Part of being a reader is looking for new books and authors to read. Of course, this can also quickly turn into an overwhelming large TBR. However, with the right balance of buying and reading, a reader can keep up with their TBR. I absolutely love sharing books that I have bought, and especially those that I have read. Seeing what others have recently bought is also great, as it gives me new books to add to the TBR. That’s where Top Ten Tuesday comes in. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish post run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic: most recentRead More →

Have you heard of Bokksu? It is a monthly subscription box that sends you traditional snacks from Japan. Each month is themed and focuses on a different area of Japan. This allows you to experience many unique tastes not available elsewhere and highlights that areas distinct flavors. Having previously experienced two months of Bokksu, back in November and December, I was really looking forward to seeing what this month had in store. The January 2020 Bokksu theme is New Year in Kanagawa. Want to give Bokksu a try? Sign up today! Use this referral link to get $10 off your first purchase. January 2020 BokksuRead More →

For as long as I can remember, corn muffins have been on the top of my favorite muffin list. From their light honey flavor to the unique texture from the cornmeal, corn muffins are vastly different from other muffins. Over the years, I have tried a number of different recipes. They have all been wonderful, and some have been quite a unique experience. However, there is one recipe I always turn back to. It’s one I remember eating as a kid and since the recipe was shared with me I have made a few changes to it, making them perfect corn muffins – at leastRead More →

Not only is it a new month, but also a new year and decade. Amazing! Do you know what that means? It’s time to set some goals. There is a lot that I want to accomplish this year, so these monthly goals help me work towards that. Breaking down big goals into smaller chunks and spreading them out over time is a great way to tackle them without being overwhelmed.¬† My January 2020 goals will start me down the path of working towards some bigger goals while also making time for fun things I want to do. Before we look at January’s goals, let’s takeRead More →

How many times have you seen a notebook in the store and thought “Oh, I need this!” Only to discover 30 unused notebooks at home? What about promising, or even making a resolution, to journal every day? You may stick with it for a week or so, but soon that journal gets abandoned. The notebook gets shoved in a drawer or cupboard with all the others. Or perhaps, notebooks are where you keep your story ideas. You want to write a novel, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet. Then the January Use It Up Challenge is for you! This month, we are focusingRead More →

This is it, the final day of the month and year. Though there are a few hours left to read, I am going to share the books I have read this month. To be perfectly honest, I know I won’t finish another book before the month ends. Despite being distracted by the holidays and my many goals, I actually got a decent amount of reading done. True, I wish I had have read more, but I am very happy with how much I got done. December in books is the twelfth installment of my ongoing series which highlights the books I read in a month.Read More →

Snack subscription boxes are the best. They bring all kinds of wonderful tasting items to your door. There are quite a few snack subscription boxes, but the best comes from Japan. Japan Crate is one of several snack filled subscription boxes and you can get. After enjoying the November box, I was really looking forward to what the December Japan Crate had in store. If you are interested in experiencing Japan through snacks, then be sure to give Japan Crate a try. December Japan Crate Rich Cheese Pizza Chips I’ll be honest, these chips kind of terrified me. I love chips, and I love pizza,Read More →

We all have stuff in our house. Items bought with the intention of using but then we don’t get around to it. The next thing you know, those things are shoved in the closet or on a shelf and you forget all about it. Worse is when you go out and buy that same item again. Now you have two and you still aren’t using them! Even after decluttering the home, there may still be items in it that probably could go. What about those items you still want to use? After months or years of owning it, is there any hope of actually usingRead More →

Tokyo Treat is a monthly subscription box sent from Japan filled with snacks and drinks. This month had the theme Otaku Holiday and featured some items that are only available during the holiday season. After enjoyed the November box, I was really excited to try the December 2019 Tokyo Treat. I was lucky enough to get a three-month subscription to Tokyo Treat from my husband as a Christmas gift. Want to try Tokyo Treat? Sign up today! December 2019 Tokyo Treat Orange Kit Kat Chocolate and orange can be very hit or miss. It all is dependent upon the balance of flavors being right. Luckily,Read More →

Books are one of my favorite gifts to give and receive. In fact, most years when anyone asks me what I want, whether it’s for the holidays or my birthday, the immediate answer I give is books. Whether it’s graphic novels, non-fiction tomes, quick to read middle-grade or high fantasy, there are books for everyone. Though I have cut back on buying books, mostly so that I can tackle my large, yet ever-shrinking TBR, there are plenty of books I still want to own and read. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books I hope to find under my tree. Top Ten Tuesday isRead More →