Coffee And A Classic+Review

There’s nothing I love more than reading a good book and drinking a nice cup of tea. I feel like books and hot drinks just go together. I also have a deep love for classic novels. I’m convinced Coffee and a Classic was made for me and others who want nothing more than to read in peace and sip their tea. Each month Coffee and a Classic send you a themed box. You get a classic novel and a really cool mug. They also include little things to go with it. Sometimes we forget about how awesome classic novels are, so this is a great way to revisit those stories that made us fall in love with literature.

I love the theme of this box because it’s nature/woods themed. Another thing I would want to mention is that the box all of the items come in is a photo box. I can’t wait to reuse it as a memory box.

 

The book that gives this months box its theme is “Walden or Life in the Woods” by Henry Thoreau I’ve never read this book but I am very excited to dive into it. It looks interesting and makes for a great Sunday morning read.
I have a strange love for mugs. I love the design of this one, it’s super cozy and green is one of my favorite colors. This mug is really big, too so it will hold a lot of tea for me.
Not only is this a piece of a log, but it is also a magnet. How strange is it for me to be excited on my refrigerator?
This candle makes me happy every time I sniff it. It smells like pine, campfire, and burnt marshmallows (my favorite)
If I remember correctly this bookmark is made out of linen. I actually might start using a bookmark.
It’s chai and I love chai. I’m a happy camper.

 

I remember the first time I made smores at a campfire, this brought back nostalgic memories. I also love s’mores.

I love this subscription box and I’m so happy I’ve been able to work with them to bring this review to you all. I definitely recommend this box for book and tea (or coffee drinkers).

 

*This box was sent to me for a review but all opinions are my own

Merkaela+Review

“PAST AND FUTURE ARE IN THE MIND ONLY — I AM NOW.”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I love products that are natural and that make me feel good all around. I like finding ways to meditate while doing everyday things. I like to smell the fragrance on my wrist. I like to enjoy the routine of making a cuppa. I like to massage my lotion into my skin without rushing. It’s about enjoying the small things and not thinking so much about that upcoming deadline or past mistake. It’s about being present in the moment.

I’m very excited because Merkaela gave me the opportunity to not only try their products from the summer box but to also work on my meditation. The environment I live in is a highly stressful place and it’s hard a lot of the times to feel grounded and present. I’ve been doing meditation more lately to help my anxiety. A big thing for me is just enjoying the little things in my life-and just taking time out of the day to just breathe.

Merkaela is a subscription box that sends you out really amazing handmade and natural products. Instead of getting a box every month you instead get one every season.

JASMINE PALO SANTO MEDITATION ELIXIR

I love this spray. I use this when I feel anxious. It helps ground me and allows me to remember that I am present and I am okay. The smell is amazing, it’s light and not overpowering. I use it on my bed and as a fragrance.

TANGERINE & SAGE SHEA BODY BUTTER

Please order the box so you’re able to try this incredible body butter. Lately, I have had dry skin and I think it’s because of stress.This helps so much and smells so good. It has a very earthy which I love even more. A little goes a long way with this jar of goodness.

HIBISCUS TEA POTION

I feel bad about not having the opportunity to try this tea yet but unfortunately, I don’t have a tea infuser because I had to throw out the one I had been using. 😦  But here is what Merkaela say’s about it: “The ultimate wellness blend for the Summer. It is refreshing, hydrating and with high levels of Vitamin C. More importantly, it helps raise conscious awareness to higher levels in order to bring you closer to what it is needed in your life or let go of what no longer serves you.”- Merkaela

PEPPERMINT SOAP BAR

This product smells so good! I haven’t used it yet but I am saving it for a very special bath.

 

PINK LEMURIAN CRYSTAL

I love crystals and I’m very happy about adding this beauty to my collection.

 

SACRED SAGE SMUDGE STICK

I can’t wait to use this.

 

CALENDULA LEMON SALT BATH

I haven’t had the chance to use this yet either because I currently only have a roll-in shower. But as soon ass I get into my new place I ‘ll be using this and enjoying it. It smells so good.

Definitely get you a box so you can experience all of these incredible products. If you reserve the summer box you’ll get 10% off your first order.

 

 More discount codes for you all:

  • ALIVE15 – For 15% off our Quarterly Subscription (Month to Month)
  • ALIVE20 – For 20% off our Yearly Subscription

 
 

*I was sent these products to review, all opinions are my own.

Anxiety And OCD+Life Update

With the recent passing of Chester Bennington I thought I would be open with you all about a recent diagnosis and something my family and I’ve been through. 

I have finally gotten medication to treat my OCD and anxiety. For a long time I’ve just been going to counseling. It has helped tremendously but my therapist and I agreed that meds would be beneficial to my treatment. I always want to be honest with you all and share my mental health with you all. I think it’s important for others to know that they’re not alone. 

My family and I have had to live in a domestic violence shelter because we had to flee our abusers. I’ll go more into detail about that in a future post.

I really want to talk about this because I don’t want anyone to feel alone. Sometimes it become a lot, trust me I know. You may be at your lowest but know that you’re not alone. Mental illness is nothing you should be ashamed of. So many people live with it. It doesn’t matter which one you have, you’re human and you deserve kindness and understanding just like anyone else.

This wasn’t a planned post so I apologize if I seem to be rambling. I just want to make sure none of you feel alone. 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Call 1-800-273-8255

Available 24 hours everyday

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Woman Up Box+Review

It’s so important to support women owned brands and businesses. I have another amazing subscription box to review for you. It’s the Woman Up Box and every product in the box is created by women. Awesome, right? The box I received was the June box because they still had some extras. I’m not sure if they still do but don’t let that discourage you from subscribing to them to get a box because once I go into detail about everything you’ll want one so bad.

This tea is so good (of course it was the first product I tried). It’s light and refreshing and great as an iced tea.

I’ve never used a sugar scrub but this is so cool. It really made my skin softer and the smell isn’t overly sweet.

I’m saving these color-yourself-cards for something special. But how cute are the mini pencils?

It has a great tit and an even better scent. I’m in love. I also get to add another lip balm to my lip balm collection.

There’s nothing like having a quirky little pocket mirror to give you a boost of confidence. It even comes with a protector so the crumbs at the bottom of my purse won’t ruin it.

If you’re a fan of sweets then these treats are definitely meant for you. They’re a nice sweet for those moments when you’re feeling nostalgic.

This perfect little stone is a worry stone. There’s a part in it meant for you to rub when you’re worried or anxious. I’ll be rubbing this a lot.

I’m in love this necklace. They’re actually Mala beads or prayer beads. I’ve done a little of research and they’re meant to keep you grounded, which we all need more of.

 

I hope you give Woman Up Box a chance. They’re a great company and their mission is incredible.

 

 

 

*I was sent this box to review. All opions are my own.

Silk Hair Designs+Review

 

You probably can tell from some of my photos but I have very thick hair. When it isn’t straightened my hair is full, curly, and sometimes frizzy. The frizz is what I dislike the most. I always knew that silk (pillow cases) were a great way to prevent frizz and keep your hair healthy, but I never took the plunge to buy one. I never thought about how my hair ties could be causing damage. I mean I definitely feel the hair being ripped out from my head. That’s why I switched to scrunchies. Now I’m in love with silk scrunchies..

I received these from Silk Hair Designs. They are seriously the best scrunchies I have ever used! I love how soft they are. I love how they slide out of my hair without ripping some of my hair out. They come out with ease.

I know some people feel like scrunchies are outdated but I actually think they’re super fashionable. Some of the top social media influencers have been wearing them. So don’t let that uncertainty discourage you from wearing scrunchies.

It’s hard to choose what color I love more. But I have a weakness for green and that emerald green is a favorite of mine. I also enjoy the different sizes. The white is a great statement piece and the gray is a great everyday hair tie.

I’m very excited about these and as simple as they are it’s the little things that make me smile.

I really hope you all try out these. They’re affordable and durable. If you have thick hair like me give these a try.

*I was sent these for review, all opinions are my own.

 

Lazy Sunday+Summer Reading List

I thought I would take a break from the sponsored posts and share some cool stuff with you all. You all know that I like love to read and I love talking about books even more. I’ll be honest it’s tough to read given the nature of my environment right now but once that’s over I’ll be reading as much as I want without constant distractions.

I have an Amazon Wishlist where I add books and tea that I would like to eventually get. If I’m listening to a podcast and hear a few book recommendations I add them to my list. I also get recommendations from Vogue magazine. I love being able to read the excerpts of the books. It’s a great way to learn about new authors or new books.

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Let’s start off with the most recent book I’ve heard about. Witches of New York by Ami McKay This is high on my list for books I want to be able to read, it doesn’t come out until July 11th but is available for preorder. I’m not sure if I ever shared this with you all but I’m a huge fan of historical fiction.

The story is about two witches in the 1800s who finally feel comfortable to be themselves without being prosecuted (this takes place two hundred years after Salem) for who they are. They open a shop in New York selling potions, teas, and other items. They soon hire another young woman who shows signs of being a witch or just sick.

It seems like a great read and I’m very excited about it. I also wouldn’t complain if Ami McKay sent this book for a review. Just saying.

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This one is going to be a hit, I can already tell. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a tale of love, loss, and a whole lot of glamour. Evelyn Hugo is an older Hollywood star who is known for her love life. She asks a down on her luck journalist to write her memoir. She agrees to do it without fully understanding why Evelyn wants her to do it but she needs the job and gets down to business. Evelyn is known to be private so her sharing her life with the world is a big deal. I need to read this, it sounds so good, right?

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War, love, loss, new relationships is basically The Alice Network by Kate Quinn in a nutshell. A young woman from the northeast of the USA in the 40’s is threatened to be disowned by her family for being pregnant. She’s sent to Europe to “take care of the problem” but instead goes to London to try to find her cousin who is more like a sister to her who was lost during the war. In the process, she finds a woman who could possibly help her on her quest. She also learns about a group of women who helped the war and went by the name “The Alice Network”. I love stories like these because even though they are fiction they have a lot of truth to them.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer? Let me know in the comments.

EQL+Equality

You all probably know that I am big on equality.  So when EQL reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to share some information I was all for it.

So, you’re probably wondering what is EQL exactly. Well, they help brands come up with a strategy to show more equality. Awesome, right?

EQL has the idea if you march silently every day even the most narrow-minded person will eventually understand you.

This is important to me because I deal with a lot of inequality. I’m disabled, Afro-Latina, and a bisexual woman so equality is sometimes hard to come by. Being a blogger doesn’t make it any easier because even some brands look at my disability before looking at my talent.

It’s not a great feeling but we can definitely change what’s going on in our world. We have to support one another and show kindness.

Below watch these videos to learn more about EQL and their mission

 

 

Power Of What You Wear from EQL on Vimeo.

WearYourBelief from EQL on Vimeo.

 

 

Heroes are born from EQL on Vimeo.

 

#WeMarchEveryDay

 

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Box Of Shadows+Review

Being Wiccan and being a witch are two really big parts of my life. When I’m having a bad day (like today) these two things make it easier for me. I guess that goes for anyone who practices a religion. I was really excited to work with Box of Shadows.

Box of Shadows is this really cool subscription box that sends you Wiccan products right to your home monthly. There are three different types of boxes you can choose from the Initiate box, the Priestess box, or the Supreme box. It’s filled with tools and pieces for your altar.


As you can see I received a lot in my Supreme box. I’m really excited to put all of the things on my altar once I move into my new place. I also excited to have gotten this book in the box because I really want to celebrate Litha this year and the book gives a lot of amazing tips plus recipes. I’ve been loving all things lavender lately so I’m very happy about the incense. Overall I’m very pleased with the box. I think it’s a great way to practice your craft and learn more about it.

Box of Shadows is really sweet and offered you all a discount code for 10% off your first box and free shipping. The code is: SABOS

I’m really happy with this box and I would definitely buy myself one in the future.

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*I received this box to review. All opinions are my own.

Cupi Essential Oils+Review

This blog is gradually turning into a self-care blog and I am completely okay with that. Since recently getting out of a domestic violence situation I’ve been trying to heal from the damage my abusers caused. I did a post about self-care already so you guys probably already have an idea on how I’m coping with my anxiety and depression. One thing I didn’t mention was essential oils.

Cupi Essential sent me out six of their oils plus a sample of their lavender (which has been my favorite lately).

With the lavender I’ve been using it to relax before bed and get better sleep at night. I’m not an expert so I can only speak for myself when I say that it has been helping me out a lot. The best part about all of the oils is that they are all 100% pure and natural so you can feel comfortable using them.

I’m still new to using essentials so Pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to figuring out how to use them. I strongly recommend doing your own research when it comes to possible side effects especially if you’re pregnant.

I want to open this blog post up to you all share with me what you all like to do with your oils. I’m looking into getting a humidifier to help release more of the scent. Like I said earlier, the lavender is my favorite and I personally feel like it helps me sleep better and feel less anxious. Tha

Thank you again, Cupi Essential for letting me try your oils. If you want to try them for yourself visit them at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Cupiessential?ref=profile_shopicon

 

 

*I was sent these products to try, all opinions are my own.

 

Etoile Atelier Fragrances+Review

Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers
Photo belongs to Etoile Ateliers

There’s something about a nice fragrance that I love. It’s the last step in my morning routine and for me, it makes a huge difference. I have a few favorite scents but I’m normally pretty open about trying new fragrances out. Etoile Atelier was super kind and sent me their sample collection of fragrances.

I’ll start off by saying how much I love the size of this. You get 8 of their fragrance oils, This is great because you can test out each one and figure out which one you like best. My favorites are “You Belong” and “Eau Salee”. I actually love mixing those two together. These are oils so they will last longer and throughout the day blend in with your natural scent.

Being able to try out these fragrances has been a top part of my week (I’m not even kidding). Smelling nice fragrances helps me during anxiety attacks, and between us, I’ve had my fair share lately so these have been incredible for me to just focus on something good when my mind goes somewhere bad. I love how fresh these scents are and how they are not very sweet smelling. They have a very mature and fresh smell to all of them.

The best part about the oils is that you know that you won’t have to reapply throughout the day.  You can purchase your own sample box here.

Let me know your favorite scents when you get it. What is your favorite fragrance?

 

 

 

 

 

*I was sent these products to review. Opinions are my own.