June 21, 2016

OwlCrate Unboxing June 2016 – Royalty


Thanks for watching my OwlCrate unboxing for the June Royalty themed subscription box full of bookish items. I’ve been getting this box for just a few months, but I am always excited when I see it has arrived - too bad Hedwig isn’t actually carrying it to me though! This month the is the Royalty theme, which I was very excited for!

The subscription costs about $30/month and is less if you purchase the pre-paid plan. This is my second unboxing of it to share with you, so I hope you enjoy it! Also, sorry my voice/thoughts are still not quite the best, recovering from the flu in June is awful!  

Sign-up for OwlCrate! $29.99/month - https://owlcrate.com/refer/Sheri-ZGAYFFEH  (affiliate link)


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June 17, 2016

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching by William Martin


The Activist’s Tao Te Ching by William Martin is an interpretation of an ancient Chinese text that shows how small changes by few can overcome the angry, frustrated, and greed that has overcome so many in our culture today.


Book Description
Change and anger are in the air. Looking for answers to today’s wrenching challenges, William Martin turns to the Tao Te Ching and finds that while Taoism is known for its quiet, enigmatic wisdom, the Tao can also have the cleansing force of a rushing river. 

Through his interpretation of this ancient Chinese text, Martin elucidates revolutionary messages condemning power-seeking and greed. He emphasizes that humans have a “natural virtue” that can help them heal the planet; shows how Taoism’s simplicity can be subversive and its flexibility a potent force; and reassures that “when injustice is the rule, justice always lies in wait.” 

Provocative and stirring, Martin’s Tao flows within and through those who ride the waves of anger and frustration and gently guides them to true freedom.” – The Activist’s Tao Te Ching



My Thoughts
The Activist’s Tao Te Ching is a small but mighty read. Martin does an excellent job of quickly summarizing 81 subjects into a very thought provoking page or two. I have not read the original text in length, but I feel that this interpretation of it along with Martin’s insights makes for a truly valuable read. It is calming and gives a sense of peace reading through the pages, and minutes or hours after reading I had “ah-ha” moments where something clicked and I got the bigger picture of what I had read.

This is an excellent read for everyone who is noticing that things in this world do need to change, but are perhaps feeling small and insignificant on such changes. I definitely recommend it.



* Thank you to the publisher of The Activist’s Tao Te Ching, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

May 25, 2016

GlossyBox May 2016 – Unboxing – Beauty Box


Thanks for watching my Glossybox May unboxing for the subscription box full of beauty items. I’ve been getting this box for about a year, and I am always surprised by how many great full-size or large trial size items they put into it each month. The subscription costs $21 and is sometimes less if you can find it going for a sale price. This is my first unboxing of it to share with you, so I hope you enjoy it! I’m still a little nervous making the videos, so keep watching and cheer me on to get rid of some stage fright. Thanks!

Sign-up for GlossyBox! $21/month (or less if buying 6 month or 1 year subscriptions) - https://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=MTg5MTUz  (affiliate link)


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May 24, 2016

OwlCrate May 2016 – Steampunk – Unboxing




Thanks for watching my Steampunk OwlCrate unboxing for the May 2016 subscription box full of bookish items. I’ve been getting this box for just a few months, but I am always excited when I see it has arrived - too bad Hedwig isn’t actually carrying it to me though! This month the is the Steampunk theme, which is hit or miss with me, I actually really liked the box though. The subscription costs about $30/month and is less if you purchase the pre-paid plan. This is my first unboxing of it to share with you, so I hope you enjoy it! I’m still a little nervous making the videos, so keep watching and cheer me on to get rid of some stage fright. Thanks! 

Side note, I clearly wasn’t wearing my glasses in this video so it was hard to read some of the text! Sorry about that!

If you like this video and want to see more unboxing or reviews, subscribe to my channel. I’m going to be doing more videos like this or maybe even ones with me in them, too. ;) 

Sign-up for OwlCrate! $29.99/month - https://owlcrate.com/refer/Sheri-ZGAYFFEH  - use code “NEWMEMBER” to get 10% off your first box!

May 22, 2016

Boxycharm Beauty Box May 2016 – Unboxing

Thanks for watching my Boxycharm beauty box unboxing for the May 2016 subscription box full of beauty items. I’ve been getting this box for about a year, and I am always surprised by how many great full-size or large trial size items they put into it each month. This month the products totaled $106 retail! The subscription costs $21 and is sometimes less if you can find it going for a sale price. This is my first unboxing of it to share with you, so I hope you enjoy it! I’m still a little nervous making the videos, so keep watching and cheer me on to get rid of some stage fright. Thanks!



Sign-up for Boxycharm! $21/month - https://boxycharm.com/refer/Sheri-WRORVIMA (affiliate link)


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Target Beauty Box May 2016 Unboxing

I love the Target Beauty Box, I just wish it were an actual subscription box because I don’t always get them before they sell out. I did manage to get my hands on the Target Beauty Box for May 2016, and here is my unboxing of it to share with all of you!



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May 13, 2016

Fragrant Jewels Passport April 2016 - Maui Ring Candle

This is my first jewelry candle or ring candle I bought and I was super excited to open it, but I waited so I could share with you for the Fragrant Jewels Passport unboxing. See how it all looks and what the ring that came with the candle was worth.



This candle subscription box can be found at: https://www.fragrantjewels.com/passport/ it includes an exclusive scent each month, a ring worth at least $25 (with a code for another one possibly valued at $10,000), a sticker for your passport and a postcard from the destination. It costs $34.95 and you can pick your ring size for the candle. If you have a free candle, it is a random size (which as you see, I found out in this video). 

May 9, 2016

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. I love a good re-make of a story, and this is so far my favorite one! I am very happy that I decided to start reading this series, thanks to all of the people in the #bookstagram community who shared their love for the series as well.


Book Description
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.” – Cinder

My Thoughts
Cinder is such a unique character. She isn’t just the “stepdaughter” who is being made into a maid and looked down upon by her family and society. She is a strong young woman who despite all odds has a joy about life, even if she has been brought to think her life as a cyborg isn’t as valuable. Not only is it valuable, it is perhaps the most important life to save the planet.

Prince Kai is a charming version of the prince who struggles with finding himself in the position of being a leader and a young man who wants to follow his heart. I liked him, but wanted him to pick up on more of what was going on in the story than he had. Maybe in the future books he will. Who knows though, he is a guy. ;)

The Lunars civilization on the moon was also a really captivating part of the story. Although I figured out the plot twist way before it happened, I still enjoyed reading it and thinking “hell yeah!”

If you enjoy fairy tales and/or sci-fi stories, this is a must read! Seriously, right now. Go to Amazon, buy it, and start reading it when you open up the package.


May 5, 2016

My Cat Drinks Water from the Faucet... Does Yours?



My cat drinks water from the faucet in the bathroom whenever she has the chance. This is why it takes me so long to get ready in the morning!

Does your cat do this, too? What other crazy or weird things does your cat do? I’d love to hear it! Mine might do it as well. Cats are weird, but I love them!

April 21, 2016

Don’t Be A Jerk: and other practical advice from Dogen, Japan’s greatest Zen Master by Brad Warner

Don’t Be A Jerk: and other practical advice from Dogen, Japan’s greatest Zen Master by Brad Warner is a paraphrasing of Dogen’s work for the modern people (like us) to read and enjoy.


Book Description
A Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

“Even if the whole universe is nothing but a bunch of jerks doing all kinds of jerk-type things, there is still liberation in simply not being a jerk.” — Eihei Dogen (1200–1253 CE)

The Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered eight-hundred-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. Despite the timeless wisdom of his teachings, many consider the book difficult to understand and daunting to read. In Don’t Be a Jerk, Zen priest and bestselling author Brad Warner, through accessible paraphrasing and incisive commentary, applies Dogen’s teachings to modern times. While entertaining and sometimes irreverent, Warner is also an astute scholar who sees in Dogen very modern psychological concepts, as well as insights on such topics as feminism and reincarnation. Warner even shows that Dogen offered a “Middle Way” in the currently raging debate between science and religion. For curious readers worried that Dogen’s teachings are too philosophically opaque, Don’t Be a Jerk is hilarious, understandable, and wise.” – Don’t Be A Jerk: and other practical advice from Dogen, Japan’s greatest Zen Master


My Thoughts
Don’t Be A Jerk: and other practical advice from Dogen, Japan’s greatest Zen Master is a fun, funny, and inspirational book. I love Brad Warner’s style of writing, and definitely want to read more of his previous books now. The philosophy in this book needs to be read by this generation as much as it did 800 years ago. Although the original text is not paraphrased line by line, Warner highlights the paragraphs throughout the book giving a significant feel for the meaning behind it.

My favorite chapter is “The Mystical Power of the Clothes You Wear”. Summed up, what you wear can affect how you act and how you think. I find this to be true each day I go to work in my nurse scrubs. I’m more of an introvert in real life, but as a Registered Nurse, I have to do many things I wouldn’t otherwise. The clothes don’t make me instantly become different, but it does help me to do my job and have the confidence that I need. This is true for many professions, students, and athletes. The clothes do matter! Think about that time you put on a great interview outfit or date outfit, and you had that extra confidence and it all worked out great. You know the power of it!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the philosophies presented in it. I think that it is written in such a way that all types of people can enjoy it, I highly recommend it.



* Thank you to the publisher of Don’t Be A Jerk: and other practical advice from Dogen, Japan’s greatest Zen Master, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.