Saturday, December 15, 2018

My Favorite Bath & Body Works Winter Candles



Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles


My current favorite winter scents are: 
  1. Spice - red cinnamon sticks, Christmas clove buds, and applewood bark
  2. Mint Chocolate - sweet peppermint, creamy vanilla bean, decadent chocolate, and handmade marshmallow
  3. Holiday - nutmeg, clove, cinnamon with essential oils
  4. Evergreen - made with cedarwood & cinnamon essential oils with notes of fir needles & pine
  5. Fresh Balsam - made with pine, cedarwood and eucalyptus essential oils
  6. Twisted Peppermint - cool peppermint, sugared snow, vanilla buttercream, fresh balsam and a hint of musk
  7. Winter - made with fir needle & orange essential oils with notes of clove & citrus
  8. Yuletide - made with rosemary & pine essential oils with notes of eucalyptus, and cedar
  9. Maple Cinnamon Pancakes - made with nutmeg essential oil with notes of maple syrup & fluffy buttermilk pancakes
  10. Spiced Gingerbread Swirl - gingerbread cookie, cinnamon, and nutmeg
My new favorites are Yuletide and Spiced Gingerbread Swirl which came out this year. Yuletide is a softer version of Fresh Balsam which is a nice change. If Fresh Balsam has too much pine for you but you like tree scents, you'll love Yuletide. It's described as "made with rosemary and pine essential oils, with notes of eucalyptus and cedar". It's one of the best creations they have come out with lately in my opinion. None of the scents stand out, they are wonderfully mixed. So while is a soft, calming scent with a good throw it doesn't overwhelm you. I'm already on to my second one and I bought another one. Same goes for Spiced Gingerbread Swirl. At first, I thought I didn't like it, but after burning it awhile I really enjoyed it. It's described as "gingersnap cookie, cinnamon, and nutmeg". It does have a bit of a cologne scent which you'll smell first and then the other scents mix wonderfully together. I wouldn't judge it on cold because it smells different once it's been burning about an hour. It's also available in their body care line. Since it's in the body care line they didn't want you to smell like a gingersnap cookie, so the cologne helps. 

Holiday is my top favorite, it takes me back to my childhood with that perfect cinnamon candle scent. I have tried many of their cinnamon candles and this is by far the best. Mint Chocolate they haven't offer for a couple of years which is a shame because it's the best chocolate candle they make. It's the perfect combination which smells just like Andes Chocolate. It doesn't have any hints of anything artificial, it's perfection. Spice is one of Harry Slatkin's creations that came out at the same time as Evergreen. It's a complex mix that smells really wonderful. It smells like red hot cinnamon candies with a bit of clove added. If you don't like candles that have too much of a cinnamon scent, this one is toned down a bit so you'd like it. 

Fresh Balsam is the perfect candle to bring out for Christmas in July. On a nasty humid, rainy hot day when mold comes out in full force, this candle will create a clean, relaxing scent that will get rid of that stuffy scent. I love burning this one year round. When I get really sick of summer, I bring this one out of the cabinet and slip into a Christmas frame of mind. Evergreen is a more complex version of Fresh Balsam. It's pine scent doesn't stand out. It's good for someone who doesn't want too strong of a pine scent. Winter is one my husband sneakily takes up to his home office. It's a wonderful scent for the men in your life. It's a nice mix of trees, cologne, and spices. Year after year I go through several of them during the winter and then I buy a couple more to use throughout the year. 

Twisted Peppermint is perfect to get rid of cooking scents, wet dog scent or musty scents. Within an hour any scent that was bothering you will be gone and you'll have a fabulously clean, refreshing peppermint scent instead. If you like Pumpkin Pecan Waffles but it's too strong and too sweet, try Maple Cinnamon Pancakes. It's not too sweet and while it's strong it doesn't become overwhelming as Pumpkin Pecan Waffles does. I only like Pumpkin Pecan Waffles in short bursts because if I burn it too long I get sick of it and I find it's overly sweet. 

Well, there you have it, my favorite winter candles! What are your current favorites? Fall is my second favorite season of candles while in the summer and spring I rarely buy candles.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Bath & Body Product Reviews & Live Marathon Info


Fig Leaf & Sweet Grass Goat Milk Bar Soap Set & Pail


Goat Milk Lip Balm Classic Trio


Beekman 1802 recently moved from Evine to HSN and they had a Today's Special. I watched the presentation and decided on the two sets shown above instead. I'm always in need of some lip balm especially this time of year and Hubby needs one also. I paid $17.95 for this set and it includes the following:
  1. Vanilla Absolute Goat Milk Balm, .15 oz., notes of Madagascar vanilla, amber, and sandalwood
  2. Fresh Air Goat Milk Balm, .15 oz., notes of green citrus and spring leaves
  3. Honey & Orange Blossom, .15 oz., notes of honey and orange blossom with a hint of peonies
The goat milk, shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil, Vitamin E and rosemary help moisturize the lips. This product is free of sulfates, parabens, phosphates, and petroleum and they are made in the USA. All of the scents are very light and the lip balm is immediately moisturizing. I really like them and Hubby agrees.

I also bought the soap set, how could I resist the little pail with the cute goat key! I accidentally dropped it while trying to balance it on the shelf to take a photo when my dog startled me by barking so it's bent a bit. I paid $22.00 for this set and it includes the following items:
  1. Two Fig Leaf Goat Milk Soap Bars, 3.5 oz.
  2. Two Sweet Grass Goat Milk Soap Bars, 3.5 oz.
  3. Tin Pail 
Amazingly all the soaps fit in the little pail. While they are the smaller size of their soaps, they are a perfect size. They look like a normal size of bath soap to me. Since I have small hands, I prefer the smaller size. The key has the outline of a goat on it and it helps you open the pail's lid. Both scents are very light. To me, Sweet Grass is a clean laundry herb type scent while Fig Leaf is a fresh, clean masculine light cologne scent. The soap foams up quickly and it's instantly moisturizing so I can see now why so many are very fond of their soaps. All of the packagings have wonderful elegant artwork. They certainly make for an impressive gift. Shop the Beekman Shop at HSN or on their website.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bath & Body Works Candle Holders - December 2018




This is a review of three winter candle holders that I bought from Bath & Body Works this winter season. The above photo shows two of the Glittery Polar Bear Pedestal 3-Wick Candle Holders and the Iridescent Pedestal 3-Wick Candle Holder. Unfortunately, it looks like the polar bear just sold out online, so I encourage you to call around your local stores and ask if they have the polar bear in stock. They can hold a product for you for 24 hours. The other adorable candle holder I purchased is the Santa Hat Cloche Pedestal Mini Candle Holder, see below. 


I placed a snowman candle lid magnet sold last year inside, but it's meant to hold a mini candle. Usually, there are very few of the Cloche Candle Holders available per store, so if you want one snag it quickly. This one is currently still available online. They go for at least double their original price on eBay, so if you snooze you lose. I've been impressed with their selection of candle holders lately. The polar bear sells for $24.50, the iridescent pedestal sells for $15.50 and the cloche sells for $14.50. I received the last two for free using "My Rewards". Get the app for your phone if you haven't already. If you have any questions about using it, just comment below.

The polar bear is very glittery, even in the area that you lay your candle on. It's a rough glitter, but it's not falling off, so that's good. The eyes and nose are grey, not black. What is great is that you can use him past Christmas. He is perfect for the snowy winter months! I was hoping to get a photo of him in the snow, but the big North Carolina snowstorm missed us by about ten miles. Sadly, we had mostly rain and sleet though we still managed to lose internet service. The Iridescent Pedestal comes in two shades, one with a blue hue and one with a peachy hue. The one above is blue. This candle holder can be used year round and is perfect for a bedroom. It is highly reflective and really pretty. The Santa Hat Cloche is really cute, how can you resist buying one of those? Well, I couldn't resist buying all three of these candle holders, but the cloche is on my must-have list each season. 

What candle holders managed to land up on your shopping list? I really wish they would offer their fall and winter inventory up until Christmas, but they tend to sell out at the beginning of December. I'm really surprised the cloche is still available online. I know my local stores sold out shortly after it hit the shelves.

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67th Home Chef Meal Kits Review & $30 Coupon


Marsala Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops with Rosemary Scented Green Beans


Ingredients


Fried Shrimp Po' Boy with Roasted Potatoes


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This is a review of our 67th delivery from a weekly food subscription box called Home Chef. This week we gave both recipes four out of five stars. We ran out of time to make the 3rd recipe due to festivities. One of the two is a repeat, we gave it five stars the first time we purchased it. Calories range from 626 to 787 and carbs range from 19 to 74 grams. Preparation time indicated on the recipe cards range from 25 to 40 minutes. Actual preparation time was one hour for both though keep in mind Hubby was cooking leisurely since he had time off work. 

Marsala Mushroom Smothered Pork Chops with Rosemary Scented Green Beans

We gave this recipe four out of five stars. Anytime they offer bone-in pork chops I tend to order them since they are always tasty and filling. Pork chops taste so much better when cooked with their bone. The pork chops were covered with marsala sauce made with mushrooms, garlic, salt, olive oil, marsala wine, demi-glaze, water, butter, and pork juices. While it was scrumptious I found it to be too salty for my low salt diet. We would have liked more mushrooms and rosemary. This recipe has only 626 calories and 19 grams of carbs. The recipe card states preparation time between 15 to 35 minutes, it took Hubby one hour. It was a tasty and filling meal.

Fried Shrimp Po' Boy with Roasted Potatoes

We gave this one five out of five stars the last time we ordered it. This time they didn't give us enough sauce, probably to lower the calorie count. Since it was a cheat meal we wanted more sauce regardless of calories. This recipe was one of the 1st we tried at Home Chef and I'm shocked they took so long to offer it again. It's so incredibly delicious! I always skip the top part of the bun or the bottom part on sandwiches to save on calories and it has more flavor that way. Everything is was tasty in this meal! The sauce, the tempura batter, the shrimp, the french rolls, the slaw, and the roasted potatoes, everything was scrumptious! I hope they offer this one again! This one has 787 calories and 74 grams of carbs. It was a very filling meal.

It was yet another tasty week of meals. If you haven't given Home Chef a try yet, snag referral coupon below for $30 off which makes your 1st shipment only $29.70 including shipping, bargain! Check out my Home Chef Pinterest Board to see all of the recipes we've made so far. Home Chef is the meal kit service we've ordered the most from over the years, I highly recommend you give them a try.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

66th Home Chef Subscription Box Review & $30 Coupon



Blue Cheese-Crusted Chicken with Buffalo Sauce and Ranch Green Beans


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 Chili-Lime Salmon with Roasted Chayote Squash and Mojo de Ajo


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Fig-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots


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This is a review of our 66th delivery from a weekly food subscription box called Home Chef. This week we gave one recipe five out of five stars and two recipes four stars. Calories range from only 507 to 575 and carbs range from 16 to 32 grams. Preparation time listed on the recipe cards range from 15 to 50 minutes. Actual preparation time was 30 to 60 minutes.

Blue Cheese-Crusted Chicken with Buffalo Sauce and Ranch Green Beans

Hubby gave this recipe four out of five stars and I gave it three stars. I'm not a fan of blue cheese nor Frank's Red Hot Sauce, but Hubby is. I bought it for Hubby since it's really low in carbs and he loves the ingredients. The ranch seasoning on the green beans was yummy. This recipe has only 561 calories, 16 grams of carbohydrates and it only took 30 minutes to prepare. It's one of their new "Express" recipes that states it will only take 15 minutes to prepare. It was a very filling entree.

Chili-Lime Salmon with Roasted Chayote Squash and Mojo de Ajo

We both gave this recipe five out of five stars. Chayote squash is so yummy, you should give it a try. It was especially tasty mixed with red onion, cotija cheese, and olive oil. The Mojo de Ajo was scrumptious, it's made with lime juice, olive oil, lime zest, garlic, salt, and pepper. So simple yet so fabulous! This recipe only has 575 calories and 25 grams of carbs. It took one hour to prepare while the recipe card states 40 to 50 minutes. It was a healthy, filling portion.

Fig-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

We both gave this recipe four out of five stars. Their pork tenderloin recipes are usually really good, so I tend to order them when they are available. The pork was very tasty with the addition of the fig glaze made with red wine and fig preserves. The combination of carrots, goat cheese, and brussels sprouts was enjoyable. The goat cheese was so incredibly yummy. I'll have to check and see if I can find the Celebrity brand locally so I can purchase some more yumminess! This recipe has only 507 calories and 32 grams of carbs. It took 51 minutes to prepare while the recipe card states 35 to 45 minutes. It was a very filling meal.

It was another wonderful week of recipes from Home Chef! I have been ordering from them the most lately since they have been offering a lot of low carb meals and Hubby has been on a low carb diet. If you haven't given Home Chef a try yet, grab the coupon below which will cut the price of your 1st box down to only $29.70 including shipping, bargain!

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Monday, December 10, 2018

28th Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review & $40 Coupon




Wasabi Zinger Salmon over Jasmine Rice & Green Beans


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Swedish Meatloaves with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, and Currant Jam


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Beef Taco Loaded Potatoes with Peppers, Tomato, and Sour Cream


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This is a review of our 28th shipment from Hello Fresh. We gave two recipes five out of five stars and one recipe four stars. Two of them are repeats that I ordered again because they were so delicious. Calories range from 710 to 810 and preparation times listed on the recipe cards range from 35 minutes to 55 minutes. Actual preparation time was 36 to 60 minutes.

Wasabi Zinger Salmon over Jasmine Rice & Green Beans

This is the 2nd time I have ordered this recipe, both times we gave it five out of five stars. It's scrumptious if you get a chance to order this one don't hesitate! The wasabi crema is fabulous yet simple to make, mix sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, and wasabi paste. I'm not a big fan of green beans, but since these were so fresh I actually found them yummy. Hubby loves that this recipe is low carb. This recipe took 36 minutes to prepare and it has 710 calories. It was a healthy & filling portion.

Swedish Meatloaves with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, and Currant Jam

I have ordered this several times now since it's a five-star recipe and mind you I'm someone with Swedish heritage who was fed Swedish meatballs during my childhood regularly. I think I'm quite qualified to say this is what it should taste like, it's absolutely fabulous. We skip the white bread, it's not necessary. The gravy is so incredibly tasty. Give this one a try, you won't regret it! It's available again December 15-21. This recipe takes an hour to prepare and it has 810 calories. It's a generous and filling portion.

Beef Taco Loaded Potatoes with Peppers, Tomato, and Sour Cream

Hubby said he was craving a loaded baked potato, so I thought this would be a wonderful cheat on his low carb diet. We gave it four out of five stars. We would have liked more hot sauce, more cheese, and sour cream. Of course, they are trying to keep the calorie count down by limiting the cheese and sour cream. Just look at the photo, yeah, it was super delicious. This recipe took 47 minutes to prepare and it has 740 calories. It was a well sized filling portion.

It was yet another five-star week of recipes from Hello Fresh. I wish they had a bit more low carb recipes so I could order every week. Lately, we have found Home Chef has more low carb options, so that's the company we have been ordering from the most. Of course, Green Chef has even more low carb recipes since they have a Keto plan to chose from, but since they are more expensive, I don't tend to order frequently. What's your favorite food subscription box currently? If you haven't given Hello Fresh a try yet, snag the $40 coupon below and order the Swedish Meatloaves recipe! Yum!

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bath & Body Works Winter Candles - Empties Review




These are the winter candles from 2017 that I finished this fall. I like to burn winter candles year round since they are some of my favorites. I finished the following:
  1. 'Tis the Season - rich red apple, sweet cinnamon, and cedarwood
  2. Fresh Balsam - woodland balsam, crisp eucalyptus, fir branches, and cedarwood (It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year label)
  3. Spiced Gingerbread - spiced gingerbread, vanilla icing, sparkling cinnamon sugar, and fresh ground nutmeg (Better Not Pout label)
  4. Merry Cookie - fresh baked cookies, sparkling sugar crystals, and rich vanilla (Dear Santa, Enjoy the Milk & Cookies label)
  5. Peppermint Marshmallow - crushed peppermint, fluffy marshmallows, and powdered sugar (Dear Santa, I Just Want a Unicorn label)
Most people weren't fans of the sayings labels, most of us prefer the glittery or cute labels. I'm happy to report that this year the labels are much improved. Just click on the names of the candles above and it will take you to a photo of what the labels look like this year. Fresh Balsam has come out in many different labels. Currently, there are five labels to choose from, crazy! Also, note that some of the formulas are a bit different. The first three are the same as the description above, but the forth & fifth ones are described as "made with pine, cedarwood, and eucalyptus essential oils". I have both versions and I find the one described above isn't as strong as the other version which has more pine. The one above has more cedarwood and eucalyptus. You can't go wrong with either version, they are delightful. I prefer this year's version of Spiced Gingerbread, it's more authentic. It's described as "vanilla icing, cinnamon sugar, and fresh ground nutmeg. The old version has a bit of a musky scent, and the nutmeg is too strong. I also thought the Merry Cookie last year was a bit musky. I've preferred previous editions which smells like cookies baking. Some versions smell a bit too sweet to me, so it's not a candle I buy loads of, just one or two a year. Peppermint Marshmallow has a different description this year, it says "made with peppermint and spearmint essential oils with notes of powdered sugar and marshmallow". Some people absolutely love this one, but I'm not a big fan since I'm not a fan of spearmint and I don't smell any marshmallow. It smells mostly like a sugary candy cane to me. 'Tis the Season to me is a fall candle packaged for winter, apple screams fall not the holidays. I'm not a big fan of this one, I buy one every couple of years. 

Well there you have it, I'm pretty good at using all my candles within a year. A few scents I get a bit sick of and keep for the next year. Usually, with a year off, I'm back into those scents and loving them again. What are your favorite winter candles this year? My new favorites are Spiced Gingerbread Swirl and Yuletide. I'm waiting on my candle day order to arrive, it finally shipped and it's suppose to be here next Tuesday. Can't wait! I'm pretty sure this is the longest I've ever waited for an order to arrive. I think they sold more this year due to the online exclusives. They forced those who normally don't order online to do so to be able to purchase the coveted Pink Petal Tea Cake candle. To me it just smells like roses, so I've been burning one for a year now, not impressed. When is your order suppose to arrive if you ordered? Tomorrow the candles are suppose to go on sale for $12.95 again and you can use a coupon to lower the price even further. If there is a fall or winter scent that you love, don't wait too much longer to snag it, the selection is quite limited after candle day. They have already started selling the spring candles. 

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