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Saturday, December 31, 2011

To ring in a new year!

Last bath of 2011.  So the last bath to ring in the new year consisted of:

The Humango bath ballistic from Lush is huge. I think this was the 1st over sized ballistic they ever made & they were selling it for $14, if I remember right.  It has a lemony scent & large chunks of their You've Been Mangoed bath melt in it.  This came out in 2008 & I have been waiting for the perfect time to use it, which ended up being tonight.

Now, many people broke up this bath bomb of theirs because it's 1.5 lbs. of goodness but I have 1 more in stock so I decided to throw the whole thing in.  I am glad I did.  The bath was so creamy & moisturizing I didn't want to get out & the scent was still holding well considering I have had it for so long.  The mango body wash was a perfect touch to this & even though the shea & honey soap says it's unscented, it does have a slight sweet smell to it.  This bath was perfect.  I soaked & relaxed & didn't want to get out.  Eventually I did, patted dry, & finished off with some papaya dry oil spray.

Now, my 2011 is coming to an end.  It really has been an awful year & on Monday there was a mishap later in the day which caused my doctor to put me on a leave of absence from work until next Thursday.  I'm actually already anticipating going back because I really do love job (& also I am not getting paid & get bored rather quickly at home).  I am trying to clean house, organize, there is so much to do but I also have to keep my health in a good state & it has been hard both physically & mentally lately to do so.

That story is for my personal blog though.

Chris is going to pick up a pizza w/artichokes (YUM) & some wings for himself & we are probably going to spend the new year falling asleep on the couch, wake up to wish each other a happy new year & then go to bed. I had options for other things, but this will make me most happy & that's what I really need right now.

I wish everyone a wonderful new year.  I hope to do a lot more blog posts, check out & review new & old products.  I wish good health to all & may the new year be rewarding in many ways to you & your families.

XO Amanda

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa is on his way!

Tonight my daily bath consisted of:

These smell divine together & have a nice spice scent to them that they both mix well.  I have actually been using this combination throughout the week.

Yesterday I used:

Keep your eyes open for all the sales coming out.  No one waits anymore until after Christmas.  Just like no one actually waited for Black Friday.  Everything is starting early.  B&BW already is having its Yellow Sale & Yankee Candle is already having its Semi-Annual Clearance Sale.

I finally have a day after Christmas off where I can go shopping!  One of my best friends will be in town & I know I will probably go overboard.  I am thinking I may get to find better deals online though I am not sure just yet.  I almost had a (good) anxiety attack going through all the bath products I have in my closet.  I just got too excited.

This morning I went to my parents where I made sugar cookies w/my mom & decorated them.  Then I took a nap & Chris came home & we went back to my parents where we all carpooled to my Aunt's for our annual Christmas eve party.  It was good to see all my family again & chat & eat delicious foods.

After going back home to my parent's to get our car then head home, my mom made some comment to watch out for deer.  Sure enough we turned the corner & I saw one.  Santa must be near!


Monday, December 19, 2011

The final countdown!

If you are not on Demeter's mailing list you have been missing their "12 Days of Christmas" sales.  Everyday they have a different fragrance listed & sell that fragrance's 1oz cologne spray for $8, instead of the normal $20.  REALLY good deal.  I'm a bit upset that I missed the Gin & Tonic day.  I saw it, I just missed out.  Running out of mine.  That & Rain are 2 of my most favorite scents of theirs. Today it's Christmas Bouquet & tomorrow it will be Christmas Tree.  These deals are only good until midnight (EST) for the day of that scent.

  • 2nd day shipping is $9.99 on orders $25+ ending noon on December 21. (X-Mas guaranteed)
  • Ground shipping is FREE on orders $50+ ending midnight January 3rd. (NOT X-Mas guaranteed)
  • $25+ orders also receive a free 1oz Peach cologne spray. (subject to change)

    Yankee Candle is also having their 12 days.  What's awesome about YC though is that each deal they are sending out is good until December 24th.

    • 1st Day: $1 Tarts & Samps. Coupon - Online Code: H1112
    • 2nd Day: BOGO Signature Reed Diffusers: Coupon - Online Code: H1111
    • 3rd Day: 2 for $20 Small Tumblers: Coupon - Online Code: H1110
    • 4th Day: BOGO Novelty Electric Fragrancer: Coupon - Online Code: H1109
    • 5th Day: Save $15 on any $45 or more purchase: Coupon - Online Code: H1108
    • 6th Day: Save 25% off any Candle Accessory purchase: Coupon - Online Code: H1107
    • 7th Day: $5 Illuma Lid with $30 or more purchase: Coupon - Online Code: H1106
    • 8th Day: BOGO 50% off all Holiday Candles: No coupon or code needed for stores/online

    That is all they have out so far but if you are signed up for their e-mails you will see the rest as I do not know what I will next be on here.  I cannot wait for the after Christmas/Boxing Day sales & hope (pray) they will be better than the Black Friday/Cyber (blech) Monday sales I saw this year.

    Bath & Body Works really got a beat down after Black Friday/Cyber Monday as all stores & online sold out of their Twisted Peppermint body line & their company decided they were not going to be producing anymore the rest of this season/year.  How bad can you be?  Your #1 scent is so limited it sells out almost immediately.  You should see the lots that people are trying to sell it for on eBay.  My friend thinks the employees snatched up most of them.  I wouldn't be surprised.  Also, it's NOT discontinued completely, like some people think.  You just have to wait a whole year to get it again.  This is all that's left of their Twisted Peppermint line.

    Bath tonight consisted of:

    Sunday, December 11, 2011

    Some holiday fun contests on Facebook.

    Regardless of the holidays there are always a lot of contests going on on Facebook.

    Me! Bath regularly asks questions & picks out a response to send off a free product of theirs to.  The last question they asked was what was your favorite holiday tradition?  I responded with, of course, the Festivus party my friend holds every year.  Someone else won who said how they love driving around looking at the holiday lights.  It's ok.  When they 1st joined Facebook & started this I won a bath ice cream by telling them my favorite movie quote that had meaning.  From Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, "Please let me keep this memory, just this one."  I'll probably never win again because I already did but I still have fun participating & reading what other people write.  Their page is here.

    Just last week I FINALLY received my stash from them, pictured below.  I got a free papaya nectar shower sherbet.  Yum!

    One Bath & Body is having a game going on every day now until the 25th of December where you guess a number between 0-200 & you can win a product of theirs.  I haven't won yet but I keep trying!  Their page is here.

    The Body Shop is doing something they did last year where once a day, until Christmas, they will announce on Facebook & Twitter clues of when they will be giving away $100 gift card.  5 second prize winners will win a full sized body butter.  All you have to do is go to this site & continuously push the button to shake the snow globe to see if you get a BIG YES.  That means you WON!  Don't click too fast though or you will lose it.  Unfortunately, I'm not online enough to catch these but maybe you can!  Their site is here.  Or lookout on Twitter here.

    Every Monday has a giveaway on their Facebook page.  You can enter all week w/out looking for the post as they will always update a link to the giveaway on the left side of their page.  This week they have a hair care bundle of $263 worth of products.  Sometimes there's things I have no interest in & don't enter but most of the time they'll have some great stuff they are giving away & I will.  Though I have never won yet.  Maybe someday!  Their page is here.

    Every month, Wick-edly Sent Soap & Candle Company has a candle giveaway.  The only thing you need to do is like their Facebook page.  That's it!  Nothing else.  If you are on their e-mail list they will send you a monthly e-mail & announce the winner.  Or you can see the winner announced on their wall.  Pay attention though because you will need to contact them if you won & they will ship it to you for free!  They once had a basket giveaway of their bath products, soaps, & candles.  Can you believe I won!?  I gave them a call to hold it at their shop & went in to pick it up a week later (& also to shop).  They told me that they are surprised at how many people actually do not claim their prizes.  I was also.  They have awesome products & after you see how awesome they are, you'll want more!  Their site is here.

    This is all I can do for now.  I have had a tiring day working on holiday cards & packages that need to go out in the mail tomorrow.  Festivus is also next week so I need to prepare!

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    Bathtub Party Day!

    December 5th is Bathtub Party Day!  Get a bunch of your friends together & have a bathtub party.  This isn't meant to be erotic or anything, it's a party!  Or enjoy the party on your own w/a relaxing bath, which is what I am going to do!  I usually have a bathtub party everyday!

    It's a dreary day out today.  Rain & close to 50ºF outside.  It's too warm for December being in Buffalo, NY.  I need my snow because I am anticipating a white Christmas.  Gosh how I missed those when I was in Los Angeles!

    It's a possibility, due to the weather my TMJ has been acting up.  As well as allergies & asthma.  More my TMJ as I woke up today & it felt as if I had lockjaw.  I can hear my jaw cracking when I open it & I have a ton of pain all down the left side of me from my head to my back.  Mostly in my head, neck & shoulder area.  I am having tensing done today which should relieve me by tomorrow but I have found this to be temporary.  I went to a dentist, other than my primary who found my left jaw bone is larger than my right one, so it is considered a medical condition.  When I have the tensing done, I have a mouthpiece that is aligned up w/my bite to also help keep my jaw in place since I have ground down most of my molars to almost nothing.  This has helped but sometimes I still wake up because I know I am trying to grind or force my teeth to move when I am sleeping.

    My head is currently pounding & it hurts to move my jaw, the migraine will be here soon so I will take meds & rest.  Have a look at my x-ray.  Can you see where the problem is?

    It really has all become a big mess between what insurances are covering what & who can & cannot help me.  I have to stop writing about this because it makes me mad w/everything that I am going through.

    SOOoooo... last night's bath consisted of:

    The spice of the bath bomb mixed well with the citrus products & these are great for a winter night.

    The tree is up w/its lights, lights are up in our windows, & the wreath is on my door.  My family & I went to see A Christmas Story being preformed at the Lancaster Opera House yesterday.  My mom & I will be making sugar cookies sometime soon.  Chris made me some yummy hot cocoa this weekend & we also got candy cane lattes from Tim Hortons.

    All I need now is the brisk cold & my snow that sticks!

    Saturday, December 3, 2011

    (most) Bath goodness has arrived!

    Those are my new Yankee Candle samps that I am using for Mixology as of now.  Festive!  They are having a 30% off your entire purchase ending tomorrow.  Use code FF211 online or print this coupon for stores.  Can you believe they are already coming out w/their new spring fragrances!?

    This weekend I need to decorate. Instead, what do I do?  I go shopping.  Today was more craft shopping w/my mom but I also put away & organized a lot of my gifts that I received throughout the week.  Out of all the stuff I snatched up for Black Friday, the only thing I am still waiting on is my package from Me Bath!  That's what I get for free shipping though everything else I ordered on the same day, earlier, or even LATER was already received by Friday.  Even my Lush UK order!  I already received that!!

    So that start, this is everything I got in my package:

    Don't mind the cat tower to the left & to my Betties & friends, don't inspect the photo too closely because there are some gifts in their for you.  Maybe later I will make a post w/everything I got but this is probably the best order I have ever had w/them as far as shipping & receiving.  So I saved close to $170 by placing the order through the UK & not through NA & most the bombs & melts are put in biodegradable plastic now!  Only a few bombs were still crushed in the package & 1 bubble bar, the Superstar, as it was one of few not wrapped up.  Still all salvageable.  Last year a bunch of bombs came crushed & the stupid post woman was all complaining because "powder" was coming from the package.  I had to go to the post after hours to pick it up & they even called my home phone because they were "concerned" about the package.  Ugh.

    Now I also placed an order with Sephora.  I hate crowds & could have went into their store but I usually can get everything I want online & w/what I end up spending it always ends up being free shipping.  So, why leave my house & have to deal w/the bah-humbugs of shopping.  Oh you know they are out there, especially on Black Friday!!

    Here are some things I got:

    Tokidoki bag w/samples.

    Fresh - Citron de Vigne Set

    Everything else.

    Dior - Addict To Life 500 point perk.

    Milton wants to inspect the stash & get pets.

    Tarte - All About Lips natural sugar exfoliator.

    A lot of perfume samples that I will soon inspect & if I really can't handle something I'll usually give it away.  I can be pretty particular about my scents.  Mostly strong florals is what I cannot handle.  Like today when we went to this craft fair at this school, this one older woman was doused in some strong smelling floral perfume & I got a whiff of it & ended up sneezing almost the entire time I was there it was so strong!  Even some perfumes I like & own I end up sneezing a few times when I 1st apply it but then my nose usually settles down.  I'm a sucker for good scents.

    I also really like how the Tarte sugar exfoliator top comes w/a mirror on it.  I actually didn't know the base held it closed, so when I opened it I got the surprise.  Cute!

    Now I also got 6 wonderful smelling, small tumbler candles from Yankee Candle as 2 ended up being free but they are all gifts so I am not going to post any pics of them on here.


    Today was a kind of amusing day.  I went to Barnes & Noble because my "secret santa" for our work exchange wanted a book.  Well, there were 3 things listed.

    • James Patterson Books (new)
    • iTunes Gift Card
    • Irish Hat

    Ok.  So I have NO clue what an Irish hat is, & I would rather support reading a good novel than wasting $ on electronic songs where if your hard drive that they are on crashes you could lose everything.  I see a brand new novel by James Patterson but the list said book(S) & the new novel is close to $30 which is double the amount we are supposed to spend.  To make the matter worse, I got my own supervisor!  So I see the new, new novel but there are a million other novels by him & I'm getting confused because he didn't list the name of the book & put the "s" after the word book.  So the secret is out because I texted him & yelled at him for being too vague in his list & he texted back laughing at me telling me it is the new book & that he has all the others, & since it's not a secret anymore I told him I'd save the paper wrapping it.  Ha!  I did find it for our limit on Amazon & ended up getting a  the newest Keane CD for myself which got me free shipping.  Got it to all work out.

    Speaking of Amazon, I placed an order w/them the other week & received all my items all at the same time except 1 particular thing that I was getting for myself & also for a gift.  2 of 1 item, so there is no confusion.  I checked online & the missing item said it was in stock & under my order it advised the order was placed & that was that.  I sent them a simple "What's up with that?" e-mail & w/in 24 hours I had a response apologizing & they gave me a free upgrade to 1 day shipping.  Needless to say the item is on its way & I should have it Monday.  They didn't even need to upgrade the shipping & I still would have been fine as long as they got the order going but it was great customer service online!  Very happy.


    More good customer service came from Keurig this week.  Things have been hectic & I got my Keurig about a year ago as a giveaway from work.  Now I have been having a bunch of on/off trouble with the machine here & there.  It filling up cups too little or not enough on the settings I selected.  Once it wasn't even dispensing water & the program screen locked up.  Usually these always ended up correcting themselves & didn't happen all that often.

    But last week Chris & I were sitting on our couch watching TV & all of a sudden we heard the Keurig machine start going & we can hear the water flushing out of the machine.  So we quickly go into the kitchen & unplug the machine.  Later we try plugging it back in again & the program screen is completely blank.  It has been broken ever since.  So I'm hoping again it may just correct itself & wait a few days, still nothing.  Start doing some research online & there are a ton of problems w/the machines being reported.

    I'll be honest, I would never buy a Keurig.  I find the K-Cups to be very wasteful on the environment & I can wait a few minutes to heat up a little water if I really want something.  I'm thinking the product may not be under warranty anymore considering it was most likely purchased over a year ago & since I got it from my job I don't have the receipt.

    So I decided to call them & advise of what was going on & do some troubleshooting.  The guy I got on the phone was very professional & friendly.  Had me do a few things that I probably already did a bunch of times before I called, he checked the serial # & said it was under warranty so they are shipping me a new one.  All I have to do is pay to send back some part that was in the old one as proof that I had the machine.  No problem.

    I didn't think it was going to be easy.  I thought they were going to make me ship them the whole machine, or take it somewhere to be fixed.  That's what happened w/my Cannon camera that had a defect.  I had to mail them the camera & then they mailed it back to me.  I was ready to be frustrated but everything is working out well.


    I hope to get back to posting some more daily baths & product reviews soon.  Done for now!

    Milton enjoying the crinkly paper from my shipments.