Monday, February 27, 2012

Scrubbing Bubbles Review and Giveaway...

 "When it comes to cleaning, it’s easy to feel like it’s all up to you. But with the Scrubbing Bubbles® Automatic Shower Cleaner, you’ve got a cleaning partner that takes care of the tough stuff for you. Simply touch the button and walk away—the dual sprayer spins 360 degrees to spray a penetrating cleaner on all four walls and tub. The formula attacks soap scum and cleans mold & mildew stains, allowing you to wait to clean your shower for up to 30 days!  A booster button provides even more cleaning power when you need it. And now your Scrubbing Bubbles® Automatic Shower Cleaner starter kit comes with a Fresh Clean formula that keeps your bathroom smelling great for up to 24 hours.

Do you hate cleaning the toilet? It can be the most disgusting task in the house.  Might not be the most difficult task, but it is never ending.  Wouldn’t it be nice to remove yourself from toilet-cleaning duty?
Introducing Scrubbing Bubbles® One Step toilet bowl cleaner—the toilet system that works hard to keep your toilet clean and smelling fresh so you don’t have to!
Start with a clean bowl and it will easily keep it clean with just a couple of sprays a day.  The powerful cleaner tackles tough stains like toilet rings, hard water marks and lime scale – and helps keep them away.
Simply clip the nozzle over the rim inside the bowl—it securely fits all types of toilet bowls.  Then effortlessly spray the bowl with the tap of the foot pedal and walk away!  The 360 degree spray will cover the complete bowl, even under the rim."

What we thought: The Scrubbing Bubbles products we tried out were pretty awesome!  They really help make keeping our bathroom clean a breeze.  I hate scrubbing the the shower.  With the Automatic Shower Cleaner, its as easy as pushing a button.  It fits most standard shower types and works really well to keep the soap scum off the shower walls and curtain.  The One Step toilet bowl cleaner is just that easy too!  One Step and the unit sprays the toilet with powerful Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner to help keep the toilet clean for even longer.  We were definitely satisfied with our Scrubbing Bubble experience:)  ABCD Diaries gives Scrubbing Bubbles an A+!

SpermCheck Fertility Giveaway...

"Planning to get pregnant soon and want to prepare? Trying to get pregnant and having issues? Introducing SpermCheck® Fertility, the fast, accurate, affordable, at-home sperm count test for men, now available online from

Each year 11 million couples will try to have a baby, but about 7 million of those couples will have fertility issues and the most commonly accepted myth is that the woman is mostly to blame. The fact is that about 50% of all infertility problems are directly attributed to the male, and most of them are mainly due to low sperm count. Still many men are reluctant to get their sperm tested because up until now they had to go to their healthcare provider and perform the test in the doctor’s office or lab. Such laboratory sperm tests can be costly, as well as embarrassing.

Now with a new at-home test kit called SpermCheck® Fertility, men can test their sperm count in the privacy of their home. SpermCheck Fertility is the only FDA approved, 98% accurate home test for men – it’s as accurate as a lab test but more affordable and convenient. In just 10 minutes, the easy-to-read results indicate a normal or below normal sperm count.  The SpermCheck® Fertility test costs substantially less than a visit to the doctor without the embarrassment and indignities of providing a semen sample to a doctor or nurse.

Experts agree that a sperm count test should be the very first and essential step in fertility testing for couples – it’s non-invasive and can help eliminate or identify a potential stumbling block to conception.

Whether you are planning a pregnancy in the near future or have been trying to conceive, this inexpensive home test can help couples to save time, money and frustration.

Why SpermCheck® Fertility?
  • SpermCheck® Fertility FDA approved 
  • SpermCheck® Fertility is as accurate as lab testing – 98% accurate
  • SpermCheck® Fertility is private and convenient – done in the privacy of your own home
  • SpermCheck® Fertility is affordable —just $39.99
  • SpermCheck® Fertility is fast and easy – provide easy to read results in 10 minutes

SpermCheck® Fertility is currently available online at and and will be available in Walgreens stores nationwide in April 2012. Suggested retail price is $39.99. for more information about SpermCheck® Fertility, visit For the latest information on store availability, news and special giveaway offers, join our Facebook community ."

Aluma Wallet Review...

Aluma Wallet: "To avoid an old overstuffed wallet that's hard to fit in your pants pocket or handbag,  Aluma Wallet is an aluminum wallet that's slim and trendy as well as super light, indestructible, and water resistant. Designed for men and women, this wallet can hold items safely and securely.  Available in four colors: black, silver, red or blue.  SRP: $10.99"  

What we thought:  What a neat idea!  Our Aluma wallet was really sleek and fit easily into my back pocket. It is really lightweight and has held up very in our few weeks of testing it.  It will be great to have out on the boat, so I don't have to worry about getting the things in my wallet wet.  When I use it in a purse or bag it is really easy to find due to its bright red color.  I most often carry my ID and credit card in my pocket, and I like knowing with the Aluma wallet my credit card info is safe from those card readers identity thieves are using these days.  ABCD Diaries gives the Aluma Wallet an A+!

The Aluma Wallet is a TeleBrands Product.  Keep up with the latest TeleBrands news via Facebook and Twitter

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Michael Season's Black Bean Crisps Review and Giveaway...

What we thought:  The Michael Season's Black Bean Crisps were pretty good:)  We especially enjoyed the simplicity of the Sea Salt variety.  These crisps are light and airy, but hearty enough for dipping in salsa or hummus and have a really great crunch!  They are great for afternoon snack and stay crunchy all the way until lunch time in A's lunch bag.  They would also make good party fare the next time you entertain.  ABCD Diaries gives Michael Season's Black Bean Crisps an A!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Brainy Baby Review...

"For 15 years, The Brainy Company’s primary product line, Brainy Baby®, has been a pioneer and leader in educational videos for children, preschooler books, toddler learning games, flashcards for preschool and learning toys for infants. This award-winning line of kids learning tools introduces educational subjects such as: learn the abcs, shapes, animals, art, music and so much more. Brainy Baby® educational videos for children feature multiple ethnicities, inspiring original music, nursery rhymes and instrumental classics. Brainy Baby® has won over 75 national awards, including: Dr. Toy’s Top 100 Best Children’s Product, the Dove Foundation’s Seal of Approval, Parenting Magazine’s Top Videos of the Year and more.

As The Brainy Company continues to grow and expand, you can count on us to put your child's best interest first. The mission of The Brainy Company is about helping children develop a love of learning for a lifetime®.

Your child´s future is our inspiration.®"

Flash the Animals Firetruck™ - Flashcar Friends™ New Wooden Toy

"Meet the Flashcar Friends™
These unique and adorable wooden vehicle characters have very special cargo - flashcards on academic topics like letters, numbers and more!
Each Flashcar Friends™ vehicle is made of wood, including the flashcards too!
Flash the Animals Fire Truck‛s flashcards are filled with cute pictures and interesting facts on lots of different animals that your child will love to discover. Whether you roll him around or take him on-the-go, learning about animals has never been so fun.
These awesome additions to the Brainy Baby® line of products are especially designed to help your child develop a love of learning for a lifetime®.
Collect Flash‛s other Flashcar Friends™ - Rudy the 123s Recycling Truck™, Aerial the Shapes & Colors Airplane™ and Sadie the ABCs School Bus™ - and open up a word of discovery for your child."

What we thought:  Both A and D have really enjoyed playing with Flash:)  It is super educational and a lot of fun.  A is just learning to read so she enjoys "teaching" D about each animal using the facts on the card.  The cards are numbered as well which is really helping D learn about number sequence.  The entire truck and cards are wooden which makes them extra durable and able to withstand the sometimes rough paly of a 3 year old boy:)  A Flashcar would make a great gift for the "brainy baby" in your life:)  ABCD Diaries gives the Flashcar from Brainy Baby an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a sample for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

BTB Sport Optics Review...

"For more than a year, BTB Sunglasses were test marketed at professional events, tradeBTB logo shows and retail establishments gaining valuable insight and feedback from the marketplace. The market message was clear and consistent.

Due to the economic times and the increasing education of the consumer, high priced sunglasses were not selling. High priced sunglasses retailing between $75.00 to $ 200.00 plummeted and inventory levels of the perceived "High Quality" industry leaders steadily rose in the retail sector. Understanding this trend, our mission was to introduce a line of sport and recreational sunglasses that provided the following:
  • Superior Optic Quality
  • Complete UVA & UVB Protection
  • Frame Construction Materials of the Highest Quality and Durability
  • Complimentary Styles and "Formed Fit" for Comfort
  • Diverse Usage Applications for the Consumer
  • Aggressive and Affordable Price Point
Our goal was accomplished. We are extremely excited and proud to present the BTB Sunglass line of quality eyewear."

What we thought:  These glasses were great for outdoor activities.  They did a wonderful job shielding my eyes from the sun, they didn't slip and slide everywhere even when I was at my most active.  Not to mention they looked great on!  We are a family who spends A LOT of time outdoors and we live in a place where we can be outside all year-round so I know these sunglasses will get a lot of use.  The price is extremely affordable for the quality of glasses you receive!  BTB has an extensive selection of sunglasses for all sports.  Check out the Running Sunglasses or the Golf Sunglasses!  These could make great gifts as well!  ABCD Diaries gives BTB Sport Optics an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a sample for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Nature's Granola

"It began with a wedding and has turned into a movement, one spoonful of delicious granola at a time. Nature’s Path Organic Foods is continuing their Love Crunch story (read more about the story here), with new Love Crunch Granolas offered in four unique flavors:

·         Dark Chocolate & Red Berries (the original flavor) – the perfect marriage of flax granola, strawberries, raspberries, coconut and dark chocolate chunks that has 14 grams of Whole Grains per serving, no cholesterol, low sodium, no trans fat and is an excellent source of ALA Omega-3.
·         Apple Crumble – a deliciously sweet blend of green apples, pecans and cinnamon, with omega-3 and fiber-rich chia seeds that has 15 grams of Whole Grains per serving, no cholesterol, low sodium, no trans fat and is a good source of ALA Omega-3.
·         Carrot Cake – a melt-in-your-mouth combination of carrots, raisins, yogurt, pecans and pineapple with 15 grams of Whole Grains per serving, no cholesterol, low sodium and no trans fat.

·         Aloha Blend – a tropical treat filled with pineapple, coconut and white chocolate chunks with 14 grams of Whole Grains per serving, no cholesterol, low sodium and no trans fat.
To spread the love even more, for each bag of Love Crunch sold, Nature’s Path will donate the equivalent in cereal or cash (up to $1 million) to food banks. This “Bite4Bite” initiative bundles the goodwill of all the consumers buying Love Crunch into what Nature’s Path calls “love miracles” by helping to ease hunger for those who need it most."

What we thought:  Wow...we are in love with a granola:)  Make that 4 kinds of granola, since we find it impossible to choose a favorite between the Nature's Path Love Crunch varieties.  These bags of goodness are chock full of crispy granola and big chunks of fruit, nuts and even chocolate!  They are also full of fiber and a good source of whole grains.  Equally important is what you won't find in this tasty cholesterol or trans fat and they are low in sodium.  Who new healthy could taste so good!?  You should definitely check out Nature's Path granola!  ABCD Diaries gives Love Crunch an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry Kid's Toothpaste Review and Giveaway...

About Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry Toothpaste:
•First and only natural kid’s toothpaste to receive the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance for its proven effectiveness.
•No artificial dyes or sweeteners. Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry toothpaste gets its naturally sweet flavor from real strawberries.
•Available with and without fluoride: this is especially important for kids who are not adept at the whole spitting/rinsing thing yet.
•Rates an 8.0 on the Good Guide for health.
•Discloses all ingredients right there on the product page.
•No animal testing or animal ingredients.
•10% of profits from all sales are donated to help people and the planet.

What we thought: Our kiddos are 5 and 3 and don't really like the taste of mint at all, not even bubble mint, which makes it hard to find a good toothpaste for them.  The fruity flavored toothpastes we've found tend to have artificial sweeteners in them.  What?!  Shouldn't that be an oxymoron?  They actually preferred baking soda toothpastes until we found Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry!  They really love this toothpaste!  I like that it is available both with and without fluoride and has no added artificial sweeteners.  Thanks Tom's of Maine for introducing a great toothpaste into our kiddo's brushing routine:)  ABCD Diaries gives Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry an A+!

Hawaiian Kettle Chips Review...

"Real potatoes sliced and slow cooked in the old Hawaiian tradition in a select blend of oils for a crispy, crunchy potato chip with just the perfect pinch of salt.
Open a bag of Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips and let yourself be swept away to a tropical paradise of blue skies and warm, sandy beaches."

What we thought:  Mmmm...we LOVE the satisfying crunch of a good Kettle chip.  The Hawaiian Kettle Chips we sampled really brought it:)  Our favorites were the Wasabi and Sweet Onion varieties.  What a delicious take on some really fantastic Hawaiian flavors!  These chips were bursting with flavor and crunchy down to the crumbs in the bottom of the bag...I know this because we were definitely savoring these little gems:)  ABCD Diaries gives Hawaiian Kettle Chips an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Frank's RedHot Review...

"Frank’s® RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce, the secret ingredient used in the original Buffalo wing recipe since 1964, has a distinctive profile that is responsible for America’s obsession with Buffalo flavor. Since then, flavor fans have discovered that there are many other ways to enjoy the great taste of Frank’s RedHot. Try Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip. It is a creamy, flavorful dip that has all the flavor of authentic Buffalo wings but without the mess and it’s easy to make, too.

In addition to numerous recipes that include this “must-have” ingredient, flavor fans who fell in love with Frank’s RedHot Original can now choose from other great flavor varieties. New Sweet Chili Sauce is great for those seeking a sweet ‘n spicy alternative and THICK sauce has the same great flavor as Original, but is thicker for better pouring and spreading. So try Frank’s RedHot on all your favorites like subs, pizza, nachos, chili, chips and more.

Whether you are looking for tangy, spicy, or simply the taste of Original, visit for great recipes like this one:
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 20 min.

2 ½ lbs. chicken wing pieces
¾ cup any flavor FRANK’S® REDHOT® Wing Sauce

1. BAKE wings in foil-lined pan at 500°F on lowest oven rack for 20 minutes until crispy, turning once.
2. TOSS wings in sauce to coat.
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Tip: You may substitute ½ cup FRANK’S® REDHOT® Sauce mixed with 1/3 cup melted butter for the Wings Sauce. Alternate Cooking Directions: Deep-fry at 375°F for 10 minutes.
Broil 6-inches from heat 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.
Grill over medium heat 20 to 25 minutes, turning often.

Check out this simple recipe using Frank's Sweet Chili Sauce:
Super simple way to enjoy FRANK’S® RedHot® Sweet Chili Sauce
Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

1 cup FRANK’S® RedHot® Sweet Chili Sauce
8 ozs Cream Cheese
1 tbsp. Scallion, minced
2 cups Mixed cut raw vegetables (crudites) to dip

1. PUT Cream cheese in shallow soup bowl.
2. POUR FRANK’S® RedHot® Sweet Chili Sauce over. Sprinkle scallions on top.
3. ARRANGE crudites around

What we thought:  We love Frank's RedHot sauces!  The original sauce is great for wings, and I especially love it on mac 'n cheese.  This was our first experience with the Sweet Chili and we were really impressed.  It wasn't crazy sweet and had just the right amount of spice.  It was great as a dipping sauce for nuggets and fantastic with egg rolls!  With so many delicious varieties, Frank's RedHot is sure to have something for every member of your family:)  ABCD Diaries gives Frank's RedHot an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Finlandia Cheese Review...

"Finlandia® has a variety of cheese ranging, from Swiss, Light Swiss, Havarti to Muenster and Gouda. Finlandia’s cheeses are all natural, hormone-free and naturally lactose-free, but the true point of difference is the taste. With over 100 years of master cheese making experience, Finlandia uses only the highest quality ingredients and carefully ages the cheese to deliver a distinctly delicious nutty and robust flavor.

For those watching their health and waistline, Finlandia recently introduced New Lacey Swiss Cheese, a truly delicious Swiss cheese but without the fat and sodium of traditional Swiss. The new debut boasts a light and airy texture and 24% less fat than regular Swiss Cheese. Aged for over 60 days, the flavor is so authentic; it’s hard to tell Finlandia Lacey Swiss is actually a low fat cheese. Finlandia cheeses can be found in the Deli section of supermarkets and at deli counters.

Try this super sandwich recipes from Chef Ariane Duarte:

Turkey and Finlandia Lacey Swiss Avocado BLT
Created by Chef Ariane Duarte
Serves 2

4 Slices 7 Grain Bread
4 oz sliced roasted turkey breast
6 Slices Finlandia Lacey Swiss
4 pieces turkey bacon (cooked according to package)
1 tomato, sliced
½ Avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
Green Leaf lettuce, such as Romaine
Light Mayonnaise

Spread mayo on all slices of grain bread. On two of the slices, place lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, turkey and top with Finlandia Lacey Swiss. Top with remaining 2 slices. Cut in half.
Serve with your favorite chips and pickles. Enjoy!

What we thought:  We love Finlandia cheeses!  The Lacey Swiss is amazingly light and adds fantastic flavor to any sandwich.  We have also tried the Gouda and Muenster varieties which are great for melting over a hot sandwich or burger.  Finlandia is definitely a favorite in our house and with the extensive selection of recipes on the Finlandia website, you are sure to find something fantastic that your whole family will love:)  ABCD Diaries gives Finlandia cheese an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Blistex Hand Cream Review and Giveaway...

"We’ve all experienced it: winter’s gift of cracked, chapped hands, elbows, knees and more.  As more typical winter conditions finally begin to hit much of the country, its the perfect time for you to check out new Blistex Intensive Hand Cream, a great new formula at a terrific $2.87 price point. Trusted for over 60 years as a gold standard in treating dry, chapped and cracked lips, Blistex is bringing its extensive moisturizing expertise to the hands. This cream combines ingredients like glycerin, silicone, chamomile and other extracts to hydrate, soften, protect and soothe skin. 
It only takes a simple dab of this intensive cream to deliver superb moisturization, keep hands feeling silky smooth, and protect them from damage. Blistex Intensive Hand Cream is offered in scented and fragrance-free versions and is now available at over 1500 Walmart stores."

What we thought:  We love Blistex lip products, so we were excited to learn that they also make hand cream.  The Intensive Hand Cream is great.  It goes on smooth and leaves my hands feeling soft and silky and moisturized without leaving behind a greasy feeling.  The smell of the fragranced variety was good, but a little too strong for me.  The fragrance-free hand cream was just right:)  These creams would be great for healing and protecting your chapped hands this winter.  ABCD Diaries gives Blistex Hand Cream an A+!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Coasterica Review...

"Coasterica coasters slip around the base of stemware protecting surfaces from drips and spills while also protecting glassware from chips and cracks.  Coasterica beverage coasters are made from flexible silicone and easily stretch to fit most stemware. The ideal base size is from 2.5” (63.5mm) to 3.38” (86mm).  Coasterica drink Coasters are made from high grade silicone. They are free of phthalates, lead, latex and bisphenol-a."

What we thought:  These coasters are so neat!  They come in a variety of patterns and themes...something to match every occasion and personality.  We chose the Mosaic pattern above and we love them:)  They are great for a couple of reasons...They are multi-purpose coasters AND wine charms.  This is great because when we entertain we don't have to remind people to use a coaster and our furniture stays ring-free, not to mention everyone can easily find their glass depending on the design of their coaster.  What a stylish way to dress up our bar ware!  They are reusable and easy to clean. ABCD Diaries gives the silicone coasters from Coasterica an A+!
Find out more about these great coasters at Coasterica

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Urielle Hair Care Review and Giveaway...

"Introducing REVITAL a luxury hair serum treatment formulated with age defying properties..

A revolutionary restorative and conditioning styling product that will deliver extraordinary results. Hair will look shinier and feel healthier after just one application.

REVITAL-TREATMENT revives, hydrates ,nourishes, and protects hair from UV-light and free radicals. With multiple applications, hair continues to improve- alleviating split ends and brittle breakage."

Find REVITAL at  

What we thought:  This was easy to use and I noticed softer, shinier hair after just one use.  During the winter months my hair tends to be more brittle.  Using Urielle REVITAL made my hair feel stronger and I noticed fewer split ends after a couple of uses.  I was definitely impressed with this product!  ABCD Diaries gives Urielle REVITAL an A+!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fleur Daily Cupcake Vase Review...

"Fleur Daily Cupcake Vases are a quick and easy to decorate vase. They have eleven placement holes at three different elevations automatically creating a rounded posy or centerpiece.
There are many uses and here are just a few: Table centerpieces, posy’s, party decoration, party favors, wedding decoration and wedding favors, special event decorations, mother’s day gifts, assisted living or hospital gift. As they are non-breakable, low profile and latex free they are great for hospitals where they may be latex allergies.
Fleur Daily Cupcakes are made from a special material that is free of phthalates, BPA, lead, latex and bisphenol-a. It is highly durable yet flexible and recyclable. It has the perfect properties of being flexible yet rigid. This material is used in many internal medical applications as well as being widely used in baby teethers.
These Cupcake vases enable the creator to make the perfect cup cake posy with short stemmed flowers. Enjoy these sweet, 100% Fat Free Cup Cakes."

What we thought:  This is a brilliant and adorable idea!  It is so easy to create a beautiful, personalized floral arrangement that is sure to bring a smile to the face of the recipient with this vase.  I love that is can use it to create a cute bouquet for any occasion.  It is so easy to use, even the kiddos could create some really pretty creations.  And who doesn't LOVE cupcakes?!  These vases would make fabulous gifts or centerpieces.  ABCD Diaries gives the Fleur Daily Cupcake Vase an A+!

Find the perfect Fleur Daily Cupcake Vase for your occasion at

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a sample for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Happy Green Bee Review and Giveaway...

About Happy Green Bee Organic Kids' Clothing and Organic Baby Clothing
"Where childhood is a time for high-energy play, creative exploration and wholesome natural goodness. Discover comfy organic cotton, simple stylish designs and cheerful colors to be mixed and matched in endless combinations for organic kids' clothes that are as fun to buy as they are to wear."

Reversible Petal Dress
"Once upon a time there was a little princess who loved to run, jump and tumble, she would often end up a mess! We created the Reversible Petal Dress in classic black and white for your favorite playful princess. Just turn this dress from polka dots to stripes (or the other way around) for a fresh start! Pair with our Footless Tights or Calypso Pant to maximize the fun. Made with soft and stretchy organic cotton, elegant lettuce edge stitching and reversible front tie, this dress is sure to please your playful princess."

What we thought:  A loves her new reversible petal dress:)  It is really cute!  This dress is so whimsical, but really well-made and durable.  It is definitely a dress that she can play comfortably in which is so great!  A loves to sleep in it as well, so you know it must be super comfy:)  Happy Green Bee has a really cute variety of fun and affordable play clothes.  ABCD Diaries gives Happy Green Bee an A+!

Wolfgang Puck Arrabbiata Sauce Review and Giveaway...

"Wolfgang Puck has a new line of Italian sauces. Chef Puck partnered with Campbell ’s Soup Company to create four varieties of restaurant inspired sauces, including Four Cheese, Arrabbiata, Creamy Vodka, and Tomato Basil. The sauces are 100% all natural and are great for simply pouring over pasta or using on homemade pizza."
What we thought:  Wolfgang Puck's Arrabbiata was pretty tasty:)  We used this sauce over pasta to make a light, fresh-tasting dinner with a little extra kick.  This sauce was a little spicy, but not too much for the kiddos which was nice.  We often have the problem of tomato based sauces being too sweet for our tastes, but the Wolfgang Puck sauce was the perfect balance of spicy and savory, without a crazy sugary flavor.  We are excited to try the other sauces in Wolfgang Puck's line.  ABCD Diaries gives the Arrabbiata sauce an A+!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

GoPicnic Review and Giveaway...

Hummus + Crackers: All-Natural Meal
"A balanced meal featuring Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit & Nut Mix and an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Square. All-Natural, Gluten Free, Vegan & Kosher"

Turkey Stick + Crunch: Classic Deli Meal
"A balanced meal featuring an Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Stick, Popchips Barbecue Potato Chips, Niagara Natural Tropical Fruit Bites, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit & Nut Mix and an Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookie. Gluten Free"

What we thought:  GoPicnic provides easy meals-on-the-go that are all grown-up:)  Though I must say, the kiddos enjoyed these just as much as B and I did:)  They offer several varieties that include all-natural, vegan, gluten-free and kosher varieties and the items in these handy meals are great for those who are health-conscious.  These snacks are the perfect size to make up a balanced meal that is actually filling and delicious.  GoPicnic meals are convenient, healthy options for those super busy days:)  ABCD Diaries gives GoPicnic an A+!

"Monster Suit" by Mo Phillips CD Review and Giveaway...

"Beloved by families in Portland, Oregon, independent musician Mo Phillips is ready to burst onto the national scene with the April 10 release of his third kids’/family CD, Monster Suit.

The uncomplicated charm of Monster Suit stems from its refreshing connection to what was happening in the late ‘50s, when rock ‘n’ roll was evolving from a cultural mix of country, folk, and African-American influence. With a style and delivery sometimes reminiscent of Woody and Arlo, Mo Phillips offers classic acoustic rock ‘n’ roll with a minimum of electric effects in a finely tuned but fiery blend of Americana, soul and blues.

Enhanced by contributions from a gaggle of gifted Portland musicians, Monster Suit’s variety is beyond impressive. With music ranging from “Rollerskate Banana Peels” (a super jam of crazy energy) to “All Okay” (the album’s “lullaby” ballad), each song has its own sound, beat, and artistic space that does not impinge on the other tracks. Monster Suit is exceptionally well balanced, the fidelity is first class, the players all have their acts together, the back-up singers are delightfully hip, and (the best part for many parents) the lyrics are never obscured by the energy of their setting. Mo Phillips feels strongly about not dumbing down lyrics or melodies for kids, and he sings about topics whole families can appreciate. On Monster Suit, these include being exactly who you want to be (“The Princess and The Cowboy”), a party gone awry (“The Worst Party Ever Thrown”), bad hair days (“Bed Head”), a surprising fact about ducks (“Ducks Don’t Get Wet”), and more.

 Monster Suit will be available online at,, and itunes.

CD Details: Monster Suit
For ages 3+.
Label: Hey! Bacon!!
SRP: $12.99
Run time: 34 minutes.

What we thought:  "Monster Suit" is a lively and fun CD and we really enjoyed listening to this CD with A and D.  Mo Phillips' lyrics are fun and funny and really got the kiddos up and moving.  The music is enjoyable for young and old alike...everyone will appreciate Phillips' style:)  We are happy to have added a new family-friendly CD to our regular rotation.  ABCD Diaries gives Mo Phillips' Monster Suit an A+! Pattern Review...

Check out this gorgeous quilt!  We used a Valentine's pattern from to make this fun "Love Quilt" and it turned out really great!  The pattern was easy to follow and this quilt was fun to make.  There was a lot of applique work, but the quilt was still fairly easy and quick to make.  We added a few buttons for the 3D effect and it looks really cute:) is a great place for fun, affordable patterns for all skill levels.  Check them out before your next craft project!

Disclosure:  We received a pattern to facilitate this review.  All opinions within this post are ours and ours alone.  Thanks!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Great Alaska Seafood Review...

Wild Alaska White King Salmon-Troll Caught
"Available only for a limited time. White kings are identical to other king salmon in appearance, however the flesh is a pearly white and extremely flavorful. Extremely high in omega 3 oils, the flesh is very mild and very delicate... unlike any salmon you have ever had."

Premium Wild-Troll Caught King Salmon
"Absolutely the very best quality Salmon available!

Our Premium Wild Troll Caught king Salmon are prized by chefs and sought after by discriminating gourmets because these fish receive special treatment from the first moment of the catch.

Caught one at a time, by hook and line, they are immediatly dressed, packed with ice, and carefully, individually chilled. Unlike other salmon that are net-caught in big numbers, these fish demand the full attention of the fishing vessel crew.

With nickel-bright skin and rich red meat, there is no better wild king salmon available unless you catch it yourself. High in heart-healthy Omega-3 Oils and huge in flavor. There is no substitute for quality."

What we thought:  Mmmmm...we really enjoyed reviewing Great Alaska Seafood!  The White King Salmon we received came in large pieces, enough to feed 2 people each.  It is a very pretty, very delicate fish, but also hearty and filling.  We also received a few pieces of pink Wild King Salmon.  Both varieties of salmon were flaky and delicious.  We grilled them for B's birthday dinner and everyone was impressed.  We also tried the salmon rub, which has a very smoky flavor and is great on grilled fish.  Great Alaska Seafood also sent us an amazing cheese was really great with crackers and made a great cheese sandwich.  It would be perfect for serving to party guests.  The salmon tasted super fresh and living here on the Gulf coast, we really know what fresh fish should taste like:)  Shipping was speedy, which is impressive considering how far our samples travelled and the products were packaged really well to seal in the freshness.  Great Alaska Seafood offers a variety of seafood delicacies...check them out for all of your seafood needs:)  ABCD Diaries gives Great Alaska Seafood an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Kidlandia Kreechur Review and Giveaway...

 Kidlandia, is an interactive site that allows kids to imagine, create, and rule their own kingdom! With its series of new innovative online games, mobile apps, plush toys and printable products, Kidlandia® fully captures personalized entertainment for kids and parents.

We reviewed a Kidlandia Plush Kreechur, Mouse Fly. Each Kreecher has a unique code inside the tag that connects you to the interactive online games and the rest of the Kidlandia Kingdom.

The kiddos really enjoyed playing with Mouse Fly and on the Kidlandia website.  I liked knowing there was a place where they could have fun without having to worry about inappropriate content.  We still monitor their computer use VERY closely, but Kidlandia proved to be a great children's community where I know they'll be able to play safely.  ABCD Diaries gives Kidlandia an A+!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Elly's Couture Betsey Johnson Jewelry Review and Giveaway...

"Getting together the best of fashion and quality, Elly's Couture- the best Designer Clothing Shop brings you the ultimate collection of clothing and accessories. Whether it is the Friday evening cocktail or the luncheon with your favorite girlfriends or the corporate dinner, at Elly's you will manage to find something that would make you the center of the attraction. Elly's is a Designer Clothing Boutique that brings you Designer Fashions' not only clothes but hand bags, accessories and footwear to give you the perfect look no matter what the occasion."

Elly's Couture is a great place to shop for Betsey Johnson Jewelry!

We reviewed the Betsey Johnson Asian Jungle Collection Panda Bamboo Necklace

What we thought:  We decided to use this cute necklace as a reward for 5 year old A after she received several recognitions at her very first Awards Assembly.  She absolutely loved it!  Of course, Betsey Johnson jewelry is both kid and adult friendly and I'll probably be borrowing this little cutie the next time date night comes around:)  The selection of Betsey Johnson jewelry at Elly's Couture is pretty impressive and they have something to fit in everyone's budget.  If you are looking for chic and affordable fashions, Elly's Couture would be a great place to start!  ABCD Diaries gives Elly's Couture an A+!

Nature Jams by Farmer Jason Review...

Farmer Jason Encourages Kids To Get Active and Delight in the Big World Outside with Nature Jams
"Farmer Jason, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed family music artist, released a new collection of original songs and music videos on a brand new music label myKaZoo Music through Universal Music Enterprises on February 7, 2012. Nature Jams features guest appearances from top artists and will be the debut release from the new label. myKaZootv, a new 24/7 interactive kids’ entertainment channel, will premiere additional music videos based on these songs early this year.

Nature Jams is a high-value, kid-friendly gift package of 16 original songs, 4 music videos and a colorful 20-page booklet created by über designer Brad Talbott. The idea is to get kids excited about the big world around them, observing various animals (“Meadowlark in Central Park,” “Manatee,” and “Dison the Bison”), learning about cool places around the world and simply enjoying nature. “The point is to motivate kids to get outside and excite their curiosity about the world around them,” says Jason.

Farmer Jason raked in an all-star list of guest artists to sing and perform with him on Nature Jams, including Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, Mike Mills from R.E.M., Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, Iris DeMent, indie folk darling Brandi Carlile, Grammy®-award winning bassist Vic Wooten, Americana hipster Todd Snider, banjo virtuoso Alison Brown, zydeco star Terrance Simien, platinum-selling vocalist Suzy Bogguss, Celtic rockers The Sawdoctors, humorist-musician Webb Wilder, Hank Williams III and the legendary Tommy Ramone of The Ramones. Other guest artists are Jo Nesbø, the internationally best selling mystery novelist; Kristi Rose, a Nashville chanteuse; and Ruthie Foster, the Blues Music Awards’ Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Even Farmer Jason’s grown-up band Jason and the Scorchers lend energetic, rocking riffs to the song “The Glacier.” With these engaging songs and videos, Farmer Jason and friends hope to motivate children to get outside and experience nature firsthand."

Nature Jams Track listing
1. Nature Jams
2. Can You Canoe (with Alison Brown)
3. Take a Hike (with Mike Mills of R.E.M.)
4. Well Oh Whale (with The Saw Doctors)
5. Meadowlark in Central Park (with Suzy Bogguss)
6. Bayou Boogie (with Terrance Simien)
7. Prairie Riddles (with Iris Dement)
8. Buffalo or Bison (by Webb Wilder)
9. Dison the Bison (with Webb Wilder and Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes)
10. Spelunker (with Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick and Ruthie Foster)
11. The Glacier (withJason and the Scorchers)
12. Manatee (with Hank Williams III and Tommy Ramone)
13. No Place Like the Woods (by Victor Wooten and the Wooten Kids)
14. The Moose Lives Where? (with Todd Snider and Jo Nesbø )
15. Have You Ever (with Brandi Carlile)
16. Skating Along (with Kristi Rose, Addie and Camille Ringenberg)

Bonus: 4 Music videos!
“Take a Hike,” “Spelunker,” “Can You Canoe” and “Dison the Bison”

Upcoming Farmer Jason family concerts
Get updates at

February 15 – Ellis Reference Center, Monroe, MI
February 18 – Uncle Slayton’s, Louisville, KY
March 24 – Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN
March 30 – Milton Rhodes Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC
April 16-17, Alabama public libraries
April 28, The Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
May 3, Peterson Auditorium, Kewanee, IL
June 2-3, Art in the Park Festival, Columbia, MO

What we thought:  The kiddos really loved this CD and the accompanying music videos.  Farmer Jason's music sends a great message to children and their parents alike and his songs are a lot of fun.  This is a star-studded CD featuring co-performances with several big names from the music industry and the variety of voices make for a really great compilation.  Your kiddos are sure to have fun with this CD that encourages them to get outdoors, get active and become more aware of the world around them.  ABCD Diaries gives Nature Jams an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Citrus Lane Review...

"With Citrus Lane, you'll get a box every month filled with cute and practical products recommended by real moms.

Tell us your child's birthdate (up to 3 years) and we'll do the rest.

The all-organic Fresh Start box was sent to subscribers this month. We created this box in collaboration with Healthy Child Healthy World, a nonprofit working to teach parents how to go green, one small step at a time, and we donate a percent of our sales to support their mission."
What we thought:  This is a really cool idea!  It is a great way to try out a fun selection of fantastic products for your little one.  In my opinion, this is way easier than researching a ton of brands and ordering from a bunch of different companies only to be disappointed with the products.  Citrus Lane has done all the hard work and all there is left to do is enjoy your monthly goodie box:)  The January box was a lot of fun and included bath and beauty products for baby AND mom, full-sized food samples, a toy, gift cards and discount codes...what a great value!  A Citrus Lane subscription would make a great shower gift:)  ABCD Diaries gives Citrus Lane an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Master Lock Random Acts of Kindness Facebook Giveaway...


Company Provides Tips and Surprises Thousands of Consumers with Free Locks

While improving health, fitness and organization consistently rank among the top New Year’s resolutions for consumers, recent research shows most Americans have trouble sticking to resolutions. By February, 36 percent of people have already abandoned their resolution, and by April, this total increases to 54 percent1. To help consumers stay on track, Master Lock is celebrating National Random Acts of Kindness Week®2 (February 13 – 19) by offering a variety of tips and products that are sure to help Americans lock-up their resolutions. Throughout the week, visitors to the brand’s Facebook page can enter daily for a chance to win free Master Lock products through a national sweepstakes. The company also will inspire gym-goers in select cities to stick to their fitness plans by handing out free 1534D Set-Your-Own Combination Password locks.
During National Random Acts of Kindness Week, Master Lock will be surprising gym-goers in six cities with the innovative 1534D Password lock to encourage them to stick to their fitness resolutions and spread a little kindness. The lock is ideal for safely storing your personal belongings during a workout and will be distributed in the following markets:

• Chicago, Illinois

• Los Angeles, California

• San Francisco, California

• New York, New York

• Dallas, Texas

• Miami, Florida

Consumers outside of the six markets can also get in on the fun and celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness week by visiting Master Lock’s Facebook page to enter for a chance to win prizes, including the 1534D Password Locks and Visa gift cards.

For more information about the tips above and other security solutions, please visit Master Lock’s website at or the Master Lock Facebook page at . Visit  to utilize the free, secure online data storage application and download a smart phone app for easy access on the go – an ideal place to keep important passwords and other information"

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Earthbound Farms Giveaway...

About Earthbound Farms:
"We think every body deserves delicious, healthy food.Real food that feeds our bodies, food that helps protect our health and the planet’s, too. That’s why we’re organic…and have been since 1984."

Earthbound Farms is offereing a prize pack that includes coupons (a few free, a few $1 off) and a cookbook (The Earthbound Cook by co-founder Myra Goodman) for one giveaway winner.

Lemon Ladies Orchard Review...

Take a look at these beauties from Lemon Ladies Orchard:

Aren't they gorgeous!?  We had the chance to review a bag of beautiful Meyer Lemons thanks to the fine folks over at Lemon Ladies Orchard and we really enjoyed them:)  Shipping was super fast and the lemons were so fresh!  When we opened our package the wonderful aroma of citrus teased us into cutting a lemon right then and there:)  We used our lemons to freshen up glasses of water, add a light squeeze of juice over fish, make a refreshing lemonade and of course in a Lemon Meringue Pie:)  These lemons were smooth and juicy and easy to zest...really, some of the nicest lemons I've ever worked with!  They were tasty too.  Their sweet citrus flavor was enjoyed by every member of the ABCD household...the kiddos were even asking for plain lemons as a snack...woohoo!  ABCD Diaries gives Lemon Ladies Orchard an A+!

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Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.