Sunday, May 21, 2017

Read - Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast
adapted by Elizabeth Rudnick
2017
275 pages

'Belle wants more out of life than the small provincial town of Villeneuve can offer.  There she stands out from the crowd with her unique point of view, her strong-willed independence, and her love of books.  She longs for travel and adventure, for a life as exciting as the stories she reads.

But when Belle's beloved father is taken prisoner by a beast in an enchanted castle, her path is forever changed.  Risking her freedom and her future, she takes her father's place, secretly vowing to escape.  But as she learns more about the Beast and his mysterious castle, Belle realizes there may be more to his story -- and her own -- than she ever could have imagined.'
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Can you believe I have never read Beauty and the Beast, have never seen the classic Disney cartoon version, did not even know the story???  When this new Disney version came out recently I was curious because I'm really drawn to these live action adaptations of the Disney classics, but I wasn't wowed enough to pay much attention because I just didn't know anything about it.  I like to buy the books of these movie versions too as they come out.  I have Maleficent and Cindrella, and I grabbed Beauty and the Beast when I saw that one on the shelf.

It's a short and easy story to read, only 275 pages.  I finished it last night and oh my gosh, why did it take me so long to come around to this story???  I absolutely need to see the movie now.  I think it's even still playing in my local theater.  Ah, who are we kidding?  I'll probably wait for the DVD to come out.  But anyway, I loved this story!  Yeah, it's predictable as all fairy tales tend to be.  I mean, we all know they're going to fall in love and live happily ever after, right?  The thing that makes this one so much more appealing to me than, say, Cinderella, is the fact that there is a *beast.*  It sort of fits into that weird fascination I have with seemingly dark, very powerful people still being good and caring underneath it all.  

By the way, does The Beast have a proper name?!

I do have a couple little gripes about this adaptation of the story.  Maybe some of these things are answered in the movie?  Like, how did Belle's father escape after Gaston left him tied up for the wolves to find?  Did no one else see Gaston fall and apparently die at the end?  Did no one wonder about where he was?  Did no one care because the spell was broken and they were all thinking clearly now?  Why was The Beast cursed but Gaston, who was just as bad, never was?  I'd started to wonder if there was some time warp or alternate universe thing going on where Gaston and The Beast were the same guy.

And didn't the enchantress put an unfair curse on The Beast?  How was he supposed to learn to love if she'd also cursed the castle and the townsfolk, so they'd eventually forget it existed?  How was he ever supposed to encounter anyone that he could learn to love??

I'm being nitpicky, I suppose.  I just want more of the story though!  LOL

I finished the book last night, and first thing this morning I looked up the movie trailer on YouTube.  And yeah, I cried.  I can't wait to see it now!

So am I the last person on earth to learn the story of Beauty and the Beast?
Are you a fan of this story?  Have you seen the movie?
Can you answer any of my questions??

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Read - The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl

The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl
by Paige McKenzie
2017
322 pages

'Is Sunshine Griffith who she thinks she is? Now that her luiseach powers are fully awakened, and having barely survived an abyss full of demons at the end of Book Two, Sunshine must figure out who-or what-has been organizing the forces of darkness against her.

Thanks to her brainiac boyfriend, Nolan, they not only unearth that Sunshine's death would trigger a calamitous event, but that all civilization depends on her survival. So when an unexpected event unleashes a fierce war between the luiseach and the demon army, Sunshine will learn a shocking truth about herself. Can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice to save humankind?
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*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***

 (Read my review of the first book in this trilogy HERE.)
(Read my review of the second book in this trilogy HERE.)

When I noticed this book at Walmart recently I was like "Oh my gosh, I'd forgotten this was coming out!" and snatched it up immediately.  This is third and apparently final book, making this a trilogy instead of the series I'd thought it would be.  I'd seen this mentioned somewhere as 'the final installment,' but I don't see that stated anywhere on the book jacket and they did leave just enough little things open at the end of this to easily continue.  I guess we'll have to wait and see.

I enjoyed this book.  I like that it was shorter, not some 700 page beast.  It kept a decent pace and did not have a lot of extra side stories and complicated twists or filler.  The characters continue to be likeable because the author just lets them be, doesn't try too hard to force their personalities on the reader.  Things are quite to the point, and somewhat easy to figure out if you're paying attention but not so obvious that it bores you.  I did have some cranky moments though.

Sunshine is back in home after fleeing the training compound in Mexico to save someone at the end of the previous book.  Of course the full cast of characters has now assembled back in her new hometown as this story comes to a head.  Some are there to try and keep her safe.  Some are there to keeps tabs on her.  And some are there to do her harm.  Sunshine is apparently the key to some grand scale game changing plan in the battle between luiseach and demons.  Can they keep her safe long enough to come up with a plan of their own?

And that's where a lot of my squabbles come in.  If she is SO important that they've assembled all the best people to help guard her, set up schedules of 24/7 bodyguards, and whatnot, why are they always off doing other things and letting her roam around on her own?  Why are they letting her go to school and get back to normal?  And what the heck was all that about arranging for her best friend from her childhood hometown to stay living with her and transferring to her school?  I understand that the friend became a key pawn in the game but it was a weak way of going about it.  I also had a problem with the whole 'pentagram spell' in general.  If the mastermind behind it was THE most powerful demon ever, why didn't he just swoop in and nab her and kill her?  Why did there need to be this fancy spell, sixteen years to carry out, a complicated death every four years, leading up to this final battle?

I thought the big battle itself was a bit lacking but I was also glad that it wasn't some long drawn out thing.  Although it was rather short, it did pack quite a bit of emotion into it.

Although there were some demons possessing human events in this book, it wasn't really scary.  It certainly did not have the creepy factor that the first book had.  I didn't really expect it to though since we'd already learned back then what was really going on, what she was and what her powers were.  This book was more of her continuing to learn about her kind, their history, and about the challenge they were about to face . . . and why.

As mentioned, the book did leave just a few little things wide open for another book.  Part of me is hoping there will be another, and part of me will be happy if it really does end with this one because at least it's ending on a good note for me.  Far too often I get bored when a series drags on too long and I end up hating where the story goes.  This one was short and on point, and I appreciate that.

If you're looking for something quick to read with a bit of creepiness and some paranormal twists, I highly recommend this trilogy.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Loot Crate - Wizarding World Box / May 2017

As soon as this fourth Wizarding World subscription box from Loot Crate arrived I noticed something different.  That little sticker label on the flap was not the usual lock-type image.  This is a spookier, creepier image that immediately made me wonder what the theme of this box was!

The design inside the box only deepened that curiosity.  How creepy are those faces??  Well, turns out the theme for this box is Dark Arts.  Heh, I guess that explains it.

First up is this cool shirt of Percival Graves from the Fantastic Beasts movie.  Pretty cool, since he was one of the things I actually liked about the movie.

Look at this fun Azkaban pouch!  It's a little bigger than a typical pencil case.  This could be used for many things.  Maybe makeup brushes or makeup items if that's you're thing.  Maybe I could cram my 100-pack of Crayola colored pencils in here?!  I'm not sure if it would hold that many.  But anyway, it's a decent size that could be used for many things.

I'm not really into pins but this is a really cool one.  As the card says, it's Tom Riddle's Diary.  The pin has a hole in that golden center blob, and that is a basilisk tooth on the attached chain.  Yep, the tooth can be poked into that hole, just like Harry destroying the horcrux.

The card maker in me was super excited to see this set!  There are six plain black cards and envelopes.  The cards have an embossed image of seven serpents, something related to the Chamber of Secrets but offhand I can't remember exactly what.  (Bad fan, I know.)  It gets even neater though, because there is also a red wax stick and a stamp of that same image, so you can do old time wax seals!  I used to have a cute little wax seal set and it's harder than it seems.  I never was able to get it done correctly.  Oh, the wax stick and stamp come in a nice black velvet pouch.

With all the dark and creepy things in the box, I totally cracked up at this.  I knew immediately was it referring to but I was still laughing in a 'What the frick?!' kind of way, more like a 'These actually exist?!'  Yes, we have four lovely, pink, flowery, girlie, kitty plates to represent evil Professor Umbridge.  LOL!  Should I hang these dorky things in my craft room???

This was a fun box.  I'm glad I didn't know anything about it beforehand, completely spoiler-free.  I think I have two more boxes and then my one year subscription will be done.  Can't wait to see what's still to come!





Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Haul - Collective Crafty Things

I'd encountered a sort of lull in my card making ambition after my mad rush to get those Easter cards done.  Then I happened to be watching a bit of one of the shows hubby enjoys and a guy in there was talking about "Have fun with your passion, whatever it is."  Hubby was like "Yeah!  Listen to him!"  And I pouted that I don't know what my passion IS because my interests change so much.  Then I was like "Well currently it's card making so okay, I need to have fun with that for now, I guess."  So I gave myself permission to start buying some crafty things again.

I might have shown this already.  Apologies if I have.  Remember how I'd discovered that I absolutely loved coloring my stamped images with colored pencils?  Remember how we'd splurged on a monster pack of Prismacolor pencils and I found I didn't really like them?  So I found the biggest assortment of good ol' Crayola pencils and ordered myself a box.  Wheee!

I finally gave in and got a label maker.  I've wanted one for a while but always talked myself out of it because it wasn't something I really *needed* for anything crafty.  So many of the card makers I follow though, have a neat little organization system for stamps and dies, and have nice little labels.  Hubby had also mentioned he could use some labels for some things at work, so we picked this one.  I also ordered some of the different clear storage envelopes that I see those crafters using but the pics of those are boring and not worth posting.

One of the card makers I follow often orders from Gina K Designs because she loves the envelopes and colored cardstock from there.  When I saw it was a Wisconsin site I decided to go ahead and order too.  There are a few different variety packs of cardstock available.  I decided to start with this one but the spring and summery colors.

I also decided to try the Gina K envelopes.  I'd been content with just simple white ones from Walmart before this.  But dang it, I need to have fun with my passion!  The guy on TV said so!  There are so many fun colors to chose from, but I decided on this pink because it can be used for a lot of things.

I noticed Gina K has patterned papers too.  I have struggled with incorporating patterned papers into my card designs but I think I might be slowly coming around to it now.  I looooooove patterned papers!  This pack will be good for masculine cards.

We're nowhere near Halloween yet but when I saw this pack of papers on the Gina K site I knew I had to snag one.  Better to have it now, early, than to be scrambling to find some later.  Right?!

I ordered this Once Upon A Time themed pack from the Simon Says Stamp site.  It has some fun dragon and castle and boy-type designs.

I also got this Dragon Tails pack, which is more dragons and castles and boy-themed designs, but with little knights that look like Vikings.  wOOt!

This Fairy Tales pack is castles and unicorns and girlie-themed designs.

I finally got a chance to order this Perfectly Plaid - Rainbow pack from Lawn Fawn.  It's often been sold out when I've gone looking for it.

So I grabbed this pack of Lawn Fawn's Watercolor Wishes paper too while it was in stock.

I got another dry embossing folder to add to my little collection.  This one just put simple dots all over whatever you're embossing, just adding a little extra something to the paper.

I finally caved about bought these black and white glaze pens too.  So many of the card makers I follow use them and it's amazing how such simple little touches add so much to the images!  They often dot the black on the eyes of critters they've colored to give them some shine, some life.  The white they use to add just a few little dots or lines here and there to make it really look highlights.  I'm excited to try!

One things I've really reeeeeally wanted to do is start making notecards.  In my mind they'd be more simple designs than actually greeting cards, and they'd be smaller.  One weird holdup I've had in getting started is that smaller cards would need smaller envelopes, and I couldn't find smaller envelopes.  Well, that is until I went off my usual craft supply sites.  Then I hit the motherload of color options for smaller envelopes!  I didn't know where to begin so I went with a pack of white because those are always handy, a pack of orange for fall and Halloween designs, and a pack of kraft paper color because I figured it could also be used for fall designs and probably for other types.

To go with the kraft envelopes, I picked up a pack of simple kraft cardstock at Walmart.

And of course I've gotten some new stamps and dies!  Those are maybe the most fun things of all!
I needed a sympathy card a month or so ago and found I had no sentiments or anything suitable in my collection.  I did manage to put together a spur of the moment card, but then I made sure to order a stamp set with some fitting sentiments in case I ever need them in the future.
This is that card I managed to put together at the time.

Newton's Nook is a designer I've been browsing a lot lately.  I love the cat themed images!  I didn't receive this in time for the Mother's Day cards I made but I'd totally been wanting to use this one with the cat and bird bath on a card for my mom.  Ah well, she has a birthday coming up so I'll use it for that.

I think this set is called Naughy Newton, and it is SO Minion.  Oh my gosh, I want to stamp out a bunch of these kitty images and just start coloring a bunch up so I have them ready to go.

And then this fun birthday themed set.  Ty got a kick out of the lower right sentiment, where it has 'birth' crossed out and 'cake' written in for Happy Cakeday.  Hehe, guess what will be on his upcoming birthday card!

That is it for this collective crafty haul.  I really am looking forward to playing around with these things, yet I still keep finding ways to avoid doing it.  I have to keep reminding myself, "Have fun with your passion!"  And it's the idea of notecard sets that really excites me most.

Oh yeah, and I got a bit of money for Mother's Day so guess what!  I'm going to put it towards more fun card making things!

Do you have fun with your passion?
What IS your passion?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Haul - More 'Walmart Wax'

I've still been picking up random packs of Scentsationals and/or Better Homes & Gardens wax when I'm at Walmart.  Spring and summer scents are not really my favorites but as mentioned in my previous 'Walmart Wax' post, I was hoping to start a notebook for future reference.  Just something to sort of keep track of what I've had, what I thought of it, and a way to track what's old and what's new.  Funny thing is, I have not started melting any of them I've bought so far!  Have not started a reference notebook yet either.  So who knows, maybe these will end up being shared with others, or maybe I'll end up doing a giveaway or something?!

But anyway, let's see what I've collected since last time.

Happy Home - 'Add a little zesty splash to your home mingled with warm vanilla and freshly baked cookies!'
When I first smelled this in the store I thought it was so interesting because I couldn't figure out just what it was.  Fresh?  Fruit and floral?  I never ever would have guessed there was bakery in there, even though I was drawn to the sweetness that I knew was keeping it from being floral.  Now that I know part of it is fresh baked cookies, yeah I can pick it out, but it still does not really strike me as a bakery scent.  It's still very interesting!  It's rather light and bright, with those softer touches of baked goods and vanilla.  It's like maybe you baked something earlier in the day but now have the windows open and are catching the bright, sweet scents from outside.
 
Apple Wood - 'Welcome your guests with the warm, inviting aroma of dark woods, apple-oud, and wet moss.'
 I avoided this one because I like apple scents in the fall, and because I'm not a 'wood' scent fan.  While browsing the site out of boredom one day though, I saw the notes in this and knew of a couple people who would probably like this if I didn't.  So I grabbed it next time I was at the store.  Nope, not my type but it is interesting.  There is a little tiny squirt of sweet apple scent mixed in with a whole lot of sexy man scent.  Sexy man at the apple orchard on a fall day . . . 

Strawberries & Cream - 'Strawberries and cream.'
Pretty self explanatory, huh?  A nice sweet strawberry note with creamy vanilla note rushing up behind it.  There is a bit of a sharp edge in this scent though.  I think it's coming from the strawberry, which makes me wonder if it's more of a fresh strawberry instead of a jam or syrup type.  I am far from a strawberry scent expert and never did get into the Fresh Picked Strawberry scent craze.

Georgia Peach Tea - 'This refreshing scent mingles sun ripe apricots with sweet sun tea infused with sweet Georgia peach and juicy orange.'
I knew there had to be more than just peach in here because I'm not a peach scent fan and this one didn't really seem offending when I sniffed it.  I mean, I do detect the peach in it, but sweet tea is pretty strong and the other fruits offer just enough distraction without being distinct in their own right.  I don't love this but I think I'll probably go ahead and try melting it.

Pineapple Kiwi Colada - 'Indulge in this mouthwatering fruit medley as fresh pineapple, honeydew melon and lemon zest are touched with accents of coconut milk, kiwi, cantaloupe, vanilla bean and creamy colada.'
A really nice, slightly warm pineapple scent.  Warm pineapple?  Yes.  This is not a super juicy fruity scent.  It's mainly pineapple, with the coconut and vanilla toning it down and lending a sort of warmth to it.  This sort of reminds me of pineapple Lifesavers candy, or of the whole darn tropical Lifesavers roll.  Very yummy!

Island Pomelo Dragonfruit - 'Bright, sunny pomelo, sweet orange and pink grapefruit, blended with candied dragonfruit and island mango, fused with hints of green citrus leaf and warm citron woods.'
 I grabbed this one because I wouldn't know a pomelo or dragonfruit if they smacked me in the face.  A zesty note hits the nostrils immediately.  Once you recover from that you start to recognize the grapefruit and what must be 'green citrus leaf.'  This is an outdoorsy, fresh type fruity scent.  It's not like a juicy sweet drink or syrupy fruit salad.  It's interesting but I'm not a fan of that face smacking zest note.

And that is what I've accumulated since last time.  I noticed one on the website called Violet Cocktail that I'm interested in finding.  I think it was at my Walmart when these spring and summer scents were first being put out but now that I've gone back looking for it, of course I can't find it.  There are plenty of other scents left for me to gather though, and I will probably continue to do so all through the summer.

Have you tried any of these yet?
Have you found any favorites in your own Walmart?



Friday, May 12, 2017

Natters - May 12 / Life...

Well holy frig, life sure does get in the way sometimes.  I haven't Nattered since, what, Easter?  I haven't watched my dear Ludwig movie in weeks now!
  I'll try to do a quickie update, and then try to get back on some sort of more regular posting schedule.  No guarantees though!

First of all, we've had major drama here with Casey's living situation.  His immature drama queen roommate decided she and Casey are just friends after dating for about five minutes and flung herself at a brand new guy at work, and the fireworks began.  To all of us on the outside it seems simple.  Her name is not on the lease so boot her out.  But nooooo, this is Casey's first love, first relationship, and he's having a hard time dealing with the backstabbing rejection.  Add to it that she is, like I said, immature and full of drama and makes things more complicated with her stupid decisions.  It finally came to a head a couple days ago and she is apparently moving out.  We're all doing this super happy dance.  Well, Casey wasn't happy but I think he's coming around now.  Today is the first 'good' day I've seen from him in weeks.  It's just a matter of her getting her butt in gear and getting her crap out of the apartment now.  Of course she's dragging that on in her poor little helpless girl way.  Ugh!

Casey is talking about finishing his one year lease at the apartment and then moving back home.  We're telling him to just chill and wait till things settle down, because he might find he actually loves living there once he's not drowning in drama.  I swear, it's been non-stop stress since they got that dang place.  It's been stressful for us too, seeing him struggle with all this.  He's been going to Ty's to hang out and get brotherly advice.  He's been coming here on days I'm not working.  He vents and rants and then sleeps all day because he's not sleeping when he's at his own place.  Even when I'm at work we're texting, talking through bad spots, keeping him from being stupid.  And then of course everyone at work knows everything that's going on because all the players and their families work there.  UGH!!

But today seems to be a turning point.  Fingers crossed things smooth out now!

Ty had a bit of his own drama the other day.  A crazy gunman was at our local Walmart.  The store went into lockdown, no one allowed to leave . . . and Ty was there at the time!  The cops were outside with guns drawn.  The SWAT team was even brought in!  I never did find out just what happened but I know the guy was taken into custody and no one was hurt.  Ty had sent me a couple texts during the time it was happening, telling me not to worry, that he was fine.  I was at work and actually didn't see the texts until after it was all done, which is probably a good thing!  I probably would have been a freaking out crying mess otherwise!  lol

I did my weekly Tend Mom visit yesterday.  I took her to her eye doctor appointment, then we stopped and picked up a few groceries after, and stopped at McDonalds for a quick lunch.  Sometimes that salty, greasy, unhealthy food is the most wonderful thing ever and yesterday it was just what I needed.  We've had stress over there too, you see.  Remember my troubled brother?  He'd spent the winter living in my other brother's garage because at least he had heat there was wasn't trying to survive in his truck.  May 1 was his deadline, and he knew well in advance that he'd have to be moving on then.  Did he do anything all winter to try and help his situation?  No.  Back in February or March (or whenever) he had emergency hernia surgery, and then on April 24 he had a second procedure related to that done.  My mom caved and invited him to come and stay with her while he recovered, so on May 1 he moved his few things over to her place.  This was not a major surgery.  He was home only a handful of hours after it was done.  She was nice enough to let him camp out on her couch though, and he started taking advantage of it.  She'd told him it was for one week, but he didn't leave.  She said he was grunting and groaning and carrying on like he was dying, probably hoping she wouldn't make him go, but on May 10 she'd had enough and told him he had to go.  Of course he was mad.  She told me yesterday that he seemed quite miraculously healed once he was back out in his truck again.  *sigh*

I've had work drama starting up again too.  Geez, life was so good and happy for a short little bit of time not too long ago!  What happened?!  I don't know if the work things are only seeming to be bigger things than they are because of all my other stress?  I'm hoping so, because as the stress settles maybe the work stuff will too then.  We did have some good news at work though.  They've been forced to drop their mandatory overtime policy.  Everyone needs to thank Starbucks for that and go fully support their shops!  I probably shouldn't go into details but let's all just say "YAY!!!!!"  Another bit of 'good' news is that the customer who my particular lines produce for are signing a new three year contract.  This is just a year after them announcing they would be leaving us within 18 months and that we'd be going back to normal 8-hour shifts.  This three year deal means we'll be staying on 12-hour shifts for three more years.  That might not sound like good news to some but to me it is.  I'm so used to it after all these years that I don't know what I'd do without my days off.  I don't know how I'd work in time to go take care of my mom.  So yeah, for now I am happy about it all.

Today has been the first somewhat good and normal day I've had in a long time.  I've been keeping busy on lots of little things that have been needing to get done around here.  Like this picture above.  I got some flower seeds started today, finally!  I used to never want to bother with annuals, instead preferring the plant-them-and-forget-about-them ease of perennials like tulips.  I don't know why but this year I felt like I wanted to try some of those cheap throw away buggers.  I'll try to keep you updated, if anything grows.
Minion watched me puttering around out there on the porch.  He's been quite happy that the weather is finally warm enough to have the windows open.

I managed to make these two Mother's Day cards today too!  Nothing like waiting till the last minute, huh?  I have a crafty haul post coming someday soon, hopefully.

I've been playing a lot of Wizard101 during this time.  It's been my mindless distraction whenever I get a chance.  I still log onto to UO to tend plants each morning but I haven't really played that game beyond that.  This one is much easier for me to just hop on and go do something.  In this pic, the dude on the large white bunny is Casey's character.  This was before his most recent events started happening.  He hasn't really played since.

I've been reading each night, have even bought three new books over the past couple weeks.  I'm still picking up Scentsationals/BHG wax whenever I'm at Walmart, and have enough for another little haul post, which I'll hopefully get done today yet.  I've been watching a bit of TV, stuff that's recorded because I'm not on the ball enough to watch things while they're actually on.  LOL  Lucifer has returned, and I'm really getting into White Princess, and then there is Superstore, which is just dumb fun because it's so much like my own workplace.  White Princess is surprising me!  I didn't think I'd like it as much as White Queen, but now I think I like it more.

Speaking of watching things, I'm going to be cancelling our Netflix again.  It's the same reasons as before.  I'm just not patient enough anymore to sit and watch a lot of things.  There are always a million other things I feel like I could or should be doing.  If I do get a day where I'm feeling lazy enough to sit and watch, there are so many things we already have here that I'd still love to see.  Like The Hobbit!  Can you believe I *still* have not seen ANY of The Hobbit?  Or that I *still* have not seen the final movie of the Twilight series?!  Hubby rarely adds anything to the Netflix queue, so I'm just going to cancel.  He can go back to catching new releases on pay-per-view, which I know he really enjoys anyway, and I can hopefully start working my way through things we already have here.

Hmm, well that wasn't really a brief update, was it?  Did you really expect it to be?  It's felt pretty good to be back to blogging!

So what have YOU been up to recently?  Any drama in your life?  Any fun new hobbies?
Are you watching White Princess???

DID YOU MISS ME?!




Thursday, May 4, 2017

Band of Bloggers - May 2017 / Vol. 17


May, May, May. Welcome back, ol' friend! May is a turning point in the year for a lot of people. The school year is almost over, summer is coming soon, and those mild months will soon become scorchers. The birthstone of May is the emerald, which symbolizes love and success. This month, we're focusing on those two things!

We all love something with all our hearts, so tell us what you love the most. It could be the story of how you met your spouse/significant other, where you got your pet, or a nod to your parental units.
What do I love the most?  Mountain Dew.  LOL  Yes, you can all laugh.  You're probably all thinking about sappy deep things like 'I love my children to the end of the earth and back' or 'I love my husband more than life itself,' but let's keep this real.  I freakin' love Mountain Dew and it will probably be the death of me.  In this house, we can run out of milk or butter or bread and not bat an eye but oh my gosh if there is no Dew in the fridge someone better be hightailing it to the store!

In terms of success, and keeping it blog related, have you ever participated in and/or completed a successful "project wax" or spring wax/perfume/makeup/scented product purge? Have you ever had so much product you felt the need to use it all up before your bought again?
I have never made a specific "project wax" type attempt but I have many times been overwhelmed by the amount of wax I'd accumulated and tried to hold off buying more until the current stash was nearly gone.  I'm most at ease with my stash when it is ridiculously small, like what many people would probably melt through in a day.  LOL  This is why it's become so frustrating to me that there are so few vendors who are open at all times and still have fast TATs.  It used to be that when I was down to my last tart or two I could just hope online and place an order nearly anywhere and have wax within a week.  Now it takes a week just to find a place that's open!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Haul - Sugar & Spice Wax

I was in the mood to order wax recently and decided to go with Sugar & Spice for a change.  I have ordered from there before and have enjoyed the S&S wax a lot but for some reason they always slip off my radar.  I decided to just get some basic everyday type things for spring and summer.

 Lemon Curd - 'Fresh, zesty lemons, warm vanilla extract and a hint of sugar blended with fresh cream.'
Mmm, so soooooo good!  It reminds me of Lemonheads candy but with a bit of creaminess that leans it towards a dessert type scent.

 Strawberry Lemon Fluff - '*Sugar & Spice Exclusive Blend!* Strawberry, lemon and marshmallow.'
 There is a fair amount of marshmallow creaminess in this one.  The strawberry is a wee bit stronger than the lemon but those zesty lemon notes dance around the edges enough to really know it's there.

 Lemon Pound Cake - '*Sugar & Spice Exclusive Blend!* Fresh lemon baked into a light fluffy cake, topped with a powdered sugar glaze!'
Bakery first with the vanilla cake and all that sugared glaze, and just enough lemon presenting itself to make it bright and happy.  This reminds me of those little lemon pies you can buy, like the cherry and apple pies.  What is it, Hostess or Dolly Madison?  Yummy.

 Chai Tea Latte - '*Sugar & Spice Exclusive Blend!* Chai tea with added steamed milk.'
I really like this one.  It's not as deep and creamy as I would have liked but  it's just so good anyway that I don't mind.  Spice haters would probably want to stay away since this is pretty spice heavy.  I mean, chai *is* spiced tea.  It has those distinct tea notes, pumped up by the spice, and then restrained slightly by the bit of milky creaminess.

Raspberry Coconut Cream Cake - '*Sugar & Spice Exclusive Blend!* Raspberry, coconut cream pie and birthday cake.'
This smells quite similar to raspberry Zingers.  There is a lot of raspberry and a good dose of coconut but the cake notes are harder to find.

Black Cherry Crumb Cake - 'A combination of sweet black cherries and sour cherries with a base note of a freshly baked southern flaky crust.'
 Very strong and sweet black cherry scent, reminding me of the greatest KoolAid flavor ever.  I don't really get any bakery notes, at least not on cold sniff.

 Wild Watermelon - 'Candy type.'
Summer is coming so I gotta get my watermelon scents ready to go!  This is very candy-like, just as the description states.  Think Jolly Rancher candies.

 Blueberry Muffins - 'Top notes of juicy tart blueberries with orange zests, middle notes of butter cake, and base notes of vanilla and almond.'
A good ol' bakery staple.  While this does make me think of blueberry muffins, there are other from other vendors that are more muffin-ish.  This is strong on the blueberry and butter notes.  I think it reminds me of maybe a heavily buttered blueberry muffin, all warm and yummy.

Summer Fresh - '*Sugar & Spice Exclusive Blend!* Our own blend for the summer, this one is amazing! Watermelon, Lemonade and Fresh Tomato Leaf! This one is killer strong and super fresh, if you're looking forward to warmer weather this one will put you in the mood!'
I took a chance on this one, wanting something a little different so I didn't get sick to death of fruity blends in the coming months.  I'm not sure how I feel about this though.  It reminds me of something along the lines of rosemary-mint.  It reminds me of something like fresh cut grass after it rains.  If I didn't know watermelon and lemonade were in there I don't think I'd ever guess it because I can't pick out any distinct notes from them.  I'm not familiar with Fresh Tomato Leaf, so maybe this whole scent is just a whole lot of that.  lol *shrug*  It's interesting, and for me it's very different.

Grandma's Kitchen - 'Grandma went on a baking binge, whipping up spice cakes, quick breads, cookies, and pies galore! Every whiff of crust, nuts, sugar and spices, bubbling hot fruit, still lingers in Grandma's kitchen! Can you detect a bottom note of homemade cinnamon applesauce!'
I didn't chose this one with fall in mind but holy moly is it ever perfect for it!  Or even Christmas!
Oh my gosh, soooo good, so cozy, so warm!  The spices and 'bubbling hot fruit' are almost to the point of the hot spiced punch drink type of scent I fell so deeply in love with last fall, but there are a tons of bakery type notes to keep it from being a drink-type scent.  It's like maybe someone has some hot cider poured, perhaps sipping a steaming mug of it while baking all the goodies for a family holiday get-together.  I might have to get more of this one.

I also received two Mystery Tarts but I'm not interested in them.  I've mentioned it before here on the blog, that Mystery Tarts (from any vendor) are rather disappointing and pointless because you'll never know what's in them to be able to try and recreate the scent if it's something you end up liking.  I think giving samples of something we can actually get if we like it is much more worth while.  As for these two, the brown one does have a caramel apple note mixed in there, so that's fun, but the other is things along the lines of that Summer Fresh scent, or greenery or something.

These 1.5 oz. scent shots sell for $1.85 on the Sugar & Spice website.  Shipping is a flat rate of $7.99, and current TAT is listed as ten business days.  I placed my order on Tuesday morning, April 18, and received it Saturday, April 29.

I'm quite happy with this order.  Now I just need to keep Sugar & Spice on my list of go-to places when I feel like ordering!

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