Saturday, March 28, 2015

Haul - B&BW Hand Soaps

I recently discovered the joy of foaming hand soaps and quickly placed a small Bath & Body Works order when I found out it was the last day of their hand soap sale.  That order arrived already so I thought I'd just do a super quickie haul post.

Which ones did I get?

- Cucumber Melon
- Sundrenched Vineyard
- Black Cherry Merlot
- Black Raspberry Vanilla
- Kitchen Lemon

I haven't even opened these to sniff them or anything.  I'm just happy to have a bunch of fun foaming soaps while I'm still excited about them.  The Black Raspberry Vanilla will now be replacing the generic and boring regular ol' hand soap that's currently in the bathroom.  And we already have a bottle of Lemon Meringue Cheer going in the kitchen.

Walmart has slim pickings for foaming soaps, so I'm curious to see what Target's Method brand has to offer, next time I get there.

What hand soap are you currently using?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Watched - Percy Jackson / Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson - Sea of Monsters
2013
Rated PG, 106 minutes

'In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.'

Someone told me this movie stayed more true to the book than the first one had.  Having just finished reading this book, and knowing that, I was very much looking forward to watching this movie.  And I was shocked.  Closer to the book??  I was seriously questioning whether that person had even read the books.  It's taken a few days of thinking it over and letting my angry feelings settle down, but I can now see how maybe this might be considered following the book more closely.

Okay, so the key characters and elements were there.  They didn't make up alternate storylines for how events needed to happen.  But they still changed so much that it was still jaw droppingly like "Whyyyyyy?!"  They sort of moved events around and rushed through everything.  They even portrayed Tyson as this funny-dumb, happy go lucky, loveable guy, instead of the slow, slightly challenged innocent that he was in the book.

I'd also been told that this movie combined books two and five from the series, so I wasn't surprised to see the whole Kronos section near the end.  I noticed they also worked in a lot of things from the first book that they'd left of out of the first movie, a bit more of the history of some things.  This person also said there were no plans for another movie.  It seemed to me that they set it up and left this one dangling with another movie in mind.  Keep in mind, I have not read all the books yet, so maybe the series does end with them wondering who the prophecy was really about, but in this movie they not only bumped up the age of the prophecy's fulfillment from 16 to 20, but the movie ended with Percy's voice-over wondering if the prophecy was really about him or if it was about the newly returned Thalia.

So anyway, if were to forget about the book and just think of this as a movie, I guess it was probably alright.  I still think it might have been rushing through events too much, and they went for a bit more humor this time, but I guess it keeps you interested all the way through that way.  There seemed to be a lot of 'look at our special effects skills' going on too.  Gotta admit though, that water horse thing was pretty awesome.  I really do wish they'd have just stuck with the book though.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Melted - Rosegirls / Muffin Club Lavender Blend

Lavender / Vanilla Bean Noel / Birthday Cake

You all know by now that lavender is not a favorite scent of mine.  Because I don't spend much time with it, I don't know all the different nuances of the scent, and don't have much to say about it.  My initial thoughts on this were that it's a lavender-vanilla scent, end of story.  I don't know if I can even describe it fairly.  To me, it's very much a lavender scent, first and foremost.  Other, more experienced lavender fans might think that it's just a softer lavender background note.  I have no clue on something like this.  On cold sniff I seemed to get more of the creamy, foodie notes from the Vanilla Bean Noel and the cake.  There is still some of that smooth sweetness while warmed, but the lavender seemed to really show itself more in the warmer.

I divided this muffin and melted .9 oz. worth in each of three warmers.  I had two tea light warmers and my Glade hot plate warmer going in three adjacent rooms and had a very noticeable medium-strong scent.

This was a nice enough blend for a one time thing, but not something I'd go for again simply because I'm not a lavender fan.

Read - Percy Jackson / The Sea of Monsters

The Sea of Monsters
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two)
by Rick Riordan
2006
279 pages

'After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson-a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

But things don't stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia-only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends-Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson-must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family-one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.
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I'm quite enjoying this Percy Jackson series, and am kicking myself for not reading it back in the day.  On the other hand, it's nice to be able to go from one book right into the next and not have to wait and wonder for a year for that next book to come out.  I should wait and read all series that way!

It was easy to slip into the Percy Jackson world in this second book.  I didn't have the slight resistance to high fantasy or the Harry Potter comparisons that I'd had in the beginning of the first book.  I just found it much easier to accept everything in this one as the fun it's meant to be.  That's another thing I like about the middle grade books.  They're just easier to accept for some reason.

Once again, the story starts with Percy having troubles at school and having to be whisked away to Camp Half-Blood.  This time there are changes at the camp.  Some strange things are happening, and some new staff members are causing quite a shakeup.  Percy's enemy Clarisse is awarded a quest this time.  Although Percy and his friends are floored by this choice, and are sure she won't succeed, what can they do?  But then a mysterious visitor convinces Percy he needs to set out on this quest too.  So Percy, Annabeth, and strange new tag-along Tyson set out to save Grover, who has gotten himself into a bit of a jam.

Some new monsters and some old enemies are encountered along the way.  Percy learns a bit more about Annabeth's past, the sad story that brought her to Camp Half-Blood.  There is another big showdown near the end, with this book following the formula of the first one almost exactly.  Once again though, the whole Kronos part of the story kinda caught me off guard.  Am I just not seeing all the clues?  Or is it really that subtle and middle grade kids aren't catching it either?  But still, I did enjoy this book and have already dived right into the next book.  And I'm looking forward to watching this second movie now, which is waiting on my DVR.

What did you think of this second book in the Olympians series?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Won It - Dollar Spot Giveaway Prize!

Since my newest addiction, Target's Dollar Spot, has me watching haul videos as fast as my slow boonies internet allows, I came across a new channel last week, called PopFizzPaper.  In the haul video of hers that I was watching, she was having a giveaway.  

And I won!
*happy dance*

It was funny too because I'd just been to Target and grabbed some more goodies from the newly restocked Dollar Spot, and when I got home my prize package was waiting in the mailbox.  I do have doubles of a couple things now, but that's totally okay!

I now have doubles of this 5x7 inch, blank paged notebook with the stretchy closure band.

I also have doubles of this pack of pens.  I'm hoping these are good.  Plenty of people who haul them claim to really love them.

I also received this pack of notecards.  I had this design, and others in my hand when I was at Target but decided not to get it.  Now I have it anyway.  Cool!

An 80 sheet notepad.  This has a magnet on the back so it could go on the fridge, but I'll probably just keep it here at my desk.

This says 'journal' on the package but it's really more of a notepad.  It's 60 sheets of lined paper, and is connected at the top, like a flip pad type.  Always handy for shopping lists or whatnot.

A 2-pack of small (2.5x3.5 in.) sticky notes.  Always handy!

And this is so cute and fun, even if I really don't know what I'll do with it yet.  It's a little (4.5x4.5 in.) clipboard with a smaller notepad.  I can't tell if they are sticky notes, since I haven't actually opened it yet.  The clip is also removable.  This might also be handy to have in your purse, like clip the coupons you're going to use right onto your shopping list, or something like that.  Yeah yeah, you can use a simple paper clip for that.  Don't be boring!  This is creative dollar fun!

Dani, from PopFizzPaper, also has an Esty shop of planner related items, and included some samples of her stickers.  How cute are those?!  You can check out more of her work at her shop . . . HERE.

Thank you so much, Dani!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Melted - Rosegirls / Muffin Club Sugared Apple Blend

Peppermint / Lemonade / Sugared Apple

When I came up with this blend for our Muffin Club, it was sort of just a 'pull random things together and get out of your rut of familiar scents.'  This turned out to be quite an interesting blend!  On cold sniff, the peppermint seems much more noticeable then when warmed.  On cold sniff, the apple note is more distinct than while warmed.  On cold there is still a sort of underlying creaminess but that seems to come out a bit more while warmed.  All of the notes seem to swirl and blend together more smoothly while warmed.  You're not quite sure anymore if that's apple you're smelling, or if that's mint.  It's become a sweet, crisp note on a bed of mysterious creaminess.  Can't say that I'm detecting any specific lemonade notes, but I'd guess they helping for the sweetness of the apple and the crisp mint.  Just an unusual and interesting scent!

I divided this muffin and melted 1 oz. worth in each of my three warmers.  I had two tea light warmers and my Glade hot plate warmer going in three adjacent rooms and had a robust medium scent.

I would consider this again if I were to place a custom order.

Haul - Dollar Spot & Dollar Tree . . . Again

Monster in the making, people!  Seriously.  I had to take my mom shopping this morning and decided I was going to stop at Target and "just run in and grab one thing."  But when I saw they had totally restocked the whole freakin' Dollar Spot section it was like weird scene out of a movie.  First the world stopped and there was an angel chorus in the air as my mouth dropped open.  Then life started moving again and I went into frenzy 'Grab all the things!' mode.

Okay, in reality it was probably pretty boring, but in my head that's how it all appeared.

I did have A LOT more in my hands before I paused to let common sense and will power find it's way back into my brain.  Then I put a lot back and only came away with a few things that I still didn't need.

Boring, repeat buys first.  Oh wait, those crispy M&M's shouldn't even be in there because I got those at Walmart.  Oops.  The black thing on the right is another of the cheapie speakers from Target.  Hubby says the one we got him works great for what he wanted at work, and Casey says his works for what he wanted too, so I wanted to grab one more for myself before they were gone.  It was me who originally wanted the dang thing anyway, to boost sound of my iPod in my car.  Grabbed some cheapie batteries at Dollar Tree for the cheapie speakers.

Also grabbed cheapie screen protectors at Dollar Tree, for hubby's new iPod.  I know this is smartphone protector but I'm hoping I can just trim to fit and all will be fine.

Anyway, back to Target's Dollar Spot.  The whole dang 'Watercolors' line was restocked, which meant all the cute notecards were there this time.  I had several in my hand at first, but settled on just this pack after I talked to myself and realized I really don't know who I'll be sending all these notecards to anyway.  People just don't DO snail mail these days.

A simple little notebook, or journal.  It's 5x7 inches and says 60 sheets on the package, which means 120 pages.  They are just blank white pages, no lines.  There is a stretchy band closure on it to keep it closed and neat and tidy.  People say that's awesome if you keep this in your purse, because the pages aren't getting all bent and torn from flopping open in there.  I do not carry a purse, but if I did this would totally be in it.

And then there is this smaller one, 4x6 inch size, also 60sheets/120 pages.  This one has a little string closure thing instead of the stretchy band.  I like the stretchy style better.  I'm challenged and don't know how to efficiently use the string to keep this closed.

I've always shied away from dollar pens because I assume they'll be crappy.  People in Dollar Spot haul videos swear by these things though, so I was happy to see them restocked.  I grabbed two packs so I'd have one of each of the designs in the series.  They are black ink.  I have not tried them yet.  They better be good.

I realize now that not everything was restocked in the Dollar Spot section.  I don't remember seeing any of the cute Easter sticky notes or other Easter things I've seen in haul videos.  I did find this 3-pack of sparkly, shiny, holograph tape though.  Not really washi tape but hey, something creative can come from these too!

And then at Dollar Tree . . . I FINALLY FOUND WASHI TAPE!  I saw someone haul these just last night and was so excited to actually see them at my store.  There were many more designs but I limited myself to these three.  Even though I don't know what to do with these, I'm already kicking myself for not grabbing on of each design.  I need to start coming up with some creative things to do with this stuff.  How freakin' cute are those?!

Also at Dollar Tree, I'm finally starting to see the cute phone cases in the size I need.  That purple wallet/case I hauled recently is just not going to work for me.  Since I won't be using that, I wanted something different from the boring ol' Otter Box case I've had on my phone.  Gonna try this fun print for a while.  For a dollar, why not?

And that's my haul for this time.  Not TOO much damage done to the bank account.  I really should stop now though before it *does* get out of hand.  I should be okay at controlling myself while the summer stuff if out but when fall starts creeping up again . . . oh boy.  I'm already anxious to see what goodies they will have in the Target Dollar Spot for fall!

Have you found any goodies since we last talked?


Friday, March 20, 2015

Melted - Rosegirls / Muffin Club Marilyn Blend

Vanilla Bean Noel / Strawberry Raspberry Guava / Marilyn

Hubby and Casey thought this smelled like bubble gum.  I can find maybe the tiniest hint of what might seem like bubble gum, but no, that description would probably never have come to mind for me.  This was very sweet, like a chewy candy of some sort.  There is a tiny bit of creamy vanilla from that Vanilla Bean Noel, and a wee hint of tartness or zing that is probably from the Marilyn, but mainly it's a sweet and pretty scent.  This was nice but is not something I'd normally gravitate towards.  I think it's the Marilyn that puts it into that 'pretty' category that I usually bypass.  I did not dislike this.  It's just not the type I'd be anxious to melt more of.  It was fine for this bright and sunny first day of spring though.

I divided this muffin and melted approximately 1 oz. in each of three warmers.  I had two tea lights and my Glade hot plate warmer going in three adjacent rooms, and had a light-to-medium scent.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Melted - Rosegirls / Muffin Club Pink Margarita Blend

Pink Sugar / Margarita / Watermelon Slush

Another nice one from our second round of Muffin Club!  This is like an almost elegant watermelon scent.  I get quite a bit of the Pink Sugar notes, but there is such a healthy dose of watermelon coming through with it, and then there is just enough of the lemon-lime from the Margarita to put a bit of perk in it all.  The 'Slush' keeps it creamy though.  It's just a really interesting blend.

I divided this muffin and melted 1.0 oz. worth in each of three warmers.  I had two tea light warmers and my Glade hot plate warmer going in three adjacent rooms and had a very healthy medium-strong scent.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Melted - Rosegirls / Muffin Club - Strawberry Jam Blend

Strawberry Jam / Sicilian Lemon Cookies / Royal Sugar Cookies

This was SO delicious . . . while it lasted.  It was a super creamy cookie scent, with softer notes of that yummy strawberry jam.  I didn't pick out any specific lemon notes, but it was probably helping making the fruity part of this sweeter and brighter.  It was mainly a bakery scent though.

Unfortunately it barely lasted.

I divided this muffin and melted 1 oz. worth in each of my three warmers.  With two tea light warmers and my Glade hot plate warmer going in three adjacent rooms, this came roaring out of the gate with fabulous strong scent.  It was heavenly for maybe the first hour, then it quickly faded down to a very light scent, and was gone by the end of the four hour tea light burn.  Bummer on the longevity but dang it was good while it was there.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Glade Line!


I don't go to Target often but while I was there this morning I noticed an intriguing new line from Glade.  It is the Endless Color line.  I saw each color in candle, tart, and oil form.

Fiery Rouge - 'Cardamom & clove.'
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Adventurous Orange - 'Guava & ginger.'
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Jubilant Yellow - 'Hibiscus & lychee.'
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 Inspired Green - 'Sandalwood & fern.'
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Tranquil Turquoise - 'Water lily & sea salt.'
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 Wild Violet - 'Violet & birch.'
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NOTE - There are completely different scent descriptions for these if you look at the details on the Target website.  I don't know what's going on with that, unless those are other trace notes in the overall scents.  The descriptions I have listed are the descriptions on the display in the store, and seem to match what I sniffed a lot closer than the alternate descriptions on the website.
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There is also a new warmer to go with this line.  I didn't look closely at it in the store because in my quick glance I thought it was just the other white Glade warmer that everyone was looking for during the holidays.  Looking at this pic online though, it appears to be a smooth design, and I'm now wondering how it really looks.

They also have these scented oil things but since I don't use these I really don't know if it's any different than normal.

The candles are 9 oz. and sell for $9.99.
The scented oils come in 3-packs and sell for $7.99.
The wax melts come in the round plastic container and have multiple packs of the cubes inside.  Info I saw on the Target website said there are 16 cubes total, and this sells for $9.99.
The oil kit comes with the wall unit and two different oils.  There appear to be different scent packs to choose from, and the kit sells for $9.99.
The wax warmer sells for $14.99.

Have you seen this line?  Are there any that you will be checking out?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Melted - Rosegirls / Muffin Club - Cherry Berry Blend


Cherry Berry Punch / Lemonade

Another from our second round of Muffin Club, this was such a bright and fun scent, perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.  There is a lot of zippy, zesty, zinginess in this, so if you're not a fan of that almost effervescent type note, you probably wouldn't want to try this blend.  I kept thinking I was getting an orange note.  Maybe there is orange in the punch part of the mix?  Maybe it was just my imagination because of that zestiness?  I'm not sure.  I got more of the dark fruit notes than the lemon.  It's a very candy-sweet scent though.  It screams 'Get up!  Get going! Be happy today!' and I liked that.

I divided this muffin and melted 1 oz. worth in three of my warmers again.  I had two tea lights and my Glade hot plate going in adjacent rooms and had a very easy to detect medium strength scent.  Any stronger would have been too much for me with all that citrus-squirt-in-the-eye type action coming from this.

Watched - Percy Jackson / The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson - The Lightning Thief
2010
Rated PG, 118 minutes

'A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.'

I read this book recently, finally, and enjoyed it enough that I was very much looking forward to watching the movie.  Well, I watched it last night and . . . wow.  They kept the most basic bits of needed info from the book and pretty much made a whole new story out of it.  Wow.  Yeah, movies are often different than their book version but usually it's a change in a scene or something.  Not the whole dang story.

I've had some time to think about the movie vs. the book now.  The movie does flow quicker and smoother than the storyline in the book.  I suppose in that way, it works.  It keeps moving along and has a more 'fun' vibe about it that probably appeals to the intended crowd.  But it also made their adventure seem way too easy.  They have someone who tells them all they need to know, gives them tools and a map, and sends them on their way.  The map tells them exactly where they need to go each step of the way.  They have a vehicle the entire way.  They check into motels.  It's just way too easy.

I did like Grover in the movie but even there, they changed so much.  In the book he's a bumbling nervous type.  In the movie he's all perky and confident and quite the ladies man.

It was quite funny to me that Annabeth was the one character in the book I had a hard time liking, and she ended up being the one I hated most in the movie.  I think it was the actress though.  These kids are supposed to be about 12 years old in the book.  Why did the movie version of her look like a 20 year old hooker?

There was no mention of Kronos anywhere in the movie.  And Luke was acting alone in the movie.  I'm curious now to see how the second movie will be.  I'm still reading that book though, so it'll be a little bit before I watch that movie.

So, as a movie, I did like this.  I'm just rather bummed they changed SO much.

Melted - Rosegirls / Muffin Club - Blueberry Blend

Pecan Waffles / Cotton Candy Frosting / Blueberry Cobbler

This is one of the custom blends from the last Muffin Club we did, and ohhhhh my was it nice.  The easiest way to describe it would be 'blueberry muffin.'  But it's a high end blueberry muffin.  It's deep and rich, with something more because of the pecan waffles adding just that special something extra.  Well okay, it's a cobbler scent to begin with, not a muffin.  Duh me.  But still, you get my point.  Mmmm, while the blueberry is very noticeable, I do think it's the Pecan Waffles that really makes this blend so delicious.  There is such a warmth, and sort of creaminess.  I don't really notice the Cotton Candy Frosting specifically but it's probably helping to boost the sweeter notes, the blueberry.  This one is worth getting more of, for sure.

I divided this muffin into thirds and melted about 1 oz. worth in each of my three warmers.  I had two tea light warmers and my Glade hot plate warmer going in three adjacent rooms, and had a very nice medium-strong scent.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Watched - Devil's Due

Devil's Due
2014
Rated R, 89 minutes

'After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy.'

I stumbled upon the end of this movie about a month ago while flipping through channels one boring afternoon.  It intrigued me enough to do a DirecTV search and have the DVR record it the next time it was on.  Then I forgot about.  Until a couple days ago.

Okay, saying it right off the bat.  This movie got horrible ratings on the big movie sites.  A lot of people rely heavily on such ratings.  I do not.  I really liked this movie!  I was quite surprised.  It's done in the same vlogger style camerawork as things like Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity.  That might have been part of what sucked me in originally.  But yeah, crap ratings or not, I liked this movie.  It's actually rather sad.

I don't know how much to say without spoiling the story but basically this couple goes on their honeymoon, has a crazy night of partying in a strange place, strange land, and soon finds out the wife is pregnant even though she's on the pill.  'Oh well, these things happen,' is the reaction of people around her.  The husband is thrilled, but the wife has mixed feelings.  She can't get rid of the feeling that something is wrong.  She starts doing some weird things, gets violent and seems to space out at times.  It's sad when, in her clear headed moments, she's crying and feeling like a failure, or is frightened when she comes back from one of the incidents.  There is one explosive argument where she angrily reminds her husband that she didn't want to get pregnant and this stage of their lives.  As things take their toll on her, she just becomes more withdrawn and tired.  Her sobbing "I'm sorry," during a moment of lucidity in the big climax just makes you want to cry too.

The hubby is quite a sweetie.  He's just trying to help her, be there for her.  He's worried about her, asking questions of the doctors when she's not.  He holds her as she comes out of her weird spells, coaxing her back with strong embraces and reassuring "I'm here, it's me,"s.  He figures out what's going on but will it be in time to save her?

The movie is in the handheld camera type style because he wanted to record their lives together.  He said his dad was always doing it while he was growing up, capturing the everyday things as well as the usual big events.  He wanted to do that too now that they were getting married and starting their new lives together.  There is also some in-home security camera type footage that I didn't really understand at first.  Let's just say it wasn't them that installed the cameras . . .

As with these types of movies, you don't always get all the information you might want.  It leaves a lot to wonder about.  Like why didn't he protest more in the end?  Why didn't he have anyone look at the video footage?  But sometimes leaving you hanging makes it more interesting.

I liked this movie enough that I will probably buy it on DVD to have in our spooky Halloween season collection.

Melted - Rosegirls / Windmill Cookies

Windmill Cookies - [no scent description]

I remember hearing somewhere, some time ago, that this is an almond cookie scent.  I don't know if it's a Rosegirls blend, or a 'single scent' oil, so I really can't even guess what's all in this.  On cold sniff, there is a strong almond note.  It's crisp and potent, a bold cherry-almond extract type scent.  Warmed though, the cookie note really takes over.  I want to say it's like a butter cookie type.  It's a warm bakery note, not overly sweet, and nearly drowns out that beautiful almond scents.  It was still a nice scent, but I was sad that the cookie part pushed to the front.

I melted about 1 oz. worth in my tea light warmer and had a healthy medium strength scent.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Melted - Rosegirls / Raspberry Coconut

Raspberry Coconut - [no scent description]

I first melted this about a week after receiving it and had very little luck with it.  Since I'd also had weak results from another scent from my mini melters order I decided to set them aside and yes, let... them... cure...  It's been almost a month since receiving the order now, so I decided to give this another try.  And I was still disappointed with the results.  What little I could smell was mainly a toasted coconut scent.  That was nice and all, but I'd very much wanted some of the raspberry to come through.  I had one chunk going in my tea light warmer in one room, and one chunk going in my Glade warmer in another room.  I left the house to do some things and when I came back later, knowing the Glade warmer was still going, I was surprised and hopeful when I was greeted with a sweet coconut scent upon opening the back door.  That was it though, a light coconut scent that had drifted to that room.

Bummer!

(And I'm back to doubting 'curing' does anything.  Ha!)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Melted - Tiffany Candles / Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies - [no scent description]

I do love lemon scents, and lemon cookies seems to be a hit with me no matter what vendor it's from.  This was no exception.  The cold sniff version of this is much stronger on the lemon, which was very sweet like Lemonheads candy.  Warmed though, the bakery side really made its presence known with strong cookie notes.  The lemon was toned down then, to more of an almost creamy lemon filling type scent.

Unfortunately though, the scent was weak and had no throw at all.  I started with one of these .8 oz. tarts in my tea light warmer and found I was only getting small whiffs of scent if I happened to walk past the warmer and stir up the air.  I fired up a second tea light warmer with one .8 oz. tart in an adjacent room, and a while after that decided to go ahead and toss the final tart in my Glade warmer in the same room.  It only got microscopically better.

Great scent though . . . when I could smell it.

(This 3-pack was a gift.)

Read - Percy Jackson / The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One)
by Rick Riordan
2005
375 pages

'Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again.  And that's the least of his troubles.  Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and ino his life.  And worse, he's angered a few of them.  Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.  But to succeed in his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.'


As with most things, I'm late to the Percy Jackson party.  I've been aware of the books and intended to read them for a long time but it wasn't until I received the boxed set for Christmas that I'm finally doing it.  I remember when the movie came out on DVD we bought it right away, and I even remember starting to watch it.  I don't remember finishing it though.  Having read this book now, I really want to dig out that movie and watch it.

This is a middle grade book, intended for ages 10-14.  I find I quite enjoy these middle grade books because they're an easier read.  And just like with that Loki's Wolves series I've posted about, it's an easier way to learn about the Norse gods (in Loki's Wolves) and the Greek gods in this.

I really enjoyed this book.  I tend to compare things in my head so of course there were some Harry Potter comparisons happening in my head.  I didn't let it get in the way though, and this story worked in its own way.  Another good thing about middle grade books is that they usually don't have a lot of extra stuff or complicated storylines.  This book kept a good pace and stuck to the main plot quite well.  There was just enough sneakiness to keep you thinking you'd figured things out and then suddenly you're near the end and thinking 'Oh, clever!  You fooled me!' And then a couple more things happen and you find you were probably right all along.  I admit though, I didn't figure out was in the pit beforehand.  Even when it was revealed, I was wondering what I'd missed that had made it obvious enough for these kids to figure out.  Maybe if I'd known a bit more about the Greek gods going into this I would have picked up the clues.  But oh well, it all works out in the story.

I liked Percy.  I liked that he wasn't perfect, and that he wasn't a whiny victim of his circumstances.  When he was mad, he was mad.  He kicked butt.  He had mean thoughts.  He was quite real.  I liked his friend Grover but I had a hard time warming up to his other friend, Annabeth.  She seemed a bit inconsistent, or undone, like the author wasn't quite sure at this point which way he wanted her to go.  Some of the characters seemed over the top but again, it's a middle grade book and kids probably loved those particular ones.

I'm glad I'm finally experiencing the Percy Jackson world.  I immediately started reading the next book, and I will be digging out the movie very soon.

Have you read the Percy Jackson series?  How about Rick Riordan's other books?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Read - Beautiful Redemption

Beautiful Redemption
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
2012
451 pages

'Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.


Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.
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*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***

I don't think I ever posted about the third book in this series.  I'd been so bored with the second that for a while I wasn't sure I was even going to continue with the series.  I eventually had though and found the third book to be a bit more interesting, and downright heartbreaking at the end.  So with that ending in mind, I was very curious to see where this fourth and final book of the series would go.

This one opened with huge potential and really got me thinking about something.   Now, I'm not a religious person, not sure just what I believe or not.  I've wondered and worried about what happens after death.  The beginning of this book kinda made up my mind that I hope there is nothing.  You see, when Ethan wakes up after his 'suicide,' he is back with his mom and that's a wonderful thing.  Then he realizes he can still watch over Lena and everyone he left behind, and can see all their pain and suffering, and can see the aftermath of what happened in the third book.  He had thought that with his sacrifice everything would be okay.  He also learns there are ways to communicate and possibly a way for him to go back to the living.  He becomes obsessed with this.  I don't remember if he actually thinks it in the book and that's what got me thinking it, or if it was just a conclusion I came to myself, but I started thinking it would all be so much better if you die and that's it.  Lights out.  End of you and your conscious.  No more worries.  Nothing.

Well that's morbidly depressing, huh??

Anyway, Ethan finds out someone had altered things in the big book of destinies and that he was never meant to be the sacrifice.  He has a chance to change things back and be reunited with Lena.  Of course, this will involve an extremely risky journey.  It means making a choice between getting back to Lena in the land of the living, and leaving his mother who he has now been reunited with in the land of the dead.  And if he fails his quest it's not like 'Oh well, I'll be staying with my mom then.'  No, where he's going and what he needs to do could possibly send him to what I guess would be hell, where he wouldn't even have his mom.  So it's heartbreaking again when he chooses to take the risk, and leaves his mom.

The story becomes a sort of Lord of the Rings heavy fantasy adventure then.  I wasn't liking it at first but managed to eventually just go with it.  One problem I had, once again, was that I took too much time in reading this book.  I'd been really lacking in reading motivation for quite some time, so I was only reading little bits of this at a time, much like I did with the previous books in the series.  I can't help but wonder if I'd enjoy the whole series more if I'd really applied myself and got through them more efficiently.  But even so, I did enjoy this book.  There were some weaknesses in the story, like things that could or couldn't be done in Ethan's attempts to communicate with the living, but overall it was still an interesting story.  I was caught off guard by something big towards the end, but then the actual ending just sort of . . . ended.  Really?  How were some of the events explained?  How did people carry on afterwards?  I need to know these things!  I need some closure! lol

I know that is at least one more book, a companion book to this series.  I'm undecided at the moment whether I want to read it or not.  While I did enjoy the series, for some reason I just couldn't seem to lose myself in these books and plow through them.  Maybe someday when my life isn't so frazzled, I'll go back and read these again, and hopefully enjoy them more thoroughly.

Cold Sniff - BH&G / Soft Cashmere Amber

Soft Cashmere Amber - [no scent description]

This is a hugely popular Better Homes & Gardens scent but I'm always surprised when people say they can never find it, because it's one that ALWAYS seems to be at my Walmart.  Not my type of scent, being one of those sophisticated type blends, this is a soft and pretty scent.  There is a bit of a laundry or linen note to this, with other pretty things dancing around it.  This makes me think of fine, rich houses where everything is white and shiny and pristine.  If I were to start melting tarts in the bedroom, this might be a happy, comforting choice.

(The Cold Sniff series will feature Better Homes & Gardens, and Scentsationals tarts that I'm probably not going to melt myself, whether it be ones I'm buying to send to others or just new ones I notice at my local Walmart.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cold Sniff - Scentsationals / Simple Romance

Simple Romance - 'Set the mood with woodsy vanilla.'

I usually don't even bother with these types of scents.  You know, the complex, sophisticated blends.  Just give me simple things I can recognize.  So I was surprised when my first sniff of this caught me off guard and I had to go back for several more sniffs.  It's sort of a sexy man scent.  There is vanilla, and I do get the hint of wood in there, but there is a muskiness or something more to it that keeps me coming back.  I don't melt tarts in the bedroom, but maybe I should start with this one!

(The Cold Sniff series will feature Better Homes & Gardens, and Scentsationals tarts that I'm probably not going to melt myself, whether it be ones I'm buying to send to others or just new ones I notice at my local Walmart.)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cold Sniff - BH&G / Fresh Pulled Taffy

Fresh Pulled Taffy - [no scent description]

I was immediately drawn to this when I saw it on the shelf.  I was slightly disappointed when I sniffed it.  I was expecting more of a salty, warmly scented taffy.  My first reaction was that this was just another Fruit Loops type scent.  After sniffing it many more times now, it's not really a Fruit Loops knockoff but it is still very sweet and candy-like, which I suppose it would be since it's taffy.  I don't get any sort of distinct fruit scent or anything, just a sort of generic candy sweetness.

(The Cold Sniff series will feature Better Homes & Gardens, and Scentsationals tarts that I'm probably not going to melt myself, whether it be ones I'm buying to send to others or just new ones I notice at my local Walmart.)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Order of the Odor: We had a secret giveaway!


 
We hosted a sneaky secret giveaway on the Order this month! If you voted on any of the Order's blogs your name was entered in a drawing for a $30 Rosegirls gift certificate!

Congrats to: futurowoman!

Thank you for reading and participating in the Order of the Odor posts.

Cold Sniff - BH&G / Salt Water Winds

Salt Water Winds - [no scent description]

Hubby's first reaction to this was a huge smiling sigh of "Aahhh, so fresh."  This is another type of scent that is not my strong point, so I'm not sure how to describe it.  It is fresh, along the spa lines, but not as 'moist' as some ocean type scents I've smelled in the past.  There is almost a hint of laundry or linen in this, perhaps a very slight hint of cologne-y-ness.

(The Cold Sniff series will feature Better Homes & Gardens, and Scentsationals tarts that I'm probably not going to melt myself, whether it be ones I'm buying to send to others or just new ones I notice at my local Walmart.)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cold Sniff - BH&G / Pink Tiare Flower

Pink Tiare Flower - [no scent description]

I'm not a floral fan.  Except for lilacs, I couldn't identify specific flower scents to save my life.  This is one I might be able to tolerate though.  It's sort of a 'dark' floral, at least to me.  There is a bit of sweetness, but again, it's a darker, heavier type sweetness and not the usual light and breezy pollen filled flower shop type of 'sweet' that comes with florals.

(The Cold Sniff series will feature Better Homes & Gardens, and Scentsationals tarts that I'm probably not going to melt myself, whether it be ones I'm buying to send to others or just new ones I notice at my local Walmart.)