Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book subscription box: Uppercase {review}

In summer, I was looking for book subscription boxes because I really wanted to try one. I've heard and read good things about a couple of them, so I decided to investigate a little bit more lol.

Long story short, I subscribed to two subscriptions boxes but I decided to keep one. And that's Uppercase!
Uppercase is a monthly young adult book subscription box. You receive one signed YA book and some lovely bookish items. You also receive a bookmark with codes, so you can access special content while you are reading. It's a really great reading experience because it gets interactive. The books are chosen by Lisa Parkin.

These are the available plans for the U.S. (it is also available to Canada but with different prices):
  • Brand new, hardcover young adult book
  • Signed book or bookplate signed by the author (isn't it exciting?!)
  • 1-2 high-quality, exclusive bookish items
  • Reading experience with exclusive content
  • Personal hand-written note to you
  • *Price: $23.00 monthly + $6.00 shipping
  • Brand new, hardcover young adult book
  • Signed book or bookplate signed by the author
  • Reading experience with exclusive content
  • Personal hand-written note to you
  • *Limited time offer: $13.99 monthly + $6.00 shipping)
  • *Regular price: $17.00 monthly + $6.00 shipping)

If you pick the Book Exclusive Plan (like I did), you won't receive bookish items. That's the only difference. But one of the best part about Uppercase, is that you can buy bookish items from past boxes. Like this exclusive tote bag designed by Risa Rodil...
Here are the boxes that I've received...

July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
I think it's a pretty good deal, and I'm talking about both plans. I mean... a book signed by the author?! That's priceless! (Fangirling!) Receiving a surprise box every month, surely is the best gift for readers and book lovers. I love Uppercase! So I highly recommend it. And from now on, I'll be unboxing Uppercase every month on the blog. So stay tuned!

Have you tried a subscription box before?

Monday, January 2, 2017

I read, you read... We Read!

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! How are you doing? It feels so good to be back! There has been many changes since my last blog post... but I will try to be brief.
Since 2013...

I got married! I married Gustavo on December 2014. We have been together for 10 years and it has been amazing.

We adopted a dog! His name is Gabo but we also call him Gugu. He's such an amazing dog! We love him very much. He has been with us since October 2016.
I started working as a projector coordinator where I graduated from my BA. The project is called FIESTA Colegial and, since March 2014, I've been supervising undergraduate students who orientate their peers about the consequences of drinking and driving.

I started my master's degree! I'm studying Counseling Psychology and this is my last year. Since January 2015, I've been studying and doing my clinical practice.

I changed the blog. Now you can see a new design and even a new name! As you may know,  I started this blog as "Sensational Creations" in 2012. I used to share craft tutorials but I wanted something more... that's why now it's called "I read, you read... We Read!" or "We Read!" for short; and now I'll be blogging about books, crafts and more. 

And finally, one of the reason why I started blogging again! In June 2016, I started a book club with some of my friends and it's called Reading Buddies. This group has been a blessing and an adventure!
I also subscribed to Uppercase (and I love it!). But I will make another post about this. 
So... I think I made a pretty good job resuming a couple of years. How have you been? We definitely need to catch up :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY: Christmas Card & Candy Cane Card Holder

Hi everyone! Today I'm guest posting over at {i love} My Disorganized Life, for Rachel's 25 Days of Christmas.

I got really excited when she invited me over! I met Rachel over a year ago when we attended an online blog conference. As you all know, I love DIY's! So today I'll be sharing an easy Christmas card, and a cute candy cane place card holder on her blog.

Visit Rachel's blog so you can see these two affordable DIY's!

You can find Rachel at
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I'm sure you will love her, and her blog! ;)

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Guess Who's Featured in All You Magazine?!

When All You asked me about my holiday traditions, I got really excited. I mean, I love Christmas! and I love December (my Birthday month). I told them about spending time with my family, the food that we make, and the thing I love the most--here in Puerto Rico we have the longest holidays!

All You just launched a special booklet called Celebraciones. All You Celebraciones is now exclusively available in the December issue of All You magazine, in select markets. I'm so honored to be part of the very first issue of All You Celebraciones! You can take a look at the article '6 Holiday Traditions from Bloggers' so you can get an idea of what's inside the magazine.

They also have other stories from the special issue, featuring bloggers on healthy living tips: '15 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips' and hosting family parties without spending a bundle: '9 New Ways to Save for a Family Get Together'. As you can see, All You is always sharing helpful tips!

And now, here's a special Twitter party invitation!

All You is having their first Twitter chat involving bloggers to discuss Celebraciones. And I want you to be there with me! I'll be taking part on the Twitter chat (@MarielyVP) along with other bloggers and, of course, All You magazine.

The Twitter party will take place Wednesday, December 11th, from NOON EST to 1:00 pm EST.

All You will be asking questions on their Twitter page with the hashtag #AllYouCelebracionesYou can participate in the chat by replying @allyou from your Twitter, with answers to their questions. Don't forget to use the hashtag #AllYouCelebraciones ;)

And guess what? All You will be giving away a chance to win gift cards, to those who participate in their Twitter party. Awesome, right? Remember, I'll be at the Twitter chat as @MarielyVP. Follow @allyou and don't forget to join us at the Twitter party!

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Ultimate Holiday Guide: Creating Christmas Memories One Idea at a Time (eBook)

Hey everyone! I'm back!!

It feels so good to be back from my blogging break! Just so you know, I will start getting busy with all the paperwork for grad school, so I'll be taking it slow with the blog. Hopefully, I will start grad school on August 2014. Wish me luck!!

And now, get excited...
My first eBook is here!! YAY!

In this eBook, you will find delicious recipes, fun and easy crafts, memorable gift ideas, inspiring new traditions, and even Holiday fashion tips!

This eBook is a collaboration with some of my blogger friends: Katie from Clarks Condensed, Heather from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks, Brenna from Life After Laundry, Cassie from Southeast by Midwest, Julie from Confessions of a Cooking Diva, and Katelyn from What's up Fagans?. Check out their blogs, I'm sure you'll love them!

The book is available in different formats for your convenience, at Smashwords. It is also available on Amazon! If you are following me on my Facebook page, you'll get a code to download it for FREE until December 2nd, 2013. So hurry! Get your free copy now!

Here's the introduction of the eBook, so you can get an idea on how this eBook started...

"In the beginning of 2013, Brenna Turner asked a group of different bloggers that had attended a blog conference together if they would like to create a small blogger support group. Quickly, several bloggers jumped on the opportunity, and within hours the group, Some Blogger Love, was created.

Most of these bloggers had blogs from totally different genres – beauty, health, food, and crafts, but together they found a great place to talk about blogging, life, family, and everything in between. Through those conversations, they became more than just a blogging support group, but friends. In early September, several of them decided to put together their different areas of expertise and create an eBook about something they all had in common – a love for Christmas.

This eBook was created using all the different talents of the women from Some Blogger Love to hopefully bring people around the world new and fun ways to celebrate Christmas. Throughout this eBook, delicious recipes, festive crafts, memorable traditions, creative gift ideas, and even holiday beauty tips can be found. Each of the ideas in this book shares a little bit behind the blogger who wrote it. As such, each entry has a different twist on them, but hopefully will help anyone who reads this book find a new way to make their holiday season a little brighter."

Working with these ladies has been amazing! and, who knows? Maybe we'll make another eBook :)

Be sure to come back to tell me what you think about the book! Oh, and be sure to share this with your friends so they can get a free copy too.