Friday, April 19, 2019

#MothersDayGiftGuide: Give Your Mom a Year-Round Hug with a Magic Weighted Blanket! #spon

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


Weighted blankets are becoming very popular these days thanks to the variety of benefits they provide their users.  Magic Weighted Blanket was the original inventor of these type of blankets over 20 years ago.  Weighted blankets, like The Magic Blanket™ , have shown to generate proprioceptive  input on our bodies.  For many people, this input causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine,  among others.  These neurotransmitters released by the brain have naturally calming effects, which have proven to be beneficial for people experiencing sensory integration disorder, anxiety, stress, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and Rett Syndrome.  



These blankets are like a nice hug and who wouldn't benefit from that? Typically, you choose the weight of your blanket based on your weight. 10% of your body weight is the general recommendation.  For adults not on the autism spectrum, Magic Weighted Blanket offers the Magic Blanket Lite, which measures 48x78-inches and weighs 14 pounds. It is designed to provide a medium amount of pressure on the body, providing a person with a gentle and relaxing hug without the deep pressure input found in their regular weighted blankets.  This is the blanket we reviewed hoping it would help with anxiety and stress-relief.

Let's talk about the features of all Magic Weighted Blankets and then I'll tell you about my personal experience with the Lite blanket.


You get to customize everything about your blanket.  First, choose between luxurious and sumptuously soft chenille or minky, cool and comfortable cotton or cotton flannel or warm and cozy fleece.  Then choose your weight and size.  They are great about creating the perfect blanket for every customer.  The blankets are made in the United States with an inner liner and an outer layer.  There are no visible seams, giving the blanket a smooth and elegant look.  They use a one piece blanket design with duvet cover securely sewn onto the inner liner, making the Magic Blanket more durable and easy to wash and use than blankets with removable covers.


The  inner liner is made from cotton and constructed with two panels that form the quilted squares in which they place the poly pellets.  This keeps the weight evenly dispersed.  (They only use 100% new, BPA-free, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic polypropylene pellets inside Magic Weighted Blankets.) Then they cover the inner liner with the outer layer, so you don't see any stitching.  When ready to wash, the entire blanket goes into the washer and dryer.  Easy peasy!  It usually only takes them 3 days or less to make your blanket, so you get it super quickly after ordering. 

I was pretty impressed with how comfortable this blanket was.  It really is soothing and relaxing.  It took a little while to get used to sleeping the whole night with it...occasionally during the first few nights, it got a little overwhelming.  After about three or four days, it proved to help me fall asleep more quickly and feel more rested upon waking.  That's a win for me:)  I've found both kiddos snuggling under it several times, so I'm guessing they love it too!


Need another reason to choose Magic Weighted Blanket?   This amazing company has committed to donating a blanket to a veteran in need for every ten blankets sold.  As the wife of a veteran, I am all for companies who support returning vets.

Bottom line:  If you want to gift Mom the gift of a relaxing and comforting night's sleep for years to come, check out the Magic Weighted Blanket!












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, April 18, 2019

#MothersDayGiftGuide: Is Your Mom a Bacon Freak? #spon

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


I admit, I do love my bacon, and I was pretty excited to get to try out products from Bacon Freak!  Bacon Freak is your one-stop shop for bacon themed and flavored foodie goods and, of course, a wide selection of actual bacon.  They also have the perfect gift for my fellow bacon-loving moms...the Bacon Freak Mother's Day Sampler:


 Bacon = Happiness and you know you want to make Mom happy this Mother's Day.  Want guaranteed smiles and to be chosen as her favorite offspring?  Give her this gift box filled with Gourmet Buttermilk Pancake mix,  Bacon Flavored Seasoning, Chocolate Covered Bacon, a cool bacon t-shirt, and 2 packs of delicious gourmet bacon! 

Check out the goods with descriptions from the Bacon Freak site:

Boss Hog Hickory Smoked Bacon

Flavorful, thick, and succulent, this bacon is not your average grocery store bacon, which has added water to "pork up" the weight. We don't add water to our bacon, and no water means no splatter. That's why Bacon Freak bacon is the only bacon you can fry naked! And that's why when you cook a pound of our bacon, you get a pound of bacon! Note: this package contains 14 oz. of uncooked, dry-cured bacon which will yield approximately 14 oz. of cooked bacon. It's pure bacon awesomeness! Every slice cooks up thick and meaty.  *Dry-cured, No Refrigeration Needed, Shelf stable life 90 days

Bacon Freak Maple Cinnamon Bacon

This bacon is cured with a combination of our secret spices and is slow smoked over real hickory! We also use real maple and real cinnamon, then slice this bacon thick and meaty! This hearty, mildly sweet bacon won't shrink in the pan like grocery store bacon. Our maple smoked bacon is delicious all by itself, or served with favorite breakfast dishes like pancakes and waffles. One 16 oz. package included. 

Bacon Freak Gourmet Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Bacon Freak Gourmet Buttermilk Pancake Mix was created with the classic breakfast in mind. You can't get any more classic than Gourmet Buttermilk Pancakes. This mix goes great topped with our Maple Syrup and a creamy mound of whipped cream!

Boss Hog Milk Chocolate Covered Bacon Strips

The name says it all! Imagine the delicious taste of sweet, velvety chocolate. Then let your mind wander to the savory, crunchy taste of bacon. Combine them and you've entered hog heaven! This item is a sweet and savory marriage of flavors, taking delicious bacon and covering it in rich milk chocolate! It's truly an awesome creation that every fan of sweet and savory will love. Get your own before we eat them all. These chocolate-covered bacon strips really are that good!
Each Package Contains 3 oz of Chocolate Bacon.

Bacon Freak Bacon Flavored Seasoning

Boss Hog Bacon Flavored Seasoning is bursting with the delicious flavor of bacon. Sprinkle it over whatever your heart desires... veggies, sushi, Pepto Bismol. We don't discriminate. It's there for you to use it in any way you see fit. You can even put it on bacon! Wow, that's like mixing 2 different kinds of magic together. Make it a bacon meal anytime and buy this stuff! Keep a bottle at the office in case of bland food emergencies. Even vegetarians can join in on the bacon fun. Each bottle contains 2.5 oz. of delicious Bacon Flavored Seasoning.

Bacon Freak Tee

As a bacon-lover, I can tell you, it doesn't get much better than a big ol' box of bacon goodness delivered right to my door.  This awesome variety of goodies is the stuff my bacon-infused dreams are made of!  Serve this up to Mom for Mother's Day this year for a gift she will enjoy and remember for years to come.









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, April 17, 2019

Fun in the Kitchen with Kids and April's Gramma In a Box #spon

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

My kiddos love helping out in the kitchen, especially if the projects involve creativity and the end result is a sweet treat.  Gramma In a Box is their favorite subscription box these days, because it is full of hands-on food projects that do just that!


Gramma in a Box is a monthly subscription box which delivers everything you need to make 15-20 sweet treats inspired by Gramma.

The April box featured Spring and Easter themed goodies and enough supplies for 3 different edible projects.


Step-by-step instructions with illustrations are included, along with everything you need for a fun treat crafting experience recommended for ages 4 and up. 

Project # 1: 
Marshmallow Flower Pops



Project #2:
Crunchy Bird's Nests



Project #3:
Spring Cookie Decorating




The kiddos had a blast creating these tasty Spring and Easter treats!  The instructions were easy peasy, the projects were fun and the creations were delicious.   

Gramma in a Box is $20 per month when you sign up for a recurring debit or credit card payment.  You can also purchase 3 months, 6 months or 12 months prepaid at slightly discounted rates and you can cancel any time.

If you are a grandma that lives too far from your grandkids to bake together, Gramma in a Box is a great idea for a fun, hands-on activity to share across the miles that is sure to create lasting memories. 


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#MothersDayGiftGuide: PurpleTrail Planners and More! #spon

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


If you have a Type A Mom, the one who enjoys putting pen to paper and loves to stay organized by writing everything down in one place, a planner makes a useful and thoughtful gift.  I AM that Type A Mom and I know I would love to receive a personalized planner!  PurpleTrail has an awesome line of giftable planners and much more.  Most of their items can be personalized for that extra special touch this Mother's Day.  

Here are two of my favorite items that would make lovely gifts for Mom (or yourself:)


First up, check out the new mom planner that I can't wait to start using:


Some much room for planning and organizing to-dos for the whole family!  PurpleTrail allows you to pick your starting month...no more waiting until January 1st to start a new calendar or wasting months worth of pages to start in the middle of the year..


The inside pages are designed to offer the maximum space to plan, decorate or doodle.  The premium paper is smooth, easy to write on and resists bleed through.  With PurpleTrail you can pick from 9 layout options including weekly horizontal, weekly vertical, weekly hourly, weekly 15-minute, weekly 3-section, weekly quad, daily 1 page/day, daily 2 pages/day and monthly grid. You can also choose from 6-, 9-, 12-, 15- or 18-month calendar options. 


You can choose natural or colorful interior pages...I happen to love a pop of color in my planners!


You can choose the size that suits how and where you plan your days: either the large 8.5x11 or the more compact 6x8.


Pick from your choice of 3 cover options: soft laminate, soft synthetic with frost sheet and durable hard book cover.  There are hundreds of cover designs featuring beautiful art, inspirational quotes, clever sayings and more, many with several color options to choose from.


The PurpleTrail Mom Planner will give you peace of mind and clarity to manage everything. With plenty of custom rows that you can personalize however you want, it will be easy to stay organized!

If you are looking for a fun way to liven up your planner, PurpleTrail offers a great selection of stickers for affordable prices.  This sheet was complimentary with our order!


PurpleTrail isn't just planners though!  They have all sorts of paper goods: journals, notebooks, note pads, invitations and more.  Another super awesome and useful item I found at PurpleTrail is this nifty Lemon Vine Weekly Meal Planner Notepad:


This 11" x 8.5" Weekly Meal Planner Notepad is one the of the many designs in PurpleTrail's Personalized Notepads collection. What a great way to keep all of your meals in one place!  This is a great tool for menu planning and allows you the space you need to organize everything in a way the whole family can understand.  


PurpleTrail has exceptional customer service and all orders ship within 3 business days with options available in as little as one business day!  

Treat Mom (or yourself!) with a PurpleTrail Planner this Mother's Day.  It's truly the gift that can be used all year!







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, April 15, 2019

#MothersDay Gift Guide: Lucy Meifield Artisanal Chocolate Bars! #spon


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


Here's a great gift idea for chocolate-loving moms: Lucy Meifield Artisanal Chocolate Bars wrapped in gorgeous works of art!


The Lucy Meifield philosophy is "keep it simple." This gourmet chocolate is free from soy lecithin, artificial flavors, vegetable oils, preservatives and other unnecessary additives.  They only produce single origin chocolate, presented simply with few ingredients and each bar is wrapped in the work of a talented artist.


This chocolate is the epitome of gourmet!  Check out the bars we tried:

GUATEMALA 70%

Hints of dark cherry and toasted pecan made this bar one of my favorites. 

DARK MILK 60%

The cocoa in this bar is sourced from Ecuador.  It is the perfect blend of dark and milk with a slightly smoky flavor and hints of nutmeg and juniper.  Another goodie! 

MILK CHOCOLATE 50%

Also sourced from Ecuador, this sweet and flavorful chocolate has hints of marshmallow, vanilla and caramel and was a favorite of the kiddos. 

BELIZE 70%

Another of my favorites this yummy darker chocolate has fruity hints of berries, buttermilk and dark roast coffee. 

NICARAGUA 70%

This bar had the most bitterness, but if you are a fan of dark chocolate, you are sure to love it!  Hints of pear and cashew and a fruity finish means it pairs well with a good red wine.

Impress your chocolate-loving mom and treat her to some of the best chocolate out there this Mother's Day!  Lucy Meifield bars are as tasty as they are beautiful and are sure to make Mom smile.









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.

ABCD Diaries' Mother's Day Gift Guide 2019


Don't forget, Mother's Day is May 12th!  We've gathered our favorite gift ideas for Mom and will be putting the whole list here for easy reference.  Check back daily for new additions and if something catches your eye, click the link above the picture to read our review!  Happy Mother's Day! 





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