Thriller! Mystery! Suspense! Oh my!- My Opinion on Books and Awesome Book Swapping Websites

Let me just say… my favorite books have to GRAB my attention. I guess it is because of my short attention span or something else but I really need to feel like I can relate to what the characters in the book are feeling.

I am always looking for new additions to my library…but I have also ended up with a million (almost literally) books that I only read once (if that…if it is super boring). So in efforts to expand my library while also getting rid of some books, I have stumbled on a couple websites that I think you will enjoy hearing about.

The first website I stumbled upon was Paper Back Swap. Basically on PaperBack Swap what happens is that you upload some books into your bookshelf that you no longer want. A customer then can purchase your book for a credit (paperback and hardcover books are 1 credit. Audio books are 2 credits). Then after they purchase your book then the credit(s) go into your account that you can then use to purchase another book. You are responsible to pay for shipping of the book that was sold.

I think the whole idea of PaperBack Swap is awesome! I love how you can just trade in gently used old books for someone else’s. Such a great idea! I just started using this website and the sister sites (CD SWAP and DVD SWAP- Although a personal note is that those sites do not get as much traffic since many people are not using CDs or DVDs anymore…I have traded a CD on there before though) but so far I am loving it! I encourage you to try it out!


The next thing I wanted to mention was something a lot more local…And that is LITTLE FREE LIBRARY!!! The concept of Little Free Library is similar to Paper Back Swap except it is local! If you visit the website you can look up “little free libraries” in your area and take a book/give a book with your fellow neighbors.


Okay the final tip for changing up your bookshelf with little to no cost is BookLookBloggers. This website is for bloggers that write reviews on their blogs and they get to choose a free book from their website to do a review on. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE REVIEW I AM DOING FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. 


Hope that helps some!!






Manicure Monday: Floral Nails

Hello my all well manicured friends! This week I would like to talk about FLORAL NAILS (whoop!) 


1. Red Poppies- OH MY GOSH. Literally my favorite. Such a adorable look!

2. Blue and Pink Flowers- I think this would also look nice if the flowers were only on one accent nail and the rest just plain blue.



3. Pink floral- I am pretty sure I am not good enough to do this, but such a cute look! Maybe nail wraps or stickers were used? floral pink

4. Black and Floral Print- This is a classic floral look…I LOVE IT!!! floral nails

5. Simple Floral Tips- Floral nail designs are often difficult to pull off, but this look gives a much more simple approach to the floral design.

floral tips

Let me know in the comments below what one was your favorite!!


A Note on Fashion

Fashion is something that defines who we are on the inside. It really is a reflection of who you are. What do your clothes say about you? Here are some Fashion Quotes…


“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” —Edith Head

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada


A Thing of Beauty

January Book: A Thing Of Beauty by Lisa Samson

Hello my fellow bloggers and book lovers!


A Thing of Beauty


I am starting a new thing on this blog where I also do book reviews! So to start off January I am going to do a review of the book, A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson. Here is a brief overview of this book and more about the author:

Book Description

It’s a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in . . .

Former child star Fiona Hume left the biz a decade ago, after she left rehab. She retreated to Baltimore and bought an old mansion downtown with dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece-maybe creating an artist’s studio for herself. And living an artist’s life.

That was the plan.

Ten years later, Fiona’s huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for a project, but all she’s got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length.

Her money has almost run out. She will soon lose her house and will be forced back into acting.

So it is that Fiona comes to rent out a room to a local blacksmith, Josiah. Little by little, Josiah magically transforms Fiona’s home into something beautiful. She comes to life again. Her relationships heal and she experiences, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be human, what it means to be loved, and what it means when we let go and allow the wondrous workings of forces far bigger than we are to take over.

About the Author

Lisa Samson is the beloved author of the award-winning novels Quaker Summer and The Sky Beneath My Feet.Publishers Weekly recently compared her style to that of Anne Tyler.



I am totally looking forward to read this book this month. Let me know in the comments below what book you are reading this month or if you are going to check out the same book that I am reading too!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Artist of the Month: Mindy Gledhill

So here is the story, I was in DSW minding my own business, checking out the shoes. When all of a sudden…BAMB California by Mindy Gledhill comes on. Using Siri on my phone I was able to find out the song.


So then I checked out Spotify and found her whole album Anchor.



This album is actually really good. Here is the track list:

1. California

2. Crazy Love

3. Anchor

4. Circus Girl

5. All About Your Heart

6. All The Pennies

7. This is My Song

8. Whole Wide World

9. Hourglass

10. I Do Adore

11. Mi Ancla


My favorites are California, Crazy Love, Circus Girl, All The Pennies, Whole Wide World, and I Do Adore.

Let me know in the comments below if you are a Mindy Gledhill fan…or if you like any of her songs!

Metallic Foil Nails

Manicure Monday Idea: Foil Nails

Okay I guess I am last jumping on the foil nail train but I have been looking at some ideas for foil nails and I wanted to share them with you!


1. Power Gold- I like this look because it is simple, yet people will be drawn to your nails. Will look perfect with any kind of black dress or futuristic/modern clothing.

Gold Foil


2. Super Cool Metallic- I think this is so awesome…and yet I have no idea how to do this…Does anyone know how?

Metallic Foil Nails


3. Turquoise Style- I think this is such a simple look and it looks really cool!

Foil Jade 3

4. Accent nails- I think using foil to accent certain nails is an easy way to spice up your plain nail foil

5. Galaxy Foil Nails- What a cool look!


What foil looks do you like? Which one was your favorite? Leave a comment below!


3L Blog Music Awards 2014- What’s on My Spotify Playlist- Top 10

2014 was a great year of music! Here are some of my favorite songs that landed on my playlists in 2014! My Spotify username is: kianavaldez
Follow me for new music this coming year.
Now this list is just the top ten songs of 2014, but to hear the full playlist you can click on the following link.

Listen to Favorites of 2014
kianavaldez on Spotify

Top 10 Songs of 2014:

10. Marilyn Monroe by Nicki Minaj

I heard this song (I think it was a remixed version…still can’t find it but anyway) in Victoria’s Secret and instantly fell in love. I’m not typically a fan of Marilyn Monroe OR Nicki Minaj so that’s a little interesting…but I actually really like this song.

9. Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware

I loved this song!! It was constantly on replay. I feel and hear such raw emotion in the song. I think Jessie Ware did an amazing job on this track.

8. Budapest by George Ezra

A change of pace with this song. Upon watching the music video I realize that I didn’t picture the guy to look like that. That happen to anyone else?

7. Say Anything by Tristan Prettyman

One of those songs that when you listen to it in the car, you look out the window and pretend that you are in a music video.

6. Cool Kids by Echosmith

Echosmith’s whole album was pretty solid. This song was the first song of theirs that I heard. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

5. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Such a beautiful love song. I fall in love just listening to this song. Basically describes the type of love story that everyone wants to have!

4. Secret Island by Thee Acquainted

Okay this song..I am pretty sure you might not have heard of them before. Maybe not the most popular but certainly one of my favorites! I found Thee Acquainted on YouTube. The band is of a newly married couple (how adorable) who do covers and original songs. Out of their EP this was my favorite song and almost made it to my top three list. So beautiful…you have to listen!

Top 3!!!

3. Cheap Sunglasses by RAC

This song has such clever lyrics that it had to be in my top three. “We all know your made of plastic/ You might seem like something classic/ But your cheap sunglasses/ And I’ll see right through you” I Love THAT!

2. Reflections by MisterWives

You really cannot listen to this song without wanting to dance! The music video is pretty funny too!

Best Song of 2014 goes to…

1. Dear Future Husband by Megan Trainor

This is the winner!! I love the old school vibe of all of Megan Trainor’s songs. This is definitely one of my favorites! Isn’t as well known as the others but certainly very good. I love the old school sound with the modern day theme for the lyrics.


What was your favorite song of 2014? Leave it in the comments below!!


Coming Soon in 2015!!!

Hey guys! Just wanted to update you on some exciting things coming your way in 2015!

All new content like recipes, book reviews, movie reviews, nail art tutorials, and more! Also more of the content you are already familiar with like box subscription reviews and DIY projects! Totally a new re-vamp on the site. Stay tuned for more!

Love you!


August 2014 Bulu Box Unboxing

Here is my latest Bulu Box Unboxing! Use the code BULUGAN321 for 50% off your subscription!!!

Influenster Vitality VoxBox Unboxing Video

Here is my video for the Influenster Vitality VoxBox…Enjoy!