Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Little Time for Wax" .... I said, with evident dispair!

The title says what I am feeling.  I have found that I am, for the next week/week and a half, I am going to have little to no time for wax.   I am completely disheartened and sad.  There is some GOOD news to the bad news.  My "No Time For Wax" is completely temporary!!! Thank God!

I currently work at Subway as a sandwich artist.  It is a low "peon" kind of job but I have done it since April and shockingly, I have found that I have enjoyed it, considering its a food/service job and all.  I have never called out, always stayed later when necessary, and always do my job to the best of my ability.  And did I mention, I improved my speed immensely!  That, I am proud of.

So one of the stores in my district had a manager that wanted to transfer to a busier store, thus leaving this one store without a manager.  The manager at my store had already quit with no notice, so I was opening (doing the manager's job without the paperwork, all for $7.25 an hour!).  My district manager extended to me the offer of the store manager's job at the other store! With a significant pay-raise and "Manager" status, I JUMPED at the chance!! So my last day at my old store (which I am going to miss greatly, it was a fun store!) was Wednesday and I work at my new store this weekend to get a feel for it!! Then I am off to training until the end of Friday.  I am off Saturday and Sunday then starting my new store (For real this time!) on Monday October 8th 2012.  I am SO NERVOUS!!

So I have been melting for the past few days so I won't have truly terrible wax withdrawal right off the bat.  I won't go into too much detail (I will tell you if its not a reorderable scent (too little scent throw, or I didn't like it.) I am supposed to be going to bed soon and I'm drifting off as I type!)  Right now I am melting Cheryl's Candles Oak Barrel Cider (a freebie and soooooo nice!! <3) combined with Orchid Lakes Friendship Cookies sample.  Then I have Slatkin Eggnog Cheer <3 and half of LSC's Pink Sugar Buns!    Great combo!

Before that I had.... Slatkin Marshmallow Fireside: candle and oil!  Love this, very classic!

Before MF, I had HHS Battle of the Sexes, HHS Coconut!  LOVE that combo!! Might have that combined one day for me!!

And before that, I don't remember.  I haven't been writing them down as I should have lately.  But its pretty accurate. I may have forgotten a few scents.  But nothing major, I promise.

Thank you guys!! Hope to see you all in a week or so!! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

News In!

Its finally happening.  The weather is indeed, starting to change!! FINALLY!!! I have been WAITING for it to get cooler!! Yayyy!!! That makes me very happy.  Of course, now when my husband turns on the A/C to go to sleep... I'm FREEZING!!

I believe in my last post, I hadn't gotten my Haley's Heavenly Scents order yet.  I have had it for a week now!  I have been letting them cure so today's (technically last night, yes I cheated lol!) the day I can start melting them!! Since I got them, I can give you guys a definite list of what I actually got.

Haley's Heavenly Scents Birthday Order:

Apple Cinnamon
Cinnamon Vanilla
Candy Corn
Autumn Pear
Mrs. Clause Cookies
Autumn Lodge
Pink Serendipity
Butternut Pumpkin
Spiced Cranberries
Granma's Pumpkin Crunch Zucchini
Pink Sugar Cookie Dough Bread
Battle of the Sexes
Granma's Sugar Cookie Dough Bread
Pumpkin Spice
Country Bumpkin
Loopy Ice Cream Cake
Farmhouse Cider
Fresh Linen
Apple Cider Bread
Pumpkin Ice Cream Scoop Dough Bread
2Pilgrim's Pie
Whipped Caramel Cinnamon Latte
Juniper Breeze
Mulled Cider
Pineapple Orchid
Pineapple Upside Down Cake

All of these are new scents to me.  Its the first time I have tried Serendipity anything!  And I like it!! I see what all the fuss is about now!  I haven't melted it yet or anything, but cold its really good!!  The 2 Pilgrim's Pie thing was kind've a mistake.  It was one of her sale scents... and it was also in the fall sampler pack.  Its OK.  It smells nice! :)  Not my favorite, but its a fall scent!

I also made.... a SLATKIN/Bath and Body Works test store order!! Bath and Body Works had a 40% off coupon this past week and I took full advantage of it!!

I got:

4 Paris Amour
2 Vanilla Snowflake
2 Pumpkin Cupcake
2 Nutmeg&Spice
2 Cafe Au Lait
1 $20 electric oil warmer
1 Paris Amour oil
1 Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut oil

All for the price of ... wait for it.... $40.66!!!  This is with shipping and tax!  Keep in mind, these are all 3wicks!  I don't get the 4oz and very very rarely ever do I get the mini candles.  Go big or go home, am I right?  Lol  I also had a merchandise credit for $8.56 of it, which paid for the oil warmer and two oils.  But STILL!  Incredible deal!!! I was going to order 12 more 3wicks yesterday if my order hadn't shipped out already, but it had.  Oh well... I will order more next 2 for $20!

This is from the Johnson City, TN test store!  For those of you who do not know, a test store is a store that carries scents and/or products to "test" the market for.  And if they do well, they make it to all stores.  If they do not, they get sent straight to outlets or are marked down in the test store.  This particular test store, when you are making phone orders, will let you stack coupons.  I stacked a 10 off 30 survey coupon and a 40% off.  So 40% off of $30 is $18, then the $10 off, is $8.56 with tax.  Makes it soooo worth ordering! Usually when I can't find a 40% off coupon, I do a 20% off coupon.  Which is still good, but 40% off, WOW!  Usually I hate paying shipping, but with this, its like you get free shipping PLUS an extra $$ amount off!

Last but absolutely not least, I made a Shayz Scentz order!! Her "Pick 5" is going from $4.50 to $5.50 and even though a dollar isn't a HUGE difference... I like to save money when I can!  So I made a nice order from her too!!  Here's what I got!!


My free ones are another Pink Sugar, another Pink Sugar Cookies, and Spicy Vanilla Almond.  SVA is not the usual scent that I would have gotten for myself, but it was an extra in my last order and I was surprised by how much I liked it!!   So I had to get it again!! Apparently it was a test scent.  Shay sent it out to various customers to see the response.  Its great for anyone who wants to request it!

When Haleys Heavenly Scents opens back up, I plan on getting my first "Hot Plate" warmer with a bunch of tarts to get my 2 free 6packs! I have no idea what scents I want... I am planning on melting a few of my new ones to see which ones I want again.  Which ones are 6pack worthy!! LOL

Then around the time I make a HHS order, I will be making another Sniff My Tarts order.  I am going to be getting a box like I did last time... probably in Bakery and Pink Sugar scents!! My last box was awesome!! I got 2lbs for $21, free shipping!! :D :D Thats my plan!

Last but not least, I got a notebook (a few) in the Back To School Clearance section.  They were all 30cents and PINK one subject notebooks.  I thought to myself, what a great way to catalogue and record the different scents and companies that I like!!  So I am making myself an inventory list of candles and tarts that I have!!  Here's the notebook below.  It will be referred as "The Scent Bible" so when I talk about it, you know what I mean!! LOL!  :D

It doesn't look like anything special.... to any OUTSIDER that is.  But it will have crucial information about tarts and candles... Strength, and if its reorderable!  Most importantly, if its REORDERABLE!!

I was burning a Slatkin Vanilla Cinnamon candle (but it was on its last limbs and went out... RIP! *whimpers*) I loved that candle.  Thankfully I have four more but its not enough.  I want to see if Slatkin's Cinnamon Frosting is a close if almost a dupe to Vanilla Cinnamon.  *fingers CROSSED!*  I have HHS Coconut Vanilla Bean Noel which I can't smell over HHS Cinnamon Vanilla.  Good?  Bad?? Maybe I just put a light and a strong scent together.  But HHS Cinnamon Vanilla is a reorderable scent and a 6pack worthy scent!! Gotta love it!! Nice and strong WITH A/C going and has been going for 15 hours!  Yessssss!!

I have been melting tarts... but alot of them were random tarts... most of them I had to toss before they got all the way melted.  Here are the few that I had recorded that I felt were worth writing down:

           Scentsy Honey & Oats:  Smells good, not completely caramelly smelling like I thought it                     was going to, but it smells nice and is actually making me sleepy!

           Distinctly Pink's Sweet and Creamy: just like the name.  Very nice but not super strong.  It            was melted with the Scentsy Honey and Oat and I think it made a good addition to the scent but probably not a good stand-alone scent.

Thanks for reading!! Let me know what you've been melting and if you've found any good scents that were surprises for you!

And I'm sorry about the little to no pictures for the last couple of posts.  I have been working like a dog and haven't been photographing like I should.  I will try to do better!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Planning and Planned Orders

I have had two days off, (which hasn't happened in quite a while!) so I have had a chance to go over to a vendor or two that I haven't been able to before and check out prices/scents and shipping!

Pics, Petals, and Scents is having a promotion where you get 12 scent sticks free with any purchase!!  I would do that, only I have $5 to spend on tarts right now, and shipping to my house is $5.10.  I will definitely order another time though!

I also went to Haley's Heavenly Scents to see if there was anything else I wanted to add to my order and check out stuff for next time!! Since I didn't share with you all and I shared with my wax groups, here's what I remember me actually ordering from HHS.  Someone needs to remind me to copy and paste my cart right before I hit the "Pay" button because right after I do, my list is gone, and I don't remember WHAT I HAVE ORDERED and it drives me CRAZY!  So here's what I had written down of my order!

Juniper Breeze
Mrs. Clause Cookies
Pineapple Orchid
Pink Serpendipty
Vanilla Cinnamon
Battle of the Sexes
Fall Sampler Pack
Whipped Caramel Cinnamon Latte
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pink Sugar Cookie Dough Bread
Spiced Cranberries
Fresh Linen
Loopy Ice Cream Cake
Pilgrim's Pie
Pumpkin Pie Spice

I can't WAIT for this to come!! I ordered on the 24th of August.  And her TAT is 2-3 weeks (just fine with me, because her stuff is completely worth the wait!)  But half way through her TAT, I start to get antsy and stuff because I want to see my stuff.  To smell my stuff.  Does anyone else feel like that?  I feel really bad bothering Janet, I know she works extremely hard.. I guess I just like progress reports.  Weird?  Not weird? Needy? Maybe... :( Hmmm....

Then I got to looking at Bath and Body Works's candles!! I have seen lists of fall test candles, regular "in-all-stores" fall candles, and winter test and nontest candles.  I have compiled a list of all the candles I want.  If what I think is going to happen, happens (more $$$$$$$$$$$$!!) Then I will be ordering alot of these candles all at once! I love ordering from the test store because I know I am getting my money's worth!


Roasted Pumpkin Butter
Blueberry Pumpkin Patch
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
Pumpkin Cupcake
Nutmeg & Spice
Cranberry Woods
Brandied Pear?
Autumn Day?
Paris Amour
Cafe Au Lait

Warm Vanilla Sugar
Brown Sugar and Fig
Kitchen Spice


Enchanted Woods?
Twisted Peppermint
Frosted Cranberry
Spiced Apple Toddy
Merry Mistletoe
Peach Bellini
White Barn?
Sandalwood Vanilla
Marshmallow Fireside
Cinnamon Frosting
Merry Cookie
Peppermint Mocha
Vanilla Bean Noel

The ones with ?'s next to them I am unsure about.  Still have to smell them or atleast find scent descriptions!  And then the ones online, will just be those three.  No sense in buying ones you can get in stores, online.  My Bath and Body Works is less than 5minutes away! So I definitely spend less in gas (if thats even believeable!) then I would in shipping!

I have to credit Cia Malone and her blog Shopping Sweetheart for the list of fall test candles and the entire winter list!!  She has an incredible blog, keeps up with all of the latest at Bath and Body Works, and finds new information about before we have heard anything about it anywhere else!!  I frequent the Bath and Body Works Facebook page, and she is a fellow follower of the BBW Facebook page!!

Thats all I have been doing!! Plotting and replotting orders and bugging vendors about updates! But I can't wait for my HHS order and I can't wait to do a MEGA BBW test store order!! YES! :D :D

And of course, my home never goes without something melting or burning.  My husband Barry is coming down with a flu or a cold or something, so I have MoneyPenny's Rosemary Mint that I got from a wonderful destash!  I also have Front Porch's Peppermint Noel, which I have actually liked more than I thought I would!! Its a strong peppermint, not so much a sweet peppermint!  I had thought about burning Slatkin's Twisted Peppermint, but I have one left from 2010 in 25oz that I'm saving for Christmas!  I even got Barry some actual Rosemary to chew on because TIP: If you have a sore throat or a cough, it is a good idea to chew on rosemary because of the eucalyptol in it will help loosen the phlegm and soothe a sore throat!  And the best part, doesn't have to taste bad!! You can put alot in mashed potatoes (my idea) or where I read this from ( Eating Organic Facebook Page) they say you can put it with Brie Cheese or apples!  I'd go with the mashed potatoes though!

Thanks again everyone!! Have a great day and Happy Burning/Melting!

And In The News...

Hi everyone!!!

First, I would like to explain my last blog post.  The intent of that entry was not only document recipes for my own personal use, but to share with my fellow reader(s) as well!  I am still kind of "starting out" in life so I have been on a Raeman noodles and Diet Coke 2liter diet!  And believe me, I am getting tired of Raeman noodles! So I wanted to find recipes and ways to maximize my dollar for real food.  My main objective is that it is real food and it is cost effective.  I would LIKE it to be healthy... but sometimes that is not always the case.  Seriously, has anyone seen the cost of peanuts and other sorts of health foods?  It would drive even the most health-conscious people to the frozen side of the grocery store!

But I did kinda hit a steal eating out!  My meal the entire DAY was about right at the $5 mark!  I ate at Sonic Drive-In (hehe yep!) They were having their breakfast burritos half off!!  So I had a Zesty Cheesesteak and a Smoked Chipotle breakfast burrito. ($3.25)  Then I had a coupon for two corn dogs for 99cents!  One for Barry and one for me!  ($.50)  Then we went during Happy Hour where all the slushies and drinks are half off, so we got a large Cherry Limeade to split! ($.53, shared).  Then because their ice cream machine was broken, we ventured to McDonalds and I got a Smores Pie for 89cents!!

So $5.17 (give or take a little with tax and stuff) for the whole day!! Yes!!

Anyhow, back to some scents!

Cheryl's Candles and Gifts

Mango Sorbet- This is one of those scents where I can quite describe how good it is!  Its tangy, and sweet all at the same time!! It smells almost even better than it does cold!! Its what I'd want if I were to actually get Mango Sorbet!! Yum yum yum!

Starfruit and Mango- Similar to Mango Sorbet, except it reminds me of Slatkin's Starfruit Crush a little bit!! Very nice and, both this and Mango Sorbet are nice and strong!! Have lasted almost 6 hours and they were just 1oz cups!!

I recommend both of these scents AND this company!! She has over 1400 (Nope, that number isn't a typo!) and she is a wonderfully sweet woman!! She is on vacation right now but she should be back sometime in the next week or so!!  Next time she has a sale on tarts where I can participate, I am definitely going back for more!  Even Barry commented how nice they smelled!!

Front Porch Candle Company

Pumpkin Spice Cake- Delicious! Not too much spice but just enough to make it cozy!

I know I said I wasn't going to order from FP anymore, but now that I have downloaded Google Chrome as my internet browser, I now can order from her site every so often.  I am still not going to order from her as much as I was (I keep thinking how many tarts and six packs I could have gotten at Haley's Heavenly Scents or somewhere else and it just makes me mad!) but I still have some favorites from her that I have not gotten in 4packs.  So the quest continues.


Warm Welcome- Very sweet pumpkin! Very nice and strong!

Bath and Body Works/Slatkin

Leaves- This is from last year!! If you guys haven't tried it and don't mind a little bit of spice, its good!! I think it smells like Apple Cider some, but its sooo good!! (I'm not a huge fan of apple, try not to get it in scents because I feel like apples are more generic scents!)

Smells like fall!! How about in your homes?? Anyone breaking out the fall scents yet?  Decorations?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Starting to Feel Like Fall, Inside Anyway

Usually I have not been a big fan of fall scents.  In the past two years, I have converted where now I have a large amount of fall scents as well as summer and spring scents!  Even though some days it still reaches 90 degrees outside, I couldn't wait to break out the fall scents!!  I have Slatkin's Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin burning, Ye Olde Candle Cubbard's Pumpkin Souffle, and Shayz Scentz Pumpkin Crunch Cookies.  I am a huge pumpkin fan!! Its a cozy scent and depending on the person, it can be spicy or it can be a sweet scent.  Very very versatile! 

This time around, I come much more prepared than I have been the last few times.  This week, I have been taking NOTES on my computer's sticky note program.  This program has been a lifesaver for me!! I lose the actual sticky notes or little mini notes that I would have around the house, but these stay right where I can find them!! Inside my desktop screen!! Hehehee :D

TO THE REVIEWS!! I have been melting mostly Haley's Heavenly Scents and Shayz Scentz this week.  So thats the pattern, in case anyone notices :D

Haley's Heavenly Scents:

Toasted Marshmallow- I love HHS and I love Toasted Marshmallow scents.  So I thought, for sure, this one would be in the bag, and a definite reorder.  But it smells funny to me.  I think it may be because that was the one that kinda melted a little bit when I got it, and the tart cup had fell off.  I don't know if it has anything to do with it.  But it just smelled really weird to me and I couldn't wait for it to melt all the way to change it out.  Alot of other people really love it so its probably just me. 

Fruity Slices- Wonderful!! A nice fruity and strong scent!! No other scents in it but fruit!! If you love fruity smells, you'll love this one!!

Whipped Peaches and Cream- I, or rather, my husband had the A/C running while I had this scent on, so after the A/C was off, it was kinda strong, but a really nice peach scent!! For anyone who really likes these kind of scents, HHS's version is great!

Sniff My Tarts

Peaches and Cream- I had this melting with HHS's Whipped Peaches and Cream, and while I had the A/C running I could barely smell it (which is VERY unlike SMT!) so I am attributing no scent to the A/c.  When I did have the A/C off, which was a day later, it was semi-strong.  So I'm thinking this was a good scent to order too!! Even semi-strong, it was a nice peach scent!

Lasting Scent Candles

Pink Marshmallow Shortbread- Holy beejeebies jeepers, holy beejeebies jeepers, oh my! (Sorry, weird nerd moment!) But I put HALF of this puppy in and its throwing SOOOOOO strong!! I may just have to break down and half an order (to get free shipping) with someone.  These are amazing and so strong!! I know why everyone really likes these!!


Mother's Day Sugar Cookies- Oh the smell of sugar cookies and I don't even have to bake for them!! Yayy!!  Nice and strong (using two cubes) and so worth it!! I may get a few more of these before they leave for good!

Disclaimer: NOT WAX RELATED!

I am going to put a HUGE DISCLAIMER for all my readers and start off by saying, this is UN-WAX RELATED!!!!!!  So if this displeases you, please continue to one of my other posts that are. 

OK, lately I have been yearning for ways to make more flavorful, various ingredient meals, like the ones you see on Food Network (YUM!) but won't kill my food budget.  Generally speaking, I'm happy eating raeman noodles, but raeman noodles are no longer cutting it, for my palate.  Not only do I have a budget issue, I also have a picky-husband issue.  He likes no vegetables except for carrots, green onions, and potatoes.  Which is fine, except when alot of these recipes have all sorts of vegetables that are price-conscious, but I cannot use. 

So what is a girl to do?  One thing.  RESEARCH!  I'm just so happy that I'm decent at it and have the internet at my disposal.  I have been looking at Food Network's facebook page lately, more aggressively in the past month or so, and found this website: The Good Food And Tips Page!  They have tips about how if you buy in bulk, and especially on sale, you will get more for your money.  And other tips, like grating your own cheese!! Here I've been buying shredded cheese for the past three years without even thinking about grating my own!! And its not a completely amish, time-consuming tip either!  I just have to see how much a grater is at my local Wal-Mart!  Plus with a grater, not only can you grate cheese, but you can grate the peel of a lemon, lime, or orange to put in certain dishes or drinks that call for it!  I used to think that was just for fancy people.  How uninformed I am!  They even have recipes for some certain things, like hummus, your own salad dressing, and other things too!  Definitely check this one out!

I should also mention, that I am not a mom (YET!) to any children.  I am recently married (as of February 16th 2012) and have been living on my own without any help from parents or family members since 2009.  I have been working since two months after I turned 16.  So I appreciate the meaning of money, the value of a dollar, and being able to get as much as humanly possible with my money!  Thats how I got into Bath and Body Works in the first place.  But since I don't have my mom to ask, I'm sort of on my own to figure it out for myself!   Plus I can be more prepared for when I do have children, it won't be a cold hard wake-up call clipping coupons and looking through the sale-ads. 

After I got done looking at The Good Food and Tips Page, there was another link that the page had that led to the SNAP-ED USDA Page.  I don't use SNAP but it seems that welfare programs that give out certain money to help families with food, have great nutritional recipes!  I went with a friend of mine who uses WIC, with her to a mini class about the importance of nutrition and then they handed all of us a cookbook as we were walking out the door.  I guess they didn't know I was just sitting in but I was happy for the cookbook!! It was Sesame Street themed, but the recipes are good!  Some are mediocre, but they have homeade chicken nuggets, pumpkin muffins, homeade fish sticks, and other things that are delicious sounding and can be made for us adults too! 

The SNAP-ED page has some good recipes too.  These are just mainly recipes approved by the United States Department of Agriculture and certain nutrition groups associated with the USDA.  They also state how much it costs to make the meal and how much it is per serving.  Some are more expensive than others, but generally a good website!

Another website, that my good wax-friend pointed me to, (Thanks Tina Ann!) is the $5 Dinner Mom website!!  I haven't looked too thoroughly at it yet, but already I am finding recipes that are delicious and calculated how much you are spending per item that you use and are all under $5!  I have already found PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST!! (MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! Love everything and anything pumpkin!!) on this website.   I just wanted to document and let you guys know, if you want to try anything, these are the websites to look on!! And any other sites that you have found that have some good but not too difficult recipes, I wanna know!!

Thanks everyone!!

I am including my list of recipes that I have found that, once I get the husband's approval (he's got to want to eat this stuff too!), then I will test them out and see how they are and stuff.  I also managed to find another blog that I feel is very worth the topic of new foods that are budget worthy and tasty while keeping it healthy!  La Cucina PrimaDonna is the link.  She is a young Italian opera singer that makes Italian recipes more healthy using substitutes while still keeping the allure of the tasty Italian recipes! 

Here are the list of my recipes and their links that I have acquired so far that I am going to try:
I will warn you that not all of them may be healthy.  I do try to be healthy with the recipes that I am finding, but I'm trying to look for more budget-worthy recipes that still are varietous!  Thank you!

Creamy Potato Lasagna

Spaghetti Pie

Fish Tacos

Skillet Noodles and Beef

Meat/Rice Cakes

Taco Pizza

Tuna Melt Burger