11/21/17

Holiday TBR: Ten Books to Read This Holiday Season



Since my grad school semesters are more condensed than undergrad was, I actually have time around the holidays to catch up on some pleasure reading and simply enjoying the holidays. Being neurotic like I am, I often have a TBR list that I'm forever trying to get through. I have a bad habit of trying to read as quickly as possible to get through as many books as I can and I tend to make pleasure reading more like work. I'm trying to let myself read more casually, and honestly, it's not easy for me. I put everything on a to-do list (partially because I'm forgetful as hell), so trying to do anything casually is actually sort of a challenge. With that being said, I thought it'd be fun to share a holiday version of my TBR. It's filled with books that are much lighter than my typical TBR list might be and I like that it allows me to read a lot, while also keeping it light. Many of these books are family friendly - read them alone, or read them together. Some you can page through without having to read front to back, and others are chapter books. Either way, they're sure to get you in the festive holiday spirit!



1. Letters From Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien - I had to read this book for a Children literature class that I recently took and honestly, I had never heard of it before that class. Further, while it might be controversial, I'm actually not too much of a fan of Tolkien. I started watching the LOTR series when it first came out and never finished it. I read the books, but when when I read The Hobbit, I gave up and never wanted to touch another Tolkien book again. Sorry to any fans out there, it just wasn't for me. That being said, I really enjoy this book. It's not a book you must read from cover to cover, and would make a great coffee table book for the holiday season. You can easily pick it up from time to time and read bits and pieces of it. It's as much a book as it is a piece of art as its filled with so much color and texture. It's really a lovely book to add to your seasonal bookshelf.


11/19/17

2017 Christmas Gift Guide: Under $50



It's that time of year again! It might still be November, but it's definitely holiday time and if you haven't started thinking about what you want to give those on your list for Christmas, it might be time to start! Like in years past, I've put together a series of gift guides to hopefully take some of the stress away and help you find some great gifts to give your loved ones. The guides are separated into two parts- with gifts under $25 and gifts under $50. None of these guides are sponsored, and I've genuinely chosen these gifts on my own accord. Happy gift giving!





1. The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs - $40 - I can't write a gift guide this year and not mention The Sims 4: Cats and Dogs. This game is amazing. I've had some more time to play since I teamed up with my sister to write our first impressions and it continues to blow me away. There's just so much you can do with this game and anyone who enjoys The Sims needs to have this in there life. Hell, even if they don't - they need this game - trust me. It's 100% worth it!


11/15/17

Wet & Wild Luxe Brush Collection - Review

I'm not a makeup pro by any means, but I do enjoy playing around. I love trying out new products, and even when I'm not feeling well (often tbh), I enjoy putting on some makeup - I find that especially when I'm feeling like crud, doing so can cheer me up a bit and make me feel somewhat more human.




That being said, I really don't have many brushes. The fanciest brush I own is my MAC 217 that I've owned for years and years (and have used to death). Besides that, I probably own about six brushes total and I'd love to say that I clean than regularly, but let's be real... I don't. Unless you count wiping them on a tissue as cleaning. It's bad, I know.

So when I saw this set from Wet n Wild talked about on Social Media I was definitely intrigued. Especially knowing that it was only $15 on sale this week. I've been a fan of most Wet n Wild products that I've tried in the past so I was curious to give their brushes a try. At $15 for a set of 10 brushes, you definitely can't go wrong.


11/13/17

2017 Christmas Gift Guide: 15 Gifts Under $25



It's that time of year again! It might still be November, but it's definitely holiday time and if you haven't started thinking about what you want to give those on your list for Christmas, it might be time to start! Like in years past, I've put together a series of gift guides to hopefully take some of the stress away and help you find some great gifts to give your loved ones. The guides are separated into two parts - with gifts under $25 and gifts under $50. None of these guides are sponsored, and I've genuinely chosen these gifts on my own accord. Happy gift giving!


1. Wet & Wild Luxe Brush Collection - $15 - Now I WISH that I had been sent this to include in this gift guide, because I think it's not only stunning, but a really great value. You're getting a great selection of cruelty free brushes that will not only get the job done, but look great doing so, all at an affordable price. I mean, there are plenty of companies out there where $15 wouldn't even get you one brush let alone 10! Jump on this if you have a beauty lover to gift to!


11/11/17

The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs - Comprehensive First Impressions

House #2. The first house I made was HUGE & took forever,  but unfortunately got remodeled a lot and isn't picture ready. ;) 


I've definitely talked about The Sims here on the blog before. I've even done a review or two in the past (head on over to the search bar to find them if you fancy). So it's certainly no secret that I'm a huge Sims obsessive. The Sims 4 doesn't even compare to past versions of the franchise. It's a million times better. Sure, there are aspects of older versions that I miss - the ability to have platforms so you could have (easier) recessed or raised rooms for example. ;) But overall, The Sims 4 blows the others out of the water. 

But now... now, they've come out with the expansion I've really been waiting for: Cats and Dogs. Oh my goodness, I've wanted this for years!! I'm a huge dog lover and have three labradors at home, so it always felt weird to have no animals in my sim houses. This new expansion came out this past Friday (November 10th), and I've spent a good deal of time playing around with it. My love for the Sims actually comes from my sister who first started playing the game a long, long time ago. I got hooked with the very first version, and we've both been playing ever since. So, it made sense that she'd join me in putting together a thorough review of The Sims 4 - Cats and Dogs. We've put together our thoughts for a mega review of the new game, but you can easily tell our thoughts apart as I've divided them by name.