Fairyloot July 2017!!

Hey people!

Okay so I have been doing a lot of travel writing lately and I haven’t been doing much bookish blogging. I mean, my blog is titled Books, Laughs, and Travels.

Anyways, I’ve been in a funk where I don’t feel like picking up a book and committing to a story right now. I know, that sounds so bad, but I get this way when I’m stressed out in life. Right now I’m stressed out with trying to become an adult but not knowing what the hell I want to do.

Don’t worry I did start a book today, it might take me a while to finish it, but we will talk more about that later.

Right now we are going to talk about the wonderful, the amazing, the surprising Fairyloot box!

I’m going to come out and say that I’m doing this unboxing and review out of my own will, no one is asking me or paying me to do it.

Now, Fairyloot is a monthly subscription box that comes to your door, I would say, the last week of every month. It was started a little over a year ago with the mission to reach bookworms and connect them. Ever since March of 2016 Fairyloot has been sending YA fantasy boxes that contain one book along with book related items. They are based in the United Kingdom, so if you are buying from the United States the cost of a single box, with shipping, is about $50. They have single, monthly, and yearly subscriptions.

Now, before I go on and do my unboxing I just want to say that I didn’t film a video. Why? Well, when I watch and unboxing video I don’t want to listen to people ramble on. I just want them to show me the darn item!

So I decided that the best way to bypass unnecessary video rambling was to take pictures of the items and give descriptions of them! (I am also tired and didn’t want to film myself, so this is a win/win situation.)

Before I get to my pictures I just want to say that if you like to read YA or if you’re into fantasy give this box a go. I always find a book that sounds interesting and gets thrown into my “to be read” pile. If it doesn’t look like something I’d like, then I just give it to a friend because books are always great gifts! Honestly, the $50 price tag is fair, I always feel like I’m getting more then what I pay into the box. I’ve never gotten a box where I felt as if $50 is too much for the items, I always feel like I get great quality things for a steal. Plus the books are always hardcover, so that’s half the cost of the box right there. Go get a subscription today!

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My Time in Assisi, Italy

Assisi was my favorite part of this high school trip. Four years later this is the most vivid day and night I can remember of these days spent in Italy. I remember when we approached the town on the hill I didn’t expect much, and when our tour guide told us this was where we would be sleeping I thought, “Oh great, another boring night.”

Of course I was wrong.

After taking tours of the San Francesco and Santa Chiara Basilicas we were left to explore the town on our own. The first thing my group did was eat lunch in a small deli near the Santa Chiara Basilica. I had one of the best caprese I have ever had in my life. The clerk behind the counter spoke english very well and told us that the olive oil used in our food was from the olives that grew at the bottom of the town (you can see some of the olive trees in the picture above). His daughter worked at the deli too and loved talking to us and that was when I realized, not everyone hated Americans. Yes, there are some people that do not like us, but it isn’t everyone. After talking to this family I felt more comfortable in a foreign country. This is because I was taught that if I traveled those not from the United States wouldn’t like me because I was American. After this trip to Italy I realized that yes, some people don’t like me because I am American, but some people don’t care, as long as I’m a kind person that wants to talk to them and get to know their culture. If you travel to another country you should be willing to learn about it, not just assume you know about it because you read it in a book. The locals are your best way to learn about where you are. They will tell you the history, the best places to eat, the sights to see, you just have to give them the chance to tell you.

After eating we climbed to the very top of the hill to the Rocca Maggiore. In the picture above you can see the two towers peeking above the treeline. It is a long hike, but it’s worth it. I know you have to pay what I believe is about two euros (it might be more, but I don’t remember, I do remember paying a fee to get into the castle). I highly recommend doing so. You can climb up and down special holes in the floors, you can walk through underground pathways, you can even climb a tower. Let your inner Game of Thrones take over!

After this we settled into our hotel and heard singing and music from our window. Being teenagers we had a curfew, but that didn’t stop us. We left the hotel and went to the cafe below. There we drank wine and danced with the locals. It was the most fun I had the whole trip!

Check out my whole trip to Italy here!

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Hello

Hello everyone, my name is Jaimie.

Let me make this sweet and simple for you…

  • I am 22 years old
  • I am a recent college grad that is trying really hard to find a job
  • Currently I work a crazy retail job
  • I love to read books
  • I love to laugh about all the weird stuff that happens in my life
  • I love to travel
  • I love makeup also (but this isn’t the name of my blog, so not that big)

Now that I cleared that up for you… here I am! I plan on writing about my past, current, and recent travels. I also plan on telling you about books I am reading, and also the stuff I am writing! I will also tell you about all of the crazy stuff that happens in my daily life and try to keep it interesting, because let’s be honest, retail sucks.

Here’s to starting a blog.

Here’s to hoping it helps.

Here’s to you for reading.

-Jaimie