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January Owl Crate Unboxing and Review

Overall rating: *****

By now I am sure you have seen I have developed a serious love for Owlcrate. In my opinion it is hands down the best U.S. based crate and value for the money. I actually committed to a subscription… which I have never done for any box ever!! I was quite positive about the book that was going to be in the box so I could not wait to get it, and took a gamble on not pre-ordering the book on my own to have release day.

Owlcrate January unboxing

The theme for January was Magical Artifacts. What came in the box:

  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Exclusive Owlcrate edition. Guys I really did not think this book could get any more gorgeous but they did it somehow! This also came with author letter and a cute Gilded Wolves themes luggage tag
  • Gilded Wolves themed pin of the month by Alchemy and Ink
  • A Darker Shade of Magic inspired bag by Stella Bookish Art
  • Sting Sword letter opener by Juniper & Ivy Designs
  • The Gold Compass inspired tapestry by Holly Dunn Design
  • Harry Potter inspired Master of Death Socks
  • Antler bracelet inspired by the amplifiers from the Shadow and Bone series

Owlcrate full unboxing January

I was just in love with this box, the book, the Darker Shade of magic bag!! Ah I already cannot wait for the February box whose theme will be Whimsical Beasts!!!

P.S. If you Google search Owlcrate and then click on the ad, I have found that it gives you a coupon!


DIY Beauty, Lovabulls

Meet the Lovabulls

I have always had a love for animals, my dream when I was a kid was to be a Vet. So naturally over the years I have had a lot of pets. As I grew into an adult I found myself drawn to Bully breeds after my dad rescued a Pit mix that was our family dog for years.

Bull Terriers were a breed I had ogled over for years but had never owned. That is until I met the man that would become my husband and his Bull Terrier Ruca. Ruca was very attached to Ricki and not very fond of women, but for some reason she decided to accept me into the house. Now don’t get me wrong it took a while… I was astounded by the level of personality that she had and the odd ball things she would do. For example, until she started to trust me she would not take food from me that her Dad had not given her first and she would not go outside with me alone (don’t we all wish that kids would hold so strict to this!).

Lovabull Bull Terrier Ruca

After a few months of dating Ricki was feeling bad because Ruca was getting less attention than she was used to, so naturally we decided to get her a friend. And what better friend is there to get a Bull Terrier than a second Bull Terrier.

Hence Snoopy (a.k.a. Snoop) found his way into our home! Snoop is definitely our “Wild Child”! He is three years old now but is still quite the puppy in so many ways.

Lovabull Bull Terrier Snoopy

Last but certainly not least is Yoda. As Ricki now likes to “Bull Terriers are like Potato Chips, you can’t have just one”.  Yoda is 2.5 years old and is the coolest “cat” in the house. He loves all things that involve snuggling and limited activity. Yoda and Ruca are quite the little pair of love birds.

Lovabull Bull Terrier Yoda

DIY Beauty

Make your own bath salts!!

I wanted to make something for the ladies in my family to pamper themselves with (and I was also on a budget), so i started looking into some DIY beauty projects.

Bath salts are simple, cheap, and easy to personalize. 

I started with the jar (found these great ones at the dollar store!) and same cute ribbon.

Then you will need:

2 cups of epsom salt (soothes tired muscles and reduces inflammation)

4 tablespoons of baking soda (softens waters and alleviates skin irritation)

Your favorite essential oil, I used grapefruit (it means joyful)

Food coloring

I started by placing the salt in a plastic bowl and adding three drops of food coloring and three drops of essential oil, then I mixed it up until the color was complete distributed. then continued adding and mixing a few drops at a time until I was satisfied with the scent and color.

DIY Beauty

Best remedy for dry skin ever (and I have tried everything)

Every winter I get terrible dry skin on my legs and hips, and lotions are just never enough (not to mention the alcohol in them only makes things worse). So this year I started looking at some other options to try and help me out.

I actually found this great home remedy on Pinterest and was an original recipe from Paula Deen. I used the same ingredients just edited the amount of oil I put into it, keeps it from being overpowering and not as dangerous in the shower. Not to mention its dirt cheap and most women keep these basic staples stocked in their pantries already.

1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Extra Light Olive Oil, can substitute another carrier oil of your choice
1 teaspoon Vitamin E (cut open Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract , optional (or your favorite citrus essential oil)

In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.

To Use: In the shower, apply to skin and rinse.  Can be used daily.  I use it as my last step before getting out of the shower. Not recommended for use in a bath tub due to the sugars.