June OwlCrate + Nerdy Post Review

I love subscription boxes, everyone. They are my new obsession. I only wish I had more money, so I could buy more of them! Today, I will briefly cover this month’s OwlCrate as usual, but also want to introduce you to a brand spanking new subscription service called Nerdy Post!

The theme of this month’s OwlCrate is Royalty. Which is pretty cool. Unfortunately for me, I haven’t read most of the popular books that this crate featured. But if you’ve read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (both of which I’m dying to read), you would’ve loved this box! I still enjoyed it, despite not having read these. The box included:

  • IMG_0418An awesome mini poster featuring a quote from Red Queen
  • A  metal bracelet (which I love) inspired by The Lunar Chronicles.
  • Cute, mini magnetic bookmarks. I am always ecstatic when my boxes included bookmarks because they are one thing I just kind of forget to buy or can’t justify spending money on.
  • Speaking of bookmarks, the box also included a discount to this bookmark shop, which has the coolest bookmarks I’ve ever seen! I will be using this!
  • A mystery Funko Pop Disney Mini. I got Ariel. I’m glad I did because I don’t have her in my Funko collection.

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Pretty fancy! The book in OwlCrate this month was My Lady Jane, a historical retelling of Lady Jane Grey with a fantasy element. I’m super excited about this! I hadn’t heard of this book, but Lady Grey is one of my favorite historical icons. I give my endorsement to OwlCrate, and I am excited for next month’s! The theme: Good vs. Evil, and everyone will either receive a Good or an Evil box. Personally, I’m hoping for the Evil one!

This month, I also received a package from Nerdy Post! Nerdy Post is a newborn baby amongst subscription services. This was there first month in the running. While there are some growing pains apparently, this first package was great!

Nerdy Post is by the talented Alexis Lampley, who is both a published writer and typographer. Each month features products that she created and designed herself, featuring bookish typography! I must say I’m impressed! That is a ton of work. In fact, I’m pleased to announce that Alexis was kind enough to indulge me, and I will post an interview with her later this week.

IMG_0419The theme this month was Hogwarts. Each piece was unique and beautifully crafted. Since it’s mostly paper products, the service is relatively cheaper than most literary subscription  services. Nerdy Post this month included:

  • A handy little Mischief Managed notepad, which I’m already putting to good use
  • A Lumos/Nox bookmark. I loved the design on this with all my heart! It’s probably my favorite item in the box.
  • A cute “Prefect” pin. I collect pins so I’ll take it!
  • A Nerdy Post postcard that we can color in. Each box will feature its own unique color yourself postcard. I think that’s clever
  • This amazing poster using the spells from the books to create the Hogwarts crest! Okay, this might be my favorite item in the box too.

Apparently, one other small item was supposed to be included in the box. Alexis has already said to email with any issues. Like I said, growing pains. But honestly, even without that item, I feel that I got my money’s worth. So if you like bookmarks and fancy writing, check out Nerdy Post for sure! Next month’s theme is Game of Thrones. The book has been sitting on my shelf for sometime so I think I’m going to read it to be prepared for the box.

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Anyone else have subscription boxes that they just love? Share them with me! Please feed my addiction.

Bookish Candles and the Power of Scent

Once upon a time, when I was President of the Honors Program to be exact, I was sitting during in a fascinating, Honors-exclusive lecture by a psychology professor on the psychology of scent. Apparently, scent is a more powerful factor than I had ever realized. It was during this lecture that I learned:

  • Aside from lifestyle factors, scent is the number one indicator of compatibility in romantic relationships.
  • If someone of the opposite sex smells bad to you, it may just be because your immune systems are too similar. Genetic diversity is a good thing so your body is saying, “Hey there! Don’t fornicate with this individual because you’ll probably produce immunity compromised babies!”
  • Birth control, however, negates this bodily function. So often times, when women go off birth control to get pregnant and are having fertility issues, their partner suddenly smells bad to them.
  • The amount of tips a stripper or pole dancer receives when she is ovulating usually goes up by 200% because of the pheromones she’s giving off and entering the noses of on lookers. On the flip side, they go down when she is menstruating. For the record, I don’t endorse this kind of behavior but I do find it to be an interesting statistic.

Continue reading “Bookish Candles and the Power of Scent”

May Owlcrate Review

Oliver desperately wanted to be in the picture, and why shouldn’t he be? He’s adorable!

Forget everything I said last month about not being sure that I would continue my subscription to Owlcrate. I had a moment of weakness and doubt that this month’s box swiftly cured. This was the best box ever! Continue reading “May Owlcrate Review”

Our Heroine’s First Attempt at Vendoring: A Guide for First Time Vendors

I know vendoring isn’t the correct word, but for the sake of this title it is.

IMG_2367You may or may not have noticed that I have been missing this week. If you have, I’m flattered! If you haven’t, well I didn’t expect you to any way. The reason for my absence though was that I was a vendor on Friday for a local Star Wars event. You may have seen my Etsy shop. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, click here or on the Store in the menu on the right side.  When the opportunity to become vendors came, we decided to give it a go and see what happened. Since it was our first time, we were exceptionally busy this week getting everything ready. Continue reading “Our Heroine’s First Attempt at Vendoring: A Guide for First Time Vendors”

Launching the Store!

And it’s now official! I feel that there are enough products to finally and formally promote the Of Books and Bailey shop, hosted via Etsy. There is a link all the way to the right in the menu bar, or you can simply click here. The designs are by me, and we are currently featuring products inspired by books, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Sherlock, and the Hunger Games. We’ll have more added later this month! Continue reading “Launching the Store!”

Upcoming LOTR Designs

I have a question for you! Or rather, I have a few.

But allow me to explain.

As some of you may be aware from previous posts, I’m working on opening an Etsy shop for book and fandom inspired products. Truthfully, it’s already online, but I won’t have my ‘officially opening’ till next week when I have a few more items and designs in the store. Continue reading “Upcoming LOTR Designs”