A Year in Books: 2018 Reading Challenge finale

Thanks to all of the new bookish followers I've acquired this year, and to those here previously for staying with me as I incorporate more book topics into this blog. Here's my reading journey for 2018, stats and cover photos compiled from Goodreads. TOTALS: read 10,526 pages across 30 books AVERAGE LENGTH 350 pages  SHORTEST BOOK: 128 pages Fantastic Beasts and Where... Continue Reading →

That Smell Good Shop: custom order

Back in October, when I made my first wax order after a hiatus on hauling, I chose That Smell Good Shop. One reason for giving this brand a go is because the vendor offers custom wax options every other month. Creating customized fragrance is one of my favorite waxie pastimes. The blend brainstorming and scent... Continue Reading →

Wall calendar: Sister Golden Shop

As the year grows old, it's become time to anticipate the new one ahead. That cyclical feeling of a new year's approach offers a fresh perspective, a chance to cast aside last year's gains and losses and start anew. That is always the hope anyway, when I purchase a yearly calendar. More than a method... Continue Reading →

The Bathing Garden- Winter Collection

Oh what fun it is to open a package of festive melts and join in the Christmas spirit. And no one celebrates holiday grandeur like Shannon at the Bathing Garden. Recently offering an accelerated seasonal shipping time of 2 weeks, I couldn't resist the allure of a winter order with a few never-before-tried scents. Her lavishly decorated... Continue Reading →

November Superlatives

Phew! Made it through Thanksgiving. I feel relief for not only enduring the emotionally guarded family holiday portion but also guarding against the oversized food portions for someone on a low-carb diet. I ate a lot of cauliflower, nuts and cheese (so much cheese) and indulged in a glass (or two) of red wine and... Continue Reading →

Book Reviews: The Chalk Man, The Fellowship of The Ring, The Night Circus, Ways to Hide in Winter

Reading Challenge update time: Absolutely the most gratifying group of books I've read this year. All attending to different moods, not the least of which was tackling a book hovering on my to-be-read list for over 20 years. Fantasy--Fiction, classics--adventure stories--legendary--Middle earth--might Elrond's council end soon? I need another cup of tea--skip the prologue The... Continue Reading →

Wax haul-That Smell Good Shop

Seventy-five: the number of days I lasted in-between wax purchases; not my most impressive achievement, but not a bad start either. My seventy-fifth wax-free day celebration purchase? That Smell Good Shop. The vendor reappeared on my radar this fall after losing track of them for awhile, as the owner converted from former brand name Wilma's Handmade. I... Continue Reading →

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