What I’m Listening To…Holiday Edition

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Hello readers! I love listening to music of all genres on a daily basis. I can’t go a day without popping on some headphones and listening to some upbeat tunes while I dance around my room or relax from a long day by listening to calming songs. In this blog post series, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite song picks with you in a mini-playlist of five songs.

This month’s edition of “What I’m Listening To” will supply you with some tunes for holidays! This month I’m sharing some Christmas songs that I enjoy. A few are long time favorites and others are quite new to me. It was hard to narrow down this playlist since I have so many favorite Christmas songs, but I did my best! Enjoy the playlist!

1) Man With The Bag by Jessie J

Jessie J shines in this upbeat rendition of Man With The Bag! Her soulful vocals along with the brass melody make its listeners dance along with the music. I just discovered Jessie’s version of this tune and I’m definitely adding it to my music library.

2) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland

No playlist is complete without Judy’s version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This clip comes from one of my favorite movies Meet Me In St.Louis and every time I hear this song it gives me goosebumps.

3) Home by Ne-Yo

Next on my playlist is a smooth R&B song by Ne-yo. This ballad talks about not wanting to be alone on Christmas and spending time with the one you love. His vocals are excellent on this track.

4) Jingle Bell Rock by Bond

One classical group that I really feel is underrated is Bond. They are a Australian/British string quartet that specializes in classical crossover and synth-pop music. This version of Jingle Bell Rock is one of my favorites!

5) Zat You, Santa Claus? by Louis Armstrong

If you’re looking for a jazzy Christmas tune, Zat You, Santa Claus? by Louis Armstrong is a perfect addition to any playlist. Armstrong’s signature vocals and swing style melody make this song fun and unique.

I hope you enjoyed this mini playlist! What are your favorite holiday/Christmas songs? Comment below with your picks.:)

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My Favorite Things: November Editon

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My Favorite Things” is a monthly segment where I share my personal and current favorites in seasonal products, health & beauty, food, decor, movies, TV, and more. Hope you enjoy these personal picks!

Movies

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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Synopsis: A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

I thought this sequel was so cute! My Big Fat Greek Wedding has always been one of my favorite movies and I liked how the plot was set up for the sequel. Though it isn’t as strong as the original movie, I enjoyed that it kept a lot of the original characters and elements of the first film. Nia Vardalos is a gem!

Almost Christmas

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Synopsis: This film follows a dysfunctional family that comes together for the holidays for the first time since their mother’s death.

In need of a feel-good film, my mom and I headed to the movies to see Almost Christmas and we both walked away with smiles on our faces. While this movie is a laugh out loud film, it also blends in some serious tones as each family member struggles with their own issues. All in all, it’s a film that reminds you that home is where the heart is.

TV

Hope Springs

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Synopsis: Hope Springs is a British television comedy-drama series following the lives of four female ex-cons in hiding following a multi million-pound robbery.

Gahh! This show was so good and I’m so mad they cancelled it after one season, because it has so much potential!!! But even as a standalone series with only nine episodes (which are well crafted), I still recommend this show. Alex Kingston along with the other actresses in this show do a great job of pulling off their characters. The show is fun and comedic!

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

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Synopsis: The Abominable Bride is a special episode of Sherlock which depicts the characters of the show in an alternative timeline; in the Victorian London setting of the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Being a Sherlock fan, I couldn’t resist watching this holiday special. As with the rest of the series, the cinematography is excellent and I liked seeing Cumberbatch and Freeman portray their roles in a Victorian setting. It has lots of action and suspense to keep viewers entertained.

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One of my favorite holiday candles! It smells like a mixture of sugar cookies, warm vanilla, and frosting!

Music

One Step by Hyolyn

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Out of the many k-pop songs I’ve had on repeat all last month, I’ve been non-stop listening to Hylolyn’s first mini album It’s Me. Ever since she released her first solo album Love & Hate, I’ve been waiting to hear more music from her. One Step is a 90’s R&B track ballad that has a smooth sound. But while I’m enjoying her new music, I still can’t wait till SISTAR has a comeback.

Greedy by Ariana Grande

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Greedy is an energetic, upbeat dance track off of her Dangerous Woman album. Once I heard that funky bass line, I was hooked into the song. It’s a fun track and it makes you want to get up and dance!

A Pentatonix Christmas

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Pentatonix is back with another fabulous Christmas album. I love all of the songs on here and they’ve been getting me into the holiday spirit. I have been enjoying their own take on Christmas favorites as well as some of the original songs that they included on this album.

And that concludes “My Favorite Things” for November! What are some of your favorite things for this month? Comment below! :)

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Holly Jolly Bookish Giveaway!

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Tis’ the season everyone! I’m back with another giveaway just in time for the holiday season. For the last giveaway  I’ll be hosting in 2016, I’m giving away a bundle of books and goodies for you to enjoy throughout the holidays and to snuggle up with when it’s cold outside.

Here are the two book bundle prize up for grabs!

Prize Bundle #1

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The contents of this prize bundle are:

The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

Crafters & Co Berry Roobios Tea

Sweet Treats Coloring Poster

Surprise goodies (Not pictured)

Prize Bundle #2

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The contents of this prize bundle are:

The Village by Nikita Lalwani

Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan

Crafters & Co Vanilla Chai Tea

Magical Garden Coloring Poster

Surprise goodies (Not pictured)

*Note some of these books might have a small marking on them because they are overstock book buys.

Rules:

  • You must be 16 or older to enter
  • Only one winner per package
  • Only one entry per person
  • Winners will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter
  • Contest open to US residents only

*Note: to all my readers overseas, I have not forgotten about you. I’ll be doing more international giveaways next year.🙂

The giveaway will run from December 5th till the 12th at midnight!

Winners will be announced on December 13th through my Facebook and Twitter accounts and will be contacted directly through email.

Good luck to all that enter!🙂

Enter The Giveaway Here!

Disclaimer: Open to Residents of the US only. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. Products offered through the giveaway do not constitute an endorsement or sponsorship of said products. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.”

Booktube Bites: “On The Same Page”- A Short Film

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Booktube Bites is a weekly segment in which I spotlight cool bookish videos on the internet. I will discuss some entertaining videos and Booktubers which you can check out. Feel free to participate as well, and send in your own recommendations of videos you would like spotlighted.

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Today’s Video: “On The Same Page”- A Short Film

I’m finally back with Booktube Bites! I’ve been so busy lately, so I apologize for the hiatus in this engagement. This week’s video pick is an animated short film titled, On The Same Page. This film by Carla Lutz and Alli Norman follows the story of an introverted writer in a newspaper world who whirled away into a colorful journey with his neighbor from the comic section.

This was such an entertaining and cute film. While it’s not 100% literary it does deal with the topics of writing and journalism. I like how the story played out and I think others will enjoy this film too.

Question of the week: Do you read newspapers? If so, which ones? If not, explain why?

Happy December! Have a great weekend!🙂

 

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November Book Haul: The “Treat Yo Shelf” Edition

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I can’t believe has November has come and gone! I dubbed this haul th “Treat Yo Shelf” edition because most of these books I bought completely on a whim. Plus they were my highly anticipated reads. This past weekend I indulged in some Black Friday book sales and bought books I didn’t need, per usual.

I’ve somewhat cut back on buying books, besides the somewhat large order I placed on Book Outlet (which will be included in December’s haul). Recently, I’ve been mostly focusing on Christmas shopping for family and friends. I’m also participating in #TBTBSanta (The Broke and Bookish’s Secret Santa) event and the person I’ve been shopping for has excellent and a similar taste in books. I was so tempted to buy extra copies for myself, but I refrained.

Also, in other bookish news on the blog: keep your eyes open for a giveaway post coming soon! This holiday themed giveaway will be the last giveaway of the year!

Let’s start with the haul! (Sorry these pics are not better quality, my camera was being funky!)

Bought:

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi: I posted a previous pic of this on Instqgram (that truly does the cover justice) and I love the colors used in the cover’s artwork. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book!

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlyn Ward: This book was 50% for Barnes & Noble’s Black Friday sale. I love the cover art and it looks like an interesting book.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: Ever since I heard about this book coming into existence I wanted to read it badly. I fell in love with Yoon’s debut novel and I can’t wait to read this!

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The Revenant by Michael Punke: Ever since I saw the film, I become interested in reading the novel. I love learning about historical events, so I’m hoping the book will touch on things that the movie didn’t.

The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon: It’s a companion novel to the Outlander series, so it was an automatic buy for me.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina: On my quest to add more diverse books to my shelf, I picked up this gem. The title alone hooked me into the story, so I hope it’s good.

Donations:

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*Note: I work in a public library, so sometimes we have access to take home donated books from fellow patrons that will be added the annual book sales we hold.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey: I love mysteries, so I couldn’t resist picking this up!

Off The Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer: Both of these book have been on my TBR pile for a while and the synopsis really has me hooked!

That concludes this month’s book haul! What books did you buy this month? What books have you recently added to your TBR? Tell me in the comment section below.:)

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Tea Time Review: Germack’s Serenity Tea

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Hello fellow readers and tea drinkers! Welcome to another edition of Tea Time Review where I try various types of teas and share my thoughts about them. To see my most recent tea review, click here.

Since the days are getting longer and the weather is becoming colder, I figured now is the perfect time to do another tea review! But to be totally honest, anytime is a good time to enjoy a good cup of tea.🙂

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post this past summer. This is not even a quarter of the tea they have to offer.

For my latest review, I chose the Serenity tea by one of my local favorite places, Germack Pistachio Company. The physical store is located right in the heart of Eastern Market in Detroit (my hometown), but also sells their products online and on QVC. They are not only famous for their variety of nuts/trail mix, but also their delicious coffee and teas (Germack Roasting Company).

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Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the list of ingredients that are used to make the tea. It can best be described as a calming & relaxation tea with chamomile including other flavors. I wish I could be more descriptive, but I forgot to write the ingredients down while I was buying the tea (knowing that I was going to review it). Sorry!

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My Overall Thoughts:

As with lighter, chamomile blend teas, I steeped it longer to get a fuller flavor. While I steeped it for a full 10 minutes, I’d recommend steeping it from 5-10 minutes depending on how you like your tea.

The first thing that jumped out to me about this tea was it’s lovely and light aroma of chamomile along with mint. I added a bit of sugar to heighten the taste, and Voila! It tasted amazing! It’s not too heavy and it’s caffeine free. Perfect for relaxing before bedtime or cozying up with your favorite book. I also highly recommend Germack’s Vanilla Creme Tea as well!

 Final Verdict:

4 star rating

Top 10 Literary Christmas Gifts!

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Hello everyone! Since the holidays are here you’ve probably already started shopping for Christmas gifts for friends and family. I’m back with a new compilation of fun and unique literary gifts to give to the bibliophile in your life. To see last year’s list click here.

*Prices listed do not include shipping costs, and are subject to change

1) Harry Potter Magician Bookmark by MyBookmark

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Source:Etsy/ Price:$25

MyBookmark not only makes these cute HP bookmarks, but has a variety of bookmarks to offer on their shop. They’re the first ones to create bookmarks of this style (that I’ve seen) and I love how the look of feet sticking out of your book.

2) Crying Pillow by The Scudders

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Source: RedBubble/ Price:$19.17

For your friend (or maybe yourself) that is always getting too attached to fictional characters this “crying pillow” is the perfect thing to cuddle up with if you’re reading a book with tragic character deaths.

3) This Chapter Pajamas by Concord Collections

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Source:Cafe Press/ Price:$27.95

Who wouldn’t love some cozy, bookish pajamas for Christmas? The shirt reads “as soon as I finish this chapter” which is a phrase most bibliophiles know all too well. The design is fun and colorful!

4) Bookish – A Coloring Book for Book Lovers by Jessica Hildreth

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Source:Amazon/Price:$7.99

If you have friends or family that are still enjoying the coloring book craze this book is perfect! It’s full of fun bookish designs and I like that coloring books in general are so relaxing and therapeutic.

5) Thousand Lives Art Print by Nyxsullivan

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Source:Society 6/Price:$15

If your bookish friend loves art, why not buy them an art print like this one? The design is absolutely beautiful and I love the colors the artist used.

6) Novel Teas by Bag Ladies Tea

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Source: Uncommon Goods/Price:$12.50

I gave away Novel Tea for Christmas gifts last year and my friends absolutely loved them. Though the tea featured is just a simple English Breakfast Tea, I love the literary quotes used on each tea bag.

7) Quotes Blanket by Barnes & Noble

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Source:Barnes&Noble/Price: $39.95

If you’re looking for a blanket or throw, I’d recommend this quotes blanket from Barnes&Noble. I got one for myself last year, and it is so cozy and warm.Though it is a bit pricey, it has gone on sale before, so keep your eyes out for a coupon or discounts.

8) I Can Survive Mug by Down The Reading Hole

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Source:Red Bubble/Price:$15.31

For the reader who loves drinking tea, coffee, or cocoa on a daily basis, how about a bookish mug? The mug says “I can survive well enough on my own if given the proper reading material.” Well said.🙂

9) Sherlock Holmes Book Soap by TeaSoapBooks 

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Source:Etsy/Price:$7.00

I’m always looking for new bath bombs/soaps to try, and I love this Sherlock Holmes book soap by TeaSoapBooks. Shop owner, Dana, makes some lovely literary soaps with a wide variety of scents!

10) Read Socks by Bas Bleu

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Source:Bas Bleu/Price: $13.95

Last, but not least are some bookish socks from Bas Bleu. In my opinion, you can never own too many socks. What I like most about the design it that it has the word “read” in a variety of languages from around the world. How cool!

What are some bookish gifts that you would buy or suggest? Any shopping website recommendations? Comment below with your thoughts.😀

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