Monday, April 28, 2014

Random Post: The Unfortunate Tales of Broken Foot McGee, AKA: ME

So, I decided it would be a good idea to break my foot last week.

Allow me to formally say: FML.

Though I don't need a cast or surgery, it hurts to put weight on it. It's broken on the right side on my foot at the 5th metatarsal, right in the middle of the bone, and it's a clean break, so nothing is disjointed. That's positive, I guess, but I'm still basically stuck.

I already had crutches from a (read: several) previous injury, so that combined with this stupid "walking" boot that weighs like 10 just makes for a crappy, unfortunate time. At least it waited unto after my mom's wedding to happen (still waiting for pictures from that, by the way, then I will share them!).

Does anyone have experience with broken bones? I am already sick of watching TV and movies, and I am swiftly moving on to books. Any suggestions? I am starting with "The Fault in Our Stars."

Does anyone have any ideas of what to do with a broken bone where you can't move or walk or do a lot? I'd love to know! I am still trying to get up and "walk" around a little each day, but after so long, it starts to hurt. :(

Once I find a way to get all my wax photos (that are stored on my desktop) onto my laptop, I'll be updating the blog with some waxy stuff. I miss you all and hope you're all doing well! <3

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #2: Candles from the Keeping Room's Apple Mango Tango

I got some positive response on the last post, so I think I will continue these speedy reviews!!
Candles from the Keeping Room's Apple Mango Tango
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating8.5/10
Overall Rating8/10; love this laundry scent! CFTKR's take on this is stronger while warming (as usual), and it's fruity, sweet, and yet laundratic! Very nice for the bathroom and for laundry day with an impressive throw. Lasted 7 hours and faded slowly. Repurchase for sure!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Swift & Supersonically Snappy Short Review #1: Beezy Tarts' Blue Raspberry Icee

Trying something new since I have 0.9379487235 seconds to write this review!
Tell me if you like these one review posts, simple, like the Lightning Round ones, but for individual/miscellaneous items.
Beezy Tarts' Blue Raspberry Icee
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating8/10
Overall Rating8/10; amazing, straightforward, no frills or florals, just like an Icee from a drink dispenser! Great throw, long lasting, almost perfect! Sweet, simple, delicious.

***In other news, my mom and her boyfriend Gil are getting married in our backyard today!! I want to wish them (publicly) congratulations and may their marriage be blessed with many happy days and years! Love you both so very much!! Pictures to come!!!***

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lightning Round Reviews #20, Bathroom Edition!

I made the (genius) decision to put a warmer in our spare bathroom several months ago.
Best. Decision. Ever.
Not only do I love it, but guests love it, too! I get so many comments and questions about the wax that's melting, why it smells so good in there, and how it all works. Nothing like converting people!

Well, since making this change, I have accumulated quite a bit of empties. I am going to do several of these Lightning Round Review posts featuring my bathroom melts, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Here's post #20!
Closet Full of Wax's Sticky Serendipity Taffy
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating4/10
Overall Rating4/10; sad about this one. I have heard that Closet Full of Wax has changed their wax formula since I last ordered and wax excited to see an improvement, but this wasn't very strong. I had to be in the bathroom or close to it to smell anything. I didn't get much taffy from this, but instead a super sweet serendipity, when I did smell it. Lasted 6 hours in the bathroom but couldn't notice much.
Daphne's Divine's Cotton Candy Boo Berry Watermelon
Cold Rating6.5/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating5/10
Overall Rating6/10; slightly rounded up on this one. While the throw was right about a medium, the scent was a good combination of scents! I like Daphne's watermelon and cotton candy, and with the addition of Boo Berry (blueberry?), it just took it over the top. Obviously, this could have been stronger, but it was a nice background scent. Didn't travel that far out of the hallway, though. I left this in the warmer for about 8 hours and it declined a little bit ever 2 hours, I'd say.
Lake Providence Lodge's Fresh Pear
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; this was my first melt from this vendor out of the Simply Sensational Sampler, and WOW! For being a pear scent, which seems basic, this was juicy, strong, and delicious. I LOVED this! I had it melting for 12 hours, but I'd say it lasted about 6 before it started to reduce in throw. Even when I dumped it, I could still smells whispers of this!
Lake Providence Lodge's Vanilla Shortbread
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating: 6.5/10
Overall Rating6.5/10; very good shortbread scent! Not overwhelming at all, and it did have that buttery note I usually despise, but it wasn't bad in this scent shot. Lasted 6 hours, definite repurchase. I might be making an order with this company in the near future!
iheartwax's Eggnog Vanilla Wafers
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 3/10
Throw Rating: 6.5/10
Overall Rating: 4.5/10; rounded slightly down...this smelled okay on cold sniff, but while warming, something in the eggnog part of this was very displeasing to my nose. Now, keep in mind, this is just my nose! It smelled very strange, almost like burnt spiced. I have had other vanilla wafers scents from iheartwax, so that's how I know it's the eggnog I didn't like. It was on the high end of medium in strength, but I only had it in the warmer for an hour. Not a repuch, obviously.
iheartwax's Pink Coconut Leaves
Cold Rating: 6/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; just lovely! On cold sniff, I only got coconut leaves (which is a Bath & Body Works type), but while warming, the muskiness of the pink sugar came through and made this really lovely. Quite strong, could smell this throughout the house, but it wasn't overpowering. Repurchase! This is a great spring/summer blend!
iheartwax's Serendipity Coconut Leaves
Cold Rating5.5/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; there wasn't a lot of the serendipity in here, but I'm sure that's because serendipity contains coconut, and this is basically a sweeter coconut scent. I liked it, but not as much as I did pink coconut leaves. Not as strong as its counterpart, either. When I reorder, I'll opt for the other one. This was nice, though, it just lacked something to give it that UMPH!
iheartwax's Strawberry Pink Serendipity
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; lovely combination of sweet strawberry and pink sugar serendipity! This one was a winner for me and it was absolutely a winner for our guests. I had lots of compliments on this one! Great strength in throw as well as while warming, and I think I melted this one for 5-6 hours. Nice!!
Aunt Smellman's Fountain of Youth
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 4.5/10
Throw Rating10/10
Overall Rating7/10; HO-LY-COW. This was INSANEEEEEEEEEEEEEEly strong! Unfortunately, we didn't care for it as it was very, very perfumey. I was excited for this on cold sniff and I even hoarded it for a while, but when it was warming, we just didn't like it as much. It was truly crazy how strong this was, like, can't get it out of the curtains strong. I melted something after this and it mixed with this scent for the first hour. It's scent throws like this that I am searching for in life...if only I had enjoyed it. Not a repurchase, but if you like perfumey scents, DAMN!
Aunt Smellman's Oceans
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 3/10
Throw Rating3/10
Overall Rating4/10; sad about this one, too. Another scent I hoarded, but this time, it wasn't strong at all. You had to be right on top of it to smell anything. This was a great ocean scent on cold sniff, you even got bits of ozone and greens in there, but while warming, nada. Sadness! Not a repurchase, and I think I only had this (entire clamshell) in the warmer for 2-2.5 hours. :(
JLCCW's Avalon
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 4/10
Throw Rating: 5/10
Overall Rating5/10; this smells really nice on cold sniff, but while warming, it sort of smelled like eucalyptus and I didn't care for it at all, and almost added pink sugar to it before I just decided to dump it. Not a fan, lasted 3 hours but would have gone on longer if I'd let it.
JLCCW's Strawberry Passion & Vanilla Bean Noel
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10; good balance between vanilla bean noel and sweet strawberry! UGH I hate it when I melt good items from closed vendors, it makes me so depressed, LOL. This was nice, but the cinnamon on top got burned into the bottom of my warmer and took WEEKS to get it all out. ICK! Lasted 5-6 hours and liked it a lot.
Aunt Nena's Swingin' Grandmas Eggnog
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7/10; this one had a great balance of creaminess and spice! I liked it a lot and continued to be impressed with what I have melted from Aunt Nena's! This lasted less than the others from this company I have melted, about 4 hours, but I still liked it while it was going! Nice!

Enjoy your week, friends! <3