Bonjour Jolie| June 2019

Bonjour Jolie

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There is nothing more that I love then a box that has a theme to it. Bonjour Jolie really knocked it out of the park. This month’s theme is all about the Stars, the Universe, and You!!!! This box was stunningly curated and I loved every inch of it! I love that this box has everything that I need!! Especially for when I am on my period.

“The Ultimate Subscription Box Designed Exclusively for You to Be Pampered on your Period! We take the Frustration out of Menstruation!”

Monthly Subscription

$23.50 / month

  • Each Box comes with:
  • A Unique Gift
  • Bath and Body Pampering Items
  • Specialty Teas or Drinks
  • Sweet Edible Treats
  • Up to 20 Menstrual Items
  • Hygiene Wipes and Ibuprofen

Let’s dive into this month’s box a little deeper!

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The Gift

The Hikari Cosmetics Glitter Mask Duo set was the gift in this month’s box. I love that it comes with two different masks! One of the masks in gold while the other is silver. This is going to be so much fun to do! I love the idea of pampering myself when I’m not really feeling my best. These masks are vegan free in their ingredients and are meant to purify pores and firm up the skin!

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The Pampering

This bath bomb by The Bomb Gals is just what you need to add to those fantastic glittering face masks! Put one of those on, burn a candle, and start the tub with this wonderful smelling bath bomb! You can’t go wrong!

The Edibles

Of course you can’t go wrong with the tasty treats this month! Seriously! I love the fact that they really stayed on course with the theme of the stars and the universe. All of the snacks had something to do with stars, moons, or even the milky way! I’m not going to like. I have eaten EVERYTHING except the stuffed cookies, but I’ll get to those tomorrow for a snack, you can count on it!

The teas were perfect for the summer with the peaches, raspberries, and the different levels of caffeine.

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The Bonus

I love Tiger Balm! This is a brand that I back up 100%. Their products are naturally made and really do relieve all of the stress or hurt you are feeling in a particular area! The herbal ingredients really do soak in and make you feel better. I have a feeling that I am going to be taking this patch with me to Japan this month. I just know that 12 hours on a plane is going to be painful on my back!

The Necessity

Although all of the items in this month’s box were amazing and wonderful, the real MVPs are the products we use to help us feel better throughout the struggle of Aunt Flo visiting. The tampons, the cleansing wipes, and the midol are things that every person should have during their cycle and Bonjour Jolie has fulfilled that department as well.


Overall, this has to be my favorite box that I have received from Bonjour Jolie! I can’t wait to see what next month’s theme is. I don’t know how they are going to top this months, but some how, some way, I have a feeling that they will.

CozWeek| July 1st-7th

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful morning! I’m doing pretty well! I can’t believe that today is the last day of June! This year is halfway over and we are getting into the hotter months, especially here in Oklahoma. It’s like Hell’s Sauna outside with the heat and humidity. Ha!

I normally have a really hard time celebrating my birthday. I don’t know why, but ever since I was about 16 I haven’t felt like really celebrating. I feel bad when people buy me gifts and I don’t know how to celebrate.

I have had quite a few people as me over the past couple of years if I would ever do a mid-year Cozy readathon. With March Mystery Madness in March and Cozmas in December, I thought that July would be a great time to have a short one week readathon.

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It just so happens to be the week of my 29th birthday. Life keeps moving faster and faster as I grow older. I hear that life tends to do that! Ha! So, I came up with CozWeek! It is a very simple readathon with three challenges. If you’d like to watch my booktube video click here, if not I’ll explain the challenges and my TBR below!

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As you can see there are three very easy challenges for Cozweek! I wanted something that everyone could do!

I want to preface this, you do not have to read Cozy Mysteries for every or even ANY of the challenges. I might have even changed my TBR from what I said in my video.

For the 1st challenges it is pick a book that is either a new favorite series or maybe even a new favorite author. I wanted something that would be pretty easy to do. There are just some author’s that you fall in love with and you just have to own EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. they have written. Am I right?!

51YsmBtzo7L._AC_SY400_ For the A New Favorite Series/Author challenge I chose Buy a Whisker by Sofie Ryan.

This is the second book in the A Second Chance Cat Mystery series. I LOVE LOVE Sofie Ryan who also writes under Sofie Kelly.

I actually just finished A Tale of Two Kitties by her for the Magical Cats Mystery series. It was really cute!

This series is all about a young woman who has started her life over, adopted a stray kitty cat, and has opened up a thrift store where she refurbishes old furniture and of course solves a few mysteries at the same time!

 

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For the second challenge it is read a new book! I was graciously sent this book from the publisher Kensington Books. This is the first in the series and I am all about any cozy with fur-children!

This cover is to die for though, isn’t it?! I love all of the detail that a Cozy Mystery cover can give you! You can see the bunny over course, but then the blood on with the tomato, and then the cemetery on the salad bowl!

I am all about getting comfy on the couch and devour this book as well. I have a really good feeling about this!

 

 

cover163182-mediumFor the last challenge, a July release, I had originally chosen Penne Dreadful. But then it doesn’t come out until July 30th and I don’t have an Advanced Readers copy. So I started looking into all of the other books that I’ve gotten. Including those from Netgalley! A lo-and-behold I found this amazing nugget.

It technically doesn’t release until July 30th as well, but I have an ARC from Netgalley! So this is going to be my choice for a July Release! It still technically ticks the mark for the challenge! *self five*

This still has a cozy-ish theme to it. The main character Yvonne is getting out of a bad relationship and she feels herself getting into something new. Starting over.

“But now the once-broke single mom is Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designer—and one-half of the media’s hottest power couple. She and her celebrity fiancé, Nathan, are a perfect, practical match, on—and off—camera. And with their new home improvement reality show the object of a fierce network bidding war, there’s no limit to how far they can go . . .”


So those are my choices for #cozweek! Let me know, are you going to be joining me in the week long read of cozy reads? In the comments down below let me know what your choices are!

I’d love to add more books to my every growing TBR pile!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

XOXO
~Courtny

Naturally Crated| Summer 2019

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Every quarter when I get this box in I LITERALLY squeal with joy. I love this box so much. They have changed it to where every box is curated to natural cleaning products for a room in your house. For the Spring the box was all about the Laundry Room! I have been using ALL of the products in my weekly washing! Go check it out!

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Approved By Elizabeth:

All products must fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • Products are full-sized, single-use or multi-use
  • All personal care & food products must include full ingredient lists
  • We value transparency, longevity of use, and family-friendly products
  • We never purchase items that we know have been tested on animals

This is a company that I can proudly stand by and that I feel good about getting every season. This box is $75 a quarter and it is worth EVERY PENNY!

Now, let’s get into the amazing goodies that we got in Summer Crate.

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Mama Suds
Castile Soap $11.50
All-Purpose Cleaner $12.50

I have been on the look out for an amazing All-Purpose Cleaner for FOREVER. They either leave a gross residue or they have a horribly powerful scent that gives me an instant headache. This cleaner however is perfect! It is perfect! Seriously! I love it.

Next of course is the Castille Soap by Mama Suds as well. This is an all-purpose cleaning soap. It has an amazingly long list of uses from hand-washing dishes and floors to counters. I can’t wait to use this!!!

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Moso Natural Fridge Bag
Retail: $8.95

My mom has always used a deodorizer like baking soda. But I really love this! The fact that it is fragrance free and filled with bamboo charcoal. This makes me feel safe with it being near our food. I love that it comes with a hook to hang it and that it will last up to two years.

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Milk bottle Candle
Retail: $21.95

I am currently burning this candle as I write this blog post. I love the fact that it looks so rustic and is so quaint looking. I love the smell as well. There is nothing better than the clean smell that is coming from the candle. I also adore the fact that they are made the old-fashioned way in a reclaimed United States Farm. They are made with soy wax, essential oils and cotton wicks. I’ll be reusing this bottle as a vase when I’ve used up the candle!

Organic Essential Oils
$15.90

Something that I adore about this box is that they send you essential oils every single time. They are always perfect for what they are promoting at the time as well. Last box they sent lavender and orange for the laundry. Which I have used up all of the way!!! Now they have sent Eucalyptus and Tea Tree! I can’t wait to see what they send for the Fall!

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Canning Tags
Retail: $2.99

These are adorable and perfect for the little cans that I have here at home. They are simple and sweet. I know that I will be using them for gifts later this year.

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Automatic Dishwasher Powder
Retail $17.00

One of the things that Aaron and I have had to work on is what we are going to use to clean the dishes. I was alway partial to liquid but Aaron have converted me to powder. I love it even more that it is a natural powder! It claims that there will be no more white residue on my glasses! This makes me a very happy woman! I also love that it is biodegradable, non-toxic, and will do 90+ loads!

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Pink Himalayan Salt
Retail: $3.75

There is just something gorgeous and calming about the look of pink himalayan salt. I also love how it tastes!!! IT REALLY IS THE BEST SALT! It is also supposed to help boost energy, contributes to healthy skin, and be an anti-bacterial and anti-imflammatory!

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Beechwood Serving Knife
Retail: $8.00

This is just a cool little trinket! I love the etching on the knife as well. This is perfect for special occasions as well. It is sustainably sourced!

I loved every single item in this box. I love how much thought and detail was put into the curation. The items are things that people need on a weekly bases. Everyone needs to clean their kitchen and dishes. The idea of doing it safely and in a way that is good for the environment makes me happy.

Naturally Crated costs $75 a SEASON. That is a wonderful price! Especially when you get over $100 worth of items in each box.

Live life naturally!

Until next time…

~Courtny

 

Bonjour Jolie| May 2019

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There is nothing more that I love then a box that has a theme to it. Bonjour Jolie really knocked it out of the park. This month’s theme is all about Honey!!!! This is my most favorite sweetener! Nature’s own candy! I love that this box has everything that I need!! Especially for when I am on my period.

“Beekeeping is a crucial component to any local food initiative. Honey and solitary bees provide much needed pollination. Bee pollination increases fruit and vegetable size at yield, speeds up maturity, and even produces a more symmetrical fruit shape.” Pledge to Save the Bees!

“The Ultimate Subscription Box Designed Exclusively for You to Be Pampered on your Period! We take the Frustration out of Menstruation!”

Monthly Subscription

$23.50 / month

  • Each Box comes with:
  • A Unique Gift
  • Bath and Body Pampering Items
  • Specialty Teas or Drinks
  • Sweet Edible Treats
  • Up to 20 Menstrual Items
  • Hygiene Wipes and Ibuprofen

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The Necessary

There is nothing worse than being at work or at an event and having mother nature knock on your door without being prepared. These are the perfect size for a clutch or in your pocket!

The Pampering
South Bee Farms Solid Lotion Bar
4 oz
Retail $16.00

I love that this box is broken up into different sections! There was the necessary with the tampons and now we are onto the pampering item! The amazing lotion bar. There is nothing I hate more than dry skin! I love that they included a natural long lasting bar made with beeswax and shea butter. You just need to warm it with your hands and rub it on their dry areas!

The Edibles

There is nothing better than sweet and salty snacks during your period. This box came right in time for me! If you know what I mean. Ha! I love that there are graham crackers, Nature Valley bars, honey sticks, and tea. This is seriously the best period box one could ask for!

The Edibles

Of course, a whole box surrounding honey wouldn’t be complete without real honey and a honey comb dipper! This is the cutest and the best honey ever! This is perfect to sweeten the tea that they sent as well!

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The Gift

I really thought that this box couldn’t get any better until I opened up this stunning necklace. I love that it looks like a deep honey color and the little bee charm. I can’t wait to wear it! It is so gorgeous!

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The Helpful

Even though they didn’t name these as The Helpful, I did! Sometimes before, during, or after my period I feel so gross. Oily and breaking out of course. I love that they sent over these wipes! This makes throwing them in my bag so much easier. Along with the Advil for cramps and headaches that come along with Aunt Flo. This rounds up the box perfectly.

Overall this was an amazing box. I loved it! I can’t wait to see what June 2019 brings!

Until next time,

Courtny

Plum Deluxe Tea Review

Plum Deluxe Tea

Hello my lovelies! I hope you are having a wonderful evening! I know that I am! I am healing quite nicely from my surgery last week! Yay! It has been aided by the amazing teas from Plum Deluxe Tea. They reached out to me a little while ago and asked if I would love to try some tea! How could I say no?!?! That fact is, I didn’t! Let’s dive into some of these amazing teas that they sent to me!

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Porch Sippin’ Pecan Black Tea
Retail: $7

This tea is EXACTLY what the name of it invokes! I CANNOT get enough of the black tea with cinnamon chips, pecan pieces, pecan essence, and safflower. The smell is intoxicating!

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Not only was the smell intoxicating but the taste was to die for. This is a type of tea that you can have with or without sweetener. As you all know, I am a huge believer in getting honey from your local beekeepers. This was a perfect mixture! It will be even more amazing come autumn!

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Blackberry Mojito Black Tea
Retail: $7

This tea has a mixture of black tea, spearmint, blackberries, hazelnut pieces, blackberry leaves, lime essence, maple extract, and love! This one does have caffeine in it. This is the perfect “WAKE ME UP” tea. If you like coffee and the kick it gives you in the morning, I would try this one out.

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I loved what they said on the website, it fit this tea perfectly! “Inspired by the cocktail of the same name, our blackberry mojito tea will add some pizzazz to your tea time.  The hallmarks of a refreshing mojito are lime and spearmint, which we added a few blackberries and also a splash of maple (mojitos generally have powdered sugar – we thought this was a lovely substitute).   It’s sweet and refreshing without being overly so.  Great iced and great shared with friends.”

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Spice of Life Hot Cinnamon Black Tea
Retail: $7

I’m not going to lie, this has to be my favorite tea that they sent me. I have a weakness for cinnamon tea. This one is perfect! It is the PERFECT tea to help clear your sinuses and wake you up in the morning. It does have caffeine. I love that it has black tea, cinnamon chips, cloves, and orange peel. Anything with citrus is wonderful!

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I just LOVE a good close up shop of a beautiful tea. Aesthetically Plum Deluxe’s teas are beautiful! I am loving these so much. You must check them out! I promise you wont regret it!

Plum Deluxe has a tea club for $10 a month. In this you will receive:

One oz premium, seasonal tea made just for the club (approx 15-20 cups)

✔ Sample of a 2nd delicious tea from our shop

✔ Brewing instructions, tea pairings & recipes

✔ Private, supportive tea lover’s community

✔ Free shipping on ALL your purchases

✔ Members-only specials and discounts

✔ Risk free: cancel any time

Until next time….

Happy drinking!

~Courtny