Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop: Lovely Candy Co Prize Pack #Giveaway #Spon

Whitmor Storage Solutions for Every Room! #Spon

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

We recently had the chance to review a set of storage cubes from Whitmor:

The Whitmor Wire Storage Cubes allow you to create your own storage solutions based on your specific needs. They are interlocking to provide multiple stacking options. You can use these wire storage boxes in a dorm, kid's room, garage, or utility room...pretty much anywhere:)  Each set includes 6 cubes.

5 year old D has been needing a storage system for his new room, so this was perfect!  Here is the space before:

And after:

His toys are way more organized now and it's super easy for him to see
exactly where his toys are and where they belong when it's time to clean up.  He loves them and so do I!

The cubes were pretty easy to set up...B had them up within 20 minutes and they are pretty sturdy.  We haven't had any issues with them collapsing and they can hold a surprising amount of weight.

Whitmor is a great place for organizational tools.  Get ready for back-to-school and organizing those dorm rooms with Whitmor!

ABCD Diaries gives Whitmor an A+!

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Carrington Farms Helps "Healthify" Your Cooking! #Spon

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We recently had the chance to review a selection of flax products and coconut oils from Carrington Farms:

We are pretty new to cooking with coconut oil, but I must say, we were nothing but pleased with every opportunity we had to cook with our Carrington Farms oil!  Their cold-pressed Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil is a nutritious oil and the perfect choice for your health and energy!  It is unrefined and has a delicious subtle coconut flavor which, in our opinion, complements most of our cooking really well:)

Carrington Farms extra-virgin coconut oil is certified organic, has no trans & hydrogenated fats, and is perfect for healthy high heat cooking up to 350 F.  This oil is a great substitution for butter and is so versatile!  It can be used for sautee-ing, roasting, and frying meats and veggies and can also be used in baked goods.  Coconut oil has many other uses including homemade beauty products and treatments and as a homeopathic healing agent as well.

I had never heard of flavored coconut cooking oil until Carrington Farms.  They carry 3 flavors: Original Odorless and Flavorless, Rosemary and Garlic.  I love these!  It really makes adding a delicious flavor to your food easy!  Our favorite was the Garlic...mmmmm:)
"Carrington Farms Organic Flax Hemp Blend has a flavorful combination that provides energy and vitality, strengthens the immune system, supports cardiovascular health and contributes to an overall healthy metabolism. Flax seed is the highest source of lignans found in any food source which is not found in hemp. Hemp seeds, often known as the most nutritious seed in the world, is one of the only plant based foods considered a complete protein."

We loved these!  especially over salads or thrown into baked goods.  They give the dish a hearty nutty flavor and they are just so good for you!

We used the coconut oil and the flax and hemp blend to make these delicious banana muffins and they were a huge hit!

The idea of to-go packs of flax is genius!  You can always have these little packet on hand to healthify any home or on-the-go:)  They are a pre-measured daily serving size and they are so tasty alone or sprinkled on food.

We were super impressed with the quality of our Carrington Farms package.  What an easy and delicious way to make many of your foods a little bit healthier:)

ABCD Diaries gives Carrington Farms an A+!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Plant Therapy Essential Oil Sets #Sponsored

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We recently had the chance to review a set of essential oils from Plant Therapy:

Plant Therapy carries 100% undiluted, high quality oils.  They buy in volume so that they can pass on savings to their customers.  They sell a huge variety of oils including lots of sets of popular oils.  The set we reviewed contained 6 pure essential oils in 10 ml bottles: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Grapefruit.

Essential oils have an enormous list of uses!  From medicinal to household use, these oils are wonderful for natural living.  Plant Therapy provides a great selection at a pretty competitive price and their customer service can be beat!

If you are a fan of quality oils, Plant Therapy is your one-stop shop!

ABCD Diaries gives Plant Therapy an A+!

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Ostrim Jerky for a Healthy Back to School Treat! #Giveaway #Spon

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We recently had the chance to review a package full of jerky goodies from Ostrim:

Ostrim has meat sticks, jerky and trail mix in a variety of turkey, beef and ostrich and beef and elk flavors.  

These high protein snacks are 96% fat free and are a good source of potassium and iron.  Ostrim snacks are the #1 sports nutrition meat snack.  They are perfect for on-the-go and would be great for back-to-school lunches or afternoon snack!

These sticks are a wonderful meat snack and come in a variety of flavors to please everyone's palettes.  From spicy to sweet to savory, there is a great flavor for every mood!
And they are kid-approved:)

ABCD Diaries gives Ostrim meat snacks an A!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FuzzyHeads Plush Make Great Snuggle Buddies! #Spon

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We recently had the chance to review a FuzzyHeads Plush toy pillow:

FuzzyHeads are plush toys that are crafted from luxuriously soft fabrics and come in 3 sizes.  They are the perfect snuggle buddy for your little ones.  FuzzyHeads are perfect for road trips because they can double as cozy pillows!  They are machine washable, which I love:)

D loves his new FuzzyHeads plush pillow!  ABCD Diaries gives FuzzyHeads an A+!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Delta Angular Modern In2ition Shower Head #Sponsored

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We recently had the chance to review the Angular Modern In2ition Shower Head in Stainless Steel from Delta:

This nifty shower head features a four setting hand shower with a magnetic docking system.  It also features Delta's H2Okinetic technology.

 "Delta’s proprietary H2Okinetic technology uses the science of fluidics to create a warmer shower experience that feels like more water, without using more water. This is accomplished through larger water droplets that leave the spray head in a unique wave pattern. H2Okinetic showers are self-cleaning, have larger spray holes that don’t clog, and do not use any moving parts, so they are very low-maintenance."

Here is the shower head we were replacing:

We loved the dual head because it allowed for more water, plus the heads could be moved independently making it easier to get water where you wanted it and not where you didn't.  We were excited to see how the Delta head compared since it features the technology to make it feel like we are using more water without actually using more water and has the capability to "move" the water where you need it with the removable portion of the head.

Installation was pretty easy and B had the new head up within 10 minutes.

I love the sleek design of this modern shower head.  This particular head comes in a variety of finishes to match your existing hardware.  

With a simple flip of the diverter lever, the detachable hand shower can be run separate from, or simultaneously with, the shower head.  Super cool, right?!  The head has 4 combinations of spray so you can find which one you like best.  It also has a long stretchable hose that makes it easy to stretch across even large shower spaces.

When in use, the shower looks to be flowing like a normal head, but you are actually using less water.  The change is noticeable from our old double head, but it's not a big enough difference to matter.  The other features more than compensate!  I love that it is self-cleaning and it looks really great in our shower!

Delta is known for their dependable, efficient faucets and shower heads and this particular head truly lives up to it's claims!

ABCD Diaries gives the Delta Angular Modern In2ition Shower Head an A+!

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Get "Happy" with KIDZ BOP 26! #Spon

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We recently had the chance to review KIDZ BOP 26:

"KIDZ BOP 26the latest volume in the best-selling KIDZ BOPaudio series, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #4. KIDZ BOP 26 is the 9th consecutive KIDZ BOP title to debut in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and the 19th title to hit the Billboard Top 10 since the series launched in 2001. The album is also #1 on the Billboard Children's Chart, alongside two other KIDZ BOP albums in the Top 10.

To support the release of KIDZ BOP 26, The KIDZ BOP Kids - Ashlynn,  Bredia, Grant, Jayna and Matt are currently on their "Dream Big, Sing Loud" national tour.  The tour will hit more than 25 major cities this summer and fall.  For tour dates and ticket information, check out ."

We love KIDZ BOP and this is our favorite CD so far!  It includes some really awesome tracks including "Happy," "Dark Horse" and "Let It Go."  This is a great CD for those summer road trips or back-to-school carpools.  It will give you lots of kid-friendly music without driving you crazy!

ABCD Diaries gives KIDZ BOP 26 an A+!

Caboodles Tres Chic Train Case! #Spon

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We recently had the chance to review a gorgeous Tres Chic train case from Caboodles:

We have been searching for something that is large enough to hold and organize A's collection of makeup and beauty products.  This train case really fit the bill!  It is sturdy and has multiple compartments and ample storage space.  

There isn't a whole lot of empty space with this design...every nook and cranny can be filled completely which creates tons of space that is perfect for items of all sizes.  The latch is easy to use and super strong so you don't have to worry about spilling the contents.

This is a really great case for makeup lovers.  Perfect for bedroom, bathroom or dorm use!

Caboodles makes an assortment of organization and storage products great for travel and at home. So many of their products are great for back-to-school, especially for those going of to college!  

ABCD Diaries gives Caboodles an A+!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eva-Dry Dehumidifier, Perfect for Humid Climates! #Giveaway #Spon

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We recently had the chance to review a dehumidifier from Eva-Dry:

Eva-Dry makes dehumidifiers for every size room.  The model we reviewed was the EDV2200 which is a mid-sized unit that works for areas up to 2200 cubic feet in size.  It is electric and easy to set up...just plug in the adapter and plug it into the wall and you're done.  It can gather and hold up to 2 Liters in it's removable water tank.  It has an automatic water level detector switch and turns itself off when full.

I was very impressed with the amount of water this dehumidifier pulled from the air.  We live in a very humid climate and this unit is great for drying out our air.  This unit would be perfect for a large, open space (we have an open floor plan, so it's great for our common areas) an RV or a boat with living quarters, or even a large pantry or closet.

I love it's slim design and the fact that it is super quiet while it's running.  Eva-Dry is a wonderful place to find the perfect dehumidifier for whatever space you need kept dry.

ABCD Diaries gives Eva-Dry an A+!

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Mission Cute June Box #Sponsored

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We recently had the chance to review the June box from Mission Cute:

 MissionCute is a subscription service that delivers cute stuff to you monthly with 50% of the proceeds of MissionCute's net profit going to a different nonprofit each month.  Subscribers can nominate nonprofits to receive the donation.

 The products you receive in your box are from small businesses and local artisans.   Each box includes a detailed page with information on the products and businesses and information for the nonprofit of the month.  This box was full of cuteness!

First up, a cute drink sleeve from Joe Jacket.  A portion of the proceeds from these cute sleeves go to animal charities across the country. Find these fun sleeves on Amazon and Facebook!
Value: $6.99

Next, a set of cute paper coasters from Red Bird Ink that say "Yay!"  These coasters are made with a vintage letterpress and will definitely make a statement at your next gathering.  Check them out at!
Value: $5
Then, an adorable little zippered pouch from Baby Mama Sew Shop.  These pouches are great as coin purses and I love the pennant print on ours.
  Check out the fabulous Baby Mama Sew Shop on Etsy.
Value: $8

I was also excited to find a gorgeous "Dream" infinity bracelet and a lovely scarf in our box.  I love the layered look of the bracelet and the Mint Strawberry Summer Scarf adds texture to any outfit.  The scarf retails at $16 and the bracelet for $12.

Fifty percent of this month's proceeds go to benefit The Vasculitis Foundation.  The Vasculitis Foundation is an organization dedicated to training doctors to specialize in vasculitis treatment, funding research in the field to discover a more effective, safe treatment for the condition, encouraging patients to seek medical care, diagnosis, and treatment of their condition, and supporting vasculitis sufferers and their families while they live with the condition.  Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for more information!

MissionCute subscriptions start at just $29 monthly with free shipping.  The value of our box was over $47, so this would be a great deal for some really cute stuff that supports a great cause!

ABCD Diaries gives MissionCute an A+!

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Softsoap's Limited Edition Scents for Summer! #Sponsored

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We recently had the chance to review several Softsoap body washes including 2 Limited Edition scents:

Softsoap will have limited edition scents this summer, Rainforest Escape with scents of coconut water and lime and Citrus Samba with scents of sweet oranges.

These limited edition scents are available until August and retail at only $3.50 per bottle.  Softsoap's body washes always smell great and leave our skin soft, clean and moisturized.  They lather up so well and wash away clean.  A little bit goes a long way, so Softsoap is always a great value!

ABCD Diaries gives Softsoap an A+!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Love With Food Adds New Gluten-Free Subscription Snack Box!

"Love With Food, the all-natural subscription snack box service, today announced it will offer a new Gluten-Free Snack Box option starting next month.
Each box contains eight to 12 handpicked gluten-free snacks assembled around fun themes like ‘Derby Days’ and ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ giving gluten-sensitive consumers the ease and convenience of having delicious, healthy, worry-free snacks delivered right to their door. Love With Food will donate two meals to feed hungry children in the U.S. for every Gluten Free box sold.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), an estimated 18 million Americans are gluten sensitive, but gluten-free food options are limited, often forcing these consumers to give up some of their favorite foods. Love With Food founder Aihui Ong said her company aims to be part of the solution to improve options and quality of life for gluten-sensitive consumers.

Each item in the Gluten-Free box is also free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colorings, artificial flavors and trans fats, making them an all-around healthy snack option for anyone. Starting at just $25 per month, the Gluten-Free box is available for a monthly, 6- or 12-month subscription, and it makes a great gift for holidays, birthdays or just as a special treat to show a gluten-sensitive friend that you care.

Love With Food offers convenient monthly delivery of delicious and nutritious organic or all-natural snacks right to your door, making these sometimes hard-to-find goodies available to consumers anywhere in the U.S. Love With Food also offers an easy way for their members to purchase specific snacks that they love via an online marketplace.

As part of its mission, Love With Food also fights childhood hunger by donating up to two meals to feed hungry children in the U.S. for every snack box sold. To date, the company has donated more than 250,000 meals to food banks nationwide.

For more information or to sign up now to receive delicious, healthy snacks delivered right to your door, visit"

The August GF box is “Fun at the County Fair” and will include these great items and more:

Wings: Sky Force Heroes DVD #Giveaway #Spon

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Aurorae Yoga Products #Giveaway #Sponsored

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We recently had the chance to review the Micro Fiber Yoga Towel and Soy Pledge Candle from Aurorae

The micro fiber yoga towel is super thin and soft.  The Eco Safe, Hygienic, Super Absorbent Multipurpose Micro-fiber Sport Towel Measures a full 72"x24".  It can fit between you and your mat to keep you from slipping or it can be used post-workout.  It is super absorbent and comes in a variety of beautiful soothing colors.

It's machine washable, which makes clean up a snap!

We also reviewed a soy Pledge Candle.  These candles come in many lovely scents that encourage meditation and concentration.

These candles are clean-burning and 100% Soy Wax.  They are great for yoga, meditation, pilates and at home use.  Each candle has a 30-35 hour burn time.

Aurorae sells the best reviewed yoga mats, yoga apparel,and yoga and meditation accessories online. You can browse their yoga mats, yoga bags, yoga apparel and other yoga accessories here.

ABCD Diaries gives Aurorae an A+!

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