Friday, October 18, 2019

#GiftsForTeens - Diamond Art Club Kits, Hours of Fun! #HolidayGiftGuide


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


Do you have a crafty person or a puzzle lover on your gift giving list this holiday season?  If so, you should check out the awesome kits from Diamond Art Club!


Diamond painting puts you in the artist’s seat and enables you to create breathtaking masterpieces in the comfort of your own home. This meditative craft involves placing hundreds of sparkling resin rhinestones, one-by-one, on an adhesive color-coded canvas to create a vivid, shimmering work of art.


Each kit includes:
- Self-Flattening Velvet Tarpaulin Canvas Patent Pending (US 16/284688)
- Color Coded Rhinestones (Safe and eco-friendly 100% real resin)
- Magic Diamond Applicator
- Wax Pad
- Craft Tray



The color code uses a simple to follow symbol/number format...as easy as color by number!


It's printed on the top and the bottom of the canvas for easy reference no matter which side you are working on.


Many of the kits at Diamond Art Club are prints that are original designs that you won’t find anywhere else. Each piece of artwork is transformed into a diamond painting by hand (dot by dot!)—with 10,000 to 30,000 frames per picture for ultimate precision.  The print we are working on is Sea Buddies by Mandie Manzano.


This activity is very methodical and relaxing.  The kiddos and I love sitting down and working on it every chance we get.  It's definitely a project that will take several days or weeks depending on how much time to devote to it, but it's super enjoyable which makes it a great value!  It really is like a giant color by number "puzzle":



We aren't quite finished with our masterpiece yet, but we are getting there, little by little.  It's obvious that once we finish it is going to be absolutely gorgeous!


Once you’re finished, you can frame or mount your masterpiece onto a canvas to showcase your diamond painting in style. These diamond paintings make stunning gifts for family and friends, or to display in your home to brighten up any space. Diamond Art Club Kits come in a variety of collections including Animals, Nature, Fantasy, and more...something to suit everyone's artistic taste!  

A Diamond Art Club Kit would make the perfect gift for the crafter on your gift giving list.  One of these kits would be great to have on hand over the winter school break for kiddos to have a screen-free activity to keep them busy.  I would say ages 10 and up would really enjoy these fun and relaxing kits.  






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, October 17, 2019

#TrickOrTreat - Celebrate National Art Day on October 25 with FriXion Colors Markers from Pilot Pen!

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


Pilot Pen is back with a fun Halloween gift that would be perfect for classroom party favors!  Check out their great idea below:

Thinking of a creative Halloween party goodie for the classroom can be a little overwhelming. With Pilot Pen, it can be simple and to the point. Create a Halloween inspired creative gift bundle that will give an activity outlet for that sugar rush. Take two of the ultimate kid-friendly FriXion Colors Markers  and tie them with a ribbon. Next, cut out a tag from cardstock writing “Happy Halloween! Draw On Me.” encouraging the child to draw Halloween inspired designs on the card tag with their new markers. The best is if they mess up they can erase and start over with the magic of the FriXion marker. What makes this even better is that National Art Day is October 25 and this will create an every day celebration that helps prep for the party! 


These erasable markers are so much fun!  They have a fine tip that is great for detail work and they are erasable making it easier to change your designs on a whim.  The kiddos love sketching with them and using them to make their school work more colorful.  What a fun way to celebrate National Art Day, Halloween and the creative process!  Grab a pack today and get your artistic abilities flowing!





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 15, 2019

#TrickOrTreat with Brooklyn Bean Pink Pumpkin Coffee + #Giveaway

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

Another amazing coffee to share with all of you coffee lovers out there!  Just in time for fall AND Breast Cancer Awareness month, I would like to share Brooklyn Bean Roastery's Pink Pumpkin Coffee Pods!



Pink Pumpkin Coffee is a limited edition seasonal flavor.  The folks at Brooklyn Bean Roastery start with the highest quality 100 % Arabica coffee beans and expertly blend them with the sweet and spicy flavors of the favorite fall treat of pumpkin pie.

This coffee smells absolutely lovely brewing in our coffee brewer!  The aroma is totally mouthwatering.  The small batch roasted beans are ground fresh from the roasters and portioned perfectly into easy single-use pods.  These pods are designed to fit into most Keurig K-Cup Makers, including 2.0 brewers.  


The coffee isn't crazy strong and the flavor is a little lighter on the pumpkin pie spice and heavier on the vanilla.  It's not a "punch you in the face" kind of pumpkin spice coffee and B prefers it that way.


  Just the right amount of fall flavors to let you know the season is here!   I will admit that new coffee drinker A was a little bit disappointed that the coffee isn't actually pink.  She still loved the flavor though!  


I'm sure there are quite a few of y'all that are excited that it is FINALLY pumpkin spice season and need a good cup of coffee to get you through the day.  Well, guess what?  Today is your lucky day!  One lucky ABCD Diaries reader will get to indulge their craving with their very own case of Brooklyn Bean Roastery's Pink Pumpkin Coffee Pods!  As long as you are 18 years old or older, a resident of the USA and haven't won a coffee giveaway from the sponsor in the last 90 days, you are eligible to win!  Enter below:

#GiftsForHim - Comfy Traü Athletic Underwear #HolidayGiftGuide


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


Do you have an athletic guy on your holiday gift giving list this year?  If so, Traü athletic underwear are a great gift idea!


Check out the Gridiron Grays from Traü:


These babies are the modern replica of the old school football version with the bamboo and spandex combining to give maximum comfort and peak performance. 


They are super soft, comfortable, breathable, sweat-wicking and odor resistant.  Perfect for any athletic workout and comfortable enough to wear even when you;re not working out. 


Traü are proudly made in the USA and don't worry ladies, they are working on a women's pair as we speak.  For now, just buy a men's pair and enjoy! 


The original Traü were such a hit, the customers asked for more and today Traü is launching a Kickstarter campaign!  Check it out an get early access for the next colorful wave of Traü products that are sure to be as amazing as the first! 





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 14, 2019

Daily Goodie Box...It's More Than Just Free Samples! October 2019

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

I just found one of the easiest ways to get great free samples...Daily Goodie Box!

It couldn't be much easier.  You sign up and the folks at Daily Goodie Box will send you a box of free goodies.  All they ask is that you let them know what you think of the products. Shipping is free and no credit card required.  After your first box, you are more likely to be chosen for another box if you have reviewed your goodies.

Have a look at a typical Daily Goodie Box:


Looks awesome right?  Check out the products we received: 

Women's Cream Block Twist Socks from Heat Holders

These socks are the BEST!  They are super cozy and warm and cute to boot!

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Classic Latte

The perfect way to start your morning...this cold brew is delicious!

 Deodorant Baking Soda Free Gel - Apricot from Green Goo

This deodorant smells lovely and light and really does a great job on my sensitive skin.

 Sleep Mini Vial from Essence of Vali

This oil smells wonderful and works like a charm to help me fall asleep fast.


The best way to safely remove makeup quickly, easily and gently...plus it's eco-friendly!

Glo Birthday Cake Bar from Raw Rev

A tasty treat that really keeps me full thanks to 13 grams of protein!

 Organic Laundry Detergent in Lavender from Greenshield Organic

The lavender scent is lovely and this soap did a great job getting our clothes clean!

 Environmental Rescue Essential Day Cream Luxe Jar from Real Chemistry

It's a super moisturizer and goes on smoothly without any sticky residue!

Loads of coupons with money saving discounts on this month's featured products:

Daily Goodie Box is more than just free samples though.  You get money-making opportunities thanks to surveys and review opportunities too!  Daily Goodie Box has a very user-friendly portal to help you keep track of all of these great opportunities as well as chances to win Bonus Goodie Boxes along with your regular Daily Goodie Box!  This is a really fun and easy way to try out free products for very minimal effort on your part:)  Check it out and if it sounds interesting to you, get signed up...easy peasy! 





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.

#GiftsForKids - Amazing Book Gifts from Candlewick Press #HolidayGiftGuide

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


We love gifting books during the holiday season!  Candlewick Press is always a fantastic source for wonderfully fun and educational books for kiddos of all ages.  Check out some of our favorite recommendations for the holiday season: 

100 First Words
illustrated by Edward Underwood

14 pages - Board Book
Ages 0 – 3

With easy-to-lift card flaps on each spread, this stylish first word book is sure to hit the mark with little ones as they learn all sorts of new animals and objects. A clean layout grouped by theme features one hundred essential words and simple illustrations to help toddlers understand them.


Alphabet Street
by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius

26 pages – Board Book
Ages 2-5

There’s so much to discover in this ingenious book! Read the funny rhyming text, lift the flaps, and learn the letters of the alphabet. And when you’re finished, flip the book and have fun with the play scene on the reverse! The fun format and signature bold artwork from Ingela P. Arrhenius makes this a great choice for learning ABCs and imaginative play.


Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell and illustrated by Christian Birmingham

240 pages  - Hardcover Illustrated
Ages 10 and up

Over fifty stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist Christian Birmingham bring this treasured classic new life.

When Black Beauty was born one sweet spring day, he could not have imagined the life ahead of him. Following his mother’s advice to do his work with a good will, he enjoys the adventures of country and city life, makes new friends, and suffers from the cruelty and greed of his human masters. Beauty faces each challenge with bravery and kindness — and then a chance encounter with an old friend brings him the greatest joy of all. Anna Sewell’s classic horse story has captivated generations of readers since it was first published 140 years ago. This enchanting edition features the full unabridged text and Christian Birmingham’s gorgeous color and black-and-white illustrations depicting Beauty’s nineteenth-century world.


Guess How Much I Love You
25th Anniversary Slipcase Edition
by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram

40 pages – Slipcase Hardcover Picture Book
All Ages

Beloved for a quarter of a century, the family classic receives a beautiful slipcase for this keepsake hardcover featuring a limited-edition giclée print.

The story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare, who playfully vow a universe of affection, has enchanted millions of readers since its publication twenty-five years ago. Now, its enduring message of immeasurable love makes the ideal gift in a slipcased edition that includes an endearing print of the Nutbrown Hares suitable for framing.


Jon Klassen’s Hat Box
Boxed set of Picture Books

ages 4-8

Hold on to all of your hats at once for this special collection of Jon Klassen’s celebrated hat trilogy.
The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. A fish has stolen a hat; will he get away with it? Two turtles have found one hat, but the hat looks good on both of them. . . . Jon Klassen’s deliciously deadpan hat tales continue to surprise and delight readers of all ages, and they are all now available in one impeccably designed boxed set along with a free frameable print. Included are:

I Want My Hat Back
This Is Not My Hat
We Found a Hat


The Little Snowplow Wishes for Snow
by Lora Koehler and illustrated by Jake Parker

40 pages – Ages 3-7

The plucky little hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Snowplow returns in a story about wishing, waiting, and the magic of a first snowfall.

The little snowplow loves his job on the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, but the work he loves best is plowing snow. Throughout the year, he wishes for snow to come, but winter begins without a single flake in sight. As the weeks pass and the little snowplow’s birthday approaches, he starts to wonder whether it will snow at all. Will the little snowplow’s birthday dreams come true?


Paper World: Planet Earth
by Bomboland

30 pages – Hardcover Picture Book
Ages 8-12

This guide to our planet shows paper being engineered like never before.

Paper World: Planet Earth uses ingenious paper cutouts to reveal the amazing details of our planet, from bubbling volcanoes to rushing rivers to the boiling hot interior of the Earth. With detailed art by studio Bomboland, a fact-filled text, and flaps and die-cuts on every spread, this one-of-a-kind novelty book will appeal to readers of all ages.


The Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection
by Kate DiCamillo

3 book boxed set

Ages 10 and up

Kate DiCamillo’s sequence of novels about the Three Rancheros is now complete — and with this beautiful hardcover boxed set, readers can savor all three.

First came Raymie Nightingale, the “triumphant and necessary book”* that would become a National Book Award Finalist. Then followed the tender Louisiana’s Way Home, featuring “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” (The New York Times Book Review) and marking the first time the two-time Newbery Medalist had revisited the world of one of her novels. And finally, the much-hoped-for third novel, Beverly, Right Here, awaits its rapt audience. Here, the entire trilogy of novels — the perfect gift for both longtime fans and new devotees — is available in a beautifully designed set. Included are hardcover editions of:

Raymie Nightingale
Louisiana’s Way Home
Beverly, Right Here


Where’s Waldo? Double Trouble at the Museum
The Ultimate Spot the Difference Book
by Martin Handford

32 pages - Hardcover Picture Book
Ages 5-9

Maybe you’re good at spotting Waldo. But can you spot the difference? Head to the museum, where even the sharpest eyes are seeing double.

Waldo is wandering through the museum, where there are some devilishly difficult differences to decipher. Finding Waldo and his buddies is hard enough, but who can spot the minutiae that separate one Egyptian tablet from another? The dastardly details that make two maritime scenes unalike? The itty-bitty discrepancies between the vintage books and scrolls? With more than five hundred differences to be delineated, this brand-new spin on the art of spotting Waldo will have fans of all ages lining up to take a look.


If you have kiddos of any age on your gift giving list, consider giving the gift of reading this holiday season.  You can't go wrong with a good book and Candlewick Press has hundreds of great books to choose from!




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.

#TrickOrTreat with Hamilton Mills Pumpkin Spice Coffee + #Giveaway

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

It's Pumpkin Spice season y'all and Hamilton Mills has the coffee to satisfy all of your cravings this fall!



Hamilton Mills starts with a base of tasty Arabica beans and then adds in the perfect amount of delicious spices to make your mouth sing!



These K-cups are compatible with all Keurig machines and make it super easy to brew a tasty cup of coffee bursting with fall flavors right in your very own kitchen.  Save your money from those expensive coffee shops and make your own pumpkin spice lattes with this flavored coffee!  It couldn't be easier to brew up a steamy cup of fall.  This coffee is amazingly flavorful with a healthy dose of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and oh yeah, PUMPKIN, blended expertly to create the perfect cup of autumn goodness that every pumpkin spice lover is sure to enjoy!  It's like drinking pumpkin pie, but in the BEST possible way😊

I'm sure there are quite a few of y'all that are crazy excited that it is FINALLY pumpkin spice season and need a good cup of coffee to get you through the day.  Well, guess what?  Today is your lucky day!  One lucky ABCD Diaries reader will get to indulge their craving with their very own case of Hamilton Mills Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods!  As long as you are 18 years old or older, a resident of the USA and haven't won a coffee giveaway from the sponsor in the last 90 days, you are eligible to win!  Enter below:

Friday, October 11, 2019

Halloween Fun in the Kitchen with Kids and October's Gramma In a Box

*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 October box featured spooky Halloween 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: 
Spooky Witches Hats




Project #2:
Crispy Monster Bites




Project #3:
Halloween Cookie Decorating




The kiddos had a blast creating these tasty Halloween 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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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.