Monday, September 15, 2014

Haul - Target & Dollar Tree / Fall

The Fall Slut strikes!

I did a bit of shopping today.  You know that kind of shopping where you just have to go because you're bored and then you buy things you absolutely don't need?  Yeah, that was me today.  Luckily it was mostly cheap, dollar stuff . . . for fall!  I'd been having an itch to check Dollar Tree for fall things, and wanted to get back to Target to see if their dollar bins had been switched to fall stuff yet.  I'd also been thinking about picking up a few fall things for Ty's apartment.  There were sooooooo many more things that I wanted but I found a trace of self control and tried to minimize the damage.

Got this cute door mat for Ty.  It's really cheap, really thin and light foam.  No biggie if it gets trashed or if someone swipes it.  It was only $1.00 at Dollar Tree.  My plan had been to buy these things, then stop back at his place while he worked, and set them out.  I thought it would be funny for him to get to his door and wonder what the heck this mat was doing there.  LOL!  But no, when I got back to his place, I couldn't get his door open.  The key felt like it was opening the lock but the door just wouldn't open.  I remember him saying something about it sticking or being tricky or something, but I gave up and left, bummed that my surprise wouldn't happen.

This is one of those stiff felt decorations.  I don't know if they're meant to be placemats or what but I bought one last year set it in the center of my kitchen table.  It looked nice, worked fine, and was cheap.  So I grabbed this one for Ty.  He doesn't have a proper table yet but he has a card table set up until he gets one, and I thought he could put this on there.  ($1.00, Dollar Tree)

Grabbed this pumpkin one too, figuring he could change to this from Halloween to Thanksgiving.  ($1.00, Dollar Tree)

They had a bunch of different styles and colors of these little pumpkins/gourds decorated with flowers.  I love these!  I wanted to grab a bunch for myself.  I only grabbed this one though, for Ty.  It's small, around four inches tall.  I thought it could sit in the center of his table, or maybe go on the one small end table he has.  ($1.00, Dollar Tree)

Highly doubtful he'll carve any pumpkins for himself, so I grabbed this little guy for closer to Halloween.  There is a switch on the bottom and the face lights up and flashes different colors.  This is a little bigger than the one above, but still fairly small.  ($1.00, Dollar Tree)

This one, I'm not sure if it will go to Ty or stay with me.  It's a plastic candy dish (or chips, crackers, whatever), orange-y tan color, shaped like a maple leaf.  I have several candy dishes already, so I thought this small one would be cute for Ty to have on his counter or computer desk or something.  ($1.00, Dollar Tree)

Stumbled across these kitchen towels and pot holders and immediately had to grab them for myself.  Remember when I was whining about not having any 'early fall' decorations?  Well these just have leaves on them, no pumpkins or anything to hint at later fall things like Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Yay!  ($1.00 each, Dollar Tree)

Headed over to Target and found this super cute squishy, felted pumpkin.  This is fairly small too, maybe three or four inches wide.  Figured Ty could set this anywhere . . . desk, table, TV stand, top of fridge, etc.  ($1.00, Target)

In my mind, this wooden pumpkin looks perfect in one corner of Ty's kitchen counter.  I'm sure it would look cute anywhere, and if he doesn't want it, I'll happily find a place for it here at home.  ($3.00, Target)

I also grabbed this wooden turkey one so he can switch the pumpkin one closer to Thanksgiving.  Or just set both out.  He does have a lot of empty spaces to fill!  These are so dang cute, if he decides to keep these, I might just go back and grab more for myself.  They are about nine inches tall.  ($3.00, Target)

They had soaps and lotions in the dollar bins, and when I saw this one was Cranberry Vanilla, I grabbed it.  I tried to smell it in the store but there was a foil seal over the opening.  I wasn't expecting miracles, being so cheap, but thought it would be pleasant enough for the season.  Unfortunately this one is an epic fail.  It smells horrible, nothing cranberry OR vanilla about it.  Just smells like something industrial.  It's a horrible lotion too, a clear-ish white gel looking goo with a liquid-y mess around it.  I tried shaking up the contents to mix it but it didn't seem to matter.  And it almost immediately dried my hands out.  I mean, DRY!  It was like that tight, dried out feeling you get after washing your hands with cheap soap.  Only this was after using lotion!  Bad, bad, bad.  Good thing I only wasted a dollar.  ($1.00, Target)

I browsed the grocery aisles because I keep hearing you can find all these wonderful fall foods at Target that you can't find other places.  I did see the Tazo pumpkin spice latte mix, and the Pepperidge Farm Miano pumpkin spice cookies the were talked about on Instagram but decided to hold off on getting them.  Not sure then, why I decided to go ahead and grab these . . . ?  I eat cereal bars and granola bars all the time at work so I always have some on hand here at home.  I probably won't actually try these until closer to Halloween, but for some reason I couldn't help grabbing them now.  ($1.99, Target)

And then this.  It isn't fall related but I was happy to find it.  My sister posted something on Facebook the other day about the Yes To company having a coconut line now.  The Yes To company is one I always say I'm going to start using, but then the cheap side of me shies away when I actually go to pick something out.  Coconut was too enticing though, and I had to see if it was available yet.  And it was!  I was tempted to grab the body wash, but settled for this lip balm instead.  I'll dig up some Yes To coupons online, and maybe get something else next time I'm shopping.  I haven't actually used this yet but hey, I guess the colors on the package to make it a bit fall-ish, huh?  ($2.84, Target)

That's my fun little fall haul.  I really hope Ty will accept these things, that he doesn't find them too dorky for a young single guy's apartment.  I want him to have a homey and inviting place, not just a space he spends time in.  But if he really doesn't want them, I know this Fall Slut will gladly adopt them.

Have you found any cute or interesting things for fall this year?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Melted - Rosegirls / Ooey Gooey Caramel, Marsh.Smooth., Celt.Moon.

Ooey Gooey Caramel, Marshmallow Smoothie, Celtic Moonspice - [no scent description]

This was a blend from the round of the Muffin Club that my waxy bloggy friends and I did earlier this year.  I think I did melt part of this a while ago but never did a Melted post because I wanted to wait and get it into the fall scents posts.  So I've finally melted the rest of this, and am finally posting about it.  I mainly get the spicy notes of the Celtic Moonspice in this blend.  There is a little bit of softening from the creaminess of the caramel and marshmallow, a little bit of comforting warmth, but it's definitely a spicy scent.  And now that I've waited till fall for this, it's funny that I don't really find this to be a fall scent anymore.  This would be nice any time of year.
I chopped up this muffin and melted about 1 oz. worth in my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent.

Melted - Rosegirls / Candy Corn, Marsh.Smoothie, Butterbrickle

Candy Corn, Marshmallow Smoothie, Butterbrickle - [no scent description]

This is such a yummy scent, such a deep and creamy vanilla bakery scent.  Hubby had left the house for a bit and when he came back in he looked around the kitchen, realized it was a tart I had going, and said, "Damn, I thought for sure you were making cookies or cake or something, that you were baking something."  Casey agreed.  And they're right!  There was a vanilla cake, or sugar cookie type note to this.  Just another really smooth, safe, and homey kind of scent.

I cut this chunk in half and melted about 1 oz. worth in my tea light warmer and had good strong scent.

Melted - Rosegirls / Hot Apple Pie, Pecan Waffles, Pie Crust

Hot Apple Pie, Pecan Waffles, Pie Crust - [no scent description]

Back when my waxy bloggy friends and I were creating blends for our second round of Muffin Club, hubby got into the action by coming up with a few blends of his own.  This was one of his, and although it didn't make to our final cuts for the Muffin Club, I did include it in the small personal order I made when the Rosegirls site opened in June.  This turned out to be a pretty nice blend!  On cold sniff it seemed like the apple came through more.  Warmed, the pie crust and waffle notes really come out as the main notes.  It's sort of a creamy, buttery, bakery scent with softer notes of apple deep within, and even softer hints of spice.  A rather safe, homey scent.

I cut this muffin into thirds and melted about 1 oz. worth in my tea light warmer and had lovely strong scent.

Melted - Rosegirls / Cinnamon Glazed Oranges

Cinnamon Glazed Oranges - [no scent description]

I first smelled this early this year when I went to the Rosegirls store for one of my waxy bloggy friends.  I had thought it was an excellent fall scent and decided to wait till fall and try my luck at getting some.  When I saw this chunk in my sampler order, I was very happy.  Weird to find that I now don't think it's very fall-like.  Doh!  It's still an interesting scent, but it sort of brings Christmas to mind more than fall.  I think I might mentioned in my haul post that there was almost an effervescent note to this.  Someone commented that it reminded them of straight up orange pop.  The fizzy note toned down a bit when this was warmed.  It became a deeper orange scent, if that makes any sense, but was still sort of a happy scent.  The spice wasn't really spicy, just added more of warm base to the zesty orange.

I melted half of this tart (about 1 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and medium scent but that was ok, because I don't think this is the type of scent to be hitting your nose hard.

Melted - Rosegirls / Toffee Apple Streuselkuchen

Toffee Apple Streuselkuchen - [no scent description]

Streuselkuchen, in real life, is a type of coffee cake.  I don't know exactly what the Rosegirls scent Streuselkuchen includes but it's wonderful on its own.  I was so happy to see this chunk in my sampler order!  To me this was mainly a caramel apple scent.  That's quite alright because it's a super yummy, creamy, buttery caramel and a sweet juicy apple.  There was maybe a tiny hint of spice while this was warm, maybe the slightest trace of bakery note way down deep.  Maybe the Streuselkuchen was working silently to boost the caramel part of this scent.  It IS quite yummy.  If you're looking for that Streuselkuchen scent though, no, this was way stronger on the Toffee Apple.

I melted half of this chunk (about 1 oz. worth) in my tea light warmer and had medium scent.  Would have loved this to be stronger.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Melted - Kim's Tarts / Trick of Treats

Trick or Treats - 'Top notes of pumpkin, persimmon, and apple; followed by middle notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange and cinnamon; and well rounded with base notes of sugar cane and vanilla.' 
With a name like Trick or Treats, my mind automatically goes to a sweet, fun type scent.  This is more warm and softly spiced.  There is a bit of sweetness deep down in there, sort of a juicy note, but the bulk of this is more warm and foodie.  I really did like it though!  It kinda reminds me of a freshly cut into pumpkin, when you're still scooping the guts out of it, and maybe there is some cider simmering somewhere off in the distance.  Not overly spicy.  Not overly bakery.  This would be a 'safe' fall scent for those who are a little more sensitive.
I melted one of these tarts (three in a pack) in my tea light warmer and had medium-strong scent.