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.

Chewy.com September Pick: Purina Pro Plan Savor Variety Pack Grain-Free Canned 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 Purina:


True to its name, your canine companion will truly savor the flavors found in Purina Pro Plan Savor Variety Pack Grain-Free Canned Dog Food. Featuring real chicken or turkey as the first ingredient, both recipes are made with high-quality ingredients, including highly-digestible rice. Formulated with optimal levels of protein and fat help him maintain an ideal body condition, these grain-free recipes are free from corn, wheat, soy and artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Your precious pooch gets wholesome goodness in every bowlful, along with the delicious taste and tempting texture that will keep him coming back at mealtime.  Contains six cans each of Grain-Free Classic Chicken & Carrots Entrée and Grain-Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Entrée.


Harley devours these cans of food, so they must be tasty!  Each tie we pull one out of the pantry she prances around the kitchen excitedly awaiting meal time.  


We like to use wet food as a topper when she gets bored with dry kibble, as an occasional treat and before and after she goes to the doggy spa/kennel where she spends her time when we are out of town.  Purina Pro Plan canned food works great for all of those instances!  You can see she loves it so much, her manners go out the window while eating it and food flies everywhere.  She is a considerate doggy, though, and will clean up the floor once the bowl is empty :)


I love giving Harley American-made dog foods that feature a lean protein as the starring ingredient with a supporting cast of real fruits and veggies and Purina Pro Plan fits the bill!


You can find Purina Pro Plan Savor Variety Pack Grain-Free Canned Dog Foods at Chewy.com.  A case of 12, 13 oz cans is $21.98.




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 20, 2018

LaLa Horse Subscription Box for Horse-Loving Girls! September Edition #spon

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

Do you have a horse-loving daughter or granddaughter?  Check out LaLa Horse, the monthly subscription box for horse-lovers!


 LaLa Horse creates a box full of fun, inspiring, educational gifts and products for kids who love horses. For just $29 monthly, your horse-lover will receive a box that includes various horse-themed items.  Items vary  each month and could include jewelry, socks, books, puzzles, bags, pillow cases, wall art, keychains, and more! 

Check out the items in our September LaLa Horse box:

 Wildkins Horses in Pink Overnighter Duffel Bag

Cowboy Boot Necklace


Horse Charm Stretch Bracelet

"Horses Are Angels Without Wings" Magnet

Safari Toys Rocky Mountain Stallion

Safari Toys Abaco Barb Mare
A really enjoyed her LaLa Horse box!  The figurines are great for collector's or kiddos who like to play with horses.  She was a huge fan of the necklace and bracelet and the duffel will be perfect for sleepovers!

All around, we think LaLa Horse would make an excellent subscription box for young horse lovers!



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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Loved + Blessed: A Christian Faith-Based Subscription Box September 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 September 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 September box was Comfort Zone:


 The scripture card this month featured Exodus 13:21 "By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night."


The special gift for September was awesome!  A copy of Follow the Cloud by Pastor John Stickl: 


This book is packed with encouragement to help you hear God's voice one next step at a time so that you  can live a life free of fear, willing to step outside your comfort zone.

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


It included encouragement cards and an angel wing bracelet.

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall Scholastic Book Roundup for Grades 3-12! #spon


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


To kick off Fall, we'd like to share a few of our favorite books from Scholastic.  My kiddos are 9 and 12, so these books would be great for middle grade readers!

By Allan Woodrow


GRADES
3-5,  6-8

GENRE
Fiction

The fifth graders of Liberty Falls Elementary might be the worst fifth graders ever, but they still get to go on a field trip! They're going to visit the Edward Minks Mansion to learn about the eccentric inventor and founder of their town. Legend has it that there are some undiscovered inventions hidden in the house. The students are eager to find them, and they convince Principal Klein to let them out of writing their essay on Minks if they do.
Eddie thinks he has the best chance of finding the inventions, sice Minks was his great-great-great-grandfather. However, he won't let anyone help, not even his trip buddy, Aaron. Aaron is the new kid and just wants to make friends, but he's mostly feeling left out. Chloe wants to find the inventions; however, her best friend, Sophie, has other plans for the trip. And Jessie thinks that something weird is going on at the house, but no one believes her until the students notice there are inventions missing. They quickly realize someoe might be taking the secret inventions, and they are not going to let that continue to happen! 
Can a fifth grade that's better at pranks than working together find a way to save the field trip, stop the thieves, and get their schoolwork done? Or will this be the last field trip ever?

By Donna Cooner


GRADES
6-8,  9-12

GENRE
Fiction

From Donna Cooner, author of Can't Look Away and Worthy, comes another "zeitgeisty" and socially relevant novel about social media and cyberbullying in high school today.


Skye's life is perfect, or at least that's what it looks like on her Instagram account. She may be counting down the days until she can get out of her small town, but her social media game is always on point. However, the one time she looks less-than-perfect while she's at a sleepover, her friend Riley catches it all in an embarrassing video. Skye thinks the video is deleted and gone, until someone texts her a screenshot from it. Whoever has the photo is threatening to leak it unless Skye does whatever they say. Skye's perfect image and her privacy are suddenly in jeopardy. What will Skye do to keep the photo under wraps? And who is trying to ruin her life?

Author: Justina Chen


GRADES
6-8,  9-12

GENRE
Romance, Young Adult

A delicious YA romance about a young woman learning to live without the sun while fighting for her chance at love, for fans of Everything, Everything!

What would you do if the sun became your enemy? That's exactly what happens to Viola Li after she returns from a trip abroad and develops a sudden and extreme case of photosensitivity — an inexplicable allergy to sunlight. Thanks to her crisis-manager parents, she doesn't just have to wear layers of clothes and a hat the size of a spaceship. She has to stay away from all hint of light. Say goodbye to windows and running outdoors. Even her phone becomes a threat when its screen burns her. Viola is determined to maintain a normal life, particularly after she meets Josh. He's a funny, talented Thor look-alike who carries his own mysterious grief. But the intensity of their romance makes her take more and more risks, and when a rebellion against her parents backfires dangerously, she must find her way to a life — and love — as deep and lovely as her dreams.

Both kiddos enjoyed these awesome new books thanks to Scholastic!  Get your munchkins excited to read with Scholastic's amazing selection of books for all ages!











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.