Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Get THE Look Without Breaking the Bank with Hard Candy Cosmetics! #spon

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

I have a queen living under my roof...a makeup queen! Tweenager A loves, loves, loves makeup and one of her favorite things is trying out new products.  She was thrilled to get a package from Hard Candy full of their latest goodies.  Check out our Hard Candy stash:


Hard Candy Sheer Envy Setting Spray

Hard Candy setting sprays come in a couple of different varieties depending on the look you are going for.  We tried Matte and Brighten.  A really loved the Brighten spray.  It helps lock in your look and gives your skin a fresh, bright complexion.  It goes on smoothly and doesn't leave behind that sticky feeling some setting sprays do.  The Brightening setting spray is infused with Rosewater and Vitamin C and can be used throughout the day to refresh dry or dull skin.


Hard Candy Glitter Stay Primer, $5

A loves all things that glitter, so she was immediately a fan of this glitter primer.  You can use Hard Candy Glitter Stay Primer with loose glitters to add sparkle to eyes, lips, brows, or cheekbones.  This primer helps the sparkle to stay put all day long!

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer, $6

A's baby face skin isn't quite ready for concealer, but mine sure is 😊  Hard Candy's Glamoflauge Concealer is a heavy duty, multiuse concealer that provides the ultimate coverage. It is highly pigmented and helps to even skin tone and cover everything from freckles, to blemishes, to dark circles. The formula is so pigmented that Hard Candy says it can even fully cover up tattoos! I don't have any tattoos to test this on, but that is a pretty awesome concept!  The cream concealer comes with a shade-matched pencil that can be used to precisely outline the spot you are concealing to prevent smudging. Glamoflauge is available in 15 shades, meaning there is probably one that will work for you.

Hard Candy Stay In Line Mechanical Gel Eyeliner, $5

A's favorite product from this roundup was the Stay In Line Mechanical Gel Eyeliner.  It has a precision tip with built in sharpener plus smudger.  This eyeliner glides on smoothly and precisely, then stays in place for 12 hours of smudge-proof, budge-proof color.  Stay In Line makes lining your eyes a breeze!


Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder, $6

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Color Correct Cushion Wonder comes with a built-in blending sponge and instantly provides weightless color correction of any skin coloration concern.  Available in four shades, these innovative cushions are designed to meet main skin coloration concerns. Green cancels redness and blemish marks. Lavender corrects dullness and neutralizes yellow. Peach brightens dark circles and spots. Yellow neutralizes blue, veins, and dark circles. That is some nifty technology!

The best thing about Hard Candy cosmetics is that they are VERY affordable compared to a lot of other products on the market.  They are easy to find (at Walmart!) and with so many products available, it's easy for any makeup queen to experiment and practice to get THE look without breaking the bank.

If you are looking for affordable makeup that is easy to use and lasts all day, check out Hard Candy!



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.

Skinny Salamis- High Protein, Low-Calorie, Flavor-Packed Meat Snacks!

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

Some of our favorite on-the-go snacks are meat sticks and we are always excited to find new favorites to add to our snack lineup.  We recently found a keeper when we got to try out MeatCrafters Skinny Salamis: 


MeatCrafters Skinny Salamis are lovingly made in small batches from the highest quality meats and the finest herbs and spices. They are slow cured, antibiotic free and have no added hormones.

The attention to detail is obvious when you bite in to one of these sticks.  They are available in six different flavor-packed varieties using Duroc Pork, Black Angus Beef, and All-Natural Lamb. 

Skinny Salamis are high in protein, low in calories, gluten-free and the perfect take-anywhere snack.


We got to try out the Lamb Merguez and the Black Angus Beef Minis.  We enjoyed them both, but I must say, we were most impressed by the Lamb Merguez.  The flavor and texture were on point!  

Skinny Salamis are the perfect fuel for on-the-go carnivores!

You can buy Skinny Salamis on Amazon




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, February 20, 2018

Magic Stix--Super Long-Lasting Markers from The Pencil Grip! #spon

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

We homeschool, which means we go through school supplies pretty quickly.  Markers are a favorite writing implement around here.  Inevitably, my kiddos are sometimes forgetful and leave the caps off, which leads to dried out markers.  You could imagine our excitement when we learned about Magic Stix from The Pencil Grip.  Odorless, washable markers in vibrant colors that won't dry out for 7 days with the cap off???  Yes, please!


Magic Stix markers are a revolutionary new product to bring safe, creative fun to your crafts. Magic Stix are guaranteed to bring long lasting color to the page with the cap off for up to 7 days without drying out. In fact, The Pencil Grip has been running the #MagicStixCapTest on Instagram to see just how long Magic Stix will last with the cap off and so far they are over two months and counting!

Whether you use markers for crafts, journaling, or just as your daily writing tool, Magic Stix are a great choice.  The 24 pack has so many beautiful bold colors  to choose from and my kiddos can't get enough of them.


If you have a crafty kiddo and you are looking for the perfect addition to an Easter basket, Magic Stix are sure to be a hit!





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.

Fuel Your Diet with Fiber-licious Snacks from Fiber Gourmet! #spon

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

I am always looking for low-carb, high fiber foods that taste good.  Sometimes that can be a tricky combination to find, but I recently found a few worth mentioning.  Check out these goodies from Fiber Gourmet:


Fiber Gourmet has a great selection of snacks and foods that can easily be substituted for less healthy options without sacrificing the taste. 

Sharp Cheddar Thinables

 Get the only cheese crackers that taste just like a name brand cheese cracker, but have less than half the calories!  Throw in 44% of your daily value of fiber and 4 grams of protein and you have quite the well-rounded and tasty snack with benefits 😊


Toasted Wheat Thinables

These wheat crackers that taste just like another well known wheat cracker, but with half the calories!  They are slightly sweet and slightly salty and just 70 calories per ounce.  One serving gets you 40% of your daily value of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

Cinnamon Thinables

These super-healthy wheat crackers are sprinkled with a layer of cinnamon and sugar and packed with 12 grams of fiber per package (48% of your Daily Value!) Each 1-oz package contains about 30 crackers and contains just 70 calories.  They taste amazing and really fill you up.

Rotini

I don't know how they did it, but Fiber Gourmet pasta has the same color, taste, and texture as standard pasta, but with only 1/2 the calories and 80% of your daily value of fiber! 


It also provides an unprecedented 18 grams of fiber per serving, much more than whole wheat pasta (which has a mere 5g)  You really can't tell the difference in taste or texture...this rotini was the bomb dot com!


All of these Fiber Gourmet products are made in the USA from US ingredients and contain no artificial colors or flavors.  What an easy way to switch out your everyday snacks for healthier options with all the flavor of their counterparts!





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, February 19, 2018

Brighten Up Bedtime with PlayBrites! #spon

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

Even though my kiddos are a little older, every once in a while, one of them will have a little bit of regression and need to sleep with a light on.  While ordinary night lights do the job, they aren't nearly as much fun as PlayBrites!

On-the-Go Goodness with Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze Snacks and Protein Cookies! #spon

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

As a busy, health-conscious mom of two active kiddos, I am always looking for convenient, yet healthy on-the-go snack options that will keep us fueled up for whatever the day throws our way.  We recently had the chance to review Munk Pack, a line up of products that do just that: 


Munk Pack has a flavorful line of ready-to-eat Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze™ snacks packed with whole grain, gluten free oats and delicious fruit bites!  There are five awesome flavors to choose from.  Check out our favorites:

 Apple Quinoa Cinnamon

Raspberry Coconut

 Peach Chia Vanilla

Maple Pear Quinoa

These yummy snacks are only 90-110 Calories per pouch.  Each pouch gives you sustained energy and bonus fiber keeping you feeling fuller longer.  You also get the benefits of added flax which means omega 3!

Munk Pack also has a great lineup of protein cookies.  Each cookie contains 18 grams of plant protein and there are four awesome flavors to choose from:

 Coconut White Chip Macadamia

I am a huge fan of coconut and I loved this delicious flavor combo!

 Double Dark Chocolate

OMG!  This cookie was like a decadent dessert!  It was so delicious and chocolatey, you would never guess it was a protein cookie!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

You can't go wrong with this classic combination!

Oatmeal Raisin Spice

I loved the spice and the sweet raisins in this cookie!

Munk Pack Protein Cookies contain no sugar alcohols, no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no cholesterol and are non-GMO.  They are a great source of fiber and a wonderful meal replacement.

We really enjoyed our Munk Pack goodies.  They are the perfect snack or meal replacement for our busy, go-go-go lifestyle! 





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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Unbox Independent Creativity in Your Child with Howtoons! #spon

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

As a homeschooling mom, I'm always looking for great activities to encourage STEAM learning.  We recently got to try out a couple of Howtoons kits and couldn't be more excited to share our experience with you!


Howtoons kits foster creativity and spark imagination with hands-on STEAM-based projects.  Each box contains everything kids need to build, learn and play. 

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Howtoons projects are designed to help kids ages 7–12 build intuition about how the world works by building real-world creations.

Each kit comes with a comic book, complete with step-by-step instructions. This visual storytelling style engages kids and is proven to be an effective way of communicating complex ideas.

Check out the kits we reviewed:

Marshmallow Shooter/Stomp Rocket

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
all materials to build the marshmallow shooter project (PVC pipe, fittings, marshmallows, and alien target)
all materials to build the stomp rocket project (PVC pipe, fittings, bottle, paper rockets and fins, scissors, clear tape, and duct tape)
magazine that includes an 8 page comic, instructions to build the projects, education behind the projects, an interview with NASA engineer Kenneth Cheung, and extra DIY project toons

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PROJECT
Teaches kids the science behind the build - Newton's first three laws in action.

RECOMMENDED AGES
Howtoons kits are designed for ages 7-12 


Gami-Bot

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
all the materials to build 4 different origami robots (Battle-bug, Rattle-cat, Horsepower, and Skitter'n Scorpion)
4 motors, 5 batteries, mounting tape, scissors
battle arena
paper for the Rattle-cat drawing bot
bonus hexaflexagon project
magazine that includes an 8 page comic, instructions to build the origami robots, education on simple circuits and origami, an interview with Kevin Albert (Roboticist), and extra DIY project toons



THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PROJECT
Teaches kids about origami, circuits, motors and vibration, and why scientists are using origami principles to create innovative technologies.


RECOMMENDED AGES
Howtoons kits are designed for ages 7-12 

These kits are amazing!  9-year-old D blew through the Marshmallow Shooter/Stomp Rocket Kit and while he really enjoyed it, I thought "Wow, that was it?  Less than 30 minutes and done?"  Boy, was I wrong!  Here we are, a week later, and he is still using the kit components to try to find new ways to build the best shooter...the one with the longest range, the most simple design, the loudest pop.  Asking questions like "What if I use heavier ammo?"  "What if I rearrange the pieces?" "What if I use fewer pieces?"  Finding something that sparks creativity and curiosity and imagination like this kit did with my boy is absolutely priceless!  

That is the power of these Howtoons kits.  They offer projects that kids can do independently, instilling confidence in their abilities.  They give them a basic idea, a starting point if you will, and plenty of room to explore within the theme...it's open-ended and how far it goes is up to the kiddo.
D is having a blast with this kit and when I pointed out to him that he is learning about physics, aerodynamics, design and so much more, he shrugged and said "It's fun Mom!"

Boy, oh, boy do I love Howtoons!!

Inspire creativity, curiosity and a love of learning with Howtoons!





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.

Easter 2018 Fill Your Basket Gift Guide


Welcome to our Fill Your Baskets Gift Guide!  Here you will find a list of a few of our favorite gift ideas to fill those baskets this Easter:

PlayBrites




Cosmos Creations

Maddie Rae's Slime Glue




Keep checking back!  We will be updating this gift guide daily and adding links as these products are reviewed 😊



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, February 15, 2018

DUFMOD: Home Decor with Modern, Raw Beauty! #spon

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

The older I get, the more I feel the need to simplify my decorating style.  I find myself drawn more to simple, raw, natural beauty and I love finding ways to implement that design style in a functional way around my home.  DUFMOD is a home decor brand that shares my vision.  They offer products that are beautiful, functional and ethically crafted.

Check out this gorgeous seagrass basket from  DUFMOD:


DUFMOD Seagrass baskets are versatile for any creative storage and decor. You can use the baskets with the handles out or folded down as bowl-style baskets. These baskets will add a fantastic pop of color and texture to any room as stylish storage basket in all rooms of the house.


DUFMOD has many styles of seagrass baskets and several color options.  Each design is offered in small, medium and large sizes, making them perfect for storing pretty much anything in any room of your home. 


I love the texture the macrame adds to the natural beauty of the seagrass basket.  Our seagrass basket gives us a simple, but beautiful storage solution.


What's even better is that every purchase made from DUFMOD provides education and sustainable drinking water to students.


Check out all of the ethically handcrafted home decor items from DUFMOD and create your very own "happy place"  😊



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.

Mamma Chia: A Healthier You in Time for Spring! + Giveaway #spon

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

Have you heard about all the amazing health benefits of the teeny tiny chia seed?  This superfood is small, but mighty.  Each seed contains tons of vitamins and minerals and can be added to a variety of recipes to add a powerful punch of nutrition!

We recently got to try out a selection of chia-based products from Mamma Chia:


The squeeze pouches were a huge hit!  These fruity, chia-powered blends were delicious!


Mamma Chia's organic chia seeds are infused with delicious fruits and vegetables to create a convenient, fun and tasty snack for active people of all ages.


With Omega-3, protein, and fiber, Chia Squeeze is a satisfying anytime snack that naturally provides the vitality to power your soul’s purpose.


Chia Squeeze is available in 6 yummy flavors including Blackberry Bliss, Wild Raspberry, Green Magic, Mango Coconut, Strawberry Banana and Cherry Beet! 


These portable chia seed snacks are great for lunchboxes, backpacks or gym bags to satisfy you on-the-go!

Mamma Chia also offers Granola Clusters, Chia Beverages and plain Chia Seeds to boost the nutritional value of many of your recipes without altering the flavors.

You can find Mamma Chia products at grocers, health food stores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

One lucky ABCD Diaries reader will win a Mamma Chia prize pack including a weeks’ worth of organic Chia Squeezes, Chia Seeds, Granola Clusters and VIP Beverage Vouchers (to redeem for free Beverages)  Enter below: