ROCKFORD READS: ESTHER THE WONDER PIG

Happy New Year, my lovely Peaches! This year, I am all about resolutions that bring me joy, happiness, peace, and make me feel great. No more resolutions that are a setup for failure – it’s time to focus on me! So I’ve decided that I would like to start reading more books. There are few things I find more relaxing than curling up with a good book, a warm cup of tea, and transporting into another world for a few hours.

On the first of every month, I will share a new book title with you and why I am excited to read it. If it strikes you as interesting, grab a copy for yourself, get comfy, and read along with me! At the end of the month, I will share my review (in the comments below) and give you my thoughts about the read – what I loved, what the book taught me, and anything else I want to mention. From there, I encourage you to leave your comments and thoughts about the book, your reading experience, or anything you feel like sharing, and we can have a fun conversation together. Think of it as a modern day book club where we all meet on this blog, and by the end of the year we will all have read 12 new books. Now…on to the choice for January!

Many people don’t know that a few years ago I cut meat out of my diet, starting with pigs and cows. It was something that I had always had a desire to do, and one day decided to make the change, cold turkey (no pun intended). My love for animals has grown exponentially since then, extending to my everyday life with the addition of Killer (aka Mr. Fishy, aka Fishy, aka David S Pumpkins) to my pet family. As I was sharing some pics of Killer with my coworkers, we naturally began talking about our favourite pets and animals and that’s when I learned about about a local pig “celebrity” named Esther. She was a rescue pig who now lived at a sanctuary about 30 minutes from where I live. I checked out her Instagram account (yes, she has an Instagram account) and was immediately smitten with her, so imagine my delight when I discovered there was a book written about her life. Better yet, the book I came across was signed by the authors AND Esther herself.

rockford20peachy20esther20the20wonder20pig201_zpskdlqfqpb

rockford20peachy20esther20the20wonder20pig202_zpseow8c0be

Esther The Wonder Pig: Changing The World One Heart At A Time

“In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner, Derek, wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek’s life forever.
It turned out there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: They bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, here they could care for Esther and other animals in need. 
Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther The Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek’s adventure – from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.”

I can’t wait dive into the life of this adorable pig, so if you don’t mind, I’m off to find a comfy chair and get started on this book. I look forward to chatting about it with you all at the end of the month!

Find the book here: Website | Amazon | Indigo & Chapters

SUBSCRIPTION SUNDAY: TOKYOTREAT VOL. 8

As my subscription obsession has grown significantly since starting this blog, I’ve decided to dedicate Sundays to sharing my various boxes and bags of goodies, while keeping the other days set aside for whatever else sparks my interest. Enter: Subscription Sundays (I know, I know…not the most inventive of names, but it does the trick)!

I have become somewhat of a snack box junkie. These parcels are a fun way to experience new cultures and try things you may never have tried unless you were in that country. A friend of mine saw that I had started to explore the world of online snacks, and recommended a new subscription called TokyoTreat. Similar to Japan Crate which I received for the first time last month, TokyoTreat delivers premium Japanese snacks and candies right to your door. The theme for this month’s box  was Tropical Fruits, and the box came filled with 11 fun and fruity snacks. I went with the regular sized box, but you can also choose from a smaller and larger option, depending on your budget. In my box was: Torotto, Mugipon Puffs, Watermelon Gummies, Calbee Wasabi Potato Chips (SO GOOD!!), Pretz, Dodotto Tsubupyon DIY Kit, 7 Stick, Pachi Pachi Panic, Monaka, Watermelon Chewing Gum, and Chocbi. Not only was everything yummy, but I ended up saving money by switching to this new subscription. Unlike Japan Crate, Tokyo Treat offers free shipping worldwide and took the same amount of time to arrive – cue the happy dancing!

If you want to sign up for your own TokyoTreat box, visit www.tokyotreat.com. Not sure if this subscription is for you? Stay tuned to see what I get next month!

tokyo20treat206_zpstgtsxqiu

tokyo20treat203_zps9gdcsn7u

tokyo20treat204_zpsjkoh5mp3

tokyo20treat207_zpskfg3qd74

IPSY’S JULY GLAM BAG

“We’ve cranked up the cool on Ipsy.com with new insider how-to tips, tricks and videos – everything you need to know to master your summer beauty.”

The heat is on with this month’s “Hot Summer Nights” glam bag. Below you will find all of this month’s products along with my reviews. Did you receive a glam bag this month? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite product was!

rockford20peachy20july20glam20bag_zpsmtipkxot

The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony in Matt Kumar
I was thrilled to see another product by The Balm Cosmetics in my bag. I have previously received their lip colour (more here) and absolutely love it! My admiration for this product is no different – it’s a smooth and long wearing eye shadow that, although is a bit too dark for the eye looks I usually apply, makes a killer shade of blush.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
Although this serum leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh, there wasn’t enough in this sample to use it long enough to notice any major changes in my skin tone. But I will say that my foundation went on much smoother, and it was easier to blend over problem areas (where I have healing blemishes). I would definitely be interested in using this for longer to see the lasting effects.

Avene Thermal Spring Water
With temperatures soaring this month, seeing this thermal spray in my bag was a welcomed refreshment! This spray is made for sensitive skin which means no agitating, strong scents – just refreshing, pure thermal water. This product did wonders for my very thirsty, sunburnt skin.

BeFine Food Skin Care
I’ll be honest with you – I am not a huge fan of night creams even though I know they are great for your skin. Why? A lot of night creams tend to be thick and I don’t like the feeling of something heavy sitting on my face. But this cream was different. It absorbed nicely into my skin and didn’t leave behind a greasy film afterwards.

Vasanti Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Brush
What can I say? I love my make up brushes! This brush was a welcome addition to my ever-growing brush collection I have received from Ipsy. The bristles are super soft and my eyeshadow glides on with ease. I especially love the rounded tip – creating pretty eye looks with this brush is a cinch!

For more information on these products, or where to buy, visit the links above. To start receiving a monthly Ipsy glam back of your own, click here.