Gift Guide for the Young {Animal-Adoring} Reader {Dogs & Books Review}

While I haven't put together a holiday gift guide in a few years now; there was a time when I would work tirelessly to assemble holiday shopping guides for everyone in your family {and then some}. So why am I returning to the gift guide game? Dogs & Books.

When Barbara of Dogs & Books reached out to me regarding their holiday release Santa's Dog, I could not resist accepting the advanced copy. As a huge proponent of animal rescue, as well as children's literacy, this opportunity felt like the best of both worlds...and it was!

Along with Santa's Dog; Barbara included Carol's Quest for Courage, and Second-Chance Sam, King of the Junkyard. All three are written by author JoAnn Sky; with the first two titles falling into the Santa's Dog series. Tales told through rhyming words; this trio is perfect for teaching phonological awareness to your emergent reader, while allowing them to learn a life lesson in each tome. I personally fell in love with the lyrical prose and charming illustrations; and have no doubt that your young reader will too. Should we showcase the books now?

Santa's Dog; $15.90 via Amazon
Love is a beautiful gift!

Follow the adventures of Santa’s best dog in a rhyming story that shows us how love is a beautiful gift and a powerful force, even when our loved ones are far away.

​​Lance rides along with his best friend Santa each Christmas Eve, but one year he falls from the sleigh. He's taken in by the animal shelter and then brought home by a military family who needs help as Dad is called to serve his country. When Christmas Eve comes around the next year, what's a dog to do? Will Lance return to the North Pole with Santa or stay with his new family?

Carol's Quest for Courage; $14.95 via Amazon
A fun, rhyming story about conquering your fears and finding your voice. Root for Santa’s singing dog as she proves that courage grows inside each of us.

Santa's singing dog is too afraid to sing! Carol leaves the North Pole in search of her voice but instead finds a girl in need of help. Can Carol overcome her own fears to help the girl?

Second-Chance Sam, King of the Junkyard; $14.95 via Amazon
A fun, rhyming story about acceptance and looking beyond outward appearances.

Follow the adventures of Sam, an older dog adopted from an animal shelter whose new family lives next door to an old car junkyard. Confused at first by all the junk, Sam quickly adapts and helps visitors find special parts and "treasures" and also becomes friends with a host of animals who've made the junkyard their forever home. See, treasures don't have to be snazzy and new. This scruffy, old second-chance dog proves it's true!

Will you be snagging one of these gems for your bookworm this holiday season?



NOTD: China Glaze Online Only To Catch A Color Halloween 2019 Collection in Pathological Liar Liar

Three coats of China Glaze's Online Only To Catch A Color Halloween 2019 Collection in Pathological Liar Liar. Orange Mica.

Okay ladies, so this bad boy may have been created for Halloween, but it is simply magical for Thanksgiving week, amiright?!

Pathological Liar Liar is a sparkling orange with a formula that I judged harshly prematurely. You see, it's super thin + sheer, so you def need three coats for full-coverage. And those three coats? They require at least five minutes between each to ensure that you don't wind up with a gloppy mess. Initially, this bugged me; but...this mani lasted for 7 days with no chips or tipwear. For that reason alone, it's a winner in my book. Get it girls!

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Leith Sparkle Blazer in METALLIC SILVER.

Feeling this bad boy for the holidays!



NOTD: Morgan Taylor Champagne & Moonbeams Professional Nail Lacquer Collection in A Starry Sight

Two coats of Morgan Taylor Champagne & Moonbeams Professional Nail Lacquer Collection in A Starry Sight. Indigo Pearl.

Le sigh...babes, this is legit one of my favorite shades of 2019 because it is so different from what you typically see in polish collections!

A Starry Sight is a brilliant indigo meets blurple pearl that is loaded with shine {even before top coat}; and literally glows on your fingertips. The formula is flawless - it's fluid without being runny; while dense enough to give full coverage with minimal effort. This one would be stunning for New Year's Eve!

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wild cats

RAILS Rebel Print Blouse in BLACK WILD CATS.

Getting all of the Spencer Hastings vibes from this cutie!



NOTD: Ciaté London Mini Paint Pot in Cyclone

Three coats of Ciaté London's Mini Paint Pot in Cyclone. Turquoise to Bronze Duochrome.

If there is one thing my polish collection is lacking in, it's duochromes; so I was so excited to find this bad boy when I shopped my stash!

Cyclone is, in the words of Ciaté, the perfect storm. Depending on how you move your hand, the color shifts, morphing from rose gold to bronze to turquoise and back again. It's the perfect shift for fall! Formula is good. Not gonna lie, it's v thin; but it builds fast and easily, so you wind up with density like this after just three swipes. Loving this one for autumn!

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BP. Washed Chambray Shirt in GREEN LICHEN.

LOVE the utilitarian feel of this fall staple!



NOTD: OPI Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Nail Lacquer Collection in Ginger's Revenge

Two coats of OPI Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Nail Lacquer Collection in Ginger's Revenge. Brick Red Creme.

I know, I know, red cremes are a dime a dozen during the holiday season; but this bad boy is different. Trust.

Ginger's Revenge is a gorgeous brick red creme with brown undertones which gives it a one of a kind feel while being 100% apropos for the month of Thanksgiving. The formula here is beautiful. Though dark, it does require two coats for complete coverage. Formula, however, is flaw. less. Thankful for this beauty right here!

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