October BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

BookCase.Club is one of my favorite boxes to get every month because I love to read. They have so many different cases to choose from and always send great titles!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links.

BookCase.Club costs $9.99 per month with $5 shipping for two new, hand-selected books. They aren't new-release titles, but for that price I don't mind because you're still getting new books.

There are a bunch of different genres to choose from:
  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Teenage Dreams - young adult novels
  • Blind Date - paranormal romance
  • Booking for Love - romance
  • Quarterly Cook Books - two cook books every three months
  • Quarterly Military History - two military history books every three months
There's also BookCase.Kids, which is their children's book subscription.

The Thrill Seekers Case is my favorite because I love a good mystery, and I've gotten lots of great books from this Case. October's case featured Perfidia by James Ellroy and Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton. Both look fantastic and I can't wait to start them!

Here's the synopsis of Perfidia from Amazon:
Los Angeles. December, 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. War fever and racial hatred grip the city.

The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. LAPD captain William H. Parker is superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up, and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith—Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. Kay Lake is a twenty-one-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm center that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls—comrades, rivals, lovers, history’s pawns.

Here is the synopsis for Past Crimes
Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief—to boost cars, beat security alarms, and crack safes. But at eighteen, Van broke all ties to that life and joined the military, serving as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after ten years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle.

Van is curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house, Van discovers his grandfather bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot wound to the head. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows he'll be the first suspect.

To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van plunges back into a violent, high-stakes world where right and wrong aren't defined by the law . . . and where the secrets held by those closest to him are the deadliest of all.

The Strange Worlds Case is also a good one. I've become an even bigger sci-fi/fantasy fan since I've started receiving this case. This month's featured This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie E. Czerneda and The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber.

My box arrived a little damaged; looks like it got caught in the rain or something because the bottom of the box was worn and you can tell it had gotten wet. The books were a little damaged at their bottoms, but nothing too egregious. I'm not too concerned, since weather is outside of BookCase.Club's control and if anything this seems more like a USPS error.

Here is the synopsis for This Gulf of Time and Stars:
To save their world, the most powerful of the Om’ray left their homes. They left behind all memory of their past. Calling themselves the Clan, they settled among Humanity, hiding in plain sight, using their ability to slip past normal space to travel where they wished, using their ability to control minds to ensure their place and security. They are no longer hidden.

For the Clan face a crisis. Their reproduction is tied to individual power, and their latest generation of females, Choosers, are too strong to safely mate. Their attempt to force others to help failed until Sira di Sarc, their leader and the most powerful of their kind, successfully Joined with a human, Jason Morgan, starship captain and telepath. With Morgan, Sira forged the first peace between her kind and the Trade Pact.

But it is a peace about to shatter. Those the Clan have controlled all these years will rise against them. Her people dying around her, war about to consume the Trade Pact, Sira will be left with only one choice. She must find the way back. And take the Clan home.

Here is the synposis for The Book of Strange New Things:
It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

Bottom Line: I think all four books I received this month sound excellent, and I'm especially excited to start Perfidia. Once again, BookCase.Club has provided me with two cases of books I probably never would have found otherwise!

PlateJoy Introduction and Coupon

PlateJoy is a new custom meal plan service that caught my eye because it's different than a lot of other meal boxes out there. They offer a ton of different custom meal plans to suit pretty much any diet!

*Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links.

Image courtesy of PlateJoy blog [source]

PlateJoy sends personalized nutrition plans with recipes and grocery lists to match your lifestyle. They do not deliver food, but you can opt in to grocery delivery through Instacart if you live in a state that they service (more on that in a bit).

So how does this all work? It's simple: first, you'll fill out a lifestyle quiz that PlateJoy will use to tailor the appropriate recipes for you. You'll then receive a custom meal plan with recipes and ingredient lists to help you save time and reduce food waste. Then it's up to you to obtain the ingredients at your local grocery store (or opt in to Instacart delivery, if available in your area) and cook the meals!

The lifestyle quiz is very thorough. First off, it asks how many people you're shopping for, which I appreciate because I live alone and every other meal service I've seen only allows you to pick meals for either two people or four, which is always too much food for me. Then you'll give them details including your activity level, whether or not you're trying to lose weight, specific things you need or are trying to avoid (carbs, dairy, gluten, low sodium, Kosher, pregnant/nursing), any ingredients you want to avoid, whether or not you want seasonal produce only, types of courses wanted, where you shop, type of milk preferred, and how much time you have to cook.

These are some of the lunches that PlateJoy put together for me! Everything looks really good and fresh. I am not the most creative when it comes to cooking, so having the recipes and ingredients already picked out for me would be a huge help.

Photo courtesy of PlateJoy blog [source]

PlateJoy subscriptions are available in six and 12 month packages:
  • Six months: $69 every six months ($11.50 per month)
  • 12 months: $99 every 12 months ($8.25 per month)
Again, you are paying for recipes and grocery shopping lists, PlateJoy does not deliver food/ingredients in their subscription. You can choose to have the ingredients delivered via Instacart, which services the following states: AL, AZ, AK, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and Washington, D.C.

I think that the PlateJoy prices are very fair. It might seem like a lot up front because it's billed in six and 12 month installments, but when you break it down monthly that's about the same amount I'd pay for a lunch from a restaurant during the week. So for only $11.50 or $8.25 a month, I can get a whole set of nutritious recipes tailored to my unique needs!
Bottom Line: I think PlateJoy is a really innovative service and I am very interested in trying them out. I like that the lifestyle survey is so in-depth and the recipes they created for me look really delicious. As someone who isn't a creative cook, PlateJoy allows me to have fun recipes that I don't have to come up with myself.

October Daily Goodie Box Review

Daily Goodie Box is a completely free box that sends a variety of full-sized products to members each month, all you have to do is provide honest feedback. October's box had one of the best assortments of products yet!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Daily Goodie Box really is 100% free. They'll never ask for any kind of payment information; all you have to do is create an account on the website and fill out some information about yourself and your household. Boxes are not guaranteed, but you can increase your chances at receiving one by interacting with them on social media (links at the end of this post).

I've noticed that the Daily Goodie Boxes are always stuffed with products! Most of the items are full-sized, but they do include a few sample packets here and there. Regardless, since the box is totally free I can't really complain about anything they send.

October's box has been my favorite so far! I really liked the assortment of items they sent. Here's what was inside:
  • Now and Later Shell Shocked - I loved Now and Later candies when I was a kid and I honestly didn't know they still made them! These have a candy coating with the regular Now and Later chew inside. The flavors were really good and included the standard grape, banana, cherry, etc.
  • Flathau's Fine Foods Key Lime Snaps - I'm obsessed with these cookies. They're a shortbread snap with a powdered sugar coating, so if you're trying to eat healthy they might not be the best option but if you want to indulge they are absolutely amazing!
  • Kur Scandinavian Bite Sized Bar - I got the Brownie flavor and I haven't tried it yet, but the label says it's made with raw and organic ingredients. It supposedly has the texture of a brownie but is made with dates, nuts, and raw cacao. I'm skeptical but definitely willing to try it.
  • Creme de Pirouline Rolled Wafers - I love these cookies, too. They're little straw shaped wafers with a dark chocolate center and they have such a good texture and flavor.
  • Nellie's All-Natural Wrinkle B Gone - Nellie's products have been featured in past boxes and I really like them. They're a line of all natural soaps and cleaners, and this wrinkle spray helps remove wrinkles and freshen fabrics with a plant-based formula.
  • Inko's Organic Energy Drink - I got the Blackberry flavor. This has 100 calories per can and is non-carbonated, which is kind of a bummer. It's USDA organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free and provides energy from organic brewed tea.
  • Sun and Earth Natural Laundry Detergent - This hypoallergenic formula has no dyes, perfumes, or preservatives. I have sensitive skin that gets worse in the winter, so I'm always willing to try a good natural detergent with no irritants.
  • Pure Cosmetics Silicone Pro Blender - This is an interesting blender; as the name says it's made with silicone, so it won't soak up product the way a regular sponge would. It's easy to clean, too. I haven't tried it yet but I'm very interested to see how well it works at blending my liquid foundation.
  • Mirabella Glisten Eyeshadow Palette - This palette has seven mineral-based eyeshadows that are paraben, talc, dye, and gluten-free. I love the neutral shades (see photo below) and will put this to good use! It's also a great size for travel.

Bottom Line: This Daily Goodie Box was excellent and had a lot of fun products. I loved the Pirouline and Flauthau's Fine Foods cookies and am excited to use the eyeshadow palette!

September Sports Crate Review - Chicago Cubs Crate #5

Alright, so the final Sports Crate for this season is (finally) here. This is Crate #5 and the theme is "Finish Strong."

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love!

As most of you who follow and/or subscribe to this box probably know, Sports Crate has been riddled with shipping issues and production problems. Sports Crate is part of the Loot Crate family and I recently saw that Loot Crate is also having a production issue with their specialty Stranger Things Crate, so it looks like this has been an issue across the board with Loot Crate.

Crate #5 is the last Crate in this series, but Sports Crate sent out an email saying they're making some changes to the subscription going forward. Crates will now be bi-monthly (six total per year) throughout the whole year instead of five Crates from May to September for baseball season. They've partnered with brands like '47, Stance, Tervis, and New Era for future Crates. There are also new pricing options:
  • Bi-monthly: $29.99 every other month ($29.99 per Crate)
  • Three months: $85.50 every six months ($28.50 per Crate for three Crates)
  • Yearly: $162.00 once a year ($27.00 per Crate for six Crates)
Crates were previously $39.99 per month, so I am wondering if the drop in price means a drop in the retail value of the merchandise as well.

I can say that I will not be resubscribing to Sports Crate as of right now. The next box will be in December, so if you sign up for their new plan that will be your first box. I'm still waiting on three BALLERS figures from this past subscription, so I don't want to sign up for anything new until I get those items and see what kind of merch they include in the next few boxes.

So! All of that stuff aside, the September Crate was pretty good. I was glad to get another t-shirt with a good design, and I was happy that Javy Báez was the featured player.

Unfortunately, this month's Crate was without the BALLERS figurine yet again. Sports Crate advised everyone last month that they were re-tooling the figurines to be better quality and look more realistic, so there would be a delay in shipping. Last month's Anthony Rizzo figurine is supposed to ship sometime this month (if I recall correctly, Sports Crate said we should have them "by the end of October), and Javy's is also delayed. Furthermore, if you purchased the Season Pass option like me our extra bonus figurine is still on the way but I don't even remember when Sports Crate said that one would be shipping.

Anyway, so regardless of what team's Crate you ordered, according to the insert pictured above we should be getting our BALLERS for Crate 4 and 5 by the end of October. Fingers crossed that we actually see them by then!

This is called the 2 Cubs Lanyard on the info card,d though I'm not sure why. Maybe "2" is the name of the brand? Either way, it's a nice lanyard made of what I'm assuming is a polyester blend. It's soft and shiny, as you can see from the photo above. I like having my keys on a lanyard because it makes them easier to grab out of my bag.

I don't know why, but I just had a feeling when I first subscribed to this box that an apron would be included at some point. I was right, since this box has the Stadium Apron. I really like the Wrigley Field design and the material is nice and sturdy, but I don't grill so I might gift this to my brother or someone else who will use it.

My favorite item in the box is the American Needle Cubs T-Shirt by Wright and Ditson. The design is simple, but I prefer my sports t-shirts to just have a simple logo on them. I also like the lighter blue background since I didn't have any Cubs shirts in that color until now. I put my size down as medium when I first signed up and I probably could have used a small for this since it's a looser tee, but it still fits fine and I will definitely still wear it.

I also wanted to note that MLB licensed apparel is usually pretty pricey regardless of how simple it is ($35 for a player tee, anyone?), so I figured this shirt had a decent retail tag. This particular design isn't available on the Wright and Ditson website, but similar tees range from $30-$38 so I think this was a good deal.
Bottom Line: Am I bummed that Sports Crate had so many issues with these boxes? Sure. I totally understand everyone else's frustration, too. But I guess because I've been subscribing to sub boxes for so long these kinds of things don't really come as a surprise to me. I hope that we get our BALLERS figurines soon, but I guess there isn't much we can do other than wait.

What do you think of Sports Crate? Do you think you'll subscribe to the new bi-monthly plan>

October Degustabox Review and 50% off Coupon

The October Degustabox is Movie Night themed and has lots of fun sweet treats! This box always delivers great full-sized foods and snacks.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Degustabox costs $19.99 per month for a box of at least 10 full-sized food and pantry items. Shipping is free to U.S. addresses. They also have a U.K. box but this is a review for the U.S. version.

This month's box had 10 items, four of which were in the Movie Night theme. My favorite thing about this box is that they always send great foods at a much cheaper price than if I was to purchase everything individually at the grocery store.

  • Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar ($3.49) - These puffs are made with organic chickpeas and are gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO. They also donate a portion of sales of every bag to Farm Africa in support of farmers in eastern Africa! The snacks were really good and had a great crunch.
  • Loacker Raspberry Yogurt Quadratini ($3.99) - My mom used to buy wafer cookies like these all the time when I was a kid. These ones have a ton of tart raspberry flavor and the texture of the creme balances well with the crispy wafer.
  • SunButter Sunflower Butter ($.96 each) - I've never had sunflower butter before so I am very curious how this tastes. It has seven grams of protein and more vitamins and minerals than nut butters. I think I'll give it a try on toast.
  • Boboli 2 Mini Original Crusts ($4.27) - Boboli pizza crusts have been in past boxes but I'm always happy to get them. They taste great and are handy to have for a quick dinner when I don't feel like cooking. I already used one of these (two are in the pack) and it was great!
  • Dave's Gourmet Overnight Oats ($3.49) - I got the Apple Nut flavor. These are a blend of whole grain oats, chia seeds, almonds, and fruit. You're supposed to add milk and then refrigerate them overnight, so don't heat them up in the microwave (which is what I would assume to do)!
  • Goetze's Vanilla Cow Tales Minis ($2.25) - I love Cow Tales; if you've never had them before they're a combination of chewy caramel wrapped around a creme center. I actually like the mini sizes better than the originals.
  • Welch's Fruit'n Yogurt Snacks ($2.99) - These are available in strawberry, blueberry, and cherry and I received Cherry. I've had the Strawberry ones from Degustabox before and I really liked them, so I know the Cherry will be good, too. They're little berry gummy bites covered in yogurt.
  • Bush's Chili Beans and White Chili Beans ($1.39 each) - There's nothing more fall than a good, hearty chili, is there? These beans are flavored with jalapenos, garlic, onions, and spices and are perfect for a warming soup.
  • Kernel Season's ($1.49) - I love these little flavor salts! I buy them regularly and don't like to have popcorn without them. I got the Kettle Corn and White Cheddar flavors.
Bottom Line: The total retail value of October's Degustabox is $26.67. That's a little lower than previous boxes, but still a good deal considering the $19.99 price tag of the box. I once again enjoyed the variety of items represented, especially the Kernel Season's!

NovaFab Mini Razors Review

One of the less glamorous parts of a beauty routine is hair removal, but it's something most women do on a regular basis. I tried the new NovaFab Mini Razors and I think every woman should add them to their routine!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

The NovaFab razors were originally designed for men, but they're great for women, too. They're designed for precision trimming and can be used on difficult to shave areas, like around your knees, eyebrows, and bikini line.

The Solo Trim Shaver and Razor Comb are available in a two-pack combo or individually. The shaver worked especially well for me.

As you can see, both the shaver and the razor comb have a tiny razor inside that's protected by a plastic comb cover. I'm not ashamed to admit that I get a little peach fuzz on my upper lip from time to time, and the shaver was perfect for removing it. I prefer not to wax that area because the skin is so sensitive, and the shaver quickly and efficiently removed all traces of hair.

The razor comb is recommended for use along your eyebrows, but I'm in the process of growing mine in so I was afraid to get too close with this, even though it is easy to use and maneuver. I settled on using it on the big area under my eyebrow, away from the eye and closer to my temple. It was great at catching stray hairs and removing them.
Bottom Line: The NovaFab Mini Razors are a great tool for any guy or gal. I liked how easy they were to use and how well they removed excess hair in tricky areas. Their small sizes makes them perfect for travel and on-the-go, too!

Chicago Cubs Sports Crate #5 Spoiler

Javier Báez just posted on his Facebook page that the final Sports Crate BALLERS figurine for September will be in his likeness.

I love Javy and am excited that the final BALLERS figurine will be him! It looks like the figurines for the other teams are posted on each team's individual Sports Crate page; view them all here (scroll down to the "Available Teams" section).

Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo Review

My scalp is unfortunately very oily so dry shampoos are a must. I've been using the new Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoo line and I'm loving every single one of them!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

There are four great varieties to choose from: Unscented, Fresh and Floral, Volume and Fullness, and Detox and Purify. The full-sized versions are 5 oz and the Volume and Fullness is available in a travel sized 1.15 oz spray.

I tested all four over the past two weeks and every single one produced great results. I figured the Detox and Purify would work best for my hair type, but I can honestly say that they all were equally fantastic!

The Volume and Fullness shampoo has a weightless formula that cleans and transforms hair from lifeless to bouncy. It absorbs oil between traditional washes. It has a slightly sweet scent that I liked quite a bit. I apply dry shampoo on fresh hair because I like the extra volume and texture it gives, plus if I apply it after my hair is too oily it doesn't do anything but clump up into residue. This gave me good volume and worked well to absorb oil throughout the day.

The Detox and Purify shampoo removes oil from roots without leaving residue for clean, purified hair. It helps control oil so you can skip a regular wash. This one has a clean scent and also left my hair feeling great throughout the day. I could run my fingers through my roots without it feeling too gross or tacky from product and oil build up.

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the Fresh and Floral shampoo because floral scents tend to make me sneeze and aren't my favorite, but the scent on this is light, fresh, and really enjoyable. It was equally potent and effective at keeping oil at bay as the other shampoos.

The Unscented shampoo is probably the most universally appropriate one for all hair types. If you're looking for an effective dry shampoo that's fragrance free, I highly suggest this one. I like the scented ones a lot, but having an unscented option is great for people with scent allergies or who just simply don't want their hair to smell like any extra fragrance.

Each of these shampoos retails for $3.99, so they're incredibly affordable. The travel sized Volume and Fullness bottle is only $1.99. I've used much more expensive dry shampoos that didn't work nearly as well as these!
  • Visit Dove to learn more and purchase
Bottom Line: I loved every single one of the Dove Refresh+Care Dry Shampoos! The scented ones were fun and I was surprised at how much I liked the Fresh and Floral scent. All four gave me extra volume and texture and helped keep extra oiliness at bay. They're very affordable and effective, so I give them two big thumbs up!

September BookCase.Club Review and Coupon

The Thrill Seekers and Strange Worlds cases from BookCase.Club had another collection of great books! I love this subscription and it's such a treat getting new books every month.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

BookCase.Club sends two new, hand-selected books each month for $9.99 with $5 shipping. There are several themes to choose from, including a BookCase.Kids box with children's books. Here are the options:
  • Thrill Seeker - mystery/thriller
  • Strange Worlds - sci-fi/fantasy
  • Teenage Dreams - young adult novels
  • Blind Date - paranormal romance
  • Booking for Love - romance
  • Quarterly Cook Books - two cook books every three months
  • Quarterly Military History - two military history books every three months

The Thrill Seekers case has great mystery/thrillers. This month's box had two hardcover books, Sting by Sandra Brown and House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer and Tod Goldberg.

Here is the synopsis for Sting from Amazon:
When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her.

As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother's ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive.

Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie's only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn't entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother's scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.

Here's the synposis for The House of Secrets
When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel's father is Jack Nash, the host of America's favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets. Even as a child, she loved hearing her dad's tall tales, especially the one about a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse. Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name. She's told she's been in a car accident that killed her father and injured her brother. But she can't remember any of it, because of her own traumatic brain injury. Then a man from the FBI shows up, asking questions about her dad-and about his connection to the corpse of a man found with an object stuffed into his chest: a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold.

Back at her house, Hazel finds guns that she doesn't remember owning. On her forehead, she sees scars from fights she can't recall. Most important, the more Hazel digs, the less she likes the person she seems to have been. Trying to put together the puzzle pieces of her past and present, Hazel Nash needs to figure out who killed this man-and how the book wound up in his chest. The answer will tell her the truth about her father, what he was really doing for the government-and who Hazel really is. Mysteries need to be solved. Especially the ones about yourself.

I didn't read the science fiction/fantasy genres much before I started receiving BookCase.Club boxes, but I'm so glad I get their Strange Worlds case because they've sent great books that have given me a great appreciation of the genre. This month's case had The Dark Side by Anthony O'Neill and Eleanor by Jason Gurley.

Here's the synopsis for Eleanor:
When a terrible accident claims the life of Eleanor’s twin, her family is left in tatters, and her reality begins to unravel, dropping her in and out of unfamiliar worlds. When she returns to her own time and place, hours and days have flown by without her. One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff...and vanishes. In a strange in-between place, she meets a mysterious stranger who understands the weight of her family history: Eleanor’s twin wasn’t the only tragic loss. And unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, she may not be the last.

Here's the synopsis for The Dark Side:
Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire, Fletcher Brass: a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists. You can’t find better drugs, cheaper plastic surgery, or a more ominous travel advisory anywhere in the universe. But trouble is brewing in Brass’s black-market heaven. When an exiled cop arrives in this wild new frontier, he immediately finds himself investigating a string of ruthless assassinations in which Brass himself—and his equally ambitious daughter—are the chief suspects.

Meanwhile, two-thousand kilometers away, an amnesiac android, Leonardo Black, rampages across the lunar surface. Programmed with only the notorious “Brass Code”—a compendium of corporate laws that would make Ayn Rand blush—Black has only one goal in mind: to find Purgatory and conquer it.

Bottom Line: I'm really excited to dig in to all of these books, especially Eleanor. BookCase.Club has sent another great set of books!

Maple Holistics Peppermint Essential Oil Review

I've always enjoyed the scent of peppermint, and of course the flavor in mints or other goodies. I never knew that peppermint oil has a lot of health benefits, though, and the Maple Holistics 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil delivers all of them!

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Peppermint essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the peppermint bush. It's a strong antiseptic and antimicrobial agent ad can be used to treat wounds and cuts on the skin. It's also a potent pain reliever that cab treat pain superficially or internally.

One of my favorite ways to use peppermint oil is when I have a headache. I apply a drop or two onto my fingers and then massage it into my temples and it really does help soothe my headache. Peppermint oil is able to be absorbed by the skin, leaving a cooling and soothing sensation.

Peppermint oil is also great for treating skin issues like acne, rashes, and burns. The cleansing properties of the oil work to kill germs and nourish and rejuvenate skin cells. The menthol in peppermint is what creates that cooling sensation on the skin, but it also is excellent at combating acne.

You can use peppermint oil to soothe internal issues, too. Whenever I have an upset stomach or feel bloated I love a good cup of peppermint tea. Peppermint oil is safe to ingest to soothe stomach issues, or you can inhale the scent if you don't want to ingest it. It works wonders to break up my bloating and stomach aches!

The 100% Pure Peppermint Oil from Maple Holistics is made only of the essential oil, no additives or preservatives. It's steam distilled from peppermint leaves and then cold pressed into oil form. It smells just like a candy cane and is great for so many uses, as listed above! Peppermint oil is one of my favorite essential oils because it's so versatile.
Bottom Line: The Maple Holistics 100% Pure Peppermint Oil is excellent. It smells wonderful and has so many uses. I definitely recommend adding this oil to your pantry!

September PostBox by Postmark'd Studio Review and Coupon

This month, PostBox took on the back to school theme with a set of retro and classic stationery. Everything was expertly curated, as usual, and beautifully made!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

PostBox is a stationery subscription from Postmark'd Studio that sends four handcrafted, artisanal cards, one postcard, stamps, and an "artsy doodad" each month. Boxes are $25 per month with $5.95 shipping for the monthly plan, or as follows (with shipping included):
  • Three months at $85.35 prepay
  • Six months at $163.20 prepay
  • 12 months at $240 prepay
There is also a reward for 12 month subscribers, you'll receive free shipping and a free 13th box. The 13th box ships upon payment of the 12 month subscription.

One of my favorite things about PostBox is the beautiful packaging. Everything is wrapped up like a little gift, which adds lovely special touch.

I really love the old school theme this month! I think PostBox contains the perfect assortment of cards and accessories. The curation also always stands out, as the back to school theme is clearly evident.

The "artsy doodad" for September is the checkerboard patterned pencil case and silver pencil. The pouch has lots of standard number two pencils and a Pink Pearl eraser in it as well.

The Library Cards by Frankie and Claude, located in Camas, Washington are so unique! They're a retro set that are perfect for note taking, list making, or whatever else you need. There's also a set of 10 envelopes lined with pages from recycled books.

  • Pink Pearl - This card is by Nicole Ray of Sloe Gin Fizz, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The card features her trademark whimsical design and sense of humor.
  • Hello - This is by Warren Tales in San Diego, California. The card also has a detachable postcard, which is a modern way to create "chain mail!" PostBox also included an extra postcard stamp for this.
  • The Original Laptop - This nostalgic letterpress card is from a. favorite design in Chicago, Illinois. This is the postcard for the month and is great for sending a quick note to a friend.
  • Computer Calendar - This card has a mini calendar on it and is by Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with an illustration by Rebecca Kreisler. The design is so cute and is a great birthday card for January!
The info card also contains information about a program called Letters For the Elderly, which is a wonderful organization that was founded in December of 2013 by Jacob Cramer. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that collects handwritten cards and sends them to the elderly to let them know they're loved and appreciated. I think this is an amazing program and I'm definitely going to be using my PostBox cards this month to send to Letters for the Elderly!

  • Visit Postmark'd Studio to subscribe
    • Use coupon code SSLFreeship for free shipping and 10% off on a 3-month subscription (good through October 30, 2017)
  • Connect with them on Facebook and Instagram

Bottom Line: I love PostBox! All of the cards, postcards, and accessories are always amazing and high quality. The designs are fun and always fit wonderfully with the theme. This is one of the best stationery boxes out there!
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