Saturday, November 30, 2013


Hi, waxy friends!! GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS?!?!?

YUP, IT'S CHRISTMASTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

This is my absolute favorite time of the year. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love being able to share love and joy with my family and friends.

And, in the spirit of giving, I am hosting a FLASH GIVEAWAY! YAY!!

I have a bubble mailer filled to the brim and taped to kingdom come stuffed with wax from tons of different vendors! YAY!

All you have to do to enter is comment ONCE on this post and tell me what your favorite thing about Christmas is! Is it spending time with loved ones? Hot chocolate? Jumping in snow piles?! ANYTHING! It's as simple as that! Let me know, and tomorrow (Sunday December 1st, 2013), I will pick a winner.

-US only, please.
-One comment per person. If you comment more than once, you will be disqualified!!!111```~~~
-If you are commenting anonymously, please leave your email address or Facebook information so I can get in touch with you for your winnings.
-Giveaway ends (sometime) on Sunday December 1st, 2013!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Haul: Candles from the Keeping Room Haul #6 !

This is a haul from Candles from the Keeping Room that I purchased and received a few weeks ago, I have just been spacing my hauls apart, ya know?! I was fortunate enough to snag my first candle from Carol! YAY!

Come along with me, waxy friends, and see what goodies this way comes!
I will start with the samples Carol sent me! If you've ordered from CFTKR before, you'll know Carol is *extremely* generous with her samples, and she even tries to cater to your requests, suggestions, and purchases.
  • Cake Batter Fudge: cakey, but not very chocolatey, so it makes me wonder if the "fudge" in this is vanilla butter fudge. Let me check a scent description....*insert Jeopardy music here* nope, not ont he website. I guess I'll never know!
  • Christmas Snow: a minty type of spruce scent. I think I've heard several others describe spruce as sweeter than balsam, and if that's true, this is definitely spruce. Vanilla, tree, and small amounts of mint!
  • Cinnamon Dolce Latte: not for me, but I have heard several people give this a thumbs up, so I might try it. It does smell cinammon-y!
  • Bread Pudding: again, not really for me. I don't like bread scents, but appreciate the samples, of course. I will just have to pass this along to a friend. This is a sweeter bread.
  • Holiday Relish: this sample is HUGE! It smells fantastic! It's very sweet with cranberries and oranges, for sure, possibly a tiiiiiny hint of spice. LOVE IT.

  • Caramelized Crimson Pear: veeeery caramelly, I have melted this one already and I did enjoy it, but it wasn't a favorite.
  • Toffee Apple Crunch: there it goes again with the crunch...the apple and toffee pretty much block out any traces of "crunch," but I won't hold my breath.
  • Marshmallow Fluff: a favorite, delicious and sweet marshamallowy goodness.
  • Smores Cupcake: this smells like chocolate and graham crackers. Alright! Love smores, but don't know how much I love them in wax.
  • Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar Pie: delicious, sugary, sweet, and buttery, but I don't mind it in here. Hopefully that goes away while melting!
  • Marshmallow Bomb: something about this sample doesn't agree with my nose, almost too marshmallowy. I'll be passing it on.

Sampler #3 was a pumpkin sampler and contained:
  • Pumpkin Souffle: veeery eggy. Not a fan of this one. It's like a light pumpkin underneath a wave of eggness.
  • Pumpkin Pie Filling: good! It's got a nice cinnamon note to it, and the pumpkin is very rich. I like this.
  • Pumpkin Cookie Crunch: I always get weary when I see the word "crunch" in wax. What does it entail? What degree of crunch will it hold? Usually, it's a nutty topping type of scent. This one is alright. I like Carol's cookie scent, but I think that crunch throws me off.
  • Sweet Harvest Pumpkin: lovely! It has that Bath & Body Works scent to it, slightly perfumey almost, with hints of sweet cinnamon and mild pumpkin.
  • Pumpkin Cream Donuts: I already know I LOVE this scent, and I am over the moon to have another tart of this. WOOHOO!! It is very bakery, which usually isn't my bag, but the creaminess mixed with the pumpkin makes for a delightful, fluffy bakery treat.
  • Pumpkin Roll: super cream cheesey on first sniff. On second sniff, you get the pumpkin bakery note. Decent.
Sampler #6 was an apple sampler and contained:
  • Caramel Apple Pie: boy howdy, this is caramelly. I like this, but I don't love it. The crust note is strong with this one.
  • Green Apple: smells identical to granny smith apples. YUM!
  • Apple Strudel: another word that makes me weary is strudel. Sometimes it's a nice, soothing bakery, other times it's this greasy, fried version with weird crunchy topping. This is a mix of the two, I think. Carol's apple is so fresh and strong that it's hard to tell.
  • Baked Apple: surprisingly more bakery that I figured. Not a fan of this one.
  • Hot Apple Pie: truly does smell like apple pie! I actually don't mind the crust here.
  • Apple Cinnamon Donuts: unlike it's pumpkin counterpart, this donut blend is more greasy and I can't get passed it.
Sampler #29 was a cranberry sampler and contained:
  • Spiced Cranberry: great balance between spice and cranberry! I dig it!
  • Cranberry Cobbler: this is just okay. Nothing too fancy, just a sweet cranberry type of bakery scent.
  • Cranberry Orange Spice: slightly perfumey on cold sniff, but I'm hoping that goes away while warming. I really enjoy this.
  • Bog Cranberry & Sweet Apple: ......what the hell is a bog cranberry? No, I take that back. What the hell is a bog?! If I had to guess, I'd say it was a big swampy place where cranberries are harvested from floating pods over a foggy dockside. AmIRite? Anywho, this is weird, but I like it. The apple definitely is sweeter here, but not in a candied way.
  • Cranberry Cornbread: bleck. I knew I wouldn't like this, it has the word "corn" in it. 
  • Cranberry Clove Bud: extremely clovey. And I'm noticing that all of Carol's cranberry scents are a pretty good balance between sweet and tart.
My first candle from Carol! The scent is Apple Orchard, which I know I like. I love the detailing on this candle, very cool looking! I also really love the holder it's in.
Now, onto the bags I was able to snag!
  • Frost on the Pumpkin (4 oz. bag): a repurchase for me. I absolutely love this scent, it's warm, pumpkiny, and slightly bakery. So, so good, happy to have more of it!
  • Fall on the Farm (4 oz. bag): this smells like berries and apples to me, with hints of cinnamon nutmeg. Nice!
  • Pink Marshmallow Twinkies (4 oz. bag): a repurchase for me. Carol's twinkies scent is my favorite of the ones I have tried in wax. Her pink marshmallow twinkies is incredible. It has a medium throw in a smaller room, but packs a wonderful scent!
  • Jelly Filled Twinkies (4 oz. bag): On cold sniff, this smells good, but the jelly might not be my cup of tea. I will melt and let y'all know.
  • Celtic Moonspice (8 oz. bag): a repurchase for me. Another all-time favorite scent from any vendor. Luckily I snagged an 8 oz. bag of this! It's so spicy, and so wonderful.
  • Amish Quilt (8 oz. bag): a repurchase for me. My all-time favorite cinnamon comfort scent, but Carol's reigns supreme. This is so, so good. It's not bakery, it's not's just comfortable goodness. Amazingness at its finest!
  • Pink Sugar Parfait (8 oz. bag): a repurchase for me. This smells like even sweeter pink sugar, if that was at all possible. It's got a bit of a whipped creamy type of scent as an under-note, and possibly some strawberry. It's just fabulous!
  • Pink Sugared Fluff (8 oz. bag): a repurchase for me. Marshmallowy, sweet, sugary goodness topped with a pink sugar bow. Carol truly has the best pink sugar scent in wax. Love this one, and I often melt this on days when I don't feel like having's a good all-day scent!
  • Pink Sugared Peppermint (two 8 oz. bags): a repurchase for me. One of my top 3 favorites from Carol. AGHHHH, so good. It's strong, with a great balance between pink sugar and peppermint, and lasts a looong time. Heavenly!
  • Peppermint Noel (4 oz. bag): a repurchase for me. This is a creamy, sweet peppermint scent with huge throw and staying power. LOVE this, it's my second favorite CFTKR peppermint scent.
That's all, folks! Were you able to snag anything from Candles from the Keeping Room the past few times she has restocked? Let me know your favs, friends! <3

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lightning Round Reviews #18!

Hi friends! How is your weekend going?
We've started decorating for Christmas!
BEFORE you say it's too early, Thanksgiving would have been this Thursday, so really, it's not that early since Thanksgiving is late this year.
PSH, excuses excuses.

Here are some lightning round reviews for y'all! Enjoy! :)
Heavenleigh Apothecary's Serendipity, Cotton Candy & Vanilla Bean Noel
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating6.5/10
Overall Rating6.5/10; this was a great blend! I asked the owner of this company to mix these scents, and it was nice, but it was a bit skunky as some clamshells can get. This vendor has some known issues as far as TAT and customer service, so I don't think I'd repurchase.
Jack Be Nimble Candle Creations Lime Basil
Cold Rating4/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating4/10; this was just not the scent for me. Something about the citrusness of the lime and the freshness of the basil was just weird and 'dirt'-y smelling. I dumped this after an hour. Not a repurchase.
Rosegirls Key Lime Birthday Cake
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating8.5/10
Overall Rating8.5/10; this scent is completely out of my wheelhouse and yet it's incredible! The mix of key lime and birthday cake is genius. This had an incredible throw, and smelled like fresh baked goods. I LOVED it, and it lasted 7 hours. Definite repurchase!
Rosegirls Sweet Lemon Confection, Pink Sugar, and Pink Lady
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; a very great combination of pink sugars, and Rosegirls' fabulous sweet lemon confection scent. So good. Definite repurchase, and this lasted 6 hours.
Rosegirls Flip Flops and Bikinis
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 6.5/10
Throw Rating6.5/10
Overall Rating6.5/10; this is a suntanny kind of scent with hints of coconut and possibly pink sands? It was alright, but not my favorite scent from Rosegirls. It was decent as far as throw. I might repurchase this, it lasted 4 hours.
Rosegirls Save the Drama for Your Mama
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating8.5/10
Overall Rating8.5/10; I love this one! It's mix of pink sugar and either cookies or monster cookie fluff puffs. It's incredible! The throw was insane, and the scent in general is fab. I can't wait to get more of this, definite repurchase, it lasted 7 hours!
Rosegirls Homespun Cotton Candy
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; a generic type of cotton candy scent, it was decent as far as general scent and throw, but I would have liked a bit more than just sweetness. Alright, maybe a repurchase, not sure. Lasted 4 hours.
Candles from the Keeping Room's Granny's Pie Crust
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; remember how I said I don't like pie crust? Well, granny's pie crust seems to be an exception. It's more sweet and less buttery, well, at least from CFTKR. This is alright, but nothing I need to run out a repurchase. Decent throw, lasted about 4 hours before I got tired of it.
Candles from the Keeping Room's Satsuma and Strawberry
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating8/10; this was the summer craze this year, as far as vendors trying to find and carry this scent. Everyone loves it. Well, Carol's is my favorite so far. The strawberry is sweet, the satsuma is sweet with huge bursts of citrus flavor, and they mix extremely well together. I really enjoy this! I have an 8 ounce bag and would repurchase it again. Lasted about 5 hours in the bedroom.
Ava's Country Cupboard's Orange Clove & Cinnamon
Cold Rating6.5/10
Lit Rating: 6.5/10
Throw Rating: 6/10
Overall Rating6.5/10; this sucker was a huuuge mitten shape from last year around this time, and yet it's scent was still there and pretty strong! I melted this in the kitchen and could smell wisps of it throughout the house. Really nice. Lasted over a day in the warmer!
Ava's Country Cupboard's Cinnamon Cake
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating4/10
Overall Rating4/10; not impressed by this. This one little scallop tart was pretty weak, and I should have known to mix it with something stronger. It only lasted about 2 hours that we could smell. I got this for free, but I doubt I'd repurchase it.
Ava's Country Cupboard's Harvest Spice
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10; do you see this little bread loaf? IT LASTED 2 FREAKIN' DAYS. No lie! It had a medium-high scent throw, and I liked it a lot! It was basically just a lot of spices, nothing much else, but we loved it. I'd definitely buy this again!
K's Kreations Pumpkin Butta Fudge
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; surprisingly great! I am 50/50 with butter fudge scents, but that scent mixed with pumpkin was a welcomed treat! I might purchase this as it was a sample, but overall, I was impressed. Nice throw, good warm sniff smell. Creamy and pumpkiny!
K's Kreations Aromatic Chai Tea
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating3/10
Overall Rating4/10; sad that this basically didn't throw. I love tea scents, as well as chai scents, and this had much promise, but I was bummed by its performance. I got little tea, and basically just a "dirt"-y type of chai scent, nothing like I've come to know. Oh well. Not a repurchase, lasted 2 hours.
K's Kreations' Alex's Rainbow
Cold Rating: 10/10
Lit Rating: 10/10
Throw Rating9.5/10
Overall Rating10/10; PERFECTION. This scent is crazy! It's like a sweet candy with touches of citrus and just....rainbows and sunshine. SO GOOD. Definite repurchase, love this, lasts forever!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Random Post: Fake Eyelashes?

So, I am an ipsy subscriber. I love it, I've gotten a ton of awesome makeup products I would have normally never tried...

...but in my November bag, I got fake eyelashes. WHAT?
The prospect of this creeps me out.
I can't even be in the same room with them.

Do you use fake eyelashes? And if so, will you please take these off my hands?
Just looking at them makes me feel like I'm harvesting eyeballs somewhere.

Let me know here or email me at!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Thanksgiving Giveaway WINNER!!!

Hi friends!

I apologize PROFUSELY for not having the winner of my giveaway up on Sunday like I said I would. Things have been a bit insane at our house as we have been dealing with some family stuff.
But anywho, to find out the winner of the giveaway, please watch the above video (YES, I am keeping you in suspense, mwahahahahahah!!).
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Please contact me via email ( within the next 48 hours and I will get your package shipped out as soon as possible!

Thanks to everyone for participating and being so patient with my delay. :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy's Pink Peppermint Noel

I could talk about peppermint until I'm blue in the face.
I love it. So much. In any blend.
After being a wax fiend for almost 2 years, I've come to realize that I just always want my nights to consist of peppermint in some form. YUP!
Shanna, the owner of Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy Candles', really does make quality wax, and her pink peppermint is one of the best and strongest. Pink Peppermint Noel is a sweeter, creamier version of pink peppermint, even just basing it off of the name. This is just as strong as it's uber-minty counterpart, which is pretty darn high, high, high! This makes for a great nighttime scent, actually, despite the sweetness. Sometimes, if a tart is too sweet in the middle of the night, it makes me feel a bit sick. I don't want my bedroom to smell like cakes and pies and coffee while I'm sleeping, I need something relaxing! Well, for some reason, vanilla bean noel is an exception to this rule. Shanna's VBN mixed with her pink peppermint really hits it out of the part all-around!

This scent shot  lasted for 12 whoppin' hours in my 24-watt hot plate warmer, and I would absolutely repurchase this scent. In fact, it probably would have gone a bit longer, had I not dumped it out. Remember friends, with soy wax, the longer it sits, the stronger it gets (THE MORE YOU KNOW, PSA, ETC).

Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy's Pink Peppermint Noel
Cold Rating8/10; I get a lot of sweet vanilla on cold sniff, with whiffs of peppermint here and there, on a base of pink sugar. YUM.
Lit Rating: 8.5/10; insanely great! The peppermint comes out more while melting, and the pink sugar and vanilla bean noel only help enhance it. DOUBLE YUM.
Throw Rating8.5/10; fantastic throw for something with a "toner-downer" scent, as I call them (vanilla, marshmallow, swizzle stick candy....more often than not, these scents are added to tone-down and make a tart creamier, masking its original top note scent and sometimes making it less, that was very stream of consciousness.
Overall Rating8.5/10; simply stellar! I love this scent, it's so, so good. I think I still prefer straight pink peppermint, of course, but it IS great. Awesome throw. Baseball. Peanuts. Circus peanuts. Elephants. CLOWNS ARE THE DEVIL. Ahhhhh, peppermint. And now, I sleep!

*Don't forget to enter my giveaway!*

Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: The Bathing Garden's Lemon Tea Party

Like I said, I am obsessed with The Bathing Garden. One of my favorite scents from her, in general, is her lemon scent. Shannon seems to have a knack for anything lemon scented.
Lemon Tea Party is no exception.
This scent from The Bathing Garden is absolutely incredible! Not only is it strong as far as the lemon note goes, but it's strong on the tea note, too! Sometimes I feel like, in an effort to get the citrus scent just right, some wax almost or completely misplaced the tea note entirely. This isn't *quite* London Calling from Bath & Body Works, but it's pretty dang close! The lemon note here isn't a bakery lemon, it isn't a cleaner lemon, it's just good ol' fashioned citrusy lemon, freshly zested style! I really love this scent. 2 cubes of this scent gave a medium strong throw for over 8 hours in a 24 watt hot plate warmer. I will absolutely, positively repurchase this scent! So, so good.

The Bathing Garden's Lemon Tea Party
Cold Rating7.5/10; very nice balance between the tea note and the lemon note. Both enhance each other well.
Lit Rating: 8.5/10; about a point better warmed up! This is so insasnely good!
Throw Rating8.5/10; amazing throw, very "sticky" in the air (it stays long after it's dumped out).
Overall Rating8.5/10; wonderful! Reminds me of fresh lemon slices in black tea. Tea parties. Christmas tea. Keurig. Pants.

*Don't forget to enter my giveaway!*

Saturday, November 9, 2013


As the title and picture say, IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! :)

It's almost Thanksgiving, and first of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for reading this little rag-tag blog o' mine!
I really love writing posts, it has given me something to look forward to doing each and every day.
We have been through some ups and downs in our personal life these past (almost) two years, but this blog gives me such joy and such pleasure, more than you'll ever know. Getting to know you all has been a real treat for me.

That being said, I know this giveaway has been a long time coming, and I know I promised it sooner.
I mainly wanted to make sure the weather died down a bit with the heat before I decided to mail this to someone...I'd hate you for you to get a box of wax soup! :)

This giveaway will be for a box of wax goodies in various shapes, scents, vendors, and sizes, and a small sugar scrub from The Bathing Garden (I have several unopened ones and will let you pick if you're the winner). WOOHOO!! :D

So, if you're interested in this giveaway, please COMMENT BELOW and tell me what vendor you'd love to try in 2014!

I will make a video sometime on Sunday November 17th, 2013, upload it to YouTube, and link it to you here, showing the winner from either, FruitMachine, or from a "I write all the entrants down on paper and let Josh pick the winner" type of drawing.


1) Only one comment per person, please.
2) Open to US residents only.
3) Must be 18+ or have parental permission if you're younger (parents are real uptight these days about strangers sending their kids packages...psh).
4) Please leave me your name and email address in your comment if you do not have a Google account (or any of the other accounts you can use to sign in on Blogger).


Again, thank you SO MUCH for being part of my blog. I really appreciate it, you are all awesome! :)

Haul: The Bathing Garden Haul #10!

...I am addicted to The Bathing Garden and I don't care who knows it.

Shannon, the owner of this company, puts so much time and effort into her beautiful and delicious smelling wax treats that it's really surprising I didn't become addicted sooner.

She restocked a few weeks ago, and I was able to get a couple clamshells in my favorite scents, as well as some new to me scents. Here's what I purchased!

PS: she is not restocking her Etsy shop at the moment. She is currently using an "email me your order from the list of scents I put on my Facebook group" type of restocking. This allows buyers to have more time between restocks to look over the list or gather monies together. I like this system much better because it reduces stress levels that become inflated due to hectic ordering, LOL. Schwoot!
She always includes a little note, but this time, she included a cat paper! YEEEE! I love cool stationary.

  • Skeleton & Moss is described as "creamy vanilla is layered over black licorice."That's exactly what I get. The licorice note is definitely stronger. I am a fan of licorice, but Josh isn't, so I can see this one not going over so well. That skeleton grim reaper embed is absolutely amazing looking, though. SO COOL!

  • Old Time Holiday Shoppe contains "bubbling cranberry fizz layered with lemon curd." On cold sniff, I get about 90% fizziniess and cranberry, with minimal lemon curd, which is why I bought this in the first place. It's pretty nice, though, I've never been a fan of fizzy scents, but I am trying to expand my horizons. 
  • Winter Apothecary is perfection with "ribbon candy, spiced tea, a hint of cinnamon, and a flower shop in the snow." I absolutely love this one on cold sniff. It's sweet, a bit spicy, but you also get those florals in there, too. Not sure I'll melt this 2 cubes at a time like I do some other scents, I will try it with one to start. Can't wait until this one is cured!

  • Crystallized Spearmint & Peppermint (2) is pretty self explanatory, a wonderful and fresh burst of spearmint on the bottom and cool peppermint on top. We love this one at night, and it makes falling asleep a treat. REALLY! It's soothing, cooling, and overall, a fantastic blend.

  • Ghostly Brew is described as "apple cinnamon with fluffy marshmallow and marshmallow peeps." Yup! This one is accurate, too. The apples overpower pretty much everything, but you get a touch of cinnamon as well as some generalized sweetness. Pretty lovely!
  • Sleepy (2) is the mothership. The big one. The best one. My favorite. My love. My only. UGH. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE Sleepy. It's Shannon's version of pink peppermint, but it also has vanilla, which sweetens it just a skosh. If I could marry one scent (besides FP's pink peppermint), it'd be this one. I often switch between FP's version and this one at night because I came to the realization that I don't want to sleep with anyone else at night...just pink peppermint.

A close-up shot of the mummy embed on Ghostly Brew.

And that's it! I didn't pick up too many tarts this restock, but I wanted to get some extra Sleepys, so I had an excuse to order. :P

What scents from The Bathing Garden do you like best? Did you order anything from Shannon's restock on November 6th? Let me know! :)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Something New: The Melting Fairy Wax Co.!

Hi friends! I've got something new to share with you! :)

I was contacted the other day by The Melting Fairy Wax Co. about a new wax subscription service they are starting. Below are all the details from the press release. I have sent in my scent selections and will be receiving my first box in December! YAY! For $14.50, you can get 12 ounces of wax, which isn't terrible at all.

I hope you get the chance to take advantage of this new subscription! Let me know if you do, I can't wait to hear what scents you pick!



The Melting Fairy is excited to announce the launch of their wax melt subscription company, offering subscribers 12 ounces of premium scented wax each month. The Melting Fairy will be launching their company in Beta on November 5, 2013.

During Beta, The Melting Fairy subscribers will be offered 10 ounces of scented wax in 5 scents of their choice, as well as 2 ounces of a Melting Fairy exclusive house blend. The subscription will be offered for a competitive price of $10+shipping. Subscription availability will be limited during Beta.

The Melting Fairy has sourced the highest quality fragrances from all over the United States to offer to their subscribers. All of The Melting Fairy scented wax melts are highly fragranced and very long lasting. The current fragrances offered will be a season-appropriate selection of fall and holiday fragrances, as well as sweet and spicy bakery fragrances. New fragrances will be added each month, and subscribers will have the opportunity to give their feedback on scents and scent blends.

The Melting Fairy Subscription can be accessed at Also available on the website is the complete scent list, surveys, as well as more information on how to subscribe. Please contact for additional inquiries.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wickless Wednesday: Trader Joe's Haul (For Sunnee)!

So, Sunnee over at Fragrance Obsessed! wanted to see my Trader Joe's haul, so I figured, why not?! This is our first trip to TJ's while having our new fridge (this haul was from 2 weeks ago)! YAY!

We love the store, it's absolutely fabulous. There are so many things to try from around the world that we often over-buy, and since we didn't really have anything in our fridge, we sort of went crazy this time, too. I didn't take pictures of a lot of stuff (like a majority of the fruits and veggies and spices and such), but here's the majority of what we bought!
Let's start with the miscellaneous stuff first. Freddo LOOOOOOOVES these treats! The top jerky treats are easy to break apart for tons of uses and he likes them quite a bit, but the PB biscuits are his weakness.
Two Buck Chuck is now $2.50 Chuck. BLASPHEM! This is for, seriously....
Let's start with the veggies I did photograph. This is the perfect size bag for a weekish's worth of mashed taters.
Our favorite type of salad is the "herb salad mix," which is really nothing more than baby greens. Love the stuff, it definitely has a leg up on plain ol' lettuce (which I personally hate)! We also picked up some Brussels sprouts, which we're going to cook up with bacon and try as a new recipe for Christmas...might as well try a trial run! Broccoli is delicious, so that's pretty self explanatory.
We have a billion uses for the frozen Melange A Trois of red, yellow, and green bell pepper strips. These are very versatile, and we love to throw them in stir fry, potatoes, anything. They have very good flavor and it helps that they are frozen because that makes them cheaper!
Fresh basil also has a million uses. Love the stuff! I use the Dorot chopped frozen basil and crushed frozen garlic in my spaghetti sauce. These little red squares are perfect and pack a delicious punch in my sauce.

Anyways, I reached in the bag to grab the next item, but not before noticing this...
...and with a closer inspection, I saw this...
...and ultimately this...
The thing I've always loved about Trader Joe's is that they use paper bags instead of plastic ones. The problem is, they fill them so full that things have a tendency to explode. So, our yogurt had popped because there was too much stuff on top of it. Oh well, we just have to buy another one. Let me just say, though: this shiz got all over everything and even bled through the paper bag. Luckily, it didn't get all over the car, or I would have been way more mad, lol.
This Tapas Sampler of Spanish cheeses is get to throw on a plate with some crackers or a baguette and wine for dinner when you're not feeling especially hungry. In fact, that's what we did the other day. The Iberico is my favorite, I think...cheese is probably one of my favorite foods, LOL.
Initially, we bought this as a pizza topper, but we have used the crust already. It wasn't that expensive, which is why we picked it up in the first place. Mmmmmm...any ideas for this?
Trader Joe's makes an awesome pizza dough. It's so simple to use and make, PLUS it's delicious. On the right, we have our favorite "fancy" shredded Mexican blend of cheese. Again, a staple for us. Great blend! I said, we like cheese between the two of us, lol. The parmesean romano & asiago cheese goes perfect with my homemade spaghetti sauce. The spicy hummus dip, well, is a favorite snack of mine. It really is quite spicy, but it's wonderful on anything: crackers, pita bread/chips, veggies, or even by itself.
Onto the frozen items! Trader Joe's potato tots are another great find. Perfect to have on hand!
Lunch! These Bambino Pepperoni Pizzas are perfect for lunch. Make one, or two, and are taste great every time. We don't advise microwaving these, though, we tried once, and they are (obviously) much better oven baked. Just enough pepperoni and cheese that you're not drowning in toppings.
Another favorite item: Tandoori Naan! You cook these in the oven for just a few minutes, slap a little butter on, and you're ready to eat. Crispy, yet fluffy, and delicious.
The best French Vanilla ice cream in existence. And I mean it.
We have yet to make these, but how can you pass up PUMPKIN PIE??!!! ESPECIALLY IN MINI FORM!!!??!!?!? Mmmmm. I've heard good things about these!
Great for a midweek meal when you don't feel like cooking, the Kung Pao Chicken from the frozen section is a surefire winner! It *is* very spicy, but has enough veggies and peanuts to off-set it a bit. Simply scrumptious.
The greatest soup in existence. How many times have I said that this post? Well, they are all true.
A random selection of goodies. The peppermint extract was ONLY $1.99. WHAT! And the Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl is addicting/
Jaipur Vegetables from Indian Fare is another great lunch option. Spicy, chock full of vegetables, and goes great with the naan.
The dijon mustard is great and a huge amount less than those at the grocery store. The strawberry fruit spread is really nice. And the Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce....well, that's magical. Oh boy, is it amazing.
"This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar" is our favorite rendition of the TJ's cereal bars. They are, again, a perfect snack. These got put in the cupboard and I forgot about them until just now. HAVING ONE!!!
My absolute favorite fall item from TJ's: spiced cider! This stuff is the bomb dot com. With a cinnamon stick and a little spiced rum (or by itself, it's good either way), this stuff transforms into a fall classic toddy-ish-type beverage. YUM!

Have you been to Trader Joe's? What are your favorite products from there? I am always looking for new stuff to try!