Things I Love | October Favorites

Here are some of my favorite things that I discovered, got or was just obsessed with in the month of October!

Masquerade Masks 

I absolutely love Halloween and the whole vibe that comes with the month of October. I was able to pick up some pretty awesome masks this month!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins!!!

I adore pumpkins so much especially pumpkin flavored things! #PSL

Jazzercise 

I started Jazzercise classes this month with a coworker and although I struggle directionally they have been really fun.

TBR Cart

I jumped on the bandwagon and bought myself an awesome TBR Cart for my bedroom. The color is perfect and I love the way the books fit and that I am able to put bookish swag and supplies in the top bin!

Alice in Wonderland Shirt

I was able to partner up with with Melissa from Literary Book Gifts to offer my followers 20% off your order by using downthebookhole20 ! This site has so many awesome bookish shirts and tote bags that are perfect gifts for your friends and #otspsecretsister ! Check out the site at literarybookgifts.com

What are some of your favorite things from the past month?

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To All The Book I’ve Loved Before | 5 Books That Have Shaped My Life

With all the buzz going around the internet due to the release of the Netflix adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, twitter is obsessed. While scrolling through the twitter feed I noticed all the tweets with people replacing words and making their own To All.. sayings. It gave me the idea for this blog post. In TATBILB Lara Jean writes 5 Love Letters to boys in her life she has been in love with. These boys have shaped her and when the letters get out they change her life. I feel like as an avid reader and being in love with books since I can remember (there are pictures of me at age 5 asleep in a bed filled with books) I thought I would write some short love letters to 5 books that I have loved and have had an impact on my life.

♣ Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

You were the first book series that I feel in love with. I was so inspired by the life and adventure that Laura and her family had. I was first introduced to you by my mom and she would read you with me and it was when we spent special time together and created a bond between us. I have reread you multiple times and when I revisit the stories it is like going home. 

♣ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

You were the first book I read that made me feel like I wasn’t alone. That I was not the only one suffering with this issue. I felt such a connection with Lia and it made me realize what I had been struggling with and that I was worth more than my struggle. A story that reminded me to take it one step at a time and to keep fighting. 

♣ Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

You have found a deep place within my heart. You are like happiness, curiosity adventure and the longing for finding oneself. You remind me of child innocence and to keep that alive always. Whenever life gets a little too hard I know I can turn to you and escape for a little while. 

♣ The Giver by Lois Lowry

You are an odd choice for me to have loved I believe. I know there are many things said about you in both the negative and positive, but you are one that has stuck with me. I have reread you 5+ times and each time I have learned something new and discovered new meanings of your words. It has made me question the society in which I live in compared to that of your stories and reminded me of the importance of being different, following your dreams and that its okay to stand out. 

♣ Volition by Lily Paradis

You were my first for quite a few things. You were the first book I ever had the chance to beta read and helped me to create a relationship with an author. It made me think that I would really like to be more involved in the book community and that I enjoy reviewing books and sharing the love I have of books. I was so drawn to the darkness within the story and reminded that even with darkness you can find light. It also really introduced me to New Adult and the love I have for books in that category. 

I would love to hear about 5 books that have had an impact on your life or see some love letters that you might write to some books you have read!

Things I Love | June Favorites

Here are some of my favorite things that I discovered, got or was just obsessed with in the month of June!

I had the chance to see Ke$ha perform with Macklemore in Kansas City this month and it just reiterated my love of her and her music. I purchased the Rainbow album on vinyl this month and have played it almost everyday since I got it!

I had the chance to go home for a week to visit my family and attend my little brothers wedding. One of my best friends made the trip up north for the wedding and knows how much I love Alice in Wonderland. She got this beautiful edition and I am obsessed!

These next two products I received in my June Ipsy Glam Bag. I was hesitant about the Pacifica Tomboy Vibe eyeshadow platte when I saw the preview online, but I absolutely adore it in person. I am still not sold on the green color, but the orange brown colors do wonders for my blue eyes! It is also 100% vegan and cruelty free so that is a win! The second product in a Pure Brazilian Leave In Conditioner. I have struggled to find a leave in conditioner that doesnt make my hair feel greasy/oily after its applied. My hair also gets extremely tangly. This conditioner is a spray so it goes on light and manages to keep my hair sleek and straight with little to no tangles.

 

 

 

 

What are some of your favorite things from the past month?

Things I Love | May Favorites

Here are some of my favorite things that I discovered, got or was just obsessed with in the month of May!

I received this in my May Ipsy Glam Bag and absolutely love it! I have been wearing it almost everyday. It goes on so smoothly and blends so nicely. It has an orangey/bronze tint that will be awesome for a fun summer look!

I am always in search of healthy snack options because I am a big snacker. These chips were amazing! With 19 grams of protein, 4.5 grams of fat and 5 grams of carbs they cannot be beat! It definitely satisfies the snack craving. They have great flavor and and definitely do not fall into the bland tasting protein snack category.

I got this in my March #otspsecretsister package and used the majority of it this month and for sure need to purchase another one now that it is gone. I do not even know how to describe the taste but it smells as good as it tastes!

I adore candles and now that the weather is getting warmer I am not burning them as much, but this candle smells like a Watermelon Jolly Rancher! It is fresh and smells so summery!

 

What are some of your favorite things from the past month?

Dio Candle Co. Adorable Monthly | February Box

So in search of all things bookish for different people and gift boxes and stumbled upon this adorable candle shop on Etsy. In my gushing over their page I discovered their website! I love subscription boxes and saw that they did a monthly box that included 4 different candles that fit a theme. The price is really reasonable so I thought I would give it a try. I am now hooked and I am sure to become their biggest supporter.Check out their instagram @diocandleco ! 

February’s Theme: The Greatest Michaels of All Time 

*  My Michael

* #23

* World’s Best Boss

* King of Pop

They also do this really fun instagram challenge that is associated with each candle! If you complete all the challenges you could get a gift! I will update this as I take the pictures!

 

* My Michael Challenge*

*#23 Challenge*

* World’s Best Boss Challenge*

* King of Pop Challenge*

 

March’s Theme: Mall Madness

Use the code: DownTheBookHole for 10% off your purchase! 

diocandlecompany.com

Alice in Wonderland Collection

If you didn’t already know I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was about time to share my collection. I hope at some point to take better pictures and I am sure I missed some of my Alice themed items. Like I know I forgot my mug, my water tumbler (its at work)  and my jewlery. I will be update pictures as my collection grows. 

Dio Candle Co. Adorable Monthly | January Box

So in search of all things bookish for different people and gift boxes and stumbled upon this adorable candle shop on Etsy. In my gushing over their page I discovered their website! I love subscription boxes and saw that they did a monthly box that included 4 different candles that fit a theme. The price is really reasonable so I thought I would give it a try. I am now hooked and I am sure to become their biggest supporter.Check out their instagram @diocandleco ! 

January’s Theme: Small Town Charm

*  Neighborhood Gossip

* Hardware Store

* Dive Bar

* La Casa Di Dio

They also do this really fun instagram challenge that is associated with each candle! If you complete all the challenges you could get a gift! I will update this as I take the pictures!

* Neighborhood Gossip Challenge*

* Dive Bar Challenge*

* Hardware Store Challenge*

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* La Casa Di Dio Challenge*

February’s Theme: The Greatest Michaels Of All Time

Order the February Box by Jan 27th! 

Use the code: DownTheBookHole for 10% off your purchase! 

diocandlecompany.com

Book Bullet Journal Planning | 2018

As we are about to begin the new year, I thought it would be fun to share some of the planning I have been doing for 2018. I have been working on developing my goals and challenges for books/reading for the 2018 year. This will develop a lot over the year and as the year progress I might add to this post or create another, but for now I am just going to share what I have so far. I have done quite a few different forms of bullet journalling in the past and get insanely jealous of those that are so good at their lettering and somehow make the mundane daily task of their lives look so cool on paper. I am hoping to get better at this but I do it because I enjoy keeping track of my book stats and goals throughout the year. It gives me another outlet to write things about books for myself other than just my blog. If you have any cool book bullet journal ideas or keep one of your own I would love to see it! Here are the pages I have been working on.

Do you use a book bullet journal or even just a book journal?

Dio Candle Co. Adorable Monthly | December Box

So in search of all things bookish for different people and gift boxes and stumbled upon this adorable candle shop on Etsy. In my gushing over their page I discovered their website! I love subscription boxes and saw that they did a monthly box that included 4 different candles that fit a theme. The price is really reasonable so I thought I would give it a try. I am now hooked and I am sure to become their biggest supporter.Check out their instagram @diocandleco ! 

December’s Theme: Winter Solstice 

*  Hot Cocoa

* Reading By The Fire

* Feyre’s Birthday

* I Smell Snow

They also do this really fun instagram challenge that is associated with each candle! If you complete all the challenges you could get a free candle! I will update this as I take the pictures!

* I Smell Snow Challenge*

* Hot Cocoa Challenge*

* Reading By The Fire Challenge*

* Feyre’s Birthday Challenge*

January’s Theme: Small Town Charm

Order the January Box by Dec 27th! 

Use the code: DownTheBookHole for 10% off your purchase! 

diocandlecompany.com

Books Best Friend |Candle Edition

I have decided to do a series on my blog dedicated to where to find those all amazing things that book lovers need in their life or things based on books that we love. I am always spending time lost on the internet searching for cute bookish things and I thought I would make it a little easier for others and share the cute things that I have found. My first post was dedicated to those things that I would not be able to read a book without. This post is another one for those amazing bookish themed objects that can be found all over my apartment and are always lit while I read! 

Dio Candle Company 

 This has become one of my new favorite shops! The candles are so cute and adorable. They have multiple different sizes and have more than just bookish themed candles. They have a whole Disney section that I cannot wait to get in my possession! They even have a monthly subscription candle box where you get four candles for only $25!

Adorable Size 1 oz- $4.50
Very Adorable Size 4oz- $11.50
Super Adorable Size 8oz- $20.00

NovellyYours

These candles are so perfect! I was gifted this set awhile ago and I adore them! These are so many different bookish options and there is a wide range of sizes and options. The colors are so vibrant and the titles to the candles are on point!

Prices range from $7.50- $19.50 +shipping

 

Flick the Wick 

Flick the Wick has a ton of options from bookish themed to holiday themed. Their packaging is so adorable! They have both 4oz and 8oz options as well as a monthly subscription box.
4oz – $8.00
8oz- $15.90
Monthly Subscription Box- $39.99 (included in Jan box:
・Three exclusive 2oz black tin candles
・One exclusive 4oz glass jar candle
・Book sleeve by @bookbubbie

4-5 exclusive bookish items)

From The Page 

From the Page has an adorable and simple look that makes it a must have candle! They have a wide range of book themed candles, ranging from 8oz to wax melts! They offer bulk prices and sample packs!

Wax Tarts $5.00
8oz Soy Candle $11.99
4- 2oz tins $12.00

The Bookish Flame 

The first thing that caught my eye about The Bookish Flame was these Hogwarts House blends. So many people identify as mixed houses and these are perfect! The have quite a few different book selections that they theme their candles around. There are wax melts and 4-9 oz candle options! Also a variety of different bundle options!

Wax Tart $5.00
4oz candles $7.00
9oz candles $14.00

Canterbury Road Co

They may be a little newer to the candle scene but they have a lot to offer! They have unique designs and offer some different themed candles I haven’t seen before. They are featuring some holiday candles and have such fun scents!

Wax Melts $5.00
4oz candles $8.50
8oz candles $ 17.00

There are many amazing shops that you can find adorable custom made book character/themed candles. All the ones I have listed have great options and make awesome products. I could keep going with this list, but if you would like to see another post in the future featuring more let me know! Let me know what some of your favorite shops for candles are!