January 2016 Wrap Up! Books & Lifestyle Favorites!

January is almost over, the snow is still falling, it’s one month closer to the summer!

This month has been full of excitement, I did so much reading, exploring, and experiencing.  It’s been a good month.  Coincidentally, it is actually the end of my first month of blogging and I feel really happy because time has flown by.  The blogging community has been so sweet and supportive, I can’t wait to get to know everyone better!

Let’s get started!



This month I read a total of 11 books!  I believe on Goodreads Reading Challenge I chose 100 for the year, so I’m already ahead of schedule! This month was all fantasy for me, and it was beautiful.  Have any recommendations for me? Let me know!

I’m currently in the process of reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.  I am banning myself from reading anything else until I finish these two books.  After that, I have 2 ARC’s on NetGalley to read so that will be my life.  #sigh.


Okay so this is pretty horrible but our TV remote died an awful death about a week ago and we hadn’t replaced it until today… Meaning many shows I am super pumped for have aired and I am super behind.  These (kind of) are my current shows:

I believe Grey’s comes back mid-February (HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH) and I really want to get back into OUAT.  The last season isn’t on Netflix yet (or am I on the newest one? I don’t know).  Jane The Virgin is actually super hilarious, I recommend it to everyone!

It’s the little things in life

So I recently bought a new purse and I am LOVING it!  It’s the Lauren by Ralph Lauren Crawley Hobo Bag in black.  It’s a beauty!  I used to have a Fossil Erin small crossbody in bright yellow and it’s time was over.  Huzzah for material goods!


I also bought a planner! It’s called a Happy Planner.  I wanted to properly plan out my weeks with my online businesses and blog posts.  I’m currently procrastinating on buying sticker paper, but once I get it I will have so much fun using my Silhouette to make planner stickers. n_n.


I’m was a subscriber to a monthly Artisan box subscription called GlobeIn (click here for more info!), and I’m pretty sure this month was my last time getting it.  The theme for January was “Bathe” and I was pretty satisfied with what I got.  Here’s a couple photos from their website:

The stuff was pretty cute but I just kind of lost the appeal after awhile, I didn’t really use the things I got.  However I do recommend it to anyone who is interested in artisan things!  You get cool little things made from all around the world.

Note: If you have a nut allergy (like me) make sure to email them and tell them.  One of my boxes had this chocolate bar with tree nuts and I would have ended up in the ER if I didn’t read the label soooooo… It’s a lot of money to spend and not be able to eat/use the things they send you.

PS: This isn’t sponsored….? I feel like I should state the obvious…..


Ok so if you didn’t know, I was in Colombia for a whole month and just got back almost two weeks ago.  While there, I got the joy of eating Colombian food all day every day.  My Tia and I made empanadas (aka beef patties…? I think that’s the translation), they were THE FREAKING BOMB.  I have a video of us making them on my Instagram.  Anyways, here are a few photos of my trip!  You can see the rest of them on the ‘gram. :]

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Oh February, it’s definitely one of my favorite months.  I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty sure le boyfriend and I will be doing something cutesy.  I was in South America for our 3 year anniversary, my birthday, and Christmas so we need a little vacation.

I’m planning on doing a little road trip mid-Feb to go to the Susan Dennard / SJM book signing at Barnes & Noble in PA. So exciting!

Anyways, I’m super hungry and my floor is finally dry after mopping. I AM OFF TO EAT. Tell me about your favorite things this month! :]

7 thoughts on “January 2016 Wrap Up! Books & Lifestyle Favorites!

  1. Nova says:

    Whoa, 11 books! I’m envious of your ability to knock out so many books like that! I’m currently reading These Broken Stars, actually. And watching OUAT! I’m not caught up yet, however. Getting there. Eventually. 😀


  2. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Love this post! I also watch OUAT 🙂 and I’ve just started Shadowhunters. I’m gonna start queen of the tearling soon- very excited! And I love the Falling kingdoms series- just got a copy of the third one and couldn’t be more excited! I love that purse by the way- it’s gorgeous 🙂

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