Thursday, September 29, 2011

FireFly Toothbrushes Review and Giveaway...

CONGRATS TO LISA!!

Thanks to Dr. Fresh, Inc., we recently had the chance to review a couple of FireFly Toothbrushes.


What we thought:  These toothbrushes are so fun!  We have one kiddo who finishes brushing his teeth in 2 seconds and one who will brush her teeth until you have to wrestle the toothbrush away from her, so I love the idea of the one minute blinking timer on the FireFly toothbrushes.  We have them go through the timer twice since a 2 minute brushing is what our dentist recommends.  The brushes come in a variety of kid-friendly themes, the Hello Kitty and the Hot Wheels were the brushes we reviewed, but they also have Barbie, Spiderman and Snoopy just to name a few.  These brushes have been great additions to our little one's teeth brushing routines!  ABCD Diaries gives FireFly toothbrushes from Dr. Fresh, Inc. an A+!


Buy It: Find these fun toothbrushes at FireFly.

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Kashi TLC Peanutty Chocolate Layered Bars Review...


About the bars:
"Made with whole grain goodness and layers of tasty ingredients, our TLC® Layered Granola Bars are delicious indulgence you can feel good about.
Each bar starts with our signature blend of 7 whole grains for a hearty, natural wholesomeness. The chewy granola base is then topped with real fruit spread and hearty nuts. And with 4g of fiber, 4g of protein and real fruit, they're as nutritious as they are tasty.
Naturally, our TLC Layered Granola Bars are filled with so many good-for-you ingredients, you'll never miss what's missing - artificial flavors and preservatives. We promise.
Who doesn’t love savory peanuts and rich chocolate together in one? Our Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Bars are made with chewy granola, roasted peanuts and peanut butter, then layered with real fruit spread mixed with dark chocolate. A sprinkle of roasted peanuts and bits of chocolate tops them off. Each bar has 7 grams of fiber* and 4 grams of protein."

What we thought:  As part of our September Moms Meet gathering, we had the chance to sample the yummy bars.  We were excited to try a bar that is tasty as well as good for you, not to mention something our kiddos will love!  The taste and texture of these bars was fantastic.  The dark chocolate layer was creamy and there were chunks of peanuts and dark chocolate on top of that.  Every member of our group, including the kiddos really enjoyed these bars. We even have a member who doesn't eat nuts and she loved these bars!  We would definitely recommend these bars for a quick snack or a tasty addition to the lunch box.  ABCD Diaries gives Kashi TLC Peanutty Chocolate Layered bars an A+!

Buy It:  Kashi ® TLC ® Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars retail for $3.89. Find them at most major grocery stores nationwide.


Find Kashi online at: Kashi.com
Facebook.com/kashi

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.
 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Review and Giveaway...



CONGRATS TO KRIS!!
About Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour:
"Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour is fiber from the coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted to make Virgin Coconut Oil. It is certified organic, unsweetened, and has not been treated with sulfites. Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour is high in dietary fiber and protein, and is gluten-free. It has more fiber than gluten-based grains. Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour can be added to standard wheat-based recipes to add extra fiber, by substituting 10-30% of the grain-based flour with our coconut flour. Some recipes, such as muffins and quick breads, can be accomplished with 100% Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour and therefore be 100% gluten-free! Since organic coconut flour contains natural sugar from the coconut meat, baked goods need less sugar added. The organic coconut flour has a mildly sweet coconut taste!

Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour also contains over 19% non-gluten protein! Therefore, it makes an excellent addition to shakes and smoothies where fiber and protein are needed. Or simply dissolve a spoonful in water as a high-fiber drink with a coconut flavor! This organic coconut flour is very versatile and very tasty. Sprinkle it over your favorite dishes to add a wonderful coconut flavor, use it as a thickener in soups and sauces - the possibilities are endless!"

What we thought:  Another slam dunk from Tropical Traditions!  This coconut flour was super versatile and it smelled absolutely divine!  It was great for muffins and cookies and since it naturally has a slightly sweet flavor we were able to add less sugar than usual which is a definite plus!  We also added it into our chocolate milk shakes after seeing that it was great for adding a little protein and fiber to shakes and smoothies and I was pleasantly surprised!  The combination of the chocolate and the light coconut flavor was so yummy!  I love finding delicious ways to supplement the kid's snacks with a little extra of these important nutrients and the milkshake was a perfect example of how something could be improved nutritiously without altering the taste to where the kiddos wouldn't eat it. ABCD Diaries gives the coconut flour from Tropical Traditions an A+!
Buy It: Find this coconut flour and other wonderful products at Tropical Traditions!  Check out some of the awesome coconut flour recipes here.

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Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given coconut flour for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beanitos Review...

About Beanitos:
Bean Brand Foods, Beanitos The Bean Chips™ were created by serious snackers, for serious snackers (aka For Human Beans™) who demand more than empty calories from their snacks. And, since corn is in over 4,000 products at the typical supermarket and has been linked to a host of health issues including obesity, all of our products are Always Corn Free™!"



What we thought:  If you are looking for a healthier alternative to potato chips without having to sacrifice flavor, you should consider Beanitos.  We tried Black Bean, Black Bean Chipotle, Pinto Bean and Flax and Pinto and Cheddar Cheese.  These were a hit, especially with the boys of the house.  I was a fan of the black bean varieties and the kids preferred the pintos.  These chips were great for dipping and snacking.  We even used them in a taco salad and it was great!  Beanitos are definitely a healthy option and the snack size bags are perfect for the lunch box.  ABCD Diaries gives Beanitos an A!


Buy It: Find Beanitos online or at a store near you by checking here.




Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a sampler for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Ties-Necktie.com Review + Coupon Code...


About Ties-Necktie.com:
•We only offer quality necktie brands - Neck Ties Up to 40% below retail prices

•Large inventory of neck ties regularly updated to follow latest fashion trends
•Convenient return policy with money back guarantee
•Company and Uniform neckties – Multiple of one necktie design!
About the Ties we reviewed:
"A platinum silver silk tie with brilliant shine! The intricate check pattern of this tie is created by weaving a thin black line throughout the tie. It is a pattern that perfectly complements the festive shine of this tie. It is a tie that looks best with white or black dress shirt and suits in either charcoal or light gray.
This tie is handmade from pure silk by necktie designer Parsley. Parsley uses a thicker inner lining for this tie which not only gives the necktie a fuller look, but it also ensures that tie goes back to its original shape after each time you wear it.

This bright orange necktie will combine excellent with white, blue, and gray dress shirts. A perfect necktie for any fashion conscious man. The subtle stripes in this tie are created by a unique weaving technique of a single color yarn."

What we thought:  Wow!  What an awesome selection of ties!  It really seems like no matter what outfit or occasion you need a tie for Ties-Necktie.com has it!  This website is super easy to navigate thanks to the easy to find categories and subcategories.  They even have a bestseller list if you're just looking to add cool ties to your collection.  We chose the top bestseller as one of our review samples...the orange tie.  It works great for game days here in Texas...Hook 'Em!  The platinum tie looks great with so many of B's dress shirts and it looks really classy...a great way to really dress up a suit!  These are quality ties at affordable prices.  For a great variety of really nice ties, ABCD Diaries gives Ties-Necktie.com an A+!

Buy It: Find a large variety of ties at Ties-Necktie.com. Get 20% off your order with the code: christinbanda This code is valid now through  Nov. 30th, 2011



Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given 2 ties for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fierce Fun Toys Review and Giveaway...

CONGRATS TO MELANIE!


About Fierce Fun Toys:
"Join us in a magical world of engaging story tales & toys! We have a unique zoo of animals that make silly human sounds, but that doesn't stop them from making new friends! Exploring the zoo leads to new friendships, multicultural understanding and a lot of wild and silly adventures!"

About Harry Hiccers:
"The Harry Hiccers story A New Zoo captures kids' attention through the silly humor of hiccups, then offers suspense and intrigue as the characters build a friendship. A great story for calming fears about the first day of school or moving to a new environment. All this happens in approximately 800 words.

From the creative writer Angela Larson and immensely talented illustrator Traci Dibble.
The 10-inch koala plush toy has sound! Squeeze his tail to hear one of 7 different 'hiccups' sounds, along with a "Pardon me", "Excuse me", "Sorry, mate" and "Whoopsie daisy"! Not your average koala toy".

What we thought:  This was a super cute book and the hiccuping koala plush was adorable!  The kiddos really loved the story and it was full of fun facts and had a great moral which I was definitely a fan of!  This line of toys and books is great for kids going back to school or changing schools in the middle of the year.  It shows children that it is okay to be adventurous and try new things, even if you're a little scared at first.  Each book and plush set from Fierce Fun Toys teaches a great lesson in a fun way.  ABCD Diaries gives Harry Hiccers and Fierce Fun Toys an A+!

Buy It: Find these fun books and animals at Fierce Fun Toys.
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Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a Harry Hiccers set for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Teamotions Tea Review + Code for Free Shipping...

About Teamotions:
"Our handcrafted teas blended with adaptogen herbs foster and support emotional well-being, transforming a simple cup of tea into a truly healing experience."
What we thought: MMM...this was some really fantastic tea!  The blends were right on point.  The folks at Teamotions expertly blended these yummy flavors to make a truly divine loose leaf tea.  Each flavor is sublimely aromatic and really gets your mind on the right track before you even taste the tea.  The tea itself was simply wonderful:)  The samplers at Teamotions would make great gifts for the tea-lovers in your life.  ABCD Diaries gives Teamotions an A+!

Buy It: Find these delicious teas at Teamotions. Use the code FIRSTFREE for free shipping of your entire initial order!



Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a sampler for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Growums Vegetable Garden Review and Giveaway...

CONGRATS TO BETHANYC!


About Growums:
"We feel that by providing children with a remarkable experience to grow their own garden – along with the help of fun characters who coach them in a virtual world they can enjoy online – the kids will be attentive and successful in their real-life gardening adventures. My kids have done it, and so have the kids in my neighborhood. I can tell you from experience: The joy on their faces and the fun they had digging in the dirt – then eating what they grew – was immeasurable!


What Growums does:
■Gives children a life-changing experience, teaching them that they can grow their own food and help the environment, as well as emphasize the importance of healthy eating
■Gives them gardening knowledge and shows them the skills it takes to become a successful gardener – no matter what their age
■Gives kids a chance to have fun quality time with their parents, siblings and grandparents – both out in the garden, as well as online
■Gives back to your organization, charity or fundraiser"

What we thought:  The kids are having a blast with their Ratatouille Garden from Growums!  This kit is very hands on and even 2 year old D was able to help plant and water the plants.  The instructions were super easy and everything you need to start your garden is included in the kit.  The plants sprout quicly and we are having a blast watching them grow.  This week we get to move the plants to bigger pots outside and we couldn't be more excited to continue to watch our garden grow!  Growums has a vareity of gardens to choose from and children of all ages will really enjoy this hands on and very educational science project!
ABCD DIaries gives Growums an A+!

Buy It: Find these fun gardens at Growums.

Win It: Growums has generously offered one ABCD Diaries reader a garden of their choice!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Libman Freedom Floor Duster Review...


About the Libman Freedom Floor Duster:"Don't just move dirt -
Remove Dirt!
Easily clean hard-to-reach places, such as walls, ceiling and basboards.
No assembly required.
Remove pet hair and debris without touching the dirty pad."
 
What we thought:  Look at all those awesome furry fingers!  They have proven to be fantastic at attracting dirt and hair and other debris off of our floor.  I didn't realize how dirty our floors were until we used this duster...ewwww!  The coolest part is you can remove the dirty pad, wash it and it is as good and as clean as new which saves us money and helps reduce our waste...Mother Nature loves that!  It was actually fun to use this duster and I even got B to push this "broom" around:) The whole family got in on the cleaning fun with the Freedom Floor Duster.  This cleaning tool is the newest staple in our broom closet.  Thanks Libman!  ABCD Diaries gives the Freedom Floor Duster from Libman an A+!   

Buy It: Find the Freedom® Floor Duster at these locations now:
Kroger    Dillions
Fry’s      King Soopers
Ralph’s   Smith’s

Coming November 2011, the Freedom® Floor Duster will be available at these locations:
Discount Drug Mart     Brookshire Grocery
Food 4 Less                Giant
Dierberg’s                   Carlie C’s
Big Y Foods                Bi-Lo
Hy-Vee                       Ingles Supermarkets
Menard’s                    Rite Aid
Rolliers                       Rouse Supermarkets
Shopko                       Southern Family Markets
Stop & Shop               Supermarkets Associates
Tops                          United Supermarkets
Weis                          Westlake Hardware
Winco Foods



Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a floor duster for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Easy Canvas Prints Review and Giveaway...

CONGRATS TO SWEEPMOM!

About Easy Canvas:
"With our custom canvas prints, you can easily turn your very own image into a stunning work of art on canvas. Upload your own photos and pictures, and create a personalized print on canvas. We offer small, medium, and large canvas prints. Whether you want to decorate your home or office, canvas printing wall art can be used everywhere because you create it!"


What we thought:  The quality of this canvas is fantastic!  I had a hard time choosing which photo to use and I wasn't really confident in how this one would turn out, but I was really impressed when it turned out MUCH better than I expected!  It was super easy to upload pictures and place my order with the step-by-step instructions provided on Easy Canvas.  They also have the option to use images from their site.  Whether you are looking for an original print or need a little help finding an image that suits your need, Easy Canvas is a wonderful place to get it done with beautiful results!  ABCD Diaries gives Easy Canvas an A+!

Buy It: Find these fantastic canvas prints at EasyCanvasPrints.com.

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Giveaway ends Thursday, October 5, 2011 at 11:59cst. Winner will be chosen via random.org and emailed. They will have 48 hours to reply. Open to US 18+


Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a print for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Blogorama Bonanza: The Gingerbread Construction Company $50 GC + $25 Paypal Giveaway...

***This post will stay at the top until September 22nd.  Please scroll down for newer reviews and giveaways:)***

ABCD Diaries is excited to be participating in Blogorama Bonanza '11!!



Here is a little bit about our sponsor:

About The Gingerbread Construction Company:
"Who would have ever imagined that a husband and wife team making gingerbread houses out of their home in Stoneham, Massachusetts would have led to the now well-known Gingerbread Construction Company? John and Janet D’Orsi began making gingerbread houses and cookies at their home in 1981 as a hobby, planning only to sell the gingerbread houses and gingerbread cookies at craft shows in the New England area. Word spread about the delicious baked goods, and customers started showing up at their doorstep looking to try their products. John and Janet now knew that it was time to expand their company.


In December 1987, John and Janet took a leap of faith opening the first Gingerbread Construction Company store in a quiet Winchester, Massachusetts neighborhood. Knowing that seasonally popular gingerbread houses would not be enough to attract customers all year, John and Janet developed a sumptuous muffin line, as well as a gourmet cookie line. They started with only six varieties of the oversized, fresh baked muffins, but have since expanded their line to include nineteen varieties. These muffins have been recognized by Phantom Gourmet and won many awards for their delectable taste.
 
In 1995, the second location opened its doors in Wakefield, Massachusetts on Lake Quannapowitt. Because of its close proximity to Route 128, this location soon became the most popular store, growing to four times the size of the original Winchester location. The Wakefield location also became the company’s main construction site, taking on the task of baking and assembling all the company’s gingerbread houses and cookies.

The Gingerbread Construction Company has become a household name for many northshore natives, though many have coined their own name for the unique bakery. The Gingerbread House, The Gingerbread Factory, The Muffin House are just a few of the names used to refer to the company.
Since the creation of its online store, The Gingerbread Construction Company has expanded its customer base to include the entire US!" 



Win It: The Gingerbread Construction Company has generously offered one lucky ABCD Diaries reader a $50 gift certificate!  And in celebration of Blogorama Bonanza we are throwing in a $25 Paypal GC as well!

To win you must be a GFC follower of ABCD Diaries and a Facebook Fan of The Gingerbread Construction Company.


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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach...


The Art of Fielding: A Novel
Chad Harbach


Product Description

"At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life.
As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others."




Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this book for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.
Buy It: Find The Art of Fielding at your favorite bookseller.

U R Some 1 CD Review...


POSITIVE, UPBEAT MUSIC FOR DYNAMIC KIDS & FAMILIES U R SOME 1
THE NEWEST “BEST FOOT FORWARD” CD FROM RECESS MUSIC
"Recess Music, a company dedicated to helping kids value a world that is wise, fair, and generous hearted, looks forward to the October 18 release of U R Some 1, the second in its “Best Foot Forward” series of CDs. U R Some 1 joins Recess Music’s recently released Big Bully in launching the “Best Foot Forward” series.

All the songs on U R Some 1 highlight self-esteem as a key ingredient for living in harmony with others by celebrating the concept that “there is no one quite like you, and you are perfect just the way you are!” This happy, upbeat album also affirms for kids that all humans are “the same & different AND different & the same.” U R Some 1’s musical adventure in self-awareness includes 12 tracks that showcase contributions by a sampling of today’s most gifted kids’ musicians, including Peter Himmelman, Anna Moo, and Katherine Dines."


About Nancy Doan:
"While experiencing a multi-faceted life as a mother, wife, and minister, Nancy Doan became convinced of the need to make the world a better place through a two-fold approach: sustaining our environment and teaching kindness. Because music held a prominent place in both her own childhood and her experiences as a mother, Nancy developed an appreciation of the power of music as an educational tool. When the onset of systemic lupus erythematosus dictated a career change, she cast about for a way to continue to serve the causes to which she had dedicated her life. This search ultimately led to the creation of Recess Music, as a company dedicated to the twin goals of environmental awareness and social empathy through its “Celebrate Earth” and “Best Foot Forward” series of recordings."
CD Details: U R Some 1
For ages 4 - 12
Label: Big Round Records
SRP: $11.99
Run time: 32 minutes

What we thought:  This CD is fantastic and our new favorite!  It is a compilation of some of the best children's music artists out there and the variety is awesome:)  These upbeat and laid back tunes are the perfect tools to teach your little ones that they are special and an important part of this world.  The tracks range from jazzy to big band to country and everything in between.  These songs teach lessons, get the kids moving and grooving and most important build self-esteem in a super fun way.  We are really loving this CD and listen to it at least once a day.  What a great way to show your children they are perfect just the way they are!  ABCD Diaries gives U R Some 1 an A+!!


Buy It: U R Some 1 will be available online at www.recessmusic.com, amazon.com and its international affiliates, iTunes, and brick and mortar retailers throughout the U.S.



Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a CD for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dinosaur Train Lights and Sounds Train Review and Giveaway...

CONGRATS TO MELANIE!

We recently had the chance to review this cool new toy from Dinosaur Train:

Lights & Sounds Train

"Based on the Henson PBS show, the Dinosaur Train collectible segment enables children to collect all of their favorite Dinosaur Train characters, while also expanding their train set. This Lights and Sounds Train is representative of the iconic Dinosaur Train from the show. The 3-car plastic train features lights and sounds with over 5 different phrases and includes the Laura Gigantosaurus collectible dinosaur. Laura is a regular on the Dinosaur Train and can be spotted riding it in every episode."

What we thought:  D really loved this train!  He is a big Dinosaur Train fan and he really had a blast with this cool toy.  The lights and sound effects were a lot of fun and it was neat to have Laura the Gigantosaurus riding around in the train just like she does in the cartoon.  D loves to add other dinos and animals to the train and push/pull it all around the house saying "All Aboard!!" and "Time Tunnel Approaching!!" :)  I love that while the train has sounds, they aren't crazy loud like a lot of noise-making toys are.  Definitely a plus in my book!  ABCD Diaries gives the Lights and Sounds Train an A+!


Buy It: Find this Dinosaur Train Lights and Sounds Train at toy stores nationwide.
 
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Snapfish Review and Giveaway...

CONGRATS TO HEIDI!

You may know Snapfish best for fantastic deals on quality photo prints, but did you know they could personalize school supplies?  Check these sweet deals out:


-Notebooks are available from $9.99, and you can add a title or message to the cover, including a dedication page!


-Notepads are only $7.99 each and you can choose from over 45 fun backgrounds and personalize with your own message. You can choose colors and personalize by hobby, too.


What we thought:  We got a notebook personalized with the name of A's teacher from Snapfish and it is gorgeous!  It will make a fantastic teacher's gift.  These would be great gifts for the kids for back to school as well...what a way to show off your personality!  There were so many cute designs to choose from, it was hard to choose just one.  These notebooks are of course a little pricier than your standard notebook, but I think the cute personalization makes them worth the price.  Ordering from the Snapfish website was super easy and delivery was speedy. ABCD Diaries gives Snapfish an A+! 

Buy It: Find these fun school supplies and more at Snapfish.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Kushyfoot Review...


We recently had the opportunity to review a few items from the newest line of Kushyfoot products.

Super Ultra Low Cut "Kushyfoot Ultra Low Cut Foot Covers with the most discreet coverage ever! An extra toe cushion and a comfort heel pad to protect the back of your foot and keep the product to stay secure in your shoes. Take pleasure in the freedom of bare legs and feel great about not having your foot covers show past your shoe line!"

Snakeprint Flats to Go"Snakeprint Flats-to-go ®! Soft, flexible faux leather Flats-to-go ® are an instant and elegant solution to a perennial need for the relief of sore heels, blisters and scrunched up toes. Featuring an elastic back for a better fit, and a unique, 3-dimensional wavy sole that cushions and massages the foot as the wearer walks-perfect for indoor and smooth outdoor surfaces. They slip neatly and easily into their owner's purse, folded into a cute clear plastic carrier with its own little handles."



What we thought:  The foot covers worked great, even with my lowest cut pair of shoes.  They kept my feet comfy all day long with the added padding right where I needed it.  I like that these come in a variety of colors.  The Flats-to-go were cool because they folded up so snugly they could fit into my purse or the diaper bag and I could take them everywhere I went.  They were super cute and comfy and worked great when my feet were tired of wearing uncomfortable shoes.  I got lots of compliments on the Snakeprint Flats-to-go, but they also come in several other patterns.  The new items we tried from Kushyfoot were fantastic!  ABCD Diaries gives Kushyfoot an A+!


Buy It: Find these great fashion accessories and many more at Kushyfoot.



Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Foodiacs Features Back to the Roots Kit...


About Foodiacs:
"The newest online community for food enthusiasts http://www.foodiacs.com/  announces its September 6 website launch. Foodiacs is tailored to people who are passionate about food and will connect them with product offerings that are exclusive to the site. Each Foodiacs offering will be available for only a limited time, and at a limited quantity, and will not match any offer at any other online retail outlet.


“We recognize the quality and passion that goes into creating these artisan foods and want to bring lesser known but high quality items to the forefront of the food community in a unique way,” said Katie Clegg, chief eating officer of Foodiacs.com. “Foodiacs is about helping companies get recognition for innovation and outstanding ingenuity – but more importantly it’s about connecting consumers, who are Foodiacs like us, to gourmet food artisans, epicurean products, specialty kitchen equipment and, ultimately, new experiences they’ll love.”

Foodiacs has exclusive product offerings, or events, booked through March 2012. The events will launch every one to two weeks on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. and will feature a variety of unique food-related products. Starting in 2012, the site will also connect “Foodiacs” with local food industry leaders for exclusive tastings, culinary tours and educational experiences.

The first event to be featured is Back to the Roots, a grow-it-yourself box garden of pearl oyster mushrooms. The event will run from September 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET - September 20 at 11:59 a.m. ET. Each “Foodiac” that purchases two boxes will receive a third box and classroom curriculum to be donated to the school of their choice.
Mushrooms for Classrooms: Three Kits for $40!
What better company to kick-off the launch of Foodiacs? Gourmet. Sustainability. Education. Local. These concepts embody the essence of Back to the Roots and the Foodiacs community. Not to mention, Nikhil and Alejandro are just plain awesome guys. They’ve created the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden Kit, allowing anyone to grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home and produce local, fresh food from recycled coffee grounds. In just 10 to 14 days—with very simple care and maintenance—this kit produces up to 1.5 pounds of gourmet pearl oyster mushrooms. It’s really pretty cool, and once you hear the story behind the company, you’ll love them even more. Back to the Roots has helped families grow over 250,000 lbs. of fresh food at home in 2011 and sustained 10 urban school & community gardens by donating their premium soil amendment.

To expand on the amazing work that Back to the Roots has done, our exclusive Foodiacs offering allows our members to purchase two Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden Kits and receive a third kit for free to be donated to a school of your choice. When you purchase this offer, you’ll receive a total of three kits along with a classroom curriculum. Donate one, two, or all three! We want to help kids all over the country, and especially the ones in your life, have an incredible hands-on experience learning about growing their own food and about innovative ways to reduce and reuse waste. We’re pretty sure this is the best thing ever to come out of a fraternity kitchen!"


Disclosure:  ABCD Diaries will be receiving a kit to review in conjunction with this post.  All opinions expressed are ours and ours alone.

Sunbelt Review...

About Sunbelt:
"The Sunbelt® tradition began in the early 1980s. Started by the McKee family of bakers, the initial concept was simple — to make a great-tasting nutritious snack. Using their talent of creating recipes and making delicious products, they created a complete line of granola bars, fruit & grain bars, fruit flavored snacks and granola cereals — all providing a balance of great taste and nutrition.

At Sunbelt®, our philosophy is that great taste and nutrition are not enough. Because we believe that physical activity is an important component of overall health, Sunbelt® has sponsored hundreds of local walkathons, marathons and triathlons over the years."

What we thought:  These bars were fantastic!  We reviewed 3 flavors of granola bars and the strawberry cereal bars.  The chocolate chip and the oat and honey bars were really yummy.  Our favorite granola bars were the sweet and salty variety which combined big pieces of nuts and sweet chocolate.  They really hit the spot!  The cereal bars were great as well...the kids loved the frosting!  The Sunbelt snacks were great for breakfast or in the lunch box and fun, convenient on-the-go snacks.  ABCD Diaries gives Sunbelt bars an A+!


Buy It: Find these yummy snacks at grocers nationwide.


Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chillout Fan Review and Giveaway...

CONGRATS TO JANE!

We recently had the chance to review a compact Chillout Fan.

About the Chillout fan:
"The *new* compact Chillout™ fan is a breeze to set up and features cool colors - blue, green, pink, and white/gray – to match any d├ęcor.  Featuring a quiet, 2-speed motor and a large, front-mounted speed control for easy operation, these fans are perfect for a desk or bedside table."

What we thought:  So here is the scoop... 
When we moved to the Texas coast in April, we moved into a super old house with not a lot of insulation and window units.  This is a 2000 sqft house with only one unit downstairs.  We added a second unit, but it still gets pretty warm.  We can open the upstairs windows and get a pretty good breeze from the bay 2 blocks down, but too many things block the breeze downstairs.  We were super excited to get to review the Chillout fan.  It is so small, so we weren't really expecting a huge difference in temperature.  We were definitely surprised when B plugged it in and I could feel the cool air immediately on the other side of the room!  This fan has been a true blessing these last few weeks.  The temperatures have been really high this summer and the downstairs window unit has been running pretty constantly, but when we starting using the Chillout fan I noticed the unit would kick off quite a bit, so I know the fan is saving us on the electric bill.  Another huge benefit of the Chillout is that is is so compact...even the kiddos can move it from room to room.  If it is getting hot in the kitchen while we're cooking we just plug it in in there.  If we are playing board games at the dining room table, we just move the fan.  We generally keep it in the room where most of the people are and it keeps the temperature quite comfortable.  And it is so quiet, you wouldn't even know it was there except for the fantastic cool breeze:)  Definitely a great portable and affordable fan!  ABCD Diaries gives the Chillout fan an A+!

Buy It: Find this awesome compact fan at Target, Best Buy, Walmart, or Amazon.com for only $14.99!

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Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a fan for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

"Shadow In Serenity" Review...

Shadow in Serenity
Terri Blackstock

Book Description-
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
"Carny Sullivan grew up in the zany world of a traveling carnival. Quaint and peaceful Serenity, Texas, has given her a home, a life, and a child. Logan Brisco is the smoothest, slickest, handsomest man Serenity, Texas has ever seen. But Carny Sullivan knows a con artist when she sees one---and she's seen plenty, starting with her father. As far as Carny Sullivan can tell, she's the only one in town who has his number. Because from his Italian shoes to his movie-actor smile, Logan has the rest of the town snowed. Carny is determined to reveal Brisco's selfish intentions before his promise to the townspeople for a cut in a giant amusement park sucks Serenity dry. Yet, as much as she hates his winning ways, there is a man behind that suave smile, a man who may win her heart against her will. Shadow in Serenity is a modern-day Music Man, penned by a Christy Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author."

What we thought:  This inspirational novel was really wonderful.  The story has enough suspense to keep the reader interested and the underlying Christian theme is constant enough to give the reader hope for a happy ending.  The story deals with issues of faith, love, family, redemption and forgiveness.  If you are looking for an uplifting and inspirational Christian novel, check out Shadow in Serenity coming to bookstores late September.  ABCD Diaries gives this book an A+!

Buy It: Find this fantastic book at your favorite bookseller starting September 27! 


Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this book for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wall Flower Jeans Review...


About Wall Flower Jeans:
"Wall Flower Jeans is leading the way in junior denim, from our most comfortable basics to the latest fashion forward styles. With an attitude of youthful self expression, the Wall Flower girl is approachable, fun, modern, hip and really loves a great pair of jeans. With the latest washes & styles at affordable prices Wall Flower Jeans are the perfect addition to any girl’s wardrobe."  

"No more wardrobe malfunctions when you go to sit down with our contoured fitted waistband. With a flattering boot cut fit, you get the retro look with the comfortable, Wall Flower feel.
•5 Pocket Legendary Bootcut
•Back Pocket Flaps
•Heavy Sandblast
•Back Pocket Embroidery
•Whiskered Front"

What we thought:  If you or someone you know wears juniors sizes and loves super awesome, super stylish and super comfy jeans that are sure to get them noticed, Wall Flower Jeans is worth a visit!  These jeans come in a variety of styles and washes and include plus sizes.  The range in price from $35-$50.  They fit true to size and look really great on.  The are flattering in all the right places.  They have jeans to make every body type look great, including curvy jeans and jeans with longer leg lengths.  If you are in the market for new jeans this back-to-school season, check out Wall Flower!  ABCD Diaries gives Wall Flower Jeans an A+!
Buy It: Find these super stylish juniors jeans at Wall Flower.  Get the newest updates on Wall Flower Jeans via Facebook and Twitter.  Check out the Wall Flower It Girl, Savannah, via Facebook and Twitter as well!



Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a pair of jeans for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bakery On Main Oatmeal Review...

About Bakery On Main:
"At Bakery On Main, we're all about better health and happy tastebuds living together in harmony. We hope you love our premium gluten free granola products as much as we love creating them for you.

Do you miss the convenience of instant oatmeal in the morning? Bakery On Main is putting that to a halt and releasing a new product line of Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal, available in three delicious Bakeshop flavors that will turn any morning into a delightful retreat."

What we thought: Delicious!  We tried all three flavors, Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Pie and Maple Multigrain Muffin and all three were fantastic!  The little ones loved these and even though it is ridiculously hot here in Texas right now, they asked for oatmeal every morning while the samples lasted.  I snuck a taste of each flavor and I was really impressed.  These will be especially fantastic as a super fast, super tasty breakfast in the coming fall and winter months.  If you are looking for a gluten-free instant oatmeal, give Bakery On Main a try!  ABCD Diaries gives Bakery On Main an A+!



Buy It: Find these delicious gluten-free oatmeals at Bakery On Main!


Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.