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Oh Say Can You Fudge

Oh Say Can You Fudge
(A Candy-coated Mystery Book 3)
Nancy Coco
https://amzn.to/31kBgYa

Red, White, And Boom

It’s not Fourth of July on Mackinac Island without fireworks and fudge. The Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is supplying the treats–and Allie has hired Rodney Rivers, the biggest name in aerial displays, to create an unforgettable spectacle. Unfortunately, Allie finds him dead, covered with screaming chicken fireworks, just before the entire warehouse of pyrotechnics goes up in smoke. Is it arson or is it murder? Allie and her bichonpoo, Mal, must sift through the suspects until the killer is caught and the island can enjoy a star-spangled celebration.


Murder Most FrothyMurder Most Frothy
A Coffeehouse Mystery
Book 4
https://amzn.to/2MB4XRt 

Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee–for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…

Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom–a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night–and it’s not the java jitters…


Bikinis In Paradise

Bikinis In Paradise
Book 3
Kathi Daley
https://amzn.to/2WojiAk 

When the Tropical Tan Corporation descends on Maggie’s Hideaway, the lakeside resort where Tj Jensen lives, she must juggle a bikini contest, a BBQ cook-off, a missing model, and a dead chaperone while her father is out of town. 

Lead Deputy Dylan Caine is on vacation while his sister is visiting, leaving Assistant Deputy Roy Fisher in charge. When Roy asks Tj for her help, they find there may be more going on than anyone realized. 

With Kyle and Jenna’s help, they dig into the lives of those involved, only to find a mystery more complex than anything they could ever have imagined.


Lemon Meringue Pie MurderLemon Meringue Pie Murder
Book 4
Joanne Fluke
https://amzn.to/2K7IqJV 

Hannah Swensen thought she’d finally discovered the recipe for a perfect life. But her sometime beau Norman Rhodes tosses a surprise ingredient into the mix when he phones to tell her he’s just bought a house from local drugstore clerk Rhonda Scharf—which he plans to tear down in order to build the dream home he and Hannah designed. It seems the plan has been cooking for quite some time, and Hannah’s shocked. Especially since her ring finger is still very much bare. . .

The good news is that the soon-to-be-torn-down house is full of antiques—and Norman has given Hannah and her mother first dibs. They uncover some gorgeous old furniture, a patchwork quilt . . . and Rhonda Scharf’s dead body. A little more sleuthing turns up the half-eaten remains of a very special dinner for two—and one of The Cookie Jar’s famous lemon meringue pies. Now it’s up to Hannah to turn up the heat—and get busy tracking down clues. Starting in her very own kitchen. 


Independence Slay

Independence Slay
Book 3
Shelley Freydont
https://amzn.to/2WXJk1H 

With Independence Day fast approaching, Liv Montgomery is swamped coordinating one of the town’s biggest festivals. In addition to the traditional July fourth events, the town stages a spooky Revolutionary War reenactment that can’t be missed. Every year, the ghost of local war hero Henry Gallantine—played by his eccentric descendant of the same name—appears at the top of the family mansion, kicking off the night’s revelries.

But Henry’s annual cameo goes awry after the ghost signals SOS instead of his traditional cue. When Liv rushes to the rescue, she finds Henry missing and a real dead body instead of a fake haunt. Now she will have to hunt down both a murderer and a missing person quickly before unwanted political fireworks ignite and someone else winds up as local history… 


Until next time, Happy Reading!

XOXO
Courtny

California Found| September 2018

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I love getting this box every month! I love the vibrant colors and the thought that goes into every detail of the boxes every month! I also adore the fact that every month they set aside 10% of their profits to help different organizations in their community. This month they are supporting The Lonely Whale Foundation!

You ever have those items that you want to buy for yourself? But the little nagging person at the back of your brain says that you shouldn’t? This box has all of the things that you could possible want and it’s at at amazing price of $49!

Let’s dive in!

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“I need Vitamin Sea” by Erin Witters’
Retail: $18.00

If you guys know me, I have a huge weakness for puns, I love naturally dark wood, and I love supporting small businesses. This is from a small creator named Erin Witters. She wanted to take her love for the sea and turn it into art with her business The Salty life Co. She hand paints all of the items in her shop and even hand draws her mandalas! How awesome is that?! I love this beautiful wall hanging!

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Facekins Sample Pack by Facekins
Retail: $12.50

I don’t know about you, but when Autumn hits my face starts to turn extremely dry. I have to use my face wash more often and start to use moisturizer every morning. I run through a lot of face pads with my make up remover and all of my products. Connie Simon decided that she was going to stop throwing away all of those face pads and start to make her own reusable ones! They are washable, stain resistant, and are super soft!

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Underarm Clay Mask & Natural Deodorant by Crunch Beauty
Retail: $15.00 each

Something that I have always tried to be more aware about is what I am putting in and on my body. There are so many chemicals that companies use because they are cheap but that are harmful to our bodies. I love that California Found has been putting more health and beauty conscious products in their boxes like with Miriam Mabrey’s truly natural skin care products. I love using them!

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Lynzie Necklace with Black Spinel by K. Leone Designs
Retail: $40.00

I’m not going to lie, I squealed when I saw this beautiful dainty necklace! I love how easily it matches with all of my outfits and how stunningly simple it is. I have worn this many times with dresses and with a casual work day. It is perfect for any outfit or occasion.

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2 oz. Shrub Syrup by Burly Beverages
Retail: $5.95

Shrub Syrup is an added syrup that you can put into your beverages to give you a little more pizazz. Gabriel believes in all natural products and stands by his syrups. If you like mixing your own cocktails you should check his company the Burly Beverages out.

The California Found box is the perfect escape to the ocean and relaxation, to perpetual summer! I loved getting this box and can’t wait to see what next month has in store!

Monthly Subscription –$49.00

  • Free shipping
  • Ships between the 28th and 30th of each month
  • Prepaid
  • Renews monthly, cancel anytime

 

XOXO

Courtny

California Found- August

California Found

1This box just keeps getting better and better! Every time it arrives on my door step I squeal with delight!

You ever have those items that you want to buy for yourself? But the little nagging person at the back of your brain says that you shouldn’t?

This box has all of the things that you could possible want and it’s at at amazing price of $49!

Let’s dive in!

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I know that when I have guests in the house I go that EXTRA mile to make sure that there are clean towels, clean sheets, and that the room is vacuumed!

These moisturizing candy scrubs by Bon Blissity is something that is magic!

They look like little wrapped candies that you unwrap! You put them under the water and scrub your hands with it! It exfoliates, cleanses, and moisturizes all at once! This is such a treat for you and your guests!

One item that I also wish I bought but never seem to have on hand it a greeting card! Sometimes your friends and family just need an uplifting message. Something that always brings a smile to my face is when I get snail mail! I love knowing that someone took the time out to think of me and send a note. These are perfect for this!

5Now I love WATER! A lot. I drink anywhere from 60-80 ounces of water a day. However, sometimes you want a little flavor with your water but you don’t want to make it too sweet of tea, you just need a little flavor.

These Ready-Made Water Infusers are the perfect remedy for this! I have tried the Lemon & Mint and fell in love with it. I can’t wait to try out the Watermelon & Rosemary!

 

6This is probably my most favorite item in the box! The simplicity of Kalcie’s bracelets are enough to take your breath away.

I’m not going to fib, I am not a person who normally wears gold, but this bracelet was too beautiful to pass up! I actually wore it for a week straight without taking it off and I love it!

I am going to be checking out her site and getting more!

 

7There is nothing better than getting an amazing smelling candle in a box. This is something that I love in subscription boxes.

A candle can change the whole entire feel of a room. Your sense of smell can change your mood, bring memories to the forefront, and they lift your spirit.

This candle did just that. It made my mother-in-law smile when she walked into the room!

 

The California Found box is the perfect escape to the ocean and relaxation, to perpetual summer! I loved getting this box and can’t wait to see what next month has in store!

Monthly Subscription-$49.00

  • Free shipping
  • Ships between the 28th and 30th of each month
  • Prepaid
  • Renews monthly, cancel anytime

 

XOXO

Courtny

 

 

Review|Oceanista

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Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful Summer! I know that I am and even more so from getting this wonderfully curated seasonal box by Oceanista. Even being landlocked here in Oklahoma I can smell the ocean and feel the cool breeze on my face from all of their lovely and charming items in the Summer box!

From the website:

The Oceanista Subscription Box

“Get ready to experience the excitement of receiving our signature box delivered to your door every season, and uncovering the hidden treasures that await you inside. You’ll be awash in whimsical beach inspired essentials from brands we love that are sure to compliment your beach lifestyle and wardrobe. Featured artisan pieces, luxury skin care products, mid-season surprises, and the chance to win a free gift every season guarantees our box will be one you look forward to again and again!”

This box is $79.99 a season, BUT if you use my code “Courtagonist” you’ll get 10% off your first box! How awesome is that?!?! Plus, the value of the box is always worth $150 or more! The summer box had a retail value of over $200 dollars! Now, lets get into the goodies, shall we?

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One of the first items that I spotted in the Summer Box were these stunning sunglasses made by Oceanista themselves! They are made from sustainable wood, are bouyant, and UV 400 with Polarized protection.

They are so light weight and they really have the perfect shielding on them! I love the beautifully made holder for the sunglasses and the soft protective bag that makes it perfect to toss these into my purse! The retail value on these sunglasses is $69.99 almost the cost of the box!

IMG_2063 2Now, who can have a great day at the lake, beach, or by the pool without a handy tote bag!?! Not me. I need something to hold my towels, snacks, water, and a good book!

This is the perfect size for an on-the-go tote! It is a canvas beach bag created by Primitives by Kathy.  It really is a must have for the summer!

You can use it not only for taking out onto the water but you can even use it as a grocery bag as well! Love it! Retails at $30.

IMG_2064 2One of the things that I get most worried about with extended sun exposer is getting a sunburn on my face! Even with sunblock on the rays from the Sun can hurt your skin and cause damage! Ouch!

I love that they sent us this portable, easily travel, sunhat by San Diego Hat Company ! It makes it so easy to just throw in a tote and be on the go.

It has UPF 50+ protection against harmful UB rays and it is adjustable for all! Retails at $28.

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One of my most favorite items to get in a box is jewelry! The wonderful curators at Oceanista hit the nail on the head with this stunning Jilzarah “Sundress” Gold Crescent Cuff Bracelet!

Ever since receiving this gorgeous bracelet I have been in love with all of the other jewelry on their website! Their packaging, care instructions, and love for jewelry really shows how much they care about their products!

This bracelet retails at a very affordable price of $36!

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IMG_2072One of the many things that I love about Oceanista is the fact that they feature a local artisan in every one of their boxes!

Supporting small businesses is something that is near and dear to my heart! It helps that the artist for this season’s box make me smile and relaxed just looking at her art!

I am talked about WanderLust Leather! This luggage tag just screams SUMMER! Plus they sent a coupon that allows you to contact Jamie to create a custom name tag to go with your summer one! How awesome is that!?! The retail value for this wonderful and customized gift is $28.97! You should most definitely check out her shop!

Another item, not pictured, is the wonderful Cheri Arome Beach Waves Pink Salt Hair Mist! It really does smell like summer! It gives you the PERFECT beachy hair waves! It is extremely affordable at only $12.

IMG_2071 2Last but certainly not least is a little gift just for you! A stunning and perfectly created Oceanista sticker that you can just smell the salt in the air with, a magnet for your fridge, and a wonderful moisturizing body balm!

This has to be one of my most favorite boxes that I have gotten this year. It truly has something that I will use every single day, but might not have gone and bought myself.

This is truly a Treat-Yo-Self type of box. So what are you waiting for?!?! Treat-Yo-Self and go out and get yourself a subscription to this amazing service!

I’ll see you next season with the Oceanista box! I can’t wait to see what they have come up with!

XOXO

Courtny