Thursday, October 18, 2018

Loved + Blessed: A Christian Faith-Based Subscription Box October 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 October 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 October box was Courage:


 The scripture card this month featured Joshua 1:9  "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


The special gift for October was awesome!  It was a special reminder bracelet that allows you to pick the charm or charms you need to encourage yourself daily:


There are 10 charms to choose from and they come in a cute little pouch.


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.

Spooky YA Must Reads from Scholastic! #spon

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

Just in time for the spookiest time of year, we found some creepy YA fiction for you!  These are our top three picks from Scholastic that will really get you or your young reader in the spirit for Halloween.  Check them out:

By Nicholas Bowling

GRADES 
6-8,  9-12

GENRE
Fiction

Alyce's mother has just been burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft. With only a thin set of instructions and a witch’s mommet for guidance, Alyce must face the world that she’s been sealed off from — a world of fear and superstition. With a witch hunter fast on her trail, she’ll need the help of an innkeeper and a boy looking to discover the truth behind his own mother's past.

But as her journey continues, another war rages: a hidden war of the supernatural, of the living and the dead. Good and evil are blurred, and nobody’s motives can be trusted. And Alyce finds herself thrown unwillingly into the conflict. Struggling to understand her own powers, she is quickly drawn into a web of secret, lies, and dark magic that could change the fate of the world she is just coming to know.

This dark, twisty, and thrillingly original debut will leave readers entranced in its suspenseful plot and rich prose.


By Jeffrey Salane

GRADES
3-5,  6-8

GENRE
Fiction

Sometimes man's best friend is loyal for life... and beyond!
Lucas Trainer has just moved to the middle of nowhere — a town called Hounds Hollow, where ghostly dogs prowl at night. At first, he's terrified by the nightly apparitions. But as he slowly uncovers the mystery behind the town, he learns that a ghost dog's bark is worse than its bite... and in fact the dogs are protecting the town from an even more terrifying threat.

Spooky, fun, and mysterious, this is author Jeffrey Salane's stand-alone follow-up to the Lawless series, and is perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children...and dog lovers of all stripes.


Author: Victoria Schwab

AGES
9 - 12 

GENRE
Mystery and Horror, Adventure

Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can really see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass and Jacob come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil.

Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


These spooky tales offer just the right amount of hair raising thrills for middle-grade readers.  What a frightful treat!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chewy.com October Challenge: 30 Days of Clean Doggy Teeth with WHIMZEES! Part 1 #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 is helping us give Harley Mae the chance to embark on the Whimzees 30 Day Challenge! We are going to give her 1 dental treat a day and share our experience along the way.


Harley Mae LOVES chewing and dental treats are among her favorite treats.  So far she seems super interested in 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 thinking I know how Harley Mae is going to feel about these treats, but stay tuned for more on her 30 day WHIMZEES challenge!




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 16, 2018

Simply Earth DIY Essential Oil Goodies: October Recipes Part 1

*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 the goodies in our October box:


Today, we are going to share the first 3 DIY projects using recipes and goodies from the October box and the Big Bonus Box.  The monthly box contain the oils, recipe cards and additional goodies you need for that month and the Big Bonus Box includes a stash containers and carrier oils that can be used with any month's box.

First up, the Energy Roll-On:


D was excited to create this amazing blend in roll-on form.  It smells so refreshing! 


A decided to make the Uplifting Inhaler:


This is great for a quick burst of pick-me-up in inhaler form.  It smells lovely!


Finally, we decided to mix up a little concoction for our diffuser.  In the spirit of Halloween, this month's diffuser recipe is for Dragon's Blood:


  Who knew Dragon's Blood would smell so awesome?

Stay tuned for the rest of our October projects from Simply Earth!

Create these fun DIY oily goodies along with us all October long with your own Simply Earth subscription!  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.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Simply Earth October 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 October box:


We are super excited to try out all of these recipes and share our experiences with you all October 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.









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, September 27, 2018

Crazy Cups September Flavor: Pumpkin Vanilla Creme #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 September was Pumpkin Vanilla Creme:


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:
Treat yourself to the flavor of Vanilla-Laced Pumpkin Pie, Topped with sweet creme. Go ahead. You've Earned It.

Our thoughts:
You know what?  We HAVE earned it!  We made it allllll the way to September and it's time to bring on the pumpkins!  Fall is my favorite time of year and this is the perfect cup of coffee to start every Fall morning on the right foot.  If you love pumpkin lattes, you will really like this spicy, creamy blend.  We are fans for sure!


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 September Pick: Tylee's Human-Grade Salmon Recipe Frozen 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 Tylee's:


Tylee's Salmon Recipe Human-Grade Dog Food gives you all the benefits of a homemade meal for your pup, without any of the prep time. Tylee’s is made with human-grade ingredients just like you’d find at the grocery store—real, whole foods you can see and identify. Real deboned salmon is cooked and combined with nutritious fruits and vegetables then frozen to keep in all the flavor and nutrients. To prepare this nutritiously delicious food, simply defrost it and serve it. Each recipe is grain-free and has only one source of protein, so it’s perfect for pets with sensitive tummies. In Tylee’s Salmon Recipe you will find real deboned salmon plus peas, pineapples, spinach, sweet potatoes and chia seeds that are full of fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals to help keep your pal in tip-top shape. The combination of salmon, chia seeds and flaxseed provide omega-3 and 6 for a healthy coat. With all this good stuff on the menu, there’s no room for things like fillers, corn, wheat, soy, by-product meals, artificial flavors, artificial coloring or any ingredients sourced from China. Tylee’s is made in the USA with ingredients from around the world and is available exclusively at Chewy.com.


Just look at this beautiful food!  You can actually pick out the whole, natural ingredients by  sight!  Now, that's impressive!

Harley loves fish, (she is a beach doggy after all) and she is a huge fan of Tylee's!  She doesn't even care if we defrost this frozen food first...she is perfectly happy to eat it icy, especially on a hot afternoon.  In fact, she doesn't even care if we put it in her bowl...she's fine with eating it straight from the bag:)



As you can see, Tylee's was a huge hit with Harley Mae and we love providing foods for her with whole, all natural ingredients.

You can find Tylee's Human-Grade Salmon Recipe Frozen Dog Food at Chewy.com.  A 1.875 lb bag is $22.49.




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.