching Textbooks!

Pricing:

Math 3, Math 4 and Math 5 are each $43.08 for a 12-month subscription which works out to  $3.59 per month

Math 6 and Math 7 are each $55.08 for a 12-month subscription which works out to  $4.59 per month

Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus are $67.08 for a 12-month subscription which works out to $5.59 per month

And check out this great news for families with 4 or more students:


The Teaching Textbooks™ 3.0 Large-Family
Discount Plan
Complete Program: 12-Month Subscription for 4-8 Students: $199.08
(which works out to only $16.59 per month!)

You can still purchase the 2.0 disc sets and physical copies of the books if you 'd like. 

If you'd like to try before you buy, Teaching Textbooks is offering a free trial!


Sign up on the Free Trial Page!


Teaching Textbooks has also generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for a 12-month subscription to one lucky ABCD Diaries reader! Enter below:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Loved + Blessed: A Christian Faith-Based Subscription Box July Edition #spon


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

We recently had the chance to review the July box from Loved + Blessed:


Loved + Blessed is a Christian faith-based subscription box service that delivers a box of encouragement right to your door each month.


Each box revolves around a central theme and comes with a mini poster, a sticker, a purse-sized scripture card and a gift.

The theme for the July box was Seasons:


 The scripture card this month featured Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven."


The special gifts for July were awesome!  


A gorgeous set of purse-sized journals, one for each season.

This box also included an encouragement kit to pass along to a friend:


I definitely think there is room for Loved + Blessed in the subscription box market and I love that their mission is to deliver encouraging products that support a fantastic message!

If that wasn't enough, Loved + Blessed gives a portion of the proceeds of each box sold to Union Rescue Mission, a charity that offers hope and healing to the homeless.  What an amazing cause!

For just $15.99/month + $4 shipping and handling in the US, you can get your Loved + Blessed box or gift someone else with this monthly dose of encouragement today!




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, July 26, 2018

Get Hot Beauty Products Each Month with a Subscription to Adore Box! July 2018 Edition #spon

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

Are you always on the hunt for hot new beauty products?  What if you could get those awesome products delivered straight to  your door each month?  With Adore Box you can!

Adore Box starts at just $15 per month (half off coupon code at the end of this post!)  Each box at the basic level includes 4-10 carefully hand selected items. These items may include: makeup, hair care, skin care, jewelry, snacks, accessories, and/or housewares. These items may be sample sized, full sized or a combination of both.

There are also options for 2X Monthly and Quarterly Premium subscriptions. The 2X Monthly allows you to receive two of each item in the monthly box to share with a friend or relative. The Quarterly Premium consists of all full sized products and ships in January, April, July and October. 


Check out the goodies in our July Adore Box:


Summer's Eve Simply Coconut Water Cleansing Cloth X 2, price unknown

Made with simple ingredients that gently remove the bacteria that can cause odor.

Measurable Difference Brow Amplifying Tint Eyebrow Gel, Full Size .19oz, $10

 Colors and fills in sparse brows while keeping brow hairs perfectly framed and in place.

Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Multi Action Foam Cleanser, .24 oz $1.25

 Treat your skin with this refreshing foam that cleanses gently yet thoroughly.

Lancome Juicy Tubes, full size is .50 for $18, this is the .33 oz size

 This ultra shiny gloss sweeps on a sheer, sexy wash of color.

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oil Free Oxygenating Gel Cream, full size is 2 oz for $37, this is the .17 oz size

A gel-cream formula to moisturize and smooth skin.

Our July box is valued at over $25 making it an excellent value!  We will use each of the awesome name brand products which adds to the overall value of the box.  Getting a surprise collection of hand-selected beauty finds each month is super fun and we love Adore Box!  This subscription would be fantastic for tweens, teens and adults alike!


Use the code HALFOFF to get your first box at half price!





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, July 24, 2018

Chewy.com Challenge: Only Natural Pet RawNibs Beef and Tripe Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog Food Part 2 #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 Only Natural Pet:


Give your pup or feline friend the supreme health benefits of a raw diet in Only Natural Pet RawNibs Beef & Tripe. The easy-to-feed, bite-size nibbles are never cooked, heated or steamed, but are freeze-dried to lock in flavor and nutrition. It’s great as a complete meal, a healthy topper or nutritional boost, or even a healthy, raw snack on the go. This holistic formula contains raw freeze-dried, beef and organ meat for a tasty kibble with maximum nutritional benefits. It’s filled with fresh whole vegetables and fruits, such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, and apples for a nutritional powerhouse packed with fiber, potassium, vitamins and minerals. Plus, organic goat’s milk—rich in electrolytes, enzymes, protein and fatty acids—making it easily digestible for your furry friend’s stomach, and no grains, soy, corn or wheat.


Harley was lucky enough to be chosen to do a 30 day trial of RawNibs and she seems pretty excited about it!  This vet-formulated food can be feed as a topper or complete meal.  You can even stuff it inside dog treats for a fun and stimulating play-time with a tasty reward!


RawNibs features real beef and organ meat along with veggies and other organic ingredients for an amazing balance of antioxidants, electrolytes and healthy fats in every bite.  It is safely made in the USA without the use of grain and comes in an easy-to-use resealable package.

Harley absolutley inhales this stuff and because we weer originally using it as a food topper, she was selectively eating just the RawNibs and not her kibble.  We decided a more fun way to give this food to her would be as a treat in her KONG toy:


She has a blast getting every last piece out!  We've noticed a smoother coat and more regular stools since starting her on RawNibs two weeks ago, both are great benefits!

You can find Only Natural Pet RawNibs Beef & Tripe Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Food at Chewy.com. This is a fairly affordable option for a raw diet at just $19.99 for a 10 oz bag.



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.