Hocus Pocus Box by Bookish Boxes

I ordered my first Exclusive Box from Book(ish) Boxes last month. I’ve always wanted to get a themed box, but they’re can be a bit pricey and I could never justify it. Then I saw this amazing box. Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie ever, possibly even my favorite movie period! So I excitedly order it and waited patiently for it arrive on my door step. When it came it was even cuter than I had imagined.

Inside I received 5 Hocus Pocus themed goodies. The box came with a card that listed each item and who made them. They’re all hand made products from different shops, which I thought add a nice extra touch. They all hit the mark perfectly and I love them all! My favorite is the travel mug with the best quote from the movie.

Everything in this box was amazing and I feel like I definitely got my moneys worth. I can’t wait to buy another box in the future and this was a lot of fun!

Have you bought a themed box before? And whats your favorite Halloween movie? Let me know in the comments below!

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Best Books of the Year Perfect for Halloween Reading 

So many amazing books have been published this year in 2016, many of them perfect for reading around Halloween time. This is a simple list aimed at giving inspiration for your October reading, I hope you find something you like! (While most of these were released this year, some are from late 2015 too.)

And I Darken

Although it’s fiction, it looks more at the real story of Vlad the Impaler, who was the inspiration for Dracula. However, there’s a twist: Vlad is girl. This book has something for everyone! Action, history, and romance. This is a must read!


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The Merciless II

I have gotten a chance to pick this one up yet unfortunately. But I read the first one around Halloween last year and it was a great horror book, perfect for the season. And I’m sure this one won’t disappoint.


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The Curse of the Bruel Coven

Set in New Orleans, the atmosphere screams Halloween. The book is about a girl who discovers she a witch and has connections with an ancestor. There’s also vampire in the mix, so you know you want to check it out!


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Fairest of All

Note: This book it actually from 2009, but it part of a series that is still going! I picked this one because I’ve read it. But the latest book Poor Unfortunate Soul just came out. This is the background story of the Evil Queen from Snow White. I personally have always loved villains and this book was a light read that was also pretty dark. If you love Disney, then you will love this book.


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The Dark Days Club

Even the title screams Halloween. This book is both dark and funny with romance thrown in. I absolutely loved it! It’s about a club who make sure that supernatural creatures stay in there place and don’t hurt humans. But there’s so much more and I don’t want to spoil anything.


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With Malice

This more of a mystery and thriller, if horror and the supernatural isn’t your thing. A girl wakes up with no memory, but learns that her best friend is dead. Did she have something to do with it? Partly set in Italy this was a quick read that kept me guessing. Perfect if you liked We Were Liars.


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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Come on. I don’t even have to explain this one!


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Stalking Jack the Ripper 

This book just came out, so I haven’t gotten to read this one either. But it looks fantastic and focuses on Jack the Ripper, what more Halloween then that?


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My lady Jane

This isn’t a typical Halloween Read. It’s not dark in the horror way, but it still has some dark themes. Mainly it’s hilarious! So if you can’t handle scary at all, this will be the perfect read for you.


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Did I miss a book? Let me know in the comments if you think another book should have been on this list!

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Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to review the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to try their clay mask  (post here). I loved it so when I heard I was also chosen to try their night serum as well, I couldn’t wait to use it!

Curious at what this retinol serum can do? This night serum boasts the ability to:
1. Diminishes wrinkles
2. Stimulates collagen
3. Improves skin tone
4. Manages breakouts
5. Conditions skin


So after trying for myself, what do I think of it? Well to be honest, my feeling are a bit mixed.

The Pros:

  • The packing is great and the drop applicator makes it very easy to apply.
  • My face looks more even in skin tone the next day.
  • The ingredients are natural and the brand is cruelty free,

The Cons:

  • I did not like the look or consistency of this serum. It was watery, and left my face feeling sticky.
  • It was an odd milky white color.
  • It honestly felt a little gross to put on.

Overall, I would recommend this product for those looking for a well priced night serum. It did work, I just don’t like how it feels to put it on. I’m unsure if I would purchase this myself in the future.

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Summer Favorites

Sephora Lipstick in Mmm…

Tarte Lipstick in Nameste

The Sephora lipstick is a beautiful mauve pink with a hint of purple undertones, this is a perfect ‘your lips but better’ shade. It feels creamy on the lips, but drys into a matte finish. I have received so many compliments on this shade, I love wearing it. This is my first Tartlette Lipstick stick and I love it! It a soft, light pink color that dries quickly. It’s another perfect nude color and another shade that I’ve received compliments on. I’m loving nude colors right now, they go with everything and are no fuss.

 Secret Life of Pets Movie

I’ve been waiting for months for this movie, because it has a dachshund character and we own one of our own. It was so cute! Completely worth the wait🙂

Secret Life of Pets Game

In anticipation for the film, I started playing the mobile game first and it is so addictive! It’s basically candy crush but with the pets. The thing I really like about it is that it’s challenging. It’s not an easy, mindless game. I’ve spent days on one level before.


A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1)


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I’ve been eying this book for about a year, ever since it came out and I saw it in Barnes and Noble. But I really had to reign in my book buying so I held off. Then I finally ( after a whole year of living here) got my library card. And wow, the library here has so many more books then the last one, especially new ones. So this is one of the first ones I checked out. I love it! It has that dark, Gothic, Victorian atmosphere but also puts a different spin on it. Plus, the female characters are smart, witty, and a little dangerous-a theme you don’t usually see for this time period.

Almost Famous

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My little sister was seriously lacking in the having seen 90s’ movies department. Sop while she was here had her watch all the classics: Clueless, Cruel Intentions, etc. On her last night I let her pick the movie. She choose Almost Famous, she super into old school rock and records so she really wanted to see it. And we both absolutely loved it! The story draws you in so the movie goes by so fast. And there are so many great actors in it, it was crazy!

Fairest of All


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Ever since I was little I have always rooted for the villains. I don’t know why, maybe because they seemed more multidimensional and I always felt bad for them. Either way, I was so excited when i saw there was whole book series dedicated to the Disney Villains. it tells their side of the story of how they became evil. I loved this one and I’m excited to pick up the next one which is based on The Beast. There is also a new on about Ursula as well.

Harry Potter and the Cursed child


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I was about a month late to this one because I couldn’t just the price (almost $30!) so I added myself to waiting list at my local library, it was going to be awhile. However, my sweet husband went on a short business trip and surprised me with a copy he bought at the airport. I absolutely loved it, it was hard to get used it being a script, but quickly got use it. It brought back so many memories and made me feel like a kid again. If you love the Harry Potter books, then this is a must read!

Across the Universe


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I read this for my book and I was a skeptical at first, since I’m not usually into science fiction. But this is a book that starts off slow and then builds up until it ends with a bang. It reminded a bit of The Giver, but set in space. The ending was crazy and I need to pick the next one ASAP.

Stranger Things

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I put off watching this show for as long as I could. I kept hearing about but I’m not one to listen to hype and it didn’t look interesting to me. But my best friend kept pestering me to watch it so finally did, and I’m so happy that I gave it chance. It’s so amazing and unique. it’s also a little scary, which I love. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until the next season.


I love Chelsea Handler, I’ve watched her standup and read her latest book. I also really enjoyed her mini documentary series on Netflix and was sad that it was so short. So I was very happy when her new talk show premiered. I really like it. It’s different. You can see celebrities but you also learn a lot as well. It’s not superficial and it feels very causal, perfect to sit down and watch with a cup of coffee.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Speaking of coffee it’s finally time for Pumpkin Spice Lattes! However, in August Starbucks wasn’t serving them yet, but I was dying to finally have one. Luckily, Bed,Bath & Beyond was carrying the Mountain Green Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee. It’s not same, but it’s enough it be enjoyable. Plus, the smell is wonderful!

Summer may be officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce! Tell me some of your summer favs in the comments below!

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Where Have I Been? Summer Update

I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately and I’m truly sorry. I had big plans for this blog over the summer but it all went pretty shit very quickly.Fortunately, most of it has been fun and good things, some of it has been less on the first side.

First, starting all the way back in February I had begun to feel constant pain in my abdomen. I attempted to go to doctors, without much success on what it might be.Finally, I asked my doctor for an Ultrasound and it was in July we discovered that I had about a dime-sized ovarian cyst on my left side. I have been struggling with being motivated and getting things done, since I’m in very bad pain most of the time and so far there is nothing they can do for it. For anyone who has been through this, how did you get through it??

For the rest for the summer we have been hosting friends and family back to back. Everyone wasn’t kidding when they said they would be all coming in the summer (nobody wants to come during the winter months). So I have been crazy busy and having blast spending time with love ones. But it didn’t leave much time to dedicate here.

And while all of this was going on, our laptop lost the ability to connect to the internet and it has taken us a month to find an adapter that actually works! It was so frustrating to have so many ideas for this blog, but unable to get on here and write them. Now that it’s fixed I hope to post here more regularity.

So what can you expect now? Hopefully, a lot more content! you have already noticed an uptick on posts here. I have a few ideas for future posts and so many more to catch up on. My plan it to publish twice a week and I’m looking forward to being active here again. I’ve miss y’all so much!

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The Cozy Life Book Review 

The Cozy Life is a cute, short book about the concept/feeling of hygge and how to bring it into your life.

Note: I’m NOT sponsored to write this review, I just really loved this book❤

I found out about hygge through a random news article my sister-in -law posted to Facebook a few weeks ago. I fell in love with the idea and immediately began researching it online. One of the first things I found was this book, and since the price was amazing ($4!) I bought and devoured it in only a couple hours!


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What I loved most about this book was how many personal touches it has and that it allows you to fully immerse yourself in it. The author is a woman who was born and Denmark and then moved to Vancouver when she was 5 years old. After having something similar to a quarter life crisis, she noticed she felt like something was missing, so she decided to bring hygge into her life again. She tells you personal stories and even includes a story from her father about hygge. It makes it feel like you are sitting down with a good friend while reading.

I also love how she goes above just explaining hygge and telling you about it, but she also shows you ways to bring it into your own life. She leaves pages blank to fill out with your feelings, loves, and ideas. She also gives you traditional Danish recipes to use, which was a favorite for me because I love trying foods from different countries and cultures. She also gives you tips and a list of little everyday ways to feel hygge, which is very helpful.

I could tell a lot of love went into writing it, from the cute little pictures through out to the amazing personal stories. It’s been a while since I’ve read book that has made me smile and feel a happiness while reading it, but that’s exactly how I felt while reading. If you’re interested in hygge or finding a coziness and happiness with yourself and home, please give this book try!

After reading this, I’m now looking forward to the cold Michigan fall and winter because I can do some of things mentioned in this amazing book. So if you’re ready for fall, grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte or tea, a blanket, and cuddle up with The Cozy Life.

I hope you enjoyed this! Have you heard of hygge before? It’s such a sweet, warm concept🙂

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The Acrylic Painter Book Review*

I was lucky enough to grow up with an amazing and very creative grandmother. When I was a teenager she began to paint as a side job and would create custom paintings for clients. I have always been a creative person and was kind enough to nurture my talents and taught me some painting techniques in her studio. I was pretty decent and loved painting but as I got older I had less time to do so plus had settled on the thought that I wouldn’t make money with it so eventually I stopped. Then very recently I began to think about painting on the side to make some money myself, like my grandma had done in the past. About a month ago I created a test painting and was surprised to see that I hadn’t lost all of my creativity and skills. However, I know that to continue on a semi-regular basis I need to really brush up on my understanding of acrylic painting.


So I was very excited when I came across this book, talk about perfect timing! When this arrived in the mail I immediately ripped it open and began to look through all the pages. There is so much information packed into it, and I learned a lot that I didn’t learn when I was younger. This is also perfect for someone who had never picked up a paint brush before. The author begins by showing you all the equipment that’s out there what what works best for the aesthetics that you want to achieve. Then it goes into the different types of painting and how to achieve different looks and how to take care of your painting once you are finished. There are also a lot of beautiful photos through out to help you along the way and also inspire your imagination.

I would completely recommend this for anyone just begging to use acrylics or for those who want to expand on their knowledge on the medium. It was a lot of fun to learn about the the different techniques and tips to create beautiful paintings. I will continue to use this as a go to as I begin painting more to improve myself.


Do you paint as well? Whats you’re favorite medium to create with? Do you continue to read books on art to brush up your skills? Let me know in the comments!

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*I received a review copy of this book through Blogging For Books in return for a HONEST review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in the post are my own.