Friday, September 4, 2015

Haul - Target Dollar Spot / New Fall Items!

I've been seeing new things pop in Dollar Spot haul videos the past few days so I stopped by my Target this morning after grocery shopping.  I was too early.  There were a lot of cleared out bins waiting to be restocked, and the carts full of boxes were there waiting to be unloaded, but no one was working on that yet.  They did have quite a few new things out though!  I saw several new designs in the note pads and note cards.  There were new wire baskets and new colors in those plastic accordian folders.  There were some really cool looking slippers and socks, heavy infinity scarves and the thin infinity scarves, as well as lightweight gloves.  A lot of new colors and designs on the pens and pencils.

I was good and resisted so many things, but there were some I just couldn't let go.

I got a small pillow from the Dollar Spot last year, a black and orange chevron design, and thought it looked so cute in our recliner that I knew I wanted more this year.  This silly pumpkin one is larger than the one last year.  This is about 10x10 inches.  It's a felt type material.  They also had a black one with two white ghosts on it, a candy corn striped one that said Trick Or Treat on it, and a brown burlap one with small black dots on it.  There might have been a witch one, I can't remember for sure.
(This was $3.00)

There were a few color/design options on these pumpkins.  I liked this one best.  There was also a black chevron one, and I can't remember the others.  This is hard styrofoam with heavy fabric over it, and the body is about four inches tall, five inches wide.
(This was $3.00)

I'd seen these leaf banners in a haul video and fell in love.  I was so excited to actually find some at my store!  I grabbed two.  They are light wood, and glittery, and strung on brown twine.  These are great for me because I've been wanting more non-pumpkin decorations for my 'early fall' September decorating.  They also have acorn banners that were really cute but not glittery like these leaves.  There were some burlap banners, much more plain, with some orange on alternating pieces.  There was also one with large, fall colored felt letters that spelled out Thankful.  These leaves are definitely my favorite though.
(These were $3.00)

Found many rolls of this new washi tape.  It looks slightly orange, with white dots, but the label says it's salmon.  Whatever.  I grabbed it automatically because the Dollar Spot washis can be hard to find.
(This was $1.00)

Found one pack of this baker's twine, buried under notepads and things.  This particular set has been out for a while, part of the summer line, but I grabbed it because of the Halloween-ish colors.
(This was $1.00)

Yes, I'm completely mental.  I bought another freakin' mini planner set.  They had two new designs, and while neither really wowed me, there is something charming about this tan and black one.  My intention is to actually try (AGAIN!) to use this for myself but who knows, maybe it'll end up in another giveaway.
(This was $3.00)

Of course I had to get the pages to go with it.  I made sure to grab two packs of the calendar packs this time.  Also got a pack with just lined paper and some pocket folders.
(These packs were $3.00 each)

I also saw the black Halloween trees, some candles (but not the mercury glass ones), some of those wire ball lights in Halloween colors, and a few other Halloween things.  The kitchen towels I'd seen a week or two ago were gone.  I'm really curious what was in all those boxes waiting to be unpacked.  I might have to go back in a day or two just to see.  Hehe!

Have you found any new things at your Target Dollar Spot yet?
Anything in particular you're hoping to find?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Haul - Creamery Creek / Soap

I seem to always get a goat milk soap urge in the fall, probably because that's the time of year I discovered that world of crazy handcrafted goodness.  Now that we're in the early fall season, once again I have been hearing the call.  You probably know I've gotten lazy and have been using retail body washes for some time now.  But this past weekend I dug out a bar of Oatmeal, Milk & Honey goat milk soap from a different vendor and have been enjoying it all over again.  Well, I still prefer the instant and abundant lather I get from body wash, but I'd forgotten just how good goat milk soap makes my skin feel.

I decided to place a small order for a fall soap and a winter soap.  I decided to go with Creamery Creek instead of the other vendor because I haven't used them much and wanted to give them another try.  

They didn't have a cranberry scent, so I decided to get Pumpkin Pie scent for the fall.  Creamery Creek has lighter scents in their soaps, which is fine, because you smell it in the shower but it doesn't linger to interfere with your lotions or perfumes.  I don't smell much beyond the normal soapy scent, perhaps a bit of spice.  I'm hoping a bit more at least comes out in the shower.  Even if it doesn't though, it's a nice chunky bar of goat milk soapy goodness.

This 5.3 oz. bar cost $5.50.

Of course I had to get Peppermint for winter.  This is peppermint essential oil, and is just a really nice basic peppermint scent, crisp and cool and a bit sweet.  Looking forward to using this!

This 5.4 oz. bar cost $6.00, slightly higher because it is essential oil instead of just fragrance oil.

I received this 1.4 oz sample piece in Citrus Fizz scent, which I think is one of their new ones.  Described as '. . . notes of sweet cane sugar infused with bright, juicy lemon and lime notes. Delicate notes of peach, raspberry, green apple, cherry and almost-unnoticed floral nuances tone down the lemon and Aqua Lime Fragrance,' this is a really nice scent.  It's very much like 7Up.

I also received this 1.0 oz. sample piece in Mandarin Orange, a very perky scent.

It's been a long time since my only other order from Creamery Creek and I don't remember how easily or abundantly their soaps lather.  I think they were fine.  I'm anxious to find out again.  And if my bar soap habit sticks around for a while this time, I will probably be ordering from here again.  Shipping was lightning fast.  I ordered Monday morning and had my package on Wednesday!

Have you tried goat milk soap lately?

Sept. 3 - Lynx Goes To The Vet

This Mr. Fattycat gave us a good scare and went to the vet yesterday.  He'd been acting slightly 'off' the previous few days.  Well, he'd been peeing outside of the litter box sometimes the past couple weeks, always on whatever dirty laundry is on the floor in the laundry room.  We'd been trying to figure that out, bought a hamper for the clothes, even switched the kitty litter back to what I'd been using before.  So that was already a concern, but then Sunday and Monday he seemed to be acting just enough different to be a sort of red flag.  He was sleeping a lot more, and not in his usual spots.  He seemed a little distant or depressed.  He would walk part way across the room and lay down, then nap right there.  Also, we'd noticed his weight dropping again and some clear spit-like vomit.  I'd thought it was from switching his food.  Everything put together though, and some reading on the internet, and things seemed to be pointing to kidney disease.  I was heartbroken.  We'd gone through that twice already with our first cats, Bono and Molly.

So, Kurth took the morning off work and got Fatty into the vet yesterday.  They did a general wellness screening.  They did the leukemia test because Tripper had died from it.  They did a urine test to check his kidneys.  They did thyroid test.

For a fourteen year old cat, everything came back great except the thryoid test.  He has hyperthyroidism.  His 'levels' were off the charts.  This certainly does explain a lot of things!

There are a few options for treatment but the most common (I think?) is pills, twice a day for the rest of his life.  There is a prescription food but since we have a second cat it would be difficult to be sure the right cat was getting all of that food.  There is a radioactive therapy that is quite expensive.  And there is surgery, which is risky on older cats.  We'll do the pills.  He goes back at the end of the month to have his levels rechecked and see if the dosage needs to be tweaked, and then after that I think it's checked every six months or so.

A little pill hidden in some Friskies canned food twice a day is a small price to pay to have this old man fattycat around for a while longer.  And it should help him get back to actually being a fattycat!