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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Broken thoughts.

I keep starting posts & never finishing them.  So, for this one I am going to start off w/my bath for tonight & then get into a product I tried a few days ago.

I read on Facebook that B&BW is going to be bringing back their summer vanilla line for a limited time.  They are having a Fresh Picked party at their stores 10am-4pm on March 17th & also online.  On that day they are going to bring back the summer vanilla products & w/any home fragrance purchase you get a free gift.  I am not sure if the vanilla line will be for that day only or what, so be sure to check it out if you want to get your hands on some.

Now onto a bath I had a few days ago.  Target had some of these 1x use bath products on sale by Que Bella & the line looked interesting.  They were selling them in store for a bit over $2 for just one packet & so I was able to get their chocolate foaming bath syrup for around $1.

I like how it listed it was 80% natural ingredients.  Unfortunately, the packaging is not biodegradable & the fact they just sell these as 1x use packets kind of sucks because it creates a lot of waste.

What it looks like going into the bath.
Yay!  Bubbles!
Where'd all the bubbles go?

After the shot of it drizzling into the bath I put it directly into the running water so I could get my, what they say on the packaging, "loads of bubbles."  They dissipated extremely quickly & the scent was extremely faint.

So, to make up for it (since I wanted a chocolatey bath darn it!) I used chocolate frosting shower gel by Philosophy & then lathered on some of The Body Shop's new chocomania body butter.

So a big thumbs down on the Que Bella product I tried.  This doesn't necessarily mean their other products aren't good & maybe I will try some of the other ones out... only if on sale.  Glad I didn't stock up on the bath syrup.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ready to fall asleep... & some FREE & fun stuff.

I really am.  I did nothing today.  I woke up & felt awful again w/the chills & feeling feverish.  I was on the couch most of the time sleeping & drinking grapefruit juice, occasionally up checking my games on Facebook then feeling exhausted again, maybe a short trip to the bathroom or kitchen, then back to the couch.  Good thing is that I feel like the fever has broke.

So for my bath tonight:

Now before I konk out I want to post a few fun things.

Crabtree & Evelyn is having a few things going on.  1st, here's a link to win a 3 night spa getaway for 2.  Also, once they reach 50,000 fans on Facebook, you can sign up to get a free 50ml lotion or bath & shower gel. is letting you get a free personalized card from them!  I took advantage of this & got a really nice card made up for Valentine's Day. (I'll post a pic later.)  This expires on Feb 29, 2012 & you need to sign up, create your card, then checkout using promotional code: MCSFC0212.  The shipping is free also though near the end it may look like it will want you to pay shipping or tax.  Those will fall off & you do not need to enter any credit card information.

Chirply is also giving you a free card, free shipping, no credit card information needed.  This is a bit more limited in selection but has some cool designs.  All you need to do is sign up, share the free card promo on Facebook & Twitter, then click the link below to finish the process.

Finally, it worked for Betty White, so why not George TakeiCan we get this around to enough people so he will host SNL?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Head cold yuck.

No sooner after I posted yesterday I started feeling worse.  My nose got so stuffy & congested and I started getting chills so I had my heated blanket turned way up.  Chris came home & I felt bad because I felt awful.  He got me a Tumbles the pink cat Ty Beanie Ballz, some peanut butter Twix (yum!) & a heart shaped pizza from Just Pizza.  Of course he got me a very nice card also.  I only got him a card.


He went out & got me some meds which knocked me out not long after taking them.  Didn't use the CPAP because it only covers my nose & I couldn't breathe in/out of it enough.  More chills & night sweats.  When the alarm went off this morning I felt cold but could also feel the heat radiating off me me against the blankets.  Couldn't fall back asleep so I was on the computer for a few min, then parked myself on the couch for, well, the majority of the day.

So tonight's bath consisted of:
I have the Orange Grapefruit body wash from Village Naturals also & I'm not sure why I just didn't use that because the Cucumber Mint was a bit sweeter than I had wanted for the bath.  The salts are pretty potent & have a kick of peppermint.  Not a sweet kind of peppermint though.  My sinuses seem to have cleared up (for now) but I do know I need to take more medicine soon because my ears feel like they are plugging up now.

I don't think Village Naturals is making these particular salts anymore.  They have a newer product line out & I had bought 3 bottles of the salts at Target 1/2 off.  Glad I did, but I know I'll be upset when I run out.

I really should make a specific post that lists companies, their sites & maybe put little bullets to links of favorite products of theirs & where you can buy them.  Unfortunately, a lot of companies seem to have quick turnover of products & are always changing their lines every few years.

Well, back to the couch for another nap.  Hope everyone reading this is well!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone is having a nice Valentine's Day.  Regardless if you have a partner or not, it's just another Christian holiday ruined by consumerism.  So, don't get down, upset, sad or depressed by it.  I sent my Betties & besties Valentine cards and we even did an exchange at work.  I got these super cute Valentine cards from Target that had these layered stickers.  They were a bit pricey but I'm a sucker for cute stuff.  Wish I had a picture of them & I couldn't find one online.

I had a terrible time with the CPAP machine & sleeping last night.  Since I have been home I feel like I have been sneezing way too much also.  A lot personally has been going on that has been bringing me down & things have been really tough lately but I am starting therapy again & taking things day by day.

So for my bath tonight:

I'm hoping Chris will be home soon.  I am so tired I am ready for a nap on the couch.  Hope you are all feeling wonderful & happy bathing!

Monday, February 13, 2012

It's not easy being green.

I got some amazing stashes from The Body Shop and Bath & Body works this Saturday.  Coupons + Sales = ♥ & more bath products I don't need. Ha!  I so want to post about it all but I have pictures & it's a lot & just right now I do not have the time.  I promise I will get to them.  I am excited thinking about it.  Funny that I also have not used a single product of everything I bought yet.

Tonight my bath consisted of:

I have been kind of on an earthy scent kick as of late & so a few of my baths have been with those products the last few days.

Tomorrow I have a special Conversation Hearts bath bomb I am going to use to celebrate my Valentine's day.  In a relationship or not, I'll be honest that I've never really cared for the holiday.  Chris & I usually exchange cards & he usually gets me something extra.  Like, last year I got some awesome sweets from the Dessert Deli & a panda pillow pet!

Jody's Candles Soaps & Such is now on Etsy also!  Check it out & buy some stuff!  Of course she's on eBay also & it looks like there's some cute heart shaped bath bombs up for bidding right now.

SPEAKING OF... last night my bath consisted of a Lick Me All Over (base notes of raspberry, cantaloupe, and watermelon, middle notes of jasmine and violet, and fresh top notes of grapefruit and kumquat.) bath bomb of hers. I used this in conjunction with a Bath & Body Works cherry vanilla shower gel & OMG I smelled amazing!  I did not want to get out of that bath.

Before I go today, if any of you have a moment I would LOVE for you to vote a 5 star rating for me on Facebook under Xyron's Spring Layout Contest.  This was a deco page that I had done.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Back to the house of pain!

So I was up for about an hour around 2-3AM.  Went back to sleep w/my CPAP & then woke up around 9.  Tried to nap through the day as I've been exhausted but I was in a lot of pain this morning & on/off migraines & headaches all day that made it difficult.  Broke down and took Excedrin Migraine after my bath & so now I am doing a bit better.

I was still waking up a lot last night, not as much as I remember from before.  The mask is still annoying but it's more comfortable than the initial one they gave me.  So my craptastic feeling put me behind on doing some decos I wanted to & I also didn't go anywhere with my mom.  I promised to go shopping with her tomorrow.  Even if I have to drug myself up.

I will not be watching the Super Bowl.  Getting frustrated with my Buffalo Sabres hockey also.  2 goals in a row by the NY Islanders making the game 3-1 made me turn it off & watch My Cat From Hell.

So for my bath tonight I used:
Yes, I have purple walls & towels!
The epsom salt was CVS brand that I found one day there & it looked interesting.  It's very lightly scented & I can barely pick up the green tea while in the bath & no chamomile at all.  I didn't see it on their website so it may be in stores only.

I'm pretty excited also because I got a small package of a new bath bomb from a company I have purchased from in the past to try out.  I am not going to go into too much detail because I don't know if, after trying it, they just want my opinion or if they want me to post about it here, considering it's not for sale on the company's site yet.  So, I sent an e-mail asking if it's ok to blog about it or not.  I can't wait to try it out but I am holding off because I want some of my aches to go away 1st.  I want to enjoy it, though I know I will regardless.

Well, I am going to make some tea & get some mail ready for Monday, while I am feeling up to it.  Today I'll leave with a picture of my baby who made a nook for himself of bedding that was bundled up to be washed.  Can you see him?  He got really mad when we moved him but actually let him be for a good while because he was happy there.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Shoulda Coulda Woulda

I was just thinking how I should have used epsom salts in my bath tonight.  This all goes into a new adventure of mine with sleep apnea.  I know I have trouble sleeping, wake up all the time, am exhausted all day.  I was diagnosed with a mild form of it last year so we decided to start off with a mouthpiece for it.  The dentist I was seeing kept acting like I would get used to the mouthpiece & that it also helped with TMJ, another awful condition I have.  See, I have 1 jaw joint larger than the other (picture in previous post) & the mouthpiece was trying to pull my teeth together evenly & I knew it was pulling the jaw out of the joint.  I would wake up in so much pain when I used it & with migraines.  So forget that.

I had another sleep study done.  This one I used my mouthpiece that I have for my TMJ (not the sleep apnea one), still coming back that my breathing gets shallow or stops, my brain goes into panic mode & goes into a wake up state but it could be for minutes or seconds.  It's doing this consistently all night & I get very little REM sleep.  So onto the CPAP machine.

I'm rooting for this to work & I know I have only had it for 3 days but the 3 days has been killing me.  I have one that just goes over the nose only & at 1st the humidifier was collecting water in the chamber so if I moved in bed, the water would go all over my nose & face & it would wake me up.  Also the nasal chamber seemed a bit big so I would wake up to air leaking out in annoyance.  I think when that happened I was over correcting myself with how I sleep, tensing up & pulling my neck back.  So now I have terrible pain in my neck, back, shoulders & head.

I went back to my sleep doctor today & got a new chamber.  A bit smaller.  I am also not going to put any heat on the humidifier tonight to see how it works. Good luck me!

So my head is a but clearer now but on the verge of a migraine again.  Muscles are super sore.  Sore to the point it feels like I am coming down with a cold but I know I am not.  I should have used epsom salts for my muscles as it probably would have given me a bit more comfort from the state I am in right now. 

Onto the bath details:

My mom wanted to go to Canandaigua tomorrow but I know if I do I would end up spending more than I should at Wick-edly Sent.  Maybe later in the year.  If I feel well, we'll probably hit up craft store in the area where I'll probably spend more than I should.  Also considering I have a few good recommendations of new companies (to me) I should check out to supply me with my obsession of bath products & spend more than I should.

I will also leave you with a picture that I took of the REAL Soap Lady in ACTUAL body soap form.  My friend Andrea got this for me when she visited the Mütter Museum.  She smells like lavender & is happily displayed in my bathroom.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Citrus & Spice make bath time nice!

I am sitting down after an awesome bath with some Strawberry Chocolate tea from The Republic of Tea.  Trying to relax & I want another nap so bad but I am going to force myself to stay awake as I have to get some bills ready to pay.  Oh fun. *sarcasm

So I wanted to "spice" my bath up a bit tonight & this is what I used:

Oh so good!  I do think the bath bomb could have had used a bit more of tangerine scent to it.  The Lush soap was a disaster though.  I have been using this on & off but it seems the moisture of the shower and bath had just gotten to it too much & it was almost in a gelatinous state.  I have never had that happen with one of their soaps before.  It did its job but I am going to start keeping my solid soaps away from my nooks by my tub now.

In other news, did I mention before how the spider mites came back?  Then, more recently, which I know I didn't mention, the fungus flies came back & are attacking my daisy again.  The spider mites creep me out the most because they are technically spiders in mite size & they leave these little webs all over the plants.  I see the webs now & then on my cacti, which seem to be unharmed, but I had to trim a bunch of stems from my daisy.  After that, a few weeks later, after watering my daisy, all the fungus flies came up from the dirt & I just got so frustrated!

So, last weekend I took all of my plants from their pots, disposed of all the dirt & washed the roots.  Went to Menne Nursery & purchased a powder for the soil to take care of the flies & a spray to take care of the mites.  I also removed every stem from the daisy & just re-potted the bulb so my poor pot of dirt looks so depressing now.  The cacti still look good.  I want to get more plants but these bugs are driving me crazy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Already February?

And I have not posted yet in 2012? What's wrong with me? Of course I have been taking my daily baths & I have some stuff I really want to get into detail about.

I was in the mood to try something new & so I hunted through eBay listings for more bath bombs. I am addicted to these things. I already have too many but there's 365 days in a year... wait it's a leap year so 366, minus the 32 days we already had including today... so I have 334 days remaining for bathing goodness.

So I found Jody's Bath Bombs & More & what stood out was some of the scents & scent descriptions. For example, I got a bath bomb called Magi Magic that was described as: Butterscotch, butter rum, cinnamon and meringue with vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. And then there was Bushels of Fun described as: Top notes of brandy, apples & pears. Middle notes of pecan, walnuts & cinnamon. Sits on a dry base of bourbon and vanilla.

Not only do these smell AMAZING but the best comparison I can make to these are that they remind me a lot of Me! Bath bath bombs.  Now, they're a lot smaller at 4.5 oz. but they are incredibly moisturizing so there's no reason to make them any bigger.  They're perfect.  The ingredients being: Mango, Shea, Cocoa Butters, Vitamin E Oil, Almond, Grapeseed, Jojoba oils, Baking soda, Citric Acid, Dead Sea salt, Mineral salt, Kaolin Clay, Fragrance, Colorant.

Now, the first batch I won off listings & so when I got them she sent me a huge list of other scents she has available so I wanted to try more.  I bid again on new listed ones but only won 1 of them & so I sent her a message & bought 19 more of them privately from her & gave her some scents I wanted to try.

The 1st one I used was Oakmoss & Sage.  This I used in conjunction with Bath & Body Works Juniper Breeze body wash & lotion.

Today I used Alien Type. (Notes of bright melon and sparkling mandarin are mixed with orange blossom, star jasmine, and rose. A woody base is supplemented by vanilla and musk.) This I used with Lush Grass body wash.

Now I pulled one to let my mom have a sniff when she was over the other day & I left it on my computer desk forgetting it was there.  Every time I sat down at my desk I kept smelling something coffee-like & sweet and just oh-so-good.  It was the Coffee Caramel Cream.  I still have not used it in the bath & it is STILL on my desk smelling wonderful.

Another scent that I got but have not used yet is Grape.  I am really excited to eventually use this one.  It smells wonderful & I have noticed a lot of people in the bathing world tend to stay away from using grape scent.  I especially love it mixed with vanilla!

So I have a lot more of these that I will be trying out & writing about.  Need to be updating my daily baths more often.  Even if it is just the product used.  But when I write I like to write so I tend to go on & on.